Division of Health Professions Faculty

Associate Degree Nursing

Amelia Capotosta, Ed. D, RN - Assistant Dean, Division of Health Professions, Assistant Dean of Health Professions

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 420
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5420

Edcuation: Educational Doctorate, Temple University; Master of Science in Nursing, Villanova University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Marymount College; Bachelor of Arts, North Central Bible College; Diploma, Gowanda State Hospital School of Nursing.

Professional Memberships: Sigma Theta Tau International

Nancy Becker, MSN, RN - Associate Professor

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 427
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5425

Education: Master of Science, Delaware University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Albright College; Diploma, Reading Hospital School of Nursing.

Memberships: Sigma Theta Tau International, Pennsylvania League for Nursing, National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN), American Association of Critical Care Nurses

Margaret Hollinger, MSN, RN - Assistant Professor

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 424
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5434

Education: Master of Science in Nursing, DeSales University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Alvernia College; Diploma, The Reading Hospital School of Nursing.

Professional Memberships: Sigma Theta Tau International

Danielle Kranis, MSN, RN - Instructor

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 413
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5429

Education: Master of Science in Nursing, DeSales University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Kutztown University; Diploma, St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing.

Professional Memberships: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association

Susan M. Moyer, MSN, RN, CNE - Associate Professor

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 414
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5432

Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education, Villanova University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bloomsburg University.

Professional Memberships: Sigma Theta Tau International, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, National League for Nursing, National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN)

Certifications: Certified Nurse Educator, BLS, ACLS

Ruth Reinsel, MSN, RN - Assistant Professor

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 426
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5426

Education: Master of Science in Nursing, University of Pennsylvania; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Albright College.

Professional Memberships: Sigma Theta Tau International, Xi Omega Chapter, AWHONN

Carol Saul, MSN, RN - Instructor

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 428
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5235

Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Walden University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Immaculata University; Diploma, Reading Hospital School of Nursing.

Professional Memberships: Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHOON), Lamaze International

Certifications: Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator

Patricia Schmehl, MSN, RN - Instructor

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 421
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5424

Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Seton Hall University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Kutztown University; Diploma, St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing.

Professional Memberships: Sigma Theta Tau International, Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association

Certifications: Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, ACLS Certification

Geraldine (Jeri) Shimko, MSN, RN - Assistant Professor

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 425
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5235

Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Villanova University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Excelsior College; Diploma, Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing.

Certifications: Certified School Nurse, Cedar Crest College; Education Specialist I, PA Department of Education; BLS for Healthcare Providers

Professional Memberships: Sigma Theta Tau International, National League for Nursing, Phi Kappa Phi Interdisciplinary Honor Society, Villanova Graduate Nurse Network

Eugenia Umberger, MSN, RN - Assistant Professor

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 427
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5423

Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Villanova University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Penn State University; Diploma, Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing.

Certifications: Post Master's Nursing Administration, Clinical Research Coordinator, BLS Instructor/ AHA

Professional Memberships: Sigma Theta Tau International, American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, American Medical Surgical Nurses

Cathy Weinheimer, MSN, RN - Instructor

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 425
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5431

Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Duquesne University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Penn State University.

Professional Memberships: Sigma Theta Tau International

Karen Willard, MSN, RN, CCRN - Instructor

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 414
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5437

Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Drexel University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, York College of Pennsylvania.

Certifications: Critical Care Registered Nurse, ACLS, BLS, PALS

Professional Memberships: Greater Reading Chapter of American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Upsilon Zeta and Xi Omega Chapters of Sigma Theta Tau, Pennsylvania State Nurse Association

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Practical Nursing Program

Merilee J. Grimes - Professor, Assistant Director Practical Nurse Program

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 430
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5441
  • Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm (Tuesday and Thursday class and meetings)

Education: Master of Science in Health Education, St. Joseph's University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Villanova University.

Professional Memberships: Pennsylvania Associations of Practical Nurse Program Administrators, American Nurses Association of Pennsylvania, National League for Nursing

Certifications: BLS

Frank Ippoliti - Instructor, Practical Nurse Program

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 431
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5442
  • Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00am – 4:00pm by appointment

Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Neumann College; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Regents College; Associate of Science in Nursing, Delaware County Community College; License in Practical Nursing, Presbyterian Hospital.

Certifications: BLS and ACLS

Darlene Wright - Instructor, Practical Nurse Program

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 429
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5440
  • Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-4:00pm by appointment

Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Walden University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Kutztown University; Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing, Reading Area Community College; Certificate in Practical Nursing, Reading-Muhlenberg Vocational Technical School

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Medical Laboratory Technology

Alayne H. Fessler, M. Ed., MT (ASCP) , CLS (NCA) - Medical Laboratory Tech. Program Director

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 411
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5428
  • Office hours:
    • Fall semester: Monday & Tuesday 1:30pm - 3:30pm, Wednesday 11:00am - 12:00pm
    • Spring semester: Tuesday, 9:00am - 12:00pm, Wednesday 11:00am - 12:00pm, Friday 11:00am - 12:00pm
    • Other appointments are available upon request.

Education: Master of Education in Adult Education, Penn State University; Medical Technology Certification, Saint Joseph School of Medical Technology; Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Susquehanna University.

Certifications: Medical Technologist (ASCP), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (NCA)

Professional Memberships: American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), ASCLS-PA

Respiratory Care Program

Maria Dodson, MSA, RRT - Director, Respiratory Care Program

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 409
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5435

Education: Master of Science in Administration, Training & Development, West Chester University; Bachelor of Science in Biology, York College; Associate of Applied Science, Respiratory Care, York College.

Certifications: RRT, National Board for Respiratory Care

Professional Memberships: American Association for Respiratory Care, American Association for Training & Development

Wendy Dunlop BS, RRT - Clinical Director, Respiratory Care

  • Location: Penn Hall, Room 311
  • Phone: 610-372-4721, ext. 5444

Education: BS Psychobiology/ Behavioral Health, Albright College; Certified Respiratory Therapist Programs, Lehigh Carbon Community College; Registered Respiratory Therapist Program, Lehigh Carbon Community College

Certifications: CRT, RRT

Professional Memberships: AARC Since 1998

Administrative Staff

Laurie McKinney, Secretary, Health Professions Division, RN Program
Phone: 610-607-6226

Evelyn Kline, Division Administrative Specialist, Practical Nurse Program
Phone: 610-236-3944

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