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CON Welcomes New Faculty & Staff

Teresa Atz, MSN, RN, is an assistant professor and will be teaching in the undergraduate program. She received a BSN from Salem State College in MA and a MSN with a specialty in nursing education from MUSC and is currently a PhD candidate at the College of Nursing. Teresa began her career at MUSC as a research nurse for pediatric cardiology at MUSC Children’s Hospital. She has held many adjunct positions in the undergraduate program at MUSC.
Kathleen Cartmell MPH, PhD, is an assistant professor and junior researcher. She will be teaching epidemiology in the DNP program She received a BA from the College of Charleston, a MPH from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and a PhD in health and rehabilitation sciences from MUSC. Prior to joining CON, she worked at Hollings Cancer Center as a cancer prevention and control research project manager. Kathleen’s expertise is in mixed methods research, public health intervention strategies and cancer survivorship. She is currently the principle investigator on a statewide project funded by the South Carolina Cancer Alliance to disseminate patient-centered standards of cancer care.

Kahlil Demonbreun, DNP, RNC-OB, WHNP-BC, ANP-BC, is an instructor in the DNP program. He also is a women’s health nurse practitioner. He began his nursing career in Detroit, MI, where he worked on a medical/surgical gynecology unit. After receiving both his BSN and MSN degrees from the University of South Carolina, he completed the women’s health nurse practitioner (NP) program. Kahlil continued his education and earned a DNP degree from MUSC in 2012. He is a member on several regional and national committees devoted to improving the health of women.

Elizabeth Harmon, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, is an instructor in the DNP program. She earned her BSN from Indiana University (Indiana, PA), and both her MSN and DNP degrees from CON. While pursuing her master’s degree, Elizabeth was awarded the Rural Health Fellowship. Today she continues to work with rural and underserved populations. Her practice site is Palmetto Primary Care – Appian Way.

Shannon Hudson PhD, RN, CCRN, is an instructor and a junior research scientist. She received her BSN from the University of North Florida and her PhD in nursing from MUSC. Her background is as an acute care nurse in the pediatric critical care setting. In addition to her role at CON, Shannon has received funding to work with the Care Coordination Institute where she is being trained in Healthcare Lean Six Sigma and has achieved her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She is interested in health care utilization and care coordination among children with medical complexity and is also interested in rural disparities in access to care among children with medical complexity.

Whitney Smith MSN, APRN, ANP-C, is an instructor in the DNP program. She earned a BA in biology from the University of South Florida, BSN and a MSN from MUSC. Whitney has experience in geriatric medicine, primary care, and women’s health. Her interests include chronic illness management, age related illnesses, and wellness promotion.
Alex Umrysh is a research associate for the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL). He has a BS in computer science from the University of South Carolina - Upstate. While in school, he worked as a research assistant. After graduation, he was employed as a software developer at Livingston & Haven in Charlotte, NC.
Shawntel Parker is a research associate and the senior software architect for the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL). Shawntel has a BS in computer science and BA in early childhood education from Augusta State University, as well as a BS in respiratory therapy from Medical College of Georgia. Shawntel’s experience and expertise is in database design and development and graphical user interface development for health and research data acquisition. At TACHL, Shawntel is working with wireless health monitoring applications and smart-device technologies, which provide critical data transmission for individual health assessments and facilitate continuous monitoring in order to provide high quality patient care.