Alumna Nathan Honored with Gale Keeran Spirit of Success Award
March 10, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University alumna Barbara Nathan was honored
Tuesday, March 9, with the 2010 Gale Keeran Spirit of Success Award at the annual
Women’s Health Night at the Interstate Center in Bloomington.
According to the award sponsor, the Illinois Heart & Lung Foundation, the recipient
of the award possess a “spirit of success” that has made this community a better place
to live. The honor was named after the late Gale Keeran, a community leader and former
chair of the Bloomington Cultural District.
A 1980 graduate from Illinois Wesleyan, Nathan spent 15 years in nursing and hospital
administration with BroMenn Healthcare in Normal. In 1996, she became the executive
director of the Community Cancer Center and its Foundation, which has raised more
than $9 million for a continuum of cancer care from community education on prevention
and early detection, to treatment and survivor services.
Active in national associations dedicated to health, Nathan has served on the Board
of the American College of Oncology Administrators (ACOA) since 2004, and is completing
her term as ACOA President.
Her community and volunteer activities have included the Bloomington Kiwanis, YWCA
and the United Way. She has also held regional and local positions with various national
cause-related medical organizations, such as the ALS Association, Susan G. Komen “Race
for the Cure” and the American Cancer Society.
The American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA) recently named Nathan the 2009
Healthcare Executive of the Year.
Nathan is the second person with ties to Illinois Wesleyan who has been bestowed the
award. Director of Alumni Relations Ann Harding received the inaurgural Gale Keeran
Spirit of Success Award in 2002.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960