2015 ARHP Merit and Appreciation Awards

ARHP Addie Thomas Service Award
The ARHP Addie Thomas Service Award is presented in honor of the Association’s first president and recognizes an individual who has been an active volunteer involved with local, regional, and national arthritis-related activities.

Merit_Everix Donna K. Everix, MPA, BS, PT
Arthritis Center at Mills-Peninsula Health Services
Burlingame, Calif.

ARHP Distinguished Scholar Award
The ARHP Distinguished Scholar Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates exceptional achievements in scholarly activities pertinent to arthritis and the rheumatic diseases.

Merit_Li Linda C. Li, PT, MSc, PhD
Arthritis Research Canada
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

ARHP Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award
The ARHP Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award is presented to an ARHP member who has provided extraordinary service to advocate for patients with arthritis and rheumatic diseases or for health professionals in rheumatology.

Merit_Taylor Janalee Taylor, MSN, RN, CNS, CNP
Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

ARHP Distinguished Clinician Award
The ARHP Distinguished Clinician Award is presented to an individual who is engaged in clinical practice, and demonstrates outstanding clinical expertise in arthritis and the rheumatic diseases.

Merit_Huisinga Karen Huisinga, MN, ARNP, FNP
VA Puget Sound Health Care System

ARHP Distinguished Educator Award
The ARHP Distinguished Educator Award is presented to an ARHP member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching of health professional students, medical students, residents, graduate students, and/or fellows, with their primary focus being rheumatology-related content.

Merit_Klepper Susan E. Klepper, PhD, PT
Columbia University
Physical Therapy Program
New York

ARHP Lifetime Achievement Award
The ARHP Lifetime Achievement Award is ARHP’s highest honor. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a current or former member of ARHP whose career has demonstrated a sustained and lasting contribution to rheumatology and rheumatology health professionals.

Merit_Katz Patricia P. Katz, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Arthritis Research Group
San Francisco

President’s Award
The President’s Award is presented to the ARHP/ACR member or team performing outstanding service within the present year in advancing the goals, ideals, and standards of ARHP.

Merit_Adam Paul M. Adam, MSW
Mary Pack Arthritis Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Graduate Student Award
The Graduate Student Award is presented to the top graduate student research or clinical project proposals in the field of rheumatology.

Merit_Baldassari Antoine R. Baldassari, BA
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Merit_Fox Rina S. Fox, MS
SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program Clinical Psychology
San Diego