Nursing (D.N.P.) Spotlight

Radiating Kindness
"As a Family Nurse Practitioner, the most important part of my job is to listen to patients. I try to listen and offer them kindness during tough times." Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Tania Centra has traveled to many parts of the United States in her professional capacity. With a nursing degree...
Igniting the Spark
The bright beacon of service is a calling card for Darius Love with his dual passions of neuroscience nursing and nurturing leadership in others. "I did not select a leadership role – it happened to me. Early in my career, a nurse manager saw the potential within me and opened the door to self-...
Keys to Freedom
“Education holds the keys to creating our freedom to choose what we want to do and to give something back to our communities.” With multiple diplomas framed on her wall, 2021 UNH Online graduate of the DNP program Melinda Linane believes in the value of education as the bellwether of a satisfying...
Eyes on the Prize
"After working in urban hospitals for a period of years, I wanted something different so my family packed up and moved to northern New Hampshire in the dead of winter where I began a new job with a rural hospital. We love the area and I have worked hard to advance through the ranks to the level of...
Returning Home
"As a UNH alumnus, I was drawn to come full circle, back to the University of New Hampshire for my doctoral degree." Born in England, Catherine Loiselle met and married an American serviceman, then emigrated to the United States where she planted strong roots living, working, and raising a family...
The Long Journey
Born in Brazil, Marcelo Castro has logged many miles, from education to career to travel. Although he started his career in the airline industry, Castro’s own health became the catalyst for a lifetime change of focus. A nagging asthma condition that shadowed his life with doctor visits and medical...
The Tap on the Shoulder
Completing a BSN in Nursing from Husson College through Eastern Maine Medical Center, Cathleen Colleran also earned a master’s degree in Community Health Nursing from the University of Mass-Dartmouth in 2000, and a DNP from Regis College in 2010. She remembers with great affection her undergraduate...
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 as a Nurse Practitioner for 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....
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...
Puzzle Pieces
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,...