Kellie Bassell is the Nursing Program Director at Palm
Beach State College. She graduated from Boston College with a
BSN in 1983 and received an MSN in 2004 from Florida Atlantic
University and an Educational Specialist degree in curriculum
and instruction with a focus on educational technology in 2009
from the University of Florida. She is currently enrolled in a
doctoral program at the University of Florida in educational technology.
Kellie is the president of the Florida League for Nursing. She
was the recipient of the Palm Beach Post/Palm Healthcare Nurse
Educator of the Year for 2008.
Teri Boese, MSN, RN is the Director of the Simulation Center and
Assistant Professor of nursing at the International University
of Nursing and University of Medicine and Health Sciences in St.
Kitts, West Indies. She is the co founding president of the International
Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. Teri
was formally an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa
where she taught for 27 years and was co director of the Nursing
Clinical Education Center.
Mary L. Cato, MSN, RN is an Assistant Professor and Simulation
Specialist in the Oregon Health & Science University Simulation
and Clinical Learning Center. She has been using simulation to
teach nursing for more than six years, and has been involved with
integrating simulation into multiple courses and curricula.
Jeanne Cleary, MAN, RN is the Director of Simulation
at Ridgewater College in Willmar and Hutchinson, MN. She began
teaching and using simulation at Ridgewater in 2003 and became
the Director in 2006. She has 25 years of critical care nursing
experience. Jeanne has been using simulation and unfolding cases
in the classroom and simulation labs. She has been involved with
several NLN initiatives and pilot studies. She was selected to
be a HITS Scholar and was involved in the ACES project as a simulation
Tamika Curry received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from
Pennsylvania State University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
from Thomas Jefferson University, and a Master’s Degree
in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University. Ms. Curry’s
nursing experience involves adult medical/surgical care, acute
stroke care, hospice care, and care of the older adult. Currently,
Ms. Curry is an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing
at the Community College of Philadelphia.
Gelbach , Mary
Mary Gelbach received her BSN degree from Bloomsburg
University of PA and her MSN degree from Villanova University.
She has twenty years of experience in the area of nursing education.
She is an Associate Professor at Delaware County Community College
(Media PA) where she shares her expertise in Gerontology and Psychiatry
with second level students in both the classroom and clinical
setting. She has presented at numerous ACES workshops and published
Teaching Strategies for Geriatric Syndromes.
Dr. Pamela Jefferies is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor in the Department of Health Systems and Outcomes at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. A sought after consultant, she is widely published and is nationally and internationally known for her research and work in developing simulations and for her expertise in experiential learning, innovative teaching strategies, and new pedagogies. Dr. Jeffries served as the Project Director for a national simulation study funded by the National League for Nursing and Laerdal Medical. She was named to the same role for a second NLN and Laerdal grant to facilitate the development of web-based courses for faculty development in simulation and a national simulation innovation resource center. Dr. Jeffries has received numerous university, national, and international teaching awards, including the NLN's Lucile Petry Leone Award for her endeavors.
Barbara McLaughlin is currently Professor and Head of the Department
of Nursing at the Community College of Philadelphia. Barbara has
been an associate degree nurse educator for over 25 years. She
received her diploma in nursing from Episcopal Hospital School
of Nursing in Philadelphia, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
from Holy Family University, a Masters Degree in Education from
Arcadia University, a Masters Degree in Nursing with a concentration
in nursing education from Villanova University, and a Doctorate
in Nursing Science, concentrating in nursing education, from Widener
University. Barbara is a Certified Nurse Educator and a Fellow
in the Academy of Nurse Educators. Since joining the full time
faculty at Community College of Philadelphia, Barbara has participated
in several grants including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded
Community College-Nursing Home Partnership to integrate gerontology
into curricula and a Helene Fuld Health Trust grant related to
refocusing associate degree nursing education into community based
Dr. Mengel, Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing
at Community College of Philadelphia, graduated from Penn State
with a degree in nursing and earned a masters degree in psychiatric
nursing and a doctorate in health professions education from the
University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mengel was awarded the Christian
R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her
interests include community based care, geriatrics and mental
health nursing. She is a member of the National League for Nursing
and Sigma Theta Tau and is a Fellow of the College of Physicians
Tricia O’Hara, RN, MSN, PhD (candidate) is currently
employed full-time as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Gwynedd-Mercy
College, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania. She has over 30 years experience
in nursing with 18 years in Home Care, 20 years in Gerontology
(Nursing Administrator in Long-term care and In-Patient rehabilitation)
and 8 years in Nursing Education.
Reese, Cynthia (Cindy)
Cynthia Reese, PhD, RN, CNE is the Associate Dean of
Nursing at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois.
She has 15 years of teaching experience in associate and baccalaureate
degree nursing programs, including 5 years of experience with
clinical simulation and research in clinical simulation environments.
Specifically, she has developed the Student Perception of Effective
Teaching in Simulation, an instrument measuring teaching behaviors
in simulation. Most recently, Dr. Reese has served as a simulation
expert with the NLN ACES project. Cindy developed the “Millie”
unfolding case study that is available on the NLN website.
Rizzolo, Mary Anne
Recently retired from the NLN, but continues to manage several simulation projects funded by Laerdal Medical, and the Health Information Technology Scholars grant from the Division of Nursing (DHHS, HRSA). Dr. Rizzolo's interest has always focused on exploring new technologies, determining how they can serve to educate and inform nurses, then operationalizing the delivery of those products in a cost effective manner. She developed award winning multimedia programs and AJN Online, one of the first websites in the world to offer continuing education, journal articles, forum discussions, and other educational and networking opportunities. She has delivered over 150 national and international presentations on technology related topics and nursing education.
Sheron Rowe obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s
degrees in Nursing from the University of Central Florida and
us currently working on her EdD in higher education. After working
for many years in Medical-Surgical nursing, she is now in nursing
education, teaching previously at Florida Hospital College of
Health Sciences and currently at Seminole State College of Florida.
Sheron received her Simulation Specialist Level 1 Certification
in 2008 and has developed simulations for use across the curriculum.
She has also presented on simulation at national and local conferences
as well as within the Nursing Department at Seminole State College
Leslie Sammarco is a member of the PEGNE team working on the ACES project. She has 31 years of nursing experience and has taught in academia since 1990. Leslie is a master prepared nurse who has been with Seminole State College in Central Florida for five years. She is the program coordinator for the RN Transition Program and teaches in the second year Medical Surgical courses. She is the program coordinator for the Transition program and teaches Career Transition, upper level medical surgical nursing courses and Practicum.
M. Elaine Tagliareni is currently the Chief Program Officer at the National League for Nursing, New York. For over 20 years Elaine was a Professor of Nursing and the Independence Foundation Chair in Community Health Nursing Education at Community College of Philadelphia. Elaine also served as President of the NLN from 2007-2009. In her role as Independence Foundation Chair, she has served as president of the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC) to advance state and federal health policy to include nurse managed health centers as essential safety net providers for vulnerable populations. She has a long history of organizational leadership and grant funded initiatives, funded through the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health and The John A. Hartford Foundation to advance nursing practice and education, increase diversity of the nursing workforce and promote educational mobility for all nurses through the creation, implementation, and dissemination of new educational models.
Laureen Tavolaro-Ryley RN, BSN, MSN is a psychiatric
clinical nurse specialist with a bachelor’s degree in nursing
from York College of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree
in psychiatric nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She
is currently an associate professor of nursing at Community College
of Philadelphia, where she currently is the curriculum coordinator.
Her clinical work with students has been focused on the community
experience, supervising a service learning collaboration between
the nursing students and the local community. She has been involved
with grants fostering geriatrics in nursing curriculums as well
as bridging opportunities for minority nursing students to pursue
graduate education. She was recently featured on the American
Journal of Nursing’s “How to Try This” Series,
video on the Geriatric Depression Scale.
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