Alumni Notes

Alumni/ae sound off: they’re being elected to run nonprofit organizations, winning awards, sharing Pace memories, and more.  Send us your news! Where are you working? Did you write a book or win an award? Did you just get married, have a baby, or celebrate another milestone in your life? You can e-mail; please include your credentials and year of graduation, and we'll include your news in the next issue. 

  • MaryAnne Laffin, RN, MS, FNP, CNM, FACNM, FNP 1978 has been elected President of the National Perinatal Association.  According to a press release from the NPA, Laffin has been an active board member of the NPA for the past seven years, serving as Secretary and President Elect. She has been involved in women’s health care for more than 30 years:  as a Family Nurse Practitioner, then as a midwife for the last 30 years. She has a large private practice in New York and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Midwifery Education Program at State University of New York (SUNY)/Downstate. She is an advocate for perinatal issues on the local state and national level. She is a founding board member of the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM) and a Past President of this organization. Ms. Laffin is also an active member of ACNM (American College of Nurse-Midwives) and a former board member of the NYSPA (New York State Perinatal Association). She has presented on many health issues for women and children.
  • Catherine M. Concert DNPc, RN, FNP-BC, a graduate of Pace four times over, most recently in 2011 from the DNP program at the Lienhard School of Nursing's first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) cohort, and in '78, '84 and '98 from the FNP program, says, “I am a Nurse Manager and Senior Nurse Practitioner in Radiation Oncology at Beth Israel Medical Center in NY. I have enjoyed my time at Pace and it is like a second home to me. I have been inspired by Joanne Singleton, PhD, RN, DNP program chairperson. I have had many roles in nursing such as director, administrative supervisor, nurse manager and adjunct faculty at Long Island University and presently at Pace.  As I graduate from the DNP, I would like to be involved with the NPA, supporting health care policies for primary health care.”
  • M. Michelle Porthouse, NP-C, ACHPN, says, “I am a 1980 graduate of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Pace University. For the last 7 years I have been the sole Nurse Practitioner in Palliative Medicine Services at Mary Washington HealthCare System, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA. I have just returned from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine/Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association's General Assembly in Vancouver, British Columbia where I received the 2011 Advance Practice Nurse of the Year from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.”
  • Helena Duffy, RN, NP, CDE, AAS '81, BS '83,was recently featured in magazine (formerly Nursing Spectrum) in an article entitled " A Patient Promise: Bronx Program aims to close diabetes care gap." According to the article, Duffy educates patients about diabetes management, long-term complication prevention, hypoglycemia management and monitoring, sick day management and diabetes medications.  Duffy is also part of an expert team in the PROMISED (Proactive Managed Intervention System for Education in Diabetes) program that reviews each patient’s health profile, history and lab results, to come up with recommendations – especially addressing cardiovascular risk factors.
  • Patricia Coleman-Gardella, MS, RN, FNP-BC, class of 1996, says, “Hello to everyone. Started late (at 51), have worked in a variety of interesting and challenging places, the last being 3 years for the Psychiatric component of Tallahassee memorial Hospital. For 6 years prior, was employed by CMS at the Coxsacki State Prison in Coxsacki, NY. Now that was the place to work!!! There were 2 other NPs and our "DOC". We saw and dealt with a real multiplicity of diagnoses in a really challenging atmosphere. It was also the most interesting, rewarding and fun time of my career. In the meantime, my 2 sons married and gave me 4 grandchildren.  They have stayed in NY. My daughter is married, and happy in Cocoa, Fl. At 66, I decided to retire last year. It is different, but good, giving me time to pursue some other interests. Would love to hear from any of group from '96.”
  • Ms. Myrlhene Descollines, RN, MPA, ('98, '02,) has been appointed by The Wartburg Adult Care Community to the position of Administrator of Homecare Services.  According to an article on the website, ( Ms. Descollines comes to the Wartburg from the Bon Secours Health System where she served as the Director of Patient Services for their Long-Term Home Health Care Program.  With over 12 years of experience in the homecare industry, she brings strong clinical knowledge, along with expertise in performance improvement, quality initiatives and program growth.  Ms. Descollines has earned a BS in Nursing and an MPA from Pace University.   She resides in White Plains.
  • Samara Adler, BSN, RN, CDP ’09, recently graduated from the Nurse Residency program at Westchester Medical Center, where she works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Upon graduation, she presented an evidenced-based project titled "Nursing and the Use of Social Networking" to fellow nurses, nursing educators and administrators.
  • Larry Rebich, RN, CDP '10 says, “I’ve been working nights as an orthopedic med/surg nurse at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in the city…  I’ve just started in the hospital’s Perioperative Resident Program which is 6 months of classroom and practical learning, after which I’ll work as a circulating or scrub nurse in the OR.”
  • Paule Joseph '11 was admitted to the doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania.