Chatham University

Board of Directors & Job Descriptions


Kathleen Spadaro

Kathleen Spadaro PhD, PMHCNS, RN

Assistant Professor, Nursing
Chatham University
Woodland Road, 231 Coolidge Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Kathleen Spadaro has been a registered nurse for 34 years, a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist since 1994 with a part-time private practice, and an Assistant Professor of nursing since 2008. She currently teaches masters and doctoral nursing students at Chatham University. Kathleen received her PhD in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, her MEd in mental health counseling from the University of Virginia, and her B.S.N. from Marymount University, Arlington, VA. She received professional training in biofeedback and meditation with a certification in biofeedback in 2003, participated in James Gordon's Mind-Body Medicine week-long professional training in 2000 and Jon Kabat-Zinn's week-long professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in 2005.

Dr. Spadaro has used contemplative practices and interventions in her private practice with clients since 2000. Through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and University of Pittsburgh's Medical School, she provided one-on-one observation in the use of contemplative practice and biofeedback to medical students. She has been a mindfulness interventionist in Dr. Susan Cohen's NIH Cancer grant on Meditation and Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Survivors (2005-2007), in her own dissertation mixed methods randomized control trial comparing a standard behavioral weight loss program to a standard behavioral weight loss program with mindfulness followed by a qualitative interview (2007-2008), and in Dr. Molly Conroy's NIH K23 grant on Health Bodies Healthy Hearts physical activity and weight loss study for middle-aged women (2009-2011). She has currently received a small funding reward to offer an online mindfulness intervention to nursing students at Chatham University in all three of their programs, RN to BSN, Masters and Doctoral nursing programs.

Dr. Spadaro has presented mindfulness to numerous professional groups through the multiple University organizations, regional, and international conferences. Her current interest is in developing a contemplative curriculum of nursing students and other healthcare students to facilitate self and patient awareness, compassion, and stress management in the current demanding healthcare environment.

The President serves as the chief representative of the honor society. This position administers society business and coordinates all Board of Directors meetings. The President can serve as an ex-officio member of committees, with the exception of the Leadership Succession Committee. It is also the responsibility of the president to ensure that required reports such as the Annual Report and the Society Fee Verification form are submitted by their designated due dates.

Vice President

Michelle Dellaria Doas

Michelle Dellaria Doas RN, MSN, EdD

Assistant Professor, Nursing
Chatham University
Woodland Road, 235 Coolidge Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Michelle Doas has been a registered nurse for 28 years. She has over 20 years experience as a nurse educator in Diploma, Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree, and Graduate Nursing Programs. Michelle also has served in various administrative roles in Nursing Education, including Associate Director and Dean Positions. She currently teaches masters and doctoral nursing courses at Chatham University. Additionally, Michelle maintains part time clinical practice as a staff nurse on Behavioral Health and Medical Surgical units. Michelle received her BSN from the University of Steubenville, MSN and EdD degrees from West Virginia University. Her current scholarly agenda is in the areas of Emotional Competence and Organizational redesign in Acute Care Settings.

The Vice President performs various responsibilities on behalf of the society. This position performs the duties of the president in the president's absence. The Vice President also facilitates achievement of society goals and oversees at least two society program each year. The Vice President often oversees the membership engagement efforts and frequently chairs or serves on committees as needed.


Diane Hunker

Diane Hunker, PhD, MBA, RN

DNP Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor
Chatham University
Woodland Road, 223 Coolidge Hall

Dr. Diane Hunker began her nursing career over twenty years ago following completion in the BSN program at the University of Pittsburgh. During her years as a staff nurse, Dr. Hunker specialized in high risk labor and delivery, but was also cross trained in newborn care, antepartum care, and postpartum care. After completing a Masters in Business Administration degree, also at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr, Hunker combined her unique combination of education and training in both clinical nursing and business, and embarked on a career in healthcare informatics, project management, sales, finance, and executive oversight in the healthcare informatics and medical equipment industries.

Based on a strong desire to get back into clinical nursing and nursing education, Dr. Hunker completed the PhD program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Hunker's passion and research interests returned to high risk labor and delivery. Following completion of the program, Dr. Hunker joined Chatham University as an Assistant Professor of Nursing and was later named the DNP Program Coordinator. She is a full time instructor for the DNP and MSN programs, and her scholarship encompasses graduate nursing education, nursing administration, and women's' health. Dr. Hunker also serves as a member of Chatham University's Institutional Review Board.

The Counselor is responsible for selecting candidates based on membership eligibility criteria determined by the society constitution and the exception guidelines chosen by the Board Members. The counselor is also responsible for sending membership invitations and managing the induction process.


Julie Slade

Dr. Julie Slade, RN, DNP

Clinical Coordinator – Nursing Programs
Chatham University
Woodland Road, 221 Coolidge Hall

Dr. Julie Slade has been a professional nurse for 12 years. Her educational training began with a BSN from Carlow College in 1999, followed by an MSN with an educational focus from Chatham University in 2008 and a DNP from Chatham University in 2009. Dr. Slade's clinical focus during her DNP Program was End-of-Life Education for In-Hospital Nurses. After completing her degrees, Dr. Slade took the newly created position of Clinical Coordinator for the Nursing Programs at Chatham University. She still practices clinically as a bedside nurse in an in-patient hospice facility. Her current areas of scholarship focus are spirituality at the end-of-life and mentorship amongst nurses and post-licensure nursing students.

The Secretary is responsible for recording and distributing meetings minutes, along with preparing and distributing chapter correspondence. Secretaries can chair and/or serve on committees as needed.


Emily Stevens

Dr. Emily Stevens, PhD, RN, WHNP, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor, Nursing
Chatham University
Woodland Road, 222 Coolidge Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Dr. Emily Stevens has been in the nursing profession for 15 years. Her educational training consists of a BSN from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and an MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Post-Master's Certificate in Women's Health, and a PhD in Nursing with a Health Care Genetics minor from the University of Pittsburgh. A year after the completion of her PhD, she was selected by the University of Pittsburgh's School of Nursing to be a Postdoctoral Scholar on a funded T32 training grant which focused on genomic research and training for nurses. While in training, Dr. Stevens' work focused on behavioral genetics among the cleft lip and palate population. In June 2010, she was chosen to participate in the Summer Genetics Institute at the National Institute of Health as part of her postdoctoral preparation. This one-month intensive program assisted in building a foundation in molecular genetics for use in research and clinical practice.

Shortly after completion of her postdoctoral training, Dr. Stevens joined Chatham University as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. She is full time instructor for the DNP and MSN programs, and her scholarship encompasses genomic, behavioral, and environmental threats from prematurity and congenital malformations. In addition to her educational accomplishments, Dr. Stevens has been practicing in OB/GYN primary care as board certified Family Nurse Practitioner at Magee Women's Hospital since receiving her Master's degree.

The Treasurer is responsibility is to manage society funds. This includes preparing the annual budget and developing or maintaining fiscal policies and procedures. The treasurer is required to present financial information to the Board of Directors at each meeting and works with the President to complete the financial section of the annual report.

Web Editor Chair

Debra M. Wolf

Debra M. Wolf, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN

Associate Professor, Nursing
Chatham University
Woodland Road, 224 Coolidge
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Dr. Debra Wolf, recently joined the Chatham University Nursing faculty in July 2011 and brings over 30 years of experience within the healthcare arena. Her academic area of interest falls within the Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Master of Science in Nursing programs leading course content in evidence based practice, developing practice scholarship, healthcare informatics, innovative technology in education, grantsmanship and oversight within the capstone experience. Dr. Wolf's past position was Associate Professor of Nursing at Slippery Rock University where she lead course content in Nursing Informatics and oversaw the Informatics Certification Program. Prior to this postion, Dr. Wolf was the Administrative Director for Education, Research and Nursing Informatics at the UPMC St. Margaret where she led several departments including Research, Education and 2 diploma schools of nursing. She earned her BSN and MSN from La Roche College, and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She specializes in nursing research, administration/leadership; nursing informatics; and nursing education with an emphasize in evidence based practice. Most recently Dr. Wolf was invited to testify in front of the IOM on the future needs of nursing where she emphasized the need for innovative technology to be integrated into all nursing programs. Major accomplishments include the successful conversion of a community hospital from paper to electronic health record while implementing physician order entry; implementing a program of research within an acute care setting, establishing a research intern program which supported nurses working at the bedside through grant funding, restructuring Department of Nursing Education to be based in evidence, and incorporating Advanced Practice Nurses as Nurse Educators. She has participated in numerous IRB approved research studies and quality improvement studies. Dr. Wolf works as an independent healthcare informatics consultant supporting the development and integration of innovative technology into acute care while fostering collaboration between academia, acute care and vendors of technology.

Her program of research focuses on nurses impacting patient outcomes using a patient-centered model of care. She is a member of NLN, ANA, ANIA-CARING, TIGER, Sigma Theta Tau (3 Chapters- Theta Mu, Lambdau, Eta), the NLN: Education Technology Information Management Advisory Committee, Past Board Member and Program/Scholarship Chair for WPHIMSS Chapter; and previous taskforce leader for NNSDO Scope of Practice. She has published multiple times with most recent publication found in the JIHM , AALNC, and ABNF. Dr. Wolf has presented nationally/internationally, with presentations at the MAYO Clinic in Minnesota, NI2009 in Finland and Guilin, China.

The Web Editor Chair is responsible for maintaining the society's visibly electronically through a web portal which is accessible by all members within the organization, the institution and the community. The web portal functionality will support the synchronized and asynchronized communication between various committees and chapter members. The web portal will also be used to publicizing events and news to chapter members while hosting virtual gatherings for meetings, inductions, and other events.