Zackery, Joanna
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Heroes in Action - Georgia

DATE: Friday, November 18, 2022  |  TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: InterContinetal Buckhead Atlanta
ADDRESS: 3315 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326


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The chefs, volunteers and guests who make up our Signature Chefs Events community are coming together in new, innovative ways to suport moms and babies this year.

We are following state mandated guidelines in response to COVID-19 and will not have an in-person event this year. So, we are preparing an exciting, new Virtual Gala for your 2020 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction experience!

We need your help now more than ever. Your support funds:

  • COVID-19 interventions and support for moms and babies
  • Programs that promote health equity for moms and babies and directly combat racial disparities in maternal and child health
  • Free virtual NICU support program for families
  • Virtual prenatal programs for moms-to-be
  • Educational programs, including live Facebook panel discussions, to get info into the hands of moms and families
  • Necessary supplies for expectant mothers including blood pressure cuffs and masks and so much more!

Support the mission

Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

Become a sponsor

Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

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Category Submission Name Employer
Advanced Practice Alexandra Vatzakas Wellstar Medical Group
Advanced Practice Alison Yam Emory University Hospital
Advanced Practice Jade Stafford Emory University Hospital Midtown
Advanced Practice Jessica Corn Northside Gwinnett Medical Center
Advanced Practice Khyshmah Ramadhan Emory Clinic
Advanced Practice Roberta Kaplow* Emory University Hospital
Advanced Practice Sharah Davis Piedmont Henry
Care Management Isabelle Betances* Northside Hospital
Distinguished Nurse of the Year Acquenette Jackson Wellstar Shared Services
Distinguished Nurse of the Year Asleigh Von Kutzleben Northside
Distinguished Nurse of the Year Brenda Neal Emory Healthcare
Distinguished Nurse of the Year Dr. Anita Rich* Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Distinguished Nurse of the Year Katie Lunsford Piedmont Henry
Distinguished Nurse of the Year Sharlene Toney Wellstar Center for Nursing Excellence
Diversity & Advocacy Katrina Dennis Emory Healthcare
Diversity & Advocacy Nancye Feistritzer* Emory University Hospital
Education & Research Amber Parker Wellstar North Fulton Medical Center
Education & Research Anna Brazeale Emory Healthcare
Education & Research Darlene Rogers Emory Healthcare
Education & Research Debbie Spear Emory St. Joseph's Hospital
Education & Research Katharine Courtland Emory University Hospital
Education & Research Lanisa Frierson Emory University Hospital
Education & Research Pamela Russman-Chambers* Northside Hospital
Education & Research Stephanie Soloway Emory Clinic
Education & Research Suchitra Chandrasekaran Emory Healthcare
Excellence in MCH Dr. Samantha Griner* Wellstar Shared Services
Friend to Nursing David Moffett* Wellstar Shared Services
Friend to Nursing Desiree Sykes Northside Hospital
Friend to Nursing Ebony Mitchell Emory University Hospital Midtown
Friend to Nursing Michele Riggs Wellstar Shared Services
Friend to Nursing Sarah Lloyd Northside Hospital
Innovation in MCH Clinical Advancement April Dixon Adedapo* Wellstar Shared Services
Innovation in MCH Clinical Advancement Giselle Southern Wellstar Shared Services
Leadership allison noakes Emory Clinic
Leadership Amanda Veillon Northside
Leadership Andrew Goins Emory St. Joseph's Hospital
Leadership Betsy Augusthy Emory University Hospital
Leadership Brenda Delibero Emory Johns Creek
Leadership Brenda Neal Emory Healthcare
Leadership Bridgett Stroud Emory Healthcare
Leadership Carolyn Booker Northside
Leadership Carolyn Scott Emory University Hospital
Leadership Celeste Grissom Northside
Leadership Dawn Fletcher Emory Healthcare
Leadership DeCarla Goethe Northside
Leadership Elizabeth Peters Wellstar North Fulton Medical Center
Leadership Hannah Kennedy Northside
Leadership Jamie Ryals Northside
Leadership Jessica Harrilson Wellstar West GA Medical Center
Leadership Joysline Ndungu Wellstar Paulding Hospital
Leadership Julie Sargeant Northside
Leadership Karen Velardo Tatoy Emory Johns Creek
Leadership Kathy Cunningham Northside
Leadership Kimberly Johnson Wellstar Shared Services
Leadership Kimberly Layton Emory Healthcare
Leadership Lauren Forkel Northside
Leadership LeDease Berry Northside
Leadership Marcia Hutchinson Emory Healthcare
Leadership Marianne Hatfield Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medial Ctr
Leadership Modupeola[Lola] Fakunle Emory Healthcare
Leadership Nichole Johnson Wellstar Shared Services
Leadership Polly Willis* Emory University Hospital
Leadership Rasheda Roberts Northside
Leadership Rosemary Greenidge Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Ctr
Leadership Sergio Mota Emory University Hospital
Leadership Shunda Harper Emory Healthcare
Leadership Shyrel Thomas Emory University Hospital
Leadership Stephanie Udokang Emory Healthcare
Leadership Susan Kimbrell Emory University Hospital Midtown
Leadership Susana Olivera Northside
Leadership Wyteria Smith Northside
Neonatal Amanda Owens Northside Gwinnett Medical Center
Neonatal Ana Manrrique Northside Hospital
Neonatal Courtney Schilling Northside Hospital
Neonatal Felecia Cantrell Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center
Neonatal Lauren Ross Northside Hospital
Neonatal Lowis-Gian Alcoriza* Northside Hospital
Neonatal Madeleine Bowman Northside Hospital
Neonatal Melissa Smith Northside Hospital
Neonatal Shawnise Hadley Northside Hospital
Neonatal Tamickqa Johnson Wellstar Shared Services
Neonatologist Dr. Ravi Patel* Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Oncology Brianne Cook* Emory St. Joseph's Hospital
Oncology Kristen Wilson Northside
Pediatric Mariah Foster Northside Hospital
Pediatric Rashon Jefferson* Childern's Healthcare of Atlanta
Public Health Nursing Nikki Mattick Wellstar Shared Services
Public Health Nursing Tim Cunningham* Emory Healthcare
Rising Star Ashton Mann Emory Johns Creek
Rising Star Bea Flores Emory St. Joseph's Hospital
Rising Star Gabriella Posess Emory Healthcare
Rising Star Megan Gordon Northside Hospital
Rising Star Victoria Beaton Emory St. Joseph's Hospital
Rising Star Zhen Qiu* Northside Hospital
Women's Health Caitlin Flewellen* Emory Healthcare
Women's Health Roxanne Bauer Northside
Women's Health Shanda M Thompson Northside

* Denotes winner


We’re excited to expand our event to honor the many health care heroes who work tirelessly for the health of moms and babies. This year’s March of Dimes Heroes in Action honorees include nurses and maternal and infant health providers who save lives every day.  There are 21 categories which include not only a “ Distinguish  Nurse of the Year Award”, but “Distinguished Physician of the Year” in the areas of General Medical and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Click here to see a full description of the 2022 categories.

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We are grateful to our nominees, finalists, and winners, for helping to raise money for our mission--to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies!  Your support of March of Dimes will help them reach their goal of $182,000 which will fund programs like:

* Free virtual/in-person NICU support programs for families
* Virtual prenatal programs for moms-to-be 
* Health equity for moms & babies, addressing racial disparities in maternal/child health 
* COVID-19 interventions and support for moms and babies 
* Educational programs for families, including live Facebook panel discussions
* Necessary supplies for expectant mothers, including blood pressure cuffs and masks
* And so much more!


Hundreds of applications across the defined categories ranging from Advanced Practice to Surgical Services are reviewed and scored by high-ranking nurse leaders. Through this competitive process, finalists within each category are then determined. The March of Dimes is proud to announce and honor the 2022 Heroes in Action finalists.

Christine Sperow

 We are honored to have Anchor FOX 5 News Christine Sperow as our 2022 Emcee

Christine  joined Fox 5 News in March 2020. She anchors FOX 5 News
at 4p and co-anchors FOX 5 News Edge at 11 with anchor Tom Haynes. Christine comes to Atlanta after spending 11 years as morning anchor at WBTV in Charlotte, NC. While there she won numerous Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards, RTDNAC Awards and NABJ Awards. Christine anchored coverage of many breaking news events in Charlotte, from devastating hurricanes and winter storms, to news events that made national headlines like the funeral of Reverend Billy Graham, the Charleston church shooting, even the city’s sendoff when the Carolina Panthers went to Super Bowl 50. She has interviewed the likes of President Donald Trump, former First Lady Laura Bush and then-Senator Barack Obama during his first presidential campaign. Christine takes pride in keeping the public informed with accurate information about what’s going on in their community. Being rooted in the community she lives in is also important. While in Charlotte, Christine led the station’s campaign for seven years raising millions of dollars for children fighting pediatric cancer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.



Can't join us on November 18?

Please consider a Fund the Mission donation to help moms and babies!


Thank you for supporting our Health Care Heroes in Action! But the work is not yet done! March of Dimes is leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies here in Georgia not just by honoring health care heroes, but by advocating for policies that benefit all of us - and we need you in that fight with us.

Sign up to join March of Dimes Advocacy Action Network! It takes 30 seconds, and you'll be kept up to date about important news and legislation, and have the chance to remind lawmakers why these policies matter. Join the tens of thousands across the country - and here in Georgia - who care about the health of moms, babies and their families. Don't miss out, sign up today.

Explore partnership opportunities and participate in the network by completing this sign-up form or emailing [email protected].


Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members, we are honored to present Heros In Action events. After months of hard work, these volunteers have taken the event to new heights, honoring more nurses than ever before. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this event possible.

Chair: Janis Dubow
Iris Knight  –  Hamilton – Anthem Healthcare
Milly Sattler – Emory University Hospital
Jeffrey Sherrill – Optum Healthcare
Melissa Sisson – Northside Hospital
Teresa Yancey – United Healthcare
Barbara Faine – 
 PeachState Health Plan/ Ambetter of PeachState

For more information contact:
JoAnna Zackery
[email protected]

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