Maranda Abitz, 2008 Marian graduate with a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis Public Relations. 2017 UW Oshkosh graduate with a M.S.E in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs and College Counseling. Currently working in the Registrar Office as a Support Specialist III. She’s been on the Alumni Board of Directors since May 2012, participating in the Golf Outing, Alumni Awards, and Scholarship committees.
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.
As the hustle and bustle that accompanies the holiday season is quickly approaching, let me take a moment to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude for your support of Marian University and the students we serve. As a graduate and beneficiary of the Marian experience, it is an honor and a privilege to serve in the role of Vice President for Institutional Partnerships and Interim Vice President for Advancement. I have been blessed by the opportunity to meet, engage, and be inspired by so many of you over the last quarter of a century. It is with passion and purpose that I pledge to help advance the legacy and mission under which we were founded by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes over eight decades ago.
On behalf of Marian’s students and alumni, let me thank you again for your support and generosity. Should you wish to connect with me personally, please don’t hesitate to contact me via phone (920.923.7652) or email.
Jordan Baitinger is an admission counselor for the School of Business and Public Safety and has more than three years of experience working with adult learners. Baitinger earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix while working full time and understands the demands of earning a degree while balancing all of life’s responsibilities. He is happy to share best practices and help students develop a customized academic and financial plan.
Baitinger lives in Appleton with his wife, Dayna, daughter, Rowan, and their Puggle, Tessa. Baitinger is also a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Marian specializing in outfield fungos.
Bartelt earned her Master of Science degree in Adaptive Art Education from St. Norbert College, and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.
Bartelt has more than 30 years of teaching experience, and enjoys designing lessons that stimulate creativity in her students. Bartelt’s own artwork features watercolor, papermaking, photography, and drawing.
Jason Bartelt has served as head coach of the Marian baseball program for more than 13 years, and has posted a career record of 226–247-1 in his first 12 seasons. Bartelt has been a part of four, twenty-win seasons in his tenure. He oversees all aspects of the baseball program and continues to extend the deep tradition of Marian University baseball.
Prior to Marian, Bartelt worked at Lakeland College, where he served as hitting/infield instructor for four seasons with the Muskies, the last two as a full-time assistant coach. Bartelt started his coaching career under former Muskie Head Coach John Weber after completing his playing career at Lakeland. The two-time All-LMC shortstop wrapped up his collegiate career in the top five of almost every category in the Muskies record book.
Bartelt graduated from Lakeland College with a degree in Exercise Science and Secondary Education with an emphasis in Biology.
He and his wife, Ann, and sons, Casey and Carter, currently reside in Fond du Lac.
Peni Beine serves as a support specialist in the Working Families Grant Program. Prior to this role, she was the System Specialist and Student Employment Coordinator in the Office of Financial Aid, and served in the role of Administrative Support Professional in the Music Department, Office of Student Life, and School of Education.
Beine puts the student first and does all she can to assist Marian students to make their experience exceptional.
Beine has served on many committees at Marian and formerly served as the chair of the Staff Senate Recognition and Awards committee. She embraces the core values of Marian University and has recently become an associate member of CSA. Beine is the proud parent of a two-time Marian graduate. In her spare time, she enjoys helping with her husband’s business and sewing.
Peggy received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree at Marian University in 1986 and her Nursing Home Administrators license thru the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to working in long term care she worked ona cardiac medical unit and ICU. She has been employed for 25 years in the long term care industry and has been at Evergreen Retirement Community for the last 22 years. Peggy currently is the Vice President of Health and Support Services, where she is the Nursing Home administrator along with being in charge of Environmental Services, Dining Services the Fitness and Aquatic Center and Evergreen at Home, Home Care.
Patricia Boelhower earned a Master of Arts in teacher development and Bachelor of Arts in history from Marian University.
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.
Mark Boyle holds a Master of Science in Special Education and a Bachelor of Science in Education, both from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
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.
Karla Breister is the Outreach and Retention Specialist for the TRIO/SSS program at Marian University.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology from Marian University. She began her career at The Reporter/Gannett Wisconsin Media and then entered the non-profit world, serving as the Marketing & Membership Director of the Fond du Lac YMCA and then as Program Director for Solutions Center Shelter & Support Services.
A lifelong Fond du Lac resident, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve Marian University and its students. Karla and her husband, Terry, have one son. In addition to spending time with her family, Karla enjoys being crafty.
Kate Candee currently serves as the Vice President of Student Engagement at Marian University. She has served as the Executive Director of the Office of Learning, Engagement and Retention and was the Principal Investigator/Project Director for the Department of Education Title III grant. Prior to this, she served as the Director of the Sport and Recreation Management program with the Marian University Business Division and Special Assistant to the President for Fitness and Wellness. Candee was also the Assistant Director of the Student Support Center working with the Community Involvement Program, Co-op/Internship Program and Career Services. In the early 90s, Candee was also involved with the Marian Adult Accelerated Program as Coordinator of Program Services.
She began her business career with A.C. Nielsen, the world’s leading supplier of consumer marketing research information, as a Senior Supervisor. She is also an Associate with the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes.
Dr. Moreen Carvan is Marian University’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness. She earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Cincinnati, with a specialization in educational research and change, her Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education at the University of Texas at El Paso.
In the course of her career, Dr. Carvan has worked in two state departments of education (Ohio and Wisconsin), and has served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, the University of Rhode Island, and Marian University. Most recently, Dr. Carvan served as an academic planner at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, leading the design and implementation of the university’s innovative Professional Educator Development program.
Dr. Carvan’s master’s thesis was awarded the National Association of Research in Science Teaching Master’s Thesis Award for 1994, the first year in which the award was granted. Her doctoral research informed policy decisions regarding the systemic change initiatives of the National Science Foundation. She has testified before the National Academies of Science as an expert in assessment in education, and presented at the annual conferences of the American Education Research Association, the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.
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.
Tami Christian is a 2006 graduate of the Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and Quality Program and a 2003 graduate of the Bachelors in Business Administration Program. She is currently the Sr. Human Resources Business Partner for Nielsen, a global information and measurement company. She is the Global HR Lead for the Input Validation function spanning 650 people in 90 countries and the Regional HR Lead for the North America Buy Operations function including an additional 500 people across the US and Canada. She is currently involved on the Marian Alumni Scholarship Committee, Legacy Scholarship Committee, and Alumni Golf Outing Committee. She was also instrumental in helping to develop the Student SHRM Chapter at Marian University and participates on the Selection Committee for the Annual Marian University Business & Industry Awards.
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.
Carey Gardin has served Marian University since September 1987 by providing comprehensive administrative support to the President and managing the Office of the President. A member of the President’s Cabinet, she serves as Secretary to the Board of Trustees. Gardin earned her R.S.A. degree from Angus College, Scotland.
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.
Alyssa Gruett is a Board-Certified Art Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Registered Yoga Teacher. She earned her master’s degree in Art Therapy, with an emphasis in Counseling, from Mount Mary University in 2013 and her bachelor’s degree in Art Education from UW-Oshkosh in 2007. She joined Marian in 2018 and now directs the Expressive and Therapeutic Arts program. In addition to teaching, she is an Art Therapist in Appleton, working with a variety of clientele, including those experiencing mental health concerns, significant life transitions, and people with developmental disabilities. Community development is also deeply important to her, and she loves working with new art therapists to help them promote art therapy opportunities within the community. She believes in the healing powers of the creative arts and enjoys sharing how the creative process can be used for reflection, relationship building, and self-expression.
Karen Gundert holds an American Payroll Institute Payroll Certification.
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.
Jody Hartzell earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. Hartzell worked in Marian’s Office of Admission from 1989-1995. She returned to Marian in 2000 as the Director of Transfer Admission and has had the pleasure of working with many transfer, readmit and international students and their families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa Kidd is the AVP of Marketing and Communications at Marian University. She earned a BFA from Cardinal Stritch University and a MAE from the University of Northern Iowa. She’s an avid golfer, State Park trail enthusiast, and London Fog connoisseur. She also has a miniature schnauzer named Tuesday (who was born on a Friday). When she’s not reading or creating, she’s most likely hanging out with friends at Starbucks.
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.
Shannon LaLuzerne is a two time graduate of Marian University, and serves as the Dean of Admission and brings more than 20 years of experience in working in admission and recruitment.
LaLuzerne has worked with and coordinated the College Seminar Tour for more than 15 years and has been a part of the Wisconsin Association of College Admission Counseling (WACAC) as a past President and a Professional Development Chair.
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.
Megan graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and earned a Master of Arts in Higher Education Counseling in 2008 from Lakeland College. She has the pleasure of working with students and families from the Fox Valley region and introducing them to all that Marian and Fond du Lac have to offer.
Megan greatly enjoys working with students and having the opportunity to be a part of their pivotal years as they continue to grow, mature, graduate, and head into the job market.
In her free time, Megan enjoys attending Fond du Lac’s Walleye Weekend and Race the Lake, as well as dining at Backyard Grill.
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.
Melissa Luedtke earned her Master of Science degree is in Counseling in the College Student Personnel track from Minnesota State University Mankato (formerly Mankato State University); is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) through coursework at the University of Wisconsin Madison; and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University.
She has fourteen years of professional experience within a variety of areas of Student Affairs. The majority of those years have been in the UW system working in admissions, academic advising, financial aid, student orientation, registration, retention, residence life, student leadership development and outdoor adventure programs.
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.
Angie Mies has worked at Marian for over 15 years as the official Graphic Designer. The office names have changed, but her role has remained the same!
She enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, and eating an occasional sub sandwich.
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.
Garry Moïse is a two-time graduate of Marian University, and earned his Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Quality and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in Marketing and General Management. In addition, Moïse earned an Associate’s Degree in Quality Management from Fox Valley Technical College
With UBMS, Moïse works to help local high school students recognize that a post-secondary education really matters. Moïse’s ultimate goal is to assist them in getting the essential preparation to continue their education and eventually begin their journey to a successful and productive professional career.
Prior to serving as the director of the UBMS program, Moïse worked for Marian University’s McNair Scholars Program for five academic years. During that time, he planned and organized recruitment activities, graduate school visits, research presentations, along with many other marketing initiatives. In addition, he contributed to grant writing processes, prepared annual budgets, developed financial reports, and disseminated program news and information to both internal and external community members.
Moïse’s previous professional experiences also include multi-lingual sales and customer support, personal selling, as well as production/quality control management. Additionally, he has always enjoyed the opportunity to mentor young people, and has worked as a Church youth director, community youth advisor, vocal group leader, and foreign language instructor.
Moïse is a fluent speaker of Haitian Creole, French, and English.
Though originally from Fermathe, Haiti, Moïse lives in Fond du Lac with his wife, Claudia, and their son, Phillip.
Jackie earned her Radiography degree from Moraine Park Technical College in 2013, but decided to make a career change a few years later which led her to Marian University. She serves as the Coordinator of Enrollment Operations for Undergraduate Admission. Her main focuses are to process freshman and transfer applications, and maintain documentation in related databases. Jackie brings 15+ years of administrative experience to the team, many new ideas, and an excessive amount of organizational skills. She’s dedicated to ensuring processes at Marian are student-centered, and excited to be a part of helping new students as they embark on their college journey.
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.
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.
Lisa Olig earned a Master of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
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).
Currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Data Science and as the Director of the Data Science Program in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, Laramie Paxton has been a mathematics educator since 2002. He works to reduce math anxiety, make mathematics more accessible, and support students in each step of the learning process. His research interests lie in image analysis, medical imaging, statistical shape analysis, geometric measure theory, and mathematics education.
He earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Washington State University and an M.S. in Mathematical Sciences from the University of West Florida. He completed a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan and also holds mathematics and multiple subjects teaching credentials from California State University-Monterey Bay. Prior to his graduate work, Laramie taught middle school and community college mathematics for nearly nine years. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors, especially going for hikes with his dog.
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.
Prior to her appointment as interim dean, Heather E. Price worked for four years as the Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies doctoral program with concurrent appointment in the Social, Behavioral, and Forensic Sciences department. Her sociological research agenda on education includes social network analysis in schools, comparing education and education policies at the international level, and analyzing the unforeseen consequences from educational policies. Price primarily publishes on the sociology of education, including studies on school leadership, school community and climate, teacher commitment, school choice, and social capital among educators. These studies are published in journals such as American Educational Research Journal, Education Administration Quarterly, Educational Policy, Journal of Educational Administration, and Social Science Research and numerous book chapters on international education and social methods. Price also broadly studies the relational sociology, including her book of American Generosity: Who Gives and Why? (2016, Oxford). Prior to Marian, Price worked as a senior analyst at the University of Notre Dame and in the private educational policy sector as well as taught for years in Milwaukee Public Schools.
Kathy Redig earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
Gregory Reed earned his Master of Science in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Broad Field Science, both from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.
Prior to his current role as Dean of the School of Business, Dr. Jeffrey Reed served as Marian’s Director of the Management Program, Director of the Honors Program, Interim Director of Institutional Research, Faculty Senate President and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Spirituality and Leadership. He received the Underkofler Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, and was a visiting professor at Harlaxton College in 2006.
Dr. Reed has served as Region IV Secretary of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), President of the Fond du Lac Area Human Resources Association, State Diversity Director for the Wisconsin State Council of SHRM, President of the Board of Open Circle Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Small Group Facilitator, Treasurer and Registrar for the Mid-West Leadership School, President of Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club and Assistant District Governor for District 6270 Area B of Rotary International.
Before moving to Wisconsin in 1998, Dr. Reed served as human resources and training consultant in Rochester, NY; as a software engineer, project manager and planner for digital products and product upgrades at Xerox Corporation; as Assistant Professor of Psychology at SUNY-Geneseo; and as a budget analyst for Kansas State University. Dr. Reed received training in Quality Processes, project management and teamwork at Xerox. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from Kansas State University, a certificate in business from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a certificate in program evaluation from the Social & Demographic Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
Pennie Reis is a graduate of Carthage College (Marketing & Communication) and Bowling Green State University (College Student Personnel).
She previously served as the Director of Residence Life at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI, the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Tiffin University, in Tiffin, OH and completed a summer internship at the American College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.
In her free time, Reis likes to swim, travel to visit friends, work on creative projects, and hang with her dog, Tilly.
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.
Anna graduated from Marian University in 2013, where she studied Early Childhood-Elementary Education. Anna earned a Master of Arts in Higher Education Counseling, at Lakeland University in 2016.
Anna is happy to be back at Marian University helping other students enjoy their time and experience here as much as she did.
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.
Sr. Mary Lou is a 1965 graduate of Marian College with a bachelor degree in Education. She furthered her education with a Masters degree in Reading and Learning Disabilities from DePaul University. She put those degrees to use, very happily, for 43 years in various elementary classrooms in Wisconsin, Michigan, Kansas and Indiana, within the Catholic School System sponsored by the Sisters or St. Agnes.
Retiring from teaching in 2005, she spend 100 days in the Sangre de Christo mountains at a sabbatical program. Following this was five years of service as Motherhouse administrator for the Sisters.
Sr. Mary Lou now does volunteer work at Nazareth Court and Center, the retirement community of the Sisters of St. Agnes. She also cares for her aging father at his home for part of each week.
Sr. Mary Lou is a firm believer in the value of a good education and appreciates what was provided to her. She always tries to promote education of quality for others.
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!”
Ben Soman has worked at Marian since 2001. He is originally from Fennimore and attended Marian as an undergraduate from 1997-2001, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He has worked in both the Office of Admission and the Office of Financial Aid and enjoys giving presentations on both subjects.
He and his wife, Noel, live in Fond du Lac. He enjoys traveling and baseball and attempts to combine the two passions at least once a year.
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.
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 holds a B.A. from the University of St. Francis; a master’s in elementary education with a specialization in reading from the University of Illinois-Champaign; an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration from University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN; and received her Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Sarasota (now Agrosy University)
During her undergraduate studies, she decided to respond to God’s call to enter the Springfield, Illinois Dominican Community.
Catherine published and authored numerous articles, and presented at several national conferences (for a full list, please see curriculum vitae). Presently, Sister Catherine combines her love for teaching and writing each day by embracing many opportunities to share her knowledge and passions with her students and she no longer has to “play school.”
Brenda Stobb serves as the Coordinator of Student Success in the Center for Academic Support and Excellence (CASE) Office. Her primary responsibility is to assist Marian students in their academic endeavors by collaborating with them, their families, academic advisors, faculty members, and other university offices to develop and implement strategies that will address and support the student’s personal and academic concerns. She serves as a liaison to campus resources that provide our students options for resolving concerns that may hinder their respective educational successes.
Brenda is honored to be a member of the Marian community since 2005 and embraces the mission and core values of the institution.
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.
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.”
Tammy has been with Marian for 20 years in a variety of positions including Faculty Coordinator and IT Help Desk Administrator. Currently, she serves as the web developer in the Office of Marketing and Communications, where she oversees the development and maintenance of the Marian external website while also ensuring brand consistency in look and design. Tammy earned her B.S. in history at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.
In her downtime, Tammy is the ultimate Wisconsin sports fan and enjoys cheering on the Brewers, Badgers and Packers. She’s loves competing with her weekly trivia team, and enjoys a good comedy, action-adventure or Star Wars movie in her spare time.
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.
As a mathematics lecturer Linda Uselmann has been part of the Marian community since 2016, but she’s been part of the Fond du Lac community for much longer, having grown up in Eden and attending St. Mary’s Springs – Ledgers ’89! She obtained Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Mathematics Education from UW-Oshkosh, and was ABD at UW-Madison, where she first got the higher education teaching bug. She moved back to Fond du lac with her family in 2008. Her professional emphasis is teaching mathematics in a way that connects ideas to one another and to the world. She especially enjoys working with future and current educators, both in her role here as an instructor and while volunteering in local schools and serving on the Fond du Lac Board of Education. She has done work locally for SMSA and regionally for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in mathematics curriculum and professional development. Her other interests include art, her cats, biking, supporting women and girls through the Soroptimist International service club, summer work on an organic vegetable farm, and solving puzzles of all kinds.
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.
Pamela Warren is the Assistant Dean of Students/Operations and Director of Community Standards. Warren joined the staff in 1993 as the Associate Director of Financial Aid. She assumed the responsibilities of the Director in 2009. Prior to her employment at Marian, she worked as a financial aid counselor at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. Warren has served on the state association board, chaired several committees, and has been active in regional and national financial aid associations. She is a graduate of Leadership Fond du Lac and was an honored recipient of the Staff of the Year Award for Marian University. She is an advocate and active member within the community supporting financial literacy, health initiatives and animals through a broad continuum.
Growing up in a first generation and single parent family, Warren understands firsthand the struggles that students may have in order to obtain proper funding and support services for a post-secondary education. She worked two jobs and received financial aid in order to obtain her undergraduate and graduate degree.
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.
Dan is a 2005 graduate who majored in criminal justice and minored in information technology. While in college, he was a four-year member of the Marian baseball team. After graduation, he immediately began working for the Fond du Lac Police Department. He rose through the ranks from patrolman to detective and eventually left the police department in September of 2014. Currently, he is a manager for Capital One (yes, “What’s in your wallet?”). He manages one of their computer forensic offices located in Chicago, Illinois. Dan has been a member of the Marian University Alumni Board since May 2011. He said “I’ve enjoyed my time on the board and enjoyed being able to be part of an organization that has given so much back to the students at the school.”
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.