Meet Our Faculty & Administrators


Kathleen Hunter, PhD, RN-BC, CNE

Director, MSN Degree Program

Kathleen HunterDr. Hunter has been a nursing and healthcare education expert for more than 40 years. After conducting clinical practice in critical care units for 12 years, she began practicing nursing informatics, working with end-users and with information systems design, development, testing, implementation and evaluation. Dr. Hunter’s experience and education led to several prestigious opportunities, including a senior informatics policy position where she directed funded research, managed the recognition of nursing informatics as a distinct specialty, led the establishment of the Patient Care Work Group with Health Level Seven and co-chaired the first Education Work Group of the Computer-Based Patient Record Institute. As a registered nurse, Dr. Hunter is passionate about educating and informing healthcare consumers and enabling them to make full use of healthcare informatics applications. She holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Maryland.



Robin M. Kirschner, EdD, RN, CPAN, CRN, CRA

Dean, MSN Specialty Tracks

Robin KirschnerRobin M. Kirschner is an associate professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. In addition to teaching, she helped develop the curricula for the MSN Healthcare Policy specialty track.

Dr. Kirschner has more than 30 years of experience in the nursing field and served as a registered nurse at Banner Health – Banner Desert and Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Arizona, where her contributions included regulatory compliance, employee education and competency, cost management, acquisitions and day-to-day operations. Prior to her role at Banner Health, she was an associate professor of nursing at Grand Canyon University and an associate professor in the college of nursing at Maricopa Community Colleges. Her clinical experience also includes three years working as a clinical nurse specialist at St. Francis Hospital in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

Dr. Kirschner is a member of numerous professional organizations including the National League for Nursing, American Healthcare Radiology Administrators and Arizona State Board of Nursing Scope of Practice Committee. In 2010, Dr. Kirschner was honored with Nurse of the Year Award for management by NurseWeek and as Radiology Nurse of the Year by the Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing. She has contributed to the healthcare community through poster presentations, articles and speaking engagements for a variety of industry organizations.

Dr. Kirschner earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Oregon and completed her master’s in nursing at New York University. She holds a Doctor of Education degree in administration and leadership from Argosy University and a certificate of doctoral work completion in administrative leadership from Vanderbilt University.


Elizabeth Romeo, PhD, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor, MSN Degree Program

Elizabeth-RomeoDr. Elizabeth Romeo is an assistant professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty track at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She brings more than 30 years of combined clinical and academic nursing experience to her role.

Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Romeo held a range of nursing positions, including FNP at Allergy and Immunology and Adult Health Center, as well as instructor at Binghamton University. Most recently, Dr. Romeo served as assistant professor at Gwynedd Mercy University for eight years. She is a certified registered nurse practitioner, board certified family nurse practitioner and member of the National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Kappa Phi.

Dr. Romeo earned her Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from Villanova University, MSN degree from Binghamton University and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Syracuse University.


Kevin L. Letz, DNP*, MBA, MSN, RN**, CEN, FNP-C, ANP-BC, PNP-BC

Associate Professor, MSN Degree Program

Kevin-LetzDr. Kevin Letz is an associate professor for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program within the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty track at Chamberlain College of Nursing. He has more than a decade of experience in nursing practice, education and administration.

Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Letz was an adjunct professor for the MSN degree program at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is a member of the National League for Nursing, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and Sigma Theta Tau International, among other industry organizations.

Dr. Letz has authored several books and publications, including “The NP Guide: Business Essentials for Nurse Practitioners” and “Migraine Control,” and has presented and contributed to publications about allergies, asthma and headaches.

A certified adult nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner and emergency nurse, Dr. Letz earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rush University, Master of Business Administration degree from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management, MSN degree from University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Purdue University.

*licensed in Arizona, Indiana and California
**licensed in Arizona, California, Indiana and Ohio



Terri L. Schmitt, PhD, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, RN*

Associate Professor, MSN Degree Program

Terri-SchmittDr. Terri Schmitt is an assistant professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty track at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She has more than fifteen years of experience in nursing practice, leadership and education. Concurrently, Dr. Schmitt is a nurse practitioner (NP) at Pediatric Endocrine & Diabetes in Palm Beach, Florida.

Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Schmitt was a graduate-level adjunct faculty member at Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University and a NP at Florida Atlantic University Diabetes Education and Research Center. Her previous clinical experience includes roles as NP and pediatric staff nurse working in urgent care, neonatal intensive care and intensive care settings.

Dr. Schmitt has contributed to research and presentations on social media integration in nursing and education, diabetes, eating disorders, and insulin omission behavior. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and its Global Technology and Innovation Taskforce, Florida Nurses Association, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Advanced Practice Nurses of the Ozarks, and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Schmitt is a certified family nurse practitioner, diabetes educator and childbirth educator. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and MSN degrees from Missouri State University and a Doctorate in Nursing from University of Missouri – Kansas City.

*licensed in Florida and Missouri


Robyn Rice, PhD, MSN

Professor, MSN Degree Program

Robyn-RiceDr. Robyn Rice is an associate professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She brings more than 30 years of combined nurse management and instruction experience to her role.

Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Rice held a range of nursing leadership and education positions, including clinical nurse supervisor at Gateway Regional Medical Center, staff nurse and manager at SSM Hospice and associate professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Most recently, Dr. Rice served as a per diem hospice and home health nurse at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, Illinois. Dr. Rice has also served as an item writer for the National Council Licensure Examination and has authored numerous textbooks and articles on home care nursing.

Dr. Rice earned her Doctor of Philosophy in nursing with an emphasis on telecommunications and health care policy from the University of Colorado, and MSN degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.


Sandra Deering, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor, MSN Degree Program

Dr. Sandra Deering is an assistant professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty track at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She brings more than 15 years of combined academic and clinical nursing experience to her role.

Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Deering held a range of academic and clinical nursing positions, including FNP at Providence Hospital and Mercy Hospice of Troy, as well as adjunct faculty at Henry Ford Community College and Oakland University. In addition, in 2013 Dr. Deering served as a sub-investigator in a proof of concept trial evaluating the effects of Reduced Impedance Noninvasive Cortical Electrostimulation treatment on Fibromyalgia symptoms. She is a certified nurse practitioner and is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Deering earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, MSN and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oakland University.


Alex Bahadori, DNP*, FNP-C

Associate Professor, MSN Degree Program

Alex-BahadoriDr. Alex Bahadori is an assistant professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty track at Chamberlain College of Nursing. He has more than 10 years of combined experience in nursing practice and academia. Concurrently, he is a nurse practitioner at Gulf Coast Dermatology, providing specialized dermatological care in practice areas such as skin cancer surgery and general and cosmetic dermatology.

Dr. Bahadori’s past clinical experience includes providing independent primary care to pediatric, adult and geriatric patients as a FNP. He has contributed to publications focused on the topics of nursing, healthcare and higher education. Dr. Bahadori is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, Dermatology Nurses’ Association, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and Florida Nurse Practitioner Network.

Dr. Bahadori is a licensed advanced registered nurse practitioner and board certified in family practice and dermatology. He earned Bachelor of Science and MSN degrees from University of South Florida, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Case Western Reserve University.

*licensed in Florida and Washington


Julia Ann Raithel, PhD, MSN, RN*

Professor, MSN Degree Program

Dr. Julia Ann Raithel is a professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She has more than 40 years of experience in nursing practice, leadership and education.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Raithel served as a learning resource specialist in the Clinical Learning Resources department at Chamberlain’s Chicago campus and dean of nursing programs and web-based learning coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program at Chamberlain’s St. Louis campus. Her previous clinical experience includes roles as charge nurse and staff nurse working in intensive care settings.

Dr. Raithel’s contributions to academia include authoring publications on controlling blood glucose levels and the respiratory system. Additionally, Dr. Raithel has contributed to research and presentations on implementation of simulation, intramuscular injection technique and cyber-learning for nurse educators. Dr. Raithel earned her BSN from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, MSN from University of Missouri – St. Louis and PhD from University of Missouri.

*licensed in Missouri

 
Muder Alkrisat, PhD, MSN, RN, CSHA, HACP, CSSBB


Associate Professor, MSN Degree Program

Muder AlkrisatDr. Muder Alkrisat is Associate Professor in the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College  of Nursing. He has more than 20 years of experience in nursing education, training and leadership.

Prior to  joining  Chamberlain, Dr. Alkrisat was lead educator at California School of Health Sciences/California Career Institute. His previous experience includes director of clinical process improvement at Coastal Communities Hospital and director of quality and risk management at Corona Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Alkrisat is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and specialist in healthcare accreditation and is currently preparing for his certification in infection control  and certified  performance improvement advisor. His clinical experience includes eight years as a registered nurse.

Dr. Alkrisat holds Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Education degrees from University of Jordan School of Nursing and School of Graduates. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree with a focus on education from Azusa Pacific University.


Elizabeth Fildes, EdD, RN, CNE, CARN-AP, APHN-BC, DACACD

Professor, MSN Degree Program

Elizabeth FildesDr. Elizabeth Fildes is a professor  in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing.  She has more than 30 years of experience  in nursing  practice and education. Concurrently, she is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Dr. Fildes has been recognized  for  her work  as a smoking  cessation advocate  by  the  Nevada Cancer Coalition,  Southern  Nevada  Health District  and Nevada Tobacco Prevention  Coalition, among  other organizations.  She  has  authored   four   books   and  contributed  to publications focused  on tobacco and nicotine addictions, including "Your Journey to a Nicotine Free Life, A Transformation.” In addition, she has presented  numerous times on the topic of tobacco quit lines and telephonic counseling for those with tobacco and nicotine addiction. In 1997, Dr. Fildes founded the Nevada Tobacco Users’ Helpline, and served as its principal investigator and senior director for 17 years.

Dr. Fildes is a member of the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, International Society for Nurses in Addictions, Sigma Theta Tau International, Philippine Nurses Association of America and Philippine Nurses Association of Nevada. She is also a diplomate of the American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders.

She is a certified advanced practice addictions registered nurse, nurse educator and a board certified advanced public health nurse. Dr. Fildes earned a Doctor of Education degree from Loyola University in Chicago, a Master of Nursing  degree from Columbia University Teachers College in New York and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Santo Tomas School of Nursing in Manila, Philippines.



Toni Hebda, PhD, RN, BSN, MNEd, MSIS

Professor, MSN Degree Program

Toni HebdaDr. Hebda joins Chamberlain College of Nursing with more than 30 years of experience in the fields of nursing and nursing education. She has published more than 15 articles in prestigious nursing journals and handbooks on topics such as informatics competencies, the TIGER Initiative, nursing and information systems and computer-assisted nursing instruction. Dr. Hebda is primarily interested in informatics as a way to support the work of nurses and as a means to improve healthcare delivery. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Duquesne University School of Nursing, a master’s degree in nursing education from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, a doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and a master’s degree in information systems from the University of Pittsburgh School of Library and Information Science.

 


Dee McGonigle, PhD, RN, FAAN, CNE, ANEF

Chair, Virtual Learning Environments (VLE); Professor, Graduate Programs

Dee McGonigleDr. Dee McGonigle is a professor in the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is leading the Chamberlain Second Life interdisciplinary initiative for enhanced virtual learning. She brings more than 35 years of experience in nursing and nursing informatics to the position.

Dr. McGonigle began her nursing career as an intensive care unit staff nurse in an urban teaching hospital and pursued teaching positions while advancing her education. After being introduced to the field of informatics while working towards her master’s degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she co-founded the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), a professional, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal. Dr. McGonigle also co-founded the Special Interest Group for Health Technology and Education and developed the Foundation of Knowledge Model and the ETHICAL Model used to handle ethical challenges in the information age.

Dr. McGonigle has co-authored two text books and written more than 100 articles. She is a member of the Informatics and Technology Expert Panel for the American Academy of Nursing, the editor-in-chief of OJNI and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and National League for Nursing.

Dr. McGonigle is a Certified Distance Education Instructor and a Certified Nurse Educator. She holds a doctoral degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in family in the community and nursing education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University, where she is a professor emerita.



Diana Meeks, PhD, MSN, RN, CS, FNP-BC, CNE

Professor, MSN Degree Program

Diana MeeksDr. Diana Meeks-Sjostrom serves as an associate professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. In addition to providing instruction, her responsibilities include program development and research initiatives. She was previously dean of graduate programs, responsible for curriculum and course development, faculty operations and student services. Dr. Meeks-Sjostrom has more than 28 years of experience in nursing instruction, management and geriatric and medical surgical/orthopedic nursing.

In addition to volunteering her time to various professional boards and organizations, Dr. Meeks-Sjostrom is an accomplished speaker, author, editor and reviewer of grants, professional articles and textbooks. She currently serves as a board member for the National Committee of Prevention of Elder Abuse and is an education committee member with the Georgia Nurses’ Association. Dr. Meeks-Sjostrom is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Dr. Meeks-Sjostrom holds a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing degree from Georgia State University; a MSN degree from Kennesaw State University, where she completed the family nurse practitioner program; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Queen’s University; and a diploma in nursing from Saint Lawrence College in Ontario.



Roberta Raymond, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, MSN Degree Program

Roberta RaymondDr. Roberta Raymond is an assistant professor for the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Her extensive background of professional experience in nursing spans positions as instructor, education administrator and clinical nurse, as well as healthcare system management roles.

Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Raymond was an adjunct nursing faculty member at Belmont Technical College in St. Clairsville, Ohio. She also recently served in several administrative positions at The Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland. As grant coordinator, Dr. Raymond coordinated and implemented four state and federal funded grants. As nursing program administrator for the college, she implemented and evaluated three campus’ nurses programs, including faculty evaluation, appointment and review; preparing and administering the budget; formulating and implementing policies; and seeking and preparing grant opportunities.

Dr. Raymond is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Ohio League for Nursing and the National League for Nursing. Additionally, Dr. Raymond has contributed to multiple publications and presented on a variety of healthcare and nursing topics.

Dr. Raymond earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore; a Master of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Arts degree in education from West Virginia University; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Liberty University.



Carolyn Sipes, PhD, CNS, APN, PMP, RN-BC

Associate Professor, MSN Degree Program

Carolyn SipesDr. Carolyn Sipes is an associate professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Informatics specialty track at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She brings more than 30 years of clinical, research, academic and informatics experience to the position. 

Concurrently, Dr. Sipes is president and CEO of the Center for EHR Program Management, LLC, a healthcare informatics consultation company that she founded in 2011. Dr. Sipes’ informatics experience includes positions at maxIT, Accenture and IBM/HealthLink. She has overseen numerous national and global electronic health record implementations. Dr. Sipes is a certified informatics nursing specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and holds eight Epic clinical application certifications. She has taught healthcare informatics for more than five years while authoring and co-authoring multiple articles and presentations on informatics-related topics.

Dr. Sipes previously worked as a research scientist, conducting extensive grant-funded research on the execution of care for AIDS patients, which has been published widely and presented at conferences including the American Nurses Association Biennial Convention and International AIDS Conference. She is an active member of the American Medical Informatics Association, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and Project Management Institute and is a founding member of the National Association for Health Services Research Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

Dr. Sipes earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing  degree and MSN with public/community health and nursing administration specializations from Northern Illinois University and Doctor of Nursing Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Rush University.



Rebecca J. Sisk, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

Associate Professor, MSN Degree Program

Rebecca SiskDr. Rebecca J. Sisk is an associate professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program and Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Sisk was a professor and director of assessment, outcomes, grants and research at Methodist College of Nursing. She concurrently served as an adjunct online instructor for MSN courses at South University and the University of Phoenix.

A member of Sigma Theta Tau International, American Nurses Association and National League for Nursing, Dr. Sisk’s industry contributions include published articles in professional nursing journals such as The Journal of Nursing Education and Nurse Educator and more than thirty professional presentations. She has also led valuable nursing research initiatives including “Factors Related to Medical Readiness in U.S. Military Reservists,” which was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Dr. Sisk is a certified nurse educator through the National League for Nursing and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.



Susan Waltz, DNP, RN

Associate Professor, MSN Degree Program

Susan WaltzDr. Susan Waltz is an associate professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She brings more than 25 years of combined clinical nursing and academic experience to her role.

Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Waltz was a nursing instructor for Universityof Phoenix, MedTech College and Ivy Tech Community College, where she was also nursing  department chair. Her additional experience in academia includes clinical preceptor positions at University of Phoenix, Ball State University and Regis University, among others. Dr. Waltz also has eight years of direct-patient-care experience, including roles as a nursing supervisor, director of nursing, grief counselor  and registered nurse.

Dr. Waltz has authored  research projects on topics including pain management in newborns, breast self-exam education for low-income uninsured women and the effect of instruction on the transcultural self-efficacy of nursing students. She also developed a peer mentoring program to positively impact student success. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and National League for Nursing and served on the board of directors for the Agency on Aging and Community Resources in Indiana known as Thrive Alliance.

Dr. Waltz earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing  degree from Indiana University Southeast, MSN degree with leadership educator specialization from Ball State University and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rush University in Chicago.

 
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