2020 Board of Directors - National League for Nursing
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2020 Board of Directors Officer Directors: President: JoAnn Mulready-Shick, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF joined the MARILN Board in 2013. She currently serves as President 2019-2021. JoAnn is passionate about creating best practices on the MARILN Board and in expanding opportunities for MARILN members to not only get involved in MARILN's many activities but also to serve as a new leader on MARILN's Board of Directors in the near future! Professionally, she is a Clinical Professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, UMass Boston, a Certified Nurse Educator, and a Fellow in NLN's Academy of Nursing Education. President-Elect: Dr. Cheryl Williams, PhD RN CNE NP-C is an Associate Professor at Salem State University in Graduate Nursing and is an advanced practice nurse and nurse educator. Her research agenda examines best student learning strategies such as the cultivation of the growth mindset in nursing education. Dr. Williams has presented her research nationally and regionally many times and has published extensively.
Treasurer: Carol Femia, DNP, RNC, IBCLC currently holds an academic appointment at Northeastern University teaching in their Accelerated BSN hybrid program. She works clinically both as a maternal child health nurse and as a lactation consultant. Carol has also worked in the fields of Oncology, Medical Surgical Nursing, and Maternal Child Health. Secretary: Barbara Moloney, DNP, RN, CNE has been a nurse educator for over 20 years. She started as an instructor for the Shawsheen Valley School of Practical Nursing before joining the faculty at Lawrence Memorial/Regis College in 2001. In 2017 she left Lawrence Memorial/Regis College to accept the position at Endicott College. Her clinical background is in critical care and cardiovascular nursing. Barbara started her career in Colorado where she received her BSN from the University of Colorado. She lived in Ireland for eight years where she worked in critical care and family planning. She received her MSN from Salem State University and her DNP from Regis College. Interests include nursing education, program development, and health care in the developing world. Barbara has been involved in health care and professional development for nurses in Haiti since 2007.
Board Members: Cynthia Francis Bechtel, PhD, RN, CNE, Professor/Coordinator MSN Program, Framingham State University Dr. Bechtel is an experienced nurse educator with more than 25 years teaching nursing students in a variety of nursing settings including practical nursing, diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate degree, and master's programs. In addition, she has also taught in EMT and Paramedic programs. Since 2004, she has been sharing her expertise with the next generation of nurse educators in Framingham State University's MSN program. As part of that program, students are learning to embrace current teaching methodologies including simulation and online learning. Dr. Bechtel was part of the first cohort of Simulation Leaders at the NLN. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing (MARILN), a constituent league of the National League for Nursing as their Program Chair, she is also on the boards of two Sigma chapters. In 2017, she was listed as one of top 20 nursing professors nationwide on Twitter by OnlineEducation.com. Dr. Bechtel earned her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, Graduate School of Nursing. Her MSN, with a focus on nursing administration, is from Regis College, Weston, MA. She began her nursing career in Allentown, PA earning a Diploma from Allentown Hospital School of Nursing and a BS from Cedar Crest College. Dr. Nancy Craig-Williams, PhD, MS, RN is currently retired and Co-Chair of the Western Massachusetts Nursing Collaborative. She had been a nurse educator for over 25 years teaching- full time at Greenfield Community College and as an adjunct clinical professor at UMASS Amherst. She has served as a preceptor for many graduate students in nursing education masters programs. Her clinical background is in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing as a staff nurse and clinical specialist, and in maternal health-Labor and Delivery at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY and at Baystate Wesson Women’s, Springfield. She received her initial nursing education in a diploma program at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, NY, her BSN from Elms College, a MS in Psychiatric Mental Health and Nursing Education, and her PhD in Nursing from UMASS at Amherst.
She currently is an active member of the Western Mass Nursing Collaborative and MA statewide Associate Degree Nursing Deans and Directors group. She serves as a member of the Nursing Advisory Boards for Bay Path University and Westfield State University and is a member of the Massachusetts Rhode Island League for Nursing Board of Directors as well as Chair of the Nominations Committee. Jean DeCoffe, MSN, MS, CNS, RN is a Professor of Nursing at CCRI. She graduated from Boston College with a Master of Science degree in Maternal Child Health and Pediatric Nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Alpha Chi Chapter. Professor DeCoffe also graduated from Salve Regina University with a Master of Science in Health Service Administration which included a year Internship with the Vice President of Nursing Services at South Coast Hospitals. To prepare for her role as Nurse Educator, Professor DeCoffe worked as a Staff Nurse, Preceptor, Clinical Nurse Manager and Clinical Nurse Specialist in a variety of settings at South Coast Hospitals: Medical Surgical Services, Pediatrics, Maternal Child Heath, Women’s Health, Community Health and Neonatal Special Care Nurseries also assuming a management role in the Neonatal Special Care Nurseries. In the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist, Professor DeCoffe managed a team of Maternal Child Health Nurses in the inpatient setting as well as in the community setting. Professor DeCoffe continued pursuing education in Doctoral work at Boston College and attendance at specialty courses through regional and national conferences. Professor DeCoffe has enjoyed her role as academic and clinical tenured track nursing faculty for twenty-six years working at Rhode Island and Massachusetts universities and colleges in Associated Degree, Baccalaureate Degree, RN to Baccalaureate Degree (BSN) and Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing programs teaching all levels of the academic programs as well as an extensive diversification of courses in these programs.
Dr. Melissa D. Duprey, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE is an Associate Professor and certified nurse educator. Currently, she serves as the graduate program coordinator for the Nurse Educator program at Worcester State University. Prior to entering the faculty role, she worked in a variety of clinical settings including medsurg, surgical oncology, bone marrow transplant unit, cardiac intensive care, step down trauma unit and post anesthesia care unit. She has been teaching in the academic setting for the past 16 years in a variety of academic institutions. Dr. Duprey’ research is focused on simulation strategies in nursing education as an experiential approach toward enhancing student achievement in undergraduate students. Her most recent scholarship has focused on the use of simulation to prepare expert clinicians as they transition into novice nurse educators, as well as the use of simulation teaching strategies to train undergrad students. Further areas of expertise include strategies to enhance critical thinking skills and the use of innovative teaching strategies as a means of promoting student engagement and improving academic success and levels of confidence upon transitioning into actual clinical settings. She has presented her research at various conferences both regional and national, as both a podium and poster presenter and is published in the use of simulation. Additionally, Dr. Duprey serves as a journal reviewer for Nursing Forum Journal.
Donna Gladney, DNP, ANP-BC is an Adult Nurse Practitioner at UMass Memorial Medical Center Worcester in Gastroenterology performing esophageal manometry and pH testing. She is also currently teaching in the Nursing Department at Framingham State University as an Adjunct (part time). She has taught nursing in a pre-licensure ADN evening program, RN-to-BSN Program, MS Program, and in a graduate Adult- Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Program. Dr. Gladney has served as a coordinator for an AGPCNP graduate program and as Evening Chair for an ADN program. She is a guest lecturer teaching Nursing Leadership and Nursing Theory in the RN-to-BSN Program as well as Essential Preparation for Advanced Nursing Role in the graduate program at Framingham State University. She has taught nursing in the clinical and classroom settings for 14 years. Her research focus is in gastroesophageal reflux disease and esophageal manometry/pH testing. Susan Maciewicz MSN, RN, CNE is a Director of Nursing at North Shore Community College with an extensive background in Nursing Education and Community College Education at the Associate degree and Practical Nursing. Professional Interests include curriculum development, transformational change, quality practice, safe patient care and nursing leadership. Professional vision and focus include continuous development of evidenced based strategies to educate diverse individuals for entry-level contemporary nursing practice for the Registered and Practical Nursing students in community and inpatient settings.
Professional memberships include numerous years as a Board Member for the Massachusetts Rhode Island League for Nursing (MARILN) and current service as Co– Chair of the Associate Degree and Diploma Council, and past work as an active member of the Massachusetts Action Coalition Academic Progression Committee. Other memberships include, Sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Tau Chapter, the Organization of Nurse Leaders, the National League for Nursing and the International Nurses Association. Additional service to nursing education includes 8 years of service as a Peer Evaluator for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Recent Professional Recognition Awards include the 2017 Massachusetts Rhode Island League of Nursing Nurse Educator Award and a the Sigma Eta Tau chapter award for Nursing Leadership. Joann Monks, MBA, MSc, RN-BC, RMA *Bio coming soon! My name is Adam Munroe, MSN, RN and I am the oldest of four siblings. I live in Hopkinton, MA with my wife and two of my four children. I was elected to the MARILN board beginning in 2017. As a male nurse I am keenly aware of the need for male representation in nursing and specifically in nursing education. I hope that as MARILN board member I will be a productive advocate as a male voice to promote males in nursing education. I am currently working on my PhD in Nursing with a focus in the education. After leaving high school and spending time in the Army I returned and explored various jobs which included attendant at a detox, CNA, EMT, Paramedic and even a captain of a fishing vessel. With each job I always looked to expand my education and achieve something greater. My affinity towards healthcare and service to others combined with
my hunger for education were major factors in my decision to become a nurse. I believe that, for me, nursing is the best way to be engaged in both education and service. The spirit of giving and service are two fundamental beliefs I hold close. I enjoy being a team captain for the Elite runners’ program for the Boston Marathon. My personal interests are mainly centered on family. My wife and I own a farm in Maine where we are currently restoring the farmhouse which dates to the 1870’s. I enjoy traveling finding this is a way to learn new things and become culturally and intellectually competent. Dr. Diane Shea, PhD, RN is an Associate Dean and Professor of Nursing at Emmanuel College. Diane received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Doctorate (PhD) from Boston College, Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from UCLA, and a Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from Harvard University. Dr. Shea is on several Nursing Advisory Boards, contributed to planning committees for the American Association of Colleges of Nurses, and reviews abstracts for the NLN conference and the International Meeting on Simulation in Health Care. She helped initiate and ran a monthly group: Pushing On: Supporting Moms after Pregnancy Loss, helping to address community needs. Dr. Shea has provided leadership on various projects that focused on improving the education of nursing students as well as improving the health of college students on campus. She was a member of an innovative group, The Interprofessional Education Coalition, which conducted yearly simulations with over 500 students from area schools. In addition, Dr. Shea produced a sociodrama that addressed college drinking using a harm reduction approach and developed an interactive DVD entitled, “Engaging Students to Learn and Self Reflect About Alcohol Use.” It consisted of five vignettes, facilitator questions, and a “Did You Know?” section. Dr. Shea’s research focuses on academic practice partnerships, interprofessional education and college drinking.
Lisa Thomas, PhD, RN, CNE: I am an Associate Professor of Nursing at Emmanuel College with the responsibility to chair the Baccalaureate Program. I did my doctoral studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a focus in Nursing Education. My research and publications are in the area of resilience in pre-licensure nursing students. Clinical background includes specializing in pediatric hematology and oncology as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. I also practiced as a pediatric primary care provider for over a decade.
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