Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Nursing Alumni
Alumni Survey
1-year and 5-year alumni, please complete an alumni survey for us by going to the School of Nursing website to complete a short alumni survey. Your feedback is important to us. I promise the survey will take less than 3 minutes to complete.

1-year and 5-year BSN Alumni Survey
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1-year MSN Alumni Survey
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The Legacy of the Lamp
The School of Nursing initiated the Legacy of the Lamp ceremony in the spring of 2000 to honor the academic success of students who have completed NU 202 (Introductory Practicum in Nursing) and to recognize their progression into upper-division nursing coursework. The Legacy of the Lamp is a tribute to Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 - August 13, 1910), pioneer of nursing and a reformer of hospital sanitation methods. Ms Nightingale became  known as "The Lady With The Lamp" from her work nursing wounded soldiers by candlelight at Scutari Hospital in Turkey during the Crimean War.

Previous Alumni of the Year
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented during the Legacy of the Lamp Ceremony each year. The award recipients must be a School of Nursing alumnus, be an exemplary role model for nursing students and professionals, and hold a position of significant leadership or influence in the health care field.


Carol Dodson, MSN, CNL

Carol Dodson (2007)

Mary Coventry, MSN, APN, FNP-BC

Mary Coventry (1982)

Candace Benner, MSN, APN, FNP-BC

Candace Benner (1991)

Julie Kyle Maley, MSN, APN, FNP-BC

Julie Maley (1984)

Ann (Stieker) Derrick RN, MSN

Ann Derrick (1983) is the Chief Nursing Officer at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. Her areas of expertise are in Community Health Nursing and Nursing Administration. She is also currently licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator in Illinois. 

Jean-Marie (Systrom) Havener, RN, PhD

Jean-Marie (1981) is currently a tenured, Associate Professor and Chair of Nursing at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.

Theresa Rutherford, RN, MS, MBA

Theresa Rutherford (1990) is currently the Chief Nurse Executive at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur, Illinois.

Ellen Zindel, RN, FNP

Ellen Zindel (1995) is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner working for Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants in Decatur. 

Rebecca Josefson Wright, BSN, MD

Rebecca Josefson Wright (1990) was raised and educated in Decatur and graduated summa cum laude from millikin University. She worked as a staff nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur and at Kirksville osteopathic Medical Center in Kirksville, MO before moving to Chicago to serve as a research nurse and project coordinator for the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at Children's Memorial Medical Center.

Following two years conducting research on newborn hearing screening at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL, Becky entered medical school, earning her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Illinois at champaign-Urbana in 2001. She completed her pediatric residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL; and in September, 2004, begain practicing pediatrics at OSF-St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac, Illinois.

Amy Kindred Johnson, BSN, MSN 

Amy Kindred Johnson (1994) is a Pediatric Nurse Practioner at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign, IL. She has also served as an Instructor of Nursing at the Millikin University School of Nursing. After graduating from Millikin with a perfect 4.0 grade point average for her BSN degree, Amy obtained a Master's degree as a Pediatric Nurse practioner from Indiana University.

Katie Bezak Dill, RN, BSN

Katie Bezak Dill (1987) of Fresno, Calif., is a nurse executive at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fresno, California.

Carol Smith, RN, MSN 

Carol is currently a Certified Wound and Ostomy Advanced Practice Nurse at Decatur Memorial Hospital' Wound Clinic. She also is Community Parish Nurse Coordinator for the Decatur Memorial Foundation. Carol Completed Wound Ostomy and Continence training in Minnesota in 1992 and was certified in 1993.

Sue Kiefer-Griffin, CRNA, MSN

Sue Kiefer-griffin (1982) is currently the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia Program Director at Decatur Memorial Hospital. After graduating from Millikin with a BSN degree, Sue obtained a Master's degree in Nursing from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Sue received teh first Distinguished Alumni Award from acting Dean Sheryl Samuelson, PhD, RN during the first Legacy of the Lamp ceremony in the spring of 2000.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL