People of PA College: January 2018 Edition

by Karen Jenkins January 5, 2018

People of PA College: January 2018 Edition

We’re proud of the ambitions and accomplishments of our students and alumni – learn some of their stories in our monthly feature:

Student Spotlight

Jennifer Koppel, MHA ’18

Master of Healthcare Administration

After earning a BA in Psychology from Millersville University in 1993, Jennifer Koppel, MHA ’18 began her career working in the mental health field as an intensive case manager and later completed intakes with individuals being discharged from behavioral health units. She then moved into administration, writing contracts and monitoring programs.  In 2006, Jennifer became the Deputy Director of the Behavioral Health and Developmental Services department at the County of Lancaster.  She started working with the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness while still employed with the County and in 2015, Jennifer assisted in moving the Coalition to Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.

Shortly after joining the Coalition, where she now serves as Director, Jennifer enrolled in the Master’s in Healthcare Administration program at PA College. During her student years, she has particularly enjoyed her Applied Practice internship where she was able to take all of her coursework and apply it to real life work, cementing the skills.  The project Jennifer completed is also useful in her current work with homelessness. Jennifer also adds that her PA College experiences has “given me a new and improved skill set to be a leader.  It has given me insights into myself and strengthened my ability to grow both professionally and personally.  I also have the ability to see the importance of being a lifelong learner.” Reflecting on her career to date, Jennifer is most proud of the work being done at the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness, where they have gained national recognition for their efforts to transform systems and in the end help lift people out of homelessness.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys playing piano, baking and reading.  She enjoys learning new things and working with people.  Jennifer lives with her wonderful husband Dave, their 7-year old son Hunter and six cats in the Northwest side of Lancaster.


Alumni Spotlight

Katrina Fetter, MSN, BSN, Nursing Diploma ’06

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Oncology

After earning her nursing diploma from PA College (then the Lancaster General College of Nursing & Health Sciences) in 2006, Katrina Fetter began working on the inpatient oncology unit at Lancaster General Hospital, while also pursuing her BSN through Immaculata University. She soon completed the LG Health Nurse Manager Residency program and then while managing the Heart Failure unit for two years, also earned her MSN in Leadership and Management through Walden University.  Missing her work in oncology, Katrina took a temporary position as an oncology educator while she completed a post-master’s program as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.  She then took the position of the Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist with LG Health and completed dual-certification as an Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Certified Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist. Katrina currently serves as the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for the Oncology Service Line for Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.

Looking back on her student experience at PA College, Katrina shares: “I found my experience to be an exceptional one.  I made lifelong and amazing friendships with other nurses and healthcare professionals in other disciplines whom I am still in contact with today….My degree set me on a path for success.  I had engaged faculty who showed what it was to have leadership skills and practice with integrity and with safety at the forefront.  I walked away feeling empowered to advocate for my patients and qualified to lead initiatives and have my voice heard for change.”

Career highlights for Katrina include the opportunity just a few years into her nursing career to be the principal investigator of an IRB-approved research study, and three opportunities to publish, which has allowed her to present her research both nationally and regionally. Katrina adds: “I am proud to have won the Penn Medicine Victoria L. Rich Transformational Leadership Award this year and for being a Nightingale Awards of PA Finalist in the APRN category this year.  I am also proud to have led a team that improved teach back education and outcomes related to chemotherapy education for patients to the point where the team won a National Award at a National Conference this year for its work.”

Katrina lives in Lancaster with her husband and two children, Daphne, age 6 and Miles, age 9.  In her free time, she enjoy playing soccer three nights a week and coaching soccer as well.  She is an avid reader and loves to play board games, piano, and go hiking with her family.


Seeking “People of PA College”

Do you know an exceptional current student or alumnus whose experiences and accomplishments would help tell the PA College story? Or someone who has overcome an obstacle or reached a challenging milestone during their PA College experience? Please email your suggested names (and identify them in one of these categories) to Karen Jenkins. Self-nominations are also welcome!