People of PA College: June 2017 Edition

by PA College July 3, 2017

People of PA College, June 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 June’s stories!

Student Spotlight

Evan Kerstetter ’20
ASN Program

Evan Kerstetter is from Lititz and is currently enrolled in our ASN Program, with plans to continue for his BSN. He is interested in pursuing a career in pediatrics, hematology or oncology, and after graduation is considering becoming a traveling pediatric nurse for a few years before settling down – perhaps finding a new home in Hershey, Pennsylvania or with a move to California or North Carolina. He chose to attend Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences for its convenient location and the opportunities the college offers to gain experience at Lancaster General Hospital.

Evan’s passion for nursing is deeply personal. He is inspired to work in pediatrics because he enjoys working with kids, and also knows what it’s like to be ill as a child. Evan has hemophilia and shares, “Growing up in and around hospitals has opened my eyes to how scary it can be for kids. So to make it a fun and not so scary experience for them would be awesome. I would also like to give back to the hemophilia community.” Evan has not let his illness deter him from an active, adventurous life. He grew up playing volleyball and soccer, sports he continues to enjoy. Evan also enjoys spending time outdoors – pursuing kayaking, skiing, hunting, fishing, mountain biking – and spending time in a hammock.

Alumni Spotlight

Teresa Sapienza Carvalho ’13
Medical Laboratory Science

Teresa Sapienza Carvalho’s interest in a medical career began during her senior year in high school, when she was selected as one of 16 students to pilot a dual credit program between Penn State Berks and the Reading Hospital Medical Center. The program included college-level coursework and rotations in all clinical areas including nursing, physical and occupational therapy, radiography, surgery and each of the hospital labs. Teresa began her college career in nursing, but after deciding this field was not for her, went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and later completed a comprehensive course on SEM and X-ray Microanalysis. Teresa’s enjoyment of lab work, and her recognition of the important and essential role medical lab professionals play in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease, led her to enroll in the Medical Laboratory Science Program at PA College, graduating in 2013.

Teresa is appreciative of the strong academic preparation she received at PA College, and shares, “I am grateful to the program faculty for their help in securing my current position at Florida’s Lakeland Regional Health, a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. I was told that I earned the position due to the extent of my training, including my experience with highly specialized scientific laboratory equipment.” Teresa’s work in Lakewood’s Core Lab includes chemistry, coagulation, hematology and urinalysis, and her weekend shifts allow her to spend more time with her young daughter. Teresa is proud of her integral role in a fast-paced, high volume lab, noting that its standardized testing process has resulted in faster turnaround times, allowing their medical teams to diagnose and treat diseases more quickly and confidently.

Living in Kissimmee, Florida with her husband, Teresa spends most of her spare time with her family enjoying the outdoors or the many theme parks in Orlando. She especially loves the fact that they are close to both the Atlantic and Gulf beaches, several of which are within an hour’s drive. She also enjoys healthy cooking and is currently looking forward to the birth of her second daughter, who is due at the end of July!

Staff Spotlight

Bill Rhinier, MSHE
Director of Student Services

Bill Rhinier has worked in higher education for 11 years, and in fact started his career as a work study student in the admissions office of his undergraduate school. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a Master of Science degree in Higher Education (Enrollment Management concentration), Bill worked as an Admissions Counselor and Financial Planning Coordinator. At PA College, he has served as Admissions Financial Aid Coordinator and Manager of Student Services. He is currently our Director of Student Services, overseeing the Student Service Center (SSC) team and operations. The SSC offers student enrollment and advising services, including advising and registration, billing and financial aid. With the addition of advising and registration, the SSC has truly become a one- stop-shop for student services at the College.

Bill is excited about the growth of the SSC and is eager to continue to develop the Center’s offerings not only for current students, but also future prospective students. Looking back over his career so far, Bill is most proud of his work experience in higher education and having the opportunity to help students achieve their educational goals and attain their career aspirations. He shares, “I was a first-generation college student and didn’t have a lot of close resources with regard to navigating the college experience. I was very dependent upon faculty and staff during my collegiate experience, and I love that I have the opportunity to pay this forward every day.”

Bill and his wife Amanda recently celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary, and live in Manheim, PA with their two-year old son, William III (Trey). In his free time, Bill loves to be outdoors and active, plays hockey and is regularly training, mostly for runs and triathlons.