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IONL 2017 Award Winners

Thursday, September 7, 2017   (0 Comments)

Meet Our Award Recipients 

Our IONL Awards Program is proud to recognize outstanding nurse leaders for their contributions to the nursing community. We'd like to extend our congratulations to our four 2017 award winners! Learn more about each recipient's achievements and join us at the IONL 40th Anniversary Celebration on September 21 to celebrate each of our winners. 

Emerging Leader Award 

For an individual new to the leadership experience, who embraces all opportunities to learn and grow.


Raphael Parayo, BSN, RN 
Assistant Clinical Manager - Emergency Department, Advocate Trinity Hospital 

Raphael has been a nurse for three years. At Advocate Trinity Hospital, he is part of multiple committees, including Sepsis, Diversity Inclusion, Advocate Experience, and ED Nursing Specialty, all aiming to improve the quality of patient care. Prior to becoming a nurse, Raphael worked for seven years as a patient care technician for MacNeal Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital. Raphael received his Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Northwestern College; his Bachelor’s Degree from Excelsior College and is continuing there for his Master’s in Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems with a graduation date of May 2018.


Community Effort Award 

For innovative ideas or projects that have had a lasting effect on the nursing world.


Jennifer Grenier, DNP, RN-BC 
Director of Nursing Acute In-Patient Rehab, Rush University Medical Center 

Jennifer Grenier has been a Rush nurse for over 16 years. She has experience in medical-surgical nursing, critical care nursing, transplant care, telemetry, and is currently the Director of the Acute Inpatient Rehab at Rush University Medical Center. She has been an active member of IONL for many years. Jen recently graduated with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Systems Leaderships from Rush University with a project focused on decreasing workplace bullying and incivility. She also founded the Surplus Project, where volunteers package hospital food that would have otherwise been thrown out and donates it to local homeless shelters. In 2016, she won a $50,000 grant to expand the program to other Illinois hospitals. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Scott, for 16 years. She has two daughters, Julia (age 10) and Abbi (age 8).


Mentorship Award 

For someone who builds trust, advises, coaches and communicates to help others perform at their best.


Julie Lopez, DNP, RN, NE-BC 
Chief Nursing Officer, Franciscan Alliance, Inc. 

Dr. Julie Lopez has 32 years of nursing experience, 18 of them in progressive leadership. During the past five years, Dr. Lopez served as the Associate Vice President of Medical Oncology and Cardiology Nursing at Rush University Medical Center.There she was responsible and accountable for establishing and maintaining excellence in nursing operations for eight units. She was a key contributor to the development of the RUMC bio-hazard containment unit with the Chicago Department of Public Health Ebola Network Response. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Rush University Medical Center College of Nursing; Master of Science in Health Service Administration and Bachelor of Science in Health Arts from University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL.; and Registered Professional Nurse Diploma from Little Company of Mary Hospital School of Nursing, Evergreen Park, IL and holds national certification as a nurse executive.


Most Valuable Member Award 

For an individual who has positively impacted the nursing world.


Sharon V. Rangel, MSN, MBA, RN 
Manager, Nursing Resource Office, Advocate Christ Medical Center 

Sharon has been in the nursing profession for 30 years. She currently oversees the highly successful CRU program at Advocate Christ Medical Center, consisting of approximately 180 employees, and is responsible for assisting with staffing throughout the hospital and facilitating the House Supervisor role. She also served as Executive Director of IONL for just under five years. Previously, she was a Director of Nursing at Palos Community Hospital, participated on the Advisory Board of Directors at Gannett Healthcare (Spectrum) and is proud to be the only nurse who sat on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority. Sharon received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Saint Xavier University and earned both her MSN and MBA from Lewis University.


Attend our 2017 IONL Annual Conference this September 21-22 and celebrate our winners!

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