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 Fisher 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 2019 Debra L. Fischer Gibbon Excellence in Occupational Health Nursing Award is presented to:

Cheryl Allison, BSN, RN, COHN-S




Cheryl Allison has been a nurse for 36 years, graduating from the Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing in 1984. Cheryl worked in various hospital settings in 4 different states and found her passion in Emergency Nursing. Cheryl returned to college and obtained her BSN from the University of Phoenix in 2009 and served as an Emergency Department Assistant Director from 2009 through 2014.

Cheryl joined the Occupational Health Nursing specialty in 2015 and has worked for Proctor & Gamble for 5 years. Cheryl learned much about OHN at the Greensboro PHC Plant, where among other things, they produce liquid Dayquill, Nyquill, Zzzquil, and Pepto-Bismal for everyone in North America. In 2018, she transferred to the Greensboro/Browns Summit Plant. More than 4 times the  size, this plant produces toothpaste, deodorant, and Skin Care products.  Cheryl and fellow OHN Candy Wright, care for over 1000 employees in all things from Hearing Conservation to Ergonomics.

Cheryl has been married to her husband John for 29 years and has 3 daughters and 1 granddaughter. She cares for her mother and mother-in-law who currently live with Cheryl and her husband, their dog Moses and cat Stormy. Cheryl is involved in her church, teaching Sunday School to 12 kids ages 5-8, and plays the flute in her worship band. Whenever they can, Cheryl and her husband love to travel and visit historical places.

Congratulations Cheryl on your outstanding achievement!