People of PA College: January 2017 Edition

by PA College January 19, 2017

People of PA College: January 2017 Edition

Each month, we share the stories of the People of PA College who make the college a great place to learn, work and grow. Here are January’s stories!

Alumni Spotlight

Mike Killinger ’92, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing, Lancaster General Hospital

Mike Killinger’s long career at Lancaster General Health began with a house orderly role while he was studying for his nursing diploma at PA College. After graduation, he worked for many years as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit and later joined the heart surgery team. In 2002, after completing his BSN, Mike departed LG Health and joined the Gift of Life Donor Program in Philadelphia, where he became an Organ Donor Transplant Coordinator. After walking alongside many grieving families and helping them navigate through the most challenging days of their lives, in 2007 Mike decided to return to LG Health and again worked with the heart surgery team. After completing his Master’s Degree in Nursing course work, Mike accepted his first nursing leadership role as the Nurse Manager of the LG Health Cardiothoracic Surgery stepdown unit (5 East). In Fall 2014, Mike became Director of Nursing for LG Health, overseeing nine nursing units. He enjoys his diverse responsibilities, noting that no one day is like the next.

In addition to his achievements with LG Health, Mike is proud of his missionary nursing, having completed more than 20 medical/surgical/dental/vision projects in the Caribbean, Central and South America and Africa. He shares, “I truly receive far more out of helping these individuals than I could ever give, in terms of preventative teaching, providing direct nursing care after surgery, or triaging in a clinic setting. This work keeps me mindful and thankful every day.” He also values the accomplishment of becoming the first person in his extended family to graduate from a master’s degree program.

Mike has also just completed a term on the PA College Alumni Association Board and enjoyed helping to plan our successful first Homecoming weekend at the new campus this past October. He’s excited about the work the Board does to support PA College students, and encourages alumni to volunteer and get involved! In his spare time, Mike enjoys reading, sports (especially the New York Giants), fine dining and spending time with his close-knit family. He recently went on a two-week safari in South Africa, and looks forward to future travels.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Lisa Dise
Coordinator of Academic Technology and Instructional Design

Lisa Dise earned an Honours Bachelors of Commerce from Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontario. While a student, she was hired to help put an accounting course online. She was later asked to join the Online Programs team to help with tasks related to their Learning Management System and assist with student support. Upon graduation, Lisa was hired full time with the team as the Instructional Technology and Information Administrator. After moving to the United States seven years ago, Lisa worked at West Chester University as an Instructional Design Specialist and is especially proud of the rollout she led for their ePortfolio system. After a few years she decided that it was time to find employment closer to home and so started her journey at PA College.

As Coordinator of Academic Technology and Instructional Design at PA College, Lisa helps faculty learn about educational technologies and incorporate them in their curriculum in a way that is appropriate for their students. She also helps faculty with their online courses. They work together to make sure that their learning objectives are aligned with the content and assessments, and Lisa suggests different ideas based on best practices in the online learning industry. She shares, “What makes me love my job is when I help a faculty member achieve what they need for their courses. That could be trying a new technology, or helping new faculty with their online courses. I am also proud of the efforts that my team and I made to help make the transition to the new campus as smooth as possible in regards to classroom technology.”

Lisa is currently enrolled in the Master of Information Learning Technologies program at the University of Colorado Denver. She anticipates graduating in Spring 2018. She is also on the planning committee for the annual Lancaster Learns conference to be held on February 24 at Elizabethtown College, with the next conference to be held at PA College in February 2018. In her free time, Lisa enjoys knitting and playing board games and video games. She lives in the Ephrata area with her husband, two-year- old son, two Bernese mountain dogs and three cats.

Student Spotlight

Kylee Legenstein
Associate of Science in Nursing

Kylee Legenstein is excited to complete her Associate degree in Nursing this May and pursue her dream job as a Labor and Delivery/Couplet Care Nurse. She appreciates that she was able to become a nurse after two years of study at PA College and also looks forward to continuing her education by earning a bachelor’s degree.

During her Thanksgiving break this past Fall, Kylee and her friend and classmate Olivia Beiler (who also aspires to be a Labor and Delivery Nurse) traveled to Haiti on a medical mission trip to help nurse patients living in extreme poverty. Each day, their group packed up two trucks with twelve people and their medical supplies, and headed out to villages in need of medical care, where they set up mobile clinics. The team spent two days in each village and by the end of four days, they nursed 350 patients. As a student, Kylee was able to triage more than 100 patients on her own, practicing her clinical judgement skills through vital signs and various assessments. She also had the opportunity to work in the mobile pharmacy. To serve so many patients in desperate need of medical care was an extremely rewarding experience for Kylee, who shares, “Every day I think about going back and nursing even more patients, and someday I will. I know that the experience in Haiti made me a better person and will definitely make me a better nurse!”

In her spare time, Kylee enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing and coaching field hockey, and going to the beach. She currently lives in Millersville, about 25 minutes from PA College, and is eager to see where she’ll end up after graduation.