FSMFN Hires New Staff Members

By Kristy O’Neal

The Frontier Family is growing! The following people have joined the staff of FSMFN:

Nancy Melton, Director of Financial Aid

About Nancy:

I have been blessed to be able to work in higher education for 30 years. It has been a great joy assisting students enter college, receive financial aid, watch them work hard, graduate, and go into various professions. One of the more memorable students was a student I knew when he entered high school with my daughter, who set his sights to be a pediatric doctor. He was able to so with the help of scholarships and hard work at a former college where I worked.

About 10 years later, never did I ever dream that because of Anthony’s skill and the Lord’s help, he saved my grandson’s life who was diagnosed at birth with pulmonary-hypertension. My grandson was in the U.K. Medical Center intensive care unit for 30 days where he received excellent care and attention. We are looking forward to celebrating my grandson’s first birthday this May.

Yes, financial aid can be confusing, frustrating and sometimes aggravating. I never said when I was growing up I wanted to be a financial aid director, but that’s what happened. I’ve never regretted the time I’ve been able to help serve students through the years. But, as a colleague of my once said, “our job is to get the right money, to the right students, at the right time” and I agree 100 percent.

I’ve enjoyed working with students at the FSMFN and looking forward to getting to know more of the students and seeing them reach their future goals.

Michelle Lawson, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Financial Aid

About Michelle:

I currently live in Lexington, Kentucky but I am originally from Hazard, Kentucky. I have lived in Lexington going on 12 years. I am still a country girl at heart. I love spending time with my family, my friends and my two nephews (Dustin and Dalton). I enjoy going out shopping, going for walks and just being outdoors. I am the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Financial Aid, Nancy Melton, here at The Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. I started working here February 2007. I help students receive loans. I make sure hours are received for satisfactory progress and then schedule loans to be disbursed on a timely basis. I also assist Mrs. Melton on a day to day basis with answering e-mail correspondence and sending out award letters and assisting students in any way I can to help them receive their financial aid.

Sharon Feltner, Secretary

About Sharon:

I’m originally from the London-Somerset, KY area. I have worked for the past 15 years in the staffing industry.

I am the new kid on the block at FSMFN & in the town of Hyden. I have been with FSMFN since April 23, 2007and I am excited to be working with such a great school and great team members.

I moved to the Hyden area in December 2006 after getting married to my wonderful husband Bill Feltner. I have two step-children, 13 yr old Darrin and 2 yr old Noah. I am very thankful for my family & all the support they give me.

I am the first voice you hear when you call the FSMFN campus. I am responsible for the smooth operation of the school by managing the front office. I provide secretarial support to faculty & administration.

Millie Stevens, Quality Assurance Coordinator

About Millie Dee:

My name is Millie Dee Stevens. I was born and raised in Hazard, KY and currently own my own home there. I attended University of Kentucky and Kaplan University to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice plus 106 hours in Business Administration. I am the mother of 3 grown children, Melissa Quillen, Jon Wood, and Sean Wood and the very proud grandmother of 3 beautiful grandchildren Alex 12, Bennet 7, and Kaiden 2. I am currently the Quality Assurance Coordinator for Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing and thoroughly enjoy my work here.

As the Quality Assurance Coordinator I am responsible for securing, maintaining, and updating student clinical and preceptor information. This includes ensuring that every clinical teaching site has an affiliation agreement in place and that all documentation regarding ongoing clinical site evaluations and credentialing is maintained per accreditation agencies guidelines. I assist students in locating clinical sites and preceptors.

New Name here, Student Services Coordinator

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Joseph Ucuzoglu, Multimedia Design Coordinator

About Joe:

Joe recently moved from Southern California to Hazard KY with his wife of 2 years. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Management Science and Information Systems. He reports adjusting to small town living and being very happy to find this technology position with FSMFN which allows him to continue to utilize all his “geeky IT skills”.

Brandon Fields, Multimedia Design Coordinator

About Brandon:

I’m the newest member of the Multimedia Team. I’m a Graphic Designer which means I am responsible for creating the visual side of things here at FSMFN.

I’m a native of Leslie County and have lived here my whole life. I’m a graduate of Cumberland College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art (Graphic Design Emphasis) and a minor in Mass Media Communication.

I’ve been at FSMFN for a little over a month now and am enjoying the work and the working environment. I’m getting to flex my design skills while learning whole new skills. I’m an avid learner and love the process of learning something new.

I’m married to my lovely wife Crystal, whom I have known just about my whole life. She is, and always has been, a supporter of all that I do.

Our Faculty additions include:

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Rhonda Arthur, Teaching Associate

About Rhonda:

Rhonda Arthur has been a Registered Nurse since 1988 working in various positions including public health, critical care, and labor and delivery. She completed a Certificate in Nurse Midwifery, Women’s Health, and MSN at Frontier in 2003 and a MSN at Case Western Reserve University in 2003. She returned to Frontier to complete her certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner in 2004. In 2007 Rhonda completed her DNP at Case Western. Rhonda currently works as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a rural community in Southwest Virginia. Her clients range in age from newborn to 100.

Rhonda reconnected with Frontier and became a teaching associate in 2006. Currently, Rhonda works with Julie Marfell in NP 607 Role of the Nurse Practitioner and loves reading the community assessment papers. In addition, Rhonda works with Kathy Wheeler in NP 614 Primary Care and finds this is a great way to keep up to date with current recommendations.

When not at work, Rhonda has also been involved in working toward favorable health policy reform for nurse-midwives and women in Virginia. Other interests include white water boating, spinning and weaving, and reading.

Mary Bidgood- Wilson, Regional Clinic Coordinator

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Jacquelyn Chapman, Regional Clinical Coordinator

About Jacquelyn:

Jacquelyn Chapman, RCC for FNP track for LA, MS, FL, GA, AL, SC also RCC for CNM track for AR, LA, MS, FL. I originally trained as a CNM in London, England. I married a Brit shortly after going there. I lived and worked in London for 13 years until I divorced and returned to the US. I could not immediately return to being a midwife for several reasons so I worked as an L&D nurse while being a single parent to my children. In 1995 my place of employment offered to pay for me to return to be a midwife which is when I first returned to CNEP. In 2002 I decided to become an FNP as well. I finished CFNP in 2004. Last year I decided to take the part time job as RCC. This job is perfect for me as it allows me to travel frequently and meet new people. I look forward to seeing more midwives as time goes on.

Billie Gebb, FSMFN Librarian

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Nena Rashed Harris,Teaching Associate

About Nena:

From the moment I discovered midwifery, I knew immediately that this was what God had in store for me. A couple of years later, I attended one of the birth center workshops (I had received the exact amount I needed to go as a graduation gift) and met Kitty Ernst. After hearing her speak about Frontier and meeting some Frontier students, I then knew immediately where I would learn to become a midwife. I am a recent graduate of CNEP (February 2006). Becoming a midwife was my primary passion, but I also enjoy providing primary care to women and children. As a result, I decided to also become a family nurse practitioner. I am now certified in both specialties and am working on yet another passion of mine: research and teaching. I have completed course work towards my PhD in nursing and will soon be ready to begin my dissertation research, which will focus on incarcerated women’s experiences with violence/trauma and substance abuse. I am interested in looking at how childhood and adult violence and trauma play a role in HIV risk factors. I currently live just outside of Atlanta, GA with my husband and baby boy, Kyle, who was born November 2005 at the birth center where I completed some of my Level 4 requirements. I look forward to putting into practice the clinical skills that I have learned as a student. I am excited to be a part of the Frontier family, now as faculty member, and I look forward to learning more as I assist faculty with their courses.

Laura Hollywood, Teaching Associate

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Rhonda Johnston, Course Coordinator

About Rhonda:

My name is Rhonda Johnston. I live in Pueblo, Colorado with my husband. I love to hike, bike and explore the high country. Most recently I learned how to drive a BMW 1200 cc motorcycle and spent the summer exploring the high country.

I am currently practicing as a Nurse Practitioner in a very busy Veterans Administration clinic and part time educator. I am in the midst of writing a pathophysiology and clinical pharmacology textbook with the FA Davis publishing company.

My previous work experience ranges from staff nurse to administrator in a regional medical center. I also established school based health centers in an urban school system. My teaching career has been spent at Colorado State University, Grand Canyon University and University of Phoenix for over 16 years as a Professor in the graduate and undergraduate programs.

I have multiple advanced degrees that include a PhD in Post Secondary Administration and Resource Management, a Masters degree in Adult Health Promotion and Illness Management with certifications as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I am also a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nursing Education. My education prepares me to bring theory to the online classroom and shows a strong commitment to lifelong learning.

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