Alumni Notes Spring 2013

Alumni Notes:

Alumni/ae sound off: they're publishing articles in major journals, winning awards, collaborating across borders, 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.

Recent PA graduates Toni Milito, Matthew Muri, Jessica Oakes, and Jessica Spivey published an article in JAAPA with associate clinical professor Jean Covino DHSc, MPA, PA-C.

Jessica Oakes, RPA-C, (PA ‘12) is working part time as an allergy/asthma specialist in Rockland and part time at Ezras Choilim Health Center in Monroe, NY as an internal medicine physician assistant.

Matt Muri, RPA-C, (PA ‘12) is an Internal Medicine physician assistant at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.  (Matt has a BS in Biology from the University of Minnesota).

Toni-Marie Milito, RPA-C, (PA ‘12) is currently working part time at New York Presbyterian Cornell on the inpatient oncology service, and will soon be starting full time at Lenox Hill Hospital in obstetrics/gynecology.

Rinta Thomas, RN, BSN, MA, CNRN (MA, Nurse Education, ‘12) began teaching Nursing at the College of New Rochelle as Adjunct Faculty in Fall 2012.

Larissa Camano, FNP, RN (FNP ’12) says, “I just wanted to share the unveiling of the [Norwalk Community Health Center], a mobile health center that I will be working on.  It is a great opportunity and very exciting, so thank you again for all I have learned from you.”  The Norwalk Community Health Center recently unveiled its "Health on Wheels" mobile healthcare bus. The vehicle is equipped to administer medical, dental and psychiatric services. The bus will deliver healthcare to Norwalk's homeless population.

Karen Yancopoulos, RN (‘11), (first from right) along with fellow alum Ted Bailly, won best poster at the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) conference in the fall of 2012.  Their research poster was entitled Student Perceptions of Older Adults: Outcomes of an Aging Sensitivity Program, A Qualitative Inquiry.  Karen is a graduate of the RN 4 program and is currently a Family Nurse Practitioner student.



Ted Bailly, RN (‘11), (first from left) along with fellow alum Karen Yancopoulos, won best poster at the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) conference in the fall of 2012.  Their research poster was entitled Student Perceptions of Older Adults: Outcomes of an Aging Sensitivity Program, A Qualitative Inquiry.  Ted is a graduate of the BSN portion of the CDP program and is currently a Family Nurse Practitioner student.

Stephen Ferrara, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, (BS ‘99; MS ‘00; DNP ‘11) was awarded the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Award for Excellence for New York State at the 27th Annual National Conference held recently in Orlando, Florida. The award, founded in 1991, recognizes a nurse practitioner who demonstrates excellence in practice. “Dr. Ferrara was selected because he is an expert clinician who effectively incorporates evidence-based guidelines in his doctoral research to improve health outcomes in his patient population,” says Margaret O’Donnell, Southern New York State’s representative to the AANP, the oldest and largest national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners. “He is committed to utilizing cutting-edge technology to educate the public at all levels on the importance of our profession.”  Dr. Ferrara is a senior clinical associate at Montefiore’s Occupational Health Services. He holds bachelor’s degrees in both Biology and Nursing and a master’s degree from Pace University. He is a  graduate of the first cohort of Pace University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Jason Slyer, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, (DNP ’11) has been awarded the title of Affiliate Lecturer in The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI).  Jason is an assistant professor at Lienhard.  The College of Health Professions is a member of JBI. The title allows Dr. Slyer to play a more integral role in the programs offered by the Joanna Briggs Institute, including curriculum review and planning. It also gives him access to resources available at the Joanna Briggs Institute as well as the University of Adelaide, some of which are not otherwise available to Pace. This will aid our students in their search and utilization of evidence for practice; they use many of the JBI programs, including completing of rapid appraisals, evidence summaries, and systematic reviews.


Tara Herlocher, RN (‘10) participated in the VNS NY 2012 RN internship completion ceremony in October.  According to the booklet distributed at the event, “In addition to her BSN, she holds a bachelor's degree In International relations and French, as well as a master's in public health/community health education from the University of California at Berkeley. In the late 1980's, Tara was a Community Health Peace Corps volunteer in Chad, Africa.  After graduate school, she began her 15 year career which included working with homeless pregnant women, on an HIV & recidivism prevention project at Rikers Island, and with the Department of Health/TB Control.  She continued with roles as Department Director in two community agencies and finally as Director of Education and Training for an HIV Peer Training Program. Since 2005, Tara has been the La Leche League Leader for the Manhattan Working Moms Group.  Her introduction to VNSNY and the internship program began with her pediatrics clinical instructor and VNSNY adjunct faculty, Tasha Hamilton/MNP Queens, on the first day of clinical. During her second clinical, she met Helena Meiri and Marilyn Lugo. Influenced by these positive experiences, she applied to the internship program.  Tara views a patient's home as their "country” with customs and beliefs that need to be understood and respected. Tara described a visit to a new mother who was very anxious about her premature baby even after several weeks of stability post-NICU. The nurses had not been able to figure out her ongoing anxiety. Tara spoke French with the Haitian mom and built a relationship with her. After a few visits, the patient disclosed that she had experienced seven miscarriages and was unable to let go of her anxiety about the  possibility of losing this baby. She was able to connect the mom with counseling services and discharge the baby a few weeks later. Tara plans to continue her education and aspires to continue her work in pediatrics as a family nurse practitioner.”