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Notable Alumni

We invite you to meet University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Alumni who are leaders in their respective fields: 

Academic Deans

  • Rita Trofino, DNP, MNEd, RN
    St. Francis University
  • Rosemary McCarthy, PhD
    Dean of Gradute Studies and Adult Education
    La Roche University
  • Terri Weaver, PhD, FAAN
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, FAAN
    Ohio State University
  • Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, FAAN
    Oregon Health & Science University
  • Barbara Broome, PhD, FAAN
    Kent State University
  • Kathy H. Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP
    University of Rochester
  • Mary Pat Lewis, PhD
    SUNY Delhi
  • Marlaine Smith, PhD, FAAN
    Florida Atlantic University
  • Lynn George, PhD, RN, CNE
    Carlow University, College of Health and Wellness
  • Phensiri Dumrongpakapakorn, PhD
    Dean, Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Thailand
  • Kathy Mayle, MNED
    Community College of Allegheny County
  • Laura J. Fero, PhD, RN
    Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, St. Catherine University
  • Victoria Rich, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
    University of South Florida
  • Mary Elizabeth Williams, PhD
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania


  • Darinda Sutton, MSN
    CNO, East-Premier, Cerner
  • Cynthia Brown, MSN
    Senior Clinical Research Associate, Merck & CO., INC.
  • Diane Scott, BSN
    U.S. Operations Owner, iOpener Institute for People and Performance
  • Arkady Barber, BSN
    Director of Research at Mid Atlantic Epilepsy Center
  • Beverly Kosmach-Park, DNP, FAAN
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Department of Transplant Surgery & Director Camp Chihopi
  • John Gallagher, DNP
    Trauma Program Manager, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Anthony Chao, MSN
    CRNA, UPMC Presbyterian; Creator of CE Agent App
  • John O’Donnell, PhD
    Professor and Chair, Department of Nurse Anesthesia, Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program
    University of Pittsburgh; Founder, LUMIS Corp.


  • Yu-Mei Yu Chao, PhD
    Adjunct Research Fellow, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan
  • Prakin Suchaxaya, PhD
    Coordinator; Gender, Equity and Human Rights; World Health Organization
  • Richard Henker, PhD, FAAN
    Professor, University of Pittsburgh; Program Director for the Cambodia and     Richard Henker, PhD, FAAN, Bhutan Nurse Anesthesia Overseas sites


  • Patricia Horoho, MSN, FAAN
    U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commander, U.S. Army Medical Command (retired)

Hospital/Health Administration

  • Michael Harlovic, MSN
    President and CEO, Oswego Health
  • Amy Pollard, MSN
    President and CEO, Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital
  • Rita Doll, MA
    Founder, Angeles Home Health Care
  • Anne Hast, DNP
    CEO, Advanced Surgical Hospital
  • Dawndra Jones, DNP
    CNO & VP Patient Care Services, UPMC McKeesport
  • Diane Hupp, DNP
    CNO, VP Operations & Patient Care Services, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Melissa Tian, MSN
    Administrative Director, Allegheny Health Network Research Institute
  • Adelle Copeland, MSN
    Corporate Director of Education, LifeCare Hospitals
  • Brent Dunworth, DNP
    Director, Advanced Practice Anesthesia, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Joel Tompkins, MSN
    Senior Vice President of Operations, North Division, NorthStar Anesthesia
  • Pearl Moore, MSN
    Founder & Retired CEO, Oncology Nursing Society
  • Tami Minnier, MSN, FACHE
    Chief Quality Officer, UPMC Executive Director, Beckwith Institute for Innovation in Patient Care
  • Helen Burns, PhD, FAAN
    Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Excela Health
  • Andrea Mazzoccoli, PhD, FAAN
    Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Bon Secours Health System
  • Melanie Shatzer, DNP
    Director, Learning and Innovation, Health First
  • Linda McBride Antes, MSN
    CNO, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
  • Noreen Fredrick, DNP
    Executive Director, Mon Yough Community Services
  • Kathi Elliot, MSN
    Executive Director, Gwen’s Girls


  • Theresa Brown, PhD
    Best-selling Author
  • Judith Charlson, BSN
    Artist and Sculptor

Federal Government

  • Wendy Henderson, PhD
    Chief, Biobehavioral Unit, Division of Intramural Research, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health
  • Holly Williams, PhD
    Program Analyst, Office of Evaluations & Inspections, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Alan Bernstein, MSN
    Deputy Chief Nursing Office, Office of Nursing Services, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Bashira Charles, PhD
    Post-doctoral research fellow, National Human Genome Research Institute, Center for Research 
    on Genomics and Global Health

Professional Organizations

  • Deborah Trautman, PhD
    Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
  • Rosemary Hoffmann, PhD
    Board Chair, Commission on Nurse Certification, AACN
  • Cynthia Roth, MPM
    President and CEO, West Virginia University Foundation
  • Nancy Rothman, EdD 
    Independence Foundation Professor of Urban Community Nursing & Director of  Community-practices, Temple University, Department of Nursing

Academic Organizations

  • Nico Osier, PhD 
    Assistant Professor, Director of the Biobehavioral Core of St. David’s Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research, University of Texas at Austin
  • Lora Burke, PhD 
    Professor, University of Pittsburgh; Chair of the Council Operations Committee and the Science of Behavior Change Committee for the American Heart Association
  • Cathy Bender, PhD, FAAN 
    Endowed Professor, University of Pittsburgh; Program Director of the National Institute of Nursing  Research funded T32 grant, Interdisciplinary Training of Nurse Scientists in Cancer Survivorship Research
  • Michael Beach, DNP, FAAN 
    Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh; Pennsylvania 1 Disaster Medical Team (PA-1 DMAT),  search and rescue and disaster management
  • Annette DeVito Dabbs, PhD, FAAN 
    Professor, University of Pittsburgh; Director of the School’s T32 Technology: Research in Chronic and Critical Illness Training grant and the SON sponsored eHealth Research Hub

Advanced Practice

  • Cathy Grant, DNP
    Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh; Nurse run clinic
  • Jacqueline Pitterich, MSN
    Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Hospital, Developed & Organized the Developmental Care Committee in the NICU
  • Kathy Godfrey, DNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Magee Women’s Hospital, 2017 Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award winner
  • Corrie Berk, DNP
    CRNP, Liver Transplant, UPMC Starzl Transplantation Institute