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William F. Connell School of Nursing

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news - spring/summer 09


Associate Professor Emeritus Jean O'Neil '55, MS '63, Associate Professor Rita Olivieri '77, and Associate Professor Nancy Fairchild presented "Resolution of the Methodological Issues in a Nursing Intervention Study" at the eighth annual interdisciplinary research conference, Transforming Healthcare through Research Education and Technology, this past November at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Alma G. (Pallotta) Apicella '58
writes, "I had a ball at the reunion and loved seeing everybody. I am awful sick of the snow and hope most of you are in warm weather!"

Elaine (Noiseux) Galeone '58 is retired from her work in the family photography business, where her husband and two of her children still work full-time. Two of her other children, both high school teachers, work part-time for the family business. Elaine notes, "we have 11 grandchildren so we always have parties to attend." She hopes to get back in touch with her Boston College classmates.


Leona (Rousseau) Dolloff '60 retired ten years ago after an enjoyable career teaching in associate's degree nursing programs. She is the mother of five children, grandmother of 11, and great-grandmother of two. She lives with her husband, Peter, in Hudson, New Hampshire, where Peter was superintendent of schools for 32 years. They now enjoy travel and participate in Elderhostel programs.

Rita L. Ailinger '61
is a professor at Georgetown. In addition to research courses, she also teaches a course on vulnerable populations using social justice principles. She takes nursing students to Nicaragua each year to work with the poor in a squatter settlement in Managua.

Jane (Murphy) Cunniffe '61
is still enjoying retirement and continues to travel. She reports, "Although I had a challenging summer concerned with breast cancer, mammosite radiation has given me a new lease on life." She hopes all of her classmates are doing well.

Margaret (Shandor) Miles '62
retired as a professor of nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill several years ago but remains working part-time on research grants, mentoring faculty, and writing. The Southern Nursing Research Society has named the Margaret Shandor Miles MCH student poster award in her name and the Society of Pediatric Nurses is now biannually awarding the Margaret Shandor Miles Distinguished Service Award. She is thankful to Boston College for helping her complete the bachelor's step in her career.

Joan (Mullahy) Riley '62 received the Clara Barton Service to Humanity Educator Award from the Emmanuel College Department of Nursing. She has recently co-authored an article, "Essential Elements of an Optimal Clinical Practice Environment," in the Journal of Nursing Administration.

Mary Cavanaugh '63
retired in 2007 after 45 years in nursing and 38 years as a nurse anesthetist. She had a total hip replacement just over a year ago, and danced at her daughter Erin's wedding this past October. Loving retirement, she has taken up beading, making silver jewelry, and learning how to use her new Viking sewing machine. She also crochets. Mary's husband Joe retired in January 2008. Her son Sean is an emergency room physician's assistant, and her daughter Erin works for Marsh, Inc. and is finishing up her MBA. Mary and Joe reside in Vienna, Virginia.

Bobbi Keane '63
is retired from nursing and spends most of her time traveling, playing duplicate bridge, and playing golf. She lives in Crystal River, Florida. She invites classmates to contact her at

Diana M.L. Newman '63 is a professor of nursing at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She enjoys professional writing and her involvement in many professional activities, as well as hobbies that include kayaking, knitting, quilting, and going to New York City for the ballet, opera, and theater. She notes, "I loved gong to my 45th reunion in 2008 and look forward to the 50th in 2013."

Ann (Carty) Thrailkill '64
is still working at the Palo Alto VA as a nurse practitioner and as the women veterans' program manager. She has been presenting at different VA facilities around the country on the health and mental health issues facing returning women veterans. She has recently had two articles selected for publication, in the Journal of Gynecology and in the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She plans to return to Boston College this summer for reunion weekend.

Gail (Sylvester) Cashman '65
is keeping quite busy, having undertaken a master's program in bioethics. She is also attending a week-long symposium this coming June at Mount Sinai in New York City. She notes, "It will be so interesting to note if and how their clinical issues differ from ours in Vermont."

Barbara (Browne) Elliott '65
still lives in San Francisco, and continues to teach at the City College of San Francisco's LVN program. Her three daughters have careers in physical therapy, acting, and environmental education. She notes to her classmates, "Let me know if you're coming to San Francisco. There's room to stay!"

Catherine E. Graziano, MS '65
spent 40 wonderful years as a faculty member at Salve Regina, including 20 as chair of the nursing department. She was elected to the Rhode Island State Senate, and spent 10 years as a state senator, where she made good use of her nursing background in addressing healthcare issues. Following retirement from Salve Regina in 1996 and from the senate in 2003, she has volunteered for many senior organizations and healthcare facilities serving hundreds of Rhode Island elders and disabled individuals. The Rhode Island State Nurses Association recognized Catherine for her contribution to the nursing profession with a lifetime membership to that association. She is the only individual who holds this designation.

Eleanor Clifford '66
reports that she took a nontraditional path following graduation from Boston College. "With my medical background, I was fortunate to be hired as an underwriter for the Paul Revere Life Insurance Company, which later merged with Provident and then UNUM. I had a great career in various management roles and was a VP in underwriting prior to early retirement."

Claudia (Collins) Daileader '66 and her husband Phil (A&S '66) are living on the eastern shore of Maryland, in Sherwood. Claudia is working part-time as staff nurse on the surgical unit of the local hospital, and Phil is retired from his career in banking. Their three children are married and they have five grandchildren. Claudia notes, "I've been doing my job as future-nurse recruiter. For Christmas, one granddaughter got Cherry Ames books, another a set of size 4T scrubs."
Joan Garity '66 is an associate professor of nursing at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She teaches ethics, legal, and health policy issues to undergraduate, graduate, and RN-to-BS online students. She has recently co-authored a book, Evaluating Research for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice. She will also present a paper on fostering nursing students' use of ethical theory and decision-making models at the Oxford Round Table in March 2009.

Beatrice Costagliola '67 works for the Jesuit Refugee Service in a large detention center in El Paso, Texas. She writes, "My years as a missionary in Peru, Nicaragua, and Mexico have been invaluable experience for this position. We have detainees from all over the world and each of them has his or her personal story. It is a privilege to accompany them during this time in their lives, when they are separated from their families."

Sr. Maria Joseph Nace '68
sends word of her recent work as a poet and artist. In recent years, she has had a number of solo exhibitions, and has shown her work at local and regional galleries (see detail of her painting above). She recently published a book of her work, from which this poem, titled "Compassion," is taken: Nurse, / are you beyond all life lines? / Beyond life / mechanized by tube, pump / pill and shiny metal, / yours / is pulse beat that knows / heart. / Nurse, / you with eye of compassion / listen, respond, and / monitor / touch / sound / smell, / sensing that time was when / time had time enough. / And / that in waiting to die, know / we are yet / Same.


Patricia (Mee) Marvin '70 reports, "I am happy to share with my classmates and the Boston College community that I have been able to fulfill a life-long dream. With the support and help of dedicated and gifted volunteers, we have created a small nonprofit charity called Bible-mates. Bible-mates are beautifully handcrafted Bible character finger puppets. The finger puppets become the 'storytellers' of the greatest stories ever told. The response has been very rewarding. Our greatest challenge, however, has been marketing. I sometimes think maybe I should have audited a few classes in Fulton so many years ago. Who would ever have guessed?"
Gracinda (Sebastiao) Bigelow '71
has been a professor of nursing at a New Hampshire community college since 1991, and has worked at Littleton Regional Hospital in Littleton, New Hampshire since 1977. She notes, "I have so enjoyed the nursing educator role all these years. It is so gratifying to mentor our nursing students, assuring our profession of a continued supply of qualified professionals." Gracinda has three grandchildren.

Eileen (Dart) Bolesky '71
retired from her work as a school nurse last year to sit for her first grandchild, Charlotte, while her daughter Kristin (A&S 1998) finished her master's degree. Kristin and her husband Scott recently had another daughter, Katie, and bought a lovely home in Southboro, Massachusetts. Eileen's daughter Kara (A&S 2002) lives in Boston and works for the Weather Channel in advertising. Eileen's husband Ed is working as a senior vice president at Phillips Lifeline in Framingham and hopes to retire at the end of 2009.

Ellen (Townsend) Freeman '73, MS '77 was recently appointed director of nursing and allied health at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Connecticut, where she is also a professor of nursing. Ellen brings more than 35 years of experience in clinical practice and nursing education to her new role. Previously, she has taught at Boston College, the University of Missouri, the University of Illinois, and William Rainey Harper College.

Marjorie (Johnson) Schaffer, MS '73
has co-authored a book, Being Present: A Nurse's Guide to End-of-Life Communication, which will be published in 2009 by Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. The book includes stories of nurses from Norway and the United States, and their experiences communicating about end-of-life care. Many of the stories originated with Marjorie's research on ethical problems encountered in end-of-life decision-making. This research was conducted in Norway, as part of a Fulbright for research and teaching.

Mary (Blaszko) Helming '76 earned a PhD in nursing science and spirituality from Union Institute and University in 2007. She is pursuing scholarly work by writing articles and book chapters, giving podium presentations, and presenting posters. Her interests include spirituality/religion and health, as well as integrative medicine. She is an associate professor and family nurse practitioner track coordinator at Quinnipiac University. Her family includes her husband, a 22-year-old son, an "adopted" 15-year-old daughter from Paraguay, and two dogs. Mary lives in Cheshire, Connecticut.

Sarah Modrow, MS '76 retired in 2006 from a fulfilling career teaching nursing in Canada. Now, she and her husband spend "the rainy half of the year" in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Sarah volunteers for the Scottsdale Fire Department in a fall prevention program for seniors. She spends the other half of the year in Victoria, British Columbia, enjoying gardening and fitness activities. She writes, "My education at Boston College has really been a life changer for me. I taught nursing full-time for thirty years and I never had a boring day at work!"

Elizabeth "Bett" Schaffhauser '77
joined the U.S. Public Health Service as a commissioned officer after graduation and was stationed in Kotzebue, Alaska, a native village above the Arctic Circle, for two years. She currently lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with her husband, Gerald Walker, with whom she recently celebrated 25 years of marriage. Their twin sons are both sophomores at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Bett attained a law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in 1985 and she currently works as the employment and educational opportunity director for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

Maryrose Coughlin '78
writes, "After a long award-winning career in nursing administration, I am enjoying being a staff nurse in a community health center in Springfield, Massachusetts." Maryrose is the first Baystate Medical Center nurse to achieve certification in ambulatory care nursing.

Ann Kennefick '78, MS '81
started a private health coaching practice four years ago. With a background in metabolics/hormones/diabetes, her focus is helping individuals integrate lifestyle changes, including diet, exercise, and stress reduction. She helps individuals with ADD/ADHD develop an understanding how foods impact attention/mood and focus, helps midlife women and men understand why previous strategies in maintaining health no longer work, and promotes cholesterol reduction through lifestyle changes as an alternative to medication.

Mary (McCarthy) Paschal '78, MS '81 works as the program coordinator for the Joslin Clinic in Needham, Massachusetts.

Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley '79 is in a master's degree program, studying pastoral ministry with a concentration in Christian spirituality, at the Immaculate Conception School of Theology at Seton Hall University. She plans to cultivate her expertise in Christian bioethics, modeled on the teachings of the Catholic Church, to serve in pastoral ministry to those who are suffering with chronic and terminal illnesses. Valerie is looking forward to returning to Boston College in July 2009 for the AHANA Reconnect reunion to celebrate the 30th anniversary of AHANA, as well as her 30th class reunion.

Mary Jane (Healey) Scott '79
has worked for the past 10 years in school health, at elementary, high school, and college levels. She currently works at the MGH Institute of Health Professions as program manager of their new accelerated BSN program. She also works as a nursing boards specialist, having privately tutored over 500 students for the NCLEX-RN exam, with a 95% pass rate.


Eileen Burke-Klein '80 writes, "I have fond memories of my years at BC and recall the fantastic students I met and worked so closely with. I currently live in Southern California, and am married with three children. I went on and obtained an MS in industrial hygiene/occupational health. My work as an occupational health consultant was very interesting and I plan on re-entering the workforce as my last child will start driving shortly."

Roberta Frey, MS '80
retired four years ago from a position in a private pediatric office. She and her husband recently returned to Massachusetts, and are looking forward to being able to visit Boston College more often. Their daughter Erin is a veterinarian in Frederick, Maryland.

Lauren (McSweeney) Labreche '80 reports that Jennifer (Guiducci) Anderson, MS '01, Lisa Ruffy, MS '01, and herself all work in drug safety and risk management at Biogen Idec in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She notes, "All three of us previously worked in more traditional nursing roles but found our way into this exciting and challenging field that not many nurses know about." Lauren learned about the opportunities available in the pharmaceutical industry while earning the Clinical Research Certificate offered by the Connell School's Continuing Education Program.

Sandra (Price) Shapiro '80 is an adjunct nursing professor at Middlesex Community College. She recently published an article, "Addressing Self-Injury in the School Setting," in the Journal of School Nursing. Based on the current research, this article offers a plan for prevention, early detection, referral, and early access to care for those adolescents who self-injure in the school setting.

Christine Carlock '81 recently published "Ethics and the Double Bind of Palliative Sedation" in Nursing Spectrum. Carlock writes, "The article discusses the rule of double effect, which has its origin in Catholic theological teaching."

Regina (Miller) Prindle '82 earned a PhD in education from the University of Idaho, and is currently working as an assistant professor of nursing at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She teaches in both the bachelor's and master's programs.

Karen K. Giuliano '84, PhD '05 has been putting her research skills to good use as a principal scientist at Philips Healthcare in Andover, Massachusetts. In her role, Karen is responsible for directing the clinical outcomes research program in physiologic patient monitoring. In addition to directing the clinical research program, Karen's nursing experience is a valuable asset in product development, and she is an active member of the R&D team. She notes, "Ten years ago I could never have imagined leaving the bedside. However, from the time I entered critical care I have had a keen interest in the responsible use of critical care technology. Being able to impact the development of that technology by working at Philips has been a very rewarding experience for me."

Cynthia C. (Schipani) Adams, MS '85 recently earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of Hartford. Cindy earned the Regents' Honor Award for Graduate Studies for her doctoral research. She has presented her dissertation, "Dying with Dignity in America: The Transformational Leadership of Florence Wald" at many regional conferences, and recently had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Professional Nursing. Cindy was also chosen by Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell as the 2008 Connecticut Nurse of the Year for her contribution to educating nurses from diverse backgrounds. Cindy and her husband John live in Granby, Connecticut with their children Ben and Hanna.

Mark Huether '85
is the chief nurse anesthetist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He writes, "I am attaching a photo of myself with Kristin Cina, a Connell School senior, spending the day in the operating room with me. As part of Kristin's clinical rotation in our PACU, she spent a full day in the operating room observing my advanced clinical practice as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). In addition, Kristen had the opportunity to provide actual patient care by learning and administering airway management to several peri-operative patients. It is very gratifying for me to be able to share my experience and passion for nurse anesthesia with students."

Donna (Malone) Pleus '85
recently obtained an MSN from Monmouth University, and has been working as a school nurse for the past five years. She lives in New Jersey with her husband Michael (A&S '85) and their three children: Jennifer, a junior at Boston College; Michael Ryan, a high school senior; and Matthew, a 7th grade student.

Ann (Fallon) Hession '86
is a pediatric nurse practitioner, working at the Norwood, Mass. office of Dedham Medical Associates. She lives with her husband and two children in Canton, Mass.

Wendy (Salmonson) Starkel '86
writes, "After 22 years as a critical care nurse I have just 'retired.' My degree from BC has sparked countless conversations and earned me intellectual respect from many of my peers. Its reputation as an academic front-runner for nursing is well known. I've spent the last 18 years moving around with my army officer husband and working critical care across the country. I've worked in every type of critical care unit that's out there. It's been an awesome ride and my BC degree has never let me down. My framed diploma proudly hangs next to my husband's Bronze Star in our office. My son likes to point out how cool his parents are: 'My dad has a Bronze Star and my mom went to school with Doug Flutie.' He's just 10; we'll forgive his misdirected point!"


Rosemarie D. Carvelli, MS '90 works in private practice doing individual therapy and psychopharmacology in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Barbara E. Wolfe, PhD '95 was recently appointed associate dean for research at Boston College's William F. Connell School of Nursing.

Kathryn M. Beasley, MS '96
writes, "I am retiring from the United States Navy in August 2009 after a 30-year career in the military. I will be retiring in a ceremony at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. I'm not sure what I'm going to do next, but I do plan to stay in the Washington, DC area."

Katie Mancina Collum '97
and her husband, Brian, had their first son, Charlie, this past July. She works in Kansas City, Missouri for Children's Mercy Hospital as a nursing program coordinator and health coach for weight management with the PHIT Kids Program. Katie writes, "I'm loving every minute of motherhood! I'm keeping busy traveling, bicycling, walking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends."

Darlene (Sliva) Bingham '98 is a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill. Darlene is married to Jeff Bingham, and has an eight-month-old daughter, Piper.

Beth-Ann Norton, MS '99 is a nurse practitioner at the Massachusetts General Hospital Crohn's and Colitis Center. Prior to this, she worked at Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Division of Colorectal Surgery. She recently co-authored a poster presented at the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's (CCFA) Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Disease entitled, "Communicating Information to Crohn's Disease Patients for Treatment Decision Making." Beth-Ann's daughter, Meredith, is a sophomore at Boston College, majoring in psychology and English. On a sad note, Beth-Ann reports that her husband of 22 years passed away in November, 2005.


Talin Barsoumian '00 is a clinical practice leader at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where she manages a 34-bed telemetry unit. She writes, "I have been there since earning an MS in nursing administration in 2005, and have enjoyed the challenges that come with a leadership position." Talin married her husband Leon in May 2006, and lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Jennifer Maloney '00 is a student at NYU, earning an MSN in adult acute care advanced practice nursing. She currently works in New York City as a critical care RN.

Jennifer (DeNino) Kolenda '01
writes, "I continue to live in Atlanta and work as an acute care nurse practitioner in neurocritical care at Emory Healthcare."

Deborah D'Avolio, PhD '03
is a geriatric specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, creating an innovative program designed to advance the care of older adults. The initiative is part of an 18-month geriatric nursing leadership academy offered by the International Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau.

Cynthia Moreira '03
completed a dual-degree program in 2008, receiving an MSN from Simmons College and an MS in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is now working at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago as a nurse practitioner in the area of breast cancer.

Britt (Frisk) Pados '03
had an abstract published in Cardiology in the Young entitled, "Feeding Methods and Growth Trajectories in Infants Following Norwood and Norwood-Sano Procedures." She also had an article published in the Journal of Pediatric Healthcare entitled, "The Blue Baby Blues: A Rare Case of Cyanosis in the Newborn." She is working on a research project, "Heart Rate Variability as a Measure of Physiologic Work of Feeding in the Preterm Infant," and presented findings at the Southern Nursing Research Society Conference this past February.

Shaama (Saber) Chahoud '04 earned a master's in nursing and health care administration from the University of Pennsylvania in December 2008. She continues to work at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the emergency department/trauma center, while also teaching pediatric clinical nursing for the University of Pennsylvania.

Karen Daley, MS '04
received the 2008 International Sharps Injury Prevention Award. Karen is currently conducting her dissertation research, which looks at the meanings associated with the experience of sharps injuries. She encourages nurses who have sustained a sharps injury in the past 24 months to contact her at for information about participating in her study.

Marion (Christensen) Godin '04
is studying in the family nurse practi-
tioner program at Florida Atlantic University, focusing on primary care of the family and dermatology. She and her husband Vincent live in Delray Beach, Florida.

Ellen Zientara, MS '04 is the owner of Sunflower Farm, a small community-supported farm in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She writes, "My goal is to bring the farm stand and locally grown food back to my community. This has led me to become more involved in my local community. I am also currently serving as president of the Wellesley Housing Authority community garden. The garden was started in June 2008 by myself and a group of like-minded residents who saw a need to support themselves and help families who use the food pantry by providing them access to fresh locally grown organic food. The goal of the garden is to reduce food costs and reduce health disparities through a sustainable model. I also work as a school nurse, which keeps me on a nine-month schedule so I am able to farm."

Sarah Joy Carlson '05
writes, "I was accepted to Johns Hopkins for a dual master's in nursing and public health, but deferred my graduate studies for one year to volunteer in Liberia with a faith-based NGO. Liberia is five years post war and healthcare is minimal. There is no electricity, no water or sewage system, and no electric stoves. Hand pumps are now being dug to prevent the many waterborne sicknesses that are killing so many. I have been able to deliver babies, treat severe hot water and hot oil burns, assess patients, give daily health talks and daily devotions in the clinics, teach workshops for the clinic staff, organize the first-ever county health fair, organize clinic renovations, and help write clinical protocols and guidelines. I am excited to start graduate school in July of this year and excited to see the way God continues to grow my heart."

Rory E. Bartok, MS '06 recently took a new position as a nurse practitioner in a Chronic Pain Management Specialty Clinic at Butler Memorial Hospital in Butler, Pennsylvania. She notes, "This is a very challenging job but a great opportunity to expand my practice and enhance my skill set!" Rory is a member of the American Pain Management Nursing Society.

Megan Godio '07 works at Brigham and Women's Hospital on the neurology and neurosurgery unit.

Nguyet Nguyen '07 is an officer and ensign nurse in the Navy Nurse Corps, stationed in Maryland and working on a telemetry unit at the National Naval Medical Center. She notes, "It is very rewarding to be able to serve my country and to take care of soldiers who are fighting for our safety. The Navy also has many humanitarian services and deployment opportunities that I can participate in. It is an exciting career with many different opportunities for me to develop professionally and personally."

Laura Reed, MS '07 is a nurse practitioner in kidney and pancreas transplants at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. She notes, "Although I'm not currently working specifically in geriatrics, I continue to enjoy the older adult population and look forward to future endeavors dedicated to geriatrics."

Karen Schulte, MS '07
, pictured here with Caitlin O'Callaghan Gannan, MS '07 and Janine Zuromski, MS '07 at Caitlin's wedding, writes, "I have been promoted to director of clinical trials nursing operations at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Recently, I started working at the Clinical Research Center at MGH on White 13 as a per diem nurse practitioner where I am able to utilize my research background in a clinical setting as an advanced practice nurse."

Nadine Linendoll, MS/PhD '08
reports, "My husband Dan and I gave birth to a baby girl on December 27, 2008. Her name is Ruby May Quintiliani."