Administration Team


Director, Centre for Nursing Studies
Dr. Kathy Watkins, B.N., M.N., Ph.D., R.N.
Tel: 709-777-8161, Fax: 709-777-7324

Dr. Watkins has been a long-time faculty member at the Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS). Her experience in nursing education spans more than 28 years having taught at the diploma, baccalaureate and masters levels. Her teaching in nursing has focused on medical-surgical concepts, women’s health and professional development.

In addition to teaching in the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) and Practical Nursing programs, Dr. Watkins has been actively involved in the Continuing Nursing studies programs offered at the CNS. Prior to assuming the role of director, she was the associate director of the Non-Degree Programs at the CNS. She is also a professional associate in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University where her primary responsibility is research on hereditary colorectal cancer. She continues to teach in graduate level programs.

During her career, Dr. Watkins has been an active volunteer in numerous professional and community organizations. In addition to being a member of multiple academic, provincial and national committees, she is an accreditation reviewer for the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. She is a member of the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination Committee and is actively involved in program approval of practical nursing programs outside of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Associate Director, Non-Degree Programs
Natasha Fulford, B.N., M.N., R.N.
Tel: 709-777-8173, Fax: 709-777-7324

Ms. Fulford has been a faculty member at the Centre for Nursing Studies since 2015, teaching in the areas of medical/surgical nursing, perioperative nursing, in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Collaborative), Practical Nursing and Continuing Nursing Studies programs, which includes Internationally Educated Nursing program.

Prior to entering the field of nursing education, Ms. Fulford practiced in the areas of acute medical/surgical, perioperative and pain management. Ms. Fulford is an active member of the Education Advisory Committee with the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is an active member of volunteer community organizations and committees. Ms. Fulford is a former graduate of the Centre for Nursing Studies.

Operations Manager, Centre for Nursing Studies
Chad Chafe, B.Comm
Tel: 709-777-8139, Fac: 709-777-7324

Mr. Chafe was appointed to the role of Operations Manager with the Centre for Nursing Studies in June of 2023.

He was employed with both Eastern and Western Zones with NL Health Services for more than 15 years. Mr. Chafe held Human Resources Consultant positions in both Recruitment and Labour Relations and was the manager of Central Staffing for Rural and Urban areas for approximately six years.

Prior to assuming his present role, Mr. Chafe was the human resources business partner with NL Health Services – Eastern Zone. This position focused on strategic initiatives for the Cancer Care, Children and Women’s Health and Paramedicine programs. Mr. Chafe is a graduate of College of the North Atlantic and St. Mary’s University and sits on the Board of Directors with the NL Folk Arts Society.

Associate Director, BScN (Collaborative) Program, Centre for Nursing Studies
Anne Marie Tracey
Tel: 709-777-8169

Ms. Tracey has been involved in nursing education for many years, having taught at the former St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital School of Nursing before joining the Centre for Nursing Studies.  She has been involved in administration at the Centre for Nursing Studies in the role of Associate Director of the BScN (Collaborative) Program since 2004.

Ms. Tracey was the school lead for the CASN accreditation and CRNNL approval processes of the BScN (Collaborative) Program in 2022.

Ms. Tracey sits on the Board of Directors for the Rabbittown Learners Program.

Associate Director, Academic and Quality Initiatives, Centre for Nursing Studies
Michelle Earle-Crane, M.N., R.N.
Tel: 709-777-7017


Role Office / Contact Telephone
Greeley, Kerry Operations Officer/Library Assistant Room G02/LRC
Tel: 709-777-8179/709-777-8192
Green, Debra Secretary – Practical Nursing Program Room 1024
Tel: 709-777-8158
Layam, Ann Jellah Business Office Room 1032
Tel: 709-777-6644
Hutchens, Karen, B.A., M.L.I.S Coordinator/Reference Librarian Room G39
Tel: 709-777-8189
Seward, Jennifer Secretary – Bachelor of Nursing Program Room 1111
Tel: 709-777-8164
Porter, Lindsay  B.A. Instructional Development Specialist/Computer Lab Room 122
Tel: 709-777-8194
Rice, Catherine Registrar – Non-Degree Programs Room  1007
Tel: 709-777-8174
Tsuasam, Priscilla Executive Assistant to CNS Director Room 1031
Tel: 709-777-8161
Waterman, Denise Registrar – Bachelor of Nursing Program Room 1132
Tel: 709-777-8171


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Last updated: 2024-03-04