MaryAnn Thimmes, MN, RN, demon¬≠strates the impor¬≠tance of high personal and profes¬≠sional standards, the desire to make a positive differ¬≠ence in the lives of others, the commit¬≠ment to volun¬≠teerism, and the caring role of the nurse in every area of life, career, family, commu¬≠nity service, and faith.

A mother, care giver, and educator to more than 1,500 students, MaryAnn 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. MaryAnn 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 Volun¬≠teer Vancouver Walk-In Commu¬≠nity Clinic, she created an alliance with her District and the Vancouver commu¬≠nity through her own spirit of volun¬≠teerism and the promo¬≠tion of service by FVNA members, including finan¬≠cial assis¬≠tance from the organization.

A role model to faculty and students MaryAnn, during her employ¬≠ment at Clark College from 1960 until 1993, served as professor, Director of Nursing Programs (1978‚ÄČ‚Äď‚ÄČ1987) and Division Chair. As a retired faculty member, and professor emeritus she serves as co-chair of the Nursing Alumni Association.

MaryAnn demon¬≠strates to all who have worked with her a healthy balance between a profes¬≠sional career, personal respon¬≠si¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ties and commu¬≠nity service. A well known leader in the commu¬≠nity, her career involve¬≠ment includes Presi¬≠dent of the Washington League for Nursing, Vice Presi¬≠dent and Treasurer of the local chapter of the Washington State Educa¬≠tion Associ¬≠a¬≠tion; and committee chair, board member and past presi¬≠dent of Sorop¬≠tomists Inter¬≠na¬≠tional, a chari¬≠table service organi¬≠za¬≠tion. She assisted her church as a teacher, secre¬≠tary and committee member, and has served as a volun¬≠teer for both the Crisis Pregnancy Center and the Vancouver Winter Shelter, gently encour¬≠aging partic¬≠i¬≠pa¬≠tion from the community.

A highly respected nursing colleague and commu¬≠nity leader, MaryAnn places her values and beliefs into action as a generous contrib¬≠utor of her time and finan¬≠cial resources. She is pleasant yet assertive, retired yet active and enthu¬≠si¬≠as¬≠ti¬≠cally optimistic in all her dealings with others. Such selfless dedica¬≠tion warrants lifetime recog¬≠ni¬≠tion by the Washington State Nurses Associ¬≠a¬≠tion Hall of Fame.