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Dr. Catherine Arnold joined the faculty full-time in 1990. Formerly, she worked as a clinical dietitian, community educator, consultant dietitian, and adjunct faculty member, Dr. Arnold earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Advanced Quantitative Methods in Education from Northern Illinois University, and Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University. She completed Advanced Specialty Training Certificate in Adult Weight Management (by CDR).
Dr. Arnold's research interests include Determining Predictors of Health Behavior Change, Educational Assessment, and Nutrition Education Outcomes Research. To support her endeavors, she was successfully funded by five granting organizations for over $100,000. Her work is published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Over the past ten years she delivered over 40 presentations at local, state, and international conferences.
Dr. Arnold is a past President of the Illinois Dietetic Association (IDA) and West Suburban Dietetic Association, past co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the IDA, and was recently appointed as a program reviewer by the by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Arnold was the recipient the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Alumnae of the Year Award from her high school, and Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award from the IDA. She is listed in Whos's Who in Education, Whos's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World.
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Dr. Bonnie Beezhold joined the faculty full-time in 2011. Previously, she was a Clinical Assistant Professor at Arizona State University for several years. She earned a Master of Health Science degree in International Health (Nutrition focus) from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Ph.D. in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness (Nutrition focus) from Arizona State University.
Dr. Beezhold's main research focus is investigation of the link between diet, particularly fatty acids, and mental health in populations with different dietary patterns. She annually presents her research at the American Society for Nutrition's Experimental Biology conference and her studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals. In 2010, she was awarded the Arizona State University Dean's Clinical Track Scholarship in 2010. Current research participation is related to the vegan diet and mood and the role of diet in perceived stress. Other research participation has included health effects of nutrition transition and ADHD and food additives.
Dr. Beezhold is interested in awakening a greater public health perspective in her students with regard to major nutrition-related problems. She is certified as a Health Education Specialist (CHES) by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, and leads the department's health education concentration.
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Phone: (217) 525-1420 x3259
She joined the Benedictine University team in 2013. She enjoys teaching Research and Leadership/ Management at the BU-Springfield campus. She is the Springfield campus contact for Sigma Theta Tau. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing, with concentration as a Nurse Educator (2012) from Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. John’s College (1994) Springfield, Illinois. Previously, she was a staff and charge nurse in the clinical critical care areas. She is certified as a Trauma Nurse Specialist. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Pi Chapter as well as Midwest Nursing Research Society. Currently, she serves on the Adjunct Faculty Development and Support Task Force, Faculty Development Committee and Interdisciplinary and Diversity Task Force. Her specialty areas include Emergency and Acute Care, Medication and Patient Safety.
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Phone: (630) 829-1930
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Ms. Julie Davis joined the department in 1998. She is half-time instructor and Coordinator of the Food Lab. Formerly, she was employed as a manager in both clinical dietetics and food services, consultant in long term care, clinical dietitian, and adjunct faculty member. Ms. Davis earned her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University.
Ms. Davis is the past Treasurer of the West Suburban Dietetic Association (WSDA) and formerly on the Finance Committee of the Illinois Dietetic Association (IDA). She is current member of the WSDA's Programs Committee and co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the IDA. Ms. Davis was the recipient of the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award and Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award, both from the IDA.
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Phone: (630) 829-6296
Margaret Delaney joined Benedictine University in 2007 and teaches both in the BSN completion and MSN program. Margaret received her BSN from Loyola University in Chicago, IL and a Masters in Science, with the focus: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from DePaul University, Chicago IL. Margaret is presently pursuing a Doctorate of education in Higher Education and organizational Change from Benedictine University Lisle, IL. Prior to joining Benedictine, Margaret taught nursing at Loyola University of Chicago. Her teaching experience includes both face-to-face and on-line learning environments. Her course specialties are Family Health, Community Health, Health Assessment, Nursing Management and Practicum Synthesis.
For the vast majority of her practice, Margaret was employed at a large free standing children’s hospital in Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital, formally Children’s Memorial. She worked in general pediatrics and the ICU as a staff nurse, conducted multiple research studies as a clinical research coordinator, moved into an educator role, and finally evolved as a Nurse Practitioner caring for the pulmonary/asthma and allergy population. Along with her teaching responsibilities Margaret currently holds office hours at a general pediatric office in Naperville, IL.
Margaret is an active board member of Sigma Theta Tau, a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the Illinois Nurses Association.
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Phone: (217) 525-1420 x3316
Valerie Ellinger joined the Benedictine University team in 2011. She enjoys teaching Community Health Nursing and Transforming Care at the BU-Springfield campus. She also is the Advisor for the RN-BSN Springfield students. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Nurse Education, at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (2009) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McKendree College (2000).
Previously, Ellinger has taught nursing at the LPN level. Her specialty areas include Acute Care, Emergency and Psychiatric Nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Pi Chapter. She serves on the Curriculum and the Blended/Online Committees at BU-S.
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Ms. Stephanie Ellis joined the faculty in 2011 as half-time Instructor. Formerly, she worked as a Clinical Dietitian in a hospital setting and long term care facilities, Field Clinical Specialist for energy expenditure devices, as well as taught classes as an adjunct instructor. Ms. Ellis earned her Master of Public Health degree from Benedictine University. She completed Advanced Specialty Training Certificate in Adult Weight Management (by CDR)
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Phone: (630) 829-6182
Dr. Brian Higgerson is an accomplished nursing educator, researcher, and practitioner. Dr. Higgerson joined Benedictine as an assistant professor at Benedictine University in 2010. He earned his Doctorate of Nursing Science with a focus in family nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He has a Master Science of Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. His Bachelor Science of Nursing is from Union University Jackson, Tennessee. Dr. Higgerson’s teaching background spans over two decades, which include appointments as a clinical associate professor to director of nurse practitioner programs.
Dr. Higgerson’s broad clinical experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner includes settings in homeless shelters, public health departments, as well as private practice. Presently, he practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a community health clinic serving uninsured residents in Southern Arizona.
Dr. Higgerson’s program of research focuses on maternal/infant birth outcomes as well the health promotion strategies for residents living on the US-Mexico border.
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Phone: (630) 829-1146
Laura Holland joined Benedictine University in 2010 and teaches both in the BSN completion and MSN program. Laura received her BSN from Marquette University, WI and a Masters in Nurse Education from Lewis University, IL. Laura has obtained Certification in Nurse Education (CNE) from NLN. Laura is presently pursuing her post- master’s certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner and her DNP.
Laura’s prior teaching experience includes numerous didactic and clinical courses along with teaching in many different learning modalities including face- to- face classroom sessions, fully on-line and hybrid courses. Her teaching expertise includes gerontology, management, health care systems, healthcare policy, technology, and quality and safety. In 2011 and 2013, Laura was a participant at the Nurse Educator, National Quality and Safety Education of Nurses (QSEN) Institute. Laura is a passionate educator and uses her knowledge and experience with QSEN to integrate quality and safety into the curriculum in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She actively encourages students to define, apply, and integrate quality and safety into their professional practice and to become agents of change for their health care organizations.
Laura has numerous years of nursing experience with emphasis on medical – surgical nursing, gerontology, and home health care. In addition, Laura professionally presents Intimate Partner Violence Educational Workshops for practicing nurses throughout Illinois. Her prior work life experience also includes sales, marketing, and regional sales management of pharmaceuticals. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Nurses Association, National League of Nurses, and American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
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Phone: (217) 525-1420 x3290
Susan Hovey joined Benedictine University at Springfield in the summer of 2010 as Coordinator of Nursing Programs. Susan came to Benedictine University with a diverse teaching background. She has teaching experience in a variety of nursing and health science programs including Certified Nursing Assistant, Licensed Practical Nursing, Certified Surgical Technology, Associate Degree Nursing, and Bachelor Degree Nursing. She spent over 25 years working as a Registered Nurse in the practice setting with a focus in nephrology nursing. She has held administrative positions at a Licensed Practical Nursing Program and a Dialysis Center.
Hovey is currently a student at Illinois State University (ISU) in Bloomington-Normal and is working toward her Ph.D. in Nursing. She received her Master of Science degree at Regis University in Denver Colorado and her Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in Edwardsville, IL.
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Dr. Joyce Jeewek joined the school of education faculty full-time in 2006. Formerly, she worked as an elementary teacher, reading specialists, special education intervention manager, principal, district curriculum director, and an adjunct faculty member for Northern Illinois, Lewis and Benedictine Universities. Dr. Jeewek's passion is education! Dr. Jeewek earned her Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, a Masters of Science in Education for Language Arts and Reading, and a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Mainstreaming from Northern Illinois University. In 2010, Dr. Jeewek added an ESL endorsement from Benedictine University to her resume.
Dr. Jeewek's research interests include qualitative studies where teachers, as practitioners, examine ways to improve student learning. Her areas of interest include: reading and the language arts, assessment driving instruction, differentiated instruction, effective reading comprehension and writing strategies, family literacy, English Language Learners, children's literature and family literacy. Her work is published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Illinois Reading Council. Dr. Jeewek delivers numerous presentations at local, state, and international conferences. Dr. Jeewek has also had her students present at various conferences. She teaches children's literature, reading and the language arts, and reading assessment courses to both undergraduates and graduate students.
Professional development is important to Dr. Jeewek. She is currently president of the Prairie Area Reading Council and is a voting board member of the Illinois Reading Council. Dr. Jeewek is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi, international education honor society Chapter Services Committee, in charge of developing strategic plans for the organization. She also is a member of both the International Reading Association's Arbothnot and Jerry John's Award Committee and the Illinois Reading Council's Barack Obama Literacy Award Committee. In 2009, Dr. Jeewek was awarded an Honorable Mention Award by the Barack Obama Literacy Fund and received a small library to use in her children's literature courses for future educators. As a Prairie Area Reading Council board member for the past seven years, Dr. Jeewek has been a part of a council that has received both Honor Council and Council of Excellence from both the Illinois Reading Council and the International Reading Association. She has also received numerous membership and speaker grants and membership idea awards from the Illinois Reading Council.
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Phone: (630) 829-6236
Margaret M. Kipta joined Benedictine University in September 2012 as an instructor in the BSN program in Lisle and a nursing lab coordinator for the Lisle and Springfield campuses. She has a long history of teaching in graduate nursing programs. She has taught at DePaul University in a generic nursing master program, in the family nurse practitioner program and the nurse anesthetist program since 2000. She had held a position of the Interim Director of Nurse Practitioner programs at DePaul University for two years prior to coming to Benedictine University. She received the DePaul University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. She is a scholar of National Health Service Corps.
Kipta received her Master of Science in Nursing from DePaul University (2000) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Finch University of Health Sciences/Barat College (1996). She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree at the University of Michigan-Flint. She holds two national board certifications, including Family Nurse Practitioner certification and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist certification.
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Phone: (630) 829-1153
Joan Libner joined Benedictine University in August 2011 and serves as director of the RN to BSN Program. Teaching responsibilities are met in both the RN to BSN and MSN Programs. Prior to joining Benedictine she served many years at Triton College as nursing faculty and chairperson. Dr. Libner was appointed to the Illinois Board of Nursing in 2010 and currently serves as vice-chair and as a member of the Education Subcommittee. She is a participant in the NCSBN Institute of Regulatory Excellence Fellowship Program pursuing her interest in the implications of nurses’ understanding of licensure regulation in Illinois.
Dr. Libner earned an Ed.D. with a focus in educational leadership from Concordia University Chicago, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a clinical specialty in medical-surgical nursing from Loyola University Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Northern Illinois University. She holds certification as a nurse educator and as a gerontological nurse.
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Ms. Julie Moreschi joined the university in 1994 as an adjunct faculty member. In 1997 she was hired as the Dietetic Internship Director. Ms. Moreschi's prior positions include clinical dietitian, cafeteria manager, diet office manager, assistant foodservice director, internal management consultant, and consultant at a variety of health care organizations in Illinois and Minnesota. Ms. Moreschi earned her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University, and is currently in pursuit of her Ph.D. in Public Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Ms. Moreschi's professional interests lie primarily in the areas of community nutrition, maternal and child wellness, and obesity prevention and intervention from preconception through pre-K. To support her endeavors over the past 6 years, she has been involved with grant funding wellness interventions in West Chicago School District #33. Her research abstracts were accepted for publication and poster presentation through a peer-review process, and Ms. Moreschi is a chapter author in two textbooks: Managing Food And Nutrition Services for the Culinary, Hospitality, and Nutrition Professions and Nutrition and Public Health, 2nd Edition. In addition, she is as a reviewer for the Maternal and Child Health Journal.
Ms. Moreschi is a past President of the West Suburban Dietetic Association, past Chair of both the Strategic Planning Committee and CPI Committee of the Illinois Dietetic Association (IDA). She is on the advisory board and several committees for the obesity prevention coalition FORWARD (Fighting Obesity Reaching healthy Weight Among Residents of DuPage). Ms. Moreschi was the recipient of the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award and Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award, both from the IDA.
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After a thirty-year career as a high school math teacher, Dr. James Pelech joined the school of education in June of 2003. Dr. Pelted has earned a Doctorate in Curriculum and Social Inquiry from National Louis University, a Certificate of Advanced Studies from Concordat University, a Masters of Business Administration from Governors State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Saint Norbert College.
As a mathematics teacher at Hl High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois, he was instrumental in working with the writing across the curriculum initiative and the new teacher mentoring program. He was the first mathematics teacher at the school to participate and complete the “Content Area Reading Program.” Additionally, Dr. Pelted initiated cross-curriculum activities in which he worked with pilots to demonstrate how mathematics is used in flying and navigating a plane. This resulted in receiving a grant to enhance this program, and also led to the introduction of Problem-Based Learning in all of his classes. He was a member of the school’s North Central Accreditation Team, and in 2003 was Richards High School’s nominee for the “Excellence in Education Award.”
Dr. Pelted&#’;sssion is using action research to enhance student learning, including the application of the Constructivist philosophy in his classes. He has had two books published by Information Age Publishing. The first one, The Comprehensive Handbook of Constructivist Teaching: From Theory to Practice, examines how to incorporate the Constructivist philosophy into one’s daily teaching. The second book, Guide to Transforming Teaching Through Self-Inquiry, examines the use of the Constructivist theory to monitor such teacher activities as personal journal writing, research, and professional development. He has had articles published in the Mathematics Teacher, the Journal for the Practical Application of Constructivist Theory in Education, and the Journal for Research in Education. He also serves as a peer reviewer for numerous professional journals.
In terms of professional development, Dr. Pelted is very involved in a wide range of professional activities and organizations. He is President of the Association for Constructivist Teaching, an international organization comprised of teachers, administrators, and researches from America, Mexico, Poland, and China. He has presented at conferences across America and in Mexico. He has worked as a professional developer with teachers from California and upstate New York. He was one of the founding members of the Benedictine/Saint Ethereal partnership. In this capacity he works with teachers to improve their teaching; this includes co-teaching at different grade levels. He is also President of the Saint Ethereal School Board.
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Phone: (620) 829-1145
Dr. Karen Plawecki joined the faculty full-time in 2012. Recently, she was the Director of the undergraduate program at the University of Illinois, Champaign. Prior positions include employment as the Director of a Metabolic Research Kitchen, Coordinator of wellness programs, Outpatient Dietitian, and Clinical Dietitian. Dr. Plawecki earned her doctorate in Nutrition from the University of Illinois, and Master of Science in Nutrition Science (Food Science emphasis) from Purdue University.
Dr. Plawecki's research interests include interventions for improvement of Calcium and Vitamin D status in humans. To support her endeavors, she has been successfully funded by grants. She has delivered numerous presentations and her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Plawecki is a past President of the Illinois Dietetic Association (IDA) and Eastern Illinois Dietetic Association, past co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the IDA, and serves as a Team Lead Reviewer for the by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Plawecki was inducted in the Purdue University Nutrition Science Hall of Fame. She is the recipient the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award and Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award from the IDA, College of ACES Outstanding Instructor Award, and voted Outstanding Advisor/Mentor. She was listed in Whos's Who Among America's Teachers.
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Phone: (620) 829-6189
Dr. Richey joined Benedictine University as Adjunct MSN Faculty in 2011 and was appointed in August 2012 as Associate Professor. Prior to joining Benedictine, Dr. Richey served as Associate Professor in Nursing at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dr. Richey has over 30 years of experience including, mental health nursing, burn nursing, health promotion, nursing management, curriculum development and new program design, nursing research, academia and public speaking.
Earned degrees include: Doctor of Education, specializing in Health Professions Education from College of Saint Mary, Omaha NE. She received her Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) from Drake University, Des Moines, IA, and Bachelor Science Degree in Nursing also from Drake University. In addition, she holds a Diploma in Nursing from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Des Moines, Iowa, (1982).
Dr. Richey completed her doctoral dissertation on Registered Nurses’ Perceptions of Health Literacy and Its Effect on Patient Self-Efficacy and Patient Health Care Decisions. Current research interests include: effectiveness of communication and patient education methods among high-risk patient groups; importance of curricula development that stress health literacy; homelessness and its effect on self-efficacy, patient access and patient health care decisions.
Dr. Richey is passionate about health literacy and about meeting the needs of the underserved and homeless. She is devoted to assisting others in the development of their own areas of passion in the service of nursing leadership and nursing education and sharing her love for the profession with her students.
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Phone: (630) 829-1160
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Phone: (630) 829-1933
Elizabeth Ritt joined Benedictine University in August 2011 as chair and professor of Nursing and Health. Prior to joining Benedictine she held the position as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. She has a long history with North Park University as a tenured professor and dean. Dr. Ritt is frequently sought out by national and international organizations for her expertise on adult learning, assessment, and accreditation. She has published many papers in the fields of higher education, health care, and analytics.
Dr. Ritt holds an Ed.D, specializing in Leadership and Educational Policy Studies, from Northern Illinois University (1989). She received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), specializing in Adult Health Nursing/Education, from Loyola University of Chicago (1982), and a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing (BS), from North Park University. Dr. Ritt holds certifications as nurse executive-advanced and nurse educator.
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Phone: (630) 829-6196
Sharon Ware is an associate professor of nursing at Benedictine University in the MSN program. She has previously taught in the undergraduate program at North Carolina Central University. Dr. Ware coordinates the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project Health Advisory Committee, is the advisor for the Education & Advocacy Committee of the North Carolina Child Care Health Consultant Association. Dr. Ware is also an active member SafeKids™ Wake County. Other organizations include the Central Carolina Black Nurses' Council, an affiliate of the National Black Nurse Association and Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority. Dr. Ware is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Lambda Upsilon Chapter.
Dr. Ware has over 40 years nursing experience in community health nursing and is concern with eliminating health disparities for persons of color. She has worked extensively with organizations in the area of cultural competency and is published under this subject. Her area of research is environmental hazards for young children with emphasize on asthma and allergies. Dr. Ware has been a guest speaker on a variety of community health issues and has worked with populations in the Caribbean, on California Native Indian Reservations, tribal nations of Oklahoma, and villages of Ghana, West Africa, as well as Uganda, East Africa to provide nursing care and education to those in need.
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Phone: (630) 829-6295
Dr. Alandra Weller-Clarke is an associate professor and educational psychologist in the School of Education. She came to Benedictine the first time as a graduate student after receiving her bachelor’s degree at Elmhurst College in Special Education. She spent a year completing her master’s degree here in education and went on to Loyola University of Chicago for her PhD in Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Psychology. She returned to BU in 2002 as an assistant professor, where she has taught 11 different courses in both education and psychology for both undergraduate and graduate programs.
In the fall of 2006, Dr. Clarke was appointed the Chair of the Institutional Review Board by the Provost, and has since worked diligently to make the IRB process not only smooth, but user-friendly for students and faculty. Currently, Alandra enjoys mentoring undergraduate, graduate and dissertation students in their research pursuits, and has completed over 40 theses, a few of which she has presented and co-presented at the prestigious AERA (American Educational Research Association), HICE (Hawaii International Conference on Education) and the University of Oxford. Dr. Clarke’s primary research interests include educational psychology, teaching with technology, adolescent wellness and improving the outcomes and education of adolescents with behavior disorders. In the past five years, Dr. Clarke has presented numerous internationally peer-reviewed presentations, published several articles and book chapters, and continues her research/advocacy on issues including social justice and incarcerated youth.
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Phone: (630) 829-1151
Dr. Ovid Wong is an associate science education professor with Benedictine University since 2007. He has a joint teaching assignment in the College of Science and the School of Education. He received his B.Sc. and Dip. Ed. from the University of Alberta (Canada), his M.Ed. from the University of Washington (Seattle), and his Ph.D. in science education from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).
His experience in public education spans over twenty years from the inner city classroom in Chicago to the suburban office of the assistant school superintendent. For twelve years he was the lead science instructor at the Center for Gifted and Talented Development at Northwestern University. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, Dr. Wong was invited by Dalian Nationalities University in China to train young faculty members representing twelve academic departments in pedagogy and andragogy. In 2013, he was invited by Shenyang Normal University in China to conduct cross-cultural training for faculty and students. The China trips were supported by the Foreign Expert Exchange fund of the Chinese government.
In 1989, Dr. Wong received the National Science Foundation’s Outstanding Science Teacher in Illinois award and the National Science Teaching Achievement Recognition (STAR) award by the National Science Teacher Association. In the same year he visited the former Soviet Union as the environmental science delegation leader with the student ambassador program. He was the first recipient of the outstanding alumni award by the University of Alberta in 1992 and also the first recipient of the distinguished alumni award by the College of Education at the University of Illinois in 1995. In 2013, he received the Distinguished Faculty Award in recognition of his significant achievements in research at Benedictine University.
Dr. Wong is the author of thirty books. He has received the Midwest Book Author ward from the Children’s Reading Roundtable of Chicago. He has written twelve books dedicated to coaching teachers and students to effectively prepare for the state mandated examination across the nation with specific editions for Illinois, Michigan, New York and Ohio. His recent ten books include Using Data Analysis to Improve Student Learning: Toward 100% Proficiency; Pivotal Strategies for the Educational Leader: The Importance of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War; Prioritizing Money and Power: Equalize Student Achievement; Elementary Science with Classroom Experiments; Elementary Science with Classroom Experiments for ISAT; Elementary Science with Classroom Experiments for ESPET; High-Poverty, High-Performing Schools; An Instructor Primer for Adjunct and New Faculty: Foundations for Career Success; Life Decision; and To Learn is To Do: Evangelism ABC.
COEHS hosted its first Faculty Research Symposium on March 27. Dr. Sunil Chand chaired the panel and the following faculty presented:
Dr. Sunil Chand has been appointed to the Board of The Conservation Foundation for a three year term. The Foundation is the premier non-profit in Illinois serving conservation interests, especially land and water protection. His appointment supports the University’s commitment to stewardship of the environment.
Dr. Eileen Kolich has co-authored a chapter in the text Research Paradigms for the 21st Century: Perspectives and Examples from Practice (Peter Lang Publishing, 2013)
Stephanie Ellis and Alandra Weller-Clarke have received Innovation Grants for On-line /Hybrid Course Development for summer 2014.
Ovid Wong received an invitation to train about 50 new faculty at Dalian Nationalities University (DNU) starting May 2014.
Jan Writer presented a workshop at the TASH National Conference on Severe Disabilities in Chicago, December 2013.
Dr. James Pelech's book review of Can Education Change Society? was published in "Teachers College Record."
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Phone: (630) 829-1148
Brandon Amos joined the Department of Nursing and Health at Benedictine University in 2011, where he assumed the role of MSN Admin/Course Support Liaison.
Brandon earned his Bachelor of Science (BS) from Eastern Illinois University (2008) in Charleston, Illinois where he focused his studies in marketing. He later went on to earn his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from North Central College (2010) in Naperville, Illinois where he concentrated on human resources.
Currently, Brandon serves as the Coordinator of MSN Program Operations.
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Phone: (217) 525-1420 x3343
Jessica Hanson joined the
Benedictine University Department of Nursing and Health in 2012 as
Administrative Assistant at the Springfield Branch Campus. She obtained a dual Bachelor's Degree in Business
Administration and Marketing from Benedictine University in 2010. Jessica is
currently pursuing a Graduate Degree in Business Administration with a focus in
Health Care Administration from Benedictine University and is set to graduate
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Phone: (630) 829-1147
Jennifer joined Benedictine University in July 2013 as an Administrative Assistant for Program Assessment and Technology. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Media Production) from Columbia College Chicago. Prior to joining Benedictine, Jennifer served as the Office Manager for the Diocese of Joliet Religious Education Office. Jennifer started her career at WGN Television in Chicago as an Assistant Director for the Morning and Noon News. Jennifer also volunteers as a Troop Leader for the Girl Scouts of America.
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Egle joined the Nutrition Department as an Administrative Assistant in August 2012. She earned her B.S. in Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Egle held administrative positions in the Chemistry and Physics Departments at UIC before working in the private sector for numerous years. She moved from employment to serving as a volunteer leader in organizations while a "stay at home mom" to her two children. More recently, with one child in college and the other in high school, Egle returned to the workforce as an Administrative Assistant, employed by a couple of organizations prior to joining the University. Outside of work she enjoys digital scrapbooking and designing, gardening, and cooking.
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Phone: (630) 829-1152
Crystal Pace began her journey at Benedictine University in 2003. She started under University Services in Enrollment Management in the area of Admission. She moved into Academic Affairs joining the Department of Nursing and Health in 2008.
Crystal earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from DePaul University (2003) in Chicago, IL. She obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University (2009) and is licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC).
Currently, Crystal serves as the Academic Advisor for students in the BSN Program and oversees office operations for the Lisle campus.
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Phone: (630) 829-6293
Dr. Jan Writer joined the School of Education in 2008. She serves as the Director of Student Placement and teaches courses in the area of special education. She was previously an Associate Professor of Education at Elmhurst College and on the Education faculty at the University of San Diego and the University of Arizona, where she coordinated graduate teacher education programs in the areas of severe disabilities, orthopedic impairments, and multiple sensory impairments. She holds a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in severe/multiple disabilities, a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Southern Methodist University, and a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing therapy from Indiana University.
Dr. Writer has been working in the field of special education for more than 40 years. Prior to joining BU, she was employed as a speech pathologist, a classroom teacher, the coordinator of programs for students with moderate and severe disabilities for a 16-district special education cooperative, a state education agency staff development specialist, a multi-state Deaf-Blind Regional Center education coordinator, an independent evaluator of students with disabilities, an onsite technical assistance provider, a teacher educator, and a parent advocate. Over the past 38 years, she has consulted to programs serving persons with severe disabilities in over 34 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, the U. S. Pacific Trust Territories, and American Samoa.
Dr. Writer is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children, International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Autism National Committee, Autism Society of America, National Coalition on Deafblindness, TASH (formerly The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps), Autism Society of Illinois, and Arc of Illinois. A specialist in public school inclusion and the education of children and youth with low incidence disabilities (autism, orthopedic impairments, intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, sensory impairments, and deafblindness), she serves on leadership committees for multiple national and international organizations in the field of special education. She has further presented at more than 300 regional, state, national, and international conferences on topics specific to the quality education of students with moderate, severe, and low incidence disabilities.
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|Ellen Davel, Ed.D., MSN, RN||BSN Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Jan Dowell, M.S., M.H.S., R.D., C.S.S.D.||Nutritionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lisa Eaton Wright, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.||Nutritionemail@example.com|
|Lynn Guan, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.||Nutritionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Deepa Handu, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N.||Nutritionemail@example.com|
|Michel Harris, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.D.E.||Nutrition||MHarris@ben.edu|
|Hillary Holecek, MBA, MS||BSN Nursing and Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Andrew Hynds||BSN Springfield Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Deborah Jezuit, PhD, MS, RN||MSN Nursing and Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Deborah Jones, PhD, MSN, RN||MSN Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Tom Jordan, M.S., R.D., L.D.N||Nutritionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dhananjay Joshi, MS||BSN Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Beverly Kawa, MS, RN||BSN Nursing and Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bernice Kennedy, PhD, RN, PMH-CNS, BC||MSN Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Emily Keyes, PhD, MSN, RN||MSN Nursing and Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Pam Koob, PhD, FNP-BC, MSN, RN||MSN Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Tammy Lampley, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE||MSN Nursing and Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Amie Luna, M.S.||Nutritionemail@example.com|
|Vicki McMahon, MSN, RN||BSN Springfield Nursing and Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sarah McNicholas, M.S., R.D., L.D.N||Nutritionemail@example.com|
|Mary Micklus, MS, RN||BSN Springfield Nursing and Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Paula Milas Sochacki, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N.||Nutritionemail@example.com|
|Nancy Moran, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N., C.D.E.||Nutritionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mary Mullen, M.S., R.D., L.D.N||Nutritionemail@example.com|
|Linda Olson, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC||BSN Nursing and Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Christine Palumbo, M.B.A., R.D., L.D.N.||Nutritionemail@example.com|
|Teresa Pangan, Ph.D., R.D.||Nutritionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Carol Patton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CRNP, Healthcare Informatics Certificate, Parish Nurse, CNE||MSN Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Monica Pawasarat, M.B.A., R.D., L.D.N.||Nutritionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Beth Phelps, MS, RN, APN-BC||BSN Springfield Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Roberta Purcell, MSN, RN||BSN Nursing and Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Roberta Rysztogi, MS, RN||BSN Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Lindsay Sawyer, M.B.A., M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N.||Nutritionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bonnie Schleder, EdD, MSN, RN||BSN Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Laurie Schubert, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N||Nutritionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Patricia Shannon, PhD, MSN, MA, RN, RNP-BC, CNE||MSN Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N.||Nutritionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mia Siomos, M.S., M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N.||Nutritionemail@example.com|
|Judith Treschuk, PhD, CNS, RN, CNE||MSN Nursing and Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Aline Tupa, MSN, RN||BSN Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Kathy Vaca, MSN, RN||BSN Springfield Nursing and Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Karen Vercellino, MSN, RN-BC, CNE||BSN Springfield Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Jennifer Vimbor, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.||Nutritionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|M. Cecilia Wendler, PhD, MA, RN, NE-BC||MSN Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Jasmin Whitfield, DNP, MSN, MPH, RN||MSN Nursing and Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bobbie Sue Whitworth, PhD, MSN, RN||MSN Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|
|Mark Wyatt, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC||MSN Nursing and Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Margaret Young, MSN, RN||BSN Nursing and Healthemail@example.com|