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National Nursing Leader Takes Helm of Clarke’s Nursing Program

posted on July 7, 2010

Clarke College is pleased to announce that Ret. Captain Roberta Lavin, Ph.D., APRN, has been appointed chair of the College’s nursing department. Lavin, who holds the academic rank of professor at Clarke, officially began on July 1.

With over 20 years of public health leadership experience, Lavin most recently served as director of the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response for the federal Administration on Children and Families.  At the same time, she served as the designated federal officer for the National Commission on Children and Disasters.

“Roberta brings unparalleled national experience to Clarke and she is a perfect fit with our highly recognized nursing program,” said Clarke Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joan Lingen, BVM, Ph.D. “We are confident that her clinical skills combined with her success in administration and strategic planning, will take Clarke nursing to the next level of greatness.” 

On a federal level, Lavin has served as chief of staff and chief policy officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, during which time she coordinated implementation of presidential and secretarial initiatives. She has also been a special assistant in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and director of the secretary’s command center.

Prior to that, she was chief of field operations, deputy chief of clinical operations and emergency medical response team coordinator for the Division of Immigration and Health Services. During her career, she has garnered over $45 million in funding for special projects and research.

Even with her demanding federal positions, Lavin remained committed to students. She has had adjunct or clinical faculty appointments at some of the nation’s top health programs including Johns Hopkins, George Mason College and worked with the Burn Center at Washington Hospital Center to develop a burn nurse training program for Public Health Service nurses. She has worked as a preceptor for students from Georgetown College and James Madison College.

Clinically, Lavin is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and holds Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification and is an Advanced Practice Nurse.

She holds a Ph.D. in nursing from Uniformed Services College of the Health Sciences, a master of arts degree in emergency/disaster management from American Military College, a master of science in nursing degree from the College of Tennessee and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology with a minor in religious studies from the College of Tennessee.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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