NAVREF Announces Annual Awardees
September 12, 2016 02:41 PM
(Washington, D.C.) - The National Association of Veterans’ Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF) held its second annual awards dinner on September 12th, honoring NAVREF members nominated by their peers for demonstrating leadership excellence at their local nonprofit corporations. The awards dinner was hosted by NAVREF CEO Rick Starrs at the Pentagon City Ritz-Carlton Hotel in conjunction with NAVREF’s 24th Annual Conference. As a special treat, last year’s award winners were in attendance to present this year’s winners with their awards.
The 2016 winners included Ms. Cindy Reutzel of the Chicago Association for Research and Education Science (CARES), who was awarded NAVREF’s prestigious Barbara West Award. Ms. Reutzel was recognized for her years of outstanding service and dedication to her nonprofit corporation and NAVREF, serving on the NAVREF Board of Directors and taking on the role of acting executive director during a transition period for NAVREF.
Dr. Howard Gordon of the Westside Institute for Science and Education (WISE), Chicago, IL, was awarded the Best Practice and Innovation Award for his tireless efforts to advance the mission of WISE, specifically his achievement in advancing the Chicago Area Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN), an unprecedented collaboration across diverse healthcare institutions including private, county, and state hospitals and health systems, a consortium of Federally Qualified Health Centers, and two Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals. His dedication has significantly advanced the inter-institutional relationships being developed by the Hines VA and Jesse Brown VA in the greater Chicago region.
Dr. Katrina Washburn of the South Florida VA Foundation for Research and Education took home the NAVREF Board of Directors Award for her exceptional analytical and managerial skills. Dr. Washburn rejuvenated her nonprofit’s viability by putting it on solid financial footing. Within months of assuming her position as the foundation’s executive director, Dr. Washburn rationalized the Foundation's business practices, streamlined staffing, and enhanced revenues and collections.
NAVREF congratulates each of the award winners for their hard work and dedication supporting the VA research mission, and we wish them future success in all their endeavors.
The 3rd Annual NAVREF Awards presentation will be held on September 10, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.