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Health Sciences Faculty
Purdue Global Leadership
Rebecca Zolotor currently serves as the Interim Dean for the School of Health Sciences, previously serving as the Associate Dean for over a decade. Her career in higher education includes faculty and department chair positions nationally and abroad. Prior professional experience includes key management positions in the pharmaceutical industry, bench research, coordination of research trials, and pharmacy practice in hospitals, pharmacies, and insurance companies.
Zolotor’s area of expertise is new program development, integration of health industry trends and standards, and interdepartmental operations and project coordination. She serves as a textbook and multimedia reviewer for several major publishing companies and is a peer reviewer for medical journals. Additionally, Zolotor is a Peer Corps Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.
Education: PharmD, Nova Southeastern University; MS, University of Connecticut; BA, Emory University
Certifications: Registered Pharmacist, Lean Green Belt certification, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) CertificationRebecca Zolotor Link
Tricia Berry is the associate dean and director of clinical and practicum programs at Purdue Global. She oversees the clinical and practicum placement processes for the online health sciences, nursing, and graduate psychology programs and serves as the online medical assisting program chair. Berry helped launch the online School of Health Sciences in 1996 and has served in a variety of capacities for Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University). As an occupational therapist, Berry has skilled nursing experience in acute care, home health, mental health, and rehabilitation facilities. She has presented at numerous academic conferences, including international conferences in higher education and leadership.
Education: PhD, Northcentral University; MATL, Kaplan University (now Purdue Global); BA, BSOT, St. Ambrose University
Certifications: Registered occupational therapist
Honors and Achievements: 2017 Director's Award (AAACE Commission on Distance Learning and Teaching); 2015 Spirit of Kaplan Award, 2013 School of Health Sciences Leadership Award (Kaplan University)
Research Interests: Servant leadership, leadership of virtual teamsTricia Berry Link
Gina Quesinberry supports the academic department chairs and dean in day-to-day operations, manages special projects, supervises the scheduling team, and fosters early collaboration between Career Services and students. After starting her career at the Janet P. Lewis Child Development Center in 1996, she later joined Strayer University, Grand Canyon University, and Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) as an adjunct faculty member. Quesinberry teaches undergraduate psychology courses and has experience working with adolescent psychiatric patients, homeless families, and disabled young adults. She has been an active member of the Center for Teaching and Learning advisory board and has presented at national and international conferences.
Education: MA, East Tennessee State University; Certificate in Web Application Development, Capella University
Certifications: Six Sigma White Belt Certification
Honors and Achievements: 2015 Great Place Kaplan Way Leadership Award Finalist (Kaplan University), 2009 Arts and Health Sciences Administrator Award (Kaplan University), 2009 Provost’s Circle Designation for Excellence in Instruction (Strayer University)Gina Quesinberry Link
Nancy Szwydek is the Assistant Dean for Accreditation and Director of Quality Assurance for the ground health programs at Purdue Global. Szwydek is responsible for managing and monitoring programmatic accreditation processes and documentation for multiple programs within the School of Health Sciences. In 2016, she became the academic program chair for the health information management, health informatics, and billing and coding programs and spearheaded PCAP approval for the billing and coding program and AEP designation for the master of health informatics and health information management programs. Prior to working in education, she worked as a registered nurse for over 30 years.
Education: MPH, BHS, and AAS, Kaplan University (now Purdue Global); Nursing Diploma, Maryland General Hospital School of Nursing
Certifications: Registered Nurse (RN); Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA); Registered Medical Assistant (RMA); Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician (CRAT); and Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate (CMAC).
Publications: Chief Editor for Kaplan’s Medical Assistant Exam Strategies, Practice, & Review; Writer for electrocardiography, phlebotomy, and medical assisting exams through the National Health Career Association
Honors and Achievements: Accredited Peer Reviewer Commission of Accreditation for Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP); Peer Reviewer and Co-Chair, Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB); School of Health Sciences Leadership Award, Purdue Global
Memberships: American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA); American Medical Technologists (AMT); American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)Nancy Szwydek Link
Lanie Wright is responsible for student-related operations activities such as handling escalations, issues, and concerns. To strengthen student retention and satisfaction, she also identifies and implements service improvement strategies. Prior to her career in higher education, Wright spent 17 years in the financial sector including roles in accounting, financial analysis, management, and operations. Since 2007 she has also served in various academic positions including adjunct faculty, course lead and faculty mentor, faculty developer, and faculty payroll analyst.
Education: EJD, Concord Law School; MBA, Park University; BS, William Jewel CollegeLanie Wright Link
Stefanie Corbett is the academic department chair for the master of health care administration, bachelor of science in health care administration, and medical office administration certificate programs. Previously, Corbett served as the department chair for a public university, where she led the undergraduate and graduate health administration programs and taught as an associate professor in both the traditional and online settings. Corbett founded a health care consulting firm, served as the deputy director of health regulation for a state government agency, and led both for-profit and nonprofit health care organizations. Corbett has authored several textbooks, articles and white papers, and she has acted as a reviewer for a professional journal and an editorial advisory board member for a publishing company.
Education: DHA, Medical University of South Carolina; MHA, University of South Carolina at Columbia; BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Publications: Several white papers and peer reviewed articles, and four books: Competency-Based Care & Facility Assessments: A Compliance Guide for F726 and F838; The Long-Term Care Compliance Toolkit; Long-Term Care Quality Measures: A Guide to Data Analysis, Performance Improvement, and Public Reporting; The Theft Prevention Guide for Senior Living
Memberships: American College of Healthcare Executives, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., HCPro Billers Association and PPS Alert - Advisory Board Member, Journal of Quality in Health Care & Economics – Editorial Board Member
Research Interests: Health care administration, policy and quality
Christopher Gallucci is the academic department chair for the public health and health education programs in the School of Health Sciences. Prior to this position, he was an adjunct professor at Purdue Global and managed the division of Community Health and Performance Management within his county health department in Florida. During that time, Gallucci had oversight over ten public health programs and led efforts to attain accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Before his career in Florida, Gallucci was certified by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as an environmental health specialist for Hays County, TX. As an Army veteran having served with the 101st Airborne, Gallucci hopes to leverage his experience to help military students get the most out of their education.
Education: DHSc, Nova Southeastern University; MPH, University of Florida; BSc, Quinnipiac University; Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Palm Beach State College; MSA Arabic, Defense Language Institute
Certifications: CPH, LSSYB, TCEQ, FEMA ICS, OSHA, NASM-CPT, ARDMS-OB/GYN & AB
Memberships: NACCHO, All4HealthFL, Tampa Bay Healthcare CollaborativeChristopher Gallucci Link
Zeynep Behjet is the program chair for the master program of Health Informatics. She joined the School of Health Sciences as a faculty member, and in addition to teaching, she has been involved in curriculum development and CAHIIM accreditation. Prior to joining the Purdue Global faculty, she worked at as a faculty member at Mount Washington College in New Hampshire teaching health sciences courses. Dr. Behjet also completed an observership at Dartmouth in the pathology department to better augment her clinical informatics experience. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing students succeed and stay motivated until they achieve all their goals.
Education: MD, University of Tikrit; MEd, Plymouth State University; MS, Purdue Global
Certifications: Graduate Certificate in Eating Disorders
Honors and Achievements: Eta Sigma Gamma Honors
Memberships: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
Research Interests: Telemedicine, electronic health records use and physician burnout, data analyticsZeynep Behjet Link
In 2014, Karen Getman became a Health Information Technology (HIT) Program Coordinator where she advanced to the rank of Associate Professor. Getman was instrumental in reinstating the HIT program from its inactive status and rebuilt it to be a fully online program. She has developed and taught many undergraduate HIT courses. During her tenure, Getman has learned a great deal about the academic administrative process, building an online community, and being an effective leader. She has been actively involved in the International Initiatives Committee and served as a Faculty Advisory Council for Teaching and Technology (FACT2) campus representative. Getman frequently participates in professional development activities and conferences and is a current member of AHIMA and NYHIMA where she serves as the Education Director.
Education: MS Instructional Technology, Fort Hays State University; BPS Health Information Management, SUNY Polytechnic
Honors and Achievements: Educator’s Award (2022 NYHIMA); Excellence in Teaching Award (2022 MV); Education Director (2022 NYHIMA)
Memberships: American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA); New York Health Information Management Association
Research Interests: Digital HealthKaren Getman Link
Danielle Scheetz has served as the School of Health Sciences department chair since 2012 and oversees the Cedar Rapids location. She has worked extensively with the medical assistant program, teaching various courses and acting as the practicum coordinator. Scheetz has served on the Medical Assisting Examination Committee for the National Center for Competency Testing since 2016 and became a Medical Assisting Education Review Board Site Surveyor in 2017.
Education: DC, Palmer College of Chiropractic; BA, Grand View University
Memberships: American Association of Medical AssistantsDanielle Scheetz Link
Purdue Global Full-Time Faculty
Wesley Benton teaches various undergraduate classes for the School of Health Sciences and has been a faculty member at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) since 2008. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in distance higher education, having taught in both online and on-campus formats in institutions since 2004. As an educator, Benton specializes in leveraging technology to assist students in learning complex material and is known for his ability to create a supportive learning environment where both novice and experienced adult students thrive and learn.
Education: DC, Logan University; MA; MSEd
Honors and Achievements: Distinguished FT Adjunct, 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award (Davenport University), additional teaching awardsWesley Benton Link
Ginger Cameron teaches graduate courses in the master’s of public health program, with a special emphasis on epidemiology. She serves on numerous committees and focuses on ways to increase students participation in research. Cameron has served as a department chair, as well as assistant dean of students, programs, and assessment. She has also served as the dean of the School of Health Sciences at multiple institutions. Cameron's research has been published in a variety of journals and she has presented at national and regional conferences. She has been interviewed numerous times for her expertise in public health. Cameron serves as President of the PG Faculty Senate.
Education: PhD, MPH, Walden University; MEd, Central Michigan University
Honors and Achievements: Three-time winner, Professor-of-the-Year Award; Greene County Achievers Award (U.S. House of Representatives, 10th District)
Research Interests: Environmental influences on the opioid crisis, nationwide food insecurityGinger Cameron Link
Jennifer Claire has worked with the School of Health Sciences since early 2007. She teaches undergraduate courses in health care administration, but previously taught in the medical office administration and medical assisting programs. Claire has been an active member of numerous committees throughout Purdue Global, including the Curriculum Committee, IRB, Faculty Senate, Academic Appeals Committee, and the Innovation and Learning Committee. She has also served as a Portfolio Evaluator and Faculty Advisor for student clubs. Prior to Purdue Global, she taught health science and medical assisting at various colleges and schools. She began her career as a nursing assistant, followed by medical assistant, RN, and then office manager at various medical practices. Claire is working on a Patient Advocate Certification as well as a Naturopath program.
Education: MS Law, Kaplan University; MSHS, Touro University; MSPH, Trident University International; BS Psychology, Chapman University; BS Sociology, Trinity University
Publications: The Secrets of a Nigh Nigh, Claire, Jennifer (2007) JC Publications. ISBN 978-0-615-17903-2
Certifications: Certified Allied Health Instructor; Registered Medical Assistant; graduate certificate in law; post-bachelor paralegal certification
Honors and Achievements: Faculty Scholarship Award, Purdue Global 2019; 2013, 2011 Outstanding Faculty Award (Kaplan University), additional teaching awards. Graduation speaker Chapman University and Cero Coso Community College. Proceeds from Claire's book, The Secrets of a Nigh Nigh were used to create a scholarship fund for single moms returning to school.
Memberships: HCCA (Health Care Compliance Association); American Medical Technologist Society; Online Learning Consortium; Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education; Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE); National Teachers Association; International Association of Administrative Professionals; American Association of University Women.
Research Interests: Effective teaching methods, ethics, bioethics, leadership styles, diversity, and equality.Jennifer Claire Link
Kim Dunn teaches various undergraduate courses in the medical assisting program. She joined Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) first as a part-time faculty member over 10 years ago. In addition to teaching, Dunn works in the medical field, where she has over 30 years of experience in a number of positions and sub-specialty practices. Currently, she serves as a consultant for a large regional health information exchange as well as a member of the readmission coalition for her community.
Education: MBA, Pfeiffer University
Publications: Phlebotomy Skills for the Nurse
Certifications: Professional Coder, Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management, Online College Education, Applied Behavior Analysis
Memberships: American Academy of Professional Coders, American Association of Medical Assistants, American Medical Technology, Medical Group Management Association
Research Interests: Improving patient education and coordination of care in the post-acute settingKim Dunn Link
Christopher Gransberry teaches several graduate courses in the School of Health Sciences at Purdue Global. Gransberry began his career with the university as an adjunct faculty member and transitioned to course leader, then full-time faculty where he specializes in health information governance, healthcare technology, health informatics, and healthcare operations management. His industry expertise includes electronic health record (EHR) implementation, change management, and utilization in support of key healthcare goals, objectives, and deliverables during the deployment of an EHR software application using a comprehensive set of strategies and project management. Gransberry has led numerous research studies and authored articles, policy briefs, and position papers. He is a trained instructional designer and has developed academic courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.
Education: PhD, Northcentral University; PMHOM, Nebraska Methodist College; MHI, Louisiana Tech University; BGS, Southern University at New Orleans; AGS, Delgado Community College
Publications: A Quantitative Study to Explore the Relationship Between Organizational Leadership and Employee Innovation
How Emotional Intelligence Promote Leadership and Management Practices
Current Industry Trends and Future Career Outlook in Health Informatics
Certifications: Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist: Implementation Manager (CHTS-IM); Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS); Executive Leadership (NSLS-EL) Certification; Certified Federal Program/Project Management (FAC-P/PM) Professional; Certification in Effective Online Teaching Practices (ACUE)
Memberships: American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA); The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS); Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
Research Interests: Electronic health record modernization; Social determinants of health; Health science workforce and leadership developmentChristopher Gransberry Link
Christine Hollander teaches medical assistant clinical courses and is the course lead for the online professionalism in health care and clinical competencies courses, as well as the online externship. She has completed undergraduate degrees in business, health information technology, and general health studies. Holding the honor of American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Past President in 2013, Hollander’s involvement with the AAMA also includes serving on the AAMA Board of Trustees and as the State President for Colorado since 1997. She currently serves on the AAMA Continuing Education Board and chairs the ABC Task Force.
Education: DM (pending), MA, University of Phoenix; MSEd, Kaplan University (now Purdue Global)
Certifications: Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA)
Memberships: American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)Christine Hollander Link
Grant Iannelli teaches undergraduate health science courses, including medical terminology and coding, and serves on the Faculty Curriculum Committee at Purdue Global. Iannelli began his teaching career at National College of Chiropractic and served for 25 years, rising to professor of clinics. In addition to teaching, Iannelli maintained a chiropractic practice for over 25 years and participated in several externally-funded clinical research projects. Iannelli has frequently presented at professional conferences and has acted as an author and consultant for several publishers, focusing on creating textbook and multimedia resources for anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and critical-thinking skills for undergraduate health science students.
Education: DC, National College of Chiropractic (now National University of Health Sciences); BS, University of Michigan
Certifications: Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-Based (CCS-P AHIMA), board-certified chiropractic internist
Honors and Achievements: Multiple Outstanding Faculty Awards for teaching and professional development; additional teaching, research, and service honors
Memberships: American Health Information Management Association, Illinois Health Information Management Association.
Shelly Johnsen teaches in the health information management and billing and coding programs at Purdue Global. She began her teaching career at the University in 2013 as a part-time adjunct and became a full-time University faculty member in August 2018.
Education: MBA, Tiffin University; BHS, Ferris State University
Certifications: Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT); Billing and Coding Specialist Certificate (BCSC)
Memberships: American Health Information Management AssociationShelly Johnsen Link
Todd Kane is a full-time faculty member in the School of Health Sciences at Purdue Global, where he teaches undergraduate courses in health care finance, quality improvement, and health care management. Kane’s experience in business, human resources, health care, and health care administration spans more than 20 years. During this time, he served as president and chief executive officer of a multi-million dollar private national health care recruitment, human resources, and outsourcing firm for more than a decade, as vice president of a publicly traded health care staffing and outsourcing firm, and in various leadership positions including chief operating officer, regional vice president, and regional director.
Education: MEd, MBA, BBA, Northcentral University; MSIT, Kaplan University (now Purdue Global)Todd Kane Link
Jericho Leftwich began his career with Purdue Global in 2021 as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Health Sciences. Leftwich is a board certified Doctor of Natural Medicine, Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Herbalist, Homeopathic Practitioner, and Usui Reiki Master/Teacher who maintains a private holistic health care practice. Leftwich is also a public health practitioner with focus areas in infectious diseases, program management, and system building using the Collective Impact Model. Prior to establishing his private practice, he served as the Regional HIV/STD Program Manager for the Texas Department of State Health Services and has worked as a Contract & Compliance Officer for the City of Houston Health Department.
Education: MPH, Kaplan University; BS, Chowan University
Certifications: Board Certified Doctor of Natural Medicine, Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Certified Homeopathic Practitioner, Certified Master Herbalist, Certified Reiki Master/Teacher
Memberships: Board Member, American Association of Natural Wellness Practitioner (AANWP)
Research Interests: Metaphysical science, herbal medicine, meditation and health, mindfulness-based stress reduction, conscious living, public health practicesJericho Leftwich Link
Sandra Masten teaches various undergraduate courses in the Masters of Health Information Management Program and Health Informatics programs. Previously, Masten has worked as a health information management department director for various health care organizations.
Education: Doctor of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ; MS Health Services Administration, University of Central Florida; BS Health Information Management, University of Central Florida; Licensed Practical Nurse, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, Orlando, FL
Publications: Technical reviewer, Computers in the Medical Office
Certifications: Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Billing & Coding Specialist (BCSC), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Honors and Achievements: Community service hours tutoring young adults seeking GED
Memberships: Member of National (AHIMA), State (NCAHIMA) and Local Health Information Management Associations. Member of National and State Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
Research Interests: Global healthSandra Masten Link
Holly Parker teaches several courses in the School of Health Sciences at Purdue Global. She began her career with the university as an adjunct faculty member and transitioned to full-time faculty and course leader. She has experience managing the office of a medical clinic as well as owning a company responsible for creating electronic health records.
Education: MA, Missouri State University; BS, Missouri State University; BS, Kaplan University
Certifications: Medical Billing and Coding Certificate (Kaplan University); Medical Records Transcription Certificate
Honors and Achievements: 2016 Spirit of Excellent Award (Kaplan University); 2014 Outstanding Full Time Faculty (Kaplan University)
Memberships: National Wellness Institute; American Holistic Health Association
Research Interests: Food security in economically insecure populationsHolly Parker Link
Michael Snell is a faculty member in the bachelor’s degree in health care administration program at Purdue Global. He specializes in health care administration, health care policy and economics, and operational analysis and quality improvement. With more than 20 years of managerial health care experience, Snell has worked for a variety of private, nonprofit, and government health care entities, including the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission. He was appointed and re-appointed to the Commission by the governor of Washington. Snell served in this role for 6 years, during which he helped establish the policies and procedures for the practice of health care in the state.
Education: DBA, MBA, University of Phoenix; EJD, Concord University; MCSS, MCPM, Villanova UniversityMichael Snell Link
Leslie Young teaches a wide range of nutrition courses, assists with course curriculum development, and acts as the faculty sponsor for the Student Nutrition Association at Purdue Global. She frequently coordinates with other departments to provide degree and career path information to maximize student achievement. Young has been teaching college nutrition courses in both traditional and online environments since 2006. She has also worked as a clinical dietitian in both hospital and home care environments and has extensive training in nutrition support methods. Young has authored articles and given presentations on topics relating to essential oils, dietary collagen, and navigating the nutrition job market.
Education: MS, Winthrop University; BS, Appalachian State University
Certifications: Registered and licensed dietitian
Honors and Achievements: 2015 Kaplan Way Award (Kaplan University); 2005 State Dietitian of the Year
Memberships: Local and national nutrition associations
Research Interests: Effect of childhood and adolescent obesity on early development of type 2 diabetesLeslie Young Link