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
Founder and CEO
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. 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. She serves on the Board of The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania.

Rebecca Rivkin-Czarkowski, RN, BSN, MPH
Vice President
Rebecca Rivkin-Czarkowski, RN, BSN, MPH

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.

Robin Sambuco, RN, BSN
Vice President
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

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.

Joanne Berkowitz, RN, CHPN
Nurse Advocate
Joanne Berkowitz, RN, CHPN

Nurse Advocate

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.

Julianne Bonacci, RN
Nurse Advocate
Julianne Bonacci, RN

Nurse Advocate

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.

Megan Carr, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Megan Carr, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Carr joins our team with more than 23 years of nursing experience. Her early career was spent in both med-surg and critical care settings in hospitals as well as case management. She also has experience coordinating care for patients in international settings.

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.

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.

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
Nurse Advocate
Jackie Kane, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

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.

Lauren Lennon, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Lauren Lennon, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Lennon joined our team after many years of working in acute care hospital units, primarily in cardiac units and the emergency room. She also has experience in short-stay surgical units, both pre and post op.

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.

Ellen McDonald, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Ellen McDonald, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse McDonald hails from Philadelphia but calls Seattle home now. After her first med-surg role 27 years ago, she spent three years traveling around the country working in different cities and hospitals. For the last 15 years, however, she has held a variety of critical care roles in acute care hospitals around the Puget Sound area.

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.

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.

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.

Tracy (Kiki) Ricci, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Tracy (Kiki) Ricci, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

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.

Jasmin Rivera, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Jasmin Rivera, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

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 in home care coordinating care for complex, chronically ill patients.

Alicia Rogers, RN, MSN
Nurse Advocate
Alicia Rogers, RN, MSN

Nurse Advocate

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).

Jessica Rudi, RN, BSN
Nurse Advocate
Jessica Rudi, RN, BSN

Nurse Advocate

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.

Andrea Spector, RN, MSN
Nurse Advocate
Andrea Spector, RN, MSN

Nurse Advocate

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.

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.

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
Nurse Advocate
Kelly Welden, RN

Nurse Advocate

Nurse Welden joins us with 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.

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.