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Board Members

Ruth A. Wittmann-Price
Credentials:  PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAAN
Affiliation:  Francis Marion University

The Dean of the School of Health Sciences and has been at Francis Marion University, Florence SC. She has been an obstetrical/women’s health nurse for 39 years. She received her BSN degree from Felician College in Lodi NJ (1981) and her MS as a Perinatal CNS from Columbia University, NYC (1983). Ruth completed her PhD in nursing at Widener University, Chester (2006) and was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence. She developed a mid-range nursing theory “Emancipated Decision-making in Women’s Health Care” and has tested her theory in four research studies. International researchers are currently using her theory as the foundation for further studies. Her theory is being used at the University of Limpopo, South Africa in their campaign, “Finding Solutions for Africa” which helps women and children. Ruth was also the appointed research coordinator for Hahnemann University Hospital and oversaw all evidence-based practice projects for nursing (2007-2010). Hahnemann University Hospital was granted initial Magnet designation in December of 2009. Ruth has taught all levels of nursing students over the past 20 years and has completed an international service-learning trip. Ruth mentors DNP and PhD students for both Drexel and Widener Universities. Ruth has authored or edited 16 books, numerous chapters, and articles. She has presented her research regionally, nationally, and internationally. Ruth was inducted into the NLN Academy of Nurse Educator Fellows in 2013 and the American Academy of Nursing as a fellow October of 2015.

Tracy P. George
Credentials:  DNP, RN, APRN-BC, CNE
Affiliation:  Francis Marion University
She is an assistant professor of nursing at Francis Marion University. She has worked as a family nurse practitioner since 1999 in a variety of settings, and she continues to care for patients in public health and free clinic settings. Since 2012, she has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing courses at Francis Marion University. She has published and presented on the scholarship of teaching and learning, shared decision-making, and clinical nursing topics. She has written several peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters.

Pam Weinberg
Pamela Weinberg
Credentials:  MSN, RN
Affiliation:  Central Carolina Technical College

She is employed at Central Carolina Technical College as a Fundamentals of Nursing Instructor. She came with a wide variety nursing background which included medical surgical, ER, community, public health, and correctional nursing. She opened and staffed a home health agency. She served as a nursing home director of nursing and administrator. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society of Nurses and member of The South Carolina Technical Education Association. She was recently chosen as the Central Carolina Technical College Teacher of the year-2013. Her education includes both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina. She specialized in geriatric nursing and was certified as a Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. She was hired at CCTC as a part time faculty in 2003. She states she really did not intend to make teaching a career. Her passion for nursing grew stronger and stronger upon moving through a variety of health care settings. She has served as a member of the Admissions and transfer Committee, College Scholarship Committee, Nursing Faculty and Curriculum Committee. She chaired the accreditation committee for the NLNAC standard 6 for the nursing program last year. She is currently authoring in the development of the Learn Smart for Fundamentals of Nursing.  Her community service includes the Clarendon County United Ministries, Relay for Life, Friends of the Library, and Habitat for Humanity. She serves as the secretary for EPRM Daughter’s of the American Revolution. She has been a Participant in the Nurses’ Health Study II for 22 years. She served on the Board of Visitors for Presbyterian College.

Member Director 1
Annie Muller
Credentials:  DNP, RN
Affiliation:  Francis Marion University

A tenured Associate Professor of Nursing at Francis Marion University (FMU). She has been a nurse over 35 years, with the last 20 years as a Board Certified Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.  She has co-authored a chapter Skills for Laboratory Learning, in Wittmann-Price, R. A., Godshall, M., & Wilson, L. (Editors) (2013). Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Review Manual (3rd. ed.). NYC: Springer Publishers. Another publication from a research study which is now in press for publication: George, T.P., Muller, M.A., & Bartz, J. (in press). A mixed-methods study on pre-licensure nursing students changing answers on multiple choice examinations. Journal of Nursing Education. It was presented at Drexel’s EDU SIM 2016 conference in Clearwater, FL. She is currently attending the Amy Cockroft Leadership program sponsored by University of Carolina, Columbia. She is working on her project for the leadership program to establish a special focus orientation for family and friends of nursing students who will be attending nursing school for the first time.  She is a 2003 doctorial graduate (DNP) from Rush University, Chicago, IL. Her doctorial project, she established an Asthma Coalition, to assist others with limited access to health care.  Additional educational experience, she has traveled to 19 different countries. This includes providing extended cultural education for nursing students from FMU, with the most recent trips being to London, England and Belize.  She has been active in developing and teaching several courses in the new graduate program for Family Nurse Practitioners. She has expanded her teaching skills to include the new graduate program for a master’s degree in health care for non-nursing majors at FMU. 

Member Director 2
Sarah Hathcock
Credentials:  MSN, RN
Affiliation:  Oakbrook Elementary School

She serves as a school nurse at Oakbrook Elementary School in Ladson, South Carolina. In addition she has served as an adjunct nursing instructor for both Charleston Southern University and Trident Technical College. Her nursing background includes both pediatrics and medical-surgical nursing. She has been a registered nurse for 10 years. She received her ADN degree from Trident Technical College in 2002 and her MSN from Charleston Southern University in 2011. She was the recipient of the Charleston Southern University Derry Patterson Wingo School of Nursing Excellence in Nursing Education Award in 2011. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Society of Nurses. She also served as the Keynote speaker for the Charleston Southern University MSN Pinning Ceremony in December 2012. She organizes the annual Angel Tree for Oakbrook Elementary. 

Member Director 3
Susan T. McAlister
Credentials:  MS, RN

She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina and received her Master’s degree from Clemson University. She has been a nurse for 33 years and has experience in General Surgery, Women’s Health, Nursing Education, and Home Health. She has been a faculty member at Piedmont Technical College and Lander University.

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Member Director 4
Liz McDowell
Credentials:  PhD, RN
Affiliation:  Lander University

Member Director 5
Jason R. Thrift
Credentials:  MS, RN
Affiliation:  Clemson University

He works as a Lecturer at the Clemson University School of Nursing.  He has been a practicing registered nurse since 2001, earning both his BS and MS degrees from Clemson University.  Along with having worked as a staff nurse for many years in orthopedics, and Charge Nurse, he worked in Nursing Informatics as an Application Specialist, all with AnMed Health, in Anderson, SC totaling 21 years of service to the organization.  He also spent a year working as Simulation Coordinator for Anderson University’s School of Nursing.  His focus and passion resides in informatics related to nursing and healthcare in general, as well as simulation.  He is currently enrolled with the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University to pursue a PhD in Nursing, and has passed the comprehensive exams to begin dissertation work.  Jason is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and is the Vice President/President Elect for the Gamma Mu Chapter at Clemson University.  His other professional affiliation memberships in addition to the National League of Nursing and service with SCLN include the American Nurses Association, South Carolina Nurses Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and the American Nursing Informatics Association where he has served as webmaster for the South Carolina Chapter of ANIA.  He also serves as an advisor for the Clemson Student Nurses Association.

Shelli Gibbs
Member Director 6
Shelli Gibbs
Credentials:  DNP, RN, APRN, FNP-BC
Affiliation:  University of South Carolina

She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina (USC) where she is a Medical Surgical Coordinator for the Bachelor’s in Science (BSN) in Nursing Program and faculty in the Nurse Practitioner Program. She has been with USC for five years. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Family Nurse Practitioner from MUSC, MSN in Nursing Administration from MUSC, BSN from MUSC and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Orangeburg Technical College. She began her career as a Registered Nurse on a cardiac thoracic intermediate step down unit at Roper Hospital. After graduating with her MSN in administration, she began working at USC Salkehatchie Rural Nursing Initiative Program as an educator, advisor, mentor, liaison and advocate for the nursing students on the Salkehatchie campus. Recently, she was promoted as USC College of Nursing (CON) Medical Surgical Coordinator, which is a large course within the CON that prepares students for licensure. She is the secretary for Alpha XI chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and serves as an advisor for USC Student Nurses Association.

Sonya Blevins
Member Director 7
Sonya Blevins
Credentials:  DNP, RN, CMSRN, CNE
Affiliation:  USC Upstate

She is the Associate Dean for USC Upstate, Greenville Campus. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of South Alabama; Masters of Science from Syracuse University; Bachelors of Science from Clemson University. She is a Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse (CMSRN) and Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). Her experience includes medical-surgical, critical care, and women’s health nursing.  She has taught at the associate, bachelors, and masters degree levels in the online, onsite, and clinical settings.  Her areas of interest include online education, simulation, and mentoring nurse educators. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honors Society, National League for Nursing, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, and American Nurses Association.  She is an Editorial Board Member for MEDSURG Nursing Journal.   

Member Director 8
Dorie L. Weaver
Affiliation:  Francis Marion University

Member Director 9
John J. Whitcomb
Credentials:  PhD, RN, CCRN, FCCM
Affiliation:  Clemson University

A retired Navy Nurse Corps Commander after 26 years of service. His current position is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Studies Coordinator at Clemson University School of Nursing. He served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) 2007-2010 and Board of Directors for the Certification Corporation of AACN 2008-2010. He served as the Specialty Advisor to the Surgeon General (Navy) for critical care nursing 2007-2009. He supports the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide and “advance quality nursing education that prepares the nursing workforce to meet the needs of diverse populations in an ever-changing healthcare environment”. He has demonstrated this as evidence by publications in scholarly journals such as Nursing Research, Advances in Nursing Science and Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. He has presented locally, nationally and internationally in such places as Belfast Ireland, Yokosuka Japan and Montreal Canada. He has served as President of the SCLN, President of STTI Gamma Mu and on the Leadership Succession Committee for STTI.

Member Director 10
Karen Gittings
Credentials:  DNP, RN, CNE, Alumnus CCRN
Affiliation:  Francis Marion University
E-mail:  KGittings@FMARION.EDU

An Associate Professor of Nursing, Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Chair of the Nursing Department, and Director of the MSN Nurse Educator track at Francis Marion University. Karen received her diploma in nursing from The Washington Hospital School of Nursing and her BSN from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus. She received her MSN with specialization in nursing education and her DNP from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Karen was a 2015-2016 Amy V. Cockcroft Fellow, and she achieved certification in online instruction in 2011 and became a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) in 2013.  Karen has extensive experience in critical care nursing and has been a certified critical-care registered nurse (CCRN) since 1991. Her areas of teaching expertise are medical-surgical nursing, critical care, and cardiac nursing. She has taught both junior and senior level undergraduate, baccalaureate nursing students in the classroom and clinical settings and graduate students in the nursing education track. Karen has been published in Medical-Surgical Nursing Test Success: An Unfolding Case Study Review, and MedSurg Q&A (an electronic application); she has also contributed to other books with topics related to Medical-Surgical Nursing and Nursing Education. Karen has presented nationally on multiple topics. Karen is the immediate Past-President of Francis Marion University’s Chi Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. She is also past President of Francis Marion University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and the Pee Dee Area Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, She is a recipient of multiple Outstanding Faculty Teaching Awards at Francis Marion University and the South Carolina Palmetto Gold Award (2005).

Nicole Paul
Member Director 11
Nicole I. Paul
Credentials:  MSN, RN, SD-CLTC

She is currently a full-time student online at Chamberlain University pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Healthcare Systems Leadership with an anticipated graduation in August 2018.  In August 2016, she obtained a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a focus on Nursing Education from Chamberlain University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) from USC Upstate in 2001.  Currently she works part-time as a clinical instructor for several nursing programs in the upstate to include practical, associate, and baccalaureate programs.  However, her teaching experience spans over 12 years and includes experience with nursing assistant, patient care technician, and medication aide programs in both South Carolina and North Carolina.  In addition, to continuing to work with these program on an as needed basis, she is an American Heart Association CPR instructor.  She also works as a Nurse Aide Evaluator for Credentia to administer the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination and is a Quality Auditor.  In addition, she serves as a volunteer on the NCLEX, NNAAP, and MACE Item Development Panels for the National Council of State Board of Nursing (NCSBN).  Her clinical experience over the past 16 years includes work in the hospital on a telemetry unit and then a geriatric psychiatric unit followed by homecare hospice as the weekend on call nurse for three counties.  Her last full-time position was Staff Development Coordinator in the long-term care setting for a continuing care community which included independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing.  In this role, she was the nurse educator, the infection control nurse, and employee health nurse for the facility.  During this time, certification as a Staff Development Specialist in Long Term Care (SD–CLTC) was obtained through the American Association for Long Term Care Nursing (AALTCN) which has been bought by American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS).  Other professional memberships include the National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.