Alumni

The Art of Juggling
Few people ever learn to juggle better than professional performers, but Bianca Pietro seems to manage it with ineffable ease. As a Special Educator, her days may be challenging, as a mother of two her arms are full, as a performer and Director of Youth Theatre Education she fields a thousand...
The Artful Science of Empathy
How do you seamlessly blend art with science? In the case of Eugenia Opuda, you become a health science librarian with an art history degree and a music background. The connecting thread is a love of research and teaching with the broad perspective gained by a cross-disciplinary study that forms a...
The Awakening
Earning a degree is a respected milestone but the educational value of life experience should never be understated. With a bachelor’s degree from Rivier College in 2000, Chloe Cataldo developed her skills during twenty years of employment before earning a Master’s in Educational Studies in 2020...
Data-Driven Decision Making with Health Data Science
How would you explain your discipline and/or research to those unfamiliar with the subject? I would describe Health Data Science as the intersection of computer programming, statistics, and healthcare domain experience. Data-driven decision-making is a key component of healthcare delivery and...
New Possibilities
Energy and excitement sparkle like gemstones when Sheila Evans talks about her work. Her career evolved from a front-line oncology nurse to a director role with several hospitals, including the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Sibley, and the Royal...
The Sweet Spot
A glimpse into Rhaea Photopoulos’ workday reveals a purposeful hum into the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Clinic where she has worked for as a Nurse Practitioner the past twelve years. The fast pace is well matched by her long-standing commitment and she...
An Open Heart
“How do we improve health outcomes in a safety net population?” asks Rebecca Sweeney, Associate Chief of Care Management. “Deal me in!” Tough challenges energize Sweeney. Recently promoted from Senior Director of Care Management, she has been with Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) for five years. CHA...
The Hands of a Nurse
“You have a nurse’s hands,” her grandmother told Elizabeth (Liz) Cirelli, trained by a VNA nurse at age ten to administer eye drops after the older woman’s cataract surgery. This first nursing experience sparked a lifetime passion. A high school counselor discouraged this interest, however, stating...
Jigsaw Puzzle
As Executive Director of Surgical Services at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, Jeannette Bronsord finds her sweet spot at the intersection of academia, research, and nursing. Since YNHH is a Magnet designated teaching hospital affiliated with Yale Medical School and Yale School of Nursing,...
Reaching Beyond the Mask
Eileen Keefe talks about nursing with a clarity of purpose that has captivated her since girlhood and nurtured a laser focus on the essential values of her career: communication, teamwork, and mentorship. Armed with nursing degrees from Boston College and University of New Hampshire, in 2020 Keefe...
Citizen of the Globe
A native son of Maine, Samuel Ramus’ career reflects his eclectic personality with a multi-dimensional focus on teaching, marketing, and travel. Ramus’ international inspiration came when he joined a church-based mission trip to Honduras at age 17, to help rebuild a small village church and school...
Peeling the Onion
What do karate movies and mental health have in common? In two words: Lisa Brown. If you have an opportunity to meet Lisa, you’ll understand that these two things live comfortably together because her energetic character encompasses a wide outlook, much like her 23-year nursing career. Lisa started...