School of Nursing Newsletter

Welcome to Our Newest Faculty

Paula Baisden

baisdenPaula Baisden is an ANCC board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse with extensive experience emergency, trauma and psychiatric health care settings. She has many research interests, but is currently focused on simplifying the process of building professional multidisciplinary connections and increasing and improving the educational entry level of new nurses entering who care for patients with mental illness. Baisden is also concerned with enabling effects of the practice of learning accommodations for students with the educational system.
Baisden continues to work as an RN on weekends and she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Education, focused on leadership and learning with a specialization in organizational psychology. Leisuretime activities include painting, drawing and sculpting, and enjoying the outdoors. Her family takes time to camp, fish and surf. Baisden says that she also owns “nearly every board game known to man” and that she is a fan of Disney World and Universal Studios with two to four annual trips to Orlando.

Tawny Burgess

tawnyTawny Burgess began her nursing career in 2003 when she worked primarily as a trauma/ER nurse before becoming a nurse practitioner in 2012. She became board-certified as both a family nurse practitioner as well as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner caring for patients across the lifespan. Burgess has worked as a surgical nurse practitioner and in an acute care psychiatric setting and has provided consultations and liaison service for mental health patients in the emergency room setting.
Burgess teaches in the prelicensure nursing program as a lecturer and clinical instructor in the mental health course. Her special area of interest is "resilience." She is a wife, mother of three and a grandmother of one with a second coming in December. She maintains an interesting hobby of study and reproduction of historical clothing using original fabrication techniques. She sews many of her own clothes, as well. Burgess is a big fan of all things Jane Austen and travels to Jane Austen festivals as often as she is able. 

Clydie Coward-Murrell 

Coward-MurellClydie Coward-Murrell relocated to Wilmington from Atlanta where she has lived for the past 10 years. Prior to living in Atlanta, she lived in Tampa, where she began her nursing career with the DN degree. Coward-Murrell completed her BSN from Indiana State University and later her MSN. Her nursing specialities are labor and delivery, mental health and emergency nursing, and she has served as nurse manager for labor/delivery and mother baby units. Coward-Murrell is currently enrolled in a DNP program. 
She is the proud parent of two grown children and grandparent to two granddaughters, Sasha and Lola. In her free time, she enjoys travel, shopping and participating in church activities. On weekends she visits family and friends. Every year Coward-Murrell and her husband travel with 14 other couples to various destinations of their choice ("usually the choice of the husbands").

Suzy Diggle

DiggleHaving recently moved from Long Island, NY, Suzy Diggle began her nursing career as a nurse’s aide in 1976. She went on to become an LPN in 1978 and later earned her BSN from Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.  Diggle received her MSN in 1990 and received certification as an adult nurse practitiioner and a geriatric nurse practitioner.  In '14 Diggle received her PhD in Nurse Education from Capella University.  She has practiced within various areas, both inpatient and outpatient, and was the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Scholar at the Parkinson's Disease Foundation within the past year. For the past five years she has served as a volunteer nurse practitioner for the Medical Reserve Corps.
Diggle was a NY State HIV Scholar for the NY Dept. of Health for two years. In this role she cared for patients as a primary care provider, performed research and educated her peers and others regarding HIV. In addition, she has had clinical experience in substance abuse, school nursing, med-surg nursing, homeless domiciliary, occupational health and oncology. Diggle's research interests are in the areas of geriatrics, infectious diseases, mental health (anxiety and stress), suicide, Parkinson's disease and substance abuse. She has published articles on geriatric suicide and orientation for nursing students and their significant others prior to beginning nursing school. In both clinical rotations and the classroom, Diggle has taught med-surg nursing, community health, occupational health, care of the HIV patient, physical assessment and NCLEX preparation.
According to Diggle, “Wilmington and UNCW seems better than I ever thought it would be!" She anticipates visits to and from her three daughters, who reside in other states. 

Linda Haddad

L HaddadLinda Haddad is the associate director for graduate program. She brings a wealth of expertise in nursing education and curriculum development. Most recently she served as an associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Florida College of Nursing. A native of Jordan, she has also had extensive experience with international health initiatives by consulting and working on projects to help train medical professionals and improve community health in the Middle East. She also served as dean over the faculty of nursing at the Jordan University of Science and Technology. Haddad’s research focuses on tobacco cessation, and her background is in community and public health nursing. She has made notable and unique scholarly contributions to nursing and public health knowledge about tobacco control which has been applied to Arabic speaking immigrants in the Southern region.
Haddad serves as a member on the Board of Commissioners for the NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation.She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and serves on its expert panel on global health. Haddad is a member of the Society on Research for Nicotine and Tobacco, the Southern Nursing Research Society and Sigma Theta Tau International.
Haddad received her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Maryland, her MSN in science from the University of Pennsylvania and her BSM from Jordan University in Amman, Jordan. She and her husband enjoy motorcycle riding on the weekends, hiking and traveling. 

Julie Hinkle

JulieJulie Hinkle has expressed an interest in innovative technologies. More specifically, she is interested in venues such as Smart and Connected Health, and the use of technologies in both education and patient interventions. (Smart and Connected Health is a program supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to accelerate the development and use of innovative approaches to support the next generation of health care and encourage research communities to focus on breakthrough ideas in a variety of health areas, such as sensor technology, networking, information and machine learning technology, decision support systems, modeling of behavioral and cognitive processes.) Having taught in prelicensure, RN-BS and graduate programs for more than 20 years, Hinkle looks forward to continuing her teaching career at UNCW. 
Hinkle’s hobbies include reading, cooking, and various crafts.  She hopes to spend time exploring all that Wilmington has to offer.

Jennifer McCall

JenniferJennifer McCall joins the Clinical Research faculty having previously taught in the UNCW Department of Biology and Marine Biology.   She received her MS and PhD in biology from UNC Charlotte and her MBA in the business of biotechnology from UNC Wilmington.  She currently teaches scientific writing and biopharmaceutical technology transfer.
McCall’s research interests involve drug discovery and development.  Using bioprospecting methods, her research examines novel compounds from a marine origin, such as algal extracts, for pharmaceutical potential.  These marine natural products are further explored to determine mechanisms of action.  She is currently researching antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory candidates, as well as developing previously discovered natural products for pre-clinical studies.
McCall enjoys hiking and fishing with her family.

Annemarie Petroff

AnnemarieAnnemarie Petroff joins her colleagues in the Clinical Research program with over 13 years of experience within the industry. She worked her way up through various roles in clinical research from cardio-pulmonary and autonomic nervous systems research to Clinical Research Associate and Global Project Manager with focus on the metabolic and infectious disease therapeutic areas. In her most recent role, Petroff utilized her expertise as a change manager for corporate learning and performance optimization at PPD, a global contract research organization headquartered in Wilmington, NC.  She was able to transform PPD’s online/virtual training offerings while supporting PPD’s strategic partnerships and joint ventures. Further, Petroff was responsible for planning and executing PPD’s first ever virtual investigator meeting. 
Petroff received her MS in cardiac rehabilitation from East Stroudsburg University and her BS in Fitness Management and Physical Education Studies from the University of Delaware. Her clinical research experience began at the Spinal Cord Injury Center of James J. Peters Memorial Hospital (Bronx, NY) and at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (Manhattan, NY). 
She has lived in Wilmington since 2005, and Petroff and her husband Jeff have two children: Behr, an 8-year-old son, and Annderson, a 5-year-old daughter. Petroff is involved with various community activities, which include serving on the boards for the Wilmington Family YMCA and for the PPD Beach2Battleship Ironman. Her hobbies include travel, photography, and social activities with family and friends. 

Jodi Protokowicz

JodiJodi Protokowicz comes to UNCW from Maryland, but she has been living in the Virgin Islands the past few years. She began her nursing education at Harford Community College and then received her BSN at the University of Maryland.  After she began practicing nursing, Protokowicz became interested in nursing education and returned to school for MSN in nursing education from the University of Phoenix. Later she received her Ph. from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Protokowicz’s area of practice has been obstetrics.  She has worked in a variety of hospitals both rural and urban and her research interests have involved obstetrics, specifically high-risk pregnancies and pre-eclampsia, and mental illness. Protokowicz has taught all levels of nursing education from the undergraduate through the graduate level in the classroom and online. She has taught courses in maternal child, nursing research, nursing theory for advance practice nurses, leadership, fundamentals and pharmacology. Currently Protokowicz is teaching in the Adult Health I course and capstone. 
Protokowicz says that her transition to NC has been an easy one. Since she declares herself to be a “beach person,” she says that this area fills that need. She enjoy spending time with her rescue puppy from St. Thomas and exploring her new hometown of Wilmington.

Scott Saccomano

SaccamanoScott Saccomano came to UNCW having served on the faculty at Coastal Carolina University. Other nursing faculty positions include Lehman College’s Nursing Department, the State University of New York (New Paltz), Southern Connecticut State University and Seton Hall University.
Saccomano received his BSN from City College of New York, his MSN from Hunter College, the Advanced Practice Certificate as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from New York University and his Ph.D. in Health Professions Leadership from Seton Hall University. He has over 30 years’ experience with a specialty in gerontology, holding board certification as a geriatric nurse practitioner. He has served in various clinical and leadership positions in health care institutions in and around NYC.
Recently Saccomano has contributed three chapters in Primary Care: An Interprofessional Perspective on topics of dementia and delirium, demyelinating disease/multiple sclerosis and stroke, transient ischemic attacks and carotid stenosis. He is a regular contributor to the Nurse Practitioner Journal with recent publications on the assessment and management of wrist pain and on constipation in children with emphasis on diagnosis, treatment and prevention. 
Saccomano serves on the editorial board of Clinicians Reviews, a journal for nurse practitioners and physicians assistants, and s a member of the Shadow Health Advisory Board and Sigma Theta Tau International. He was a founding member of CUNY Men in Nursing, a local chapter of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing. For his contributions to the profession, Saccomano was recognized in 2015 by the Nurse Practitioner Journal as a clinical scholar. His research interests are in the areas of leadership/management and improving care and health outcomes for older adults and men’s health.

Lorie Sigmon

LorieLorie Sigmon began her nursing career in a diploma program, and then had the opportunity to return for her BSN at West Virginia University, where she was employed. She met her husband at WVU and then moved to Florida where she completed her education as a family nurse practitioner at the University of Tampa.  Sigmon worked as an FNP in a rural health clinic. Eventually she and her husband decided to move closer to family and they relocated the family to Rocky Mount. She completed her DNP at Waynesburg University in 2010 and is currently enrolled in the DNP to PhD program at ECU.
Sigmon’s clinical experiences have all been based in critical care. She began in the SICU, CTICU and PACU and worked over the years as a home health nurse. She began her nursing education career as an adjunct clinical instructor while attending graduate school in Florida. Eventually as her daughter became older, she began to teach in Rocky Mount at Nash Community College, starting as an adjunct clinical instructor, progressing to full-time faculty and eventually becoming the Director of the ADN and PNE programs. She has taught leadership, clinical in the adult acute care settings and capstone at ECU.
Sigmon is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and currently serves on the board of the North Carolina League for Nursing, North Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership, and on the school board of her son’s school. Sigmon is originally from Pennsylvania and declares her devotion to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Clemson Tigers. She and her husband of 25 years have two children: a daughter who is a junior at UNC Chapel Hill and a son who is a high school sophomore.  Sigmon reports that she and her husband spend most of their evenings and weekends doing what most parents do: taxiing between soccer, cross-country and whatever other sports are currently in season. They live on Oak Island and spend most of their free time on the water.