Toggle menu

Faculty and Staff



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

Ms. Tressa Bidelman

Ms. Tressa Bidelman - Enrollment Representative Saint Francis MHSc

Title: Enrollment Representative
Department: Health Science
Office Location: Chicago, IL (Satellite Office)
Phone: 814-206-7118
Email: tbidelman@francis.edu

Tressa Bidelman 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, Tressa 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 Saint Francis University… » Read More

Request A Brochure