Nursing Faculty and Staff


Dayle Joseph, EdD, MS, MEd, RN, Assistant Provost and Director of Nursing

Dayle F. Joseph

Dr. Dayle Joseph was appointed Assistant Provost and Director of Nursing in December of 2014.  She was the Dean of Nursing at The University of Rhode Island for 17 years, until her retirement in 2012.  Her administrative and teaching experience includes all levels, from diploma to doctoral students.  She has authored several publications, co-authored one textbook, and conducted several small studies in behavioral change in clients with Diabetes.  She has also been the recipient of several national and local awards.  They include the Melanie Dreher Outstanding Dean Award for her leadership in Sigma Theta Tau, The Rhode Island State Nurses (now ANA-RI) Nightingale award, and the Nurse Practitioner State Award from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 

Darlene Noret, MSN, Ed. APRN, ACNP-BC, TNCC, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Nursing

Darlene has a diverse nursing background that includes expertise in critical care, trauma, emergency care, and nursing leadership. Darlene has held leadership positions at the two largest emergency departments, and level I trauma center in southern New England. In addition to her role as assistant director, and assistant professor in the RN to BSN program, she is an ANCC board certified acute care nurse practitioner with specialty in adult/ gerontology.  Her residencies have included UMass’s University and Memorial Campuses. Darlene is currently working on her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus on educational leadership. She holds many professional memberships including the: ANA, NLN, MARINLN, RISNA, Florida and Massachusetts Nurses associations, and the Society of Critical Care medicine.

Mary Grace Amendola, Ph.D, RN, Assistant Professor

Mary Grace Amendola graduated from the University of Connecticut with a PhD in Nursing, a Masters of Nursing Science and a Certificate in Public Health. She received her BSN from the University of Rhode Island. She has worked in various community/public health nursing positions and settings.

Her approach to educating nursing students and community members is aligned with critical social theory (CST). The students, community members, and educator, work collaboratively to solve health problems. Having used CST in a clinical, classroom, and research setting, has enriched her life as a nurse, educator, and researcher. Most of her entire professional career as a nurse has included some involvement and advocacy regarding health disparities.

As a faculty member, she is committed to service learning, education, and community-based participatory research—is described as active participation of community members and researchers collaborating in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of research. She also supports an interdisciplinary approach in collaborating with students, faculty, and underserved communities. With this foundation, nursing students can be well equipped to be our future leaders in eliminating health disparities.

Linda Del Vecchio-Gilbert, DNP, CPNP-PC, ACHPN, CPON, Associate Professor

Linda Del Vecchio-Gilbert holds a faculty position as an associate professor in the Department of Nursing Department where she teaches both on the associate and bachelors degree level.

Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert is a doctorally prepared pediatric nurse practitioner and is board certified in Primary Care Pediatrics and Advanced Hospice and Palliative Nursing. She has over 19 years of experience caring for children with complex chronic conditions. Her area of expertise is pain and symptom management.

Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert works as a consulting pediatric nurse practitioner in palliative and end-of-life at Notre Dame Pediatric Palliative Program in Worcester, MA. Prior to this position, she was instrumental in the development of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI. She also worked on the Pain Team at Boston Children’s Hospital and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY.

Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert has done numerous projects and presentations both nationally and internationally on topics such as pediatric palliative and end-of-life care, suffering and hope, and pain management. She is a member of the Rhode Island Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council. She has volunteered in the U.S. and abroad for a wide range of humanitarian and medical organizations.

Robert Desrosiers, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor

Dr. Desrosiers is a graduate of St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in North Providence, R.I. where he earned his diploma in nursing and became a registered nurse.  He received his Baccalaureate in Nursing from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island and earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Rhode Island.  He is also a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Dr. Desrosiers’ nursing experience includes working as a registered nurse in the emergency room at a level-1 trauma center and as a hospital nursing supervisor.  He currently practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  He has been a clinical instructor at the University of Rhode Island and his passion is to educate nursing students to become practicing registered nurses.  Dr. Desrosiers is a full-time faculty member in the online RN to BSN program and will also work with students in the A.S. nursing program.

Linda S. Lambert, BS, RN, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Linda S. Lambert is an experienced health care professional with varied experience in a wide range of health care settings throughout the state. Her hospital experience includes working as an RN at Landmark Medical Center in the Emergency Unit and in Step-Down Telemetry providing direct care for patients. She then became Nursing Coordinator/Oncology Coordinator/Assistant Nurse Manager at Landmark, where she was responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient care for two Medical-Surgical units and one Medical Telemetry unit. Prior to joining the Nursing Program at New England Tech as Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, she was Nurse Manager at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, responsible for a Medical/Surgical/Oncology/Telemetry unit.

Outside of hospitals, she has worked as the Regional Director of Nursing for Infusion Resource, Home Care Program, and as the Director of the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center.

She holds an Associate in Science degree in Nursing from the Community College of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social/Health Services/Health Administration from Roger Williams University.

Suzan J. Menihan, MSN, RN, CNM, Assistant Professor

Professor Menihan’s career spans over 30 years of clinical experience as both an RN and Certified Nurse Midwife. She earned both a BSN and MSN, with certification in Midwifery at the University of Rhode Island, and is currently in pursuit of a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the American Sentinel University.  Menihan was the CEO and president of the first independent midwifery practice in Rhode Island, for which she received the 2000 Women Wise Award in recognition of her contributions to women’s health. She is certified in first assisting for Cesarean birth and Master’s Colposcopy She has taught both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Rhode Island.

Professor Menihan holds a faculty position as an assistant professor of nursing at the New England Institute of Technology and teaches in both the Associate and Bachelor’s of Science in nursing.  Professor Menihan also teaches as adjunct faculty at Simmons College, Boston, MA.  Menihan is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), The Association on Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), and the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) and The National League for Nursing (NLN).

Fatima Morel-Silva, MSN, RN, Instructor

Professor Fatima Morel-Silva MSN, RN joined New England Institute of Technology in January of 2013, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing.  Professor Morel-Silva has earned her B.S. in Nursing from Rhode Island College and her M.S. in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island.

Professor Morel-Silva has over 18 years of nursing experience, including Acute Care, Medical ICU, Nursing Management, and Nursing Simulation Lab Coordinator. She continues to work on the Cardiothoracic Unit in the state’s largest general acute care hospital.  Professor Morel-Silva currently teaches in the Nursing Simulation Lab, Nursing Fundamentals II and Medical-Surgical II. 


Robbin Neill, MSN-Ed, RN, VA-BC, Simulation Nurse Educator

​Robbin Neill MSN-Ed, RN, VA-BC, has joined New England Institute of Technology as the Simulation Nurse Educator.  Robbin has earned an ADN from Community College of RI, BSN and Legal Nurse Consulting from Kaplan University and MSN-Ed from Grand Canyon University. She is a board-certified vascular access nurse presently on the IV team at Rhode Island Hospital as well as an RN with Community Health Services at The Miriam Hospital. Robbin has over 25 years of experience in nursing with a diverse background in level I trauma, infertility, orthopedics, ENT, specialty clinics and legal nurse consulting.


Susan Pilkington, Administrative Assistant, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Assistant

Susan has been with the New England Tech Nursing Department since October, 2013.     She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bryant College.  Her early career entailed administrative positions within the State of Rhode Island, Dept. of Transportation and the Attorney General’s Office.  Susan also managed her family’s restaurant for 15 years before coming to New England Tech.


Elizabeth Raposa, MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, Instructor

Professor Raposa is an acute care nurse practitioner who joined the department of nursing as a full time faculty member in July of 2015 after teaching as adjunct faculty member for one year. She received her undergraduate education at the University of Rhode Island where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2006. She obtained a Master of Science degree in 2010 from the University of Massachusetts, Worcester with a specialty as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and subspecialty in education. She has worked throughout the region as a critical care and emergency department nurse and nurse practitioner with most recent experience in the post operative cardiac surgical intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and in the cardiac intensive care unit at Hartford Hospital and the Miriam Hospital. Professor Raposa teaches primarily classroom and clinical sections of Medical-Surgical Nursing in the associates degree nursing program. 

Frank Raposa, BS, NRP, Nursing Simulation Lab Coordinator

Frank Raposa BS, NRP, has been with New England Tech since January 2014.  He is the Coordinator for the Nursing Simulation Lab, and oversees its daily operation. He graduated from URI in 2002 with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems. He became an emergency medical technician in 1997 and volunteered at URI EMS.  After graduating, his early career involved computer system and marketing work for a large IT company.  In 2008, he finished a certificate program in Paramedicine, and worked at South Kingstown Emergency Medical Services until coming to New England Tech, where he still works as a per-diem Paramedic.


Patricia Schneider, MSN, RN, Instructor

Professor Patricia Schnieder graduated from Brockton Hospital School of Nursing and Excelsior College with a Master's in nursing education. She has been a nurse for over 16 years. Work experience includes Med Surg, OR, Dialysis, and Pediatric Psych. She teaches Fundamentals 1, Med Surg, Capstone and in the Sim lab.


Cathy Wharton, MSN, RN, MA, CAGS, LMHC, Assistant Professor

Cathy completed her Master of Science degree in Nursing with a minor in education from the University of Texas at El Paso in adult health with a concentration in critical care. Cathy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Georgetown University. She earned a Master of Arts degree from Salve Regina University in Holistic Counseling and developed the “Integrative Therapy Programs” for Kent Hospital and their affiliates while conducting research to show their effectiveness in pain management and improvement of patient outcomes. Cathy also received a Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies in Transpersonal Psychology/Mental Health from Salve Regina University and is in private practice in East Greenwich as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Cathy’s past work experience has been in adult critical care (ICU/Step-Down Units) both as charge nurse and as a nursing school instructor. She has also worked as a case manager in home health and served as an education specialist at Kent Hospital for nine years to ensure best practices in nursing. Her work experience also includes acting as Director of Nursing in a long-term care facility.

In 2010, Cathy published an article featured in Advance for Nurses entitled “Nursing Core Competencies: Kent Hospital, Warwick, RI, Creates Tools to Prepare New Nurses”, done in conjunction with MONE (Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives). She has also published research and articles related to integrative therapies and their effects on pain outcomes and customer satisfaction in the hospital setting.


Accreditation Status

The RN to Bachelor in Science Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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