Nursing and Patient Care Services at Cooper Faculty

Leadership

Kathy Devine, DrNP, NEA-BC

Kathy Devine, DrNP, NEA-BC

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

About Me

Dr. Devine is responsible for professional nursing practice across the continuum of care to ensure safety, service, and quality outcomes for Cooper University Health Care's diverse patient population. In addition, she has administrative and operational leadership responsibility for Nursing and Patient Care Services. As SVP/CNO, Dr. Devine continues to advance nursing practice by engaging nurses in re-defining a professional practice model and shared governance structure that are grounded in theoretical tenets which align to organizational mission, vision, and values. 

Dr. Devine has held various leadership positions during her tenure at Cooper. Prior to her current role, she served as the executive director for the Centers of Urgent and Emergent Services, Critical Care, and Hospital-Based Services, managing a comprehensive range of clinical programs. As a professional nurse, she has a diverse clinical background with experiences in adult and pediatric critical care nursing, emergency and trauma nursing, as well as flight nursing. She received her MSN and DrNP from Drexel University, and obtained her nurse executive advanced certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Villanova University.

Dr. Devine is an active member of the Organization of Nurse Leaders of New Jersey, serving on the board of directors, by-laws committee, and Nursing Workplace Environment and Staffing Council (NWESC).

Jennifer Glendening, PhD, RN NEA-BC, CMSRN, CPHQ

Jennifer Glendening, PhD, RN NEA-BC, CMSRN, CPHQ

Assistant Vice President of Professional Development

About Me

Jennifer Glendening, PhD, RN NEA-BC, CMSRN, CPHQ, is the Assistant Vice President of Professional Development, overseeing the Clinical Educators, Life Support Training Center, and Wound Care team since 2018. Jen has worked at Cooper for over six years in the Quality Department with her most previous role as Administrative Director of Clinical Effectiveness. She began her nursing career in 1993 and has progressively advanced her leadership skills in a variety of roles including Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Educator, and Staff Development Coordinator. 

Jen graduated from Western Governors University with her Master of Science in Nursing Education in August of 2011 and has continued her passion for education as a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Candidate form Walden University with an anticipated graduation of February 2020. She has also continued her professional growth throughout her career by earning a number of certifications including; National certification in Nursing Professional Development (ANCC), National certification in Health Care Quality (CPHQ), Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) and Certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing (CMSRN). For two years, Jen was also a National Quality & Patient Safety Speaker for Premier Breakthroughs Conferences. Recently, Jen was recognized as a National Society of Leadership and Success Scholar. Other notable recognitions include 2015 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year, Infection Prevention, Risk, & Quality, 2014 Cooper Nursing Award: Nursing Excellence Award for Education, Mentorship, & Nursing Research. 

Jen is trained in Lean Six Sigma and is a certified Change Agent/Green Belt with a history of success in many nursing areas such as scientific data, policy analysis, mentoring third party providers and training of staff on quality, safety, regulatory, and clinical education. She is a proactive and collaborative team leader with excellent communications and interpersonal abilities and has demonstrated success in health care services management, customer service, clinical research, project management, and large clientele database administrator in the non-profit health care industry.

Nancy M. DeBerardinis, MSN, RN, BC

Nancy M. DeBerardinis, MSN, RN, BC

Director of Education

About Me

Nancy M. DeBerardinis, MSN, RN, BC is the Director of Education at Cooper University Health Care. Nancy has been with Cooper since 2008. Previous to her role as Director, she was a Clinical Educator as well as a full time night shift nurse on the Orthopedic/Neurology floor at Cooper. She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA, and her Medical Surgical Certification from the ANCC. She is also one of the editors for Bridges, a research publication at Cooper.

Laurie Stelmaski, MSN, AGCNS-BC, CWON

Laurie Stelmaski, MSN, AGCNS-BC, CWON

Advanced Wound Care Program Director
Dorothy Kliniewski, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Dorothy Kliniewski, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Nurse Residency and Professional Development Manager

About Me

Dorothy Kliniewski, MSN, RN, CMSRN is a Nurse Residency & Professional Development Manager at Cooper University Health Care. Dorothy received her MSN in Nursing Education and Faculty Role at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science from Drexel University.  She has spent her career as a staff nurse on post-surgical units, Research Nurse for cardiac surgery, Emergency Room Clinical Nurse Educator, Clinical Practice Leader (CPL) on a Bariatric and Transplant Surgery unit, and Clinical Research Nurse Data Coordinator with the Transplant Pregnancy Registry International (TPR), a Division of The Gift of Life Institute. Currently, Dorothy coordinates the Nurse Residency Program at Cooper University Hospital, a program extended to newly licensed Nurses within the organization that assists in developing and enhancing critical thinking skills while building clinical leadership skills at the bedside.

Dorothy is a certified Medical-Surgical Nurse, and holds CMSRN certification from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN). She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Eta Chapter, member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD), member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), and member of The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

Publications:

  • Horvath K.A., Acker M.A., Chang H., Bagiella E., Smith P.K., Iribarne A., Kron I.L., Lackner P., Argenziano M., Ascheim D.D., Gelijns A.C., Michler R.E., Van Patten D., Puskas J.D., O’Sullivan K., Kliniewski D., Jeffries N.O., O'Gara P.T., Moskowitz A.J., Blackstone E.H. Blood transfusion and infection after cardiac surgery. Ann Thorac Surg., 95(6): 2194-2201, 2013 Jun.

Abstracts and Presentations:

  • Patel P, Kliniewski D, Coscia LA, Armenti DP, Constantinescu S, Moritz MJ. Pregnancies in Female Pancreas Transplant Alone Recipients. Presented at ATC 2018, Seattle, WA. Am J Transplant 18(S4).
  • Kliniewski DK, Coscia LA, Constantinescu S, Moritz M. Pregnancy outcomes in female solid organ transplant recipients utilizing assisted reproductive technologies. Presented at the 2018 ITNS Transplant Nursing Symposium. Chicago, IL, September 30, 2018.
  • Coscia L, Kliniewski D, Constantinescu S, Moritz M, Pregnancy outcomes in female kidney transplant recipients with non-autoimmune renal disease. Presented at the 2018 Canadian Society of Transplantation Summit, October 19, 2018.
  • Coscia L, Kliniewski D, Constantinescu S, Moritz M. Pregnancy outcomes in female liver recipients transplanted for biliary atresia. Presented at the 2018 Canadian Society of Transplantation Summit, October 19, 2018.
  • Kliniewski, D. Special Deliveries: Pregnancy after Transplantation. Presented at the 2019 NATCO 44th Annual Meeting. August 2, 2019.
  • Kliniewski, D. and Coscia L. Pregnancy Outcomes after Lung Transplantation. Presented at the 2019 International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) Transplant Nursing Symposium, November 2019, Orlando, FL, USA.
Chantay Harris, CHC, P.A.C.E

Chantay Harris, CHC, P.A.C.E

Administrative Coordinator II

About Me

Chantay Harris is the Administrative Assistant for Patient Care Services at Cooper University Health Care.

Cooper University Doctor

Jessica Casamassima

Education Coordinator

About Me

Jessica Casamassima is the Education Coordinator for Patient Care Services at Cooper University Health Care.

Clinical Educators

Cooper University Doctor

Jennifer Brier

Clinical Educator II: CCU/CICU/Cath Lab (IP) (K4 & P9)

About Me

Jennifer Brier is a Clinical Educator II with Cooper University Health Care. 

Cooper University Doctor

Amy Buttaro

Clinical Educator: Wound/Ostomy
Deborah D. Byrd, MSN, RN

Deborah D. Byrd, MSN, RN

Clinical Educator II: INCU North/South, Med/Surg/Tel Intermediate (K10)

About Me

Deborah D. Byrd, MSN, RN, is a full time educator for the tenth floor of the Keleman building. This floor cares for Medical Surgical patients on the North end, Medical Surgical that require telemetry monitoring on the South end, and a small step-down critical care unit (INCU).

Deborah received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Wilmington University in Delaware. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Rowan University Honor Society, and the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN). In 2013, she received the Cooper Nursing Alumni Clinical Nurse Excellence Award.

Jennifer G. Colona, MSN, RN, CCRN

Jennifer G. Colona, MSN, RN, CCRN

Clinical Educator II: TSDU,TSICU, N7 Trauma Medical Surgical, and Ross Trauma Admitting Area (RTAA)

About Me

Jennifer Colona, MSN, RN, CCRN, is a Trauma Nurse Educator with Cooper University Health Care. She is a graduate of Wilmington University and a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), and The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Jennifer has been with Cooper since 2003 and previous to her educator role she worked as a full time night shift nurse in the Trauma Step Down and in the Trauma/Surgical ICU, and acted as a Primary RN and Secondary RN in the Ross Trauma Admitting Area. She is also an ACLS and ATCN instructor for Cooper Hospital. She has a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Wilmington University and her Critical Care Registered Nurse certification from the AACN.

Sandra Crosson, BSN, RN

Sandra Crosson, BSN, RN

Clinical Educator: GI (STU, CDHI, CDHW) Voorhees Surgical Center & Pulmonary

About Me

Sandra Crosson, BSN, RN, is the Clinical Educator I for Cooper’s three gastroenterology units as well as the Voorhees Surgery Center. She will graduate with her Master’s Degree in Education from Immaculata University, in the Fall of 2020. Sandra has been employed with Cooper for 15 years as a gastroenterology nurse before assuming her current role as a Clinical Educator.

Jillian M. Curnew, MSN, RN

Jillian M. Curnew, MSN, RN

Clinical Educator II: Med/Surg/Tel (K9)

About Me

Jillian M. Curnew, MSN, RN-BC, is the Clinical Educator II for Medical-Surgical Nursing at Cooper University Health Care. Jillian has been with Cooper since 2014 and has always focused her career around the medical-surgical specialty. She graduated from Thomas Edison State University in 2019 with her Master of Science in Nursing Education. She became certified in her specialty of medical-surgical nursing in 2020. Jillian is currently the educator for Kelemen 9, a medical-surgical telemetry unit. In her spare time, Jillian is employed by local universities as a Clinical Instructor for nursing students. Outside of work her hobbies include shopping, reading, and doing DIY projects.

Her publications include:

  • Maine, Jillian. "Rise and Shine: A Story about Advocacy." Nursing2013 43.12 (2013)
  • Maine, Jillian. “The Importance of Patient Advocacy.” Nursing2015 Critical Care 10.4 (2015): 48
Thomas DeSanto MSN, RN, CCRN, ENLS

Thomas DeSanto, MSN, RN, CCRN, ENLS

Clinical Educator II: Generalist

About Me

Thomas DeSanto MSN, RN, CCRN, ENLS, is the Critical Care Generalist for Cooper University Health Care since 2019. Tom has worked at Cooper for over four years in the Nursing Department with his most previous role as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department. He began his nursing career in 1993 and has progressively advanced his nursing skills in a variety of roles including Intensive Care nurse, Emergency Department nurse, Clinical Educator, and Staff Development Coordinator and SCTU nurse. Tom also teaches part-time at Rutgers University Camden as a clinical instructor for clinical experiences.

Tom graduated from Grand Canyon University with his Master of Science in Nursing Education in August of 2019. He has also continued his professional growth throughout his career by earning a number of certifications including; Critical Care nursing certification (ANCC), Emergency Medical Technician (NREMS) and Emergency Neurological Life Support certification. 

Judy DiPerri

Judy DiPerri

Clinical Educator: Wound/Ostomy
Mary Jane Durkin, MSN, RN, OCN

Mary Jane Durkin, MSN, RN, OCN

Clinical Educator II: Oncology (IP/OP) (P5 & MD Anderson)

About Me

Mary Jane Durkin, MSN, RN, OCN, is the Oncology Clinical Educator. She has been with Cooper since 1995. Mary Jane received her Master of Science in Nursing from Immaculata University and is certified in Oncology Nursing.

Prior to moving into her role as a Clinical Educator, Mary Jane worked as staff nurse in the Outpatient Infusion unit for 16 years. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and was recognized with a DAISY Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2017.

Marina Dvortsyn, MSN, RN

Marina Dvortsyn, MSN, RN

Clinical Educator II: Peds/PICU/PIMU (K6 & K7)

About Me

Marina Dvortsyn, MSN, RN, is a Clinical Educator for Pediatrics and PICU with Cooper University Health Care. Marina works at Cooper since 2003. She has been a staff nurse on Pediatric unit for eight years. She also has experience as a clinical instructor. Marina has a Master of Science in Nursing from Thomas Edison State College.

Cooper University Doctor

Don Everly, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC

Clinical Educator: Life Support

About Me

Don Everly, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC is the Director of the Life Support Training Center and Clinical Educator for Life Support at Cooper University Health Care.

Cooper University Doctor

Trish Egenton MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, NE-BC

Clinical Educator II: ED & CDU

About Me

Trish Egenton is a Clinical Educator II at Cooper University Health Care.

Christina Fox, BSN, RN

Christina Fox, BSN, RN

Clinical Educator: ICU (P4)

About Me

Christina Fox, BSN, RN, is a Clinical Educator with the Intensive Care Unit at Cooper University Health Care.

Kayla Hoffman, MSN, RN, CPN

Kayla Hoffman, MSN, RN, CPN

Clinical Educator II: Tech Generalist

About Me

Kayla Hoffman, MSN, RN, CPN, is a Clinical Educator II: Tech Generalist with Cooper University Health Care. Kayla received her bachelors of science in nursing degree at Holy Family University and received her master’s degree in nursing leadership at Wilmington University with a focus in nursing education. Kayla is currently pursuing her EdD in Leadership and Learning Specialization in Health Care Administration and Leadership at Aspen University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Delta Chapter at Large for her undergraduate studies and the Omicron Gamma Chapter for her graduate studies. In addition, she is a member of the American Nurses Association, and Pennsylvania State Nursing Association where she is a Continuing Education Reviewer and a member of the Continuing Education Committee. In 2015, she became a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

Kayla has spent her career as a staff nurse in a pediatric level 1 trauma emergency room, charge nurse in an adolescent medicine clinic, nurse educator at an LPN program as well as the director of student services and the academic supervisor. Her past experience includes the development of curriculum, implementation, and delivery of nursing education as well as pediatric centered care. In addition to her current role here at cooper she works at Rutgers University as a course assistant for various undergraduate nursing classes. Currently, her role here at Cooper is the Tech Generalist Educator. In her role she coordinates, manages, and provides general education to the critical care technicians, nurse associates, and companions throughout Cooper University Hospital.

Cooper University Doctor

Judith Iannuzzi

Clinical Educator: Night Educator
Cooper University Doctor

Catherine Long

Clinical Educator: Wound/Ostomy
Patrick Matlack, MSN, JD, RN, CNL, CMSRN

​​​​​​​Patrick Matlack, JD, MSN, RN, CNL, CMSRN

Clinical Educator II: Generalist

About Me

Patrick Matlack, JD, MSN, RN, CNL, CMSRN, has been a Clinical Educator II at Cooper University Health Care since 2018. He is a Registered Nurse (RN) as well as licensed attorney in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He holds specialty certifications as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN). Patrick has worked as both a hospice nurse and staff nurse on a cardio-pulmonary unit.  He has also worked as a Clinical Instructor for Rutgers University-Camden, School of Nursing.

While completing his Master of Science in Nursing, Patrick received the Innovation in Practice Award from the University of Alabama for his capstone project on the benefits of early ambulation of patients with COPD and pneumonia. He also received the ACE Award for Most Outstanding Student in Achievement, Character and Excellence from Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions while completing his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing, Nu Eta Chapter.

Presentations include: Changes in Health Care Reimbursement: Virtua Professional Practice Council (May 2017) and Mobility Protocol for COPD and Pneumonia Patients: Innovations in Care Conference (October 2017).

Erin McCafferty

Erin McCafferty, MSN, RN

Clinical Educator II: L&D, MFCU, Mother-Infant (Dorrance 3,5 & 6)

About Me

Erin McCafferty is the Clinical Educator II for the Labor and Delivery, Maternal-Fetal Care, and Mother-Infant units.  Erin has a Bachelor of Science degree from Rider University in Behavioral Neuroscience. She then entered an accelerated nursing program at Rutgers University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Erin started her nursing career at Cooper in 2014 where she worked as a staff nurse on an Intermediate Post-Op unit. She then transferred to Labor & Delivery where she worked full-time days for over three years. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant at Rutgers Camden where she acted as a clinical liaison for both the Upper Division and Accelerated nursing programs. Most recently, Erin obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Drexel University. Erin is also part of the Labor & Delivery/NICU Task Force and is a go-to person for Unit-Based Council. In Erin’s current role, she acts as resource for staff and supports them by providing education on current guidelines and recommendations. Her main goal is to educate staff so they can provide safe, quality, and competent care to their patients.

Cooper University Doctor

Ikyshia Orlena, MBA, MSN, RN

Clinical Educator II: Med/Surg/Tel (K8)

About Me

Ikyshia Orlena, MBA, MSN, RN is a Clinical Educator II in Medical Surgical Nursing and Telemetry with Cooper University Health Care. 

Lisa Passero, MSN, RN

Lisa Passero, MSN, RN

Clinical Educator II: SCU, PACU, IR, SPU & PAT (K3 & 5, P 2& 3, Basement, 3 Cooper Plaza) & IV

About Me

Lisa Passero, MSN, RN is a Clinical Educator II in PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit), SCU (Surgical Care Unit), SPU (Short Procedure Unit), PAT (Preadmission Testing), and IR (Interventional Radiology). She received her Associate Degree from Gloucester County College in Sewell, NJ, and her BSN and MSN from Wilmington University in Wilmington, DE.

Passero has been with Cooper University since 1996 and has held various position during her career in nursing at Cooper. She continues to foster nursing students as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor from Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. In her current role, she supports and educates the patient care staff on her units so they can provide the most current and best quality of care to their patients.

Christie Perrello, MSN, RN-BC

Christie Perrello, MSN, RN-BC

Clinical Educator I: Med/Surg/Tele/Intermediate (P6,7,& 8)

About Me

Christie Perrello, MSN, RN-BC is a Clinical Educator in Medical Surgical Nursing and Telemetry at Cooper University Health Care. She holds an ANCC Medical Surgical Nursing Certification.

Cooper University Doctor

Ainsley Smith

Clinical Educator II: Neuro ICU

About Me

Ainsley Smith is a Clinical Educator II with Cooper University Health Care.

Cooper University Doctor

Melissa L. Trinidad, MSN, RN-BC

Clinical Educator II: Night Educator

About Me

Melissa L. Trinidad, MSN, RN-BC, is a Clinical Educator II with Cooper University Health Care. She received her MSN from Immaculata University in Immaculata, PA.

Melissa has been with Cooper since 2004. Previous to her role as a Clinical Educator, she was a staff nurse on the Orthopedic/Neurology unit for 14 years before assuming her current role as a night shift Clinical Educator. She holds a certification in Medical Surgical Nursing from the ANCC.

Cooper University Doctor

Nieasha Trotman

Clinical Educator: OR (K3-PACU, P2 & P3) & VSC

About Me

Nieasha Trotman is a Clinical Educator at Cooper University Health Care. 

Linda Wicker, MSN, RN, CCRN

Linda Wicker, MSN, RN, CCRN

Clinical Educator II: NICU (Dorrance 5)

About Me

Linda Wicker, MSN, RN, CCRN, is a Clinical Educator II with Cooper's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She is certified as a CCRN in Acute/Critical Care Neonatal and is a member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN). She has been recognized by Cooper for her work in nursing research.

Linda's publications include:

  • Schoch, D., Lawhon, g., Wicker, L. and Yecco, G. “An Interdisciplinary Multidepartmental Educational Program Toward Baby Friendly Hospital Designation” Advances in Neonatal Care; 2014, vol 14:1 p 38-43.
  • Schoch, D., Lawhon, g., Wicker, L. and Yecco, G. “An Interdisciplinary Multidepartmental Educational Program Toward Baby Friendly Hospital Designation” Poster Presentation “The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine 17th Annual International Meeting Chicago, Illinois October 2012.
  • Wicker, L., Saslow, J., Shah, S., Bhat, V.. Sannoh,S. Brandon, E., Kemble, N. Pyon, K., Stahl, G. and Aghai, Z. “The Effect of Comprehensive Infection Control measures on the rate of Late-Onset Bloodstream Infections in Very low Birthweight Infants”  American Journal of Perinatology; 2010.
  • Wicker, L., Saslow, J., Shah, S., Bhat, V.. Sannoh,S. Brandon, E., Kemble, N. Pyon, K., Stahl, G. and Aghai, Z. “The Effect of Comprehensive Infection Control measures on the rate of Late-Onset Bloodstream Infections in Very low Birthweight Infants”.  Poster Presentation for The Eastern Society for Pediatric Research” 22nd Annual meeting, Philadelphia PA March 2010.