Staff

Intisar Abdel-Alim, MLT ASCP 
Intisar is the Laboratory Supervisor and Technical Consultant for the Monroe and MCV campuses. She received her B.S. in Biology from Sweet Briar College and obtained her Associates in Clinical Lab Science from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. She received her Clinical Lab Science license thru the American College of Clinical Pathologists and is currently completing the Medical Laboratory Scientist program at VCU. Her 13 years of experience as a Laboratory Technologist includes Chippenham Medical Center, VCU/MCV Health System, Health Diagnostic Laboratory, and Patient First to name a few. She is excited to be part of the team at VCU Student Health.

Ann Reid Anderson, MSN, BSN
Ann received her BSN from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MSN from the University of Virginia. She is a nurse practitioner on the Monroe Park campus and has an interest in primary care and chronic medical problems including diabetes, hypertension and asthma.

Lori Bandy, RN, BSN
Lori is one of our clinical nurses. She joined University Student Health Services in January 2014. Lori received her degree from VCU School of Nursing.

Lori Bekenstein, MD, FAPA
Dr. Bekenstein is the psychiatrist at Student Health Services. She received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Dr. Bekenstein completed both her adult psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and thereafter worked in Raleigh and Chapel Hill with children and adolescents before moving to Richmond. Dr. Bekenstein has maintained board certification in Adult Psychiatry and evaluates and treats students at VCU with psychiatric concerns. In addition to her work at Student Health, she maintains an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Psychiatry at the VCU School of Medicine.

Xavier Bey
Xavier is the office manager at The Well. While monitoring the office's finances and budgets, he provides assistance to the many health programs that are planned and implemented out of The Well. Xavier has a wealth of experience from his previous positions at the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Jeannette Bishai, RNC, WHCNP
Jeannette earned her medical degree from Cairo, Egypt, and received her BSN and MSN from Virginia Commonwealth University. She works as a part-time women’s health nurse practitioner at the Monroe Park campus.

Angela Brown, RN
Angela joined Student Health Services in August 2014 after a 22 year nursing career in Critical Care and Urgent Care. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Norfolk State University. 

Christine Charbonneau, FNP, MPH, BSN
Chris received her BSN from Columbia University and her MN preparation as a nurse practitioner from Emory University. She also earned her Master of Public Health degree from UCLA. She serves as the contact person at SHS for Travel Care for the VCU students at the academic campus.

Catherine Chen, MD
Dr. Chen received her Doctor of Medicine at VCU and completed her residency in Family Medicine in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Chen is board certified in Family Medicine and enjoys providing care to patients with a wide range of health care needs.  She speaks conversational Mandarin and is happy to accommodate patients with limited English skills.

Mae Cinco
Mae is a Clinical Laboratory Assistant at VCU Student Health on both campuses. She started as a student worker in 2008, and graduated from VCU with dual BS degrees in Biology and Chemistry. She draws blood and carries out various tests in the laboratory. She has worked in various departments of the clinic before the laboratory, but her priority is still to ensure patients receive the utmost care and customer service. 

Denise Cochran, MMSc, RDN
Denise received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition from Penn State University and her graduate degree from Emory University. She has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Richmond, VA for over 30 years, working in wellness, fitness, and medical nutrition therapy. Denise's primary responsibilities include educating students about nutrition, eating disorders, and body image. She provides one-on-one nutrition counseling and gives presentations.

Kristen Kidd Donovan, MPH
Kristen is the Assistant Director for Substance Abuse Prevention at The Well. She received her BA in English from Davidson College. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zimbabwe, she earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Iowa School of Public Health. Kristen educates on substance abuse, and connects students struggling with substance abuse issues to appropriate community resources. Kristen's other responsibilities include gathering and analyzing data on substance use and abuse at VCU and working with University partners to foster a healthy, safe environment for VCU students.

Jane Emerson, RN
Jane Emerson is the Assistant Director, Clinical Operations. She oversees nursing staff, immunizations, and the laboratory. Jane received her ASN from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and is currently pursuing her masters of nursing through Aspen University. Prior to joining Student Health Services in July 2014, Jane worked for the Virginia Department of Health for 16 years.

Donna Gammon, RN BSN
Donna graduated from Roanoke Memorial Hospitals with a diploma in nursing. She received a BSN at VCU while working in Neurosurgery at MCV. Donna worked in Student Health at William & Mary just prior to returning to work at VCU Student Health Services.

Shannan Green, MD
Dr. Green graduated from VCU's School of Medicine and completed her residency at the VCU/Shenandoah Valley Family Practice Residency Program in Front Royal, VA. She joined the residency faculty at the practice for several years, later serving as their Interim Assistant Residency Director and working in private practice in the surrounding community. Dr. Green is Board Certified in Family Practice and enjoys taking care of patients with a full range of primary care issues and health promotion needs.

Linda Hancock, PhD, CFNP, RN
Linda serves as both a clinician and Director of The Well. She is an animated health educator whose specialties over the years have included all the "S's": sexual health, substance abuse, and stress management. She is currently the smoking cessation guru at VCU and leads a campus-wide social norms marketing campaign to reduce substance use.

Suzanne Heller, PA-C, MMS
Suzanne works part time as a physician assistant on the Monroe Park Campus. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida and her Master of Medical Science in PA Studies from Wake Forest University. 

Jonathon Holmes
Jonathon serves as the Immunization Assistant to the Immunization Coordinator for VCU Student Health Services. He received his degree in Spanish, with a minor in International Relations from VCU.  He began working part time at VCU Student Health Services in 2005, while completing his undergraduate degree.  He provides administrative support to the clinical staff and is responsible for ensuring that students who utilize our facility receive excellent customer service from the Immunization Department.  He also supervises part time student workers in the Immunization Department.  

Brittany Johnson
Brittany graduated from VCU with a degree in Psychology in 2012 and began her career as a Pharmacy Technician at CVS Pharmacy in Richmond, VA. In July of 2014, Brittany became PTCB-certified and enjoys working in the ethnically and culturally diverse campus community here at VCU.

Elizabeth Winthrop, NP-C
Elizabeth works as a full-time nurse practitioner on the Monroe Park Campus. She obtained her BA in Spanish at the University of Virginia and her BS and MS in Nursing at VCU. She has previous NP experience at an outpatient anticoagulation clinic and at the health department. She loves working with students and helping them to become productive, healthy, happy individuals during their time at VCU.

Lauren Johnson, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Lauren received both her BS and MS in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also graduated with a BA from Virginia Tech. She works as a full-time Nurse Practitioner for Student Health Services. She especially enjoys women's health, primary care, and health promotion/disease prevention.

Samuel Johnson
Sam works in the pharmacy as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. He works with patients, staff, and practitioners to coordinate pharmacy care. He has been a dedicated employee of MCV and Student Health for over 30 years.

Tracy (Arthur) King, ANP, MSN, BSN
Tracy received her BS in Nursing from James Madison University and her MS in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She works as a full-time Nurse Practitioner for Student Health Services and specializes in chronic medical problems including diabetes, hypertension and asthma.

Karen Kirby, MD
Dr. Kirby received her BS in medical technology and doctor of medicine at MCV/VCU. After completing an internal medicine residency, she worked for MCV/VCU for two years. After fifteen years of private practice, she returned to VCU Student Health Service. Dr. Kirby especially enjoys treating diabetes, hypertension, and lipid disorders. Her board certification is in Internal Medicine.

Carolyn Kirkbride, FNP, BSN
Carolyn received her BSN from George Mason University and her MSN from VCU. She has practiced as a massage therapist as well, and believes strongly in viewing the client holistically, incorporating the body, mind and spirit.

Teri Luehrs
Teri serves as a Program Support Technician for the Monroe Park Campus. She provides administrative support to the clinical staff and is responsible for ensuring that students who utilize our facility receive excellent customer service from the Business Office Staff. She is also responsible for patient referrals and is part of the Environment of Care Committee. Teri previously worked in Student Health Services at NCSU.

Deborah Mannix
Deborah serves as a Program Support Technician for the MCV campus. She received her Dental Assistant Certification from MCV and her radiology certification from Central VA Community College. She provides administrative support to the clinical staff and is responsible for ensuring that students who utilize our facility receive excellent customer service from the Business Office Staff.

Amanda Wattenmaker McGann, Ph.D., MPH, CHES, CPH
Amanda is the Assistant Director for Public Health Research and Education at The Well. She received her BS in Health Communication/Education from James Madison University. She earned her Master of Public Health, and her Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation from VCU. Amanda serves as faculty advisor to the Project R.E.A.C.H. Peer Educators and the Cancer Awareness Team (CAT), meets with students on better managing their stress, and enjoys presenting to classes and student groups. She also works on the campus-wide social norms campaign to reduce substance use, assists in the administration of the National College Health Assessment at VCU, and directs the data analysis and program evaluation efforts at The Well.

April Bennett Mitchell
April serves as a Program Support Technician for the Monroe Park Campus and Medical Campus. She provides administrative support to the clinical staff and is responsible for ensuring that students who utilize our facility receive excellent customer service from the Business Office Staff.

Cathy Moolhuyzen, BSPharm, RPh
Cathy is a full-time Pharmacist, and has served as the Director of Pharmacy Services at Student Health for 11 years. She graduated from MCV School of Pharmacy in 1987 and previously worked for Bon Secours, Caremark, Peoples Drug Stores, and has served as a Consultant Pharmacist for Psychiatric and Rehab hospitals. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at VCU School of Pharmacy and serves as a preceptor for PharmD students.

David W. Nelson, MD, MPH

Dr. Nelson received his Doctor of Medicine from Boston University, and completed his residency in Family Practice at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. While a resident, he also completed a Masters of Public Health degree through Loma Linda University. Dr. Nelson is Board Certified in Family Practice and sees patients with a full range of primary care problems and concerns.

Kathy Petrizzi, PharmD
Kathy is a part-time Pharmacist. She graduated from UNC Chapel-Hill School of Pharmacy with a BS in Pharmacy in 1984 and a Doctor of Pharmacy in 1987. She completed a hospital pharmacy residency at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC and a Specialized Residency in Ambulatory Care at MCV. She has previous experience working in hospitals, a pharmacy care clinic, and as a consultant for MedOutcomes.

Comisha Pettaway
Comisha graduated with a BS in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry in 2015 from VCU. She is an Immunization Administrative Assistant at VCU Student Health Services. She began working part-time at Student Health within the lab as a student and became a full time staff member following graduation.

Lois Phillips, RN, BSN
Lois is the Immunization Coordinator. She joined our staff in August of 2005. She received her diploma in nursing from St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and her BSN from VCU.

Messiah Plummer
Messiah serves as an IT Analyst CL1 for the Student Health Services. He received his BS in Computer Information Systems from Virginia Union University.

Sarah Prillaman, MSN, FNP
Sally received her BSN from University of Virginia and her MSN from VCU. She works as a nurse practitioner on the Monroe Park Campus and the VCU Medical Campus.

Betty Reppert, P.A-C, MPH
Betty serves as the Associate Director of Student Health Services. She received her BS and PA degrees through a joint program with Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. She then earned her Master in Public Health from MCV/VCU.

Margaret Roberson, MD
Dr. Roberson is the Medical Director for University Student Health Services. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and graduated from VCU Medical School. She completed her residency at the VCU Health System. Dr Roberson is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

Latisha Smith, RN
Latisha received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from VCU in 2008, a Master of Science in Education from VA Tech in 2009 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing in 2013. In addition to working at Student Health, she also does inpatient nursing in the Oncology Unit at VCUHS. 

Chifawn Taylor
Chifawn joined Student Health Services in 2003 and currently serves as the Medical Records Manager for the Health Information Management staff on both campuses. She provides administrative support to the clinical staff and the health center's staff psychiatrist. Chifawn is responsible for ensuring that students who utilize our facility receive excellent customer service from the HIM Staff. She is also responsible for patient referrals and the processing of medical records and subpoenas.

Kaylin Tingle
Kaylin is the LGBTQ Violence Prevention Health Educator at the Well. She provides prevention, education, advocacy and support to survivors of sexual, dating, domestic and stalking violence, with a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer (LQBTQ) communities. Kaylin received her B.S. from VCU, double majoring in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies. She is completing her Masters of Social Work degree at VCU with a certificate in Gender Violence Intervention.

Bernadette Ucci, MD
Dr. Ucci attended Creighton University School of Medicine - Omaha and completed a residency with the VCU Health System in Internal Medicine. She has a joint appointment with Student Health Services and the Department of Internal Medicine, VCU Health System.

Trudy VanDyke, RN
Trudy is one of our clinical nurses who joined our staff in October 2008 after working at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. She received her BS from Virginia Tech and attended nursing school at Medical Careers Institute.

Ellen Wright
Ellen serves as the Business Manager for the University Student Health Services. She has worked everywhere from MCV Department of Anatomy within the School of Medicine to the Office of Health Promotion.