Jonas Center Spring 2013 Newsletter



Jonas Nurse Leaders 
and Veteran Scholars!


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2nd Annual
Jonas Center
Golf Classic

                 to benefit
       Veterans’ Healthcare

Thursday, June 6, 2013
        The Stanwich Club
             Greenwich, CT

 A limited amount of
tournament packages and  foursomes are available.

Contact Nicole Garwood at: for purchasing information. 

Spring 2013 

Jonas Center Commits $25 Million to Fund 1,000 Doctoral Nursing Scholars

in All 50 States

The Jonas Center is directing close to $14 million and has secured pledges of another $10.5 million in leveraged funds to prepare 1,000 nurse faculty and clinical leaders nationwide by 2018. The grants support nurses pursuing PhDs and DNPs, the terminal degrees in the field. The Jonas Center has provided funding to over 250 scholars to date and has committed to fund three additional cohorts of 250 scholars each with a variety of focus areas including mental health and veterans’ healthcare over the next five years.  


Barbara and Donald Jonas Meet Jonas Scholars at Yale School of Nursing 


During a recent visit to Yale University, Barbara and Donald Jonas along with Jonas Center Executive Director, Darlene Curley, met with the three Jonas Scholars and Yale School of Nursing Dean, Margaret Grey. Each Jonas Scholar shared stories about their backgrounds and nursing careers and what being a Jonas Scholar means to them.


Top row: Marilynn Malerba, Donald Jonas, Dean Margaret Grey; Bottom Row: Asefeh Faraz, Beverly Belton, Jonas Center Executive Director Darlene Curley, Barbara Jonas 


2013 AACN Student Policy Summit


More than 100 nursing students from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, March 17th for the 2013 AACN Student Policy Summit. For the fourth consecutive year, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence was recognized as a platinum level sponsor of the conference. The conference is composed of sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy, and gives attendees the opportunity to learn about nursing advocacy first-hand through visits to Capitol Hill and lectures from national leaders. With a shared vision of fostering the future of nurse leaders, the Jonas Center was excited to support the Summit again this year.


Current Jonas Scholars with Jonas Center Executive Director, Darlene Curley, at the 2013 AACN Student Policy Summit.  New Alumni Highlights/Spotlight (graduates).


Jonas Scholar Highlights 


With over 250 Jonas Scholars to date, each Scholar is contributing to the nursing field in their own unique way. The Jonas Center would like to recognize a few recent accomplishments from our very talented cohort: 


Deborah Wachtel (right), Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar from the University of Connecticut, testified in front of a Senate Subcommittee hearing on Successful Primary Care Programs in April.  


Watch the Senate Committee hearing. 





Pam Herbig Wall (left), Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program Scholar from the University of Pennsylvania, received the Rear Admiral Mary Hall Award for Operational Nursing for her article that was published in the Sep/Oct 2012 Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association.  


The award is named for Captain Mary F. Hall, Director of the Nurse Corps from 1987 to 1991, who was the first Naval Nurse Corps Officer to serve as a Commanding Officer at a hospital command when she assumed command at U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in July of 1983. The Rear Admiral Mary F. Hall Award for Nursing Publication was established after her retirement to encourage professional publication and to recognize Navy Nurse Corps Officers who have positively contributed to the image of nursing.


Kathy Ingelse (right), Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program Scholar from Oregon Health and Science University, recently became a member of the Military Sexual Trauma Task Force and Women’s Behavioral Health Committee and launched a women veteran’s PTSD symptom management class, the first of its kind in the 12 years the Bend VA clinic has been in operation.




About the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence was founded in 2006 by Barbara and Donald Jonas, active NYC philanthropists who are passionate about supporting the nursing profession through grantmaking that focuses on scholarship, leadership and innovation. The Jonas Center is funded through the Jonas Family Fund, a larger initiative that also supports programs that focus on mental health and youth-at-risk. To learn more please visit