The College of Nursing and Health Sciences Board of Advisors advises the Dean on strategic opportunities and helps cultivate external relations for the College.

Lynn Black, M.D., M.P.H.

Physician Director for Network Development and Referral Management, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Lynn Black’s career in healthcare includes hospital administration, clinical medicine, global and public health, and nursing. She is on the clinical staff in the Department of Medicine at MGH and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Black currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the International Medical and Surgical Disaster Response Team for the Department of Health and Human Services. After attending the UVM School of Nursing, she completed her Master’s degree in Public Health Policy and subsequent medical education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her residency was in Internal Medicine at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Black’s clinical experience has been in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Black’s work has included a variety of projects involving disaster relief, access to care, maternal-child health, and gender-based violence. She has worked on projects in Africa, Haiti, Central America and Micronesia. Dr. Black serves on the Board of Last Mile Health, an organization building frontline health worker capacity in the most remote areas of Liberia. She also serves as a clinical evaluator for asylum seekers with Physicians for Human Rights.

Rosemary Dale, Ed.D., APRN

Clinical Professor and Chair, College of Nursing and Health Sciences Department of Nursing

Rosemary Dale is a native of the City of New York and has been associated with the University of Vermont since 1976. She holds a bachelor's degree from the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York City and an M.S. in Nursing and an Ed.D in Administration with cognates in Nursing and Higher Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She also holds a certificate as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and is licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Dale's career has spanned teaching, education and practice. She spent 25 years as the Chief Nursing Officer at Fletcher Allen Health Care, 10 years as Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Vermont, and 12 years in the private practice at Vermont Internal Medicine. She returned to the University of Vermont in September 2010 to chair the Department of Nursing. She maintains a clinical practice as an Adult Nurse Practitioner at Vermont Internal Medicine. She has served on numerous boards including Champlain College, United Way of Chittenden County, Mater Christi School, Vermont Catholic Charities of Vermont, Voluntary Hospitals of America Nursing Advisory Board, Visiting Nurses of Chittenden and Grand Isle Board, Vermont Health Foundation Board. She holds a bachelor's degree from the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York City and an M.S. in Nursing and an Ed.D in Administration with cognates in Nursing and Higher Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She also holds a certificate as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and is licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

Jacqueline Dowling, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Jacqueline Dowling began her career as a pediatric clinical nurse at the University of Rochester Strong Hospital in New York and UMass Medical Center in Worcester. She has held positions as an assistant, associate, and full professor as well as nursing laboratory director at UMass Lowell and director of the learning resources center at Boston University. She is the recipient of regional and national grants, has authored and co-authored articles for nursing journals and textbooks; and presented at international, national, and regional conferences. Her most recent co-authored publication is titled: Transitioning from departments to schools of nursing: A qualitative analysis of journeys by ten deans. She will be presenting on the topic of Research Mentoring at the International Conference on Nursing Science and Practice in Dallas TX on June 21, 2017. She received the Mary A. Manning Mentoring Award from ANA Massachusetts in 2016, UMass Lowell’s Circle of Honor award in 2014, is a certified nurse educator, fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for Academic Nursing Program, and past president of UMass Lowell’s Eta Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. Jacqueline received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, a master’s degree from Boston University and a Ph.D. from UMass Amherst.

Kate FitzPatrick, D.N.P., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Chief Nursing Officer, University of Vermont Medical Center

Kate FitzPatrick is a Senior VP and Chief Nursing Officer at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Kate has a diverse clinical background including clinical roles in surgical and trauma/emergency nursing. Kate currently serves on the Vizient CNO Steering Committee and is board member of the American Trauma Society. Kate has been a strong advocate for nursing practice and professional development and an innovator in creating interprofessional clinical partnerships to advance patient care. Kate earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Delaware and a master's degree in nursing from Widener University in Chester, Pa. In 2004, she completed the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Vanderbilt University. She completed the Healthcare Executive Program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves as an Associate Dean for Interprofessional Practice at the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Kate is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Magnet Program appraiser with the ANCC. Kate is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow 2014-2017. Kate is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Association, and the Vermont Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Mel Grant, Au.D.

President and Clinical Director, Audiology and Speech Pathology, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL

Mel Grant is a board certified audiologist and currently serves as president and clinical director of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Inc. She is past chairman of the Audiology Standards Committee for the Florida Speech Language and Hearing Association and the Private Practice Committee for the Florida Speech Language and Hearing Association; and a member of the Florida Speech Language and Hearing Association, the Florida Academy of Audiology and the American Audiology Association. Grant developed and operated the Burlington Community Health Center Hearing Clinic, providing equipment, support and guidance to clinical providers and consultation in the provision of audiological services ot health centers and clients. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in Audiology from the University of Florida, and a bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Ithaca College. Grant serves as a pro bono consultant for a hearing technology company, providing product development feedback and advice and beta testing new products; and also volunteers with Bike Recycle North.

Sherry Greifzu, M.S., RN, AOCN

Nursing Director of Ambulatory Services at Connecticut Children’s Hospital in Hartford, CT

Sherry Greifzu is an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, and currently serves as the Nursing Director of Ambulatory Services at Connecticut Children’s Hospital in Hartford, CT. Most recently, she was Executive Director/Director of Clinical Services, at Addison County Home Health and Hospice, in Middlebury VT. She has been a nursing administrator and adjunct nursing faculty for over 20 years. She began her nursing career in medical inpatient oncology units in several hospitals in the Northeast, and progressed to nurse leadership roles. While working at Addison County Home Care and Hospice, she also was a member of the Board of Directors at Porter Hospital Medical Center in Middlebury, VT. Prior to working in Addison County, she served as a Clinical Science Liaison for Novocure Corp, providing education and training in neuro-oncology to physicians and staff in cancer centers throughout the Northeast. She was previously employed at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, where she was the Director of Nursing Practice and Education, providing oversight for Nursing Standards development and evidence-based practice for all nursing practice specialties within inpatient and outpatient services. She also worked at Mount Sinai, NYC as Director of Medicine and Oncology services and as a Director of Oncology Services at Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT, a Yale affiliated Hospital and Cancer center. Besides her clinical and administrative roles, she is an adjunct faculty member for Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH for their graduate Nursing Program and adjunct faculty for Post University in Waterbury, CT for their undergraduate Nursing Program. Sherry holds a Master of Science in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Southern CT State University in New Haven CT, and is an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN). She has a number of publications on topics related to medical and surgical nursing and oncology care and has presented posters and lectures at national conferences. In her spare time, Sherry loves gardening, home improvement, and being with her family.

Brian Harwood

Retired Marketing Executive

Brian Harwood is a Waterbury native with a dual career in radio and television broadcasting and marketing. He founded an advertising agency in Stowe in 1976, which still exists as HMC in Richmond. He began his radio career at WDEV in Waterbury in 1954, and maintained an on-air presence in 2012. He has served on several non-profit boards, and is currently a member of the VNA, UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences advisory board, Vermont Life advisory board, and Vermont Symphony board. Harwood was an aide to former U.S. Representative Dick Mallary. He has been board chair of the Northfield Savings Bank, Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Vermont Public Television; and served as board member of Copley Hospital and chair of the Copley Hospital Foundation. He and his wife Janet live in South Burlington. They have three grown daughters and three growing grandsons.

Jane Kaufman, PT, M.Ed., BCIA-PMDB

Chair of the Board of Advisors

Jane Kaufman has been a practicing physical therapist for more than forty years. She is a graduate of the Ithaca College Physical Therapy program and earned her master’s degree at the University of Vermont. In 2005, Jane achieved international board certification in the use of biofeedback for pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Jane is President of Phoenix Physical Therapy, PLC, a specialized private practice located in South Burlington, VT. Jane’s career has included practice at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Vermont, and at the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont where she supervised the Department of Physical Therapy. She has also worked with and managed Burlington area physical therapy practices. Jane has been an adjunct faculty member in the University of Vermont’s Department of Physical Therapy for more than thirty years. Jane is a faculty member for the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute which provides educational programs for health care providers across the USA. She is also a lead instructor for Texas-based Biofeedback Training and Incontinence Solutions which offers courses in pelvic floor muscle function for health professionals world-wide. Jane has served on many professional boards and volunteer committees including the UVM Alumni Association’s Vermont Regional Board. Previously, Jane co-chaired the former UVM Parent’s Council. Jane has also served on various South Burlington public school committees. Jane and her husband have three grown sons, two of whom are UVM graduates.

Jason Kirchick


Marcelle Leahy


Joan Lenes


Angel Means, M.S., RN

Director of End-of-Life Care Services, Visiting Nurse Association

Angel Means serves as the Director of end-of-life care services at the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, and as an adjunct faculty member for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont. Ms. Means has been working in health care since 1983. She completed her MS degree in Nursing at the University of Vermont in 1998, and has focused her nursing career on end-of-life care and nursing administration. She has extensive experience in Hospice and palliative care in both the acute care and home care settings.

Morgan T. Medeiros


Nicholas Sears


Mary Steiger

Physical Therapist, Owner and Executive Director of PT360 Inc.

Mary Steiger graduated from St. Michael's College with a bachelor's degree in Biology. She received her graduate degree in physical therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Mary has 27 years' experience in the practice of physical therapy and management. She worked as the chief of a physical therapy department at St. Mary's Hospital in New Jersey. In addition, Mary also owned and worked at Alpha Physical Therapy, a private practice, for 16 years. She has been an APTA member for 27 years and a member of the Advisory Board at the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences for five years. Mary was the Director of the Physical Therapy Center of Vermont. Mary is a member of VERG (Vermont Elder Resource Group) and is on the community assessment team for the Blueprint for Health.

Linda J. Tsoumas


Kerri V. Weinert, M.B.A.

President, Boston Biomedical Consultants

Kerry Weinert joined Boston Biomedical Consultants (BBC) in 1984 and was appointed President in 2004. Previously she served as senior consultant and vice president for the company and acted as de facto general manager since 1995. During her tenure at BBC, Weinert's engagement has spanned all aspects of BBC's consulting practice, from IVD market sizing, forecasting, IVD company benchmarking, to new company/product/partner search and strategic planning. Currently her IVD industry focus is centered on Laboratory systems/products, POC/Near Patient Testing, and a supporting role of BBC's NAT franchise. As BBC has built its Asia Pac fact base and expertise she has interfaced/managed the company's Japan activity and was responsible for the early development of BBC's China market assessment, which began in 2001 and culminated in BBC's first immunochemistry China IVD market book in 2012. Prior to joining BBC, Weinert worked as a clinical chemist at the Conley Laboratory in the Maine Medical Center. Weinert received a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology from the University of Vermont and a master's degree in Business Administration from Babson College.

Mary Wilson

Speech-Language Pathologist, Emerita Faculty, University of Vermont Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Mary Wilson is a practicing speech-language pathologist, President of Laureate Learning Systems, and Professor Emerita, Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Vermont. She received her B.A. in Speech and Theatre from Smith College, her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Emerson College, and her Ph.D. in Communicative Disorders from Northwestern University. She has been the Principal Investigator on multiple Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). These grants have supported the development of Laureate’s Sterling Edition language assessment and intervention programs. She has received numerous awards and honors including Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Honors of the Vermont Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Emerson’s Alumni Achievement Award, and the 2012 Special Award from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).