Faculty / Staff

Kirstyn M. Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Professor of Nursing | AIME Project Director | PMHNP Program Coordinator

Kirstyn Kameg developed the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Robert Morris University which was the first BSN to DNP program approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. She has served as the coordinator of this program since its inception in 2007. She also received nearly 1 million dollars in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Health Resources and Services Administration to fund the Access to Interprofessional Mental Health Education (AIME) project. This funding supports expansion of and curricular enhancements to the PMHNP program at RMU. She teaches several courses in the PMHNP program including Psychiatric Differential Diagnosis, Psychopharmacology, Management of Psychiatric Disorders, Family Therapy, and Health Promotion. She has 13 years of experience teaching psychiatric mental health nursing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Before accepting a position at RMU, she taught in the PMHNP program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests are simulation as a teaching methodology, interprofessional education, and care of patients with multiple chronic conditions. She also maintains a private practice as a PMHNP diagnosing and managing individuals across the lifespan with mental health problems.

Kirstyn Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC
kameg@rmu.edu | 412-397-6810

Val Howard

Valerie Howard, Ed D, MSN, RN

Dr. Valerie Howard is Dean and a professor of nursing for Robert Morris University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is also the founder and director of RMU’s Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center and past-President of the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation in Nursing (INACSL), from which she received an Excellence Award in Research in 2010. She also served as a team member for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant funding and RAVEN CMS funded initiative.

Dr. Howard is a national and international resource for simulation, serving on the Scientific Counsel for the Certificate of Simulation in Advanced for the College of Health and Applied Sciences in Lausanne, Switzerland; the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare, and an accreditation site visitor for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Dr. Howard earned a BSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MSN and Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include the use of simulation, inter-professional teamwork training, and technology in education, specifically related to participant learning outcomes. Her most cited study on this topic is entitled, “Human Patient Simulators and Interactive Case Studies—A Comparative Analysis of Learning Outcomes and Student Perceptions” (CIN, 2010).

Valerie Howard, Ed D, MSN, RN
howardv@rmu.edu | 412-397-6801


Judith A. Kaufmann, Dr PH, MSN, FNP-BC

Dr. Judith Kaufmann is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Robert Morris University from 2007-2014. She has been actively involved in the education of advanced practice nurses since 1995 and is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care since 1989. In her role as Program Director for the DNP Programs she oversaw the development of DNP and nurse practitioner curriculum at Robert Morris University. In this capacity, she promoted the role of the DNP prepared advanced practice nurse on the national level and has been innovative in developing a state of the art BSN-DNP Program by forming collaborative relationships with healthcare institutions in the areas of direct patient care and quality improvement projects both locally and throughout the United States.

She is has numerous presentations both nationally and regionally related to development and continuous improvement of BSN-DNP and postmaster’s DNP education. Since 2008, she has been accreditation site visitor for Pennsylvania Department of Education and a CCNE National Accreditation Evaluator for newly developed DNP programs across the country. Her research interests include multiple chronic conditions across the lifespan and she was awarded a HRSA grant in 2005 for The ABCD-iet Program: Intervening with Minority Youth. She has received both internal and external funding for translational research projects that include childhood obesity, and mental and physical comorbidities in the pediatric population. Her doctoral dissertation was a program evaluation of a school anti-violence program. Her publications have focused on conditions that are commonly seen by primary care nurse practitioners.

Dr. Kaufmann received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from California University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Carlow University, a Masters in English/ Communications from California University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters in Nursing and Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.

Judith A. Kaufmann, Dr PH, MSN, FNP-BC
kaufmann@rmu.edu | 412-397-5482


Joann Chmielewski, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Joann Chmielewski obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated from the Psychiatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PPCNP) Program in May 1999 and subsequently began working at Associates in Quality Psychiatric Medicine (APQM) performing psychiatric consultation and management to various long-term care and personal care facilities in the north Pittsburgh area. She has broad experience in geriatric psychiatry including evaluation and treatment of mood disorders and anxiety disorders in late life, managing behavioral dysregulation in patients with various dementia syndromes, and also managing psychiatric symptoms in patients with co-morbid medical illnesses. She has developed interprofessional relationships with her collaborating psychiatrist, pharmacists, nurses, geriatric physicians, facility administrators, and social workers to ensure that psychotropic agents are used appropriately, as well an ensuring that periodic gradual dose reductions (GDRs) are made for those medications that may pose increased risks to this population.

Ms. Chmielewski has also maintained an outpatient practice with AQPM since 1999 providing psychiatric care that includes both medication management and specific psychotherapies for adult patients. Along with medication management, she conducts both family and couples therapy and provides evidenced based therapies such as Cognitive Processing Therapy and Exposure Ritual Prevention. In April 2013, she joined Family Links and treats women with co-morbid substance abuse and mental health conditions. Additionally, she has worked in community churches combining faith-based principles with mental health promoting behaviors to help individual patients who seek out faith promoting practitioners.

Ms. Chmielewski has program management and teaching experience. She has taught undergraduate psychiatric nursing at Franciscan University and at the University of Pittsburgh. She served as the director of the PPCNP program at the University of Pittsburgh and was also a faculty member in this program. She currently is a part-time faculty member at Robert Morris University and is responsible for teaching the geriatric psychiatry course. She also serves as a clinical preceptor for RMU graduate students.

Joann Chmielewski, MSN, PMHNP-BC
chmielewski@rmu.edu | 412-397-4200

Janene Luther Szpak, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Janene Luther Szpak earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Robert Morris University. After earning an Associate Degree in Nursing from Community College of Beaver County, Janene completed a Bachelor of Science of Nursing at Carlow University and a Master of Science in Nursing, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, from Robert Morris University.

She teaches several courses in the PMHNP and Undergraduate nursing programs including Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Client, Nursing Ethics, Intro to Professional Nursing, Psychopharmacology, Principles of Biological Psychiatry, and Psychiatric Diagnosis Across the Lifespan. She has seven years of experience teaching Psychiatric Mental Health nursing. Before accepting a position at RMU, she had worked in medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, school nursing, and psychiatric and addiction nursing. Additionally, she is in private practice as an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitoner. Her research interests are simulation as a teaching methodology, nursing communication skills, Anxiety Disorders and Self-Injurious Behaviors.

Janene Luther Szpak, DNP, PMHNP-BC
szpak@rmu.edu | 412-397-5246


Linda Raimondi, MS

Linda Raimondi is an experienced grant coordinator and adult educator. Previous to coming to Robert Morris University School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Linda coordinated a very successful HRSA Geriatric Education grant at Community College of Allegheny County. Linda and her team provided training for over 4,000 nurses, nurse aides and other health care providers in nursing homes throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Under Linda’s direction the grant was renewed for an additional three years. Prior to the Geriatric Education grant, Linda worked as a Supplemental Instruction Coordinator and Tutor for a HRSA nursing diversity grant at CCAC for three years, specializing in working with underprepared students from diverse backgrounds and international students.

Linda received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Scranton and a Master of Science in Professional Leadership from Carlow University.

Linda Raimondi, MS
raimondi@rmu.edu | 412-397-6899


Kevin Kalan

Kevin Kalan is a fourth-year student at Robert Morris University, working on a Bachelor’s degree in Competitive Intelligence Systems and a Master’s in Information Security and Assurance. Before working for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, he held the position of Technology Trainer for the Information Technology department on campus. In addition to creating and implementing a training program based on faculty and staff needs, he also created and maintained a training website. Kevin has worked with the Robert Morris University School of Nursing and Health Sciences before, designing ePortfolio templates for each degree level of the program.

Kevin Kalan
hdstudent08@rmu.edu | Help Desk 412-397-2211


Sherri Aufman

Sherri Aufman is the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions at Robert Morris University.

Prior to embarking on a career in higher education, Sherri worked in the travel industry for
the world’s largest travel management company, American Express. She obtained specialized training in planning extensive around the world itineraries and African Safaris. Her career afforded her the ability to explore multiple continents. However, on September 11, 2011, the travel industry was changed. Sherri seized this opportunity to follow the steps of her spouse, a college professor, and obtain a career in higher education. She has held a variety of positions in education; however, her focus has always been on veterans, adults, and transfer students. She has a BS in administration & management with an accounting concentration from La Roche College, a master’s in Leadership & Liberal Studies from Duquesne University, and Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Continuing Education Association of PA (CEA/PA) and the National Association of Women MBA (Pittsburgh chapter).

Sherri Aufman
aufman@rmu.edu | 412-397-5229


Fallon Durnwald

Fallon Durnwald is an Enrollment Manager in the Office of Graduate Admissions at Robert Morris University.  Prior to working in graduate admissions, Fallon was the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at RMU.  She also has background in corporate sales as well as account management. Fallon currently holds a BA in Corporate Communications as well as an MS in Organizational Leadership; both from Robert Morris University.

Fallon Durnwald
durnwald@rmu.edu | 412-397-5228


Caitlin Bauer

Caitlin Bauer is an Enrollment Manager in the Office of Graduate Admissions at Robert Morris University. Before joining the graduate staff at RMU, Caitlin worked for 8 years in undergraduate admissions at RMU and Slippery Rock University. She also has a background in event planning and management. She currently holds a BS in Public Relations from SRU and a Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Caitlin Bauer
bauerc@rmu.edu | 412-397-5218