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.
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 2018 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 form 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.