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news - winter 2010

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Margaret (McCluskey) Cleary ’59, MS ’61 reports that in May of 2009, she retired from her position as director of education and diabetes educator at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Massachusetts, where she worked for more than thirty years. She now resides in Colorado and plans to work as a rehabilitation nurse consultant for the Colorado State Vocational Rehabilitation Services.


Glenda (Farrell) Delozier ’60 has retired as a nurse educator for Atlantic Cape Community College and is now living in Ocean City, New Jersey. She currently sponsors three children in other countries and is active in her parish Legion of Mary.

Rita Ailinger ’61 is a professor at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on latent tuberculosis among Latino immigrants. Each year, she takes nursing students to Nicaragua for two weeks where they volunteer in an impoverished community.

Jane (Murphy) Cunniffe ’61 writes, “In October, I went with a group from my parish on a pilgrimage to Poland to visit all the holy shrines. We visited Pope John Paul’s second home and the church he attended as a boy. The country is very beautiful and the people we met were very friendly.”

Eileen (Kopchik) Donnelly ’65 was awarded a Fulbright grant to travel to Russia, where she will lecture at the Kazan State Medical University. Her husband, Brian, A&S ’64, is also a Fulbright Scholar in Kazan, Russia.

Beth (McCarroll) Winmill ’65, MS ’70 lives in Wrentham, Rhode Island. She and her husband have two sons, Ryan and Jason. The whole family enjoys returning to the Heights for tailgating and football. Since graduation, Beth has been a faculty member at the Community College of Rhode Island, where she teaches medical-surgical nursing.

Maggie Kelly-Hayes ’67 was awarded the 2009 Helen B. Spaulding Community Conscience Award by the American Stroke Association/American Heart Association. Maggie is a clinical professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and serves as an investigator in the Framingham Heart Study.

Mary-Anne (Woodward) Benedict ’67 does consulting work in the area of continuing education and accreditation for health care professionals. She has worked with the Veterans Administration New England Health Care System and the American Nurses Credentialing Centers. She is also currently a member of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. She and her husband Charles, CSOM ’70, are active in the Boston College alumni association as leaders in reunion activities as well as for the recently dedicated veterans’ memorial on campus. They have three daughters and four grandchildren.

Beatrice Costagliola (Sister Maria Redempta) ’67 is now the director of the San Felipe School of Nursing in Peru. Beatrice has worked as a missionary nurse in Nicaragua, Mexico, and on a Navajo reservation. She is also currently serving with the Jesuit Refugee Service as assistant chaplain at an immigration detention center in El Paso, Texas.

Jean (Davidson) Skoblar ’69 has worked in a Jesuit high school for the past 18 years, and now plans to retire to San Diego, where she will pursue volunteer work and spend time with her grandchildren. Jean has been a volunteer in Kenya and Honduras, as well as in an Akron, Ohio homeless shelter.



Virginia Croak ’70 is coordinator of the Health Ministry and Parish Nursing program at Holy Cross parish in South Easton, Massachusetts, a program she co-founded with Kathy Emerson MS ’74. She is also adjunct faculty for the St. Anne’s Hospital parish nursing program. She has been very busy teaching church leaders and parishioners appropriate disease prevention techniques in light of the H1N1 virus, including presenting a hand-washing skit featuring “Nurse Ginny and Professor Lovebug.”

Brianne R. Fitzgerald ’71 received her master’s degree from the family nurse practitioner program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Brianne now works in the Commonwealth Care Alliance serving vulnerable populations and writes a health column for South Boston Online.

Christine (Landrey) Savage ’71 is a full professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. She recently edited A Nursing Education Model for the Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and was the editor of a community health nursing textbook published by F.A. Davis. When she is not teaching, researching, or writing, Christine enjoys gardening and painting. She and her husband live in Kentucky.

Rachel E. Spector ’72, MS ’74 retired as an associate professor at the Connell School in 2003. In 2009, she received the “Spirit of Change” Forces of Change Lifetime Achievement Award from the Global Caring Nurses Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona. Rachel is presently a part-time faculty member in Boston College’s Theology Department, where she teaches a capstone course called “Holistic Living.”

Anne (Schefiliti) Moore ’73 is currently working toward her DNP, and is also director of the spine program at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in Connecticut. Her daughter Becky ’06 has returned to Boston College for graduate school, giving Anne the opportunity to return to campus often.

Karen Breunig ’74 has enjoyed working as an advanced practice child and adolescent psychiatric nurse for the Mental Health Center of Denver for over 14 years. She is married with four children, including a senior at Boston College interested in law, a son who graduated from Cornell, and twin daughters who graduated this past May from Boston University and Brandeis University.

Maureen Curtis Cooper ’74 was voted into the office of president-elect for the Massachusetts Emergency Nurses Association.

Mary (O’Connell) Grant ’74, MS ’76 worked as a child/adolescent psychiatric nurse clinical specialist in community mental health settings for 30 years, first running a sexual abuse treatment program, and then in her own practice specializing in psychological trauma. Since 2002, Mary has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and encourages everyone to take an active role in health care reform efforts.

Anne Marie (Hayes) Bularzik ’76 is currently the vice president of acute care services and the chief nurse executive at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire. She recently completed all the requirements for her doctorate in nursing practice from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Deborah (DiSchino) Ryan ’76 is in her twenty-seventh year on the faculty at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Deborah has served as the BSN program director and as interim assistant dean of undergraduate studies. Her research focuses on medication safety.

Kathleen (Kenney) Jurgens ’77, MS ’98 works as a pediatric nurse practitioner at St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center in Dorchester and is a clinical faculty member at Northeastern University. Kathleen and her husband Jeff have been married for 31 years and have four children, aged 21 to 29 years. Their daughter Shannon is currently a junior at Boston College. As a season ticket holder for Boston College basketball and football, as well as a mentor for a nursing student through the Eagle to Eagle program, she is often found on the Heights 

Ann N. Kennefick ’78, MS ’81 splits her time in clinical practice as a nurse practitioner and diabetes educator, sharing her passion for helping clients improve their health. She is also the owner of Health Coaching 4U, and is working to make her hospital the most “fit” in town, using all of the visionary skills she learned at Boston College 30 years ago!

Catherine (Brefach) Newman ’78 and her daughter Amy, who is also a nurse, traveled to Kenya last June to provide pediatric health care to schoolchildren. They taught nearly 350 children hand washing skills and tended to various health needs. She says that sharing this experience with her daughter made the trip even more meaningful 

Suzanne Thompson ’78 is the owner of a multinational manufacturing company, but still finds time to go on medical missions to Central America and the Caribbean at least twice each year. Suzanne and her husband Francesco have two children, Marguerite, 26, and Alessandro, 23.

Jill E. Winland-Brown MS ’79 is currently on sabbatical from Florida Atlantic University, where she has taught since 1983. In March, Jill was a visiting scholar at Oxford University in England and participated in a weeklong think tank on business ethics.



Kathy (Noble) Arthur ’80 is currently working as a supervisor for the American Red Cross in Dedham. She will celebrate her thirtieth wedding anniversary next August, and has four sons. She reports, “My husband Dave and I are looking forward to our reunions!”

Mary Jean (O’Rourke) Falco ’81 is living in Medfield, Massachusetts and works part time in the SICU at Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Mary Jean is the mother of three: Nicholas, Christian, and Elizabeth. Her son Nicholas is currently a student at Boston College in the Carroll School of Management.

Sheila E. Buckley ’82 works in the operating room at Children’s Hospital in Boston as a CNOR. Sheila resides in Walpole, Massachusetts and is the mother of three sons, Colin, 19, Cameron, 16, and Liam, 12.

Pat Spencer-Cisek ’83 is the executive director for oncology services at Glens Falls Hospital in Glens Falls, New York and is an appointed member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification.

Mary Jacobs ’84 writes, “I am a nurse in a small community hospital and love my job and my profession. I enjoy my role in an outpatient area that cares for people who need IV antibiotics. I work with IVs and infections all day long and truly feel fortunate to see patients get better.”

M. Faith (Falco) Scott MS ’84 has been the president and chief executive officer of the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey for 20 years, and recently had a mural depicting the organization’s history dedicated to her. Faith has also been named a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Maureen Gormley ’85 is the chief operating officer (COO) of the NIH Clinical Center, and has been awarded a Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in recognition of her exceptional service to the American people. The NIH Clinical Center is the largest hospital in the world dedicated to the mission of clinical research. Maureen has served as its COO since 1999, joining NIH in 1987 as an administrative fellow.

Sharon Wollner MS ’85 retired in June 2006. Prior to retirement, she worked in several settings as an advanced registered nurse practitioner. She enjoys visiting her three children and six grandchildren in Massachusetts.

Victoria (Jordhamo) Niederhauser MS ’86 was appointed as the associate dean for academics at the University of Hawaii School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and is a 2008 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. She serves on the National Research Committee for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and on the board of directors for the Hawaii Immunization Coalition. The focus of her research is child and adolescent health promotion and disease prevention, with an emphasis on immunizations and childhood obesity.

Juli-anne Evangelista ’87, MS ’90 is currently working toward her doctor of nursing practice degree at George Washington University. She also continues to work as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the outpatient cardiovascular program at Children’s Hospital Boston and teaches and precepts maternal-child students for the Connell School. Juli-anne is the president of the Northeast Pediatric Cardiology Nurses Association 

Charlotte (van de Kerckhof) Ruddick ’88 has lived in London since 1992 and is happily married with three children aged 17, 15, and 11. She plans to take a nursing refresher course this year and be back to work in 2010.

Kim Sulmonte ’88 was recently promoted to director of patient care services, operations, quality, and safety at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston,  where she has worked since she began her career as a clinical nurse.

Jackie Leonard MSN ’89 is a certified child/adolescent psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and is an assistant professor at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. She is currently enrolled in the nurse practitioner program at Franciscan University 

Kathleen Mary O’Donnell ’89, MS ’94 works as an advanced practice registered nurse in the pre-surgical testing center at Concord Hospital in New Hampshire.



Michelle (Matarazzo) Lerner ’90 works part time as a nurse case manager at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she has worked since graduating from Boston College. She lives in Winthrop, Massachusetts with her husband Scott and their two daughters, Nicole, 11, and Jillian, 7.

Leah (Zanotti) FitzGerald ’92, MS ’93 earned her PhD in nursing at UCLA, completed post-doctoral research in psychoneuroimmunology, and is currently an assistant professor at UCLA.

Susan Malionek ’93 remains on active duty in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps as a lieutenant commander. She is currently stationed at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia and practices in the main operating room. She notes, “The most exciting part of living in Norfolk is being able to watch the Boston College vs. Virginia Tech game. Even surrounded by hundreds of Hokie fans, I’m somehow able to hold my own!”

Sheila (Costello) McGaffigan ’93 works part time as a nurse at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and is a mother of two: Megan, 16 months, and Jack, 3 months.

Joe Schmelz PhD ’96 recently co-authored a book chapter titled “Systemic and Pulmonary Circulation and Oxygen Delivery” in the sixth edition of Cardiac Nursing, released this past October.

Helen (Heffern) Coupas ’97 lives in Philadelphia and works in the cardiology department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband Kevin have two children, Elena, 6, and Alexander, 2.

Lee Ann Tata MS ’97 recently graduated from Rush University with her doctor of nursing practice degree. Her capstone project was titled “Reducing Falls in an Acute Care Setting.”

Denise Anderson ’98, MS ’05 recently presented a poster in Ljubljana, Slovenia at the International Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes annual conference. The poster, titled “Improved Outcomes in DKA Management in an Intermediate Care Unit,” focused on work happening in the inpatient unit at Children’s Hospital Boston.


Elizabeth Murphy Waibel ’00 graduated from Catholic University’s pediatric nurse program last May. She is working as a pediatric trauma and burn nurse practitioner at Children’s National Medical Center. Elizabeth and her husband, Brett, are currently living in Washington, DC.

Keri Sullivan Cote ’02, MS ’07 currently works as a pulmonary nurse practitioner at Children’s Hospital Boston in both inpatient and outpatient areas. She is also an adjunct clinical faculty for pediatric nurse practitioner students, and serves as a program committee member for the Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurses. Keri was married this past September.

Marion Godin ’04 earned her master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University last May. She currently is working as a family nurse practitioner at Pediatrics by the Sea in Delray Beach, Florida. She and her husband Vincent, CSOM ’04, welcomed their son, Christian Francois, last July.

Katherine (Cowen) Rosa PhD ’04 wrote an article, “Recognizing Health with Pregnant Cambodian American Women by Finding Meaning in Relationship,” that will be published this April in Advances of Nursing.

Megan Hughes ’06 and Timothy Hughes ’06 welcomed their baby boy, Liam Patrick Hughes, this past October.

Siobhan L. Forbes ’07 is working in the Neurosurgical ICU at Georgetown University Hospital where she recently became the co-chair for the hospital-wide principal investigator and research committee. She also recently passed the certification exam for adult, neonatal, and pediatric critical care nurses.

Courtney Pladsen ’07 is currently in the family nurse practitioner program at Georgetown University. She works as a clinical nurse III at Washington Hospital Center and will be speaking at an upcoming conference for critical care nurses.

Megan (Godio) Valverde ’07 married George Maximilian Valverde this past October in Sharon, Massachusetts. Megan currently works in the neurology and neurosurgery department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Annie Lewis-O’Connor PhD ’08 is the program manager of nursing practice for the Connors Center for Women and Newborns at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She provides clinical consultation and partners with staff to identify the supports needed to advance nursing practice. She also provides aftercare for women who have experienced sexual assault or intimate partner abuse.