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Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich
Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence


WE ARE a community of nurse educators, researchers, scientists, clinicians, and learners whose leadership involves actively improving health care and quality of life for older adults in America.

Our CGNE Leadership Team

Donna Fick, Director

Kimberly Van Haitsma, Associate Director of Research

Marie Boltz, Associate Director of Translation

Nikki Hill, Associate Director of Education

Janice Whitaker, Administrator and Community Liaison

Liza Behrens, Assistant Professor

Diane Berish, Assistant Research Professor

Amy Caputo, Marketing Communications Specialist

Judy Hupcey, Associate Dean for Research & Innovation

Ying-Ling Jao, Assistant Professor

Ann Kolanowski, CGNE Founder and Professor Emerita of Nursing

Ashley Kuzmik, CGNE Postdoctoral Fellow

Morgann McAfee, Director of Strategic Communications and Recruitment

Anju Paudel, Assistant Professor

Andrea Yevchak Sillner, Assistant Professor


Nese College of Nursing named a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence