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Faculty and Staff


Deborah L Ulmer, PhD (Nursing), PhD (Education), RN 

Director of Nursing Programs and Department Chair of Nursing 

Stevens 201 A 

Dr. Deborah Ulmer, Associate Professor, Department Chair and Director of Nursing Programs teaches in the undergraduate and RN to BSN nursing programs in addition to her  administrative duties as Chair and Director of nursing programs.  Dr. Ulmer uses synchronous and asynchronous learning methods in her teaching and places particular emphasis on the socialization process of new nursing students.  Dr. Ulmer continues with her research interests in the  experiences of nurses who volunteer in global disasters and the effect of resilience and vocational certainty on nurse retention.  Dr. Ulmer is a National League for Nursing Scholarly Writing participant and has presented at nursing conferences.  Dr. Ulmer joined the Longwood nursing program in January, 2014 and has over ten years of experience as a nurse educator and program director.  She has also served as chief nurse executive in a private psychiatric hospital and a regional medical center.


Cynthia 'Cindy' Crews, MSN, RN, CNE

Clinical Simulation Learning Center Director


Stevens 304 A

Cynthia S. Crews, RN, MSN, CNE, the Clinical Simulation Director at Longwood University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, has 12 years of nursing education experience and over 9 years of experience integrating simulation in nursing education curriculum.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing form Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia; a  Master of Science in Nursing Education from Old Dominion University, and is currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program at the University of Northern Colorado.  She has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator(CNE) by the National League of Nursing.  Ms. Crews' research interests are in student learning strategies, simulation, and the development and evaluation of clinical judgment in nursing students.


JoAnn Davis, MSN, RN

Clinical Educator

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Jo Ann Davis RN, MSN, Clinical Educator, currently teaches Pediatric Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing in the undergraduate program.  Professor Davis joined the Longwood nursing department in 2011 and participated in the pinning and graduation of the first nursing class. She serves as testing coordinator for the HESI computerized testing program.  Professor Davis also serves as Co-Advisor for the Student Nurse Association, the Student Counsel and is President of Longwood Nursing Honor Society.  She continues to explore innovative teaching methods and has presented topics at national nursing education conferences.


Krystle Forlines

 Krystle Forlines, MSN, RN

Clinical Educator

Stevens 304

Krystle Forlines, MSN, RN is a Clinical Educator at Longwood University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.  Mrs. Forlines received her BSN from Lynchburg College and her MSN from Liberty University. Prior to beginning her career in nursing education in 2011, her specialty nursing areas included med-surg and palliative care.  Mrs. Forlines joined Longwood University Nursing program in the fall of 2015. 


Lisa Minor, EdD, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

Stevens 204 C 

Dr. Lisa Minor, Assistant Professor of Nursing teaches in the undergraduate BSN programs at Longwood. Dr. Minor has been a registered nurse for approximately 28 years and ahs worked in many fields of nursing including orthopedics, OB, pediatrics, community health, psychiatric, and school nursing.   She has held supervisory roles in some of these departmental areas.  She has both attended and presented at numerous nursing conferences throughout her career. Dr. Minor strongly believes in interactive learning and hands on experiences.  Dr. Minor joined Longwood University full time, as an assistant professor in August 2013.  She currently teaches pharmacology, and maternal-newborn nursing while providing assistance in the clinical settings for community health and psychiatric nursing.  Her research interests include coordinated school health program implementation as well as OB boot camp simulation and its impact on undergraduate nursing students.


Theresa Kennon, MSN, FNP-BC

Clinical Educator

Stevens 204 B


Professor Theresa Kennon is a Clinical Educator of Nursing teaching in the undergraduate BSN nursing programs: teaching Fundamentals, Health Assessments, Introduction to nursing and skills.  In addition to her teaching duties she currently practices as a family nurse practitioner.  Professor Kennon utilizes the "flipping the classroom" methodology to help students apply the concepts of nursing into clinical situations.  Professor Kennon serves as a member of the LU nursing admission committee, the search committee, and the research committee. She also is working on updating faculty technology.  Professor Kennon is also the treasure for LU STTI and has 13 years of teaching and family practice experiences.



Brooke Russo  MSN, RN

Clinical Educator

Stevens 206 A



Professor Brooke Russo joined Longwood University in 2016 as a Clinical Educator. Her teaching focus is medical surgical nursing with additional involvement in simulation. Her previous nursing practice areas include telemetry and medical surgical nursing. With over eight years of nursing education, Professor Russo encourages active learnign in the classroom with integration of technology and simulation. She is pursuing her doctoral studies in Nursing Education at Walden University with researchinterests in competency-based educational strategies and development of new clinical education models.

Hadley Baldwin Sporbert, MSN, RN


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Professor Hadley Sporbert has been with the nursing program since its inception in 2009.  She teaches in all levels of the program in courses that include: Health Assessment, Fundamentals of Nursing, Care for the Older Adult and Community Health.  Professor Hadley Sporbert has her masters degree in nursing education and is currently completing a dual masters and doctorate program as a Family Nurse Practitioner with Radford University.  Professor Sporbert has involved nursing students in medical mission trips to Honduras providing them experience in medical clinics providing care to the Honduran children.  Professor Sporbert's area of research include tele-health and tele-monitoring services that serve in rural and underserved areas with limited health care access. In addition, Professor Sporbert was named one of the top twenty-five nursing professors in the state of Virginia.  Her teaching philosophy encompasses three overarching objectives of invitation.  First, she invites students to form a relationship with the content, second, she invites students into relationships with herself and their peers offering an environment of support while promoting professionalism. Thirdly, she invites students into relationships with the larger world around them.  She does this through case studies, real-world experiences, and simulation.


Tammy Williams, MS, RN

Program Director, RN-BSN 

Clinical Educator 

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Tammy Williams, Clinical Educator teaches in the undergraduate nursing program.  Professor Williams uses interactive learning strategies in her teaching and places particular interest in flipping the classroom for a more student centered learning experience.  Professor Williams' research interest is in civility in nursing education and in the practice setting.  She joined the Longwood Nursing Program in August, 2014, and has over ten years of experience as a nurse educator. 


Gwen Eddleman, EdD, MSN, FACHE, RN

Clinical Educator

Stevens 204 A 



Julie Ross, MSN, RN

Clinical Educator

Stevens 204 D

Julie Ross, Clinical Educator, teaches in the undergraduate nursing program.  Her teaching focus is on nursing skills and fundamentals taught to students in their sophomore year.  Additionally, Ms. Ross leads study abroad to Ecuador where nursing students have the opportunity to conduct medical clinical with indigenous populations in the Amazon jungle. Julie Ross joined the Longwood nursing program in 2012 and has been a practicing nurse since 1999.  She has worked in the areas of bone marrow transplant, oncology, and hospice before beginning her teaching career at Longwood.




Rena' Reynolds

Administrative Assistant

Stevens 201

Rena Reynolds, Administrative Assistant for the Longwood Nursing program assists the Department Chair with administrative duties as well as assisting nursing faculty and students with diverse needs. Ms. Reynolds has been employed by Longwood Univeristy since 2003 and takes pride in a job well done. Ms. Reynolds along with her daily  responsibilities as Administrative Assistant  also serves on the Public Relations and Staff Advisory Committee.