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Backus

Debra Backus, Ph.D, RN, CNE, NEA-BC
Professor, Nursing Department Director
backus@canton.edu

  • Nursing Diploma: St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center School of Nursing, Ogdensburg, NY
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica, NY
  • Master of Science in Nursing Administration: SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica, NY
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing: Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT
LaFrance

Peggy LaFrance, Ph.D, RN
Professor, RN-BS Curriculum Coordinator

lafrancep@canton.edu

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: SUNY Plattsburg, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Education: Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Thompson

Christine Thompson MS, RN
Assistant Professor, PN Curriculum Coordinator

thompsonc@canton.edu

  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing: SUNY Canton, NY
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: St. Josephs College of Maine, Standish, ME
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education: St. Josephs College of Maine, Standish, ME
Barkley

Dawne Barkley, MSN, BS, RN
Assistant Professor

barkleyd@canton.edu

  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing: SUNY Canton
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, Orlando FL
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education: Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Caswell

Mary Ann Caswell, DNP, RN
Professor

caswelma@canton.edu

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Conklin

John Conklin, Ph.D, MSN, BS, RN
Professor

conklinj@canton.edu

  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing: SUNY Canton
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica, NY
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education: St. Josephs College of Maine, Standish, ME
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Education: Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Payne Worden

Olga Jeanne Dolly, MS, FNP-C, NCSN
Lecturer

dollyo@canton.edu

  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing: State University of New York Canton, Canton, New York
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Occupations: State University of New York Oswego, Oswego, New York
  • Master of Science Degree in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner: State University of New York Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York
Payne Worden

Leah Payne Worden, MSN, BS, RN
Lecturer

wordenl@canton.edu

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Niagara University, Rochester, NY
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Gannon University, Erie, Pa
Young

Ryan Young, D.H.A., RN
Associate Professor

youngr@canton.edu

  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing: SUNY Canton, NY
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
  • Master of Science in Nursing: University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
  • Doctorate of Health Administration: University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
Pinkerton

Michael Pinkerton
Lecturer

pinkertonm@canton.edu

  • Nursing Diploma: St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center School of Nursing, Ogdensburg, NY
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica, NY
Sullivan-Marin

Marcia Sullivan-Marin
Instructional Support Associate

  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing: Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Psychology: Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Root

Ann Root
Lecturer

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
McDonald

Pamela McDonald-Tilson, MS, RN
Associate Professor, ADN Faculty

mcdonaldp@canton.edu

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: SUNY Plattsburg, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Master of Science in Education: St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
  • Master of Science in Nursing:  Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing Student: SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo NY
Worley

Brenda Worley, MS, RN, CEN
Visiting Associate Professor, ADN Faculty

worleyb@canton.edu

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Murray State University, Murray, KY
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Murray State University, Murray, KY
  • Doctorate of Education Student: Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, AZ

Debra Backus, Ph.D, RN, CNE, NEA-BC
Nursing Chair
Wicks 116
backus@canton.edu