Alumni Reunion

Alumni Reunion 2019

Group photo from Reunion 2018

UMSON All-Alumni Reunion 2023

Saturday, April 29, 2023
University of Maryland School of Nursing

Join us in person for the All Alumni Reunion on Saturday, April 29, 2023. All UMSON alumni are invited to come together for a day filled with exciting presentations and discussions, and lots of UMSON spirit! We look forward to seeing you!

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Online Registration for CE Credit

View a Photo Gallery from Reunion 2022

For more highlights, see our Past Alumni Reunions page.

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Schedule of Events

9 - 10 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast, Merchandise Sales
UMSON Main Lobby (Museum open)
10 - 10:45 a.m.

School of Nursing Tours
Your choice of one of the following Leaving from the Main Lobby area:
    Clinical Simulation Labs
    Living History Museum
    Research Lab
    General School of Nursing Tour

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Reunion Program
Welcome by Alumni Association President Malinda Peeples, MS ’97, RN, CDCES, FADCES
Dean Jane Kirschling’s Highlights
Class of 1973 Heritage Class Induction
Distinguished Alumni Award Presentation to George A. Zangaro, PhD ’05, MS ’98, RN, FAAN

12:30 - 12:45 p.m.

Group Photos
Main Lobby Area

12:30 - 2 p.m.

Reunion Luncheon
SMC Campus Center, Ballroom A & B

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Continuing Education Program
Kelly Doran, PhD ’11, MS ’08, RN, FAAN
Room 130

Wellness interventions for long-term care staff at the individual, social and organizational levels
Learn more information about the program.

Online Registration for CE Credit

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

UMSON Inaugural Story Slam
Room 130

If you would like to share a 5-minute story about your nursing journey, please contact Cynthia Sikorski, at or 410-706-0674.

4:30-5 p.m. Networking Reception with light refreshments
UMSON Main Lobby

Continuing Education Program

Wellness interventions for long-term care staff at the individual, social and organizational levels

Kelly Doran, PhD’11, MS’08, BSN, AA, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Health, UMSON
Director of Health and Wellness, University of Maryland Baltimore, Community Engagement Center 


Even before the COVID-19 pandemic long-term care staff typically experienced higher levels of stress and lower engagement in health promotion behaviors compared to the general population.  These outcomes impact the health of staff but they also indirectly impact facilities and residents.  Wellness programs with long-term care staff can improve staff and facility outcomes and our preliminary work suggests they may impact resident outcomes too.  During this presentation, we will present data and lessons learned from our worksite health promotion studies with long-term care staff aimed at increasing heart health behaviors (e.g., exercise, diet, sleep, stress, etc.) and improving heart health outcomes (e.g., blood pressure).  We will also discuss the evidence base supporting worksite wellness programs and provide best practice interventions in this area.  Further, we will discuss how our prior programs led us to use a total worker health model (combination of occupational safety and health programs with worksite health promotion interventions) in subsequent programs.  Finally, we will end with strategies to spark and maintain staff participation (which is needed for long-term program success) that we have used within long-term care settings. 

By the end of this session, attendees will be able to: 

  1. Apply at least three motivational strategies that can be used to engage employees in wellness programs.  
  2. Apply at least two evidence-based worksite wellness intervention strategies within a healthcare organization.   

About Dr. Doran:

Kelly Doran is an Associate Professor in the department of Family and Community Health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and Director of Health and Wellness for the University of Maryland Baltimore, Community Engagement Center.

Doran has led multiple worksite wellness studies within long-term care facilities.  These projects have demonstrated improvements in staff behavior and health outcomes as well as improvements at the organizational level including increased worker productivity and spillover benefits to residents with staff serving as healthy role models engaging residents in healthy behaviors.  This research is critical since these programs can serve as an opportunity to help improve the healthcare worker shortage that was noted even before the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Doran also serves as a co-investigator on Federal, State and local grants aiming to reduce health inequities. In her practice work, Dr. Doran has created models of care focusing on comprehensive wellness interventions including health education, behavior change coaching, care coordination, increasing health literacy, and reducing barriers to care by addressing social determinants of health for adults in West Baltimore.  This novel model for delivery of care was recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in 2016 with the Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Academic Health Center award.  Overall, she has worked on over 20 grants, which have resulted in over 30 publications and 45 presentations. Her research and practice findings have been cited over 500 times and translated into multiple languages.   

Kelly Doran received her AA in Nursing from Community College of Philadelphia, her BSN from Drexel University, her MS from University of Maryland School of Nursing and her PhD from University of Maryland Baltimore.  

Update Your Contact Information

Update your contact information online using the Alumni Update/Class Note Form. For more information, contact the Alumni Office at or 410-706-0674.

Hotel Information

Hampton Inn Baltimore-Downtown-Convention Center
550 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230

Cost: $124 per night, not including taxes

Make a reservation before March 29 by calling 410-685-5000.
Reference: University of Maryland School of Nursing Reunion

Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
110 S. Eutaw St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Cost: $148 per night, not including taxes

Make a reservation before March 28 by calling 1-800-228-9290.
Reference: University of Maryland School of Nursing Reunion

Become a Class Representative

Volunteering as a class representative is a wonderful way to reconnect with your classmates! If you would like to help on the reunion planning committee, contact Cynthia Sikorski at 410-706-0674 or

Class of 1973 50th Anniversary Memory Book

If you are a member of the UMSON Class of 1973 and would like to contribute your memories to the Class of 1973 50th Reunion Memory Book, please complete the form at the bottom of the page by May 30, 2023. The Memory Book will be available digitally at no charge to all members of the Class of 1973. Up to four photos for your page in the book can be uploaded through your memory book form. Questions? Contact Cynthia Sikorski at or 410-706-0674 or

Fill out my online form.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Program
Kelly Doran, PhD ’11, MS ’08, RN, FAAN

Wellness interventions for long-term care staff at the individual, social and organizational levels

Online Registration for CE Credit

Nurses may receive 1 contact hours for participating in this educational activity.  Partial credit is not provided. Participants receive a CNE certificate via email from UMSON approximately two to four weeks after submitting their request, a signed attendance verification form, a completed evaluation form, plus a fee of $20.  All requests must be received within 30 days of the conference.

Accreditation Statement: The University of Maryland School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Conflict of Interest: It is the policy of The University of Maryland School of Nursing to require our continuing education activity (CE) faculty and planning committee members to disclose any financial relationships with companies providing program funding or manufacturers of any commercial products discussed in the program.  The planning committee and CE faculty report that they do not have financial relationships with manufacturers of any commercial products they discuss in the program.