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Purdue Global Leadership
Melissa Burdi became dean and vice president of the Purdue University Global School of Nursing in 2020. She joined the University in 2018 as associate dean of prelicensure programs and brings to her role more than two decades of experience in the nursing industry, specializing in cardiovascular nursing practice, professional development, quality and safety, nursing administration, and academic operations. Burdi has served as the national director of academic operations at Chamberlain University, where she was responsible for providing leadership to university-wide operational quality initiatives as well as day-to-day oversight of all online post-licensure and graduate program operations. She was an administrator at a large metropolitan hospital, where she led key initiatives in areas that included patient safety, accreditation, advocacy for professional nursing certification, and attainment of Magnet designation.
Education: DNP, Chamberlain University; MSN, University of Illinois at Chicago; BSN, Rush University
Certifications: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Memberships: National League for Nursing; the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International; American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Research Interests: Peer reviewer for a professional nursing journalMelissa Burdi Link
Dr. McMahon is the associate dean for the graduate nurse practitioner and non-nurse practitioner programs. She is a dual board-certified acute care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner with teaching experience at the graduate level and clinical expertise in critical care. She boasts a diverse clinical background in health promotion, disease prevention, acute and chronic care management, and health education. She has experience as a program director and academic chair for family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology primary care, and adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner programs.
Education: DNP, University of Michigan; MSN, Wayne State University; PGC, South University; BSN, Oakland University
Certifications: AANC: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, AANC: Family Nurse Practitioner, ACLS, BLS, Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS)
Honors and Achievements: 2020 STTI Experienced Academic Leadership Participant; 2018 Nightingale Excellence in Nursing nominee; 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award (South University); 2014 Nurse Practitioner of the Year (St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital)
Memberships: ANA, NONPF, MICNP
Research Interests: Integrating virtual reality experiences for skills labs for graduate and undergraduate students, developing orientation and support mechanisms of new nursing faculty, the use of technology in distance learning to promote robust experiences, increasing skills acquisition and persistenceMichele McMahon Link
As Assistant Dean of Students, Aaron Page supports students in their academic journey at the Purdue Global School of Nursing. He represents the student's perspective in projects and initiatives within the School; serves as a liaison between the School of Nursing and various student support teams; and assists with problem resolution. Page brings 10 years of experience in higher education to this role, previously serving the University as an operational excellence manager and records auditor, where he had a hand in launching several academic initiatives. Page has a passion for higher education and believes the impact higher education can have on a student's life and the lives of others is whole and unparalleled. He enjoys seeing students reach their fullest potential.
Education: MBA, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global)Aaron Page Link
Andrea Gibson serves as the director of programmatic accreditation for the School of Nursing, providing leadership in all nursing-specific accreditation and regulatory requirements. She was a faculty member for 5 years before transitioning to nursing administration, serving as both director of nursing and associate dean of campus nursing. Gibson’s past clinical practice was in cardiopulmonary and medical-surgical nursing. She continues her nursing practice in a community health setting.
Education: DNP, Purdue University Global; MSN, Kaplan University; BSN, Grand View UniversityAndrea Gibson Link
Tonya Holian oversees the School of Nursing programs at the Cedar Rapids location. She has taught a variety of clinicals, labs, and didactic classes in addition to participating in curriculum revision in the nursing courses. Previously, she worked in behavioral health, operating room, and intensive care. Holian has served on the scholarship committee for the Iowa League of Nursing and became the member director in 2014. She was president elect for the ILN in 2016-2018. Holian is active in the Eastern Iowa Clinical Corridor committee, which tackles issues such as growth in the nursing profession, community hospital issues, and student clinical placement concerns for nursing schools in the Cedar Rapids community.
Education: DNP, Purdue University Global; MSN, University of Phoenix; BS, University of Iowa
Memberships: National League of Nursing, Organization for Associate Degree NursingTonya Holian Link
Susan Kieffer is the Academic Chair for the RN-to-BSN Program. Kieffer joined Purdue Global first as a faculty member in 2007 and later as a department chair. Previously, Kieffer worked as a registered nurse in the areas of Medical-Surgical, Pediatrics, Intensive Care, and Home Health. She also served as a missionary to the Roma in Transylvania, Romania, for 3 years.
Education: DBA, Northcentral University; MSN/Ed - University of Phoenix; ASN - Mohave Community College
Publications: Kieffer, S. (2016.) The Roma of Transylvania: A Focused Ethnography of Their Economic Lives.
Certifications: Executive Management Certification (EMC)Susan Kieffer Link
Angela Owens joined Purdue Global in April 2019. She is the academic department chair for the MSN non-NP and DNP programs. She has been in academia for the past 12 years with the past 6 years in leadership. In her bedside practice, Dr. Owens was a cardiac critical care nurse.
Education: DNP, Chamberlain University; MSN, University of Phoenix; BSN, Brenau University
Certifications: CCRN-K, certified executive coach, MBTI practitioner, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and 360, Conversational Intelligence
Memberships: American Nurses Association, Florida Nurses Association, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Sigma Global Nursing Excellence, National League for Nursing, International Coach FederationAngela Owens Link
Tiffany Everson has spent her career dedicated to nursing student and staff education, particularly in the clinical setting. Everson joined Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) as an adjunct clinical instructor in September 2018, became a clinical coordinator in February 2019, then transitioned to the Assistant Academic Chair of Iowa in July 2019. She has previous experience in leadership and education in emergency nursing and is familiar with a broad variety of content including fundamentals, medical-surgical nursing across the curriculum, and advanced concepts.
Education: MSN, University of Iowa; BSN, Coe College
Memberships: National League for Nursing, Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
Research Interests: The transition of nursing graduates into professional practiceTiffany Everson Link
Purdue Global Full-Time Faculty
Deborah Adell began her teaching career in 1994 at Desales University, and has taught at and directed nurse practitioner programs at the University of South Florida and the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. As a board-certified family nurse practitioner for 21 years, she also maintains an active clinical practice.
Education: PhD, Marywood University; MSN, Misericordia University; BSN, Drexel University
Certifications: Family Nurse Practitioner–Board Certified (FNP–BC), nationally board certified in menopause management through the North American Menopause Society
Honors and Achievements: International Association of Dance Medicine and Science research award (Harkness Foundation; London, England), diplomate of the National Board of Anti-Aging Health PractitionersDeborah Adell Link
Deborah Adelman has been a nurse educator and professor of nursing for 26 years. She is currently the program lead for non-nurse practitioner Master of Science in Nursing courses as well as course lead for several of those courses. Adelman oversees numerous innovations in curriculum, including course revisions, creating new courses, and supporting faculty in these areas. She also mentors faculty who wish to do research, and has assisted five faculty in publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals. Adelman started her academic career at Lakeland College in Mattoon, Illinois. She moved on to the State University of New York and was an associate professor there for 2 years before joining Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) as a full-time faculty member in 2017.
Education: PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MSN, University of Illinois, University Center; BSN, University of Illinois, Medical Center, College of Nursing
Honors and Achievements: Interagency Council on Information Resources in Nursing, Essential RN Resources, Ward Duel Award for Excellence in Public Health Writing, Faculty Owl Award for Scholarship (Kaplan University)
Research Interests: Disaster nursing, nursing education, perceptions of plagiarism at the graduate level, online faculty, the experiences of nurse practitioners related to sharing clinical notes with patients through patient portalsDeborah Adelman Link
Sherrill Baumfalk teaches pathophysiology, medical-surgical nursing II, and the nursing capstone course. She facilitates the skills labs for courses she teaches and supervises students in the clinical setting. She is involved in several activities serving all ADN programs within Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) at its Nebraska and Iowa campuses, including as a Curriculum Committee member. Prior to joining Purdue Global, Baumfalk worked in an acute care hospital for 19 years, in numerous capacities from bedside nurse to preceptor and clinical care coordinator.
Education: RN, University of Nebraska Medical Center; MS, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global)
Certifications: Orthopaedic nursing (National Association of Orthopaedic Nursing)
Honors and Achievements: Faculty of the Term Award, Customer Service Awards, Kaplan Way Student Success AwardSherrill Baumfalk Link
Megan Bivens is a full-time faculty member for the RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. In this role, she oversees curriculum development as a course lead, including modularized curriculum and competency-based programs. Bivens participates in faculty governance and is the RN-BSN ExcelTrack Faculty Mentor. Prior to joining Purdue Global, Bivens was a faculty member for LPN, RN, and RN-to-BSN programs and also served as coordinator for two high-fidelity simulation centers one in a face-to-face associate’s in nursing (ADN) program and one in a face-to-face LPN program. She has worked in various areas of clinical nursing practice including labor and delivery, postpartum, operating room, medical-surgical (gynecology), and sick baby care.
Education: DNP Purdue Global University; MSN, Florida State University
Certifications: Certified Online Instructor (COI)
Honors and Achievements: Spirit of Kaplan Outstanding Online Faculty Leader Award (Kaplan University), Spirit of Excellence Award, additional teaching awards including outstanding course lead, classroom innovation, and faculty champion
Research Interests: Emotions of online learners and computer-based simulation, predictors of success for ADN students, and group thinking in nursing
Catherine Black is a full-time faculty member in the ADN program at Purdue Global, where she teaches various courses focusing on fundamentals of nursing and medical surgical nursing as well as pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology. She was a staff nurse for 14 years and a patient education coordinator for 5 years before going into nursing education. Black is active in the Iowa League for Nursing for the past 8 years and a member of the Board of the ILN from 2012-2014, president-elect from 2014 to 2016, and president from 2016 to 2018. She is also an NLN Ambassador and the campus advisor for the international honor society of Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Mu Sigma Chapter.She has also completed all course work towards her PhD in Nursing Education at Capella University.
Education: MSN, University of New Mexico; BSN, University of New Mexico
Certifications: Certified Nurse EducatorCatherine Black Link
Lisa Boshart has been a didactic nursing instructor for 8 years. She currently teaches a medical/surgical course, which has a critical care component, as well as a pediatrics course, which includes doing simulations for pediatrics clinic. In addition, she assists in numerous labs for nursing students of all levels. Boshart previously worked more than 20 years as a registered nurse in intensive care units. She spent 10 years overseas working with medical professionals in relation to U.S. medical customs and medical language as well as teaching English at a Korea university. Boshart has edited nursing journals for four nursing Korean organizations for over 5 years and attends nursing conferences each year. Currently, she is pursuing a certification as a Critical Care Registered Nurse.
Education: MSN, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global); MA, University of Northern Iowa
Memberships: National League of Nurses; American Association of Critical Care NursesLisa Boshart Link
Sarah Brown joined Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) as an adjunct instructor for the nurse practitioner program in 2015. She was advanced to a full-time adjunct position in 2017. Her responsibilities include facilitating effective delivery of curricula in the graduate nursing program, primarily in the clinical courses. Brown's career path is inclusive of women's health, family practice, and wound care. She volunteers at a free clinic to the underinsured in her county and has precepted new graduate NPs in many settings along her career path. Brown is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners since 2006 and is licensed in Florida.
Education: DNP, Chatham University; MSN, University of Central Florida; BSN, University of Central Florida; ASN Daytona State College
Publications: DNP project on medication adherence accepted for publication in Today's Geriatric MedicineSarah Brown Link
As a long-time nurse, Carla Cerra started as a nursing assistant then built upon early experiences and education throughout her career. Cerra started first as an adjunct professor, then full-time faculty member, and then as the program lead for the AGPC nurse practitioner track. The foundation of nursing rests on a holistic model of care, a new concept that Cerra tries to demonstrate in her engagement with the students. She was previously a certified as a clinical research coordinator where she worked primarily with trauma research and coordinated a large, intensive R0-1 NIH sponsored trial on the effects of oxygen therapy for severe acute traumatic brain injury. Cerra is interested in teaching and building upon the breadth of knowledge that prepares students and nurse practitioners to skillfully partner with patients and families in the face of adversity and she serves as a DNP mentor for students at Purdue University Global.
Education: PMHNP post-master’s certification (in process), Purdue University Global; Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of South Alabama; MS in Nursing, AGPCNP concentration, University of South Alabama; BA in Nursing, The College of St. Scholastica; Associate Degree in Nursing, Hibbing Community College
Publications: Rockswold, S.B., Rockswold. G, Zaun, D. A., Zhang, X., Cerra, C., Bergman, T. Liu, J. (2010). A prospective, randomized clinical trial to compare the effect of hyperbaric to normobaric hyperoxia on cerebral metabolism, intracranial pressure, and oxygen toxicity in severe traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurosurgery, 112(5), 1080-1094. https://doi:10.3171/2009.7.JN
Certifications: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-BC); Certified Case Manager (CCM); Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC); Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC); Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)
Honors and Achievements: Medical Committee Appointment 2015; Chair of Hennepin Healthcare's Biomedical Ethics Committee; The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty 2021
Memberships: American Association of Nurse Practitioners; Minnesota APRN Coalition; Minnesota Nurse Practitioners (MNNP); American Nurses Association; American Psychiatric Nurses Association; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Zeta & Phi Ro Chapters); PG Innovative Learning and Technology Committee
Research Interests: Clinical research; trauma research; effects of oxygen therapy for severe acute traumatic brain injury; the impact of stress, moral distress, moral harm, and burnout that many nurses face in the workplaceCarla Cerra Link
Elizabeth Chapman has been with Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) since 2011. Chapman teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program; other responsibilities include curriculum review, course lead duties, and service on the Academic Policies Committee. Chapman has held faculty positions in various nursing degree programs and has over 30 years of experience in critical care, palliative care, and community health. Chapman serves on numerous committees within the community. She has attended and presented at numerous conferences and presented, internationally, nationally, and regionally on best practices in online education.
Education: DNP, Medical College of Georgia; MS, Troy State University; BSN, Columbus State University; ASN, Columbus State University
Publications: Nurse Educator, Creative Nursing, Perspectives in Learning
Certifications: Family Nurse Practitioner (AACN), Certified Nurse Educator (NLN)
Research Interests: Online learning, student engagement, and educational technology, and compassion fatigue in nurse educatorsElizabeth Chapman Link
Glenna Chickering teaches classes in the School of Nursing. Her previous experience includes 18 years as a medical-surgical nurse. In that time, she has also worked at a surgical/trauma office. Chickering was a clinical coordinator for 13 years and acted as an interim manager for one year. She also did some adjunct clinical for a few terms.
Education: DNP, Purdue University Global; MS, Walden University
Certifications: American Nurses Credentialing Center, Medical Surgical Certified, Basic Life Support Instructor Certified
Honors and Achievements: Clinical Ladder Four
Memberships: Sigma Theta Tau
Research Interests: Cultural awareness and influences on healthGlenna Chickering Link
Kathie Clark teaches undergraduate classes in the Purdue Global ADN program. She joined Purdue Global as adjunct faculty in 2020 and currently serves as a full-time faculty member and course lead, teaching didactic, lab and clinical courses in Augusta, Maine. Clark has extensive leadership and frontline nursing experience in the ambulatory, primary, and acute care settings as well as teaching experience with new graduate RNs and clinical nurse apprenticeship students. In addition to her faculty role at Purdue Global, she has been involved with Maine CDC Emergency Health Volunteer Services, State of Maine Frontline Leadership Apprentice Program & Organization of Maine Nursing Leadership.
Education: MSN, Purdue University Global; BSN, University of Maine at Augusta; ADN, University of Maine at Augusta
Certification: ACLS American Heart Association, NIHSS Stroke Certification
Honors and Achievements: State of Maine Frontline Leadership Apprentice, OMNE Nursing Summit presenter, Daisy Award nominee, Purdue Global School of Nursing Outstanding New Faculty Award 2021
Memberships: American Nurses Association
Research Interests: Patient Education and Transition of CareKathleen Clark Link
Amy Daly has worked in nursing education for over 26 years, teaching in associate’s, baccalaureate, and master’s degree nursing programs. At Purdue Global, she serves as the program lead for the Doctor of Nursing Practice. In this role, she assists in providing leadership in designated areas, focusing on academic operations that support timely student matriculation to program completion. She also serves as the nursing representative to the University’s Faculty Senate, and is chair of the School of Nursing Assessment and Evaluation Committee. Daly is the faculty liaison to the School of Nursing Leadership Council. In practice, she has worked in nursing administration, staff development, risk management, telephone triage, and community education. She has served on the board of directors of the American Red Cross in Mississippi and a state nursing organization. Currently, Daly serves as an on-site evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Education: PhD, William Carey University; MSN, Louisiana State University; BSN, William Carey CollegeAmy Daly Link
Lorrie Davis-Dick, MSN, RN-BC is the Purdue University Global Mental Health Nursing Course Lead faculty. Davis-Dick joined Purdue University Global in 2019. Davis-Dick was the Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing in her previous role and administrator of the first RN-BSN Competency-Based Education (CBE) program in the University of North Carolina Higher Education System.
Education: DNP, Purdue University Global; MSN, University of Phoenix; BSN, North Carolina A & T State University
Publications: Davis-Dick, L. (Ed), (2021), Mental Health RN-Nursing Student. St. Petersburg FL, StatPearls Publishing, LLC: Davis-Dick. L. (Ed.), (2020.) Nurse-Mental Health RN Specialty Review and Self-Assessment. St. Petersburg FL, StatPearls Publishing, LLC: Davis-Dick. L. (Ed.), (2018.) Nurse-Mental Health RN Flashcard Review. St. Petersburg FL, StatPearls Publishing, LLC: Racial and Social Justice Position Paper (White Paper) Contributor. Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force: Billings, D. & Halstead, J. (2016) Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty, 5th Ed. Authors Diane M. Billings EdD RN FAAN and Judith A. Halstead PhD RN ANEF FAAN. New York: Springer Publishing Company. (Contributing Author): Gantz, N. (2010). 101 Global Leadership Lessons for Nurses. Sigma Theta Tau International Publication. (Contributing Author): It takes a village to raise a nurse: “Dance Professor Dance” poem. Sigma Theta Tau International Reflections on Nursing Leadership, 34(3).
Certifications: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Honors and Achievements: Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Reviewer, Nursing London 2021 International Conference & Exhibition Organizing Committee Member, Purdue University Global Center for Teaching and Learning Conference Crew, International Guest Lecturer of Mental Health Nursing: Hubei University, China, United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Closing the Digital Divide Presenter, and Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Emerging Leaders in Addiction Institute Sponsored by SAMHSA.
Memberships: National Educational Progression in Nursing (NEPIN) Equity, Achievement, and Thriving Advisory Alliance, Teaching and Learning in Nursing (TELN) Journal Editorial Board Member, Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, StatPearls Journal Editor-in-Chief, and North Carolina Future of Nursing Action Coalition Regional Champion.
Research Interests: Opioid Epidemic, Mental Health Nursing, Innovations in Higher Education, and Diversity and Inclusion in Nursing.
Morgan Dutler teaches in a variety of classes and currently teaches the pharmacology course at Purdue Global, including in the lab along with the capstone and its associated lab. She also teaches in the maternity and pediatric labs. Along with those classes, she assists students in studying and preparing for their NCLEX exams. Previously, Dutler spent the beginning of her nursing career in long-term care, where she eventually was the director of nursing. In 2006, she changed paths and started working in Women's Services at Iowa Lutheran Hospital as a maternity nurse. In 2008, she took an adjunct position with Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) as a clinical instructor, becoming a full-time faculty member in 2016.
Education: MSN, Gonzaga University; BSN, GranView University; LPN, Southwestern Community CollegeMorgan Dutler Link
Dr. Abbey Elliott is currently the national senior manager of simulation for the School of Nursing. Dr. Elliott works with faculty and nursing program leadership to standardize and deploy simulation throughout the prelicensure nursing programs.
Education: DNP, American Sentinel University; MSN and MHA, University of Phoenix; BSN, Southwestern College
Publications: IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering
Certifications: Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator
Honors and Achievements: 2019 Wichita Business Journal’s Women Who Lead in Healthcare Award; 2019 Wichita Business Journal’s Nursing Table of Experts Panelist; 2016 EGAL Chapter Sigma Theta Tau Excellence in Education Award
Memberships: Society for Simulation in Healthcare; Kansas Organization for Nurse Leaders; Kansas Emergency Nurses Association; Emergency Nurses Association; International Nursing Association for Clinical Nursing Simulation; National League for Nursing; Sigma Theta Tau International and EGAL chapter; American Association of Colleges of Nursing; American Nurses Association; Kansas State Nurses Association
Research Interests: Interprofessional education, simulation, faculty developmentAbbey Elliott Link
Bonnie Fuller teaches in the nurse educator concentration of the Master of Science in Nursing program in the School of Nursing. She is a Certified Nurse Educator with significant educational experience at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. Throughout her career in nursing education, she has participated in and led initiatives and committees for curriculum and program development, evaluation, and accreditation. Her work has resulted in grant funding for nursing program expansion and services to meet the needs of diverse nursing students. She has advised and led study abroad programs for nursing and health care students that promote awareness of cultural diversity in health care.
Education: PhD, Notre Dame of Maryland University; MSN, Indiana University; BSN, University of Indianapolis
Publications: Journal of Nursing Education, Nurse Educator, Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
Certifications: Certified Nurse Educator (National League of Nursing)
Honors and Achievements: Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society; Kappa Delta Pi, American Nurses Foundation (grant reviewer), nursing journal reviewer, nursing textbook reviewer
Memberships: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing
Research Interests: Diversity in nursing education; student successBonnie Fuller Link
Rachel Goldenstein began to teach full time in the associate’s nursing degree (ADN) program at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2014. She currently teaches several classes for the ADN program. Prior to teaching, Goldenstein worked as a registered nurse in multiple hospitals and areas across the United States. Her main experience was in the intensive care unit and emergency room.
Education: MSN, University of North CarolinaRachel Goldenstein Link
Jessica Gordon has been a full-time faculty member with the School of Nursing since 2010. She serves as the course lead for transcultural nursing as well as ambulatory care nursing, and teaches the courses in leadership and management and health assessment.. Her prior work experiences in practice includes neuro/surgical/trauma intensive care nursing in a level 1 trauma center for 7 years and multiple university instructor roles. Current interests include high fidelity simulation in nursing curricula and developing curricula for schools of nursing focused on innovative teaching methods.
Education: MSN, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global); Graduate Certificate, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global); BSN, Nova Southeastern University; BS, University of Florida
Certifications: Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE)Jessica Gordon Link
Roxanne Gould currently teaches community health and nursing fundamentals. While assisting with course curriculum revisions, she developed numerous learning games for her course. Her nursing experience includes public health and med/surg on a progressive care floor. She taught as an adjunct instructor at several colleges before becoming a full-time faculty member at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University). Gould is currently a board member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, where she co-writes the quarterly newsletter. She has served on numerous committees and has been part of five international medical mission trips.
Education: MSN, Nebraska Methodist College; BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center; ASN, Metropolitan Community CollegeRoxanne Gould Link
Julie Grissom has clinical expertise in the areas of emergency nursing, critical care, adult coronary, and trauma. She became a faculty member for the School of Nursing in 2012, and currently serves on the Faculty Curriculum Committee and the University Ethics GEL committee. Grissom practiced clinically as an RN for over 15 years before beginning her academic career. She served as vice president and president of the South Mississippi Medical Alliance and on the Mississippi State Medical Alliance Board. At Purdue Global, she served on the School of Nursing Assessment and Evaluation Committee and chaired the School of Nursing Curriculum Committee.
Education: PhD, William Carey University; MSN, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global); BSN, University of Southern Mississippi
Memberships: Phi Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta TauJulie Grissom Link
Tom joined Purdue University Global in June of 2018. Prior to joining, he has been Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Executive Officer of critical access hospitals. Hoover has worked in several acute care settings primarily in orthopedics, trauma, and emergency department nursing. Hoover serves as leader of the Lincoln campus simulation and lab and conducts several labs and simulations in addition to the other duties required. Hoover is the course lead for Medical Surgical Nursing 2 CL course.
Education: MSN, Colorado Technical University
Honors and Achievements: Suma Cum Laude, Cum Laude, in both bachelor degree programs, Certified Six Sigma Lean Green Belt, Tom is also serving a 5 year term on the Nebraska Board of Nursing
Research Interests: Disparities in Healthcare
Andrea Hughes began her career with Purdue University Global in 2020 where she started as an adjunct faculty then progressed to a full-time graduate nursing faculty and the program lead of the Acute Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), and the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. Hughes’ experience as a nursing professional includes clinical practice in a variety of adult medical-surgical and adult intensive care units.
Education: DNP, Creighton University; BSN, Mount Mercy University
Publications: Hughes, A., Baumhover, L., Fuchsen, E., & Spilman, S. (2020). Effect of pain management electronic order sets on opioid use in adult rib fracture patients. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 27(4), 234-239.
Hughes, Andrea (Author & Presenter), Sigma Theta Tau Iota Tau Research Day, “Effect of Inpatient Pain Management Order Set Changes on Adult Rib Fracture Patients,” Omaha, NE. (May 2, 2019).
Hughes, Andrea (Author & Presenter), 23rd National Evidence Based Practice Conference, “Importance of Scrubbing the Hub of Intravenous Access Devices: An Evidence-Based Approach,” Iowa City, IA. (April 14, 2016).
Hughes, Andrea (Author & Presenter), UnityPoint Health Des Moines Evidence Based Practice Symposium, “Importance of Scrubbing the Hub of Intravenous Access Devices: An Evidence-Based Approach,” Des Moines, IA. (October 20, 2015)
Certifications: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, ANCC; Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Iowa; Registered Nurse, Iowa
Honors and Achievements: Certificate of Merit, Mount Mercy University, 2022; Keynote Speaker, Sigma Theta Tau Kappa Xi Induction Ceremony, 2019; Keynote Speaker, UnityPoint Health Des Moines Evidence Based Practice Symposium, 2017; Nurse of the Year, Central Region, Iowa Nurses Association, 2016
Memberships: National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties; Society of Hospital Medicine; Iowa Nurse Practitioners Society; Sigma Theta Tau International, Kappa Xi, Iota Tau, and Phi Rho Chapters; American Nurses Association; Iowa Nurses Association
Research Interests: Acute and chronic pain management for inpatients; internal medicine practice changes; legal, professional, and ethical issues within nursing education; communication and engagement for online learningAndrea Hughes Link
Barbara Loguda teaches various undergraduate nursing courses with a special emphasis on medical surgical and intensive care nursing; she uses a variety of teaching strategies to engage the adult learner. She started her academic career at Hamilton College in Nebraska in 2006. She joined Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2008. Loguda has earned several honors for her teaching, including three professor of the term awards and the DAISY Nursing Faculty Award. She is in the research phase of her doctorate degree and is studying ways to enhance nursing faculty retention.
Education: MSN, Walden UniversityBarbara Loguda Link
Elaina Mahlan began teaching for the School of Nursing in 2011. Currently, she teaches first-semester RN students in the BSN program. She also serves as the course lead and subject matter expert for the professional leadership course. Her efforts include oversight and optimization of both modularized and competency-based versions of this course. Mahlan is a licensed registered nurse whose career includes practice and professional certifications in oncology and faith community nursing. Her publications include professional career development resources for Nurses Without Borders, LinkedIn, eLearners, and the Journal of Christian Nursing.
Education: MSN, Walden University; MS Kaplan University (now Purdue Global); Post-Master’s Certificate, Kaplan University (now Purdue Global)
Certifications: Certified Nurse Educator
Honors and Achievements: Outstanding Full Time Faculty Member (Kaplan University), additional teaching honorsElaina Mahlan Link
Tony Mangiafico teaches various graduate epidemiology, ethics, research, and clinical courses in the School of Nursing. He started his clinical career with a diploma in nursing and his academic career at Upsala College earning a degree in psychology, followed by studies at the Tulane University School of Tropical Medicine. After teaching psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth and regional professional schools, he joined Purdue Global as a full-time adjunct faculty member. He currently practices in a community-based mental health center and has been treating a general mental health population as well as populations at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder.
Education: PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
Honors and Achievements: Numerous service grant awards to provide mental health care to at-risk and vulnerable populationsTony Mangiafico Link
Jessica Manning currently teaches a variety of undergraduate School of Nursing courses in the areas of maternal-infant nursing, pathophysiology, and leadership and nursing trends. She is also a course lead, active in the curriculum revision process, and has extensive experience in running a variety of nursing simulations. Manning is an RN in the state of Iowa and has worked in both the hospital and clinic setting. Her primary experience is in maternal-infant nursing. Manning is an elected member of Faculty Senate and member of the Waiver Committee at Purdue Global.
Education: MSN, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global); BSN, Coe College
Honors and Achievements: 2014 Instructor Excellence Award (Kaplan University)
Memberships: Iowa League for Nursing, National League for Nursing, Organization for Associate Degree NursingJessica Manning Link
Wendy Mason was the chair of the MSN program from 2011 to 2013, after which she resumed her position as a professor teaching in the graduate programs. She has created curriculum for a number of the School’s nursing programs and helped develop the successful doctoral program. Mason has previously served as a staff and charge nurse and served populations with psychiatric needs. She has also developed policies and procedures and worked closely with community and statewide primary care providers and policymakers. In 2016, she transitioned into holistic nursing and earned her certification as a Reiki Practitioner. Her research has been published in a wide variety of journals and books.
Education: PhD, California Institute of Integral StudiesWendy Mason Link
Marilyn McDonald has been a nurse practitioner and nurse educator for over 25 years. At Purdue Global, she teaches courses in primary care in the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner program. She is the program lead for the AGNP graduate program and her role is focused on improving processes for student success. McDonald has authored several publications and a book chapter on nursing education. She has been a national and international presenter.
Education: DHSc, Nova Southeastern University; MSN, Yale University
Honors and Achievements: Freeman Foundation Nurse Scholar Award
Research Interests: Health literacy, depression and health issues of uninsured adultsMarilyn McDonald Link
Dee McNamara teaches undergraduate classes for the Purdue Global ADN program in lab and simulation. She joined Purdue Global as adjunct faculty and currently is full-time faculty as a lab/simulation coordinator for the Des Moines location.
Education: Masters of Nursing Education, Purdue Global; Masters of Public Administration, Drake University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Coe College; Registered Nurse, Iowa
Publications: State of Mental Health in Iowa
Certifications: Certified medical-surgical registered nurse, advanced cardiac life support, basic life support
Honors and Achievements: Sigma Theta Tau, PI Alpha Alpha, 100 Great Iowa Nurses
Memberships: Multiculturalism and diversity committee, American Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Association, American Society of Medical-Surgical Nurses
Research Interests: Pediatric care, multiculturalism and diversity in higher educationDee McNamara Link
Lauren Metayer teaches various undergraduate clinicals in the hospital setting for the nursing program at the Augusta, Maine, location. She also periodically works as a nurse consultant for a small assisted living facility educating staff and ensuring they provide superior standards of care and effective treatment. Metayer formerly practiced in liaison work and admissions coordinating for a large Maine-based long-term care network. Metayer also practiced at a local hospital in acute inpatient physical rehab for 10 years.
Education: MSN, Southern New Hampshire University; RN-BSN, University of Southern MaineLauren Metayer Link
Danielle Moore was a clinical instructor for nursing for 6 years before moving into didactic education. She started her Purdue Global career as an adjunct clinical instructor and then transitioned into her current full-time faculty role, also serving on the curriculum committee. She teaches pharmacology for nursing and medical/surgical courses. She also is a course lead and chairs a curriculum committee sub-committee on test question writing for the associate’s degree nursing programs. Moore has remained dedicated to staying abreast of current practice and recently completed a Medical-Surgical Review course at the Mayo Clinic and is pursuing Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification.
Education: MSN, Western Governors UniversityDanielle Moore Link
Angelina Nelton began her career with Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2014. She served as adjunct faculty starting with the organization and has since served in a variety of positions with the most recent being the clinical coordinator for the ASN school of nursing- Des Moines campus. Her experience includes nine and a half years as an RN in perinatal services and more than 5 years teaching adult learners in the ASN program.
Education: MS in Nursing
Certifications: Certified Nurse EducatorAngelina Nelton Link
Shirlean Bennett joined Purdue Global University in 2022 as a Full-Time faculty member for the DNP program. Bennett began her nursing career as a nursing officer in the United States Airforce, as a clinical nurse and community educator. She has held various positions as a clinical specialist in acute care settings, Faculty, and Academic Dean in undergraduate and graduate programs. Bennett continues to work with clinics and organizations as a nurse consultant and clinician, within her community.
Education: DNP in executive leadership, Chamberlain University; MSN, Regis University; BSN, East Stroudsburg University
Certifications: Certified Health Care Educator
Publications: Numerous presentations at nursing conferences
“Cultivating Cultural Competence in Nursing Faculty” Transcultural Nursing Society/New Orleans, LA (November 22, 2014).
Honors and Achievements: Awarded ‘Manager of the year 2016’ and ‘Most valued Clinical Educator 2011’
Memberships: Virginia Nursing Association; National League of Nursing, Active Member
Research Interests: Cultural competency in nursing faculty, creating community within the online environment, and faculty burn-out.Shirlean Pelham-Bennett Link
Tiffany Phillips-Weber began her academic teaching career at Purdue University Global in 2020 at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, location. She started as an adjunct instructor teaching undergraduate clinicals in the hospital setting, and then transitioned into her current full-time faculty role. Phillips-Weber currently teaches Fundamentals and Pharmacology simulation at The Center for Healthcare Education & Simulation. Her experience includes over 32 years of nursing experience at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinical & The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital with a focus in pediatrics. Phillips-Weber continues to work on the vascular access and SWOT team at The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital on a prn basis.
Education: In Progress - MS in Nursing, Executive Leader at Purdue University Global; BSN, University of Iowa College of Nursing
Certifications: VA-BC through VACC (Vascular Access Certification Corporation)Tiffany Phillips-Weber Link
Lisa Ricker is a full-time nursing Professor of Pediatric and Obstetrical Nursing. Her career in maternal-child nursing includes work in the hospital, community, office, and academic settings.
Education: MSN, Purdue University Global; BSN, University of Southern Maine
Honors and Achievements: Twice nominated for DAISY Award
Memberships: Society of Pediatric NursingLisa Ricker Link
Lisa Riecke began her academic teaching career at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2015 as an adjunct instructor in the LPN program. In 2016 she transitioned to teaching clinical and lab in the pre-licensure BSN (PLBSN) program as a full-time adjunct professor. Riecke currently teaches courses in adult health theory and clinical, adult health lab, and capstone lab. She serves as co-chair of the PLBSN faculty curriculum committee. Riecke earned her RN in 1997 and has worked in surgery, GI, med/surg, and cardiac units. Early in her career as a nurse, she began working with her unit educators, serving as both a preceptor and educator for her units.
Education: MSN, Western Governors University; BSN, Western Governors University
Honors and Achievements: 2016 Daisy Faculty Award (Kaplan University Omaha Campus)Lisa Riecke Link
Tina Skehan has experience in charge nursing in medical/surgical nursing, oncology, telemetry, cardiac rehabilitation, labor and delivery, care of the mother/baby couplet, teaching Lamaze classes, BLS instructor, new RN precepting, inpatient physical rehabilitation, outpatient office RN, video capsule endoscopy, manometry, gastroenterology, OR and CCU experience, clinical adjunct instructor, as well as didactic courses at UMA.
Education: MSN and BSN, St. Joseph's College; ADN, CMMC School of Nursing
Certifications: Basic Life Support Instructor (American Heart Association)
Honors and Achievements: National Honor Society-Sigma Theta Tau International, Front Line Nurse Leading Apprenticeship (State of Maine)
Memberships: American Nurses Association
Research Interests: Patient care, Centers for Disease Control, new nursing evidence-based practice topics, nursing interventionsTina Skehan Link
Tomeka Royster is a full-time faculty member in the graduate nursing program and has taught in the BSN, MSN, and DNP programs. She currently teaches courses in the nurse practitioner program and is a member of the School of Nursing's Academic Policies Committee. Royster initially entered the health care field as a combat medic in the United States Army Reserves at the age of 17. She eventually became an officer in the United States Army Nursing Corps. Her nursing career includes acute care, nursing research, and psychiatric care as well as primary and geriatric care. Royster was among the first graduating class from the University of South Alabama DNP program, and also the first DNP graduates in the state of Alabama. She remains active in Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Education: PhD, William Carey University; DNP, University of South Alabama; MSN, Samford University; BSN, University of Alabama; BS, Samford UniversityTomeka Royster Link
Sheila Rucki is a full-time faculty member in the RN-to-BSN program, subject matter expert for pediatric nursing, and course lead. She oversees the development and implementation of both the modularized and traditional curriculum for population health nursing. Committed to student success she also focuses on practices that support student persistence. Throughout her career in nursing education, she has participated in and led initiatives and committees for curriculum and program development, evaluation, and accreditation. Rucki is an ANCC-certified Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and practiced at Baystate Medical Center Children’s Hospital for many years. She continues to practice as a public health nurse. She is active in Sigma the International Honor Society of Nursing.
Education: PhD, University of Connecticut; MSN University of Connecticut; BSN, Boston College
Publications: Sheiridan, E. Ann, Rucki, S, in Mandleco and Potts; Pediatric Nursing, Chapter 16: Family Centered Care. Delmar, Publication Date. 2016
Certifications: ANCC Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Honors and Achievements: Who's Who in American Nursing
Memberships: Sigma the International Honor Society of Nursing
Research Interests: Student persistenceSheila Rucki Link
Renee Shell has over 23 years experience as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and has an extensive background in graduate nursing education. Shell currently teaches graduate nursing courses in the family nurse practitioner program at Purdue Global and is course lead. She serves as a liaison between the nursing program and the virtual i-Human© patient-simulation program, and has been involved in course development and revision. Previously, Shell was an associate professor at East Tennessee State University, where she maintained an active practice as a nurse practitioner in a variety of settings and roles, and later taught at University of Virginia and Florida Southern College. She has presented on numerous occasions at local, national, and international levels and she has served as an expert witness and consultant for multiple medical-legal cases. Shell is currently practicing in the role of a family nurse practitioner.
Education: EdD, East Tennessee State UniversityRenee Shell Link
Laura Shenkman began her career at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2009 as an adjunct nursing professor teaching didactic and clinical courses and acting as a course lead. She is currently the family nurse practitioner program lead. She also been an integral part of various faculty initiatives including curriculum and policy development, course revisions, and preparation for CCNE accreditation. Shenkman’s current clinical practice is at the Pender County Health Department in rural North Carolina where she provides primary care and oversees three school based health centers using telemedicine. She is active in community organizations that provide support to the migrant farm workers and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for PATH (Pender Alliance for Teen Health).
Education: DNP (in progress), Purdue Global; MSN, Duke University; BSN, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; PA, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Certifications: Family Nurse Practitioner (American Nurses Credentialing Center)
Research Interests: Understanding the issues and concerns of vulnerable populations with a focus on self-efficacy and health promotion practices of women and adolescentsLaura Shenkman Link
John Sparks serves as full-time faculty and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Lead at Purdue Global. Sparks is an active member of the Board at Sahuarita Unified School District 2nd term in his community.
Education: University of Arizona DNP, Northern Arizona University BSN, University of Arizona, Eller School of Business Bachelor of Science Management Information Systems, Bachelor of Science Entrepreneurship
Certifications: PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, RN
Memberships: APNA, Arizona Nursing Association, American Nursing Association
Joan Taylor joined Purdue Global School of Nursing in 2017 as an adjunct nursing professor teaching didactic and clinical courses. Taylor has been in nursing education for 12 years, teaching in Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctorate Degree Nursing Programs. Currently, at Purdue Global she teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, has course lead duties and serves on the Faculty Development Committee and Faculty Curriculum Committee. In practice she has 26 years of nursing experience in a variety of nursing areas and has practiced as a FNP for the past 13 years in primary care, public health, and women’s health.
Education: DNP, Purdue University Global; MSN, East Carolina University; BSN, East Carolina University; BS in Management and Organizational Development, University of Mount Olive
Publications: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Certifications: Family Nurse Practitioner (AANP); Project Management Essentials Certified (PMEC)
Honors and Achievements: 2021 Purdue University Global Outstanding FT Adjunct Member OWL Awards; 2022 Purdue University Global DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty Honoree for the DNP; Nursing Journal Reviewer
Memberships: North Carolina Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, North Carolina Public Health Association (Eastern District) Sigma Theta Tau, National League of Nursing
Research Interests: Population Health, Health Disparities, Mental Health, Innovative Educational Technology, Student Stress in Online LearningJoan Taylor Link
Tracy Towne has been a health care professional for over two decades and has a variety of experiences in the field of nursing and nursing education. At Purdue Global, she teaches undergraduate courses in the RN-to-BSN program and has overseen the development of the specialty courses in case management and faith community nursing. She is also responsible for the program’s capstone course. Towne has worked in urology, orthopedics, oncology, renal, geriatrics, long-term care, home health, private duty nursing, and public health nursing. She has been an instructor at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and graduate degree level in a variety of courses.
Education: PhD, Mercer University Georgia Baptist College of Nursing; MSN, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing; BSN, Edgewood College
Research Interests: Management of long-term chronic disease related to Type 2 DiabetesTracy Towne Link
Cynthia Turner is a faculty member in the School of Nursing graduate programs. She is a former chair and current member of the Academic Policies Committee. Turner has 30 years of nursing experience, including 12 years as a nurse practitioner. She has taught courses in online and traditional nursing programs for 10 years including pediatrics, maternal-child, adult health, community health, geriatrics, family practice, advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, and nurse practitioner clinical. She has over 6 years of experience in curriculum design, test item development, and course review.
Education: DNP, University of Alabama; MSN, Old Dominion University
Certifications: Family Nurse Practitioner (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners)
Memberships: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), National organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), North Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association (NANPA), Sigma Theta Tau (UAB)Cynthia Turner Link
Amberly Wagner-Connolly has been a full time Nursing faculty member at Purdue since 2022. Wagner-Connolly has been a Nurse since 2004 with most of her experience in Women's and Public health. The last decade of her career has been focused in Nursing Education and Administration.
Education: DNP from Creighton University, MSN, Clarkson College; BSN, Clarkson College
Honors and Achievements: 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse leader awardee from The Nebraska Action Coalition 2016
Memberships: Nebraska Center for Nursing Foundation – Board Member 2020- present; Camp Kesem UNL Advisory Board 2012- present; Nebraska Respite Advisory Committee 2013- present; 100 Women Who Care Omaha Chapter member 2017- present; Pipeline Worldwide Health Advisory Board of Directors Chair 2018- 2021Amberly Wagner-Connolly Link
At Purdue Global, Kathleen Ware currently is the theory, lab, and clinical instructor for nursing fundamentals and mental health areas in the ADN program, and she is a clinical instructor for mental health in the BSN program. She also serves as the Skills Lab coordinator. She has previously taught a variety of courses in the University’s undergraduate nursing and medical assisting programs. Ware has served in many roles in her nursing career, including patient education, trials research, and memory disorders. In addition she was a co-author of a published research study on R+ pramipexole as a mitochondrially focused neuroprotectant: Initial early phase studies in ALS.
Education: MSN, Nebraska Wesleyan University; MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; BSN, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Nursing Diploma, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing
Certifications: Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse, Legal Nurse Consultant (Kaplan University)
Honors and Achievements: Daisy Award, District III Nebraska Nurses Association Nurse of the Day Nominee
Memberships: Lincoln American Heart Association Education Committee, American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta TauKathleen Ware Link
Laura Wood teaches various graduate nursing courses, with a special emphasis on nursing education and leadership. She is a subject matter expert for the nurse educator track and currently chairs multiple committees in service to the University, profession, and public and works as a nurse consultant. Prior to joining Purdue Global, Wood held roles as a wellness coordinator, court advocate, and pediatric nurse.
Education: MSN, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global); BSN, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global); AAS, Prairie State College; ASN, Prairie State College
Publications: Using a Telephone Call to Increase Social Presence in Online Classes
Certifications: Certified Nurse Care Manager (American Board of Managed Care NursingLaura Wood Link