HSPA Conference Scholarships



The HSPA Foundation will provide 11 scholarships for the 2024 HSPA Conference at the Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada. (April 20–23, 2024). The Foundation will provide 10 scholarships, and Healthmark will provide one scholarship in honor of Anne Cofiell. Anne was a loyal supporter of the SP profession who advocated tirelessly about the critical importance of safe, high-quality medical device processing—beginning with effective, thorough and consistent cleaning. She was an active member of HSPA and served on many AAMI working groups throughout her decades-long career.

The scholarships will cover the conference registration fee and hotel accommodations for up to four nights. Note: transportation and other incurred expenses are not included.

Applications were due by November 21, 2023.


2024 Recipients

  • Ryan Adams, CRCST, Central Processing Technician II – Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, MI
  • Belinda Babol, CRCST, Surgical Processer – AB Children’s Hospital, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Sergio Cervates, CRCST, Sterile Processing Supervisor – Oregon Outpatient Surgery Center, Salem, OR
  • Blake Hansteen, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL, Sterile Processing Supervisor – Nemours Children’s Health, Wilmington, DE
  • Crystal Henry, CRCST, Central Service Technician III – Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center/Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Erica Miller, CRCST, CHL, CER, Learning & Development Specialist (SPD Educator) – Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Tammy Nagayama, CRCST, Instrument Tech Sterile Services – Straub Clinic and Hospital, Kailua, HI
  • Cristy Ramirez-Hehera, CRCST, CIS, CHL, SPD Lead Supervisor – Denville Surgery Center, Budd Lake, NJ
  • Kristal Raymond, CRCST, Program Instructor and OR MDRT – SAIT and Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Sandy Rudebeck, CRCST, CIS, CER, Supervisor II – Matthews MC Novant Health, Charlotte, NC
  • Jessica Thompson, CRCST, CHL, Sterile Processing Manager – WellStar Paulding Medical Center, Dallas, GA

2023 Recipients

  • Christina Bailey, CRCST, Sterile Processing Technician – HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL
  • Virginia Cooke, CRCST, CHL, SPD Supervisor – MUSC Health University Medical Center, Florence, SC
  • Carla Cuer, CRCST, CIS, Lead SPD Tech – United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia, NY
  • Javier Deras, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL, Sterile Processing Supervisor – Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • Noelani Grandona, CRCST, Sterile Processing Technician – SCL Health St. Mary’s Medical Center, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Stephanie Jurado, CRCST, CER, Manager of Sterile Processing – Los Alamos Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • Stacey Marshall, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician – Bluewater Health, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
  • Taylor Space, CRCST, CER, CHL, CIS, Lead Central Sterile Technician II – St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh, NY
  • Dawn Tarrant, CRCST, CHL, CIS, Instrument Technician III – Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Celsea Vaqfipour, CRCST, CIS, CER, CHL, Sterile Processing Technician – San Juan Regional Medical Center, Farmington, NM
  • Marti Wright, CRCST, Sterile Processing Technician – Prescott Valley Outpatient Surgery Center, Prescott, AZ

2022 Recipients

  • Whitney Adams, CRCST, Sterilization Lead – MercyHealth Hospital and Medical Center, Devavan, WI
  • Jesselee Alburo, CRCST, Technician/Perioperative Aid – Interior Health Authority, Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Maria Banuelos, CRCST, CS Tech – Christus Spohn Health System, Banquete, TX
  • William Frey, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL, Supervisor – VAMC, Martinsburg, WV
  • Elaine Higginson, CRCST, CER, Manager – Lost Rivers Medical Center, Arco, ID
  • Garrett Hollembeak, CRCST, CIS, CHL, Intrument Specialist – Cincinnati Childlren’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Melissa Loper, CRCST, CIS, CHL, Supervisor – Allegheny Valley Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Janene McGlynn, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL, Technician – The Medical Center of Aurora, Aurora, CO
  • Taylor Petet, CRCST, CER, Manager – Lost Rivers Medical Center, Arco, ID
  • Debra Zador, CRCST, Coordinator/Supervisor – University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Easton, MD

2020 Recipients

  • Gary Bache, CRCST, CIS, CHL, Supervisor – Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston, TX
  • Alicia Ballinger, CRCST, CIS, Lead Instrument Tech – Blessing Hospital, Quincy, IL
  • Florence Lynne Galusha, CRCST, CSP Educator – PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Vancouver, WA
  • Julie Hook, CRCST, Technician – Johnson County Memorial Hospital, Buffalo, WY
  • Hafiz Abdul Mannan, CRCST, Manager – Hameed Latif Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan