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Dominique LaRochelle '09 M.H.A., project manager for the Quality and Patient Safety Institute at Cleveland Clinic, has been selected to receive a Northeast Ohio Top 25 Under 35 Movers & Shakers Award from the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. She will receive the award at a ceremony to take place on March 1, 2013, at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland, OH.

Each year, the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club celebrates young professionals who are under 35 years of age and are making a difference in Cleveland. These individuals give selflessly for their community, are involved in working with local non-profits as volunteers or board members, or are up-and-coming leaders in their community or place of business.

"Dominique is the epitome of a 'mover and shaker' due to her outgoing nature, inclusiveness, curiosity, and genuine dedication to the betterment of our community," said Theresa Janszen, of the Cleveland Clinic.

Janszen nominated LaRochelle for the award for her active engagement in community service through her work at Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland’s civic leadership program, the Cleveland Bridge Builders.

"As service committee co-chair through [the Cleveland Clinic’s young professional organization] Group of Aspiring Leaders (GOAL), Dominique is helping to connect members to numerous service organizations throughout northeast Ohio," said Janszen. "She is an active member of the 2013 Cleveland Bridge Builders class, collaborating on civic issues while fostering meaningful local relationships. She is also committed to ensuring that events, such as Doc-a-Palooza, a fundraiser supporting Cleveland Clinic's Employee Hardship Fund, are a success year after year."

As an alumna of Penn State, LaRochelle volunteered as a co-instructor for the master of health administration (M.H.A.) independent social media course and continues to work as a mentor/adviser to current M.H.A. and health policy and administration students. She conducts research with Deirdre McCaughey, assistant professor of health policy and administration, and was a member of the Penn State team that won the 2012 national AcademyHealth/Health 2.0 The Relevant Evidence to Advance Care and Health (REACH) Challenge. Both LaRochelle and McCaughey will be presenting at the American College of Healthcare Executives Annual Congress in March on value-based purchasing in the health care industry. LaRochelle is the 2012 recipient of the HPA-APG Alumni Award: Emerging Professional - Graduate Degree.