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Our Alumni Know Success Has No Limits: Jeannine Nonaillada ’01

Dr. Jeannine Nonaillada '01

When reflecting back on her experience at the University of Hartford, Jeannine Nonaillada, PhD recalls her professors’ innovative teaching strategies that connected literature to practice.

“What helped, and what I adopted into my own teaching philosophy, was how the faculty shared practical experience,” said Nonaillada. “I remember many of those lessons today.”

Many faculty members in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions were practicing clinicians and able to bring their experience from the field into the classroom.

As Nonaillada advanced her own career she became an educator herself and implements many of the same techniques into her teaching.

Nonaillada was responsible for executing the safety and quality policies for all of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This included educating the entire staff on those programs. Later, as the project manager of a $750,000 national grant implementing a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, she was educating not only the hospital staff, but also patients and caregivers in underserved areas.

Today, Nonaillada is the Assistant Dean of Curriculum & Faculty Development at Winthrop University Hospital, a nearly 600-bed, teaching hospital located in New York. In this role she is responsible for creating innovative curriculum for students and residents in the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education programs. She is also responsible for the enrichment of scholarly activity among professionals in the hospital.

Nonaillada remembers how prepared she was to enter the professional world after graduation. She notes that all students in her program participated in fieldwork throughout their undergraduate education and that resulted in an effortless transition into the workforce. Her success today would not have been possible without the solid foundation she gained at the University.

Since her 2001 graduation from the University of Hartford with a degree in Occupational Therapy, Nonaillada has gone on to earn an advanced Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University, and a PhD in Social Services from Fordham University. She found her niche in gerontology and obtained a Certificate of Aging from the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College.

As an educator and clinician, Nonaillada has the opportunity to reflect and bring forth tangible examples to her students each day just as the University of Hartford professors did for her at the very beginning of her successful career.