Organizing Committee

Christina Silva

Christina Silva
Slippery Rock University, PA

Dr. Silva started her nursing education at Pennsylvania State University-Fayette Campus where she earned her initial ASN and BSN. She continued her education at University of Phoenix and earned a MSN. Last, she attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned her PhD in Nursing. As a staff nurse, her specialty is perinatal nursing. In this role, she was part of the fetal monitoring committee and a certified AWHONN Fetal Monitoring instructor. One of her research interests involves perinatal nursing and neonatal abstinence. As an educator, she desires to see all students attain their educational goals and become professional nurses contributing to the profession. Her areas of research interest include testing anxiety and the at-risk student.


Gina Crawford

Gina Crawford
Oklahoma City University, OK

Gina Crawford, DNP, APRN-CNP, FNP, CNE, is the Chair of Advanced Practice Program and Director of the family nurse practitioner program. She completed an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree in 1989 from El Reno Junior College. After graduation, she went to work for Mercy Health Center in pediatrics. In 1990, she began working in postpartum and newborn nursing. In 1995, she became a home health nurse for Kingfisher Regional Hospital, and was promoted to home health director in 2000. In 2002, she returned to school at the University of Oklahoma, completing both the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner. For seven years, she practiced with her father, a family physician, at Okarche Medical Clinic. While in private practice, she addressed a variety of needs, including pediatrics, adult health, women’s health, and geriatrics. She has a special interest in women’s health issues, underserved populations, and intimate partner violence. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Oklahoma City University.


Cheryle G. Levitt

Cheryle G. Levitt
Professor, School of Nursing, SUNY Delhi, NY

Cheryle Levitt, Ph.D., RN is a Professor and the Assistant Dean of the BSN and MSN programs at SUNY Delhi. Cheryle earned a BSN from Temple University, and practiced for years in the NICU and pediatrics. Following her MSN from Villanova University, she was a clinical instructor, staff educator, and facilitated clinical research. Completion of a Ph.D. from Duquesne University provided the preparation for academic nursing roles, including teaching, program development, and administration. Current research interests include technology in learning, program assessment, and interprofessional education


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