Health Sciences

School Office

Edward Henninger, D.Ed.
Dean of Health Sciences

Edward Henninger


  • D.Ed. – Higher Education Administration with a minor in Business, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Certificate – Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education, Harvard University
  • M.B.A. – Organizational Behavior, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Academic/Teaching Experience

  • Dean, School of Business and Computer Technologies, Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Business Administration, Lycoming College
  • New Faculty Mentoring Program Director, Lycoming College
  • Visiting Instructor, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Work Experience

  • Distribution Center Supervisor, APS, Inc., Hartford, CT
  • New Projects Coordinator & Consultant, APS, Incorporated, Reading, PA; Hartford, CT; Norfolk, VA
  • Retail Accounting Manager, Treasurer & Store Consultant, Super Duper, Inc., Erie, PA
  • Distribution Center Office & Assistant Manager, APS, Incorporated, Camp Hill PA
  • Consumer Affairs Administrator/Internal Auditor, ITT Corporation, Harrisburg, PA

In addition to several years working in various management, logistics, consulting, and accounting positions, Dr. Henninger has over 20 years experience working in higher education as an educator and administrator. In both roles, his primary emphasis is on helping students realize their potential. He also enjoys teaching management and organizational behavior classes when his schedule permits.

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Sharon Waters, Ph.D.
Associate Dean

Sharon Waters

Joan Shade
Secretary to Dean

Secretary to Dean
  • Work Experience
    • 20 years experience in an Academic School environment

Joan assists students in various ways, from coordinating appointments with the Dean and Associate Dean and assisting Program and Department offices to helping them locate information or complete transactions related to their programs of study. Joan enjoys working with our students and stresses customer service in all that she does for the School of Helath Sciences, its faculty, staff and students.

Dental Hygiene

Shawn A. Kiser, RDH, M.Ed.
Director of Dental Hygiene

Shawn A. Kiser

Ida Kohler
Clinic Receptionist/Secretary

Debra Paucke
Infection Control Technician

Karen Rishcoff
Secretary to the Director of Dental Hygiene & Director of Radiography

Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic

Ashley N. Bower
Secretary to the Director of Paramedic Program and Fitness

Mindy L. Carr, B.S.N., M.Ed.
Clinical Director, Paramedic Program

Mindy L. Carr
  • Education
    • Master's Degree (Education), Pennsylvania State University, 2008
    • Baccalaureate Degree (BSN), Pennsylvania College of Technology, 1999
    • Certificate in Nursing Management, The Pennsylvania State University, 1990
    • Diploma in Nursing (RN), Pottsville School of Nursing, 1975
  • Academic Experience
    • BCLS, Neonatal Resuscitation Instructor.
  • Work Experience
    • ACLS, PALS, Neonatal Resuscitation provider
    • 1991-present, Pediatric Nursing Management
    • 1976-present,A Registered Nurse (RN) with experience in the following settings: Pediatric medical/surgical, Pediatric ICU, Neonatal ICU, Pediatric and neonatal retrieval team (ground and flight), Psychiatric Unit, AdultICU/CCU, Adult medical/surgical
    • Responsible for the development of the clinical practice sites for the Paramedic Technology students.
    • Organizes and directs the hospital and field clinical rotations, and functions as the primary evaluator of paramedic students in the hospital clinical setting. 1991-present, Pediatric Nursing Management
    • Coordinates the clinical and classroom education.
    • Instructs students in the classroom and hospital clinical setting.

Dr. Gregory R. Frailey, D.O., FACOEP
Medical Director, Paramedic Program

Dr. Gregory R. Frailey
  • Education
    • D.O., Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1984
    • B.S., Premedicine, Pennsylvania State University, 1977
    • Board Certification/Specialty: Emergency Medicine/Emergency Medical Services
  • Work Experience
    • Flight Surgeon, United States Navy, 1985-2005
    • Emergency Physician, Assistant Director of EMS, Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, Pa., 1990-1992
    • Emergency Physician, EMS Medical Director, Susquehanna Health/Susquehanna Regional EMS, 1992-Present.
  • Duties
    • Review and evaluate program curriculum and course content to make recommendations to the paramedic program.
    • Assist in establishing and maintaining relationships with area health providers for the purpose of developing and supporting clinical affiliations, program enrollment, and program objectives.
    • Assist with development of the programs long-range plan, compliance with accreditation standards, and monitor student progress.

Bambi A. Hawkins, B.S., NREMT-P
Learning Laboratory Coordinator, Paramedic Program

Bambi A. Hawkins
  • Education
    • B.S., Applied Health Studies, Pennsylvania College of Technology, 2002
    • Graduate, The Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center Paramedic Training Institute, 1992
  • Academic Experience
    • 1998-present, Teaching student paramedics in the classroom, clinical and field setting
    • ACLS, PALS, BTLS, BCLS, EMT Instructor
  • Work Experience
    • 1993-present, As a paramedic providing pre-hospital advanced life support and precepting student paramedics
  • Duties
    • Responsible for coordinating utilization of the skills lab facilities, equipment, and resources for students.
    • Facilitates student learning activities through multimedia resources, as well as, other laboratory resources.
    • Works closely with the Director, Lab Assistant and Faculty to assure delivery of clinical, laboratory, and field instruction and testing.
    • Evaluates student performance of skill demonstrations.
    • Prepares laboratory or demonstrations and student simulations.
    • Coordinate laboratory equipment and space utilization and maintains an adequate inventory of state-of-the-art supplies and equipment.
    • Monitors student practice/progress of self-directed laboratory experiments/procedures.
    • Assists students in applying learned scientific principles to appropriate clinical simulations.

Mark A. Trueman, B.S., NREMT-P
Director of Paramedic Program

Mark A. Trueman
  • Education
    • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate – Distance Education, Pennsylvania State University, 2009.
    • Critical Care Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic (CCEMT-P), University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2002
    • B.S., Health Sciences, Lock Haven University, 1995
    • Graduate, The Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center Paramedic Training Institute, 1997
  • Academic Experience
    • 2005-present, direction of the A.A.S. in Emergency Medical Services and Certificate in Paramedic Technician majors.
    • 1999-present, Teaching student paramedics in the classroom, clinical and field setting
    • ACLS, PALS, BTLS, BCLS, EMT Instructor
  • Work Experience
    • 1997-present, As a paramedic providing pre-hospital advanced life support and precepting student paramedics
  • Duties
    • Primary responsibilities include educational leadership, student instruction, and student advising in the paramedic program.
    • Provides didactic, clinical, pre-clinical, and laboratory instruction within the paramedic program and evaluate student outcomes in paramedic courses.
    • Oversight of curriculum review, revision, and development.


Dr. Sandra Richmond
Director of Nursing

  • ATHS, Nursing Education Office, W128
  • 570-327-4525

Jessica Bower, MSN, RN
Simulation Lab Coordinator, Nursing Education

  • Education
    • MSN, Bloomsburg University
    • BSN, Lycoming College
  • Academic Experience
    • 2006 - 2012, Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Penn College
    • 2013 - present, Simulation Lab Coordinator, Penn College
  • Work Experience
    • Public Health Nursing-Communicable Diseases, Pediatrics
    • Psychiatric Nursing
    • Geriatric Nursing
    • Quality Assurance
  • Memberships/Certifications/Honors
    • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Member
    • Certified CPR Instructor-Basic Life Support for Healthcare Personnel
    • Woman of Excellence Award, YWCA 2012

Kristy Bower
Secretary to Director of Nursing

Tushanna Habalar, BSN, RN
Learning Laboratory Coordinator, Nursing Education

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, 1998
  • Academic Experience
    • Learning Laboratory Coordinator-Nursing, January 2012 - present
    • Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Pennsylvania College of Technology, May 2010 - present
  • Work Experience
    • Same Day Surgery, 2 years
    • Cardiac Critical Care, 5 years
    • Medical Surgical Nursing, 6 years
    • Rehabilitation Nurse, 1 year

Carol Paulhamus
Nursing Office Assistant

Diane Smith
Assistant Director of Nursing

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Jeanne M. Kerschner
Clinical Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant

Barbara J. Natell, MS Ed, OTR/L
Associate Professor, Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant

"The best thing for being sad, replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, is to learn something.  That is the only thing that never fails…Learn why the world wags and what wags it.  That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.  Learning is the thing for you.  Look at what a lot of things there are to learn…”

T.H. White
The Once and Future King

Kim Schweikart
Secretary to Director of Occupational Therapy Assistant, Director of Surgical Technology, Department Heads in Health Information & Applied Health Studies

Physical Fitness Specialist

Ashley N. Bower
Secretary to the Director of Paramedic Program and Fitness

Erin McMurray
Lab Supervisor, Physical Fitness Specialist Program

Physician Assistant

Heather Dorman, PA-C
Clinical Director, Physician Assistant

Heather Dorman

Heather Dorman is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Physician Assistant Program, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Physician Assistant studies and was the 2005 recipient of the Russell M. Trapp Professionalism Award. She subsequently worked as a full-time Physician Assistant on the trauma team at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. She was a clinical preceptor for Physician Assistant students while in practice.

Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant, Mrs. Dorman was a graduate of the Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center Paramedic Training Institute. She has been employed as a Paramedic Supervisor with Danville Ambulance Service MICU 120 since 1995. During this time, she has been a paramedic student preceptor and has served as adjunct faculty for several area Paramedic Programs.

Lynn Eckrote, PA-C
Clinical Director, Physician Assistant

Lynn Eckrote

Lynn Eckrote is a graduate of the Kingís College Physician Assistant Program, where she earned a Masterís of Physician Assistant Studies. Prior to that, Mrs. Eckrote earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Pennsylvania State University. She joined the Pennsylvania College of Technology Physician Assistant Program as Clinical Director in 2014. For the previous ten years, she worked as a full-time Physician Assistant and has a strong background in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. Mrs. Eckrote says that the only thing she loves more than her career as a Physician Assistant is spending time with her husband and two beautiful children.

Kathleen Mayer
Secretary, Physician Assistant Program

Kathy Mayer

Kathy Mayer joined the Penn College Physician Assistant Program in 1998. She had worked previously for Susquehanna Health Systems for ten years as a secretary at the Community Health Center. Ms. Mayer is very knowledgeable about the admissions procedures, student transfer issues and Program requirements. She is the first person to contact with questions once the website has been fully reviewed.

Whit Worman, PA-C
Director of Physician Assistant Program

Whit Worman


Karen L. Plankenhorn
Clinical Supervisor, Radiography

Karen L. Plankenhorn
  • Education
    • Associates of Applied Science in Radiography from Pennsylvania College of Technology (August 1995) – Highest Honors
    • Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania College of Technology (May 2006) – Summa Cum Laude and Alpha Chi
  • Academic Experience
    • Instructor, Pennsylvania College of Technology
    • Classes: Pediatrics and Trauma Radiography, Mammography and Interventional Procedures
  • Work Experience
    • Clinical Supervisor, Radiography at Evangelical Hospital
    • Registered Mammographer at Kathryn Candor Lundy Breast Health Center
    • Staff/Operating Room Registered Radiographer at Susquehanna Health Systems
    • Professional Organizations
    • Certified and Registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
    • Member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists
    • Past Member of the PA Society of Radiologic Technologists, Dist #5, serving as both President-Elect and President

"As a 1995 graduate of Penn College, I have had the opportunity of experiencing the challenging journey that lies ahead of every Penn College Radiography student. I believe the strength of the program is its incorporation of clinical experience simultaneously with classroom instruction throughout the entire two years. This disciplined structure is what ultimately prepares the students for their career as a Radiographer."

"It is amazing the amount of growth that both the college and the field of Radiography has undergone since I graduated. And with those changes come many opportunities for current and future Radiographers. It is a privilege to be a part of that growth; learning and teaching the most up to date technology. Our students are given the opportunity to work with new technology at their clinical sites and our new lab at the college."

"The field of Radiography is comprised of many different modalities. Although the students’ main focus in this program is Diagnostic Radiography, they are also exposed to different modalities, learning the basics of each. This may help them to decide if they are interested in these different “branches” of technology. Should any of these modalities spark an interest, Penn College has availability for growth in several ways -- via 1) Diagnostic Medical Sonography course opportunities, 2) an affiliation with the University of Findlay Nuclear Medicine Institute, and 3) through its Bachelors of Applied Health degree, all of which could open many doors in a Radiographer’s career."

Karen Rishcoff
Secretary to the Director of Dental Hygiene & Director of Radiography

Robert Slothus
Associate Professor, Radiography; Director of Radiography

Robert Slothus
  • Education
    • M.S., The Pennsylvania State University – Health Education
    • B.S., Thomas Jefferson University – Radiologic Technology
    • Certificate in Radiologic Technology: United States Air Force
  • Academic Experience
    • Currently: Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Work Experience
    • Has been working in the field of radiography since 1971. Career began in Radiography with the United States Air Force. Director of Penn College's Radiography Program for 32 years.
    • Teaches classes in Radiation Physics, Radiographic Exposure, Quality Assurance, CT and MRI Imaging, Cross Sectional Anatomy, Pathology, and Digital Image Acquisition and Display.
    • Registered and certified Radiographer R.T. (R) ARRT with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
  • Awards & Certifications
    • "Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” for 2003-04.
    • Published in state, national, and international settings.
    • Personal view of the major:

"A national shortage of Radiographers and the affects of managed care has challenged our faculty and staff to review the Radiography major curriculum and National Employment opportunities, and ask the following question: what do primary health care providers want and what is the best way to educate our students to meet their requests? Our program's philosophy is to prepare radiographers based on the Joint Review Committee On Education In Radiologic Technology’s Standards.

In addition to meeting these prescribed standards, we have begun to enhance our existing core courses in MRI, CT and Mammography imaging and have guided our students to focus their sights on the concept of multi-competency/multi-skilled opportunities. The Radiography program has taken a proactive approach in meeting employer needs and has started to include more training in mammography and radiologic specific nursing skills into its 24 month curriculum. Our eight hospital affiliates have allowed us to send students into MRI and CT scanning rooms on a volunteer basis so they may choose their days and times for critical hands-on scanning time. This unique hospital/college arrangement enables students with tight time restraints due to family and work requirements an opportunity to gain additional training which will help them become multi-skilled in various imaging modalities."

"The Pennsylvania College of Technology's Radiography Program is committed to meeting the never ending challenges of new managed care initiatives while maintaining its leading educational position in graduating highly competent entry level radiographers. Come visit us in Williamsport and you to will see why our program continues to have the reputation that it so deserves."

Lauren Reed
Clinical Supervisor, Radiography

Cletus G. Waldman, Jr.
Assistant Professor, Radiography; Clinical Director

Cletus G. Waldman, Jr.

Surgical Technology

Scott Geist, MBA, CST
Director of Surgical Technology Program

Scott Geist, BS CST

I joined the Penn College team in January 2011. I have over 20 years of surgical technology experience. I graduated with a certificate in Surgical Technology in 1991 from the Naval School of Health Sciences and began working at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, where I received my National Certification as Surgical Technologist. I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Services in 2006 and continued my naval career in both surgical technology and administrative assignments. I retired from the United States Navy in 2008 and recently completed a Masters in Business Administration.

Kim Schweikart
Secretary to Director of Occupational Therapy Assistant, Director of Surgical Technology, Department Heads in Health Information & Applied Health Studies

Elizabeth Gizenski, MHA, RN, CST
Clinical Director, Surgical Technology

"I have been a member of the Penn College community since 1997, both as a student and as an employee. I graduated with a certificate in Surgical Technology in 1999 and began working at a local hospital. I became a registered nurse in 2004 and continued to work in an operating room setting. In 2005, I began my work in Penn College’s Surgical Technology program. Shortly after assuming this position, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Health Studies. While teaching, I continue to work in the field. I plan to continue teaching and imparting the valuable skills I learn every day to future surgical technologists."

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