Gladys Arome began her career in TV media and K-12 library media, before finally transitioning into higher education. While working for colleges and universities, she designed classes for both face-to-face and online learning environments and mentored graduate students toward completion of their dissertations for more than 15 years. Gladys enjoys interacting with students and sharing knowledge on the potential capabilities of technology to enhance teaching and learning in educational settings. She also enjoys the use of technology for training and development to engage individuals in all work settings, as well as exploring new technologies and their potential to improve work performance.
Dr. David Boers earned his Doctor of Education in Secondary Education from Ball State University, a Master of Science in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.
At Marian, Dr. Boers teaches a variety of courses in several programs including the DIAL Master’s Program, the Educational Leadership Master’s Program, and the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. One DIAL course, entitled Current Perspectives in American Education, investigates the history and the evolution of contemporary education. Dr. Boers is also the lead teacher for DIAL courses Effective Schools Research: What Works and Effective Classroom Strategies and Practicesamong others. Doctoral Program courses include Sociocultural Concerns in Education and Leadership and Advanced Curriculum Theory.
Dr. Boers has a keen interest in the history of American education. His books, WISC, WISC 2, WISC 3 and The History of American Education describe his work in these areas. In addition, Dr. Boers’ research areas of interest include philosophy and techniques for encouraging discouraged learners. His books, Making the Difference, Happy Classrooms, and Lost and Found: The CARTIE Model for Reclaiming Students, describe his ideas and research regarding these topics. Recent research themes include issues regarding oppressed populations and, in particular, the plight of fugitive slaves. At present, Dr. Boers is working on his next book which will feature the freedom run of Wisconsin’s first identified fugitive slave.
Dr. Susan Bornstein-Forst came to Wisconsin in 1991 after completing NIH supported post-doctoral research at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York City. Since her initial appointment at Marian University, Dr. Bornstein-Forst has pioneered more than 25 new courses and programming in biology. She has a strong track record of structured mentorship and has devoted her career to undergraduate research in applied microbiology. Her teaching pedagogy is based upon an inquiry-to-application approach using student-active learning. As a professor, she teaches upper level courses such as Bacteriology and Immunology, and typically provides pre-service training for 4-8 students/semester in her laboratory throughout the year. Dr. Bornstein-Forst has been awarded more than $3 million in federal grant funding including two grants from the National Institute for Health for research on microbial source tracking and for two TRiO programs supporting student achievement. From 2007-2012, Dr. Bornstein-Forst served as the principle investigator and Director of the first TRiO program at Marian, named the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. Dr. Bornstein-Forst served as McNair Scholars Program Director from 2007-2012 and was the principle investigator on Marian’s first Upward Bound Math Science grant. Most recently, she was awarded two grants for a Bridge to Success workshop that provides pre-professional training to Fond du Lac area women. Dr. Bornstein-Forst is a recognized mentor for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) and for the Society for Invertebrate Pathology (SIP). Many students who are trained at Marian receive fellowships from ASM and SfAM. These students have presented their findings on microbial contamination of food and water at international conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Bornstein-Forst has developed extensive academic-community partnerships with companies such as Monsanto, Miller Brewing, and Johnsonville Sausage, as well as with other academic institutions, including the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Marquette University, and Michigan State University. Many Marian students are participants in a National Science Foundation program for Connecting Researchers, Educators, Students, and Teachers (CREST) in which students learn how to build and use protein models. As an educator, administrator and researcher, Dr. Bornstein-Forst strives for the highest level of academic performance for her students and herself.
Jessica Brandt earned a M.S. in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology from Frostburg State University and a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2016 she joined Marian as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department. Her research integrates field and laboratory components to answer questions of population genetics and genomics, conservation management, and molecular ecology. In between degrees Jessica worked as an avian field technician and as a veterinary molecular diagnostic specialist. She currently enjoys teaches a variety of biology courses at Marian including introductory biology, anatomy and physiology, and genetics. The main goal she has in all of her classes is to make biology accessible and relevant to every student.
Outside of Marian she (along with her husband) spends her time chasing after her own personal genetics experiments, Lily and Jack. Her exploratory nature leads her to run, adventure outdoors, and travel whenever possible.
Anthony Dallmann-Jones. Achieved his PhD from Florida State University in educational psychology with a master’s in educational research and testing. His bachelor’s degree was a dual major in biology and psychology with a minor in art. He has published 14 books, three in 1018 alone: Personal and Professional Transformation, Kill Stress Before It Kills You, and The Entrepreneurial Drive. He is Director of the 100% online At-Risk and Alternative Education MAE Program. DR. DJ is also a professional artist with numerous one-man shows, and now works with a unique art from he invented: Light Sculpting. Dr. Dallmann-Jones lives with his wife, Amy, and Cocker Spaniel, Coco, on the banks of Wolf Creek near Fond du Lac.
Dr. Foy holds a Ph.D. in American Government and Comparative Politics from the University of Notre Dame; a M.A. in Comparative Politics and International Relations also from Notre Dame; and a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Carroll College in Helena, Montana.
Dr. Foy comes to Marian from the University of Wisconsin Colleges where, for the last three years, he served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, with a six-month overlapping appointment as the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
Professor Sarah L. Garvey received her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee working under the supervision of Prof. Mark Dietz. She joined Marian University in 2014, is currently an Assistant Professor and is excited to teach the general chemistry sequence; general, organic, and biochemistry, analytical chemistry, and instrumental analysis courses. Dr. Garvey earned her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and performed undergraduate research in the lab of Prof. Charles Gibson. Dr. Garvey is interested in investigating the use of ionic-liquids in an array of applications such as dye extraction from wastewater, use as lubricants in the study of tribology, or metal ion extraction from radioactive waste. She is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and actively involved with the local chapter (Northeast Wisconsin – ACS) as an executive committee member. She has published 12 peer-reviewed articles in journals including Journal of Chemical Education, Talanta, Separation and Purification Technology, Separation Science Technology and Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.
Dr. Hammond’s interests include, understanding how species respond to and interact with stresses such as competition, predation, disease, and changing environmental conditions. These factors all have important consequences for human health. His research brings together the perspectives of behavioral, evolutionary, community, and disease ecology with ecotoxicology to address these questions from multiple angles.
His educational philosophy is to help students develop and refine their interests and skills in critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. Biology provides myriad opportunities to foster student curiosity through observation, posing questions, and conducting experiments. In his teaching, critical analysis and reasoning skills are emphasized by focusing on alternative hypothesis, experimental design, and actual experiments whenever possible. By teaching students the process of science and what science can and cannot say, we prepare them for a lifetime of informed decision-making.
David Hein is an Assistant Professor of Music at Marian University, where he directs the Marian Chamber Singers, coaches the vocal jazz ensemble, teaches music education courses and private voice lessons, and other music courses. He is the artistic director of the Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale. In nearby Sheboygan, he is organist and choir director at St. Paul United Church of Christ.
David earned a master of music in choral conducting at Michigan State University, and a bachelor of music in music education and church music at St. Olaf College. He has choral music arrangements published with Neil A. Kjos Music Publishers and Choristers Guild. Past positions include teaching choral music at the high school level as well as full-time church music ministry in Arizona and Iowa.
Amy Hennings has worked in the field of psychology and not-for-profits for more than 20 years. In addition to serving as a professor at Marian University in the psychology department, Hennings provides consulting services to various non-profit agencies in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas. Her human services work experience has included working with children, adolescents, and families with a variety of issues and backgrounds including HIV issues, homelessness, chemical dependency and domestic violence. Hennings has been very active with community advisory boards including Berry House (transitional housing for those with mental health issues), Lake County, IL Crisis Response Team, the SAFE Housing Advisory Board, the Lake County Homeless Coalition, the Lake County Advisory Planning Group, the HIV/AIDS Collar County Consortia and LAN 35(Local Area Network – Children’s Services). She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Psychological Counseling from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. She is also currently a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. Hennings is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology, focusing on the retention and success of high-risk students and first-generation undergraduate students.
Katie Hughes earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree in psychiatric/mental health nursing and education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2006, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 2000. Hughes has served as a professor at Marian since 2005 in several roles, including as an academic advisor, clinical coordinator and assistant professor.
Sr. Donna Innes was called to membership in the Sister of St. Agnes serving in the ministry of education. Innes earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Catholic University of America, a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Dayton, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Marian. As a Kellogg Fellow, Innes has traveled to Nicaragua, Mexico, Italy, Belgium, China, Taiwan, Japan, Russia, Israel, and other countries studying policies and structures for education, agriculture and healthcare. Innes also served as Curriculum Director for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for eight years. Currently, Innes’ leadership responsibilities include serving as a leader in the School of Education at Marian, serving as a General Counselor for the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes. She formerly served in several positions, including Assistant Provost, Dean of the Professional, Adult and Continuing Education at Marian, and in leading the NCATE accreditation process for Marian and for the University of Portland.
Leslie Jaber-Wilson holds a Master of Science in Social Work degree, and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree.
Diana G. Johnson is the Director of the Forensic Science Program. She has taught at Marian University since 2015. She holds an M.S. in Entomology from Washington State University (Pullman, WA) and a B.S. in Biology from The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ). Before moving to Wisconsin, Diana worked for the New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences in the Forensic Serology Section (2003-2011). Her main areas of interest are forensic serology and forensic entomology.
Mary Klein has served as a professor at Marian University for more than 25 years, and has been recognized for her excellence in undergraduate teaching and academic advising. Her classroom focus is on service learning and application of knowledge, and has taught a variety of classes in communication, leadership and theology. Currently, she teaches primarily in the organizational communication emphasis in the traditional undergraduate program as well as many of the leadership courses. She has also taught masters and doctoral courses.
Her research interests include leadership of effective volunteer organizations. She is currently working with other Communication faculty on a research project assessing intercultural development during classroom instruction in the subject matter. This research will be presented as the Top Paper in the Intercultural Communication Division at the Central States Communication Association convention. Klein lives in Cleveland, Wisconsin near the shores of Lake Michigan where she gardens and bikes. She is member of the Lakeshore Chorale, and serves on its board of directors. Also, she is a cantor for Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Sheboygan, Wis. In her spare time, Klein knits, plays guitar, and is an avid fan of the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers.
Linda Krueger has been enjoying her time at Marian from 2005-present, currently as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and as the Chair of the Math & Natural Sciences department. She received her B.S in Mathematics with secondary teaching certification from Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas in 1985. Mrs. Krueger taught high school mathematics and supervised the cheerleading squads from 1985 to 1992, after which she pursued a master’s degree full-time. In 1994 she received her M.S. in Mathematics from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, followed by a year as an instructor there before accepting a math faculty position at Central Texas College, Killeen, Texas. Linda remained at Central Texas College until she relocated to Wisconsin in 2005, became the Math Specialist/Coordinator of Math Academic Services for Marian, and served in that role until 2017 when she took on her current faculty position. In her spare time, Linda spoils her grandchildren and enjoys the outdoors (waterskiing, hiking, and biking) with her husband, Mike, and two dogs.
Christina Kubasta, Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of the Honors Program, is originally from central Wisconsin. She completed her BA in English (writing) at Wells College and MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) at the University of Notre Dame. She teaches composition, creative writing, literature and cultural studies at Marian where her teaching and writing inspire each other. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks A Lovely Box and &s, and the book All Beautiful & Useless. She also writes short stories, columns and reviews, is active with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, and serves as Assistant Poetry Editor of Brain Mill Press. A new book of poetry, Of Covenants, and the novella, Girling, are forthcoming in December 2017.
Janet McCord holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Boston University and is a Fellow in Thanatology (FT), a credential awarded by the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
Under the direct supervision of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel and UCLA Professor Emeritus Dr. Edwin S. Shneidman, she focused her doctoral dissertation on Holocaust survivor writers who killed themselves after the war, utilizing psychological pain theories of Dr. Shneidman to conduct literary psychological autopsies. Her doctoral work and her two mentors inspired her career trajectory as a lifelong suicidologist and thanatologist. She serves as a researcher with the United States Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Psychological Autopsy Project and was certified as a Psychological Autopsy Investigator by the American Association of Suicidology in 2013.
A Peace Corps volunteer for many years, Dr. McCord has had many travel opportunities, both for self-development and student research. Dr. McCord serves on the Board the Association for Death Education and Counseling, is co-director of research for the American Institute for Veteran Research and Policy, and serves on numerous local boards and committees. Lastly, she is a volunteer Horse Project Leader for the Calumet County 4-H.
Dr. McCord has been married to Michael J. McCord for 30 years. They have one daughter, Caitlyn, and live on five wooded acres in rural Wisconsin with their chickens, turkeys, geese, horses, goats, cat, honey bees and two border collies.
John Morris received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Washington in 1991, and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in 1984; both degrees were in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Morris completed post-doctoral research at the Biological Process Technology Institute at the University of Minnesota. His dissertation and post-doctoral research involved protein separation for biochemical applications with focuses on precipitation and chromatography.
Dr. Morris entered the medical device field in 1993 working for Possis Medical, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn. Over a period of nine years as an engineer, research manager, and consultant, he worked on the design, testing, and manufacturing of the AngioJet® Thrombectomy System. This device allows radiologists and cardiologists to quickly and safely remove blood clots from the circulation, such as in the case of heart attacks. John also worked for St. Jude Medical on devices used to correct coronary arrhythmias.
Dr. Morris moved to Fond du Lac in 2002 and made the jump to academia. He has taught classes in chemistry, biology, physics, math, statistics and environment science at Marian University, University of Wisconsin – Fond du Lac, and Moraine Park Technical College. He is very passionate about his work with Marian University’s Social Justice Committee, which he has co-chaired for a number of years. He has also been the lead in developing the Sabre Garden which is used for educational, research, and service projects with the produce being grown being donated to the local food pantry. In his free time, Morris enjoys singing and playing guitar, woodworking, biking, skiing, and competing in triathlons.
Pat O’Connor is an alumna of Marian University, and has served as a faculty member for more than 30 years. In addition to her role as a professor of nursing, O’Connor has served as the Interim Chairperson of the School of Nursing, and Vice Chairperson of the School of Nursing. Currently, O’Connor teaches in the RN-MSN and Master of Science in Nursing programs.
In her spare time, O’Connor enjoys reading, gardening and watching old television programs and movies.
Passel’s clinical practice, teaching, service, and research have been directed towards decreasing stigmatization of the mentally ill by promoting public awareness and compassion.
The primary focus of Passel’s teaching philosophy is based upon a holistic approach which encourages caring and a healing presence, where she teaches students the connection between professional human compassion and tasks.
Passel is also a Board Certified Advanced Holistic Nurse and RYT-200 yoga instructor.
Heather Price is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department’s Leadership Studies doctoral program. Her research focuses on sociology, school climate, teacher commitment, and educational policy. Prior to Marian, Price worked in the private educational policy sector as a senior analyst, served as the Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame, and worked as a Milwaukee Public Schools middle school teacher. She continues to work with the OECD as a contracted expert for the Teaching and Learning International Survey and is co-authoring with faculty at the University of Notre Dame regarding the transmission of faith to children. Her primary responsibilities will be teaching and advising graduate students in the Leadership Studies program.
Karen Roberts earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Marian University in 2004, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Marian University in 1982, and is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). Roberts has been a nurse educator for more than eight years, and a registered nurse for more than 32 years, with experience in Medical/Surgical Nursing, Critical Care nursing, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Preoperative Nursing and Endoscopy Nursing.
Schuessler earned her Master of Business Administration in Finance, Investments and banking and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Schuessler began her career in investments with a large financial corporation and then took an instructor position in finance at Marquette University prior to coming to Marian University. In addition, Schuessler is a Certified Public Accountant and has worked in public accounting for many years.
Currently, Schuessler teaches economics and finance courses at Marian in the traditional undergraduate and the accelerated adult program, and serves as the Program Director for the Economics and Finance Department.
Away from work, Schuessler enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband and six children.
Sr. Marie Scott has served at Marian University for the past 17 years as the Director of Campus Ministry and as an assistant professor of history. Sr. Marie Scott is a proud member of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, the founder and sponsoring organization of Marian University.
On a personal note, Sr. Marie Scott enjoys traveling, reading, good movies, conversation and spending time with friends.
My passion for health care started in 1997 when I completed my Bachelors in Nursing. I have worked in health care for over 22 years and have been in various leadership roles. I completed a Masters in Nursing in 2004, and then a Doctorate in Health Care Administration in 2018. I have completed research in job engagement with outpatient nurses and weight status. I strive to interact with students to help them achieve their goals. It has always been important to me to instill my core values of integrity, honesty and academic achievement with each student. Leadership is the light that moves health care forward in an ever changing world. The Health Care Administration program will prepare students to handle the challenges in health care careers. In my spare time I enjoy long-distance running, spending time with family, cooking and gardening. My life motto is “You can do anything you want to do!”
Bradd W. Stucky has served as a professor in Marian’s School of Education since 1996, and served as the Interim Dean of Graduate Studies from 2005-2006. Stucky earned his Doctor of Education and Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University; an Educational Specialist degree and Master of Science degree in Educational Technology from Barry University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Secondary Education from Valparaiso University.
Stucky was awarded the Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010.
Brenda J. Stueber is an associate professor and social work field director at Marian University. Professor Stueber received her bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and her Masters Degree in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee with emphasis in school social work. Brenda has over twenty five years combined experience practicing in the field of social work and teaching at higher education institutions in the area of general studies and social work.
David Thompson was born in Detroit, Mich., and studied composition with James Waters and Walter Watson at Kent State University in Ohio, where he received his Doctor of Philosophy in music theory and composition. Dr. Thompson is presently the Chair of the Music Department at Marian University, where he teaches music theory, history, music administration, and American music. Dr. Thompson is the author of the book, “A History of Harmonic Theory in the United States,” and has been a guest lecturer on the topic of American piano music, under the auspices of the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Compositions include a one-act opera, “David and Bathsheba,” the “Symphony for Band,” a “Civil War Requiem,” and a “Magnificat” for choir brass and organ, not to mention numerous works for solo instruments and chamber ensembles.
Lance Urven earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in genetics from the University of California Davis, a Master of Science from Western Illinois University in Zoology, and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Ethology from the University of Illinois.
Urven’s research interests include developmental and cell biology, and uses his experience to teach introductory courses in biology, genetics, biostatistics, biology seminar, and developmental biology. In addition, Urven has expanded his interests in germ cell migration to include undergraduate and graduate student projects on opossums, cattle and horses.
Through his master’s research, Urven documented the developmental stages of Betta splendens, the Siamese fighting fish, and used immunohistochemistry to study avian reproductive cells’ embryonic origin and migration in his doctoral work. Urven conducted post-doctoral research in molecular biology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the Southwest Biomedical Research Foundation in San Antonio, where he worked on the transcriptome and epigenetic changes in mouse reproductive cells.
Dr. Wagner-Angell’s teaching specialties are composition, Romantic and Victorian literature, women’s literature, and drama. Her scholarship focuses on Victorian literature and pedagogical issues.