Dr. Debra Griffin Stevens, nursing instructor, joins the associate degree program as a 1982 alumna of the DeKalb College associate of science nursing program. She continued her education with a master’s her degree from Emory University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She is an experienced educator with specialization in maternal-newborn nursing and maternal mental health nursing.
Sharon Little, nursing instructor, joins the associate degree program faculty as an experienced educator from Georgia Health Sciences University and Mercer University. She has worked as a quality improvement nurse, case manager, and district nursing and clinical director. She holds a master’s degree in nursing education from Mercer University.
Dr. Donnette Todd, nursing instructor, joins the associate degree program from Emory University Hospital, emergency department where she was part of the Serious Communicable Disease Unit nursing team that cared for Ebola patients in 2014. Dr. Todd holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Mercer University and received her M.S.N. from the University of South Alabama and B.S.N. from Stony Brook University.
Dr. Mary Garvin-Surpris, assistant professor joins the associate degree program as a graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has several years of teaching experience from Mercer University, Chamberlain College of Nursing and the Georgia State University School of Nursing. Her areas of instruction include the care of the maturing and aging adult, adults with high acuity needs, role transitions, and nursing research.
Mary Brown joins the nursing associate degree program staff as an administrative specialist, filling the position left open by Cynthia Levine’s retirement. Brown is an internal hire; she worked for Perimeter College for 14 years on three campuses of the former Georgia Perimeter College. A Navy veteran, Brown also worked for Norfolk State University in Virginia, her alma mater.
Perimeter Staff Members Retire
At the end of the 2019 academic year two of Perimeter Nursing staff members, Pat Grant and Cynthia Levine concluded their careers with Georgia State University.
Pat Grant began working for the university 26 years ago at the Atlanta campus in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography. She has worked on the staff of the Byrdine School of Nursing as a business manager III since 2003.
An active member of the Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS) of the American Associated Colleges of Nursing, Grant also supervised and mentored student assistants.
“I am elated about beginning this new phase of my life,” she said. She looks forward to traveling, spending time with her grandchildren, being more active in church ministry and choir and mentoring youth.
Cynthia Levine has been with the Perimeter College nursing program on Clarkston Campus since 2009. She has watched faculty come and go but remained part of the stabilizing group of staff. Levine coordinated nursing student testing and proofreads each test prior to admission. The faculty named her an honorary nurse because of her extensive knowledge of nursing learned from the test bank.
She looks forward to enjoying more time with her husband who retired 15 years earlier, making quick trips to the mountains and working with the Westie Rescue group of Marietta.
“I will miss you all, but you have a good team with our current leadership. I see the nursing program growing into a bigger and better program with good NCLEX scores,” she said.
The School of Nursing thanks both Pat and Cynthia for their years of service.