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This is awarded annually and provides financial support for a member to attend the annual conference. It is designed for members who are involved in NRAA committees and programs but who may not have the financial resources to cover registration and travel costs to the meeting. The scholarship was established in 2010 when Maureen Michael, a founding member and past president of NRAA, retired as administrator of the Central Florida Kidney Centers.
Award to Jerry Klepner of Prime Policy Group Jerry Klepner
The NRAA thanked Klepner, who is retiring this year, for eight years of dedicated service to the NRAA. In presenting the award, NRAA past president Anthony Messana said Klepner "has been instrumental in helping NRAA maintain a strong voice, an active presence, and a well educated constituency on Capitol Hill." Prime Policy will remain as the NRAA's legislative advocacy partner.
The Mark Zawiski Award for Outstanding Leadership
2012 winner: Larry Emerson, administrator for the Dialysis Centers of Lincoln in Nebraska
Named after the late Florida dialysis center administrator, the award is given out to an administrator who goes the extra mile to help promote the organization. Winner literally does do that for the NRAA, said outgoing president Sue Rottura during the award presentation.
“This person serves on many industry groups which require a great deal of travel to meetings on the east coast," said outgoing NRAA president Sue Rottura. From the winner's home base in the nation's heartland, it is more than two hours of drive time to the airport,” she said. "…Since joining NRAA, this year's winner has been an outspoken advocate and worker on issues affecting the small dialysis organizations and the medium-sized dialysis organizations," she added. "The person has brought a consistency to reorganizing NRAA membership at a time when serving the interests of the SDO and MDO – and cooperating with the LDOs on major, mutually beneficial issues – was crucial to the industry. The work and input on creating a viable benchmarking tool, long desired by our association, were notable since this complex project needed and continues to need meticulous and constant attention to detail."