School of Nursing Newsletter

Welcome to our Newest Faculty

Tammy Link

Tamara “Tami” Link is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with more than 18 years of experience in both primary and urgent-care settings. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Link received her BSN from Bowling Green State University/Medical College of Ohio in 1984. After graduating, she joined the Air Force and moved to California. She served for 20 years in the USAF, including two overseas tours. Link has held positions including medical-surgical nurse, labor and delivery nurse, and she has held various nursing leadership roles. The highlight of her military career was her six-month deployment to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm as a flight nurse, where she evacuated the sick and injured to Germany. While on active duty, Link completed her MSN in 1998 from the Uniformed Services of the Health Sciences University in Bethesda, Maryland. She earned her DNP from Duke University in 2016 with the goal of transitioning into a full-time nursing faculty position. Her research project focused on antibiotic stewardship in the outpatient setting. Link recently moved from the Raleigh area with her partner of 7½ years. She enjoys singing, fishing, bike riding, boating, and she actually does enjoy long walks on the beach. She is currently teaching in the FNP and the RN-BSN programs.


Omar Alzaghari has been a nurse for 13 years. Born into a family of eight children in the beautiful country of Jordan, Alzaghari graduated in 2001 with a BSN from Alzaytoonah University (Amman, Jordan), and later with an MSN from the University of Jordan and his Ph.D. from UNC Greensboro. His research interest is heart failure, and he completed his dissertation on 30-day heart failure re-hospitalization. While Alzaghari hopes to publish more research in this area, he is also interested in the management of other chronic conditions and in nursing leadership. Having worked in several health care settings (medical-surgical, operating rooms and case management), Alzaghari has taught nursing within various programs: ADN, BSN and at the graduate level. He brings to Wilmington his wife, two sons and a daughter.

Matt Gallek

Matthew “Matt” Gallek, originally from Pittsburgh, received his BS in psychology from Allegheny College (Meadville, PA). After spending a few years counseling children in a community setting, he returned to school to earn his BSN from the University of Pittsburgh and later worked full-time in a neurovascular ICU in Pittsburg with a focus on patients with large strokes, cranial hemorrhages and brain tumors. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. Thereafter he became assistant professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he taught a genetics and genomics course in the DNP program, pathophysiology in both the BSN and second-degree programs, and a population health course within the DNP program. Gallek has worked with students on dissertations, DNP projects and BSN honors projects.  

Gallek’s research focus is on genetics' influence on outcomes following neurological injuries/diseases, including functional outcomes following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and ischemic stroke. He also investigated the influence of gene expression on surgical outcomes following temporal lobe resection for epilepsy. In 2012 Gallek was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. Gallek moved to Wilmington in January. His family, which consists of his wife and four boys (ages 4 to 14), will be joining him in the summer after completing the school year. 

PalumboRuthanne Palumbo is originally from New England, but has resided in Wilmington for the past 21 years. She began her nursing career with an ADN degree from Cape Fear Community College and eventually obtained her MSN-Nurse Educator degree from UNCW. Palumbo’s nursing experience includes working as a bedside nurse, coordinator and a nurse manager at NHRMC and as an instructor for CFCC. She obtained her DNP in 2016 before returning to UNCW as an assistant professor. 

Palumbo’s research interest is focused on opioid abuse, specifically IV drug use, and its prevalence within the Wilmington area. Palumbo and her husband have two grown children and a granddaughter. For recreation, she loves to read and occasionally indulges in “a Netflix binge.”