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 Practice (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)

Damron, K. (2017). Review of the relationships among psychosocial stress,
secondhand smoke, and perinatal smoking.  JOGNN, 46(3), 325-333.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jogn.2017.01.012

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



Advanced Concepts in Nursing Practice
Evidenced Based Practice
Medical Surgical Nursing
Health Assessment

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing 2011
East Tennessee State University
Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner 1998
Radford University                                                                
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 1995
Clinch Valley College
Bachelor of Science in Biology 1989
Clinch Valley College

Gulley, T. (2011). The Influence of Time Perspective on Physical Activity Intentions and Behaviors among Adolescents Residing in Central Appalachia. East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.   

Gulley, T., Boggs, D., Mullins, R., & Brock E. (2014). Diabetes Screening in the Workplace.    
     Workplace Health & Safety, 62(11), 444-446.  
Gulley, T., & Boggs, D. (September/October, 2014). Time perspective and the theory of planned
      behavior: Moderate predictors of physical activity among central Appalachian adolescents.
     Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28(5), e41-47.
Gulley, T. (2014). The effects of fatalism, faith, and family dynamics on health among
     Appalachian youth. In W. Welch (Ed.), Clinics, cultures, communities: Appalachian health
     examined (pp. 167-178).  Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.
Gulley, T. (2013). Time perspective and physical activity among central Appalachian
     adolescents. Journal of School Nursing, 29(2), 123-131.
Gulley, T. (2011). Promoting partnerships for healthy youth. Journal of Family and Consumer
     Sciences Education, 29 (2), 47-52. Available at   
Guynn, C., Gulley, T., & Smiddy, J. (2009). Trichotillomania. Consultant for Pediatricians,
     8(11), 408.
Gulley, T., & McNew, L.B. (2009). Bring me to Belize: A timeless journey. Journal of Creative
     Nursing, 15(3), 139-141.


Selected Presentations
Gulley, T. (July 27, 2017). Developing a Creative Collaboration to Promote Interprofessional
     Education for Baccalaureate Nursing Students. Podium Presentation. 28th International
     Nursing Research Congress, Sigma Theta Tau, Dublin, Ireland. 

Preston, K., Gulley, T., Kingery, J., Morrison, M., Bartley, A., & Akers, D. (October 5, 2016).
     Interprofessional Education: Kentucky and Virginia Education Collaboration. Poster   
     Presentation. IPEC Faculty Development Institute, Herndon, Virginia. 

Gulley, T. (July 23, 2015). International Collaboration: Promoting Global Citizenship, Cultural
     Competence, and Leadership Skills among Baccalaureate Nursing Students. Podium
     Presentation. 26th International Nursing Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Gulley, T. (July 26, 2015). Hope and Wellbeing among Belizeans. Podium Presentation. 26th 
     International Nursing Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Gulley, T. (2015). Combining Goal Setting with Coaching in a Primary Care Setting to Improve
     Physical Activity among Patients with Diabetes in Central Appalachia. Poster Presentation.
     American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Gulley, T., Easter, C.R. (June 19, 2014). Blessings from Belize: A Servant Leadership Approach
     to Faith Based Nursing. Podium Presentation. Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing, Indiana
     Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana. 

Nomination for Outstanding Faculty to State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) 2014 and 2015
Nursing Professor of the Year (UVA Wise)   2013   
Dissertation Award, The University of Virginia School of Nursing’s Rural Health Care Research Center, 2010
The Harrison Award for Outstanding Service, UVA Wise, 2010

Tauna began her nursing career as a certified nursing assistant in 1989 while working in home health for Jenkins Community Hospital in Jenkins, Ky. Since then she has worked in adult intensive care and medical-surgical units in the hospital setting. In addition to her current role as a nurse educator, Tauna works part time as a family nurse practitioner.

She has traveled with a medical mission team to Belize for several years and hopes to continue. Tauna believes serving others is an important leadership quality.  

She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Southwest Virginia with a host of pets. Tauna feels blessed and honored to be part of the UPIKE family.


Tansy Hall

Assistant Professor of Nursing 

Office: Health Professions Education Building 301H
Telephone: 606.218.5748
E-mail: TansyHall@upike.edu

Nursing Across the Lifespan I & II

Hazard Community and Technical College 1991

Associate in Nursing
Hazard Community College 2001

Masters of Science in Nursing-Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN-FNP)
Frontier Nursing University 2016

Doctorate of Nursing
Frontier Nursing University 2017

Tansy was born and raised in Knott County, Kentucky. She is married and she and her husband have one daughter. As an LPN, her career was focused on pediatrics and geriatrics. Her career as an RN focused on the newborn nursery and post-partum.

After completing her MSN, she became a family nurse practitioner and worked at a family clinic, nursing home, and hospital. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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
Fundamentals of Nursing II

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 was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky. She has taught full-time at the University of Pikeville since 2004. She and her husband, Charles, have two sons, three daughters and two grandchildren. She enjoys camping, reading, church activities and spending time with her friends and 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

Mary’s nursing career began at the South Williamson (Ky.) Appalachian Regional Hospital after college graduation in 1976. She moved to Eastern Kentucky from Connecticut and worked in acute care settings and nursing programs in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. Mary has taught courses in associate degree and baccalaureate degree nursing programs and served as a research associate at the University of Kentucky. She enjoys exploring concepts in nursing, developing curriculum and fostering professional development.

Mary returned to her roots as a full-time nursing faculty after serving 17 years as program administrator in the capacity as Chair of the Division of Nursing (2000-2014) and then founding Dean of the Elliott School of Nursing (2014-2017).

She and her husband have an ever-changing brood of stray animals at their. Mary enjoys Italian cooking, baking, photography and travel, especially to national parks.

  • E.O. Robinson Foundation Equipment Grant, $5,000, 2017.
  • Faculty Sponsor: ACA Alexander Scholar Service Learning Award to two UPIKE nursing students (2008 & 2009). Student stipend $5,000 each; Faculty Honorarium $1,000 each.  
  • Transcultural Nursing Society (TNS), Elected Chair, Committee to Develop TNS Certification Exam, 2005-2007.  
  • 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.

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

Assistant Professor of Nursing  

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

Fundamentals of Nursing Skills
Nursing Across the Lifespan Skills
Family Nursing

Associate of Science in Nursing - Big Sandy Community and Technical College
Master of Science in Nursing – Frontier Nursing University

A native of Prestonsburg, Ky., Bethany now resides in Pikeville with her husband, Paul, and two children, Kamron and Adalyn.  After completion of her ADN, Bethany spent most of her career as an RN working in obstetrics.  In 2012, she completed her MSN and became certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  She continues to practice as an FNP at East Kentucky Tender Care Pediatrics.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling with family and friends, football and spending time with her husband and children.

Connie Workman

Assistant Professor of Nursing  

Office: Health Professions Education Building 301J
Telephone: 606.218.5769
E-mail: connieworkman@upike.edu

Pharmacology in Nursing (ADN)
Mental Health Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing-University of Kentucky
Master of Science in Nursing-University of Kentucky

Connie grew up in Ohio until age 12 when she moved to Johnson County, Ky., with her family. She and her husband live on a farm in Lawrence County, Ky., and enjoy raising cattle.  Their daughter is a middle grades math and science educator.

Connie has a Siberian Husky and enjoys gardening as well as collecting vintage and antique jewelry and furniture. She feels honored and blessed to be part of the UPIKE family and is excited to share her experience and expertise in psychiatric nursing with current and future students.  

Nationally Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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