Alumni Association Officers

The Nursing Alumni Association encourages you to contact any of its officers or board members with your comments and questions.


Interim President

Mary Ellen Lorenz BSN '83
Director, Clinical Systems Support - Independence Blue Cross  
Philadelphia, PA

Immediate Past President

Joanne Gurney, BSN '71, MSN '88
Administrative Director of Perioperative Services
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA



Patricia Somers, BSN '74, MSN '85
Risk Manager
Doylestown Hospital
Doylestown, PA



(rotating position)


Membership/Nominating Committee


Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Liaisons

Marguerite Schlag '68 BSN 
Assistant Dean and Director, Graduate Program, Fitzpatrick College of Nursing,Villanova University 
Philadelphia, PA

Ann Barrow McKenzie, BSN '86, MSN '91
Director of College Relations
Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
Villanova University
Villanova, PA

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Board Members

Michele Aragno, BSN '82 
Nurse Anesthetist, Atlantic Ambulatory Anesthesia
Shrewsbury, NJ


Colleen Avery Brown, BSN ‘09  
Washington state

Mary Donar-Reale BSN ‘77, MSN ‘91
Associate Practice Administrator
Anesthesia/Critical Care/Surgery
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Wilmington, DE


Rose O'Driscoll, BSN '64
Retired Assistant Dean for Administration
College of Nursing, Villanova University

Eileen Phillips '97 MSN
Director of Acute Care Services, Riddle Hospital 
Media, PA

Jeanne J. Venella BSN ’82
Clinical Practice Specialist, NUVON, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Kelly Zazyczny BSN ’94, MSN ’11
Nurse Manager, Pediatrics/ IV Team
Bryn Mawr Hospital
Bryn Mawr, PA

Please note that as of June 2015 the NAA is no longer collecting dues for membership.  

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