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Barbara Peterson (Secretary)

Barbara Peterson is the Secretary at the Clarion University's Pittsburgh Site. Ms. Peterson's background includes working as a Senior Pharmacy Technician at St. Francis Hospital. Continuing her education in the medical field, she graduated from Sawyer School with a degree in Medical Assistance, where she learned both the reception and clinical areas of a medical office. Ms. Peterson came to be employed at Clarion University Pittsburgh Site after working as a Medical Secretary for West Penn Hospital in the Department of Reproductive Genetics.




Debbie Ciesielka

CRNP, D.Ed., Associate Professor of Nursing, MSN Coordinator 

Phone: 412-578-7277

Dr. Ciesielka is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the joint Clarion and Edinboro Universities MSN Program. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Sciences in 1977 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1979, and a Doctorate in Education in 2005. She is also a 1984 graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master's Degree in Adult Primary Health Care Nursing. In addition to teaching duties at Clarion University, she maintains a clinical practice at an inner city ambulatory care clinic. Her special interests are ENT, allergy, and asthma, online teaching, and the history of nursing.




Linda Pritchett (PhD, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing in the BSN Program; BSN Program Coordinator/Advisor)

Dr. Pritchett received her nursing diploma from the University Hospital School of Nursing in Augusta, GA, her BSN and MSN in Nursing Administration from the Medical College of Georgia, also in Augusta, GA. She received her Ph.D. in Adult Health with an emphasis in Gerontological Nursing from the University of Texas. She spent 14 years in staff nurse and supervisory positions. She has been teaching in a university setting since 1977. She has taught the graduate theory and research courses and has been a research advisor for students' theses and research projects. She is currently an Associate Professor at Clarion University. Her research interests are chronic health problems, especially issues related to adherence to therapeutic regimens, and issues related to gerontological nursing.