Nursing Advisory Board

The School of Nursing Advisory Board was established in 2013 to serve in an advisory capacity to Dean Mary Ellen Glasgow. The School of Nursing Advisory Board members advise and assist the Dean in pursuing the vision, mission and implementation of strategic priorities in the School of Nursing. This advisory board provides insight into trends affecting nursing practice, nursing job development and job placement. It also assists in evaluation of program effectiveness, program advocacy and promotion with various internal and external constituencies. Members are appointed to the board by the Dean of the School of Nursing and include distinguished alumni, health care leaders, entrepreneurs, as well as community representatives.

Photo of Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow

Dean Glasgow

Board Members

Kathe Andrejcio Balinski, BSN, RN, MA

kathe balinski headshotClinical Research and Development Consultant

Ms. Kathe Andrejcio Balinski, BSN, RN, MA, is a retired Vice President of Clinical Project Management of ImClone Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company. Ms. Balinski received her BSN from Duquesne University, MA in Nursing from New York University and MS in Jurisprudence Healthcare Law and Intellectual Property from Seton Hall University. She was an oncology nurse specialist before joining the pharmaceutical industry, where she worked for over 35 years in clinical research, focusing primarily on the development of new drugs for cancer. She currently has her own consulting business working with small biotech companies.

Anthony Battaglia, MS, BSN, RN

Anthony Battaglia headshotPresident and CEO
Pocket Nurse

Pocket Nurse® is a nurse owned and operated company started in 1992. Pocket Nurse® sells medical supplies and equipment to Healthcare Educators and Medical Simulation Labs globally. Designer and patent holder of medical simulation products. Thirty years' experience as a nurse in a variety of health care settings, including Medical Intensive Care, Industrial and Occupational Nursing and Medical Surgical Nursing.

Arnold E. Burchianti II, MPT

arnold burchianti headshotFounder and CEO
Celtic Healthcare Inc.

As the Founder and CEO of Celtic Healthcare, Mr. Arnold E. Burchianti has approximately 600 nurses employed to serve hospice and home health patients in their homes throughout Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan and Missouri. Home and community-based nurses are critical given the tsunami of care needed for baby boomers and for the delivery of health care models for the future. He is passionate about end-of-life care and options and providing individuals with the right care at the right time in the right place.

Rita Carty, PhD, RN, FAAN

rita carty headshotProfessor and Dean Emeriti
College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University

Dr. Rita M. Carty is a retired professor and Dean Emeritus of the College of Nursing and Health Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Carty received her baccalaureate degree from Duquesne University and her Masters and PhD from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Diane L. Hupp, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

diane l. hupp headshotVice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Dr. Diane Hupp serves as the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Operations and Patient Care Services for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the nation. She is responsible for the safety and quality of care at the organization, as well as most operational aspects at the campus. She has led the organization to maintain its Magnet status, which is the highest honor an organization can receive for organizational and nursing excellence, and one in which only 6-7% of organizations have been able to achieve.

Leah Laffey, DNP, RN

leah laffeyChief Executive Officer
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley

Ms. Leah Laffey is currently the CEO of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley. She has been in Hospital Administration for over 20 years and owns three other businesses in the Pittsburgh area. Leah obtained a BSN from Duquesne University, MSN from Pace University and a DNP from Waynesburg University.

Scott Lammie

headshot of Scott LammieFormer Chief Financial Officer of UPMC

Mr. Lammie is the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of UPMC. He worked for UPMC since September 1990, holding key business, financial and operational leadership positions that have supported the health system's development into one of the nation's leading integrated delivery and financing health systems. He facilitated product line business development programs and projects across government services and commercial product lines, including advising and supporting product line development and geographic expansion plans, with primary leadership, guidance, and direction provided by the responsible product line presidents.

His previous positions include Chief Financial Officer, UPMC Insurance Services Division; Corporate Vice President, Finance; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, UPMC Diversified Services; Managing Director, UPMC Health Ventures; and Vice President, UPMC Patient Business Services. Mr. Lammie also served on the board of directors at Duquesne University and as a Duquesne Society advisor.

Mr. Lammie has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Duquesne University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Richard Longo, RN, FACMPE, FACHE

richard longo headshotHealth Care Consultant

Mr. Richard Longo has extensive experience in health care management and strategy development in the health care industry. He is currently a Business Consultant with Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center. Previous positions held include Senior Consultant for RIOL and Senior Vice President, Network Management for Devon Health Services, Inc. He has also served as adjunct facility at Robert Morris University and the University of Pittsburgh and is a fellow in both the American College of Health Care Executives and the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

Holly Lorenz, MSN, RN

holly lorenz headshotChief Nursing Executive, UPMC

Ms. Holly Lorenz is the Chief Nurse Executive of UPMC, with responsibility for establishing and leading the strategic vision for nearly 14,000 nurses. Ms. Lorenz has oversight for nursing practice for more than 20 academic, community, specialty and international hospitals as well as the 400 outpatient sites, rehabilitation, and long-term care facilities. Ms. Lorenz shares her vast knowledge and expertise in nursing leadership as a member on several influential local and state boards including President Elect of the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Executives.

Kathy Mayle, MBA, MNEd, RN

kathy mayle headshotDean of Nursing
Community College of Allegheny County

Ms. Kathy Mayle (Towns) has been the Dean of Nursing at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) since July 2012. She came to CCAC from Duquesne University School of Nursing. where she was the Director of the Center for Health Care Diversity. Ms. Mayle also served nearly 12 years as the Executive Director of the Nursing Recruitment Coalition, a consortium of 15 area hospitals and schools of nursing. Ms. Mayle is a board member of the East Liberty Family Health Care Center and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

Maribeth McLaughlin BSN, MPM

maribeth mclaughlin headshotVice President of Women's Health Services for UPMC and Vice President of Operations
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Ms. Maribeth McLaughlin directs patient care and the daily operations across multiple departments and disciplines. She serves on both local and system-wide strategic committees, and she oversees activities directing women's health services at UPMC hospitals, non-UPMC hospitals and 98 ambulatory settings. She develops and implements the strategic direction and operations of women's health care for the $10B global integrated health system.

Diane Mead, BSN, RN, PCC

diane mead headshotPresident and CEO

Bethany Hospice

Diane Mead, BSN, RN, PCC, started her health care career over 25 years ago as a Nursing Assistant and worked her way up the corporate ladder to become the Vice President for the nation's largest hospice provider for the Northeast. Diane left corporate America in 2004 and founded Bethany Hospice in 2005, where she serves as President and CEO. Voted one of the Top 50 Business Women in Pennsylvania, Diane holds a BSN and a Professional Coaching Certification from Duquesne University. Diane has served on the Duquesne University Board of Governors, Duquesne University Alumni Association Board, LIFE Pittsburgh's Professional Advisory Board, Duquesne University School of Nursing Professional Advisory Board, President-elect Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, as well as the AALNC Board (Pittsburgh Chapter) as President-elect.

Vincent J. Morreale

vincent morreale headshotCEO
Del Gratia Group, Inc.

Doctors Express Urgent Care

Dr. Morreale is a 1989 graduate of Duquesne University and a 1994 graduate of Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. Upon graduation, Dr. Morreale opened Morreale Chiropractic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a focus on family and sports chiropractic. Dr. Morreale also owns AFC Urgent/Family Care, providing emergency medical care seven days a week. Dr. Morreale has been the team chiropractor for Duquesne University Athletics since 2005.

Rev. John Sawicki CSSp, PhD

Father John Sawicki headshotTeaching Assistant Professor
McAnulty College of Liberal Arts
Political Science
Duquesne University

John Sawicki CSSp., PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University. He has taught courses on International Relations, Catholic Thought and Security in the Modern World, International Political Economy, Terrorism, and Crisis Management. He is frequently consulted as an expert on terrorism deterrence, and he has published articles on the subject including "Why Terrorists Use Female and Child Suicide Bombers."

Father Sawicki received his Master of Divinity at Catholic Theological Union, his Master of
Arts in Law & Diplomacy and his PhD at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is also the director of the Center for International Relations at Duquesne University.

Mary Esther Van Shura, EdD

mary esther van shuraAdjunct Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Dr. Mary Esther Van Shura is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and her position in the area of Administrative and Policy Studies (ADMPS) focuses on elements of social and political dynamics impacting school districts and community engagement.

Previously, she served as the Director of Community Affairs in the office of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. In this capacity, she interfaced on issues of disabilities, older adults, food security and education. She also engaged with international and immigrant communities.

Prior professional positions include serving as the Director of the State Office for United States Senator Harris Wofford, Director of Services for individuals with intellectual disabilities for a community non-profit and as an elementary school teacher in Waverly, New York.