Faculty and Staff Biographies Steven R. Hill, RN, BS is the PN Evening Program Coordinator.
He obtained his AA in Nursing in 1975 from Meridian Junior
College in Meridian, Mississippi. He received his BS in Adult
Galen provides students with a qualified faculty of Nursing in 1987 from the University of South Florida.
professionals who are committed to sharing their knowledge
and experience. Mr. Hill has practiced as a Registered Nurse in Intensive Care
and Home Health Care. He has experience as a clinical
educator and nurse manager. He is an ACLS and BCLS
Sharon A. Roberts, ARNP, MSN is Dean of the Tampa Bay instructor with the AHA. He is also an adjunct faculty member
campus, appointed to the position in October of 1989. Ms. of St. Petersburg College.
Roberts also serves as a Vice President of Galen. Syvonne Terrell, MSN, BSN, RN is the Director of Clinical
A native of Denver, Colorado, she received a diploma in Education. She received her nursing diploma from Cox School
nursing from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Denver. of Nursing in Springfield, Missouri in 1994. She received her
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana BSN from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1998.
University School of Nursing and a Family Nurse Practitioner Mrs. Terrell began her nuring career working as a labor and
Certificate from Indiana University School of Medicine. She delivery nurse and a first assistant in a large teaching hospital.
received her Master of Science degree from the University of After several years of working as a traveling nurse working on
South Florida, College of Nursing with a clinical specialty in labor and delivery units, she settled down in Tampa, Florida
Adult Health. where she completed her MSN in Nursing Education in 2007
from the University of South Florida. Since 2007, she has
Ms. Roberts began her nursing career in the United States taught at St. Petersburg College with a concentration in the
60 Army Nurse Corps and served in the continental United States, courses of Maternity, Pediatrics, and Medical-Surgical Nursing.
Republic of South Vietnam and West Germany, working as a Her plans are to pursue a PhD. in the near future.
staff nurse and head nurse in Intensive Care Units and
Emergency Rooms. She was discharged in 1972 with the rank Christine Airey, MSN, RN is is an Adjunct Practical Nursing
Clinical Instructor at Galen School of Nursing; she is also an
Galen School of Nursing
ACLS and BLS instructor and assists USF Health in certification
She then moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and while obtaining courses for medical students and residents. She received her
her Bachelor's degree, she worked at Wishard Memorial BSN from St. Petersburg College in 2007 and her MSN from
Hospital as a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit and in the the University of South Florida in 2009. Her 9 years of nursing
Emergency Room as Assistant Director of Nursing. She joined experience include work in the OR, nurse management, PACU,
Galen, formerly Humana, in 1978 as Associate Executive simulation education for medical students and residents at USF
Director of Nursing at Gibson General Hospital in Trenton, Health, emergency nursing, and cardiac catheterization lab
Tennessee. In 1980, she was promoted to Associate Executive work for a community hospital. She is an active member of the
Director of Nursing at Humana Hospital - St. Petersburg, where Emergency Nurses’ Association, the Society for Critical Care
she remained until she was appointed Dean. She is a member Medicine, and the RN Response Network.
of the Florida Chapter of the National League for Nursing. She
is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, a national nursing honor Felicia Alphonse is a Financial Planning Coordinator.
society. Alexsy M. Anderson, BSN, RN is a learning lab faculty member
Melissa J. Brickner, MSN, RN is the RN Program Director. She at Galen. Mrs. Anderson received her BSN in 1997 from
received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. She began her
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1992 and her Master of nursing career in 1997 at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater,
Science Degree in Nursing at Marquette University in 1995. Florida, working on a women’s floor. She advanced to an
Mrs. Brickner has extensive nursing experience in critical care, assistant nurse manager in 1999 and began working on a large
medical-surgical, outpatient surgery, and nursing education. medical/surgical floor at Morton Plant. In 2002, she started
She has worked as an ICU nurse, pre-op nurse, nurse manager working on the maternal/infant unit, where she remained an
and clinical nurse specialist. She has taught in both associate assistant nurse manger and became a hospital-based trainer
and bachelor registered nurse programs in theory and clinical for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Neonatal
settings at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and St. Resuscitation Program. She was also involved with the
Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Brickner is hospital’s pre-operative instruction class for gynecology
certified in BLS, ACLS, and PALS. patients for three years and served on the Professional Practice
Council for 11 years. For the last year and a half, Mrs.
Fran Davis, MSN, RN is the PN Program Director at Galen Anderson was a clinical research coordinator for a company in
School of Nursing. Fran has 10 years experience in nursing Clearwater, Florida, where she collaborated with physicians and
education as a faculty member and administrator. She holds a pharmaceutical companies on phase II and phase III drug trials.
Masters Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She helped consent patients for participation in these trials,
Ms. Davis also has extensive experience in Pediatric and using Good Clinical Practice standards and following FDA
Psychiatric Nursing. regulations. Mrs. Anderson also serves as one of The Home
Shopping Network’s medical expert guests. Learning Center. After serving as a corporate English trainer in
Sharon Baker, MSN, RN is a faculty member in the PN Munich in 2007, Ms. Chikwava spent two and a half years
program. She received her ADN from Lima Technical College working as an editor and German-English translator.
in 1993, her BSN from the University of Phoenix in 2009, and Bill Cody is the Information Technology Specialist.
her MSN Ed. from Walden University in 2010. Her nursing Jessica Cole is the Assistant Registrar.
experience includes medical-surgical, cardiac care, intensive
care, nursing management, case management, and home Sarah Colton, BS, RN is a clinical faculty member for the PN
health. She has served as instructor for LPN and RN students in evening program. She received her BS in biology from Middle
classroom and clinical settings and tutored RN students. She is Tennessee State University in 2000 and her ASN from Walters
a member of the National League for Nursing and the State Community College in 2006. She began her nursing
American Nurses’ Association. career on a medical-surgical floor and then transferred to labor
and delivery, where she has been since January 2007. She is
Jacqueline Bee, BSN, RN is a Practical Nursing clinical faculty currently employed as a labor and delivery nurse at Morton
member. Jackie began her nursing career in 2004. She Plant Hospital in Clearwater.
received her BSN from the University of Phoenix in 2008. She
is currently pursuing her MSN from the University of South Melody Conrad, ASN is a clinical faculty member. She
Florida. Jackie’s experience includes acute spinal cord received her ASN from the College of the Desert in 1987 and
rehabilitation, critical care, and patient care facilitator. Jackie is is currently completing her BSN at the University of South
BLS, ACLS certified and is also certified as an end of life Florida. She has 23 years of clinical nursing experience in
nursing education consortium. ICU/CCU/CVICU and, most recently, PACU and perioperative
nursing. Her experience includes serving as Clinical Director of
Russell Bloom is the Admissions Manager. a free-standing surgery center in California. She has worked in 61
Heather Brase is the Executive Assistant to the Dean. nurse recruitment, training and leadership for over 18 years.
Melissa Cameron, M.S.P.H., MLT is a faculty member at Galen. She is also ACLS and PALS certified.
Ms. Cameron completed a B.S. degree from the University of Geraldine Costello, RN, BA is an adjunct faculty member. She
South Florida in 2003 in Biomedical Sciences with a is a 1964 graduate of Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing.
concentration in Microbiology. She then completed a M.S.P.H. She also attended Bridgeport University. She obtained her
in Communicable Diseases in 2007. She has vast experience in Bachelor degree in Health Sciences from the College of St.
the areas of Clinical Microbiology, Bio-terrorism response, Francis.
parasitology, and biological research. Ms. Cameron also holds Mrs. Costello was Head Nurse of an Oncology Unit a t Mount
Florida Medical Technologist Licenses in Microbiology and Sinai in New York; Workmen's Compensation Nurse in Boston;
Clinical Chemistry and is a member of the American Society of developed Ostomy Department at Edward White Hospital; and
Microbiology and Bay Area Microbiologists. for three years was at the Wound Care Center at St. Petersburg
Joanna Charron, MSN, RN is a clinical faculty member. She General Hospital. Mrs. Costello was an Administrative
received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Spalding Supervisor for eight years in Texas and St. Petersburg.
University in Louisville Kentucky and her Masters in Nursing Suzette Coursey is the Day Receptionist.
Education from Walden University. Her nursing background of
12 years includes Neuro Intensive Care/Trauma, PACU and Sue Dalton, BSN, RN is a clinical faculty member in the day PN
outpatient surgery. Prior to becoming staff at Galen, she had program. She obtained her LPN from Hocking Technical
been working as an educator in the Nursing Education College in Ohio in 1987. Mrs.Dalton continued at Hocking
Department at a local acute care hospital with a focus on Technical College and obtained her Associate Degree in
teaching the critical care internship, basic telemetry courses Nursing in 1988. She obtained her BSN from Ohio University
and nursing orientation for all new employees. She holds in 2001. Mrs. Dalton received her certification in Gerontology
certification in ACLS, BLS and is in the process of becoming a in 1995. She has over 22 years of experience in acute care and
BLS instructor. long term care. Mrs. Dalton has worked in Med/Surg,
Telemetry, Orthopedics , Chemotherapy and Hospice in the
Krista Chikawava, BA, MA is an adjunct faculty member and acute care setting of a hospital for 18 years. She was the
English instructor. After completing her secondary education in Director of Medical/Surgical Services for the last 8 years of her
Germany where she majored in English and French, she tenure in the hospital. For the last 4 years, Mrs. Dalton has
received her BA in english communication from Fresno Pacific worked in long term care. She practiced as wound nurse, staff
University and her MA in education from the University of development, infection control coordinator, risk manager and
Phoenix. Her experience includes work as an English / Social ADON. For the last 2 years in the long term care setting, Mrs.
Studies instructor at a boarding school for at-risk youth, where Dalton was DON. She has written and received two grants,
she later became Academic Director for the English one from Ohio Area on Aging for $25,000 and one from AHCA
department. She has also served as the Assistant Program in Florida for $52,000. She has functioned extensively in the
Director at the Spectrum Center for children with emotional role of Project Design and Project Implementation.
difficulties and autism and a Director of Education at Sylvan
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Jeffery Davies, BSN, RN, CCRN is a clinical faculty member. New York. She received her Associate of Science in Nursing
He began his nursing career as a Navy Corpsman. Mr. Davies from Bronx Community College in 1973 and her Bachelor of
received his AS in nursing at St. Petersburg College in 1994 Science in Community Health and Behavioral Sciences in 1992.
and his BSN from the University of Phoenix. He has extensive Ms. Gilliam has 30 years’ experience in adult, pediatric and
nursing experience including medical, surgical, critical care adolescent nursing, 13 of which was spent at the Montefiore
emergency room, home health and long-term care. He Hospital and Medical Center in Bronx, New York, from 1973
continues to work at Bay Pines Medical Center. He is BLS/ALS until 1996. Ms. Gilliam also has case management experience
certified and is currently enrolled in the MSN Program at and is certified in basic life support.
Indiana State University. Phillip Greco, MS is a faculty member. He graduated with a BS
Tom DeVoyd, MSN, RN is a faculty member. He began his in exercise science and received Highest Honors from the
career as a nursing assistant in 1985. He received his BSN from University of Florida in 1997. He completed his MS in exercise
the University of Massachusetts/ Boston in 1994, and his MS in physiology at the University of Florida in 1999. He has clinical
Adult Psych/ Mental Health from Northeastern University in experience in physical therapy, polysomnography, and cardiac
Boston, MA in 2001. He is currently pursuing a PhD. in rehabilitation. He taught at Illinois State University and was
Educational Leadership. He has a wide array of experiences twice recognized as an outstanding lecturer in biological
not only in psychiatry but also acute care, long term care, acute sciences.
rehabilitation, critical care and administration. He is BLS and Tiffany Halfacre, BA is a Teaching Assistant for Anatomy and
ACLS certified. Physiology in the RN program. She received her BA in field
Linda Donahue, BSN, RN, CRNS, CCRN is a clinical faculty and organismal biology from Berea College in 2010 and is
member. She is a 1977 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in funeral services at
62 in Kankakee, Illinois and has had fifteen years critical care St. Petersburg College. Her work experience includes serving
experience, including neonatal and adult intensive care, CCU, as Office Manager for the Berea College Office of Institutional
Pediatrics, Emergency Room, Endoscopy lab and Cardiac Research and Assessment.
Rehabilitation Units. Ms. Donahue received her CRNS in 1983 Nancy Hobart, BS, RN-C is a clinical faculty member at Galen
Galen School of Nursing
and her CCRN from Humana Hospital Brandon in 1989. School of Nursing. She received her LPN from Grace-New
Allen Doody, AS, is the Administrative Services Manager. Haven School of Nursing at Yale University and her BS in
Diane Fargnoli, BSN, RN is a clinical faculty member in the psychology from Eastern Connecticut College in 1992. She is
evening program. She earned her diploma as a Licensed currently pursuing her MSN Ed. She is certified in adult mental
Practical Nurse from Humana Health Institute (Galen)in 1993. health and a member of the Florida Nurses’ Association and
The next 10 years was spent in the long term setting, caring for the American Nurses’ Association.
pediatric and Alzheimer's patients. During that time Ms. Betty C. Holte, DNP, ARNP is a faculty member. She obtained
Fargnoli became Board Certified in Acupuncture and Chinese her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Educational Leadership from
Medicine. As an Acupuncture Physician she worked in a pain Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio in 2008. She
management center, where she treated many kinds of chronic graduated from St. Petersburg College with an Associate of
pain issues. Ms Fargnoli earned her RN in May 2004 and her Science Degree in Nursing and later attended the University of
BSN in May, 2006 at St. Petersburg College. Along with her South Florida and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. She
position at Galen Health Institute Ms Fargnoli is a critial care continued her quest for education by obtaining a Masters of
nurse at a local hospital and is ACLS certified. She is currently Science in Nursing degree and an Advanced Registered Nurse
studying for her Certification in Critical Care Nursing. Practitioner specializing in Gerontology from the University of
Elizabeth Flanagan, BSN, RN, CNN is a learning lab faculty South Florida.
member. She obtained her BSN from Marquette University in She has extensive experience in nursing education and taught
Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1985. She worked one year at at St. Petersburg College associate degree registered nursing
Metropolitan General Hospital in Pinellas Park on the oncology programs in theoretical and clinical roles since 1990. Her
floor. In 1986, she began working in Hemodialysis. She worked nursing experience includes hospital medical-surgical/trauma
with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients. nursing, long-term care, gynecologic surgical, Home Health
Ms. Flanagan has also worked for a physician doing research Care, and Critical Care. Dr. Holte is a practicing part-time
for an experimental apheresis treatment for macular Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with cardiopulmonary
degeneration. At that facility she was the patient educator. Ms. patients.
Flanagan taught one year at Boca Ciega High School in their She is a member of several nursing organizations including the
medical magnet program. Ms. Flanagan has over 18 years of National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau as a
nephrology related experience in both patient care and as a member of the St. Petersburg College of Nursing Honor
charge nurse and is a Certified Nephrology Nurse. Society. She was named in the "Who's Who Americas’
Dawn Friedline is an Admissions Representative. Teachers” on several occasions and graduated as a member of
Phi Theta Kappa.
Lillian Gilliam, BS, RN is a clinical faculty member and native of
Diane Jenks, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN is an adjunct clinical faculty at Galen. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from
member at Galen School of Nursing. She received her ASN the University of South Florida in Tampa and is currently
from North Iowa Area Community College in 1993, her BSN working on her Masters of Science in Nursing at USF. Cheryl
from St. Petersburg College in 2006, and her MSN from began her nursing career in acute care after graduating from
Western Governor’s University in 2010. She also holds Manatee Community College in 1995. Prior to graduating from
certifications in critical care nursing and professional nursing. nursing school, Cheryl completed EMT/Paramedic training in
Her 17 years of nursing experience includes medical-surgical, Manatee County, Florida. Cheryl’s experience encompasses
labor and delivery, transplant critical care, cardiac acute care and open heart, emergency and triage nursing, first
catheterization, and medical intensive care. She is a member of assistant in the cardiac catheterization lab, case manager for
AACN, where she serves as a peer reviewer for publication home health care as well as nursing educator. Cheryl taught
articles. She is certified in and serves as instructor of ACLS and Anatomy and Physiology at Manatee Technical Institute and
BLS. She is currently a staff nurse in a MICU unit. recently, Cheryl was a clinical adjunct faculty member at
Ernest Jones is an Admissions Representative. Manatee Community College. She currently holds certification
in BLS, ACLS and PALS. Cheryl has an avid interest in
Linda S. Ketchum, BSN, RN is a clinical faculty member. She education and is heavily involved with the Manatee County
earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an Associate of School Board, serving as School Advisory Council Chairperson
Arts in nursing from Saint Petersburg Junior College. She for the last 8 years, and is active in the Joint Parent
began her nursing career as a Licensed Practical Nurse upon Organization. She has served on various planning committees
graduation from Pinellas Vocational Technical Institute in 1974. on behalf of the Manatee County School system.
Her plans are to pursue a Master’s Degree in Nursing, Clinical
Nurse Leader in the near future. She is certified in Low Risk Patricia Legnini, RN is an adjunct faculty member for the
Neonatal Nursing, as a Certified Lactation Counselor, and pediatric clinical segment of the evening curriculum. She 63
serves as a Regional Trainer for the American Academy of received her PN in 2001 from the Hillsborough County School
Pediatrics’ Neonatal Resuscitation Program. Additionally, Ms. of Practical Nursing and her RN from St. Petersburg College in
Ketchum currently serves as President-elect of the Saint 2003. She is currently enrolled in the Masters program at the
Petersburg College of Nursing’s Honor Society. Her previous University of South Florida. Ms. Legnini’s career experience
nursing experience includes maternal/infant nursing, Labor and includes work with infants and neonates at All Children’s
Delivery, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She is presently Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Mease Countryside
serving as a subject matter expert on the design team of a new Hospital, where she currently works in the NICU.
computerized documentation system for a major area health
care system. Lashelle A. Leftheris, BSN, RN-C is a clinical faculty member for
the Practical Nursing evening program. Ms. Leftheris received
Bonnie Kirby, MSN, RN is a Galen faculty member with nearly her LPN in 1994 and a Scrub Technologist certificate in 1995
20 years of nursing experience, beginning with the United from Pinellas Technical Education. She received her ASN in
States Navy as a hospital corpsman. She received an honorable 1999 and her BSN in 2007 from St. Petersburg College. She is
discharge from the Navy in 1999, her BA (International Studies)
currently enrolled in the MSN program at Walden University,
and BSN from the University of South Florida in 2004, her
with an expected completion date of October 2009. Ms.
certification as a clinical research coordinator in 2008, and her
MSN from the University of South Florida in 2009. Her nursing Leftheris is certified in Inpatient Obstetrics. She is currently
experience includes work in medical/surgical care, psychiatric employed at Morton Plant Hospital as the Specialty Educator
care, emergency field operations, labor and deliver/post- on the Labor and Delivery Unit. Ms. Leftheris is an active
partum, clinical studies research, and pharmaceutical research. member of Florida Nurses Association, Association of Women’s
Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses, National Nurses for
Nancy V. Kirk, MSN, RN is a faculty member. Ms. Kirk received Staff Development, Pinellas Association of Nurse Educators,
her BSN from The University of Florida in 1969. She earned and a member of Sigma Theta Tau, serving as the Chapter’s
her MSN, Clinical Specialist Medical-Surgical Nursing from secretary for Upsilon Psi.
Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey in 1977. She then
served in the Navy Nurse Corps as Lt. (jg.) from 1969 to 1971. Michele L. Loring-Grey, MA, BA ithe Student Success
Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator. She received a
She has held a variety of nursing administrative positions, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education/English in
most recent as Assistant Administrator Patient Care Service at 1997 and a Master of Arts degree in English in 2001 at Gannon
Palms of Pasadena, St. Petersburg. She was a Nursing University, in her native town of Erie, Pennsylvania. She holds a
Instructor in the St. Petersburg Junior College ADN program, current Florida teaching license in English/Language Arts. With
February 1990 through May 1992. nearly 12 years in the education industry, she has taught in
Ms. Kirk is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, National Nursing both public and private schools in the United States and Asia,
Honor Society. She is the co-author of Fun Pharm, a at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. The
pharmacology study aide. She is currently working on future bulk of her academic experiences include teaching, tutoring,
nursing publications. and developing texts/courses for the following content areas:
Language Arts; Expository and Persuasive Essay-Writing;
Cheryl Lasater, BSN, RN is an adjunct clinical faculty member
College Composition and Research Writing; English as a
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Second Language (ESL); and Aviation English Language (AEL). Jon F. Nutting, MA, ASN, RN-BC is a faculty member. He holds
After serving as an Intelligence Officer in the US Army, she a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Social Science from the
returned to Florida to work as an AEL instructor for Delta University of Mississippi. He began his nursing career as a
Connection Academy, testing and training international pilot Licensed Practical Nurse before completing his Associate of
cadets in the areas of Air Traffic Control communications, Science in Nursing at Saint Petersburg College. He is certified
Aviation English, ESL, and Federal Aviation Regulations. in Gerontology by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
Chris Machel, MS, BS is a faculty member at Galen. He earned and is a past board member of the Community Health Centers
his BS in Management Information Systems from the University of Pinellas County. He has extensive past experience in Home
of South Florida in 1999 and his Masters in Informations Health Case Management.
Systems Management from the University of Phoenix in 2006. Helen Oderinde, EdD is an adjunct instructor of developmental
He has taught Office and web based technologies to students psychology. She received her MS in clinical psychology from
with disabilities at St. Petersburg College for 6 years. Mr. Augusta State University and her Ed. D. in educational
Machel is a retired Army Senior Medical Non-Commissioned leadership from NOVA Southeastern University. Her experience
Officer with 22 years of medical experience, primarily in Trauma includes management, cross-cultural studies, business ethics,
management and health care administration operations within psychology, sociology, and statistics. She previously served as a
fixed and mobile clinical environments. behavioral specialist with Georgia Correctional Facilities and
Ann Marie Maloney, MLS, BA is a librarian. She obtained her the Medical College of Georgia. She is owner of Peak Sound
BA from St. Francis College in Biddeford, Maine majoring in Mind, Inc.
Political Science. She received her MA in Library and Alesia Odums, MSN, BSN, RN is an adjunct faculty member at
Information Science from the University of South Florida. She Galen School of Nursing. She received her ASN in 2001 from
64 is a member of the American Library Association, Special St. Petersburg College of Nursing , her BSN in 2008 from the
Libraries Association, Suncoast Information Specialists, and the University of South Florida, and her MSN in 2010 from the
American Indian Library Association. University of Phoenix. Her nursing experience includes medical-
Kim Maloy is the Bursar. surgical, neurology, palliative/hospice care, disease
Galen School of Nursing
management, consultation, and case management. Her work
Vonda Massie, BSN, RN is the Director of Simulation and experience includes service as a diabetic liaison, pain
clinical learning laboratory faculty member. She graduated management, medical-surgical supervision, preceptorship, and
from Indiana State University in 1993 with an Associate Degree mentorship. She is the recipient of the 2001 Care M. Kuttler Jr.
in Nursing, followed by her BSN from the University of Phoenix President’s Honor List, the 2006 Cambridge Who’s Who
in 2007. Vonda is currently pursing her Master of Science in Among Executive and Professional Women in Nursing and
Nursing Education from Walden University, and has over 15 Healthcare, and the 2004 Nursing Excellence Award from
years of clinical experience, with 10 years of cardiac critical care Morton Plant Mease Hospital.
and open heart recovery. She was previously the director of a
70 bed telemetry department at Northside Tampa Bay Heart Karen R. Phillips, MA, BSN, RN is a clinical faculty member. She
Institute. received an RN, cum laude, from The Hackensack University
Medical Center, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Farleigh
Shari McGowan, BSN, RN is an adjunct faculty member at Dickinson University and a Master of Arts in Education from the
Galen School of Nursing. She received her AA from St. University of South Florida. Her nursing background includes
Petersburg Junior College in 1979 and her BSN from Auburn intensive care, coronary care, occupational health, long-term
University in 1982. Her nursing experience includes medical- care, and home health. She also has extensive experience as a
surgical, neurology, gynecology, and postpartum. Her consultant regarding surgical service expansions, case cart
education experience includes Lamaze, parenting, and management and the implementation of open heart,
expectant fathers education. She has served as obstetrics tour obstetrical and outpatient surgical services.
provider for Bayfront Medical Center, where she also
participated in the implementation, training, and transition of Amy Purvis, MLS, BA is a librarian. She obtained her BA in
the Mother-Infant Care Unit. BLS, ACLS, NRP, and STABLE English in 2003 and her Master's in Library Science in 2005
certified, she currently works in the inpatient Mother-Baby Unit from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. She is a
at Bayfront. member of the American Library Association.
Denise Morris, RN is an evening clinical faculty member. She Audrey Rideout, RN, BSN is a faculty member. She graduated
comes to Galen with an expertise in progressive care and from Grace General Hospital School of Nursing in 1980 as an
surgical nursing. She is currently the clinical coordinator of the RN. She obtained her BSN from Regents College in Albany,
Spine Unit at Northside Hospital and Tampa Bay Heart New York in 1994. She is BLS certified and trained in EKG and
Institute. She is completing her Bachelor of Science degree in PCU. Her experience includes, but is not limited to: Medical,
Nursing at St. Petersburg College and plans to continue general surgical, gynecology, nephrology, telemetry,
toward a Master’s Degree. orthopedics, trauma, and neurology.
Patrick Nehls is an Admissions Representative. Kay Ritchey, MSN, RN received her BSN from the University of
Mississippi in 1974 and her MSN from the University of South Carina D. Smiric, BSN, RN is a clinical faculty member. She
Florida in 1989. Her 37 years of experience includes neonatal, received her ASN from St. Petersburg College in 1989 and her
pediatric, and critical care nursing in addition to nurse BSN from University of South Florida. Ms. Smiric has over 20
education and administration. She was a grant coordinator at years of experience in medical-surgical and emergency room
St. Petersburg College of Nursing, where she was also an nursing and is currently employed in the critical care unit at
instructor. Bayfront Medical Center. She has served as a clinical faculty
Gabriel Rivera, BSN, RN received his ASN in 1990 and his BSN member for the University of South Florida and is currently
in 1992 from Metropolitan University, Puerto Rico. His nursing pursuing her MSN.
experience includes emergency room, NICU, ICU and medical- Angela M. Smith, MSN, CNL, RN is a clinical faculty member.
surgical. PALS, ACLS, and BLS certified, he is currently a Lead She received her Associate and Bachelor's degree in nursing
RN in a psychiatric facility, where he also serves as a CPR from St. Petersburg College, and her MSN from The University
instructor. of South Florida. She is a certified clinical nurse leader. Her
Charlotte Rivers is the Financial Planning Manager. nursing background is in Oncology/Hematology and Medical
Surgical. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society.
Wendy Sanchez, BSN, RN, OCN, CRNI is a clinical faculty
member at Galen School of Nursing. She received her LPN Michael Spitrey, BSN, RN is a clinical faculty member. He
from Pinellas Technical Education Center in 1994, her ASN received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Long Island
from St. Petersburg Junior College, and her BSN from Florida University in New York, and is currently nearing completion of
State University in 2008. She is currently pursuing an MSN at his Masters in Nursing Education from the University of South
the University of South Florida. Her nursing experience includes Florida. His nursing background includes cardiac surgery
CVICU, home health care, medical-surgical, and recovery and neurological ICU.
oncology/hematology. Certified in oncology and infusion, she Pam Suetholz, MA, BA, AA, RN is a faculty member. Ms.
is also a member of Phi Sigma Theta, the Oncology Nursing Suetholz received her MA in Adult Education from University of
Society, and the Infusion Nurses’ Society. South Florida in 1994 and her BA, magna cum laude, in 1987.
Terese Sanders is a Financial Planning Coordinator. Ms. Suetholz has 27 years of nursing experience in a hospital
setting. Her professional memberships include: Association of
Kay Seymour is a Financial Planning Coordinator. Rehabilitation Nurses and the Oncology Nursing Society.
Charlotte Sheppard, BSN, RN is a clinical faculty member. A member. She received her RN in 1981 at St Mary of Nazareth
native of St. Petersburg, Florida, she received her Practical School of Nursing (IL). She completed her BSN at St.
Nursing license in 1994 from Galen School of Nursing (formerly Petersburg College (FL), and a MS in Public Health at
The Health Institute of Tampa Bay). She went on to receive her
Associates Degree in nursing from the University of New York, Trish Sward is the Office Manager.
Regents College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Gerard Teamer, MS, BS is a faculty member at Galen. Mr.
University of Tampa. Ms. Sheppard is the Former Vice Teamer graduated from Villa Maria College in Buffalo, New
President of the Delta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the York, in 1987 with an AS in Business Administration. He
International Honor Society of Nursing. Ms. Sheppard has graduated from Daemen College in Buffalo, New York, in 1992
devoted the majority of her career to working with the geriatric with a BS in Business Administration, and also graduated from
population in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities and in Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, in 2000 with an MS in
Home Health. She is Board Certified in Geriatrics through the Mathematics Education. Mr. Teamer received his Florida
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is certified Professional Teaching Certificate in Mathematics in 2008. He
as an Assisted Living Facility Administrator. Ms. Sheppard has 9 years of secondary school mathematics experience and
provides Standard of Care consultation relative to the nursing three years of collegiate teaching experience in Algebra,
community and has acted as a panel member for the Standard Geometry, College Mathematics and College Prep
Setting Panel that provides the Board Certification examination Mathematics at Southwest Florida College in Brandon, Florida.
in Geriatrics. While at Southwest Florida College, Mr. Teamer worked as an
Jane Sheridan, MSN, RN-BC is an adjunct faculty member at Assistant Dean/Evening Administrator, and received awards for
Galen School of Nursing. She received her ASN in 1985 from consistently achieving 4.84 out of 5.00 on student evaluations
Florida Keys Community College, her BSN in 1989 from the and success with student retention.
University of Miami, and her MSN in 1999 from McNeese State Andrew Upton, MSN, BSN, RN, CEN is a faculty member. In
University. Her extensive nursing experience includes hospice 1994, he attended Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland,
and palliative care, home care, infusion nursing, and psychiatric graduating with a BSN in 1996. He completed his Masters
nursing. Her teaching experience includes pain and symptom degree in nursing from Kaplan University. For the past twelve
management, end-of-life, psychiatric nursing, and community- years, he has worked in emergency trauma nursing. He is a
based organizational OSHA compliance. She is a member of member of ENA, NLN and Sigma Theta Tau International.
the American Society of Pain Management Nursing and ANCC Steve Vogelsang is the Evening Receptionist.
certified as a pain management nurse.
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Cheryl Walsh, BSN, RN is an adjunct clinical faculty member. Cheryl Workman, MSN, RN is a clinical faculty member at
She obtained her BSN from Southern Illinois University in 1978. Galen. she completed the ADN program in 1987 at Shawnee
She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse. She has extensive State University in Portsmouth, Ohio and returned for her BSN
experience in Pediatric nursing as well as outpatient surgery, in 2002. She received her MSN degree from the Universit of
hemodialysis and medical surgical nursing. Phoenix in 2005 and a Post Master’s Nursing Educator
Certificate from the University of Nevada Reno in 2009,
specializing in online education. Mrs. Workman has over 23
Kim Walztoni, MSN, RN is a faculty member at Galen School of years experience in acute-care, disease management,
Nursing. She received her ASN in 1987 from Kirkwood education, and community-based care. She worked 13 years
College, her BSN in 2007 from the University of Phoenix, and for the Area Agency on Aging in Ohio with a Medicaid Waiver
her MSN in 2009 from the University of Phoenix. Her nursing program. Recent work experiences include developing an LPN
career began in acute care, specializing in oncology and bone curriculum for a school in Florida and teaching an online
marrow transplants. Her experience includes work in a post- healthcare communication course with the University of
surgical unit and as Clinical Administrator for assisted living Phoenix. Mrs. Workman spent 2 years as a travel nurse
communities, where she supervised the development and working Medical-Surgical and Renal, Pancreas, and Liver
implementation of policies and procedures for state review. Transplant units. She worked 4 years in Nevada as a Provider
She was also a hospital educator, working extensively with Services Manager for an International Disease Management
quality assurance and survey preparedness teams. A member company focusing on Evidenced-Based Medicine guidelines
of Sigma Theta Tau and the American Nurses’ Association, she and Standards of Care for chronic diseases. She is a member
has teaching experience at Mount Mercy College and Kaplan of Sigma Theta Tau International and American Nurses
Sue Wegener, BSN, RN is an adjunct mental health faculty
member in the PN evening program. She earned her BSN in
Galen School of Nursing
1991 from Niagara University in New York and began her
nursing career in mental health at the Rochester Psychiatric
Center, New York, immediately following graduation. Ms.
Wegener relocated to the Tampa area in 1998. She has a vast
array of experiences in mental health and has worked with a
large continuum of age groups from children and adolescents