Practice Facilitators

Practice Facilitators are the honeybees of practice transformation.  They are able to absorb a practice’s success and translate that success into a way to overcome another practice’s barriers. With the practice facilitators’ wealth of knowledge, multiple practices are able to network and identify best practices in order to provide the best healthcare to their patients.

Carlisle Health Care Alternatives Practice Facilitator


Laura Manley, BS
Research Coordinator, Penn State University College of Medicine

Laura is a Research Coordinator at the Penn State University College of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Laura received her BS from Lock Haven University in Molecular Biology and has past research experience working in a molecular biology lab at Cornell University working with quality preparation for clinical trials. For the past 2 1/2 years, Laura has been working in quality improvement, specifically primary care practice transformation and has been involved with practice coaching for the past 1.5 years. Laura enjoys spending her time cheering on her favorite football team, Penn State, in Happy Valley, and in her free time she is enthusiastically planning for her upcoming wedding.

2012-2012 PA SPREAD NW & SC Learning Collaborative Practice Facilitators

North West Facilitator

Patricia Stubber, MBA, MT
Executive Director, North West AHEC

Patty is the Executive Director for the Northwestern Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC).  She earned a BS in Clinical Laboratory Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a MBA from Gannon University in Erie.  Patty’s PhD coursework focused on organizational learning and leadership, also from Gannon University.  Prior to joining AHEC, her work history include laboratory medicine/clinical microbiology; health care administration, practice management, non-profit management, and community health engagement activities.

South Central Facilitator

Sharon Adams, RN, BA
Executive Director, South Central AHEC

Sharon is the Executive Director for the Southcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC). She earned her Associate in Nursing (Cum Laude) from Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, PA in 1993 and her BA in Health Care Administration from Regents College in 2002. Prior to joining the AHEC in 1999 she had experience as a visiting home nurse, case manager/patient care coordinator, and as an office manager/nurse for a surgeon in private practice. She has specialized training in Understanding Depression: Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention; Health Care Issues in Older Adulthood; and Alzheimer’s disease.