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The JCHS Difference

Celebrating Our Past, Planning Our Future JCHS Named 2013 Military Friendly School a

JCHS Students Connect Through S ervice Projects

Emergency Services New Ambulance Simulator


College Board of Directors Mr. Stephen A. Musselwhite Chair Ms. Ellen Wade Vice Chair

Jefferson Matters JCHS Emergency Services Program Welcomes New Ambulance Simulator....................................................................... 3 JCHS Named a 2013 Military Friendly School ............................................... 4 JCHS Expands and Explores New Academic Programs ................................... 5 New Safety Improvements Across the JCHS Campus ...................................... 6 “Jefferson Thinks” Panel Discussion Addresses Mandatory

Mr. Joseph B. Wright Secretary/Treasurer

Employee Immunizations .......................................................................... 7 JCHS Faculty Profile: Susan Polich, Ed.D ...................................................... 7 Kicking Off the 2012-13 Academic year at JCHS............................................ 8 Spring and Winter Commencement Ceremonies

See Record Numbers of Graduates ...................................................... 10

Ms. Jeanne Armentrout Ms. Maryellen F. Goodlatte Dr. David M. Gring Ms. Brenda Hale, R.N. Mr. Keith F. Helmer Dr. Maxine M. Lee Mr. William R. Reid Mr. Charles Saldarini Rev. Joy Sylvester-Johnson The Honorable Philip Trompeter Mr. G. Robert Vaughan, Jr. Mr. Gary D. Walton

A Message From Your Alumni Association President ............................................. 11

College Administration Nathaniel L. Bishop, D.Min. President

2012 JCHS Homecoming Events ................................................................................ 12

Lisa Allison-Jones, Ph.D. Dean for Academic Affairs

JCHS Students Connect with the Community Through Service Projects ......... 14 JCHS Community Profile: Jennifer Martin, M.Ed. ................................................. 16 JCHS Research Profile: Triune Health .................................................................... 17 JCHS Scholarship Profile: The Kitas and Lutsko Family

Foundation Scholarship ................................................................................ 18

Glen Mayhew, D.H.Sc. Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness Anna Millirons, M.B.A., C.P.A. Dean for Administrative Services Scott Hill, M.S. Dean for Student Affairs

Class Notes .................................................................................................................. 19

Francis C. Dane, Ph.D. Chair, Arts & Sciences

JCHS Remembers: John Echternach, D.P.T. & Kimberly Smith, M.O.T. ................ 21

Sharon L. Hatfield, Ph.D. Chair, Community Health Sciences

JCHS Names Inaugural President and Faculty Emeriti .......................................... 21

Susan Polich, Ed.D. Chair, Rehabilitation & Wellness

2012 Annual Contributors ........................................................................................ 22 Faculty/Staff Briefs .................................................................................................... 24 JCHS Alumni Association Mix and Mingle Open House ........................................ 25 JCHS Alumni Association’s A Night at the Salem Red Sox .................................... 25 Give to the JCHS Education Foundation ................................................. back cover

About the Cover The cover of this edition of the Jefferson Chronicle celebrates the JCHS Difference—how Jefferson College of Health Sciences is leading the way in implementing innovative teaching methods, connecting with our community through service projects, conducting groundbreaking healthcare research, supporting scholarship through in-depth programs of discussion and study, and observing the rich traditions we have developed over the past three decades in the Roanoke Valley and beyond.


A Letter from the President........................................................................................ 2

Ava G. Porter, D.N.P. Chair, Nursing Magazine Editors Mark A. Lambert Catherine P. Turner Photography Mark A. Lambert Laura White Catherine P. Turner Kevin Hurley Photography Muncy Fine Photography Design & Printing Source4 College Accreditation Jefferson College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Jefferson College of Health Sciences.



A Letter from the President Dear Alumni and Friends of Jefferson, 2012 was a year of extended celebration for all of us at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. In observing our 30th anniversary as a degree-granting institution, we were able to reflect on the thousands of students who have come to us eager to learn, and left as ethical, knowledgeable, competent, and caring healthcare professionals. You will learn more about our most recent graduates in the article about our Spring and Winter Commencement ceremonies on page 10 of this edition of the Jefferson Chronicle. We honored those who contributed to building our legacy in higher education with our new President and Faculty Emerita designations that were awarded to former JCHS President Carol Seavor, Ed.D. and retired JCHS Nursing faculty member Linda Rickabaugh, M.S.N., respectively. We also remembered two of our beloved faculty members, John Echternach, D.P.T. and Kimberly Smith, M.O.T., who passed away in 2012.

It is the perfect time to experience the JCHS difference. Whether you are an alum, a member of our current College community, or a friend of our institution, we hope you will join us in the celebration of our legacy and the enthusiasm we all have for the vision of a future filled with exciting opportunities!

Through student-led service projects that support health and human services initiatives, we continued to reach out to our communities. We provided clothing and other essential items to veterans and children in the Roanoke area, held blood drives to save the lives of those in medical crisis, and educated those on our campus and beyond on safety and well-being. As a college community, we gathered both on campus and off to commemorate our anniversary through our Homecoming activities and our inaugural JCHS 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk, presented by Medical Facilities of America, an Exclusive Provider of LifeWorks Rehab. You can see snapshots from those events and learn more beginning on page 12. Through the growth of our academic programs and our student body, as well as the evolution of our campus into the innovative place we call home, we celebrated the incredible strides we have made collectively. You can read more about our new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy and Medical Laboratory Sciences programs on page 5. Plus, you will find information about the groundbreaking technology we are using to educate our students, like the new Ambulance Simulator profiled on page 3. However, the past year was not entirely about looking back. We spent a good deal of time exploring the future of JCHS as well! From welcoming new leaders at JCHS like our new Chair of Rehabilitation and Wellness, Susan Polich, Ed.D. (profiled on page 7), to undertaking cutting-edge healthcare research—like the “Triune Health” study now being conducted by Dr. Glenn Kent (see page 17), JCHS will continue to be a leading voice in healthcare education and research for decades to come. It is the perfect time to experience the JCHS difference. Whether you are an alum, a member of our current College community, or a friend of our institution, we hope you will join us in the celebration of our legacy and the enthusiasm we all have for the vision of a future filled with exciting opportunities! Sincerely,

Nathaniel L. Bishop, D.Min. President, Jefferson College of Health Sciences


Je f f e r s o n M at t e r s Practicing in the Ambulance Simulator are students (left to right) Nicholas Sosik, Rusty Pollard and Bryan Haring.

JCHS Emergency Services Program Welcomes New Ambulance Simulator In August 2012, the JCHS Emergency Services (ES) Program had a new Ambulance Simulator installed in the department’s simulation lab on the second floor of Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the JCHS campus. Funded in part by a challenge grant of $17,500, which was matched by the College, the simulator is built to the same specifications as a mobile intensive care unit and provides an opportunity for students who will graduate as Nationally Registered Paramedics and Emergency Service Technicians to experience caring for patients in a first-response vehicle en route to the hospital. In the past, these experiences could only be offered to students during field internships. The unit has been stocked with the same equipment as a working ambulance, including a stretcher and resuscitation equipment. This allows instructors to teach not only how to function in the back of an ambulance, but also what are referred to as “environmental

management skills.” For example, how to load the gurney, where to put equipment as it is used, where to sit in relation to the patient and much more. The simulator also includes “Sim Man”—an interactive mannequin that can simulate a patient in physical distress. In addition, the simulator features networked video and audio, allowing the students to work autonomously in the unit while instructors watch from a remote location. The instructor can then review the performance with the students by playing back the video. Instructors can also control the symptoms of Sim Man remotely. Other students in the lab can monitor the action in the simulator via a cut-out on one side of the unit or by video monitor next to the unit. The simulator was produced by Rescue Safety Products. In 2005, Rescue Safety Products introduced the Ambulance Simulator to bridge the gap between classroom and field practice for paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

JCHS Emergency Services students learn in the new Ambulance Simulator, supervised by Program Director J.C. Cook.

The Ambulance Simulator is not only being used as an integral tool in the ES curriculum, but also as part of continuing education courses for non-degree-seeking students and professionals seeking to upgrade their certification or log hours to maintain their certification. The simulator will also be available to students and faculty by appointment for those needing additional mentoring support outside of classroom hours, as well as students in fellow healthcare curriculums who will practice in first-response vehicles, like Respiratory Therapists and Nurses.



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JCHS Named a 2013 Military Friendly School

Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS) has been named to the 2013 “Military Friendly Schools®” list by GI Jobs Magazine, a publication of Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. “Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Jefferson College of Health Sciences’ commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” The Military Friendly Schools® website at features the full list of military friendly schools, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their


unique needs and preferences. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. “Our goal is to not only welcome back and honor our veterans’ service,” said JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, “but also to help these valued members of our community find their professional paths in life. And we think the incredibly diverse and exciting world of healthcare is the perfect fit for these courageous individuals.” Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2013 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools® was included in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in October 2012. You can download a copy of this publication by going to To ensure we are meeting the needs of our veteran students and their families, JCHS created a Veteran’s Affairs Committee in fall 2012. The Committee, composed of members of the JCHS faculty, staff and student body, has worked to strengthen the College’s veteran student and academic support services. Additionally, several members of the Committee have undertaken education to certify them as assessors of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), which allows veterans to apply academic credit to their college record based on experience they gained in the military. The JCHS Veteran’s Affairs Committee continues to meet monthly to discuss how we can continue improving the support and resources we offer veteran students and their family members.

Part of our mission at JCHS is to graduate the most qualified, competent and high-caliber healthcare professionals in the Roanoke Valley and beyond. With that in mind, JCHS continually explores the addition of new academic programs and the expansion of existing programs. In 2010, we welcomed our first class of Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) students. The program is designed to cater to the needs of students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field and want to earn an additional baccalaureate degree in Nursing. ABSN students complete an intense course of study and get their degrees in just four semesters over 16 months. At our Winter 2012 Commencement Ceremony, the inaugural ABSN class of 19 students received their diplomas. The program has now expanded to accept up to 30 students per class based on overwhelming demand.

We also welcomed the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program to JCHS beginning in fall 2011. Integrated into our Biomedical Sciences Program, the 12-month certificate MLS program prepares students to work in medical laboratories. The JCHS Respiratory Therapy (RT) Program is also evolving to meet the needs of today’s healthcare professionals. In fall 2012, JCHS greeted the first class of RT students on the bachelor’s level. The new baccalaureate program is running concurrently with our existing associate-level RT program, with plans to move the curriculum completely to the bachelor’s level by 2015. JCHS also now offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS), a foundational degree for the student seeking entry into undergraduate or graduate programs in a specific healthcare profession. Many careers in healthcare require or are moving toward requiring a graduate degree at the entry level. In response to this trend, JCHS

developed this program to help students earn the four-year degree they need to enter the master’s-level programs that will lead to their eventual careers. The BSHS Program also serves to help those current healthcare professionals who seek to enhance their education in order to advance their existing careers. JCHS is now offering three minors for students majoring in related areas: Exercise Science, Health Promotion and Medical Humanities. The minors help support the focus of our students’ study in their major. You will soon see more announcements about educational opportunities being added and expanded at JCHS, including several exciting programs coming in the near future!

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JCHS Expands and Explores New Academic Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing student Shanice Vennable in the Nursing Lab on the JCHS Campus.

Medical Laboratory Sciences student Aisha Ali prepares to practice a blood draw on MLS Program Director Laura Link, while Instructor Kimberly Whiter looks on.



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New Safety Improvements Across the JCHS Campus In 2010, JCHS moved from the Reid Center to our new home at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital (CRCH). During this transition, we moved 28 indoor closed-circuit cameras to the floors we occupied in the CRCH building. These cameras are networked for monitoring by Carilion Clinic Police and Security. At the same time, we upgraded the software with a new system that improves tracking and communication with Carilion Clinic Police Dispatch. In the intervening three years, we have continually improved our building and urban campus with innovative technology. The focus of these improvements was specifically safety- and security-related. In February 2011, we installed emergency wall-mount phones on each level of the CRCH Parking Garage. The phones are available for use by not only the College community, but anyone in need of assistance, including Carilion Clinic employees and the public. To operate the phones, a user pushes a red emergency call button that sends an alert to the Carilion Clinic Police Dispatch Center. The Center is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dispatchers receive a readout showing the location of the phone where the emergency calls are originating. Users then will have two-way communication with the dispatcher, who will respond officers to the emergency. Closedcircuit cameras mounted by the emergency phones are also monitored and recorded in the Dispatch Center.

One of the new Emergency Towers installed on the JCHS Campus in 2012.


In September 2011, additional proximate card readers were installed on the third, fifth, sixth, ninth and tenth floors at CRCH to ensure only the appropriate members of our community can access the areas where we learn and teach. This is another way we are working to ensure the JCHS campus is a safe and inviting home for our entire student body and those who educate them.

In August 2012, cameras were installed on the CRCH roof that are networked to Carilion Clinic Police and Security. The cameras, which can pan 180 degrees, zoom and tilt for the best angles, are strategically mounted in locations to cover the campus grounds, parking lots and the Patrick Henry, where our resident students reside. They provide coverage of areas on campus and outline property frequented by our students, faculty and staff. In September 2012, we replaced the blackand-white security cameras inside the building with color cameras to provide better images for our dispatchers and officers. All of our new cameras are enclosed in tinted casings, which eliminate the ability to see what direction the camera is pointing and can better deter criminal behavior in different directions at one time. The surveillance of these areas is intended to deter crime and assist in protecting the safety and property of the Jefferson College and Carilion community by capturing and recording images for investigative purposes, as well as monitoring live, real-time activities. In October 2012, a years-in-the-making project came to fruition with the installation of emergency towers and phones on our outside campus grounds and in nearby College areas used by our community. The towers can be identified by bright blue lights located at the top of the boxes, and are located in College parking lots on Jefferson Street; at the upper and lower entrances of the CRCH Parking Garage; and at the intersections of Reid Drive and Jefferson Street, as well as Elm Avenue and Jefferson Street. These phones operate in the same manner as the emergency phones located in the CRCH Parking Garage. The safety measures implemented on campus have been coordinated and funded by the JCHS VOICE (Violence Can End) Program, in cooperation with the Carilion Clinic Police Department, CRCH Engineering and Carilion Clinic Technology Services Group.

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Jefferson Thinks Panel members (left to right) Courtney Watson, Ph.D.; Laura Link, M.S.; Bob Reese, Ph.D.; and Eric Vogelstein, Ph.D.

“Jefferson Thinks” Panel Discussion Addresses Mandatory Employee Immunizations In November 2012, the JCHS Arts & Sciences Department hosted another of its interactive series of panel discussions entitled “Jefferson Thinks.” During each session, a panel of JCHS faculty discusses a health-related topic, with debate moderated by another faculty member. The audience is then encouraged to ask questions or share their thoughts with the group. The November Jefferson Thinks event focused on mandatory employee immunizations. The panel was composed of Eric Vogelstein, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, and Laura Link, M.S., Associate Program Director and Assistant Professor in the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program, who argued in favor of the mandate—Laura from a public health perspective and Eric from the rights of organizations to require certain reasonable conditions of employment.

On the opposing side were Bob Reese, Ph.D., Program Director of the Health Psychology Program, and Courtney Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences Program. Bob approached his argument from a personal rights/respect for personal autonomy position and Courtney from a safety/efficacy perspective. The moderator was Darrell Shomaker, M.A., Program Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Program. The large audience at the event included JCHS students, faculty, and staff, as well as guests that included colleagues from Carilion Clinic. It was a spirited discussion that brought up valid and thought-provoking ideas from both vantage points. The Arts & Sciences Department plans to continue this series with another Jefferson Thinks Session this spring. Watch the JCHS website for details and be sure to join us!

JCHS Faculty Profile: Susan Polich, Ed.D. Jefferson College of Health Sciences is pleased to announce the addition of Susan Polich, Ed.D. as the Chair of the Rehabilitation and Wellness Department. Susan was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Medical Technology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, followed by a post-baccalaureate certificate in Physical Therapy from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. She went on to receive an M.Ed. in Adult Education from The Pennsylvania State University and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Faculty Development from the University of Cincinnati. Susan started her career as a Medical Technologist with the Mayo Clinic. She then worked as a Physical Therapist, primarily in acute care and rehabilitation.

During this time, she also served as a faculty member for Biology and Physical Therapist Assistant. Prior to coming to JCHS, Susan worked in the Office of Professional Staff Affairs/Professional Development at Carilion Clinic. In her free time, Susan is a clothing historian, specializing in women’s clothing from the late 1850’s through 1870. She is an Education Service Specialist for the Museum of the Confederacy at Appomattox. Susan is also extremely involved in the Hippotherapy and therapeutic horseback riding program. Welcome to JCHS, Susan! We’re excited to have you as part of our family!

Susan Polich, Ed.D.



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Kick ing Off the 2012-13

Elmwood Park on JCHS Night in August 2012.

JCHS students (left to right) Erica Balita, Kelly Price, Ashlee Paxton and Ally Thompson.

Party in the Park attendees pose with Jeff, the Blue Healer.

As the 20122013 school year began last fall, we celebrated the return of our students to campus, the support of our alumni, and our connections to the Roanoke community with several events, both on campus and in nearby downtown Roanoke.

President Bishop welcomes Dan and Gil Harrington, longtime friends of JCHS.

Jeff, the Blue Healer, with Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones.

JCHS Director of Admissions Judith McKeon.

On Aug. 23, 2012, JCHS sponsored “Jefferson College of Health Sciences Night at BB&T’s Party in the Park.” The event Assistant Director of Admissions Sarah Ross (left) and Admissions Counselor Ashton Downs.

is held every Thursday night throughout the summer in Elmwood Park, just across the street from the JCHS campus at

Left to right: Jennifer Slusher, Elizabeth Costa, Sarah Higginbotham, Scott Hill, Sarah Ross, Ashton Downs, President Nathaniel L. Bishop.

Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital. We welcomed our new and returning students as well as hundreds of residents from the Roanoke community, JCHS Board Members and friends of the College, who posed with our mascot Jeff, the Blue Healer! Assistant Professor in Nursing Jeannie Garber and her daughter.


President Bishop greets Terri Workman (left), Principal Business Officer for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

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Academic Year at JCHS On the same day, the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Alumni Association hosted its first Alumni Association Happy Hour in the Penny Deux Lounge at The Patrick Henry in downtown Roanoke. The gathering drew not only alumni, but members of our faculty and staff who mixed and mingled, reminiscing about old times and catching up on all of the

President Bishop with students Dipal Desai (center) and Stephen Harris.

JCHS administrative team, including, left to right: President Nathaniel L. Bishop, Scott Hill, Jeff, the Blue Healer, Lisa Allison-Jones, Anna Millirons and Glen Mayhew.

new developments at the College.

Left to right: Sue Campbell, Larry Lilley, Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, De-Dee Foti, Al Overstreet, Ally Bowersock and Karen Layman.

JCHS students Ally Thompson (left) and Kelly Price with Jeff, the Blue Healer.

Jeff high-fives a little Blue Healer at COW Day.

Alumni Association Board Member Karen Layman (left) and HES Program Director Ally Bowersock.

COW Day festivities on the Reid Center Lawn.

Students learning more about campus organizations.

Under the tent at COW Day.

Sharing a smile while relaxing at COW Day 2012.

Healthcare Management grads Trina Epperly (left), ‘12, and Zana Clements, ‘12.

On Aug. 29, 2012, the JCHS Student Affairs Department hosted our annual COW (Community Hour–Organizations–Wellness) Day celebration, the grand fall semester kickoff. This year, we gathered on the “Reid Center Lawn,” the location of our former building on Jefferson Street. It was the perfect location for our picnic-style event, where students enjoyed a free lunch, the opportunity to socialize and the chance to learn more about campus organizations. Karen Layman shows off her goodies after partaking of the refreshments.



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Spring and Winter Commencement Ceremonies See Record Numbers of Graduates

JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop chats with students at the President’s Breakfast in May 2012.

President’s Commencement Breakfasts Before the Spring 2012 Commencement Ceremony, we hosted a President’s Commencement Breakfast. Held the morning of our graduation ceremony, the event took place in the Exhibit Hall at the Roanoke Civic Center. All soon-to-be graduates were invited, as well as our faculty and staff. The breakfast not only helped everyone get the day off on the right foot, it also allowed our grads to be together one more time while enjoying the company of their professors and the College staff who helped them reach their goals. Plus, a photographer was on hand to snap pictures of students in groups or with our mascot, Jeff, the Blue Healer. We continued the President’s Commencement Breakfast before our Winter 2012 Commencement Ceremony and plan to hold another event in conjunction with our graduation ceremony this spring.


JCHS continues to educate the healthcare leaders of tomorrow in record numbers. In May 2012, The Honorable Laura W. Fornash, Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia, served as our Commencement Speaker for the Spring Commencement Ceremony. At the event, held in the Roanoke Civic Center Coliseum, 167 students received their diplomas from nine different academic programs on the graduate, baccalaureate and associate degree levels. In December 2012, we held our Winter Commencement Ceremony in the Roanoke Civic Center Performing Arts Theatre. A total of 128 JCHS students became alumni as they accepted their diplomas from five academic programs. Amazingly, this is an approximately 800% increase in graduates from our 2007 Winter Commencement Ceremony! We also graduated the first 19 students in our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at the event (see page 5 of this magazine for more on the ABSN Program). Our Winter Commencement Guest Speaker was Carilion Clinic Executive Vice-President Melina Perdue.

Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop addresses the Spring Commencement audience.

The Honorable Laura W. Fornash, Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

On this page are photos from both ceremonies. Please join us in congratulating our 2012 graduates on their outstanding accomplishments and very bright futures! Spring graduates prepare to cross the stage to accept their diplomas.

Dr. Judy Lash places a sash on a Physician Assistant graduate at Winter Commencement.

Our distinguished platform party at the Spring Commencement Ceremony.

Ms. Melina D. Perdue, Executive Vice-President, Carilion Clinic.

President Bishop congratulates a Winter grad with a fist bump.

A Me s s age fro m yo u r Alumni Association President Larry Lee Lilley, III, M.S.N., M.A., R.R.T., R.N. Please allow me to start by saying thank you for allowing me to be the Alumni Association Board President. The Alumni Board is made up of dedicated graduates of JCHS who desire to see this institution train those who can serve others. I am following in some impressive footsteps as your incoming President. Susan Campbell has dedicated herself to the College and the Alumni Association as its President for many years. I am delighted that she has agreed to stay on as a member of our Board and to continue to give her support to us. Please join me in thanking her for her service. I have been part of this College’s history almost since the beginning 30 years ago. I have had the privilege of gaining a lifelong education from five different programs, spanning across all of the names our fine institution has held as well as its three Presidents. This school means so much to me that I have continued to return again and again to receive a top-notch education, while completing my academic goals. Now, in a culmination of my combined academic and professional careers, I have returned as a professor to the place where it all started. I am working alongside the same professors who guided me through this journey. I am home. My family has also been tied to Jefferson. Siblings, in-laws and my parents consider it home as well. My father was a onetime professor and Dean, who considered his time here a worthy endeavor. He fondly remembered past students and where they were later in their careers, as well as the educators he had the opportunity to work alongside. As a five-time graduate, what stands out in my memories are the friendships and bonds that I have made within these walls. My onetime classmates are now my colleagues, and I’m part of a prestigious group: the JCHS Alumni. The success of the Alumni Association begins with you. This institution’s growth and success has been in its students. The augmentation of that strength is personified by graduates. You, as alum, share this sacred bond as well. It is my and the rest of the Board’s hope that you continue to stay active in our Association. If, in fact, you have not been as active as you would like, we will look forward to working with you as we continue to grow. Come out and get to know your Alumni Association Board and your fellow alumni at Jefferson College of Health Sciences Alumni Night with the Salem Red Sox on April 17. It will be a great opportunity to get to know us and get involved while enjoying a great night at the ballpark. See page 25 of this issue of the Jefferson Chronicle for details!

Larry Lee Lilley, III, JCHS Alumni Association Board President

JCHS Alumni Association Board of Directors Executive Officers Larry Lilley, III, ‘85, E.M.S., ‘87, R.T., ‘02, EHS, ‘04, A.S.N., ‘05, B.S.N. President Sara Nicely, ’02, P.A. Vice-President Karen Layman, ’95, O.T.A. Corresponding Secretary Kim Roe, RT, ’84, Treasurer Board Members Sue Campbell, ‘00, P.A. Alisha Carroll, ’05, R.T. Patricia Crockett, ‘74, R.N. De-Dee Foti, ’09, M.S.N. Phyllis McCallie, ‘58, R.N. Al Overstreet, ‘95, O.T.A., ‘01, H.O.M. Cynthia P. Smith, ‘07, M.S.N. Rebecca Underwood, ‘11, B.S.N.

With much appreciation and anticipation,

Larry Lee Lilley, III Larry Lee Lilley, III, M.S.N., M.A., R.R.T., R.N.



2012 JCHS Homecoming Events The JCHS community celebrated our 2012 Homecoming with events during the first two weeks of November, culminating in our inaugural JCHS 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk. Our goal with this year’s Homecoming was to include as many members as possible from our current College community, extended alumni family and friends in the Roanoke region. On the next few pages are stories and photos from each of our events. Enjoy!

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JCHS alums grab some breakfast at the event.

Dr. Bishop shares a laugh with some of our students and alumni at the breakfast.

Our Homecoming celebration began on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, as the JCHS Alumni Association hosted its first Alumni Breakfast in the Sixth Floor Auditorium at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The event was a chance for us to reward our alumni for all of their hard work in helping patients maintain

Carilion Clinic’s Brandie Bailey, R.N. (left) chats with Kim Roe.

JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop greets our alumni and guests.

Dr. Bishop and Catherine Turner talk to an alumna about her journey in healthcare since graduation.

treated to a wide variety of breakfast goodies, JCHS giveaway items and the chance to catch up with old friends they may not have seen in awhile.

and improve their health. We also want to keep our alumni involved in the College and all of the great things we continue to do. The event began at 6:30 a.m. to ensure our alumni could attend either before their shifts began or as their shifts ended. They were

We will be hosting a second Alumni Breakfast in March 2013. See page 25 for more details.

JCHS Homecoming Pasta Dinner Our guests enjoying the buffet at the Homecoming pasta dinner.

We recognized the accomplishments of our alumni and the hard work of our faculty, staff and students with a Homecoming Pasta Dinner on November 9, 2012 in the Ballroom at The Patrick Henry Building, just down Jefferson Street from the JCHS campus.

Left to right: JCHS alumni Association Board Members Al Overstreet, Karen Layman, Sue Campbell, Larry Lilley, De-Dee Foti and Patricia Crockett.

Our guests lined up for a great buffet overflowing with pasta goodies and then retreated to the ballroom to enjoy their dinners. There, everyone was treated to live music from the band Jefferson Skateboard (composed of JCHS faculty and staff) as well as a slideshow featuring pictures from a variety of JCHS activities that took place during the fall semester. Our mascot, Jeff, the Blue Healer, even made an appearance!

Dr. Bishop with JCHS alum Lori Viar, a ‘99 Health Sciences Management grad.


Left to right: JCHS faculty and staff members Amanda Ellinger, Courtney Watson, Ashleigh Dunn and Kimberly Whiter.

JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop stepped to the podium to welcome and thank everyone for their hard work. Then, he distributed door prizes to those in attendance with the assistance of JCHS Resource Development Officer Catherine Turner. As the dinner guests chatted and reminisced, the evening ended with an impromptu performance from Dr. Bishop on bass with Jefferson Skateboard.

Resource Development Officer Catherine Turner hands a door prize to staff member Janice Taylor.

President Bishop with Alumni Association Past President Sue Campbell.

Inaugural JCHS 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk

In November 2012, as our culminating Homecoming event, JCHS hosted the inaugural JCHS 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk, presented by Medical Facilities of America, an Exclusive Provider of LifeWorks Rehab. The event was held to benefit the JCHS Alumni Association as it raises money for scholarships to support current students, and SARA, Inc., as they provide services to victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse and their families.

President Bishop welcomes the crowd of over 200 runners and walkers.

Our 200th race participant: Chess Duckwall, who took part in the 5K Riverside Run with his mom, Carrie.

Our overall fastest runner, Ed Harris of Salem, with a final finish time of 20:12.9.

JCHS 5K racer Eric Davis on the Roanoke River Greenway.

Our Riverside Run medal winners from Medical Facilities of America with Jeff, The Blue Healer.

Runners head down Jefferson Street and across the Walnut Street Bridge.

JCHS Health & Exercise Science Program Director Ally Bowersock.

SARA, Inc. Director Teresa Berry with JCHS student Brook-Lynn Velvin.

The view down Jefferson Street as our runners head toward the JCHS campus.

Jefferson Street, across the Walnut Street Bridge and then onto a designated portion of the Roanoke River Greenway. At a certain point on the Greenway, they doubled back and retraced their steps back to CRCH.

and a slideshow of 160 pictures on the JCHS website at: prmSlideID/1. Some of these photos are featured on this page.

After a welcoming introduction by JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, our racers headed to the starting line on Jefferson Street, adjacent to our campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital (CRCH).

Our racers then began crossing the finish line. First up was our overall fastest runner, Ed Harris of Salem, with a final finish time of 20:12.9. Our next fastest male runner was Michael Hill, son of JCHS Dean for Student Affairs Scott Hill, and the fastest female runner was Stacie McGuire of Roanoke.

Over $12,000 was raised for the JCHS Alumni Association and SARA, Inc. Save the date for our 2nd Annual JCHS Riverside Run & Wellness Walk on Nov. 9, 2013. Visit for updates!

And then, they were off as the starting horn was blown! While the runners and walkers began in a pack, they wouldn’t stay that way for long, spreading out as the course went on. Our racers headed down

After all of our runners and walkers made their way back to JCHS, we awarded over 60 first-, second- and third-place medals to our participants in multiple age and gender categories. You can see the full race results

We couldn’t have picked a more beautiful day to hold our event—a crisp but sunny late autumn morning greeted over 200 runners and walkers as the sun rose in downtown Roanoke. As participants signed in, they received a commemorative t-shirt as a thank you for taking part in our race.

Our runners taking off as the starting horn was blown.

Left to right: JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, Rachel Millirons, Carilion Clinic’s Becky Clark, JCHS’s Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones and Anna Millirons.

We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors for their contributions to the 2012 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk: Medical Facilities of America, an Exclusive Provider of LifeWorks Rehab; The Patrick Henry; Carilion Clinic and Carilion Clinic’s VelocityCare; Jefferson College of Health Sciences; and Lancerlot Sports Complex.

Two of our younger Riverside Runners enjoying the autumn sunshine.

A runner heads toward the finish line.



First-year PA students volunteering for the 1,000 Homes for 1,000 Virginians Project.

CONNECT w i t h t he C O M M U N I T Y Th ro u gh JCHS STUDENTS


At JCHS, we are committed to ensuring our students not only leave our campus having learned the mechanics of healthcare, but also with a devotion to community service and caring for those who need a helping hand. This academic year alone, our students have participated in dozens of service projects that support local causes for our communities. Below are a sample of these projects, which were overseen by various JCHS academic programs, clubs and organizations.

1,000 HOMES FOR 1,000 VIRGINIANS PROJECT In January 2013, the JCHS Physician Assistant Program first-year students volunteered for the “1,000 Homes for 1,000 Virginians Project.” The project is a statewide initiative, led by the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, to house 1,000 of the most vulnerable Virginians cycling between the streets, emergency shelters, hospital emergency rooms, jails and prisons. The students volunteered to survey


Left to right are (back row) PA faculty member Dr. Robert Hadley and students Rebecca Hayter, Jenna Kellstrom, and Patrick DeVane, (front row) Nora Tobin and Kelly Wenzel.

the Roanoke area homeless population to obtain better information regarding the vulnerability of this group. The PA students joined Roanoke’s Human Services Coordinator, the Homeless Assistance Team of the City of Roanoke, individuals from the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Roanoke City Police to help with this endeavor. The survey will help bring more resources to the homeless population.



Also in January, several second-year Physician Assistant students volunteered at the Roanoke Rescue Mission, providing physical exams for residents. The students were supervised during this session by Dr. Bob Hadley, a faculty member in the PA Program. The students went above and beyond to help those in need—especially considering that the day they volunteered, a snowstorm was moving into the region that would eventually drop several inches of snow on Roanoke.

In October 2012, the JCHS American Medical Student Association and the Health Psychology Club hosted a blood drive for Virginia Blood Services in The Dog House, our student lounge on campus. The drive set an amazing record of collecting 50 units of blood—by far the most JCHS has ever collected in one drive. The blood collected will help save the lives of countless patients across the Roanoke Valley and beyond. This is just one of the multiple blood drives held on the JCHS campus throughout the year.

SAFETY PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS As part of the Emergency Services Program class “Advanced Principles of Safety and Survival,” students were tasked with creating personal safety public service announcements as a semester-long project. The class even welcomed WSLS Newschannel 10 Anchor and Health Reporter Karen McNew as a consultant for one class session. Karen was so impressed with the results, she included one of the segments on the Jan. 1, 2013 WSLS newscast.

SNEAKERS FOR SANTA The JCHS Student Nurses Association hosted a drive to collect shoes and donations to provide new sneakers for male and female teenagers residing at the Hope Tree Family Services Center in Salem, Virginia. Over $400 and 12 pairs of shoes were given by the JCHS community and were delivered to the Center in mid-December 2012. In spring 2013, the SNA is sponsoring an “Adopt-aSoldier” service project, in which the group will adopt 10 service members and send them items from a wish list the soldiers composed. These items will be delivered to the soldiers in March 2013.

A JCHS student having her backpack weighed at Backpack Awareness Day.

WELCOME HOME BASKETS FOR VETERANS In December 2012, the JCHS Nursing Department hosted a drive to collect items for residents of Trust House, a shelter for homeless veterans, families and individuals located in downtown Roanoke. The new and gently used items collected were used in “Welcome Home Baskets” for the veterans as they transition from the shelter to permanent housing. Over 40 baskets were delivered to Trust House in time for the holidays.

BACKPACK AWARENESS DAY The JCHS Occupational Therapy Assistant and the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Programs hosted this event in September 2012. Students, faculty and staff, as well as the public, were invited to weigh themselves both with their backpacks and bags and without in the lobby of Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the JCHS campus.

WOMEN’S HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO Also in September, the JCHS Health & Exercise Science Program hosted the “2012 Women’s Health & Fitness Day Expo” in the JCHS Museum on campus. The event was part of the nationwide 11th Annual National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, and allowed our students, faculty and staff, as well as the public, to join thousands of other women at hundreds of locations—all across the country—as they walked, danced, played and learned their way to better fitness and health.

JCHS Health & Exercise Science students at the Women’s Expo with Program Director Ally Bowersock (far right).



JCHS Community Profile: Jennifer Martin, M.Ed. Higher education has been the focus of JCHS Coordinator of Residence Life Jennifer Martin’s career since graduating from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2004. Ironic, considering she was the first in her family to ever attend college. A native of Bassett, Virginia, Jennifer decided on UVA during her senior year in high school. She had no idea what to expect from the college experience and entered her freshman year with trepidation. Soon after arriving in Charlottesville, however, she got involved with the University’s Peer Advisor Program, which was offered through the Office of African-American Affairs. In the program, new students are paired with an upperclassman who mentors them in the social, cultural and academic aspects of college life. “Without that program,” Jennifer recalls, “UVA would have been totally overwhelming to me and I could have given up and gone back home.” The program had such an impact that Jennifer served as a Peer Advisor to other incoming students during her own sophomore and junior years. Additionally, the program helped Jennifer gain confidence in her own abilities, and she became a Resident Advisor for two years in a suite and apartment-style setting—a foreshadowing of what she does now at JCHS. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies, Jennifer found herself without a clear path to what she wanted to do in life. Until the spring semester of her senior year at UVA, she thought she wanted to teach elementary school. “My mother asked me to think about what skills and qualifications I had, and my mind immediately went to my experiences as a Peer Advisor and a Resident Advisor,” Jennifer says. “I had always known that whatever field I ultimately chose, it had to be one that allowed me to help people. It’s important that my work is fulfilling for my spirit, not just my bank account.” Her first job was at Johnson C. Smith University, a historically black college in Charlotte, North Carolina. While interviewing for that position, Jennifer received what she thought was curious advice from the Vice President for Student Affairs. He advised her to work at the college for only two years before pursuing a Master’s degree. That conversation planted a seed, and after two


years, Jennifer headed to the University of Georgia (UGA) to begin a Master’s degree in College Student Affairs Administration. While at UGA, Jennifer had an Assistantship in housing in which she supervised a staff of undergraduate students in the residence halls and undertook a summer internship with the New Student Orientation program at the University of Florida. By this time in her professional life, Jennifer felt like she was on the right track. “I felt like I graduated from Georgia with the tools I needed to become a competent professional,” she says. After graduating with her M.Ed. degree in 2008, Jennifer spent one year as a Hall Director at Georgia Tech with their Freshman Experience Program, and left the school when she married her husband, Orion.

“It makes me feel good to give back in the same way I was supported when I was in college.” The couple moved back to Virginia, and she took a job as the Residential Learning Coordinator at Virginia Tech in the University’s Housing program. Jennifer continued her professional development while at Virginia Tech, working with a system called “Community Development Plans.” These were a series of programs and activities that engage resident students in areas like wellness, safety/security, diversity, social skills and more. She also served on a number of working committees while there, helping her develop teamwork and collaboration skills. In 2011, Jennifer made the jump to Jefferson College of Health Sciences and became our Coordinator of Residence Life. She and her husband live in The Patrick Henry, where the College’s Residence halls are located, just a few blocks from the campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital. She has had a big impact on residential life at JCHS. A great example of this is the implementation of Community Development Plans for her staff

of Resident Advisors. Jennifer says, “Living in apartment-style housing can sometimes cause students to isolate themselves from one another. The plan that I wrote for this school year is all about incorporating activities and programs that will help students realize they are a part of something bigger; that we care about who they are and are rooting for them to succeed here. From faculty involvement, to community service, to weekly interaction with Resident Advisors, it’s important to me that our residential students are given opportunities to connect.” In addition to her duties in the residence hall, Jennifer has also served on the planning committee for the JCHS 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk, taught in our freshman-level classes called “Gen 100,” and helped organize The Lady Blue Healers, a program that brings female resident students together for informal meetings where they can find education, support and solutions to everyday issues they face as college students. Organized by Jennifer and JCHS VOICE Program Coordinator Sarah Higginbotham, the program was introduced in fall 2012 and has been a great success. Jillian McCay, a second-year graduate student studying in the Counseling Program at Virginia Tech, facilitates the group, which continues to meet in the spring 2013 semester. In reflection on all of her previous professional experiences, Jennifer says, “I’m glad that I had the opportunity to work at a historically black college, a couple of large land-grant universities and a pair of institutes before coming to JCHS. All of these colleges have had varying cultures and climates, and have afforded me opportunities to learn a great deal about not only Student Affairs, but how colleges operate in general. I’ve been thankful to work with so many different types of students across these institutions, because they’ve helped me become a well-rounded professional. I enjoy being a resource for students along the way to achieving their dreams. It makes me feel good to give back in the same way I was supported when I was in college. I’m looking forward to what the future holds for JCHS, and I look forward to continuing to serve our students!”

JCHS Research Profile:

TRIUNE HEALTH By Glenn Kent, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, JCHS Health Psychology Program

I sometimes think what it must have been like to live 200,000 years ago. The business of eking out an existence by hunting and gathering for food must have been stressful. Today, the ease of obtaining food has largely reduced this anxiety; however, achievements in food processing, production, distribution, and pricing have led to new stressors that prehistoric man could not have imagined. I am referring to the obesity epidemic that threatens the health of millions of Americans. The shift that our relationship with food has taken over the years helped spark my interest in the psychology of eating, part of a larger research agenda I am pursuing as a faculty member at Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS). I have a long-standing interest in health, dating back to my childhood: I was the kid who eschewed television in favor of playing outdoors. Today, this youthful perspective of healthy living is tempered by an analytical adult mindset, laying the foundation for my research in the field of health psychology. JCHS is one of a handful of institutions that offers a bachelor’s degree in Health Psychology, a specialized field within psychology that addresses, for example, the following question: “How does the mind influence why people stay healthy or become sick?” Seeking answers to questions like this may help solve the obesity problem by understanding the mind’s role in behaviors that lead to being overweight. As previously mentioned, my interest in the psychology of eating is part of a larger research agenda known as Triune Health. Triune Health is my model identifying the essence of wellness along three dimensions: movement, eating and psychology. These three dimensions are individually important to achieving optimum health, yet they are also interconnected in

the many ways they influence each other. It is my belief that focusing on these three pillars of health offers the greatest promise to preventing or reducing the antecedents of chronic disease. A lessening of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity could substantially increase longevity and quality of life. The psychology of eating simply addresses the interplay between two of the three pillars. My current research focuses on understanding the relationship between a person’s weight, psychology and eating habits. More specifically, I strive to answer questions of whether discrete personality traits influence food choices and ultimately a person’s weight. My interest in the link between personality and health originates from research completed while I was in graduate school. There, I explored the relationship between optimism, pessimism and health among individuals diagnosed with epilepsy, a chronic seizure disorder. In the current study, I will include these traits in addition to other measures related to eating, such as self-control, quality of life and activity level, with the goal of creating a personality profile associated with a person’s weight. In addition, the current investigation will test the effectiveness of a new measure aimed at identifying the level of processing in the foods participants consume. We surmise that higher levels of food processing may be related to a person’s weight. In other words, highly processed foods are likely to be correlated with being overweight because they tend to be less healthy than less processed foods. There is anecdotal evidence supporting this idea; however, our study will be the first to determine its veracity. Funding for my research is provided by an internal grant from JCHS. This grant supports the purchase of equipment that measures the biological variables included in my study (e.g.,

Glenn Kent, Ph.D.

height, weight, body fat percent and body mass index). In addition, this grant provides financial incentives for research participants. I also have been serving a mentoring role to a senior in the health psychology program who will be conducting intakes of study participants, collecting and analyzing data, and fine-tuning study protocols. I am pleased with the reality of including students in my research, both as participants and investigators. In addition to my research and teaching responsibilities, I am the owner of Fitness Motive, a wellness company focusing on psychological approaches to wellness. I enjoy speaking to groups on topics including the psychology of weight loss and the effects of marketing on food decision-making. In February 2012, I spoke at a session of Women’s Health University, a Carilion Clinic-sponsored event, about the psychology of dieting. These events are exciting because they allow dissemination of my research findings to the public, which I believe can benefit most from this information. Society continues to address the negative consequences of easily accessible, calorie-dense food. I embrace the challenge of understanding the psychology behind keeping these foods in our diets, a challenge incomparable to those of our human ancestors 200,000 years ago. Be sure to check out the next edition of the Jefferson Chronicle, which will focus on the wide range of research being conducted by our faculty and students across the JCHS curriculum.



JCHS Scholarship Profile: The Kitas and Lutsko Family Foundation Scholarship Mr. Ed and Mrs. Barbara Kitas (center) with the 2012-2013 recipients of the scholarship.

Ed and Barbara Kitas were high school sweethearts. After high school graduation, Ed had two choices: join the military or wait to see if he was drafted. Ed, being a deliberate man, decided to volunteer. He left Barbara at home with her family and joined the Navy for three years. After he returned from the service, Ed and Barbara were married. Ed worked for the railroad while Barbara worked for Pittsburgh National Bank. Ed’s job required a lot of travel, so he and Barbara decided to live with her parents. When Ed realized how important a college education was, he and Barbara saved every penny they earned for two years to ensure he could attend college full-time. When the couple had saved enough, Ed quit his job and enrolled at Penn


State University in Electrical Engineering. After graduating, Ed started a 29-year career with General Electric. It was with GE that he and Barbara arrived in Salem, Virginia, and eventually settled in Roanoke. In 1999, Ed retired from GE at the age of 56. He and Barbara started making philanthropic donations to different community organizations. Through his position on the Center in the Square Board of Directors, Ed got involved with their scholarship program. In 2008, Ed and Barbara decided to start their own foundation, the Kitas and Lutsko Family Foundation. Through their Foundation, Ed and Barbara have supported students at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, National College and Virginia Western Community College. They focus on students

getting degrees in the healthcare and technical fields. In 2012, The Kitas and Lutsko Family Foundation supported 18 students at JCHS! Ed and Barbara are very humble people. When asked why they invest in students, they say, “Our scholarship program is an effort to help students who are already sacrificing to help themselves. It is an investment in the future of our community and country and a way of ‘paying it forward’ for the kindness shown to Barbara and me by her parents when we were trying to make our way early in our marriage.” To learn more about the Kitas and Lutsko Family Foundation Scholarship, contact the JCHS Office of Financial Aid at (888) 985-8483 or (540) 985-8267.

Cynthia (Cindy) Richards Smith, CHRV School of Nursing, ’79, has been married for 25 years and has two daughters. She was a traveling nurse and lived on and off in San Diego, CA for 20 years. She and her husband have settled in Northern Virginia following her retirement after working 30 years in OB.

1980s Evelyn Richards, CHRV School of Nursing, ’80, has been an OR nurse for 32 years. She is the Nurse Director of an Outpatient ASC. She has been married to John Mongalo for 31 years, and together, they have two children and six grandchildren.

1990s Timothy Cash, EHSC, ’92, received a 2012 Healthcare with a Human Touch Award during Week of the Nurse at Carilion Clinic. Donna Castillo, ASN, ’96, received a 2012 Healthcare with a Human Touch Award during Week of the Nurse at Carilion Clinic. Lori Richards Viar, HCM, ’99, is currently working as the Regional VicePresident of Operations with Consulate Health Care.


Kim Buttles, OT, ‘03

Kim Buttles, OT, ’03, completed the Star City Half Marathon in November 2012.

Kim E. Roe, RT, ’84, has worked with Carilion Clinic for 27 years and is now the Senior Director of Emergency Medicine and VelocityCare. She enjoys running, biking, golfing and hiking. Kim completed her first half marathon, The Star City Half Marathon, in November 2012.

Brandie Bailey, ASN, ’00, BSN, ’02 and Jason Crouch, EHS, ‘04

Brandie Bailey, ASN, ’00, BSN, ’02, and Jason Crouch, EHS, ’04, chaired the Second Annual Fired Up for a Cure 5K. The event raised $8,484.73. The proceeds will be split between the American Cancer Society and Every Woman’s Life. Alex Brendel, HCM, ’08, has accepted the Manager position for the Neo/Peds Team with Carilion Clinic. Kim E. Roe, RT, ‘84

Class Notes


Joshua (Josh) Clark, ARN, ’03, accepted a new job with Carilion Clinic in Quality and Patient Safety as a Performance Improvement Facilitator. He is married with two kids and a baby on the way. He plans to go back to school in the fall. Mary Louise Dillon, ASN, ’88, BSN, ’07, has two children who are 18 and 21. She is working at Carilion Clinic in the Pediatric ICU. She is caring for her aging parents and sister. Debra G. Flint, RAD Science, ’03, graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in 2010 with a Master of Science degree is Radiology and Imaging Sciences. She works at Carilion Clinic as a Registered Sonographer.



Class Notes

Amanda Williamson Giles, HCM, ’09, was married on April 2, 2011. Patricia “Tricia” Kingery, MSN, ’07, has accepted the role of Director of Tumor Registry with Carilion Clinic. Tricia will continue to serve as Director of Inpatient Oncology and Palliative Care Units along with the Infusion Clinic located at Riverside 1.

2010s Alexis Schjonning Andrews, BSN, ’11, married R. Steven Andrews, PA, ’10, on June 30, 2012. The two met while working at Carilion Clinic in 2007.

Alexis Schjonning Andrews, BSN, ’11 and R. Steven Andrews, PA, ‘10

Zachary Apgar, FET, ’07, EHS, ’10, and Gina Fernandes are proud to announce the birth of their son, Aiden Charles Apgar. Aiden was born on Aug. 21, 2012 at 2:01 p.m., weighing 9 lbs. and 4 oz. and measuring 21 inches long.

Karen Buchanan, RN-BSN, ’11, started a new position with Carilion Clinic in the Office of Sponsored Projects as a Clinical Research Coordinator for Cardiology. Ann Claybrook-Horne, CHRV School of Nursing, ’76, MSN, ’10, is looking forward to retiring in the near future. She has two daughters: Megan is engaged to be married and an RN at LewisGale Medical Center, and Quinn is a senior at Mary Baldwin College. Jennifer DeGuise, BSN, ’12, received a 2012 Healthcare with a Human Touch Award during Week of the Nurse. Jennifer Glass, BSN, ’11, is working as a nurse at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Angela Goodson, MSN, ’10, has been appointed as the Assistant VicePresident for LewisGale Regional Hospitals. She will be working with the Alleghany, Montgomery, Salem and Pulaski hospitals. Angela is also an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the Tau Phi Chapter.


Jessica Toms, RT, ’12, is working as an RT at LewisGale Medical Center and finishing a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at JCHS.

Obituaries Sandra Kay Edwards, ’90, ’97, of Roanoke County, died on Sept.19, 2012. She worked as a nurse at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Audrey Jean Hooker Gabbard, CHRV School of Nursing, of Salem, died on Aug. 5, 2012.

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Linda Jester, PTA, ’10, is enjoying working with neuro trauma patients at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Christina Monk, MSN, ’12, received a promotion from Unit Director of 7 South/CCDU to Senior Director of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Services at Carilion Clinic. Jennifer Nutter, BioMed, ’12, is pursuing an MS in Biomedical Science at East Carolina University. She started in fall 2012.

Aiden Charles Apgar, born on Aug. 21, 2012

Terry Tilley, MSN, ’12, is currently employed with Carilion Clinic as a Unit Director.

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JCHS Remembers: John Echternach, D.P.T. & Kimberly Smith, M.O.T. This year, all of us at JCHS mourned the loss of two members of the College faculty who were integral parts of preparing and supporting the healthcare leaders of tomorrow.

Attn: Catherine Turner, 101 Elm Avenue, SE, Roanoke, VA 24013-2222. Please indicate on your check that your gift is in memory of Dr. John Echternach.

John Echternach, D.P.T.

In June 2012, during the severe storms that swept through the region, Dr. John L. Echternach, Jr., 54, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, was critically injured while responding to an emergency call as a volunteer with the Boones Mill Fire Department. At the time of the accident, he had stopped to help a motorist with a tree that had fallen across Route 220 in Roanoke County. During that stop, John sustained an injury and was rushed to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Soon thereafter, John’s family made the decision to remove him from life support, and carried out his wishes to donate his organs to others in need so they may live. JCHS is now developing a scholarship in honor of John’s dedication to and passion for teaching the healthcare leaders of tomorrow. You can donate to this scholarship: • Online by visiting http://www. or by choosing “Give to JCHS” from the left-hand menu on the JCHS website, and then “Make Your Gift Online.” Please indicate that your gift is in memory of Dr. John Echternach as part of your online gift form. • By check, made out to the JCHS Education Foundation. Your check can be mailed to the JCHS Education Foundation,

For questions or more information about the scholarship, contact Catherine Turner, JCHS Resource Development Officer, at (540) 2244644 or via e-mail at More information about John can be found on the JCHS website at: php/prmID/1028 In November 2012, Kimberly Smith, M.O.T., 39, Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the JCHS Master of Science in Occupational Kimberly Smith, M.O.T. Therapy Program, passed away after a two and a half year struggle with metastatic breast cancer. Kim joined our faculty in 2001 as part of our bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy Program. She was a vital part of the Occupational Therapy Program, serving not only as an educator, but as the perfect role model for the future healthcare professionals she trained. We can all take comfort in knowing that Kim’s legacy will continue to live on in the excellent care her students will provide for years to come.

Carol Seavor, R.N., Ed.D.

JCHS Names President and Faculty Emeriti To recognize the dedication and years of service provided to our students, JCHS has designated distinguished faculty and staff Emeriti status at the College. Following her retirement as President of JCHS, Dr. Carol M. Seavor, R.N., Ed.D. was named President Emerita by a Resolution of the JCHS Board of Directors. At a ceremony in 2011, Dr. Seavor received a plaque in honor of her Emerita status and was congratulated by current JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop and members of the College Board of Directors. In August 2012, JCHS named Linda Rickabaugh, M.S.N. an Associate Professor Emerita as she retired after nearly 30 years of service with the College, teaching in the Nursing Program. Carilion Clinic President and CEO Ms. Nancy Howell Agee is among the hundreds of nurses that Linda taught during her three decades in healthcare education. Congratulations to both Dr. Seavor and Ms. Rickabaugh on their accomplishments and thank you for your service at JCHS!

More information about Kim can be found on the JCHS website at: php/prmID/1047 Both John and Kim are greatly missed by all of us at JCHS, and we hope you will join us in sending prayers and condolences to their families during this difficult time. Linda Rickabaugh, M.S.N.



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Jacqueline Luckett

Ehren Vaughn

Diane Elmore

Lori Lynn

Paula M. Warwick

Victoria A. Fellows

Gary & Pamela Mayberry

Kimberly Whiter

Renee Ferris

Darlene McGeorge

Greg & Teresa Wilkins

Jonathan Fiedler

Ryan Minnix

Alan & Suzanne Williams

Teresa Frieri

William & Jeanne Mitchell

Linda Williams

Suzanne Glasson

Lisa Moulse

Daniel Gochenour

Christina Murtagh


Zachary Gossett

Alisha Oliver

GE Foundation

Ashley Green

Alvin Overstreet

Norfolk Southern Foundation

Ron & Susan Greer

Marlene Perrott

Robert & Cherie Hall Lauren Harber

Public Relations Society of America Blue Ridge Chapter

Sandy Harris

Kelly Lynn Price

Stephen Harris

Michael & Janet Price

Sarah Higginbotham

Diane Prime

Joan Hoover

Robert Reese

Charles Houston

James & Deborah Reynolds



Facult y/Staff Briefs Martha Anderson, D.N.P., Associate Professor in Nursing, was a featured speaker at the Virginia Women’s Conference in October 2012. Ally Bowersock, Ph.D., Director of the Health & Exercise Science Program, was featured in the new Carilion Clinic Wellness video, “It Starts with Me,” produced by Carilion Clinic’s Human Resources Department. Elliot Carhart, Ed.D., RRT-ACCS, Assistant Professor in Emergency Services, has completed all requirements for his Doctor of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Carhart also earned certification from the National Board for Respiratory Care as an Adult Critical Care Specialist and obtained the Nationally Certified EMS Educator (NCEE) credential. Dr. Carhart presented his research, “Clinical/Field Internship and Cognitive Exam Success: What Matters for EMT Students?” at the 17th Annual Symposium of the National Association of EMS Educators in Orlando and had his article, entitled, “Stress, Emotion & Learning: Considerations for the EMS Educator,” published in the June edition of EMS World. Johanna Ferguson, M.S., Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor in Health & Exercise Science, is now an instructor and presenter for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification workshops. Sharon Hatfield, Ph.D., Chair of Community Health Sciences, has earned an advanced Respiratory Therapy credential as a Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist. Tracy Hudgins, D.N.P., Assistant Professor in Nursing, successfully defended her doctoral research thesis, entitled, Resilience, Anticipated Turnover and Job Satisfaction among Nurse Leaders, in October 2012.


Wilton Kennedy, D.H.Sc., Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor in the Physician Assistant Program, had his article, entitled, “Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue?,” published in the June 2012 edition of PAEA Networker, the newsletter for the Physician Assistant Education Association. Glenn Kent, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Health Psychology, presented “Power Over Health? The Links Between Individual Choice and Living a Long, Healthy Life” at two events in October and November 2012, and “The Psychology of Dieting: Treatment Modalities for Individuals with Obesity and Food Addiction” in October 2012. Glen Mayhew, D.H.Sc., Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Associate Professor, was cited as an expert in the article, “Treestand Accidents Avoidable,” published in The Roanoke Times in October 2012. Dr. Mayhew also participated in an invited podium presentation in June 2012 at the International Hunter Education Association Conference in Kansas City, MO. Ava Porter, D.N.P., Nursing Department Chair, and Nursing students Michelle Meier and Kristen Brookshire were featured in the article, “Heath Care: A Salute to Nurses,” in the January 2013 issue of The Roanoker Magazine. Dr. Porter also joined Former Virginia Governor and current U.S. Senator Tim Kaine for an invitation-only roundtable discussion with area veterans and military families. Bob Reese, Ph.D., Program Director and Associate Professor in Health Psychology, has written a chapter in a recently published book entitled, The Pedagogy of Pop: Theoretical and Practical Strategies for Success. Dr. Reese was also inducted into the “Order of Braid Council,” which is the highest honor awarded by the National Guild of Hypnotists. Dr. Reese was also named an official “Collaborator” in the International Quit & Recovery Registry program at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in September 2012.

Sarah Ross, M.S., Assistant Director of Admissions, has earned a certificate of completion from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning which certifies her as an official Prior Learning, Assessor. Melody Sharp, D.N.P, R.N., Director of the Post-Licensure & Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs, presented a poster entitled, “Joining Forces in Research: Collaboration with Academia and FrontLine Nursing” at the Virginia Nurses Association Education Day in Richmond in September 2012. In addition, Dr. Sharp participated in a podium panel presentation entitled, “Implementation of a Pilot Protocol for Bladder Management FIM Efficiency” at the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses’ 38th Annual Educational Conference in Nashville in October 2012. Darrell Shomaker, M.A., Director of the JCHS Humanities and Social Sciences Program, has accepted an invitation from the Assistant Commissioning Editor of the journal Aging Health to serve as a peer reviewer. Milena Staykova, Ed.D., Assistant Professor in Nursing, was invited to serve as a reviewer for the Journal of Interprofessional Care. In addition, Dr. Staykova had the articles, “Community College Education Through the Looking Glass of Associate Degree Nursing” and “A Pilot Delphi Study: Competencies of Nurse Educators in Curriculum Design” published in the journal Teaching and Learning in Nursing. George Steer, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Math and Science, presented, “End Tidal Carbon Dioxide, an Underutilized Vital Sign” at the Smart Monitoring Conference associated with the Military Health System Research Symposium in July 2012. Stuart Tousman, Ph.D., Professor in Health Psychology, was elected as the Chair of the Virginia Asthma Coalition for a third straight year and will serve in this role for all of 2013. Dr. Tousman also appeared on National Public Radio, speaking on behalf of the Virginia Asthma Coalition about a new clean air proposal.

Save the Date Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1963 50th Reunion Celebration Friday, August 23, 2013 – Sunday, August 25, 2013 Activities to include: Tour of the College • Update from the President • Celebration Dinner • Sunday Picnic If you would like to plan a reunion for your class on the campus of Jefferson College of Health Sciences, please contact Catherine Turner, JCHS Resource Development Officer, at (540) 224-4644.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences Alumni Night at the Salem Red Sox Please join us for a cookout dinner with fellow alumni and members of the JCHS community, and then stay to enjoy the game! Wednesday, April 17, 2013 — Dinner at 6 p.m.; Game at 7 p.m. $10 per person (families are invited!) To register online, visit:

-----------------------------------------------------Yes! I/we will attend JCHS Alumni Night at the Salem Red Sox on April 17! Name _______________________________________________________ JCHS Grad. Year ____________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone & E-mail Address ___________________________________________________________________________________________ __________ # attending x $10 = _______________ Total __________ My check is enclosed, made out to the Jefferson College of Health Sciences __________ I prefer to charge the gift to (check one): ______ Discover ______ MasterCard ______ Visa Name on Card _________________________________ Card Number _____________________________________ Exp. Date _______ Signature _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Please return completed form and payment to: JCHS – Resource Development, P.O. Box 13186, Roanoke, VA 24031-9900

See you at the game! J E F F E R S O N C H RO N I C L E



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Jefferson Chronicle-Winter/Spring 2013  

Featuring "The JCHS Difference: Celebrating Our Past, Planning Our Future."

Jefferson Chronicle-Winter/Spring 2013  

Featuring "The JCHS Difference: Celebrating Our Past, Planning Our Future."