Top 10 Up and Coming Nursing Schools in the East for 2016
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 of Nursing Department
Hazel and Walter May Nursing Endowed Chair
Associate Professor
B.S.N., Gwynedd Mercy College
M.S.N., DeSales University
Ph.D., Widener University
Hamilton Blvd Building 18
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

Sharon M. Melincavage

Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of Graduate Nursing Program
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

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."

Michelle Cawley

Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N. DeSales University
M.S.N. Drexel University
Hamilton Boulevard Building 32
Ext. 3497

Mecawley@cedarcrest.edu

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

Gail DiBlasi

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

Christine Embon

Instructor 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

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

Marilyn Hilbert

Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N. University of Phoenix
M.S.N.-Ed University of Phoenix
Hamilton Boulevard Building 23
Ext. 3747

Mhilbert@cedarcrest.edu

Lisa Homa

Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N. The Pennsylvania State University
M.S.N. Western Governors University
Hamilton Boulevard Building 33
Ext. 3738

Lahoma@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

Elba Kerkusz

Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N. Temple University
M.S.N. Cedar Crest College
Hamilton Boulevard Building 26
Ext. 4507

Ekerkusz@cedarcrest.edu

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.

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

Director of School Nurse Certification Program
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."

Roxann Wagner

Instructor of Nursing 
B.S.N. Cedar Crest College 
M.S.N. Cedar Crest College 
Hamilton Boulevard Building 27 
Ext. 4490 
Rewagner@cedarcrest.edu

 

 

Nursing Adjunct Faculty

Gina Banta, M.S.N.
Jennifer Cooper, M.S.N.
Susan Dalton, 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.
Jennifer Hess, M.S.N.
Leana Janukowicz, M.S.N.
Kerry Kluska, M.S.N.
Kristie Kohlhepp, M.S.N.
Cheryl Kraemer, M.S.N.
Michelle Kratzer, M.S.N.
Nadine Mason, M.S.N.
Jennifer McCrory, M.S.N.

Joseph Napolitano, Ph.D.
Mary Ellen O’Connell, M.S.N.
Melissa Orlando, 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.
Rebecca Silver, M.S.N.
Jeffrey Slocum, M.S.N.
Diana Spalding, M.S.N.
Carol Sorrentino, M.S.N.
Tamila Steckroth, M.S.N.
Donna Surjnarine, M.S.N.
Jeanne Vogt, M.S.N.
Lori Yesenofski, M.S.N.

 


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