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2019 Star Leadership Institute Graduating Class

On April 12, 2019, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 221,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, recognized 19 graduating members of the PSNA Star Leadership Institute at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. The Institute, which began in 2007, is an interprofessional leadership development program designed to contribute to the delivery of high-quality healthcare. The following individuals join 181 registered nurse colleagues as Institute alumni:


  • Jessica Newman, MSN, RN  |  Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital
  • Tracy O’Reilly, BSN, RN-BC  |  Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital
  • Kayla Robinson, BSN, RN-BC  |  Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital
  • Barbara Labriola, BSN  |  Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • John Polishan, BSN  |  Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Julie Dameus, MSN, MBA, RN  |  Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Ashley Kane, MS, CCLS  |  Penn State Children’s Hospital
  • Dominque Ferrier, BSN  |  UPMC Passavant
  • Jamie Seliga, MSN  |  UPMC Passavant
  • Alyssa Sypolt, BSN, RN-BC  |  UPMC Presbyterian


“PSNA is committed to developing healthcare professionals who will engage as leaders,” stated PSNA President Dr. Mark Crider. “Being a leader requires skills and competencies that can be applied both within the profession and in collaboration with other healthcare professionals. PSNA thanks our Institute mentors for their support as Institute groups completed their six-month projects. In addition, we congratulate our graduates on their hard work, research, and loyalty to high-quality care.”


To learn more about the Star Leadership Institute, visit


The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) is Pennsylvania’s leading professional nursing organization. Representing more than 221,000 professional nurses, PSNA leads, advocates, educates and connects with RNs across the Commonwealth. PSNA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association.


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