Class Notes


Wendy Schiff '73, '77g NUTR has authored Nutrition for Healthy Living, a college-level introductory nutrition textbook (McGraw-Hill).

Mary Ellen (Berley) Roy '79 NURS has been the nursing program coordinator and assistant dean at Delaware County Community College in Media (Pennsylvania) since January 2005. Mary Ellen received her master's degree in nursing education from Villanova University in 1988 and has spent her career since then focusing on continuing education for nurses and other healthcare professionals. She can be reached at


Col. Kelly Ambrosi Wolgast '85 NURS will assume command at Evans Army Community Hospital, located in Fort Carson, Colorado, during the summer of 2007. Col. Wolgast recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, where she served as the deputy commander for nursing with the 14th Combat Support Hospital in Bagram. Col. Wolgast can be reached at

Thomas H. Dennison '87g CSP D is professor of practice at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University where he is also advisor to the Program in Health Services Management and Policy at the Maxwell School. He serves as chair of the Commission for a Healthy Central New York, a consortium of eight counties sponsored by Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University that undertakes regional public heath initiatives.

Laura Metcalf Jelinek '87 H P A and her husband Jim welcomed their daughter, Jaine Angeline, to the family on February 7, 2007. Laura is an associate executive director for American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in Chicago, Illinois.


Todd Schonherz '91 H P A has been appointed senior vice president and chief information officer of US Oncology, Inc. headquartered in Houston, Texas. US Oncology is the nation's largest healthcare services network dedicated exclusively to cancer treatment and research. US Oncology is affiliated with over 1000 physicians practicing in approximately 460 locations, including 90 outpatient cancer centers in 32 states. He currently resides in Spring, Texas with his wife Stephanie and 2-year old twins Matthew and Lauren.

Jean Marie Lucas '92 NURS is currently director of emergency and care services at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in Florida. Jean, her husband and two children recently relocated to Florida from Baltimore, where she was an emergency department nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital for ten years. Jean received her MSN, MBA and postgraduate acute/critical care nurse practitioner certification from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and has been accepted into the doctoral nursing program at the University of South Florida. She can be reached at

Ute J. Bayen '94g HD FS returned to Germany after spending ten years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a professor in the Department of Experimental Psychology at Heinrich-Heine University of Duesseldorf. He travels to the United States several times a year to participate in NIH study sections and to bring home peanut butter to his two children.

Carol Ann Bashore '98 NURS has worked at the Reading (Pennsylvania) Hospital and Medical Center for the past 37 years. In January 2006, she was named staff educator for ambulatory practices for the hospital. “If I had not obtained my BSN, I never would have been considered for the position,” she says. Carol can be reached at

William Danchanko '99 NURS completed his masters of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and successfully attained board certification as both an Adult Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner through the Oncology Nursing Society. He currently works at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. He and his wife Tammy Sue welcomed the arrival of Gabriel Archer Danchanko on February 14, 2008.


Elizabeth (Liz) Smurkowski '02 NUTR received the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award from the Vermont Dietetics Association. She is working as a nutrition and diabetes educator at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, Vermont.

Aleaha Bentz '03 NURS is currently working in the intensive care unit at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Aleaha can be reached at

Tiffany Boldin '04 M H A completed a two-year post graduate fellowship at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and is now a senior administrative manager for the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Hematology in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lori Lees Droschak '04 NURS has been accepted into the Excela Health School of Anesthesia. She can be reached at

Jessica Kneiss '04 KINES received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College West in December and was named 2007 Student of the Year by the college's alumni association. She was selected in recognition of her achievement and service to the college located in Hayward, California.

Jenny Jackson '05 H P A earned a masters of public health in May 2007 from the University of Albany in Albany, New York. She works for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in Arlington Heights, Illinois influencing policy and payment issues affecting plastic surgery. She also serves as a liason between ASPS and the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology Editorial Panel.

James E. Dormer '06 H P A is the hospital operations coordinator for Universal Hospital Services at the Milton Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Jacob Nyman '07 H P A is a consultant/business analyst, public sector, for CGI Federal in Fairfax, Virginia. He works on a project called Provider Enrollment Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) and can be reached at

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