| Send Dr. Libner an Email | Office: Kindlon 248
Dr. Libner joined Benedictine University in August 2011 as faculty and Director of the RN to BSN Program. In August 2014, she assumed the added role of Chair of the Department of Nursing and Health. Teaching responsibilities are met in both the RN to BSN and MSN Programs. Prior to joining Benedictine, Dr. Libner served many years at Triton College as nursing faculty and chairperson. There she taught all levels of medical-surgical nursing, including supervising clinical experiences in over a dozen sites as well as meeting administrative responsibilities.
In 2010, Dr. Libner was appointed to the Illinois Board of Nursing and currently serves as Chair and as a member of the Education Subcommittee. She is a participant in the National Council State Boards of Nursing (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 with the
National League for Nursing and as a gerontological nurse with the American
Nurses Credentialing Center.
| Send Dr. Brown an Email | Office: Kindlon 248B
Pat Brown joined the Benedictine University faculty in 2013, and teaches in the B.S.N. program. Her course specialties include nursing research/evidence-based practice and nursing leadership.
Prior to coming to Benedictine, she served in different nursing roles in college and hospital administration, nursing education, staff development and nursing research. She is an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, recently served on the Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition: Education Workgroup on Seamless Academic Progressions for Nurses, and was selected as contributing editor for Critical Care Nurse. She has presented on the topic of family engagement in patient care at various regional, national and international nursing conferences.
Dr. Brown earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Rush University with a focus in critical care family partnerships, Master of Science (M.S.) in adult medical/surgical nursing from Northern Illinois University, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in nursing from Andrews University, and an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in nursing from Morton College. She holds certification in critical care nursing and advanced practice nursing licensure as a clinical nurse specialist.
Phone: (630) 829-6296 | Send Ms. Delaney an Email | Office: Kindlon Hall 248B
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.
Phone: (217) 718-5335 | Send Ms. Ellinger an Email | Office: Becker Library L-36
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.
Phone: (217) 717-3535 | Send Ms. Hovey an Email | Office: Becker Library L-34
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.
| Send Dr. Jezuit an Email | Office: Kindlon 248A
Dr. Jezuit joined Benedictine University as an Adjunct MSN Faculty in 2010 and was appointed in August 2014 as Assistant Professor. Prior to joining Benedictine, Dr. Jezuit served as the Director of an Associate Degree nursing program for 10 years and as assistant professor at Northern Illinois University in the BSN program for 6 years. She has served as a doctoral advisor for several students.
Dr. Jezuit has nearly 40 years of nursing experience including critical care nursing and nursing management, curriculum development and program design, ethics, and nursing presentations.
Earned degrees include: PhD in Nursing Ethics from Rush University, Chicago, with a focus on end of life issues. She received her Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) from Purdue University Calumet, Hammond IN as a critical care clinical specialist and Bachelor Science Degree in Nursing from Ball State University in Muncie IN.
Phone: (630) 829-6236 | Send Ms. Kipta an Email | Office: Kindlon 248B
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.
Phone: (620) 829-6189 | Send Dr. Richey an Email | Office: Kindlon Hall 248B
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.
Phone: (630) 829-1160 | Send Dr. Ridge an Email | Office: Kindlon Hall 246
Alison Ridge joined Benedictine University in June 2012 as MSN Program Director and Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing and Health. Prior to joining Benedictine, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health Nursing at Rush College of Nursing in Chicago, IL. Over her twelve years on faculty at Rush, she taught didactic and practicum courses in three pre-licensure programs and taught online at the master's and doctoral level. Her administrative expertise grew during the seven years she served as clinical nurse manager of a geropsychiatry unit followed by eight years as a project director on two NIH funded research grants. She received her BSN, MSN specializing in psychiatric nursing, and DNP in systems leadership from Rush College of Nursing. Her practice has focused on the care of acute and chronically ill adults with mental health issues as well as promoting young children's social emotional development through her work with the Chicago Parent Program, an evidence-based parent training program delivered to diverse parents in community settings. Her research interests include online education and program assessment. She became a Certified Nurse Educator in 2011, is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and the National League for Nursing. She has received recognition in leadership, mentoring, and teaching and was awarded a two-year Wiley Faculty Fellowship in 2014.
Phone: (630) 829-1933 | Send Dr. Ritt an Email | Office: Kindlon 245
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.
Dr Sherry Roper holds a PhD from the University of TN with a concentration in public health and a Master's Degree in Public/Community Health Nursing. Her research experience includes serving as research coordinator at Johns Hopkins University where she was actively involved with the development of research protocols, data analysis, and management of drug trials. Her personal research interests involve the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to identify spatial relationships between health and disease. Over the last several years Dr Roper has worked with members of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in the development of a state wide tracking system to map health determinants and outcomes of WV residents. Dr. Roper has 16+ years of experience as a nurse educator;as well as in program development, and administration. She has extensive background and training on best practices for online education and is dedicated to promoting learning environments that meet the needs of diverse learners, inspire critical thinking, and encourage collaboration.
Ms. Peggy Young joined Benedictine University full-time in 2015.However, Ms. Young has been connected to BU for several years, having completed both Benedictine's RN-BSN completion and MSN online programs.Furthermore, she has been adjunct faculty for BU since 2012 teaching various courses, including Nursing Theory and Community Health.Prior to joining Benedictine full-time, Ms. Young was faculty and Clinical Coordinator for Triton College.Ms. Young has clinical experience in Medical-Surgical, Labor &Delivery and Postpartum nursing.Ms. Young's background also includes extensive experience in quality management, peer review and hospital accreditation processes.
Ms. Young began her research agenda through her involvement in a research project that landed her at Mayo Clinic's Quest for Quality conference. There she presented the research that she and her colleagues conducted with mothers post-delivery. Most recently, she completed a two year term in which she advanced the Lambda Upsilon-At-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society through serving as its president. Ms. Young continues as an active member of our chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, while also a member of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) and a Certified Provider in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).
Phone: (630) 829-1152 | Send Mrs. Lange an Email | Office: Kindlon Hall 248A
Jennifer joined Benedictine University in July 2013. She is currently the Coordinator of BSN Advising and Office Operations for the Department of Nursing and Health. 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.
Phone: (630) 829-1147 | Send Mrs. Divoky an Email | Office: Kindlon 249
Erin joined Benedictine University in April of 2015 as an Administrative Assistant for Program Assessment and Technology. Erin graduated cum laude from St. Xavier University in Chicago where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History. After graduating, Erin worked for DeVry University Online and later for DeVry Tinley Park as the Associate Registrar. She has also spent a lot of time lately volunteering at her children's school and as a member of their parent/teacher board.
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