Welcome New 2012 Faculty and Staff
The College of Nursing welcomes new faculty and staff for Fall 2012!
The following outstanding individuals have joined the College in past year:
Unit Research Administrator -Financial Management
Cathryn comes to us from the USF Office of Research and Financial Management, and previously worked for Rutgers and Hillsborough County Government. She has over ten years of knowledge and various experience in budgeting, finance and grant management.
Academic Program Specialist-CRNA/DNP
Susan has five years of experience in public university administration with the University of Central Florida, and over twenty years of experience in office administration, human resources and customer relations.
Paula is responsible for the day to day management of Dr. Munro’s research studies. She is thrilled to be part of a team dedicated to the advancement of nursing through research that redefines patient care.
John Clochesy, PhD
Professor Faculty Mentorship Program Director
Dr. Clochesy is an accomplished author, educator and researcher. He was the founding editor of AACN Clinical Issues, and is an AJN Book of the Year winner. Dr. Clochesy developed the first acute care nurse practitioner program and was instrumental in developing the scope and standards of practice and the blueprint for the first ACNP certification exam.
Amanda F. Elliott, PhD, MSN, BSN
Dr. Elliott’s research interests are in the assessment and management of common disabling conditions in older adults. Dr. Elliott earned her BSN, MSN, and PhD, from the University of Florida College of Nursing. She held two post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Alabama and was a ORISE Fellow with the Vision Health Initiative at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Marianne brings wide-ranging experience in instructional technology and design services, as well as prior university experience. Marianne previously worked with the eTeaching and Technology group at USF University College.
Brian Graves, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC
Assistant Professor Assistant Dean, Master’s Program & Academic Affairs
Dr. Graves previously worked as Lead Clinical Architect and Application Coordinator for Computerized Provider Order Entry at the University of Rochester Medical Center & School of Nursing. His research focus is on Acute and Critical Care Outcomes in patients with Acute Lung Injury and/or Sepsis.
Academic Advisor/Recruiter -Doctoral Program
Jenny comes to us from USF St. Petersburg where she served as an admissions recruiter and advisor for the past four years. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Education in Adult Education and earning a certificate in College Student Affairs here at USF.
James previously worked for the Distance Learning Services Department at the USF St. Pete Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. James brings wide-ranging experience in instructional technology and design services, as well as prior university experience.
Debra Harding, MS, RN,
Debra comes to us from Bayfront Medical Center and currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
Edwin comes to us from the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as an Alumni Associate in the colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. Edwin has also held the position of Information Specialist at the University of Central Florida and Information Manager while serving for 6 years in the United States Air Force. Edwin received his BS in Psychology from Troy University and his MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Kansas State.
Kristen Hiscox, DNP, CRNA
Dr. Hiscox serves on the USF Nurse Anesthesia Faculty Committee and Nurse Anesthesia Admission Selection Committee and also served as the USF Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Coordinator at All Children’s Hospital. She is active in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and is on the AANA FY 2012 Continuing Education Committee.
Academic Advisor – RN Program
Valerie brings over three years of experience in advising and higher education and is a proud alumna of USF; earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Adult Education. She began her career in higher education as a recruiter/advisor in the USF Office of Undergraduate Admissions in 2008.
Kathi S. Katz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Dr. Katz is an experienced nursing administrator with more than 25 years of progressive management experience primarily at two American Nurses Credentialing Center (ACNN) Magnet Designated Academic Medical Centers. She also served as a Clinical Preceptor at the University of Pennsylvania in their Nursing Administration program. Dr. Katz has a MSN and PhD, with a Concentration in Nursing Administration, from the University of Pennsylvania, a BSN from Thomas Jefferson University and a diploma in nursing from Lankenau School of Nursing.
Susan Kennel, PhD, PNP, FAANP
Assistant Professor Concentration Director, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Kennel comes to us from the Department of Nursing at the University of Tampa where she was Assistant Professor. Dr. Kennel was also previously an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida and held the position of Director of Child Health, and Director of Pediatric Primary Care.
Info Tech Support Specialist
Jason obtained his bachelor of science in Information Technology from the University of South Florida and is a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals.
Leslie Lockett, MS, RN
Leslie Lockett participated in the inaugural Path of Light ceremony in December 2009 and continues to be involved in USF College of Nursing Pinning activities. She was previously a clinical collaborative instructor from St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Valorie MacKenna, MS, RN
Valorie obtained her Master’s and Bachelors degree from the USF College of Nursing and her Associate degree in Nursing from Hillsborough Community College. Her research interests are in Simulation Education and Women’s Health.
LaSonya Malbrough, DNP, MS, CRNA
Assistant Professor Concentration Assistant Director, Nurse Anesthesia
Dr. Malbrough earned her Bachelor of Nursing from The University of Texas Medical Branch; her Masters degree in Nursing Anesthesia and Doctor of Nursing (DNP), at the USF College of Nursing. Dr. Malbrough’s scholarship focused on ultrasound technology, the promotion of evidence based-practice, and simulation instructional methods.
Research Project Manager
Brandi earned her BA in Psychology from St. Leo University and has extensive training in various clinical research. Brandi is also a certified Phlebotomist and a member of the American Psychological Association. She is responsible for the day to day project management of Dr. Rowe’s research activities.
Academic Program Specialist-Master’s Program
A graduate of the University of South Florida, Hannah earned her bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminology. She is also a seasoned USF employee, previously working for the Department of Aging & Mental Health Disparities as a Staff Assistant.
Web Content Administrator
Michael graduated from Goshen College with a major in Multimedia Communication and a minor in Graphic Design. He has worked in web design and development for the last decade and has been part of the USF Health IS web team for the past two years.
Melanie Michael, DNP, MS, ARNP-C
Assistant Professor Coordinator, DNP Clinical Residencies
Dr. Michael earned a DNP at the University of Florida, a Master’s of Science at the University of South Florida College of Nursing, and her BSN from Southeast Missouri State University.
LaRon Nelson, PhD, RN, NP
Assistant Professor Assistant Dean, Global & Community Affairs
Dr. Nelson’s comes to us from the University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. His research focuses on developing culturally-grounded multi-level intervention models for groups that are epidemiologically at high-risk for HIV/STD infection. Dr. Nelson earned his BS in Nursing Science, MS in Nursing Science/Primary Care of Families, and PhD in Philosophy/Health Practice Research, from the University of Rochester.
Elizabeth Polston, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC
Assistant Professor Coordinator, Curriculum Development
Dr. Polston comes to us from Saint Louis University School of Nursing where she was an Assistant Professor. She received a BSN from Arizona State University, an MSN from the University of Florida, and a PhD in Nursing from Loyola University Chicago. As nurse scientist , she is focused on assuring the effective translation of knowledge for new approaches related to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-related Oropharyngeal cancer.
Marcia Posey, EdD, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC
Dr. Posey began her nursing career as a LPN, returned to Seminole State College where she obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing. She completed her BA in Psychology at St. Leo University, earned a Master of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of Phoenix, Doctoral Degree in Nursing Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Sarasota, and a post Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Florida State University.
Alicia Rossiter, MSN, ARNP, FNP, PNP-BC
Instructor Coordinator, Graduate Simulation
Alicia has over 21 years in the military serving four years on active duty in the U.S. Army, and 17 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves where she is the Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the U.S. Air Force Chief Nurse and adjunct faculty at the Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences.
Assistant to Associate Dean, Student Affairs
For the past six years, Kathy was employed by the USF Polytechnic’s Extended University Department. A seasoned USF employee, her high-level administrative support experience, exposure to cultural diversity and knowledge of internal university systems are a valuable asset.
Melissa Shelton, PhD, RN
As a three-time USF alumna, Dr. Shelton has shown excellence in education and research. She has received many awards including USF Golden Bull Award, Excellence in Nursing Service Award, USF Distinguished Graduate Student Award, and Fellow of the NINR Summer Genetics Institute. She has contributed to numerous presentations and publications.
Oma Singh, PhD
Associate Director, Educational Design & Development
Dr. Singh has extensive experience working in online education at both USF and St. Leo’s. She comes to us from the eTG group within University College. She has a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and a MS/M.I.S.
Director of Development
For the past five years, Don has been a valued team member of the Campaign for Penn Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania. Don graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with a BA in Religious Studies. He was a student athlete, serving as Football Captain in 2005. He was recognized by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame as a Scholar-Athlete.
Jennifer Thayer, MS, ARNP, PNP-BC
Jennifer comes to us from Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition of Tampa Bay where she served as an ARNP.
Hsiao-Lan Wang, PhD, RN, CMSRN, HFS
Dr. Hsiao-Lan Wang’s research focuses on multidisciplinary and translational approaches to manage symptoms and improve quality of life for cancer survivors. Dr. Hsiao-Lan Wang received her bachelor’s degree in Taiwan. She received her master’s degree in nursing as an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist and her PhD in nursing science both from the Indiana University School of Nursing.
Admissions Recruiter Advisor
Joylynn gained seven years of work experience in higher education at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she was a Student Admissions Representative and Admission Officer: she obtained her Master’s degree from FGCU in Criminal Forensics.
Academic Advisor – RN Program
Angela’s background includes over ten years of experience in higher education, having served undergraduate and graduate students and alumni. She holds a Master’s degree in Education Management from Strayer Univeristy and a Bachelors degree in Marketing from Kansas State University.