Meet the Board

Neddie V. Serra, Ed D, CNE, RN Chairperson Frances M. McLaughlin Division of Nursing at Bloomfield College,

Chairperson Frances M. McLaughlin Division of Nursing at Bloomfield College, Bloomfield NJ since 2004. Received her Associate Degree from Bronx Community College, in New York, holds a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree from Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. Professor Serra has a Doctorate of Education, specializing in Health Care from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Over forty years of experience as a registered nurse and 25 years of experience in Nursing Education. Clinical areas have included Maternal Child Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Medical/Surgical Nursing, and Leadership. Research interest: Cultural Diversity, Spirituality, Nursing Education – Alternative Therapies, and Health Disparities.


Brenda Peterson, PhD, MSN, RN, APN-C, CPNP-PC Associate Dean for Caldwell University School of Nursing & Public Health

Dr. Brenda Petersen is the Associate Dean, School of Nursing & Public Health at Caldwell University. Dr. Petersen received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Seton Hall University School of Nursing. She received her PhD in Health Professions Leadership from Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences. Petersen has over a decade of experience in nursing education and higher education administration.


Sarah S. Arnold, DMH, MSN, RN

Chairperson of the nursing programs at the College of Saint Elizabeth since 2015. Received BSN at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota; MSN-ANP at Grand Valley State University, Alendale, Michigan; and Doctor of Medical Humanities at Drew University, Madison, NJ. Over forty years of clinical and administrative experience with specialties in critical care and end-of life study. Administrative posts as a DON, CNO, and VP Patient Cares Service in three large hospitals in the Midwest and East Coast. Research in the field of death and dying.


Minerva S. Guttman, EdD., RN, ANP Director, Professor and Endowed Chair of the FDU School of Nursing and Allied Health

Dr. Minerva S. Guttman earned her doctorate, MA and MEd in Nursing Education from Columbia University and her BSN from the University of the Philippines. She received a Post-masters Certificate in Adult Nurse Practitioner form UMDNJ, now Rutgers University. Dr. Guttman has been a nurse for 45 years and 30 years of these are in academic administration for higher education in nursing. Dr. Guttman’s clinical specialty is Medical –Surgical Nursing and has worked in open heart surgery intensive care units.


Muriel M. Shore, EdD, RN, FNAP, NEA-BC Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing at Felician University

Dr. Muriel M Shore has been the Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing at Felician University since 2001. Dr. Shore is associated with significant education, practice and regulatory initiatives, which have advanced the nursing profession and patient safety in New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Seton Hall University College of Nursing, and a Doctorate in Education from Seton Hall University College of Education and Human Services. Her career spans clinical practice, nursing education and research, executive leadership positions in health care systems, Visiting Professor experiences in China and Russia, higher education administration, and political action. Dr. Shore also serves as the Director of the Felician University Institute for Gerontology and served for nine years as Mayor of Fairfield and two years as Freeholder in Essex County.


Dr. Teri Wurmser Chair of the Georgian Court Meridian Health School of Nursing.

Dr. Teri Wurmser is the founding Chair of the Georgian Court Meridian Health School of Nursing. Dr. Wurmser also serves as the Director of the Ann May Center for Nursing and Allied Health for Hackensack Meridian Health Network. Dr. Wurmser received a diploma in nursing from Kings County Hospital Center, Bachelors and Doctoral degrees from Adelphi University, and Master in Public Health from Columbia University. Her clinical experience includes nursing administration, critical care and public health nursing. Her educational experience includes Leadership and Management and Community Health. Dr. Wurmser has over 40 years of experience in nursing and 20 years in nursing education.

Joan Valas, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC Executive Director and Professor Kean University School of Nursing

Dr. Joan Valas is the Executive Director of the School of Nursing at Kean University School of Nursing. Dr. Valas received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Bergen Community College, her BS in Nursing, MS in Nursing as a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, and a Post Masters Certificate as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from Columbia University School of Nursing. Her PhD is in Anthropology from Columbia University. Dr. Valas also did a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Center for Health Disparities Research. Her clinical experience is as an acute care nurse practitioner. She has over 22 years in nursing education and higher education administration. Her areas of expertise include health policy, vulnerable population, ethics and curriculum development in nursing education.


Christina B. McSherry, PhD, RN, CNE Associate Dean for the College of Professional Studies, New Jersey City University

Dr. McSherry received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Wagner College and both her Master’s in Nursing Education and PhD in Research and Theory Development from New York University’s College of Nursing. She has been a nurse for 39 years specializing in oncology, the operating room, critical care and has been in nursing higher education for the past 20 years. Her research area of expertise is end of life issues.


Kathleen M Burke PhD, RN Professor of Nursing and Assistant Dean in charge of Nursing Programs, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Chair, Organization of Colleges of Nursing-New Jersey (OCN-NJ)

Received BS from Rutgers The State University College of Nursing, MA and PhD from New York University, Division of Nursing. Presently a Professor of Nursing and Assistant Dean in charge of Nursing Programs, Ramapo College of New Jersey. Serves as research advisor to the local Magnet Hospitals. Serves on the Executive Board of the NJ Council of Magnet organizations. Member of the Board of Trustees of Valley Home Care. Has an extensive background in academic and clinical environments, having served as a Senior Vice President of Education at a community hospital, and faculty at a variety of colleges and universities.


Rosemary Fliszar, PhD, RN, CNE Director, RN-BSN Program and Assistant Professor, Rider University

Dr. Rosemary Fliszar is the Director of the RN-BSN program and Assistant Professor II at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. Dr. Fliszar received her Diploma in Nursing from Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA, her BSN from Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, her MSN in Adult Health/Gerontology from DeSales University (formerly Allentown College of


Mary Ellen Santucci PhD, RN Chair, Department of Nursing, School of Health Professions, Rowan University

Dr. Santucci received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, her BSN and MSN in Adult Neurologic Rehabilitation from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA and her doctorate in Nursing Education/Health Promotion from Widener University Chester, PA. Her clinical specialty is Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation and her education specialty is Curriculum Development and Evaluation Methods. She has over 30 years’ experience in nursing with 20 years’ experience in nursing education.


Donna M. Nickitas DEAN SCHOOL OF NURSING, RUTGERS - CAMDEN

Donna M. Nickitas, an exceptional administrator, a noted health policy scholar, and an energetic visionary regarding the future of health care and nursing education in America, is dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden. Dr. Nickitas' long history of advocacy for equitable health care, expertise in academic nursing education, and proven ability to foster a culture of cross-sector engagement ideally positions her to lead the dynamic growth of the School of Nursing–Camden and build on the school’s tradition of leadership, scholarship, and service. She believes wholeheartedly that nurses serve society and do public good by advancing health, driving public policy, and promoting access to quality, patient-centered care.


William L. Holzemer, RN, PhD, FAAN Dean and Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Dr. Holzemer is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and a member of the Japan Academy of Nursing. He is a former Fulbright Scholar (Egypt), a Project HOPE Fellow and is a Distinguished Professor at St. Luke’s College of Nursing, Tokyo. He recently completed two terms as elected board member of the International Council of Nursing. He has provided national leadership through his participation in national commissions for AHRQ and the Institute of Medicine and currently serves as a member of the National Council of the National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH. He has a distinguished research career in nursing focused on symptom management, adherence, stigma and quality of life for people living with the HIV infection receiving numerous NIH grants and publishing many manuscripts.


Lauren E, O’Hare Ed.D., R.N. Dean of the School of Nursing at Saint Peter’s University

Dr. O’Hare received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Alfred University, a Master of Science degree from Hunter- Bellevue School of Nursing and Doctorate in Education from St. John’s University. Her area of specialization in her master’s program was Emergency Nursing and in her doctoral studies, Instructional Leadership in Higher Education. She has 25 years of experience teaching nursing with 15 years in higher education administration.


Marie Foley, PhD, RN Dean of the College of Nursing at Seton Hall University.

Dr. Foley received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and both her Master’s in Nursing Education and PhD in Theory Development and Research in Nursing from New York University. Her specialty is in pediatric and school nurse. She has been a nurse for over 30 years and has spent the last 20 years in higher education, her 5 most recent years in higher education administration.


Joan Perks, PhD, APN-C, CNE, CEN, CRNI Nursing Program Coordinator, Richard Stockton University

Dr. Joan Perks is the Nursing Program Coordinator at Stockton University. Dr. Perks received her Diploma in Nursing from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, a Master in Nursing from Widener University and a Doctorate in Nursing from Widener University. She specialized in Burn, Emergency and Trauma for her master’s. She has over 20 years experience in teaching in higher education.


Carole Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, ANEF

Dr. Carole Kenner is the Carol Kuser Loser Dean, School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey. Dr. Kenner received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati and her master’s and doctorate in nursing from Indiana University. She specialized in neonatal/perinatal nursing for her master’s and obtained a minor in higher education for her doctorate. She has over 30 years’ experience in teaching with 20 of those years in higher education administration.


Filomela (Phyllis) Marshall, EdD, RN, CNE Dean, W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing, Thomas Edison State University, Secretary OCN-NJ

Dr. Phyllis Marshall is the dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State University. Dr. Marshall holds a doctorate in education from Temple University in Philadelphia; a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania with a specialty in community health nursing; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) in New York. She has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare field, predominantly in nursing education with expertise in curriculum development.


Nadine M. Aktan, PhD, FNP-BC Chair & Professor, William Paterson University Department of Nursing

Dr. Nadine Aktan, Professor of Nursing, currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Nursing which is housed in the College of Science & Health at William Paterson University. Dr. Aktan received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, Master’s of Science in Nursing, and PhD in Nursing from Rutgers University. As a nurse, she specialized in pediatric and community health nursing. After becoming a family nurse practitioner, Dr. Aktan went on to provide advanced nurse care in a variety of primary and urgent care settings. Her research area of expertise includes nursing education and optimizing patient care outcomes.

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