College of Nursing
and Health Sciences

Nursing Faculty

Alex Ariri, PhD, FNP-BC, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor/NP Coordinator
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: aariri@lewisu.edu
Phone:  
Education: ADN/RN: Rock Valley College, Rockford IL
  BSN: Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais IL
  MSN: Boston College, Newton MA
  PhD: Walden University, Minneapolis MN
Certification: FNP-BC
Online Teaching/Blackboard
Teaching Interests: Nursing Research
Epidemiology
Applied Biostatistics
Scholarly Inquiry
Clinical Interests: Geriatrics/long term care
Sub-acute Rehabilitation
Acute in-patient (hospital)
Family Practice
Research Interests: HIV infection/testing
Infectious disease
Sheila Berkemeyer, MSN, RN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: berkemsh@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5356
Education: BSN, University of Michigan, MI
  MSN, Wayne State University, MI
Teaching Interests: Pediatric Nursing
Clinical Interests: Pediatric Nursing
Patricia Braida, FNP-BC, MSN, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: braidapa@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5358
Education: BSN, Marycrest College, IA
  MSN, Loyola University, IL
  Certificate of Advanced Study-Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Lewis University, IL
Certification: CPR Instructor through American Heart Association
Teaching Interests: Medical/Surgical Nursing, Quality and Safety Issues
Clinical Interests: Medical/Surgical Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Coronary Care Nursing, Caring for Chronically Ill Patients with Acute Problems Requiring Interdisciplinary Care
Research Interests: The Effect of Mentorship on Student Outcomes, The Nurse's Role in Safety and Quality, Engaging Students, How Students Learn Best, Effects of Teaching Strategies on Outcomes
Meredit Brow
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: mbrow@lewisu.edu
Maureen Craigmile, MSN, RN-BC
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail : mcraigmile@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5645
Education; BSN Saint Xavier Univeristy, Chicago
  MSN Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL
Certification:

Certified Nurse Leader, Certified Nurse Educator, Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse

Teaching Interests: Mental Health Nursing, Simulation in mental health nursing, active learning strategies
Clinical Interests: Best practice in nursing education in the clinical setting
Research Interests: Vulnerable populations, Simulation in mental health nursing education
Mary E. Desmond, PhD, RN, AHN-BC
Rank: Director of Graduate Nursing Programs
Title: Faculty
E-Mail : desmonma@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5648
Education; PhD in Nursing, Loyola University Chicago
  Master of Science in Nursing (Education), Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions
  Master of Arts in Spirituality, Loyola University Chicago
  Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Sciences
   
 

Certificates:
- Dr. Jean Watson Caring Coach
- Parish Nurse
- Spiritual Director

Certification:

Advanced Holistic Nursing – Board Certified

Teaching Interests: Cultural Diversity
Ethics
Nursing Education 
Nursing Theory
Population Health
Research
Self-Care
Simulation
Spirituality & Spiritual Care
Clinical Interests: Community Health
Continuum of Geriatric Care & Senior Living Centers
Medical-Surgical
Rehabilitation
Veteran Care
Research Interests: Integrative Health & Healing
Mission Integration
Simulation
Spiritual Well-Being & Holistic Health
Spirituality and Spiritual Care in Nursing Education & Practice
Veterans
Lorna Dudzik, DNP(c), RN, APN, CNS, CEN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: dudziklo@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5020
Education: BS, Rush University, IL
  MS, Rush University, IL
  DNP(c), Lewis University, IL
Certification: Certified Emergency Nurse
Certified ACLS / BLS Instructor
Certified American Heart Association Resuscitation Data Abstractor
Teaching Interests: Critical Care, Emergency, Telemetry, Medical-Surgical
Clinical Interests: Critical Care, Emergency, ICU, Medical-Surgical
Research Interests: American Heart Association Resuscitation Quality Improvement Program, In-hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes related to Psychomotor CPR & AHA Guideline Provider Performance, Code Blue Interdisciplinary Team Training
Stacie Elder, Ph.D., RN, CNE, CCRN (alumus)
Rank: Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail : elderst@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5896
Education; BSN, Aurora University, IL
  MS, Northern Illinois, IL
  Ph.D., Barry University, FL
Certification: Certified Nurse Educator
Teaching Interests: Nursing Education, Research
Clinical Interests: Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
Research Interests: Master's Essentials, specifically, End-of-Life Issues in a Quality Nursing Program, Nursing Education Issues.
Linda Gibbons
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Coordinator of School Nurse Program
E-Mail: gibbonli@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5052
Education: BSN, University of Ill. Medical Center
  MSN, University of Ill. Medical Center
Certification: National Board of School Nurse Certification
  Ill. State Board of Education – Prof. Educator License
Teaching Interests: School Nursing, Community Health, Health Education
Research Interest: School Nursing
Eleftheria T. Karapas, DNP, MS, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: karapael@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5335
Education: BA, University of Chicago, IL
  BS, Rush University, IL
  MS, Rush University, IL
  DNP,  Loyola University, Chicago, IL 
Teaching Interests: Healthcare Informatics
Pharmacotherapeutics
Medical-Surgical Nursing
Evidence-Based Practice
Professional Development Topics
Quality & Safety; Human Factors
Clinical Interests: Medical-Surgical Nursing
Nursing Informatics
Evidence-Based Practice Implementation
Neuroscience Nursing
Research Interests: Nursing Informatics
Use of Data to Improve Patient Outcomes
Healthcare Quality & Safety
Human Factors related to Nursing Care Delivery
Evidence-Based Practice Integration
Mary Eileen (Meg) Kloster, MSN, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: klostema@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 588-7094
Education: BSN, University of Bridgeport, CT
  MSN, Andrews University, MI
  PhD Student, Villanova University
Certification: ACLS Certified
Clinical Interests: Critical care, cardiology and adult medical surgical nursing
Research Interests: The effect of indoor and outdoor air pollution on people with a history of cardiac disease. Dissertation work will be an educational intervention for patients who have experienced a cardiac event, and understanding the effect of indoor and outdoor air pollution on cardiac health and outcomes.
 Julia Koklys, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Nursing Chair
E-Mail: jkoklys@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5167
Education: MSN-Family Health Nursing, University of South Florida, FL
  MSN-Nursing Education, University of South Florida, FL
  BSN, Lewis University, IL
  Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Lewis University
Certification: FNP-BC
Teaching Interests: Nurse Practitioner Risk Management, Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum
Clinical Interests: Family Practice, Health Promotion, Advanced Health Assessment
Research Interests: Nurse Practitioner Readiness for Practice/Full Practice Authority, Health Policy, Nurse Practitioner Transition to Practice
Deborah Kornacker, DNP, MSN, RN, CCE
Rank: Associate Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: kornacde@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5346
Education: Doctor of Nursing, Lewis University, IL
  BSN, St. Xavier University, IL
  MS, Rush University, IL
Certification: Certified Childbirth Education
Teaching Interests: Obstetrical Nursing, Childbirth Education, Pediatric Nursing, Health Promotion Across the Lifespan, Physical Assessment
Clinical Interests: Perinatal Nursing, Women's Health, Children: Infant to Adolescents
Research Interests: Health Promotion in All Age Groups, Women's Health Issues, Teaching Strategies, Improving Student Outcomes, Nursing Informatics
Christine Kosinski
Rank: Faculty
Title: Instructor
E-Mail: kosinsch@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5128
Education: BSN, St. Xavier University, IL
  MSN, Lewis University, IL
Certification: BLS/ACLS, Clin III
Teaching Interests: Fundamentals in Basic Nursing, Professional Development, Medication Administration, Med Surg
Clinical Interests: Fundamentals in Nursing, Med Surg, Critical Care, Role Transition
Research Interests: Safety in Healthcare, Autonomy, End of Life Issues
Michele Kramer, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC
Rank: Faculty
Title: Professor
E-Mail: kramermi@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5018
Education: BSN, University of Maryland, WRAIN, MD
  MSN, University of San Diego, CA
  Ph.D., Saybrook Graduate School & Research Center, CA
Certifications: AHN-BC
Teaching Interests: Nursing Leadership, Health Care Organizations, Complexity Science, Transformational Learning, Creativity and Innovation
Clinical Interests: Alternative Healing, Integrative Health, Creating Healthy Environments
Research Interests: Consciousness, Spirituality, Healing, Human Beings, Trans Personal Qualitative Research Methodology
Tricia Littig, Ph.D., MSN, RN, APN, FNP-BC, CNN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: littigtr@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5877
Education: BSN, Lewis University, IL
  MSN, Northern Illinois University, IL
Certification: CNN
Teaching Interests: Health Assessment, Management Adult/Community, Pharmacology
Clinical Interests: Chronic and End Stage Kidney Disease, Hypertension, Transplant
Research Interests: Renal Ostedodystrophy, Slowing progression to ESRD
Misti Ludwig, DNP, RN-BC
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Director of RN-BSN, BAC/BSN and Healthcare Leadership programs
E-Mail: ludwigmi@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5897
Education: Doctorate of Nursing Practice – Healthcare Leadership focus
Certification: Gerontological Nursing Certificate
Teaching Interests: Medical Surgical and Leadership
Clinical Interests: Medical Surgical and Addiction Medicine and Geriatrics
Research Interests: Clinical Advancement of Nurses
Recognition of Degree status
Care of the Elderly
Margaret (Peggy) Lynch, MSN, RN, CCR
Rank:
Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: lynchma@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5359
Education: Diploma in Nursing: Lutheran General and Deaconess Hospital
  RN to BSN: Lewis University
  MSN: Lewis University
Certification: CCRN
  ACLS, PALS, BLS
Teaching Interests: Case Studies to stimulate critical thinking
Clinical Interests: Increased clinical practicum to stimulate critical thinking and ease practice entry.
  Mentoring
  Patient Advocacy
Research Interests: Case studies and Critical Thinking
Donna Martin, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, CDE
Rank: Associate Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: martindo@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5369
Education: BSN, Loyola University, IL
  MS, St. Francis University, IL
  MSN, Lewis University, IL
  DNP, Capella University, IL 
Certification: Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse, CPR Instructor
Maureen McCormick, DNP, MS, FNP-C, ADM-BC, CDE
Rank: Faculty
Title: Assistant Professor
E-Mail: mccormmr@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5082
Education: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Lewis University, IL
  BSN, University of Illinois, IL
  MS, University of Illinois, IL
Certification: ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner, ANCC Advanced Diabetes Management, Certified Diabetes Educator
Teaching Interests: Advanced Health Assessment, APN Management Courses
Clinical Interests: Full Time Practice in Endocrinology, including Diabetes Mellitus, Thyroid and Pituitary Disorders

Research Interests:

Clinical Research Trials in Endocrinology-DM2, Osteoporosis, Thyroiditis
Katherine McDannel, MSN, RN
Rank: Faculty
Title: Assistant Professor
E-Mail: mcdannka@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5359
Education: BSN, University of Illinois, IL
  MSN, Loyola University, IL
Certification: Childbirth Educator
Teaching Interests: Women and Children's Health Care, QSEN Teaching Strategy Reviewer
Clinical Interests: Women's Health, Perinatal Nursing, High-Risk Perinatal Populations
Research Interests: Perinatal Nursing
Michael McDowell, DNP, RN, APN, FNP-BC
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Coordinator, Nurse Practitioner Program
E-Mail: mcdowemi@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5153
Education; BS, Northern Illinois University, IL
  MSN, Northern Illinois University, IL
  DNP, University of St. Francis, IL
Certification: ANCC Board Certified FNP
Teaching Interests: Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Health Assessment, Health Policy
Clinical Interests: Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Disease, Specialty population: Vulnerable populations, Subspecialty population: Hispanics
Research Interests: Health literacy, especially in vulnerable populations
Sheila McGreal, RN, CV-MSN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: mcgreash@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5098
Anne McShane, MSN, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: mcshanan@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5376
Education: BSN, Lewis University, IL
  MSN, Loyola University, IL
Teaching Interests: Pediatric Nursing
Clinical Interests: Continuum Pediatric Nursing
Research Interests: Asthma Education and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing Curriculum
Maureen Moore, MS, RN
Rank: Associate Professor
Title: Coordinator of Retention, Interim Director of Undergraduate Nursing
E-Mail: moorema@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5646
Education: BSN, Loyola University, IL
  MS, Rush University, IL
Certification: ACLS
Teaching Interests: Critical Care, Leadership
Clinical Interests: Critical Care, School Nursing, Parish Nursing
Research Interests: Respiratory, Spirituality, Occupational Lung Disease, School Health Issues
Katelyn Myroniak, DNP, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: myronika@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5292
Education: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Lewis University, IL
  MSN, Olivet Nazarene, IL
  BSN, Hope College, MI
Certification: Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse
Teaching Interests: Fundamentals, Skills Lab, Medical-Surgical, Adults
Clinical Interests: Medical-Surgical Nursing
Research Interests: Performance/Quality Improvement and Patient Outcomes in an Acute Inpatient Setting
Melanie Obispo-Young, RN, APRN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: obispome@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5721
Education: BSN - University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
  MA - New York University, NY
Clinical Interests: Medical/Surgical, Geriatrics
Sharon Pollock, MSN, RN
Rank: Staff and Adjunct Faculty
Title: Co-Coordinator of the Nursing Simulation and Science Lab
E-Mail: spollock@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5128
Education: MSN-Governor’s State University
  BSN-Northern Illinois University
Certification: RN, ACLS
Other Credentials: EPIC Credentialed Trainor
Clinical Interests: Medical-Surgical, Telemetry, and Ambulatory Care Nursing. Nursing Education
Ellen Renna, MSN, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: rennael@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5352
Education: BSN, St. Xavier College, IL
  MSN, Lewis University, IL
Nanci Reiland, MS, RN, ANCC
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Continuing Education
E-Mail: reilanna@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5720
Education: MSN, Lewis University, IL
  BSN, St. Mary's College, IN
Teaching Interests: Community Health/Health Promotion
Clinical Interests: Community, School, Parish Nursing
Linda Ryan, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: ryanla@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5011
Education: BSN, Loyola University, IL
  MA in Counseling & Human Services, IL
  Ph.D. in Nursing Science, IL
Certification: Advanced Holistic Nurse, Board Certified
Teaching Interests: Nursing Theory, Holistic Nursing, Nursing Research Methods & Analysis, Population Health
Clinical Interests: Theory Guided Nursing Practice, Holistic Nursing Practice, Integration of Research/EBP into Nursing Practice
Research Interests: Creating Caring-Healing Environments for Human Flourishing, Holistic Nursing Practice, Importance of Self-Care
Kimberly Scheffel, DNP, RN, CNRN, NE-BC
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: scheffki@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-6021
Education: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Lewis University
Certification: RN-BC
Teaching Interests: Nursing leadership/management, EBP, quality improvement, nursing theory, medical surgical nursing
Clinical Interests: Neurosciences/Inpatient nursing leadership
Research Interests: Physical activity/exercise, improving functional outcomes in patients with movement disorders, motivational interviewing, servant leadership
Carol L. Schneider, MBA
Rank: Adj. Faculty
Title: Coordinator of HCL
E-Mail: schneica@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5914 
Education: MBA, DePaul University, IL
Diana (Dina) Schreader, MSN, ANP-BC
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: schreadi@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5095
Education: BSN, Valparaiso University, IN
  MSN, Loyola University, IL
Certification: Adult Nurse Practitioner AACN Board Certified
  TNS (Trauma Nurse Specialist)
Teaching Interests: Pharmacology, Cardiac, Med-Surg/Med-Surg Clinical
Clinical Interests: Cardiac ICU, Trauma ICU, Med-Surg, Telemetry
Daisy Sherry, Ph.D., CNP, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Director of DNP Program
E-Mail: sherryda@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5249
Education: BSN, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
  MSN, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
  Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
Certification: Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Nurse Practitioner
Teaching Interests: Applied Biosats for APN, Patient Care Management I-III
Clinical Interests: Cardiovascular Health, Well-Being
Research Interests: Health Promotion, Health Communication, Physical Activity
Linda A. Steffens, Ph.D., RN, CCRN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: steffeli@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5336
Education: BSN, Lewis University, IL
  MSN, Lewis University, IL
  Doctor of Nursing Practice, lewis Univesity, IL
Jane Trainor, MS, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Director of Clinical Partnerships
E-Mail: trainoja@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5887
Education: BSN, Creighton University, NE
  MS, De Paul University, IL
Teaching Interests: Medical/Surgical Nursing
Clinical Interests: Medical/Surgical Nursing
Doris Van Byssum, PsyD, APN, PMHNP-BC
Rank: Associate Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: dvanbyssum@lewisu.edu
Phone:  
Education: Doctor of Psychology, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, IL
  MS, Rush University, IL
  BA in Education from Calvin College, MI
Teaching Interests: Graduate level: Psychotropic medications, Diagnostics, Psychotherapy, Medication Management
Clinical Interests: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program  
Research Interests: Psychotropic medications, Psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Therapeutic interventions
Vicky Weidling, MSN, RN
Rank: Instructor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: weidlivi@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 588-7207
Education: BSN, Lewis University, IL
  MSN, Olivet Nazarene University, IL
Karyn Wesley, DNP, RN
Rank: Assistant Professor
Title: Faculty
E-Mail: Kwesley1@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5066
Education: Rush University Doctor of Nursing Practice
  University of Illinois Chicago, Bachelor of Science Business Management
  Augustana Hospital School of Nursing, Diploma in Nursing
Teaching Interests: Public Health Nursing, Health Promotion
Clinical Interests: Nurses as community advocates
Research Interests: Nurses in nontraditional roles. Public Health Nursing
Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Wilber, Ph.D., RN
Rank: Associate Professor
Title: Faculty & Co-Director, Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research
E-Mail: wilberbe@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5889
Education: BSN, University of Michigan, MI
  MSN, Loyola University, IL
  Ph.D.c. Loyola University, IL
Teaching Interests: Professional Development, Leadership, Issues & Trends
Clinical Interests: Leadership, Critical Care, Medical-Surgical Nursing
Research Interests: Clinical Judgement, Nursing Education