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Alumni Bios

Christina Akinnusoto, RN
Date of Graduation: 2002
Unit Charge Nurse at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
Is entering the Air Force - soon

Marie Aubin-Kelly (Aubin) RN, BSN, MSN
Rhode Island College- BSN 1985
University of Maryland at Baltimore- MSN adult health CNS 1997
Retired, Navy Nurse Corps, Commander 1985-2006
President/Owner, Aubin Legal Nurse Consulting, Inc. - Independent Legal Nurse Consultant
Affiliations: American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants
Awards: Navy Meritorious Service medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (3)
Advice to students: Do not overlook the opportunities that a military nursing career can afford you both professionally and personally!

Debra Audette

Debra (Tessier) Audette
Date of Graduation: 1981
2002 - MED Health Ed.
1997 - Present ;  School Nurse Teacher, Providence Country Day School, East Providence, RI
2009 - Present: The Wellness Company
981 - 2004: Miriam Hospital

Renee Bernard, RN
Date of Graduation: 1995
Clinical Nurse Educator - Roger Williams Medical Center
Diane (Simeone) Bifulco
Date of Graduation: 1976
Employment: Roger Williams Medical Center - 26 years - Employee of the Year 2002-2003
Member Sigma Theta Tau, ASPCA
Twin daughters - Regina & Jennifer - RIC grads - 2002
Husband: Steven - Firefighter - No. Providence
Lynn Blanchette Lynn Blanchette, PhD, RN PHNA-BC
Year of graduation: 1982
Current Job title: Associate Dean, Associate Professor, Rhode Island College
Professional affiliations: ANA-RI, ACHNE, APHA
Professional interests: Community-academic partnerships, Maternal Child health home visiting
Important milestones and achievements:
Workshop presentations at national education conferences on simulation in nursing education
Advice to current nursing students: The discipline of nursing opens many doors. Pair the science and caring of nursing to meet human needs wherever you are. Ask questions, expect to be heard and challenge anything you believe inhibits the human spirit.​
Nicole Braddock, RN
Date of Graduation: 2001
Women & Infants - NICU
Sigma Theta Tau International
Nancy (Gutgsell) Catalan, RN
Date of Graduation: 1984
On-site reviewer for Blue Cross of Rhode Island
Certifications: Legal Nurse Consultant
Ann M. Cervini, RN
Date of Graduation: 1986
Organizer for United Nurses & Allied Health Professional Unit.
Staff Nurse and Preceptor - Rhode Island Hospital Co-Op Building
Sigma Theta Tau International
Eileen M. Chagnon, RN, MEd
Date of Graduation: 1986
Additional Degree: Masters in Health Education
Clinical Application Specialist - Spacelabs Medical
Paula (Migneault) Coro, RN
Date of Graduation: 1985
Certification: Critical Care Certificate
Women & Infants Hospital Recovery Room - PACU
Kerin (Lyons) DaCruz, RN
Date of Graduation: 1993
Clinical Manager Medical Oncology & BMT Units
Roger Williams Medical Center
Patricia J. Ferenez, RN
Date of Graduation: 1997
Registered Nurse with Highland Pediatrics
Involved with Breast Cancer Awareness Organizations.
Studying to take the Pediatric Specialty Certification Exam
Steven Fortin, RN
Date of Graduation: 1999
Certifications: ACLS, ENCP, EMTC, CPR
Staff Nurse Emergency Department - South County Hospital
Sigma Theta Tau International
Debra Dumont Scholarship
  Barbara McVeigh Gannon
Class of 1984
Rhode Island College BSN Cum Laude 1984
University of Rhode Island MSN FNP Program 1990
StonyBrook University Post Masters Certificate NNP Program 2006
1984-1994: Womens and Infants NICU and LDR- Staff Nurse
1994-present: Womans and Infants NICU-Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Elysia (Pascale) Gaynor, RN
Date of Graduation: 1999
RN at Thundermist Health Associates
Michael Gaynor, RN
Date of Graduation: 1999
RN at The Miriam Hospital - CVT
2000 Cardiac Nurse Scholarship "Mended Hearts"
Sharon (Hall) Galloway, RN, CSNT
Date of Graduation: 1987
Health Careers Instructor (10-12 grades)
Warwick Area Career & Technical Center
Currently enrolled at RIC in the Health Ed Master's Program.
Certification: CSNT
RI DCYF 2000 Adoptive Family of the Year
SPATE, St.Mary's Church, Assistant Tiger Den Chief - Cub Scouts
Melissa Granados (Pierce), RN, BSN
Date of Graduation: 1999
Clinical Supervisor LPN Department
Stone Academy Hamden, CT
Per Diem CCU Windham Hospital
Sigma Theta Tau
pursuing MSN/ED expected date of graduation 12/07
Carolyn Guarino, RN
Date of Graduation: 1995
Stay at home Mom
Bob Hamel, MS, RNC
Date of Graduation: 1977
Director, Partial Hospital
Butler Hospital - Providence, RI

Chris Harrigan
Year of Graduation: 2009
Psychiatric Mental Health, and Medical Substance Detoxification Nurse at NRI Community Services Acute Stabilization Unit
Sigma Theta Tau
Interests: Public Health Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Health Policy Development and political interests of the nursing profession.


  • Senior Honors Project Completion
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional in the State of Rhode Island
  • Met the love of my life, and now my lovely wife as a student at the school of nursing.
  • Graduate Student at Salve Regina University, matriculating in the M.S. in Healthcare Administration and Management

Advice: Stick in it, the hard work pays off, Try different things, find your niche, and never stop learning.

Linda (Dupuis) Letourneau, RN
Date of Graduation: 1988
Care Coordinator - United Health Care
Colette J. Matarese, BS, RN, MSN
Date of Graduation: 1982
Additional Degrees: MSN - University of Connecticut (1992)
Assistant Professor of Nursing - RIC
Sigma Theta Tau International
Research on Women & Aging
Sherry Matook, RN
Date of Graduation: 1999
Additional Degrees: BS - URI, 1995 (Human Sciences & Services)
Women & Infants Hospital - NICU
Pamela (Kolodziej) McCue, RN, MSN
Date of Graduation: 1988
Additional Degrees/Certifications: MSN
Executive Director - RISNA
Rhode Island College Alumni Honor Roll - 1999

Michelle L (Blade) Mello, MS,RN, CNM, FNP-C
Date of Graduation: 2000
Current Job title: CNM/FNP with Women's Care, Inc.
Professional affiliations: ACNM,AANP, Sigma Theta Tau
Professional interests: Maternal/Fetal health, healthcare access to the underserved.
Important milestones and achievements: Graduated Emory University School of Nursing in Atlanta, Ga. with my MSN in FNP/CNM.
Advice to current nursing students: Enjoy how you are able to touch people's lives just by doing your job. You will impact patients and their families more than you will ever realize.

Robin Montvilo, RN, MS, PhD
Date of Graduation: 1982
Additional Degrees: M.S., Professor of Psychology - RIC
Staff Nurse Women & Infants Hospital - ICU
Elizabeth D. Motta, RN
Date of Graduation: 1999
OR Nurse - Rhode Island Hospital
Elaine Carvalho Murphy
Date of Graduation: 1979
Graduated from the Air Force Nurse Anesthesia Program in 1987
Work full time as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in Charlotte, NC.

Carla-Marie Niro, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Rhode Island College: BSN, 2007 cum laude Graduate school: Drexel University, PA: MSN, 2011
Group/private practice in Rhode Island.
Special interest in psychopharmacology and affective illness

Laurie (Batastini) Pallister, RN
Date of Graduation: 1994
Clinical Nurse Manager - Maximum Care Stepdown Unit
Roger Williams Medical center
Erin Harlow-Parker, RN
Date of Graduation: 1988
Additional Degrees: MS, CS
Private Practice
Jacquelyn Potter, RN
Date of Graduation: 1992
Additional Degrees: Certified Childbirth Education
Admissions Case Management coordinator
VNS of Greater Rhode Island
Mary Beth Quinn, RN
Date of Graduation: 1999
Amy Ritter, RN
Date of Graduation: 1997
Additional Degrees: Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics
RN - Women's Care Unit, Kent County Hospital
Cristiana (Delossantos) Rosa, RN, MS
Date of Graduation: 1997
Additional Degrees: Masters of Science, URI
President of National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Ocean State Chapter
Progresso Latino Health Professional Award
Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist - Women & Infant's Hospital
Heather J. (Smith) Rousseau, RN
Date of Graduation: 1993
Nursing Supervisor/Infection Control Coordination - Traveling Nurse
Colleen Russell, RN
Date of Graduation: 1997
RN - R.I. Hospital Electrophysiology Lab

Colleen (White) Sawaia RN
Date of Graduation:
Emergency Room Registered Nurse working at the VAMC in Providence, RI.
Professional affiliations: RISNA, ANA, National Nurses United
Professional interests: Community health and patient education, policy development, encouraging higher education among nurses, Supporter of BSN in 10 Bill
Important milestones and achievements: BSN from RIC in 2005, Current MSN graduate student at Benedictine University (online program), Sigma Theta Tau.  Background in Medical Surgical, Psychiatric, Telemetry, Home Care, and Emergency Room Nursing
Advice to current nursing students: There will be times when things get tough and you feel you can't do it anymore, but just remember, anything is possible and we have all gone through it.  Follow your heart, do what you love, and give it your all.  There are endless possibilities in this profession, all rewarding in some way.  Keep learning and you will go far.

Kristen Anne Sayles RN
Date of Graduation: May 1999
Clinical Staff Educator/Partial Hospital Staff Nurse Arbour-Fuller Hospital
Special interest in restraint reduction in acute psychiatric settings
Anna Marie (Boggia) Sepe, RN, MED, RNP
Date of Graduation: 1987
Additional Degrees: MED, RNP
Assistant Professor of Nursing - RIC
Certified - Health Education Specialist
Certified School Nurse Teacher
Certified Occupational Health Specialist
Rick Simoes, RN
Date of Graduation: 1998
Certifications: S.O. Treatment Specialist
Nursing Director at Harmony Hill School
Vincent C. Stuart,Jr. PMHNP MS APRN-C
Rhode Island College-1980 BSN
University of Arizona-1997 MS
Arizona State University-2001 PMHNP
Sigma Theta Tau-Beta Mu Chapter 1996-present
University of Arizona Nursing Alumni Council Award-Outstanding Graduate Student 1996
Clinical Specialist-Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing-ANCC 1999
Practice in Consultation Liason Psychiatry/Adult Psychiatry
Special interest in neuroscience and psychopharmocology, bipolar and mood disorders treatment.
Susan Venter, RN, MS, FNP
Date of Graduation: 1986
Additional Degrees/Certifications: MS from Georgia State U, FNP
Joined US Public Health Service as a Commissioned Officer and stationed at Tuba City Indian Hospital in Tuba City, Arizona; Worked as a nurse at a Federal Penitentiary for one year.
Presently - Family Nurse Practitioner at St. Joseph's Mercy Care Clinic in Atlanta, GA.

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