Meet the Nurses


 

The School Nurse

School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate
positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning. (NASN, 1999)
 
About the Certified School Nurses....

Mrs. Ross

Hello, my name is Pam Ross. I am a certified school nurse for Greensburg Salem. I have been with the district since 2000. I received my BSN and school nurse certification from Carlow University and have been an RN for over 30 years. I have worked at multiple buildings throughout the district, and have been at the middle school for the last few years.  I look forward to getting to know your child and family. I hope to help them become the healthiest student they can be.    

Mrs. Elyes
Hello! My name is Amy Elyes. I am a Certified School Nurses for Greensburg Salem School District. I received my associates degree from CCAC- South campus, and my bachelor's degree from Ohio University. I received my school nurse certificate from Slippery Rock University.  I have been a nurse for 17 years, and spent 16 years of that time working at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh on the pediatric surgery floor. I came to the high school in October 2018, and it has been a welcome change from the craziness of the hospital environment. I enjoy interacting with the kids, and getting to know them. 
I was recently moved to Hutchinson Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year, and oversee all the elementary schools in the district. It has been a wonderful change and I love interacting with the "littles", and think of them as my own kids. 
 
Ms. Sabella-Menoher
Hello! My name is Melissa Sabella-Menoher, and I am the Certified School Nurse for Greensburg Salem High School. I received my bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University. For my school nurse certification, I attended Eastern Mennonite University. I have been a nurse for 20 years and previously worked at Westmoreland Intermediate Unit 7, Saint Vincent College, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as a Pediatric Certified Nurse. I believe my love of children and experience in leadership has prepared me well for the role of the High School Nurse.
 
About the Non-Certified Nurses:
 
Mrs Simpson
Hello! The kids call me Miss Doris, and I'm one of the school nurses at Hutchinson Elementary. I've been a nurse for 10 years now, receiving my degrees from Penn State University. I've been with the Greensburg Salem school district for 5 years now, but have worked in the medical field for over 30 years. I've gotten to experience many different aspects of training throughout my career, but I enjoy my role as school nurse the most. 
 
Mrs. Jones 

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Jones. I am a Registered Nurse at Nicely Elementary School. I have been a nurse for over 40 years, 16 of them in the school setting. I am also a life long Golden Lion. My job is to take care of the sick and injured students and staff of Nicely and to assist the certified nurses. 

When I am not in school I love to read, shop and  spend time with my family.

 

Mrs. Fontanazza 

Hello!  My name is Terri Fontanazza. I am the school nurse for Metzgar Elementary. I have 4 children who are all grown up now, and I have 3 grandchildren and 1 on the way. 

I have been a nurse for 39 years. I worked for many years at Westmoreland Manor before coming into the school setting. I have been at Metzgar 11 years now. I always knew I wanted to work with children, ever since I was in nursing school.I really enjoy helping and taking care of all the students in my school. Being a nurse has been such a rewarding career for me.   

 

Ms. Rolka

Hello, my name is Kathy Rolka. I am currently working at Greensburg Salem High School as one of the school nurses.  I am a mother of 3 beautiful children Aubree, Miranda, and River. I graduated nursing school from Greater Johnstown CTC in 2012. Prior to nursing, I obtained my CNA from Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center in 2005 and my EMT from Mutual Aid in 2010. Some of my prior work history includes being the First-Aid Nurse/Paraprofessional at CWCTC and working for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. I feel my extensive medical background of 18 years has well prepared me to provide the best care and meet the needs of each and every student within the district. 

 

Ms. Sturnick 

Hi! My name is Diane Sturnick, and I am the newest addition to the Greensburg Salem family. I'm currently working as the school nurse at Greensburg Salem Middle School. I received my BSN from Villa Maria College, now part of Gannon University, and my MSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

A majority of my nursing practice has been in Child Psychiatry and as an Educator.

I was trained in Structural Family Therapy at a University of Pennsylvania Hospital. I have a private therapy practice called Life Guidance of Greensburg.

I was honored to receive the Innovations in Education Award from Mental Health America in 2011.

I  am a founding member of PFLAG Greensburg and Sage's Army. 

I love to sing and belong to the Westmoreland Choral Society. 

My favorite hobby just might be feeding people with homemade Italian food.