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Dawn Elizabeth Barnes Costello

Dawn Elizabeth Barnes Costello, American public health nurse, hospital administrator.


  • Costello, Dawn Elizabeth Barnes was born on December 7, 1940 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Earl O. and Thelma (Walp) Barnes.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University Pennsylvania, 1962. Postgraduate, University Pennsylvania, 1987. Master of Education, Temple University, 1967.

      Doctor of Education in Administration, Lehigh University, 1973. MSN, Allentown College, 1992.


    • Nurse Allentown School district, 1963-1967. Director research and records Lehigh County Community College, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, 1972-1974. Associate director nursing Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, 1974-1978.

      Associate director personal health service City of Allentown, 1979-1981. Director nursing Coaldale (Pennsylvania) State General Hospital, 1981-1989. Director professional services Coaldale State General (Pennsylvania) Hospital, 1989-1991.

      Nurse supervisor Wernersville (Pennsylvania) State Hospital, 1991-1992. Nurse manager Allentown (Pennsylvania) State Hospital, 1992-1994. Director public health nursing Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, since 1994.

      1st director public health nursing Bi-City Health Bureau, Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1979. Advisory board Associate Nursing Degree Lehigh County Community College, since 1987, secretary, since 1988, LPNn program, since 1984, Carbon County Vocational-Technology Institute, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, 1981-1984. Consultant Northwestern Center, Schnecksville, since 1978.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Member advisory board American Heart Association Bethlehem, 1974-1978. Secretary, board directors Volunteers in American Day Care, Allentown, 1972-1978. Member Pennsylvania Organization Nurse Executives (president Eastern region since 1988), Lehigh Valley Association for Learning Disabilities (president 1981-1983), Sigma Tau (nursing honor society), Sigma Theta Tau.



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    • Married Robert G. Costello, May 12, 1962. Children: Michael R., Kelly L.
    • father: Earl O. Barnes
    • mother: Thelma (Walp) Barnes
    • spouse: Robert G. Costello
    • children: Michael R. Costello
    • Kelly L. Costello
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