Meet the Faculty

Blackmore_Ruth Ruth Blackmore MSN, RN, CNOR

Ms. Blackmore graduated from Monroe Community College with an AAS in Nursing, BSN from Alfred University and MSN from the University of Phoenix. Her clinical background includes long term care as a nursing supervisor and the operating room in various capacities from staff nurse to director. She has been a faculty member at Isabella Graham Hart for fifteen years. Ms. Blackmore is a member of AORN, ANA, Sigma Theta Tau International and the NLN nursing organizations.


Mark Donoghue MS, RN

Mr. Donoghue graduated from SUNY Brockport with his BSN and Roberts Wesleyan College with his Masters of Science in Nursing Education. His experiences as a nurse include working with heart transplant patients, working as a float med/surg nurse, and seven years as a radiology nurse before working as a nurse educator. He has been teaching at Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing since 2011. His passions lie in diabetes education, the utilization of technology in nursing education, and instruction in the clinical setting. Mr. Donoghue is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the NLN.


Debra Finley-Cottone MS, RN

Ms Finley-Cottone received her undergraduate degree from Niagara University with her BSN and the University of Rochester with her MS in Nursing and Adult Education. She has clinically worked in Intensive Care, Dialysis, and Community Health. She has many years in education starting with staff education, director of education in homecare and adjunct instructor at Nazareth College for community health. Ms Finley-Cottone has been a faculty member at Isabella Graham Hart for 5years. Mrs. Finley-Cottone belongs to many professional organizations.


Katie Maxey-Brock MSN, RN, CNS, ONC

Mrs. Maxey-Brock graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with my BSN in 2003 and her Master’s degree from Ball State University in 2011. Her nursing experience is primarily in orthopedics and med/surg. Educating patients and nurses is one of my great joys. I am a member of NAON, NACNS, ANA, and Sigma Theta Tau.


Toni Greenlee

Ms. Greenlee has a BA from William Smith College, where she began her career in financial aid as a work-study student in 1979. Since then she has worked in financial aid at public and private colleges and other PN schools throughout New York State. She has been IGHSPN’s Financial Aid Advisor since 2006. Ms. Greenlee says she feels strongly that students should understand the student aid process and their financial options, so it is her favorite part of the job to give them information and resources that they can use here and in the future.

tamara gladstone

Tamara Gladstone, Administrative Assistant

As our administrative coordinator, Tamara is the first person to work with prospective students and guide them through the admission process. She strives daily to ensure that this process is stress-free. Prior to her employment with IGH, she has worked in different types of professional settings in an administrative support role. Working with the faculty and students at Isabella Graham Hart is by far the most exciting and rewarding of them all. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to work with this exceptional group of people. She has lived and worked in the Rochester area for over 20 years, and is delighted by the wide variety of experiences to be found here. Please contact her for all your admissions questions.


Andrea Palmer, RN PCCN

Ms. Palmer became a certified nursing assistant in 1996. She worked in long term care until 2006 when she graduated from St. John Fisher with her BSN. She spent six years on a cardio-thoracic step down unit before coming to Isabella Graham Hart (IGH) in August 2012. In addition to teaching at IGH, Ms. Palmer teaches basic life support and orientation for the Rochester General Hospital system. She is passionate about the nursing profession with a focus in fundamentals and instruction of clinical practice. She is also certified as a Progressive Certified Care Nurse (PCCN).

Tammy Labonte

Tammy Labonte MS, RN

Mrs. Labonte graduated from SUNY Brockport with her BSN in 2000 and has been primarily a cardiology nurse ever since. She received her Masters of Science from St. John Fisher College in 2010. She has been teaching at Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing since 2008. Mrs. Labonte finds nursing an incredibly rewarding profession to be a part of. Mrs. Labonte has stated “It is a wonderful thing that I can put two of my greatest passions, teaching and nursing, together into one profession! As an educator I have an opportunity to nurture, teach and be a part of the student’s journey into nursing. What’s more rewarding than being able to shape the future of nursing?!”


Shayna Turner MS, RN, CNE

Ms. Turner graduated from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY with her BSN and St. John Fisher College with her Masters of Science in Nursing Education. Her experiences primarily come from her years working as a Med/Surg and ICU nurse. She has been teaching at Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing since 2010. Her passions lie with simulation in nursing education and she has recently initiated a simulation program in the curriculum at the school of nursing. Ms Turner is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the NLN.