School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Meet the Nursing Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Christine Beck
Office: WAC E-332
Phone: 773-298-3737

Christine Beck, Ph.D., MSN, M.A., FNP-BC, PHCNS, CIN-B
Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa, Nursing
  • Teaching Areas: Nursing research, community/public health nursing and family nurse practitioner (FNP)
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Family practice, community/public health, case management, medical-surgical nursing, and gerontological nursing
  • Research Interests: Qualitative phenomenological research and community-based participatory research

Charlene Bermele
Office: WAC E-313
Phone: 773-298-3180

Charlene Bermele, DNP, RN, CNE
Associate Professor, Director of Online Nursing Program

  • DNP, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Teaching Area: Leadership
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Medical surgical, community and leadership
  • Research Interests: Educating nurses and students on the importance of screening and intervening for domestic violence
Office: WAC E-215
Phone: 773-298-3726

Carly Bruno, MSN, FNP-C, RN
Assistant Professorial Lecturer

  • MSN, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Teaching Areas: Professional nurse roles and concepts, nursing research, advanced nursing therapeutics lab, and nursing therapeutics practicum
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Emergency medicine, trauma, plastic surgery and aesthetics, and preoperative medicine
  • Research Interests: Emergency department boarding and overcrowding and non-surgical facial rejuvenation

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Office: WAC E-310
Phone: 773-298-3418

Kelly Canerday, MSN, RN, FNP
Assistant Professorial Lecturer

  • MSN, Saint Xavier University
  • Teaching Areas: Advanced health assessment, family nurse practitioner (FNP) management and clinical courses
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Family nurse practitioner, primary care, urgent care and emergency care
  • Research/Clinical Interests: Evidence-based practice and health care disparities

Office: WAC E-103
Phone: 773-298-3710

Tina M. Dorau, MSN, RN, CRRN, CNE, CHSE
Assistant Professor and Director of Nursing Learning Resources

  • MSN, Benedictine University
  • Teaching Areas: Health care simulation, basic nursing skills through advanced medical surgical nursing, rehabilitation nursing, electronic health records and health information technology
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Certified rehabilitation nurse, medical/surgical, telemetry
  • Research Interests: Health care simulation, informatics and technology, skills acquisition, and environment/nutrition impact on health

Mary Jo Dunne
Office: WAC E-303
Phone: 773-298-3732

Mary Jo Dunne, MSN, RN, CFRN
Assistant Professor

  • MSN, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Teaching Areas: Health assessment, advanced nursing therapeutics and management of nursing practice, and pathophysiology
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Acute care, critical care
  • Research Interest: How altering lifestyle choices can impact cardiovascular disease risk factors

Laura Fairclough
Office: WAC E-320
Phone: 773-298-3735

Laura Fairclough, MSN, RN
Associate Professor

  • MSN, Loyola University, New Orleans
  • Teaching Areas: Starting IVs, administering vaccinations and blood draws
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Adult critical care, primary care medicine and medical aesthetics
  • Research Interests: Primary care nursing, health care policy and politics, and adult health and wellness

Office: WAC E-206
Phone: 773-298-3750

Amy Fry, MSN, RN
Interim Associate Dean, Health Sciences and Assistant Professor
Nursing Faculty-Continuing Track/Clinical Coordinator-Nursing Fundamentals

  • Ph.D., Candidate, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • MSN, Lewis University
  • Teaching Areas: Nursing therapeutics, leadership and management, and executive leadership
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Nursing leadership and management
  • Research Interests: Healthy work environments and faculty bullying

Office: WAC E-203
Phone: 773-298-3703

Peg Gallagher, Ed.D., RN, CNE
Associate Professor

  • Ed.D., Educational Psychology
  • Teaching Areas: Gerontology, nursing education, nursing concepts, research
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Gerontology and leadership
  • Research Interests: Teaching and learning strategies in nursing education

Lynda Garrison
Office: WAC E-326
Phone: 773-298-3830

Lynda Garrison, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor

  • MSN, Saint Xavier University
  • Teaching Areas: Patient care technician, CNA, Phlebotomy, EKG, pharmacology, leadership and adult clinical
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: medical/surgical and telemetry
  • Research Interests: Barriers to education for single parents, the effects of being in foster care has on higher education completions, and why the dynamic between seasoned nurses and nursing students/new graduate nurses is often strained

Barbara Gawron
Office: WAC E-330
Phone: 773-298-3743

Barbara Gawron, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE
Associate Professor

  • DNP, Governors State University
  • Teaching Areas: Simulation pedagogy, physical assessment, fundamental nursing, nursing psychomotor skills and health assessment
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: medical/surgical, telemetry and women's health
  • Research Interests: Simulation evaluation methods

Office: WAC E-216
Phone: 773-298-3709

Cathy Gillen, M.S., RN
Assistant Professorial Lecturer

  • M.S., Saint Xavier University
  • Teaching Areas: Mental health nursing
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Adult inpatient psychiatry, chemical dependency and geriatric depression
  • Research Interests: Mental health first aid, opioid addiction, violence in the workplace and improving the quality of care for the seriously mentally ill

Diane Heliker
Office: WAC E-214
Phone: 773-298-3722

Diane Heliker, Ph.D., RN
Professor, Professor Emerita-University of Texas and Coordinator-Gerontological Nursing Certificate Academy

  • Ph.D., Loyola University, Chicago
  • Teaching Areas: Gerontology, qualitative research/EBP, model of care, best practice in long-term care, hybrid and online education, and blended approaches
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Gerontological nursing, long-term care and home health care
  • Research Interests: Gerontology, quality of living in long-term care, dementia interdisciplinary-interprofessional-teams, person-centered care through story sharing and other creative venues, qualitative research-hermeneutic phenomenology, descriptive phenomenology, grounded theory and mixed method

Paulette Jackson

Office: WAC E-222
Phone: 773-298-3734

Paulette R. Jackson, MSN, RN
Assistant Professorial Lecturer

  • MSN, Walden University
  • Teaching Areas: Nursing simulation, older adult, nursing fundamentals clinical in traditional and accelerated BSN program
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Telemetry, medical/surgical, employee health/school nurse and home health
  • Research Interests: Mentoring new nurse educators in the transition from bedside nursing to classroom and simulation methods

Patricia Kelly
Office: WAC E-223
Phone: 773-298-3574

Patricia Kelly, MSN, RN, CNE
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Nursing

  • Ph.D., Candidate, University of Missouri -- Kansas City
  • Teaching Areas: Nursing therapeutics and illness management
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Maternal child
  • Research Interests: Critical thinking and student academic success

Eileen McCann
Office: WAC E-301
Phone: 773-298-3718

Eileen McCann, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Associate Professor

  • DNP. Rush University
  • Teaching Areas: Advanced health assessment, family nurse practitioner (FNP) management and clinical courses, and FNP role synthesis
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Family nurse practitioner and primary care
  • Research/Clinical Interests: Evidence-based practice, access to health care, academic- community partnerships and nurse managed health centers

Larry Meneghini
Office: WAC E-327
Phone: 773-298-3243

Larry Meneghini, MSN, DNP, RN, CEN, RN
Associate Professor

  • MSN, Governors State University
  • Teaching Areas: Health assessment, adult medical-surgical nursing and advanced therapeutics nursing
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Critical care nursing, emergency nursing and medical-surgical nursing
  • Research Interests: Retaining men in schools of nursing

Teresa Miller
Office: WAC E-314
Phone: 773-298-3728

Teresa Miller, MSN, PCNS-BC, RN
Accelerated BSN Coordinator and Associate Professor

  • MSN, Saint Louis University
  • Teaching Areas: Pediatrics, community-based learning, simulation, accelerated/adult learning and professional nursing
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Pediatric and home care/private duty
  • Research Interests: Transforming pediatric theory to clinical application and accelerated student retention and advancement

Kathleen Moran
Office: WAC E-307
Phone: 773-298-3729

Kathleen Moran, MSN, RN, CHPN
Assistant Professorial Lecturer

  • MSN, University of Illinois
  • Teaching Areas: Fundamentals, medical-surgical nursing, hospice and palliative care, end of life, and ethics
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Hospice/palliative care
  • Research Interests: End of life and ethics

Mary Murphy-Smith
Office: WAC E-306
Phone: 773-298-3723

Mary Murphy-Smith, DNP, IBCLC, CNM, APRN
Associate Professor

  • MSN, Rush University
  • Teaching Areas: Nursing, maternal child and women's health
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Childbirth, lactation, maternal/child, women's health and natural family planning
  • Research Interests: Lactation, breastfeeding education, pregnancy/childbirth, postpartum depression and natural family planning

Office: WAC E-213
Phone: 773-298-3519

Megan Pet, DNP, MSN/MBA, RN
Assistant Professor

  • DNP, St. Francis Medical College, College of Nursing
  • Teaching Areas: Nursing practicum, nursing management in professional nursing and nursing research
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Medical/Surgical
  • Research Interests: Evidence-based practice, nursing faculty mentoring and professional development

Michele Poradzisz
Office: WAC E-208
Phone: 773-298-3730

Michele Poradzisz, Ph.D., RN, CNL, CNE

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Teaching Areas: Pharmacology; nursing research; diabetes management; chronic illness self-management; and clinical leadership, including microsystem assessment, quality improvement and project management
  • Research Interests: Quality of life, chronic illness self-management, concept mapping and online and hybrid pedagogies

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Office: WAC E-328
Phone: 773-298-3708

Maureen Rabbitte, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN
Assistant Professor

  • MSN, Rush University
  • Teaching Areas: Women's health and public health
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Women's health, public health and adolescent health
  • Research Interests: Adolescent health, LGBTQ health, and public health
Office: WAC E-221
Phone 773-298-3751

Jeanine Reilly, MSN, RN, CPN, AE
Assistant Professor

  • MSN, Saint Xavier University
  • Teaching Areas: Concepts, mentoring, nursing roles, pediatric classroom/clinical instruction
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Nursing and pediatrics
  • Research Interests: Curriculum revision/concept-based teaching, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for pain management, and innovative teaching strategies

Zapure Samawi
Office: WAC E-333
Phone: 773-298-3214

Zepure Samawi, Ph.D., RN
Professor, Fulbright Scholar

  • Ph.D., Widener University-Chester
  • Teaching Areas: Nursing care of children, nursing research and ethics, community nursing, epidemiology and mentoring
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Maternal and child health in nursing, health promotion and community nursing, and faith community nursing
  • Research Interests: Concept mapping and critical thinking skills, flipped classroom and simulation, developing study abroad courses/programs and curriculum development


Office: WAC E-331
Phone: 773-298-3757

Katie Soso, MSN, RN, CPSN-R, ISPAN-F
Faculty Instructor

  • MSN, Benedictine University, Nurse Educator Track
  • Teaching Areas: Holistic assessment and fundamentals of nursing
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Plastic surgical nursing
  • Research Interests: Reduction of stigma surrounding plastic and aesthetic procedures and aging process

Mary Tiberg

Office: WAC E-226
Phone: 773-298-3179

Mary Tiberg, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., RN, Loyola University
  • Teaching Areas: Critical care and nursing administration
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Outpatient sector
  • Research Interests: Develop a broader understanding of the experience of chronic disease and illness and how individuals cope with a difficult diagnosis

Lisa Watson
Office: WAC E-322
Phone: 773-298-3736

Lisa M. Watson, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor

  • MSN, Lewis University
  • Teaching Areas: Nursing therapeutics lab, nursing therapeutics practicum, health policy and politics
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Acute medical surgical, cardiac care, cardiovascular ICU, health care administration and case management
  • Research Interests: Palliative care, health care reform, commercial health insurance regulation

Caroline Wilson
Office: WAC E-334
Phone: 773-298-3724

Caroline Kreisl Wilson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor, Director of FNP Program

  • DNP, DePaul University
  • Teaching Areas: Primary care management, older adult/gerontology, palliative care, management of acute and chronic illness in the older adult, and collaborative care
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Geriatrics, sub-acute rehabilitation and long-term care
  • Research Interests: Palliative care, end-of-life care, complementary and alternative medicine, and program evaluation
Karen Wood
Office: WAC E-321
Phone: 773-298-3746

Karen Wood, DNSc, RN, CCRN, CNL
Associate Professor

  • DNSc, Rush University
  • Teaching Areas: Critical care, pathophysiology, cardiac dysthymia
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Critical care and cardiovascular
  • Research Interests: Patient education, concept mapping and simulation

William Zic
Office: WAC E-319
Phone: 773-298-3731

William G. Zic, DNP, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor

  • DNP, Chamberlain University, Nursing Leadership
  • Teaching Areas: Pharmacology and medical surgical nursing
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Nursing leadership, education, critical care, emergency and patient transport (air and ground)
  • Research Interests: Patient fall prevention and innovations in nursing education

Adjunct Faculty

Oluwakemi Adeyemi, MSN, RN, APN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, UIC
  • Teaching Area: Critical care nursing
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Critical care nursing, obstetrical nursing, medical surgery and fundamentals of nursing
  • Research Interest: Endocrinology

Nicole Aldrich, MSN, RN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Walden University, Leadership and Management
  • Teaching Area: Nursing leadership
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Nursing leadership and executive leadership
  • Research Interests: Population health and leadership

Mary Antos, MSN, M.A., RN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, M.A., Saint Xavier University
  • Teaching Area: Mental health/psychology
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Mental health/psychology
  • Research Interest: Newer/newest treatment modalities in mental health

Nichole Arcaro, DNP, RN, CNL, Adjunct Faculty and Clinical Nurse Leader Program Coordinator

  • DNP, Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • Teaching Areas: Clinical Nurse Leader track; epidemiology; philosophical and theoretical foundations; informatics; health care systems finance; and culture, communication, conflict and collaboration in health care
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Former staff nurse with a focus on cardiovascular care, current data quality manager for national cardiovascular and cardiothoracic data registries, and adjunct online faculty serving across graduate and undergraduate nursing courses since 2008
  • Research Interests: Evidence-based stress reduction techniques, clinical leadership and leveraging the electronic medical record for data outcomes reporting

Angelica Barajas, MSN, RN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Grand Canyon University, Education
  • Teaching Area: Medical-surgical nursing clinical
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Medical surgical, rehab, trauma/emergency, PACU (pre/post anesthesia care unit), cardiac, interventional radiology and gastroenterology nursing
  • Research Interest: Opioid epidemic

Gloria E. Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Olivet Nazarene University
  • Teaching Areas: Community health; collaboration and leadership; concepts in professional nursing; ethical, legal and spiritual dimension of nursing practice; and nursing school
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Public health nurse
  • Research Interests: Improving child health outcomes in vulnerable populations, climate change and its impact on health, and increasing the pipeline of Latinx nurses

Lynda Bartlett, MSN/MBA, RN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN/MBA, Saint Xavier University

Diane Bilotta, Ph.D., RN, Adjunct Faculty

  • Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado, Nursing Education
  • Teaching Areas: Executive leadership, health care finance and health policy
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Perianesthesia nursing and nursing education
  • Research Interests: Formative assessment, health literacy and transfer of training

Victoria Brahe, Ph.D., MSN, BSN, Adjunct Faculty

  • Ph.D., Capella University, Education with a specialization in Instructional Design for Online Learning
  • Teaching Areas: NURSG 504: Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice, and NURSG 509: Nursing Inquiry
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Certified in critical care for 24 years and currently coach women with metabolic syndrome
  • Research Interests: Online learning and metabolic syndrome

Angeline Brooker, MSN, RN, CCRN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Lewis University
  • Teaching Area: Critical care nursing
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Medical and cardiac critical care
  • Research Interests: Mobility in the ICU, nurse empowerment, SIM with nursing students

Alesia Coe, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Adjunct Faculty

  • DNP, University of Alabama
  • Teaching Areas: Health care leadership and health care policy
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Nursing administration
  • Research Interests: Therapeutic relationships with patients/families and leadership development

Noreen Connelly, MSN, RN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Walden University

Janet Dahm, Psy.D., RNBC, Certified in Mental Health 7 Gerontological Psychology, Adjunct Faculty

  • Psy.D., Adler University
  • Teaching Area: Mental health
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: In-patient and out-patient practice
  • Research Interests: Addiction, dementia care, CBT and trauma

Carly Dearth, MSN, FNP-BC, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Saint Xavier University
  • Teaching Areas: Fundamentals of nursing
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Emergency medicine and critical care
  • Research Interests: Health equity, vaccine acceptance and sexual health promotion

Grace Dengler, MSN, RN, NE, Adjunct Faculty and Nurse Educator Program Coordinator

  • MSN, Saint Xavier University
  • Teaching Area: Nursing informatics
  • Clinical Expertise/ Practice Area: Nursing education, long-term care, acute care and nursing informatics
  • Research Interest: Congestive heart failure

Mary J. Donnelly, Ed.D., RN, Adjunct Faculty

  • Ed.D., NOVA Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Higher Education and Leadership
  • Teaching Areas: Nursing education, leadership and mental health
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Mental health and medical-surgical neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Student empowerment, narrative pedagogy, women and depression

Eileen Dowdall, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN -- CNL, Saint Xavier University
  • Teaching Areas: Health assessment in nursing practicum, introduction to nursing therapeutics and illness management, nursing care of adults practicum and nursing education
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Medical-surgical nursing, telemetry, ER observation and clinical nurse educator
  • Research Interests: Managing aggressive and potentially aggressive patients/psychiatric patients in non-psychiatric areas of the hospital

Ann Filipski, Psy.D., MSN, B.S., RN, Adjunct Faculty

  • Psy.D., Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • Teaching Areas: Psychology and gerontology (graduate, undergraduate and certificate)
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Psychology, community and CL psychology
  • Research Interests: Severe psychopathology and the "difficulty to treat" patient

Susan Hampson, M.S., APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, Adjunct Faculty

  • M.S., Purdue University Calumet; Certified as a family nurse practitioner through AANP valid until 2024
  • Teaching Areas: Pharmacology, medical-surgical nursing and women/children health (undergraduate at every level and graduate)
  • Clinical Expertise: Emergency nursing and family health

Marcia Kessack, Ph.D., RN, HCM, PPA, Adjunct Faculty

  • Ph.D., Capella University, Nursing Education
  • Teaching Areas: I earned my Ph.D. in Nursing Education -- primary area of study: online curriculum development. I have earned post-graduate certificates in Heath Care Management and Public Policy and Administration. I teach nursing (RN-BSN, MSN/FNP, and doctoral levels), health care administration (bachelor's and graduate), and public policy and administration -- Ph.D. candidates as chair and methodology expert. I am also on the editorial board for two international journals: Nursing and Health Care; and have written and helped to start three nursing programs: one on-ground and two virtual.
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas:
    • Teaching Experience - Nursing: Ph.D., DNP, FNP, MSN, CNL/CNS, Bachelor's, ADN and pre-licensure
    • Health Care Administration: Bachelor's and master's
    • Public Policy and Administration: Ph.D.
    • Supervisory/Administration Experience
    • Lead Faculty/Acting Program Director: Nursing, health care administration and IT
    • Past CEO of five federally qualified health care clinics (FQHC)
    • Past COO/CNO of those five FQHC's
  • Research Interest: Currently conducting a quantitative research study with a colleague on acculturalization issues with foreign-born primary providers and end-of-life immigrant patients and their families

Jessica Leiberg, DNP, Adjunct Faculty

  • DNP, Vanderbilt University
  • Teaching Areas: Currently- NURSG 553: Communication, Culture and Collaboration in Health care; Previously- advanced assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced complex health issues for the acute care patient  
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Acute care nurse practitioner
  • Research Interest: Caring and value in health care delivery and education

Shannon Lewis, MSN, FNP-BC, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN (FNP), Lewis University

Gabriella Lowe, MSN, BSN, RN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Saint Xavier University
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Neurosurgery/neurology
  • Research interests: Glioblastomas, brain tumors, other neurological syndromes

Jolene Maggert, MSN, RN, CPOT, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Walden University, Leadership
  • Teaching Area: MSN program
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Management - currently managing both inpatient (medical surgical, education and ICU/telemetry) and ambulatory care (family practice, internal medicine, oncology, dermatology, cardiology, pulmonology and diabetic clinic).
  • Research Interests: Change and the impact of change

Michael Manion, NP, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Rush University
  • Teaching Area: Pediatrics
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Pediatric oncology

Beth Michalesko, MSN, RN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Indiana Wesleyan University, Nursing Education
  • Teaching Area: Pediatric
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Pediatric
  • Research Interest: Pediatric

Renee Norberg, MSN, RN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Olivet Nazarene University, Education
  • Teaching Areas: Nursing theory (BSN), ethics (BSN), leadership-type courses (MSN), and education- and curriculum-type courses (MSN)
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Professional development and education, and ANCC certified in professional development
  • Research Interests: Online learning and simulation

Tina O'Sullivan, MSN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Olivet Nazarene University
  • Teaching Area: Obstetric clinical
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Obstetrics; and mother, baby and nursery

Katarzyna J. Para, MSN, RN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Benedictine University
  • Teaching Area: Advanced medical-surgical clinical
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Advanced medical-surgical clinical
  • Research Interests: Curriculum development, patient safety, patient education and staff development

Angie Z. Patras, M.S., RN, Adjunct Faculty

  • M.S., Rush University College of Nursing
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas: Clinical teaching, elder care and memory loss

Cathriya Penny, DNP, ACHPN, BC-ADM, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, CCP, Adjunct Faculty

  • DNP, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • Teaching Areas: Graduate nursing courses - core and clinical practicum courses
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Areas:
    • Full-time NP practice in providing total health management for individuals with diabetes
    • Board certified in family practice, gerontology, hospice/palliative care and advanced diabetes management
    • Six Sigma Green Belt
    • Certified chronic care professional
    • Certified health coach
    • Certified AADE lifestyle coach
  • Research Interests: Application of palliative care philosophy in chronic disease management and self-efficacy in chronic disease management

Monica Ryan, DNP, MA, APRN, FNP-BC, Adjunct Faculty

  • DNP, Rush University, Business and Leadership
  • Teaching Areas: Undergraduate health assessment and pharmacology; graduate health assessment, pharmacology and FNP health assessment and management, and clinical courses
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Primary care/family medicine

Lawrence Santiago, Ed.D., MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, NE-BC, CNE, Adjunct Faculty

  • Ed.D., University of Phoenix
  • Teaching Areas: Education and leadership
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Medical/surgical
  • Research Interests: Testing and simulation

Judita Slusnys, MSN, RN, FNP, APN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Saint Xavier University
  • Teaching Area: Medical-surgical clinical
  • Clinical Expertise/ Practice Area: Pulmonary-critical care NP and family medicine
  • Research Interests: ILD, pulmonary fibrosis

Jennifer Wedster, MSN, RN, CEN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • Teaching Area: Clinical Nurse Educator track
  • Clinical Expertise/Practice Area: Emergency medicine
  • Research Interests: Writing across the curriculum (capstone in graduate school), nurse burnout and patient safety

Sandra Weszelits, MSN, RN, Adjunct Faculty

  • MSN, Loyola University Chicago

Ebonie Williams, MSN, RN, APN, FNP-BC, Adjunct Faculty

  • DNP, Chamberlain-DeVry University