Directors and Staff

Kathleen A. Hassey 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 September 2015, Kathy enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Northeastern University, demonstrating her commitment to life-long learning!


Jenny M. Gormley, MSN, 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 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 disease. Taking an “upstream” approach, Jenny shifted her focus to prevention and management of health conditions in children and adolescents in schools and is passionate about improving student health, safety and achievement. Jenny enjoys planning, leading, and evaluating engaging professional learning opportunities for school nurses, counselors, teachers, and administrators. In April 2015, Jenny joined Kathy Hassey at the School Health Institute, partially funded by a MA Department of Public Health grant, to focus on creating and providing innovative continuing education for school professionals in Massachusetts. 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, curriculum mapping, 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 “data champion” with a MA school nurse colleague; together they are representing MA efforts in the national 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 nationally certified as a school nurse, and believes in life-long learning as demonstrated by her 2015 enrollment in the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Northeastern University.


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 advocates for awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence. She was an intern with the Massachusetts Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in 2016. She helped prepare the legislative agenda of the council. She also found and recommended a bill to prevent educator sexual misconduct to the council’s agenda, which requires applicants for positions involving children to disclose any former allegations of sexual misconduct that they were found guilty of.

Lindsay has also interned with the Huntington Theatre Company, and with Oak Foundation, a non-profit in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2015, Lindsay also served as a United Nations Association-USA Youth Delegate, attending the 59th Commission on the Status of Women at the UN in New York. She attended around 20 side-events (led by non-governmental organizations and representatives of governments of different countries), covering the events on social media, through two blog posts and through an in depth article published in the BU IR Review, BU’s international relations magazine. Through these experiences and several administrative assistance positions, Lindsay has gained communications, marketing and technological skills including layout design, social media marketing, article writing, file organizing and time management.

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