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Announcing Penn Nursing’s 2022 Alumni Award Winners

Five Penn Nursing alumni and one graduating undergraduate student have been selected as the 2022 Penn Nursing Alumni Award recipients.

Chosen from a strong cohort of nominations, the Alumni Awards Committee and Penn Nursing Alumni are thrilled to announce this year’s Alumni Awards Winners:

Outstanding Alumni Award: Sherry Greenberg, Nu’90, GNu’92, GR’14

Lillian Sholtis Brunner Award for Innovation Practice: Mary Varghese Presti, Nu’95

Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence: Melanie Freas, GNu’95

Alumni Spirit Award: Abby Kra Friedman, Nu’01

Early Career Award for Excellence: Erin Hartman, Nu’18

Alumni Spirit Award for Graduating Students: Luz Elena Pérez Méndez, Nu’22


The Alumni Awards will be presented on May 13, 2022, during Alumni Weekend, where our winners will be honored along with this year’s Penn Nursing Student and Faculty award recipients.


Alumni Awards nominations are open to the public each fall-winter in an effort to identify and honor the impact and work of Penn Nursing alumni across the globe.

Co-chaired by Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, GNu’09, GR’10, and G.J. Melendez Torres, Nu’11, W’11, the 2021-2022 Alumni Awards Committee reviews these nominations and has the difficult task of choosing the cohort of winners from among the many stellar nominees.

To learn more about Penn Nursing’s Alumni Awards, click HERE.

More information on the Student, Alumni & Faculty Awards Program can be found HERE. Registration is required.