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Janice Adams, DNP, MPA, RN

Interim Associate Dean and Director, School of Nursing

Janice Adams, DNP, MPA, RN

Dr. Adams began her nursing education at Norfolk General Hospital School of Professional Nursing, graduating with a Diploma in Nursing in 1979.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University, Master Public Administration (MPA) from Troy State University and Doctorate in Nursing Practice from American Sentinel University in Aurora, Colorado.

Dr. Adams served the U. S. Navy as a legalman at Naval Air Station, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Upon completion of nursing school, she returned to the U. S. Navy Nurse Corps retiring in December 1998 at the rank of Commander.  Dr. Adams’s career in the Navy included orthopedic, ear, nose and throat, mental health, and critical care nursing.  She directed the Quality Management Department at Naval Hospital, Naples, Italy.

Dr. Adams was one of the first Navy nurses assigned to an outpatient military clinic. She was awarded multiple awards for her dedication to nursing leadership and changing the paradigm for military outpatient nursing while serving as the Nursing Director in the Otolaryngology Clinic at Portsmouth Naval Hospital.

Upon retirement from the Navy, Dr. Adams entered nursing education. She has taught and directed at multiple undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

Dr. Adams is an active member of the American Nurses Association, President of the Florida Nurses Association, and member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.

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Kwame Akuamoah-Boateng, DNP, ACNP-BC, BSN, FCCM

AG-ACNP Program Director, Assistant Professor

Kwame Akuamoah-Boateng, DNP, ACNP-BC, BSN, FCCM

Dr. Kwame Asante Akuamoah-Boateng is a DNP prepared nurse practitioner and a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Before joining the MBU School of Nursing as the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Director, he spent the past decade training Acute Care Nurse Practitioner students at the University of Virginia. His clinical expertise focuses on Surgical Trauma and Critical Care Medicine and he served as the lead Advance Practice Provider in multiple Level 1 Trauma facilities. In 2017, he served as the regional chapter president for the Carolinas/Virginias- Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), where he created the vision for the diversity, advancement, recognition, and empowerment (D.A.R.E) program which advanced the organization’s multi-institutional research, global outreach initiatives, and mentorship programs. Additionally, Dr. Akuamoah-Boateng has led international initiatives to train nurses and physicians in critical care medicine in Low Middle-Income Countries (LMIC).

Dr. Akuamoah-Boateng’s research interests include addressing burnout among clinicians in critical care medicine, and the prevalence of frailty in the non-geriatric patient population and evaluating mitigating measures to decrease adverse patient outcomes in this population. On a personal note, he is the father of three daughters, a husband, and a pastor. He describes himself as a servant-leader for his community and the critically ill.

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Johanna Newman, DNAP, CRNA

Founding Director of Nurse Anesthesiology Program, Associate Professor, DNP Program

Johanna Newman, DNAP, CRNA

Johanna Newman, DNAP, CRNA, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 1999 from William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ; her Master of Science, Concentration: Nurse Anesthesia from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, in 2004; and her Doctor of Nurse Anesthetist Practice from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, in 2011. She has been involved in educating nurse anesthesia students for the past 13 years and practicing anesthesia in a variety of clinical settings the past 17 years. Her clinical area of expertise is in providing anesthesia to pediatric patients.

Dr. Newman recently served as the Assistant Program Director of the Nurse Anesthesiology Program at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. Dr. Newman has also served in various leadership roles on the local, state, and national level. Most recently she served as President of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists Board of Directors. Dr. Newman also serves as Committee Chair and Item Writer of the Continued Professional Certification Examination Practice Committee of the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetist. Dr. Newman has published in nationally recognized scientific journals and has presented poster and podium presentations at the state, national, and international level. Her area of research interest includes mental health and wellness, diversity and inclusion in healthcare, and implementation of Quality Matters in online courses. 

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Shelia Talbott, DNP,
FNP-C

FNP Program Director, Assistant Professor

Shelia Talbott, DNP,
FNP-C

With over 30 years of clinical practice, Shelia Talbott, DNP, FNP-C brings a diverse range of expertise to Mary Baldwin University’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. She received an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Old Dominion University. She has practiced in a wide variety of clinical settings including general medical/surgical, orthopedics, home care, nursing informatics, urgent care, family practice and women’s health. Prior to accepting the position at MDCHS, she served as faculty at Old Dominion University and has precepted FNP students from several colleges and universities.

In addition to her clinical practice and educational roles, Dr. Talbott has led short term medical mission teams to Honduras and Haiti for over a decade. She is the co-chair of the Christian Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (CCNP). Her areas of clinical scholarship include cultural competency in medical missions and increasing access to care in low resource areas. She has presented on these topics at both state and national levels.

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Casie Brim, DNP, AG-ACNP, CCRN

Assistant Professor, DNP Program

Casie Brim, DNP, AG-ACNP, CCRN

Casie Brim graduated in 2004 from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a BSN.  She began her nursing career at St John Medical Center in the Surgical ICU.  After four years of nursing experience, the ICU expanded and she became the educator of the Neuro, Trauma, Surgical ICU when it opened in 2008.  This role was in charge of hiring employees and training them for their roles in the unit.  This included a formal clinical orientation for nurses that lasted 16-20 weeks.  She then earned a Master of Science with emphasis in Nursing Education again with OU in 2009.   Next completed a Post-Master’s Certificate as an Acute Care NP from University of South Alabama (USA) in 2010.  After graduation she stayed with St. John, but with the Trauma Team as an NP.   She manages trauma patients in the ER, ICU, floor, and has a clinic.  She has written many policies and protocols, as well as formal education events to improve the care of trauma patients.  Additional clinical experience also includes providing telemedicine for rural hospitals fulfilling nocturnal hospitalist coverage.  

Brim’s educational experience in the academic setting began as Adjunct Faculty member for her alma mater (USA) in 2014.  She also completed her DNP at USA in 2017.  Brim then took a faculty position for one year at the University of Tulsa AG-ACNP program.   

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Pamela Dressler, DNP, RN, Evidence-based Practice (CH)

RN-BSN Program Director, Assistant Professor

Pamela Dressler, DNP, RN, Evidence-based Practice (CH)

Pam Dressler brings over 35 years as a professional nurse in the areas of Critical Care, Nurse Management, and Nursing Education to the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences/Mary Baldwin University. She received an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Virginia, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in the Nurse Educator program from Old Dominion University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Eastern Mennonite University. She has taught in many practice areas, including: Critical Care, Cardiac Care, The Joint Commission Stroke Prevention certification program, general nursing skills for new nurse graduates, and  electronic health record documentation. In 2015 she began teaching as an adjunct for the MDCHS School of Nursing, and is now an Assistant Professor, teaching undergraduate and graduate nursing courses. In 2019 she obtained the certificate for Evidence-based Practice from the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. Dressler is dedicated to the growth and development of nursing education, placing importance on the correlation of advanced education for nurses and promotion of evidence-based practice which facilitates quality patient outcomes.

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Jennifer McPherson, DNP, CRNA

Assistant Program Director Nurse Anesthesiology Program, Assistant Professor, DNP Program

Jennifer McPherson, DNP, CRNA

Dr. Jennifer D. McPherson is a practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and retired U.S. Navy Commander. She served as an assistant professor and clinical site director with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) School of Nursing in San Diego, where she was responsible for the didactic and clinical teaching of Phase II Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Her areas of expertise include pain management, critical care, ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia, and simulation.

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Roena Clarke, MSN, RN

Adjunct Professor

Roena Clarke, MSN, RN

Roena Clarke brings a pediatric nursing background and almost 10 years in education to the RN to BSN program at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. Her years in pediatrics were spent focused in the field of hematology/oncology and the impact of chronic illnesses on the family unit as a whole. She also has a passion and interest in working with those in grief, and leads support groups throughout the community for individuals walking through their own seasons of loss. Roena graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been an instructor at John Tyler Community College as well as Richard Bland College of William and Mary prior to becoming an adjunct instructor at Murphy Deming in 2015. She is committed to lifelong learning as an educator and enjoys the privilege of walking alongside colleagues in our profession as they continue their educational journey towards their Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

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Lori Conyers, MSN,
FNP-C, RN

Adjunct Professor

Lori Conyers, MSN,
FNP-C, RN

Lori Conyers has lived in the Shenandoah Valley since 2000 and brings more than 15 years of nursing experience to her role as adjunct professor at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. She graduated from Blue Ridge Community College in 2006, earning her Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and in 2007 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Virginia.  After spending some time as an operating room nurse, home health nurse and working in the public health arena for more than five years, she completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), with a focus on Public Health Leadership as well as her Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

She currently works full time for QuadMed, a national company contracted to do employee health and manage primary care of large companies, as well as working for UVA Stuart’s Draft Family Practice and Augusta Health Urgent Cares as needed for acute concerns. She is passionate about empowering nurses to lead the way in advancing healthcare. She will complete her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in the Fall of 2022.