Throughout Women’s History Month, Keuka College is celebrating the women – past and present – whose dedication, accomplishments, and influence have contributed to the College’s legacy. Each day, we’ll share profiles of influential women, historical nuggets, and comments from students and others in the Keuka College community about the importance of Women’s History Month.
Talking History at Keuka College
From Sydnie Brown ’22:
“I am proud to be part of women’s history at Keuka College. Women have worked very hard over the years to be treated as equals to men and still are striving. Through education, women have become more empowered and respected. I am inspired by my art professor, Melissa Newcomb. She inspires me every day to stay optimistic and challenges me to do my best. She listens and truly connects with her students to help guide us through various career path options and obstacles in academics and in life. Her success gives me hope that I too can be successful after graduation.”
(Tell us what woman on campus inspires you. Email: [email protected].)
Women’s History Moment
Dr. Jeanine Santelli ’83, RN, AGPCNP-BC, FAAN made history in September 2016. That’s when she became the first full-time executive director of the American Nurses Association—New York (ANA-NY).
A founding member of ANA-NY, the professional association for registered nurses in the state, Dr. Santelli was chosen for her leadership. The nuts-and-bolts skills she brings will continue ANA-NY’s growth and ensure it remains an important voice in nursing, healthcare practice, and policy issues.
Dr. Santelli became interested in helping establish the ANA-NY when the New York State Nurses Association was no longer affiliated with the American Nurses Association.
“The more than 200,000 nurses in New York state had no representation at the national level,” she says. “So, a group of nurse leaders in New York state pursued options to restore the voice of New York state nurses and established ANA-NY. This is such an exciting time for nursing—we need to maximize our voice and impact as health care transitions to new delivery and reimbursement models. I want to encourage nurses to speak up, have a voice at the table.”