Betty Long, RN, MHA
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 2022, she will serve as President of the Board of Trustees for The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania.
Rebecca Rivkin-Czarkowski, RN, BSN, MPH
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.
Jessica Rudi, RN, BSN
After several years of coaching and advising our nurses who work in our Complex Care MCC Programs, Nurse Rudi has been promoted (December 2021) to Manager of Data Metrics and Quality. In that role, she will be responsible for both our internal and external reporting. Clinically, she has extensive experience working with diverse clinical situations including cardiac, endocrinology, and orthopedics.
Teresa Duckworth, RN
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.
Conni Fonseca, RN, BSN, MBA
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.
Jackie Kane, RN, BSN
Nurse Kane leads our Mobile Care Coordinator (MCC) Nurses who work in our Pennsylvania programs. She has more than 33 years in nursing with experience managing a large cardiology physician practice. She has also worked in pediatrics, adult critical care, and nursing management.
Andrea Spector, RN, MSN
Nurse Spector leads the nurses who work in our New York and New Jersey Mobile Care Coordinator (MCC) Programs. Having been a nurse for more than 35 years, Andrea has had roles in acute care nursing, school nursing, consulting, home care, and nursing administration.
Michelle Agnese, RN, MSN
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.
Kelli Axner, RN, BSN
Nurse Axner brings more than 17 years of clinical nursing experience, most recently as a pediatric emergency room nurse in South Jersey. Though she does have adult med-surg experience early in her career, her passion has always been helping parents and kids during scary times.
Lindsay Aliano, RN, BSN
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 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.
Nicole Botta, RN, BSN
Nurse Botta joins us with more than 15 years’ experience in clinical nursing and healthcare marketing in the Long Island area . She has advocated for patients and families through inpatient stays and has worked with families, providers, clinics and community agencies to make sure patients got the appropriate treatment.
Eileen Calderbank, RN, BSN, CCRN
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.
Ramona Cooper, RN, MSN
Nurse Cooper joins our team after spending 24 years in acute care nursing, 20 of which was in pediatrics. Most recently she worked in primary care programs as a triage nurse and as a mobile nurse with Amazon Care.
Jennifer Donahue, RN
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.
Carolyn Ewald, RN, BSN, CCRN
Nurse Ewald joins our team with 18 years of nursing experience—the majority of that spent in in-patient critical care. She earned her BSN from University of Pittsburgh and has maintained her Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) certification since 2007.
Sara Fiske, RN, BSN, CCRN
Nurse Fiske joins our team after 12 years in South Jersey acute care hospitals, more specifically as a staff nurse on surgical post-op units, detox units, and critical care units. She has the distinction of being a certified critical care nurse (CCRN) which requires rigorous course work as well as passing an exam.
Jeneane Fitzmaurice, RN, BSN
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 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.
Annissa Hensley, RN, BSN
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.
Samuel Hirst, RN, BSN
Nurse Hirst has many years of mental health nursing experience, particularly in dual diagnosis treatment facilities. Prior to specializing in mental health, he worked as a staff nurse.
Stephanie Houseman, RN, BSN
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.
Belinda Hudson, RN, BSN
Nurse Hudson has enjoyed more than 20 years in case management for a national organization before joining Guardian Nurses’ west coast team. Prior to that, she had diverse clinical experiences including labor and delivery and mental health.
Charlotte Jaroma, RN, BSN
Nurse Jaroma has more than 20 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.
Jennifer Kenny, RN, CEN
Nurse Kenny has worked for 22 years in healthcare, first as a medical technologist and for the last 19 years as a nurse in the emergency room, home care and in an outpatient endoscopy center.
Walker LaFleur, RN, BSN
Walker joins the GN team after nine years as a nurse both in Florida and Washington state. He brings with him both acute care hospital experience as well as an outpatient dialysis clinic. He most recently managed two dialysis clinics, overseeing a 50-person team, in Northwest Washington.
Crystal Leonardi, RN, BSN
Crystal began her nursing career in 2001 as a staff nurse on the cardiothoracic surgical step-down unit at New York-Presbyterian Hospital: Weill Cornell and spent 10 years there. Since then, she has raised her family and worked a variety of per-diem positions in the NY/NJ area.
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.
Christina McCarrick, RN
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.
Diane McCaffery, RN, BSN
Nurse McCaffery has spent her 15 year career caring for adults on telemetry, stroke and dialysis units in acute care hospitals as well as several years working as a case manager in hospice.
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 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.
Heather Munizza, RN, MSN
Nurse Munizza joins our team with 15 years of nursing experience, most of it in acute care hospitals first as a staff nurse on med-surg and telemetry units and later as a clinical supervisor and nurse manager. She has also been a clinical instructor for several nursing programs.
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.
Monica Nash, RN, BSN
Nurse Nash brings more than 25 years of experience to her role at Guardian Nurses most of which has been in tertiary care both as a staff nurse and manager. She has also worked in home care and hospice.
Tonya Niverson, RN, BSN
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.
Suzy Parker, RN
Nurse Parker joins our Seattle team as the Mobile Care Coordinator RN for the Northwest Sheet Metal Workers Health Care Trust, our newest MCC Program. Prior to joining our team, Suzy enjoyed a 35 year career in nursing including roles in hospital acute care, behavioral health/substance use programs, and case management.
Erika Parrish, RN
Nurse Parrish joins our team with 14 years of clinical nursing experience primarily working with children in acute care hospitals. She has also worked as a case manager in several organizations both in and out of acute care as well as having worked in home care.
Janice Penn, RN, BSN
Nurse Penn has been a registered nurse since 2008 and has primarily worked in acute care cardiology units prior to joining Guardian Nurses.
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. She also works as a wellness and fitness coach and personal trainer.
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.
Bianca Pollart, RN, BSN
Nurse Pollart joins our team after seven years of inpatient experience in a variety of settings, including an adult medical-surgical and cardiac telemetry unit, neonatal intensive care, pediatric cardiac intensive care, general pediatric intensive care, and general pediatric medical floors that specialized in a variety of medical conditions.
Jennifer Prater, RN, MSN, CCRN
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.
Lori Rivkin, RN, BSN
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.
Samantha Salerno, RN, BSN
Nurse Salerno received her BSN from Liberty University in Virginia and has enjoyed a 15 year career in emergency departments, home care and hospice as well as geriatric care. Most recently, she led an out-patient endoscopy center as the clinical leader.
Robin Sambuco, RN, BSN
Robin Sambuco, RN, BSN. Nurse Sambuco brings a career full of both inpatient and outpatient pediatric experience to our team. Through her career at Guardian Nurses she has also supported ‘the adult world’ with as much passion as she shows for children.
Alicia Spataro, RN, BSN
Nurse Spataro joins Guardian Nurses after more than 20 years’ experience in multiple areas of nursing, mostly within the acute critical care units in the South Jersey area.
Paula Spector, RN, BSN
Nurse Spector has more than 17 years of experience in hospital, adult intensive care, adult and pediatric critical care transport, emergency medicine, home health, case management, and outpatient psychiatric care environments.
Damali N. Stansbury, LSW, MSW
We are very proud to welcome Damali to our team as she is our first social worker! With experience in providing behavioral health services to children and families, Damali will support our team of nurses and together, they will support our patients’ behavioral health needs.
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.
Kelly Welden, RN
Nurse Welden 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.
Jennifer White, RN, MSN
Nurse White comes to us after working for the last six years in home infusion. Prior to that, she had spent 12 years working in the emergency services department in South Jersey.
Stephanie Wimmer, RN, BSN
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.
Alonda Wood, RN, BSN
Nurse Wood, who hails from West Virginia, has been a nurse for more than 34 years working first in critical care in Philadelphia, but after finding home care nursing in 1995, she never looked back. She enjoys establishing supportive relationships with her home bound patients.
Michele manages the administrative operations of our entire team and is responsible for taking care of our new headquarters.
Joyce oversees our team’s expanding technology needs as well as having responsibility for maintaining our data and client reporting.