Search Committee Roster and Contact Information

Search Committee

Jean Wactawski Wende, PhD ’89, MS ‘83

Chair of the Search Committee, Dean and SUNY Distinguished Professor, School of Public Health and Health Professions

Eric Alcott

Associate Vice President for Advancement, Health Sciences

Cristina de Rosa, MSN, RN

PhD student, School of Nursing

Grace Dean, PhD, RN

Professor, School of Nursing

Carolyn Farrell, PhD, MS ’84, BS ‘71

President and Founder, Professional Genetic Interactions; Member, UB Alumni Association Board of Directors

Joseph Gambacorta

Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs, Restorative Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine

Susan Grinslade, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC

Clinical Professor, School of Nursing

Amy Hequembourg, PhD

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, School of Nursing

Steve Lipshultz, MD, FAAP, FAHA

A. Conger Goodyear Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Gary Mahon

Senior Assistant Dean for Administrative Searches, School of Nursing

Ophelia Morey, MLS

Coordinator of Community Outreach Services, Health Sciences Library

Patricia Ohtake, PhD, PT

Assistant Vice President Interprofessional Education; Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science, School of Public Health and Health Professions


Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean for MS/DNP Programs, School of Nursing

Loralee Sessanna, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, Faith Community Nurse

Clinical Professor and Interim Division Chair, Family, Community & Health Systems Sciences, School of Nursing

Contact the Search Committee

The search committee for the position of dean of the School of Nursing welcomes input and questions from the campus and community at any time during the search process.

Please offer your feedback, thoughts or questions on the search here

Please be assured that your comments are completely anonymous. This survey tool does not gather any personal or computer (e.g., IP address) identification information. All reports generated from this survey will be in the aggregate, i.e., no individual responses will be disclosed.

Search Consultant

The search committee is working with the assistance of Joi Hayes-Scott of Russell Reynolds Associates.

Ms. Hayes-Scott has experience in recruiting leaders to UB at the decanal and department chair levels. With her considerable knowledge of the university and its strengths, she serves as an effective advocate for us in the recruitment process.

Application and Nomination Procedures

Individuals nominated and those who wish to apply should provide an electronic version of their curriculum vitae. All nominations and applications should be sent electronially via email (Microsoft Word or PDF attachments strongly preferred) to