The Association of Pittsburgh Black Nurses in Action hosted the Fourth Annual Evelyn Parker Scholarship Luncheon June 23, at the beautiful LeMont Restaurant on Mount Washington. The featured keynote speaker, Denise Riley-Ajanwachuku, is CEO of Global SOULutions LLC, an organization that serves individuals by charging them to become well from the inside out, while influencing organizational and cultural change. Riley-Ajanwachuku is the author of “Love and Love First,” a book that takes the reader on a personal, professional and spiritual journey.

BEAUTIFUL TRIO—Doretta Lemon-Fallen, luncheon chair, Denise Riley-Ajanwachuku and Diana Byas, chapter president (Photos by Don Page)


The group was entertained by The Ibeji Drum Ensemble and Visions of Christ Mime Ministry.

The legacy of commitment of the Black Nurses in Action is to provide mentorship and resources for future nurses. During the luncheon scholarships were awarded to Maryam A. Adebayo, a senior nursing student at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Nursing, who is pursuing a commission in the United States Navy Nurse Corp; Karee N. Hamlin, a full-time nursing student at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing and a mother; and Taeyana Williams, a nursing student at Duquesne University and a recipient of the Dean’s List Award. The Center for Inclusion at UPMC provided two $1,000 scholarships for the 2012 awardees.

The luncheon concluded with closing remarks from Doretta Lemon-Fallen, chapter vice president and luncheon chair.

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