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CONTACT:
School of Adult and Graduate Education
Blaney Hall 105
sage@cedarcrest.edu
610-740-3770

Graduate Nursing Programs

Sharon Melincavage
Director of the Nurse Administrator,
Nurse Educator and Nurse Practitioner Programs
smmelinc@cedarcrest.edu
Ext 3342

Stephanie B. Woodruff
Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program
stephanie.woodruff@cedarcrest.edu
Ext. 4485

Faculty & Staff

Wendy J. Robb

Dean of the School of Nursing
Hazel and Walter May Nursing Endowed Chair for Excellence in Nursing
Professor
A.D.N., Gwynedd Mercy University
B.S.N., Gwynedd Mercy University
M.S.N., DeSales University
Ph.D., Widener University
Certified Nurse Educator
Hamilton Boulevard Building 12b
wjrobb@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

A.D.N., Gwynedd Mercy University
B.S.N., Gwynedd Mercy University
M.S.N., DeSales University
Ph.D., Widener University
Certified Nurse Educator

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
Senior Instructor
B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., Cedar Crest College
Hamilton Boulevard Building 18
Ext. 4446
raseaman@cedarcrest.edu

Sharon M. Melincavage

Director of the Nurse Administrator
and Nurse Educator Programs
Interim Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs
Associate Professor
B.S.N., Kutztown University
M.S.N., Bloomsburg University
D.Ed., Pennsylvania State University
Adult Health Nurse Practitioner
Certified Nurse Educator
Hamilton Boulevard Building 19
Ext. 3342
sharon.melincavage@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

RN to BSN Advisor
Senior Instructor
B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., Cedar Crest College
Hamilton Boulevard Building 31
Ext. 3430
sdaxt@cedarcrest.edu

Melissa Bartholomew

Instructor
B.S.W., Misericordia University
B.S.N., Misericordia University
M.S.N., University of Cincinnati
Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Master Certificate Gerontology, University of Massachusetts Boston
Hamilton Boulevard Building 24
Ext. 3483
melissa.bartholomew@cedarcrest.edu

Christine Batchelor

Instructor
B.S.N., Misericordia University
M.S.N., Cedar Crest College
Hamilton Boulevard Building 30
Ext: 3929
cmbatchelor@cedarcrest.edu

Karen Bensinger

Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., Bloomsburg University
D.N.P., Wilkes University
Adult Health Nurse Practitioner
Hamilton Boulevard Building 34
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."

Angela Doocey

Instructor
A.A.S. Lehigh Carbon Community College
B.S.N. Cedar Crest College
M.S.N. M.B.A. University of Phoenix
Master's Certification Family Nurse Practitioner University of Wisconsin
Hamilton Boulevard Building 23
Ext. 3747
angela.doocey@cedarcrest.edu

Amy Droskinis

Instructor
B.S.N., Towson University
M.S.N., Kutztown University
Certified Critical Care Nurse
Hamilton Boulevard Building 33
Ext. 3738
amy.droskinis@cedarcrest.edu

Eileen Fruchtl

Eileen Fruchtl

Senior Instructor
Manager, Nursing Learning Resource Center
B.S.N., Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales
M.S.N., Cedar Crest College
Certified Nurse Educator
Hamilton Boulevard Building 13
Ext. 4484
ejfrucht@cedarcrest.edu

Bernard J. Gilligan III

Program Assistant Director, Nurse Anesthesia
Assistant Professor
A.A.S. Luzerne County Community College
B.S.N. Immaculata University
M.S.N. St. Joseph’s University
D.N.P Chatham University
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Hamilton Boulevard Building 21
Ext. 3496
Bernard.Gilligan@cedarcrest.edu

Todd Hastings

Assistant Professor
B.A., Rutgers University
M.S., Nutrition Pennsylvania State University
A.A.S., Luzerne County Community College
M.S.N., Wilkes University
Ph.D., University of Phoenix (Nursing Education)
Hamilton Boulevard Building 25
Ext. 3491
todd.hastings@cedarcrest.edu

David Holland

Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S., West Chester University
M.S., St. Thomas University
M.S.N., Drexel University
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Hamilton Boulevard Building 22
Ext. 3489
David.Holland@cedarcrest.edu

Eileen Fruchtl

Anita Lugo

Instructor
B.S.N., Drexel University
M.S.N., Seton Hall University
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Hamilton Boulevard Building 37
Ext. 3497
anita.lugo@cedarcrest.edu

Amy Metteer-Storer

Amy Metteer-Storer

Assistant Professor
B.S.N., San Diego State University
M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania
Hamilton Boulevard Building 34
Ext. 3745
amstorer@cedarcrest.edu

Mae Ann Pasquale

Mae Ann Pasquale

Associate Professor
B.S.N., East Stroudsburg University
M.S.N., Villanova University
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Hamilton Boulevard Building 28
Ext. 3624
mpasqual@cedarcrest.edu

Nancy Crane-Roberts

School Nurse Certificate Advisor
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Gwynedd Mercy College
M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Widener University
Certified Pediatric/Young Family Nurse Practitioner
Certified School Nurse
Hamilton Boulevard Building 35
Ext. 4640
nroberts@cedarcrest.edu

Roxann Wagner

Instructor 
B.S.N., Cedar Crest College 
M.S.N., Cedar Crest College 
Hamilton Boulevard Building 27 
Ext. 4490 
rewagner@cedarcrest.edu

 

Stephanie B. Woodruff

Program Director Nurse Anesthesia Program
Associate Professor
B.S.N.,Georgetown University
M.S.N.,University of Pennsylvania
D.N.P., Wilmington University
Certified Nurse Anesthetist
Hamilton Boulevard Building 20
Ext. 4485
stephanie.woodruff@cedarcrest.edu

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Stephanie B. Woodruff, DNP, MSN, CRNA is the Program Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program. With over 23 years of clinical experience, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Georgetown University and then became a Women’s Healthcare Nurse Practitioner through the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Woodruff returned to the University of Pennsylvania to receive her second master’s degree in Nurse Anesthesia. Her most recent degree is from Wilmington University where she completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Her DNP project focused on Patient Satisfaction with Anesthesia. She continues to work as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist per diem at Reading Health System in Reading, PA.

Nursing Staff

Valerie Carl

Administrative Assistant, Graduate Programs
Hamilton Boulevard Building 12
Ext. 4402
Valerie.Carl@cedarcrest.edu

Tamara Eddinger

Office Manager, Clinical Liaison
B.A., Cedar Crest College
Hamilton Boulevard Building 16
Ext. 3488
taedding@cedarcrest.edu

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Tammy Eddinger earned an associate’s degree from Allentown Business School and an undergraduate degree in Management from Cedar Crest College. Tammy has been the Office Manager in the Nursing Department for 12 years. She manages all clinical site affiliation agreements, student clinical requirements and student registrations.

Evelyn Edwards

Administrative Assistant
Hamilton Boulevard Building 12
Ext. 3322
evelyn.edwards@cedarcrest.edu

Nathan Gulla

Simulation Technician
B.M., Ithaca College
M.M., University of Maryland
Hamilton Boulevard Building 39
Ext. 4561
Nathan.Gulla@cedarcrest.edu

Adam W. Hough

Simulation Center Manager
B.A., Kutztown University
Hamilton Boulevard Building 14
Ext. 3492
adam.hough@cedarcrest.edu

Jennifer Newland

Scheduling Coordinator
B.S., DeSales University
Notary Public
Hamilton Boulevard Building 15
Ext. 4527
jennifer.newland@cedarcrest.edu

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