Wayne State University

CON Alumni Association Awards

2016 Alumna of the Year

Linda Mary Vanni, M.S.N., RN-BC, ACNS-BC, NP
West Region Providence-St. John Health System, Southfield MI

Linda Mary Vanni (B.S.N. '83) will receive the Alumna of the Year Award at the April 13, 2016 Research Day celebration. She is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in pain management at West Region Providence-St. John Health System in Southfield, Michigan. Vanni has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2014 Clinical Excellence Award from the Midwest Pain Society. She is a widely published author, presenter, and research consultant on issues related to pain.

2015 Alumna of the Year

Photo of Dr. Antonia M. Villarruel

Antonia M. Villarruel, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
School of Nursing, ​University of Pennsylvania 

Wayne State alumna, Antonia M. Villarruel (Ph.D. '93), is Professor and the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is internationally recognized for her leadership in policy, practice and research.

Dr. Villarruel's research focus is on health promotion and health disparities underpinned by a community participatory approach. Her current research projects include sexual risk reduction interventions for Latino and Mexican youth; parent-adolescent communication interventions to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease; the use of virtual environments to train community participants to implement evidence-based interventions, and language learning to promote global health competency in undergraduate nurses. She developed an effective evidence-based intervention to reduce sexual risk behavior among Latino youths titled ¡Cuídate! (or Protect Yourself!) which has been disseminated nationally by the CDC.