Nicole Derosa, PsyD
Nicole Derosa, PsyD, has been appointed assistant dean for microcredential development in the College of Health Professions. In this role she will work with faculty to develop brief programs of study to build specific skill sets that are needed in the health care workforce. Health Professions currently has one microcredential program for Respiratory Therapists, Post-Acute Care. Derosa will be developing a Registered Behavior Technician microcredential, and will assist other departments in conceptualizing, planning and launching their own programs. DeRosa is a dually licensed psychologist and behavior analyst in New York, as well as a board-certified behavior analyst, doctoral. She has extensive experience as a clinician and researcher, focusing on the assessment and treatment of severe challenging forms of behavior (e.g., aggression, self-injury) with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We look forward to Derosa’s leadership in building CHP’s microcredential offerings.
Shelly Rupracht, BSN, RN, AORN, has been appointed nurse manager 5E Operating Room, Downtown. Rupracht received her bachelor's degree in nursing from SUNY Delhi in 2015. She is now pursuing her master's degree in nursing at SUNY Delhi. She started her career at Upstate in 2010 on 9G and then moved to 5E operating room as a circulating nurse. She became the assistant nurse manager in 2019 and has worked in the interim nurse manager since February 2021.
Rebecca Fabrizio has been MICU Clinical Practice Coordinator. Fabrizio has six years of experience as an registered nurse and clinical leader in 6I medical intensive care unit. She is well versed in quality outcomes and the post pandemic growth of the MICU. She is skilled in critical care nursing and has completed the Covid ICU care certificate training via ANCC. Fabrizio received her master's degree in nursing from Western Governors University in 2020 and is CCRN certified. Her appointment is effective Sept. 30
Kamrin Kucera, MJHL-CC, BSN, BA, RN, CPHRM, has been appointed as director of Risk Management. Kucera has been a registered nurse for more than 16 years and has spent 13 of those years at Upstate. Here she has worked at the bedside in the ICUs as well as in Risk Management. Kamrin holds her master's degree from the University of Chicago, Loyola in jurisprudence in healthcare law as well as a certificate in compliance. Kucera's passion for healthcare law, mitigating risk, and quality improvement make her the perfect individual to lead Upstate’ s Risk Management program. Kucera's office is located in Jacobsen Hall room 905; she will also spend time at the Community Hospital.
Kathryn Wolford has been appointed nurse manager for the 6 Ortho at Upstate Community Hospital. Wolford recently served as assistant nurse manager for 6 Ortho. Prior to serving as assistant nurse manager, Wolford worked as a registered nurse in Orthopedics. Wolford's experience also includes working as an HCT and MOA. She has more than 14 years of orthopedic experience. Wolford received her associate's degree in nursing from Onondaga Community College in 2011. In 2014, she completed her bachelor's degreen in nursing from Keuka College. In 2017, Wolford became ONC certified.
The College of Nursing has announced the following appointments:
Karen Klingman, PhD, RN, has been named director of nursing science. In this leadership role, she will be responsible for working with select accreditation requirements and elements of the strategic plan, as well as leadership in areas of research and scholarship, data collection and analysis, departmental outcomes, and mentorship of tenure track faculty. Klingman will serve as a liaison to grant program managers within the College of Nursing, as well as a committee liaison. Klingman joined the faculty of the Upstate College of Nursing in 2015, and previously served in the role of associate dean of academic and faculty affairs. She is currently the primary investigator on “Sleep Effects on Post-Stroke Rehabilitation,” funded by NIH-NINR, and “Upstate Medical University Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program,” funded by HRSA. Dr. Klingman is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo (PhD, Nursing ‘15, Adv Certificate Nursing Education ‘15), University of Rochester (BS, Nursing ‘07), University of Florida (PhD, Chemical Engineering ‘85), and University of South Florida (BS, MS Engineering ‘80).
Justin Warywold, DNP, RN, ANP-C, ACNP-BC, GS-C, CNE, FAANP, has been named assistant dean for nursing education. In this leadership role, he will be responsible for working with select accreditation requirements and elements of the strategic plan, as well as program outcomes, quality assurance, and leadership of the clinical track NP programs and associated faculty. In addition, he will serve as a liaison to various College of Nursing and campus-wide committees. Waryold joined the faculty of the Upstate College of Nursing in 2020. He is a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook University (DNP ’14; MS Adult Health Nursing ’08; BSN ‘05), Excelsior College (Post-Masters Cert, Nursing Education ’12), and Suffolk Community College (AAS, Nursing ’98). Waryold is nationally board certified by ANCC, AANP, GNCC and the NLN.
Florence Mandebvu, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, has been named program director for post-master’s doctor of nursing practice. Mandebvu joined the College of Nursing faculty in 2013. She is a graduate of the SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Nursing (DNP ’16, MSN ’11), University of Arkansas (BS Education, ’95), and University of Zimbabwe (Cert Education, ’87).
Megan Wolfe, DNP, MS Ed, FNP-C, RN, RD, CMSRN, CNE, has been named program director for the master of science family nurse practitioner program. Wolfe joined the faculty of the College of Nursing in 2019. She is currently an Ed.D candidate at Northeastern University (’21), and a graduate of the George Washington University (DNP ’17), SUNY Upstate Medical University (MS FNP, ’17), LeMoyne College (MSN, ’13; MS Educational Administration ’07, CAS ‘06), Syracuse University (MS Ed ’03), University of Oklahoma (MS, Nutrition ’01), and Cornell University (BS, Nutritional Biochemistry ’99). Wolfe is nationally board certified by AANP.
Kathryn Holliday, DNP, CPNP, CNE, has been named program director for the master of science pediatric nurse practitioner program. Holliday joined the College of Nursing faculty in 2019, and has served as the PNP program director since that time. She is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo (DNP ’19), SUNY Upstate Medical University (MS PNP ’13), D’Youville College (BSN ’10), and John Carroll University (BS Biology, ’07). Dr. Holliday is nationally board certified by PNCB and NLN.
Eric Rodriguez, MS, FNP-C, has been named program director of the RN to bachelor of science undergraduate program. Rodriguez joined the faculty of the College of Nursing in 2016, and previously served as program director for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. He is currently a PhD candidate at Capella University (’21), and is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University (MS FNP, ’12), Keuka College (BSN ’10), and Onondaga Community College (’07). Mr. Rodriguez is nationally board certified by AANP.
Edward Thompson, MSN, NP-P, PMHNP-BC, has been named program director of the master of science family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. Thompson joined the College of Nursing faculty in 2021. He is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Nursing (DNP ’20), University of South Alabama (MSN PMHNP, ’15, BSN ’12). Dr. Thompson is nationally board certified by ANCC.
Jennifer Vaughn, DNP, RN, NE-BC, has been named executive assistant dean for administration.
In this leadership role, Vaughn will be responsible for working with select accreditation requirements and elements of the strategic plan, as well as faculty, student and alumni affairs related to educational programming; recruitment, retention and sustainability; departmental operations and special events. Vaughn will serve as a leader and mentor to the DNP and undergraduate programs and associated faculty. In addition, she will serve as a liaison to various College of Nursing and campus-wide committees, as well as chair of the College of Nursing Advisory Board. Vaughn joined the faculty of the College of Nursing in 2019 and previously served in the role of DNP program director. She is a graduate of Chamberlain College of Nursing.
Quonitra Bullock MSN, RN, has been named nurse manager for the 5E Transitional Care Unit at Upstate Community Hospital. Bullock began her nursing career in 2000 and has served in multiple roles within Upstate since 2003, including more than eight years in an inpatient management role. She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and has completed her master’s degree in leeadership and administration from Robert Wesleyan College. She is active in the community through Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
Kiran Devaraj MD, a cardiologist specializing in cardiac electrophysiology, has joined the Upstate Heart Institute at Upstate Medical University. He will also serve as assistant professor of medicine.
Electrophysiology studies help physicians determine whether individuals may have abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias.
Devaraj was previously affiliated with Westfall Cardiology, Rochester General Hospital and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He completed an internal medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia) and a cardiovascular, clinical cardiac electrophysiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and advanced cardiac electrophysiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Devaraj will see patients at University Health Care Center and the Liverpool office of the Upstate Cardiovascular Group.
Kylee Deese MS, RN, NE-BC, has been named as interim nurse manager for 3 West at Community Hospital, Community Campus. The appointment was effective July 15. Deese will continue in her role as nurse manager for the float and support pool at our Community Hospital. Deese has played an important role in achieving patient care goals, improving satisfaction and driving initiatives within the health-care system.
Vincent Calleo, MD, has been named medical director of the Upstate New York Poison Center. He previously served as a medical toxicology fellow for the poison center. He will also serve as an assistant professor of emergency medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and his medical degree from Upstate Medical University. He also completed a residency and fellowship in emergency medicine at Upstate. His appointment was effective July 1.
Nicole Harf, BSN, RN, NPD-BC, has been appointed program manager for the Upstate Nursing Professional Development Program. The appointment was effective July 7. In addition to the current recognition and professional development programs she oversees, she will now be the lead and responsible for all operations related to All-In-One Shared Governance day, the Upstate Nursing Newsletter, the RN Satisfaction survey, and the Upstate Nursing Annual Report.
Megan Stevens, DNP, RN, CCNS, CWCN has been named as a member for the Pressure Injury Prevention team, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a certified Wound Ostomy & Continence nurse.
Kamrin Kucera, MJHL-CC, BSN, BA, RN, CPHRM has been named as Interim Director of Risk Management. Kamrin has 13-years of experience at Upstate, previously working in the Burn ICU, Surgical Critical Care Unit and Outpatient Cardiology and has advanced her career by working in Risk Management for the last three years as a Senior Quality Investigator. She graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelors degree in sociology and anthropology; and from the University of Charleston, WV with a bachelor's degree in nursing. Additionally, she earned a master's degree in Health Care Law and a Certification in Compliance from Loyola University of Chicago. Kamrin also completed a Certification in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) and IHI Quality Certification.
KayDee Hierholzer has been named assistant nurse manager for 7A, effective June 16. Hierholzer began as a graduate nurse on 7A from Utica College's accelerated BSN program in July 2017. She previously attended the University of Connecticut and obtained a bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in business. In 2019, Hierholzer was promoted to clinical leader. In that role, she has excelled in unit quality and is a patient throughput champion; in which she has strongly advocated and increased the unit usage of the discharge hospitality center. Hierholzer will start in her new role effective Sept. 16.
Jordan Workman, BSN, RN, CMSRN, has been named as assistant nurse manager on 5A, effective Sept. 2, 2021. Workman has served as a nurse on 5A since 2017 and has worked in the leadership role as a charge nurse and clinical leader since 2019. Workman received his associates degree in nursing from Cayuga Community College in 2017, and received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from SUNY Delhi in 2020. He is a Specialty Certified Medical Surgical Nurse.
Claire Aloan, RT, MS, RRT-NPS, FAARC, director of the SUNY Upstate Respiratory Therapy program, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Lambda Beta Honor Society. In addition to her board post, she serves as co-chair for Public Relations for the organization. The Lambda Beta Society is a national honor society sponsored and maintained by the National Board for Respiratory Care. It is an honor society specifically recognizing undergraduate, graduate, alumni and faculty achievement in Respiratory Care programs in colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Mary DiMura has been named as director of operations for the College of Health Professions. She brings an abundance of experience in higher education from her years in the Office of the Registrar at Syracuse University, and has substantial business experience in the private sector as well. DiMura earned all of her degrees, including an MBA, in the SUNY system at Empire State College. For the next few weeks she will be learning the Upstate and CHP system with outgoing director of operations Deb Stehle.
Jan. 15, 2021
Nina Popow, MBA, has been appointed director of leased properties In this new role, Popow will oversee all of Upstate’s leased properties relative to lease negotiations, ensuring code requirements are met as mandated by the state Health Department, DNV and local building/fire safety codes. She will also manage all construction improvement projects to ensure leased properties are up to quality standards. In addition to her strong leadership skills and determination, Popow brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position. She has been in the healthcare field for more than 25 years, in both operational and construction management roles. Popow has been with Upstate since 2004 as senior planner in the Hospital Planning Department. Popow is very knowledgeable in the NY State Department of Health Certificate of Need (CON) process. Prior to coming to Upstate, Popow served as director of financial services for Oswego Hospital. Popow holds a master’s in business administration from SUNY Oswego.
Dec. 25, 2020
Trinisa Pitts, CPC, CPMA has been promoted to assistant manager of Ambulatory Billing. Pitts has been with Upstate’s Patient Financial Service (PFS) Department since 2019 as the coding and auditing supervisor in Ambulatory Billing. Prior to joining PFS, Pitts worked at Med Best for 10 as a coder for General Surgery before being promoted to compliance. Pitts will continue to supervise the Ambulatory Billing team and will be the primary contact for any ambulatory billing concerns. tion since Maureen’s retirement.
Christine Jonkoski, CPC, has been promoted to financial improvement manager and will now oversee Ambulatory Billing, in addition to her current responsibilities. Jonkoski has been with Upstate’s Patient Financial Service (PFS) Department since 2017 as the financial improvement coordinator. Prior to joining PFS, she worked in compliance at Med Best and as a billing analyst at Meridian Health System. Jonkoski has played a critical role in financial improvement and integrity for the hospital.
Dec. 11, 2020
Caley Michalski has been named nurse manager for 10G and 10H at Upstate University Hospital. Michalski has been a registered nurse since 2009; she holds a bachelor’s degree from Utica College. She has experience including med/surg nursing with acute care surgical, burns and transplant patients and is a certified clinical transplant coordinator. She is certified through the state health department as an assault forensic examiner and is a sexual assault nurse examiner through Vera House. Michalski will start her new role Jan. 4.
Dec. 3, 2020
Sarah Vienne, LMSW, has been named assistant director of social work, effective Jan. 7, 2021. Vienne is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton School of Social Work and has been working as an administrator for the past 15 years, most recently as a director at Helio Health. She brings experience managing operations, strategic planning, quality improvement and promoting interdisciplinary collaborative team work.
Nov. 25, 2020
Juliann Axton has been appointed director of strategic initiatives in the Hospital Strategy Office. The appointment was effective Nov. 19. Axton will work closely with leadership across the hospital, colleges and faculty practice on business development and regional strategy initiatives to advance and grow Upstate’s clinical enterprise. Axton brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience, including 18 years at Upstate in both clinical and leadership positions. She most recently served as the interim associate administrator for ambulatory services. Axton holds a master’s degree in nursing leadership and administration and a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She also earned certification from the Cornell-HANYS Academy for Healthcare Leadership Advancement program.
Nov. 6, 2020
Chantana Taranto, BSN, RN, CMSRN has been appointed to 6B assistant nurse manager. Taranto has been a registered nurse since 2001 and joined 6B in 2014. She started the clinical leader role in 2016 and obtained her CAP certification this year. She is currently in the process of applying to graduate school for her MSN in transformational leadership.
Oct. 23, 2020
Tanya George, MD, has been named medical director of utilization management. George completed her medical education at Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi, India, in 2005. She did her Internal Medicine Residency at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, Cornell University, New York, in 2009. George joined Upstate University Hospital in July 2009 as an assistant professor of medicine. George has worked closely with the Utilization Management Department over the last year as the associate medical director for Utilization Management, Over the last year, she has worked on Utilization Management projects to help improve CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) compliance and improve the revenue cycle. She holds her Certification in Health Care Quality and Management (CHCQM) and is a Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS). George is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP). George also serves on several committees. She is vice chair for both the Hospital Medicine Education Committee and the Patient Experience Committee. She has worked on several invaluable projects, order sets and pathways to help improve resident education, patient care and patient experience.
Oct. 16, 2020
Darcy DiBiase, MBA , has been appointed primary care liaison. Primary Care is one of Upstate's strategic focus areas and serves as the foundation to the three other pillars of Heart, Brain and Cancer Care. In this role, Dibiase will develop and initiate Primary Care faculty engagement strategies to enhance communication and relationships between faculty/alumni, local and regional physicians as well as Upstate Medical University and Upstate University Hospital. Dibiase joined Upstate in 2011 as assistant director of Marketing and University Communications. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications and a master of business administration degree in health services administration from SUNY Oswego.
Oct. 9, 2020
William (Bill) Shepard has been named ambulatory services contract administrator. This new position is designed to provide leadership and expertise to hospital contracts systems and processes. Shepard has held numerous positions at Upstate since joining the university in 2007, including been a medical records analyst in Health Information Management, office administrator for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and contracts administrator in Contracts and Campus Purchasing. Shepard brings a wealth of knowledge on SUNY and Upstate contracting systems. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University at Albany and a juris doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University.
Sept. 18, 2020
Armando Martinez has been named assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE). For the past two years, Martinez served as the coordinator of multicultural affairs and CSTEP advisor within the Division of Student Affairs. As assistant director, Martinez will combine his formal training in Public and Community Service and Cultural Foundations of Education coupled with his experience in partnership building and community conversations to advance the mission of the Center for Civic Engagement, which is to promote and support an institutional commitment to active citizenship and social responsibility. Within his role, Martinez will seek to develop sustainable, mutually-beneficial community-based learning experiences that will allow students, faculty and staff to participate in a more engaged university to improve the health of the communities served by Upstate.
Aug. 21, 2020
Stephanie Shattuck has been named associate administrator of support services. Shattuck brings with her to Upstate extensive experience in logistics, supply chain and contract management and strategic planning through multiple roles in the federal government, including the intelligence community. Shattuck’s work as a senior leader with oversight of daily operations in facilities, information technology, project management and finance provide a strong background for her new role at Upstate. Shattuck holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from LeMoyne College and a master's degree of international management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), which is now part of Arizona State University.
Aug. 14, 2020
Raisa Zhovklaya, BSN, RN, has been named as stroke program outreach coordinator. Zhovklaya brings to the team the Upstate Stroke Team a strong background in stroke and neurosciences. She has worked throughout the country as a travel nurse before her most recent employment in the neurointerventional radiology suite at Crouse Hospital.
Sharon Brangman, MD, chair of Geriatrics, participated in a national forum on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Elderly Aug. 12, sponsored by the Physicians for Human Rights.
Aug. 7, 2020
Kathryn Anderson, PHD, MD, assistant professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology, participated in a telephone town hall for constituents of U.S. Rep Brindisi Aug. 3. Anderson answered questions from callers about the pandemic
Debra Gamble has joined Advocates for Upstate as administrative coordinator. In this position, she reports to the Advocates’ Board of Directors and plays a critical role in the organization’s successful operation. She succeeds Jonathan Adler who retired in May. Gamble has experience in operations and programmatic financial management, research and contract funding oversight, program start-up, management and event coordination and marketing and public relations. She is experienced in database development, management and reporting and software systems. Gamble comes to Upstate most recently from Syracuse University after 10 years of service, she has held healthcare administrative positions in Houston, working at Vanguard Urologic Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Rice University. Gamble holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Oswego and an associate degree in medical office science from Jefferson Community College.
Alpha Omega Alpha senior inductees for 2021 announced
The College of Medicine is pleased to announce the results of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) senior year elections for the Class of 2021. They are:
AOA is the national medical student honor society, and election is based on scholarly achievement, leadership, professionalism, and service. The newly elected members have committed to contributing a significant amount of their time as academic tutors for first and second-year students, and to upholding academic integrity and professional behavior. The chapter sponsors a student clerkship liaison program, service/leadership programs, a visiting professorship, and participates in Student Research Day planning, among other activities and events.
July 31, 2020
Jill Hayward has been named manager of the pediatric trauma program. The appointment was effective July 15. Hayward holds a master's degree in public health from Upstate and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Niagara University. Her nursing experience includes adult and pediatric acute and ambulatory care and has held leadership roles in the U.S. Army, school nursing and most recently as a pediatric ambulatory float pool registered nurse. Hayward is an avid volunteer in her community and annually participates in mission trips to El Salvador. Her office is located in CWB 218-T.
Robert Corona, DO, MBA, chief executive officer of Upstate University Hospital, was one of five featured speakers at the conference Building Guest Confidence: Making Hospitality Safe, held July 20. The conference was sponsored by the Hotel School at Cornell University.
Shelly White, MS, CHAM, FACHE, associate administrator for patient access services, will be a featured speaker at the 2020 Contact Experience Conference Aug. 27 and 28. White will discuss how Upstate quickly adapted its new staff on-boarding process during the pandemic, among other issues. The conference, sponsored by Greystone.Net and Healthcare Call Center Times, is attended by leaders of call and contact centers, and customer service management.
July 3, 2020
Adrienne Hickey, who has served as day shift supervisor for the Upstate's Respiratory Therapy Department for the past five years, has been named associate director of the Upstate University Hospital Respiratory Therapy Department. Hickey earn a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy from Upstate’s College of Health Professions in 2005. After graduating, Hickey spent ten years working at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Hickey is an experienced therapist who has worked with all patient populations and respiratory treatment modalities.
June 19, 2020
Kyle Choquette, MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN, NE-BC has been named associate director of nursing of the Throughput Operations Center (TOC), effective June 25. In response to Upstate's capacity and throughput challenges, the TOC will centralize and manage patient flow operations, maximize bed resources, efficiently load balance between hospitals and focus on maintaining capacity for patients needing care from across the region. In this role, Choquette will report to the executive director of Nursing, and supervise the Throughput Operations Center, the throughput team and the bed managers.
Most recently, as a patient flow administrator, Choquette improved Discharge Hospitality Center operations, leading to increased use and improved patient throughput. During the COVID-19 crisis, Choquette led the implementation of the temporary unified bed control to ready Upstate for any potential patient surge.
Choquette also has served as a nurse manager on 9E and 9G. He also is the current clinical chair for Upstate's Organ Donor Council. Choquette led the development of the Honor Walk process to pay tribute to the donor patient and families during the donation process.
Choquette started his professional nursing career at Upstate 10 years ago and earned his MSN in nursing administration from SUNY Empire State College in 2019.
June 12, 2020
Michele Petticone, MS, RT, RRT-NPS, assistant professor of respiratory therapy in the College of Health Professions has been named 2020 Distinguished Alumna by Highline College, recognizing "her commitment to educating future respiratory care professionals during a time when the need is at an all-time high because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was also recognized for her willingness to return to the frontlines of care, serving as a respiratory therapist in the hospital.