Meet the RIACC CV Team Council

Leanne Burke, MSN, APRN-CNP

Leanne Burke is the lead advanced practice provider at The Miriam Hospital’s Cardiovascular and Electrophysiology Laboratories. Leanne received her bachelor degree of science in nursing at Boston College and her master degree of science in nursing at Simmons College of Graduate Health Studies. In 1995, she was inducted into the National Honor Society for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau Chapter. After five years of providing primary and urgent care at the Boston Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, she transitioned to acute cardiovascular care where she has practiced for the past seventeen years. Currently, she is serving in an expanded role to bring best practices to the advanced practice provider teams in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Intermediate Coronary Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital with special interests in professional education, development and top of licensure practice issues.

As the CV team state liaison, Leanne has participated in membership recruitment efforts, planning social and education events, and the development of the CV team committee for Rhode Island. Leanne has also been an active advocate at the state level to promote legislation to allow advanced practice providers to supervise cardiac rehabilitation.

 

Susan Howe, MSN, APRN-CNP, AACC

Sue Howe earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Rhode Island College in 1983 where she graduated cum laude. She obtained a Master of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Rhode Island in 2005 and currently serves as adjunct faculty at URI in the Graduate School of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner Program. Additionally, she holds certification as a Diabetes Outpatient Educator and is an Associate of the American College of Cardiology.

Since 2013, Sue has practiced with the Cardiology Advanced Practice Provider Team at Brigham & Women’s Cardiovascular Associates at Kent Hospital on the inpatient cardiology consult service. Prior cardiology experiences include interventional cardiology and the development of inpatient and outpatient heart failure services at Charlton Memorial Hospital. While working in a private cardiology practice, Sue developed a Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program. As a nurse, Sue had extensive experience with cardiac rehabilitation, stress testing, and inpatient cardiac teaching.

Sue has been an active member of the ACC for the past 3 years. In 2016, Sue participated in the ACC APRN Work Group and currently serves on the CV Team Committee for Rhode Island with special interests in cardiovascular risk reduction and heart failure.

 

Indira Sadhu, PA-C, MPH, MCMSc

Indira is a Physician Assistant in the Intermediate Coronary Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital. She completed undergraduate study at Springfield College, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She continued to Drexel University where she obtained a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and completed research exploring cardiometabolic complications in patients with dementia. After working as a Research Associate at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, she pursued a Master of Clinical Medical Science and a Physician Assistant Certificate at Barry University where she completed a thesis reviewing the literature on Transaortic Valve Replacement. 

She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistants. Indira has also been a cardiovascular team (CVT) member in the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for over one year. In this time she attended an ACC Legislative Conference and worked to expand areas of clinical practice for CVT members in cardiovascular medicine. She has also assisted in membership recruitment and has contributed to the best performing chapter in CVT member recruitment in the country. Indira has also helped plan an educational conference for CVT members and multiple social events. She now looks forward to working with the Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and serving as part of the Cardiovascular Team Education Committee.

 

Alyssa Gellerman, MSN, APRN-CNP, ACNP-BC

Alyssa is the lead advanced practice provider on the Intermediate Coronary Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, as well as her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Rhode Island. Alyssa worked as a nurse in general medicine at Rhode Island Hospital. She began her career in cardiology as a Nurse Practitioner at The Miriam Hospital in 2014, and has worked on the Intermediate Coronary Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital since 2015.

 

Ashley Arnold, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CEN

Ashley graduated Cum Laude from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012.  She has been a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors society since 2011.  She started her nursing career at The Miriam Hospital on an inpatient telemetry unit.  She later transitioned to the Emergency Department for four years while obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing.  While in the Emergency Department, Ashley served as a clinical mentor, preceptor, and charge nurse.  She was an active member of the ED unit council.  Ashley organized a group of Emergency Department nurses to travel to Haiti to volunteer in a Haitian medical clinic in 2015.  She obtained her certification in Emergency Nursing in 2016.  

Ashley is a recent graduate of the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Rhode Island College.  She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.   She is a member of the Invasive Cardiac Specialist Advanced Practice Provider Team at The Miriam Hospital Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratories.  She joined the American College of Cardiology in August and serves on the CV Team Committee for Rhode Island and will be assisting in the creation of a quarterly ACC newsletter.

 

Patricia Shea Leary, MSN, APRN-BC

Patricia Shea Leary obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1988 and her Master of Science in Nursing from UMASS Medical in 1999.  After obtaining her APRN certification, Patty worked in several outpatient cardiology practices including Blackstone Cardiology and the Women's Cardiac Center at The Miriam Hospital from 2001 to 2013.  Additionally, she provided cardiac care in the Heart Failure Transitions Program for two years and currently provides acute cardiac care as part of a cardiology hospitalist APP team.  Patty's areas of interest include women's cardiovascular health and heart failure.  She is a member of the American College of Cardiology and looks forward to serving on the CV Team Committee.  

 

Andrea Connors, MSN, APRN-CNP, AANP

Andrea completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Rhode Island where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and later in 2008, earned a Master of Science in Nursing in the field of Family Nurse Practitioner.  During her graduate studies, Andrea developed a program concentrating on yoga and its impact on cardiac health. It was during her graduate school education that Andrea developed a passion for cardiology. 

Andrea has worked at The Miriam Hospital for 31 years.  She was a critical care nurse for over 20 years working with medical-surgical and cardiothoracic patients.  Andrea currently works in the Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratories and Procedural Care Unit at The Miriam Hospital as a member of the Invasive Cardiac Specialist Advanced Practice Provider Team.  Andrea also served as adjunct clinical professor for undergraduate nursing students at Rhode Island College and has been active in precepting graduate nursing students. Andrea's areas of interest include wound care and acute stroke care in the setting of post cardiovascular procedures.  She joined the American College of Cardiology in 2016 and will be assisting with planning educational events for the CV Team Committee.