Advanced Practice Nurses

Nurse Practitioners

Shamani Ballard, APN-BC

Ms. Ballard graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing and earned her Masters of Science Degree in Nursing in the area of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care from Thomas Jefferson University.

She graduated from both universities with honors and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. She is a board certified nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

She joined The Heart House in 2016 and currently sees patients at both Cooper University Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.



Leanore Cipollone, APN-C

Ms. Cipollone graduated from La Salle University and has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. She completed her Master Degree at the University of Pennsylvania with a specialty in Cardiopulmonary Diseases.

Her clinical studies were completed at Hahnemann’s Heart Failure and Transplant units. Practitioner Cipollone also earned a Post Masters Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from University of Massachusetts.

She is dually board certified as an Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner and held certifications as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Certified Critical Care R.N. She has also served as an active member of the Gloucester County Medical Reserve Corp.


Nelene Crasner, APN-C

Ms Crasner graduated from Widener University with both a  Bachelors and Masters degree in Nursing with honors, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. She is nationally certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners  Nelene has over 20 years of experiences in cardiovascular medicine including critical care. She currently sees patients in the hospital and office settings

Mary Jane Kopakowski, APN-C

Ms. Kopakowski earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing and  Masters of Science in Nursing & Family Nurse Practitioner Program, both with Magna Cum Laude distinction  from Widener University.

Achieved certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and was a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society.

Mary Jane joined The Heart House in 2006 and has been our In-patient Nurse Practitioner at Our Lady Of Lourdes in Camden, NJ.

Jacqueline Toth APN-C

Ms. Toth graduated from Stockton University Bachelor of nursing program with honors and also attended Stockton University and graduated with honors and a Master’s degree in nursing.

Achieved national certification with AANP for advanced practice in nursing.

Ms. Toth is a member of Theta Tau honors nursing organization

Jill Tyler, APN-C

Ms. Tyler received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nursing from Wilmington University and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. As a Nurse Practitioner, she has primarily worked in Cardiology and joined The Heart House in 2013. She sees patients in both the hospital and office settings.

EP Nurses

Michele Cole-Ferry, RN, BSN
Ryan Fisher, BSN, RN
Jodi Reyer, RN, BSN
Marie Romer, RN

Stress/Triage Nurses

Gina Cifaloglio, RN, BSN
Regan Hanover, RN, BSN
Kathy Jaskowak, RN
Regina Jones, RN
Diane Mabey, RN
Kay McDougal, RN
Lani Mercogliano, RN
Michelle Piotrowski, RN, BSN

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