Sigma Theta Tau International

Ann Marie James, MSN, RN

I am a two-time alumna of Kent State University. Currently, I am a lecturer, lab instructor and clinical instructor for Kent State. 

I am originally from Mentor, Ohio. After graduating with my BSN in 1992, I married my husband who was a Captain in the US Army at the time. During his 21 year career in the Army, we moved to 7 different duty stations which allowed me to work at various hospitals across the United States to include, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina and Kansas. We moved back home to Ohio after he retired from the Army.

Kimberly A. Williams, DNS, RN

My research focus is on non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) assessment and NSSI behaviors across cultures. I am in the process of developing two instruments for the assessment of non-suicidal self-injury and is currently a co-investigator for a non-funded research study of non-suicidal self-injury experiences in the Korean young adult population. My professional experiences include clinical adult health nurse practitioner service, family psychiatric nurse practitioner education, and instrument development.

Marilyn S. Nibling DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, PNP-BC

I am a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner with 17 years of experience, currently working for Akron Children's Hospital at the Summa Akron City Campus. I have also been Clinical Faculty for Kent State University for 9 years and The University of Akron for 5 years. I have management experience and served as Director, Nursing Patient Services at Akron General Medical Center (1994-1998). I received the Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award in 2008, and The Debra Seiber Nursing Excellence award 2014.

Shellie O. Hawk, MSN, RN, CNM

I have been a nurse midwife for the past 30 years. My first midwifery position was working for Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas delivering at Jefferson Davis Hospital. I was part of a 15 CNM practice which delivered about 200 babies a month in a small 4-bed birth center. I was the Assistant Director of clinical services there. When I came back to Cleveland I taught nurse midwifery for two years at Case while practicing midwifery part-time at Lakewood Hospital.

Dr. Denise M. McEnroe-Petitte, RN

Dr. Denise McEnroe-Petitte has been a registered nurse since 1978.  She has worked in a variety of roles and settings including:  Coronary Care and Stepdown Unit, Intensive Care, Emergency Department, Skilled Nursing Home, Home Health, Manager of a Cardiovascular Physician Group, Management Roles in the Hospital, and Nursing Education.  Her primary areas of interest includes cardiovascular nursing with emphasis on heart failure.  She has been the facilitator of a heart failure support group for the past 16 years for patients and their caregivers.  In her educational role, Dr.

Jo A. Dowell, Ph.D., RN, CRNP, PNP, FNP-BC, CFNE

I am nursing researcher who has completed two Postdoctoral Fellowships at Ohio State University and Duke University. My research foci are on pediatric health outcomes and symptoms management. I've completed three grants in my first year, including an R21. I am actively involved in one study currently and have also published two manuscripts within the past year. I am a manuscript reviewer and have reviewed 5 manuscripts this past year. I am also a grant reviewer. I recently presented at Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society: 27th International Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.

Heather Weil, MSN, RN


  • NURS 30030 Nursing of the Adults
  • NURS 40045 Professional Nursing Development
  • NURS 31095 Special Topics: Healthcare Needs for Individuals with Disabilities
  • NURS 30060 Basic Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
  • NURS 20030 Foundations of Nursing Interventions
  • NURS 20020 Foundations of Assessment and Communication in Nursing
  • NURS 30050 Basic Nursing Informatics

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.