Faculty Bios

Vicki AshkerAssistant Professor and Chairperson of Undergraduate Nursing

B.S.N., M.S.A., Madonna University

D.N.P., Oakland University

Certification, American Association Critical Care Nursing

Certification, On-line Faculty Instructor


734-432-5480, Room D-119

Vicki Ashker

Vicki Ashker's research interests include interfaith, diversity, and understanding how social justice and faith interrelate. Other research interests are the science of nursing practice and teaching strategies. Publications in Nephrology Nursing Journal and the Journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association. Quantitative methodology, analysis, computer-assisted data analysis. Vicki was awarded the 2007 Nightingale Award in Excellence in Nursing Administration. This award is state recognized.

Quality and safety improvement process with data driven support in intensive care units and progressive care units, multi-discipline team approach. community service: Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors, Islamic House of Wisdom, Executive Board Member, National American Arab Nurse Association; State of Michigan, Diversity Council. Ms. Ashker enjoys instructing both administrative/management, theory, and clinical applications.

She enjoys teaching students that higher level learning can be fun.

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Diane M. BurgermeisterProfessor and DNP Program Director

B.S.N., University of Michigan

M.S.N. & Ph.D., Wayne State University


734-432-5472, Room D-141

Diane M. Burgermeister

Dr. Diane Burgermeister has been a faculty member since 2005. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who specializes in psychiatric mental health nursing. She is also certified as an adult psychoanalyst. She received her doctoral degree in 2003 from Wayne State University and in 2005 completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Michigan in Health Promotion, Risk Reduction. She was awarded a National Institute of Nursing Research grant to pursue these studies which resulted in a paper widely read worldwide titled, "Childhood Adversity: A Review of Measurement Instruments", and was published by the Journal of Nursing Measurement.

In 2009 she was a member of the task force that helped to develop the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) at Madonna University and helped write the grant that resulted in an award titled, "Impacting Health Disparities by Developing Consortium Model for D.N.P. Programs in Partnership with Health Systems", funded by the Health Resources Service Administration.

Dr. Burgermeister teaches courses in mental health and research methods on the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels in the College of Nursing and Health. She enjoys collaborating with students and faculty on research projects and has been active on many University and Department committees.

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Janice CecilAssistant Professor and Success Co-Coordinator

B.S.N. & M.S.N., Eastern Michigan UniversityACNS-BC (ANCC)


(734) 432-5492, Room D-137

Janice Cecil

Janice Cecil is a full-time faculty member in the College of Nursing and Health. She joined the faculty in 2014. Janice is the course facilitator for Health Assessment and Health Promotion. She also team teaches in Holistic Care of Women and Families. Janice maintains clinical practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Her clinical interests include quality and safety. Jan’s teaching interests include active teaching strategies such as simulation as well as mentoring students to ensure their progression through the undergraduate nursing program.

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Tracey E. ChanAssistant Professor and NP Program Director

B.S.N., Oakland University

M.S.N., Madonna University

Nurse Educator Certificate, University of Detroit Mercy 

tchan@madonna.edu734-793-2464, Room D-105

Tracey E. Chan

 Tracey is an adult nurse practitioner and joined Madonna's full-time faculty in 2012. She teaches in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program in which she serves as the lead faculty. She continues her clinical practice caring for the underserved 1 day a week at McAuley Health Center in Detroit.

Tracey is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing from Duquesne University. Her research interests include competency-based education, clinical readiness, nurse practitioner practice, and weight loss. She is on the board of the Michigan Primary Care Consortium and a member of Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioner, Sigma Theta Tau, and American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She also serves as the faculty mentor for the Madonna University Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioner student chapter.

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Mary Ann Cherenzia

Mary Ann CherenziaInstructor and Success Co-Coordinator

B.S.N., Madonna University

M.S.N., University of Detroit MercyFNP-BC (ANCC)

macherenzia@madonna.edu734-432-5563, D-122C

Mary Ann Cherenzia

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Patricia A. Clark Associate Professor

B.S.N., Mercy College of Detroit

M.S.N., Wayne State University

D.N.P., Oakland University 

pclark@madonna.edu734-432-5830, Room D-120B

Patricia A. Clark 

Dr. Patricia Clark is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health. She joined the full-time faculty of Madonna University in 2014. She completed her doctoral degree in 2008 at Oakland University and her M.S.N. in 1996 at Wayne State University. She teaches in the undergraduate nursing program as well as the acute care nurse practitioner tract of the graduate nursing program. Her area of interest includes the care of critically ill adults. She is actively involved in community service with the Health & Wellness committee at her church. Dr. Clark is a member of the following professional organizations: Michigan Certified Nurse Practitioner (MICNP), Michigan Clinical Nurse Specialist (MICNS), American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau, International.

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Cheryl DotingaAssociate Professor

B.S.N. & M.S., University of Michigan

cdotinga@madonna.edu734-432-5467, Room D-10

Cheryl Dotinga

Cheryl Dotinga is a full-time faculty member in the College of Nursing and Health. She joined the faculty in 1982. Cheryl is the course facilitator for the pediatric nursing course and also teaches in the holistic care immersion course and the capstone course for nursing students. Cheryl also serves as a clinical coordinator and works with the ACE system to place all the undergraduate clinical students. Her interests include pediatric cardiac surgery and has worked with children at Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. Cheryl is also certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP).

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Jaclyn FontaineAssistant Professor

B.S.N. & M.S.N., Oakland University

jfontaine@madonna.edu734-432-5864, Room D-133

Jaclyn Fontaine

Jaclyn Fontaine is a full-time faculty member in the College of Nursing and Health. She joined the faculty in 2013. Jaclyn is the course facilitator for the Introduction to Professional Nursing course and Holistic Care of Women and Families nursing course. She also teaches in the Holistic Care Immersion course. Jaclyn also serves as an undergraduate coordinator. Her interests include striving for active and effective classroom and clinical strategies for nursing students. Jaclyn earned a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) certificate from the National League for Nursing.

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Rebecca GibbsAssistant Professor

B.S.N., Madonna University

M.S.N. & Ph.D., Wayne State University 

rallangibbs@madonna.edu734-793-2463, Room D-120A

Rebecca Gibbs

Dr. Rebecca Gibbs is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health. She has been a full-time faculty member of the University since 2012. Her Ph.D. studies were completed at Wayne State University in 2014. Wayne State University was also where she received her M.S.N. degree in 2003. She is a B.S.N. graduate of Madonna’s nursing program in 2000. She practiced as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist for 10 years in the acute care setting. Her dissertation research focused on oncology patients and falls in the hospital setting, using quantitative methods. She received the American Cancer Society Doctoral Degree Scholarship in Cancer Nursing awarded in the amount of $15,000.00 for her dissertation research.

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Angela Gogolowski

Angela GogolowskiSimulation Lab Facilitator & Coordinator


734-432-5594, Room 1410 

Angela Gogolowski

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Jeanne M. HeatlieAssociate Professor

B.S.N., Mercy College of Detroit

M.S.N., Madonna University

Ed.D., Northcentral University

jheatlie@madonna.edu734-432-5473, Room D-135

Jeanne M. Heatlie

Jeanne Heatlie teaches in the areas of adult medical surgical nursing and the health care educator certificate program. Her research interests include patient safety education and medical device misconnections.

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Paula Hebert

Paula HebertInstructor

B.S.N., Wayne State University

M.A., Siena Heights University

phebert@madonna.edu(734) 432-5456, Room D-127

Paula Hebert

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Erin Horkey

Erin HorkeyAssistant Professor

B.S. in Biology, Oakland University

B.S.N., Oakland University

M.S.N., Lourdes University

Ed.D., University of West Georgia

ehorkey@madonna.edu734-432-5452, Room D-103

Erin Horkey

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Victoria M. IndykProfessor

B.S.N. & M.S.N., Madonna University

Ph.D., Wayne State University


734-432-5450, Room D-139

Victoria M. Indyk

Sr. Victoria Marie Indyk, Ph.D., R.N. has been a Felician Sister for 47 years. She was born and raised in Detroit and graduated in 1969 from St. Casimir High School in Detroit, MI. As a Professor of nursing at Madonna University, she has 18 years of experience teaching undergraduate nursing students on all levels. She especially enjoys watching the growth of nursing students from being neophytes to becoming professional nurses. She obtained a Nurse Educator certificate in 2008. Her doctoral research was on osteoporosis in postmenopausal nulliparous women-religious and she also completed research on osteoporosis in veiled Arab Muslim women living in Southeast Michigan.

Her volunteer services include many years of service to United Neighborhood Initiatives (formerly All Saints Neighborhood Center) in Southwest Detroit and at St. Frances Cabrini Clinic for the poor. She also has coordinated community health fairs with nursing students at various locations including the Costick Center in Farmington Hills and at Madonna University. Having a great love and compassion for the people of Haiti, she travels to Jacmel, Haiti three times per year for Mission Trips with nursing students and faculty from Madonna University to help with healthcare and outreach programs at the Felician Sisters Mission in Jacmel, Haiti.

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 Ann Marie KnoerlAssistant Professor
RN-BSN Degree Completion Coordinator

B.S.N., Madonna University

M.S.N., Wayne State University


734-432-5454, Room D-116

 Ann Marie Knoerl

 Professor Ann Marie Knoerl is the R.N.-B.S.N. Degree Completion Coordinator and an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health. She joined the Madonna nursing faculty as a full-time member 9 years ago after working as an adjunct since 1994. She completed her B.S.N. at Madonna University and her M.S.N. at Wayne State University with a focus on community health. She teaches in the areas of population/community health, care of the older adult and family, and the role of the professional nurse in the R.N.-B.S.N. program.

She has received the “Community Leadership Award” from the Livonia Rotary Club as well as the Paul Harris Fellowship. She is also a recipient of the first Madonna University Franciscan Values Award. Her interests have led to advocating for healthy communities and populations through her involvement as a Community Stakeholder for the St. Mary Mercy Community Needs Assessment, participating as a guest speaker on the “Health Matters" cable series, serving on the Board of Directors for the Interfaith Health and Hope Coalition and a co-author of several articles related to culture and health education.

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Claude W Lauderbach Jr.

Claude W. Lauderbach Jr. Assistant Professor

B.A., Albion College

B.S.N., Creighton University

D.N.P., Wayne State University

M.S., University of Michigan


734-432-5482, D-108

Claude W. Lauderbach Jr. 

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Gail A. LisProfessor and Chairperson of Graduate Nursing

B.S.N., Mercy College of Detroit

M.S.N., Wayne State University

Post Master's Acute Care Nurse

Pract. Cert., Wayne State Univ.

D.N.P., Case West. Reserve Univ.


734-432-5479, Room D-117

Gail A. Lis

Dr. Gail A. Lis primarily teaches at the graduate level in the nurse practitioner program. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in the master's core (evidence-based practice), advanced practice core (pharmacology), and adult gerontology acute care clinical program. Dr. Lis also serves as committee chairperson and committee member for a variety of DNP capstone projects. Dr. Lis's clinical area of interest is that of infectious disease and currently practices within the Henry Ford Health System.

Through the use of active teaching strategies, Dr. Lis is able to support knowledge development through application of concepts using theory and clinical expertise. Active teaching strategies used are concept mapping, unfolding case studies, simulation, and group work. Research interests are diverse but primarily relate to evaluation of active teaching strategies in both the classroom and clinical setting.

Dr. Lis enjoys working with the nurse practitioner students in the capstone class to develop quality projects and providing support for launching into advanced nursing practice.

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Erin MicaleAssistant Professor

B.S.N., M.S.N., Grand Valley State University


734-432-5632, Room D-161

Erin Micale

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Rachel MahasAssistant Professor
Director, Master of Public Health

B.S.M.T, Armstrong State University

M.P.H., Armstrong State University

M.S., Wayne State University

PhD., University of Toledo


734-432-5780, Room D-123

Rachel Mahas

Dr. Rachel Mahas is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health and joined Madonna’s full-time faculty in 2016. Her Ph.D. studies in Health Education were completed at the University of Toledo in 2016. She completed her Master of Science degree in Basic Medical Sciences at Wayne State University and Master of Public Health degree from Armstrong State University.

Her research interests include: health disparities, psychosocial determinants of health, infectious disease epidemiology, and community-based participatory research.

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Janice Marchildon

Janice MarchildonAssistant Professor

B.S.N., Lubbock Christian University

M.S.N., Texas Tech University School of Nursing

ANP-BC, Madonna University 


734-432-5505, Room D-129

Janice Marchildon

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Linda J. NikpourAssistant Professor

A.S., North Iowa Area Comm Coll

A.S., Macomb Community College

B.S.N., University of Iowa

M.S.N, University of Colorado

D.N.P., Waynesburg University


734-432-5453, D-120-C

Linda J. Nikpour

Linda Nikpour is an Assistant Professor in the Health Sciences Program and she has joined the faculty of Madonna University in 2016. She is the course facilitator for Professional Role Development, Internship in Health Sciences 1, Quality and Clinical Transformation, and Safety across Healthcare Settings.

Her research interests are healthcare data analytics working with Big Data for Population Health. She is board-certified in Nursing Informatics and certified as an Associate within The Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

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Jennifer ReynoldsAssistant Professor

A.D.N., Henry Ford Community College

B.S.N., University of Phoenix

D.N.P., Wayne State University

734-432-5563, Room D-122-C

Jennifer Reynolds

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Kathleen RittenhouseInstructor

A.D.N., North Harris College

B.S. (Special Education-Hearing Impaired), Eastern Michigan University

M.S.N. (Certificate in Teaching), Eastern Michigan University


734-432-5459, Room D-121

Kathleen Rittenhouse

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Jennifer C. RohrbornAssistant Professor

B.S.N., Oakland University

M.S.N., Madonna University


734-432-5490, D-163

Jennifer C. Rohrborn

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Roxanne RothAssistant Professor

A.D.N., Henry Ford Community College

B.S.N., Madonna University

M.S.N., Eastern Michigan University

D.N.P., Madonna University


734-432-5863, Room D-159

Roxanne Roth

Dr. Roxanne Roth is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health. Dr. Roth joined Madonna’s full time faculty in 2016. She completed her DNP work at Madonna University in 2016 with a focus on communicating with comfort among advance practice nurses.

Prior to joining the Madonna University nursing faculty, she held leadership and clinical positions in the field of hospice and palliative care, outpatient services and oncology. Her recent experience includes system design and implementation of education, research and innovation strategies. Her research and practice interests include advanced illness management, communication skills at end of life, population health, global health, and nursing education.

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Kinjal K. TalatiAssistant Professor

A.S., Schoolcraft College

B.S.N., Madonna University

D.N.P., Wayne State University


734-432-6010, D-121

Kinjal K. Talati

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Laura Van HornDirector, Nursing Simulation Lab


734-432-5595, Room 1410

Laura Van Horn

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Support Staff

Samantha Lowry

Samantha CorlissCoordinator for Health Data and Clincial Placement

B.S., Eastern Michigan University


734-793-2466, Room D-103

Samantha Corliss

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Sara Foos

Sara FoosAcademic Advisor & Retention Specialist


734-432-5491, Room 1400I 

Sara Foos

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Logan Laabs

Logan LaabsAdministrative Support, Simulation Lab & Testing Coordinator


734-432-5596, room 1410

Logan Laabs

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Gina RiggiOffice Coordinator


734-432-5464, Room D-113

Gina Riggi

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Linda SmithAcademic Advisor and Retention Specialis

B.A., Madonna University

B.B.A., Western Michigan University


734-432-5718, Room 1400J

Linda Smith

My favorite course to teach is Introductory Sociology, I find it incredibly rewarding and I enjoy working with both freshman and transfer students.

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Patrick WeisgerberAcademic Advisor & Rentention Specialist


734-432-5672, room 1400K 

Patrick Weisgerber

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