Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world: indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
-Margaret Mead

The inspiring quote by Margaret Mead is just as true today as it was then! As a membership association that relies on diverse funding to ensure the fulfillment of our mission, the Midwest Nursing Research Society appreciates each donor who generous supports the Foundation and the funding of numerous grant opportunities for nursing research. 

We say THANK YOU to those who give of their time, talent, and their treasure to ensure the field of nursing research continues to elevate. 



[Annual Gifts of $2,500- $4,999]

2022- 2023 Donors: 

Advocate Aurora Health
Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
The Joseph & Jean Buckwalter Foundation
Lynne Connelly


[Annual Gifts of $1,000- $2,499]

2022- 2023 Donors: 

Cindy Anderson
Mary Anthony
Janet Larson
Diane Lauver
Sally and Jon Lusk
Barbara Polivka
JoEllen Wilbur


[Annual Gifts of $500- $999]

2022- 2023 Donors: 

Lauren Aaronson
Amy Hoffman
Angel McBride
Ann Falkenberg Olson
Jean Wyman
Keela Herr
Susan Rawl


[Annual Gifts of $250 - $499]

2022- 2023 Donors: 

Ann Marie McCarthy
Diane Von Ah
Eileen Collins
Harleah Buck
Helen Lach
Jill Peltzer
Joachim Voss
Mary Beth Happ
Masako Mayahara
Michelle Johnson


Patricia Hershberger
Robin Newhouse
Ronald Hickman
Sharon Tucker
Sonja Meiers
Susan Mazanec
Lynne Connelly
Bernadette Melnyk
Laurel Northouse
Kelly Wierenga



[Annual Gifts of $100- $249]

2022- 2023 Donors: 

Elizabeth Swanson
April Vallerand


[Annual Gifts of up to $99]

2022- 2023 Donors: 

Marge Bott
Wilma Calvert
Cynthia Coviak
Cherdsak Duangchan
Jill Guttormson
Dawn Keglor
Julie Kurzer
Rebecca Lehto
Heidi Lindroth
Jessica Miller
Nola Pender
Pamela Semanik
Marilyn Swan
Valerie Toly
Susan Vonderheid


The Legacy Circle is a group of special individuals who have left a gift to the Midwest Nursing Research Society Foundation in their will or trust. We established the Legacy Circle so we can recognize your future gift today. Your Legacy Circle donation is the most lasting gift you can give to the The Midwest Nursing Research Society Foundation.

Nancy Bergstrom
Dr. Sally and Jon Lusk
Al and Nola Pender

A Legacy Circle donation is the most lasting gift you can give to the The Midwest Nursing Research Society Foundation.

There are many options for bequests and we encourage you to consult with your legal and/or financial advisers to ensure your financial and philanthropic goals are achieved. As you are considering this gift opportunity, please see sample Bequest Language.

Please contact the Executive Office if you are interested in more information or have included MNRS in your will or trust.


The Foundation began philanthropically with two very important groups of donors: the Founders Circle and the Ambassadors Circle. Donors to these Circles pledged gifts over three years to endow funds for nursing research. While these Circles are no longer available for donors to join, the impact of the founding gifts will continue to foster nursing science for years to come.

The Founders Circle recognizes donors who generously contributed $3,000 or more over three years.

Lauren S. Aaronson, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Donna Lee Algase, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
Ida M. Androwich, PhD, RNC, FAAN
Nancy T. Artinian, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Joan K. Austin, PhD, RN, FAAN
Ann M. Berger, PhD, APRN, AOCNS, FAAN*
Nancy I. Bergstrom, PhD, RN, FAAN
Diana L. Biordi, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Michael R. Bleich, PhD, RN, CNAA, BC
Jo Ann Brooks, DNS, FAAN, FCCP*
Marion English Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Kathleen Coen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Victoria Lee Champion, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Marlene Z. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Vicki S. Conn, PhD RN FAAN*
Cynthia P. Coviak, PhD, RN, CNE*
Connie J. Delaney, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACMI*
Holli A. DeVon, PhD, RN
Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN
Claire Burke Draucker, RN, PhD, FAAN*
Melanie C. Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN
Susan Elek, (DECEASED)*
Nancy Fahrenwald, PhD, RN, APHN-BC
Carol J. Farran, RN, DNSc, FAAN
Carol Estwing Ferrans, PhD, RN, FAAN
Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FNAP*
Phyllis M. Gaspar, PhD, RN*
Marion P. Good, PhD, RN, FAAN
Keela Ann Herr, PhD, RN, AGSF, FAAN
Linda M. Herrick, PhD, RN
Ada Sue Hinshaw*
Janean E. Holden, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Vicki A. Keough, PhD, APRN-BC, ACNP, FAAN
Mi Ja Kim, PhD, RN, FRCN, FAAN
Jane M. Kirkpatrick, PhD, RNC-OB, ANEF
Janet L. Larson, RN, PhD, FAAN
Carol J. Loveland-Cherry, PhD, RN, FAAN
Sally L. Lusk, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN*
Elizabeth A. Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Katharyn A. May, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN
Ann Marie McCarthy, PhD, RN, FAAN
Beverly J. McElmurry Living Trust, EdD, FAAN
Norma A. Metheny, PhD, RN, FAAN
Mary Minton, PhD, RN, CNS, CHPN
Shirley M. Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN
Robin Newhouse, PhD RN NEA-BC FAAN
Roberta K. Olson, PhD, RN*
Gayle G. Page, DNSc
Nola J. Pender, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Susan J. Pressler, RN, PhD, FAAN*
Karen F. Pridham, PhD, RN, FAAN
Susan M. Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Virginia Hill Rice, PhD, RN, APN, FAAN
Carolyn M. Sampselle, PhD, RN, FAAN
Juliann G. Sebastian, PhD, RN, FAAN
Marilyn S. Sommers, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Joann Stevenson (DECEASED)
Elizabeth A. Swanson, PhD, RN
Virginia Tilden, DNSc, RN, FAAN
Toni Tripp-Reimer, PhD, RN, FAAN
Susan Noble Walker, EdD, RN, FAAN*
Sandra E. Ward, PhD, RN, FAAN
Terri Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Mary E. Wierenga, PhD, RN
Diana J Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN
Tsu-Yin Wu, Ph.D. RN FAAN
May L. Wykle, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
Jean F. Wyman, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FAAN, FGSA*
Christine A. Wynd
Joanne M. Youngblut, PhD, FAAN