Alderson Broaddus University Begins 2019-20 Academic Year Welcoming New Faculty

Alderson Broaddus University is starting the 2019-20 academic year with a few new and returning faces. AB welcomed 13 new faculty members during new faculty orientation on Monday, August 12.

New faculty are Adam Anderson, assistant professor of computer science; Mackenzie Bergeron, assistant professor of biology; Dr. Frank Carothers, assistant professor of business; Dr. Drew Ciccarello, dean of the College of Business and assistant professor of business; LyCricia Criss, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. James Dorsey, assistant professor of criminal justice; Dr. Joni Gray, assistant professor of mass communication; Rhoda Leeson, instructor of nursing; Austin O’Connor, assistant professor of business; Marcie Raol, assistant professor of education; Susan Senderak, assistant professor of nursing; Jenna Simmons, assistant professor of nursing; Susan Simmons, assistant professor of nursing.

Professor Anderson received two Master of Science degrees in computer science and software engineering from West Virginia University. He resides with his wife and two cats in Bridgeport, West Virginia. After 15 years of building software, Anderson turned his focus to teaching and education and has joined the AB community to prepare students for the future.

Bergeron earned both her Bachelor of Science in biology and her Master of Science in anatomy from Alderson Broaddus University. Bergeron came to Philippi from a small town in Ohio and said her experience as a student at AB inspired her to accept a faculty position.

Dr. Carothers comes to AB from Somerset, Kentucky with more than 27 years of higher education experience. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984, earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Murray State University, and received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University. Alderson Broaddus University’s welcoming, motivating, and professional atmosphere inspired Dr. Carothers to join the faculty ranks.

Dr. Drew Ciccarello has joined AB as the new dean of the College of Business and assistant professor of business. Dr. Ciccarello is originally from Charleston, West Virginia and earned graduate degrees in both business and education and received his doctorate in leadership/organization development. Ciccarello said he is happy to be part of the AB community and is eager to use his experience to assist in building up the College of Business.

Professor Criss relocated from Chicago, Illinois to Fayette County, West Virginia and earned her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University of Charleston and a Master of Nursing degree from Louisiana State University, New Orleans campus. This year, Criss is celebrating 30 years as a registered nurse. She is eager to bring her love for nursing and teaching to her role at AB.

Dr. Dorsey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from West Liberty University and his Juris Doctor degree from West Virginia University. As a licensed attorney, Dorsey says he has always had his sights on higher education and is thankful for the opportunity to transition into a new career at AB.

Dr. Gray is a West Virginia native coming to AB by way of Riversville. She earned her doctoral degree in education from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Akron, and completed undergraduate work in speech communication, English, and French from Fairmont State College. Dr. Gray credits the culture of community and the commitment to quality education as her motivation for joining the Alderson Broaddus faculty.

Rhoda Leeson is returning to AB as instructor of nursing in the College of Health, Science, Technology, & Mathematics. Leeson graduated from Alderson Broaddus in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and has plans toward earning a master’s degree in nursing education. Her career as a registered nurse has focused on patient care and education. Leeson says accepting the faculty position with AB feels like coming home.

Professor O’Connor is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marshall University. O’Connor says he chose to join the AB faculty because he believes in the University’s mission to provide high-quality education to best prepare students for success.

Professor Raol is originally from Morgantown, West Virginia and received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from West Virginia University. During her career in education, she has been a substitute teacher, a classroom teacher, an experiential learning educator, and a professional development provider. Raol said she was excited to join AB because she values the opportunity to connect with and motivate students.

Susan Senderak is a transplant to West Virginia from Illinois. She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Loyola University, a Master of Science in nursing from Regis University, and is now working toward her doctorate at Capella University. Senderak was motivated to join the AB team by her daughter, who attended the University as a student.

Simmons is a native of Elkins, West Virginia. Simmons graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and went on to receive a Master of Science degree in nursing in 2016. She hopes to bring her particular interest in holistic medicine and wellness to the classroom.

Dr. Susan Simmons received her undergraduate degrees from Davis & Elkins College and West Virginia University, a master’s degree in nursing from Wheeling Jesuit University, and a doctorate in nursing practice from Walden University. With more than ten years of nursing education experience and 25 years of patient care knowledge, Dr. Simmons is an asset to the program.

About Alderson Broaddus University 

Alderson Broaddus (AB) University is a private, four-year institution of higher education located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences.

AB stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate Physician Assistant program of its kind in 1968, the first post-baccalaureate Physician Assistant Master’s degree program in 1990, and West Virginia’s first four-year Nursing program in 1945. For more information, visit www.ab.edu

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Photo Caption:

2019 New Faculty: Front row, from left to right: Susan Simmons, Jenna Simmons, Mackenzie Bergeron, Susan Senderak, Adam Anderson, and James Dorsey. Back row: Joni Gray, Marcie Raol, Austin O’Connor, Drew Ciccarello, Frank Carothers, Rhoda Leeson, and LyCricia Criss.

Alderson Broaddus University Celebrates Historic Commencement Ceremony with Physician Assistant and Teacher Leader Graduates

Twenty-eight members of the Class of 2019 Physician Assistant Studies Program received their Master of Science degrees, and four members of the first Teacher Leader program graduating class received their Master of Education degrees during AB’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony in Wilcox Chapel on August 16.

The Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2019 include: Charlene Marie Arena from Aliquippa, Pa.; Rachel Christine Ashley from Teays Valley, W.Va.; Megan Dawn Bartlett from Fairmont, W.Va.; Keri Bedillion from Washington, Pa.; Shawn T. Beltz from Mt. Gilead, Ohio; Vivian Angelica Bracero from Manassas, Va.; Jordan Ann Brewer from Uniontown, Pa.; Nida Rasool Chaudhry from Manassas, Va.; Marie Christenson from Buffalo, Mn.; Amanda Mary Fitzgerald from Mokena, Ill.; Tonya Marie Gayman from Washington, Pa.; Avery Gookin from Morgantown, W.Va.; Jory C. Gotham from Gouverneur, N.Y.; Elizabeth Katheryn Holsclaw from Trenton, Mich.; Alexa Danielle Kuenzel from Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; Elizabeth Marie Luttner from Pittsburgh, Pa.; Melanie Marie Lyon from Mesa, Ariz.; Michelle Nicolette Mandus from Pittsburgh, Pa.; Elizabeth Sinclair McLean from Charlotte, N.C.; Robert Oshnock, II from Macomb, Mich.; Amelia Katelyn Paine from Daniels, W.Va.; Joe Jaxon Panelli from Mesa, Ariz.; Nicolai Armand Pineda from Atlanta, Ga.; Ethan Ramsey from New Milton, W.Va.; Nicholas Ronald Schubring from New Glarus, Wis.; Sahara Joelle Stanley from Princeton, W.Va.; Aleksandra Tomczyk from Whippany, N.J.; and Rawan Zeidan from Swartz Creek, Mich.

These professionals join a long line of physician assistants graduating from the nation’s first physician assistant program, founded in 1968 by AB’s own Dr. Hu C. Myers.

The Teacher Leadership Class of 2019 includes Marian Katherine Cummings from Lumberport, W.Va.; Jennifer M. Fleshman from Parkersburg, W.Va.; Erin Catherine Gallagher from Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Jerri Lynn Hinebaugh from Bridgeport, W.Va. AB’s Teacher Leader program is designed to assist teachers in becoming leaders in their schools, provide a strong understanding of research-based practices, and guide authentic, hands-on research within their classroom and school.

The commencement speaker, Jeff Lamphere has the privilege of being a 1986 and 2009 graduate of AB University, a current member of the AB Board of Trustees, and adjunct professor of health professional services at Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Science in Buies Creek, N.C. 

Lamphere’s address to the class, titled “Remembering the Man in the Mirror,” left students with a message of faith, hope, and love in all things. He urged graduates to use what they have learned to find their passion and do what they love, to take words of wisdom as they come, and remember to learn from life’s greatest lessons.

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Joan Propst presented the class with degrees. Four students were inducted into Pi Alpha, the national Physician Assistant honor society that honors significant academic achievement, leadership, research, community, and professional service. Those awarded were: Charlene Marie Arena, Megan Dawn Bartlett, Amanda Mary Fitzgerald, and Tonya Marie Gayman.

Graduate students of the Physician Assistant Studies Program were presented hoods by College of Medical Science Dean and Physician Assistant Studies Program Director Thomas Moore. Graduates of the Teacher Leader program were presented hoods by College of Education and Music Dean Erin Brumbaugh and Education Adjunct Senior Lecturer Joseph Super.

AB University President Dr. Tim Barry conferred the degrees and left the graduates with his last remarks, “Your labor has not been in vain as you have prepared yourself for a career of service to humankind.”

About Alderson Broaddus University 

Alderson Broaddus (AB) University is a private, four-year institution of higher education located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences.

AB stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate Physician Assistant program of its kind in 1968, the first post-baccalaureate Physician Assistant Master’s degree program in 1990, and West Virginia’s first four-year Nursing program in 1945. For more information, visit www.ab.edu.

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Photo Captions:

Top: Class of 2019 Physician Assistant Studies Program Graduates – First row, from left to right: Keri Bedillion, Nida Chaudhry, Jordan Brewer, Vivian Bracero, Rachel Ashley, Sahara Stanley, Rawan Zeidan. Second row: Megan Bartlett, Tonya Gayman, Maria Christenson, Amanda Fitzgerald, Avery Gookin, Jory Gotham, Elizabeth Holsclaw, Alexa Kuenzel, Elizabeth Luttner, Melanie Lyon, Michelle Mandus. Third row: Charlene Arena, Nicholas Schubring, Elizabeth Sinclair McLean, Shawn Beltz, Amelia Paine, Alexsandra Tomczyk, Joe Panelli, Nicolai Armand Pineda, Ethan Ramsey, and Robert Oshnock, II.

Bottom: Class of 2019 Teacher Leader Program Graduates – From left to right: Jerri Hinebaugh, Erin Gallagher, and Marian Cummings.

Alderson Broaddus University brings degree programs to Charleston, Beckley, and Fairmont

Alderson Broaddus University, in conjunction with area community and technical colleges, will be offering new bachelor’s degree programs in the Charleston, Beckley, and Fairmont areas.

Beginning with the fall semester, Alderson Broaddus’ Criminal Justice, Health Care Management, and Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion programs will be taught at the campuses of BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston, New River Community and Technical College in Beaver, and Pierpont Community and Technical College’s Advanced Technology Center.

In addition to the three new degrees, registration will continue with the existing Bachelor of Science in Professional Leadership program, which began this June at Pierpont CTC. Additional programs will be offered at all three locations in 2020.

“AB is pleased to have our community and technical college partners in this important initiative,” said Dr. Jim Owston, assistant provost for extended learning. “Our degree completion programs provide associate program graduates, and other working adults with some college credits the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree close to home.”

Evening classes begin on August 26 at all three locations. To find out more, Alderson Broaddus invites you to a reception at one of the following locations:

In Fairmont: Muriale’s Italian Kitchen on Thursday, August 8 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.

In Charleston: Black Sheep Burritos and Brews on Tuesday, August 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

In Beckley: Pasquale’s Italian Restaurant on Thursday, August 15 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Come anytime during these evenings, enjoy a meal and talk to representatives about this and other degree programs to be offered at BridgeValley, New River, and Pierpont Community and Technical Colleges.

To RSVP, call 304.457.6222 or email Alderson Broaddus University at FinishYourDegree@ab.edu.

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