Faculty and Staff

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Barbara Buxton, RN, PhD

McGurrin Hall 335
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr.Buxton has been a psychiatric/mental health nurse for over 25 years and has worked in a variety of settings. She teaches psychiatric/mental health nursing, fundamentals of nursing, and introduction to professional nursing. Her research interests include women and obesity. She is especially interested in the stigma of obesity and how it affects a woman's health care experiences. She is also interested in caring for the older adult with dementia who also has psychiatric symptoms.

Dona Rinaldi Carpenter, RN, EdD

McGurrin Hall 329
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Carpenter has over 20 years of teaching experience in both the classroom and clinical settings. She currently teaches medical-surgical nursing, undergraduate and graduate research, and graduate nursing ethics. Dr. Carpenter's research activities have focused on education in nursing, professional commitment, chronic illness, and qualitative research methods. She is co-author of the textbook "Qualitative Research in Nursing: Advancing the Humanistic Imperative."
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Teresa Conte, PhD, CRNP

Assistant Professor
McGurrin Hall 305
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Conte is a 1994 graduate from the University of Scranton and received her master's and doctoral degree from Villanova University. Dr.Conte's specialty is pediatric nursing. She has over 15 years of bedside experience in general pediatrics and pediastric oncology. Doctor Conte most recently spent 10 years at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the inpatient pediatric onoclogy unit. She is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner with a specialization in pediatric primary care. Doctor Conte's areas of interest in research are in grief and loss among professional nurses, pediatric palliative care and pediatric cancer survivorship.
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Mary Jane K. DiMattio, RN, PhD

McGurrin Hall 303
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. DiMattio teaches adult, medical surgical nursing both in the classroom and in the clinical setting. She also teaches nursing research for graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. DiMattio earned her master’s degree in Nursing Education at Villanova University and her doctoral degree in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to topics on women’s recovery from cardiac events, she has researched and published on baccalaureate nurse education, as well as interdisciplinary education for the health professions. As a former hospital trustee, Dr. DiMattio’s most recent research interest is the longevity of baccalaureate nurses at the bedside and implications for patient quality and safety. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and The Eastern Nursing Research Society and is a peer reviewer for Nursing Research.
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Marian Farrell, PhD, PMH-CNS, BC, CRNP, CS

McGurrin Hall 307
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Farrell is currently in private psychiatric practice as a nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. As an educator she has more than 30 years experience. She teaches Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and Care of the Childbearing Women to junior level nursing students and Women's Health and Men's Health to non-nursing majors at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level Dr. Farrell teaches teaching strategies, psychiatric nursing, and case management theory and clinical. She holds certification as a Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and in Women's Health. She is certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and In-Patient Obstetric. Dr. Farrell has done research in the areas of healing experiences of abused women, relationships of abused women and young adult women, and the impact of mentoring in young adult women. Her current area of research involves historical aspects of nursing. She is co-author of the text "Quick Look Nutrition."
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Ann Feeney, MSN, CRNP, CNM

McGurrin Hall 321
Research and Teaching Interests: Professor Feeney has been a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner for over 20 years and a Certified Nurse Midwife for the past 15 years. She has practiced full scope midwifery at the University of Pennsylvania and locally at Moses Taylor Hospital. She has practiced in a variety of women's health and prenatal programs. Professor Feeney teaches health assessment and obstetrical nursing to undergraduate students. She practices part time as a Women's Health NP/CNM for Geisinger Medical Center and sees patients in the Tunkhannock office. Her research interests are smoking cessation in pregnancy, and access to prenatal care in rural areas.

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Mary Jane Hanson, PhD, CRNP, CNS, RN

Graduate Program Director
McGurrin Hall 313
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Hanson teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her current teaching responsibilities include family nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist theory and practice courses at the graduate level, and pharmacology at the undergraduate level. Dr. Hanson also practices part-time as a family nurse practitioner at a rural primary care office. Her research interests are in the area of cigarette smoking behavior in cross-cultural and adolescent populations. Dr. Hanson has published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed research and practice journals, and has presented numerous papers at national and international research conferences. In addition, she has successfully authored federal grants totaling more than two million dollars that the University has received for our graduate nursing program.

Sharon Hudacek, RN, EdD, ACNS-BC

McGurrin Hall 323
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Hudacek teaches at the undergraduate level. Her teaching areas include pharmacology, NCLEX board review & adult health nursing with a focus in the following areas: renal, orthopedic and neurological care of the adult patient. Her research area of interest is narrative storytelling in nursing. This qualitative research focused on the global stories of nurses and underlying dimensions of caring. Her data lead to several Sigma Theta Tau book publications entitled: "Making a Difference: Stories from the Point of Care" (Volumes I and II) and “A Daybook for Nurses: Making A Difference Every day.” Volume I of Stories from the Point of Care received the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing "Best of Book Award." Dr. Hudacek has her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is certified by ANCC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health Nursing.


Lisa Lesneski, RN, PhD

McGurrin Hall 341
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Lesneski has worked in several hospitals and home health agencies. Her teaching responsibilities include both classroom and clinical instruction in community health nursing as well as classroom instruction for the introduction to nursing course. Currently she is practicing as a registered nurse in a local hospital's emergency department. Dr. Lesneski's area of research interest is cardiovascular health. Her research identifies why individuals delay seeking treatment when they are having a heart attack.
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Linda Lewis, MSN, RN

McGurrin Hall 333
Research and Teaching Interests: Professor Goffredo earned a diploma of nursing from Mercy School of Nursing, Scranton, her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, and a master’s in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a nurse for 29 years, previously a clinical nursing instructor at the University of Scranton and The University of Pennsylvania, a clinical nurse at Thomas Jefferson University, Department of Cardiology for 4 years, and worked for 20 years as a nurse at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as a medical-surgical nurse, CCU, research nurse, and clinical nurse for the department of Electrophysiology.

Catherine Lovecchio, RN. PhD

Undergraduate Program Director
McGurrin Hall 337
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Lovecchio currently teaches medical-surgical nursing, Leadership and Management, and Family Health. She has an extensive background in clinical and classroom teaching in the area of Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing. She completed her baccalaureate degree in Nursing from Villanova University, her master's degree in Nursing from College Misericordia, and her doctoral degree in Nursing Education from Villanova University. Her research has been focused on an online alcohol education program and its effectiveness in changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding alcohol use among first-year college students and Dedicated Education Units and the utilization of Clinical Liaison nurses in improving the clinical education experience for undergraduate nursing students.


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Wendy Manetti, MSN, FNP-C

Faculty Specialist
McGurrin 301
Research and Teaching Interests: Professor Manetti achieved her baccalaureate and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Scranton. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner for over 10 years and currently practices part-time at Prime Med in Clarks Summit. She pradticed critical care nursing for over 10 years. Professor Manetti spearheaded the onset and development of a high fidelity simulation program at a local univeristy. Professor Manetti teaches physical assessment and serves as a clinical instructor in medical-surgical and critical care nursing areas for undergraduate students. She teaches family health promotion in the graduate program. Her research interests are high fidelity simulation and student clinical judgment development.

Kim Subasic, PhD

McGurrin Hall
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Subasic has been a medical surgical nurse for 20 years. She has a broad range of clinical experience. Her bedside nursing has included trauma, progressive cardiac care, medical-surgical, geriatrics, home care and rehabilitation. The focus of her Master's degree is in nursing education. She completed her doctoral degree from St. Louis University. Her area of research is genetic illness. Her dissertation study focused on Patients Living With Hypertrophic Cardionyapathy.
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Annette T. Tross, RN, CRNP

Faculty Specialist
Research and Teaching Interests: Professor Tross received her RN degree at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, her bachelor's degree from the University of the State of New York, Regents College, Albany, New York and her master's from College Miseracordia. She is certified as a Family Health Nurse Practitioner. Professor Tross has worked as a nurse manager, clinical director, radiation oncology clinic nurse, critical care nurse practitioner and registered nurse at Mercy Health Partners in Scranton.
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Patricia Moyle Wright, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC

337 McGurrin Hall
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Wright teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs and has clinical experience in community health, hospice, and medical-surgical nursing. She maintains clinical practice as a hospice RN. She has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on end of life care, perinatal loss and grounded theory research method. Her research interests are maternal bereavement, grief, and end of life care.

Margarete Lieb Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC

McGurrin Hall 309
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Zalon has worked as a staff nurse and clinician in medical-surgical nursing at several medical centers in New York City. She has taught in a variety of settings: hospital associate degree and diploma programs, and at the university. Her teaching responsibilities include medical-surgical nursing, leadership, adult health nursing and professional issues. Dr. Zalon's research has been in the area of pain and its management with a special focus on the elderly.
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Colleen Heckman, MSN, CRNP

McGurrin Hall 339
Research and Teaching Interests: Colleen Heckman is a Certified Adult Health Nurse Practitioner with a MS degree in Nursing from Syracuse University. Her work experience includes: cardiac care, hematology-oncology, home health and a combined 15 years work experience in the ICU and ER. She has also worked in Nursing Education as Director of the Nursing Learning Center at Corning Community College for four years, and she has taught physical assessment labs and worked in the nursing lab at The University of Scranton prior to her current position as Assistant Director of the Nursing Lab. Her area of interest is simulation.

Deborah Zielinski, RN, MS

McGurrin Hall 311
Research and Teaching Interests: Mrs. Zielinski has fifteen years of clinical nursing experience at the following institutions: the Hershey Medical Center, the Medical College of Georgia, and Moses Taylor Hospital. Clinical specialty areas include: care of the patient with neurological/neurosurgical, orthopedic; and ear, nose and throat impairments. She was also a hemodialysis nurse, a continuous ambulatory peritoneal nurse and Infection Control Nurse. Mrs. Zielinski has also taught as adjunct faculty for 4 years at the university. She is currently the Director of the Nursing Lab and Clinical Coordinator.
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Ann McAndrew Culp, CRNA, DNP, BA

Assistant Program Administrator, Nurse Anesthesia Program
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Ann McAndrew Culp, CRNA, MSN is a Diploma RN from Pittston Hospital School of Nursing and an alumnus from this program. After returning to school and graduating from Ottawa University, Kansas City, Kansas with a BA in Health Care Administration, Ann then went to Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and received a Masters and Doctorate in Nursing. Ann has been involved with the Wyoming Valley Health Care System/University of Scranton, School of Nurse Anesthesia Program since 1992, currently serving as Assistant Program Administrator.

Dawn Mazurik


Janet Bernick


Donna Cochrane-Kalinoski

Secretary, Graduate Program

Jill Lear

Secretary, Nurse Anesthesia Program