Dean Rita P. Kelleher Award

Age-Friendly Health Systems and the Role of Nursing Leadership


and a virtual presentation of the


Dean Rita P. Kelleher Award

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Watch a full recording of this event

A conversation between

Terry Fulmer

Terry Fulmer, M.S. ’77, Ph.D. ’83, RN, FAAN


The John A. Hartford Foundation



Dean Rita P. Kelleher Award

Andrea Vicini

Andrea Vicini, S.J.

Rev. Michael P. Walsh Chair in Bioethics

Boston College


Fulmer and Vicini discuss how health systems can provide evidence-based health care to older adults across the U.S.

About Dean Rita P. Kelleher

The award’s namesake, Rita P. Kelleher, was the nursing school’s first faculty member in 1947. She served as dean from 1948 to 1968. She returned to full-time teaching and retired in 1973. Dean Kelleher died on November 2, 2009, at the age of 101, leaving a legacy that is still felt today.

The Dean Rita P. Kelleher Award recognizes a graduate of the Connell School of Nursing who embodies the BC nurse: an accomplished nurse leader, an ethically aware scientist, and inquisitive clinician. Each year, the award is presented during reunion and the recipient shares her or his knowledge in a topical discussion.


Past Kelleher Award Recipients

Click on the links below to view video from past events.

Terry Fulmer, M.S. ’77, Ph.D. ’83
The John A. Hartford Foundation

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reunion activities were canceled

Deborah Washington, M.S. ’93, Ph.D. ’12

Director of Diversity for Nursing and Patient Care Services
Massachusetts General Hospital

John Welch, M.S. ’12
Senior Nurse Anesthetist
Boston Children's Hospital

Former Chief Clinical Officer for Ebola Response
Partners in Health

Karen A. Daley ’04
Board of Trustees
American Nurses Foundation and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Darlene MacIsaac Hinojosa ’86
Colonel, Army Nurse Corps, US Army Reserve
Force Health Protection Integrator, Army Health Command 

Family Nurse Practitioner
Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

Cecilia McVey 72
Associate Director of Nursing and Patient Services
VA Boston Healthcare System

Martha Jurchak, Ph.D. ’96
Executive Director, Ethics Service
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ellen Robinson, M.S. ’83, Ph.D. ’97
Nurse Ethicist
Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute for Patient Care


MGH Optimum Care Committee

Mimi Pomerleau, M.S. 95
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Mairead Hickey 72

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ann Riley Finck ’66
Nurse Practitioner and Preceptor, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center

Genevieve V. Foley ’66
Pediatric Oncology Nurse

Elizabeth (Betsy) Brown ’85
Director, Clinical Services
Partners Harvard Medical International