MS in Nursing
Don Tyson has been teaching in the Nursing Department at the undergraduate and graduate levels at EMU since August 1999. In addition to teaching, he serves as the Director of the MSN program. During the summer, as well as on weekends throughout the school year, he works at Sentara – Rockingham Memorial Healthcare in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit on a prn basis. He has previous experience in a variety of clinical and administrative nursing roles related to critical care, post-anesthesia care, and quality improvement. He graduated from Goshen College in 1979 and from the University of Virginia in 1986. In April of 2012 he received his PhD in Nursing from George Mason University based on his qualitative research examining the critical thinking characteristics of African students enrolled in nursing programs in the United States. While a student at George Mason, his research focused on issues related to the uninsured and undocumented immigrants as well as critical thinking, learning style, and other issues experienced by international nursing students. He enjoys singing in the local Shenandoah Valley Choral Society, baseball, gardening, biking, and camping.
Melody earned her BA in nursing from EMU in 1989 and went on to earn a MS in medical/surgical nursing from University of Virginia two years later. In 2003 she earned her graduate certificate in teaching nursing. In August 2010 she earned her PhD in Education (Instructional Technology) from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education.
Ann Graber Hershberger has worked in family health, community health, international health, and nursing education since 1976. Ann and her husband Jim, director of Church World Service Harrisonburg Refugee Resettlement Program, have spent 10 years in church sponsored service in Central America. She earned her PhD from the University of Virginia; completing a dissertation entitled “A case study of relationships between Nicaraguan non-governmental health organizations, communities served, donor agencies, and the Ministry of Health.” She spent the 1999-2000 academic year in Nicaragua researching the project. Other research includes the experiences of families in Guatemala and West Bank, Palestine who have hosted EMU Cross Cultural students over the last decades. She has been a consultant for a Nursing School in Nicaragua, and has been on various boards of MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) since 1997, and is currently the chair of MCC U.S. Mother of three adult children, grandmother of three, she enjoys speaking Spanish, reading, gardening, and sitting on her porch.
Dawn has been teaching in the RN-BS in Nursing program at the Lancaster site since 2008. She teaches the Art and Science of Effective Communication, Family Health, and Community Health courses.
As the School Nurse Certification Program Coordinator, she developed the School Nurse track of the MS in Nursing program and presently teaches three of the four graduate level courses required for Pennsylvania school nurse certification.
Dawn began her nursing education at Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing where she earned a diploma in nursing. She continued her education at Millersville University earning a BSN degree and then attended Immaculata College earning a School Nursing Certification. Dawn received her MSN with a concentration in Community Health and Nursing Education from West Chester University and has a PhD in Nursing Education from Capella University.
Dawn has worked as a nursing educator in long term care as well as acute care settings. Additionally, Dawn has experience as a certified school nurse at the elementary and secondary levels.
She is married to Matt Lambert and they have four children, two of whom are adopted from Bulgaria. Dawn and her husband have both participated in short-term mission trips with their church, Community Evangelical Free Church, in Elverson. Dawn is involved in the youth ministry and the mercy and encouragement ministry.
Rhodes is associate professor of peacebuilding and conflict studies. She chairs the department of Applied Social Sciences and coordinates the Peacebuilding and Development undergraduate major. She teaches graduate and undergraduate peacebuilding courses including conflict analysis, peacebuilding theory and practice and the integration of these. She anchors the core MA in conflict transformation course, Foundations for Peacebuilding I.
She has taught and held various administrative positions at Eastern Mennonite University since 1988. She has led undergraduate cross cultural study seminars to Ireland and Northern Ireland, Russia, and South Korea. She has also served as Administrative Director of the Summer Peacebuilding Institute.
Rhodes holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Her dissertation research compared conflict transformation and conflict resolution definitions and whether there are differences in practice between these two schools of thought. Additional research and teaching interests include evaluation and assessment in conflict transformation/resolution practice; conflict analysis, integration of conceptual and practical knowledge in peacebuilding; peacebuilding pedagogy, and cross-cultural education.
Dr. Simmons is a professor in the RN-to-BS program in Lancaster, PA and also in the online RN-to-BS and MSN programs. She earned her EdD from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, an MSN from Columbia University, an MsEd from Temple University and her BS from Messiah College. Her clinical focus has been medical-surgical and critical care nursing. Her doctoral research focused on effectiveness of the nursing school environment and the development of caring ability among nursing students. She is married to Mark Simmons who is the Director of the School of Respiratory Therapy at York College of Pennsylvania. Dr Simmons has two children two grandsons and one grand-daughter: Clinton is married to Christina Yoder and they have a son, Everett and a daughter, Evangelina. Ted is married to Heather Edelman and they have a son, Mason.
Dr. Simmons is involved in the Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church. Her additional interests include gardening and in particular, her role as a Penn State Master Gardener.
Laura has clinical experience in medical-surgical nursing, progressive care/ telemetry nursing, advanced nursing care (Primary Care Adult Nurse Practitioner), and nursing research. She is a BSN graduate of Goshen College, holds a MS degree in nursing from the University of South Florida, and a PhD in nursing from the University of Virginia. Her research centers around understanding adolescent health behavior and the multilevel contextual influences relating to the development of healthy lifestyles. She enjoys spending time with her son, daughter, husband, and family, and hobbies include singing, ballroom dancing, road cycling, and reading. She is a board member for the Pi Mu At Large chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society and for Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship. Laura is an active member of Park View Mennonite Church.