Currently an Assistant Professor in the undergraduate nursing program, Darlene Adelmeyer earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Marian University. She has also served as a Nursing Skills Lab Instructor and an Adjunct Clinical Instructor, and has been a Registered nurse for more than 25 years with experiences in Medical/Surgical Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Long-Term Care Nursing, and Home Health Nursing.
Now serving as a faculty director of distance learning with the Adult and Online Studies Unit, Gladys Arome began with a career in TV media and K-12 library media before transitioning into higher institutions of learning. Prior to coming to Marian, while working for universities, she designed and taught classes for both face-to-face and online learning environments and mentored graduate students toward completion of their dissertations for more than 15 years. Now, her responsibilities at Marian include teaching students in the Educational Technology program and assisting faculty with their online course design pedagogies. Her background in public health also afforded her the opportunity to work several years in public health as program coordinator, strategic national stockpile in the division of emergency preparedness and response. She enjoys teaching, interacting with students and faculty in sharing knowledge on the potential capabilities of technology to enhance teaching and learning in educational settings, as well as the use of technology for training and development to improve work performance.
David Boers has served Marian for more than 30 years in many different capacities and programs. Before coming to Marian he taught middle school and high school and was a middle school and high school principal. He holds Doctorates in Education in Secondary Education and Higher Administration from Ball State University, as well as a Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Supervision from UW-Oshkosh and a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from UW- Green Bay. Currently, he is a professor in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. Teaching is his passion and he hopes to pass on his love of learning to his students. He has a keen interest in the history of Wisconsin and American education, and his books “WISC,” “WISC 2,” “WISC 3,” and “The History of American Education” describe his work in these areas. His research areas of interest include philosophy and techniques for encouraging discouraged learners, and his books “Making the Difference,” “Happy Classrooms,” and “Lost and Found: The CARTIE Model for Reclaiming Students” describe his ideas and research regarding those topics. His most recent book, “Uncovering Black Heroes: Lesser-Known Stories of Liberty and Civil Rights,” reflects his interest in social justice issues. While his recent research themes include issues regarding oppressed populations and the plight of fugitive slaves, he currently is working on a book that will highlight 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 joined Marian in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department after earning an 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. Her research integrates field and laboratory components to answer questions of population genetics and genomics, conservation management, and molecular ecology. In between degrees she worked as an avian field technician and as a veterinary molecular diagnostic specialist. She currently enjoys teaching a variety of biology courses, including introductory biology, anatomy and physiology, and genetics. The main goal of her classes is to make biology accessible and relevant to every student. Beyond the class she and her husband spend time chasing after her own personal genetics experiments – Lily and Jack. Her exploratory nature leads her to run, venture outdoors, and travel whenever possible.
In 2018 Tammy Chapin began teaching at Marian, where she also earned a Bachelor’s in Nursing (1991) and a Master’s degree in Nursing Education (2004). She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a Specialization in Nursing Education from Capella University in early 2018, and her dissertation and research interests focus on learning and studying approaches of nursing students, as well as teaching strategies to combat academic entitlement in higher education. Now serving as an Assistant Professor and as the Nurse Learning Specialist, she has also taught undergraduate nursing in the areas of pharmacology, medical/surgical, and accelerated nursing courses at UW-Oshkosh for more than 12 years and nearly three years at Concordia University-Mequon, including development of numerous courses for face-to-face and online nursing programs. Her career as an educator has led her expertise to be in tutoring all levels of nursing students for academic success, using studying and learning strategies specific to learners’ needs and adult learning theories. Along with teaching for 16 years, she has been an ICU nurse for 25 years, bringing real-life experiences to her classroom.
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.
Janice A. Edelstein began her nursing career in critical care at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee before later moving to rural Oklahoma. There, she established an associate nursing program and became the first nursing instructor hired, allowing her to design the nursing building and an initial curriculum before beginning her educational teaching focus in nursing. She earned degrees at the University of Oklahoma- Health Science Center and the University of Arkansas. Besides teaching she volunteers for the American Red Cross Health Services and for Winnebago County Literacy Council with a focus on health literacy.
Prior to joining Marian in 2016 Sean Fitzpatrick taught Sport Psychology master’s students at John F. Kennedy University. He received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in Sport and Exercise Psychology from West Virginia University, where he also earned an additional masters in Community Counseling. He teaches Research Methods, Sociology of Sport, Professional Development I & II, and several upper level elective courses in the Exercise and Sport Science Program. His active research interests include the training and career development of young sport psychology professionals and the experiences of NCAA Division III student athletes. In his spare time, he can be found biking around Fond du Lac, or in the kitchen pretending to be a chef.
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 Michael Garvey received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UW-Milwaukee, where he worked under the guidance of Prof. Wilfred Tysoe. He earned his B.S. degree at UW-Oshkosh, where he majored in chemistry and physics. He joined the Marian community in 2016 and he regularly teaches general physics courses and physical chemistry, and this year he began co-directing the Honors Program. He is currently seeking collaborative research opportunities in which he can apply and expand his computational modeling expertise, and at home he enjoys trying to teach his daughters science. He has contributed to 19 peer-reviewed articles in journals including Nature Communications, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, Tribology Letters, and The Journal of Physical Chemistry C.
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.
A 1986 graduate of Temple University and 1990 graduate of Marquette University Law School, James T. Gray has served as the Sport and Recreation Management Program Director at Marian University since 2008 and is presently an associate professor. He is a co-author of the two-volume textbook “Sports Law Practice, second edition” and authored the Third Edition of the same text, along with co-authoring “The Stadium Game, first edition” – a sports law practitioner’s guide to facility lease negotiations and drafting considerations. Gray complements his academic interests with legal practice and was a partner at Pierski & Gray, LLP, a Milwaukee law firm where he has worked as a consultant or has represented professional sports leagues, professional and amateur athletes, and youth sports programs in issues ranging from drug testing, sport based risk management, labor contracts and negotiations, as well as sport television and sport facilities agreements. Previous clients include the International Cricket Council, Olympic athletes, and the outside legal counsel for the South African Rugby Union.
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 came to Marian in 2009 and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music. He directs the Marian Chamber Singers, coaches the university vocal jazz ensemble, and teaches private voice lessons and other music courses. He is a first-year student faculty mentor, as well as a leader within the university faculty cohort, which is responsible for the redesign and implementation of Marian’s innovative Themes-based General Education Curriculum. He is the Artistic Director of the Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale, resident ensemble at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac, and is also the Principle Organist and Chancel Choir Accompanist at The United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, Wis. He has a special interest in children’s music education and 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, Northfield, Minn. He has choral music arrangements published with Neil A. Kjos Music Publishers and Choristers Guild, and his past positions include Music Director at Valley Lutheran High School in Phoenix, Ariz., and Director of Music Ministries at King of Glory Lutheran Church, Tempe, Ariz., and Bethesda Lutheran Church, Ames, Iowa. In the wider music community, his contributions range from choral clinician and music conference organizer, to president of the board of directors of Choristers Guild, a non-denominational collegial organization supporting musicians who work with children and youth in religious contexts. At THELMA, he led the creative team that pioneered “On Stage@THELMA,” a summer theater arts camp for 4th-8th grade students.
Currently the chair of the Marian Psychology Program and a member of Marian’s Social, Behavioral, and Forensic Sciences Department, Dr. Amy Hennings arrived at the school in 2007 and is an Associate Professor in Psychology. She annually travels to the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago with Marian students and her research focus is on retention and success of high-risk first-generation college students. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from UW-Eau Claire, her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Saint Mary’s University Minnesota, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology from Walden University Minnesota. She has worked in the field of psychology and human services for more than 20 years and additionally researches trauma informed and resilience building practices to serve survivors of trauma. Her human services experience includes working with children, adolescents, women, and families, who struggled with surviving trauma, mental health issues, chemical dependency, and domestic violence. She still works in a clinical supervisory role with a local foster care agency.
Patricia A. Hernandez earned her Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communication from UW-Madison, where she also earned her Master’s Degree in Life Science Communication. Upon completion of her Ph.D. she accepted a faculty position in California, where she served as the Director of the Communication program and developed an online master’s degree in Communication. She then took a leadership role as the Vice-President of Character Education at the social movement and nonprofit group “because I said I would.” She led the organization’s strategic communication efforts, as well as program development and implementation – which appeared on NBC’s “TODAY show.” She returned to academia full time in 2018 at Marian University, where she is spearheading a new Digital Communication track, serves at the advisor the Sabre Voice, and is the co-director of the Honors program. She blends her research, teaching, and industry experience to facilitate learning, inspire intellectual curiosity and encourage students to become difference makers. Her work appears in the Journal of Communication Education, Journal of Media Psychology, and Journal of Psycho-oncology, and her current research interest is looking at health behavior change with a digital media lens. She has led and participated in service projects across six countries and three continents, and beyond the classroom enjoys running, practicing yoga, cycling, paddle boarding, planning her next travel adventure, and spending time with her three favorite people – her twin nieces and nephew.
Dr. Stacey Hittman is a practicing, certified family nurse practitioner with more than 11 years of experience in the practice setting and six years of experience in the academic environment. Now serving as Marian’s Nursing Department Graduate Program Director, she was previously an associate professor at Bellin College, where she taught graduate-level nursing courses in the areas of family nurse practitioner theory, clinical, and practice management. She has served as adjunct faculty in Marian’s family nurse practitioner program since 2017, teaching practice management and clinical.
Dr. Katie Hughes arrived at Marian University in 2005 having earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UW-Oshkosh, her Master of Science in Nursing Education and Psych/Mental Health Nursing from UW-Madison, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership from Concordia University. She is a Leadership Fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and a Certified Nurse Educator who enjoys the challenge of teaching research and evidence-based practice to undergraduate nursing students – making a dry topic interesting and relevant to students using humor is her favorite part of class. She lives in Fond du Lac with her husband, Nate, her pre-teen daughter, Quinn, their retired service dog, Ginger, and crazy puppy, Lucy.
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.
As a Professor in the Social, Behavioral and Forensic Science Department’s Social Work Program Leslie Jaber-Wilson teaches throughout the curriculum and serves as an academic advisor, while also serving as director of the social work program. She previously worked as a social worker and social work administrator in the areas of foster care, child welfare, and community mental health in Washington, Colorado and Wisconsin, and her research and professional presentations focus on foster care, mental health, and social work education. She continues to work in the field as the Executive Director of a private foster care agency and serves on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Council on Social Work Education. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and her Doctorate in Social Work from Aurora University.
Prior to his career in education Brian Joachim was employed as a cardiovascular-interventional radiologic technologist, assisting with vascular and nonvascular interventional and therapeutic procedures, both emergent and non-emergent. He was an active participant in included, but not limited to, angioplasty (both cardiac and non-cardiac), stenting (both cardiac and non-cardiac), thrombolysis (both cardiac and non-cardiac), embolization, insertion of central venous access devices, insertion of inferior vena cava filters, biopsies and pain management procedures. As service to the profession of medical imaging, Joachim voluntarily serves as the Program Chairperson for the Wisconsin Association of Educators in Radiologic Technology (WAERT) Student Symposium that occurs yearly in April. It has provided Mr. Joachim the opportunity to network with his fellow Wisconsin educators along with the pleasure of interacting with individuals from across the U.S. that are highly respected in the radiologic sciences.
Professor Alan Johnson, J.D. is the Director of the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security programs, having begun teaching courses at Marian in 2004 and becoming a full-time faculty member in 2014. A retired Milwaukee Police Lieutenant with 26 years of service, he enjoys using his real-world experience to explain the criminal justice system in ways that make the theoretical and practical work together. He believes students understand lessons and apply them to their professional exploits better if they understand the nuances and reasons behind their actions. Having attended a technical college himself and transferring to Marquette University to complete his degree in Criminal Justice and his law degree, Johnson has a strong understanding of the challenges students face in balancing their personal lives, families, education, and employment. He assists students with their journey as a student advisor and mentor.
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.
Phil Johnson teaches introductory education courses to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working with student teachers. He has spent 33 years working in the K-12 educational system, including nine as a teacher and 24 years as a Principal and Director of Elementary Education, working in Private and Public education as well as Public Charter Schools. He earned his Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from UW-Eau Claire and his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from UW-Madison. He loves to share his passion for education and stresses the importance of forming relationships with his students. Johnson enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife, children, and granddaughter.
Considering herself a Ravenclaw, Ciara Kidder (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Forensic Sciences in the Psychology Program. Her teaching responsibilities include General Psychology, Applied Statistics, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Neuroscience, which she instructs face-to-face and online. She earned her Ph.D in Social Cognitive Neuroscience, M.A. in Experimental Psychology, and Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Methods at the University of Texas at El Paso, where her research focus was in moral attitudes and stereotypes. Beyond work she is an avid reader, lover of sci-fi shows, and hopes to prevent her two children from becoming Green Bay Packers fans.
Heaving earned a BSE, cum laude, from UW-Whitewater and an MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame with an emphasis in liturgy, Mary Claire Klein, EdD, now serves as Marian’s Communication program director and Leadership program director. She completed an MS, summa cum laude, in Organizational Communication at UW-Whitewater, and her doctorate in Education from Cardinal Stritch University is in the area of leadership for the advancement of learning and service. Her research emphasis is in leadership in non-profit organizations, and she was named the 1999-2000 recipient of the Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award. She was also the recipient of the Excellence in Academic Advising award in May 2010 and the 2016 WACADA Faculty Excellence in Academic Advising award. She is a member of the Lakeshore Chorale and plays guitar, piano, and knits. She lives near the shores of Lake Michigan in Cleveland, Wisc., where she practices sustainable landscaping for natural bird habitat.
Currently serving as an assistant professor of mathematics and chair of the Math and Natural Sciences Department, Linda Krueger came to Marian University in 2005 after gaining high school and collegiate teaching experience. She received her B.S in Mathematics with secondary teaching certification from Angelo State University in 1985 and taught high school mathematics and supervised cheerlead squads until 1992. In 1994 she received her M.S. in Mathematics from Baylor University and became an instructor there for one year before accepting a math faculty position at Central Texas College. Relocating to Wisconsin in 2005, she became Marian’s Math Specialist/Coordinator of Math Academic Services and held that role until 2017. In her spare time she spoils her grandchildren and enjoys spending time outdoors – waterskiing, hiking, and biking – with her husband, Mike, and two dogs.
Originally from central Wisconsin, Christina Kubasta is an Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Letters at Marian. 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 and is the author of several books of poetry, most recently “Of Covenants (Whitepoint Press),” as well as the novels “Girling (Brain Mill Press),” and “This Business of the Flesh (Apprentice House).” In addition to teaching, she co-coordinates the Lake Reading Series with the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts and directs the Muriel Press. She loves helping students find their voice and learn about the ways stories and storytelling impact our lives.
Associate Professor of Nursing Christine Laurent has been teaching undergraduate level students at Marian since 2007, having become an RN in 1983. After years of working in several states in her area of expertise, Obstetrics, she became an Inpatient Obstetric Nurse in 1990, a certification she still holds today. She earned her AAS-Nursing in Memphis, her BSN at UW-Green Bay, her MSN from Bellin College of Nursing, and her PhD from UW-Milwaukee. Her research interests involve service-learning and nursing education, and she also enjoys grant writing. She currently serves as Marian’s Co-Director of Service-Learning and has been incorporating service-learning in her classes since 2008, allowing students to work with The Salvation Army, Broken Bread, New Beginnings, and the Fond du Lac area schools. In her spare time, the Neenah resident enjoys spending time with her husband, Dan, and their seven daughters, one son, two sons-in-law, five grandchildren, and DD the dog.
David J. Leichter is chair of the Department of the Humanities and the director of the philosophy program and the social justice program. He joined the Marian community in Fall 2013 after receiving his PhD from Marquette University and MA from Northern Illinois University. While at Marian he has taught courses in Bioethics, Existentialism, the Philosophy of Love and Friendship, Monuments and Memory, and the Philosophy of Food. In addition to teaching he has published several articles on the relationship between food and memory, the philosophical significance of graphic novels, and the importance of narrative ethics for medical practice. When not working, he spends his time cooking while listening to records from his ever-growing LP collection.
Professor Janet McCord holds a Master of Arts from Andover Newton Theological School and a Doctor of Philosophy from Boston University. She is a Fellow in Thanatology, a credential awarded by the Association for Death Education and Counseling, a professional association for which she is also a Past President. Currently she is the Chair of the Edwin S. Shneidman Department of Thanatology. 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 is certified as a Psychological Autopsy Investigator by the American Association of Suicidology and has served as a field researcher for two large psychological autopsy projects. Her scholarship focuses on suicidology, general thanatology, and resilience in formerly abducted children in developing countries.
Associate Professor Mark Merline joined the Marian art faculty in 1999 after earning his B.A. at the University of Wisconsin and his M.F.A. at the Ohio State University, where he specialized in experimental media, including holography and neon. Merline teaches studio art and art history at Marian, and his outside interests include home renovation/historic restoration, horticulture, numismatics, and the Green Bay Packers.
Tabitha Miller earned a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Quality from Marian University before earning a Certificate in Radiologic Technology from Affinity School of Radiology-Oshkosh. She is the Clinical Coordinator and instructor for patient care, anatomy and physiology, radiographic positioning, radiographic image analysis, and ethics in medical imaging for the Undergraduate- Radiologic Technology Program. She came to Marian with 10 years of experience as a registered/licensed Radiologic Technologist, where she performed radiographic exams in general diagnostic radiography, fluoroscopy, surgical procedures, acute care units, as well as computed tomography.
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.
Sr. Cyndi Nienhaus, CSA, is an associate professor in Religious Education, having received her Ph.D. from Fordham University in New York City. Her research interests include interreligious dialogue, Jewish-Christian Relations, and Holocaust studies, and she has written several scholarly articles and has co-authored one book. At Marian since 2008, she teaches undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. levels and served as president of the faculty senate for the 2016-2017 academic year. She currently serves as a general councilor for the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes and plays flute with the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, while also taking piano lessons. She loves to spend her free time with her dog, Thunder.
Nancy Noble earned her Master of Science in Nursing from UW- Eau Claire in 1987, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UW- Oshkosh in 1981 and is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). Noble has been a faculty member in nursing at Marian for 29 years, sharing her passion for the profession of nursing and nursing education with her students. She has been the advisor to the Marian University Student Nurses Association and the Wisconsin Student Nurses Association for the past 27 years, and was awarded the Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2014, as well as the Wisconsin Nurses Association Excellence in Nursing Education Award in 2012. Noble enjoys all outside activities and spending time with her family.
Cheryl Passel has been teaching at Marian for 12 years, but that wasn’t her first exposure to the school. Having earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Bellin College and her Baccalaureate of Nursing Science from Florida Atlantic University, she then earned her PhD in Leadership Studies at Marian. She has also practiced as a registered nurse for more than 30 years, and her passion and expertise in mental health and wellness has carried over from the clinical setting to the classroom. She is a board certified advanced holistic nurse and a registered yoga teacher, and has published in the American Holistic Nurses Association journals, along with serving as a peer reviewer for the publication. Additionally, she is an active member and frequent guest presenter for The Brown County chapter for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).
Dr. Mary Polchert’s background is in critical care, home care, and management, having graduated from Deaconess Hospital in 1979 and competing her BSN and CCRN in 1989 and MSN in Education/Administration from Marquette University in 1995. Inspired by her professors, she obtained her PhD in nursing from UW-Milwaukee in 2006 and has been at Marian since. She hopes to inspire nurses to continue their professional development. Her research focuses on health disparities, self-efficacy, health competence, cultural care, the affective domain of learning in nurses, and NCLEX-Success. She has presented different research studies on these topics at professional nursing conferences and has traveled to Nicaragua for a medical mission. She served as research assistant while a graduate student and as a parish nurse. At Marian she has taught fundamentals and nursing research for undergraduates; research, theory, informatics, and public health in the hybrid/online RN-BSN program; and Parish Nursing. In the MSN/FNP program she has taught quantitative research, qualitative research, advanced nursing research, and evidence based practice. Recently, she developed and delivered the new online foundations of advanced nursing practice course for the MSN/FNP program. She has been married for 38 years, has two children, and owns an active sheep-a-doodle puppy.
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.
As an Assistant Professor Lalitha Ramamoorthy teaches introductory biology, microbiology and cell biology. She is an American Society for Microbiology Biology Scholar and is a member of the Project Kaleidoscope STEM Leadership Institute. She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, and has conducted research in molecular immunology and protein biochemistry. Her current research focuses on antimicrobial resistance in bacteria. She is also actively involved in the development of instructional resources and assessments for implementation in an undergraduate biology classroom.
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.
Schultz has been teaching in the psychology program for more than 10 years and has extensive clinical experience with children and families. A Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Wisconsin, she has worked as a therapist and clinical director for a foster care agency and currently provides clinical consultation to several Fond du Lac area social service agencies. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Studies from UW- Madison. She remains active in the community, serving as a member of the Zero Suicide FDL initiative, on the board of the Robert E Berry House, and previously helped establish the Kewaskum Community Pantry. She lives in Fond du Lac with her family, including three cats and dogs. When not vacuuming pet hair she enjoys kayaking, hiking, flower gardening, reading, and cooking.
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!”
With more than 20 years of experience in Medical/Surgical Nursing, with connections to several hospital systems throughout the Fox Valley, Kari Steinbeck joined Marian in 2010 and since has served in several roles, including Skills Lab Instructor and Adjunct Clinical Instructor, and becoming an Assistant Professor in the Undergraduate Nursing Program in 2018. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree with an emphasis in nursing education from Marian in 2015 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UW-Oshkosh in 1996. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and attending sporting events – especially baseball.
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. She received her bachelor’s degree (B.S.W.) from UW-Oshkosh and her Masters Degree in Social Work, (M.S.S.W.) from UW-Milwaukee with emphasis in school social work. She has more than 25 years of combined experience practicing in the social work field and teaching general studies and social work at higher education institutions. The lifelong resident of Fond du Lac is invested in the Fond du Lac community through her work in service-learning and volunteer practices.
Breana Sutfin began working for Marian as an adjunct clinical instructor in 2011 and became full time faculty in 2013. She graduated from Marian with a BSN in 2009 and continued her education with Walden University, graduating with an MSN in 2013. Her nursing experience includes pediatric intensive care, post anesthesia recovery unit, and day surgery, and she completed her Certified Nurse Educator in 2018. She loves the outdoors, riding horses, and hunting, and lives by the motto “FROG IT – Fully Rely on God when times get tough.”
A Detroit native, David Thompson studied composition with James Waters and Walter Watson at Kent State University, where he received his Doctor of Philosophy in music theory and composition. He has been a member of Marian’s Music Department for 30 years and teaches music theory, history, music administration, and American music. Author of the book “A History of Harmonic Theory in the United States,” he has been a guest lecturer on the topic of American piano music, under the auspices of the Wisconsin Humanities Council. His compositions include the 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.
Originally from Hudson, N.C., Luke D. Townsend went from his family’s small farm to the campus of Appalachian State University where he majored in accounting. During a senior year internship he decided to instead pursue a career in theology, and applied and was accepted to Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn., where he earned a Master’s of Divinity degree with a focus on Church History and Systematic Theology. Living in Nashville for four years he served as a Youth Pastor and a teaching assistant at Belmont University, before continuing his theological studies at Saint Louis University. There, from 2012- 2017, he studied Historical Theology, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Medieval Christianity, and Thomas Aquinas, and after defending his dissertation in May 2017, he joined the faculty at Marian University as an Assistant Professor of Theology. He currently lives in Fond du Lac with his wife, Mary Frances, and their dog, Gus.
Dr. Kimberly Udlis joined Marian in 2017 and is the Associate Dean and Chief Nurse Administrator in the Nursing Department. Previously the Graduate Program Director at Bellin College for three years and the assistant director of advanced practice nursing at UW-Oshkosh for 13 years, she is a Fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Leadership in Academic Nursing Programs. She has served on AACN task forces focused on DNP education, including the AACN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) summit and DNP Implementation task force, and with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), where she contributed to foundational documents advocating for DNP NP education, curricular models, and NP full practice authority. A native of Canada, she has been a resident of Wisconsin since 1995 and has published and presented nationally on DNP program characteristics, DNP program quality, and DNP degree understanding and clarity. She has received the Outstanding Service to NONPF award and is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
A part-time clinical NP practice in Electrophysiology at SSM Agnesian, she resides in Fond du Lac with her husband, Dr. Seth Udlis, and sons Eric and Ethan.
Prior to joining Marian in 2001 Lance Urven attended the University of Illinois for his B.S. degree in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, followed by a Master’s degree in Zoology at Western Illinois University. He earned a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California-Davis, where he studied embryology of the reproductive system, and did post-doctoral research in molecular biology at the Johns Hopkins University and the Southwestern Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio. He has taught general biology, anatomy and physiology, research methods, and developmental biology, among others, and has taught and done cell and developmental biology research at UW-Whitewater and UW-Madison, with research models over the years including chickens, turkeys, quail, mice, South American opossums, cattle, horses, Siamese fighting fish, and zebrafish. He has received the UW-Whitewater College of Letters and Sciences Teacher of the Year Award and Marian’s Underkofler Award. He dotes on his grandchildren, encourages and occasionally accompanies his wife in her historic costuming and history re-enactment activities, and looks forward to visits to amusement parks at every opportunity.
Dr. Jodi Wagner-Angell graduated from Purdue University with a PhD in Victorian Literature and a secondary emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, while also obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing from UW- Milwaukee. Since joining Marian in 2008 Wagner-Angell has taught literature, composition, and professional writing. Some of her favorite classes to teach include drama, women’s literature, and British literature. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta, and one of her biggest joys is observing students present their work at an annual convention. When not at Marian or not with her nose in a book, she can be found on the lake with her husband and two kids.
Dr. Cooper Wakefield specializes in developing intercultural competence, the cultural differences between the U.S. and Asia, diversity, and interpersonal competence. He has been an Assistant Professor of Communication at Marian since 2014 and teaches courses including Intercultural Communication, Essentials of Interpersonal Communication, and Interpersonal Communication. He obtained his doctoral degree in intercultural communication from the University of Kansas, his master’s degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Illinois, and his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cincinnati. Before coming to Marian he taught at the University of Kansas, in the graduate department at Shanghai International Studies University, and at the University of Illinois. His appreciation for the field of intercultural communication came largely as he studied and taught in China from 1995-2009. He has a continuing fascination with how people’s cultural heritage profoundly influences their worldview and communication mechanisms and is gratified when he’s able to help others navigate and affirm culture. The Oshkosh resident lives with his wife and two children, and besides being in the classroom he is happiest when he toils in his garden.
Associate Professor Tom Wallestad earned his BA degree from UW-Green Bay and his MFA in Computer Graphics from Syracuse University. Having founded Marian’s Graphic Arts program in 2003, he enjoys teaching design, illustration, cartooning, animation, digital imaging, printmaking, multi-media and various studio art classes. His personal artwork is inspired by the diversity society’s visual media, ranging from fine art to lowbrow subgenres. He draws on years of experience to solve visual design problems by combining digital art methods and the traditional handmade art media. In the summer he introduces young artists to animation and comic book illustration in art camps around northeastern Wisconsin.
Lori Yogerst has served as a faculty member for more 10 years and most recently the RN-BSN Program Coordinator at Marian University. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Cardinal Stritch University-Milwaukee in 2006 and her Bachelor of Science Degree from Winona State University. She completed her Qualitative Research Thesis Project on Nurses’ Perception of Culturally Congruent Care at Cardinal Stritch University. Her nursing experiences include Medical/Surgical Nursing, Critical & Cardiac Care, Pediatrics, Geriatric and School-Health Nursing. She has been a nurse educator for the past 20 years and has taught in the undergraduate, graduate, various clinical healthcare settings and with online distance learning at Marian University. Her philosophy of teaching is to foster a supportive learning environment and promote students to be self-engaged active learners and prepare to be leaders in the future of healthcare. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Phi Zeta Chapter at Marian University Wisconsin and the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society. She is an active volunteer in the community, seeks continuing educational opportunities, and her most memorable experiences have been traveling abroad with a group of nursing students for a global educational experience to Costa Rica, as well as hosting international students from Spain and Japan.
Melissa Zar began serving as a professor in Marian’s nursing department in 2017 after earning a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden University in 2013 and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marian in 2007. Her background includes medical-surgical nursing, endoscopy nursing, and wound care/hyperbaric therapy, and she also has experience in nursing leadership. When not working she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband and two children.
Brooke Zelhofer began teaching at Marian University in 2017 as an Assistant Professor in Nursing for the Undergraduate and MSN programs. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from UW-Oshkosh in 2006 and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from UW-Madison in 2017. Before arriving she worked as an RN on the Pediatric Medical/Surgical floor at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. She additionally has experience in NICU, adult Med/Surg, and Labor and Delivery. She also currently works as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for CHW-FV. When not working she loves to spend time with her family, gardening, and traveling.