Marcie Van Fosson
Spotlight on Nursing's Marcie Van Fosson,
ADN Program Staff
The Associate Degree in nursing program on the Kent State East Liverpool Campus has many moving parts: students, faculty, staff, potential students, schedules, clinical sites, etc.
For all of those parts to work together and function in a seamless manner, it takes a good organizer. It helps, too, if that organizer has compassion and a heart that is willing to help all involved.
Meet Marcie Van Fosson, clerical specialist for the ADN program at Kent State East Liverpool. “That’s just a fancy title for secretary,” she laughed.
But her responsibilities vary from secretarial to planning luncheons, setting up faculty meetings, assisting at Information Night or reserving rooms for various events, as well as setting up uniform fittings, coordinating background checks on students and overseeing students’ health records.
“On a daily basis, I answer and field all phone calls into the nursing office, as well as a plethora of email. Of course, there is filing and various record-keeping duties, too,” she noted, adding light-heartedly: “I am the copier technician when it jams; I calibrate the Scantron machine so students can get their grades. I will take your temperature if you need it!
Marcie’s helpful nature and ability to enjoy life, however, makes her role in the ADN program a perfect fit.
She began her career at Kent State in January 2013 as a temporary secretary in the nursing department. In March of that year, the position became part-time, making this her third year at Kent East Liverpool.
Prior to that, Marcie worked for 16 years at the East Liverpool law director’s office as the coordinator for the East Liverpool Victim/Witness Assistance program.
“I was a victims’ advocate,” she explained. “I specialized working with victims, usually women, of domestic violence. Over the 16 years I was there, I worked with victims of stalking, telephone harassment, menacing, assault, criminal damaging and theft.
“The program was located within the prosecutor’s office; therefore, I worked closely with the prosecutor. I also worked with three different police departments, probation departments, the courts, the county jail and local shelters/organizations to notify victims when defendants were released. It was a very rewarding job and I enjoyed helping people. I have always been an advocate.”
Her willingness to help when needed and to be an advocate is a perfect fit for working with students in the ADN program. “I am proud to be part of the KSU staff,” she said. “The ADN program has much to offer and it’s exciting to see students come through the program and start their careers in nursing.”
Marcie was born and raised in East Liverpool, graduating from East Liverpool High School. She married her middle school sweetheart, Tim, and the two just celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.
“I am proud to be a MiMi,” she related. “Summer is my favorite time of the year. With a pool in the backyard, my house becomes the popular hangout all summer. I enjoy camping, kayaking, motorcycle riding, dancing and spending time with my family. I have a fun and crazy family!”