Kathleen Scoble, Ed.D., RN
DEAN

416 Berchmans Hall
413.265.2320 | scoblek@elms.edu

B.S.N., Madonna College
M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

Dr. Scoble has over three decades of experience in academic, administrative and consultant roles. Dr. Scoble was appointed the Director of the Division of Nursing in 2003; and in acknowledgement of the growth and size of Nursing, Elms College dedicated the School of Nursing in 2013 and Dr. Scoble was appointed founding Dean for the School of Nursing. In her administrative role, Dr. Scoble has led the development from a traditional baccalaureate nursing program to include a second degree accelerated track, pathways for advancing RN education with several off-campus instructional sites, Masters of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice. Dr. Scoble has previously held faculty appointments at Teachers College, Columbia University and the University of MA Boston; and several administrative positions in acute care organizations ranging from unit manager to chief nurse executive. She is recognized for her leadership in professional nursing ranging from national to regional levels and abroad. On the national level, Dr. Scoble has served as Senior Associate for the former Institute for Nursing Healthcare Leadership, a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Executive Development Series Sub Committee, and for several years as a AACN State Grassroots Liaisons for Massachusetts (MA). On the state level, Dr. Scoble completed a second term as president of the MA Association of Colleges of Nursing in 2014 and now holds the position of Past-President.  Other positions include: co-chaired the MA Nursing Leadership Coalition, steering the development of the structure and work of the MA Action Coalition for Nursing; member of the Executive Advisory Committee for the MA Action Coalition; and a member of a MA Nursing Action Coalition Team.  Representing Elms College locally/regionally, she was a founding member of the Western MA Nursing Collaborative, a regional coalition of nurse education and service leaders focused on the critical role, supply and diversity of the local nursing workforce. On the international front, Dr. Scoble has consulted internationally since 1999 with programmatic experience in multiple countries including Colombia, Mexico, India, China, Dubai, and Turkey.

 

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

411 Berchmans Hall
413.265.2385 | barenskis@elms.edu

R.N.(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.

Karen Braccialarghe, MSN, RN, CCRN
ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROFESSOR

401 Berchmans Hall
413.265.2480 | braccialarghek@elms.edu

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.

Marjorie Childers ’87, Ph.D., RN
PROFESSOR EMERITA

407 Berchmans Hall
413.265.2478 | childersm@elms.edu

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.

Tracey Cobb, MSN, RN
ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROFESSOR

408 Berchmans Hall
413.265.2315 | cobbt@elms.edu

BSN, Samuel Merrit University/St. Mary’s College of California
MSN, Elms College

Tracey Cobb has extensive expereience in pediatric nursing and has practiced in a variety of settings and institutions.  She has worked for many years in the acute care and home care arenas and is certified as an Early Intervention Specialist.  She has taught clinical principles and practices for several years in the pediatric area.  Since acquiring her MSN, Ms. Cobb has been teaching at the baccalaureate level.  Her areas of interest include nursing education , the pediatric client and family and child development.  Her area of interst in nursing education are evaluations and outcomes in nursing education, curriculum design and nursing informatics.

Judy Cote, MS, RN
ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROFESSOR

403 Berchmans Hall
413.265.2436 | cotej@elms.edu

B.S., College of Our Lady of the Elms
M.S.N. University of Hartford

Judy Cote is an experienced nurse leader, clinician, and educator. Her clinical specialties include over 40 years of diverse nursing experiences in adult Medical/Surgical nursing, Critical Care, Perioperative Services, Emergency Nursing, Home Care, private consulting, and quality management. She has also worked as an adjunct clinical faculty member for an undergraduate nursing program. She has held several nursing leadership positions of which her area of interest are in the quality of patient care delivered across many settings. Judy is passionate about patient care with the belief in “making every patient feel like they are the only one you are caring for.”

Cynthia Dakin, Ph.D., RN
DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

412A Berchmans Hall
413.265.2455 | dakinc@elms.edu

B.S.N., University of Bridgeport
M.S.N., University of Miami
Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Dr. Dakin is a nurse administrator, educator and researcher.  In her administrative role as t 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.

Laurie Downes, Ph.D., RN
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

429 Berchmans Hall
413.265.2246 | downesl@elms.edu

B.S.N., University of Connecticut
M.S.N., 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.

Br. Michael Duffy, DNP , ANP-BC
ACCELERATED SECOND DEGREE PROGRAM COORDINATOR
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

423A Berchmans Hall
413.265.2437 | duffym@elms.edu

B.S. American International College
M.S. University of Lowell
D.N.P. 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 ‘11 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 under-served in Chicopee which allows pre-licensure students clinical experience.  In addition Br Michael has taken students back to Jamaica for a Population Health/Community Nursing experience.  Work continues with the doctoral students in developing ways to provide primary care to the under-served of the Chicopee: homeless and in the schools.

Elizabeth Fiscella,D.N.P, A.P.R.N, G.C.N.S, C.N.E.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

413.265.2471 | fiscellae@elms.edu

B.S.,M.S., University of Massachusetts
D.N.P., 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 done 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 long-time 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.

Leticia Kennedy, M.S.N., R.N.
ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROFESSOR

408 Berchmans Hall | kennedyl@elms.edu

B.S. College of Our Lady of the Elms
M.S.N., 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.

Teresa Kuta Reske, DNP, MPA, RN
DIRECTOR, DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE PROGRAM,
DOCTORAL STUDIES AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT,
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

428 Berchmans Hall
413.265.2355 | resket@elms.edu

B.S. Saint Anselm College
M.P.A., University of New Haven
M.S.N.,  Vanderbilt University
D.N.P., MGH Institute of Health Professions
Associate Professor Reske has held numerous professional roles in her career as a staff registered nurse, nurse leader and manager within acute care pediatric and pediatric critical care settings, nurse telephone triage care, nursing informatics, market research and patient satisfaction, and most recently, pediatric ambulatory administrator. Prior to joining Elms College, she has taught for years as an adjunct graduate nursing instructor for an on-line master’s degree program. Associate Professor Reske is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the American Association of Ambulatory Care Nurses. She presented at national and international conferences on topics ranging from nursing informatics, nurse: patient caring interactions, and the patient experience in health care settings.  Her areas of clinical interest are nurse leadership and the role of the nurse in patient care experiences. She was a guest chapter co-author in DNP Education, Practice, and Policy: Redesigning Advanced Practice Roles for the 21st Century (2012).

Gale LaBelle BS, RN
Nursing Skills Lab Coordinator

Lyons Center for Natural and Health Sciences
413.265.2472 | labelleg@elms.edu

B.S.N 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.

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

405 Berchmans Hall
413.265.2277 | lucierj@elms.edu

B.S.N- 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.

Janet Moore, Ph.D., RN, GCNS
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

432 Berchmans Hall
413.265.2384 | moorej@elms.edu

R.N. (diploma), Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing
A.A., Green Mountain College
B.S.N., 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.

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

410 Berchmans Hall | newellstokesv@elms.edu

B.S.N, 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.

Deana Nunes BS, RN
Assistant Clinical Professor

413C Berchmans Hall
413.265.| nunesd@elms.edu

B.S. 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. Deana is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Educator Track at Elms College with an anticipated graduation date in May of 2018.

Jean Pelski ’89, Ph.D., APRN, NNP-BC
DIRECTOR, DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE PROGRAM,
ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

423C Berchmans Hall
413.265.2484 | pelskij@elms.edu

M.S., University of Connecticut
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Dr. Pelski is a nurse educator, researcher and credentialed as a neonatal nurse practitioner.  Her areas of expertise in teaching include nursing research with a focus on evidence based practice, women’s health and the childbearing family with particular emphasis on pediatric nursing.  Her research interests include women who have become pregnant after In-Vitro fertilization with respect to prenatal maternal attachment, postnatal infant attachment and newborn developmental behavior. She practices as a neonatal nurse practitioner with clinical expertise in the care and management of clinically ill newborns and their families, especially very premature infants, attends high-risk deliveries including neonatal transport, and on-call coverage to newborn nurseries.  She is an adjunct clinical faculty in pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine with preceptor responsibility for resident physicians and neonatal nurse practitioners.  Professional memberships include Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing, National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Joyce Thielen, Ph.D., RN
ASSOCIATE DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF NURSING
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

422 Berchmans Hall
413.265.2229 | thielenj@elms.edu

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.

Jeremy Kele, BS,RN
ADVANCED PRACTICE PLACEMENT COORDINATOR

423 Berchmans Hall
413.265.2393| kelej@elms.edu

B.S. College of Our Lady of the Elms

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

423B Berchmans Hall
413.265.2262| storera@elms.edu

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.