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CHAASE Announces Annual Spring Awards

Every year outstanding students, preceptors and friends of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Health Care Administration Program are recognized at the annual spring banquet hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Center for Health Care Administration and Aging Services Excellence (CHAASE). This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing the banquet to be canceled, we awarded all of our outstanding recipients virtually.

Preceptor of the Year: 
Stacy Nies

This award recognizes the contribution and leadership by a preceptor of the Health Care Administration program. Nies has spent nearly twenty years with ManorCare and now more recently as the Administrator of Edenbrook of Fondulac. Stacy has mentored many UWEC Health Care students over the years making a tremendous difference in the lives of many of them.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with Stacy for the last couple of years. It’s been fun to watch the immense growth her students undergo during their practicum year with her as their preceptor. She truly embodies the term “mentor” during the year-long experience.  We are grateful to have had such a wonderful partner in Stacy.” -Lindsey Creapeau, Practicum Coordinator

Distinguished Student Award:  Rachael Wallin and Joseph Larsen

The award recognizes exceptional performance and extra contributions by a student in the health care administration program at UW – Eau Claire.

The first recipient, Rachael Wallin, is doing her practicum at in Altoona, WI at Oakwood Health Services.  She has been involved in the ACHCA student organization.  Wallin was one of the ACHCA Quality Award Silver examiners.

“It has been so fun to watch Rachael grow and develop.  I took a huge group of Intro students to her practicum site last fall, and her preceptor was unexpectedly tied up.  Rachael seamlessly stepped in, touring the students through both their skilled care and assisted living communities.  She left such a positive impression on the students.  Her calm, confident demeanor, and ability to present herself  in front of a large group, with such poise, only halfway through her practicum experience was so impressive, and she is going to be a fantastic leader as she graduates and moves into her future career.” -Dr. Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, HCAD Professor

The second recipient, Joseph Larsen is a practicum student at the Progressive Health Care site. Larsen carries a 3.98 GPA and also served on the ACHCA student organization.   

“Joe was such a pleasure to have in classes.  He was always prepared, attentive, and engaged, and willing to volunteer or speak up and make valuable contributions to the discussion.  He’s the kind of student who always went above and beyond expectations.  His calm and caring manner is exactly what senior care needs.  I have no doubt he is going to successful at both making sure residents have the best care and quality of life possible.” -Dr. Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, HCAD Professor

Distinguished Service Award:  Douglas Fullaway

This award recognizes the commitment of individuals to the advancement of the Center and the Health Care Administration program at UW – Eau Claire. Fullaway has been focused on senior living excellence for over twenty years, which is evidenced by not only his career with Vigalin, RealPage and now his own company FourteenPlus, but even more so by his exemplary volunteer service. Fullaway serves on the Board for CHAASE at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. For the past seven years Fullaway has worked with  UW-Eau Claire health care administration practicum students every spring using the Building Excellence with Simulation Training (BEST).

“Doug always has the best interests of students and emerging leaders in the forefront. He has a commitment to serve the broader senior care field, yet also understands the importance of making sure that we have a future attractive to the best talent. He also embraces many of the same qualities of the students he interacts with.  His curious and inquisitive nature makes him a lot of fun to be with at any time and in any setting.”  -Dr. Douglas Olson, HCAD Professor      

Distinguished Alumni Award :  Bryan Bee

This award recognizes service by an alumnus of the program to the field in a manner that brings credit upon the award recipient and UW – Eau Claire. Bryan graduated from the UW-EC health care administration program in 2008, and is an Associate Executive Director at Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living Community in Overland Park, Kansas. He most recently was the Administrator at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge in Madison, WI, where he served as a preceptor for UW-Eau Claire health care administration students. Bee has also given a tremendous amount to the profession with his volunteer services with the National Association of Long Term Care Administrators Board (NAB) and the Wisconsin Nursing Home Administrators Examining Board. He also has attended the National Emerging Leadership Summit (NELS) as both a participant and alumnus. 

 “Bryan is the type of individual any program would be glad to have as part of their alumni network. He is successful in his career and cares about what he does every day. His spirit of giving back to the program and profession underscores the values most people associate with him. Bryan also is the type of person that you can call with a question or suggestion and he will thoughtfully and sincerely tell you what he thinks without judgment or reservation. He just knows how to do things the right way.”  -Dr. Douglas Olson, HCAD Professor

Congratulations to all the award recipients on their well-deserved recognition!