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Crane & Kopf Research Awards (Retired)

Frances G. Crane Memorial Research Award

The Frances G. Crane Memorial Research Award

Frances G. Crane was founder and President of Tri-Cities and Helpmates, Inc. and the Tri-Cities Nurses’ Registry in Latham and Schenectady, New York.  She pioneered new patterns of independent practice and, with her husband and business partner Edward Crane, interpreted and staunchly defended professional nurses’ rights and responsibilities as independent contractors.

The Frances G. Crane Memorial Research Award – retired

Previous Awardees

2002 – Marilyn Stapleton, MS, RN, C
2001 – Nancy Flanagan, PhD, RN
2000 – Joan Arnold, PhD, RN
Penelope Buschman Gemma, MS, RN, CS, FAAN
1999 – Jane Ruby, MS, RN

Rita C. Kopf Memorial Research Award

Rita C. Kopf Memorial Research Award – retired

Rita C. Kopf served as Director of Nursing, Saratoga Hospital; Clinical Nursing Specialist and Director of Quality Assurance, Albany Medical Center; and in faculty positions at Russell Sage College and Adelphi University.  She was widely respected for her fierce and unbending commitment to standards and the dignity of patients and nursing. The Kopf grant was begun by friends in her name and maintained for twenty years. In 2013 when the decision was made to retire the grant, awards were made three times.

The Rita C. Kopf Memorial Research Awardees

  • 2013
    • January:
      •  Virginia Riggall, MS, RN, CCRN;
      • Jennifer Klimek Yingling, PhDc, APRN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC
    • May:
      • Nancy Scanlon, PMHNP-BC;
      • Anne Mare Simmons, MSN, RN;
      • Karen Bourgeois, PhD, FNP-BC, RN;
      • Kathleen Lucke PhD, RN;
      • Heide Shepard, BSN;
      • Robin Lally, PhD, MS, BA, RN, AOCN
    • September:
      • Donna TydingsMS, RN, CNS-BC, CCRN;
      • Jennifer Muilenburg, RN, MS, ANP-C, CCRN;
      • Ronn Callada, MS, RN;
      • Patricia Reineke, PhD, RN;
      • Sabrina Nitkowski-Keever, MSN, RN;
      • Peggy Tallier, EdD, RN;
      • Chris Malmgreen, MS, MA, RN,-BC
  • 2012
    • Rhonda Reader, MS, RN, CNE;
    • Denise Famolaro, MSN, RN;
    • Darcel Reyes, RN, ANP-BC, AAHIVMS
  • 2011
    • Christine Rem, MS, RN
  • 2010
    • Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, PhD, RN
  • 2007
    • Peggy C. Tallier, EdD, MPA, BSN
  • 2003
    • Leigh Small, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC
  • 2002
    • Debra Jeffs, MS, CPN, RN
  • 2001
    • Wei-Ti Chen, MSN, RN, CNM
  • 2000
    • Tobie H. Olsan, MS, MPA, RN
  • 1999
    • Craig R. Sellers, MS, RN, CS-ANP, ACRN