Contact the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing
W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608
- Filomela (Phyllis) Marshall, EdD, RN, CNE – Dean
Dr. Phyllis Marshall was appointed dean in 2012 of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. In her prior role as Associate Dean at the School, Dr. Marshall, led the development of the Informatics Nursing area of specialty for the MSN program and the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program, as well as oversaw the undergraduate RN-BSN program. Prior to joining the University, Dr. Marshall was a professor of Nursing, chaired the Master of Science in Nursing program, and was acting head of the School of Nursing at Holy Family University. Dr. Marshall plans to continue the School’s success to serve the needs of experienced RNs as well as pre-licensure students in our growing programs.
Dr. Marshall holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY); a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a specialty in community health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania; and a Doctorate of Education degree from Temple University, in curriculum theory and development.
- Ana Maria Catanzaro, RN, PhD
- Dr. Ana Maria Catanzaro is the Associate Dean of Graduate Nursing Programs at the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. She is responsible for all the MSN nursing programs and the graduate nursing certificate programs. Dr. Catanzaro has been a registered nurse since 1978 and a nurse educator since 1993. Prior to coming to Thomas Edison State University, Dr. Catanzaro served as Associate Professor and Director of the La Salle Neighborhood Nursing Center at La Salle University, Professor and MSN Chair at Holy Family University, and Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at Holy Family University. Dr. Catanzaro earned an Associate of Science in Nursing at Northern Virginia Community College, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Public Health Nursing at La Salle University, Master of Arts in Religious Studies with a moral theology concentration at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and a PhD at The Catholic University of America. After completing doctoral studies, Dr. Catanzaro completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in spirituality and health at Duke University’s Center for Aging and Human Development and a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research with a focus on biostatistics at Duke University.
- Denise Tate, EdD, APRN-BC
- Dr. Denise M. Tate is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Nursing Programs at the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State University. She is responsible for the RN-BSN degree and the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN nursing programs. Dr. Tate has been a registered nurse since 1985 and a nurse educator since 1992. Prior to joining Thomas Edison State University, Dr. Tate served as Associate Professor and Program Director and former Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ), Associate Professor and RN-BSN Director, Interim Chair of Nursing at Saint Peter’s College. Dr. Tate earned an Associate of Science in Nursing at Brookdale Community College, Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Monmouth University and Master of Science in Clinical Management with a transcultural focus concentration in Nursing at Kean University, Master of Science in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Seton Hall University, and an EdD in Educational Leadership in Higher Administration at the University of Sarasota. After completing doctoral studies, Dr. Tate completed a post-master’s in Adult Health Nurse Practitioner certificate program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, and a post-master certificate in Family Health Nurse Practitioner program from Rutgers University. She is board certified as an advanced nurse practitioner in Women’s Health, Adult Health, and Family Health Nursing. An experienced educator with 23 years teaching in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, she has taught Community Health Nursing, Nursing Leadership, and Adult Gero Primary Care. Her scholarly interests include cultural competence, nursing education and leadership. She has presented her work at national conferences and published peer-reviewed articles in nursing.
- Julie Kulak, MSN, RN, BC, CNE
Julie Kulak is assistant dean of undergraduate programs at the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. She is responsible for coordinating all class and clinical resources for the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program. In her 35 years in nursing education, she has taught nursing at Capital Health System, Aria Health System, Thomas Jefferson University, and Pennsylvania State University. Her initial nursing education was at Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia, followed by a bachelor's degree at Holy Family College in Philadelphia and a master's degree at Villanova University. During her education at Villanova, she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing.
Julie is board certified in Medical Surgical Nursing and is certified as a nurse educator through the National League for Nursing. In 2010, she was the recipient of the New Jersey State Nursing Students Faculty Award.
- Margaret (Maggie) Ciocco MS, RN, BC
- Maggie Ciocco is a Nursing Program Advisor for the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Seton Hall University and a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University in Adult Primary Health, Maggie is an experienced nurse educator in both staff development and associate degree programs, working in both clinical and nursing lab settings. She is board certified by the ANCC in Medical-Surgical nursing and is an author with published work in nursing to be released in 2015. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau – Lambda Delta Chapter, to which she was inducted in 1996 as a Community Leader and from where she received the Hannelore Sweetwood Mentor of the Year award in 2012. She is also a member of the National League for Nursing and the National Nursing Staff Development Organization.
- Ritamarie Giosa, MSN, RN, CPN
- Ritamarie Giosa is the Undergraduate Nursing Advisor for the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing as well as Faculty Advisor to Upsilon Rho, the School’s Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. She has taught students on-ground, online and recently served as assistant dean at Gloucester County College. Her experience spans direct care, administration, education, and public health consultation and client advocacy. Ritamarie is certified in Pediatrics, has authored and presented many training programs for early childhood educators and received awards for excellence in nursing and service to this community. She received her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania and Masters in Nursing Education from Thomas Edison State University. She is a member of New Jersey State Nurses Association., Sigma Theta Tau, Society of Pediatric Nurses and the New Jersey Medical Reserve Corps.
- Kathleen E. Griffis, MSN, RN, BC
- Kathleen E. Griffis received her AAS in Nursing from Mercer County Community College; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Seton Hall University; Master’s Degree in Nursing Advanced Practice from The University of New Jersey, including the Graduate Student Award. She is a member of NJ State Nurses Association, American Nurses Association; she is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Upsilon Rho Chapter. Griffis also has certifications in Case Management from Villanova University, ANCC Community Health, and ANCC Certification in Nursing Informatics.
- Nina Keats, RN, BSN, CSN
- Nina Keats was appointed as the Graduate Program Specialist in 2010 with responsibilities related to the Masters of Science in Nursing program outcomes and practicum placement contracts. Her professional experience includes 31 years of nursing and pharmaceutical experience. She worked in medical/surgical, pediatric/pediatric ICU, and operating room in New York hospitals. She has 13 years of pharmaceutical marketing experience, both physician office and hospital based, for Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies and received gold tier awards for district sales performance. She transitioned to School Nursing practice in 2002 and has 10 years’ experience in New Jersey schools. She received her BSN from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, was licensed in New York and New Jersey, and also received School Nurse Certification from Monmouth University. She is a member of the Monmouth County School Nurses Association, the New Jersey State School Nurses Association, and the National League of Nursing.
- Tara Kennette, BA
- Tara Kennette was appointed as Program Assistant for Undergraduate Programs in 2015. She graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature. She works closely with the RN-BSN and Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN programs, helping both prospective and current students achieve success in their nursing careers at Thomas Edison State University. She is an active alumni member of the Sigma Tau Delta Literature Honor Society and plans to pursue her Master of Arts Degree in English.
- Holly Leahan, MSN, RN, CMSRN
- Holly Leahan is the Graduate Student and Practicum Advisor for the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State University. She is certified in medical-surgical nursing and has taught students in both on-ground and online settings. She is a second degree RN, with her first BS degree in Sports Medicine from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She earned her BSN through Drexel University's Accelerated Career Entry Program, as well as completed her MSN online through Drexel University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Upsilon Rho Chapter, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, and the National League for Nursing.
- Holly MacDonald, BSW
- Holly MacDonald joined the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing staff in 2015 as a Recruitment Liaison. Holly earned a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Georgian Court University. Holly’s experience comes from her work as a case manager providing support and advice to children and families, while working with community and state organizations to promote a healthy and productive partnership. Holly is actively involved in her community and continues to serve as a volunteer for civic and school organizations. In addition to student service, she is responsible for recruitment management.
- Janet McGuire, BA
- Janet McGuire was appointed as Nursing Program Assistant in 2013. She is the assistant to the Dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. Her background experience is in non-profit organizations, including 22 years at NJN Public Television and Radio, primarily as a Producer/Director. She earned her BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
- Greta O'Keefe, BA
- Greta O'Keefe was appointed as Publications & Recruitment Specialist in 2011 after being a Program Assistant since 2007. Her primary responsibilities include tracking the creation of all W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing publications, assignment of recruitment events and acting as liaison for the School to the institutional Marketing department. Greta brought to the University more than five years of experience in development, writing, editing and event management. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
- Valerie Preston, AAS
- Valerie Preston received her Associates in Applied Science in Secretarial Science from Mercer County Community College. She has more than 27 years' experience working in the administrative field, primarily working at the executive level. She was appointed as program assistant to the Director of the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs at Thomas Edison State University in 2008. In 2011, she was appointed as Administrative Assistant for the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State University.
- Lisa Whitfield-Harris, MSN, MBA, RN
Lisa Whitfield-Harris is the Diversity Coordinator/Undergraduate Program Advisor for the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. Her responsibilities include the coordination of activities of the Certificate in Nursing Education program, and advising RN-BSN students. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Chester University; Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration from La Salle University. She is currently a doctoral nursing student at Duquesne University. Her professional experience includes many years of nursing including neurosurgical ICU, pediatrics, public health, and nursing management.
She is currently a board member of the Tri-State Diversity Council. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Eastern Nursing Research Society, Transcultural Nursing Society, American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, New Jersey Public Health Association, National League of Nursing and the National Black Nurses Association. She is a past scholar and mentee of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association.