Atria Honors Determination
Posted on October 2, 2015 by Elizabeth Edrington
It would have been easy for her to quit. Numerous injuries kept Nicole Stevens off the balance beam for long periods of time as she pursued her gymnastic goals. But she was determined to succeed, putting in countless hours of physical therapy to build the strength that would carry her to the Junior Olympics National Championships and a top 30 finish.
It’s that same determination that propelled Nicole from a young girl who spoke only Cantonese to a high school honor student. Now, at James Madison University, she is working toward a new goal – helping others overcome the obstacles she faced by pursuing a degree in physical therapy. Through her job shadowing, she learned the field matched her personality.
“In total, I logged more than seventy hours in my two field experiences and became more determined than ever to pursue physical therapy as a career,” said Nicole.
Nicole’s drive embodies the spirit of the Ronnie Boatman Commitment to Excellence Scholarship she received. Boatman, a beloved longtime Atria team member who lost his battle with cancer in 2005, was known as an avid advocate for lifelong learning. This scholarship foundation was established to allow his passion for education to continue impacting the lives of Atria employees, their children and future generations. To date, more than $300,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 43 children and legal dependents of Atria employees who are eager to leave their mark on the world.
Like Nicole, Atria strives to enhance lives and exceed expectations every day – a commitment that extends not only to residents, but also to employees and their families. The following 2015 Ronnie Boatman Commitment to Excellence Scholarship winners are determined to enhance lives one day, too.
Nicole Stevens, freshman at James Madison University
Daughter of Dianne Stevens, Receptionist at Atria Marland Place in Massachusetts
Major: Physical Therapy
Career Goal: Physical Therapist
Natalia Lizardo, freshman at Manhattanville College
Daughter of Pedro Lizardo, Dishwasher at Atria on the Hudson in New York
Career Goal: Physician
Sean Dempsey, freshman at Texas A&M at College Station
Son of Floyd Dempsey, Driver at Atria Willow Park in Texas
Major: Business and Accounting
Career Goal: Chief Executive
Ryan Wright, junior at Rutgers University
Son of Jill Wright, Receptionist at Atria Cranford in New Jersey
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Career Goal: A career where he can help create a cleaner environment and future
Bryana Kenne, junior at the University of New Mexico
Daughter of Kelly Kenne, Community Sales Director at Atria Vista del Rio in New Mexico
Major: Biochemistry and Psychology
Career Goal: Trauma Surgeon