NursingABC Experienced Faculty and Staff
Dr. Ken Hartman - Executive Director
After graduation in 1960 with a college degree in chemistry, I earned a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and began a 37 year teaching career at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. In the early 1970's, as a young college professor, a local nursing school asked me to teach high school chemistry to a group of 15 of their non-traditional chemistry-deficient applicants. That request was the beginning of what has now become NursingABC. I am privileged to have been involved with the creation of this program which provides basic education to students who will become some our nation's most critically needed health professionals.
Outside of my love of teaching, I have enjoyed many activities including stained-glass window crafting, sports (especially Steelers games) and more recently gardening. As a grandfather to nine wonderful grandchildren, I now enjoy watching Saturday soccer games, occasionally going to dance recitals, family summer vacations at the ocean and travelling with my wife Dee.
H. Elaine Frey - Facilitator: Biology, Chemistry, & Help Line Instructor
My experience began with teaching science courses in an inner-city high school which was undergoing court-ordered desegregation. At the college level, I was part of the faculty in the Business Department, and the Math and Computer Science Department at a private university in the Midwest. After graduate school I taught Master’s level courses in Health Care Administration, until I took a self-imposed sabbatical to become a soccer mom. My experience includes working with diverse populations, and represents a variety of cultural and academic backgrounds. I enjoy the professional enrichment gained from working with groups that represent Native Americans, Malaysian royalty, first generation college students and children of college professors. I have taught and advised both traditional students and returning adults. My university colleagues also represented several different countries and cultural backgrounds. Through these people and experiences I learned to appreciate and respect an individual’s background, the challenges he or she faces, and the unique talents each offers in working together toward a goal.
I am pleased to be part of NursingABC, where I blend my professional interests with my teaching experience.
Dee Hartman - Planning Coordinator
As I watched Ken teach through the years I always marveled at his willingness to patiently explain difficult concepts to students … in his office, on the phone, at our dining room table. When he began to teach these non-traditional students who wanted to enter nursing school, I felt it was a perfect fit for his gifts. Then as the official organization of “NursingABC” began to develop, I saw where my years of experience as an administrative assistant and office manager could be a help.
Having worked at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, at Beaver County Christian School in Beaver Falls and for several years at Geneva College (most recently as the assistant to the Vice President for Student Development) I was able to be the support staff the organization needed. Currently, I also greatly enjoy nine young grandchildren and working on the township recreation board.
It has been an incredible blessing to me to see how much these courses have helped students at a time when they most needed to be shown patience and to gain confidence. This curriculum truly has helped so many achieve their goals and realize their dreams and I love being a part of that!
Kara Hartman - Facilitator: Math
I've always wanted to teach, ever since I was a little kid. I love seeing the spark when someone is studying something and they finally get it, or get excited about something they are learning. So after graduating from highschool I pursued a degree in secondary education from Geneva College. I then spent four years teaching at both the junior and senior high levels. When I had my first child I wanted to be able to stay at home, but still be able to do a bit of work on the side. So I spent the next 5 years tutoring students in my home and actually teaching Algebra courses to several students who learned better in a one-on-one setting. As my oldest child came to school age we decided that I would begin homeschooling her which made tutoring schedules a little tougher. It was about this time that the position at NursingABC opened up.
The position allows me to continue to have one-on-one interaction with students but a much more flexible schedule. It has been a perfect fit! Unlike teaching, math has not always been my favorite subject, even though it came easily to me. But the more I've studied it the more amazing it becomes. I've come to view Math as one of the languages that God has given us to explore, discover, and create in this awe-inspiring world that He has placed us in.
Nate Hartman - Consultant
I graduated from Geneva College in 1995 with a double major in English Education and writing, married my wife, Kara, and we both accepted teaching jobs in Ft. Collins, Colorado. During that time just about every member of each of our families had settled down near Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and we decided to move back out East before we began our own family.
While teaching part-time at two local schools, I also received a Master’s Degree from Geneva College in Higher Education. After that time I continued to teach and to serve as an Athletic Director. My lifelong interest in sports as a ministry grew even stronger and my wife and I decided it was time to take the risk of starting our own non-profit, the National Christian School Athletic Association. That was five years ago and the organization is still growing – and so is our family. Kara and I now have three girls and a boy.
At the same time I began to work with NursingABC, using my computer and writing skills when the vision for an online program was emerging. It has been very gratifying to see NursingABC grow and serve so many schools and their applicants.
Riley Hoselton - Facilitator: Biology
After graduating from Geneva College in 1986 I taught science for eight years in private Christian schools. Having a biology degree and a chemistry minor helped me in my first job at Beaver County Christian School where I was hired as the ENTIRE secondary science department! Later my husband, Drew, and I moved to the west coast where I received my Masters degree in Teaching Biology from the University of Washington. In 1995 we moved to upstate New York where I currently home school our two teenage sons.
Dr. Hartman and his wife, Dee, have been my friends since 1983 when Ken taught me organic chemistry at Geneva. Later I enjoyed teaching both of their children at BCCS. Now I get to work with all four of them and consider myself to be blessed to be part of such a great team.
Libby Michalik - Registrar; Facilitator
I graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA in 1999 as a Chemistry major. I enjoyed my major, but was not sure that I wanted to spend all my time in a lab. I gave it and try and began to work for an analytical chemistry lab in Pittsburgh. The experience there was positive, but I wanted to have more interaction with people. I moved on to work for a company that placed chemists in lab positions.
When my husband Steve and I had our first child, I decided to stay home with our little boy. Then, when the opportunity to work as a chemistry instructor with NursingABC came along it seemed like a perfect way to use my education and experience while sticking with the goal of being home with our children. I also serve NursingABC as the registrar and have responsibility in the hiring of staff and instructors. My previous experience with the placement agency has served me well in this position.
Steve Michalik - Director of Operations; Instructor
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in both Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Geneva College and pursued my Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. My interests went outside the scope of traditional engineering, and I spent six years working in new product development in environments ranging from a start-up biotechnology company to a global polymer producer.
My role at NursingABC allows me to continue with the aspects of development that I liked the most – starting with a good product, and finding ways to make it useful and available to more people. A great benefit of working for NursingABC is that I get to interact with people and see the impact that taking these courses can have in the lives of our students.
Outside of working I enjoy spending time with my family, being involved in our church, geeky games like fantasy sports and Nintendo Wii, watching the NFL (Go Steelers!), and attending various forms of auto racing events.
Dr. Stephanie Wilsey - Adjunct Instructor: Psychology
My Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh is in Applied Developmental Psychology. I have taught nursing, education, psychology and various other undergraduate majors in a variety of institutions in the Pittsburgh area. In addition to my work at NursingABC, I am a full-time professor at a liberal arts institution.
I get to enjoy human development from a more personal stance as I watch my young daughter and son grow and learn. In addition to academics, music is an additional passion, and I direct choirs, play piano, and perform vocally in various churches and local Pennsylvania venues.
Andrew Winner - Director of Institutional Advancement
I graduated from Westminster College with a degree in History and Secondary Education. After teaching high school in North Carolina for a year I decided my interest was outside of traditional secondary education. I went back to school and graduated with a master’s degree in Higher Education from Geneva College in 2007. I pursued various interests over the next 5 years before being hired at NursingABC.
The best part of my job is getting to talk with different people throughout the nursing education field. I remain passionate about education and enjoy seeing students succeed and grow. In my free time I enjoy reading, going to movies, playing golf, running marathons, and spending time with my wife and our dog Cohen!
Joshua Schroder - Coordinator of Communications and Relations
I graduated from Westminster College in 2013 with a degree in History and Secondary Education. Prior to being hired at NursingABC I worked at Ligonier Camp and Conference Center where I organized different activities for various groups of people. At NursingABC, I have the awesome job of being able to travel to different parts of the country to meet with different students, faculty, and staff. I am blessed by the opportunities NursingABC gives me to interact and help others achieve their educational goals.
When I am not working, I enjoy watching and/or playing golf, soccer, volleyball, football, and most of all hockey. I also love spending time with my friends and family!
Joshua Wilsey - Operations Coordinator
I graduated from Geneva College in 1999 with a degree in Broadcast Communications. I spent the next 11 years working for a small publishing company in Pittsburgh before joining the staff a NursingABC. I am currently finishing my Masters degree in Organizational Management.
I am really enjoying my new role at NursingABC -- helping make the learning experience better for students and making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife Stephanie, and my two children. And amusement parks.