Anne-Marie Albano, MSN, RN
Assistant Clinical Professor
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.
Carly Berneche, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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
Marjorie Childers, Ph.D., RN
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
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.
Laurie Downes, Ph.D., RN
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.
Elizabeth Fiscella, DNP, APRN, GCNS-BC, CNE
Director of the RN-BSN Program; Associate Professor
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. Fiscella 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.
Jeanne Gamelli, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-C
Jeremy Kele, MSN, MBA
DNP, Advanced Practice Placement Coordinator
Jeremy is a graduate of the Elms College, School of nursing having obtained his Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing in 2015. Jeremy has clinical experience in both inpatient critical care and emergency nursing. Jeremy continued his education at the Elms and graduated in 2019 with a Master of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Business Administration. Jeremy is currently working as a Nurse Manager in a local hospital critical care department. Jeremy is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice Program with a focus on Healthcare Systems Leadership.
Maryann Matrow, M.Ed.
Manager of Nursing Operations
Deana Nunes, EdD (c ), MSN, RN, CWCN
Interim Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Assistant Clinical Professor
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
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
Nursing Skills Lab Assistant
Teresa Kuta Reske, DNP, MPA, RN
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies; Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
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.
Kathleen Scoble, Ed.D., RN
Dean, School of Nursing
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.
Jennifer Tarczali, MSN, RN
Assistant Clinical Professor
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