Where Are They Now?

2000 - 2009


Judith (Kvorjak) DePalma - Pittsburgh, PA
Writing coach for doctoral students at dissertation and clinical nurses wanting to publish

Erin Flanagan - Reno, NV
Travel nursing ICU. CCRN

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


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
Healthcare Informatics IT Consultant, Career Transitons
Certified with ANCC in Informatics Nursing;
Published Chapter - Meyer, C. (2013). Implementing and Upgrading an Information System Solution. In N. Staggers & R. Nelson (Ed.), Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach (pp. 271-289). St. Louis, MO: Mosby

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

Joyce Timko - Freeport, PA
CRNP at Choicecare Physicians P.C.


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.

Leigh (Namisnak) Frederick - Pittsburgh, PA
Trauma Nurse Coordinator/Injury Prevention Specialist at UPMC

Mary Ellen (Smith) Glasgow - Pittsburgh, PA
Dean and Professor, Duquesne University School of Nursing

Wendeline Grbach - North Versailles, PA
Education Consultant, Kb Port, LLC
Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator

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

Joanna Kotcher - Paradise, CA
Emergency Medical Coordinator

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

Frances Ward - Converse, TX
Volunteer at Fort Sam Houston Library, and Faith Family Clinic in San Antonio TX.


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


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

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


Kimberly (Kaloz) Ackerman - Munhall, PA
CRNP Intestinal Care at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

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

Andrea Fehl - Pittsburgh, PA
CRNP, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Amber (Lerach) Kolesar - Pittsburgh, PA
MSN 2010
Nursing Instructor, Duquesne University School of Nursing

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
PhD 2005
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)


Janet (Revay) Bischof  - Wheeling, WV
Associate Professor, Director NACDS MSN Tracks, Wheeling Jesuit University

Robin Chard - Hollywood, FL
PhD Program Coordinator, Passan School of Nursing, Wilkes University
Received an STTI/AORN research grant for 2015. The title of the study is "The Meaning of Intraoperative Errors: Perioperative Nurse Perspectives"

Bonnie Dean - Pittsburgh, PA

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

Elizabeth (D'Ambrosia) Houck - Allison Park, PA
Interface Analyst at UPMC

Alexander Krach - Medford, OR
Registered Nurse, Surgery at Asante Health System

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

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

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

Lenore (Kolljeski) Resick - Pittsburgh, PA
PhD 2006
Professor Emerita, Duquesne University School of Nursing

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

Jennifer Trentadue - Pittsburgh, PA
Staff Nurse at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

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


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

Jamie (Craven) Clarke - Pittsburgh, PA

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

Heather (O'Kelley) Griffin - Sylva, NC
CVICU RN at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC

Nadine (Scherfel) Kanai - Ambridge, PA
Clinician of Cardiothoracic/Cardiology/Vascular Surgery, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
UPMC ACE Award 2013 and Daisy Award 2012

Leigh Anne (Brosious) Rethage - Pittsburgh, PA
Clinical Coordinator for Online Programs at Duquesne University School of Nursing

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) Stock - Wexford PA
RN - Allegheny Health Network

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


Ashley (Loney) Badders - Pepper Pike, OH
Nursing Instructor, Ursuline College

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 (Bush) 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


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

Meghan Jones - Pittsburgh, PA
Nurse Clinician at UPMC St. Margaret

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.

Karen (van der Horst) Tomczak - San Francisco, CA
Charge RN at TPMG-SF

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