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Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Women’s leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor
  • Broad-based liberal arts education
  • Study abroad opportunities

Faculty and Staff

Wendy J. Robb

Chair

Director of Graduate Nursing Program

Associate Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Gwynedd Mercy College
M.S.N., DeSales University
Ph.D., Widener University
Hamilton Blvd Building 40G
wjrobb@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.S.N., Gwynedd Mercy College
M.S.N., DeSales University
Ph.D., Widener University

Career Highlights

Wendy J. Robb joined the Cedar Crest College Nursing Department in Fall 2000. Her background includes work as a clinical nurse specialist in adult acute care, particularly trauma care. She is also an experienced clinical research coordinator, with expertise in the area of complementary and alternative healing.

Wendy has published and presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics and has traveled to nursing schools in Ghana, West Africa and Sweden as part of international exchanges. She has participated in several national grants and maintains certification as a nurse educator by the National League for Nursing.

Memberships & Awards

American Holistic Nurses Association, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National League for Nurses, Pennsylvania League for Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Theta Rho Chapter

Rebecca Seaman

Director of Undergraduate Nursing Program
Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., Cedar Crest College
Hamilton Blvd Building 29
Ext. 4446
raseaman@cedarcrest.edu

Sandra Axt, R.N., M.S.N.

Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N. Cedar Crest College
M.S.N. Cedar Crest College
Hamilton Blvd Building 31
Ext. 3430
sdaxt@cedarcrest.edu

Karen Bensinger

Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., Bloomsburg University
Adult CRNP Certification
D.N.P. Wilkes University
Hamilton Boulevard Building 32
Ext. 3746
kabensin@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., Bloomsburg University
Adult CRNP Certificate, Bloomsburg University
D.N.P., Wilkes University

Courses Taught

Karen teaches the junior level clinical courses and assists with teaching pharmacology.

Career Highlights

Karen has taught at Cedar Crest College since 2005 on a part time basis. She spent the majority of her time with the students in the clinical area, but also spent time in the labs and classrooms. Karen helped teach the pharmacology course. In the 2009-2010 academic year, she assisted with grant work in developing a fall prevention study that was implemented during one of the junior level clinical courses. She also works as a nurse practitioner in a family planning clinic to stay current with nursing skill and techniques."

Memberships

ANA, Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, ACNP.

Why Choose Cedar Crest?

"I feel that as an alumna and also a nurse that Cedar Crest College prepares nursing students in a very special way. I feel that the liberal arts base is key to understanding patients in a holistic manner. By learning to appreciate the aesthetics and make connections between all of our areas of knowledge, we allow the students to see a bigger picture. This creates for a more adaptable, creative, and intelligent nurse."

Advice

"I am passionate about the commitment to learning new knowledge, and the holistic caring for patients. I never want to stop learning or growing in my understanding of new information. I encourage curious learners and welcome questions. Finding the correct answers benefits us all."

Inspiration

"All of the motivated and insightful teachers and professors in my past have served as inspiration for me. They helped to fan the spark of interest in learning into a fire. If it weren't for those committed few, I would most likely not have found my way here. The vision for this school inspires and motivates me to want to contribute to continuing the tradition of excellence in the nursing program."

How Did You Become a Teacher?

"It seems that I have always been helping others to understand things better. I tutored Spanish in high school and while a student at Cedar Crest I tutored in microbiology and fine arts and was an instructional assistant for Freshman Seminar and Anatomy and Physiology. It was my work as an instructional assistant that really influenced my interest in teaching. I found that the students understood the material better when I explained it in my terms. It led to my first teaching job years later. I started teaching A&P at a community college."

 

Deborah Clauss

Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N. Kutztown University
M.S.N. Cedar Crest College
Hamilton Boulevard Building 30
Ext. 4527
dlclauss@cedarcrest.edu

Nancy DalPezzo

Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., DeSales University
Ph.D., Rocky Mountain University
Hamilton Blvd Building 16
Ext. 3747
nkdalpez@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., DeSales University
Ph.D., Rocky Mountain University

Career Highlights

Nancy DalPezzo teaches community health nursing, nursing leadership, nursing administration and nursing informatics. She has more than 25 years of experience in nursing administration and community health nursing. Before joining the Cedar Crest College faculty she worked as a home care/hospice nurse and as a nurse executive for local, regional and international companies.

Her areas of expertise and research interests include nursing administration, home care, palliative care and hospice. Nancy also is a practicing home care consultant and parish nurse, and has published and presented on various topics related to her areas of expertise.

Memberships & Awards

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Nurses Association, Pennsylvania Nurses Association, National League for Nurses, Pennsylvania League for Nurses

Philosophy

"I am inspired by family, friends and faith. I have always admired and been inspired by excellent teachers, and from the time I entered nursing school my long-term goal was to teach someday. I enjoy working with students and feel it is important to give back to my profession by helping to educate the next generation of nurses. Nursing studies are difficult but not impossible! I encourage students not to hesitate to seek help from the faculty if they need it."

Gail DiBlasi

Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N. Kutztown University
M.S.N. University of Pennsylvania
Hamilton Boulevard Building 26
Ext. 3573
gdiblasi@cedarcrest.edu

Amy Edgar

Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., DeSales
M.S.N., Universityof Pennsylvania
F.N.P., DeSales University
Hamilton Blvd Building 13
Ext. 3328
ahedgar@cedarcrest.edu

 

Christine Embon

Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N. Cedar Crest College
M.S.N. Villanova University
Post Master Program-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Hamilton Boulevard Building 16
Ext. 4486
cmembon@cedarcrest.edu

Eileen Fruchtl

Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N. Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales
M.S.N. - Cedar Crest College
Hamilton Boulevard Building 40C
Ext. 4484
ejfrucht@cedarcrest.edu

Nancy Johnston

Nancy Johnston

Associate Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Alderson-Broaddus College
M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Hamilton Blvd Building 25
Ext. 3491
najohnst@cedarcrest.edu

Lisa Lacko

Lisa Lacko

Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., DeSales
Hamilton Blvd Building 21
Ext. 3496
lalacko@cedarcrest.edu

Sandra Leh

Associate Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Pennsylvania State University
M.S.N., West Chester University
Ph.D., Widener University
Hamilton Boulevard Building 19
Ext. 3492
skleh@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.S.N., Penn State University
M.S.N., West Chester University
PhD, Widener University

Courses Taught

Undergraduate - Community Health Nursing; Nursing Leadership; RN to BS in Nursing Program; Travel Abroad course Graduate - Vulnerable Populations; Nursing Education

Career HIghlights

Dr. Leh brings many years of clinical and teaching experience to the nursing department. As a community health clinical nurse specialist, her focus is on health promotion of adult and pediatric populations. Her background includes practice in emergency nursing, home care, school nursing and community health program planning. Dr. Leh continues to serve as a health consultant for child care centers through the PA American Academy of Pediatric Early Childhood Education Linkage System. Dr. Leh has presented nationally and internationally and published on a variety of topics related to community health and nursing education. She was instrumental in establishing nursing study abroad courses as well as student-faculty exchanges in Africa and Sweden. Her research interests include community and global health nursing issues.

Memberships

National League for Nursing PA, League of Nursing Transcultural Nursing Society, Association of Community Health Nurse Educators, Sigma Theta Tau; Theta Rho Chapter.

Nadine Mason

Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., West Chester University
M.S.N., DeSales University
Hamilton Boulevard Building 23
Ext. 3483
ncmason@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.S.N., West Chester University
M.S.N., DeSales Universit

Courses Taught

Medical-Surgical nursing, focus on Acute Care and Critical Care

Career HIghlights

Nadine has more than 21 years of nursing experience, with 16 years in emergency care in various hospitals across the nation. She has worked as a family nurse practitioner and nurse educator since 2000.

Memberships

Lehigh Valley Nurse Practitioners Association, National League of Nursing, American Nurses Association, Emergency Nurses Association

Why Choose Cedar Crest?

I believe in the mission and value of the College's liberal arts curriculum to provide the student with much more than just a degree.

Advice

"Immerse yourself in the learning. Make it a part of your life."

Inspiration

I am inspired by all of the students who struggle and overcome the enormous obstacles in their quest for an education. Also, all the nurses that are practicing who dedicate their lives to this profession.

How Did You Become a Teacher?

"I first thought of teaching when I was in my undergraduate classes, I was impressed with the knowledge and experience that my teachers had and that they were so willing to share it with us."

Sharon M. Melincavage

Associate Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Kutztown University
M.S.N., Bloomsburg University
D.Ed., Pennsylvania State University
A.N.C.C., Adult Health Nurse Practitioner
N.L.N., Certified Nurse Educator
Hamilton Boulevard Building 14
Ext. 3342
sharon.melicavage@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.S.N., Kutztown University
M.S.N., Bloomsburg University
D.Ed., Pennsylvania State University
ANCC- Adult Health Nurse Practitioner
NLN - Certified Nurse Educator

Courses Taught

Health Promotion I, Health Assessment, Leadership in Nursing, Independent Practicum, Concepts in Professional Nursing, Research Teaching Strategies for the Nurse Educator, Nurse Educator Practicum

Career Highlights

Dr. Melincavage has taught in baccalaureate and diploma programs of nursing. She has practiced nursing in the areas of neurosurgery and cardiac care. She is also a certified registered nurse practitioner and practices in adult health and is certified as an adult health nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Melincavage is also certified as a nurse educator by the National League for Nursing. Her research interests include anxiety in student nurses in the clinical setting. She was awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Theta Rho Nurse Research Award in 2007.

Memberships

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, Pennsylvania League for Nursing, The Reading Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association - Life Member, Penn State Alumni Association - Life Member

Amy Metteer-Storer

Amy Metteer-Storer

Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., San Diego State University
M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania
Hamilton Blvd Building 24
Ext. 3745
amstorer@cedarcrest.edu

Mae Ann Pasquale

Mae Ann Pasquale

Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., East Stroudsburg University
M.S.N., Villanova University
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Hamilton Blvd Building 20
Ext. 3624
mpasqual@cedarcrest.edu

 

Karen Reesman

Associate Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Rutgers University
M.A. Nursing, New York University
Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Hamilton Boulevard Building 28
Ext. 4485
ksreesma@cedarcrest.edu

Joan Timalonis

Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N, Misericordia University
M.S.N., DeSales University
C.N.E., Certified Nurse Educator
S.N.C., Certified School Nurse
Hamilton Blvd Building 22
jttimalo@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.S.N, Misericordia University
M.S.N., DeSales University
C.N.E., Certified Nurse Educator
S.N.C., Certified School Nurse

Career Highlights

Joan Timalonis teaches fundamentals of nursing, medical surgical nursing, health assessment and the final practicum for senior nursing students. She has taught since the mid-1990s, and has known she wanted to be a teacher since working with new nurses and nursing students in the hospital. She wanted to be a role model for others, and thoroughly enjoys seeing the growth and progress her students demonstrate as they progress through their courses. Joan believes teaching is an integral part of the nursing profession, as nurses teach patients in every encounter.

Memberships & Awards

National League for Nursing, Pennsylvania League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Nurses Assocation

Philosophy

"I teach to maintain the high standards of the nursing profession and the college, and to contribute to safe health care practices in the community. I believe you must take care of yourself before you can take care of others. My mentors, my students and my family all inspire me to become a better version of myself each day."

Karen Weeks

Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N. Cedar Crest College
M.S.N. University of Phoenix
Hamilton Boulevard Building 33
Ext. 3738
kweeks@cedarcrest.edu

Debra Woodruff-Capper

Debra Woodruff-Capper

Director of School Nurse Certification Program

Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Neuman/Our Lady of Angels College
M.S.N., Gwynedd-Mercy College
S.N.C., School Nurse Certification
Hamilton Blvd Building 17
Ext. 3494
djcapper@cedarcrest.edu

 

Nursing Adjunct Faculty

Gina Banta, M.S.N.
Brenda Carroll, M.S.N.
Jennifer Cooper, M.S.N.
Kim DeLuca, M.S.N.
Eileen Dolphin, M.S.N.
Eleanor Franges, M.S.N.
April Gheller, M.S.N.
Rochelle Glasgow, M.S.N.
Nicole Griffin, M.S.N.
Theresa Honicker, M.S.N.
Leana Janukowicz, M.S.N.
Elba Kerkusz, M.S.N.
Kristie Kohlhepp, M.S.N.
Jennifer McCrory, M.S.N.

Francis Musto, Psy.D.
Joseph Napolitano, Ph.D.
Mary Ellen O’Connell, M.S.N.
Kimberly Parsons, M.S.N.
Carol Pochron, M.S.N.
Marisue Rayno, Ed.D.
Lori Rice, M.S.N.
Nancy Roberts, Ph.D.
Andrea Shook, M.S.N.
Rebecca Silver, M.S.N.
Jeffrey Slocum, M.S.N.
Diana Spalding, M.S.N.
Carol Sorrentino, M.S.N.
Jeanne Vogt, M.S.N.