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Faculty

(413) 755-5707

eperrelli@stcc.edu

Esther Perrelli-Brookes

M.Ed, RRT

Respiratory Care - Professor & Department Chair

Professor Brookes received her Associates Degree in Respiratory Care from Springfield Technical Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Massachusetts, and a Master of Education degree from Cambridge College.

 

Professor Brookes is a member of both the City of Springfield, MA Health and Human Services Medical Reserve Corp and the Capitol Region Medical Reserve Corp of CT. She has presented and facilitated workshops on patient simulation to varied audiences including STCC campus faculty, Sims Medical Center workshops, Medical Reserve Corp, and a METI national conferences on the topic of: Using Patient Simulation as a Means of Evaluating Student Performance and “Cross Training for Mass Casualty, Respiratory Needs”.

 

Professor Brookes began using patient simulation in 2004 with her freshman class, and currently sustains it as a major teaching methodology. She has developed the means to not only train students utilizing patient simulation, but to evaluate their clinical skills for grading purposes. Esther has been an integral part of developing and implementing multidisciplinary simulation scenarios at Sims Medical Center coordinating these patient simulation experiences with radiology, nursing, and Respiratory Care students.

Scott Frink

AS

Respiratory Care - Assistant Professor & Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

(413) 755-4878 
smfrink@stcc.edu

(413) 755-4859

cfuller@stcc.edu

Cindy Fuller

M.Ed PTA

Interdisciplinary Health Studies - Professor & Department Chair

Professor Fuller is the Department Chair and Professor in the Interdisciplinary Health Studies Department. In addition, she is an American Heart CPR and First Aid Instructor. The courses she teaches are for students interested in going into a health care career, are exploring various options, and/or are unsure of a specific direction to take. 

 

An integral course in this program is “Introduction to Patient Care”, which is lecture and laboratory course for students who want get their hands wet and begin to learn more about patient care. Through utilization of the SIMS Medical Center, students get hands on skills practice along with traditional learning techniques. The patient simulation experiences during this course allow students to truly experience a day in the life of many different types of healthcare providers. It enables students to experience a wide variety of patient care scenarios to allow them to better understand how the healthcare system works. 

 

Prior to teaching at STCC Professor Fuller worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Sunshine Village. After graduating from STCC with an Associate’s degree in Physical Therapist Assisting she then moved to the Weldon Center for Rehabilitation on the general rehab floor and Work Wise Department working with stroke, joint replacement, head injury and work related injuries. Cindy has also worked as a Manager of the Rehabilitation Department of 3 sister Nursing homes in Springfield. After graduating from Our Lady of the Elms College, she came to STCC in the fall of 1998 as a Lab Assistant in the Physical Therapy Assistant Department, eventually moving into a full time faculty position and earning her Masters of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

(413) 755-4925

dbjacques@stcc.edu

Deborah Jacques

DNP

Nursing - Professor

Professor Jacques joined the faculty in 2007 and presently teaches fundamentals and medical/surgical and high risk maternity nursing. She is one of our coordinators and assists in the integration of simulation throughout the entire nursing program. 

 

Professor Jacques received her Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Russell Sage College and her Master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Part of her master’s degree practicum experience included working with an area community college to assist them in the set up and use of their simulation center. She received her doctorate of nursing practice from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

 

Professor Jacques demonstrates daily to her students how patient simulation can be a safe and rewarding learning environment that enables students to think critically and expand their level of expertise without the worry of patient demise. Simulation provides the critical adjunct that students may not get to see during their time in the normal clinical arena. She takes great pride in the offerings Sims Medical Center gives to it's students.

(413) 755-4881
mjoyce@stcc.edu

Marianne Joyce

MA OTR/L

Occupational Therapy - Professor & Department Chair

Professor Joyce is the Department Chair for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at STCC. She earned an AS degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from North Shore Community College, a BS degree in Health Care Administration from Stonehill College, and a MA degree in Psychology from Westfield State University. She completed the self-directed course of study through the American Occupational Therapy Association to become a Registered Occupational Therapist. 

 

Professor Joyce has over 30 years of experience in the field of occupational therapy, primarily in pediatrics. Today’s health care trends of shorter hospitalizations, increases in comorbidity, acuity, and demand for safety compounded by decreased access to acute care fieldwork experiences for OTA students, prompted faculty to utilize patient simulation as an instructional method. The use of high fidelity simulation technology in the OTA program began in 2006 and has become one of the linking components in the curriculum design. Each semester students participate in simulation experiences that reinforce technical skills, enhance professional interactions, and enrich team building.

(413) 755-4788

McColgan@stcc.edu

Jacqueline McColgan

RN MS CNE

Nursing - Professor

Professor McColgan has been on the faculty of Springfield Technical Community College since 1994. She has also taught at Massachusetts Bay Community College in Boston and at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Lowell State College (University of Massachusetts at Lowell) and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Boston University where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a certified nurse educator.

 

Professor McColgan was one of the original faculty who helped initiate simulation at STCC. She developed the "Code Scenario" and initiated interdisciplinary simulation where both Nursing and Respiratory students participated and managed the care of the patient in the "Code Situation".

Professor McColgan has received several teaching awards including the Joseph J. Deliso, Sr. Endowed Chair for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership in the field of Patient Simulation, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) award for Teaching Excellence, and the STCC Faculty Excellence award. In 2008, Professor McColgan was one of ten Nursing faculty in the country selected by the American Heart Association, the National League for Nursing and the Laerdal Medical Corporation for the grant  “Learning Basic Life Support (BLS): Different Teaching Approaches”. The purpose of this quasi-experimental, longitudinal study is to evaluate the effects of monthly practice sessions on nursing student and RN CPR skill performance following traditional face to face CPR training or electronic CPR training. She has conducted numerous presentations on the Use of Simulation as a teaching strategy; Integrating Simulation into Nursing Curricula. Outcomes and Recommendations of the CPR study and Integrating Competencies into a Seamless Curriculum with input from a Practice Partner.

Connie Pettengill

RN M.Ed

Medical Assisting - Professor Emeritus

Professor Pettengill was a professor and department chairperson in the Medical Assistant department at Springfield Technical Community College. She had been a faculty member since 1983, joining the Medical Assistant department in 1992 and becoming department chairperson in 2006. She has been recognized for her contributions to STCC with the Anthony Scibelli Endowed Chair in 1993 and the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2010. 

 

Though she retired in 2017 Professor Pettengill remains active in the educational delivery of simulation experiences to numerous healthcare programs within the School of Health and Patient Simulation. In an effort to satisfy required competencies for her accrediting body (MAERB) and to provide students with practical and valuable learning experiences, she has developed several simulation scenarios for Sims Medical Center. 

 

The Medical Assistant Education Review Board requires that students be evaluated in three domains; cognitive, psychomotor and affective. Simulation has proven to be the ideal solution to evaluate these various competencies. In addition, students are able to evaluate their own performance and identify strengths and weaknesses during a debriefing session. Professor Pettengill designed a Minor Surgical simulation that has been presented at several national conferences. It utilizes an advanced provider in the role of a surgeon, and two students working as a surgical team in assisting with a sebaceous cyst removal. Our simulation specialists have created a mold that allows for the actual excision of a simulated cyst. The simulated surgery provides students with the opportunity to control bleeding and swab blood, retract a wound and assist in suturing. Student feedback related to their SIMS Medical Center experiences in the Medical Assistant program has been extremely positive and the knowledge and experience gained has been invaluable.

Terry Przybylowicz

RN MS CNE

Nursing - Professor

Professor Przybylowicz is a professor in the Associate Nursing Degree program. She received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts, and her Master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Massachusetts. Her clinical background is in geriatric and emergency nursing.

Professor Przybylowicz has over 20 years of experience with patient simulation ranging from low-fidelity to the high-fidelity situations. She was the learning resource coordinator for the last three years utilizing all the various levels of patient simulation. She has developed scenarios for simulation on all levels of nursing practice and is an active faculty member who integrates simulation in all areas of nursing education and also helps coordinates the simulation experiences on the senior nursing levels.

(413) 755-4842

taprzbylowicz@stcc.edu

Karolyn Ryan

RN M.Ed

Medical Assisting - Associate Professor & Department Chair

Professor Przybylowicz is a professor in the Associate Nursing Degree program. She received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts, and her Master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Massachusetts. Her clinical background is in geriatric and emergency nursing.

Professor Przybylowicz has over 20 years of experience with patient simulation ranging from low-fidelity to the high-fidelity situations. She was the learning resource coordinator for the last three years utilizing all the various levels of patient simulation. She has developed scenarios for simulation on all levels of nursing practice and is an active faculty member who integrates simulation in all areas of nursing education and also helps coordinates the simulation experiences on the senior nursing levels.

(413) 755-4951

kryan@stcc.edu

(413) 755-4846
saschneider@stcc.edu

Susan Schneider

M.Ed MLS (ASCP) cm

Clinical Laboratory Science - Professor & Department Chair

Professor Schneider is the Department Chairperson and Program Director for the Clinical Laboratory Science Program. She received a BS in Medical Technology from University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Ma. and an MEd from Cambridge College, Cambridge, Ma. Her clinical background is in clinical laboratory where she has held positions as a medical technologist, laboratory manager, and laboratory sales executive.

Professor Schneider's experience with simulation began at the SIMS Medical Center at Springfield Technical Community College, in 2011. She has developed simulations to be used in the undergraduate Clinical Laboratory Technician and Clinical Laboratory Assistant programs. She has overseen the implementation of a simulation based performance evaluation of phlebotomy training in the emergency room and physician office setting. Presently, she is involved with the development of simulations involving donor selection and collection in Transfusion Medicine and plans to develop integrated inter-professional simulations for clinical laboratory science students, nursing students and medical assisting students into the clinical curriculum.

Lindsay Taibbi

MSN, BSN, RN

Nursing - Assistant Professor

Professor Taibbi is a graduate of the STCC Nursing program. She earned her BSN from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and acquired her MSN in Nursing education from American International College. She spent her graduate practicum with the SIMS Medical Center team focusing her work on the success and advancements of simulation in nursing education. She is a full time faculty member with the nursing department and continues to work per diem in women’s health at Baystate Medical Center.

 

She has represented the School of Health and Patient Simulation at national conferences. In 2017, successful improvements made to the maternity simulation experience for nursing students was presented at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning conference in Washington D.C.

(413) 755-4941

ldubois@stcc.edu

Cristy Wassung

M.Ed COTA/L

Occupational Therapy - Assistant Professor

(413) 755-4880

clwassung@stcc.edu

Meg Wobles-Valenski

Ed.D PT/L

Physical Therapy - Professor & Department Chair

Professor Valenski is the Department Chair and Professor in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program. She received her Bachelors degree from Russell Sage College, her Master’s Degree from Central Connecticut State University, and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College. Professor Valenski has been instrumental in developing scenarios for the physical therapy students. She has also developed extremely successful multidisciplinary scenarios with both the physical therapy and nursing students, including key peer to peer learning environments.

(413) 755-4880 
Wobles-valenski@stcc.edu