Mary Allegra, DNP, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, is a lecturer in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Dr. Allegra completed her DNP at Quinnipiac University. She is currently the Director for the Centers for Professional Development, Professional Practice, Nursing Research and Magnet Designation, and the Pregnancy & Birthing Center at MiddlesexHealth in Middletown Ct. In this position she manages multiple teams and services as well as provides high level leadership and vision for nursing education and leadership programs. She has served as Vice President of Home Health and Hospice at Masonicare and held nurse manager and nurse educator positions at both Masonicare at YNHHS. She has taught at the University of Hartford and Quinnipiac University School of Nursing.