UTC’s School of Nursing Inclusivity Initiatives
Farron Kilburn has an interdisciplinary academic background in the social sciences and holds an MA from New York University. As Project Manager on the HRSA-funded CRNAs in 3D project, she oversees all financial and project timeline responsibilities. She has overseen project execution on a Faculty Diversity Conference in collaboration with Project Manager, Lindsey Pearse-Greiner, as well as all logistics aspects of the UTC-hosted DNAMP Workshop annually. She has contributed to project dissemination through authoring literature reviews, creating conference presentation materials and delivering project-related presentations. She was previously the Senior Account Manager at New York University’s Office of Advertising and Publications and has a communications, community-based learning, and project management background. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Psychology Department.
Dr. Linda Hill was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She received her MS degree in Nurse Anesthesia from Rush University in Chicago, IL in 1996 and completed her Doctor in Nursing Practice degree at Rush in 1998. Dr. Hill earned her Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc) degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis in 2004. She practiced nurse anesthesia at the Regional Medical Center (now Region One) in Memphis as a trauma CRNA for nearly 10 years. She was one of the two CRNAs who started the MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and served as Assistant Program Director and Program Director between 1997 and 2005. Dr. Hill has been involved in nurse anesthesia education and program administration for 20 years. Since 2005, Dr. Hill has been the Program Coordinator of the Nurse Anesthesia program at UTC and is a tenured Professor. Her research interest is in education focusing on assessment and development of critical thinking in nurse anesthesia students. She is passionate about her profession and her students!
Marcy Porter currently serves as the Evaluation Coordinator for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s School of Nursing Graduate Programs, and recently completed a 3-year position as the Program and Evaluation Coordinator for the School of Nursing’s Federal HRSA grant, CRNA in 3D. Prior to joining the grant team at the School of Nursing, she was the Senior Research Associate at UTC’s Center for Applied Social Research (CASR) and an adjunct professor of Sociology, where she taught Research Methodology. Marcy has served as an evaluation consultant on projects for community organizations, educational institutions, municipal, state, and federal agencies. She currently serves as the External Program Evaluator on awarded grants for the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Chattanooga State Community College, and the Greater Chattanooga Community Foundation. Porter received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Education Degree from UTC, and is a doctoral candidate in UTC’s Learning and Leadership program. She is the author of numerous published reports and academic journal articles, and frequently presents podium presentations, workshops, and research posters at professional conferences.
Dr. Amber Roache' joined the School of Nursing faculty as Assistant Professor in 2007 being named the Kay K. Chitty Professor. In this position she taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs, and practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner two days a week in a community clinic serving vulnerable and underserved populations. After obtaining her DNP, Dr. Roache’ moved to Knoxville to coordinate the nurse practitioner program at King University as Associate professor. She taught in the doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate RN-BSN program. In 2016 she was promoted to Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. In 2018 Dr. Roache’ returned to UTC as the Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator and Primary Investigator of the CANDL grant. Her primary teaching responsibilities are in the graduate programs, in the FNP concentration. She maintains national certification and continues to engage in faculty practice at Student Health Services at UTC where she precepts Family Nurse Practitioner Students.
Lindsey Pearse Greiner received her Bachelors’ and Masters’ Psychology degrees at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After completing her Masters in Psychology with a research concentration, Lindsey accepted a Research Associate position to work for the Work, Family and Health Network. This position lead to a move to Boston, Massachusetts to work for The Population Center under Harvard’s School of Public Health and Portland State University. After completing a three year grant in Boston, Lindsey returned to Chattanooga in 2012 to work for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s School of Nursing as a Project Manager for the HRSA grant PACT 4 and now the COMPASS grant. Lindsey has served as an Adjunct Professor for the Psychology department since 2014 and currently is a member on the Exempt Staff Council.
Dr. Susan Thul received her BSN in 1991 from Minot State University where she was enrolled in a direct commissioning program with the US Navy Nurse Corps. While serving as a Nurse Corps officer, Dr. Thul graduated with her MSN/Nurse Midwifery from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2002. She received her DNP from Frontier Nursing University in 2012. Her areas of expertise are women’s health through the life span, with focus on vulnerable Populations, and quality improvement in healthcare organizations. Her area of research interest is in improving entrepreneurial knowledge & skills among advanced practice nurses to include CNMs, CRNAs, FNPs. Her research works include Evaluation of the Current Knowledge Deficit Related to Entrepreneurial Practices among Nurse-Midwives (2012-2015), and Use of Language Translation Technology to reduce Health Disparities (2015-present). She is a retired US Navy Commander.
Dr. Priscilla Simms-Roberson received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2016. After receiving her Master’s degree at Vanderbilt University in 2006, she worked as an adult nurse practitioner in many different settings including primary care, community health, home health, and long-term care. Dr. Simms-Roberson has experience in adult primary care, psych, and forensic nursing. In addition to teaching at UTC, Dr. Simms-Roberson also works as a primary healthcare provider at CHI Memorial Community Health Clinic and as a forensic nurse examiner at Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults. Dr. Simms-Roberson has presented her research in forensic nursing at multiple national and international conferences. Currently, Dr. Simms-Roberson is teaching in the MSN Nurse Practitioner program at UTC. She is licensed as a Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner in the state of Tennessee and is also certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE-A) through the International Association of Forensic Nursing.
Nurse Practitioner, CANDL Grant
Mary Jo Blanton
Nurse Practitioner, CANDL Grant