Luke is employed at the Outpatient Wound and Ostomy Clinic at South Sacramento Kaiser.  He has plans to attend the Wound and Ostomy Program at San Jose State University to obtain his WOCN certification.  Luke was  awarded the $1000.00 scholarship for his Wound Certification.  

Scholarship Recipients for 2018

Our 2018 scholarship recipients were very happy to receive their certificates and their checks. The recipients are Lukasz Kosakowski who received  $500.00 for his ostomy education. Karen V Hutchison received $1500.00 for the wound, ostomy and continence education. They were presented with certificates and checks by Kathy Ellis on behalf of the scholarship committee. Congratulations to Luke and Karen!!  

Renee is employed by Yolo Hospice in Davis, CA. She also works part-time at Professional Village Wound and Ostomy Clinic and UCD Med Center. She attended the Metropolitan State University through the webWOC Nursing Education Program and completed her certification in October of 2015.  She was awarded $2000 towards her Wound and Ostomy Certifications.

Scholarship Recipient for 2020

​The scholarship committee presented the scholarships to the recipients.  The Memorial Scholarships were presented by the families of the donors.  

Kristin York received the Zoe Mann Memorial Scholarship of 1000.00 from the family of Zoe, daughter Krista Brown and husband Steve Mann. She also received a 500.00 ostomy scholarship from the SacWOC Group. 

 Krista and Steve Mann spoke of Zoe and her strong supportive attitude regarding helping everyone that she could, even up to the last week of her life.  It was very emotional and touching to those of us who knew Zoe for so many years.  She was a saint!  Kristin then gave her acceptance talk very sincerely and it was felt that it was a true match for her to get the Zoe Mann Memorial Scholarship. (writers’ opinion)


Lauren Thomasburger received the 1000.00 Peggy Donat-Rael Memorial Scholarship.  She also received 500.00 for Wound and 500.00 for her foot certification from the Sac Woc Group.

Peggy Donat-Rael’s daughter Tracey DeNaro and her son Michael Donat presented the Peggy Donat-Rael Memorial Scholarship to Lauren.  They had some very nice things to say about Peggy in terms of her life history and how she decided to become an ostomy nurse. They expressed their thanks for allowing this scholarship to be in Peggy’s name and that they know that she would appreciate it going to someone like Lauren. Those of us who knew Peggy well were very moved by all the information regarding her life.  (writers’ opinion)

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Wenn Madigan

Scholarship Recipients for 2017
SacWoc was able to give away almost $10,000.00 this year to our scholarship recipients.  This has been made possible by the many people who put fourth effort and collaboration to put together a nice conference each year.  Our organization here in the Sacramento Valley is very strong and our members really care about each other and our WOCN organization.  We volunteer our time on each of the committees and we all work together to make our Annual Conference as professional and current as possible.  This is our way of giving back to our nursing community and to support our WOCN profession.  Thank you for attending our conference and making it possible for us to give scholarships to these very deserving recipients.

The Scholarship Committee
Kelly Sparks, Karen Dax, and Kathy Ellis

Lori Marschall

WOC Practitioners Association

Jessica Beebee

Scholarship Recipients for 2016
Our organization takes pride in being able to support our up-coming WOC nurses.  We offer scholarships for WOCN education.  Please see the Scholarship information on this site for the application.
The scholarship recipients for this year are Lukasz Kosakowski and Renee Alarcon-Chan.

Jessica Crosby

Holly Carlson

We are delighted to give these two deserving nurses these scholarships for their education.  One of the main things that we do as an organization is to help with educating the community.
The Scholarship Committee

Scholarship Recipient for 2019

Bijal Mistry SacWOC scholarship winner for Wound and Ostomy Care, Awarded September 17, 2019 at our Monthly meeting at Sutter Medical Center -Buhler Building.

Bijal started in Medical Telemetry at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Grass Valley in August 2014. She was offered the opportunity to cross train in Wound Care. Eventually she accepted a position as Clinical Data Specialist and was able to retain her position working per diem at the Sierra Nevada Wound Care Clinic. At the Clinic she provides patient care and collaborates with the physicians to determine the best care for the patients. Her future plans are to round at the hospital and help the 2 RN’s staging, and consulting on patients that have a wound care consult order and be a resource for staff nurses that have questions regarding skin or ostomy care issue. In her Data specialist position, she will help to improve documentation across the facility. Bijal was able to participate in a process that is now getting all her Hospitals wounds captured on coding which helps to increase their case mix index. This helps to ensure that their work is being captured and counted.

Bijal attended and has completed the WEB WOC program in Wound Care and Ostomy.


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