Widener Law and its MJ faculty members are dedicated to the success of our students. As a result, the MJ faculty are leaders in their professions. They are a diverse group of individuals from many backgrounds and include professionals such as practicing corporate law attorneys, state representative, compliance officers, accounting and auditing professionals, nurses, legal nurse consultants, practicing health law attorneys, and more. Several are themselves Widener Law graduates! Our faculty members often appear for speaking engagements and write articles that appear in many industry publications. We dedicate this page to the accomplishments of our faculty.
Congratulations to Prof.
on helping to create, and being appointed to Chair, the Compliance Association of St. Louis (CASTL); an association of in-house ethics, risk, and compliance professionals. St. Louis has not had a regional compliance association to date, so this is a first for the area. The Association came into existence when Prof. Stitcher and several other compliance professionals met at the SCCE Institute in Chicago this September and discussed creating the Association.
, MJ professor for Healthcare Regulatory Compliance, has been named a Rising Star for 2013-2014 by Super Lawyers.
, JD, CCEP, CHPC has been selected to speak as a panelist at the Association of American Medical College’s (
), in Washington, D.C., on June 11, on the subject of ‘Enterprise Risk Assessment.’
appeared as a guest lecturer at William Jessup University in California on February 28, 2014. Prof. Stitcher presented on corporate ethics and compliance.
, our MJ professor for the Healthcare Compliance and Ethics I course, was recently honored by
magazine in its Women in Business 2013 feature.
's website. Congratulations Professor Sheppard!
Donald B. Bauer, Esquire, is a guest lecturer (MJ 500 Introduction to Law) on compliance issues related to government contacts.
* Articles reprinted with permission
Eileen Grena-Piretti Assistant Dean and Director, Graduate & Compliance Programs
Widener University School of Law - Delawareeagrena@widener.eduCourses:
MJ 500 Introduction to Law, MJ 6067 Healthcare Administration, Externships
Eileen A. Grena-Piretti is Assistant Dean and Director, Graduate & Compliance Programs for the Delaware campus of Widener Law. Mrs. Grena-Piretti graduated from American University with a B.S. in Political Science and a Minor in Biology in May 1988. She graduated from Widener University School of Law with a J.D. in May 1992 and from the University of Delaware School of Nursing with an R.N., B.S.N., in February 1997. She was an adjunct professor at Manor Junior College and a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse at Christiana Care Health System. She has also served as the Mental Health/Mental Retardation County Solicitor at the Chester County Mental Health Court, Assistant Counsel for Jeanes Hospital of Philadelphia, and as an Arbitration Judge for Chester County. She came to Widener in 1999 as an adjunct faculty member for the Legal Education Institute
. She later became Assistant Dean and Director of the Legal Education Institute before taking on her current position as Assistant Dean and Director, Graduate & Compliance Programs.
Pamela J. Kroh, Esq.Assistant Director, Graduate & Compliance Programs
Widener University School of Law – Delawarepjkroh@mail.widener.eduCourses:
MJ 500 Introduction to Law, MJ 518 Torts
Pamela J. Kroh is Assistant Director of graduate and compliance programs. She graduated summa cum laude from the Widener University School of Law-Legal Education Institute
, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Paralegal Studies. She received her J.D. from Widener University School of Law and is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. Ms. Kroh is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Delaware County Bar Association. She has twenty years of experience in civil litigation from her combined paralegal and associate roles. Ms. Kroh has been teaching on-campus and online in paralegal studies programs since 2008, including Widener’s own Legal Education Institute, Delaware County Community College, and Kaplan University.
Rebecca D. Walker
, J.D., M.S.N.Assistant Director, Graduate and LL.M Programs
State of Delaware Representative 9th District
Delaware House of Representativesrdwalker@mail.widener.eduCourse:
MJ 509 Critical Legal Analysis & Writing, MJ 739 Capitalism, Ethics & Corporate MisconductRebecca Walker has a Master of Science in Nursing, a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing and Health Policy Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. Ms. Walker has held a Level One Emergency Department Trauma clinical nursing practice for over 23 years, focusing on trauma, forensics and critical care transport. Ms. Walker has served as both the past vice president and immediate past president of the Delaware Board of Nursing under the Department of Professional Regulations and led the Board in the review, drafting and enforcement of regulatory compliance standards for both practicing professionals and licensed educational programs. Ms. Walker previously practiced as healthcare litigator in Philadelphia representing professional providers and health care corporations. She currently serves on the Delaware General Assembly as a State Representative, the Chair of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, and as the Vice Chair of the House of Representatives Health and Social Services Committee. She also has previously taught as an Assistant Professor at Wesley College.
Ms. Walker attended the Delaware State Police Academy before shifting gears when accepted to Widener Law School. She has spent the last three years working with law enforcement leadership statewide in the preparation and drafting of policy initiatives that were in compliance with current Delaware statutes and law.
Deborah Ballantyne, Esq.
Risk Management Analyst/Consultant Hospital & Health Care
MJ 709 Healthcare Q & L
Ms. Ballantyne joined ECRI Institute in July, 2011, from the law firm of White and Williams, LLP in Philadelphia. Ms. Ballantyne brought her experience and education to ECRI Institute to provide on-site assessment of the risk management and culture of safety programs of member organizations and specific identification of risks inherent in the provision of senior housing and aging services. She provides consultation and education services as identified by analytics of current literature, incidents and claims specific to the members, and questions and issues raised by member organizations. Ms. Ballantyne was elected by her peers to the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Widener Law Review. While in law school she received the Reed Hamilton Health Law Award and a recognition award given to the top student in professional liability. Ms. Ballantyne received her J.D., cum laude, from Widener University School of Law and a BA in Zoology from the University of California, Davis. Ms. Ballantyne is a member of the Advisory Board of the Health Law Institute
at Widener University School of Law.
Lucia Francesca Bruno, J.D., LL.M., M.B.A., C.H.C.
Physicians’ Legal Grouplfbruno@mail.widener.eduCourse:
MJ 6028 Regulatory Compliance – Hospital Managed Care
Lucia F.Bruno has extensive experience in physician and healthcare practice management matters, physician employment contracting, co-ownership arrangements, practice sales, strategic planning, mergers and network development, as well as hospital contracting issues. Her health care experience includes negotiating and implementing physician practice arrangements, buy-in arrangements, deferred compensation agreements, termination agreements and income division methodologies as well as joint venture agreements, and issues involving fraud and abuse, compliance plans, HIPAA counseling, Medicare/Medicaid regulations, and employment law. Ms. Bruno is a nationally recognized speaker. She lectures around the country on practice management, risk mitigation, and a wide array of financial and legal issues to hospitals, medical societies, universities and medical staffs. Her speaking engagement forums include: The American Urological Association, Hahnemann Hospital, Drexel College of Medicine, Main Line Health Systems and Riddle Memorial Hospital. Ms. Bruno earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Widener University School of Law. While at Widener, she received the distinguished Dean’s Academic Achievement Award for Appellate Practice and Procedure. She also earned an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University Beasley School of Law and an M.B.A., with honors, from Saint Joseph’s University Erivan K. Haub School of Business.
Marlene Timberlake D'Adamo, Esq.
Managing Director, Portfolio and Risk Management
PNC Asset Management Groupmltimberlake@mail.widener.eduCourse:
MJ 703 Corporate Compliance & Ethics I
Marlene Timberlake D'Adamo is Managing Director, Senior Vice President of Portfolio and Risk Management for PNC's Asset Management Group and oversees the activities of two groups: the Investment Advisor Research Group, responsible for selecting and monitoring managers for PNC's approved platform, and the Risk Management Group to monitor client accounts for compliance with policies and procedures. Previously, she was Chief Compliance Officer at Glenmede Investment Management and responsible for the Compliance Program. Ms. D’Adamo has also served as Chief Compliance Officer of two broker dealers and as bond counsel. Ms. Timberlake D'Adamo is a graduate of Temple University School of Law and Seton Hall University (Bachelor of Arts). She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Denise F. Diaz, MSN, BA, RN, CPAN
Legal Nurse Consultant
Messa & Associatesdfdiaz@mail.widener.eduCourse:
MJ 607 Principles & Practices of LNC, MJ 606 Capstone: Legal Issues in Healthcare Research
Ms. Diaz holds a BA in communication arts from Villanova University, a BSN from Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing, an MSN in nursing education from Drexel University, and a legal nurse consulting certificate from Widener University’s Legal Education Institute. In addition to working as an in-house legal nurse consultant at Messa & Associates, she is the Director of Clinical/Community Relations and Continuing Education at Widener University School of Nursing. Ms. Diaz serves on the Products and Services committee and the Social Media committee of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) She is an active member of the AALNC Philadelphia Chapter.
Andrew Finkelstein, J.D., CCEP, CHPC
Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer
Tufts Medical Center
MJ 724 Healthcare Compliance and Ethics II
Andrew Finkelstein has over ten years of healthcare compliance experience in various roles across the healthcare landscape. Currently, he serves as Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer, and Director of Internal Audit for Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Tufts Medical Center, Mr. Finkelstein worked for a host of private, public, and government institutions, all in the compliance setting, including Aesculap, Coventry Health Care, and Maximus Federal Services. Mr. Finkelstein writes extensively on issues related to healthcare compliance and has published multiple articles with the Health Care Compliance Association, Journal of Healthcare Compliance, and Compliance Week. His areas of healthcare compliance interest and expertise are in risk management and policy, privacy, and vendor relations. Mr. Finkelstein holds a Bachelors degree from Syracuse University, and has also earned a Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law. Mr. Finkelstein is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional with the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and is also Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance with the Health Care Compliance Association.
Paul E. Flanagan, J.D., M.S., CHC, CCEP
Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer
Abington Memorial Health
MJ 728 Corporate Capstone
Mr. Flanagan, a Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer, has been senior level management in healthcare compliance and a chief compliance officer for over 18 years. Currently he is also the Co-Founder of the Medical Travel Compliance Society. Mr. Flanagan has worked at a myriad of hospitals including Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was Chief Corporate Compliance Officer leading medical institutions across the country. A graduate of Catholic University in Washington, D.C., he also holds a master's degree in Hospital Administration from Widener University and a Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Flanagan is dual-certified in healthcare compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association and the Society of Compliance and Ethics. He has spoken and written nationally on compliance topics. He is a former member of the Health Care Compliance Association and has taught compliance and ethics at the University of Southern California and University of Nebraska.
Daniel K. Glessner, Esq.
MJ 725 Healthcare Compliance & Ethics IIMr. Glessner is a partner of Brouse McDowell law firm and the Chair of the Health Care Practice Group. He provides counsel on a myriad of health care and corporate issues including long-term care, medical staff and licensure issues, employment, general contracting, implementation of policies and procedures, Medicare, Medicaid and commercial payor audits and reimbursement issues, HIPAA, fraud and abuse, and regulatory compliance concerns including fraud and
abuse, Stark physician self-referral issues and the Anti-Kickback Statute, IRS compliance issues, private inurement/private benefit and various state law issues. He is certified by the Compliance Certification Board as a specialist in Healthcare Compliance. Prior to joining Brouse McDowell in 2008, Mr. Glessner served as in-house counsel with Akron General Health System for 16 years.
Kristy Grant-Hart, Esq.
Chief Compliance Officer
United International PicturesCourse:
MJ 732 Global Compliance & Ethics
Kristy Grant-Hart is the Chief Compliance Officer for United International Pictures, the joint distribution company for Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures, based in London, England. Mrs. Grant-Hart began her legal career in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles and London offices. She is an experienced international conference speaker, and has published articles in magazines and trade publications in the United States and Europe on anti-bribery topics and on data privacy and data transfer between the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union. She has advised Fortune 500 companies on international compliance, and created and revamped compliance programs for major companies in Europe and the United States. Mrs. Grant-Hart graduated summa cum laude from Loyola Law School in California. She holds certification as a Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional – International (CCEP-I) and is a member of the California Bar.
Lisa V. Gressel, JD
Ethics & Integrity Officer
MJ 731 Capstone for Global Compliance & Ethics
Ms. Gressel has extensive experience designing and implementing compliance and ethics programs for large publicly traded multinational corporations, including Nortel Networks, General Electric Company, and PetSmart. She currently leads the ethics and integrity program for PetSmart, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. She has a deep understanding of and extensive experience in handling complex legal, compliance and policy issues in a variety of industries including defense, telecom, healthcare, and retail. Ms. Gressel held positions as Deputy General Counsel, SVP & General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer in many international corporations. She is experienced in partnering with boards and senior management in developing strong legal and compliance programs to best meet the needs of the organization. Ms. Gressel is rated in the top 16% of all compliance and ethics professionals around the world by Egon Zehnder.
Shauna B. Itri, Esq.
Berger & Montague P.C.
Whistleblower and Plaintiffs Securities Class Action Litigation Attorneysitri@mail.widener.eduCourse:
MJ 721 Corporate Deviance
Shauna B. Itri, is an attorney who represents whistleblowers in False Claims Act law suits in state and federal courts throughout the United States, and tax and securities whistleblowers with claims under the IRS and SEC whistleblower programs. She has worked on a series of False Claims Act cases against large drug companies for fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid drug pricing. Ms. Itri received a B.A. and an M.A. from Stanford University, and received her J.D. from Villanova University. Named a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star" in 2010 and 2011 by Philadelphia Magazine, Ms. Itri was also placed on Philadelphia's First Judicial District's 2010 and 2011 Roll of Honor for Pro Bono Service for her service in the community.
Lynda Kopishke, R.N., M.S.N., L.N.C.C., CMSRN
MJ 607 Principles & Practices of LNC
Ms. Kopishke initially received her Diploma in Nursing from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington Delaware. After many years of successful practice, Ms. Kopishke returned to Wilmington University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Nursing. She became certified as a legal nurse consultant in 2000. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consulting at both the local and national levels. Ms. Kopishke is a past editor of the Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting, was a reviewer for the second edition of Principles and Practices, and senior co-editor for the third edition of Legal Nurse Consulting Principles and Practices. Ms. Kopishke is a published author and national speaker on topics associated with nursing and legal nurse consulting. Ms. Kopishke is an instructor at DTCC at the third level in medical-surgical and psychiatric nursing, and maintains a consulting practice, Forensic Matters. She has been admitted at trial in several state courts and at the Federal court level as an expert witness in the standards of nursing practice and life care planning. Ms. Kopishke is a nurse, educator, researcher, and strong advocate for nursing practice.
Sharon (Shari) Larson, BSN, LNCC, CMSRN
Legal Nurse Consultant
Messa & Associatessalarson@mail.widener.eduCourse:
MJ 601 Intro to LNC
Ms. Larson graduated from the University of Virginia in 1989. She currently works as a legal nurse consultant at Messa & Associates since January of 2008. Ms. Larson became certified as a legal nurse consultant in 2012. She serves at the national level of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants as a member of the Products and Services Committee. Ms. Larson remains clinically active at Chester County Hospital as a staff nurse on a medical/surgical/oncology floor.
Margaret (Peggy) O'Neill, J.D., C.P.A.
Certified Public Accountant and Attorney
MJ 727 Workplace Investigations
MJ722 Auditing & Monitoring
Ms. O’Neill is a Certified Public Accountant and licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, offering tax and estate planning preparation, as well as estate administration, to individuals and businesses. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in accounting in 1991, and in 2004 earned her Juris Doctorate from Widener Law School, with a concentration in Estate Planning and Tax. In addition to her accounting and law practice, Ms. O’Neill is also a Professor at Widener University School of Law teaching various courses in the areas of tax and estate planning.
Stephen Rhoades, Esq.
MJ 600 Healthcare & Business Transactions
Mr. Rhoads provides counsel on compliance and promotional risk related issues to the Business Leaders and Product Attorneys within the Specialty Care Business Unit. He assists Business and Legal with management of mandatory CIA requirements, continually assesses training efforts for Business to ensure compliance, assesses all business related platform functions for potential risk areas and proactively works with Business and Legal to ensure an adequate mitigation plan is in place to address any identified risks and collaborates with Compliance, Business and Legal on all SCBU related diagnostic reviews (product specific and platform functions). Mr. Rhoads also facilitates and informs reviews for quarterly certifications by Pfizer management under the CIA. He manages and understands SCBU docket of compliance investigations in the Corporate Compliance Group and assists with remediation and corrective actions in SCBU. Mr. Rhoads assists with CIA field rides, compliance advisory boards and attends field based activities to monitor as needed.
Julie Sheppard, J.D., B.S.N., CHC
Founder & President of First Healthcare Compliance, LLCjssheppard@mail.widener.edu
Julie Sheppard received a BSN from Clemson University in 1993. Her nursing experience includes the hospital and public health settings. She graduated from Widener University School of Law with a JD in 2006. She is certified in Health Care Compliance through the Compliance Certification Board. Her company, First Healthcare Compliance, provides innovative products and services to help physician practices implement effective compliance programs.
Michael J. Stitcher, JD, CCEPDirector of Ethics & Compliance
St. Louis, MOmjstitcher@mail.widener.eduCourse:
MJ725 Corporate Compliance & Ethics II
Mr. Stitcher is the Director of Ethics & Compliance for Energizer Holdings, and formerly the ethics officer responsible for international compliance activities at Aerojet Rocketdyne and GenCorp Inc., an international aerospace-defense contractor/rocket science company. Mr. Stitcher has over 8 years of experience in healthcare, corporate, and international trade compliance having worked as outside and inside counsel for healthcare corporations and publicly traded companies as well as in the position of Ethics & Compliance Officer since January of 2010. Mr. Stitcher holds a Bachelor of Science in International Trade and Political Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctor from The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Stitcher is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional with the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and is licensed to practice law in California and Nevada.
Margaret Truluck, Esq.
MJ 6063 Corporate Regulatory Compliance: Rules and Standards
Margaret Truluck graduated from University of Delaware with an undergraduate degree and graduated from Widener University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at Widener University School of Law teaching Corporate Regulatory Compliance: Rules and Standards for MJ Graduate Programs. She is also a compliance professional at National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak).
Donald B. Bauer, Esq., CCEPVice President and Director, Compliance and Ethics
Weston Solutions, Inc.
Don Bauer is Vice President and Director, Compliance and Ethics at Weston Solutions, Inc., a contractor for both U.S. Civilian and Defense Department Agencies. Weston provides environmental, energy solutions, property redevelopment and design/build construction services, with offices throughout the US and in Europe, Taiwan, and India. In addition to his “day job”, Don also is President of Rothschild Special Services, a compliance and ethics consulting firm, which assists companies in developing, implementing and evaluating their corporate ethics and compliance programs. After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University, Don received his J.D. degree from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. He is a certified ethics and compliance professional and a graduate of Boston University’s “Mini-MBA” Program. Over the years, Don has been and continues to be a frequent lecturer and contributing editor on a variety of compliance, ethics, and government contract matters. He has also been a guest lecturer in Ethics and Compliance at the Smeal School of Business at The Pennsylvania State University; Widener University Law School; and, at various U.S. government sponsored programs for small businesses interested in qualifying to perform on federal contracts.