• Anne-Marie Albano, MSN, RN

    Assistant Clinical Professor

    albanoa@elms.edu

    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.

  • Amy Audibert

    Program Assistant

    audiberta@elms.edu

  • Carly Berneche, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    bernechec@elms.edu

    Dr. Berneche is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Elms College. She earned her BS in nursing in 2011 from Elms College, after which she practiced at Holyoke Medical Center as a critical care, cardiac, obstetrics, and newborn nurse. She earned her DNP in the Family Nurse Practitioner Track from Elms College in 2017. As an NP, she assisted in the opening of an interventional pain management practice at Holyoke Medical Center, and continues to practice as an NP in the urgent care setting at HMC. Dr. Berneche is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. She lives in Wilbraham with her husband and two young children.

  • Andrea Bertheaud, MSN, RN

    Assistant Clinical Professor

    bertheauda@elms.edu

  • Sharon Brown, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

    FNP Track Coordinator, Assistant Clinical Professor

    brownsharon@elms.edu

    Sharon Brown is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner.  As a nurse practitioner she has worked in urology and college health (primary care and urgent care).

  • Emily Cabrera, Ed.D., MSN, RN

    Director of RN-BSN Program

    cabrerae@elms.edu

  • Marjorie Childers, Ph.D., RN

    Professor Emerita

    childersm@elms.edu

    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.

  • Cynthia Dakin, Ph.D., RN

    Director, MSN Programs

    dakinc@elms.edu

    Dr. Dakin is a nurse administrator, educator and researcher. In her administrative role as Director of the MSN program, 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 and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.

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  • Laurie Downes, Ph.D., RN

    Associate Professor

    downesl@elms.edu

    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.

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  • Jeanne Gamelli, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-C

    Assistant Professor

    gamellij@elms.edu

  • Kimberly Hekkala, MSN, RN

    Assistant Clinical Professor

    hekkalak@elms.edu

  • Maryann Matrow, M.Ed.

    Director of School of Nursing Operations

    matrowm@elms.edu

  • Deana Nunes, EdD (c ), MSN, RN, CWCN

    Interim Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Assistant Clinical Professor

    nunesd@elms.edu

    Deana Nunes is an Assistant Clinical Instructor at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts. She earned her BS in Nursing in 1994 and MSN in the Nurse Educator track in 2018 from Our Lady of the Elms College. She is currently enrolled in the Ed.D. program at Southern Connecticut State University in the Nurse Faculty program. Deana is a certified wound care nurse, earning credentialing at Medical University of South Carolina’s Certified Wound Care Nurse program. She has used this clinical expertise for the past fifteen years in the emergent care, acute care, home care, outpatient, and long-term care settings.

  • Bethany A.H. Ondrick, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CLC

    Adult Acute Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Track Coordinator for Doctor of Nursing Practice Program; Associate Professor of Nursing

    ondrickb@elms.edu

    Bethany Ondrick is a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.  As a nurse practitioner she has worked in geriatrics, anesthesia, pre and post-operative services as well as volunteering in free clinics.  She is also a certified lactation consultant.

  • Kathleen Pont, M.S., APRN

    Director, Accelerated Second Degree Program

    pontk@elms.edu

  • Megan Pont

    Nursing Skills Lab Assistant

    pontm@elms.edu

  • Teresa Kuta Reske, DNP, MPA, RN

    Interim Dean, School of Nursing; Associate Dean of Graduate Studies; Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program; Associate Professor

    resket@elms.edu

    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 from her roles as a nurse leader in inpatient and ambulatory settings. 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.

  • Jennifer Tarczali, MSN, RN

    Assistant Clinical Professor

    tarczalij@elms.edu