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Associate And Assistant Deans

Full-Time Faculty

Dorothy Vittner

Assistant Professor


Get to Know Dorothy
Dorothy Vittner, PhD, RN, CHPE, is a dedicated leader, and international expert on infant neurobehavioral functioning, training multidisciplinary health professionals on infant brain and nervous system development with over 29 years of clinical experience in neonatal/perinatal nursing. She holds many certifications in infant neurobehavioral assessments and health care professional education. Dr. Vittner completed her doctoral degree at the University of Connecticut in 2016. Her research focuses on examining bio-behavioral mechanisms, specifically the role oxytocin and cortisol in modulating premature infants’ behavioral, autonomic and stress responses utilizing individualized developmental care strategies to better understand and support parent engagement. Uncovering the neurobiological basis of early parent-infant interaction is an important step in developing therapeutic modalities to increase parent engagement and improve health outcomes.

Special Faculty Appointment

Dave Bogen

CRNA, MS Clinical Coordinator for Nurse Anesthesia Program

John Orazietti

Academic Coordinator



B. Jamie Stevens

Academic-Practice Partner
EDICT Grant Administrator

Professor Of The Practice

Visiting Faculty

Hilary Bartholomay

Visiting Professor


Karen Corcoran

Visiting Assistant Professor Nursing

Janet Hiser

Visiting Professor and Director of Clinical Nutrition

Gina Trovato

Visiting Instructor

Nursing and Lab Coordinator

Erica Wuchiski

Visiting Assistant Professor and Clinical Placement Coordinator

Palliative Care Scholar-In-Residence

Donna Coletti


Palliative Care

Nurse Scholar-In-Residence

Moreen Donahue

Get To Know Moreen

Moreen O. Donahue is the Beatrice Hofstadter White Endowed Chair for Nursing Education and Research, System Senior Vice President & System Chief Nursing Officer at Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), which includes Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, Western Connecticut Home Care (formerly The Danbury Visiting Nurse Association) and Western Connecticut Medical Group.  Prior to joining WCHN, Dr. Donahue was Sr. Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Greenwich Hospital and has held executive leadership positions in home care and hospice. 

She also was the Project Coordinator for a federal grant, “Transitioning Advanced Practice Nurses to the Practice Doctorate: The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program”.

Dr. Donahue’s areas of research include patient safety, patient satisfaction, nurse empowerment and transitioning advance practice nurses to doctoral education.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.  She is the recipient of the Dean’s Legacy Award, Case Western Reserve University and the Visionary Leader Award, Greenwich Hospital.

Dr. Donahue was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2011, and was selected for the 2015 Fellowship in Innovative Health Leadership offered by Arizona State University and the American Organization of Nurse Executives in partnership with the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation.

Dr.  Donahue completed her BSN degree at Boston College.  Following this, she earned an MS degree in education from the State University of New York and her MSN in nursing and DNP degrees from Case Western Reserve University.  She is also Board certified as a nurse executive at the advanced level and has achieved national certification as a Home Care and Hospice executive.

Dr. Donahue has made significant contributions to nursing and health care delivery.  Specific areas of focus include patient safety, preventing workplace violence and advancing quality care through development of innovative partnerships across a variety of settings.  She has provided leadership for several grants: a project focused on empowering nursing assistants to use SBAR communication funded by the Donaghue Medical Research Foundation, a Geriatric Family Centered Care initiative funded by the Division of Nursing, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and grants from the State of Connecticut focused on providing educational opportunities for nurses.  She is also responsible for helping to develop a hospital-based cohort model for DNP degrees from Case Western Reserve University (funded by HRSA).  Dr. Donahue is widely published in nursing and health care literature and has presented her research nationally and internationally.

Selected awards and honors

  • 2012  VHA Travel Scholarship Recipient
  • 2011  American Academy of Nursing Fellowship
  • 2005  Dean’s Legacy Award, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2004 Visionary Leader Award, Greenwich Hospital
  • 2001  Quality Award, Greenwich Hospital  

Social Work

Joshua Neitlich

Visiting Instructor

Social Work

Kim Oliver

Assistant Professor of the Practice

Director, Undergraduate Social Work

Tanika Eaves Simpson

Assistant Professor

Social Work

Get to Know Tanika
Tanika Eaves Simpson, PhD, LCSW has a bachelor of arts in psychology from Fairfield University in addition to a master of social work from Rutgers University. Having practiced as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Connecticut for 20 years, Dr. Simpson also holds the CT Association for Infant Mental Health Endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Specialist. Her background includes clinical experience in child and family guidance clinics, early intervention programs, early childhood mental health consultation with early care and education programs, policy work at the state level, parent-infant psychotherapy, and training and consultation with home visiting clinicians. Before joining the faculty at Fairfield Egan, she maintained roles as a home visiting clinician, consultant, and trainer at the Yale Child Study Center/School of Nursing’s Minding the Baby Program for ten years. This May, she earned her doctorate in human development and family sciences at the University of Connecticut. Her doctoral research investigates the role of individuals and organizations in work-related stress management amongst child and family oriented social service practitioners.

Public Health

Kimberly N. Doughty

Undergraduate Program Director

Visiting Assistant Professor

Public Health

Deborah G. List

Visiting Assistant Professor Nursing
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Deborah G. List, MPH, PhD received her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University, where her research focused on child health policy issues. She also holds an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her undergraduate studies were at Brown University. During graduate school, Dr. List worked at the National Policy Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs, based at Johns Hopkins, where she received a doctoral training fellowship. Dr. List has worked in research and policy settings, including serving as a policy director at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene under Commissioner Thomas Frieden. Her work has focused on vulnerable children and families in a number of settings, particularly on children with special needs, quality of care and advocacy. Dr. List has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Hunter College and University of Connecticut Stamford. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Health Professions at Sacred Heart University and teachers in both the undergraduate Health Science Program, where she is the coordinator of the public health concentration, and the Master of Physician Assistant Studies. Dr. List has provided consultation on program development, research and evaluation to clients including the Office of the Child Advocate for the State of Connecticut, Connecticut Voices for Children, New York Academy of Medicine, New England SERVE, and Family Voices and was a facilitator for the Parent Leadership Training Institute of the Connecticut Commission on Children. She has also served on the board of directors various community organizations, including Children of Bellevue, supporting the pediatric programs at Bellevue Hospital in NYC and Temple Bnai Chaim in Georgetown CT. Additionally, Dr. List served in the role of parent advisor, appointed by Governor Rell, to the Connecticut Interagency Coordinating Council for the Birth to Three Program. Dr. List is also a long-time consultant and wish granting volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Dr. List’s current program work has focused on the mental health needs of college students. She is married to David Schwartz, a corporate attorney, who is a long-time volunteer Emergency Medical Technician and advocate for summer camp programs for disadvantaged youth and they are the parents of three middle school aged boys and live in Wilton, CT.

Administrative Staff

Bonnie Candee

Assistant to the Associate Dean

Diana Chevrette

Administrative Assistant


Elizabeth Denby-Callahan

Simulation Instructor

Deborah Matthews

Assistant to the Dean and Program Manager, Kanarek Center for Palliative Care Nursing Education


Donna Ormsbee

Operations Assistant


Susan Reynolds

Director of Simulation

Michelle Saglimbene

Clinical Placement Coordinator

Clinical Adjunct Faculty

Laura Strang

Administrative Assistant

Simulation and Health Studies

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VA Nursing Faculty

Laura Conklin


Assistant Professor

Patricia D. Giannelli


Mary Murphy


Assistant Professor

Veterans Administration Special Faculty Appointments

James Cyrus


Karen DiDomenico


Carol Radovich


Rebeka Seaburg


Keiko Muto Thompson


Joanna E. White


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