Faculty & Staff
Below is a list of faculty and staff of Department of Medical Imaging. To find more information about them, click on the individual name.
- Lorie Zelna, M.S., R.T. (R)(MR)
- Elaine Halesey, Ed.D., R.T. (R) (QM)
- Paula Pate-Schloder, M.S., R.T. (R)(CV)(CT),FAEIRS
- Gina Capitano, M.S.,R.T. (R)
- Lynn Blazaskie, B.S.R.T. (R)
- Mari King, Ed.D.,R.T. (R),FAEIRS
- Barbara Dorak, Administrative Assistant II
Loraine (Lorie) Zelna, M.S., RT (R)(MR)
Associate Professor, Medical Imaging
Lorie Zelna is a faculty member of The Medical Imaging Department. She earned her Master of Science degree in Educational Technology from Misericordia University in 1995. Lorie completed her undergraduate studies in Radiography education at Bloomsburg, PA in 1987 after successfully completing her Radiography Certificate Program training at Polyclinic Medical Center, Harrisburg, PA in 1985. Lorie has a diverse background in Medical Imaging, including Radiography, CT and MRI. She is an active member of the radiologic sciences profession. She is currently serving a term on the Board of Directors for the JRCERT, the only agency recognized by the USDE for accreditation of traditional and distance delivery programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. Lorie served as Department Chair from July of 2015 until August of 2017. Her primary teaching responsibilities include teach Radiographic Procedures and accompanying labs (including the Service-Leaning component-fall), Radiographic Image Analysis and Advanced Imaging.
Elaine Halesey, Ed. D., R.T. (R) (QM)
Professor, Medical Imaging
Dr. Halesey served as the department chair of Medical Imaging from 1984-2015. She is currently a full-time faculty member in the Medical Imaging Department, as well as the Director of the Patient Navigation program. She earned her A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology at College Misericordia, B.S. in Radiography Education at Bloomsburg University, M.S. in Human Services Administration from College Misericordia and an Ed.D. in Higher Education at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Halesey is the recipient, on three occasions, of the Nycomed Inc. national scientific writing competition through the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, placing first, second and third respectively. She has authored several professional publications. In addition, she has been the author of several funded private, state and federal grant awards; the most recent (2014) funded a direct digital x-ray unit for the energized on-campus laboratory. She has served as a past vice-president and also a presenter for the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists. In addition to her administrative experience she has over 30 years experience in teaching in the areas of Quality Management in the Imaging Sciences; Radiographic Exposure and Processing, including Digital Imaging; Issues in Medical Imaging; and Senior Registry Seminar.
Paula Pate-Schloder, M.S., R.T. (R) (CV)(CT)(VI), FAEIRS
Department Chair and Associate Professor, Medical Imaging
Paula Pate-Schloder, MS, RT, (R)(CV)(CT)(VI), is an associate professor and the Department Chair of the Medical Imaging Department at Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Education from Misericordia University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Radiography from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. She also earned an associate in risk management designation from the Insurance Society of America. Paula is certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiography, cardiovascular interventional technology, computed tomography, and vascular interventional technology. She is a frequent presenter at national, state and local conferences on radiography and medical imaging topics. Her presentations often center on risk management and patient safety which serve as points of emphasis in her career. She contributed the Central Nervous System chapter in Merrill’s Atlas - the gold standard of radiographic positioning texts. Paula served as an item writer for the ARRT exam on cardiovascular interventional technology. She then was appointed to two ARRT certification exam committees, including the cardiovascular exam (CV) and the vascular interventional technology (VI) committee. Paula is a past president and chair of the Board for the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences (AEIRS) and in 2015 was awarded the designation of Fellow in recognition of her contributions to the field. Her course work includes Clinical Education, Introduction to Medical Imaging, Patient Care, Imaging Pathology, Radiation Biology and Protection, Cross Sectional Anatomy and Advanced Medical Imaging.
Gina Capitano, M.S., R.T. (R)
Assistant Professor, Medical Imaging
Gina Capitano is a full-time faculty member of the Medical Imaging Department. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Misericordia University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Radiography from College Misericordia in 1998. Gina's background in Medical Imaging includes Radiography with a concentration in orthopedics. Her primary responsibilities, include Clinical Education, as well as didactic education in Medical Terminology, Patient Care, Introduction to Medical Imaging , and Radiographic Exposure & Processing with a concentration in Digital Imaging . She is a past vice president for the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists (PSRT) serving 2 consecutive terms. Additionally, she is a member of the Inter-professional education (IPE) committee at the University on which she currently serves as the secretary. The mission of the IPE committee is to engage students and faculty in inter-professional education and experiences to support the collaborative team approach to patient-centered care.
Lynn Blazaskie is a full-time faculty member of the Medical Imaging Department serving as a Clinical Coordinator and Instructor. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiography from Misericordia University, graduating with cum laude honors. Lynn’s primary role is providing instruction in educational services in the clinical portion of the Medical Imaging program. She also has didactic responsibilities for the laboratory component of Radiographic Procedures. She oversees the Medical Imaging mentoring program. The purpose of this program is to introduce upperclassmen and underclassmen to one another, to become adjusted to the major and what it entails. Lynn is also co-advisor to the Medical Imaging club, promoting cohesiveness among Medical Imaging majors and involving them in service projects on campus and to the community at large.
Dr. King’s academic career of 38 years at Misericordia includes three years as Health Sciences Division Chair, two years as Faculty Senate chair, and three semesters as acting chair of the Medical Imaging Department. In 2005, she was asked to assume the position of Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA). After a national search, DR. King was selected as VPAA and served in that capacity from July 2006 through June 2014.She returned to the Department of Medical Imaging as a full-time faculty member in January 2015.
Dr. King completed her undergraduate studies in Radiologic Technology at College Misericordia, a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration from Marywood University, and a doctor of education degree in Educational Technology from Lehigh University. She recently completed a Professional Certificate in Online Education through the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. King has provided 24 years of service to the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences (AEIRS) and was awarded Fellow status at the AEIRS Annual Meeting in July 2015. She has also provided consultation to colleges contemplating a move to university status and has served as a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Dr. King has presented at local, regional, national and international levels on bone densitometry, assessment, cross cultural issues in health care, instructional technology, online learning, the “flipped classroom” and active learning strategies.