Shelley Joseph-Kordell Scholarship

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The Shelley Joseph-Kordell Scholarship was founded in 2004 by family and friends to honor her life and work. Prior to her tragic death in 2003, Ms. Joseph-Kordell had worked for over 20 years in elder services management as the founder of Estates in Transition/Rent a Daughter™ (now Pathfinder Care Management/Rent a Daughter™). She believed that older adults could both retain their independence longer and transition into long-term care more easily if they were in control of various facets of their lives including financial planning, housing, transportation, and health care. A 1971 graduate of the University of Minnesota, she was an early advocate for older adults and was recognized as a prescient and compassionate leader in her profession. T

The 2016 Shelley Joseph-Kordell Scholars are:

Eric Jutkowitz, who is pursuing a PhD in health services research, policy, and administration in the School of Public Health; Mary Whipple, who is pursuing a PhD in the School of Nursing; and Katie Louwagie, who is in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the School of Nursing. 

2015: Tai Gilbert, DNP, MSN, RN, who is pursuing her PhD in the School of Nursing.

2014: Heather Davila, MPA, who is pursuing her doctorate in evaluation studies in the College of Education and Human Development; Melanie Jackson, who is working on her PhD in family social science in the College of Education and Human Development; and Breanna Wheeler, who is completing her master's degree in the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs.

2013: Jessica Finlay is pursuing a PhD in the Department of Geography, where she is engaged in research on how the elderly experience and cope in urban environments, and Rusudan Kilaberia, a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work who is researching how services are organized for older adults, and how better to meet their needs.

2012: Carrie Henning-Smith MPH., MSW; and Carina Lindberg, BSN. Ms.Henning-Smith is seeking a PhD in health services research, policy, and administration in the School of Public Health. Ms. Lindberg is pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice (D.N.P.) in the School of Nursing.

2011: Ellen McCreedy. Ms. McCreedy is pursuing a doctorate in health services research, policy, and administration in the School of Public Health. She plans to research how various primary care models affect the health outcomes of people with chronic conditions.

2010: Amanda Matzek, PhD. Dr. Matzek completed her PhD in 2011 and is now an assistant professor of human development at the University of Wisconsin - Stout, Menominie, Wisconsin.

2009: Andrea Wysocki, PhD. Dr. Wysocki completed her PhD in health services research and administration in the School of Public Health in 2012. She has relocated to Providence, Rhode Island and is now a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

2008: Charissa Eaton, PhD. Dr.Eaton finished her PhD in the School of Social Work and is now an assistant professor of social work at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota.

2007: Mary Dierich, PhD. Dr. Dierich completed her doctorate in 2010. Right after graduation, she worked at HealthPartners as a nurse practitioner in assisted living and she has just been appointed as clinical associate professor in the U of M's School of Nursing and Specialty Coordinator for the Adult/Gerontology Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

2006: Kristine Talley, PhD. Dr. Talley completed her PhD in gerontological nursing in 2008 and she is now an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing where she teaches Advanced Care of Older Adults .

2005: Rajean Moone, PhD. Dr. Moone graduated from the University in 2008 with a PhD from the School of Social Work. He is the founder of Moone Consulting, LLC, which provides consulting services to various aging and disability projects throughout the state of Minnesota.

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The Shelley Joseph-Kordell Scholarship was founded in 2004 by family and friends to honor her life and work. Prior to her tragic death in 2003, Ms. Joseph-Kordell had worked for over 20 years in elder services management as the founder of Estates in Transition/Rent a Daughter™ (now Pathfinder Care Management/Rent a Daughter™). She believed that older adults could both retain their independence longer and transition into long-term care more easily if they were in control of various facets of their lives including financial planning, housing, transportation, and health care. A 1971 graduate of the University of Minnesota, she was an early advocate for older adults and was recognized as a prescient and compassionate leader in her profession. T

The 2016 Shelley Joseph-Kordell Scholars are:

Eric Jutkowitz, who is pursuing a PhD in health services research, policy, and administration in the School of Public Health; Mary Whipple, who is pursuing a PhD in the School of Nursing; and Katie Louwagie, who is in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the School of Nursing. 

2015: Tai Gilbert, DNP, MSN, RN, who is pursuing her PhD in the School of Nursing.

2014: Heather Davila, MPA, who is pursuing her doctorate in evaluation studies in the College of Education and Human Development; Melanie Jackson, who is working on her PhD in family social science in the College of Education and Human Development; and Breanna Wheeler, who is completing her master's degree in the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs.

2013: Jessica Finlay is pursuing a PhD in the Department of Geography, where she is engaged in research on how the elderly experience and cope in urban environments, and Rusudan Kilaberia, a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work who is researching how services are organized for older adults, and how better to meet their needs.

2012: Carrie Henning-Smith MPH., MSW; and Carina Lindberg, BSN. Ms.Henning-Smith is seeking a PhD in health services research, policy, and administration in the School of Public Health. Ms. Lindberg is pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice (D.N.P.) in the School of Nursing.

2011: Ellen McCreedy. Ms. McCreedy is pursuing a doctorate in health services research, policy, and administration in the School of Public Health. She plans to research how various primary care models affect the health outcomes of people with chronic conditions.

2010: Amanda Matzek, PhD. Dr. Matzek completed her PhD in 2011 and is now an assistant professor of human development at the University of Wisconsin - Stout, Menominie, Wisconsin.

2009: Andrea Wysocki, PhD. Dr. Wysocki completed her PhD in health services research and administration in the School of Public Health in 2012. She has relocated to Providence, Rhode Island and is now a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

2008: Charissa Eaton, PhD. Dr.Eaton finished her PhD in the School of Social Work and is now an assistant professor of social work at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota.

2007: Mary Dierich, PhD. Dr. Dierich completed her doctorate in 2010. Right after graduation, she worked at HealthPartners as a nurse practitioner in assisted living and she has just been appointed as clinical associate professor in the U of M's School of Nursing and Specialty Coordinator for the Adult/Gerontology Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

2006: Kristine Talley, PhD. Dr. Talley completed her PhD in gerontological nursing in 2008 and she is now an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing where she teaches Advanced Care of Older Adults .

2005: Rajean Moone, PhD. Dr. Moone graduated from the University in 2008 with a PhD from the School of Social Work. He is the founder of Moone Consulting, LLC, which provides consulting services to various aging and disability projects throughout the state of Minnesota.