Welcome to the JCHS Snapshot webpage! Jefferson College of Health Sciences is really hopping these days and we want to give you a glimpse into everyday life on our campus. From student activities to hosting VIPs from our community, there’s always something going on at JCHS!

This page will feature snapshots of students, faculty and staff, as well as guests, in our new spaces at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital and in our surrounding community.

We hope you enjoy these shots and will visit this page often to see new photos!

Thursday, June 21 2012

On Thursday, June 21, 2012, JCHS welcomed Richard R. Sikhon, Director of the State Anatomical Program at the Virginia Department of Health, to campus. 

In the picture above, taken in the third floor lobby area of Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the JCHS Campus, are (left to right): Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences; Richard Sikhon, M.L.A.; and Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones, JCHS Dean for Academic Affairs. 

Thursday, June 14 2012

A drawing was held for a $100 gift certificate for participating in a survey soliciting comment and interest in a proposed Master's in Health Administration degree at JCHS. There were 367 replies to the survey which was conducted among healthcare professionals throughout Roanoke and surrounding communities. Our winner in the drawing was Michelle McNeil, Budget Manager for Carilion Clinic.

In the photo above Michelle McNeil (left) accepts her prize from Janet Phillips, D.H.Sc., Program Director of the JCHS Healthcare Management Program. Congratulations, Michelle!

Monday, June 11 2012 to Sunday, June 17 2012

De-dee Foti, D.N.P., R.N., Associate Program Director of the JCHS Pre-Licensure Traditional BSN Program, participated in the American Nurses Association (ANA) House of Delegates hearings on bylaws amendments during the week of June 11, 2012 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. As part of the Virginia Delegation at the event, De-dee voted on amendments proposed by the ANA. Actions of the House of Delegates will be posted on the ANA website at and summarized in the July/August issue of The American Nurse.

Dr. Foti currently leads the Roanoke Chapter of the VNA. 

In the photo to the above are the Virginia ANA Delegates (from left to right): De-dee Foti, D.N.P., R.N.; Beverly Ross,  M.S.N., R.N., C.S., McGuire Medical Center; Loressa Cole, D.N.P., M.B.A., R.N., VNA President-Elect; Florence Jones-Clark, M.S., B.S.N., R.N., ANA Board of Directors; Teresa Haller, M.B.A., M.S.N., R.N., N.E.A.-B.C., ANA Treasurer, University of Virginia; Shirley Gibson, M.S.H.A., R.N., F.A.C.H.E., VNA President (seated); Sallie Eissler, M.S.N., C.P.N.P.; Thelma Roach-Serry, R.N.; Ronnette Langhorne, M.S.N., R.N., Thomas Nelson Community College; Louise  Hileman, M.S., R.N., Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters; Laura Nakoneczny, C.A.E., I.O.M., VNA CEO; and Carolyn Guinn, M.S.N., B.S.N., R.N., Winchester Medical Center.

Saturday, June 09 2012

On Saturday, June 9, 2012, members of the College's Administration and Office of Admissions represented JCHS at the Juneteenth Celebration in Roanoke's Washington Park. This annual event commemorates the day slavery ended on June 19, 1865. 

In the picture above, taken at the JCHS table at the event are (left to right, seated at table) JCHS Admissions Counselor Ashton Downs and College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop. 

To see more information and a full slideshow of the event, visit the WDBJ-7 website at:,0,793346.story

Photo courtesy of WDBJ-7

Friday, June 08 2012

On Friday, June 8, 2012, Dr. Catherine L. Whittaker visited and toured the JCHS campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital with JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop. Dr. Whittaker is Professor Emeritus of Radford University's Criminal Justice Department and has been a volunteer Chaplain at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. During her tenure at RU, Dr. Bishop was one her Social Work students. Upon beginning her work at CRMH, the two were reacquainted and have continued a special friendship.

In the picture above, taken in the Board Room on the third floor of Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the JCHS Campus, are Dr. Catherine L. Whittaker and Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop. 

Friday, June 01 2012

On Friday, June 1, 2012, JCHS welcomed representatives from HomeTown Bank to campus. 

In the picture above, taken in one of our student alcoves on the sixth floor of Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the JCHS Campus, are (left to right): Carolyn Kiser, Director of Marketing for HomeTown Bank; Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences; Susan Still, President & Chief Executive Officer of HomeTown Bank; and Catherine Turner, JCHS Development Officer.

Wednesday, May 30 2012

On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, JCHS welcomed representatives from Roanoke County Public Schools, the Salem City School Board, the Roanoke County Economic Development Department and Virginia Western Community College. 

In the picture above, taken in one of our science laboratories on the sixth floor at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the JCHS Campus, are (left to right, back row): Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences; Catherine Turner, JCHS Development Officer; Fran Kiker, Coordinator of Guidance & Counseling Services for Roanoke County Public Schools; Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones, JCHS Dean for Academic Affairs; and Erik Williams, Coordinator of Resource Development, Virginia Western Community College.

Front row (left to right): Jill Loope, Acting Director, Roanoke County Economic Development; Lorraine Lange, Superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools; and Sally Southard, Chairman, Salem City School Board.

Friday, April 06 2012

On Friday, April 6, 2012, JCHS welcomed members of the Carilion Clinic Strategic Development Department to the JCHS Campus. Strategic Development manages the external marketing, communications, media relations, marketing research, community outreach and more for the entire Carilion Clinic organization. 

In the picture above, taken in the 10th Floor Conference Room at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the JCHS Campus, are (left to right): JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop; JCHS Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones; Webb Burns, Taryn Anderson, Ed Hamilton, Linda Staley, Jocelyn Sprague, JCHS Development Officer Catherine Turner; and Brenda Landes, Project Manager for the architectural firm SFCS, Inc.

Saturday, March 31 2012

On Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Roanoke Civic Center, members of the JCHS Student Nurses Association (SNA) volunteered at the 2012 Roanoke Mission of Mercy Project. For the past four years, the Roanoke Mission of Mercy Project has provided $2.7 million in free dental services to over 4,000 adults in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas. The event is conducted one weekend each year and uses portable dental equipment for cleanings, x-rays, oral surgery and fillings. The Roanoke Mission of Mercy is brought to the Roanoke Valley through a partnership with the Community Based Health Care Coalition and the Council of Community Services. Support from the Virginia Dental Association, Carilion Clinic, Delta Dental of Virginia, United Way of Roanoke Valley, VCU School of Dentistry and many other sponsors has allowed this clinic to continue into its fifth year.

In the picture above, taken outside of the Roanoke Civic Center, are (left to right): Jessica Elliott, LaMea Johnson, Samantha Sukarai,  Gabriella Shelden, Erin Lindeau, Justine Willem, Ryan Minnix, Lindsay FitzGerald, Morgan Deacon,  Jacqueline Andrusky,  and JCHS Nursing faculty Larry Lilley and Tracy Hudgins. All of the students are in the traditional BSN program.

Tuesday, March 27 2012

On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, JCHS welcomed members of the Carilion Clinic Talent Acquisition Department to the JCHS Campus. The group helps to recruit highly skilled healthcare professionals that provide care to countless patients and their friends and families across the region. 

In the picture above, taken in the 10th Floor Conference Room at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the JCHS Campus, are (left to right, seated): Kim Gonce, Becki Minor, Debbie Lovelace, Elnora Tucker and Casey Morris; and (left to right, standing): Whitney Shell, JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, Rhonda Johnson, Kathy Harrison, Jason Bishop, Emily Allen and Eva Lipscomb.