Advocacy services are provided by professional Registered Nurses with a passion for helping patients

Guardian Nurses advocacy services are performed by professional registered nurses and social workers who have a passion for helping patients and at least 10 years of experience in nursing and healthcare issues. All of them have outstanding clinical knowledge as well as significant experience managing and coordinating care. Their experience, maturity and knowledge of community resources provide patients and families with the best possible advocate to get them the help they need. You can be assured that each team member is working solely on your behalf and has your best interests in mind. Below you’ll read about some members of our team (those that aren’t camera shy).

Leadership Team

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Betty Long, RN, MHA – Founder and CEO

Betty Long, RN, MHA, is the President/CEO and Founder of Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates and a nationally recognized expert and speaker on patient advocacy.  As a registered nurse since 1986, she has experience in clinical, management and consulting capacities.
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Rebecca Rivkin-Czarkowski, RN, BSN – Vice President

Nurse Czarkowski is one of our Vice Presidents. Nursing is a second career for Rebecca.  Since graduating 13 years ago from nursing school, she has worked as an emergency room nurse in several hospitals before taking a role as a case manager and team lead, managing 19 care managers in a specialty oncology hospital.

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Robin Sambuco, RN, BSN – Vice President

Nurse Sambuco is one of our Vice Presidents.  She joined Guardian Nurses’ team with more than 15 years of clinical and management experience in pediatrics. She has worked with patients of all ages, though, and feels strongly that everyone needs an advocate–regardless of their age or situation! In August, 2015, she was named as a FINALIST for the 2015 Pennsylvania Nightingale Awards!

Our Nurses

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Joanne Berkowitz, RN, CHPN

Nurse Berkowitz began her nursing career in critical care and spent many years in the acute setting before she found her way to palliative care and hospice. She has a solid knowledge of oncology as well as other disease processes and is passionate about guiding and supporting patients.

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Julianne Bonacci, RN

Nurse Bonacci has worked in nursing for the last 12 years but prior to that she worked in television broadcasting. Her clinical experience includes cardiac care, medical-surgical patients as well as working in an outpatient obstetrics/gynecology office.

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Linda Clark, RN, BSN, CCM

Nurse Clark comes to us most recently from working as a case manager in a cancer specialty hospital.  Prior to that role, she worked as a case manager for infants through young adults at a pediatric hospital.  She has also worked as a care coordinator at a large insurance company and as a staff nurse in a med-surg pediatric unit.

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Melissa Dominguez, RN, BSN

Nurse Dominguez brings more than 15 years of nursing experience to her role with Ironworkers Local 11. She has worked in the emergency room, occupational health, home care, interventional radiology and at an insurance company. More recently, she worked as the athletic navigator, coordinating the health care of all athletes, at a large, Division 1 New Jersey university.

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Rachel Fanslau, RN, BSN

Nurse Fanslau is a seasoned nurse who has many years of experience in home health and hospice.  She has served as a manager of a nursing team supporting and managing patients with chronic illness. In another one-time role as a school nurse, also offered guidance and medical support to students in the New Jersey educational system.

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Lori Fitzpatrick, RN, BSN

Nurse Fitzpatrick began her nursing career in 1993 and through the years, has worked in both pediatric and adult nursing as well as several positions in clinical research and clinical trials.

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Lauren Lennon, RN, BSN

Nurse Lennon has 12+ years of experience in a variety of clinical settings including emergency room, operating room and cardiac telemetry.

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Jackie Kane, RN, BSN

Nurse Kane comes to us with more than 33 years in nursing with recent experience managing a large cardiology physician practice. She has also worked in pediatrics, adult critical care, and nursing management.

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Trace Kaspar, RN, BSN, CRRN

Nurse Kaspar has more than 31 years of diverse clinical experience in direct care nursing as well as roles as in case management, health coaching, disability management, and utilization review.

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Tish McBride, RN

Nurse McBride has more than 29 years as a nurse delivering patient care in med-surg and rehab units, as well as roles as a clinical care coordinator and IV/PICC Line specialist.  She also has done compliance reviews and managed an out-patient chemotherapy center.

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Jeanette Meredith, RN

Nurse Meredith has more than 20 years of experience providing care to a wide range of patient populations, including home care.  She began her nursing career working with the residents of a long term care facility followed by many years as a staff nurse at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, in med-surg and cardiac care units.

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Maryellen Murphy, RN, BSN, CCCP

Nurse Murphy joins Guardian Nurses with more than 39 years of experience in the Philadelphia area in so many areas of nursing, we don’t have enough room to list it all!  Most recently, Maryellen’s work was in hospice and home care.  She brings clinical, operations and management experience to our team

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Colleen Pace, LPN

Nurse Pace has more than 42 years of nursing experience and most recently worked as a clinical nurse liaison for a South Jersey rehab facility. Throughout her long career, she has worked at hospitals and rehab facilities specializing in neurological, orthopedic, pulmonary and cardiac issues. She also has an extensive knowledge of many New Jersey and Pennsylvania hospital systems.

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Heidi Petersohn, RN, BSN, CPT

Nurse Petersohn brings more than 20 years of nursing experience starting as an Army Captain and staff nurse at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Her career includes pediatrics, school nursing, and oncology. More recently, she has worked as a wellness and fitness coach and personal trainer.

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Daniela Pellicciotti, RN

Nurse Pellicciotti is a nurse who joins us with 27 years of diverse clinical experience including pediatrics, eating disorders, transplants, home care, infertility and nursing management. She also has worked in insurance appeals and claims’ work.

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Peggy Pierce, RN, BSN

Nurse Pierce, comes to us after 28 years in various acute clinical settings, including the emergency room and later, the cardiac cath lab. She has also worked in nursing education at an urban medical center as well as in nursing management.

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Yvette Pigeon, RN

Nurse Pigeon joins our team with many years of varied experience most recently in cardiac transplant.  With more than 18 years as a nurse and as a manager, she has worked in acute care settings as well as a case manager at an insurance company.

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Tracy (Kiki) Ricci, RN, BSN

Nurse Ricci trained as a social worker but soon transitioned to nursing and began her clinical career in pediatrics in 2001. In the years since, she has worked with adults and children as a school nurse, in long-term care, and as a holistic therapist, certified bodywork therapist, reiki and meditation instructor.

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Jasmin Rivera, RN, BSN

Nurse Rivera  started her healthcare career providing employment counseling to disabled patients and after becoming an RN, worked in the neonatal ICU at a large, academic medical center. Following that, she provided clinical expertise to clinical trials and most recently, was working as a home care nurse coordinating care for complex, chronically ill patients.

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Alicia Rogers, RN, MSN

Nurse Rogers joins us as a ‘second career’ nurse.  She has more than 10 years of nursing experience in emergency rooms, perinatal units, and labor and delivery rooms.  For the last 20 years, she has served in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard (NJ).

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Jessica Rudi, RN, BSN

Nurse Rudi has more than 25 years working in healthcare, the last 12 of which have been as a critical care nurse.  She has extensive experience working with diverse clinical situations including cardiac, endocrinology, orthopedic.

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Colleen Spaventa, RN

Nurse Spaventa joins us with more than 30 years in nursing with roles in maternal/child health, forensic nursing (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner), med/surg, psychiatry, rehabilitation and case management.

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Andrea Spector, RN, MSN

Nurse Spector joins us from Long Island, NY! She has enjoyed a diverse career in nursing for more than 37 years.  She, too, has worked in both the pediatric and adult worlds, both as a staff nurse and a manager, and in the hospital, in schools, and in home care.

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Kelsy Stenger, RN, BSN

Nurse Stenger is another ‘second career’ nurse. Prior to being a nurse, she spent many years as a health educator and community organizer.  She is comfortable in either an adult or pediatric setting and loves helping patients get the information and care they deserve!

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Megan Swider, RN

Nurse Swider has more than 22 years in nursing most recently working with long-term care patients.  She brings many years of experience in general medical -surgical nursing as well as acute and subacute rehabilitation.

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Carol Tilson, RN, BSN

Nurse Tilson brings many years of direct care nursing experience to her patients. She has extensive experience in oncology nursing and has also worked as a school nurse.  Her passion is helping patients through difficult healthcare issues so she is perfect for her work at Guardian Nurses!

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Kate Wesztergom, RN, BSN

Nurse Wesztergom graduated in 1995 and immediately began working in oncology. She worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York on both their ‘day hospital’ and bone marrow transplant units before returning to Philadelphia to work in neonatal intensive care and special care nursery.  Her experience also includes roles as case and utilization managers at insurance companies.

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