Mary K. Fischer earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami Coral Gables, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and a RN Diploma from Mercy School of Nursing. Fischer has been active as a certified nurse midwife in the Fox Valley since 1985, and has served as a faculty at Marian since 2012.
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.
Pat Immel has served at Marian for more than 15 years. She earned an associate’s degree from Moraine Park Technical College.
A Fond du Lac native, Immel enjoys spending time with her three children and twin grandsons, landscaping, do-it-yourself home projects, and quilting.
Leslie Jaber-Wilson holds a Master of Science in Social Work degree, and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree.
Juliet Durdin earned a Master of Science in Higher Education from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Northwestern Illinois University.
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 in Zaire between 1983 and 1985, Dr. McCord returned to live in East Africa with her family from 1994 to 2000, and led student research teams to Brazil and Uganda between 1999 and 2005 to conduct qualitative research on health issues such as the impact of insurance for the poor and the use of insecticide treated bed nets to prevent malaria.
She serves on the Board and as President for the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and is co-director of research for the American Institute for Veteran Research and Policy (www.aivrp.org), a national independent think tank that researches the experiences of veteran reintegration in American society and is in process of creating a composite meta-narrative of these experiences. She serves on numerous local boards and committees including the Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Steering Committee, the Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination, Prevent Suicide Wisconsin, and the Fond du Lac County Mental Health Access Team, as the international work group on death, dying, and bereavement. 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.
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.
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.
Lisa Schmidt has been with the School of Nursing and Health Professions as a full time professor since 2011 and as adjunct professor since 2008. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University, specializing in Nursing Education, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Marian University. She currently teaches courses in Advanced Medical/Surgical, critical care clinicals at the senior nursing level and has taught Pharmacology. Her professional experience includes Emergency Nursing, Critical Care Nursing and has practiced as a Sexual Assault Nurses Examiner.
Schmidt is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, International Association of Forensic Nursing, the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.
She is certified in Critical Care Nursing and has received training as an End of Life Critical Care Instructor through the National End of Life Consortium/City of Hope.
When Schmidt is not facilitating learning at Marian University, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She also continues as a staff RN in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner within the Froedtert Health System.
Quintin E. Sullivan is an Associate Professor and chairperson of the Social Work Program. His primary teaching interest has always been research methods and an emphasis on the application of principles learned in class through authentic applied research studies, which is a meld of research and teaching that produces significant service to the community, University, and profession.
For more than two decades, his research agenda focused primarily on program evaluation in the child welfare area, presenting to national and international audiences, receiving several competitive grants, preparing numerous scholarly reports, and publishing several articles and other publications. While focusing primarily on program evaluation in the child welfare area, his research has demonstrated his broader interest in research methodology as he has collaborated with numerous colleagues and utilized a variety of research methodologies in diverse areas.
Building on extensive accreditation experience, he has served as a site visitor for the Council on Social Work Education since 2003. As a social work faculty member since 1989 and as a program director or department chair for the last 15 years, he has been extensively involved with accreditation reviews. As Baccalaureate Program Director at Illinois State University and Department Chair at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, he directed and assisted in the reaccreditation of baccalaureate programs and the planning, implementation, and accreditation of two masters programs, one at each institution.
Dr. Sullivan joined the Marian University community in January 2013.
Andrea Wolf holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Marian University, and has been employed at Marian since August 2010. Wolf began at Marian as an Admission Counselor at the West Allis campus recruiting for the adult and graduate programs prior to serving in her current role as the Academic Advisor for the Graduate Nursing Program.