Nursing Faculty


The faculty members who teach in Gannon University’s online RN to BSN are practitioner-oriented individuals committed to sound ethics and leadership. All have master’s degrees in nursing and many have completed or are working toward doctoral degrees. Read about our faculty and find out why they are one of the greatest assets of our RN-BSN program.

Administrative Faculty of the Villa Maria School of Nursing at Gannon University

Kathleen T. Patterson, Director of the Villa Maria School of Nursing and Assistant Professor
Professor Patterson earned her BSN from Villanova University, an MSN from University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is ANCC certified as a child and adolescent psychiatric and mental health clinical nurse specialist.

Patricia Marshall, Undergraduate Programs Director and Assistant Professor
Professor Marshall earned her BSN at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her MSN at California State University-Long Beach with a concentration as a critical care clinical nurse specialist and is currently working toward a PhD.  She is certified as a CCRN, a trauma nurse and basic and advanced life support instructor by the American Heart Association.

Villa Maria School of Nursing at Gannon University Faculty

Carol Ann Amann, Instructor
Carol Ann Amann earned her ADN at Villa Maria College, her BSN at Pennsylvania State University, and her MSN from Gannon University. Her practical experience includes working as a practical nurse for the United States Army Health Service Command.

Valerie Baker, Assistant Professor
Professor Baker is certified as an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist- Board Certified (ACNS-BC) and by the AACN. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Gannon, her BSN at Villa Maria College, and an MSN at the University of Pittsburgh.

Gary Berringer, Assistant Professor
Professor Berringer holds a BSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MSN from University of Pennsylvania.  He is currently pursuing his PhD.  Gary is a Registered Nurse, Certified (RNC) in perinatal nursing.

Kimberly R. Blount, Assistant Professor
Professor Blount earned her BSN from Villa Maria College/Erie Institute for Nursing, an MSN from D’Youville College, and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) post-master’s certificate from Gannon. She is certified by NCAST and ANCC.

Susan Carnes, Assistant Professor
Professor Carnes earned her BSN at Carlow College and a MS in Nursing Education at the University of Oklahoma.  She is currently pursuing her MSN certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Diane C. Cooper, Instructor
Diane Cooper earned her BSN from Villa Maria College and her MSN from Edinboro University. She is board certified in Nursing Professional Development through ANCC.  She is currently pursuing the NLN certification for Nurse Educator.  She is certified as a basic and advanced life support instructor by the American Heart Association.

Sister Min-Shik Kim, Associate Professor
Professor Kim earned a BSN and an MSN from Catholic University at Seoul, Korea.  She earned a MPH and PhD in community mental health, public health and psychiatric epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh.  Professor Kim is a certified mental health clinical nurse specialist.

Karen Lumia, Assistant Professor
Professor Lumia earned a BSN from D’Youville College and her MS from State University of New York at Buffalo.  Her area of specialty is pediatric nursing.  Professor Lumia is a diabetic nurse counselor.

Mary Beth Moreland, Instructor
Mary Beth Moreland earned a BA in Psychology from Gannon University, a BSN from Villa Maria College, and an MSN from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is certified by the ANCC as an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

Melissa Peterson, Assistant Professor
Professor Peterson earned her BSN, MSN and FNP post-master’s certificate from Gannon University.  She is certified as a basic life support instructor by the American Heart Association.

Lisa Quinn, Associate Professor
Professor Quinn earned her BSN at Villa Maria College, an MSN at Edinboro University, and a PhD at Kent State University.  She is a certified women’s health practitioner.

Sharon Thompson, Associate Professor
Professor Thompson earned her ADN and BSN at Villa Maria College, an MPH at San Diego State University, and MSN in Perinatal Nursing from Gannon, and a Ph.D. at Duquesne University, where her focus was on maternal-newborn nursing. She holds certification in Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) and is a Perinatal Bereavement Support Specialist.

Learn more about the faculty teaching in the RN-BSN program. Contact us at 877-497-5854 to speak with an admissions advisor, or request more information.