Alumni Notes Fall 2013


Alumni sound off: they're winning awards, opening their own clinics, being inducted into national nursing organizations, 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. 

Sabina Mathew (2013) says, “I passed the boards (75 questions!!) and I have a job offer. I start April 1st as a step down telemetry nurse at St. John's Riverside Hospital. Thank you so much for two amazing clinical experiences, it had such a positive impact on me, and my confidence as a nurse. I am so grateful to have gotten to have such great clinical experiences at Pace.”

Tiffany Carter MS, PA-C, (2012) is going on a medical mission alongside the International Surgical Foundation (ISF) team, to the Dominican Republic to help patients with spine-related problems.  Tiffany says, "Our goal is to restore each patient’s function and increase their quality of life."

Within one year of graduating from Pace’s DNP program, Dr. Helen Uzokwe (2012) proudly announced the opening of her own primary care clinic: the STAR Family Health Care and Wellness Center. A full-scale primary family practice clinic in College Park, Georgia, serving all age groups, the clinic offers a range of services including in-house labs, X-rays, STD education sessions, women’s and men’s health, full physical exams, immunizations, EKGs, diet and nutrition counseling, and more.  She says, “The DNP program gave me the confidence and competence to open my own clinic."

Dr. Stephen Ferrara, (BS 1996, BSN 1999, MS 2000, DNP 2011) Lienhard adjunct professor and alumnus, was recently inducted into the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

LSN professor and alumna Dr. Renee Mcleod-Sordjan, (BS 1986, BSN 1995, MS 1996, DNP 2011) has been accepted to the panel of international reviewers by the Journal of Advanced Nursing and will be publishing her manuscript entitled "A Concept Analysis: Death Preparedness" in the fall. In addition, the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing will publish “Human Becoming: Facilitated Communication with Low English Proficient Patient at End of Life” in December 2013.

Paule V. Joseph (2011) MSN, CRNP, CRRN, CTN-B, has been selected by AACN for the Minority Nurse Scholar Fellowship 2013-2014. It was a competitive application process with a total of 86 applicants from across the country and five award winners.The Johnson & Johnson/AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars program provides financial support to graduate nursing students from minority backgrounds who agree to teach in a school of nursing after graduation. Students must be enrolled full-time and preference is given to students in doctoral programs. More information can be found here.


Marianne Baernholdt (1988), PhD, MPH, RN, a nursing professor at the University of Virginia, will be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing at a Washington, D.C. ceremony this October. The distinction, among the highest honors a nurse may receive, is awarded annually to a select few who are invited to receive Academy recognition.

Baernholdt teaches, oversees the School of Nursing’s new Rural and Global Health Care Center, and directs the University of Virginia School of Nursing’s global initiatives and study abroad programs.  She has taught at the University of Virginia since 2005. In addition to her Pace degree, Baernholdt received her nursing diploma at Bispebjerg School of Nursing in Copenhagen, her MPH and MSN from Columbia and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a post-doctoral fellow at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing where she studied health care quality and patient outcomes. Prior to her appointment at UVA, Baernholdt taught at Cedar Crest College Department of Nursing in Allentown, PA and at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ, and was a critical care nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA, at New York City’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, and at the University Medical Center in Tucson.

Baernholdt received the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) class of 2011’s Outstanding Faculty Award, the Outstanding Faculty Research Publication Award in 2011, and the Innovative Teaching Award in 2010. The School of Nursing Alumni Association awarded her the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award, the same year she received a Lanford Research Award and a nomination for UVA’s Teaching Award. She is faculty on the NIH training grant for the Water and Health in Limpopo (WHIL) project, organized by UVA’s Center for Global Health.

The nation’s 2,068 AAN fellows – chosen from among the 3.2 million nurses in the U.S. – include nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. The distinction, among the highest honors a nurse may receive, is awarded annually to a select few who are invited to receive Academy recognition. Fellows also commit their time and energy to the Academy, engaging with other health care leaders to transform the American health care system.

Sarah S (1977), FNP, RN, & LSN graduate, was awarded Capital Chapter NP of the Year for 2012!  LSN is very proud of all she has accomplished – from her 17 years of work as an NP in Kenya to her current work at Safari Health.  She also provides services and coordinates the Free Clinic at the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany.