Our Staff

Clinical Simulation and Learning Center

DIRECTOR: Jennifer Dent, DNP, MSN, RNC

Stephanie Kehler PhD(c), BSN, RN
Part Time Faculty, Simulation Specialist

Paula Kral, MSN, RN
Lecturer and Simulation Specialist

Hope McCall
Simulation Lab Assistant

Greg Williams, MBA
Simulation Instructional Support Specialist

Communications and Marketing

Sally Evans
Communications Coordinator

Continuing Education

DIRECTOR: Hazel Chappell, MSN, RN

Emily Woods
Continuing Education Coordinator

Development and Alumni Affairs

DIRECTOR: Aimeé Baston

Kerrie Moore
Alumni and Annual Giving Coordinator

Faculty Affairs – Graduate

ASSOCIATE DEAN: Terry Lennie, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

ASSISTANT DEAN:  Sheila Melander PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP

Jackie Carbuccia
Administrative Assistant for Dr. Terry Lennie, Associate Dean of Graduate Faculty Affairs and PhD Program Assistant

Mary Gregory
Graduate Program Assistant (MSN, DNP and Post-Certificate) and administrative assistant for Dr. Sheila Melander

Faculty Affairs - Undergraduate

ASSOCIATE DEAN: Kristin Ashford, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAAN

ASSISTANT DEAN AND BSN PROGRAM DIRECTOR:  Darlene Welsh PhD, MSN, RN

James Hayhurst
Undergraduate Program Assistant (Traditional BSN, RN-BSN, and Second Degree BSN) for Dr. Darlene Welsh

Rene Palumbo
Administrative Assistant for Dr. Kristin Ashford, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Faculty Affairs Support, and for Undergraduate Faculty Support

Faculty Practice

Amy DelRe
Faculty Practice Manager

Sharon Lock, PhD, APRN, FNAP, FAANP
Faculty Practice Director at Wilmore Clinic

Kari Flora
Clinical Services Technician at Wilmore Clinic

Tammy Mickschl
Patient Relations Assistant at Wilmore Clinic

Finance and Administration

ASSOCIATE DEAN: Karen Minton

Sarah Alegria
Financial Analyst – Grants

Mandy Bucy
Coordinator of Human Resources and Faculty Affairs

Shannon Ferguson
Financial Analyst – Payroll

Kevin Garland
Travel/Purchasing Coordinator

Christie Henson
Assistant Business Officer

Information Technology and Instructional Design

DIRECTOR: Jason Harris

Ty Dodson
Technical Support Specialist

Daniel Rios
Lead Technical Support Specialist

Instructional Design

Brenda Ghaelian
Curriculum Development Director

Jennifer Chien
Instructional Designer

Office of Academic Affairs and Partnerships

EXECUTIVE VICE DEAN: Patricia Howard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

ASSISTANT DEAN OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: Karen Butler DNP, MSN, RN

DIRECTOR OF ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION: Evelyn Parrish PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC

PROGRAM DIRECTORS:

BSN Program: Darlene Welsh, PhD, MSN, RN

MSN, DNP and Post-Certificate: Sheila Melander, PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP

PhD Program: Susan Frazier, PhD, RN, FAHA

UNDERGRADUATE OPTION COORDINATORS:

RN to BSN: Jessica Wilson, PhD, APRN

MED-VET: Fran Hardin-Fanning, PhD, RN

Second Degree: Lee Ann Walmsley, PhD, MSN, RN

GRADUATE OPTION COORDINATORS:

Adult-Gero ACNP: Melanie Hardin- Pierce, DNP, RN, APRN, ACNP-BC   

FNP: Kathy Wheeler, PhD, RN, APRN, FAANP and Carol Thompson, PhD, DNP, RN, CCRN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP, FAAN

PNP: Leslie Scott, PhD, PPCNP-BC, CDE, MLDE

PMHNP: Jan Findlay, PhD, MSN, APRN

ENLPOS: Debra Hampton, PhD, MSN, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC

Danielle Johnson
Administrative Assistant for Dr. Patricia Howard, Executive Vice Dean of Academic Affairs and Partnerships

Whitney Kurtz, MFA
Lecturer and Writing Specialist Support

Tricia MacCallum
Project Manager for the UKCON/NHC Academic Partnership

Office of the Dean of the College of Nursing

DEAN: Janie Heath, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN

Lisa Galvin
Administrative Assistant for Dr. Janie Heath, Dean of the College of Nursing 

Sophia Weathers
Administrative Specialist

Office of Nursing Research

ASSOCIATE DEAN: Thomas Kelly, PhD

ASSISTANT DEAN: Kristin Ashford PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAAN

DIRECTOR: Brett McCourt, MPA

Clair Abney, CRA
Grants Officer

Angela Knapp
Senior Grants Officer

Mary Kay Rayens, PhD
Biostatistician 

Amanda Wiggins
Lecturer and Biostatistics Staff Support

Office of Student Services

ASSISTANT DEAN OF STUDENTS: Joanne Davis

Kathy Collins
Student Services Officer, Graduate Programs

Jenny Fleser
Student Affairs Officer

Michael Hendrix
Recruitment Coordinator

Mary Jane Lesshafft​
Student Compliance Coordinator/Academic Advisor

Kerry Powell
Academic Advisor

Jennifer Sherwood
Academic Advisor

Research Teams:

BREATHE: Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments Team

DIRECTOR: Ellen J. Hahn, PhD, RN, FAAN

Amanda Bucher 
Community Advisor and Air Quality Data Coordinator

Renee Fox
Radon Program Coordinator

Hannah Keeler
Administrative Associate

Monica Mundy
Program Coordinator

Kathy Rademacher
Data Management Coordinator

Heather Robertson
Project Manager (BREATHE and Eastern State Hospital)

DREAM: The Disparities Researchers Equalizing Access for Minorities Center

DIRECTOR: Jennifer Hatcher, PhD, MPH, RN

Brenda Combs
Project Manager for DREAM

Lateisha Ousley
Administrative Assistant for DREAM

Occupational and Rural Research Center

CO-DIRECTOR: Deborah B. Reed, PhD, MSPH, RN, FAAOHN, FAAN

Debbie Claunch
Project Manager

Cheryl Witt, MSN
Research Associate

Perinatal Research and Wellness Center

DIRECTOR: Kristin Ashford, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAAN

Janine Barnett
Perinatal Research Nurse Coordinator

Letitia Ducas
Research Nurse

Andrea McCubbin
Program Director, Perinatal Research

RICH Program: Research and Interventions for Cardiovascular Health Heart Program

CO-DIRECTOR: Debra K. Moser, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

CO-DIRECTOR: Terry Lennie, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

CO-DIRECTOR: Misook Lee Chung, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

CO-DIRECTOR: Gia Mudd-Martin, PhD, MPH, RN

CO-DIRECTOR: Susan Frazier, PhD, RN, FAHA

Theresa Back, MSN, APRN
RICH Heart Studies and Research Nurse III

Roxann Champion, BSN, RN
Nurse Clinical Research I

Charles Davis, RN
Research Nurse

April Everman
Research Associate

Patricia McGuire
Research Associate

Mary Schooler, MSN, APRN
Interventionist

Jeanine Vezie
Project Director for RICH Heart Programs and Research Associate