Faculty/Staff Information

Mary Adams, MSN, RN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: adamsma@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5094
Education: BSN, Loyola University, IL
  MSN, Lewis University, IL
Teaching Interests: Obstetrics, Math, Research
Clinical Interests: Obstetrics and Simulation
Research Interests: Women's Emotional Transition to Motherhood
Linda Arnold, MS, RN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: arnoldli@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5255
Education: BSN, Lewis University, IL
  MS, Northern Illinois, IL
Sheila Berkemeyer, MSN, RN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: berkemsh@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5356
Education: BSN, University of Michigan, MI
  MSN, Wayne State University, MI
Teaching Interests: Pediatric Nursing
Clinical Interests: Pediatric Nursing
Dr. Kathleen Blanchfield, PhD, RN, MPS
Rank: Associate Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: blanchka@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5445
Education: BSN, Loyola University, IL
  MS, St. Xavier College, IL
  MS-Pastoral Studies, Loyola University, IL
  PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
Teaching interests: Health Systems Leadership, Parish Nurse Ministry and Spiritual Care for Self and Others, Ethics in Advanced Practice Nursing, Fiscal Integrity in Health Care
Research interests: Advanced Care Planning, Priests' Health, Spiritual Support
Alison Boone, MSN, RN, CCRN
Rank: Staff
Title: Co-Coordinator of Skills Lab
E-Mail: booneal@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5128
Education: BSN, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, IL
  MSN, Lewis University, IL
Certification: CCRN
Patricia Braida, MSN, RN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: braidapa@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5358
Education: BSN, Marycrest College, IA
  MSN, Loyola University, IL
Certification: CPR Instructor through American Heart Association
Teaching Interests: Medical/Surgical Nursing, Quality and Safety Issues
Clinical Interests: Medical/Surgical Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Coronary Care Nursing, Caring for Chronically Ill Patients with Acute Problems Requiring Interdisciplinary Care
Research Interests: The Effect of Mentorship on Student Outcomes, The Nurse's Role in Safety and Quality, Engaging Students, How Students Learn Best, Effects of Teaching Strategies on Outcomes
Michele Carbone
Title: Secretary - Undergraduate Program
E-Mail: carbonml@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5359
Sarah Coleman, BA
Title: Coordinator of Data/Clinical Placements
E-Mail: colemasa@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5703
Education: University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
Karen Covington, MSN, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: covingka@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5421
Education: BSN, Lewis University, IL
  MSN, Lewis University, IL
Certification: Parish Nursing, Lewis University, IL
Teaching Interests: Professional Development, Dosage Analysis
Clinical Interests: Junior and Senior Learners
Research Interests: Clinical Competency
Dr. Stacie Elder, PhD, RN, CNE, CCRN (alumus)
Rank: Associate Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail : elderst@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5896
Education; BSN, Aurora University, IL
  MS, Northern Illinois, IL
  PhD, Barry University, FL
Certification: Certified Nurse Educator
Teaching Interests: Nursing Education, Research
Clinical Interests: Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
Research Interests: Master's Essentials, specifically, End-of-Life Issues in a Quality Nursing Program, Nursing Education Issues.
Linda Elsik, MS, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Director, RN/BSN and Health Professions Programs
E-Mail: elsikli@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5897
Education: BSN, Loyola University, IL
  MS, Northern Illinois University, IL
Teaching Interests: Physical Assessment, Fundamentals of Nursing
Clinical Interests: Medical/Surgical Nursing
Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald PhD, RN
Rank: Associate Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: fitzgeka@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5163
Education: BSN, Loyola University, IL
  MS, University of California at San Francisco, CA
  PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
Teaching Interests: Nursing Research, Theory &Translational Research, Writing
Clinical Interests: Nutrition, Gastroenterology Nursing
Research Interest: Evidence-Based Practice in the Clinical and Educational Setting
Julie Foote, BA
Title: Secretary
E-Mail: footeju@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5040
Stephanie Gedzyk-Nieman, , MSN, RNC-MNN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: gedzykst@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5719
Education: BSN, University of Iowa, IA
  MSN, Lewis University, IL
Certification: Certified Maternal-Newborn Nurse
Teaching Interests: Professional Development, Obstetrics, Women's Health, Neonatology
Mary Hasse, MS, RN, JD
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail : hassema@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5645
Education: BSN, Catholic University, Washington, DC
  MS, Rush University, IL
  JD, Kent College of Law, IL
Certification: Certified Mediator, Center for Conflict Resolution, Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Nursing
Teaching Interests: Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatric Nursing, Family Dynamics, Professional Issues and Professional Development, Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care
Clinical Interests: Psychiatric Nursing, Family Therapy, Home Health, Nursing, Consultation Legal Guardianship, Mental Health Law
Cynthia A. Hinojosa, MS, RN, APN, ANP-BC, CCRN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program
E-Mail: hinojocy@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-7190
Education: BSN, Elmhurst College, IL
  MS, Northern Illinois, IL
  Certificate, Cardiovascular Nursing, Loyola University, IL
Certification: ANP-BC, CCRN
Teaching Interests: Pharmacology, Health Assessment, Epidemiology, Pathophysiology
Clinical Interests: Adult Critical Care, Cardiovascular, Neurology
Research Interests: Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in Acute Care Setting, Use of Simulation in NP Education
Rachel Hudson, MBA
Title: Advisor: RN/BSN & BAC/BSN Programs
E-Mail: hudsonrg@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5147
Eleftheria Terry Karapas, MS, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: karapael@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5335
Education: AB, University of Chicago, IL
  BS, Rush University, IL
  MS, Rush University, IL
Teaching Interests: Medical-Surgical Nursing, Professional Development, Physical Assessment, Quality of Life/End of Life Issues
Clinical Interests: Neurosurgery, Neurology, Pain Management
Research Interests: Pain Management Evidence-Based Practice, Nursing Informatics
Mary Eileen (Meg) Kloster, MSN, RN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: klostema@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-7094
Education: BSN, University of Bridgeport, CT
  MSN, Andrews University, MI
Certification: ACLS Certified
Clinical Interests: Post-Operative Cardiac Surgical ICU Patient Care
Research Interests: Keeping Experienced Nurses Interested and Happy, Orienting and Training New Nurses
Deborah Kornacker, MSN, RN, CCE
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: kornacde@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5346
Education: BSN, St. Xavier University, IL
  MS, Rush University, IL
Certification: Certified Childbirth Education
Teaching Interests: Obstetrical Nursing, Childbirth Education, Pediatric Nursing, Health Promotion Across the Lifespan, Physical Assessment
Clinical Interests: Perinatal Nursing, Women's Health, Children: Infant to Adolescents
Research Interests: Health Promotion in All Age Groups, Women's Health Issues, Teaching Strategies, Improving Student Outcomes, Nursing Informatics
Dr. Michele Kramer, PhD, RN, AHN-BC
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: kramermi@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5018
Education: BSN, University of Maryland, WRAIN, MD
  MSN, University of San Diego, CA
  PhD, Saybrook Graduate School & Research Center, CA
Certifications: AHN-BC
Teaching Interests: Nursing Leadership, Health Care Organizations, Complexity Science, Transformational Learning, Creativity and Innovation
Clinical Interests: Alternative Healing, Integrative Health, Creating Healthy Environments
Research Interests: Consciousness, Spirituality, Healing, Human Beings, Trans Personal Qualitative Research Methodology
Michele Latta
Title: Secretary - Graduate Program
E-Mail: lattami@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-7177
Dr. Suling Li, PhD, RN
Rank: Professor
Title: Associate Dean & Director, Graduate Studies in Nursing
E-Mail: lisu@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5878
Education: BSN, Xian Medical University, China
  MSN, University of Tennessee, TN
  PhD, Loyola University, IL
Teaching Interests: Medical-Surgical Nursing, Gerontology, Research Design and Measurement, Role Transition, Concept Development
Clinical Interests: Staff Development, Quality and Safety
Research Interests: Competency Assessment, Simulation, Transition of Nurses into Practice, Physical Activity, Exercise, Symptom Management, Bone Density, Body Composition
Kathy Lisak, MBA
Title: Adult & Graduate Programs Assistant
E-Mail: lisakka@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5355
Tricia Littig, MSN, RN, APN, FNP-BC, CNN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: littigtr@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5877
Education: BSN, Lewis University, IL
  MSN, Northern Illinois University, IL
Certification: CNN
Teaching Interests: Health Assessment, Management Adult/Community, Pharmacology
Clinical Interests: Chronic and End Stage Kidney Disease, Hypertension, Transplant
Research Interests: Renal Ostedodystrophy, Slowing progression to ESRD
Holly Losurdo, MSN, RN, CCRN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: losurdho@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5340
Education: BSN, Illinois Wesleyan, IL
  MSN, Lewis University, IL
Certification: CCRN-Adult Critcal Care Nursing
Teaching Interests: Critical Care, Professional Development, Leadership
Clinical Interests: Adult Critical Care, Cardiovascular Intensive Care, Neurocritical Care, Dissemination of Evidence-Based Practice
Research Interests: Nursing-Sensitive Patient Outcomes, Healthy Work Environments
Marie Lozano, BA
Title: Secretary – RN/BSN Program
E-Mail: lozanoma@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5363
Laura Marks, BA
Title: Secretary - Graduate Program
E-Mail: marksla@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5997
Cheryl Martin
Title: Secretary - Dean's Office
E-Mail: martinch@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5046
Donna Martin, MSN, RN-BC, CDE
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: martindo@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5369
Education: BSN, Loyola University, IL
  MS, St. Francis University, IL
  MSN, Lewis University, IL
Certification: Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse, CPR Instructor
Kimberly Mau, MSN, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: mauki@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5338
Education: BSN, Mennonite College, IL
  MSN, Olivet Nazarene, IL
Teaching Interests: Community and Familty Health, Growth and Development, Health Policy, Ethics
Clinical Interests: Community Health
Maureen McCormick, MS, FNP-C, ADM-BC, CDE
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: mccormmr@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5082
Education: BSN, University of Illinois, IL
  MS, University of Illinois, IL
Certification: ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner, ANCC Advanced Diabetes Management, Certified Diabetes Educator
Teaching Interests: Advanced Health Assessment, APN Management Courses
Clinical Interests: Full Time Practice in Endocrinology, including Diabetes Mellitus, Thyroid and Pituitary Disorders

Research Interests:

Clinical Research Trials in Endocrinology-DM2, Osteoporosis, Thyroiditis
Katherine McDannel, MSN, RN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Interim Co-Director, Undergraduate Studies in Nursing
E-Mail: mcdannka@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5359
Education: BSN, University of Illinois, IL
  MSN, Loyola University, IL
Certification: Childbirth Educator
Teaching Interests: Women and Children's Health Care, QSEN Teaching Strategy Reviewer
Clinical Interests: Women's Health, Perinatal Nursing, High-Risk Perinatal Populations
Research Interests: Perinatal Nursing
Sheila McGreal, RN, CV-MSN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: mcgreash@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5098
Anne McShane, MSN, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: mcshanan@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5376
Education: BSN, Lewis University, IL
  MSN, Loyola University, IL
Teaching Interests: Pediatric Nursing
Clinical Interests: Continuum Pediatric Nursing
Research Interests: Asthma Education and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing Curriculum
Maureen Moore, MS, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Coordinator of Retention
E-Mail: moorema@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5646
Education: BSN, Loyola University, IL
  MS, Rush University, IL
Certification: ACLS
Teaching Interests: Critical Care, Leadership
Clinical Interests: Critical Care, School Nursing, Parish Nursing
Research Interests: Respiratory, Spirituality, Occupational Lung Disease, School Health Issues
Melanie Obispo-Young, RN, APRN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: obispome@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5721
Education: BSN - University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
  MA - New York University, NY
Clinical Interests: Medical/Surgical, Geriatrics
Loretta Paver
Title: Assistant to the Undergraduate Director
E-Mail: paverlo@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5041
Nanci Peek, MSN, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Coordinator of Continuing Education
E-Mail: peekna@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5720
Education: MSN, Lewis University, IL
  BSN, St. Mary's College, IN
Teaching Interests: Community Health/Health Promotion
Clinical Interests: Community, School, Parish Nursing
Dr. Anne Porter, PhD, RN
Rank: Associate Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: porteran@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5020
Education: BSN, College of St. Teresa, MN
  MSN, Loyola University, IL
  PhD, Northwestern University, IL
Certification: Nurse Executive Advanced, ANCC, Certified Professional in Health Care Quality
Teaching Interests: Quality and Patient Safety
Clinical Interests: Patient Engagement and Patient Satisfaction
Research Interests: Quality and Patient Safety
Sandra Kapica Razka, MSN, RN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: razkasa@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5097
Education: BSN, Loyola University, IL
  MSN, De Paul University, IL
Certification: Family & Consumer Sciences
Teaching Interests: Health Promotion, Community Nutrition, Older Adult
Clinical Interests: Community Outreach, Vulnerable Populations
Ellen Renna, MSN, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: rennael@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5352
Education: BSN, St. Xavier College, IL
  MSN, Lewis University, IL
Dr. Peggy Rice, EdD, APN
Rank: Professor
Title: Dean
E-Mail: ricepe@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5350
Education: BSN, Benedictine University, IL
  MS, Northern Illinois University, IL
  EdD, Northern Illinois University, IL
Certification: Clinical Specialist Community Health Nursing
Teaching Interests: Community/Public Health, Health Promotion
Clinical Interests: Community Health, Homelessness
Research Interests: Visual Literacy Issues with Teaching Tools for Multicultural Clients
Katelyn Sauve, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: sauveka@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5292
Education: BSN, Hope College, MI
  MSN, Olivet Nazarene, IL
Certification: Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse
Teaching Interests: Fundamentals, Skills Lab, Medical-Surgical, Adults
Clinical Interests: Medical-Surgical Nursing
Research Interests: Performance/Quality Improvement and Patient Outcomes in an Acute Inpatient Setting
Carol L. Schneider, MBA
Rank: Staff
Title: Coordinator of HCL
E-Mail: schneica@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5914
Education: MBA, De Paul University, IL
Diana (Dina) Schreader, MSN, ANP-BC
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: schreadi@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5095
Education: BSN, Valparaiso University, IN
  MSN, Loyola University, IL
Certification: Adult Nurse Practitioner AACN Board Certified
  TNS (Trauma Nurse Specialist)
Teaching Interests: Pharmacology, Cardiac, Med-Surg/Med-Surg Clinical
Clinical Interests: Cardiac ICU, Trauma ICU, Med-Surg, Telemetry
Clare Shaughnessey, MSN, RN
Rank: Staff
Title: Co-Coordinator of Skills Lab
E-Mail: shaughcl@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5128
Education: BSN, Arizona State University, AZ
  MSN, Lewis University, IL
Certification: Simulation
Dr. Daisy Sherry, PhD, CNP
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: sherryda@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5249
Education: BSN, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
  MSN, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
  PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
Certification: Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Nurse Practitioner
Teaching Interests: Applied Biosats for APN, Patient Care Management I-III
Clinical Interests: Cardiovascular Health, Well-Being
Research Interests: Health Promotion, Health Communication, Physical Activity
Darlie Simerson, MS, FNP-BC
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: simersda@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-7182
Education: BSN, Graceland University, IA
  MS, Northern Illinois University, IL
Certifications: Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Trauma Nurse Specialist
Teaching Interests: Primary Care of Women, Primary Care of Infants, Children & Adolescents, Emergency/Trauma Medicine
Clinical Interests: Emergency Medicine, Family Health Care
Dr. Janice Smith, PhD, RN
Rank: Professor
Title: Coordinator of Parish Nurse Program
E-Mail: smithja@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5648
Education: BS, De Paul University, IL
  MS, Northern Illinois University, IL
  PhD, Rush University, IL
Teaching Interests: Community Health Nursing
Clinical Interests: Adults with Mental Retardation, Special Needs Populations
Research Interests: Spiritual Care, End of Life Issues
Linda A. Steffens, MSN, RN, CCRN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: steffeli@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5336
Education: BSN, Lewis University, IL
  MSN, Lewis University, IL
Dr. Gwen Svoboda, EdD, MS, RN, CNE
Rank: Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: svobodgw@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5345
Education: BS, St. Xavier University, IL
  MS, Purdue University, IN
  EdD, Northern Illinois University, IL
Certification: Certified Nurse Educator
Teaching Interests: Leadership, Adult Health, Curriculum Development, Program Evaluation
Clinical Interests: Adult Health, Community Health
Research Interests: Mentorship in Nursing and Education, Advancement in the Discipline of Nursing-Image and Practice
Jane Trainor, MS, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Coordinator of BAC-BSN
E-Mail: trainoja@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5887
Education: BSN, Creighton University, NE
  MS, De Paul University, IL
Teaching Interests: Medical/Surgical Nursing
Clinical Interests: Medical/Surgical Nursing
Kathleen Ulivi, MSN, RN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: ulivika@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5353
Education: BSN, Lewis University, IL
  MSN, Lewis University, IL
Certification: Board Certified Pain Management, Oncology Certified Nurse, State of IL CAN Instructor with Alzheimer’s Module, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Erin Valentine, BA
Rank: Staff
Title: Advisor/Transcript Evaluator - BAC/HCL Programs
E-Mail: valenter@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5035
Education: North Central College, IL
Rosalie (Dee) Veneris, MS, BS
Rank: Staff
Title: Advisor/Transcript Evaluator - RN/BSN Program
E-Mail: veneriro@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5347
Education: BS, University of Illinois - Chicago, IL
  MS, Aurora University, IL
Dr. Gail Vitale, EdD, RN
Rank: Associate Professor
Title: Interim Co-Director, Undergraduate Studies in Nursing
E-Mail: vitalega@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5359
Education: BSN, University of Cincinnati, OH
  MS, California State University at Fresno, CA
  EdD, Northern Illinois University, IL
Teaching Interests: Adult Health, Gerontology, Pharmacology, Drug Dosage Calculation
Clinical Interests: Adult/Geriatric Acute Care
Research Interests: Drug Dosage Calculation, Teaching Efficacy, Transfer of Learning
Vicky Weidling, MSN, RN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: weidlivi@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-7207
Education: BSN, Lewis University, IL
  MSN, Olivet Nazarene University, IL
Ruth A. Whims
Title: Dean's Secretary
E-Mail: whimsru@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5350
Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Wilber, PhDc, MSN, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty & Co-Director, Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research
E-Mail: wilberbe@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5889
Education: BSN, University of Michigan, MI
  MSN, Loyola University, IL
  PhDc. Loyola University, IL
Teaching Interests: Professional Development, Leadership, Issues & Trends
Clinical Interests: Leadership, Critical Care, Medical-Surgical Nursing
Research Interests: Clinical Judgement, Nursing Education
 

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Elissa Isaacson, EdD, RN
Rank: Professor Emeritus
Dr. Barbara A. Kakta, EdD, RN
Rank: Professor Emeritus
Dr. Marlene Rosenberg, EdD, CS, RN
Rank: Professor Emeritus
E-Mail:: marlene@ricis.com
Dr. Carol L. Rossel,  EdD, BC, MBA, RN
Rank: Professor Emeritus