Mary Ann Thimmes, MN, RN, demon­strates the impor­tance of high personal and profes­sional standards, the desire to make a positive differ­ence in the lives of others, the commit­ment to volun­teerism, and the caring role of the nurse in every area of life, career, family, commu­nity service, and faith.

A mother, care giver, and educator to more than 1,500 students, Mary Ann has balanced her prior­i­ties to meet the needs of her profes­sional and local commu­nity. She has served the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion and her district, the Fort Vancouver Nurses Associ­a­tion, from 1959 to the present as presi­dent, treasurer, an active board member, educa­tion chairman and delegate to WSNA. Mary Ann Thimmes has facil­i­tated the link between Clark College and the Profes­sional Nursing Associ­a­tion by promoting member­ship in the Fort Vancouver Nurses Associ­a­tion, WSNA and the American Nurses Associ­a­tion to students, and setting the standard for faculty involvement.

As a founder and Director of Nursing Services of the All Volun­teer Vancouver Walk-In Commu­nity Clinic, she created an alliance with her District and the Vancouver commu­nity through her own spirit of volun­teerism and the promo­tion of service by FVNA members, including finan­cial assis­tance from the organization.

A role model to faculty and students Mary Ann, during her employ­ment at Clark College from 1960 until 1993, served as professor, Director of Nursing Programs (1978 – 1987) and Division Chair. As a retired faculty member, and professor emeritus she serves as co-chair of the Nursing Alumni Association.

Mary Ann demon­strates to all who have worked with her a healthy balance between a profes­sional career, personal respon­si­bil­i­ties and commu­nity service. A well known leader in the commu­nity, her career involve­ment includes Presi­dent of the Washington League for Nursing, Vice Presi­dent and Treasurer of the local chapter of the Washington State Educa­tion Associ­a­tion; and committee chair, board member and past presi­dent of Sorop­tomists Inter­na­tional, a chari­table service organi­za­tion. She assisted her church as a teacher, secre­tary and committee member, and has served as a volun­teer for both the Crisis Pregnancy Center and the Vancouver Winter Shelter, gently encour­aging partic­i­pa­tion from the community.

A highly respected nursing colleague and commu­nity leader, Mary Ann places her values and beliefs into action as a generous contrib­utor of her time and finan­cial resources. She is pleasant yet assertive, retired yet active and enthu­si­as­ti­cally optimistic in all her dealings with others. Such selfless dedica­tion warrants lifetime recog­ni­tion by the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion Hall of Fame.