RN to BSN Online Faculty
A Madison School of Healthcare Program
Our team of experienced and knowledgeable nurse practitioners, advisors, and instructors are ready to support you at every step of your degree. They are excited to talk to you and guide you through your program.
Elizabeth (Beth) Markham, Ph.D., R.N., Director of Nursing Programs
Beth has dedicated her entire professional life to nursing and nurse education. She is committed to excellence in all aspects of nursing practice and takes immense joy in watching students develop and progress and contribute to the improvement of healthcare.
Before joining Ashworth College, Beth was the Senior System Dean for Nursing at Herzing University. Prior to that she served in many college administrative and faculty positions, including Nursing Program Director at Bryant & Stratton College and interim Nursing Program Director at Fayetteville University. She’s served on the faculty of Milwaukee School of Engineering, Fayetteville State University and North Carolina Central University.
Beth holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Emory University and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also earned a Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education.
Marcella Atwater, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., P.M.H.C.N.S.-B.C.
Marcella has been actively involved in the nursing profession for more than 35 years and is a seasoned nurse educator and clinician. In addition to teaching a variety of courses in traditional and non-traditional programs, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate students. Marcella is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She completed her first Master’s degree in Community Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Hampton University and her second Master’s degree in Counseling from North Carolina Central University. Marcella earned her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University.
Cevette Hall, D.H.S.C., D.N.P., A.P.R.N., A.N.P., B.C., C.P.H.Q., C.M.N.C.
Cevette, a nurse practitioner for more than 30 years, is a Board Certified Advanced Practice Nurse specializing in adult health. She is also certified in managed care and health care quality and has expertise in healthcare management, disease prevention, and acute and primary care. Cevette is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Tennessee Nurses Association. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, an Advanced Practice degree from Meharry Medical College, a Master’s in Science from Memphis State University, a Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Union University.
Joyce Hartis Johnston, D.N.P., M.B.A.
Joyce is an experienced nurse and educator. As an accomplished leader in different hospital settings, Joyce understands the skills nurses need to provide excellent care and grow their careers. In her nursing career, Joyce has overseen patient care and facility operations in a variety of settings as well as managing a telehealth program. Joyce earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Old Dominion University, an M.B.A. from Averett University, and a doctorate of nursing practice from Case Western University. She has also graduated from The Management Institute at Roanoke College and the Mid-Atlantic VA Health Care Network's Leadership Development Institute.
Joyce's academic experience includes facilitating online classes for RN to BSN, MSN, and chairing thesis work for DNP students. She has experience in teaching leadership and clinical leadership practicums, evidence based practice, case management and practicums, community health, health care organization, and strategic management.
Sandra Kleiman, M.S.N. R.N.
Sandra brings to Ashworth College the knowledge and experience of a practicing nurse and an educator with a passion for teaching. Her nursing background includes oncology, neonatal intensive care, emergency room case management, utilization review, denial and appeals management, correctional health, and nursing education. Sandra earned her bachelors of science in nursing with honors from Chamberlin College of Nursing and a masters in nursing education from Western Governors University.
Cynthia Payne, R.N.C., W.H.N.P.-B.C., C.N.M.
Cynthia has been an active nurse and an instructor for over 25 years. Using her practical experience gained in a variety of clinical and hospital settings and a distinguished teaching career, she is ready and excited to help Ashworth nursing students reach their potential. In her nursing career Cynthia gained experience in the areas of acute care and in-patient to out-patient transitions, among other skills. Cynthia earned a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Howard University, a Master's of Science in Nursing from Georgia State University, and a Post-master Certification from Frontier University.