School of Nursing Faculty and Staff
Drew Ellen Gogian, EdD, MSN, RN
Dr. Drew Ellen Gogian is the Chief Nurse Administrator and Founding Director of the School of Nursing at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, Mary Baldwin University. She brings over 25 years of combined experiences as a professional nurse, Director of Nursing, Nurse Educator, and Chief Nurse Administrator. Dr. Gogian earned an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Blue Ridge Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with honors from The University of Virginia, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in the Nurse Educator tract from Old Dominion University, and a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Higher Education and Adult Learning from Walden University.
Manifesting her commitment to the academic progression of nurses and to the development of nursing leadership, Dr. Gogian has presented on a number of nursing topics and has focused her recent scholarship on interprofessional education and collaboration, internationalization and nursing curriculum, factors that impact enrollment and persistence in post-licensure nursing programs, and the paradigm shift in the educational preparation of nurses. She was recently recognized as a Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley “Local Leader in Healthcare”. Dr. Gogian oversees all undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Nursing and continues to teach at both levels.
Pamela Dressler, DNP, RN
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.
Monica Heck, DNP, FNP-C, RN
Dr Monica Heck brings over 20 years of experience as a nurse and nurse practitioner to Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences/Mary Baldwin University. She began her nursing career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) from Valley Career & Technical Center. She received an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at Blue Ridge Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Eastern Mennonite University RN to BSN Program, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate from the University of Virginia, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Frontier Nursing University. She has worked clinically as a nurse practitioner in primary care and is currently at Augusta Health Urgent Care and Convenient Care Clinics. In 2017 she began teaching as Adjunct Faculty for Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences RN to BSN program and is now the RN-BSN Program Director and Assistant Professor of Nursing. Dr Heck teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the School of Nursing. She is interested in promoting life-long nursing education and professionalism in nursing.
Natalie Murphy, PhD, MSN
Dr. Natalie Murphy is the Founding Family Nurse Practitioner Program Director at Mary Baldwin. Dr. Murphy was previously the Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Prior to the position at UMSL, she served as coordinator of Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch campus in Fort Pierce overseeing MSN & DNP students. Dr. Murphy also was the clinical director of the FNP program at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. She has extensive experience as a nurse educator and as a family nurse practitioner with a focus in cardiology. Her MSN and PhD are from Florida Atlantic University and her BSN is from Thomas Jefferson University.
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.