SPOKANE, Wash. — The Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing recently hired three new administrators.
Frank Beahan has joined the college as finance director, Ken Ferro has been named outreach nursing service coordinator and manager for the People’s Clinic network of clinics, and Justin Felker has been selected assistant director for advancement and external relations.
Beahan, who has worked in various administrative positions at WSU’s Pullman campus since 1999, was most recently the university’s finance officer for International Programs. He brings an extensive and varied background to his new responsibilities, including experience in the private sector as a business owner, consultant and auditor. He received a master’s degree in accountancy from the University of Idaho, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of the State of New York and is a certified public accountant. He replaces William “Bill” Middlebrook, who retired earlier this year.
Ferro, who served for the past three years as director of nursing at the Gonzaga University Jesuit House Clinic, brings a comprehensive health care management background to his new position with the People’s Clinic, which has three outreach service locations in Spokane. He served as a case manager for Gentiva Home Care Services and spent a number of years as an officer in the Army Nurse Corp. While in the military, he managed clinics and field hospitals, including a MASH unit. Ferro received a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center and earned bachelor’s degrees in nursing and in communications from Southern Illinois University. He replaces Loly Reyes-Gonzalez who has taken a position with the Washington State Health Care Authority. People’s Clinic is a network of nurse-managed community health care clinics for underserved populations.
Before coming to the ICN, Felker was the alumni coordinator for Eastern Washington University. In this new role, he will be responsible for fund raising for the People’s Clinic and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. He also will support faculty in seeking foundation and corporate funding for research efforts. He earned a bachelor’s degree from WSU and currently is completing a master’s degree in public administration at EWU.
Established in 1968, the WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The college is the nation’s oldest and most comprehensive nursing education consortium. Celebrating 36 years of world-class nursing education, the college offers baccalaureate, graduate and professional development course work to nursing students enrolled through four consortium partners, EWU, Gonzaga, WSU and Whitworth College, and in five communities across the state. Each year the college educates more than 700 graduate and upper-division undergraduate students and prepares more entry-level nurses than any other state educational institution. For more information about the College of Nursing visit the Web site at nursing.wsu.edu.
Editor’s notes: Photos of Beahan, Felker and Ferro are available at the following links: http://nursing.wsu.edu/marcom/jfelker.htm