Dr. Tamam Baiz is an Associate Professor at Mercy College of Ohio and joined the faculty in fall 2010. Dr. Baiz holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, a Master of Science in Chemistry, and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Toledo. Her professional training is in the areas of Organometallic and Solid- State Chemistry. At Mercy College, Dr. Baiz's main focus includes finding ways to enhance student learning in the classroom. Dr. Baiz currently resides in Michigan where she was born and raised. She enjoys spending time with her family and reading.
Jennifer Barber is a Licensed Registered Nurse and an Assistant Professor at Mercy College of Ohio. She also serves as Student Health Nurse. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing Education at the University of Toledo. Her areas of focus are clinical experience is pulmonary, critical care, and trauma care nursing. Jennifer is certified by the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator.
Stephanie Baughman has been a Licensed Registered Nurse (RN) since 2012 with experience as a critical care nurse, clinical instructor, and intensive care unit educator. Ms Baughman is an Assistant Professor for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program at Mercy College of Ohio in Youngstown, where she has worked since 2016. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Akron and later obtained her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in nursing education from Capella University. Stephanie is certified as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). She is also an active member of the Ohio League for Nursing (OLN).
Andra Bell is an Associate Professor at Mercy College of Ohio and joined the faculty in Fall 2018. Andra Bell holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science & Education from the University of Toledo. She has worked on medical surgical, alcohol and drug detoxification, step-down ICU, gynecology and gynecology oncology at various hospitals. She also has worked as a public health nurse/educator at Wood County Health Department. At Mercy College, Andra Bell’s focus includes teaching first-semester theory, lab and clinical and last-semester clinical. Andra Bell currently resides in Ohio. She enjoys spending time with her family (especially granddaughters) and friends, crafting, and walking the area parks.
Paige Bentley is an Assistant Professor at Mercy College and joined the faculty full-time in January 2021. Professor Bentley holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master’s in Nursing with a nurse educator focus. She has over 10 years of nursing experience in various settings. She currently resides in Ohio where she was born and raised. Professor Bentley loves to read, work out, and spend time with her two sons.
Dr. Jim Bier is an Associate Professor in the Arts & Sciences Division of Mercy College of Ohio. He teaches microbiology every semester to nursing and allied health students, ecology and genetics to upper-class biology majors, a full year biology course for first-year biology majors, and biology for non-science majors. In the past, he has also taught a course on the science in science fiction. He was born and raised in Toledo, spent fourteen years away while attending Xavier University for his B.S, Indiana University for his Ph.D. in biology, and Michigan State University as a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Microbial Ecology. He returned to Toledo to teach at Mercy College in 1998. During his graduate and postdoctoral years, Dr. Bier studied the ecology and evolution of symbioses, such as fungi that live inside of plants, viruses that live inside of fungi, and plasmids that inhabit bacteria. At Mercy College, his most recent research has examined the effects of low-stakes testing on student performance. His interests outside of work include visiting natural areas, doing crossword and sudoku puzzles, playing games with his three children and wife, gardening, and converting a portion of his backyard into a wildlife habitat. Dr. Bier’s parents immigrated from northeastern Italy, and he grew up speaking Friulan, an Italian dialect, with his family and English with his friends.
Dr. Sung David Chun is a professor of sociology at Mercy College of Ohio. He joined Mercy College in 2006, having previously taught at the University of Notre Dame and at Bethel College. He was also a research scientist at the Institute of Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He studied English as an undergraduate at Korea University and earned a MA in Korean Society from the Academy of Korean Studies and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to this extensive teaching experience, he has published numerous articles on Asian-American and Latino issues. He is particularly interested in the ways that culture and religion intersect with other forces of marginalization to influence Latinos’ financial and health behaviors. He currently has two research projects: Latino migrant farm workers and the social mobility of healthcare professionals. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Welfare and Human Rights since 2014.
Dr. Lorraine Coalmer is a Licensed Registered Nurse (RN) and an advanced practice nurse (APRN) in Ohio. She is an Associate Professor for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program at Mercy College of Ohio in Youngstown. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (APRN.CNS.BC), by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses as a Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN), and by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). She been an RN since 1980 and has experience in healthcare practice and academic settings focusing on adult critical care nursing. Dr. Coalmer holds a diploma from St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Youngstown State University, a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Youngstown State University, and a PhD in Nursing Education from Indiana University.
Jessica Coombs is a Mercy College alumna, graduating from the Health Information Technology program in 2007 and the Healthcare Administration program in 2009. Jessica has held the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential since 2007 and has worked in the health information field for 10 years. She returned to Mercy College eight years ago and currently serves in a dual role as the Health Information Technology Program’s Professional Practice Experience & Lab Coordinator and as an Admissions Officer in the Enrollment Services Department.
Professor Jennifer Cruz, MSPAS, PA-C is one of the principal faculty of the PA Program at Mercy College of Ohio.
Professor Cruz holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in healthcare studies and a minor in biology and an MS in physician assistant studies from Daemen College in Amherst, NY.
She joined Mercy College of Ohio in 2020 after over a decade of full-time practice as a Physician Assistant. She enjoys helping students grow into practicing clinicians and promoting patient advocacy.
Her work as a practicing PA focused on Hematology/Oncology patients from acute care in the hospital setting, outpatient care during active treatment, and then aiding patient’s transition into survivorship. Her professional career includes employment at several institutions including the renowned Moffitt Cancer Center.
She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Ohio Association of Physician Assistants, Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology as well as the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology.
In her free time, Professor Cruz enjoys fun activities with her husband and children. Hobbies include baking, crafting, musical theatre, and enjoying the outdoors with her two young boys and equally rambunctious dogs.
Dr. Lakshmi Dalwalla has three decades of experience in teaching mathematics at the undergraduate level. She is an Associate Professor in Mathematics and has been teaching at Mercy College of Ohio since 2010. Dr. Dalwalla holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Bangalore University, India. She also holds a Master of Arts and a PhD in Mathematics from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Dalwalla’s doctoral dissertation and research was in the area of Combinatorics. Dr, Dalwalla’s current research interest is in Mathematics Education, specifically in the area of Mathematical Problem-Solving.
Susan Deckelman has been a Licensed Registered Nurse since 1979 and has experience in both the healthcare practice and academic settings. Professor Deckelman is an Associate Professor of Nursing and teaches in the RN-BSN online completion program at Mercy College of Ohio. Professor Deckelman holds a Diploma from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and, a Master of Science in Nursing, with a Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health from the Medical College of Ohio. Her area of clinical expertise is critical care nursing with experience in ICU, ER, and open-heart surgery. She has worked in higher education with the prelicensure bachelor's students and RN-BSN completion students since 1997.
Tim Depinet is a certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist with over twenty years of service in healthcare and higher education. Mr. Depenet is the Director of Allied Health Certificate Programs at Mercy College of Ohio in Toledo. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the University of Findlay, a Master of Public Health degree from Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo.
Kimberly DeStazio is an Assistant Professor at Mercy College of Ohio and joined the faculty full-time in the Spring of 2021. She has over 35 years of experience in healthcare and academic settings. Her area of clinical experience includes critical care, progressive care, and nursing supervision. Professor DeStazio holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toledo and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Lourdes University. Her attention at Mercy College is the Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing Program. In her free time, Professor DeStazio enjoys outdoor activities, reading, crafts, and spending time with her family.
Judy Dudley is an Associate Professor and in the Health Information Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree and Medical Coding Certificate programs. Judy holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration (formerly Medical Record Administration) from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University.
Prior to joining the Mercy College faculty 20 years ago, she held information management-related positions in both acute and non-acute healthcare settings in addition to a market research firm. Judy is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and volunteers for professional and non-profit organizations
Neeli Axler Engelhart, MMS, PA-C, is a Principal Faculty member of the PA Program at Mercy College of Ohio. Neeli holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master in Medical Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois.
Neeli started her work in academia in 2002 and has worked in PA and nursing education at Midwestern University, Northwestern University, and the Jerusalem College of Technology before joining the faculty at Mercy College of Ohio.
Neeli’s clinical career has been in general surgery and adolescent medicine and focused not only on the treatment of patients but on patient education, a passion of Neeli’s, that complements her teaching style and her interest in PA education.
In 2014, Neeli, her husband, and four sons relocated to Israel. Since the international move, Neeli has been involved in trying to bring Physician Assistant education to Israel. Neeli has been teaching in nursing programs and has recently taken an active role in facilitating dynamic ways to teach through distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dana Eskins is a registered radiologic technologist with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), certified in Radiography and Computed Tomography. She is also a registered sonographer with the ARDMS, certified in abdomen (ABD) and obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN). She has three decades of experience in medical imaging and academic settings. She holds a BS degree in Advanced Radiography from Weber State University, an M.Ed. in curriculum and teaching from Bowling Green State University, and is currently completing a doctoral program in the Leadership Studies from Bowling Green State University. Her area of professional expertise focuses on teaching and learning strategies in healthcare education. In addition, Ms. Eskins is an active member of the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT), where she has served on several committees and as a speaker at the annual conference. She is also an active member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). Ms. Eskins is an engaged scholar and has served as a presenter at state, national, and international conferences.
Jill Fabian is a Licensed Registered Nurse (RN) and an advanced practice nurse (APRN) in Ohio. She is an Associate Professor in the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program at Mercy College of Ohio in Youngstown. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC). She has over 15 years of experience in healthcare practice focusing on critical care, pulmonary medicine, medical-surgical nursing, and gastrointestinal health; she has more than 8 years of experience in the academic setting focusing on medical-surgical nursing and critical care. She holds an Associate of Science in Nursing from Mercy College of Northwest Ohio, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati.
Becky Frank has been a registered and licensed radiographic technologist since 2008. Ms. Frank joined Mercy College in the fall of 2019 as the Radiology Lab Coordinator and moved to the role of Assistant Professor in the fall of 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University and obtained a Master of Radiologic Sciences in 2022 from Northwestern State University in Louisiana. Ms. Frank completed her graduate work on the integration of technology into the classroom to enhance student engagement. This work has continued to be a special interest and focus at Mercy College. Ms. Frank enjoys spending time with her family along with reading and watching movies.
Tim Frank is Registered Nurse (RN) and joined the Mercy College of Ohio faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2022. Professor Frank is a proud alumnus of Mercy College of Ohio where he completed the Associate Degree of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in nursing with a focus on nursing education. While having clinical experience in Med-Surg, ICU, and nursing leadership, Professor Frank has primarily focused his nursing experience in the areas of hospice and palliative care. He currently holds certification as a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (CHPN).
Chris Gibbons is a registered radiographer with advanced certification in computed tomography. Mr. Gibbons is also a certified healthcare financial professional and has executive experience in banking, finance, insurance, and securities. Previous experience also includes licenses in life and health, property and casualty, and as a registered securities representative. Mr. Gibbons holds a Certificate in Computed Tomography from Owens Community College, an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology from Mercy College of Ohio, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Findlay, and is currently attending Northcentral University for a Doctorate in Business Administration. His areas of professional expertise are in program development, accreditation, and assessment. Scholarship interests include strategic management performance, balanced scorecards, dashboards, and key performance indicators. Mr. Gibbons has held faculty leadership positions, including two terms as Chair of Faculty Assembly. Since joining Mercy College in 2009, Mr. Gibbons has served as the Director of the Medical Imaging program, Dean of Allied Health, and Director of Allied Health Certificates; he currently serves as the Director of the Healthcare Administration program and Coordinator for the Master of Health Administration program.
Jennifer Jones is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) with over 20 years of experience in acute care, managed care, and academic settings. Ms. Jones has been with Mercy College since 2009. She is an Associate Professor and serves as the Program Director for the Health Information Technology and Medical Coding Certificate programs. Ms. Jones holds an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology from Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio; a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Toledo; and a Master of Science in Academic Program Administration and Leadership from Nebraska Methodist College. Ms. Jones’ areas of clinical expertise include the release of information, physician credentialing audits, clinical documentation compliance audits, CMS risk adjustment, HEDIS, and fraud & abuse audits.
Dr. Karns has been a nurse and nurse educator for over 40 years. She earned her Nursing Diploma from St. Vincent School of Nursing, her BSN from Lourdes College (now University), her MSN as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Parent-Child Health from Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo Medical Center), and her PhD in Nursing Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Throughout her career, she has worked in pediatric nursing on both the general pediatric unit, and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as a bedside nurse, Assistant Nurse Manager, and in the Pediatric Trauma Coordinator role. Two of her major accomplishments while working at Mercy Health-St. Vincent Medical Center were leading the development of a Child Maltreatment Prevention Team and attaining Level I Trauma Center Verification for Adult and Pediatric care. Currently, Dr. Karns is a full-time faculty member and the Director of the MSN Program at Mercy College of Ohio. She has led the efforts to finalize the development and CCNE accreditation of the MSN Program Leadership and Education Tracks. Her research focus has been on the effects of pet therapy in the college setting, and meaningful learning development in student nurses, the traditional care plan versus the concept-based care plan approach.
Jennifer Keiser is a Licensed Registered Nurse who has worked at Mercy College of Ohio since 2017 where she is an assistant professor in the division of nursing. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, an Associate Degree Nursing from Owens Community College, and her Master of Science of Nursing Education from Liberty University. Her clinical work as an RN has been at Mercy St. Charles hospital on the Progressive Care and the Intensive Care Units. Additionally, Ms. Keiser is certified by the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator. She will be continuing her education at the University of West Georgia in the Doctorate of Nursing Education, Ed.D., program. Her research focus will be on undergraduate nursing clinical experiences including Dedicated Education Units.
Professor Dawn LaBarbera joined Mercy College of Ohio in 2018 as the founding Program Director of the developing PA Program. Dr. LaBarbera holds a bachelor’s degree from Ripon College; MS in physician assistant studies from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences (Finch University); and PhD in Organization and Management from Capella University. As an educator for over two decades, LaBarbera spent over half of that time as a Program Director in which she skillfully led successful accreditation of two different PA programs in the Midwest. She also practices clinically as a primary care PA. Highlights of her academic career include founding the Fort Wayne Area Interprofessional Education Consortium (FWAIPEC), a successful interprofessional education collaboration of graduate health care programs from different teaching institutions; mentoring over 100 master’s research projects and authoring numerous publications and presentations to contribute to the body of PA research. LaBarbera’s research interests include work/environment fit and interprofessional education.
Angela Losonsky is a registered radiologic technologist with the ARRT, certified in Radiography. Ms. Losonsky has two decades of experience in medical imaging. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiography from Owens Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Findlay. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Health Administration program at Mercy College of Ohio. Her area of expertise is healthcare leadership, where she has served as an Imaging Director for eleven years, overseeing multiple modalities in medical imaging and consulting for acute care facilities in the imaging arena.
Jennifer Lyons has been a full-time faculty in the Nursing Division at Mercy College of Ohio since the fall of 2018. She has over two decades of nursing experience since obtaining her Bachelor of Science of Nursing degree from Lourdes University in 1999. She graduated with her Master of Science of Nursing from Lourdes University in 2018. While completing her master’s degree, she was presented the Sigma Theta Tau Leadership award and the Lourdes University Spirit of Nursing award. She has spent the majority of her nursing career at Mercy Health primarily working in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU). Ms. Lyons also has experience in medical-surgical and emergency room nursing. She has worked part-time in nursing education since 2005. She is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and was granted the CCRN credential by the AACN Certification Corporation in 2009.
Dr. Patricia (Pat) McAllen has been a nurse for more than four decades and has experience in critical care, research, and cardiac rehabilitation. She holds a diploma in nursing from St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Youngstown State University, a Master of Science in Nursing from LaRoche College, and a PhD in Nursing from Kent State University. She is a registered professional nurse licensed in the states of Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Additionally, Dr. McAllen is certified through the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).
Melissa Mellein is a Licensed Registered Nurse with more than 30 years of experience in patient care and nursing education. She received her bachelor's and master's degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She has experience in acute care, same-day surgery, outpatient dialysis, and forensic nursing. She taught nursing at Columbus State Community College for over twenty years before coming to Mercy College of Ohio in 2017. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, and AACN 1989-2000. She volunteered with the homeless ministry at her home church in Columbus and currently volunteers as a band parent, and helps staff practices with her daughter's basketball team, as well as flu shot clinics with students.
Karen Miley holds licenses from the National Board of Respiratory Care from the University of Toledo and the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technology. She has over 30 years of clinical experience including neonatal ICU, adult ICU, Hyperbaric Medicine, Infant Monitors and Sleep Medicine. She has served on peer review and peer grievance teams and participated in policy and procedure development. Karen has served in the role of Assistant Program Lead and instructor for the Polysomnographic Technology Program at Mercy College of Ohio since 2014.
Dr. Leisa Morrison is a professor at Mercy College where she has been teaching since the spring of 2006. Dr. Morrison holds both a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Biology Education from Alcorn State University and a PhD in Physiology from Kent State University. Her area of expertise and research in graduate school focused on endocrine and reproductive physiology. Currently, her focus is more classroom-based as she investigates learning and how micro-lectures can help students in a short attention span world. Dr. Morrison teaches Human Reproduction, Pathophysiology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Biology. She hails from Kingston Jamaica and has a passion for cultural foods, events, and music. Her hobbies include spending quality time with her family, exercising, and eating.
Alexis is an alum of Mercy College, beginning her healthcare studies in ophthalmic technology. After earning a certificate in Medical Coding from Owens Community College, she decided to continue with her education and earned her Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology from The University of Northwestern Ohio. After successfully passing the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam, she began working as a Medical Coder. She continues to work in coding on a per diem basis, coding emergency department, outpatient procedures, and observation records.
Debra Phillips is a licensed registered nurse (RN) and advanced practice-clinical nurse specialist (APRN-CNS) in Ohio. Debra has been with Mercy College of Ohio, Youngstown campus since January 2004 where she is an Associate Professor for the RN associate of applied science nursing program. Debra is a certified nurse educator (CNE) through the National League for Nursing (NLN). With over 40 years of experience in nursing practice and academic settings, Debra focuses on adult critical-care and medical-surgical nursing and leadership. She holds a diploma from Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in New Castle, PA, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Science degree in Acute Care Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.
Aaronica Phommalee is a Licensed Registered Nurse with over 10 years of experience in various healthcare and academic settings. Ms. Phommalee is an Assistant Professor at Mercy College of Ohio in Toledo, for the RN to BSN Completion Program. Ms. Phommalee holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Toledo. Ms. Phommalee’ s areas of clinical expertise are medical-surgical, stroke, bariatric surgery education, and community-based diabetes education. Ms. Phommalee has experience teaching land-based courses in the areas of Critical Thinking, Electronic Health Records, Pharmacology, and Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing. Ms. Phommalee has also instructed online courses in the areas of Population Health Assessment, Global Focused Nursing Care, Community Health Nursing, Holistic Nursing, and Primary Care Nursing. Ms. Phommalee holds a certification in Quality Matters, which promotes the quality improvement of online education.
Jenny Robinson, MSM, PA-C is a principal faculty member of the PA Program at Mercy College of Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lipscomb University where she majored in Biology and Psychology while minoring in Chemistry. She graduated with a Master of Science in Medicine (MSM) in physician assistant studies from Trevecca Nazarene University.
After graduation from PA school, she practiced clinically in orthopedics before transitioning into academia. She has almost a decade of experience specifically within PA education, both with established and new programs. She joined Mercy College of Ohio in 2022. She is very passionate about professionalism and mentoring with the goal of helping students transition into successful practicing clinicians.
She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA). In the past few years, she has served on TAPA’s Board of Directors, spoken nationally at PAEA’s (Physician Assistant Education Association) Forum regarding student professionalism and state-wide at TAPA’s Spring Fling conference regarding clinician burnout, as well as represented PAs in education for a panel discussion at Physician Assistants Orthopedic Surgery’s (PAOS) national conference.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, baking, and visiting Disney World.
Taryn Slack is a Licensed Registered Nurse and Assistant Professor at Mercy College of Ohio. Her experience is primarily in Pediatrics and Stroke-Neurology. Her educational journey includes the achievement of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Lourdes University and a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Nursing Education from Purdue University. From the very beginning of her nursing career, she has been involved with the mentorship of new nurses and is passionate about the successful transition of new graduate nurses. Additional research interests include the use of childhood immunizations and youth suicide. Professor Slack is a member of the National League for Nursing, and The Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement.
Dr. Tami C. Steveson, an Associate Professor in Science at Mercy College of Ohio since 2014, has over three decades of experience teaching biology and related science subjects at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Steveson is originally from Littleton, CO, a graduate of Columbine High School, who earned her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. degrees in Biological Sciences at the University of Denver. While earning her Ph.D., Dr. Steveson acted as an INSERM foreign research exchange scientist in Rouen, France. Dr. Steveson then completed a five-year, NIH funded post-doctoral fellowship in Baltimore, MD, performing research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, before undertaking an NIH funded Instructorship at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Dr. Steveson was an Assistant Professor at BGSU in the Biology Department running her own research laboratory, in which she trained several undergraduate and graduate students in research, before joining Mercy College. Dr. Steveson’s research involves understanding the effects of endocrine disruptors in neuropeptide processing and trafficking in neuroendocrine cells.
Dr. Barbara Stoos is the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Program Chair for the Pre-Professional Biology Programs, and Professor of Physiology at Mercy College of Ohio. Dr. Stoos earned her PhD in Physiology (specific areas of study: Cardiovascular and Renal physiology) from the Medical College of Ohio. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Hypertension and Vascular Research in the Department of Internal Medicine, Henry Ford Health Center, Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Stoos continued at this institution as an Associate Staff Scientist for five years before joining Mercy College. Historical research interests included the effects of Nitric Oxide on renal epithelial transport, development, and characterization of a tissue cell line, and the quantitative contribution of systemic vascular autoregulation in hypertension. Current interests include curricular development and Interprofessional Education. Dr. Stoos has presented at many National Science conferences and published a variety of scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her greatest passion is working with the students at Mercy College.
Dr. Treasure Sucheck is a chemistry professor with over thirty years of experience teaching chemistry and biochemistry. Dr. Sucheck is the Chair of the Chemistry Department and Professor at Mercy College of Ohio in Toledo. Dr. Sucheck holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Defiance College and a PhD in Chemistry from The University of Toledo. Dr. Sucheck has taught at Mercy College since 2007. Before working at Mercy College, she taught chemistry at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia and Southwestern College in San Diego, CA. Dr. Sucheck’s research interests are in synthesizing organic molecules to potentially be used as antibiotics against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Dr. Sucheck and her students have recently presented their work at several regional and national conferences. Dr. Sucheck is also actively involved in reviewing grant proposals for the National Science Foundation.
Bill Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toledo and is a registered sleep technologist under the Board of Registered Sleep Technologist. He is the Manager of PSG Operations of St Charles, and St Anne sleep centers in Toledo, Ohio. He has been working in the field of sleep since 1992. He has experience with both pediatric and adult sleep studies, has participated in sleep research, and he has been an invited speaker at the Tri-State Sleep Conference, Global Sleep Conference, and the World Series of Sleep Conference. He has also been a site visitor for CoA PSG. He has been the Program Lead and instructor of the PSG Program at Mercy College since 2010.
Jamie Tooman is a licensed registered nurse with nearly two decades of experience in the acute care setting and the academic setting. Ms. Tooman is the BSN Program Director and Assistant Professor at Mercy College of Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, a Master of Health Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Tooman’s area of clinical expertise is critical care nursing, nursing management, and case management. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing. She is also an elected official serving on Benton Carroll Salem local schools Board of Education, a role she has had since 2010.
Thomas J. Voyles is a Licensed Registered Nurse with more than three decades of experience in the hospital and academic setting. He is an Assistant Professor and has worked at Mercy College of Ohio in the AAS and BSN nursing programs since 2016. Prior to his academic appointment, Mr. Voyles worked at Mercy Health-St. Vincent Medical Center as a critical care nurse with specializations in the Neuro and Cardiac Intensive Care Units. He also was a Nurse Manager of several Medical-Surgical Units and a House Supervisor for several years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Lourdes University. In addition, he is certified in ACLS and is a BLS Instructor. His educational plans include obtaining a DNP in Nursing Education. Thomas is married to Lisa Voyles and has two sons.
Dr. Kimberly Watson serves as the Dean, Division of Health Sciences, Program Director, MHA Program, and holds the rank of Professor. She has over 30 years of combined healthcare leadership and higher education experiences. She has worked for Mercy Health since 1989, and with Mercy College of Ohio since 1997. She began her educational journey with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Record Administration from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and is certified as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). She worked in acute care hospital settings prior to starting the Health Information Technology (HIT) program at Mercy College. She continued her education by obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Tiffin University, and a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Leadership Studies with a cognate in Higher Education Administration from BGSU. Dr. Watson has held various administrative roles at Mercy College while teaching both land and online courses. She has research interests in various healthcare and academic leadership areas. She has been an invited speaker at local, state, and regional professional conferences. She has been appointed to serve as a member of the Ohio Physician and Allied Health Care Workforce Preparation Task Force.
Justin A. Ways, PhD, MS, RN is an Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator for the developing PA Program at Mercy College of Ohio. Dr. Ways holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Toledo with a major in biology; an MS in Biomedical Sciences from the former Medical College of Ohio with a focus on Physiology and Molecular Medicine; a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Toledo with a focus on Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases; and recently completed the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing at Mercy College of Ohio.
Dr. Ways began teaching Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Cell Biology to undergraduate students at Mercy College of Ohio in 2003 as an adjunct instructor, joining the college full-time in 2011. More recently he has joined the PA Program at Mercy College as the Academic Coordinator and Principal Faculty teaching Physiology and Anatomy. He also has over five years of experience at Mercy College of Ohio working with academic assessment at the institutional and program levels.
Meridith Yochim, MSPAS, PA-C is one of the principal faculty of the PA Program at Mercy College of Ohio.
Professor Yochim holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. She majored in Chemistry and Physical Education while working as a student athletic trainer. She received a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
After graduating from University of Saint Francis, Professor Yochim gained experience in Family Medicine and Pediatrics. For over a decade, she has worked in PA education at her alma mater, University of Saint Francis, and Trine University.
Professor Yochim joined Mercy College of Ohio in 2021. She enjoys mentoring students and fostering their problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and she continues to practice clinically for Dekalb United Central Schools Employee Wellness Clinic in Auburn, Indiana.
In her free time, Professor Yochim enjoys spending family time with her husband and their 4 boys. She enjoys photography, crafting, sports (Go Colts!), and spending time outdoors.
Julie Young is a Licensed Registered Nurse with two decades of experience in healthcare practice. She is an Assistant Professor in the Nursing Program, the Program Lead and faculty member for the Community Health Worker Program (CHW), at Mercy College of Ohio in Toledo. Ms. Young joined Mercy College in the CHW program in January of 2015 and the Nursing Program in August of 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toledo, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Her area of clinical expertise progressive care and caring for victims of sexual assault.