Owensboro Health Announces 2015 President’s Award

Award recognizes employees and physicians who exemplify organization’s core values and mission

Owensboro Health has recognized 17 employees with the President’s Award. The annual program identifies and honors top performers nominated by their peers and selected by a team of past award winners.

Recipients must demonstrate outstanding performance and reflect behaviors and attitudes that compliment the hospital’s core commitments (integrity, service, respect, teamwork, innovation and excellence) and its mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the community.

Winners receive awards during informal surprise receptions at the workplace. Employees choose from prizes that include vacations, home improvement and entertainment packages. Physician winners select a charity for contributions to be made in their names. All winners celebrate at recognition banquet with their families, friends and coworkers.

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2015 President's Award Recipients

Tim Barnett

My wife Dustie and I have two children. Chloe is 9 years old and Harley is 3.

I grew up in Maceo, Kentucky working on a farm. I did a lot of hunting.

I received my high school diploma and have been working full-time since I was 16 years old.

I enjoy hunting, fishing and spending time with my family and very proud of becoming a father. I work hard to make a great living for my family.

Heath Blandford 

I grew up on a farm off of Southtown Boulevard in Owensboro, Kentucky. It was city living, but just a whole lot better.

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 2008. I graduated with my Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky-College of Pharmacy in 2012.

I enjoy working on the farm clearing brush, hunting and watching movies. I am a car/truck buff and like Kentucky basketball.

I am proud to have received the 2012 student of the year from the University of Kentucky, Owensboro-Daviess County Clinical Education Center.

Claire Boomershine 

I am married to Mason and we have one daughter. Katherine (Katie) who will turn 2 years old in May. She loves dancing, being read to and laughing.         

I grew up in DeKalb, Illinois, located in the northern part of the state. DeKalb is known for corn and barbed wire. You may recognize the “winged” or “flying” corn from a cornfield near you. DeKalb was a great place to grow up and I still have many friends and family in the area.

I received my Bachelor of Arts: Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2005 from Knox College and my Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Illinois-Chicago in 2009. I have completed two residency programs: St. Mary’s Health Center in 2009-2010 and Oncology Pharmacy Residency at University of Louisville, 2010-2011. I received by Board Certification as an Oncology Pharmacist in 2012.

I enjoy volleyball, softball, running, playing with my daughter and spending time with friends and family.


Brenda Coleman

My husband Terry and I have two children. Rachel, 36 lives in Beech Grove, Kentucky and is Beautician and Andrew, 32 is a construction worker, living in Calhoun, Kentucky. We are also the grandparents of two girls. Lori, 20, is a nursing student in Owensboro and McKenna, 10, is a fourth grader at Calhoun Elementary in Beech Grove.

I was raised in Beech Grove, Kentucky; a very small, safe town where everyone knows each other.

I graduated from Beech Grove Elementary, Calhoun Elementary/McLean County High School with Home Economics and Science Awards as an Honor Student. I was active in the Beta and VICA Clubs. I attended and graduated from Owensboro School of Practical Nursing with honors.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading and embroidery. I am active in my church; involved in the choir and the church sunshine ladies.

I am proud to be a wife, mother and grandmother. I am certified in Pediatric Advance Life Support. My recognitions include: LPN of the year at Mercy Hospital in 1990, Nursing Excellence Recipient in 2003 and President’s Award in 2015!

Florence Douglas 

I am blessed with two children; a son, Tory and a daughter, Andrea.

I was born and raised in Daviess County, Kentucky. I am one of eight children, and we had wonderful parents. My childhood memories are filled with laughter, joy and security. I attended Owensboro High School and have been with this organization almost 18 years.

I enjoy reading, walking, shopping with others and going to the symphony. I spend time studying the Bible and being in God’s word.

I am proud of carrying on the legacy of my parents in raising my children, providing for my family as a single mother and accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

Bernice Galloway

My husband Ken and we have three boys; Kevin, Chad and Matthew.  At our home sports go from A-Z.

I was born in Daviess County and have lived here throughout my life. I am number five of eight children and have “middle child syndrome”. We were close and it just did not matter if you were having a moment you didn’t want shared. We shared everything!

My parents struggled with caring for our family of eight and I now know the ever presence of my Aunt and Uncle was to ease their way. It is by witnessing their selfless acts, generosity and abundant love, that my siblings and I cherish our strong family bond.

I am a Registered Nurse and hold a certification in Diabetes Education.

My favorite time is the awakening of nature in the spring and the abundance of beautiful flowers, butterflies, bees and the goodies from my sisters’ garden or any garden. I enjoy cooking and creating dishes that nourish the soul, I cherish our family celebrations and Christmas at Aunt Margaret’s.

When I realized life is a journey and I wasn’t going to make it alone, I put my faith in our Heavenly Father and that can’t be shaken. I am thankful for my loving husband, our three sons whom we adore and our family and friends.


Janet Goetz

My husband Andrew and I have two children. Jessica, 24, lives in Lexington, Kentucky and recently graduated from the University of Kentucky, is now employed as a Registered Nurse at UK Hospital. Morgan, 20, lives in Owensboro, Kentucky and is a sophomore at Western Kentucky University, majoring in Early Education.

I was born in Hardinsburg, Kentucky. My six siblings and I were raised on the family farm in rural Breckenridge County by our parents, Sue and Leland Robertson.

I have an Associate Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from Brescia University.

I love to spend time with my family, friends and neighbors during my free time or spend time relaxing and reading a good book.

My accomplishments include: raising two beautiful daughters; being a wife to Andrew for 27 years; managing a progressive and prosperous cardiology practice for 30 years; participating in Leadership Owensboro and co-founding Owensboro Medical Office Association, a local group of office managers.


Robert Holzknecht, MD

My wife Nita and I have a 15 year old grandson who lives with us. Zack attends Hopkins County Central High School and is an all-star cheerleader with Gym Tyme All-Stars in Louisville.

I grew up in Louisville on a small three acre farm. It was the best of both worlds; city and country.

I graduated from Trinity High School in 1980 and received my Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Bellarmine College in 1984. In 1988 I received my MD from the University of Louisville.

I enjoy wood working and outdoor recreation.

I am proud to be a deacon and teacher at Unity in Christ Church in Madisonville, Kentucky.

Jessica Hornback 

I have three sisters. Faye Calhoun, from Owensboro, Kentucky is a retired nurse. Paulette Carter and her husband Morris live in Boonville, Missouri. Marcella Hornback, who lives in Owensboro, has worked for Morrison at Owensboro Health for 36 years.

I was raised in Owensboro, Kentucky in a house full of girls. My Dad was the only male.

I graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School in 1971 and went to Nurse Assistant School. After graduation I came to work for Owensboro Health and have been here for 42 years.

I enjoy UK Basketball, reading and traveling.

I worked as a Nurse Assistant for 19 years at Owensboro Daviess County Hospital, then worked as a Unit Clerk for 20 years and have been in guest relations for almost 2 years.

Kim Lindquist

My husband Dane and I have two children. Heather, 37, lives in Philadelphia. Michael, 34 and his wife, Krista live in Louisville, Kentucky. We have two grandchildren; Isabelle, 7 and Mason, 4; both live in Louisville.

I grew up in Owensboro. My husband was in the Air Force and after we married we lived in South Carolina, Philippine Islands, San Antonio, Texas, England, Louisiana and Florida. Through these travels I experienced so many different cultures and people and I learned the “change” was my normal.

I have an Associate Degree in Nursing. When I worked in Critical Care I was a certified Critical Care nurse (CCRN) and a Cardiac Surgical Nurse (CSN).

I enjoy games, gardening, watching football and playing with my grandchildren.

I am proud of being a critical care nurse for 19 years and being a BLS, ACLS & PALS instructor. I received the Nursing Excellence Award in 2011. I was a Quality Nurse Specialist for 2 years and have been the Patient Safety Coordinator for 3 years.

Michele Linn

My husband Peter and I have been married for 26 years and we have three children. Joshua, 23, is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and the Army Officer Candidate School and is a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Army, stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He will be getting married in April of 2105. Jacob, 21 is a student at Western Kentucky University and will graduate in December 2015. He works at Hyland Filter Service and will be married in June of 2015. Emily, 17, is a student at Owensboro Catholic School. She plays soccer and is student of Community Campus Life Science Academy.

I grew up in the small town of Providence, Kentucky with my parents Bobby Eddings and Gloria Hibbs. I was surrounded by a large extended family.

I received my Associate of Science from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1988.

I am a member of the Owensboro Health Community Benefits & Grant Committee. As a Eucharist Minister, I am involved in various church committees at Blessed Mother Church. I volunteer at the Daniel Pitino Shelter and Owensboro Catholic High School. I love photography.

I was a Nurse Excellence Recipient in 2005.

Bashar Mourad, MD

My wife Azza and I have four children. Naseed, 23 is completing Accounting at Gatton School of Business at the University of Kentucky. Rahme, 21, will be attending medical school this spring, and is working as a scribe. Maes, 18, is a freshman as SLU, majoring in biology and considering medical school. Omar, 11, is in the 6th grade.

I grew up in Damascus, Syria, the oldest, inhabited, capitol city of the world.

Faculty of Medicine, Damascus University in 1986, Internal Medicine Residency at Ravenswood Hospital, Chicago from 1992-1995 and my Nephrology Fellowship was at Baylor College from Medicine, 1995-1997. I am Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology.

I enjoy watching football and reading.

Mary Thomas

My husband Don and I have five children. Ashley, 28 lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Christopher, 32 lives in Worchester, Massachusetts. Dana, 31 and Debra, 29 both live in Henderson, Kentucky. Andrew, 14, lives with us.

I was born in Louisville, Kentucky but raised in Owensboro. I am the oldest of six children and we lived in a three bedroom home with my Mom. It was crowded but I wouldn’t change a thing.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I enjoy hiking, walking, gardening and working in my yard.

I am proud of raising four children, helping with six grandchildren and adopting one grandchild. I have been blessed in my years with the help of God and my family. I have received nurse of the year three times and now this! Like I said, I am so blessed.

Ron Velez

My wife Krista and I have four children. Marcus, 23, attends Owensboro Community College. Alex, 21, attends Kentucky Wesleyan College and is active in Track & Cross Country. Gabrielle, 16 and Isabelle, 13, are both homeschooled with classical conversations. Both girls swim for the Owensboro Marlins.

I was raised in sunny Long Beach, California with lots of great surf! I grew up running, swimming and surfing up and down the Pacific Coast. I met my wife in Huntington Beach. She is a native of Philpot, Kentucky. We made a prayerful decision to move to Owensboro, Kentucky to raise family.

I received an Associate in Radiology Science in 1983 and an Associate in Criminal Justice and graduated from the Police Academy in 1985. I also have many Law Enforcement certifications. I served seventeen years at the Westminster & Huntington Beach Police Department in California. I served six years with the Owensboro Police Department and retired.

I enjoy running, biking, swimming and hanging out with my wife, kids and extended family. I am swim Dad for the Owensboro Marlins and Track/Cross-Country Dad for Kentucky Wesleyan College.

I became a Christian in 1989. I married the girl of my dreams and we have four beautiful children. I am blessed beyond measure to have a second career that I love!

Angi Wahl

My husband Greg and I have three children. Michael, 15, is a freshman at Apollo High School and runs on the cross-country and track teams. Madeline, 12, is a sixth grader at Burns Middle School and plays soccer and is a member of the track team. Matthew, 3, keeps Mom and Dad busy at home.

I was born and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky. My Mom was one of fifteen children. I have memories of spending summers working on the family farm.

I am a graduate of Owensboro Catholic High School. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kentucky Wesleyan College.

I enjoy watching my kids play sports and chasing after my three year old. I also enjoy working out and cooking for my family.

I am proud of being a wife and the mom of three great kids! I am far from being perfect, but I am proud to say I am a Christian. I have been blessed with a great job and enjoy going to work every day to care for others.

Lisa Waninger

I am an only child brought up by God-loving, hardworking parents who raised me to be a well-rounded individual.  They taught me to live life with passion, dedication and grace; never compromising my values or beliefs.  I lived in Louisville before moving to Owensboro at age 5. I met my husband, Steve, of 35 years and raised our family. 

Steve and I have three daughters. Crystal Schrecker, 32, employed at Deaconess Gateway Hospital as a RN in Medical-Surgical ICU. Brooke, 31, is a Licensed Medical Aesthetician, CLT (Certified Laser Technician) provider at Advanced Dermatology Associates. Shawna, 28, employed with the City School System at Owensboro Middle School as a 7th & 8th grade teacher.

I have seven grandchildren; two grandsons and five granddaughters. Jordan, 23, has completed his bachelors at Bellarmine and is currently in the Physical Therapy program.  Lexie,17, a junior at Daviess County High and is a pitcher on the softball team and Parker 5, Payton 5, Jacqueline 3, Kolbie Anne 3, Kreighton 1. We have two dogs; a Boston terrier named Harley and a recently inherited Chihuahua named Lady. 

I started my career with the organization in 1998 in the Radiology Department as a Supervisor. I also enjoyed work opportunities in the departments of Surgery, Administration and Human Resources.  I am currently the Leave Specialist, assisting and advising our employees during time of need with appropriate Leave of Absence. 

When not working, you can find me at the nursing home spending time with my father, who has Parkinson’s and dementia. 

I enjoy spending time with family and friends at our Lake Barkley cabin.  The Fourth of July is one of the biggest holiday celebrations with the Waningers.  There is nothing more serene than sunset pontoon cruises on the lake.  I am an enthusiastic Kentucky Wildcat fan who loves hosting Blue & White tailgate get-togethers in Lexington at the home football games.  I love ballroom dancing and actually sit still through an entire TV program without falling asleep when watching Dancing with The Stars.  I love the arts and enjoy attending theatrical events and shows with my husband and grandchildren.

Debbie Wilson

My husband Jeff and I have two sons. Jason, and his wife Amanda live in Reo, Indiana with their four boys; Boyd, Karsten, Kyler and Brandt. Jason is an Assistant Principal for the Warrick County School Corporation.

Justin is an Assistant Principal at North Vermillion School Corporation near his home in Clinton, Indiana and is Assistant Coach of the 2014 Class A1 State Football Champions-North Vermillion Falcons.

I was born and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Prior certifications include: ANCC Board Certification in Medical/Surgical Nursing and an instructor in BLS and ACLS.

I enjoy attending high school football games; especially those where my sons are coaching or my grandson is playing. My favorite past time is a sandy beach with a good book! My favorite activity is spending time with my grandsons.

My accomplishment, other than the President’s Award, was receiving the 1997 Outstanding BSN Student at Kentucky Wesleyan College, an award voted by peers and faculty.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.