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Dean’s Advisory and Development Council

The Dean’s Advisory and Development Council supports and advances the mission, vision, and strategic priorities of the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing at Penn State through the commitment and active engagement of each council member working in concert with the dean and staff of the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, as well as the College’s internal and external stakeholders. 


laurie badzek

Laurie A. Badzek, LLM, JD, MS, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Dean and Professor, Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

Rebecca Ambrosini ’82, BSN, MSN
Retired-Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Professional Services, Uniontown Hospital

Toni R. Ardabell ’76, BS, MS, MBA, RN
Associate Chief, Clinical Enterprise, Inova Health System

Lynne Beeson ’86g, BS, MEd
Administrative Director, Organization Performance and Effectiveness, Summit Health

Donna Gage ’10g, PhD, RN, NE-BC, FAAN
Health Care Consultant and Mediator, BMC Associates

George Garrow ’85g, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Primary Care Network

Judy Norris Himes ’76, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Deborah Kudravy ’77, BSN, RN
Retired-Director, Care Management, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Gail Latimer ’83, MSN, RN, FACHE, FAAN
Council Chair, Healthcare Consultant

Ralph McKibbin, BA, MD, FACP, FACG
Partner, Blair Gastroenterology Associates

Gino Mori, MD, FACS
Founder, Delta Medix Retired-Physician

Marcia Pollard ’75, ’81g, BS, MS, JD
Consultant and Author

Elaine Traub Renola ’73, BS, MS, RN
Retired-Director of Nursing, Galveston College

Lauren Thumm Saxton ’08, MSN, RN
Protocol Nurse Coordinator, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Sara Songer ’72, ‘78g, MS, RN
Partner, Torron Group, Retired-Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Performance Improvement Nurse, and Forensic Nurse Examiner, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Ex Officio Members

Raymonde A. Brown, PhD, RN, CNE
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Outreach, Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

Judith E. Hupcey, EdD, CRNP, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research & Innovation,
Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

Lisa Kitko PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Associate Dean for Graduate Education,
Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

Susan Kukic, BS
Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing


No matter the amount, contributions are professionally managed and focused on four priorities: student scholarships, faculty support, impactful programs and facilities enhancement. Students, faculty researchers, and programs all benefit from the generous gifts of our alumni and supporters worldwide.

Contact Susan Kukic, Director, Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (814) 863-8180 for a personal conversation about ways you can make a lasting impact on the College of Nursing.