Be the Change: Healthcare

Photo: Music students and wind instruments When JMU students, faculty members and alumni look at the world, they see people. Some work to improve health care delivery through strenuous scholarship and clinical experiences. Others work to strengthen community life. They address poverty, oppression, social injustice and human rights. They volunteer to raise monies to fight disease and fund research. Madison's compassion, coupled with innovative and collaborative approaches through education, research and service is truly changing the world.

The Stories ...

East meets west to improve clients' health

Anu Kaur In the field of dietetics, some consider Anu Kaur ('99M) a pioneer because of the unique blend of Eastern and Western philosophies that she uses to improve clients' health and wellness … Read More

Getting kids healthy

Shannon Dougherty ('10, '11M) Shannon Dougherty did not spend her Spring Break like most college students. She wasn't on a beach in Cancun or visiting old high-school friends, but she still had a great time. During the first part of … Read More

Project Climb

Tom Moran, assistant professor of kinesiology, is striving to increase JMU's interaction with the community by meeting the needs of children and adults with disabilities in sports and recreation Project CLIMB, Children Learning to Improve Movement Behaviors, gives children with disabilities one-on-one attention and assistance from JMU's Adapted Physical Education program students. … Read More

Just what the doctor ordered

JMU research on treating diabetic ulcers Research at JMU could lead to breakthrough for treating diabetic ulcers and bedsores. Dr. David Jaynes and his students have been working on a procedure that involves observing proteins collected from such wounds to determine treatment effectiveness … Read More

The People ...

  1. Carolyn Abitbol, M.D. ('67)

    Carolyn Abitbol, M.D. ('67)

    Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Director of Pediatric Dialysis

    Ordering a pizza may seem rather ordinary, unless you're a child unable to eat pizza due to a medical condition. Carolyn Abitbol knows firsthand the joy that first pizza can bring, and she also knows … Read more

  2. Andy Bacon ('00)

    Andy Bacon ('00)

    Raising funds for cancer research

    Every 12 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer. Andy Bacon ('00) believes in going to extremes to help broaden that time frame. This triathlete and experienced mountain climber has found a way to … Read more

  3. Margaret Bagnardi

    Margaret Bagnardi

    ISAT professor of nursing, champion of excellent patient care

    Little more than a year after coming to JMU, nursing professor Margaret Bagnardi is changing patient care in Harrisonburg. In collaboration with Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Margaret empowers nurses … Read more

  4. Dan Cole ('87)

    Dan Cole ('87)

    Running to fight cancer

    Vice president of sales and business for Consumer Electronics Association, Dan is an accomplished motivational speaker and sales trainer. He is also a runner with a purpose. In 2007, Dan became … Read more

  5. Dr. Mark Dertzbaugh ('82)

    Dr. Mark Dertzbaugh ('82)

    Chief of Business Plans and Programs, USAMRIID

    In his work at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Mark spends his days coordinating programs that enable researchers to develop medical defenses against biological warfare … Read more

  6. Gay Finlayson ('76)

    Gay Finlayson ('76)

    Advocate for the autistic

    Gay Finlayson ('76) is described as a woman with gumption. It's an apt description for the health educator and family specialist for the Center for Development and Disability at the University of New Mexico in … Read more

  7. Judith Flohr

    Judith Flohr

    Kinesiology professor

    Judith Flohr has always believed that a vital part of a woman's sense of self stems from her physical well being. "If you have confidence in your physical self," she explains, "then that confidence will make … Read more

  8. Mark Gabriele ('95)

    Mark Gabriele ('95)

    JMU Assistant Professor of Biology

    For Mark Gabriele, changing the world comes one small breakthrough at a time with each look into a microscope. When the JMU graduate and professor isn't spending his days researching the development of the human auditory system, he can be found in the classroom … Read more

  9. Dr. Joann Grayson

    Dr. Joann Grayson

    Psychology professor

    Dr. Joann Grayson is a champion for abused and neglected children. She has initiated more than 11 prevention programs in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community, including a tutoring program that … Read more

  10. Kim Hartzler-Weakley ('00, '07M)

    Kim Hartzler-Weakley ('00, '07M)

    Director, Office on Children and Youth

    Are you who you want to be? Kim asks teens to focus on that goal when times get tough. "I want to get them to see something positive and envision something to live for, to look forward to, so they don't … Read more

  11. Vida Huber (1937-2005)

    Vida Huber (1937-2005)

    Associate Dean, College of Integrated Science and Technology Professor of Nursing

    A child of parents who operated a nursing home, Vida Huber learned early in life the meaning of service to others. So profound was her satisfaction from caring for others, she made it her life's work. … Read more

  12. Katie King ('97)

    Katie King ('97)

    Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's 2007 Virginia Woman of the Year

    In 2004, Katie's father, Bill Lowry, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The Virginia Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was a valuable … Read more

  13. Nathan Lyon ('94)

    Nathan Lyon ('94)

    Chef, host of Discovery Health's "A Lyon in the Kitchen"

    If you want to learn how to cook a healthy, mouthwatering meal, Nathan Lyon is just the person to help you out. This JMU alum and cooking enthusiast hosts the Discovery Health cooking show … Read more

  14. Virginia Mann ('06)

    Virginia Mann ('06)

    Registered nurse

    IIn 2005, JMU's nursing students celebrated the 25th anniversary of the program by honing their skills and caring for victims in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath and by training in hospitals throughout the … Read more

  15. Beth McGinnis ('00)

    Beth McGinnis ('00)

    HIV education coordinator

    Starting with her days working for the Valley AIDS Network in Harrisonburg, Beth McGinnis has learned all too well the deadly risks women face from HIV. She also knows women have ways to lessen that … Read more

  16. Dr. Margaret Moore ('42)

    Dr. Margaret Moore ('42)

    Pioneering educator and clinician in physical therapy

    When Margaret Moore retired from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she left behind an enormous legacy of change. After becoming a physical therapist in 1943, Moore taught at the Medical College of Virginia … Read more

  17. JMU Nursing Student Association

    JMU Nursing Student Association

    Making a difference

    JMU nursing majors live and work by the motto: "Being a nurse means making a difference in people's lives." Members of the JMU Nursing Student Association, led by president Kristina Kirby ('08), are … Read more

  18. Kathleen Pantaleo

    Kathleen Pantaleo

    Program Assistant, Caregivers Community Network

    Those who don't know her well might question Kathleen Pantaleo's midlife decision to leave her job as an annual fund director and go to work at JMU as an assistant in a respite program for family members who care for frail … Read more

  19. Tim Schulte ('94M), ('99D)

    Tim Schulte ('94M), ('99D)

    Director of Counseling and Psychological Services Clinic and Interprofessional Services for Learning Assessment

    Tim has had a long-standing interest in helping people to realize their life goals. He started out as a linguist, teaching English as a second language and later transitioned to working with families through … Read more

  20. Brandon Schultz

    Brandon Schultz

    Director, Clinical and Consultative Services, Baird Center

    He earned a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees during his pursuit to become a school psychologist. And although Brandon says, "It took me a while to learn where I would best fit in, where … Read more

  21. Dr. Brenda Seal

    Dr. Brenda Seal

    Professor, communications sciences and disorders

    Performing roles of professor; researcher; honors program coordinator; author; community sign language instructor; and interpreter for the Virginia Department of Education and Supreme Court … Read more

  22. Dr. Anne Stewart

    Dr. Anne Stewart

    Professor of Graduate Psychology

    Anne Stewart lifts people up. This Madison professor has witnessed firsthand the power of the human spirit and helped nurture it to face down unimaginable tragedy — like the Indian Ocean tsunami … Read more

  23. Dr. Debra Sutton

    Dr. Debra Sutton

    Health science professor

    JMU health science professor Debra Sutton has dedicated her career to the cause of disease prevention and the critical role that education plays in that endeavor. She couples her common sense … Read more

  24. Kathy Thomas ('78)

    Kathy Thomas ('78)

    Childbirth educator, co-chair CoB Campaign Committee

    Kathy's contribution to change is very special — she has helped many women bring their babies into the world. After giving birth to her first two daughters, she began teaching prenatal exercise classes for … Read more

  25. Cathy Webb

    Cathy Webb

    Pediatric nurse and nursing instructor

    Like many pediatric nurses, Cathy knows firsthand that parenting a child with special needs can be overwhelming. But her role as a JMU nursing instructor led her to devise an ingenious way to provide … Read more

  26. Dr. Louise Wilkins-Haug ('76)

    Dr. Louise Wilkins-Haug ('76)

    Division Director for Maternal Fetal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Dr. Louise Wilkins-Haug performs some of medicine's most complex surgeries — operating in utero to correct abnormalities of the fetus or to prolong the development of the fetus prior to delivery. As the … Read more

  27. Dr. Mandy Woodfield  ('05)

    Mandy Woodfield ('05)

    Presidential Management Fellow and health advocate

    Mandy says her career in public health and health promotion was inspired by her Madison Experience, beginning with community service-learning, Alternative Spring Break, student government and REACH … Read more

  28. Amy Porter Zacaroli ('88)

    Amy Porter Zacaroli ('88)

    Caring for AIDS orphans in South Africa

    "What are we really on this Earth to do?" Amy and her husband Alec weren't afraid to ask themselves that tough question. They determined they would make a difference in the lives of people more than 7,000 miles away. The couple founded 25:40, a nonprofit … Read more

Be the Change! sectors ...

Be the Change
in Healthcare

Carolyn Abitbol ('67)
Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Director of Pediatric Dialysis

Andy Bacon ('00)
Raising funds for cancer research

Margaret Bagnardi
ISAT professor of nursing, champion of excellent patient care

Dan Cole ('87)
Running to fight cancer

Mark Dertzbaugh ('82)
Chief of Business Plans and Programs, USAMRIID

Gay Finlayson ('76)
Advocate for the autistic

Judith Flohr
Kinesiology professor

Mark Gabriele ('95)
JMU Assistant Professor of Biology

Joann Grayson
psychology professor

Kim Hartzler-Weakley ('00,'07M)
Director, JMU Office on Children and Youth

Vida Huber (1937-2005)
Associate Dean, College of Integrated Science and Technology

Katie King ('97)
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's 2007 Virginia Woman of the Year

Nathan Lyon ('94)
Chef

Virginia Mann ('06)
Registered nurse

Beth McGinnis ('00)
HIV Education Coordinator

Dr. Margaret Moore ('42)
Pioneering educator and clinician in physical therapy

Nursing Student Association

Kathleen Pantaleo
Program assistant, Caregivers Community Network

Tim Schulte ('94M), ('99D)
Director of Counseling and Psychological Services Clinic and Interprofessional Services for Learning Assessment

Brandon Schultz
Director, Clinical and Consultative Services, Baird Center

Dr. Brenda Seal
Professor, Communications Sciences and Disorders

Anne Stewart
Professor, Graduate Psychology

Debra Sutton
Health science professor

Kathy Thomas ('78)
Childbirth educator, co-chair CoB Campaign Committee

Cathy Webb
Pediatric Nurse and Nursing Instructor

Louise Wilkins-Haug ('76)
Director for Maternal Fetal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Mandy Woodfield ('05)
Presidential Management Fellow and health advocate

Amy Porter Zacaroli ('88)
Caring for AIDS orphans in South Africa