Meet the DNP Faculty

DSC_00151Joanne Berryman, EdD, MSN, RN, FACHE Dean, Kosair Charities College of Natural and Health Sciences

Joanne Mathison Berryman, a native of Louisville, joined Spalding as dean in 2010 after retiring as Senior Vice President at Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare. She is a graduate of Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing, the University of Louisville, University of Texas at Arlington, and Spalding University, where in 2013 she graduated with her doctorate of education degree. She is a Board Certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Joanne began her nursing career at Jewish Hospital, and during her successful career as a healthcare provider and administrator, she continued to move through her career by taking on additional areas of responsibilities. These include her service as president and CEO of Frazier Rehab Institute and Vice President of Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services (JHHS). Berryman was then promoted to Senior Vice President for Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services. She provided leadership to the development of the Centers of Excellence of Orthopedics, Hand and Microsurgery, Sports Medicine and Neuroscience. Additionally, Berryman led the integration of Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services and the CARITAS Hospitals into Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare.


 SpurrPatricia Spurr,EdD, MSN, CNE, FRE, RN Dean, School of Nursing

Dr. Patricia Spurr is the Associate Dean for the Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences with oversight responsibilities for the School of Nursing and Applied Behavioral Analysts (ABA).  She previously served as the Undergraduate Nursing Director at Spalding and returns to the university as a tenured professor. Becoming an RN at the age of 19, Dr. Spurr has held  a variety of positions within practice, corporate, regulatory, and academic settings.  She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate nursing levels with her specialty areas including organizational administration, nursing leadership and public policy. Before returning to Spalding,  Dr. Spurr held the position of Education Consultant for the Kentucky Board of Nursing. In this role, she served as a resource and advisor to Practical, Associate, Baccalaureate, and Graduate nursing programs across the state.  Additionally, she served for six years, two years as chair on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Exam Committee providing oversight of the development and administration  of the NCLEX exam.  In 2012, Dr. Spurr earned the designation of Fellow of Regulatory Excellence. Dr. Spurr holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and a doctorate in education with a focus in Human Resources.  She has spoken extensively across Kentucky, regionally, and nationally on the topic of nursing education.  Her areas of interest include academic integrity, student retention and at-risk students.


DSC_0026Delwin Jacoby,  DNP, APRN Post Master’s DNP Director

Delwin Jacoby is an associate professor at Spalding University and Director of the Post Master’s DNP program.  Her education includes a BSN from Clemson University, a MSN from University of Kentucky, and a DNP from Medical University of South Carolina. Her DNP focus was in clinical genetics and pediatric development.   She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.Delwin continues her clinical practice as a nurse practitioner at Baby Health Service in Lexington, Kentucky and has nearly 30 years experience in a variety of clinical settings including rural health, inner city care, migrant health, and family practice.  She also has extensive experience in the establishment and management of primary care practices with special focus on development of quality improvement initiatives for primary care.Delwin has multiple publications and speaks extensively with special focus on primary care procedures.  She is co-founder of “Quality Improvement Connections” which provides consulting services for primary care quality improvement and educational initiatives for nurse practitioners.  She was recognized in 1995 as the Kentucky Nurse Practitioner of the Year and in 2005 received the Ellen Bailey Share the Light Award sponsored by the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.


pamPamela KingPhD, FNP, PNP, APRN, FAANP MSN Director 

Dr. King is the Director of the MSN Program and has been teaching at Spalding since 1994.  She received her BSN at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.  She was in the second graduating class of family nurse practitioners at the University of Kentucky and graduated in 1980. Upon graduation, she practiced for three years in local health departments and then moved to Louisville, KY.She started her teaching career at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY, where she fell in love with teaching.  Since that time she has combined practice and teaching. She has taught in a large local university, a distance learning program and has now been at Spalding University since 1994, although she took off some time to complete her doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Louisville. As a registered nurse, Dr. King has worked in pediatrics, mental health and intensive care.  As a nurse practitioner, she has practiced in many rural health settings, health departments, urgent/ emergency care settings and family planning clinics.  Dr. Kings states that she especially likes rural health and caring for the under served. Since first becoming a nurse practitioner, Dr. King has been involved in professional issues and legislative issues related to advanced nursing practice. She worked with many other nurse practitioners in the state to changed the laws so nurse practitioners could bill in their own names, write prescriptions, and provide full care to their patients.  She was part of the group that was invited to be in the governor’s office when he signed the bill allowing nurse practitioners to prescribe.  One of the honors of which she is most proud of is the Lifetime Achievement Award received from the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives in 2000.Dr. King has 3 children including two grown sons and a teenage daughter.  She loves to teach and to help nurse practitioner students and all MSN and undergraduate students achieve their goals.


annAnn Lyons, MSN, PhD, RN, CNE Professor

Dr. Ann A. Lyons, Professor and a National League for Nursing–Certified Nurse Educator, is in her 31st year of teaching at Spalding University and serves as Coordinator of the MSN Nurse Educator Track.  She holds a BSN and an MSN (Nursing Education) from the University of Kentucky and a PhD in Nursing (Major: Nursing Research and Adult Health; Minor: Family) from Indiana University. In 2008, Dr. Lyons was awarded the Board of Trustee’s Award for Outstanding faculty.  In 2010, she was appointed by University of Louisville and the Brown Cancer Center as a Nurse Scientist. Her interest areas include nursing research, nursing education, nursing theory, curriculum development and stress and coping in students. She teaches many of the core courses that graduate students take in the MSN Program. Dr. Lyons chairs the School of Nursing’s Scholarship and Conceptual Framework Committees and is a member of the University’s Scholarship and Research Ethics Committees.  She has presented research at national, regional and local conferences and serves as an abstract reviewer for the Midwest Nursing Society.  She volunteers for the American Heart Association and the Special Olympics and has served as a judge at Kentucky’s Regional Science Fair.Dr. Lyons is a member of many national and state professional organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau International, The American Nurses Association, and The National League for Nursing, and The Midwest Nurses Research Association. She is married with two children and has two dogs and one granddog. Her hobbies include traveling and gardening.


carolCarol McLay, DrPH, RN, CIC Adjunct Professor

Dr. Carol M. McLay is a national consultant in the fields of healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention and control, and public health. She is an instructor at the University of Kentucky where she shares her passion and expertise with students in the Colleges of Public Health and Nursing. She devotes much of her time to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), where she serves as the Lead Nurse Planner for their continuing education activities and is the Communication Committee Chair. Carol received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Ottawa in Canada, an MPH from Emory University, and a DrPH in epidemiology at the University of Kentucky. While in Atlanta, she was employed in the Hospital Infections Program (now the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion) at the CDC. She is the author of The Infection Prevention Competency Review Guide, 4th edition and the soon to be released 5th edition.


Jeremy White1Jeremy White, PhD, MA Assistant Professor

Jeremy M. White is an assistant professor of mathematics in the School of Natural Science at Spalding University. He earned his B.A. at Colgate University in 1994 and then became a high school teacher in Lake Placid, NY. He later returned to his hometown, Louisville, KY, where he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Louisville in 2007. After working in a corporate setting for a year after graduation from U of L, he decided to pursue a career as a professor so he could combine his love of mathematics and teaching. Professor White teaches a range of mathematics courses throughout the year including Statistics, Calculus I and II, and College Algebra. In the DNP Program he will serve as professor for the Biostatistics Course.


andreaAndrea Zimmermann,DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC Assistant Professor

Andrea Zimmermann received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Michigan State University. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing in the family nurse practitioner track from the University of Kentucky and also completed the women’s health nurse practitioner tract at the University of Louisville in 2008. In 2013, she completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Kentucky. Her capstone project examined diabetic women and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Zimmermann holds national certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the National Certification Corporation.


patricia Patricia Estes, RN, MSN Adjunct Professor