Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Sara Schimelpfenig, Administrative Assistant
Lou Higgins Center, Rm. 250
(440) 826-7473


Prof. James R. Fell

Accelerated BSN Program Director/Interim Administrator and Associate Professor
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
M.B.A., Baldwin Wallace University
B.S. (Biology) Allegheny College
B.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
Captain (retired), United States Navy Nurse Corps

James Fell is the BSN Program Associate Director and an Associate Professor in Nursing currently teaching Behavioral Health Nursing, Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing, Leadership and Ethics in Professional Nursing, and the capstone Seminar in Professional Nursing Practice. Prof. Fell previously taught in the Nursing Doctorate and BSN programs at Case Western Reserve University, the Associate Degree program at Lorain County Community College, and the Nursing Diploma program at St. Vincent Charity Hospital School of Nursing. Administratively, Prof. Fell was the Division Head in the nursing programs at Cuyahoga Community College and Huron Hospital School of Nursing. He also served as the Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission in Cleveland, Ohio. Prof. Fell is a certified Legal Nurse Consultant and practiced for ten years in individual and class action litigation involving drugs and medical devices, toxic torts, premises liability, and medical malpractice. He is the author of numerous publications in these fields. Before coming to Baldwin Wallace University, Prof. Fell was the Associate Director of Program Development in the Clinical Risk Management Department at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a member of the National Patient Safety Foundation and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Managers. Captain Fell served for over 28 years in the Reserve component of the Navy Nurse Corps and was mobilized in support of Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. Most recently, he saw service as the Care Team Director of the Warrior Transition Program at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait where he conducted in-theater combat and operational stress decompression for military personnel returning from forward deployed areas. His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal with 2 Gold Stars in lieu of 3rd award, Navy Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Medal with Bronze Star in lieu of second award, Sea Service Deployment ribbon, and Fleet Marine Force ribbon. 

Prof. Sandra Harris

Assistant Professor and Preceptor Liaison
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
B.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
Diploma in Nursing, St. Alexis School of Nursing

Ms. Harris teaches Medical Surgical and Critical Care Nursing, as well as courses in Nursing Theory, Leadership and Ethics, and Nursing Trends and Issues.  She also coordinates the Preceptor experience in the program’s final Capstone clinical course.  Ms. Harris came to Baldwin Wallace University from the Cleveland Clinic where she was a Research Nurse Coordinator engaged in various research projects, including ones funded by the National Institute of Health Studies. Ms. Harris also has many years’ of instructional experience on the faculty at Huron School of Nursing where she taught Leadership, Critical Care, Medical Surgical, and Pediatric Nursing. Prior to this, Ms. Harris was an Intensive Care Unit staff nurse at Fairview General Hospital and Bedford Community Hospital, a nursing supervisor at Richmond Heights General Hospital, an Orthopedic Nurse at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, and a Rehabilitation Nurse at MetroHealth Medical Center.  She is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree.

Prof. Jennifer Johnson

Assistant Professor and Skills Laboratory Coordinator
M.S.N., Michigan State University
B.S.N., Marshall University

Ms. Johnson joined the Nursing Program as a Medical Surgical and Intensive Care Step-down faculty member and Skills Laboratory Coordinator from Summa Health System in Akron where she was a telemetry charge nurse.  Ms. Johnson’s clinical expertise spans medical surgical, hospice, community health, ventilator, and cardiac catheterization nursing in a variety of hospitals in Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia.  She instructed BSN students at Grand Valley State University for a number of years before coming to Baldwin Wallace.   Ms. Johnson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the national Nursing honorary.

Myrna George, RN

Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
M.Ed. (Educational Administration), John Carroll University
B.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
Diploma in Nursing, Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital School of Nursing

Ms. George is the clinical faculty member supervising students in their community health nursing rotation. Previously, Ms. George served as the Director for the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center’s Licensed Practical Nursing Program and the Parma School of Practical Nursing. She has many years of experience in Industrial Nursing, Camp Nursing, Chronic Illness and Gerontology Nursing, Vocational Nursing Education, and Nursing supervision.

Elizabeth Dwyer, RN

Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
B.S.N., University of Akron
A.A.S. in Nursing, Lorain County Community College

Ms. Dwyer is a clinical faculty member for Medical Surgical Nursing.  She also is currently employed full time as a staff nurse in Coronary Care Nursing at Southwest General Hospital.  Ms. Dwyer has worked in the Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, and Emergency Room at Parma Hospital.  Prior teaching experience includes clinical instruction in Fundamentals of Nursing and Medical Surgical Nursing at Cuyahoga Community College, Lorain County Community College, and Maricopa Community College in Arizona.  Ms. Dwyer also served 8 years as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Diane Griger, RN

Lecturer III and Adjunct Clinical Faculty
M.S.N., Boston University
B.S.N., Boston College

Ms. Griger brings to the Baldwin Wallace University Nursing Program over 30 years’ of teaching experience at the BSN, Diploma, and Associate Degree levels.  Prior to joining the BW Nursing faculty, Ms. Griger was a tenured Professor in Maternity Nursing at Lakeland Community College.  She also taught Maternity Nursing at Ursuline College and St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Syracuse, New York.  She is a nurse volunteer and counselor at Womankind in Cleveland.

Christine Kuchenrither, RN

Adjunct Clinical and Nursing Skills Laboratory Faculty
M.S.N., University of Akron
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, Lorain County Community College

Prior to joining the faculty at Baldwin Wallace University, Ms. Kuchenrither was Clinical Research Coordinator at North Ohio Research, Inc. where she enrolled and managed research volunteers and conducted Phase II-IV clinical drug and medical device trials in the fields of cardiology, pulmonary, and endocrine medicine.   Prior to this Ms. Kuchenrither was a Clinical Nuclear Stress Nurse at University Hospitals Elyria Memorial Hospital and Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty in Medical Surgical Nursing at Lorain County Community College.

Lori-Anne Schulte-Laird, RN

Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
M.S.N., P.M.H.N.P., University of Cincinnati
B.S.N., Bowling Green State University

Ms. Schulte-Laird teaches Pediatric Nursing. She possesses noteworthy expertise in this field, as well as Behavioral Health Nursing. Ms. Schulte-Laird is the Director of Integrated Care and Director of Nursing at OhioGuidestone (the former Berea Children’s Home), a comprehensive, non-profit organization that provides solutions to children, families, and communities across Ohio. Prior to this, Ms. Schulte-Laird worked as a staff nurse in the pediatric unit at Aristocrat Berea, and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at MetroHealth Medical Center, where she also served as a NICU Life Flight Transport Nurse.

Erica Tegowski, RN

Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
M.S.N., University of Phoenix
B.S.N., Mercy College of Northwest Ohio

Ms. Tegowski is a clinical faculty member for Medical Surgical Nursing.  She is currently employed on a geriatric medical-surgical unit at University Hospitals of Cleveland and also serves as a clinical faculty member with the Nursing Program at Cuyahoga Community College.

Christina Thomas

Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
M.S., St. Joseph’s University
B.S.N., University of Pennsylvania

Ms. Thomas is a clinical faculty member in Medical Surgical Nursing. Prior to coming to Baldwin Wallace, Ms. Thomas served many years as an oncology and bone marrow transplant nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and later was the sedation and MRI coordinator at the same facility. She subsequently functioned as the Nurse Manager in the inpatient oncology unit and outpatient infusion center at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA. Ms. Thomas is chemotherapy certified through the Association for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurses.


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