Our Team

Our professional nurses have a passion for helping patients

Guardian Nurses advocacy services are performed by professional RNs, LPNs 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

Betty Long, RN, MHA
President/CEO and Founder
Betty Long, RN, MHA

President/CEO and Founder

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. In addition, she has a long history of healthcare advocacy with special expertise in critical care, long-term care and geriatric care management. She is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Case Management Society of America as well as the Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia. In 2021, she will serve as President-Elect on the Board of The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania.

Rebecca Rivkin-Czarkowski, RN, BSN, MPH
Vice President of Team Development
Rebecca Rivkin-Czarkowski, RN, BSN, MPH

Vice President of Team Development

Nurse Czarkowski, who joined Guardian Nurses in 2015, is responsible for training, developing and coaching all of our RNs. She is also taking on the role of Director of West Coast Operations effective July 2021. 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.

Robin Sambuco, RN, BSN
Vice President of Operations
Robin Sambuco, RN, BSN

Vice President of Operations

Nurse Sambuco is responsible for our Clinical Operations. She joined Guardian Nurses’ team in 2013 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

Michelle Agnese, RN, MSN
Nurse Advocate
Michelle Agnese, RN, MSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Agnese joins our team after an 18-year career in case management, nursing education, and critical care nursing in hospitals both in New York city and in Northern New Jersey.

Lindsay Aliano, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Lindsay Aliano, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Aliano has been a nurse for 14 years and recently (June 2021) completed her BSN degree. She has worked as a staff nurse in oncology as well as in interventional radiology, and also has management experience in running an interventional radiology unit.

Diane Bassett, RN
Nurse Advocate
Diane Bassett, RN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Bassett has enjoyed a 29 year career in nursing as well as a variety of roles in that time, most of them in South Jersey. Med-surg nursing, operating room, clinical trials, nursing management, case management and ambulatory care are just a few of the roles she has held.

Julianne Bonacci, RN
Regional Team Lead / PA
Julianne Bonacci, RN

Regional Team Lead / PA

Nurse Bonacci leads the MCC Nurses in our Pennsylvania MCC Programs. She 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.

Eileen Calderbank, RN, BSN, CCRN
Nurse Advocate
Eileen Calderbank, RN, BSN, CCRN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Calderbank brings more than 35 years of nursing experience to her nurse advocate's role. To her credit, 30 years in, she received her BSN degree in 2017. Her career has spanned many roles in critical care and most recently managing a cardiac catheterization lab.

Elizabeth Carpenter, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Elizabeth Carpenter, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Carpenter joins the Guardian Nurses team with over 24 years of experience in various areas of nursing including cardiac intensive care, neurological intensive care unit, medical and surgical intensive care, interventional radiology, infection control, trauma, emergency care, cardiac catheterization, stroke recovery.

Mary Jane Darbee, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Mary Jane Darbee, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Darbee has enjoyed a 35+ year successful career in many nursing roles including critical care, case manager, infection control, quality, and nursing leadership.

Melissa Dominguez, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Melissa Dominguez, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Dominguez joins our team with more than 15 years of nursing experience including ER, occupational health, home care, and interventional radiology. More recently, she worked as the athletic navigator, coordinating the health care of all athletes at a Division 1 university.

Jennifer Donahue, RN
Nurse Advocate
Jennifer Donahue, RN

Nurse Advocate

After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Nurse Donahue found nursing and has never looked back. Now 23 years as a nurse, she has experience in hospital med-surg and post-partum units as well as insurance case management and community health.

Teresa Duckworth, RN
Nurse Advocate
Teresa Duckworth, RN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Duckworth is part of our Seattle team and is a native Washingtonian. Her clinical experience includes hospital nursing–on med-surg, telemetry and labor & delivery units, as well as in long-term care at a skilled nursing facility. Tessie is passionate about wellness and enjoys working with patients to make better health decisions.

Rachel Fanslau, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Rachel Fanslau, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

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 her role as a school nurse, also offered guidance and medical support to students in the New Jersey educational system.

Jeneane Fitzmaurice, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Jeneane Fitzmaurice, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Fitzmaurice began her nursing career in 2002 and has held several clinical roles in acute care. She has served the public in nursing roles spanning from student health to bedside nursing, to research nursing, to long term care.

Lori Fitzpatrick, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Lori Fitzpatrick, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

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.

Conni Fonseca, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Conni Fonseca, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Fonseca is a 'second career' nurse having worked for many years in the newspaper industry in Florida. She began her nursing career in 2005 and went straight to the emergency department where she has worked in various clinical and management roles.

Lauren Gant, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Lauren Gant, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Gant comes to Guardian Nurses after several years of hospital experience in pediatrics both at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Inspira Health System in South Jersey. She has also worked as a school nurse in South Jersey.

Annissa Hensley, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Annissa Hensley, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Hensley joins Guardian Nurses with more than 23 years of healthcare experience in not just acute care hospitals but also in international missionary work in Cambodia and Mexico. Her recent experience has been in critical care units and interventional radiology units.

Stephanie Houseman, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Stephanie Houseman, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Houseman brings 16 years of diverse nursing experience to her role as a Nurse Advocate. Having started in labor and delivery nursing, she went on to roles in home health, care management, clinical research and finally as a Program Coordinator of the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program.

Charlotte Jaroma, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Charlotte Jaroma, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Jaroma has more than 16 years in nursing, mostly in the emergency department as a staff nurse and in leadership, but also cared for patients on telemetry and cardiac units. She brings great passion to her support of patients.

Jackie Kane, RN, BSN
Regional Team Lead / NJ & NY
Jackie Kane, RN, BSN

Regional Team Lead / NJ & NY

Nurse Kane leads our MCC Nurses who work in our NJ and NY MCC Programs. She has 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.

Beth Logan, RN, MSN, CEN
Nurse Advocate
Beth Logan, RN, MSN, CEN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Logan’s nursing career began in Maryland with positions in the emergency room at several trauma facilities. After graduating with her MSN, she moved into hospital management roles and most recently was the Director of Emergency Services at a community hospital in Philadelphia.

Tish McBride, RN
Nurse Advocate
Tish McBride, RN

Nurse Advocate

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.

Christina McCarrick, RN
Nurse Advocate
Christina McCarrick, RN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse McCarrick has had many diverse roles in her more than 30 years as a nurse. She has worked as a staff nurse, nurse manager, and case manager in acute care facilities as well as in the community and in home care.

Jeanette Meredith, RN
Nurse Advocate
Jeanette Meredith, RN

Nurse Advocate

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 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.

Stephen Mitchell, RN, BSN, MPA
Nurse Advocate
Stephen Mitchell, RN, BSN, MPA

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Mitchell happily ‘broke the barrier’ of being our first male nurse on the GN Team. As he admits, “I’ve always been surrounded by female nurses.” Hailing from the Puget Sound area, Stephen has worked in clinical and psychiatric units for more than 10 years both in Washington and California.

Maryellen Murphy, RN, BSN, CCCP
Nurse Advocate
Maryellen Murphy, RN, BSN, CCCP

Nurse Advocate

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.

Tonya Niverson, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Tonya Niverson, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Niverson brings more than 17 years of experience in hospital, specialty and primary care settings which included NICU, pediatric, adult, behavioral health, and oncology populations.

Idongesit Obeya, MSN, RN, CCMC
Nurse Advocate
Idongesit Obeya, MSN, RN, CCMC

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Obeya joins our team to support our client and patients in the New York/New Jersey region. She brings more than 10 years' experience in home care, complex care management, diabetic health education, and case management.

Colleen Pace, LPN
Nurse Advocate
Colleen Pace, LPN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Pace has more than 42 years of nursing experience. 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.

Ewelina Pazmino, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Ewelina Pazmino, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Pazmino’s clinical focus in her nursing career has focused on pediatrics, both in acute care facilities and in community behavioral health and home health. Prior to becoming a nurse, she worked in elementary education.

Heidi Petersohn, RN, BSN, CPT
Nurse Advocate
Heidi Petersohn, RN, BSN, CPT

Nurse Advocate

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. She also works as a wellness and fitness coach and personal trainer.

Peggy Pierce, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Peggy Pierce, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

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.

Yvette Pigeon, RN
Nurse Advocate
Yvette Pigeon, RN

Nurse Advocate

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.

Jennifer Prater, RN, MSN, CCRN
Nurse Advocate
Jennifer Prater, RN, MSN, CCRN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Prater joins our team with extensive experience in critical care and management in acute care hospitals. She also has home care and nursing education experience.

Charles Reiter, RN
Nurse Advocate
Charles Reiter, RN

Nurse Advocate

Though he enjoyed being a motorcycle mechanic, Nurse Reiter pursued a career in nursing after appreciating first-hand the care he received as a patient. He worked in critical care for several years before transferring to home care where he enjoyed having time to engage his patients.

Lori Rivkin, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Lori Rivkin, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Rivkin joins our team with more than 35 years of diverse clinical experience starting with acute care hospital nursing and for the last many years, working in home care and hospice for a large faith-based organization.

Jessica Rudi, RN, BSN
Leader -- Complex Care Programs
Jessica Rudi, RN, BSN

Leader -- Complex Care Programs

Nurse Rudi coaches and advises our nurses who work in our Complex Care MCC Programs. She has more than 12 years of extensive experience working with diverse clinical situations including cardiac, endocrinology, orthopedic.

Megan Swider, RN
Nurse Advocate
Megan Swider, RN

Nurse Advocate

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.

Julie Vazquez, RN, CEN
Nurse Advocate
Julie Vazquez, RN, CEN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Vazquez joins the Guardian Nurses' team after 15 years of experience in critical care nursing. Prior to nursing, she worked in residential group homes supporting adults with intellectual disabilities.

Andrea Votendahl, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Andrea Votendahl, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Votendahl, also a Washington state native, has more than 28 years as a nurse in the Seattle area. Most recently, Andy worked as an organizer for a Seattle nurses’ union and prior to that experience, she was a case manager, nursing supervisor, nurse educator, and med-surg/telemetry nurse.

Kelly Welden, RN
Leader - Advocacy Program
Kelly Welden, RN

Leader - Advocacy Program

Nurse Welden leads the nurses who work on our advocacy cases. She has more than 14 years of clinical experience both in pediatrics and adult care. Her hospital nursing background includes case management, neurology, ER and critical care. She also has home care experience both as a case manager and as a nurse manager.

Stephanie Wimmer, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Stephanie Wimmer, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Wimmer comes to Guardian Nurses after a long career in acute care. Her experiences include staff nurse, home care nurse, case manager, educator and manager.

Support Staff

Michele Murphy
Office Manager
Michele Murphy

Office Manager

Michele manages the administrative operations of our entire team and is responsible for taking care of our new headquarters.

Joyce Pedrick
Systems Manager
Joyce Pedrick

Systems Manager

Joyce oversees our team’s expanding technology needs as well as having responsibility for maintaining our data and client reporting.

Kelly Zoller
Administrator---West Coast Operations
Kelly Zoller

Administrator---West Coast Operations

Kelly joins our support team after many years of working both at an executive level and an administrative level with a diverse group of professional nursing organizations.