Administration

We are passionate about improving the field of nursing and the well-being of the communities we serve. We work to foster an environment in which teams are welcoming, supportive and creative and we proudly bring together influential leaders in the nursing field to work to that end. 


Leadership & Committees

Academic and Student Affairs Committee

Co-Chair

Majeda El-Banna, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Chair, Acute & Chronic Care Community
Associate Professor (Tenured)

Co-Chair

Michael Williams, PhD
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Members

Linda Cassar, DNP, MSN, BSN
Director, ABSN Track
Clinical Associate Professor

Asefeh Faraz Covelli, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
Associate Professor (Tenured)

Stanley Ebede, EdD
Director, Student Services

Mercedes Echevarria, DNP, APN
Associate Dean, DNP Program
Director, Nursing Practice DNP Track

Crystel Farina, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE
Interim Associate Dean, BSN Program
Director, Simulation & Learning Center
Clinical Assistant Professor

Julianna González-McLean
Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Tina Le, BS
Manager, Academic Affairs

Cara Padovano, DNP, APRN
Associate Dean, MSN Program
Assistant Professor

Arlene Pericak, DA, MS, FNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Professor

Michelle Rumble, DNP, MPH, MSN, BSN
Assistant Professor

Whitney Shanley, MSN, BSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Clinical Education Instructor

Rebekah Smith, BA
Director, Enrollment Management

Laurie Theeke, PhD, FNP-BC, GCNS-BS, FAAN
Associate Dean, PhD Program
Professor

Laurie Wilson, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC
Research Instructor
 

Academic Leadership Team

Majeda El-Banna, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Interim Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Chair, Acute & Chronic Care Faculty Community
Associate Professor (Tenured)

Crystel Farina, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE
Interim Associate Dean, BSN Program
Director, Simulation & Learning Center
Clinical Assistant Professor

Cara Padovano, DNP, APRN
Associate Dean, MSN Program
Assistant Professor

Mercedes Echevarria, DNP, APN
Associate Dean, DNP Program
Director, Nursing Practice DNP Track

Laurie Theeke, PhD, FNP-BC, GCNS-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean, PhD Program
Professor

Administrative Leadership Team

Pamela Slaven-Lee, DNP, FNP, CHSE, FAANP
Interim Dean

Marie Brown, MS
Senior Adviser to the Dean

Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, Phd, NNP, FAAN
Chair of Policy, Populations, & Systems Community

Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean of Clinical Practice & Community Engagement

Majeda El-Banna, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Interim Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair of Acute and Chronic Care Community

Julianna González-McLean, PhD
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Kathleen Griffith, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC
Associate Dean of Research

Ronna Halbgewachs, EdD, MBA, MA
Executive Special Assistant to the Dean

Angela McNelis, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Associate Dean of Scholarship, Innovation, & Clinical Sciences

Ken Schappelle, MA
Director of Marketing & Communications

Betsy Shaw, BS
Human Resources Manager

Srijana Silwal, MBA, MBS
Director, Finance

Michael Williams, PhD
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Administrative Policy Management Committee

Chair

Crystel Farina, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE
Interim Associate Dean, BSN Program
Director, Simulation & Learning Center
Clinical Assistant Professor

Chair-Elect

Sherrie Wallington, PhD
Associate Professor (Tenured)

Members

Johana Amaya Rivas
Manager, Human Resources

Marie Brown, MS
Senior Adviser to the Dean

Julianna González-McLean, PhD
Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Nicole Trainer, DNP, CNS-BC, CCRN-K, CHSE, CHEP
Clinical Assistant Professor

Tina Le, BS
Manager, Academic Affairs

Angela McNelis, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, CNE
Associate Dean, Scholarship, Innovation, & Clinical Sciences
Professor (Tenured)

David Mossinger, MS
Senior Instructional Technologist

Michelle Odlum, EdD, MPH
Assistant Professor

Srijana Silwal, MBA, MBS
Director, Finance

Angela Stanley, DNP, FNP-BC, APRN, PHCNS-BC, NEA-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor

Laurie Theeke, PhD, FNP-BC, GCNS-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean, PhD Program
Professor

Kristen Woolard
Student Program Administrator
 

BSN Curriculum Subcommittee

Chair

Nadine Marchi, DNP, RN, CNE, CRRN, CHSE
Clinical Assistant Professor

Members   

Karen Dawn
Assistant Professor

Patsy Deyo, MSN
Director, Assessment & Evaluation

Majeda El-Banna 
Director, RN-BSN/MSN Program

Majeda El-Banna, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Chair, Acute & Chronic Care Community
Associate Professor (Tenured)

Crystel Farina, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE
Interim Associate Dean, BSN Program
Director, Simulation & Learning Center
Clinical Assistant Professor

Adriana Glenn, PhD, MA, MN, RN, FNP-BC, CNE
Director, RN-BSN Track
Assistant Professor

Michelle Rumble, DNP, MPH, MSN, BSN
Assistant Professor

Whitney Shanley, BSN, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Clinical Education Instructor
 

Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure (APT) Committee

Chair

Linda Briggs, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAAN
Director, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Tracks

Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD NNP, FAAN
Chair, Policy, Populations, & Systems Community
Director, Infant Research, GW Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute
Professor (Tenured)

Kathleen Griffith, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean, Research
Professor (Tenured)

Arlene Pericak, DA, MS, FNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Professor

Laurie Posey, EdD
Associate Professor (Tenured)

Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN
Executive Director, Center for Health Policy & Media Engagement
Professor (Tenured)

Tony Roberson, PhD, PMHNP-BC, RN, FAANP
Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Tracks
Associate Professor

Rhonda Schwindt, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BS
Associate Professor (Tenured)

Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH
Professor (Tenured)
 

Bylaws Committee

Chair

Pearl Zhou, PhD, RN
Associate Professor (Tenured)

Members  

Cynthia Allen, PhD, APRN, BC, FNO
Assistant Professor

Carol Braungart
Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Crystel Farina, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE
Interim Associate Dean, BSN Program
Director, Simulation & Learning Center
Clinical Assistant Professor

Daisy Le, PhD, MPH, MA
Assistant Professor

Cheryl Toulouse, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor

Margaret Venzke, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, MS
Director, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Tracks

Dean's Executive Council

 

Pamela Slaven-Lee, DNP, FNP, CHSE, FAANP
Interim Dean
Associate Clinical Professor

Marie Brown, MS
Senior Adviser to the Dean

Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, Phd, NNP, FAAN
Chair of Policy, Populations, & Systems Community

Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean of Clinical Practice & Community Engagement

Majeda El-Banna, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Interim Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair of Acute and Chronic Care Community

Julianna González-McLean, PhD
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Kathleen Griffith, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC
Associate Dean of Research

Ronna Halbgewachs, EdD, MBA, MA
Executive Special Assistant to the Dean

Angela McNelis, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Associate Dean of Scholarship, Innovation, & Clinical Sciences

Ken Schappelle, MA
Director of Marketing & Communications

Betsy Shaw, BS
Human Resources Manager

Srijana Silwal, MBA, MBS
Interim Finance Director

Michael Williams, PhD
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Diversity Council

Chair

Julianna Gonzaléz-McLean
Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Members

Sue Bhati, PhD, MSN, MA, NEC, BSN, FNP-BC, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor

Julia A. Clarke, MSN, RN, CNS
Clinical Education Instructor

Karen Dawn, DNP, RN, PHCNS-BC, CDE
Assistant Professor

Adriana Glenn, PhD, MA, MN, RN, FNP-BC, CNE
Director, RN-BSN Track
Assistant Professor

Dawn Griffin, BS
Web Lead

Ronna Halbgewachs, EdD, MBA, MA
Executive Special Assistant to the Dean

Karen Kesten, DNP, APRN, CCNS, CNE, FAAN
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Projects
Associate Professor

Sydnae Law
Director, Community Engagement & Partnership Operations 
 

Faculty Senate

Linda Briggs, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAANP
Director, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Tracks
Associate Professor (Tenured)

Rhonda Schwindt, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BS
Associate Professor (Tenured)
 

MSN/DNP Curriculum Committee

Chair

Karen Whitt, PhD, RN, FNP-C, AGN-BC, FAANP
Associate Professor

Members

Cynthia Allen, PhD, APRN, BC, FNO
Assistant Professor

Carol Braungart DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC
Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Tracks

Asefeh Faraz Covelli, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
Associate Professor (Tenured)

Majeda El-Banna, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
and Chair, Acute & Chronic Care Community
Associate Professor (Tenured)

Mercedes Echevarria, DNP, APN
Associate Dean, DNP Program
Director, Nursing Practice DNP Track

Patsy Deyo, MSN
Director, Assessment & Evaluation

Crystel Farina, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE
Interim Associate Dean, BSN Program
Director, Simulation & Learning Center
Clinical Assistant Professor

Karen Kesten, DNP, APRN, CCNS, CNE, FAAN
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Projects
Associate Professor

Joyce Knestrick, PhD, FNP-C, APRN, FAANP, FAAN
Director, MSN Nurse Leadership & Management Track
Director, DNP Executive Leadership Track

Cara Padovano, DNP, APRN
Associate Dean, MSN Program
Assistant Professor

Cheryl Toulouse, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
 

Partnership Council

Co-Chairs

Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEQ-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean, Clinical Placement & Community Engagement
Professor

Sydnae Law, MHA
Director, Community Engagement & Partnership Operations

Members

Karen Dawn, DNP, RN, PHCNS-BC, CDE
Assistant Professor 

Kathleen Griffith, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean, Research
Professor (Tenured)

Ronna Halbgewachs, EdD, MBA, MA
Executive Special Assistant to the Dean

Blair Johnson, MBA
Director, Ventures, Initiatives, & Partnerships

Christina Johnson, BSN, BS
Director, Clinical Education & Compliance

Tina Le, BS
Manager, Academic Affairs

Cara Padovano, DNP, APRN
Associate Dean, MSN Program
Assistant Professor

Michael Williams, PhD
Assistant Dean, Student Services
 

PhD Curriculum Committee

Chair

Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Director, Center for Aging, Health & Humanities
Associate Professor (Tenured)

Patsy Deyo, MSN
Director, Assessment & Evaluation

N. Maritza Dowling, PhD
Associate Professor (Tenured)

Majeda El-Banna, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
and Chair, Acute & Chronic Care Community

Daisy Le, PhD, MPH, MA
Assistant Professor

Angela McNelis, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, CNE
Associate Dean, Scholarship, Innovation, & Clinical Sciences
Professor (Tenured)

Laurie Theeke, PhD, FNP-BC, GCNS-BS, FAAN
Associate Dean, PhD Program
Professor

Pearl Zhou, PhD, RN
Associate Professor (Tenured)
 

Staff Council

Chair

Patsy Deyo, MSN
Director, Assessment & Evaluation

Vice Chair   
Ken Schappelle, MA
Director, Marketing & Communications

Secretary
Kristen Woolard
Director, Student Program Administration

Onboarding Officer
Katie Whitman
Multimedia Producer

Social Officer
Maliha Mirza
Special Events Manager

Treasurer   
Gracia Gamarra, BA
Financial Analyst

Professional Development Officer
Mindy Galvan, MA
Assistant Director of Admissions

Wellness Officer   
Shawn Bayrd
Program Associate, Office of Community Engagement