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Online Master of Science in Nursing Faculty

"The faculty that I interacted with throughout this program were phenomenal. There was a high level of preparedness demonstrated by each faculty member, as well as engagement, and passion around their areas of expertise."
– Marina Ocasio, ’19 MSN in Clinical Leadership

Nichole Arcaro, MSN, DNP, RN, CNL, CNE Dr. Arcaro received her MSN from University of Phoenix. Her MSN project was creating a pain management and heart failure education session for staff nurses that were approved for Ohio Board of Nursing continuing education credit and presented to critical care and subacute nursing staff. Dr. Arcaro has 16 years of nursing experience and 7 years of teaching experience. She has taught online nursing courses including graduate level clinical nurse leader track practicum courses, collaborative healthcare, community health nursing and transitions to professional nursing.

Victoria Brahe, PhD, RN, MSN Dr. Brahe received her PhD from Capella University. Her dissertation was student use of informal communities in online RN-BSN programs. Her research interests are online teaching and learning as well as virtual reality. Her work on online orientation redesign as well as engaging the online learner in academic writing has been published. Dr. Brahe has 27 years of nursing experience and 11 years of teaching experience. Dr. Brahe has taught many courses including nursing inquiry, nursing education practicum, curriculum development, nursing theory, nursing research and critical care.

Mary Donnelly, EdD, RN, MSN Dr. Donnelly received her EdD from Nova Southeastern University. Her dissertation was a comparison of nursing student achievement and satisfaction utilizing different teaching methods. Her research interests are women and depression. Dr. Donnelly has many years of experience in nursing and teaching. She has taught concepts theories and issues in nursing education, nursing education role practicum, clinical leader immersion, administrative leadership in nursing practicum learning principles and instructional methods for the adult learner and clinical leader.

Lynn Elliott, MS, RN Ms. Elliott received her MS from University of South Florida. She has presented her work on maternal and child health issues. Ms. Elliott has over 30 years of experience in nursing and spent the beginning of her career in hospitals working in pediatrics. She has taught many nursing courses including epidemiology, public health and maternal and child health.

Susan Hampson, MS, APN, NP-C, CNE Ms. Hampson received her MS from Purdue University Calumet. Her research interests are end of life care and faculty presence and student success. Ms. Hampson has over 30 years of experience in the acute care setting and many years of experience as an educator. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner, and has taught emergency nursing and family health care, medical-surgical nursing and pharmacology.

Cathriya Penny, DNP, MSN, ACHPN, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, BC-ADM, CCP Dr. Penny received her DNP from George Washington University. Her capstone project was a systematic review of the outcome and impacts of nurse-lead transition of emerging adults with diabetes. Some of her research interests are application of palliative care philosophy to chronic care management and facilitation of patient activated, holistic health behavioral changes within the context of self-efficacy and empowerment. She is both a family and geriatric nurse practitioner, and an experienced teacher and has taught philosophical and theoretical foundations of advanced nursing practice, nursing inquiry and health care ethics.

Michele Poradzisz, PhD, RN, CNE, CNL Dr. Poradzisz received her PhD from University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation was on variables affecting quality of life and adherence in type 2 diabetes. Her research interests are: self-management and quality of life in people with type 2 diabetes, use of concept maps as a teaching strategy and student satisfaction and outcomes with hybrid courses. Dr. Poradzisz has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing courses including: pharmacology, advanced pharmacology, nursing research, nursing theory and clinical leader role.

Lawrence Santiago, EdD, MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, NE-BC, CNE Dr. Santiago received his EdD from University of Phoenix. His work on patients with lack of decisional capacity, 24-hour chart checks, and why make post-discharge phone calls, has been published. Dr. Santiago has 18 years of nursing experience and along with teaching he is an Education Program Coordinator at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Santiago has taught nursing courses including clinical leader role, fundamentals of nursing, teaching and learning strategies, geronotological nursing and medical-surgical nursing.

Nicole Aldrich, MSN, RN Ms. Aldrich received her MSN in Leadership and Management from Walden University. Her teaching area is nursing leadership and her clinical expertise and practice areas are in nursing and executive leadership. Her research interests are in population health and leadership.

Diane Bilotta, PhD, RN Dr. Bilotta received her PhD in Nursing Education from University of Northern Colorado. Her teaching areas are in executive leadership, health care finance and health policy. Dr. Bilotta’s clinical expertise and practice areas are perianesthesia nursing and nursing education. Her research interests are formative assessment, health literacy and transfer of training.

Alesia Coe, DNP, RN, NEA-BC Dr. Coe received her DNP from the University of Alabama. Her teaching areas are in health care leadership and health care policy. Dr. Coe’s clinical expertise and practice area is nursing administration. Her research interests are therapeutic relationships with patients/families and leadership development.

Grace Dengler, MSN, RN, NE Ms. Dengler is an alumna of Saint Xavier University’s MSN program. Her teaching area is in nursing informatics. Ms. Dengler’s clinical expertise and practice areas are nursing education, long-term care, acute care and nursing informatics. Her research interest is congestive heart failure.

Jessica Leiberg, DNP Dr. Leiberg received her DNP from Vanderbilt University. She is currently teaching NURSG 553: Communication, Culture and Collaboration in Health Care and previously taught advanced assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced complex health issues for the acute care patient. Dr. Leiberg has clinical expertise as an acute care nurse practitioner. Her research interests are in caring and value in health care delivery and education.

Gabriella Lowe, MSN, BSN, RN Ms. Lowe is an alumna of Saint Xavier University’s MSN program. Her clinical expertise and practice area is in neurosurgery/neurology. Her research interests are in glioblastomas, brain tumors, and other neurological syndromes.

Jolene Maggert, MSN, RN, CPOT Ms. Maggert received her MSN in Leadership from Walden University. Her teaching area is in MSN programs. Ms. Maggert’s clinical expertise and practice area is in management, currently managing both inpatient (medical surgical, education and ICU/telemetry) and ambulatory care (family practice, internal medicine, oncology, dermatology, cardiology, pulmonology and diabetic clinic). Her research interests are in change and impact of change.

Renee Norberg, MSN, RN Ms. Norberg received her MSN in Education from Olivet Nazarene University. Her teaching areas are in nursing theory (BSN), ethics (BSN), leadership-type courses (MSN), and education- and curriculum-type courses (MSN). Ms. Norberg’s clinical expertise and practice areas are in professional development and education; she is ANCC-certified in professional development. Her research interests are in online learning and simulation.

Monica Ryan, DNP, MA, APRN, FNP-BC Dr. Ryan received her MSN in Business and Leadership from Rush University. Her teaching areas are in undergraduate health assessment and pharmacology; graduate health assessment, pharmacology and FNP health assessment and management, and clinical courses. Her clinical expertise and practice area is primary care/family medicine.

Charlene Bermele, DNP, RN, CNE Dr. Bermele is the Director of the Online Nursing Programs. She received her DNP from Loyola University Chicago. Her teaching area is in leadership. Dr. Bermele’s clinical expertise and practice areas are medical surgical and community and leadership. Her research interests include educating nurses and students on the importance of screening and intervening for domestic violence.