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College of Nursing Alumni

Welcome Nursing alumni! On behalf of the Department of Alumni Engagement and Philanthropy and the College of Nursing, we are pleased to provide you with a robust offering of engagement opportunities to remain connected with the Nursing community.

Whether you are interested in attending an upcoming event, catch a previously recorded event, or find ways to get involved, we look forward to your involvement.

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Monday, May 8
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join the College of Nursing and fellow alumni at the 50th Annual Margaret C. Haley Awards Reception. We look forward to an evening of celebration as we recognize this year’s honorees for their service, leadership and dedication to the nursing profession and Seton Hall University. All College of Nursing alumni and guests are welcome.

Announcing our 2023 honorees:
Margaret C. Haley Award: Dr. Suzanne Nuss, M.S.N. '87
George J. Hebert Leadership Award: Lieutenant Colonel Carol Lent '87
Nelson Aquino Humanitarian Award: Daniela Silva '05
Elizabeth Ann Seton Young Alumni Award: Katie Mazzarelli '22
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Wednesday, May 10
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
College of Nursing alumni, class of 1962, please join Marie Foley, Dean of the College of Nursing and fellow alumni for lunch and tour of the Integrated Health Sciences Campus in Nutley, NJ. Thanks to the efforts of your fellow classmate, Sheila Deveney Warren ’62, we are thrilled to invite you and members of the Nursing Class of 1962 back to Seton Hall University for a tour and lunch of our Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus (IHS) where the College of Nursing for Seton Hall University is now housed (you may remember the location as the old Hoffman LaRoche offices). Don’t miss this opportunity to tour the new home of the College of Nursing and reunite with fellow classmates. There is not cost to attend but registration is required.

10:15 a.m. Arrive to campus
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.-Welcome & Tour (indoor)
11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.-Lunch and Discussion
1:45 p.m.-Depart campus
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Learn more about our honorees

Dr. Suzanne Nuss, M.S.N. '87 

Suzanne Nuss, MBA, Ph.D., RN, CENP serves as the Chief Nursing Officer for Nebraska Medicine. Dr. Nuss has 40 years of nursing experience including 25 years in pediatric oncology and 15 years in nursing administration. In her role, she has responsibility for nursing professional practice and development, care transitions, social work, quality, experience, and effectiveness teams. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (ADN and Ph.D.), Syracuse University (BSN), Seton Hall University (MSN), and the University of Colorado (MBA).

Dr. Nuss is deeply involved in the tripartite mission of an academic medical center which includes clinical care, education, and research.

She has oversight the professional practice of approximately 3500 nurses and 300 APRNs across the Nebraska Medicine health system. The system spans almost 200 miles and includes sites in the Omaha metropolitan area, Lincoln, Grand Island, and Kearney, Nebraska.

She is the Associate Dean for Nebraska Medicine Nursing for which she strengthens the academic-clinical partnership between the UNMC College of Nursing and Nebraska Medicine. She also hosts graduate nursing students who are enrolled in leadership curriculum.

As a member of the UNMC Institutional Review Board (IRB), Dr. Nuss has reviewed hundreds of IRB applications. From a leadership perspective, she is Chair of the sIRB and Vice-Chair of the Rapid Response IRB.

Dr. Nuss is a member of several Boards including Nebraska Medicine, Clarkson College, and the Omaha Visiting Nurse Association. She is also chair-elect of the Vizient Chief Nursing Officer Steering Committee.
Originally from New Jersey, she and her husband have enjoyed calling Omaha home for 27 years. They enjoy traveling, watching just about any type of sporting event, and have taken up golfing in the past few years. Dr. Nuss, her husband Joe, and their son, Josh, are all Seton Hall alums!

Lieutenant Colonel Carol Lent '87

Carol is a nationally board Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and licensed Advanced Practice Nurse Anesthetist (APN-A) with over 35 years of healthcare experience. Her professional background consists of a variety of clinical practice settings including military healthcare, medical/surgical, critical care, trauma, emergency department, and as a care manager in the VA Healthcare System. A three-year Army ROTC Seton Hall University scholarship student and Distinguished Military Graduate, Carol earned a B.S. in Nursing from Seton Hall University in 1987, an M.S. in Nursing Anesthesia from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in 2004, and a Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Wilmington University in 2020. She proudly served 23 years in the United States Army/Army Nurse Corps (1987-2010) combined Active and Reserve Duty status. Assignments include Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston San Antonio, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, the 91st Combat Support Hospital as a Critical Care Nurse during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, the 2290th U.S. Army Hospital at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the 344th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Dix, New Jersey. In 2006 and 2009, Carol deployed as a CRNA in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Various leadership positions held during her military career include Critical Care Clinical Charge Officer, Staff Education and Clinical Training Officer, and Nurse Preceptorship Program Coordinator. She remains in the Retired Reserves and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LTC). 

Currently, Carol is employed full-time as a CRNA with the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Health System based in Atlantic County, which serves southeastern New Jersey. She provides clinical expertise in anesthesia care in both the hospital and outpatient surgery center settings to a variety of patients across the lifespan including pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics and for surgical cases/specialties including Neurosurgery, Trauma, ENT, Dental, Orthopedics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, General Surgery, and Bariatrics. She is a clinical preceptor and co-director of the Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) from Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania and a clinical instructor in airway management for paramedic students performing clinical at AtlantiCare. Carol serves as an Advanced Practice Provider/CRNA representative on AtlantiCare’s Advanced Practice Council and is a member of the Department of Anesthesiology's Peer Review and Clinical/Best Practice Committees.

Carol is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing holding dual membership in the Gamma Nu Chapter (Seton Hall University) and Omicron Gamma Chapter (Wilmington University). She is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), the New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NJANA), the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA), and the Military Officer’s Association of America (MOAA). She is the current President of the SHU CoN Alumni Association.

Katie Mazzarelli '22
After graduating from Seton Hall with her BSN in May of 2022, Katie accepted her first nursing position at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, where she works on a Surgical Unit, managed by Seton Hall Professor Susan DiBenedetto. During her time at Seton Hall, Katie lead a team of nursing innovators that went on to win various entrepreneurial awards. ‘CareCall’, a call bell innovation that Katie thought up during her freshman year, is a patent-pending, two-time UPitch NJ Audience Choice Winner, Pirates Pitch Runner-Up, NJIT Business Model Runner Up, and Big East Challenge Nominee. Additionally, the invention has been publicized at the Petersheim Academic Exposition and the New Jersey State Nurses Association. Katie contributes the success of CareCall to her team of fellow nursing entrepreneurs, Dr. Katherine Connolly, Wendy Gonzalez, Madison Loustan, and Theresa Wang. Katie is an alumna of the first graduating Buccino Leadership Institute class, Delta Phi Epsilon, Servant Leadership Scholar Program, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. She also worked as a Patient Care Technician at JFK Medical Center throughout her time in school. Katie is thankful for the foundation that the Seton Hall College of Nursing built for its students to flourish. While Katie battled some hardships when completing her nursing degree, she looks back in gratitude for the support that the College of Nursing professors, fellow students, and her family gave her. In the future, Katie hopes to return to Seton Hall for her second degree and continue to grow every day as a nurse who values each patient as if they were her own family member.

Daniela Silva '05

With an innate passion for helping and healing the sick, I followed my lifelong dream of becoming a nurse and graduated Seton Hall University College of Nursing in the Spring of 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Initially, as a graduate nurse, I spent a brief period in adult acute care at JFK Medical Center and in the first 13 years of my nursing career as a level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. In October of 2010, the unexpected diagnosis of my three-year-old daughter with Leukemia (ALL) gave me a differing view of medicine and nursing and shaped the type of healthcare provider I wanted to be. I went on to pursue my nursing career and graduated from Drexel University in 2018 with a Master of Science in Nursing and Clinical Trials. In this interim time of graduate school, I pursued a career-advancing opportunity as Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator in Medical Genetics and Genomics and established and lead multiple Rare Disease Gene Therapy Programs at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. After nearly 18 years as a nurse in an academic healthcare institution and clinic setting, I joined the pharmaceutical industry in 2022, in a career opportunity that merged my extensive clinical trial and patient care experience with my passion for advancing clinical research and science for all patients. I currently serve as a Senior Manager in Clinical Trial Recruitment at Bristol Myers Squibb in multiple therapeutic areas.

After the tremendous loss of our eldest daughter, Juliana in 2013, I, along with my husband started a non-profit charity organization whose mission was to not only drive childhood cancer awareness and advocacy but also provide much-needed funding to support therapeutic pediatric oncology clinical trials. We established Precious Jules Childhood Cancer Foundation in November of 2013 to honor our beloved daughter and develop grassroots efforts that will help drive safer and more effective treatments with pediatric oncology clinical research. To date, our organization has funded multiple pediatric oncology projects through our grants, donated thousands of toys to pediatric oncology patients, supported hundreds of pediatric oncology families with meals, gift cards, or care packages, and yet there is still so much more we need to do.

As a parent, a nurse, and a patient and research advocate, I know now that my nursing career and personal life experiences with cancer and child loss have truly shaped how I can contribute to the science and world of healing, to all patients and communities. Our non-profit organization is the gift of serving others through our own experiences and bringing hope back to patients.