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RN to BS in Nursing Program Faculty

At Utica College you will be taught and mentored by faculty known for their clinical expertise and knowledge of professional nursing. Our faculty members are academically and experientially qualified to teach online at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and are focused on helping you reach your educational goals. They are approachable and available via email, phone and within the online course shell, and respond to your questions within 24 hours.

Check out an interview with adjunct faculty, Amy Haver, MS, RN as she describes what to expect in Utica's online RN to BS in Nursing program.

Review the profiles of some of our RN to BS in Nursing program faculty below.

Nursing Program Director

Annette L. Becker

Annette L. Becker, DNS, RN

Professor of Nursing

Chair of Nursing

Director RN-BSN Program

Program: RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Annette Becker is Chair of the Nursing program, Professor of Nursing, and Director of the online RN to BSN program at Utica College. She has been teaching with the UC Department of Nursing since January 2006. Prior to that she taught nursing at Syracuse University and was a Clinical Educator for Psychiatric Services at SUNY Upstate Medical Center.

Annette received a Doctorate of Nursing Science (DNS) in Nursing Education and Leadership from Sage Graduate School in Albany, NY. Her research interest is in the area of RN-BS student transformation and development.


Distinguished Faculty

Civita Allard

Civita Allard, MS, RN, CNE

Associate Professor Nursing

Program: RN to BS in Nursing

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Civita Allard has been at Utica College since 2006, involved in both the traditional program and the online RN-BSN program. Her diverse background includes having taught in traditional and nontraditional nursing programs throughout her career, with a strong medical surgical and leadership management focus. Professor Allard's master's degree is from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. Presently she teaches in the online RN-BSN program and has been actively involved in course development and revision. She is passionate about nursing and nursing education and assisting students in preparing for NCLEX as well as preparing nurses for a variety of certification examinations. Professor Allard is a retired Navy Nurse Corps Captain and has traveled extensively in support of the Navy mission.

Amy Haver

Amy Haver, MS, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Program: RN to BS in Nursing

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Amy Haver is a graduate of the Utica College nursing program, and continued her education at Binghamton University where she received her MS degree in community health nursing. At Binghamton University she was prepared for dual roles as a nurse practitioner and nurse educator. Her clinical background as an RN includes medical/surgical nursing and critical care nursing. She has taught students in a variety of settings including the traditional classroom & laboratory, on-line, and in the clinical environment. She actively practices as a nurse practitioner in cardiology, and is board certified by ANCC. Her research interests include cardiology, and online learning.

Ellen Smith

Ellen Smith, PhD, MPH, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Program: RN to BS in Nursing

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Ellen has been with Utica College Department of Nursing since 2006, teaching on-line and on campus. Prior to that, she worked in Connecticut as a homecare nurse, supervisor, and case manager, as well as a research coordinator of oncology clinical trials. She earned her B.S. from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Minnesota. She is currently working toward a PhD in Higher Education at Syracuse University, and is interested in the academic experiences of baccalaureate nursing students from diverse backgrounds that enhance academic and professional success. Ellen is an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the National League for Nursing (NLN). She lives with her family and three dogs in Clinton, NY, and gets outside every chance she gets.


Adjunct Faculty

Frank Druse


Adjunct Lecturer

Program: RN to BS in Nursing

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Frank Druse III has been an adjunct faculty member with the Utica College Department of Nursing since 2013. He is a dual-board certified Emergency Room Nurse, specializing in both adult and pediatric Emergency Nursing. Professor Druse currently holds an Associate's Degree from Mohawk Valley Community College, a Bachelor's Degree, a Master's of Science in Nursing and a Master's in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Phoenix. Mr. Druse has held various roles throughout his career including Hospital Administrator, Level I Trauma Nurse, Transplant Coordinator, and other various nursing positions. His teaching theme is: "my students' success is my success!"

Laurie Flagg

Laurie Flagg


Adjunct Lecturer

Program: RN to BS in Nursing

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Laurie Flagg has an extensive background in acute care, having worked in various clinical, education and leadership roles. She is currently employed as a Nurse Educator for Psychiatric Services in an acute-care hospital. Her duties include education of both general hospital and Mental Health Unit staff, in the specialty of psychiatric nursing. Also, she provides education to hospital staff in many other areas including general nursing competency, behavioral management, American Heart Association Basic Life Support, and the electronic medical record. Her previous nursing experience includes medical-surgical, oncology, geriatric, community, and school-based nursing. Additionally, she has previous experience in substance abuse counseling, and HIV counseling, testing, and education, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Laurie is a graduate of the Utica College RN to BS program and has been teaching with the program since 2012. She currently teaches onlin nursing courses NUR 311 Socialization of Professional Nursing and NUR 472 Trends and Issues in Nursing.

Beverly Plante

Beverly Plante


Adjunct Lecturer

Program: RN to BS in Nursing

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Beverly Plante has spent her nursing career predominately in the women's health arena and continues to do so as a Nurse Educator. Prior to finding her niche in nursing education, Beverly worked as a staff RN and nurse manager in the acute care obstetrical unit for 28 years. She also worked as the clinical director of a large medical group practice for several years. Ms. Plante loves teaching the theoretical component of nursing, as well as helping nursing students become safe and competent in the clinical setting.

Christine Tancredi

Christine Tancredi, MS, RN

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: RN to BS in Nursing

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Christine Tancredi is a graduate of St. Joseph's College of Nursing, and continued her education at SUNY Upstate Medical Center where she received her BSN and later her MSN specializing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. In addition to her adjunct position with Utica College, Ms. Tancredi currently works as an Assistant Professor in an Upstate New York College of Nursing where she predominantly focuses in the clinical and simulation laboratory settings. Ms. Tancredi has been trained in 3G technology and has developed and conducted simulation experiences for students and hospital affiliates. Her clinical background as an RN includes critical care nursing, emergency nursing, medical/surgical cardiac nursing, and nurse management. Ms. Tancredi's most recent practice as a board certified nurse practitioner has been in an Urgent Care setting. She has a passion for nursing education and was honored by students receiving the Daisy Faculty Award in 2013, having been nominated in 2012 and again in 2014. She is also a member of STTI and LeMoyne College Honor Society.

Theresa Thompson

Theresa Thompson, MSN RN

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: RN to BS in Nursing

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Theresa Thompson has been teaching for the past 3 years at Utica College, covering courses such as Health Assessment, concepts, and Management in the Community. She holds an MSN with an emphasis in nursing education from Walden University, and a BSN from Florida Hospital College of Health Science. Theresa has 25 years of experience in the health field in areas such as a clinic nurse and prenatal instructor, AHA training site coordinator for all CPR disciplines, as well as the simulation coordinator. She has worked for companies such as OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, IL, Chrysler Corporation, James Phoenix, MD (private practice) and Saint Anthony College of Nursing.

Theresa joined the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in 2012 as an evaluator for their accreditation teams as a practicing RN - this provides a wealth of information as she reviews other programs and identifies best practices. When Theresa isn't teaching, as all of her students can tell you, her favorite hangout is Florida - more specifically Disney World and Sea World - and yes, she lives in the upper mid-west so escaping to Florida works fine any time of the year!!

Sarah Veal

Sarah Veal, MS, BS, RN

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: RN to BS in Nursing

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Sarah Veal has been a nurse for 11 years, with experience in the OR, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, Medical-Surgical, and Cardiac settings. Sarah earned her Associates Degree in Science in Nursing from Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT, her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Florida Hospital College's Distance Education program, and her Masters of Science in nursing specializing in Nursing and Healthcare Education from the University of Phoenix. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Nursing, with research focus on Student Evaluation of Instruction and Teaching Effectiveness. For the past 6 years she has taught in a variety of courses including Medical-Surgical, Pharmacology, Research, Leadership, and Ethics.

Sarah joined the Utica College faculty in January 2014 teaching in both Leadership and Socialization for the BSN program. She also teaches the ATI Virtual and Capstone programs at Ascend Learning. Her goal of teaching is to ensure that all of her students have not only the necessary tools needed to be successful in the course, but are able to apply their learning and resources to enhance their own evidenced-based practice.