2013 Scholarship Recipients
College of Health Sciences
Lieutenant Colonel Steven M. Gerardi, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant Colonel Steven M. Gerardi, USA (Retired), earned a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in occupational therapy from the University of Florida, a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the United States Army War College. After 33 years of military service, he is now pursuing his PhD in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University. He recently joined the faculty of St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, where he is teaching in the Exercise and Sports Science Department and advising students interested in pursuing careers in the rehabilitation professions.
Col. Gerardi is recognized across the Army for his expertise in the occupational therapy management of combat and operational stress casualties. He has authored a number of papers on the topic and co-authored a societal statement on combat-related posttraumatic stress on behalf of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). He also served as a member of the AOTA Ad Hoc Group on Disaster Preparedness and Response and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) Task Force on Occupation in Societal Crises. From these efforts, he collaborated to co-author a concept paper for the AOTA on the role of occupational therapy in disaster preparedness, response and recovery and developed training for occupational therapy practitioners on the role occupational therapy in disaster response.
College of Professional Education
Jill Bellomy, MLS
Jill received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M, a Master of Library Science degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas, and is pursuing a doctoral degree in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University.
Jill is the librarian at Highland Park Elementary School in Dallas. She serves on committees in the American Library Association, Texas Library Association, the International Reading Association, and volunteers in the Dallas Museum of Art Arts and Letters Live programs. She has been involved in the Readers 2 Leaders program to foster literacy for low income families of West Dallas, assisted in developing a library for after-school programs, and facilitated informal book discussion groups at McCulloch Intermediate and Highland Park Middle School libraries.
College of Nursing
Lisa L. Ferguson, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC
Lisa received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Delaware State University, a Master of Science degree in Nursing, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from Texas Woman’s University (TWU), and is pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from TWU.
Lisa retired in November 2011 after 20 years of honorable active service in the United States Air Force where she attained the rank of Major. While on active duty, she deployed twice to Iraq, providing comprehensive women’s health care, cervical cancer diagnostic testing, and sexual assault examinations to the military and civilian women in Southwest Asia. While stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Lisa was one of two Air Force Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners supporting the four branches of the military.
Her awards include: Redbud Award for Outstanding Student Leader, Texas Woman’s University, 2012; United States Air Force Nurse Practitioner of the Year, 2004; Military Airlift Command Nurse Practitioner of the Year, 2004; Company Grade Officer of the Year, 1999; and Vandenberg Academic Award, Officer Training School, 1997. Lisa serves as the Graduate Representative of the Graduate Academic Advisory Committee at TWU and is a member of the National Student Nurses Association. She is a Fellow of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology; member of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health; facilitator for Merck’s Diabetes Conversation Maps and CHI’s Centering Pregnancy; and is an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor.
College of Arts and Sciences
Elodie Singer earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Nyack College in New York and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. Elodie is a Graduate Assistant in the Voice Department at TWU and is a Line Therapist at Skill Sprout, trained in Applied Behavior Analysis, where she conducts in-home therapy for children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Elodie volunteered her services for six months in Debrecen, Hungary, working at Debrecen Refugee Camp, Immanuel Otthona home for disabled children, Miskolc orphanage, and Lila Teri Elementary School. Her responsibilities included program building, English and music teaching with GoodSports International/LOGOS, a non-profit organization in Hungary.
Elodie has received numerous honors and awards including the Mary Bryan and Tom C. Reitch Scholarship, TWU, 2011; TWU National Alumnae Scholarship, 2011; Friends of Music Scholarship, TWU, 2011, to name a few. She is an active participant in opera performances including Hansel and Gretel and the Magic Flute (TWU); Sour Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Carmen, La Boheme, and La Traviata (Nyack College).