SoEE Content Experts

Deborah Adelman - Disaster Management, Leadership &Management, Online Education

  • BS Nursing, University of Illinois, 1980
  • MS Public Health Nursing, University of Illinois, 1991
  • PhD Human Resource Education, University of Illinois, 2002

Reem Azhari – Interprofessional Education, Leadership Management, Urban Health, Vulnerable Populations

  • BS Nursing, St. Xavier University, 1989
  • CNOR (Certified Perioperative Registered Nurse), 1994
  • MS Nursing, St. Xavier University, 1995
  • PhD Business Psychology/Organizational Leadership, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2014
  • TOPS (Teaching Online Pedagogy Standardization), Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2014
  • EHPIC (Educating Health Professionals in Interprofessional Care), University of Toronto, 2016

Denise DeFries Delves – Ethics in Medicine

  • BS Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1982
  • MS Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1991
  • EdD Leadership and Change, Fielding Graduate University, School of Education, 2012

Sharon Druce - Disaster Management, Nursing Leadership

  • AS Nursing, Pasadena Community College, 1976
  • BS Nursing, Azusa Pacific University, 1984
  • MS Nursing Leadership and Management, Walden University, 2007

Gary Estadt - Acupuncture, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Dry Needling

  • BS, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1976
  • DC, Palmer College of Chiropractic, 1980
  • Certification: Manipulation Under Anesthesia
  • Diplomate: American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncture
  • Diplomate: American Board of Chiropractic Rehabilitation

La Tisa Foscett-Gonzalez - Leadership & Management, Health Education

  • BA Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1992
  • BS Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago, 1995
  • MS Nursing Administration, Lewis University, 2010
  • Post Masters Certificate Nursing Education, Lewis University 2012
  • DNP Candidate 2021, Resurrection University

Mary Heinz - Community Population Health, Critical Care

  • BS Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago, 1993
  • MS Nursing, Lewis University, December 2007
  • DNP Candidate 2021, Resurrection University

Melissa Murphey – Health Policy and Innovation

  • BS Nursing, Lewis University, 1999
  • MS Nursing (FNP), DePaul University, 2006
  • DNP, University of Chicago, 2013

Katherine Skurski - Health Education

  • BS Mathematics, Lewis University, 2008
  • BS Nursing, Resurrection University, 2015
  • MS Nursing, Resurrection University, 2018
  • DNP Candidate 2021, Resurrection University

Karole Smith - Leadership & Management, Health Education

  • AS Nursing, Malcolm X College, 1991
  • BS Nursing, Governors State University, 2009
  • MS Nursing, Governors State University, 2011
  • DNP Candidate 2021, Resurrection University

Kristine L. Tohtz - Acupuncture and Functional Medicine

  • BS, University of Illinois, 1996
  • BS, DC, National University of Health Sciences, 1999, 2001
  • MsAc, National University of Health Sciences, 2014
  • Certified, Pregnancy and Pediatrics, Academy of Family Practice in Pregnancy, ICPA
  • Certified, Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), McKenzie Institute
  • Certification Candidate, Institute of Functional Medicine, IFM
  • Diplomate: American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncture

Laura Kay Wood - Disaster Management

  • AS Science, Prairie State College, 1988
  • AAS Nursing, Prairie State College, 1990
  • BS Nursing, Kaplan University, 2008
  • MS Nursing, Kaplan University, 2010
  • ABD Organization Leadership, Northcentral University, 2016
  • DNP, Purdue University Global, 2018

Connie Zac - Disaster Management, Education, Community Health

  • BS Nursing, University of Illinois, 1983
  • MBA, Keller Graduate School of Management, 1991
  • DNP Family Community Health, Rush University, 2002