Alumni Corner

Mary Hannan, Nurs '02, Grad '05, has begun a T32 Precision Lifestyle Medicine and Translation Research (PREMIER) Postdoctoral Training Program at UIC in the College of Medicine. She received support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. 


Emily Will, Nurs '06, was promoted in April 2019 to Orthopaedic Clinic Manager at Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin. 


Theresa Hardy 2019

Dr. Theresa Hardy presents her dissertation, "Chronic Stress and Ovarian Function in Female Cancer Survivors" at the MUCN 2018 Celebration of Student Success. Theresa began her Ph.D. studies right after completing her B.S.N. She was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Nursing Research and is now a Postdoctoral Associate at New York University.


Amanda King 2019

Amanda King, Ph.D., APNP-BC, Postdoctoral iCURE Research Fellow National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute, was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow while in the Ph.D. program.


Dora Clayton-Jones

"When I reflect on this photo, I recall researchers reaching out to me after the presentation. They asked if they can contact me in the future and gain additional insight from me as an 'expert qualitative researcher.' This moment was confirming and reminds me that pursuing a Ph.D. was worth the time invested. As a result of my Ph.D. experience, my family members are encouraged to pursue higher education, it adds to my capacity to mentor students, and I am presented with opportunities to enhance my program of research as a qualitative and health equity researcher working with those who live with sickle cell disease." said alumna Dora Clayton-Jones, Ph.D. RN CPNP-PC, now Assistant Professor, MU College of Nursing Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellow Health Equity Leadership Scholar and Vice President International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates.


Terrie Garcia

Marquette University Project BEYOND-2 Coordinator Terrie Garcia, M.Ed., RN, Ph.D. completed the Ph.D. program in 2018. She was selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to represent an interdisciplinary Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition to address members of Congress at an event in Washington, D.C

The panel focused on how Title VII and VIII grantees are helping patients with opioid use disorders, increasing access to care for rural communities, practicing preventative medicine, and promoting health equity.


Kara Groom 2019

Dr. Kara Groom presents her dissertation findings at the Midwest Nursing Research Society. She said, "I am very thankful I completed my Ph.D. in Nursing at Marquette. I would highly encourage nurses to take the leap and pursue their Ph.D. I not only developed as a scholar and researcher, I also gained confidence and experience in leadership. Marquette’s emphasis on vulnerable populations was really important to me. Above all, I am thankful for the community of nursing scholars, researchers, and leaders I developed with faculty and classmates."

Dr. Groom is Chief Nurse Administrator, Department Chair at Mount Mary University.


Jennifer Avery 2019

"You need to have the right preparation and credentials in order to effectively create change. For me, this meant pursuing a Ph.D. rather than stopping at my M.S.N." said alumna Jennifer Sjostedt Avery Ph.D., RN, GNP-BC, now Associate Director for Graduate Nursing Studies at Eastern Michigan University. Alumnae gathered recently with current Ph.D. students and faculty at the Midwest Nursing Research Society meeting. Dr. Avery is shown with Dr. Qiyan Mu, Women’s Health Fellow, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.


navy nicolas filio with commander hoover 

Nicolas Filio, ‘Nurs 17 (left) and an active duty critical care nurse at Naval Medical Center San Diego, with his mentor, Commander Cynthia Ann Hoover, Nurs ‘96 (right) at Commander Hoover’s retirement after more than 20 years of active duty service.

“Commander Hoover truly embodies everything it means to be a Marquette nurse and empowering nurse leader in the U.S. Navy and for this, I look up to her.”  

Commander Cyndy Hoover is a native of Racine, Wisconsin. She graduated from Marquette University College of Nursing in 1996 and was commissioned into the Navy Nurse Corps through the ROTC program. Hoover’s early assignments were in postpartum, newborn nursery, and labor and delivery units; she developed a perinatal orientation program for inexperienced nurses and implemented critical OB emergency drills to ensure competent care for patients in the geographically remote location of Guam.

She has since served as the Department Head at the Naval Branch Health Clinic, Naval Air Station Fallon, in Nevada, and Division Officer of the Labor and Delivery Unit and then Navy Medicine Nurse Resident Program Director at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Commander Hoover’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the National Defense Medal.

Congratulations to Commander Hoover and thank you to these Marquette nurses for Being the Difference!


Nicole Grehn, Nurs '17, was awarded the St. Coletta Achiever of the Year 2019 honor. The award was presented by St. Coletta board member and Marquette nursing associate professor Dr. Norah Johnson.



mccarthy retirement  

It's official! Dr. Donna McCarthy, nursing professor and former interim dean of the College of Nursing, and Dr. Marianne Weiss, nursing professor, are emeriti! Donna McCarthy is pictured here celebrating with Dean Janet Wessel Krejci.



Sheri Carson

Sheri Carson, Nurs '97, Grad '03, was recently awarded the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner of the Year award by the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. See the story that was published by University of Arizona College of Nursing at

In observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Johnson & Johnson shared their interview with Sheri about her challenge in creating a comprehensive child abuse screening program and her hope to inspire other nurses to bring their solutions.


Marquette University College of Nursing Alumni Award Recipients Announced 
Friday, April 26
Reception: 4 p.m.
Conferral: 4:30 p.m. 
Alumni Memorial Union
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Marquette University campus

Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award
Nancy Lien Korom, Grad ’93

Professional Achievement Award
Susan Eshelman Ela, Nurs ’77, Grad ’88 

Service Award
Katherine A. Brown-Saltzman, Nurs ’75 

Young Alumna of the Year Award
Kristin P. Stoniecki, Nurs ’07

Learn more about our award recipients.


Nursing mentor salutes mentee for initiative, chance to stay relevant

Following her retirement as Chief Nursing Officer of the Department of Veteran Affairs in 2014, Cathy Rick, Grad ’87, Hon ’11, has been committed to giving back, including her first year of service in the 2018-19 MUAA Mentor Program. She recently visited the College of Nursing to meet with her Nursing mentee Jenna Brown.

“It’s been an honor and distinct pleasure to partner with her,” Cathy says. “She's an energetic, goal-directed individual who makes me feel that there is hope for a transformed USA healthcare delivery system knowing that future nurses like her will be taking charge.”

Cathy also acknowledged Jenna’s initiative to shape her professional career. “It’s impressive, and our partnership enhances my ability to stay current with healthcare issues..”

Jenna has experienced the benefits of working with Cathy, too. “Considering my future career path is with the VA, the most valuable information I've learned from her is how to better navigate VA resources regarding job openings, connect with VA personnel, including nurse staffing recruiters, and locate other networking resources,” she says. “Cathy’s also taught me the importance and benefit of taking personal initiative to seek out opportunities and make connections to achieve my goals.”


 Cathy Rick alumni mentor


Sheri Carson, Marquette BSN 1977 and MSN 2003, was recently awarded the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner of the Year award by the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Congrats, Sheri!!

Several 1998 alums were back at Clark Hall for Homecoming 2018: 

Sandra Swincicki Pagenkopf

Sandra Swincicki Pagenkopf






2018 alums


Left to right:  Alaine Kamm, Molly Janowski Nogalski, Cindy Palmer Snyder





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Left to right: Colleen Larmon Shayan, Robin Haberkorn Hackett, Katie Kirk McGowan





Christian Villanueva, an alumni of Marquette University's College of Nursing Project BEYOND-2 program, was selected by the Illinois Nurses Foundation for one of 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders Awards.  

Elena Caro, an alumna of Marquette University's College of Nursing Project BEYOND-2 program, was selected as a 2018 Paul Ambrose Scholar, a program that prepares individuals to be leaders in addressing population health challenges. 

Betty Pace with Dora Clayton JonesDr. Betty Pace (right), Marquette alumna and director of the Augusta Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research Institute - Functional and Translational Genomics of Blood Disorders (PRIDE-FTG) program, recently mentored College of Nursing assistant professor Dr. Dora Clayton-Jones in completing the 2017-2018 PRIDE-FTG program.





Dr. Theresa Hardy, recent graduate of the College of Nursing Ph.D. program, received the Midwest Nursing Research Society/Western Journal of Nursing Research (MNRS/WJNR) student paper award. Her manuscript titled "Exploring the Ovarian Reserve within Health Parameters: A Latent Class Analysis" will be published in Western Journal of Nursing, the official publication of MNRS. 

Alumna Cathy Riccio, MSN, MS, Office of District Nurse Leader for Newburyport Public Schools in Massachusetts, has been instrumental in facilitating school personnel to receive Trauma and Learning Graduate Studies Certificates. The initiative uses the four-course series of onsite graduate classes geared toward creating trauma sensitive schools through Lesley University's Institute for Trauma Sensitivity (LIFTS). 

ACNM fellows 5-18Three Marquette nurse midwife grads are new Fellows in the American College of Nurse Midwives! Left to right: Elizabeth Hill Karbowski, PhD, CNM, FACNM; Leilani J. Mason, MSN, CNM, FACNM; and Jessica Anderson, DNP, CNM, WHNP, FACNM. Congrats!!




Kira Schultz, MSN, RN, SNM and a graduate of the Marquette University College of Nursing Direct Entry program, was inducted as the national student representative to the 2018-2019 ACNM Board of Directors. We are fortunate to have her represent our program and student nurse midwives nationally.

Kaitlyn Daly 2018I graduated from Marquette University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and double majors in Nursing and Theology and Religion.

My first nursing class was Nursing Foundations in Ignatian Spirituality. Marquette’s College of Nursing gave me the foundation for my nursing practice and the cornerstone of my passion in the field: spirituality in the healthcare setting. I struggled with the physical tasks and duties of the nursing role, as I was more passionate about spending time with each of my patients, caring for their mental and spiritual health. My academic advisor, among many other mentors, encouraged me to see that through these physical nursing tasks, duties, and orders nurses perform each day, valuable and vulnerable relationships are tenderly created between the nurse and patient, allowing for time, conversation, caring, and healing together. The advisor encouraged me to ask myself one simple question every day when I stepped foot into the nursing role: “Within the eight-or-so hours of my clinical day, how can I make my patient’s day better?” I carry this question with me even today.  

I knew from the time of graduation that I would return to the academic setting. The desire to find my niche in nursing has always been a guiding and driving force. The summer after graduation, I attended a week-long research course by Duke professor Dr. Harold Koenig on the subject of Research in Spirituality, Theology and Health. For me, this course was a dream to attend: forty interdisciplinary professionals - nurses, doctors, chaplains, social workers, psychologists, therapists, counselors, and medical students - all together in one room with a common shared interest. It was at this course that a thirty-minute one-to-one mentorship meeting with Dr. Koenig set me confidently on my desired path to pursue a PhD in nursing to research my interests in the intersection of spirituality, theology, and health.

I will begin to pursue my PhD at Duke University’s School of Nursing in the fall of 2018. I hope to create an interdisciplinary approach to my research in Spirituality, Theology, and Health, utilizing both Duke’s Nursing and Divinity schools to study, research, and collaborate.

My first staff RN job was at a hospital in Milwaukee on a general acute care floor, serving cardiac, medical, surgical, and oncology patients. I am now working as an RN for a healthcare staffing agency in the area prior to my move to North Carolina in the fall.

Kaitlyn Daly, Marquette University College of Nursing, Class of 2017 (June 2018)