School of Nursing Faculty and Staff
Natalie Murphy, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
Natalie L. Murphy, PhD, FNP-BC, graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA in 1990 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She earned both her Master of Science in Nursing, Concentration: Family Nurse Practitioner (2009) and PhD in Nursing (2010) from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. She has been involved in educating undergraduate and graduate nursing students the past 17 years. Dr. Murphy practiced primarily in emergency room and ICU settings as a registered nurse and in both family medicine and adult cardiology as a nurse practitioner. Her clinical area of expertise is managing women with ischemic heart disease. Dr. Murphy recently served as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and directly managed the FNP program there as well.
In addition to other leadership roles, Dr. Murphy has also led immersion learning experiences in Guatemala for nurse practitioner students and plans to establish a study abroad option for DNP students here at Mary Baldwin University. Dr. Murphy publishes in peer-reviewed, nationally recognized journals, has contributed to several FNP Certification Review books, as well as other textbooks. She has also completed numerous podium and poster presentations locally, regionally, and nationally. Her areas of research interest include ischemic heart disease in women, teaching social determinants of health and social justice through participation in international medical immersion experiences, and care of vulnerable populations. Her pronouns are she/her/hers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sherry Roper, PhD, MSN, BSN
Sherry L. Roper, PhD, graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with her Bachelor (1996) and Master of Science in Nursing (1998). She earned her PhD from the University of TN in Memphis, in 2011. Dr. Roper has been involved in educating undergraduate and graduate nursing students for the last 20 years. Her teaching expertise is in online education. In 2021, she obtained a Quality Matters certificate in online education. She has hosted numerous workshops, podium and poster presentations relating to best practices in online education. She has served as a subject matter expert in the areas of community health nursing, transcultural nursing, and evidence-based practice.
Dr. Roper has held numerous leadership positions throughout her career. Most recently serving as the RN to BSN Program Director at California State University, Turlock campus. Her area of clinical expertise is community and public health. She most recently qualified for her Public Health Nurse (PHN) Certification.
Dr. Roper’s areas of research interest include LGBTQIA+ health disparities, cultural humility, and social justice. She has completed numerous podium and poster presentations, locally and regionally and published in nationally recognized scientific journals. Currently, she is the primary investigator of two research studies on the topic of Nursing Students’ Level of Preparedness to Provide Cultural Congruent Care of Members of the LGBTQIA+ community; as well as a collaborator in the creation of an implicit bias transgender simulation scenario for health care providers. Dr. Roper is dedicated to creating opportunities for students to examine factors, including potential bias in attitudes and beliefs, that could impact the delivery of patient-centered care. Her pronouns are she/her/hers.
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.
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.