Directors and Staff

Kathleen A. Hassey, DNP, MEd, BSN, BA, RN

Director, Northeastern University School Health Academy (NEUSHA)

Kathy has devoted the last 17 of her 35 years as a Registered Nurse to the specialty of School Health, in roles that included direct care, administration, education and program development. As an experienced and engaging speaker, Kathy brings energy and enthusiasm to continuing education for school nurses and others seeking to support student health, safety and achievement. Connected to school health practitioners and administrators nationally and in her home state of Massachusetts, Kathy is known for her collaboration with a variety of stakeholders and her encouragement of nurses seeking professional growth opportunities. Kathy has been actively engaged with her state and national professional organizations (MSNO and NASN) since 2005, serving as President of MSNO from 2007-2009 and serving on the Board of Directors as the Massachusetts representative 2014-2016.

From 2005-2015, Kathy was Director of the NEU School Health Institute, which was partially funded by a grant from the MA Department of Public Health (DPH). In this role Kathy established a strong track record of quality, engaging continuing education for nurses and their colleagues in the school setting. She provided the educational vehicle for school professionals to drive health and safety initiatives in their schools to support student success. Kathy continues to teach in hybrid classroom and online programs for school nurses at Cambridge College in Boston, MA, and Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. In May 2018, Kathy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Northeastern University, demonstrating her commitment to life-long learning!

Jenny M. Gormley, DNP, MSN, BA, RN, NCSN

Director, Northeastern University School Health Academy (NEUSHA)

Jenny has worked in the School Health specialty since 2000, providing direct care as a per diem and elementary school nurse in two Massachusetts (MA) School districts, and as Director of Health, Nursing, and Safety at a pre-K-12 school in a third school district, managing the staff of school nurses and physical and health education teachers.  Previously, Jenny worked as a registered nurse from 1987-2000 with adults with chronic diseases.  Taking an “upstream” approach, Jenny shifted her focus to prevention and management of health conditions in children and adolescents in schools.  Jenny enjoys planning, leading, and evaluating engaging professional learning opportunities for school nurses, counselors, teachers, and administrators.  In 2015, Jenny joined Kathy Hassey at the Northeastern University to provide quality continuing education for school professionals.  Although MA has been Jenny’s home since 1995, she grew up in the Midwest, and has lived on both U.S. coasts and internationally. 

Jenny believes in planning and implementing evidence-based live and online programming through the use of backward design, formative and summative assessments, and interactive instructional strategies that support participants’ application of learning.  She serves on the MA School Nurse Organization (MSNO) board as President 2018-2020 and “data champion” with a MA school nurse colleague; together they are representing MA efforts in the national uniform data collection project, formerly known as Step Up and Be Counted program, a joint initiative of the National Associations of School Nurses (NASN) and State School Nurse Consultants (NASSNC).  Jenny is a nationally certified school nurse.  She also received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Northeastern University in May 2018.  

Lindsay Hawthorne, BA

Administrative Secretary, Northeastern University School Health Academy

Lindsay Hawthorne joined our team as the Administrative Secretary for the School Health Academy in May 2017. Lindsay has a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Boston University (BU), where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Lindsay assists the NEUSHA directors to plan, implement and evaluate quality continuing nursing education programs, following the criteria of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Lindsay is excited to graduate from Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies with her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management in August 2019.

NEUSHA Directors Kathy Hassey (left) and Jenny Gormley (right) at the Northeastern University Nursing Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit, Sept 2017

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