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TRUSTWORTHY. CARING. COLLABORATIVE. COMPETENT. These are four of our core values, and they capture essential characteristics of Kettering College faculty, staff, students and alumni. They are the kinds of values that you expect to guide any health care professional to whom you would trust the health of your loved ones.

But what about INNOVATIVE? Innovation is part of the DNA of Kettering College. This is partly because of our namesake, Charles F. Kettering — one of the most prolific and celebrated inventors in American history. Mr. Kettering achieved success and distinction through innovation, and that legacy of innovation is a distinctive part of our mission and our culture. This issue of Pacesetter is replete with examples of innovation, some of which are nearly as old as the College itself. Our physician assistant program was drawn up and implemented at Kettering College less than 10 years after the very first such program began anywhere. This year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our PA program, widely known as one of the first and consistently regarded among the best. This fall, we welcome another innovative program to the College: an entry-level occupational therapy doctoral program (OTD) that our students will complete in three years of study. Only a handful of programs formatted this way exist today. Our success in bringing this idea to fruition required focused effort by a capable team; strong support from the College and the Kettering Health Network; and visionary leadership. Its director, Terrance Anderson, has brought together an outstanding team of occupational therapy faculty to begin work this fall with our inaugural class of OTD students. We are also making efforts to leverage technology in our existing programs. Taryn Talbott, who teaches advanced imaging in our radiologic sciences and imaging program, is rolling out a masterful online version of a course. Those imaging professionals who seek training and certification in the latest imaging systems can now access multimedia instruction anytime, anywhere — produced by Talbott, Kettering’s Faculty Member of the Year for 2014-15. Our drive to innovate has never fit the health care environment better than it does today. With the seemingly frenetic pace of technological advancements, knowledge expansion, and organizational and regulatory changes, health care professionals today need to be able to manage in an environment of change and to seek opportunities to improve their practice — in other words, to innovate. This is particularly evident in the rise of advanced practice professionals within U.S. health care — those with clinical-based post-baccalaureate education. As the importance of these professionals grows in our health care delivery systems, so too will their autonomy and their value. The drive to innovate: It is central to us; it distinguishes us; and it represents great value to our students and the public they will serve as health care professionals. We will continue to look for new programs and new paradigms, holding true to that one little word that makes a big difference in the life of Kettering College.


Nate Brandstater, Ph.D., President


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ON THE COVER Kettering College was the second institution in Ohio to establish a physician assistant program; having opened in 1973, it is now the longest continuously running PA program in the state. In this issue, we celebrate the program’s history, alumni, excellence and accomplishments. Photo by Jessica J.W. Beans Pacesetter is published twice yearly by the public relations office at Kettering College for the alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students of the school. Pacesetter Public Relations Office Kettering College · 3737 Southern Blvd. · Kettering, OH 45429 ·


OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS > In May, Kettering College’s commencement marked the physician assistant program’s 40th graduating class. We are honoring this milestone by sharing department accomplishments, faculty and staff achievements, and the stories of some PA alumni.


A MOCK DISASTER > A large-scale disaster simulation gives students in Kettering College clinical programs an intense interdisciplinary approach to learning.

EDITOR: Jessica J.W. Beans ASSISTANT EDITORS: Breana Soliday Haughton and Amy Ortiz-Moretta CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Leigh Wilkins, Jessica J.W. Beans, Breana Soliday Haughton, Nate Brandstater, Olivia Snell, Amy Ortiz-Moretta. PHOTOS: Jessica J.W. Beans, Breana Soliday Haughton, Julie Walling Photography, Scott Robins. All images on pages 9 -11 used with permission. PRINTING: Mound Printing Co. Inc., Dayton, Ohio Kettering College, born out of Adventist faith, is a fully accredited college that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in health science education. Upholding Christ, the College educates students to make service a life calling and to view health as harmony with God in body, mind, and spirit. A division of Kettering Medical Center, Kettering College is located on the KMC campus in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio.

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More than 600 people gathered to run and walk in the physician assistant program’s seventh annual Spring into Health 5K in support of the Good Neighbor House and the Kettering College physician assistant program. Some additions to the event this year included a wellness and fun fair with health screening booths; local business booths; and games for young people. The physician assistant students in the Class of 2016 raised more than $10,000 for Good Neighbor House, a food pantry and health and human services organization run by Dayton-area Seventh-day Adventist congregations. Clockwise from top left: Thumbs up! Runners await the start of the Spring into Health 5K. • More than 600 people came out for the annual run/walk. • A group of PA students set up a balloon arch at the entry to the wellness and fun fair.

Kettering College hosts ASPA conference


More than 90 student life administrators from Adventist institutions around the world visited Kettering College March

15-18 for the annual Adventist Student Personnel Association Conference. This year’s theme was “Connected by the Heart of GOD.” Guests and presenters included university and academy deans, counselors, chaplains, student life directors and vice presidents. Every North American Adventist university campus was represented, along with Babcock University in Nigeria, Universidad de Montemorelos in Mexico, and Burman University, formerly known as Canadian University College in Alberta, Canada. “This conference was one of the top three all-time best ASPA conferences I’ve attended,” said Rick Williams, vice president for enrollment management and student services at Loma Linda University and an ASPA member for more than 30 years.

“This conference was one of the top three all-time best ASPA conferences I’ve attended.”

Left to right: Cliff Wright, ASPA president, welcomes guests to Kettering College • Karl Haffner, pastor of Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church, was the morning devotional speaker during the meetings •Scott Rae and Jon Nickell, associate deans of men at Walla Walla University, and Daniel Jenks. 2

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Kettering College graduates its 47th class

On Saturday, May 2, Kettering College conferred degrees and certificates on 235 students from 14 different programs of study at the school’s 47th annual commencement. The event, held at the Dayton Convention Center, featured keynote speaker Leslie Martin, a professor at La Sierra University and a health researcher who has collaborated in two long-term research studies on health and longevity. Highlights included presentations of the George B. Nelson Award to Timothy Miller (sonography) and the Margaret L. Rodenburg Graduate Scholar Award to Michael Snider. Named after the founding president of Kettering Medical Center, the Nelson Award is given to the associate or bachelor’s graduate who most exemplifies the spirit and practice of the College’s mission. The Rodenburg Award recognizes a master’s-level graduate for excellence in scholarship and professional growth; compassionate Christian service; leadership; an interest in his or her profession that exceeds customary academic requirements; and a commitment to quality and lifelong learning. President Nate Brandstater granted four certificates, 31 associ­ ate degrees, 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degrees, 105 Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees and 40 master’s degrees. Six students graduated with Anna May Vaughan-Winton Beaven Service Learning Honors. Also notable was the recognition of the 40th graduating class from Kettering College’s physician assistant program, which is the longest continuously running PA program in Ohio.



More than 10 years ago, Joan Ulloth, a professor of nursing, began sewing

hats to keep her head warm after losing her hair to cancer treatments. After making several for herself, she began sewing hats for friends and organizations including Head Start, Good Neighbor House, the oncology department at Kettering Medical Center and the YWCA. Over the years, groups of students have seen the positive impact of this caring endeavor and joined Ulloth in the project. In June, a group of nursing students kept the tradition going, sewing both hats and blankets. “It’s the little basic things that make such a difference to the community and those in need,” said nursing student Amanda Lovely. The group donated their work to the YWCA because of their past involvement with the shelter.


Top to bottom: • Physician assistant students commemorate their graduation • Radiology students in the Class of 2015 • Sonography student and George B. Nelson Award winner Timothy Miller

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New weekly ministry event meets in people’s homes for worship, food, and friendship

A new Friday evening worship program called the

Collective provides students of any denomination with a relaxed, informal opportunity for spiritual growth, social interaction and faith sharing. This event is different from previous Friday evening worship programs because it is held in people’s homes, creating a personal atmosphere where students can sing, converse and share a meal together. Hosts have included College employees as well as Kettering Health Network executives. “I think meeting in someone’s home each week is awesome,” said Ryan Lafave, a human biology student. “I have been able to get to know so many people that I wouldn’t have before — other students, interns, employees and executives. It has definitely grown my community.” This event is organized through the Kettering College campus ministries department, but the discussions and worship talks are mostly student-led. LaFave explained how leading out in worship for the first time was intimidating, but people were so friendly that it became easy to read through some Bible verses and lead a discussion.

To stay up to date on all the things the campus ministries department is doing, subscribe to the department’s newsletter or follow the office’s social media. Details can be found at Top to bottom: Students interact during icebreakers and small-group discussions • As hosts, the family of Richard Haas, Kettering Health Network senior vice president of ancillary services, provided a bonfire, s’mores and hot dogs

Easter basket ministry impacts Dayton community C A M P U S N OT E S

College assembles more than 300 Easter baskets for children and parents in need in the Dayton area

For more than 10 years, students, faculty and staff have partnered with Kettering Health Network to assemble Easter baskets for shelters and care centers in the area. This year, more than 50 students prepared 285 baskets and 81 kits of feminine hygiene products for Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center, Artemis Center, Erma’s House, YWCA Dayton, House of Bread, St. Vincent Hotel and Daybreak. Left to right: Easter baskets were wrapped and delivered to families in need across the community • Nursing student Kristen Heitman and nursing Professor Joan Ulloth • Students, faculty, staff, family and friends of Kettering College and Kettering Health Network assemble Easter baskets


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Trinidad and Tobago Mission Trip 2015 A group of Kettering College faculty, staff, students and alumni went to Trinidad and Tobago on a 10-day medical mission trip in May. “A patient came up to me and said how amazed she was with how compassionate and caring we were,” said 2015 nursing graduate Sunny Vu. “It’s something that brings me back to what I learned in the very beginning of the nursing program at Kettering College: whole-person care.” The team interacted with 605 individuals at all the different health fairs they hosted during their time in Trinidad and Tobago.

Clockwise from top left: Pamela Keller, left, an assistant professor in the physician assistant program, with a Tobagan student • Nursing graduate Sunny Vu ’15 educates young people on different health practices • Kettering College alumna Carrie Smith ’08 takes an ultrasound of an expectant mother

In partnership with the Kettering Health Network, Kettering College continues to play a leading role in the effort to pass the Making the Education of Nurses Dependable for Schools Act—known as the MEND Act. This federal legislation will provide regulatory relief to hospital-affiliated schools like Kettering College all over the United States. “During the past year, we have made significant progress in this legislative work,” reported Nate Brandstater, Kettering College president. “Our United States Senators, Sen. Rob Portman and Sen. Sherrod Brown, have provided strong leadership for our coalition.”

Identical bills have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 1784) and the U.S. Senate (S. 629) and are in committee. You can follow their progress at

UUUUUUUU Left to right: Kettering College students tweet and call to build awareness of and support for this important issue • Nate Brandstater, president of Kettering College, participates in a call campaign to generate support for a bill to provide financial support for nursing schools throughout the United States

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2 radiology program invests in leading-edge equipment Almost $40,000 in new radiology equipment will continue to position Kettering College as a leader in health care education. The purchase, which includes new mannequin and an MRI simulator, is a part of a recent investment plan that emphasizes technology and academic program quality, said President Nate Brandstater. “We strive to support our programs in their pursuit of academic leadership,” Brandstater said. “We hope that this capital purchase will help keep our students, our faculty and the College at the forefront of quality health care education.”

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‘Best Value School’ For the second year in a row, Kettering College has been chosen a Best Value School by University Research & Review, a company that helps students choose postsecondary education. In order to be chosen for this award, an institution must be nominated and reviewed, passing a rigorous set of standards including cost, accreditation, variety and quality of school programs, and student satisfaction with the institution. “Kettering College continues to merit recognition for the value and satisfaction they bring to their students,” said Joseph Schmoke, founder and CEO of University Research & Review. Kettering College President Nate Brandstater said the honor reflects the College’s commitment to students and quality. “This second successive year of national recognition is strong affirmation of the value of a Kettering College education,” Brandstater said. “Our faculty and staff work tirelessly to deliver a top-notch experience for our students. Receiving the Best Value School Award for the second year is fitting recognition for their effort.”

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Above: Taryn Talbott, second from right, an associate professor in the radiologic sciences and advanced imaging department, explains components of an MRI mechanism.

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welcomes its first doctoral students

at Kettering College this fall as the inaugural cohort in the occupational therapy doctoral (OTD) program —the school’s first doctoral program and one of only 21 OTD programs in the United States. The program is full time and traditional (not online), with five semesters of classroom instruction, two semesters of field work and a four-month doctoral experience, which can include clinical practice, research, administration and other areas of training. The faculty includes three full-time and two part-time professors. MANY APPLICANTS, FEW SEATS Choosing applicants for the inaugural class was no easy task, said Terrance Anderson, program director. “More than 200 people applied for 18 spots, and we interviewed 85 of them,” he said. “Because of the quality of our applicant pool, we decided to expand the class to 20 students rather than the original 18.” These well-qualified individuals hail from as far away as California and as nearby as Dayton. Some are in their 20s and fresh out of college; others are older and making a career change. They have backgrounds in exercise science, education, communications and other fields. One student, Brianna Cave, put her career plans on hold for a year for the opportunity to attend Kettering College as an OTD student. Cave graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, in May 2014, with plans to pursue an advanced degree in occupational therapy. When she heard that Kettering College would begin its OTD program in 2015, she decided to wait. “I had heard wonderful things about Kettering College, and I felt like earning a doctorate would benefit me,” Cave said. “I visited the campus more than a year ago, and I was just blown away by the campus and the people I met. It is

such a privilege to be part of a program that is connected with an amazing health network that shares the values I hold in my life. The program is rigorous, and the professors are really enthusiastic.” PREPARING FOR THE NEXT CLASS As students delve into the curriculum and prepare for clinical rotations, Anderson and his team are preparing for the next cohort. “We are already accepting applications for the next OTD class, and interest is very high,” he said. “Doctoral programs like ours are in demand because they provide students with extensive training and experience in clinical research, which will prepare them to provide excellent, evidence-based care.” FOR MORE INFORMATION about the OTD program, see Program applications are available at

“The program is rigorous, and the professors are really enthusiastic.” » Brianna Cave/Student

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Twenty students are making history


From left, Shanese Higgins, assistant professor; Terrance Anderson, program director; Jessica Carpenter, assistant professor

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New program immerses students in a collaborative care rotation




A new program at Kettering College will immerse nursing students for 10 weeks in the clinical setting. The program began in May on Kettering Medical Center’s neurological care unit, recently named a dedicated education unit, or DEU. Each student is paired with a nurse preceptor for instruction and mentoring. Students also interact closely with other health care professionals, including physicians, therapists and social workers. DEU students spend about 250 hours on a patient care unit while also attending classes. The difference from a traditional clinical rotation is in the level of engagement in patient care and interaction with clinical staff. “These students will be an integral part of the neurological care unit’s workflow and culture, providing them with a very realistic work experience,” said nursing Professor Cherie Rebar. “They also will benefit from having a one-on-one or one-on-two relationship with a nurse preceptor. These preceptors are passionate about educating future nurses and excited about the professional relationships they’ll form with these students.” DEUs are becoming more common nationwide, although Kettering’s is only the third in Ohio. The students on a DEU engage in collaborative patient care, which has been shown to reduce medical errors, minimize complications, shorten hospital stays and decrease readmission rates. Nursing faculty members Amy Jauch and Lisa Huber developed the curriculum for the nurse preceptors and other staff members in the DEU. “The DEU concept is a paradigm shift in nursing education,” Jauch said. “It transforms the patient care unit into a full-time learning environment. Our education involves classroom instruction as well as role playing to help staff prepare. We expect the experience of working on the DEU to be as rewarding for the staff as it is for our students.” A study developed in tandem with the DEU will assess the program’s impact on patient care, nursing students and nurses who work on the unit, said Cheryl Waker, a Kettering Health Network nurse researcher and the study’s principal investigator. “The DEU model is somewhat new, and we want to be part of efforts to understand why it is effective and how it can be improved,” said Waker, who will examine quality of care, safety, student anxiety and confidence, clinical decision making, and employee satisfaction and engagement. pacesetter · autumn 2015

KETTERING COLLEGE OFFERS NEW THREE-YEAR BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN RESPIRATORY CARE This fall, Kettering College began offering a new three-year bachelor’s degree in respiratory care. Most bachelor’s degree programs in respiratory care take four years to complete, said Nancy Colletti, program director. In Kettering’s accelerated program, students can finish a year earlier, even with no prior college coursework. The newly accredited degree will require higher critical thinking skills and more extensive course content than the associate degree, Colletti said. The respiratory care program recently received the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success award from CoARC, the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, for the second year in a row. Of the 441 accredited respiratory care programs in the United States, only 43 programs received this award in 2014. The RRT credential reflects the program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional goals. “Over the last several years, Kettering College has shifted toward bachelor’s degrees and higher academic programs to match the needs of today’s health care environment,” said President Nate Brandstater. “This change in our respiratory degree is an example of our continued pursuit of innovation and excellence.”


Respiratory care program

uses creativity to enhance health science learning In the respiratory care department, students must learn the different segments of the lungs in the first semester of the program. Instead of testing the students in a quiz format, the students are given the innovative option of creating a shirt that shows all of the segments of lungs. It is both fun and creative and accommodates students who are strong visual learners. If a student does not want to participate in the shirt project, he or she can opt for the quiz instead. Pictured this page (clockwise from top left): On April 28 nursing staff, administrators and students launch balloons in celebration of the new DEU program • Respiratory care student Cassandra Fouch with Nancy Colletti, respiratory care program director • Respiratory students pose in the lab with the shirts they designed




At Kettering College’s 47th commencement in May, the physician assistant program graduated its 40th class. The physician assistant program at Kettering College is the school’s first on-campus master’s degree, accredited as such in 2006. The department has been educating PAs since 1973, earning it the distinction of being one of the oldest PA departments in the nation. Kettering College was the second institution in Ohio to establish a physician assistant program; it is now the longest continuously running PA program in the state. In the past year, the program received the longest accreditation cycle possible (seven years) and recorded a national PA board passage rate of 98 percent. Educated in a Christian atmosphere that emphasizes whole-person care, Kettering College’s PA students are guided by a professional faculty dedicated to constantly improving the preparation of physician assistants. Through Kettering College’s affiliation with the Kettering Health Network, Kettering College’s PA students are provided clinical opportunities in a nationally recognized hospital network.

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alumni reflection: Shirley Blake Cuthrell ’87 works for the Dayton VA Medical Center in orthopedics. She majored in music in college and decided to change paths. She completed the PA program when it was still a two-year associate degree. “It was a well-respected program, great on-the-job training, and did well in preparing me for clinical rotations,” Cuthrell said.



alumni reflection: Mildred B. Roach ’96 works in administration and as a professor at Kettering College. “The PA program prepared me well for a very fulfilling career as a physician assistant,” Roach said. After she graduated from PA school, she joined the PA faculty at Kettering College. She also has worked in family medicine, emergency medicine and occupational medicine.



40 YEARS OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS Fran Angerer graduates from PA program.

06.SEP.1966: “More than a Nurse, Less than a Doctor,” a story featuring the Duke physician assistant program appears in Look magazine; a nursing instructor teaches a few of the first physician assistants ever at Duke University.

1965: The first PA program starts at Duke University.



1973: Clinton Trott, M.D., founds Kettering College’s physician assistant program; the first PA class begins in an associate degree/ certificate program.




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PA program transitions from associate to baccalaureate degree.


students. L. Delyte Morris becomes chair of the PA program.

The seven-year accreditation is the maximum duration of accreditation awarded to a program; approximately 10% of PA programs receive this status.

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Terri Long graduates from PA program; she is an assistant professor in the PA program today.

Kettering’s PA program is granted accreditation upon its first application.

Kettering College awards its first PA degree.


Tim Scanlon graduates from PA program; he is now an assistant professor in the PA program.

Millie Roach graduates from PA program; she is a professor in Kettering College’s PA program today.

First graduating class with bachelor’s degrees.

alumni reflection: Lisa M. Schlater ’11 works in comprehensive geriatric care for nursing homes in the Dayton area. She said the program modeled how to treat a patient as a whole person. “I appreciated how the program taught a holistic way of practicing — a way of practicing with body and soul,” Schlater said. “They incorporated spiritual and physical end-of-life care. … It was a good experience all the way around in clinical and in the classroom.”


alumni reflection: Jennifer L. Kissinger ’11 works in emergency medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. “I learned a lot of clinical pearls from going through the program and felt well-prepared for the medical field,” Kissinger said, adding that the program gave her enough practice and knowledge to be confident in her first job.


alumni reflection: Elizabeth M. Diem ’07 is a physician assistant in emergency medicine at Kettering Health Network. “The program gave me a good foundation to succeed as a PA,” said Diem, who noted that the fast pace of the program prepared her for work. She has been a PA in the Kettering Health Network since graduation.



Pamela Keller graduates from PA program; she is an assistant professor in the PA program today.

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Tim Scanlon PA program transitions from bachelor’s to master’s degree.



Fran Angerer becomes chair of the program.




earns a certificate of added qualifications in EMERGENCY MEDICINE.




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PA program changes from a REGULAR SCHEDULE to

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PA program is awarded seven-year accreditation.

JOHN STATEN, the father of PA alumnus Greg Staten, makes a generous gift to renovate and equip a new PA lab, eight exam rooms and a sonography lab; they are known today as the Staten Family Learning Labs.

100% As of July 2013, nearly 1,090 people had completed their physician assistant education at Kettering College.


alumni reflection: Louise D. Morris ’79 is a professor of allied health and coordinator of the allied health program at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. She began to teach in the PA program at Kettering College in the late ’80s, serving as chair from 1990 to 1995. “I did have the pleasure of having both Millie Roach and Fran Angerer as students,” she said. “I have always been thankful to have had the opportunity to go to Kettering and earn the privilege of practicing as a PA.” Today, in addition to teaching, she also puts in about 20 hours a week in clinical practice as a PA. “The educational program has changed profoundly, and for the better, just as has our profession,” she said.

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share information, memories and advice during spring phonathon

Reaching out to nearly


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IN THE SPRING, a team of physician assistant students reached out to about 600 alumni in the program’s first phonathon, updating records and sharing information about the upcoming 40th anniversary celebration. “When speaking with alumni, we got great responses,” said PA student Missy Gottschlich, president of the program’s Clinton Trott Society. “There were six of us calling, which got quite loud, but it was a very enjoyable experience.” One conversation with an alumna stood out in her mind. “She had a great sense of humor and was very intrigued by my own interests,” Gottschlich said. “She offered wise advice and also relayed messages for me to share with specific faculty that she had been friends with for 20 years, like how she had lost 30 pounds.”

Many alumni asked about where the PA program is now.

“They were shocked about our improvements and very proud of our advances, specifically with our PA lab and clinic rooms…” » Missy Gottschlich, PA student & president of the Clinton Trott Society

“They were shocked about our improvements and very proud of our advances, specifically with our PA lab and clinic rooms,” Gottschlich said. Many alumni shared memories of the program’s early days, when PA classes took place in a trailer across from the hospital. “The experience was very enjoyable,” she said. “Multiple PAs spoke of their experiences with the College, expressing great appreciation for the program. They all loved their careers as physician assistants. … The positive reflection got us very excited for our own careers.”

The program plans on doing more phonathons.

“We still have many more alumni to contact and look forward to doing so next time,” Gottschlich said.

Above left to right: PA students Sarah Brad, Missy Gottschlich, Allie Thompson, Christopher Douglas, Christine Battis and Kirsten Jacobson were all participants in the 2015 PA phonathon.


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Kay Daugharthy Newcombe ’76

Jackie Anderson Riddle ’91

Stephanie Van Meeveen ’10

(nursing) lives in Richmond, Virginia, and is a medical staff performance improvement coordinator. Her email address is

DID YOU KNOW? It’s so easy to update your information online. Just go to KC.EDU/ALUMNI!

(nursing) is a Certified Poison Specialist for the Ohio Poison Center. She lives in Marysville, OH and her email address is

Robin McElwee Demboski ’93 (nursing) is an oncology nurse and lives in Brandon, Florida, with her husband, Thomas. They have four children. Her email address is robin.

(human biology) is a research program manager at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine and can be reached at

Shirley Morris ’10 (nursing) lives in Dayton with her husband, Willie. Her email address is

Joanne Cross Rodrigues ’11

1980s Jane Lamantia ’81

(nursing) lives in Lynn Haven, Florida, and her email address is

Elias Boccheciamp ’83

(nursing) works at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., and lives in Laurel, Maryland. His email address is

Sylvia Wegh Barbosa ’83

(respiratory care) lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband, Joilo. Her email address is

Kelly Rowlands Morrow ’84

(respiratory care) lives in Las Vegas with her husband, David Morrow, and is a lecturer and clinical instructor. She is working on her doctorate; she previously earned associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. Her email address is

Scott Massey ’87

(physician assistant) works at Slippery Rock University as a director of research and an associate professor of physician assistant studies. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Freedom, Pennsylvania. He has published one book and 13 research articles and made more than 50 national presentations.

Christine Martindale ’98

(physician assistant) lives in S elbyville, Delaware. Her email address is

(nursing) and her husband, Ryan, were married on Dec. 28. Her email address is

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Katrina Huber ’11

Rock Hodde ’94

(respiratory care) lives in Elida, Ohio. His email address is

(nursing) works in the Kettering Health Network. Her email address is

Rebecca Boggs Daily ’13

Tom Williamson ’90

(biomedical equipment technology) lives in Kettering. His email address is

Carol Blankenship ’96

(biomedical equipment technology) lives in Fairborn, Ohio, with her husband, Richard. She is a network engineer for Kettering Health Network; her email address is

2000s Malika Jordan Brown ’03 (nursing and health care professional studies) lives in Dayton. She is a case manager and community liaison for St. Leonard. Her email address is

Adrienne Covarrubias Pristas ’07 (nursing) and her husband, Dereck, live in Xenia, Ohio. Her email address is kettering college

(sonography) lives in Fairborn, Ohio, with her husband, James. They were married on Jan. 2.

Exechaelle Myrthil Norris ’13 (human biology) lives in Euclid, Ohio, with her husband, Scott. Her email address is

Candice Huff Chamblin ’13 (radiologic technology) lives in Springboro, Ohio. Her email address is


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WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE UP TO! Share and submit your events and photos to alumni@

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Alumni out to the ballgame with the Dayton Dragons Members of the Class of 2015 celebrated their first week off of school at a Dayton Dragons game on Kettering College Alumni Night. The May 4th game against the Fort Wayne TinCaps began with George B. Nelson Award honoree Timothy Miller (sonography) throwing out the first pitch. More than 200 alumni, family and friends came to the game, participated in the events and sang along to “Take Me out to the Ballgame.”


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1) Timothy Miller ’15 throws out the first pitch. 2) Nursing (completion) graduate Madalyn Barton ‘15 and her son, Kyle. 3) Nursing graduates Karen Cockerham ’15, left, and Emily Mckenna ’15 sing during the seventh-inning stretch. 4) Nursing graduates Jamie Boone ’15, left, and Roosevelt Florence ’15. 5) Ashley Jarriel ’15 and Joe Gucwa ’98 (nursing) celebrate the Dayton Dragons alumni night with daughter Charlotte, who says she’ll be graduating from Kettering College in 2025.








6) Nursing graduates Kristen Flagg ’14, Ian Flagg ’15, Nicole Roth ’15 and Andrew Chambers ’15. 7) Recruiter Patrick Dahl with 2015 nursing graduates Nicole Roth and Andrew Chambers. 8) Recruiter Patrick Dahl and front desk operator John Luckiesh. 9) Nursing graduate Jennifer Low ’15 celebrates alumni night. 10) 2015 nursing graduates Ian Flagg and Andrew Chambers don sumo wrestler suits and race around the bases; Chambers wins. 11) Jack Johnson, nephew of 2015 sonography graduate Timothy Miller, with the baseball used for the first pitch.

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students from all training programs participate in large-scale simulation


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lessons from a mock

DISASTER “There has been a building collapse, and the Kettering Medical Center emergency department is overwhelmed. Victims are being brought to the nursing skills lab. Prepare for 42 patients with head wounds, broken bones, concussions, impalements, deep lacerations and possible toxic contaminations. Go to your stations now.”


So began the largest mass disaster simulation in Kettering College history. More than 125 students took part in the June 5 event. Many reported that it was far more realistic than they could have imagined, thanks to the unrelenting flow of victims, expertly applied moulage (mock wounds), and chaotic sounds of people in distress. “I’ve worked in an emergency department before,” said physician assistant student Allie Thompson. “This event was like that — on steroids. It was really exciting to be in a pseudo-clinical setting and apply what we have been learning in our classes.”

interdisciplinary approach adds new dimension Planning for the simulation began weeks in advance. The nursing department at Kettering College took the lead, working closely with faculty and staff in the physician assistant, respiratory care, sonography, and radiologic sciences and imaging programs, as well as with emergency department staff at Kettering Medical Center. Organizers created the mass casualty scenario, discussed learning objectives, identified which wounds to simulate and collected supplies. This was the college’s fifth disaster simulation, but it was the first to involve students from every training program, including nursing (89), physician assistant (20), respiratory care (10), radiological sciences and imaging (4) and sonography (4). “The multidisciplinary approach mirrors real-life experience and is a more effective way for students to learn,” said Donna Moore, director of the nursing skills lab and the event coordinator. “It was a great exercise for them to have to communicate with each other in an intense patient care setting.”

setting the scene On simulation day, students assigned to the role of patient were escorted to the moulage room, where they were transformed into trauma victims. Each one received a card with a description of wounds and summary of his or her condition. “I had an eye impalement, and the makeup was so realistic—it really helped me get in character,” said Jillian Witters, a senior nursing student. “Once the simulation began, I was transported to a triage station and assessed by a nurse. My eyes were taped shut, and after the nurse left, it was actually a little scary to hear all the commotion and not really know what was going on around me.”

Even with her eyes closed, Witters said, she could sense the value of teamwork as caregivers came to her side. “The nurse and physician assistant worked really well together,” she said. “One of them would read my vital signs aloud, and the other would repeat them back to be sure nothing was missed. I’m glad I got to experience the simulation from a patient’s perspective.”

lessons amidst chaos After triage, patients were transported to the 10-bed emergency unit, radiology room, respiratory therapy room or operating room, although two patients “died” and were taken to the morgue. Students performed physical assessments, dressed wounds, simulated different therapies and provided emotional support for patients. The tension in the skills lab was palpable as patients cried out in pain, a woman searched frantically for her missing infant, a reporter asked annoying questions, and security personnel tried to restore order. “I was with the most seriously injured, and the flow of patients was so rapid that I didn’t have a lot of time to think about my feelings,” said Thompson, the physician assistant student. “I just had to focus and apply what I knew as best as I could.” Moore and her team ran the simulation twice to ensure that all students were able to participate in meaningful roles. Afterward, students debriefed with faculty and staff. Reflecting on her experience, Thompson said it was instructive in many ways. “The event provided great insight about what our transition to the clinical setting will be like,” she said. “It helped me realize how much I already know and how much I still have to learn.”

mock trauma victims each received a card with a description of wounds and summary of his or her condition.

Pictured clockwise from top left: 1) Rob Hoover, an associate professor of radiologic sciences and imaging, works with nursing and radiology students in treating a wounded student with a pneumothorax. 2) Holly Ronnebaum and fellow nursing students comfort the wounded patient while assessing injuries. 3) The students in all the programs take part in a debriefing after the simulation. 4) Nursing students Allison Fay and Lacey Jackson treat an open abdominal wound on fellow nursing student Colton Clay, a patient. 5) Makeup makes nursing student Emily Mckenna appear injured for the disaster simulation. 6) Community members participate as wounded. pacesetter · autumn 2015







Bridget Aiello, administrative assistant, was a control desk scheduler in the surgery department and earlier a unit coordinator at Kettering Medical Center before taking on her current role at the College. She said that outside of work, she enjoys going to movies, canoeing, and going to Kings Island and Cedar Point with her husband, James, and children Cory and Holly.

Marisa Blahovich, associate professor of nursing, was the eighth person in her family to join the nursing profession. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1978 from Faculdade Adventista de Enfermagem, the Adventist university in São Paulo, Brazil, followed by diplomas in medical-surgical nursing and obstetric and gynecological nursing. She earned a master’s in nursing education from Andrews University in Michigan in 2007. She said the mission and vision in Christian education attracted her to Kettering College. She listens to classical music, plays the piano, walks, scrapbooks and spends time with her husband, Darryl, and two daughters, Michelle and Christina.


Kris Harter, director of student life, spent 21 years teaching at four Adventist primary, middle and secondary schools before moving into his administrative position at Kettering College. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Columbia Union College in 1994, he saw his new post at Kettering College as a good opportunity to grow as a person and expand his professional experiences. In his spare time, he plays sports, reads and listens to music. He and his wife, Alex, have two children.


John Luckiesh, front desk operator, said he has always wanted to work in an Adventist college or in a hospital administrative position. In his spare time, he rides his bike, plays disc golf and ultimate Frisbee, sings and listens to music. During high school, he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City with his high school choir, the Maplewood Academy Choraliers of Hutchinson, Minnesota. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Union College in 2011. Luckiesh said he also enjoys “nerding out” with media and can somewhat speak and understand “Ewokese.”

Maegan Luckiesh, administrative assistant, said the biggest influence on her decision to join Kettering College was a calling from God that guided her here. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations from Union College in 2014, she said she was drawn to her position because of the opportunities it provides her to work with and learn from people. In her spare time, Luckiesh goes on adventures, learns new languages, paints, drinks coffee, reads and bakes.


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Stewards of a legacy: Kettering College’s senior leadership “We are very excited to welcome both Loren and Ruth as the academic deans for Kettering College and Nick as the new leader for administration and finance,” said Nate Brandstater, Kettering College president. “With their arrival on campus, College faculty and students now have a full administrative team supporting their work, teaching, and learning.” Kettering College’s administrative team, from left: Loren Agrey, Dean for Academic Affairs; Ruth Abbott, Dean for Academic Affairs; Nate Brandstater, President; Victor Brown, Dean for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; and Nicholas Henson, Director of Finance and Administration (not pictured).

» Sarah Bayer was promoted to director of the Residence Hall, succeeding Jerry Mahn, who accepted a position in human resources in the Kettering Health Network. » Assistant Professor Laura Edwards is now director of the Writing Center, succeeding Erin Banks-Kirkham, who accepted a position at La Sierra University. » Admissions director Becky McDonald is moving with her family to Texas after dedicating 18 years to Kettering College. » Nursing Professor Joan Ulloth was named interim director of the Division of Nursing, succeeding nursing Professor Cherie Rebar, who is returning to full-time teaching. » Danae Still, assistant to the president for finance, has moved into a new role as a finance manager in the Kettering Health Network. » Irma Whitley, executive assistant to the president, has taken on a new role as executive assistant to the CEO of Kettering Health Network. » Mindi Collins joined the College as the interim executive assistant to the president. » Clive Wilson, interim coordinator of the Anna May Vaughan-Winton Beaven Service Learning Honors Program, is pursuing a career as an entrepreneur after dedicating 11 years to Kettering College. » Humanities Professor David VanDenburgh was named chair of the humanities and social sciences department, succeeding Mark Carr, who took a position in Alaska. kettering college




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Featured above: 1) Victor Brown, Dean for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, welcomes new students to the summer semester orientation with a balloon game. 2) Physician assistant faculty, staff and students “Go Red for Women” as part of the American Heart Association’s nationwide effort to build awareness about heart disease and stroke among women. 3) Peter DeRussy, M.D., left, an internal medicine specialist in the Kettering Physician Network, instructs human biology student Christina Cribari on the health coaching approach during a community health care class at Good Neighbor House, an Adventist food pantry, social service and health service resource

center in downtown Dayton. 4) Counterclockwise from bottom left on Kettering College’s mission trip to Trinidad and Tobago: Kettering College alumna Carrie Smith ’08, nursing student Sunny Vu, human biology student Esther Hwang and chaplain Steve Carlson. 5) Nursing students Jamie Boone, left, and Myra Andrews, right, give the Dayton Dragons mascot Heater his annual checkup at Kettering College under the supervision of nursing skills lab instructor and health sciences Professor Cindy Prater, center. 6) Human anatomy and physiology Professor Laurie Bromagen, center, uses a cow’s heart to illustrate anatomy to pre-nursing students, from left, Paige Craig, Victoria Bishop, Professor Laurie Bromagen,

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Morena Madden, and Brooke Hatton. 7) From left, nursing students Danny Biddinger, Zach Roth, and College recruiter Patrick Dahl lead music during a student assembly, which takes place every month during the academic year. 8) Human biology students Tahlaya Gonzales, Rachel Mack and Victor Bayona and other Kettering College students, faculty and staff joined hundreds of community members in downtown Dayton in January for a memorial march in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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