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Meet Nursing Faculty

Leadership & Staff

Brother Ignatius Perkins, OP, PhD, RN, FAAN ANEF, FNYAM, FRSM

Chair and Professor of the School of Nursing

bperkins01@spalding.edu

Brother Perkins is an experienced nursing and health care leader and a scholar on bioethics. Perkins holds two degrees from Spalding – a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1972) and a Master of Arts in Education (1981) – and is a past recipient of the Spalding University Caritas Medal, the highest award that a Spalding graduate can receive. He earned a master’s degree in nursing and a doctorate from the Catholic University of America in Washington. Perkins also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in primary care and clinical bioethics at Georgetown University in Washington, and he earned the National Catholic Certification in Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. Brother Perkins also holds Fellowships in the American Academy of Nursing, the NLN Academy of Nursing Education, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

Patricia Spurr, EdD, MSN, CNE, FRE

Director, RN to BSN program; Professor

pspurr@spalding.edu

Dr. Spurr received a Doctor of Education from the University of Louisville. With over 40 plus years in nursing, she has held multiple positions in clinical nursing, corporate nursing, higher education, and state government. Dr. Spurr is active professionally holding membership in the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau. In 2019, she was elected Vice President of the Kentucky Nurses Association. She has been a certified nurse educator through the National League for Nursing since its inception in 2005. Dr. Spurr is proud to be the only nurse in Kentucky to hold the designation as a NCSBN Fellow of Regulatory Excellence. She has held multiple roles at Spalding serving as the Associate Dean in the College of Health and Natural Science, BSN Director, Director of the RN to BSN Online Program, and the Director of the Bachelor’s in Health Science. Dr. Spurr is a tenured professor.

Pamela Elzy, DNP, MHA, RN, NPD-BC

Director of Graduate Studies; DNP Program Director; Assistant Professor

pelzy@spalding.edu

Dr. Pamela Elzy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership at American Sentinel University. She has two master’s degrees: a Master of Nursing in Nursing Leadership from Aspen University and a Master of Arts in Health Services Administration from Webster University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bellarmine University. She holds certification in nursing professional development. Dr. Elzy is an assistant professor and the Director of Graduate Programs and the Director of the DNP Program.

Nancy Kern, EdD, MSN, APRN

Director, BSN Pre-licensure program; Associate Professor

nancykern@spalding.edu

Dr. Kern received a Doctor of Education at Spalding University, a Master of Science in Nursing at Spalding University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Regents College and a Bachelor of Science in Mental Health Technology at Hahnemann Medical College. Dr. Kern is an associate professor and serves as the program director for the Pre-licensure BSN program.

Missy Hawes, DNP, APRN, FNP, IBCLC

Coordinator, MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program; Assistant Professor

mhawes@spalding.edu Dr. Hawes received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Spalding University, a Master of Science in Nursing from Spalding University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisville. She holds certification as an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is an assistant professor and the program coordinator for the Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

Graduate Faculty

Joanne Berryman, EdD, MSN, RN, FACHE

Associate Professor

jberryman@spalding.edu

Dr. Dr. Berryman received a Doctor of Education from Spalding University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisville. Dr. Berryman is an associate professor in the graduate programs.

Jaclyn N. Bitterman, DNP, MSN, RN

Associate Professor

jbitterman@spalding.edu

Dr. Jaclyn Bitterman earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Eastern Kentucky University, a Master of Science in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan. She is an associate professor and clinical coordinator in the Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

Eva D Browning, MSN, RN, CNE

Assistant Professor

dbrowning@spalding.edu

Eva Dee Browning received both her Master of Science in Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. Ms. Browning is a certified nurse educator through the National League for Nursing and is a current DNP candidate at Spalding University. Browning is an assistant professor in the MSN Online Program.

Collan J. Darnall, DNP, APRN, FNP, ENP

Assistant Professor

cdarnall@spalding.edu

Dr. Darnall received a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Frontier University. He earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing from Spalding University. Darnall holds certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) as well as Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP-C). Dr. Darnall is an assistant professor in the Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

Tammy Mullins, DNP, APRN

Assistant Professor

tmullins@spalding.edu

Dr. Mullins received a Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Kentucky, a Master of Science in Nursing at Spalding University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Indiana University Southeast. Dr. Mullins is an assistant professor in the Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

Andrea Zimmermann, DNP, APRN, FNP, WHNP, CNE

Assistant Professor

azimmermann@spalding.edu Dr. Zimmerman received a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Michigan State University. Dr. Zimmermann is an assistant professor in the Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

Undergraduate Faculty

Renee Campbell, DNP, MSN, APRN, CNM

Assistant Professor

rcampbell01@spalding.edu

Dr. Renee Campbell earned both her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University as well as a post-graduate certificate in women’s health. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Spalding University. Dr. Campbell is an assistant professor and clinical coordinator in the BSN Pre-licensure Program.

Stephanie Johnson, MSN, RN, BC, CNE

Associate  Professor

sjohnson20@spalding.edu

Stephanie Johnson received a Master of Science in Nursing at Bellarmine University and a Bachelor in Science in Nursing from Capital University. Johnson is a current candidate in the Spalding University DNP Program. She is an associate professor in the BSN Pre-licensure Program.

Erica Lemberger, DNP, FNP, AFN, SANE, CFN, FCN

Associate Professor

elemberger@spalding.edu Dr. Lemberger received a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chatham University, a Master in Science in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida. Dr. Lemberger is an associate professor in the RN-BSN Online Program.

Joseph Maloney, PhD, MSN, RN

Professor

jmaloney@spalding.edu

Dr. Maloney received a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education at Wilkes College. Dr. Maloney is a tenured professor in the BSN Pre-licensure Program.

Christina Meek, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

cmeek@spalding.edu

Christina Meek joined the full-time faculty in 2017 following multiple years serving as a clinical adjunct professor. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Western Governors University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Spalding University. Meek is a current DNP candidate at Spalding University. She is an assistant professor in the BSN Pre-licensure Program.

Samantha Orman, MSN, RN

Associate Professor

sorman@spalding.edu

Samantha Orman earned a Master of Science in Nursing from St. Joseph’s College and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Vincennes University. She serves as associate professor in the Bachelor of Science Pre-licensure Program.

Taryn A Ray, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

tray02@spalding.edu

Taryn Ray earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Ball State University and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisville. She serves as assistant professor in the Bachelor of Science Pre-licensure Program.

Necholyia Wright, DNP, RN

Associate Professor; Coordinator: Academic Success Program

nwright01@spalding.edu

Dr. Wright earned the Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain College of Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. Dr. Wright is an associate professor and is the Coordinator of the School of Nursing’s Academic Success Program for all students in the School of Nursing.

School of Nursing Staff

Ritchie Bryant, BSN, RN

Certified Nurse Assistant Program Director

rbryant02@spalding.edu

Ritchie Bryant received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisville School of Nursing and is the Assistant Director of the Bailen Center and the supervisor and clinical instructor for the certified nursing assistant program.

Angela Shelman

Coordinator of Office Operations

ashelman01@spalding.edu

David R Stewart, BSN, RN, CCRN, CHSE

Director, Bailen Health Sciences Simulation Learning Center, Clinical Instructor

dstewart05@spalding.edu

David Stewart holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Minot State University and is the Director of the Bailen Health Sciences Simulation Learning Center that provides clinical simulation learning opportunities for students in nursing and the health sciences at Spalding University.