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Where Are They Now?

2000 - 2009


2000

Judith (Kvorjak) DePalma - Pittsburgh, PA
Coaching Doctoral students who are 'stuck' at dissertation. Developing a coaching program for professional women contemplating retirement (non-financial).

Erin Flanagan - Reno, NV
Travel nursing ICU. CCRN

Lynn (Colleta) Simko - North Versailles, PA
Associate Professor, Duquesne University School of Nursing

2001

Amy (Vogel) Breslin - Parsippany, NJ
Level III RN (staff nurse on pediatric oncology/hematology), Hackensack University Medical Center

Michelle (Mancini) Kielar - New Castle, PA
School nurse at New Castle Senior High School

Christine (James) Meyer - Bridgeville, PA
Senior Consultant, McKesson Corporation
Certified with ANCC in Informatics Nursing;
Published chapter in textbook (2013) - Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach; edited by Nancy Staggers and Ramona Nelson; chapter title - "Implementing and Upgrading an Information System Solution"

Erin Schomaker - Freehold, NJ
Currently employed as a traveling nurse.

Joyce Timko - Freeport, PA
Nurse practitioner at HealthSouth

2002

Kimberly Clark - Johnstown, PA
Completed training at the R.B. Turnbull Jr. School of Enterostomal Therapy at Cleveland Clinic in 2006. Currently practice in the areas of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing.

Jennifer (Rook) Holman - Winchester, VA
RN, Pediatrics and NICU at Winchester Medical Center

Sara Morasch -Spokane, WA
Staff RN, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center
Will be traveling to Rwanda with Healing Hearts Northwest to assist with heart surgery, recovery and education to people affected by rheumatic heart disease.

Nora Mulhearn - Middletown, CT
Assistant Nurse Manager of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Connecticut Children's Medical Center and pursuing an MSN from the University of Hartford

Sara (Potts) Thompson - Sellersburg, IN
Unit Supervisor for 2B TCU at Sts Mary and Elizabeth Hospital Louisville, Kentucky. Norton Hospital Nurse of the Year Nominee for 2006.

Cindy Walters - Pittsburgh, PA
Instructor at Duquesne University School of Nursing in Master's Forensic Nursing Program and Undergraduate, sophomore level, community

2003

Florence Agwoh - Turtle Creek, PA
RN at the VA Hospital of Pittsburgh

Angela Balistrieri - Pittsburgh, PA
CCRN, Faculty at UPMC Mercy Hospital School of Nursing

Tara (Drake) Hartle - Freedom, PA

Sarah (York) Loschiavo - Farmington, CT
Family Nurse Practitioner at Minute Clinic in Connecticut

2004

Frances (George) Heckler - Pittsburgh, PA

Janet (Logan) Hegg - Charlotte, NC
Faculty - OB and Pediatrics, Queens University of Charlotte, Presbyterian School of Nursing

Linda (Zagst) Koharchik - Brackenridge, PA
Nursing Instructor, Citizens School of Nursing
Cameos of Caring 2008
2009 - Doctor of Nursing Practice from Waynesburg University
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Adjunct Faculty and Clinical Affairs at Duquesne University School of Nursing

Lori Schumacher - Augusta, GA
Associate Dean for Simulated Learning Innovations, Medical College of Georgia, School of Nursing

2005

Kimberly (Kaloz) Ackerman - Munhall, PA
CRNP Intensive Care at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
CPN in 2009
ACE Award winner in 2008
Horizons Conference presenter (TLA in peds)

Angela Balistrieri - Munhall, PA
Associate Director, UPMC Mercy School of Nursing

Kathryn (Arndt) Davis - Latrobe, PA
RN (staff) at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital
CCRN in 2009

Amber (Lerach) Kolesar - Pittsburgh, PA
Senior Professional Staff Nurse, UPMC Shadyside

Kira (Kilichowski) Lupeke - Farmingdale, NY
Assistant Professor of Nursing, LaGuardia Community College

Christina (Petrozella) Norman - Lawley, FL
Staff RN, Charge Nurse - SICU, Shands at University of Florida

Peggy Russell - Parkersburg, WV
Director of Health and Safety at Stell Dynamics, LLC

Shirley (Powe) Smith - Pittsburgh, PA
Assistant Professor, Duquesne University School of Nursing
2008 Scholarship was named in my honor by Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Phi Chapter. The Shirley A. Powe Smith Scholarship is awarded to a junior nursing student annually.

Amy Vestovich - Monroeville, PA
RN in Pediatric ICU at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Currently enrolled in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Pittsburgh
2007 ACES Award winner at UPMC
2007 Kids First Award winner
Interviewed for WQED television show "On Q" about the future of nursing

Ellen (Krank) Winkle - Langhorne, PA
RNC, Maternity and Special Care Nursery Units, Princeton Healthcare System
2008 March of Dimes Award for Nursing Excellence
Nationally Certified in In-Patient Obstetrical Nursing (NCC)

2006

Janet (Revay) Bischof - Wheeling, WV
Assistant Professor, Director Graduate Administration and Education tracks, Wheeling Jesuit University

Robin Chard - Hollywood, FL
Perioperative Nursing Specialist, AORN

Rebecca Ehling - Oreland, PA
RN at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Trauma and Solid Organ Transplant Certified

Karen (Kay) Gittings - Darlington, SC
Nursing Instructor, Francis Marion University

Caren (Gwinn) La Rue - Carlisle, PA
Nursing Instructor (tenure tract) at Harrisburg Area Community College in Gettsyburg, PA

Anne Marie Manfroni - South Euclid, OH
RN, BSN in the Coronary Intensive Care Unit at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Tanecia N. (Moran) Redlinger - Norfolk, VA
Burn Truama Nurse. Recently married in February at Duquesne.

Megan Robison - Tampa, FL
Staff Nurse, Medical ICU, James A. Haley VA Medical Center

Alliene Olson - Scottsdale, AZ
RN in ICU at Mayo Clinic Hospital

Lenore (Kolljeski) Resick - Pittsburgh, PA
Clinical Professor, Duquesne University School of Nursing
Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair

Megan A. Robison - Tampa, FL
RN in the Medical ICU at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center
2007 VA Award for Excellence in Nursing Services

Nicole Schafer - Monroeville, PA
RN, BSN in the PACU at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Nicole Leigh Wasilko - Elizabeth, PA
Neuro/Trauma nurse at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh

2007

Kelly Arashin - Hilton Head Island, SC
RN, Accreditation Coordinator, Risk Management at Hilton Head Hospital

Leigh-Anne Brosious - Pittsburgh, PA
Clinical Nurse II at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital on Progressive Cardiac Care Unit

Kathleen Czekanski - Philadelphia, PA
Director of Graduate, RN-BSN, and RN-MSN Programs at LaSalle University, School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Judy Didion - Perrysburg, OH
Dean, School of Nursing, Lourdes College

Colleen Tipping Federico - Pittsburgh, PA
PICU at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Heather O'Kelley - Enka, NC
CVICU RN at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC

Mary Molly Shea - East Amherst, NY
Unit Manager, Erie County Medical Center
Legal Nurse Consultant, Dunning and Shea, Inc. Longterm Care Advisors

Jacqueline M. Sitko - Cleveland Heights, OH
Staff Nurse, Medical/Surgical ICU, Hillcrest Hospital

Sara Slear - Harrisburg, PA
RN, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Christine L. Vezzetti - Wexford PA
RN in the PACU at Allegheny General Hospital
Member of the Nursing Research Council

2008

Susan (Copley) Cobb - Moorestown, NJ
Program Advisor, Thomas Edison State College
Publications: "Social Presence and Online Learning: a Current View from a Research Perspective," The Journal of Interactive Online Learning, November 2009
"Social Presence, Satisfaction and Perceived Learning of RN-to-BSN Students in Web-based Nursing Courses, accepted for publication in Nursing Education Perspectives.
Presentation: "Bridging the Gap in Online Education Through Social Presence." 27th International Nursing Technology Conference, April 2009, Washington, DC.

Elizabeth (Wosotowsky) DePietro - Carnegie, PA
Quality Improvement Specialist, UPMC Mercy

Kaitlyn Hinchberger - Baden, PA
RN, Allegheny General Hospital

Brittany Hoffman - Pittsburgh, PA
RN at West Penn Hospital in the Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
Married to Damien Harkins, LaRoche College alum of 2007

Caitlin M. Kuntz - Jamison, PA
Staff Nurse/ Hematology Unit, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Patrick Montgomery - Pittsburgh, PA
RN in CCU, Allegheny General Hospital

Courtney Moser - New Kensington, PA
RN, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Karen Myers - Salisbury, MD
Instructor of Nursing, Warwic Community college

Michael Scott - McKeesport, PA
Pediatric Critical Care Nurse (PICU) at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. Trauma Certified. Trauma Committee Member. PALS Certified.

Jerod C. Smith - New Kensington, PA
UPMC Presbyterian Neuro Trauma ICU. RN,BSN

Jenny Wilson - Erie, PA
RN in the ICU at St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, PA

Elizabeth Wright - Fairfax, VA
Nominated for New Graduate of the Year at Inova Fairfax Hospital by the managers of the Oncology Unit

2009

Sarah Carlins - Pittsburgh, PA

Alisha Charnesky - Pittsburgh, PA
Hired as a Graduate Nurse in Medical ICU at Allegheny General Hospital

Katie Marie Hauser - Latrobe, PA
Clinical Nurse - CVICU, UPMC Mercy

Jenna Jasek - Pittsburgh, PA
Hired as a Graduate Nurse tn the Cardiac Step-down Unit at UPMC McKeesport

Ashlee Javens - Pittsburgh, PA
Cardiovascular ICU at UPMC Mercy

Lauren Kinder - Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate Nurse at Allegheny General Hospital

Leah (Walp) Laffey - Pittsburgh, PA
CEO, Kindred

Bethany Long - Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate Nurse in Critical Care Service Line at VA Hospital

Joli Miracle - Locust Grove, GA
Gold Bar Recruiter for the United States Army

Swetha Nattu Ashok - Murrysville, PA

Sara Nesbitt - Gibsonia, PA
Americorps member

Amy Paulick - Honolulu, HI
Staff Nurse in the United States Army

Teresa Pessolano - Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate Nurse at UPMC Mercy

Megan Shively - Freedom, PA

Moira Slegal - Carnegie, PA
Graduate Nurse, UPMC Mercy

Melissa Smith - Canton, OH
Assistant Director/Assistant Professor, Division of Nursing, Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Responsible for working on an RN-BSN completion program.

Elizabeth Welesko - McDonald, PA
Graduate Nurse at UPMC Mercy

Victoria (Sokira) Wells - Kent, OH
Staff Development Surgical Services, Akron city Hospital
2008 Preceptor Award
2008 Cameo of Caring

Erica Wiesen - Cleveland, OH
RN, Cleveland Clinic
Mary Tobin Award for General Excellence in Nursing
Graduated Summa Cum Laude