OConnor Lecture Spring 2020

O'Connor Chair Lecture

The A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Chair Foundation enables the Department of Nursing to invite distinguished leaders and scholars in the field of nursing and other related disciplines to Hartwick College for a Spring and Fall lecture and workshop series for each year.

Nursing majors, other students, faculty, and community members are invited to attend the evening lecture. Workshops with the guest speaker are scheduled with Hartwick nursing students and area healthcare professionals, and offer the opportunity for an in-depth examination of current trends and issues in healthcare.

Spring 2022 Lecture - March 11

Hartwick Nursing presented “Care and Treatment of the Addicted Population. An Urban/ Rural and Nurse Perspective”.

This Spring 2022 O’Connor Chair Lecture brought together a panel of experts who spoke to the ever-growing addiction crisis. This lecture focused on the complexities of addiction in urban and rural settings, as well as the risk for substance use disorder in the profession of nursing.

Featured speakers:
Julie Dostal, Executive Director of LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions
Dr. Lawrence Brown Jr., MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM, Chief Executive Officer at START Treatment & Recovery Centers
Joyce Nebush, RN, Regional Coordinator of SPAN (Statewide Peer Assistance for Nurses)


Past speakers and topics include:

  • Featured speakers: Maria Vezina ’73, EdD, vice president and chief of nursing practice, education, advanced practice nursing credentialing, and nursing labor relations partnerships for the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City; Kathleen Carver Cheney ’74, JD, New York City-based attorney and nursing leader; Colleen Leners, DNP, director of policy at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing presented: “Nurses’ Power in Policy – Nurses’ Care Reaches Beyond the Bedside.”
  • Panelists: Helen Battisti – Chief Nutrition Officer at SpNOD, Registered, Certified Dietitian Nutritionist; Dr. Francis Battisti – Noted Educator, Speaker, Psychotherapist, Consultant and Author; Dr. Lisa Daly – PhD, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner; Linda Thomson ’72 – Nurse Practitioner and Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis presented: “Self-care in times of stress: Strategies to promote stress relief, coping and overall psychological well-being.”
  • Panelists: E. Allison Holman, Professor of Nursing at the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing and Department of Psychological Science at the University of California; Christopher Holmes, Director of Emergency Management for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS); Maria MacPherson, Acting Director for the 14-county Central NY Regional Office (CNYRO) of New York State Department of Health presented “Where do we go from here? A forward-focused look at COVID-19.”
  • Panelist: James Balthazar, ATF Supervisory Special Agent and Branch Chief; Christopher Holmes, Director of Emergency Management for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS); Dr Zhongxia Hu, Clinical Assistant Professor in Interventional Radiology at SUNY Upstate; Kathryn Smith, lecturer for Hartwick College’s SCIE 150 Applied Theater in Healthcare course, “Simulation in Practice”
  • Anna Song Beeber ‘98, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, and a research fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research,  “The Baby Boomers Have Arrived! – The Social Impact of an Aging Society.”
  • Jean Van Kingsley RN, MS, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC and Noelle Granger, a special education teacher at Walton Central School, “The Landscape of Bullying in Rural America.”
  • 2018 The O’Connor Foundation supported the Nursing Symposium, a celebration of 75 years of nursing at Hartwick College
  • Lt. Colonel Andy Kaufman, Christy A. Coe, JD, MS, Suzi Landolphi, and Dr. Malika Carter contributed their unique perspectives on “Combating the Stigma of Mental Illness.”
  • Michael Burns and the Mop and Bucket Company focused on communications skills and how they can be developed and improved
  • Diane Georgeson, M.D. presented “Medical Care For Transgender Adults.”
  • Robert Hess, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, the Founder and CEO of the Forum for Shared Governance, “Empowering Evidence for Shared Governance”
  • Mark Carpenter, “The Silent Treatment: How Crucial Conversations Drive Patient Safety”
  • Aidan Havener Bohlander, LICSW, “Toxic Stress and Trauma in Early Childhood: Reducing Impact, Nurturing Resilience”
  • Lori Ciafardoni, MSN/Ed., RN, “Common Health Issues for the LGBT Population and Transgender Healthcare”
  • Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., “Contaminated without Consent: Bringing Science and Human Rights to Environmental Actions.”
  • Emily Edelman, “Genetics, Genomics, and You”
  • Dr. Richard Zoucha, “Inter Cultural Communication in Transcultural Nursing”


For more information, contact Geneen Bolton at boltong@hartwick.edu, 607-431-4790.