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Nursing & Health Professions | Meet the Staff

Meet the School of Nursing and Health Professions Staff


Dean Mary L. Romanello, Ph.D., PT

Mary_Romanello_headshotDr. Romanello is responsible for academic programs within the School of Nursing and Health Professions.  She works with the respective program directors to ensure programmatic integrity and adherence to accreditation standards.  She mentors faculty and guides the division’s staff in matters related to students’ academic success. 202-884-9677 | Office location:Payden Academic Center, Room 221


 Denise S. Pope, Ph.D., RN, Associate Dean of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer

Pope, Denise_DSC_7549Dr. Pope leads the nursing programs.  She guides all phases of the nursing programs including curriculum planning, clinical rotations, faculty development and student learning outcomes. 202.884.9682 | Office location: Payden Academic Center, Room 217


Ms. Kim Boddie, Occupational Therapy Administrative Assistant


Ms. Boddie serves as the administrative assistant to the Occupational Therapy Assistant and Master of Occupational Therapy programs.   202.884.9674| Office location: Main 352


Theresa Hudnall, Nursing Clinical Coordinator

Ms. Hudnall facilitates building and maintaining the nursing program’s clinical partnerships.  She monitors students’ adherence to clinical health requirements in addition to working with faculty and the Chief Nursing Officer on clinical assignments.  202-884-9669 | Office location: Payden Academic Center, Room 218

Sarah Trippensee, Nursing Academic Advisor

NKN_1812Ms. Trippensee provides academic advising services to nursing students preparing students’ curriculum plans, meeting with students about academic progression, and supporting faculty in their academic advising roles.   She serves as the Test of Essential Academic Skills coordinator.  Sarah assists the dean and associate dean with data analysis associated with academic records. 202.884.9684| Office location: Payden Academic Center, Room 219

For More Information

Please see the following pages if you would like more information about academic pathways for Health Service-CAS, Health Services-SPSPre-licensure Nursing, RN-BSNSecond Degree BSN, Master of Science in Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, or Master of Occupational Therapy.

For more information about Trinity's School of Nursing and Health Professions, please contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 492-6882 or via e-mail at

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