Photo of Kathleen Scoble, Ed.D., RNKathleen Scoble, Ed.D., RN
DEAN

416 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2320 | scoblek@elms.edu

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Nursing Diploma St. Vincent’s Hospital, Ohio
BSN, Madonna College
M.A., Nursing Administration, Columbia University Teachers College
M.Ed., Nursing Education, Columbia University Teachers College
Ed.D., Columbia University Teachers College, Department of Nursing Administration and Education

Dr. Scoble has over three decades in academic, administrative and consultant roles. Dr. Scoble joined Elms College in 2003 as the Director of the Division of Nursing at Elms College. At that time, Nursing was comprised of a small, baccalaureate program with 100 students. Acknowledging the growth of Nursing, Elms College dedicated the School of Nursing in 2013, making Dr. Scoble the founding Dean. Dr. Scoble has led Elms’ nursing program from a baccalaureate nursing program to now include a second degree accelerated track, RN-BS programs at 5 instructional sites, a Master of Science in Nursing program, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Dr. Scoble has previously held faculty appointments at Teachers College, Columbia University, and the University of Massachusetts Boston; and several administrative positions in acute care organizations ranging from manager to chief nurse executive. Recognized for her leadership in nursing, Dr. Scoble has served as Senior Associate for the former Institute for Nursing Healthcare Leadership.

A member of AACN for over a decade, Dr. Scoble currently serves as a mentor in the New Dean Mentoring Program, as a State Grassroots Liaison for MA and a member of the Membership Committee; and previously has served as a member of the AACN Executive Development Series Sub Committee.

In MA, Dr. Scoble served two terms as president of the MA Association of Colleges of Nursing and in 2008 was a founding member of the Western MA Nursing Collaborative, a regional coalition of nurse education and service leaders focused on the local nursing workforce; in 2006-2009 served as a member of the MA Nurse of the Future Core Competency Committee developing the MA Nursing Core Competencies implemented across MA in both academic and practice settings; and has been active in the development and work of the MA Nursing Action Coalition serving as a member of its Executive Advisory Committee and team member. In 2014, Dr. Scoble was appointed as a trustee for Baystate Health System Board of Trustees, the largest health system in Western MA, becoming the first nurse ever to serve on this board.

On the international front, Dr. Scoble has consulted internationally for the INHL and Partners Healthcare International (formerly Partners Harvard Medical International) since 1999. Dr. Scoble has had programmatic experience in multiple countries including Colombia, Mexico, India, China, Dubai, and Turkey. Dr. Scoble co-authored a chapter derived from her international experiences [Brown, E. J., & Scoble, K. B. (2012). International nursing leadership: Impact at the bedside. In J. Ives Erickson, D. Jones, & M. Ditomassi (Eds.), Fostering nurse-led care: Professional practice for the bedside leader from Massachusetts General Hospital, (pp.307-350). Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.]. In Spring 2013 she developed and taught a new course for the MSN/MBA dual degree track program, Global Perspectives in Healthcare Management.

Over the years, Dr. Scoble has delivered numerous presentations. Most recently (Spring 2017), she presented Healthcare Professionals as Leaders in the Spiritual Care of Patients at the Divine Mercy’s 13th Annual Medicine, Bioethics, and Spirituality Conference at the College of the Holy Cross; and Fall 2017 presented Planning and Optimizing Budget Allocations at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s 2017 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.

Dr. Scoble’s faculty appointments at Elms College have included numerous committees and roles including: chair, Academic Restructuring Committee; member of search committees (VPAA, President, and Athletic Director); co-chair, Institutional Self –Study Committee for NEASC; member and chair, Tenure and Promotion Committee; member, Strategic Planning Committee; chair, Faculty Salary and Benefits Committee.

Stock portrait avatarAnne-Marie Albano, MSN, RN
Assistant Clinical Professor

408 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2436 | albanoa@elms.edu

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A.S. Springfield Technical Community College
B.S. College of Our Lady of the Elms
MSN College of Our Lady of the Elms

Anne-Marie Albano is a professional registered nurse with over twenty years of nursing experience at Mercy Medical Center. During her career at Mercy, Anne-Marie’s clinical focus was in Critical Care and Cardiac nursing. She also spent over ten years in leadership and management in the acute care setting of Care Coordination, nursing supervision, social services, and behavioral health. In both her educational and professional career, Anne-Marie is committed to Catholic education. She eared her MSN from Elms and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Anne-Marie is a certified ACLS and BLS instructor and currently teaches Nursing Care of the Older Adult and Nursing Leadership and Management of Care. Her research and educational interests include improving the patient experience, Leadership and Nursing Care Management, Cardiac Care, and Geriatrics.

Photo of Suzanne Barenski, Ph.D., RNSuzanne Barenski, Ph.D., RN
DIRECTOR OF RN STUDIES
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

411 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2385 | barenskis@elms.edu

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RN (diploma), St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing
B.S., M.S., Russell Sage College
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts

Dr. Barenski is a nurse administrator, educator and researcher. In her administrative role as Director, Dr. Barenski coordinates the RN-BS degree completion program on two campus sites, main campus and the Berkshire Campus located in Pittsfield, MA. She serves as academic advisor for the RN-BS students. Her areas of teaching expertise include family theory, population health, leadership and most recently genetics and quality and safety in healthcare. Her research interests include parenting, family-centered nursing, and transitional life experiences. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “Transition to Fatherhood: a Puerto Rican Perspective.” Dr. Barenski is an active member of Delta Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as well as the National Honor Society of Alpha Sigma Lambda.

Photo of Karen Braccialarghe, MSN, RN, CCRNKaren Braccialarghe, MSN, RN, CCRN
ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROFESSOR

401 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2480 | braccialarghek@elms.edu

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MSN College of Our Lady of the Elms

BS Salem State College

Karen Braccialarghe has been a professional registered nurse since 2003.  Her career focus has been in pediatric critical care which also includes adult congenital heart disease, complex cardiac surgery, and extra corporeal blood purification therapies.  She is certified in pediatric critical care, ACLS, and PALS.  Karen Braccialarghe began her career at Massachusetts General Boston and has practiced nursing at Connecticut Children’s since 2007.  She was the renal coordinator for advanced dialysis therapies offered to pediatric patients in the ICU.  Karen Braccialarghe earned her MSN from Elms and currently teaches Care of the Adult to undergraduate students.  Her areas of interest in nursing education include improving the nursing process through evidence based practice, professional role development, and curriculum design. Karen Braccialarghe is a member of the Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Photo of Marjorie Childers '87, Ph.D., RNMarjorie Childers ’87, Ph.D., RN
PROFESSOR EMERITA

407 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2478 | childersm@elms.edu

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A.B., Vassar College
A.S., Greenfield Community College

B.S., Elms College

M.A., Ph.D., New School for Social Research
M.S., University of Massachusetts

Dr. Childers became a nurse after many years of teaching sociology and women’s studies.  Her practice has been in adult and adolescent mental health nursing. She served as interim director of nursing at Elms from 2000 to 2003. Dr. Childers’ areas of expertise are nursing theory, the evolution of nursing and scholarly writing.

Photo of Cynthia Dakin, Ph.D., RNCynthia Dakin, Ph.D., RN
DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES
PROFESSOR

430 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2455 | dakinc@elms.edu

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BSN, University of Bridgeport
MSN, University of Miami
Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Dr. Dakin is a nurse administrator, educator and researcher.  In her administrative role as Director of Graduate Nursing Studies, Dr. Dakin coordinates the Master of Science in Nursing  (MSN) program.  Her areas of expertise in teaching are role development of the advanced prepared nurse, nursing research, and nurse educator practica courses.  Dr. Dakin’s research interests include smoking cessation and nursing curriculum outcomes research.  She has been an active participant in the Emergency Nurses Association and a member of the National Institute of Emergency Nursing Research. Dr. Dakin has presented her research on emergency department patient and staff issues; and smokers admitted to acute care psychiatric hospitals at regional, national and international conferences.  Dr. Dakin is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association, the Organization of Nurse Leaders and Sigma Theta Honor Society.

Photo of Laurie Downes, Ph.D., RNLaurie Downes, Ph.D., RN
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

429 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2246 | downesl@elms.edu

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BSN, University of Connecticut
MSN, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Downes has extensive experience in nursing education and has taught in a variety of settings.  Her areas of expertise and teaching at the baccalaureate level are women’s health and the childbearing family.  At the masters level, Dr. Downes’ expertise is nursing theory and teaching methodologies. She has also taught across many other nursing specialties.  Her areas of interest are curriculum development, program evaluation, and the use of technology in teaching.  Dr. Downes conducted research on innovative teaching methodologies in nursing education and she is an accomplished presenter in the area of women’s health and teaching methods of nursing education.

Photo of Br. Michael Duffy, DNP , ANP-BCBr. Michael Duffy, DNP , ANP-BC
ASSOCIATE DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF NURSING
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

422 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2437 | duffym@elms.edu

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B.S. American International College
M.S. University of Lowell
DNP Regis College

Br. Michael has extensive experience as an adult nurse practitioner and a nurse educator, teaching at the Elms from 1988 through 1997. He returned fall 2011 to the Elms as the Coordinator of the Accelerated Second  Degree Program in Nursing. For years, Br. Michael has practiced in health care in homeless settings in Massachusetts, Philadelphia, PA and Baltimore , MD; returning in July 2011 from a six-year assignment in Jamaica, West Indies, where he managed a rural (“bush “) clinic. Since returning, Br. Michael has completed his DNP and for his Capstone developed the ELMS caRe vaN – a mobile health care unit to serve the homeless and underserved in Chicopee, which allows pre-licensure students clinical experience.  In addition, Br. Michael has taken students back to Jamaica each year for a Population Health/Community Nursing experience.  Work continues with the doctoral students in developing ways to provide primary care to the underserved of Chicopee, both the homeless and those in schools.

Photo of Elizabeth Fiscella,DNP, APRN, GCNS, CNEElizabeth Fiscella, DNP, APRN, GCNS, CNE
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

431 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2471 | fiscellae@elms.edu

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B.S., M.S., University of Massachusetts
DNP, Chatham University

Dr. Fiscella is a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist with a wide variety of health care experiences from middle to senior management to nursing education. As a National League of Nursing (NLN) certified nurse educator (CNE) she specializes in theoretical and on-line nursing education in the areas of informatics, clinical simulation and research, particularly around geriatric care. As part of her passion for improving the care of American’s older Adults she has been an independent consultant for NLN’s ACES (Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors project. She has given podium presentations of her work at national conventions, such as the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and NLN Education Summit. Dr. Ficella is a longtime member of Sigma Theta Tau’s International Honor Society for Nursing, Beta Zeta Chapter, and has recently served as a nursing textbook reviewer and contributor for F.A. Davis Publishing.

Photo of Leticia Kennedy, MSN, RNLeticia Kennedy, MSN, RN
ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROFESSOR

406 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2444 | kennedyl@elms.edu

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B.S. College of Our Lady of the Elms
MSN, College of Our Lady of the Elms

Leticia Kennedy is an experienced nurse leader and clinician. Her clinical focus has been in the perioperative setting, which includes admitting and discharges, operating room, endoscopy, post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), pre-anesthesia evaluation and pain management. She holds certifications as a perioperative nurse (CNOR) and in ACLS. Her areas of interest in nursing education include promoting certification of nurses in their practice setting. Leticia is a member of The Association of perioperative Nurses (AORN) and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Photo of Teresa Kuta Reske, DNP, MPA, RNTeresa Kuta Reske, DNP, MPA, RN
DIRECTOR, DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE PROGRAM
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

428 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2355 | resket@elms.edu

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B.S. Saint Anselm College
MPA, University of New Haven
MSN,  Vanderbilt University
DNP, MGH Institute of Health Professions

Dr. Reske is the original member of the leadership team that developed the DNP program and has taught in the program since its inception in fall 2014.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience focusing on change management and process redesign.  She currently teaches and coordinates a series of doctoral level courses including the scholarly DNP capstone immersion and project courses as well as courses in nurse leadership within organizations.

Prior to joining Elms College, she was responsible for clinical, operational, and financial leadership for practices in pediatric inpatient settings and pediatric ambulatory services.  She also held advanced leadership positions in the Baystate Health system of services in start-up programs and in emerging roles such as clinical system nursing informatics, nurse telephone triage, market research, and patient satisfaction within a large tertiary health care system.

As the practice administrator prior to joining Elms, she led a major effort at Baystate Health to relocate nine practices into a newly designed children’s ambulatory specialty center with emphasis on using interprofessional teams to deliver high-quality care recognizing children’s unique ambulatory needs. She also held at the time an adjunct faculty position in an online graduate nursing program.

Dr. Reske has presented at national and international conferences on topics such as the patient experience, nursing informatics, nurse/patient care interactions, and leading teams for quality improvement and innovative change. Her areas of clinical interest include advanced nurse leadership and the advanced role of the nurse professional to improve patient care experiences.

She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Zeta chapter.

Dr. Reske was a chapter co-author in DNP Education, Practice, and Policy: Redesigning Advanced Practice Roles for the 21st Century (2012).

Stock photo avatarGale LaBelle, BS, RN
NURSING SKILLS LAB COORDINATOR

Lyons Center for Natural and Health Sciences
413-265-2472 | labelleg@elms.edu

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BSN University of Massachusetts

Gale LaBelle recently joined the Elms College School of Nursing as the Nursing Skills Lab Coordinator following several years of simulation lab instruction at a local university. Her practice focus has been in Cardiac Care, Gerontology and Medical Surgical Nursing. Her area of interest in nursing education is to provide meaningful student experiences through simulation. Gale has served on a number of hospital committees and serves her local community as the Chairperson of the Becket Board of Health.

Photo of Jan Lucier, MSN, RN, HNB-BC, CCAPJan Lucier, MSN, RN, HNB-BC, CCAP
ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROFESSOR

405 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2277 | lucierj@elms.edu

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BSN University of Massachusetts-Boston
MSN Walden University

Jan Lucier is a nurse educator and credentialed as a Board Certified Holistic Nurse and Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner.  Her areas of expertise in teaching include psychiatric nursing, community health, global and holistic nursing, Jan has been an adjunct clinical instructor for Fundamentals, Psychiatric, and Community Health in area nursing programs.  She practices as a holistic nurse leader, speaker, and healer in a variety of diverse settings as well as maintaining a holistic business. Jan has done research in aromatherapy measuring the effects of essential oils on stress levels in psychiatric nurses.  She also has lead the national holistic nursing drum circle and presented nationally.  Holistic Nurses in Pain Management in Primary Care setting. Her interest include non-pharmacological interventions and contributing to the Recovery Learning Community and Clubhouse model with behavioral health clients, holistic modalities including therapeutic drumming, Master Teacher of Reiki and Karuna Reiki, Cherokee Body Work , Mindfulness Meditation, clinical aromatherapy, Capacitar and Chapter leaders for “ Dining for Women”. Professional memberships include Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and American Holistic Nurses Association.

Photo of Janet Moore, Ph.D., RN, GCNSJanet Moore, Ph.D., RN, GCNS
PROFESSOR

432 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2384 | moorejanet@elms.edu

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RN (diploma), Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing
A.A., Green Mountain College
BSN, American International College
M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Dr. Moore has practiced nursing in staff development and held administrative positions with a primary focus in gerontology. She is a clinical specialist in gerontology and has published in that field.  Dr. Moore has presented her research, “Familiar Physical Activity to Familiar Music: The Effects of Apathy, Agitation, Eating Ability and Dietary Intake in Institutionalized Older Adults with Dementia” at location research conferences.  She was selected to attend the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) “train the trainer” conferences specializing in gerontology and quality and safety in nursing education (QSEN). As an accomplished educator, Dr. Moore’s teaching expertise includes gerontology, nursing fundamentals and nursing research.  She is the Counselor of Beta Zeta Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, executive board member of the UMASS Alumni Association, and is co-chairperson of the Tri-County Partnership of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Photo of Virginia Newell-StokesVirginia Newell-Stokes
COORDINATOR, RN-BS OFF-SITE PROGRAM
ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROFESSOR

410 Berchmans Hall | newellstokesv@elms.edu

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BSN University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.S.  University of Connecticut

Assistant Clinical Professor Newell-Stokes coordinates the RN-BS degree completion program offered at the campus sites of Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Quinsigimond Community College in Worcester, Holyoke Community College in Holyoke and Greenfield Community College in Greenfield.

Photo of Deana Nunes MSN, RNDeana Nunes MSN, RN
ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROFESSOR

403 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2569| nunesd@elms.edu

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B.S. College of Our Lady of the Elms
MSN College of Our Lady of the Elms

Deana Nunes joins the Elms College School of Nursing faculty in the Fall of 2017. She has worked full time at a local hospital as a wound care specialist and earned her wound care certification at the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Nursing in Charleston.

Stock photo avatarKathleen Pont, M.S., APRN
Accelerated Second Degree Coordinator
Assistant Professor

423C Berchmans Hall
413-265-2484 | pontk@elms.edu

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A.S. Holyoke Community College
B.S. College of Our Lady of the Elms
M.S. University of Massachusetts Worcester

Photo of Joyce Thielen, Ph.D., RNJoyce Thielen, Ph.D., RN
ASSOCIATE DEAN OF ACCREDITATION AND COMPLIANCE
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

412a Berchmans Hall
413-265-2229 | thielenj@elms.edu

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B.S., Fitchburg State College
M.S., University of Massachusetts
Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Dr. Thielen is a nurse administrator, educator and researcher.  In her administrative role as Associate Dean, Dr. Thielen coordinates the traditional undergraduate program.  Her areas of expertise in teaching include gerontology, nursing theory, and most recently informatics in nursing and healthcare.   Her research interests include cognitive impairment, care giving of those with memory problems and care of the older adult. Her doctoral dissertation entitled, “Women’s Experiences While Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer” has been presented at research conferences in several locations in the Northeast.  Dr. Thielen was selected to attend the American Association of Nurses (AACN) “train the trainer “conferences for both the Gerontology Nursing Education Conference (GNEC) and the Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN).  She is an active member and vice-president of Beta Zeta Chapter at Large of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Porchlight VNA/Home Care.

Photo of Jeremy Kele '15, BS, RNJeremy Kele ’15, BS, RN
ADVANCED PRACTICE PLACEMENT COORDINATOR

423 Berchmans Hall
413-265-2393| kelej@elms.edu

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B.S. College of Our Lady of the Elms

Photo of Andrew Storer DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-C,ENP-CAndrew Storer DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-C,ENP-C
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE PROGRAM AND NP TRACK COORDINATOR
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

423A Berchmans Hall
413-265-2262| storera@elms.edu

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2011 Post-Masters Certification, Nursing Education, Jefferson College of Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
2009 Post-Masters Certification, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Jefferson College of Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
2008 Doctor of Nursing Practice, Jefferson College of Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
2006 Master of Science in Nursing, Jefferson College of Graduate Studies, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
2004 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Temple University, College of Health Profession, Philadelphia

Dr. Andrew Storer has an established history in clinical practice, performance improvement, and academia. While in Philadelphia, he spent eight years in emergency nursing both as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. From 2012 to 2014 he relocated to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, to take a position in primary, urgent, and concierge care. In 2015 he relocated stateside to his hometown of Buffalo, NY. He is currently completing his PhD studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Storer works as an independent sole provider at two emergency departments and in a critical care unit in Western New York.