Garcia Schmidt   Van Den Heuvel Young-Brice Kathy Coffey-Guenther

Nursing in the Time of COVID-19:  A Conversation for Marquette’s Classes of 2019 and 2020


Presented by:

  • Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci, Dean and Professor, Marquette University College of Nursing
  • Dr. Juanita (Terrie) Garcia, Grad ’18, RN, Project Coordinator, Project BEYOND-2, Marquette University College of Nursing
  • Madeline Schmidt, Nurs '01, Grad '03, Grad '17, DNP, APNP, ACHPN, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Option Coordinator, Marquette University College of Nursing
  • Dr. Sandi Van Den Heuvel, Grad ’18, D.N.P., RN, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Marquette University College of Nursing
  • Dr. Amber Young-Brice, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor, Marquette University College of Nursing
  • Moderated by Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, Arts '85, Grad '88, '98, Senior Mission & Ignatian Leadership Specialist, Marquette University Advancement

Early-career alumni are invited to a conversation related to diversity and equity issues in healthcare, compassion fatigue and building grit and resilience while working on the front lines. Join College of Nursing Dean Janet Wessel Krejci and faculty and staff from the college for a thoughtful dialogue on the gifts and challenges early-career nurses face in the field today. All specialties are welcome to join us. There will be time for questions, encouragement and support along the way.

More about this session

Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, currently serves as Dean and Professor for Marquette University College of Nursing. Previously, she served at Illinois State University first as Dean of the Mennonite College of Nursing and then as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Illinois State University.   From 1988 through 2009, Janet served at Marquette University College of Nursing as Associate Dean, Graduate Option Coordinator, Honors Advisor and faculty roles. She previously served as Chair of the Advocate BroMenn Governing Council, the chair of the Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing and was appointed by the Governor of Illinois to the Advisory Board for the Illinois Center for Nursing from 2012-2016.  Locally, Dr. Krejci serves on the Aurora Community Board of Aurora Health Care.  Janet has served as faculty on several different Leadership Development Fellowships including the Center for Leadership, University of South Carolina and the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders Fellowship program. She frequently participates in area panels on health care and higher education issues and speaks to various civic groups.

Dr. Juanita (Terrie) Garcia, Grad ’18, has been a registered nurse for more than 20 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, a master’s degree from Carroll University, and PhD in nursing from Marquette University. As a professional nurse, Dr. Garcia has served as an advocate for underserved populations and underrepresented and disadvantaged students in nursing. Dr. Garcia is committed to diversity and has also been involved in promoting diversity initiatives and actively engaged at the local, state, and national level. Currently, she is the Project Coordinator for BEYOND-2, a Nursing Workforce Diversity Program, at Marquette University College of Nursing. In her role, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the project, which focuses on recruiting, retaining, and graduating nursing students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Madeline Schmidt, Nurs ’01, Grad ’03, Grad ’17, graduated from the Marquette College of Nursing in 2001. While working as a cardiac RN at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, she completed her Master of Science in Nursing and graduated in 2003 as an Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She began her Nurse Practitioner career in the Emergency Department, working for 15 years in various ED’s in Wisconsin and Northern Virginia. Madeline has also worked as a sexual assault nurse examiner, in legal consulting, and as an ear, nose and throat nurse. Most recently, she has found her passion for end-of-life care and is a certified Hospice and Palliative Care Advanced Practice Nurse. Madeline has been teaching at Marquette since 2011, beginning as a clinical faculty and now serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor.  In 2017, she graduated with her Doctoral in Nursing Practice from Marquette. She likes to say she “bleeds blue and gold.” 

Dr. Sandi Van Den Heuvel, Grad ’18, earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, a master’s degree in nursing education from Cardinal Stritch University, and DNP in nursing from Marquette University. After graduating from nursing school, she was an ICU and cardiac nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital of Milwaukee and Elmbrook Hospital in Brookfield, Wis. Dr. Van Den Heuvel also owned her own medically based business in Green Bay and was a school nurse at the University School of Milwaukee. She began her tenure at Marquette University in 2011 as the project coordinator for SOAR-RN: Supporting Onboarding And Retention of Rural Nurses, which benefits new nurses’ transition to practice and retention in rural hospitals through an alliance of rural-based health care systems or collaborative networks and academic organizations. She has also provided leadership, oversight, and coordination of the Veteran Administration Medical Center-Milwaukee and Marquette University College of Nursing VANAP Program. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies for Marquette University College of Nursing.

Dr. Amber Young-Brice earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Bellin College and her PhD in nursing from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She began her Nursing career in the Emergency Department at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wis. However, she quickly realized her passion for teaching, and began her career as an educator at the School of Nursing at Belling College. Amber came to Marquette in 2012 as a clinical instructor within the College of Nursing, adding on a role in 2015 as an educational consultant for the Center for Teaching and Learning. She currently serves as assistant professor in the College of Nursing with her research seeking to develop and test concrete pedagogical innovations that expand and improve nursing education to create diverse leaders for the nursing profession.

Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, Arts '85, Grad '88, '98, currently serves as the Senior Mission & Ignatian Leadership Specialist in University Advancement at Marquette University. Additionally, Kathy serves/has served as adjunct faculty for undergraduates and clinical adjunct faculty for graduate students at Marquette University. Kathy received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Marquette University and a certificate in spiritual direction from the Aquinas Institute of Theology. For many years, Kathy has worked with a particular emphasis in Ignatian spirituality as a means for healthy spiritual and emotional living. Kathy has also served as a spiritual director, speaker and consultant to religious congregations, clergy and religious, and parishes focusing on the work of community building, conflict resolution and spiritual growth. Kathy serves as current consultant for diaconate formation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and served as the past Co-Chair of the Community Advisory Board for Clergy Abuse in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.



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