Fezio comes to Southern Wesleyan with 16 years of nursing education experience.
At Oconee Fall Line Technical College (formerly Sandersville Technical College), Fezio rebuilt the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program in 2000. She worked with Georgia Board of Licensed Practical Nursing for reaccreditation. In 2004, Fezio co-directed the Registered Nursing Satellite in Swainsboro, Ga., and as this program ended in 2005, she oversaw the program’s termination and subsequent new RN satellite program set up at Darton State College. She directed the Darton program from 2005 to 2014. Fezio also co-wrote the new RN to BSN program for Darton College’s new online RN to BSN program in 2012 and 2013.
Fezio earned her doctorate of nursing practice, a master of science in nursing and a bachelor of science in nursing from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga. Her doctoral work examined the effect of technology-based health care information and support on rural women with breast cancer.
Fezio is beginning her work by getting to know local health care providers and their needs.
“I love teaching; I love seeing the lights come on in their eyes when they get it; I love seeing lives changed. When someone goes through nursing school, their lives really change,” Fezio said.
Fezio is a member of the American Nurses Association, South Carolina Nurses Association, Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society of Nursing and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society.
A veteran, Fezio has served as a specialist in the U.S. Army in Germany, during which time she traveled throughout Europe to countries including Switzerland, Great Britain, Norway, France, Italy and Greece. She also served in the South Carolina State Guard Medical Division. Fezio, who once dropped out of high school but earned her GED at a time when her peers were high school juniors, credits the Army with helping her develop the discipline necessary to pursue her education all the way to the doctoral level.