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School of Nursing Midwifery Members Inducted as ACNM Fellows; Additional Members Honored

Kelly Lemon and Jessica Olsen
(l to r) Kelly Lemon, MS, CNM, WHNP-BC, FACNM (G’16) and adjunct faculty member Jessica Olsen, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC, FACNM (G’17, G’22) at the 2023 ACNM Annual Meeting

(May 19, 2023) — Congratulations to three members of our School of Nursing midwifery family for their induction as Fellows in American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) on May 7 at the ACNM Annual Meeting. They include alumna Kelly Lemon, MS, CNM, WHNP-BC, FACNM (G’16), who practices in Morgantown, West Virginia; adjunct faculty member Jessica Olsen, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC, FACNM (G’17, G’22), who practices in Orlando, Florida; and adjunct faculty member Tanya Tringali, MS, CNM, FACNM, currently working from Mexico.

ACNM also honored additional faculty achievements at the meeting.

ACNM is the professional association representing certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives that sets the standard for excellence in midwifery education and practice in the U.S.

Additional Awards

Jennifer Jagger, PhD, MSN, CNM, WHNP, FACNM
Jennifer Jagger, PhD, MSN, CNM, WHNP, FACNM

Public Policy Award

ACNM also awarded Jennifer Jagger, PhD, MSN, CNM, WHNP, FACNM, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Nursing, with its Public Policy Award at the meeting. This award recognizes legislative, regulatory or health policy efforts that furthered the profession of midwifery or had a significant impact on the practice of midwifery either nationally or locally.


Tanya Tringali
Tanya Tringali, MS, CNM, FACNM

Media Award

In addition to being inducted as a Fellow, Tanya Tringali, MS, CNM, FACNM was honored with a Media Award for “The Mother Wit Podcast” and “Thriving After Birth.” This award honors a media event, a book, a film, or an expression of art that presented midwifery in an accurate and positive manner and helped to promote the profession of midwifery.


Katie DePalma
(pictured left) Katie DePalma, CNM, FACNM, DNP, WHNP-BC

Excellence in Teaching Award

ACNM awarded Katie DePalma, CNM, FACNM, DNP, WHNP-BC, an adjunct faculty member and NM/WHNP and MS alumna, with its Excellence in Teaching Award at the meeting. This award honors one teacher from each Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education pre-accredited/accredited education program who has shown outstanding qualities for teaching, inspired students to excel and repeatedly promotes high standards of midwifery education.


Melissa Hatter
(pictured center) Melissa Hatter, MSN, CNM

Outstanding Preceptor Award

Preceptor Melissa Hatter, MSN, CNM, was awarded the Outstanding Preceptor Award for showing outstanding qualities for leadership and teaching, being a mentor for multiple students, and repeatedly promoting high standards of midwifery education. Hatter has precepted a number of Georgetown University School of Nursing midwifery students.


Mary Ann Shah New Author Award
Mary Ann Shah New Author Award

Mary Ann Shah New Author Award

ACNM awarded the Mary Ann Shah New Author Award to alumna Caitlin Mayhew, CNM, MSN, WHNP-BC, and Kristin Simonson, CNM, MS, WHNP-BC, and adjunct faculty member Esther Ellsworth Bowers, CNM, MSN, MS, MEd, WHNP-BC, for publishing Antepartum Care for Pregnant People with Overt Hypothyroidism, Subclinical Hypothyroidism, and Positive Thyroid Autoantibodies in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health (JMWH) in May of 2022. This award is given annually in honor of the accomplishments of Mary Ann Shah, CNM, MS, FACNM, Editor Emeritus of the JMWH, and recognizes her outstanding achievements as Editor-in-Chief for 25 years.

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