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.
Therese Drake holds an Associate’s degree from Moraine Park Technical College and a Certificate in Office Software Suite.
Chris Durkin earned a Master of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and a Bachelor of Science in History from Ball State University. Durkin worked in Residence Life at Ball State University, and has worked as a Youth Counselor/Teacher for Eckerd Youth Alternative in North Carolina and as a Residence Hall Director at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh before transitioning into his current role at Marian University.
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.
Jeri Kukurich earned her Master of Arts in Counseling with an emphasis in Higher Education from Lakeland College, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Prior to working for Marian, Jeri Kukurich served as Student Advisor for Rasmussen College in Green Bay and as an Associate Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley.
In her spare time, Kukurich enjoys going out to eat with family and friends, playing games, listening to music, visiting theme parks and water parks, and watching movies.
Janell Nielsen began teaching at the Marian University Early Childhood Center in August of 2011 and became the Director of the Center in 2012. In collaboration with the Fond du Lac School District, Nielsen oversaw the addition of the 4K to Marian’s program. The Early Childhood Center obtained the NAEYC Accreditation (a national measure of quality) in September 2013, with a diligent team effort.
Nielsen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early-Middle Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Prior to Marian, Nielsen was employed at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District for five years. She is involved in a local church through choir and playing organ. Nielsen and her husband are very proud of their 3 grown children and enjoy spending time with family in their spare time.
Kristi Reitz earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree at Capella University in Instructional Design for Online Learning, and completed her dissertation on instructional design within iTunes U. Kristi earned her master’s degree from Marian University in Educational Technology and her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
At Marian University, Reitz serves as the Chair of Teacher Education and teaches numerous courses in both the Teacher Education and Educational Technology Programs. Reitz’s research interests include mobile learning, technology coaching, and instructional design. She has presented at numerous state, national and international conferences including the following: WEMTA, WAMLE, SLATE, FETC, ISTE, SITE, and Campus Technology. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi educational honor society.
Reitz has been an assistant professor at Marian for four years. Prior to her full time work at Marian, she taught as an adjunct instructor for Marian for two years in the Educational Technology Department and taught technology literacy and middle school math at All Saints Catholic School in Antigo, Wis.
Patrick C. Saunders is a Green Bay native. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ripon College in physical education. He received four varsity letters in football and was an All Midwest Conference selection in 1974 and 1975. Dr. Saunders received an MSE from UW-Superior in educational administration and later, an Ed.S. also from UW-Superior in educational administration. He earned an Ed.D. from Cardinal Stritch University in learning/leadership/service. Currently, Dr. Saunders is pursuing a MST from St. Norbert College in Theology.
Dr. Saunders spent 37 years in Wisconsin public education with the last 25 years serving as a district administrator. He has been married for 35 years with three wonderful children.
Dr. Saunders teaches across the masters and doctoral programs at Marian University. He holds a strong Christian faith and displays an active sense of humor. He has a passion for teaching emerging educational leaders and advocates personal responsibility and strong family values.
Sister Catherine grew up on an Illinois farm along with two brothers (twins) and a sister. Her favorite activity was “playing school”. Often, her siblings ran the other direction when she suggested “let’s play school”; so, she taught dolls and teddy bears!!
Throughout her elementary years, her teachers developed her love for reading and writing. She was often found with a book in hand and was very engaged in the writing process. She vividly remembers writing a story that had a “long winding wisteria vine.”
Catherine received her B.A. from the University of St. Francis. Once again, professors encouraged and deepened her love for learning.
After graduation, she taught for a year in a small Catholic elementary school. During this time she decided to respond to God’s call to enter the Springfield, Illinois Dominican Community.
As the years passed, she received her master’s in elementary education with a specialization in reading from the University of Illinois at Champaign. Her passion for learning took her next to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, where she received an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration. Her educational journey continued as she attended the University of Sarasota (now Agrosy University) and received her Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction.
While studying, she continued to teach at the elementary, junior high, and high school level. A few years were spent as a principal of elementary schools. Her passion and love for teaching deepened with each passing year.
After receiving her doctorate, she began teaching in teacher education programs at the college level. Here she combined her love for teaching with her love for writing.
Catherine has published numerous articles in the Religion Teacher Journal and has co-authored “Tools for Conflict Resolution” and authored “Enriching Faith: Lessons and Activities on Prayer and “Learning Centers: Saints.” Catherine has also presented at several national conferences on “Pre-Service Teachers Use of Skype to Develop Their Literature Circle Skills.”
Her current research interests include the effectiveness of mission integration personnel, enriching catechists’ instructional strategies and the effectiveness of teaching literacy in the content area.
Presently, Sister Catherine combines her love for teaching and writing; each day finds her embracing many opportunities to share her knowledge and passions with her students and she no longer has to “play school.”
Sue Stoddart earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree at Capella University in Instructional Design for Teaching and Training Online. Sue earned both a master’s degree in educational technology from Ohio University and a master’s degree in special education from The Ohio State University. Her bachelor’s degree in education was also from The Ohio State University.
Sue currently serves as the dean of the School of Education and has held this position since spring of 2010. She also teaches courses for the Educational Technology, Special Education and Doctoral Programs. Sue’s research interests include educational technology, special education, systemic educational change and online teaching and learning. She has presented at numerous state, national and international conferences including the following: Wisconsin, Arizona and Ohio State Technology Conferences, GMCEC, WCON, AECT, MEC, SITE, NECC, FETC, and ISTE. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi educational honor society and has wrote and administered several educational technology grants both at the K-12 and Higher Education levels.
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.
Mr. Wagner has been with Marian University since 1992 as an adjunct professor in Educational Technology. After teaching Elementary and Middle School in Neenah, for 30 years, he retired in 2002 and came to Marian to work in the Educational Technology Department.
He also involved in the marketing for the school of education and attends all the state conventions for educators.
Deborah Watry earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration from Marian University; her Superintendent, School Business Manager, Director of Instruction, Director of Pupil Services Licensure from Marian University; a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Marian University; and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Supervision and a Bachelor of Science in Language Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.