Alumni Profiles: Sharon A. R. Stanley, '83 and James D. Mamer, '88, '94

Sharon A. R. Stanley, Ph.D., R.N., '83 M.S.

College of Nursing and Health

Sharon Stanley has earned multiple graduate degrees that include an M.A. in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) in 2008 from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA; a Ph.D. in Health Education in 1989 from The Ohio State University; and a Master of Science in Community Health Nursing in 1983 from Wright State University.

Almost 20,000 American Red Cross nurses work in various business lines and positions nationwide. As the chief nurse of The American Red Cross, Stanley provides leadership, current engagement, and future direction for the Red Cross Nurse Network. She does this in partnership with the Red Cross National Chair of Nursing, the National Nursing Committee, and State Nurse Liaison Network. Stanley plans and implements health-related strategies within the Red Cross that are consistent with organizational vision and goals. She was instrumental in changing the Red Cross nursing practice in 2011. The new practice enables nurses to provide care through the Red Cross Disaster Services program that is consistent with their education and training after more than 25 years of limitation in practice scope.

Before joining the Red Cross, Stanley was the program director for the Ohio Center for Public Health Preparedness, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University, where she co-developed and implemented a nationwide program to train public health nurses in disaster preparedness response. Stanley has worked in the public health field for 30 years; other previous positions include chief of disaster planning at the Ohio Department of Health and local health commissioner.

She and her husband Mark have been married for 35 years. They have three sons, Ben, Nick, and Joel. Her greatest joys involve their five grandchildren.

James D. Mamer, '88 B.S.Ed., '94 M.Ed.

College of Education and Human Services

Jim Mamer is a 1988 graduate of Wright State University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a concentration in mathematics. He received his Master of Education degree in 1994 and is completing his 25th year of teaching at Rockway School in the Clark-Shawnee Local School District.

In 1989, Mamer became involved in the Middle Grades Mathematics Project at Michigan State University. This was a National Science Foundation project that later became the Connected Mathematics Project (CMP), the number-one-selling middle school math curriculum in the country.

Mamer works with hundreds of teachers yearly, leading CMP professional development sessions across the United States. He also provides training to Dayton-area teachers hosted by the College of Education and Human Services at Wright State and the Dayton Regional STEM School. Mamer's respect nationally as a teacher trainer for middle school math is due in large part to the continued success he has with his middle school students. His enthusiasm and passion for helping students and teachers better understand mathematics is inspiring.

Mamer is National Board Certified and has won many local and national awards including the Presidential Award for Secondary Mathematics teaching. He credits his success to the support he received from Wright State math professor Carl Benner as well as the authors of CMP.

Mamer's wife Cara is a Wright State graduate and art teacher. They have two sons, Luke, a Wright State student majoring in business and playing for the baseball team, and Logan, a junior at Kenton Ridge High School.