Nancy Sawyer has had a career in nursing since 1970. Her experience is broad & deep including triage, rehabilitation, surgical, adolescent center support/evaluation, high risk OB evaluation/education, & chemical dependency. In 1980 she participated in a focus on integration of nursing culture/support & teambuilding. She developed a mentor program for RN’s looking to deepen their knowledge & mastery. Sawyer champions the profession’s involvement in all aspects of nursing, from bedside to management, has continued to grow, even beyond retirement in July of 2017. Sawyer sees the mentor process as a developmental, empowering and nurturing relationship, that develops an atmosphere of respect, collegiality & support which carries on throughout the nurse’s career. Sawyer’s long-term involvement in high risk OB nursing made her aware of families with infant losses. She and her husband Tom, created the “Garden of the Sleeping Angels” nonprofit organization for families who have lost infants.