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Faculty & Staff

Michael A. DeBroeck, CRNA, DNP, Director

 Dr. DeBroeck joined the Excela Health School of Anesthesia as the education coordinator in October 2008. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, 1985. In 1996, he was awarded a Master of Health Science (Anesthesia) degree from Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth. Dr. DeBroeck received his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Robert Morris University in 2011. He retired from the Air Force in 2005, where he held many anesthesia positions including director of anesthesia and director of perianesthesia services. His clinical experience includes a large amount of regional anesthesia in independent anesthesia settings as well as anesthesia in austere environments during deployments. Most recently he was employed as a CRNA at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital where he helped design the new anesthesia record, which is being used throughout the Excela Health system. He currently teaches Anesthesia Didactics, Introduction to Principles of Anesthesia, and Capstone courses.  


Susan M. Tranchine, CRNA, PhD, Assistant Director

Dr. Tranchine is a graduate of the Excela Health School of Anesthesia and is a practicing CRNA with the Western Pennsylvania Anesthesia Associates.  Having earned her MEd and PhD, Tranchine served as Director of Anesthesia Services at Citizen's General Hospital and Mercy Jeannette Hospital.  In addition to her administrative and clinical duties, she has experience as an expert witness in anesthesia litigation and as a peer review consultant.


Danielle Gray, CRNA, MHS, Education Coordinator

Gray graudated from Carlow University on 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and for the next two years, worked at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, as a staff RN.  She then attended the Excela Health School of Anesthesia, graduating in 2010.  Prior to accepting the position of Education Coordinator, Gray worked as a staff CRNA at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.  She will be among the first cohort to graduate from Excela Health School of Anesthesia with a Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice in December 2015.

Meet the Adjunct Faculty

 Howard Armour, CRNA, MS

Armour is the former Program Director of the Excela Health School of Anesthesia, a position he held for nearly 30 years.  A graduate of St. Francis School of Nursing and the UPMC School of Anesthesia, he received a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in counseling from California University of Pennsylvania.  He has co-authored two books,  chemical dependency articles for PANA Tidings for several years, and a booklet on the Physics of Anesthesia.  He is the recipient of the PANA Program Director of the Year - 2003, and the 2004 Sister Marie Fiest Award for Academic Excellence in Teaching from La Roche College, Pittsburgh.  As past president of PANA, he has served on several state and national committees, is a U.S. Army veteran, and has served as a member of the Military Intelligence.


Deana Lewis, CRNA, MHS

Lewis knew she wanted to become a nurse at age 3 when her grandmother taught her how to administer insulin injections.  She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and worked in intensive care at UPMC Shadyside.  Following a traveling nurse assignment in California, she returned home to continue her education with the Excela Health School of Anesthesia and received her Master of Health Science degree from Saint Vincent College.  Employed by Excela Health Anesthesia Associates, she is a staff CRNA at Excela Westmoreland Hospital.


Renee Harvey, CRNA, DNP

Dr. Harvey graduated from Westmoreland-Latrobe Hospital School of Anesthesia in 1996 and is a staff CRNA at Uniontown Hospital.  She also served as Uniontown Hospital's clinical coordinator for the School of Anesthesia for many years.  She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from Robert Morris University in May 2011.


James Wasnieski, CRNA

A lifelong Pittsburgh resident, Wasnieski earned his Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Health Science degree from La Roche College.  The 2005 graduate of the Excela Health School of Anesthesia is employed at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and considered a trauma/transplant specialist in nurse anesthesia.  A frequent guest lecturer, he is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and an Iraq war veteran.  Beyond his service in Iraq, he was deployed to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he practiced solo anesthesia.  He is a representative to the bioterrorism committee at UPMC Presbyterian.


Meet the Saint Vincent College Faculty


James G. Barnet

As a professor of biology, Dr. Barnett completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Animal Physiology at the University of California.  A former research fellow  with the National Researcg Council/National Aeronautics and Space Administration, he came to Saint Vincent College in 1982 to teach biology.  His research interests include skeletal muscle biology and exercise physiology. 


Daryle H. Fish, PhD

Dr. Fish is an associate professor of chemistry at Saint Vincent College.  He graduated from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  He joined the SVC faculty in 1992 and teaches a number of courses related to organic chemistry.  His research interests in clude chemincal education, medicinal chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, and polymer chemistry.


Stephen Jodis, PhD

Serving as the Dean of the Herbert Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing, Dr. Jodis was employed for 21 years at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., where he held numerous leadership positions.  He is a graduate of Auburn University, Ala., with degrees in computer science and engineering.  His research interests have varied across the years from software transportation systems and software development environments to software metric, computer science education, and, most recently, cyber security.  Dr. Jodis has participated in several National Science Foundation review panels.  He has also served as an ABET evaluator (ABET is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology) for the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) and is currently an ABET-CAC Commissioner.


Michael E. Rhodes, PhD

An associate professor of biology, Dr. Rhodes is a graduate of Saint Vincent College and Duquesne University with advanced degrees in Pharmacology.  He has served as a postdoctoral research fellow at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, with continuing employment in the Department of Medicine as a research professor.  At obtained additional fellowship training at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Over the past 17 years, he has taught numerous pharmacology courses at Carlow University, Duquesne University and Saint Vincent College.  His laboratory focus encompasses sex differences and cholinergic regulation of stress-responsive hormones of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal cortical axis.  He has published more than 35 peer reviewed, scientific articles, reviews, and book chapters, and has presented his findings at over 45 conferences.  He holds a U.S. patent.


John J. Smetanka, PhD

Dr. Smetanka has been a member of Saint Vincent's full time faculty since 1997 and currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean.  The Latrobe native earned his bachelor of science degree in physics from Carnegie Mellon University, a master of science and doctoral degrees in astronomy and astrophysics fromt the University of Chicago.  Prior to joining the staff at SVC, Dr. Smetanka served as Vice President for Research and Development for On Target Mapping, a Pittsburgh-based software company specializing in the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  As part of the Math and Science Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Dr. Smetanka has taken part on a number of local workshops through the partnership as well as at the National Academy of Sciences on the evaluation and implementation of best practices for undergraduate science and mathematics education.  The recipient of many honors, he has authored/co-authored many publications and presentations.





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