Debra L. Fischer Gibbon Excellence in Occupational Health Nursing Award


This prestigious award is presented annually to the occupational health nurse who receives the highest score on the previous year’s Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist (COHN-S) certification examination.


This award has been established to honor Debra Lynn Fischer Gibbon, a former Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist (COHN-S) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP), who lost her life on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001.  A senior vice president for AON Risk Services, Ms. Gibbon coordinated services for the company’s top clients.  Ms. Gibbon worked for 17 years in the area of occupational health and safety. 

The 2022 Debra L. Fischer Gibbon Excellence in Occupational Health Nursing Award is presented to:

Marc Gerber, RN, BSN, MBA, COHC, COHN-S




Marc earned his Associates degree in Nursing and became a Registered Nurse in 2002, working in Medical/Surgical, ICU, Emergency Department, and the float pool.  He obtained his Bachelors degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2009, and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Western Governors University in 2014.  He spent 12 years in hospital leadership, serving as a House Supervisor for 5 years and leading teams in ICU, Respiratory Therapy, Behavioral Health, and an organizational float pool.


After discovering his affinity for Occupational Health Nursing in 2018, he has worked on a construction site and a in a manufacturing plant.  As of early 2023, he began his search for his next role in occupational health nursing.


Marc is a lifelong learner who enjoys reading, skydiving, travel, and volunteering.  He has served as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors in his volunteer work. 


Congratulations Marc!