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).