College of Education and Health Professions Honors Outstanding Alumni Award Winners
From left to right: Angela Chang Chiu, Sara Hensley and Lynn Meade
The College of Education and Health Professions recently named Angela Chang Chiu, Sara Hensley and Lynn Meade the winners of the 2022 Outstanding Alumni Award.
“These honorees are making a difference in their communities,” said Dean Brian Primack. “We are grateful for their contributions and their representation of the values of the College of Education and Health Professions.”
Winners were honored at the college’s commencement ceremony on May 14.
OUTSTANDING YOUNG GRADUATES AWARDS
Angela Chang Chiu graduated from Eleanor Mann School of Nursing in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 2015, she obtained a master’s degree in community health promotion with a particular focus on minority health. She is currently a doctoral student in nursing practice at Duke University, with plans to graduate in August.
Fluent in five languages and certified in health interpreting, Chiu has worked as a minority health consultant in northwest Arkansas, an intern with the Department of Health and Welfare in Taiwan, an international liaison for patient care at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, as well as a consultant for the Center for Global Initiatives at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She has had a global impact on health while advancing evidence-based nursing and health promotion. Chiu has also promoted excellence in teaching, learning, and research in global health. As Director of Business Integration and Transformation at Lifebridge Health System in Baltimore, she is able to combine her clinical knowledge, business acumen, and ability to guide and mentor others. She leads clinical process and quality improvement initiatives to increase patient access to healthcare services and optimize clinical operations in the city of Baltimore.
Chiu has co-led international healthcare initiatives and international program development in China, Vietnam and Bermuda. As a global patient care leader, her work has earned her recognition as one of “Baltimore’s Best Nurses 2019”.
EXCEPTIONAL ALUMNI AWARDS IN HEALTH AND PERSONAL SERVICES
Sara Hensley was named city manager of Denton, Texas in March 2022, bringing more than 20 years of public service and leadership experience to the position. Hensley previously served as director of parks and recreation for Austin, Texas, and the city’s acting deputy director for two years. She has led large-scale teams across multiple program and service areas and operations, served as the executive director of multiple citywide interdepartmental efforts, and interacted frequently with elected officials, community stakeholders, and residents.
Her experience includes director roles in parks and recreation departments in various cities across the country, including San Jose, California; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Phoenix, Arizona.
Hensley holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Education from the U of A and is a graduate of Indiana University’s Executive Development Program. She is a certified City Manager with the International City/County Management Association.
OUTSTANDING ALUMNI IN EDUCATION AWARD
Lynn Meade is a lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Alberta, where she has taught since 2003.
Due to her dedication to students, she won the Imhoff Teaching and Mentoring Award in 2018 and the Fulbright Master Teacher Award in 2022. She has been nominated three times for teaching honors by the Alumni Association students and the associated student government. Student-athletes elected her Game Day Professor in 2009 and 2015. She was inducted into the Teaching Academy in 2019.
Meade is currently co-director of the Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center, where she helps design programs to support professors through their teaching fellowship. She leads teaching seminars for the Department of Communication, the Doctoral School and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Support. She recently wrote an open-source advanced public speaking textbook for the university.
Meade holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Communication and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Leadership, all from the U of A.