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The master's degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Cedar Crest College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The baccalaureate, master's, post master's certificate nursing programs at Cedar Crest College located in Allentown, PA are accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000 The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate, master's and post master's certificate nursing programs is continuing accreditation.

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School of Adult and Graduate Education
Blaney Hall 105

Faculty & Staff

Wendy J. Robb

Dean of the School of Nursing
Hazel and Walter May Nursing Endowed Chair for Excellence in Nursing
A.D.N., Gwynedd Mercy University
B.S.N., Gwynedd Mercy University
M.S.N., DeSales University
Ph.D., Widener University
Certified Nurse Educator
Hamilton Boulevard Building 12b



A.D.N., Gwynedd Mercy University
B.S.N., Gwynedd Mercy University
M.S.N., DeSales University
Ph.D., Widener University
Certified Nurse Educator

Career Highlights

Wendy J. Robb joined the Cedar Crest College Nursing Department in Fall 2000. Her background includes work as a clinical nurse specialist in adult acute care, particularly trauma care. She is also an experienced clinical research coordinator, with expertise in the area of complementary and alternative healing.

Wendy has published and presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics and has traveled to nursing schools in Ghana, West Africa and Sweden as part of international exchanges. She has participated in several national grants and maintains certification as a nurse educator by the National League for Nursing.

Memberships & Awards

American Holistic Nurses Association, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National League for Nurses, Pennsylvania League for Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Theta Rho Chapter

Bimpe Adenusi

Bimpe Adenusi

Director of Nurse Anesthesia Program
Assistant Professor
A.D.N., Delaware County Community College
B.S.N.. Indiana State University
M.S.N., Drexel University
Ph.D., New Mexico State University
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia
Hamilton Blvd Building 20
Ext. 4485

Karen Bensinger

Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., Bloomsburg University
D.N.P., Wilkes University
Adult Health Nurse Practitioner
Hamilton Boulevard Building 34
Ext. 3746



B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., Bloomsburg University
Adult CRNP Certificate, Bloomsburg University
D.N.P., Wilkes University

Courses Taught

Karen teaches the junior level clinical courses and assists with teaching pharmacology.

Career Highlights

Karen has taught at Cedar Crest College since 2005 on a part time basis. She spent the majority of her time with the students in the clinical area, but also spent time in the labs and classrooms. Karen helped teach the pharmacology course. In the 2009-2010 academic year, she assisted with grant work in developing a fall prevention study that was implemented during one of the junior level clinical courses. She also works as a nurse practitioner in a family planning clinic to stay current with nursing skill and techniques."


ANA, Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, ACNP.

Why Choose Cedar Crest?

"I feel that as an alumna and also a nurse that Cedar Crest College prepares nursing students in a very special way. I feel that the liberal arts base is key to understanding patients in a holistic manner. By learning to appreciate the aesthetics and make connections between all of our areas of knowledge, we allow the students to see a bigger picture. This creates for a more adaptable, creative, and intelligent nurse."


"I am passionate about the commitment to learning new knowledge, and the holistic caring for patients. I never want to stop learning or growing in my understanding of new information. I encourage curious learners and welcome questions. Finding the correct answers benefits us all."


"All of the motivated and insightful teachers and professors in my past have served as inspiration for me. They helped to fan the spark of interest in learning into a fire. If it weren't for those committed few, I would most likely not have found my way here. The vision for this school inspires and motivates me to want to contribute to continuing the tradition of excellence in the nursing program."

How Did You Become a Teacher?

"It seems that I have always been helping others to understand things better. I tutored Spanish in high school and while a student at Cedar Crest I tutored in microbiology and fine arts and was an instructional assistant for Freshman Seminar and Anatomy and Physiology. It was my work as an instructional assistant that really influenced my interest in teaching. I found that the students understood the material better when I explained it in my terms. It led to my first teaching job years later. I started teaching A&P at a community college."

Deborah Burnett-Olsen

Deborah Burnett-Olsen

Assistant Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program
B.S.N., Neumann University
M.S.-Nurse Anesthesia, Medical College of Pennsylvania
D.N.A.P., Texas Wesleyan University
M.S.H.A.P.I., Northeastern College of Health Sciences
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Hamilton Boulevard Building 20
Ext. 3747

Regina Canty

Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Temple University
M.S. Nurse Anesthesia, St Joseph’s University, Nazareth School of Nurse Anesthesia
D.N.P., Temple University
Hamilton Boulevard Building 42A

Donna Martonik

D.N.P., AGACNP, specialty, University of South Alabama
Post Masters Certificate AGACNP University of South Alabama
Post Masters Certificate FNP La Salle University
M.S.N., La Salle University,
B.S.N., from John's Hopkins University

Mae Ann Pasquale

Mae Ann Pasquale

Associate Professor
B.S.N., East Stroudsburg University
M.S.N., Villanova University
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Hamilton Boulevard Building 28
Ext. 3624

Nancy Crane-Roberts

School Nurse Certificate Advisor
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Gwynedd Mercy College
M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Widener University
Certified Pediatric/Young Family Nurse Practitioner
Certified School Nurse
Hamilton Boulevard Building 35
Ext. 4640

Eddie Russell

Assistant Professor
M.S. Nurse Anesthesia, St. Joseph’s University
B.A. Thomas Edison State College
Diploma in Nursing, St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing
Hamilton Boulevard Building 42A

 Susan Schriefer

Susan Schriefer

Assistant Director Graduate Nursing Programs
Assistant Professor
A.D.N., Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College
B.S.N., Western Carolina University
M.S., Clemson University
Ph.D., Touro University International

Catherine M. Zurawski

Chair, Graduate Nursing Programs
Associate Professor
D.N.P.: Misericordia University
P.M.C.; Drexel University
M.S.N.; Misericordia University
B.S.N.-; Misericordia University
A.D.N.; Luzerne County Community College
Hamilton Blvd. Building 19
Ext. 3342


Career Highlights

Catherine Zurawski, DNP, CRNP, FNP-C is the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs for the Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administration and Nurse Education tracks. Dr. Zurawski started her healthcare career as a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist and instructor of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology in massage therapy programs. She then went on to earn an ADN from Luzerne County Community College; followed by a BSN, MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner and DNP from Misericordia University. Her healthcare interests came full circle when she earned a post Master’s Certificate in Complementary and Integrative Therapies from Drexel University’s School of Nursing. 

She has served as nursing faculty since 2010, and has had the privilege of teaching LPNs, RNs and graduate nursing students. Dr. Zurawski maintains a clinical practice in a pediatric primary care office where she focuses not only traditional medicine, but on wellness and integrative therapies to support her patients.


Nursing Staff

Stefanie Cecconi

Scheduling Coordinator-Graduate Programs
B.S. Kings College
Hamilton Boulevard Building 13
Ext. 3745

Tamara Eddinger

Office Manager, Clinical Liaison
B.A., Cedar Crest College
Hamilton Boulevard Building 16
Ext. 3488


Tammy Eddinger earned an associate’s degree from Allentown Business School and an undergraduate degree in Management from Cedar Crest College. Tammy has been the Office Manager in the Nursing Department for 12 years. She manages all clinical site affiliation agreements, student clinical requirements and student registrations.

Adam W. Hough

Simulation Center Manager
B.A., Kutztown University
Hamilton Boulevard Building 14
Ext. 3492

Tricia Ouelette

Administrative Assistant: Graduate Nursing
Hamilton Boulevard Building 12
Ext. 4402

Michelle Rieder

Simulation Operation Specialist
Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, CHSE
Hamilton Boulevard Building 39
Ext. 4561