Administrative Faculty and Staff
Dr. MacMillan received her Ph.D. in Nursing from Georgia State University, her MSN as a nurse midwife from Emory University, and her BSN in Nursing from Georgia College. Her nursing career and research trajectory has been dedicated to providing optimal care for women, adolescents and babies. She is a member and Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Midwives. Dr. MacMillan has been the recipient of three ARRA National Institute of Health Summer Research Grants that enabled her to work as an Associate Nurse Researcher on a RO3 Grant investigating the increase in primary elective cesarean delivery with an inter-professional research team at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Her current clinical practice and research focuses on providing care to women who are homeless and in situations where they have limited choices about their healthcare. Dr. MacMillan’s research has lead to numerous national and international publications in peer reviewed journals and national conferences.
Dr. Greene received her PhD in Nursing from Georgia State University, her MSN in Nursing Administration from Georgia College, her BSN in Nursing from Georgia Southwestern College, and her ASN in Nursing from Macon State College in 1983. Dr. Greene currently teaches in the RN BN program and teaches the evidence-based practice sequence in the DNP program. Her areas of research interest include medication errors and nursing education. She has presented both regionally and locally on these topics. Dr. Greene has eight years of experience as an academic administrator. She holds certification as a nurse educator from the ANCC. Dr. Greene’s service to the profession includes serving in numerous roles for the Georgia Association for nursing education including most recently state president from 2011-2013. As a registered nurse, Dr. Greene has practiced in medical, rehabilitation, surgical, and ICU specialty areas.
Dr. Coke received her PhD in Nursing from Georgia State University, her Post Master’s as a family nurse practitioner from University of Massachusetts, her MSN as a pediatric nurse practitioner from Emory University, and her BSN in Nursing from Georgia College. She has published in a number of peer reviewed journals and presented nationally and internationally on her research related to innovative teaching techniques and using service learning to enhance nursing education. Dr. Coke has received research grants related to her research and international work and currently has an AENT HRSA grant where she serves as lead researcher. Dr. Coke actively practices as a family nurse practitioner in rural Georgia in a medically underserved county that is also one of the poorest in Georgia. Her role as International Coordinator for the School of Nursing has led to study abroad and collaborative experiences for Georgia College nursing students in Sweden and Australia.
Dr. Winn has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Georgia Southern University, where she also completed a cognate in Public Health. Her DNP research focused on the use of motivational interviewing for diabetes prevention in adult African American males. She has been board certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner since 1997. She graduated from Emory University School of Nursing in 1996 with her Master's in Nursing, with an education minor. She has been a nurse educator for 20 years.
Dr. Baker's main focus of study is psychiatric mental health nursing. Dr. Baker currently teaches in the psychiatric nursing courses. She has presented state wide and nationally on innovative teaching techniques in the classroom and in the clinical arena. In addition to her teaching and professorial responsibilities Dr. Baker actively practices as a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in an inner city and rural county practice.
Dr. Canady received her BSN from Georgia College, graduating as vice president of her 2002 nursing class. She returned shortly after that to pursue her Masters as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She practiced family medicine for a few years and then returned to the emergency room where she had also spent most of her time as an RN. Krystal recently completed her post Master’s in Nursing Education and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Georgia Southern University. She was given a recognition award for demonstrating exemplary promise in improving patient care. Her research interest include stressors in the nurses working environment and the Doctor of Nursing Practices role in nursing education.
Dr. Copeland received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 2013 and was awarded the Outstanding DNP student for her cohort. She holds degrees from Western Carolina University and Georgia College. She has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing courses since 1998. Her research work includes Magnet hospital, nursing research, informatics, and clinical practice guidelines. She has authored and co-authored nursing journal articles, presented her research at national and international venues, and lobbied at the local, state, and national levels for health care issues. Dr. Copeland also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for Doctors of Nursing Practice, Inc.
Dr. Culpa-Bondal has more than 20 years’ experience in the area of adult psychiatric/mental health. She received her PhD in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University, her Post Master’s in Healthcare Informatics from Georgia College, her MSN in Family Mental Health from Georgia College, and her BSN in Nursing from Holy Name University, in Bohol, Philippines. Her clinical practice serves underserved populations around middle Georgia area that encompasses several clinical sites from correctional facilities to outpatient community mental health centers and crisis stabilization units. She has numerous paper/presentations including adult mental health, psychiatric nursing education and use of informatics in healthcare and nursing education. Dr. Bondal leads a summer study abroad program that teaches undergraduate research to nursing students while exploring the Filipino culture. She uses problem-based learning, service-learning and evidence-based learning pedagogies.
Dr. Pitts Darby began her career in healthcare by completing her Certified Nursing Assistant training at Athens Technical College in 2000 and worked as a CNA while earning her BSN from Georgia College and State University in 2005. She enjoyed precepting new nurses during her practice time in the acute care setting and returned to Georgia College to complete her MSN Nurse Educator and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. Her translational project focuses on evidence-based protocol development for Rapid Response Team use in the treatment of deteriorating adult patients. She also works as a hospital administrative nursing supervisor.
Dr. Doss received a BSN from Troy University (2001), an MSN with a focus in maternal-infant nursing education from Troy University (2002), and a research doctorate (PhD) from Georgia State University (2017). Dr. Doss has worked in maternal and infant health as a clinician and educator for over 20 years and is a trained forensic nurse. She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on women’s health, forensic nursing, and nursing education/research. Dr. Doss is currently the Program Director and lead researcher for a HRSA funded ANE-SANE training program and an active member of the Georgia Association of Forensic Nurses and the Academy of Forensic Nursing.
Dr. Fowler received her BSN from Boston College and her Master of Science in nursing education from Sacred Heart University. She completed active duty service in the United States Air Force and is a volunteer at Ronald MacDonald House. Her hobbies include reading and travel.
Dr. Gail Godwin is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and certified nurse educator currently teaching the psychiatric mental health nursing course in the undergraduate nursing program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi, master’s degree from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, PhD from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Georgia College. Research interests include nursing education, nursing history, and psychiatric mental health nursing.
Dr. Goldsberry attended Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, graduating in 1996 with baccalaureate degree in nursing. She continued her education and pursued her master's degree and family nurse practitioner studies at Georgia College, graduating with honors in 2000. She returned to GCSU for her Doctorate in Nursing Practice and graduated in 2015. She currently serves as Chair of the Jones County Board of Health and is involved in her church and community.
Dr. Haley received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 2009. Her translational and clinical research project focused on improving adherence to core measures for heart-failure treatment in the hospital setting. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing in Family Nurse Practitioner Degrees from Georgia College & State University. Her nursing background is in pediatric and adult critical care. Her advanced practice experience includes internal medicine and the specialties of hematology/oncology and cardiology. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.
Dr. Handwerker earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia College and her doctorate in education from the University of Alabama. Previously, in the clinical setting, she practiced in acute care, specifically with medical surgical and oncology patients. Currently, she maintains her clinical skills by practicing within an infusion and home health setting. Her credentials include oncology, certified nurse and certified nurse educator. She also maintains her ONS Chemotherapy Certification as well as Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification. Her current teaching assignments are within the undergraduate baccalaureate nursing program and include courses related to adult health and medical surgical nursing.
Ms. Ivey is the Simulation Specialist for the School of Nursing’s Georgia College Translational Research Center. She earned her Masters Degree in Nursing from San Francisco State University with emphasis in adult critical care where she spent her praticuum experience in simulation at the world renowned Stanford’s Center for Immersive Simulation–based Learning. Ms. Ivey also holds a BSc in Genetics and worked in the biotechnology industry for seven years. She has spent the last six years working in the emergency center as a staff and charge nurse.
Dr. Ketchie's educational background includes earning a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Augusta University, a Post Master’s Certificate as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) from Northern Kentucky University, an MSN concentrating in Midwifery from East Carolina University and a BSN from the University of Connecticut. She has 30 plus years of experience focused as a certified nurse-midwife and presently uses this experience and knowledge within our nursing programs. Her research and clinical interests include increasing the use of research evidence in nursing practice, physiologic birth, and obesity's effect on pregnancy. She has presented on women's health topics locally, at the state level and nationally. She is presently serving on a task force examining Georgia's high maternal mortality rates. She presently coordinates our Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program and leads students in a study abroad to Tanzania.
Dr. Moore earned her PhD in Nursing from Georgia State University, her MSN Nurse Educator from Georgia College, and BSN from Georgia College. She earned a BBA in Management and MBA from Georgia College prior to changing her career to nursing. She holds the Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE) from the ANCC. Dr. Moore serves as the Accreditation Coordinator for the School of Nursing. Her clinical background is in cardiothoracic and vascular nursing. Dr. Moore has published numerous qualitative and quantitative studies on topics such as smoking cessation, heart disease, improving nursing education outcomes, and others.
Dr. Pair received his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as well as his BS in nutrition from the University of Alabama, his MSN from Duke University, and his MS in nutrition from the University of Kansas. Dr. Pair is licensed and certified as a family nurse practitioner and registered dietitian with experience in the emergency, outpatient and inpatient arenas. He has previous service in the Marine Corps, Air Force, and is currently an Army Reserve Officer as a family nurse practitioner. His research interest include PTSD, determinants of health and dietary influences in chronic disease.
Tiffany Parrish received a BSN from Georgia College in 1991. While working as an OB tech during nursing school, she realized her passion for obstetrics and began her career as a bedside staff nurse in a labor and delivery. She has maintained an active certification in Inpatient Obstetrics since 2003. Ms. Parrish has always enjoyed the teaching/learning aspects of nursing. She began teaching community childbirth classes early in her career, oriented and mentored many new and experienced labor and delivery nurses and served as the Labor & Delivery Unit Educator for patients and staff. She worked as the Director of Labor and Delivery/OB Emergency Department from 2007-2015 and completed a Master of Science concentrating in Nursing Administration from Ball State University in 2016. Ms. Parrish’s graduate research interests include understanding barriers and best practices associated with mutually satisfying relationships between nursing students and RNs and the transition of new nurses into the workplace. She will be working with students in the clinical settings for nursing fundamentals, adult health and practicum.
Ms. Raatz is the School of Nursing’s Skills Lab Coordinator. She also conducts high fidelity simulations in addition to teaching in the classroom. After working in the business world for five years, volunteering in a hospital convinced her to return to school and make a career change to nursing. Her 20+ years of experience include medical/surgical, intensive care, and emergency nursing. She earned her BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia, BS in Nursing from Georgia State University, and her MSN in Nursing Education from Georgia College. Ms. Raatz believes that simulation is the best thing that has ever happened to nursing education!
Dr. Roberts is a Georgia College alumnus, where she received her DNP in 2017, MSN in Nursing Education in 2016 and BSN in 2003. She has worked in various clinical areas as a Registered Nurse including intensive care, pain management, and emergency care services. Currently, she maintains her clinical skills by practicing as a resource pool nurse. She has also maintained her instructor certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support for the adult population. Dr. Roberts is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. Her current research focuses on using Simulation to support the learning needs of undergraduate and graduate healthcare disciplines.
Mr. Rodriguez received his Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Armstrong State University. He then received his Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration as a nurse educator from Georgia College and State University. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree at Georgia College and State University. His nursing practice has included Emergency and Forensic specialties. Mr. Rodriguez has practiced as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and currently still practices in the emergency department, holding national board certification as a Certified Emergency Nurse. Mr. Rodriguez is currently teaching in the undergraduate program for the School of Nursing.
Dr. Sapp is an alumni of Georgia State University (PhD in Family & Community Nursing), Georgia College (MSN in Family Nursing & Nursing Education, & RN-BSN), and Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing (Diploma in Nursing). Most recently, she completed the Foundations in Faith Community Nursing course at Gwinnett Medical Center & Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University. Dr. Sapp has provided leadership for the internationalization of the Georgia College undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She developed and led interdisciplinary College of Health Sciences cross cultural study abroad courses to Belize, and initiated the study abroad partnership with the Swedish study abroad nursing student exchange program. Dr. Sapp is an active member of the STTI Honor Society of Nursing, ANA, GNA, GANE, and the Baptist Nursing Fellowship. Dr. Sapp’s research interests include health promotion, quality of life, asthma, end of life, and family.
Mr. Smith began his nursing career in the medical-surgical setting before transitioning to critical care over ten years ago. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgia College and returned to complete his Master of Science in Nursing. A board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, he also holds certification as a Critical Care Registered Nurse. He is currently working to complete his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Georgia College, with his translational research project focusing on nutrition support in the ICU setting. He currently teaches medical-surgical nursing within the undergraduate nursing program and enjoys working in the clinical setting with both undergraduate and graduate level nursing students.
Dr. Steele received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. Both her Master’s degree in adult health nursing and her philosophical doctorate degree in nursing are from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate nursing courses. Her clinical specialization is in wound, ostomy, and continence nursing. Research interests include advance directives, rural health issues, and foot conditions in the gerontological population.
Ms. Warren earned her Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Education from Georgia College and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Georgia College. She previously received her Bachelor’s and Associate’s Degrees in Nursing from Excelsior College and completed the U.S. Army Practical Nurse Course. Previously in the clinical setting, she has practiced in the Intensive Care, Step-down, Hospice, Telemetry, Postpartum, and Labor & Delivery settings. Currently, she maintains her clinical skills by practicing as an Emergency Room Nurse. She maintains Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Burn Life Support certifications. Her current teaching assignments are within the undergraduate baccalaureate nursing program and include courses related to adult health and medical surgical nursing.