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B. Kent Diduch, MD

Director, Physician Assistant Program, Associate Professor

B. Kent Diduch, MD

B. Kent Diduch, MD, is a native Virginian who studied at the College of William and Mary before graduating from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is a board-certified family physician who practiced in Bridgewater for 12 years before he transitioned into education. He started as a faculty member in the PA program and Athletic Training programs at JMU while also serving as their primary care team physician. He joined the PA faculty at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences in the summer of 2018. When not working, Dr. Diduch likes cycling and spending time with his family. His wife is a professor of economics at Mary Baldwin University and they have one daughter, Emma.

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Megan Ady, MPAS, PA-C

Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) Assistant Professor

Megan Ady, MPAS, PA-C

Megan Ady is a native of the Shenandoah Valley. She completed her undergraduate studies at Roanoke College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry and a Minor in Mathematics in 2010. She completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Shenandoah University In Winchester, Virginia in December 2013. After graduation, she joined Augusta Health as a family practice PA and operated her clinic as the sole provider for three years.  

During that time, she helped restructure and operate an occupational health clinic in Low Moor, Virginia for Bacova Guild Industries which she did for six years. In 2016, Ady transitioned to full-time practice in urgent care in Covington, Virginia. There, she also served as the lead PA within the care team and coordinated staff training and education. She became a Nationally Certified Medical Examiner for the US Department of Transportation. With a continued drive to improve overall health, promote health education, and provide access to rural healthcare, Ady became an American Heart Association BLS, HeartSaver, and First Aid instructor in 2018. With several years of clinical experience under her belt, she felt it was time to start mentoring students and have them work with her in her clinics. It was then that Ady knew she had a passion for teaching and helping students pursue their PA education. 

Ady joined the Murphy Deming faculty in January 2021. She states, “if you don’t know the medicine you can’t make the diagnosis and I want to help make those connections.” Ady resides in Bath County, Virginia with her husband and three small children.  She enjoys spending time with her family, vacationing, working in the garden, and going to concerts. She owns a clothing and gift boutique named Lady Ady’s. She is a certified EMT and volunteers with her local rescue squad. She is certified in basic life support, advanced cardiovascular life support, and pediatric advanced life support. She continues to work clinically in the urgent care setting and as needed to help with staffing shortages at Bath Community Hospital.

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Donna Bletz

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant (MSPA)

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Benjamin G. Farley, MD

Medical Director, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) Associate Professor

Benjamin G. Farley, MD

Ben Farley grew up in Greeneville, Tennessee. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1989 with a B.A. in English. After working one year as a social worker, tutor, and counselor for at-risk youth in Philadelphia and one year as a teacher, he matriculated at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1991 and graduated in 1995. He completed his postgraduate training in 1998 at Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency in Kingston, PA. While there, he was awarded two scholarships and a Resident Teacher Award by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, “in recognition of demonstrated interest, ability, and commitment to family medicine education.”

Ben moved to Staunton in 1998 and worked at Augusta Health Family Practice and Augusta Health in Fishersville from 1998 until 2012. During his tenure at Augusta Health, he served two years as vice-chair of the medical department and two more years as chair of the medical department. He was also a member of Augusta Health’s executive committee for those four years.

In 2012, Dr. Farley joined Staunton Medical Associates, where he practiced outpatient family medicine until joining Augusta Health as an urgent care physician in June, 2015. He has worked closely with PAs throughout his career, and he enjoys teaching and precepting students. He is an instructor in the following courses: Clinical Reasoning, Clinical Medicine Casework, Pathophysiology, Patient History and Communication, Physical Diagnosis I and II, Clinical Medicine I, II, and III, and Laboratory and Diagnostic Studies. He also looks forward to continuing to serve as a preceptor.

Ben is married and has three children. When he is not taking care of patients or working with students, he enjoys spending time with his family, running or hiking with his three dogs, reading, and playing soccer.

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Emily Greene, MPAS,
PA-C

Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) Assistant Professor

Emily Greene, MPAS,
PA-C

Emily Greene graduated from James Madison University Physician Assistant Program after attending University of Mary Washington for her B.S. in Biology. She practiced Urology full time for nine years before transitioning to education. As a member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee at Augusta Health Hospital she is dedicated to promoting awareness of antibiotic resistance. Emily has went on medical mission trips to Mexico and Bolivia as well as in the Appalachians. A Shenandoah Valley native, Emily lives with her husband and dog in Afton. She is an avid gardener and mountain biker, and prefers to spend most of her time outside.

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Jennifer Hancock, PhD

Associate Professor, Clinical Anatomist

Jennifer Hancock, PhD

Dr. Jennifer Hancock joined Mary Baldwin University in 2016 after teaching anatomy, physiology and research methods for 7 years at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.  She earned her BA in biology from Capital University and her PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Ohio University.

Within the Murphy Deming College of Health Science, Dr. Hancock teaches anatomy and pathophysiology for the physician assistant program, anatomy, physiology and neuroanatomy for the physical therapy program, and anatomy and neuroanatomy for the occupational therapy program.

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Jennifer Hunt, MMS, PA-C

Director of Academic Education, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) Associate Professor

Jennifer Hunt, MMS, PA-C

Jennifer Hunt completed her Master’s in Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Arcadia University in 2009. After graduation, she joined Lima Memorial Physicians group as a family practice and occupational medicine PA. While at Lima Memorial, Ms. Hunt was asked to join the EMR committee and helped develop clinical templates and implement the use of electronic medical records in all of the outpatient clinics. As one of the few clinicians on the EMR committee, she developed educational materials for her fellow clinicians and streamlined the processes of EMR use.

With a passion for wellness and preventive medicine, in addition to her clinical practice, Ms. Hunt became the Lima Memorial Wellness Coach and helped develop the hospital’s insurance wellness program and community worksite wellness programs. This involved coordinating the compliance of wellness participants, performing and interpreting wellness screenings, and developing educational and preventive programs. Ms. Hunt was an integral liaison between the ever changing push toward wellness and prevention in healthcare and the affected patients and medical providers.

Prior to joining the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, Ms. Hunt worked with Hometown Urgent Care and Occupational Health in Columbus, Ohio. She currently practices clinically in urgent care at Augusta Health.

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Alecia Lawhorne

Clinical Placement Assistant

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Caitlin Powers, MS, MSPAS, PA-C

Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) Assistant Professor

Caitlin Powers, MS, MSPAS, PA-C

Caitlin Powers, Assistant Professor, earned her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from JMU in 2017. Prior to this, Caitlin completed a Master’s in Molecular Biology at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina.  Her research focused on identifying expression patterns and potential molecular targets of microRNAs. She also maintains two BS degrees from the University of Rhode Island in Biological Sciences and Animal Science and Technology. 

Upon graduation from the JMU Physician Assistant Program, Caitlin joined the Augusta Emergency Physicians group as an Emergency Medicine PA. She has been working in the Augusta Health Emergency Department for the past four years.  Simultaneously, Caitlin has also acted as an adjunct faculty member for the JMU Biology Department, and the Health Sciences Department, instructing courses on molecular techniques, and infectious disease. 

Caitlin lives locally in Augusta County with her husband and two rescue dogs. She enjoys spending time outdoors and riding her horse Louis, a former racehorse. 

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Whit Worman, MPAS,
PA-C

Director of Clinical Education, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) Assistant Professor

Whit Worman, MPAS,
PA-C

Whit Worman, Assistant Professor, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a minor in Math and Science from the University of Dayton, Dayton OH. She received her Surgical Physician Assistant degree from Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH, graduating first in her class. Her Master of Physician Assistant Studies was completed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, in Leadership with an Educational Theory focus.

Ms. Worman spent the vast majority of her PA career in surgical sub-specialties, finishing her surgical career as a cardiothoracic PA. In addition, after her surgical career, she practiced in cardiology, family medicine and behavioral health. The past 10 years she has worked in PA education, holding positions as Program Director, Director of Academic Education and Director of Clinical Education.