Alumni Awards

The Duke University School of Nursing recognizes distinguished alumni, faculty and friends for their significant contributions to the School and the nursing community at large. The School is proud to recognize the outstanding recipients of our Alumni Awards. Visit Alumni Awards Nomination to learn more about each award.

2020 Award Recipients


Distinguished Alumnus Award
Carole Klove

Carole Ann Klove, BSN'80, RN, JD is chief nursing officer and counsel at Elemeno Health in Oakland, California. Klove and her team have created a digital health technology solution that empowers and supports front line nurses and other professionals with microlearning tools to deliver just-in-time information and team communication at the point of need and care to drive consistency of practices, including those involving COVID-19, to health systems and providers throughout the country. Klove has over 35 years of experience in health care. After graduating from DUSON, she started her career as a neurosurgical and an intensive care unit nurse and charge nurse and then went on to law school to begin a legal career that is focused on health care matters, litigation and regulatory compliance. Klove became a health care partner in the national law firm Davis Wright Tremaine, where she was a recognized leader and speaker on health care compliance programs like the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). She then transitioned to consulting, serving as a partner with Deloitte to help build a national health care regulatory practice.

She used her Duke nursing talents not only in her career endeavors but also in the community. She led medical mission trips to Nepal and Mexico through her church, has worked with the Coastside Medical Reserve Corps and Disaster Healthcare Volunteers, and volunteers as a nurse at the Rotocare Clinic in Half Moon Bay, California. She is a lifelong volunteer and supporter of Duke. Klove is a member of Duke Alumni Association and has served as president of the Duke University School of Alumni Council and Association. Most recently, she joined the Board of Advisors of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Klove received a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree from Duke University School of Nursing and a doctor of law degree from Southwestern Law School.

Elizabeth Barfield

Elizabeth J. Barfield, EdD, RN, MSN'72, BSN'70, ASN is professor emerita and former dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Salisbury University in Maryland, and professor emerita and retired nursing department chair at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). A distinguished nurse educator and a leader in transitioning nursing education from hospital to academic settings, Barfield developed programs for nurses to earn advanced degrees and develop their careers. A pioneer in the movement to increase diversity in nursing education and practice, she implemented a mentoring project to recruit and retain students from disadvantaged backgrounds. While at CSUSB, she wrote the grant that established a master's program to prepare nurses for advanced practice in diverse communities.

Hundreds of nurses have benefited from her work as chair of the Governor's Nursing Validation Committee, which developed the Maryland registered nurse articulation model. This model allows registered nurses with diplomas and associate degrees to earn bachelor's degrees from universities throughout the state. She received an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from DUSON and a Doctor of Education degree in higher education administration from the College of William and Mary.


Lifetime Achievement Award
Jay Barrett

Jay E. Barrett, RN, BSN'70, MBA is the nurse manager of the Women Veteran's Health program for the Veteran Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System. Her leadership role and her 23 years of military service exemplify the qualities of a truly outstanding woman and veteran. After graduating from Duke in 1970, she joined the military and was deployed to Vietnam to work at the 85th Evacuation Hospital at Phu Bai. After six years of active duty, she joined the U.S. Army Reserves, where she served for more than 17 years and rose through the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel. Barrett is a fierce advocate for women veterans. As the first Women's Health nurse manager for the VA Boston Healthcare System, she has been a leader in nursing education and culture change for the hospital.

In addition to her nursing career, Barrett volunteers for her town and church community. She is a founding member of Walpole Families of Faith, which runs the Breaking Bread program to provide a free meal to families and individuals in the community every Monday. She has traveled on a service trip with Mil Milagros, a non-profit organization that works to improve children's health and education in Guatemala. Barrett received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from DUSON and a Master in Business Administration degree from Northeastern University.


Humanitarian Award
Amie Koch

Amie Koch, DNP, MSN'08, BSN'04, FNP-C, RN, ACHPN is an assistant professor with DUSON and practices clinically as a palliative care and hospice nurse practitioner at Transitions LifeCare, a non-profit organization in Raleigh, North Carolina. She serves the most ill members of the community and oftentimes cares for those without insurance or financial capability to pay. Over the last 20 years, Koch has donated her time and voice to advocate for the most vulnerable individuals in the community. She provides educational talks to raise awareness of palliative care and end-of-life resources for local families and caregivers, many of whom are unaware of available resources that are offered to support them and their ill loved one.

While a student at DUSON, she grew her commitment to those in need. Koch motivated other students to volunteer at soup kitchens and homeless shelters and organized toiletry donation drives for community shelters and the Durham AIDS Alliance. Her passion for helping others was fostered by the Duke community, and she continued to volunteer her time with such organizations as the Durham Crisis Response Center, where she helped to support women who had been victims of domestic abuse, and Urban Ministries, where she led breast cancer screening education and support to women. In 2018, she was elected to the Durham Mayor Women's Council and serves on the health and housing committee. She helps build a more equitable, safe and healthy community for women and children in Durham. Koch received an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing degrees from DUSON and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from East Carolina University.


Trailblazer Award
Regalado Valerio

Regalado "Reggie" Valerio, Jr., DNP'17, CRNA is a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) at LAC+USC (Los Angeles County + University of Southern California) Medical Center and an academic, clinical, and simulation faculty member at the USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia, Keck School of Medicine. Valerio facilitates laboratory simulations on anesthesia planning, management and delivery in a safe and controlled learning environment for nurse anesthetist students in the simulation program at USC. For three years in a row, Valerio has served as an item writer for the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists' (NBCRNA) self-evaluation exam, which helps prepare anesthesia students for their national certification examination.

Shortly after he graduated from DUSON, he took a leadership position and became the president of the Philippine Nurses Association of Southern California (PNASC), a Filipino professional nursing organization that aims to promote professional excellence and contribute to significant outcomes to health care and society. At the beginning of his inauguration in May 2018, Valerio launched his mantra for his executive team - PNASC RISE, which stands for his goals: Recruit and Retain, Innovate and Inspire, Serve, Empower and Engage PNASC owners/members. Under his governance, the organization surpassed its membership goals, provided numerous scholarship grants, facilitated community outreach and volunteerism, partnered research ventures with different health organizations and achieved its long-term goal of becoming a bona fide charitable organization. Valerio holds double bachelor degrees in medical technology and nursing from the Philippines, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude respectively. While practicing critical care nursing at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles and UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, Valerio pursued a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia degree at USC where he graduated as the class valedictorian. For almost seven years now, Valerio has been providing anesthesia in both academic institutions like LAC+USC, and private organizations like Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills.

Clinical Practice Excellence Award
Sonya Glavin

Sonya M. Glavin, MSN'98, FNP-C, IBCLC is a senior nurse practitioner at SAS Health Care Center in Cary, North Carolina. As a family nurse practitioner for over 20 years, she has provided high quality care to patients across the lifespan, specializing in pediatrics, lactation and quality improvement. She is a member of the North Carolina Nurses Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Sigma the International Honor Society of Nursing, where she served as a board member at large for Beta Epsilon. She has also been trained in touchpoints early childhood development and newborn observation examination through the Brazelton Institute at Harvard Medical School. Glavin has been a local and national presenter at the North Carolina Nurse Association Spring Symposiums and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners national conferences.

She is a longtime clinical instructor and preceptor at DUSON and trains nurse practitioner students in the Master of Science in Nursing degree program. Glavin has been faculty for many courses and has provided lactation content and seminars for on campus intensive weeks. Since 2009, Glavin has provided care to families at SAS Health Care Center. She was honored to be chosen as a fellow in the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program in 2018 and implemented a successful project to streamline and improve colon cancer screening process and completions in the practice, using a team based approach to care delivery. In addition to providing primary care to families of SAS Institute, she is also a leader of the quality improvement team and clinical operations liaison. Glavin earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from DUSON and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Vermont.

Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Science Award

Sharron L. Docherty, PhD, PNP, FAAN is an associate professor and assistant dean of the PhD in Nursing Program at DUSON. She has a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, and is an associate of the Duke Initiative for Science and Society. Her research focuses on improving health outcomes for children, adolescents, young adults and families undergoing intensive treatment for life-threatening and chronic conditions. She seeks to improve care models, symptom management and decision making from diagnosis through the end of life. In addition, she has a depth of methodological expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods. In 2019, Docherty and Gary Maslow, MD, MPH, associate professor at Duke University School of Medicine, were awarded more than $3 million from the National Institutes of Health for a five-year period to study the impact of peer i-Coaching for activated self-management optimization in adolescents and young adults with childhood onset chronic conditions.

Docherty practiced as a pediatric nurse practitioner and joined DUSON in 2002 to develop and lead the first Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Acute and Chronic Care Program in North Carolina. She served as the program director until 2010, and, under her leadership, the program was ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she is also a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the Society for Research in Child Development, the Southern Nursing Research Society, and Sigma Theta Tau. Docherty received a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Windsor, a Master's of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Western Ontario and a PhD in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Read more on these winners in our Summer 2020 Duke Nursing Magazine. Also, click here to view our past recipients!

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