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Nursing Faculty and Staff

Robert Desrosiers, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor, Director of Nursing 

Dr. Desrosiers is a graduate of St. Joseph School of Nursing in North Providence, R.I. where he earned a diploma in nursing and became a registered nurse.  He received a Baccalaureate in Nursing from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island and earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Rhode Island.  His doctoral studies focused on the health care needs of the elder LGBT population. He is also a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Desrosiers has a business background, experience in higher education, strong leadership skills, and is an expert in professional practice.

Dr. Desrosiers’ nursing experience includes working as a registered nurse in a Level-1 Emergency Department and as a Nursing Supervisor in a Level-1 trauma center.  He currently practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Dr. Desrosiers is the Director of Nursing, teaches in the A.S. and online RN to BSN programs.

Suzan J. MenihanDNPCNM, Associate Professor and Program Operational Lead

Dr. 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 recently obtained her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the American Sentinel University.  Dr. 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.

Dr. Menihan holds a faculty position as an assistant professor of nursing at the New England Institute of Technology, teaching in the Associate and Bachelor of Science in Nursing, where she is the RN-BSN program lead.  She also teaches in the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program. She holds membership at the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), The Association on Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) and The National League for Nursing (NLN).

Elizabeth RaposaDNP, MSN, ACNP-BCCCRN, Assistant Professor, Program Academic Lead

Dr. Raposa is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner who holds a full time faculty position as an Assistant Professor. 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 also went on to obtain her Doctoral Degree from American Sentinel University out of Aurora, Colorado in 2019. She has worked throughout the region as a critical care nurse practitioner with most recent experience in the areas of cardiology critical care and cardiothoracic surgery. 

Dr. Raposa teaches in the Associate Degree program, where she is the program lead. She also teaches in the RN-BSN and MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner programs. She holds certifications as a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) and a critical care registered nurse (CCRN). She also belongs to the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. 

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

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

Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert is a doctorally prepared pediatric nurse practitioner and is board certified in Primary Care Pediatrics, Advanced Hospice and Palliative Nursing, and Pain Management. She has over 20 years of experience caring for children with complex chronic medical conditions. Her area of expertise is symptom management at the end of life.

Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert founded Magnolia Pediatrics, which is an independent nurse practitioner practice in Rhode Island focusing on pediatric palliative care. Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert worked 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.

Cathy Kelly, MSN, RN, MA, CAGS, LMHC, Associate Professor (AS and RN to BSN program only)

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.

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.

Robbin Neill, MSN-Ed, RN, VA-BC, Simulation Center Lead Faculty

​Robbin Neill MSN-Ed, RN, VA-BC, is the Simulation Center Lead Faculty in the NEIT Simulation Center.  Robbin has earned an ADN from Community College of RI (1990), BSN and Legal Nurse Consulting from Kaplan University (2012) and MSN-Ed from Grand Canyon University (2014).  Prior to joining NEIT in 2015, Robbin had worked for over 25 years at Rhode Island Hospital where she was employed as a board-certified vascular access nurse with the IV Therapy Department.  Robbin’s nursing experience there included a diverse background in IV Therapy/PICC lines, Level I trauma, infertility, orthopedics, ENT, and specialty clinics.  She also worked at The Miriam Hospital as an RN with Community Health Services.  Robbin is presently a Board member of Dare to Dream Ranch, where she is currently obtaining a certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, assisting our Veteran population.

Stacie Nunziato, DNP, RN, Instructor (AS and RN-BSN programs)

Stacie earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salve Regina University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She also earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a focus on healthcare systems and leadership. 

Stacie has 14 years of nursing experience with a diverse background that includes expertise in critical care, trauma, emergency medicine, and nursing leadership. The majority of her nursing career has taken place in a Level-1 Emergency Department and as a Nursing Supervisor in a Level-1 trauma center. Stacie also has experience as a nurse tutor working with students in the Associate nursing program at NEIT. She currently holds a full-time faculty position as Course Lead for Fundamentals of Nursing in the associate degree nursing program. She also teaches the Capstone course in the RN-BSN Program.


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.


Frank Raposa, BS, NRP, Simulation Center Coordinator

Frank Raposa BS, NRP, has been with New England Tech since January 2014.  He is the Simulation Center Coordinator 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.

Betty Sadaniantz, DNP, MSN, RN, Associate Professor

Betty Sadaniantz DNP, MSN, RN holds a faculty position as an associate professor of nursing at the New England Institute of Technology, teaching on both the associate and bachelor's degree levels. Dr. Sadaniantz brings experience in management, education, educational leadership, publishing, and clinical practice to this faculty role. She has served on numerous national and regional boards, including the RI Board of Nursing, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the American Heart Association.  Her diverse clinical practice experience has been in the areas of intensive care, coronary care, and medical-surgical nursing, as well as labor and delivery.  She is the author of many publications and presentations on topics related to nursing, health care, and leadership.

A graduate of Rhode Island College, Dr. Sadaniantz completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Rhode Island and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Sadaniantz focused her DNP clinical hours and capstone project on the Institute of Medicine Report of 2011: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. She has been involved in the implementation of these IOM recommendations for the transformation of health care as a board member of the Rhode Island Action Coalition of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Campaign for Action and as former Project Director for the Rhode Island Center for Nursing Excellence.


Accreditation Status


This nursing education program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326  404-975-5000

Master of Science in Nursing
This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326  404-975-5000