Nursing Dept


Melody Cash
Department Chair and Professor

Melody earned her BA in nursing from EMU in 1989 and went on to earn a MS in medical/surgical nursing from University of Virginia two years later. In 2003 she earned her graduate certificate in teaching nursing. In August 2010 she earned her PhD in Education (Instructional Technology) from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education.

Wendy Carr
Instructor of Nursing

Wendy joined the nursing department in 2011. She received her BS in Biology from Bridgewater College, then completed her BS in nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University. She worked part-time in medical psychiatry and long-term care while completing her MS in nursing at VCU. Her favorite area of practice came during her four years at Hospice of the Piedmont where she worked first as a long-term care case manager and then a nursing supervisor.

Wendy is married to Jeff, a local pastor and Eastern Mennonite Seminary graduate. They have two young sons.

Kate Clark
Professor of Nursing ADCP
Amy Gillespie
Assistant Professor
Ann Hershberger

Ann Graber Hershberger has worked in family health, community health, international health, and nursing education since 1976. Ann and her husband Jim, director of Church World Service Harrisonburg Refugee Resettlement Program, have spent 10 years in church sponsored service in Central America. She earned her PhD from the University of Virginia; completing a dissertation entitled “A case study of relationships between Nicaraguan non-governmental health organizations, communities served, donor agencies, and the Ministry of Health.” She spent the 1999-2000 academic year in Nicaragua researching the project. During the fall semester of 2008 she was on sabbatical and completed a research study on the experiences of families in Guatemala and West Bank, Palestine who have hosted EMU Cross Cultural students over the last decade. She has been a consultant for a Nursing School in Nicaragua, and has been on the board of MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) since 1997, and is currently the chair of MCC U.S. Mother of three adult children, she enjoys speaking Spanish, reading, gardening, and sitting on her porch.

Judy Hiett

Grew up in Harrisonburg, VA. Attended EMHS, then Rosedale Bible Institute before coming to EMU. Married Richard, her best friend, in 1985 after spending a year in Richmond, VA, and working at MCV hospital. Moved back to Harrisonburg where she has worked as a nurse at RMH. They have 3 adult children.
Some of her hobbies are reading, writing poetry, baking, sewing, piecing quilts or wall hangings, or walking/talking with a friend. She loves spring flowers, especially hyacinths. She also enjoys other cultures and traveling. To be a life-long learner is one of her priorities.

Kristen Kirwan
Assistant Professor
Tammy Kiser
Assistant Professor

Tammy has many years experience in Community Health Nursing roles. In addition, she serves in a number of volunteer roles in the community setting, including working as a Faith Community Nurse. Working with vulnerable populations, including the area homeless through the Healthcare for the Homeless Suitcase Clinic is also a major area of interest. Currently, Tammy is pursuing a DNP in Public Health Nursing Administration from the University of South Alabama.

Marcia Pusey
Cathy Rittenhouse
Associate Professor
Asst Professor of Practice
Debora Snarr
Assistant Professor
Don Tyson
Associate Professor of Nursing

Don Tyson has been teaching in the Nursing Department at the undergraduate and graduate levels at EMU since August 1999. In addition to teaching, he currently serves as the Co-Director of the MSN program. During the summer, as well as on weekends throughout the school year, he works at Sentara – Rockingham Memorial Healthcare in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit on a prn basis. He has previous experience in a variety of clinical and administrative nursing roles related to critical care, post-anesthesia care, and quality improvement. He graduated from Goshen College in 1979 and from the University of Virginia in 1986. In April of 2012 he received his PhD in Nursing from George Mason University based on his qualitative research examining the critical thinking characteristics of African students enrolled in nursing programs in the United States. While a student at George Mason, his research focused on issues related to the uninsured and undocumented immigrants as well as critical thinking, learning style, and other issues experienced by international nursing students. He enjoys singing in the local Shenandoah Valley Choral Society, baseball, gardening, biking, and camping.

JoAnne Wallis
Associate Professor

Jo is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has worked as an FNP for the past 8 years. Prior to getting her MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner, Jo worked for 20 years as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner in Alaska and the Pacific Islands. She joined the nursing department at EMU Fall 2008 and is fulfilling a life goal to teach basic nursing students. She is married to Pete Wallis and has two children, Adam and Kosh.

Adjunct Faculty


Dolores Hertzler
Office Coordinator
Irene Kniss
Office Assistant
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