Instructors and Staff

Nancy Fertig, R.N., brings to the Career Nursing Academy years of experience as a Hospice Nurse. She began her nursing career as a nurse aide, progressed to licensed practical nurse, and continued her education to become a Registered Nurse. Her personal and professional development inspires students.

Maria Grant-Thomas, R.N., is a clinical instrutor. A graduate of Germanna Community College, Maria comes to us with years of LPN experience prior to becoming an R.N. 

Deanna Jones, BSN, R.N. Is the school’s newest instructor. She comes to us with 10 years of nursing experience. Currently, she also works as a Mother/Baby Nurse and is a HUGE Disney Fan.

Sheila Mathis, R.N., Certified Nurse Midwife, started her career in healthcare in 1990 and has worked in various settings including long term care, home care, public health, nursing education and maternal child health as a Home Health Aide, LPN and RN. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with an MSN in 2000. She enjoys interacting with students and inspiring them to achieve their goals.

Kathy Zeiler, R.N., is an asset to the Academy with a wealth of knowledge about nursing and nurse aide education on all levels from teaching, administration and even at the level of working for the Board  of Nursing. She is a welcome member of our instructional staff.

Easter Bowman, C.N.A., has been a lab assistant at the Career Nursing Academy for several years. Plus, she has plentiful experience as a early childhood educator and caregiver.

Patty Brodkin, C.N.A. Is a graduate of our program who has been a caregiver with years of experience in home care as well as of in facilites. Currently one of our two program coordinators, she assists with all aspects of the work of the Academy.

Mitzi Dabreo, C.N.A., is an Instructional Assistant who monitors skills and classroom activities. She has more than 10 years of experience as a Personal Care Aide and more than 6 years experience as a Certified Nurse Aide. She has worked in Long Term Care facilities, Assisted Living Facilities and in Home Health.

Gabriela Escobar, C.N.A. is  a graduate of our program. She is a recent addition to our team of lab assistants, and works with both the CNA and PCA Programs. By being bilingual (Spanish/English), Gabriela brings an much needed dimension to her work as a lab assistant.

Aileen Lucas, C.N.A. comes to the the school with many years of nursing experience to serve as a lab assistant.

Christine West, C.N.A., one of the school’s two program coordinators, helps with classes and the day to day function of the school. She too is a graduate of our CNA Program and she has nursing home work experience.