Nursing Advisory Board

The School of Nursing Advisory Board was established in 2013 to serve in an advisory capacity to Dean Glasgow. The School of Nursing Advisory Board members advise and assist the Dean in pursuing the vision, mission, and implementation of strategic priorities in the School of Nursing. This advisory board provides insight into trends affecting nursing practice, nursing job development and job placement. It also assists in evaluation of program effectiveness, program advocacy and promotion with various internal and external constituencies. Members are appointed to the board by the Dean of the School of Nursing and include distinguished alumni, healthcare leaders, entrepreneurs, as well as community representatives.

Photo of Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow

Dean Mary Ellen Glasgow

Board Members

Anthony Battaglia, MS, BSN, RN
Arnold E. Burchianti II, MPT

Photo of Anthony BattagliaPresident and CEO
Pocket Nurse

Pocket Nurse® is a nurse owned and operated company started in 1992. Pocket Nurse® sells medical supplies and equipment to Healthcare Educators and Medical Simulation Labs globally. Designer and patent holder of medical simulation products. Thirty years' experience as a nurse in a variety of healthcare settings, including Medical Intensive Care, Industrial and Occupational Nursing and Medical Surgical Nursing.

Photo of Arnold BurchiantiFounder and CEO
Celtic Healthcare Inc.

As the Founder and CEO of Celtic Healthcare, Arnie has approximately 600 nurses employed to serve hospice and home health patients in their homes throughout Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, and Missouri. Home and community-based nurses are critical given the tsunami of care needed for baby boomers and for the delivery of healthcare models for the future. Arnie is passionate about end-of-life care and options and providing individuals with the right care at the right time in the right place.

Rita Carty, PhD, RN, FAAN
Diane L. Hupp, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Photo of Dr. Rita M. CartyProfessor and Dean Emeriti
College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University

Dr.Rita M Carty is retired professor and Dean Emeritus of the College of Nursing and Health Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Carty received her Baccalaureate degree from Duquesne University and her Masters and PhD from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

VPhoto of Dr. Diane Huppice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Dr. Diane Hupp serves as the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Operations and Patient Care Services for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the nation. She is responsible for the safety and quality of care at the organization as well as most operational aspects at the campus. She has led the organization to maintain its Magnet status, which is the highest honor an organization can receive for organizational and nursing excellence, and one in which only 6-7% of organizations have been able to achieve.

Leah Laffey, DNP, RN
Richard Longo, RN, FACMPE, FACHE

Photo of Dr. Leah LaffeyChief Executive Officer
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley

Leah Laffey is currently the CEO of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley. She has been in Hospital Administration for over 20 years and owns three other businesses in the Pittsburgh area. Leah obtained a BSN from Duquesne University, MSN from Pace University and a DNP from Waynesburg University.

Photo of Richard LongoHealthcare Consultant

Mr. Longo has extensive experience in health care management and strategy development  in the healthcare industry. He is currently a Business Consultant with Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center. Previous positions held include Senior Consultant for RIOL and Senior Vice President, Network Management for Devon Health Services, Inc. He has also served as adjunct facility at Robert Morris University and the University of Pittsburgh and is a fellow in both the American College of Health Care Executives and the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

Holly Lorenz, MSN, RN
Kathy Mayle, MBA, MNEd, RN

Photo of Holly LorenzChief Nursing Executive, UPMC

Holly Lorenz is the Chief Nurse Executive of UPMC with responsibility for establishing and leading the strategic vision for nearly 14,000 nurses. Ms. Lorenz has oversight for nursing practice for more than 20 academic, community, specialty and international hospitals as well as the 400 outpatient sites, rehabilitation, and long-term care facilities. Ms. Lorenz shares her vast knowledge and expertise in nursing leadership as a member on several influential local and state boards including President Elect of the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Executives.

Photo of Kathy MayleDean of Nursing
Community College of Allegheny County

Kathy Mayle (Towns) has been the Dean of Nursing at the Community College of Allegheny County since July 2012. She came to CCAC from Duquesne University School of Nursing where she was the Director of the Center for Health Care Diversity. Ms. Mayle also served nearly 12 years as the Executive Director of the Nursing Recruitment Coalition, a consortium of 15 area hospitals and schools of nursing. Ms. Mayle is a board member of the East Liberty Family Health Care Center and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

Maribeth McLaughlin BSN, MPM
Diane Mead, BSN, RN, PCC

Photo of Maribeth McLaughlinVice President of Women's Health Services for UPMC and Vice President of Operations, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Maribeth McLaughlin directs patient care and the daily operations across multiple departments and disciplines. She serves on both local and system-wide strategic committees, and oversees activities directing women's health services at UPMC hospitals, non-UPMC hospitals and 98 ambulatory settings. She develops and implements the strategic direction and operations of women's healthcare for the $10B global integrated health system.

Photo of Diane MeadPresident and CEO
Bethany Hospice

Diane Mead, R.N., B.S.N., A.C.C., L.N.C., started her healthcare career over 25 years ago as a Nursing Assistant and worked her way up the corporate ladder to become the Vice President for the nation's largest hospice provider for the Northeast. Diane left corporate America in 2004 and founded Bethany Hospice in 2005, where she serves as President and CEO. Voted one of the Top 50 Business Women in Pennsylvania, Diane holds a BSN and a Professional Coaching Certification from Duquesne University. Diane has served on the Duquesne University Board of Governors, Duquesne University Alumni Association Board, LIFE Pittsburgh's Professional Advisory Board, Duquesne University School of Nursing Professional Advisory Board, President-elect Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, as well as the AALNC Board (Pittsburgh Chapter) as President-elect.

Dr. Vincent J. Morreale
Rev. George Spangenberg, CSSp

Photo of Dr. Vincent MorrealeCEO
Del Gratia Group, Inc.
Doctors Express Urgent Care

Dr. Morreale is a 1989 graduate of Duquesne University and a 1994 graduate of Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. Upon graduation, Dr. Morreale opened Morreale Chiropractic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a focus on family and sports chiropractic. Dr. Morreale also owns AFC Urgent/Family Care providing emergency medical care 7 days a week. Dr. Morreale has been the team chiropractor for Duquesne University Athletics since 2005.

Visiting Instructor
Duquesne University

Patricia Valoon, MSN, RN
Mary Esther Van Shura, EdD

Photo of Patricia ValoonFormer Chief Nurse
NYU Medical Center

Graduate of the Western PA Hospital School of Nursing; BSN from Duquesne University and an MSN from the University of Colorado. The capstone of her career was her position as Chief Nurse and Senior Administrator of New York University Medical Center in NY City, a position she retired from after working there for 30+ years. In addition she was the Treasurer and then Executive Director of the New York Organization of Nurse Executives.The most meaningful of the many awards she received during her career were the Creation of the Annual Valoon Leadership Lecture Series at NYU Medical Center and being inducted as one of the first nurses in the Hall of Fame at Duquesne University Hospital School of Nursing.

Photo of Dr. Mary Esther Van ShuraDirector of Community Affairs
Office of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

Dr. Mary Esther Van Shura currently services as the Director of Community Affairs in the office of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. In this capacity, she interfaces on issues of disabilities, older adults, food security and education. She is also engaged with international and immigrant communities and numerous initiatives including the Sunset Review, Government Review Commission, Allegheny 365 and the Public Health Commission on Preventing Violence and Promoting Community Mental Health.

Prior professional positions include serving as the Director of the State Office for United States Senator Harris Wofford, Director of Services for individuals with intellectual disabilities for a community non-profit and as an elementary school teacher in Waverly, New York. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Faculty member in the School of Education of the University of Pittsburgh.