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Alumni & Friends - Alumni Award for Distinguished Service

For meritorious service to the state, nation, and the world.


Loah (Lunan) Stallard has been a registered nurse for over 50 years. She earned her BSN in 1955 from the University of Iowa College of Nursing. In addition, she earned a Masters in Nursing from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Public Administration from University of Missouri-Kansas City.

In 1979, Ms. Stallard accepted a position as administrator of the Social Welfare Board in St. Joseph-- a free health clinic that serves citizens of limited means who are without health insurance and not covered by programs of the government. It is the oldest free clinic in the US and the only remaining clinic of its type in Missouri. Loah started as a nurse when the board employed only four staff members, and as the organization expanded so did her role. From 1979 to 2006 as she worked as the executive director, the board added dental care, a diabetic food program, a dietician, crisis counseling, gynecological services, cardiovascular screening, and arthritis services. The organization also grew to a staff of 40, plus 15 volunteers including nursing students and interpreters to serve the town’s growing Hispanic population. She retired as executive director in 2006 but continues to be a health educator for the WISEWOMAN Program, a service of the clinic for women over the age of 40. The services provided include: one-on-one counseling on nutrition, exercise and tobacco cessation as well as screening and education to reduce the risk of diseases and strokes.




Terry Wicks, BSN '81

Terry Wicks received his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa College of Nursing in 1981, and worked in the SICU at UIHC for a year and a half before returning to active duty in the US Army Nurse Corps, where he completed the Army’s nurse anesthesia education program in December of 1986. He also received a master’s degree in Health Sciences from Texas Wesleyan University.

After completing a tour of duty as a CRNA in Honolulu, Mr. Wicks was appointed to the position of Assistant Course Director at the Army’s Anesthesia Training Program in Aurora, Colorado. He left the military in 1992 and relocated to North Carolina. He was elected to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Board of Directors, and assumed the presidency in August 2006.

Terry Wicks is recognized for his commitment to students and his professional service as President of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.


Rhoda Shepherd, BSN'72; MA'76

Rhoda Shepherd M.A., R.N., graduated from the University of Iowa College of Nursing in 1972 (BSN) and earned her MA from the College of Nursing in 1976.  Ms. Shepherd currently is Director Student Services in the Cedar Rapids Community School District, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Ms. Shepherd assumed the role in July 2002, and is responsible for management of Health Services, including Metro Care Connection school-based health centers.  This program includes behavioral services, homeless services, Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities, 504 planning, and equity coordination.  She also interfaces between the district and Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation, Mercy Family Practice Residency Program, St. Luke’s Dental Health Center, Abbe Center for Community Mental Health, Area Substance Abuse Council, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Linn County Community Services, Alternative Services, Iowa Department of Human Services, Juvenile Court of the 6th Judicial District, University of Iowa College of Nursing, and Coe College.

Prior to assuming her current position, Ms. Shepherd provided leadership in establishing policy for the Health Services program that serves the district’s 18,000 students, preschool through 12th grade in 33 schools. She recommended services, developed annual improvement plan and was responsible for $1.5 million budget. Under her tenure, Ms. Shepherd increased FTE for nurses from 6.8 to 13.3, including 3 pediatric nurse practitioners.  She is best known for the creation of Metro Care Connection which provides access to health care in schools for uninsured and underinsured children. The services include free school-based expanded healthcare services, including primary and preventive care, mental health counseling and substance abuse counseling for all district students and siblings needing access (Metro Care Connection).  

She continues her involvement in numerous community organizations related to her passion for children.  They are Healthy Linn Care Network, Family Resource Development Association, Linn County Empowerment/Family and Community Health Alliance, Metro Care Connection Health Centers Task Force, Healthy Iowans 2010 Asthma Chapter Committee, ,Early Head Start Advisory Board,  St. Luke’s Child Protection Center Advisory Board, Linn County Medicaid Administrative Claiming Project and Linn County Decategorization Executive Committee.  She is a member of American Nurses Association, National Association of School Nurses Sigma Theta Tau International, American School Health Association and School Administrators of Iowa. 

Ms. Shepherd’s vision and inspiration for community leadership was drawn from her experience as a school nurse for at-risk preschools.  During this time, she came face to face with the considerable needs of families for comprehensive health and human services.  Rhoda Shepherd is an inspiration because she is an effective community health leader who reaches out to those who need it most.


Cheryll A. Jones, BSN'69

Cheryll A. Jones is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the High Risk Infant Follow-up Program in Ottumwa, Iowa, a service of the Child Health Specialty Clinics, and works as the Health Services Coordinator of District XV Specialized Child Health Center. Colleagues in various sections of the Midwest rave about her incredible dedication and expertise in the areas of diagnosing, evaluating and planning services for children with existing or suspected health conditions, chronic or congenital disorders, or behavioral disorders.

Ms. Jones began her present work in a half-time coordinator position in 1977 and through her effort the position became full-time in 1984. Over the past 27 years, she has provided therapeutic interventions to hundreds of Iowa children and their families, conducted in-service trainings, presented at conferences, and provided numerous hours of technical assistance and consultation to her peers and colleagues. Prior to this work, Ms. Jones worked as a PNP with four pediatricians in their private practice, retained hospital privileges in the Newborn Nursery, and provided well child care two nights per week.

In September 1974, Ms. Jones was a faculty member in the College of Nursing teaching in the PNP program and spent the second year of her appointment as the Interim Director of the program. She also taught two summers in the Primary Care Project, which taught physical assessment skills to faculty members of baccalaureate nursing programs. Immediately after graduating with a BSN from the College of Nursing , Ms. Jones worked for the Public Health Nursing Association of Linn County as a staff nurse and supervisor.


Marcia T. Rexroat, MA'79

Marcia K. Rexroat has been a therapist at the Child Abuse Council of the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program in Moline, Illinois since 1978. She partners with Susan Gallagher to provide treatment to children who are victims of intra-familial sexual abuse. Over the past 25 years, she has provided therapeutic interventions to hundreds of children and their families, conducted in-service trainings, presented at conferences, and provided numerous hours of technical assistance and consultation to her peers and colleagues.

Ms. Rexroat graduated from St. Luke's School of Nursing in 1968. After working as Director of Health Services for kindergarten through twelfth grades and as an in-service educator at several mental health centers in the Quad Cities area, she came to the University of Iowa College of Nursing where she obtained a master's in psychiatric nursing in 1979.

Her colleagues enthusiastically acknowledge Ms. Rexroat's professional demeanor, passion, compassion and high level of expertise. It is with their support and recognition that the University of Iowa College of Nursing presents Marcia K. Rexroat with the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service to children and their families.


Pamela J. Haylock, BSN'71; MA'77

Pamela J. Haylock (BSN '71, MA '77). Ms. Haylock is a native of Maquoketa , Iowa and received both her BSN and MA degrees from the University of Iowa College of Nursing. She is currently a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas at Galveston School of Nursing and a highly respected and much sought after oncology consultant.

Following completion of her MA degree, Ms. Haylock became both an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Enterostomal Therapy Nurse in the San Francisco area. She rose to the position of Director, Oncology and AIDS services at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco by 1986, where she later served as a consultant and oversaw the construction of a department of radiation oncology and development of a cancer program. At the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda , MD , Haylock compiled and drafted the final copy of a computerized on-line database of Supportive Care Statements related to diagnoses of malignant diseases (1989-1995). She also served on the editorial board of the PDQ (Physician Data Query) Supportive Care Data Base for NCI's on-line professional and lay information retrieval systems. From 1993-1996 she served as a Patient Rights Specialist providing consultative services related to patient rights in cancer-related issues, while concurrently serving as Associate Editor of the Oncology Nursing Society's "Nursing Scan in Oncology." Ms. Haylock was a planning team member and faculty mentor for the Oncology Nursing Society's Leadership Institute and is currently part of the Core Development Team that created the Cancer Survival Toolbox, a series of self-learning audio programs designed to help cancer survivors and caregivers learn and effectively use self-advocacy skills.


Elsie Beard Studer, GN'44

Elsie Beard Studer is a graduate of the School of Nursing at Iowa (1944) and received a MSN, University of California, Los Angeles 1965. She has served in a variety of nursing roles throughout her career. She has been a staff nurse, head nurse, supervisor, director of nursing and consultant in administration. Mrs. Studer served as a volunteer ombudsman and was chosen ombudsman of the year in 1998.

Throughout her career she has established a pattern: to contribute and to assume responsibility of leadership. Several examples demonstrate this pattern of development.

In May 1949, she started as a staff nurse at the Veteran's Administration Hospital, Los Angeles, CA. During her nineteen-year experience, she was promoted to head nurse, nursing supervisor, assistant chief (evenings), then administration supervisor and assistant chief, nursing services.

The month Elsie Studer left the Veteran's Hospital, she assumed the role as Director of Nursing Services at UCLA Hospital in Los Angeles. After four years, she became the Associate Director of the Hospital and Clinics. During her seven years tenure, the hospital capacity increased from 450 to 1,000 beds.

In 1975, Elsie Studer moved to Sacramento, CA to become Special Assistant to the Director at University Medical Center. She was promoted to Acting Director of Nursing, then to Associate Hospital Director. It was under her leadership that the hospital was converted from a county hospital to the University of California Davis Medical Center.

In her retirement, she works to teach other volunteers about long-tern care and stays knowledgeable about the laws governing the medical status of residents in long-term care facilities.


Dorothy (Rusty) Rasley, GN'51

Dorothy A. ("Rusty") Rasley's record of service at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics exemplified dedication and participation: dedication to first class patient care and participation in the committees and task forces established to improve conditions for patients and hospital staff alike.

A 1951 graduate of the College, Rasley soon became head nurse and then supervisor of the head specialties operating rooms at University Hospitals. She went on to supervise and administer surgical and other nursing services for private patients and to serve as a clinical nursing specialist in UIHC's surgical intensive care unit. Ultimately, Rasley specialized in hospital epidemiology, becoming senior nurse epidemiologist. Along the way, she served on a host of hospital committees treating issues ranging from linen use to nursing leadership development to disaster planning.

Rasley's service also extended well beyond University Hospitals. She coordinated Iowa's Statewide Epidemiology Education and Consultation Program from 1976 to 1988, and also consulted with Iowa City's Veterans Affairs Medical Center on infection control procedures. In 1989, Rasley was named Outstanding Iowa Infection Control Practitioner.

After her retirement in 1992, Rasley visited Russia several times as part of a medical exchange program between Iowa and its sister state of Stavropol.


Sally Mathis Hartwig, BSN'75; MA'77

Sally Mathis Hartwig (BSN 1975, MA 1977) retired as director of nursing and patient services at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics - twice.

Heading the teaching hospital's nursing service from 1979 to 1993, Hartwig continued as an associate director of the hospital until 1995, when she retired for the first time. But in 1999 she agreed to direct the service on an interim basis through a leadership transition.

Hartwig came to the UI in 1971 as assistant director of nursing at Oakdale Hospital. While she was director of nursing at the UIHC, the number of registered nurses on staff rose to more than 1,500 and the nursing service adapted to the trend toward greater use of outpatient care for everything from diagnostic procedures to minor surgery. During her stint as interim director, Hartwig helped finalize and implement a new policy permitting registered nurses on the UIHC staff to receive full reimbursement to complete their BSN degree in one year through the College of Nursing's RN-BSN Progression program.

The College has an endowed professorship named in Hartwig's honor. The Sally Mathis Hartwig Endowed Professorship in Gerontological Nursing Research recognizes her many years of service in nursing and is the first faculty position endowed jointly by the UIHC and the College of Nursing.