Alumni Notes Fall 2012

Cathy (Madia) Kelley, RN, BSN,CEN 2002 was recently hired as a full time flight RN for HALO Flight Air Ambulance Service. HALO-Flight's mission is to provide medical transport for critically ill or injured persons requiring medical or trauma facilities within the South Texas service area. HALO-Flight's service area covers 26 counties, 28,000 square miles and a population of more than one million. Based in Corpus Christi, TX and in conjunction with regional hospitals, EMS, & law enforcement agencies, HALO-Flight was established to provide the quickest response time and highest quality of care to the critically ill and injured. In addition, she works part time at CHRISTUS Spohn Memorial Hospital Emergency Room which is the designated level II trauma center in south Texas.  She is expecting a baby girl this fall and has been married for 7 years. She has a 4 year old son.

Karen Doblin PhD (c), CCRN, CNS, FNP (2001-CNS, 2003 FNP) was recently named a Regional Winner in's Nursing Excellence Awards.  She is an NP at Beth Israel Medical Center NYC in pain management. She is working on research studies and publications related to interventional treatments for pain with collaborating physician and department chair Dr. Russell Portenoy. Her doctoral dissertation study on neuromodulation is nearing completion. She is an adjunct professor and preceptor at Hunter College for NP students.




Barbara Goldberg graduated in May 2011 as a CAGS student in the FNP program. She says, “Passed my certification boards in December…now working for Medical House Calls PLLC seeing elderly homebound patients and loving it! Besides starting a great new phase in my career, I made a few friends in the process. Thanks, Pace!” 

Grace Domingo, DNP (2011), RN, has received three awards for excellence in clinical practice from NYU Langone Medical Center.  Two awards recognized a group of employees who demonstrate the benefit of teamwork in achieving a common, measurable goal on an ongoing basis to support the mission of the Medical Center and its core values.  These awards were for Grace’s participation in the Left Ventricular Assist Team (LVAD Team) and the NP Clinical Ladder Advancement Program.  The third award recognized the Advance Directives Quality Improvement Initiative Project, chosen as the best overall quality improvement project at this year's NYULMC Quality and Safety Day.  In addition to these awards, Dr. Grace Domingo’s team abstract entitled “Implementation of tailored intravenous heart failure therapy in a non-dedicated outpatient infusion center” was accepted for poster presentation at this year’s 16th Annual HFSA Scientific Meeting in Seattle in September.

Mia Elizabeth Ross, RN, (2011) of Lake George accepted a residency with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. The Hospital for Special Surgery is the only recipient in the Northeast to receive the "Gallup Great Workplace Award" in 2012. HSS is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. Mia joins a team of orthopedic specialists who offer comprehensive care in all areas of orthopedics, including sports injuries, hand, foot and spine procedures, as well as arthroscopies and minimally invasive surgeries. Mia earned a BS from RPI in December 2010 and a BSN from Pace University in August 2011. She also participated in a summer nursing internship at Duke University in 2009 and received a certificate in Spanish Fluency from the Expanish Language School in Buenos Aires, Argentina in May 2010.

Cheryl Barnes, DNP (2012), RN, recently presented at the Queensland University of Technology and at the Joanna Briggs Institute's conference on Transforming Clinical Leaders to Reform Healthcare. The title of her abstract was Transforming Healthcare to the Elderly in the Homecare Setting Through Patient-Centred Information and Communication Technology.  She is pictured below with Professor Lillie Shortridge-Baggett, EdD, RN, FAAN and Pauline Johnson, DNP, RN, FNP-BC.

Pauline M. Johnson, DNP (2012), RN, FNP-BC recently presented at the Queensland University of Technology and at the Joanna Briggs Institute's conference on Transforming Clinical Leaders to Reform Healthcare. The title of her abstract for presentation in Australia was Lean methodology: An approach for transforming healthcare based on evidence. She says, “We met many wonderful nurse leaders who were very interested in utilizing Lean methodology as a practice improvement initiative." Pauline is a nurse practitioner in cardiology at Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) in Brooklyn, a member of the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation (NYCHHC). She is actively involved with practice improvement projects in her institution using Lean methodology.  She currently serves on an interdisciplinary team (the readmission prevention task force) to decrease 30-day readmission rate in patients with heart failure.