Meet the Faculty


Anna Stewart

Mrs. Stewart is currently teaching Management of care, Endocrine, community health, reproduction, and maternity. She started at IGH as a clinical adjunct in 2013 and became full time faculty this past January. Anna has worked primarily in Adult and Geriatric med/surg environment and in community health. Anna started her nursing career in 2002 as a LPN. She completed her Associate in Applied science of nursing at MCC in 2008. Anna obtained her master’s in education in 2013 from Keuka College and a post master’s certificate for nursing informatics in 2015 from Excelsior College. She is a member of NLN, AACN, ANA, and STTI.

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. In addition she is certified in Operating Room Nursing. 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 with Rochester Regional since 1973 and has been a faculty member at Isabella Graham Hart since 1999. Ms. Blackmore is a member of AORN, ANA, ANA- NY, GVNA, Sigma Theta Tau, NYSCPNP and the NLN nursing organizations. She volunteers with the annual heart walk, Rochester Medical Museum and Archives and the annual Rochester General Spring into Safety Fair. Awards and presentations received are the Dr. Amarendra Sengupta Memorial Award for Outstanding Operating Room Nurse in the Finger Lakes Region in 2015. Presented by the India Community Center; Genesee Valley Nurses Association 2016 recipient Legislative Award. She has presented at both local and national nursing conferences and educational sessions. In addition in 2015 she was appointed to the advisory panel of the ANA Work Place Violence and Incivility Professional Issues panel.


Andrea Calloway, BSN, RN

Mrs. Calloway graduated from MCC with her Associates in Health Science in 2006 and continued her education at St. John Fisher where she graduated with her BSN in 2008. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s program in Nurse Education at the University of Rochester. Mrs. Calloway has over 30 years of healthcare experience and has been an employee at Rochester General hospital for 23 years. Some of her roles included staff nursing, developing and working as a Nurse Navigator supporting breast cancer patients and their families, and Practice managing for GYN Oncology. Mrs. Calloway has a great passion for nursing and all the career opportunities it has to offer. Her desire to teach allows her to share her experiences while supporting and encouraging others on their passage into their


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?!”


Cathy Magowan

Mrs. Magowan has been a nurse for 24 years, working in emergency, same day surgery, home hospice care, and phone triage until she started teaching. She earned her BSN and MSN from the Chamberlain College of Nursing, and taught some sessions at MCC as part of her Master’s program. Cathy was an instructor in the LPN program at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center before joining the faculty here at Isabella Graham. Besides being a member of the NLN, Cathy is a member of the International Home Care Nursing Organization, and has presented at two of the organizations conferences. Cathy recently was a poster presenter at a National Educator’s Update conference, and is currently working to submit a proposal to present at the ACEN conference in 2018.


Katie Maxey-Brock MSN, RN, CNS, ONC

Mrs. Maxey-Brock has been faculty at Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing since 2015. She is a registered nurse and clinical nurse specialist with 14 years of experience. Prior to her role at Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing she worked as a clinical nurse specialist in orthopedics with her certification in orthopedics. She practiced as a registered nurse from 2003-2010 specializing in the care of the medical surgical/orthopedic acute care patient. She has served as adjunct faculty at several schools of nursing from 2005 to present exemplifying her love for educating student nurses. She obtained her BSN from Indiana Wesleyan in 2003 and her MSN in adult health nursing in 2011 from Ball State University. She continues to retain her membership to the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and the National League for Nursing.


Andrea Palmer, RN PCCN

Ms. Palmer is the skills lab coordinator at Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing. She began her nursing journey in long term care as a certified nursing assistant from 1996-2006. In 2006, Andrea received her Bachelor’s in Nursing in from St. John Fisher College; Cum Laude. Her career as a registered nurse started on the cardio-thoracic step down unit at RGH. After six years on the unit and with a love of teaching, Andrea transferred to Isabella Graham in August 2012. She is certified as a progressive care nurse. Past professional roles include staff development, RGH clinical education, BLS/ACLS instructor, and clinical resource nurse.


Chrissy Wesley, BSN, RN

Mrs. Wesley is the Newest Faculty member at Isabella Graham heart practical nursing, this will be her first year as full time. She joins us after completing her role as clinical adjunct for IGH for the August 2016 class. Her Education includes a completed BSN in 2013 from the University of Rochester and plans on matriculating into a MS program in the spring. She has been a practicing Registered Nurse since 2000 Her area of clinical expertise mostly in critical care both Adults and Pediatrics. Past professional roles include clinical pediatric adjunct for GCC, Nurse leader in the PICU with primary focus of new graduate orientation and has been a staff nurse of Rochester Regional Health system for 5 years in the PACU at the Rochester General, here she has been part of the pediatric education core team as well the orientation committee for new staff. Chrissy is a proud member of the NLN and the American society of peri anesthesia nurses


Tammy K. Stewart
Admissions Coordinator

As the Admissions Coordinator for the Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing, Tammy will focus on connecting educational opportunities for the community and throughout the organization. She will interact with prospective students to guide them on the career path, assist in the admissions process, and continue to foster their success as they embark on a new and exciting career in Healthcare. She is focused on engaging our community and our existing RRH team members in the opportunities, information, and resources to insure that this process is seamless. Prior to her role with IGHSPN, she has worked in various roles within Rochester Regional Health, to include providing Administrative Support for a successful implementation of Care Connect and most recently providing executive level support to the department of Emergency Medicine at RGH. She is humbled by the opportunity to work in this phenomenal role. She has lived and worked in the Rochester area for over 35 years, and is delighted to be a part of such an innovative opportunity to support the mission of Rochester Regional Health!


Dorothea "Thea" Talcott

Thea joined the IGH team as the Administrative Coordinator in September of 2017. She brings to this role over 20 years of experience along with an Associate’s Degree in Administrative Office Technology. She provides administrative support the students as well as the Faculty at IGH. She has lived and worked in the Rochester area for 27 years.


Toni D. Greenlee
Financial Aid Advisor

Ms. Greenlee started her career in the financial aid field in 1979 as a work-study student at William Smith College where she earned her BA. After working in financial aid at a variety of schools throughout New York State she joined the team at IGHSPN in 2006. “The best part of my job is meeting with each incoming student, getting to know something about them that might help me point them toward additional financial aid specific to their situation. I try to educate students about financial aid as it pertains to them here at IGHSPN and also as it may be useful in their future.” Toni is also involved in community financial aid events, including Rochester’s College Goal NY and the Rochester Education Foundation’s “FAFSA Fest.