American Nurses Association

Laurie Barcus

Laurie Barcus has been a nurse since 1989.  She has practiced in a variety of settings including:  Labor and Delivery & Obstetrical Nursing for 14 years, and Union Hospital’s Emergency Department for 12 years.

Her primary areas of interest includes obstetrical and emergency nursing. In her educational role, Laurie educates individuals in the associate degree nursing program. She also teaches Medical Terminology online.       

Tracey Motter, DNP, RN

I have been a practicing nurse for 30 years. My clinical experience includes critical care, post-anesthesia, med-surg nursing, home and hospice care nursing. I have taught diploma and baccalaureate nursing students at all levels of the curriculum. I began my leadership role at Kent State College of Nursing in 2007 as the Director of the Accelerated BSN program and have continued to expand my role to the Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Programs. In this role, I am responsible for the traditional BSN program, the Accelerated BSN program, and the RN to BSN program.

Jennifer Metheney, MSN, RN, CNE

I have been an RN for over 30 years and have taught at Kent State University College of Nursing since 2006. My specialties are geriatrics, chronic illness, and disability/rehabilitation. I am also a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) through the National League for Nursing (NLN) and was accepted into the Faculty Scholars Program at Kent State to develop a project related to teaching in higher education.

Edward A. Herzog, MSN, RN, APRN-CNS

I have 40 years of experience in psychiatric nursing and nursing education in a variety of settings and roles, from mental health units in general hospitals to state psychiatric hospitals to psychiatric emergency units to community mental health centers, with roles including staff nurse, charge nurse, supervisor, clinical nurse specialist, and nursing liaison.  

Tamara A. Fox, MSN, RN

I am a Master’s prepared nurse with ten years of teaching experience. In addition to my current work in education, I have experience in several other areas of nursing. The first being a nurse in a chemical dependency treatment center at the time when patients were admitted to the facility for 30 days, there I learned about addiction and recovery as well as detoxing clients safely. My next job was on a medical/surgical step down unit at Hillcrest Hospital. I worked there for several years. I learned the about cardiac nursing as well as post -operative client care.

Marcy Caplin, MSN, RN, CNE

I have been teaching at Kent State College of Nursing since 2001, predominantly in the online RN-to-BSN concentration and MSN Nurse Educator concentration. I have a special interest in online education and the use of creative use of online technologies. Other online areas of interest include creating community of practice and maximizing group work potential.

Melissa Dyer, MBA, MSN, RN

I am a Registered Nurse with 17 years of experience. I am a Kent State alum and College of Nursing Associate Lecturer and Course Coordinator. My clinical background is in Obstetrics. I have worked in the labor and delivery, high risk perinatal, mother/ baby, reproductive endocrinology, infertility, outpatient fetal evaluation, and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit settings. Prior to teaching, I worked in hospital administration. I lobby and advocate for health care policy issues and led nurses as a hospital administrator.