ANA-NY Congratulates 2018 Future Nurse Leaders Award recognizes nursing students for achievement & potential

Posted about 2 years ago by Jamilynne Myers

Albany, NY, June 15, 2018 – The American Nurses Association - New York (ANA-NY) is proud to introduce its 2018 cohort of Future Nurse Leaders. Started in 2014 to recognize the high quality of students graduating from nursing schools in New York and foster engagement and ongoing professional development, the award is given to graduating students in honor of their scholarship, professional dedication and commitment to community service.


The 2018 cohort of ANA-NY Future Nurse Leaders is:


  • Sarah Allen, Arnot Ogden Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Brantuo Akuoko, Nyack College
  • Griselda Bautista Ceja, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
  • Shelby Brost, St. John Fisher College
  • Kristy Bowers, Memorial College of Nursing
  • Emma Brown, Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
  • Kassidy Cook, Fulton Montgomery Community College
  • Kayla Darienzo, Farmingdale State College
  • Sydney Drury, Suffolk County Community College
  • Javauni Forrest, University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • Victoria Fusco, Pace University
  • Melinda Kane, Ellis Medicine, The Belanger School of Nursing
  • Carolyn Maroon, The College of Brockport, SUNY
  • Rebekah McNeill, Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Matthew Owen, Sienna College
  • Amber Pallas, Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Terrika Pereira, University at Buffalo School of Nursing
  • Kelsey Rourke, SUNY Sullivan County Community College
  • Alexandria Ruddy, Adelphi University, College of Nursing and Public Health
  • Randy Ryan, Stony Brook University, SNO
  • Christine Wilson, Saint Paul’s School of Nursing


“Congratulations to all of the 2018 Future Nurse Leaders. These recent nurse graduates reflect all the dynamic qualities of change agents and personify exciting new nursing leadership.  They serve as role models who embody professionalism, patient advocacy and interdisciplinary collaboration. An inherent component of ANA-New York's mission is to support and encourage nurses as they take on leadership roles in direct patient care, healthcare administration and healthcare policy. It is refreshing to see such a level of dedication and passion in new nurses entering the profession.  We look forward to seeing them evolve as risk takers and a force to be acknowledged and embraced during their professional careers,” said Elisa (Lee) A. Mancuso MS, RNC-NIC, FNS, AE-C, President of ANA-NY.


The ANA-NY Future Nurse Leaders were nominated by their schools of nursing as outstanding students, who embody the ethics and values of nursing; demonstrate leadership; make a significant contribution to the overall excellence of their school; set a healthy example and promote a healthy lifestyle; and demonstrate a clear sense of the direction for their future nursing careers.


Each Future Nurse Leader receives a certificate of recognition, a free online continuing education course from Advantedge Education, Inc., and a complimentary joint membership to American Nurses Association and ANA-NY for one year. 




ANA-New York is the professional association for registered nurses in the state. Launched in December 2012, ANA-New York is dedicated to promoting excellence in nursing practice, seeks to improve the quality of health care services, and promotes professional and leadership development of registered nurses. Learn more at