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    Meet the Master of Health Science Faculty

    Ms. Deborah Budash PhD(c), OTR/L

    Ms. Deborah Budash - Program Director Saint Francis MHSc

    Title: MMS/MHS Program Director
    Department: Health Science
    Department: Medical Science
    Office Location: 3rd Floor, Library and Learning Commons
    Phone: 814-472-3919
    Email: dbudash@francis.edu

    Dr. Budash has been an occupational therapist for 20+ years, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 with a BS in OT. She has worked in numerous clinical settings in varied capacities from clinician to multi-site manager. Her clinical specialties include stroke, spinal cord injury, burns, and general rehabilitation. She has also served as an administrator of… » Read More

    Dr. Melissa Kagarise, MMS, PA-C, CLS

    Dr. Melissa Kagarise PA-C - Associate Professor Saint Francis MHSc

    Title: Associate Professor
    Department: Physician Assistant Sciences
    Office Location: 3rd Floor, Library and Learning Commons
    Phone: 814-472-2703
    Email: mkagarise@francis.edu

    Dr. Kagarise is an associate professor at Saint Francis University in the online Master of Medical and Master of Health Science programs within the Department of Physician Assistant Sciences. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a Diplomate of the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology as a Clinical Lipid Specialist…» Read More

    Dr. Laurie Grosik

    Dr. Laurie Grosik - Assistant Professor Saint Francis MHSc

    Title: Assistant Professor
    Department: Health Science
    Department: MMS/MHS Programs
    Office Location: 3rd Floor, Library and Learning Commons
    Phone: 814-472-3164
    Email: lgrosik@francis.edu

    Dr. Grosik is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Health Science program. A former Assistant Vice President and Manager of Loan Administration at Ameriserv Financial Bank, her passion for higher education led her to academia. She earned a master’s degree in Adult Education and Communication Technology which… » Read More

    Ms. Gabrielle Cronin

    Ms. Gabrielle Cronin - Instructional Designer Saint Francis MHSc

    Title: Instructional Designer
    Department: Health Science
    Department: Medical Science
    Office Location: 3rd Floor, Library and Learning Commons
    Phone: 814-472-2811
    Email: gcronin@francis.edu

    Ms. Cronin is an Instructional Designer at Saint Francis University working for the MMS/MHSc program. She assists in the instructional design of Internet-based and resident educational materials for military, public, and private organizations specializing in telehealth and distance learning programs to enhance healthcare and education. Ms. Cronin earned her Master of Education degree in… » Read More

    Ms. Jean Kline

    Ms. Jean Kline - Administrative Assistant Saint Francis MHSc

    Title: Administrative Assistant
    Department: Health Science
    Department: Medical Science
    Office Location: 3rd Floor, Library and Learning Commons
    Phone: 814-472-3357
    Email: jkline@francis.edu

    Ms. Kline is the MMS MHS Programs’ go-to person for all of our administrative needs, particularly keeping us organized and keeping our busy office functioning smoothly. Her calm demeanor and professionalism are tremendous assets to our operations, and we rely on her skills and expertise every day! Ms. Kline is responsible for maintaining all files for the MMS/MHS programs… » Read More

    Ms. Sandy Martin

    Ms. Sandy Martin - Coordinator of Academic Advising, MMS/MHS Programs

    Title: Coordinator of Academic Advising, MMS/MHS Programs
    Department: Health Science
    Department: Medical Science
    Office Location: 3rd Floor, Library and Learning Commons
    Phone: 814-472-2707
    Email: smartin@francis.edu

    Ms. Martin has over 15 years of experience assisting individuals in the pursuit of their educational, career, and life goals. She has a diverse background in higher education and human resource management. Prior to joining the Saint Francis family, Ms. Martin helped veterans throughout the United States transition into the… » Read More

    Mr. Matt Starr

    Mr. Matt Starr - Enrollment Representative Saint Francis MHSc

    Title: Enrollment Representative
    Department: Health Science
    Office Location: Chicago, IL (Satellite Office)
    Phone: 814-240-2415
    Email: mstarr@francis.edu

    Matt Starr has extensive experience as an academic advisor, actively identifying and resolving student needs as quickly and effectively as possible. As an Enrollment Representative for the online Master of Health Sciences program, Matt proactively reaches out to new and future students to help them through the admissions process and aid them throughout their time as a student at… » Read More

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