Karen R. Damron

Professor of Nursing 
Dean, Elliott School of Nursing

Office: Health Professions Education Building 301F
Telephone: 606.218.5755
E-mail: KarenDamron@upike.edu


Family Nursing
Pharmacology in Nursing (A.D.N.)
Pharmacology in Nursing (RN-BSN)
Health Assessment (RN-BSN)

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
University of Kentucky

Master of Science in Nursing
Bellarmine University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Texas at El Paso

Damron, K. (2016). An examination of maternal stress and secondhand smoke exposure on perinatal smoking status. Available through the Digital Commons Network (digitalcommons.bepress.com)

Mellon Foundation, appointed as fellow to the Salzburg Seminar; Salzburg, Austria, 2010.
William Wade and Helen Record Walker Teaching Excellence Award, first Place; 2013-2014.
Appalachian College Association Pre-Doctoral Faculty Fellowship; 2015-2016.

Born in Tacoma, Wash., and raised in El Paso, Texas, Dr. Damron has taught full-time at the University of Pikeville since 1998.  She and her husband, Larry, have four sons, and three grandchildren.

Tauna Gulley

Associate Professor of Nursing
RN-BSN Coordinator

Office: Health Professions Education Building 301D
Telephone: 606.218.5765
E-mail: TaunaGulley@upike.edu

Dawnetta Marcum

Associate Professor of Nursing 

Office: Health Professions Education Building 301G
Telephone: 606.218.5756
E-mail: DawnettaMarcum@upike.edu

Fundamentals of Nursing I

Master of Science Degree in Nursing Specialization in Health Care Education
University of Phoenix

Bachelor Degree in Nursing
West Virginia University Institute of Technology

Associate Degree in Nursing
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Dawnetta resides at Canada, Ky., with her husband, Charles and two daughters, Alyssa and Abigail. She has a background of four years in acute care, 11 years in home health and has now taught for five years at Pikeville. She enjoys camping, reading, "four-wheeling" and spending time with her family

Mary Rado Simpson

Professor of Nursing 

Office: Health Professions Education Building 301E
Telephone: 606.218.5754
E-mail: MarySimpson@upike.edu

Fundamentals of Nursing
Professional Transitions in Nursing

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
University of Kentucky

Master of Science in Nursing
University of Kentucky

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Western Connecticut State University

My nursing career began at the South Williamson (Kentucky) Appalachian Regional Hospital after college graduation in 1976. I moved to eastern Kentucky from Connecticut and have worked in acute care settings and nursing programs in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. I have taught courses in fundamentals, medical-surgical and professional issues; have been a research associate; and have even substituted for an OB clinical with lots of help from students! I simply love exploring concepts in nursing, developing curriculum and quietly enhancing the professional development of nursing students and faculty.

In 2000, I became the fourth Chairperson of the Division of Nursing at Pikeville College. In 2011, the college changed its name to the University of Pikeville and in 2014, the Division of Nursing became the School of Nursing. I am proud to now serve as the Interim Dean of UPIKE’s School of Nursing with its two nursing programs (A.D.N.; RN-BSN), a great team of full-time and adjunct nursing faculty, and an expanding community healthcare system that allows many clinical experiences right here at home.

I live with my husband and nine (outdoor) stray cats that claim us as parents up a holler in eastern KY near the West Virginia border. This environment gladly allows me the solitude to enjoy hobbies of Italian cooking, baking, and growing wildflowers. I also enjoy listening to my husband’s old-time banjo and guitar picking with friends.

Mellon Foundation, Appointed as a fellow to the Salzburg Seminars, Austria, 2002
Oncology Nursing Foundation/Bristol-Myer Squibb Oncology Community Health Research Grant, 2000
Transcultural Nursing Society Graduate Research Award, 1999
University of Kentucky Commonwealth Research Award, 1999, 1998

Simpson, M.R. (2001). “God healed me”: Religious responses to events in the cancer trajectory of breast cancer survivors in central Appalachia. Dissertation Abstracts International, 234B. (University Microfilms No. 3018915).

Simpson, M.R., & King, M.G. (1999). “God brought all these churches together”: Religion-health partnerships in an Appalachian community. Public Health Nursing, 16, 41-49.

Hahn, E.J., Hall, L.A., & Simpson, M.R. (1998). Drug prevention with high risk families and young children. Journal of Drug Education, 28, 327-345.

Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)

Bethany Sullivan

Instructor of Nursing 

Office: Health Professions Education Building 301C
Telephone: 606.218.5753
E-mail: BethanySullivan@upike.edu

Tiffany Wright

Instructor of Nursing 

Office: Health Professions Education Building 301H
Telephone: 606.218.5752
E-mail: TiffanyWright@upike.edu

Pharmacology in Nursing (ADN)
Nursing Across the Lifespan

Associate in Nursing
Pikeville College, 2005

Bachelor in Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing, 2008

Master in Nursing 
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (Family), University of Cincinnati, 2011

Doctorate of Nursing
University of Alabama, 2016

Born and raised in Pikeville, Tiffany Wright lives in her hometown with her husband, Nick, and three children, Darren, and twins Kaleb and Khloe. She worked as an RN in telemetry, surgery and the heart institute at Pikeville Medical Center. She also worked as a nurse practitioner at Whitesburg ARH's emergency department. She enjoys spending time with family, being involved with her children and reading.


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