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
Sharon Brown, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
FNP Track Coordinator, Assistant Clinical Professor
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, Interim Director of the MSN Programs
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.
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.
Jeanne Gamelli, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-C
Maryann Matrow, M.Ed.
Director of School of Nursing Operations
Maryann joined the Department of Nursing in October of 2006 as Operations Coordinator. She joined academia after nearly twenty years in the property and casualty insurance claims industry as a claims adjuster, supervisor, Home Office Administrative Consultant to the Greater New York, New Jersey Region and HR Consultant/Developmental Coach for the Worcester Claims office. She earned her undergraduate degree at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts and is an Alumni of Elms College earning a Master’s in Education in 2011
Deana Nunes, EdD (c ), MSN, RN, CWCN
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
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
Interim Dean, School of Nursing; Associate Dean of Graduate Studies; Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program; Associate Professor
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