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Bergman 3 cropped.pngCheryl L. Bergman, PhD, ARNP, CEN
Associate Dean, Jacksonville University School of Nursing
Professor, School of Nursing
Email: cbergma@ju.edu 

Dr. Cheryl Bergman is the Associate Dean and a Professor at the Jacksonville University School of Nursing. Dr. Bergman received her PhD in Nursing from Barry University, her MSN and Adult Nurse Practitioner from the University of Florida, and her BSN from the University of Kansas.   Dr. Bergman has 19 years of college teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Her research is dedicated to improving emergency department care an​d in transitioning new nursing graduates into practice.  

Directors

Carla Fry, PhD, MSN, RN
Director of the RN-BSN Completion Programs
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Email: cfry1@ju.edu

Dr. Carla Fry is a 26 year veteran of the nursing profession with the last 10 years dedicated to education in acute care and academic settings.  She currently works at Jacksonville University as the Director of the RN-BSN Completion Programs, and an Assistant Professor of Nursing.  Dr. Fry began her career as an Army Medic.  Her passion and expertise is critical care. She completed her PhD at the University of Flori​da with a research emphasis on health disparities.

Kathleen Ann Kavanagh DMHc, MSN, Ed RN
Director of Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR)
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Email: kkavana2@ju.edu 

Ms. Kathleen Kavanagh is the Director of Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR)​ and an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Jacksonville University School of Nursing. She has been a Registered Nurse for the past 27 years, with a diverse professional nursing background. Professor Kavanagh obtained an ADN from Bergen Community College, a BSN from Felician College, a MSN, Ed from University of Medicine and Dentistry/Ramapo College, and her DMHc from Drew University. Her primary research interests include 1) the development and implementation of collaborative inter-professional simulation healthcare curriculum and experiential student learning experiences such as telehealth; 2) academic- service partnership development, effectiveness, and sustained professional relationship; and 3) the development and publication of humanistic training exercises for health care professionals.

Teresa MacGregor PhD, ARNP
Director of Graduate Nursing Programs
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Email: tmacgre@ju.edu

Dr. Teresa MacGregor is the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs and an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Jacksonville University School of Nursing. She obtained a BSN from Jacksonville University, an MSN (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) and a PhD in Nursing Sciences from the University of Florida. Her research interests include rehabilitation and outcomes of neonates following intraventricular hemorrhage, maternal caregiving, and pediatric refugee health.  

Amber Santos MSN, MBA, RN
Director of the Undergraduate Programs
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Email: asantos1@ju.edu

Ms. Amber Santos is a Jacksonville University School of Nursing (JU SON) graduate obtaining her BSN in 1998 and MSN & MBA in 2006. She was an adjunct pediatric clinical instructor for JU prior to accepting a full-time position as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing in October 2012. Ms. Santos was appointed to the position of Director of Undergraduate Programs for the School of Nursing in June 2014. She worked as a Pediatric nurse for the majority of her career in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and outpatient specialty clinic as a research nurse and manager. Ms. Santos worked in pulmonary research for over seven years as well as hematology/oncology research for 3 years. 

Faculty

S. Brantlee Broome​, PhD, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Brantlee Broome, PhD, MSN, RN, is an Assistant Nursing Professor at Jacksonville University.  She has worked as a Registered Nurse for the past 15 years.  Dr. Broome obtained her BSN from Clemson University in 1999; her MSN from Jacksonville University in 2009; and most recently, her PhD in Nursing Sciences from the University of Florida in May of 2014.  Dr. Broome’s research interests include care of patients with chronic illness, specifically pediatric food allergy; family centered care; and innovative use of qualitative research methods.  Her dissertation research was titled, “An Inquiry into Parents’ Experiences of Caring for Young Children’s Severe Food Allergies.” The purpose of her research study was to explore the parental experience of caring for a child diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies in order to develop a theory that will assist nurses who are caring for these patients and their families.

Teri M. Chenot, EdD, RN
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Email: tchenot@ju.edu

Dr. Teri Chenot is an Associate Professor at the Jacksonville University School of Nursing, and has been a full-time faculty member since 2010. She received her BSN and BHS degrees from Florida Atlantic University. Her graduate education includes an MSN from Florida Atlantic University, an MEd from the University of North Florida (UNF), and an MS in marriage and family therapy from St. Thomas University. She received her EdD in Educational Leadership from UNF. Her dissertation, Frameworks for Patient Safety in the Nursing Curriculum, was a mixed methods design that resulted in a validated survey that measures patient safety awareness among nursing students. Her three primary areas of research interest include patient safety, quality and health outcomes.

Michelle Edmonds, PhD, ARNP-BC, CEN, CNE 
Professor, School of Nursing
Email: medmond@ju.edu

Dr. Michelle Edmonds is a Professor of Nursing at the Jacksonville University School of Nursing, where she has been teaching since 2003. She obtained her BSN and MSN degrees from the University of North Florida and a PhD in Nursing from Barry University. Dr. Edmonds is a certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) and certified nurse educator (CNE).  Her main research interests include cultural competence, study abroad, simulation, and other engaging teaching strategies for nursing students. 

Mary Gipson, PhD, ARNP
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Email: mgipson@ju.edu

Dr. Mary Gipson is an Associate Professor in the Jacksonville University School of Nursing. She has been teaching at JU since 2001 in the areas of adult health, critical care, and pharmacology. Dr. Gipson obtained her BA in Psychology at Arizona State University, a BSN and MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, at the University of North Florida, and a PhD in Nursing from Barry University. Her research interests include teaching and learning methodologies, critical care, and advancing the use of evidence-based practice and research among acute care staff nurses.  

Leigh Hart, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC
Professor, School of Nursing
Email: lhart@ju.edu

Dr. Leigh Hart is a tenured Professor at the Jacksonville University School of Nursing. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner, and has practiced as a nurse practitioner in internal medicine and urgent care settings.  Dr. Hart obtained an ADN from Georgia Southwestern University, a BSN from the Medical College of Georgia, an MSN in Community Health with a specialization in Nursing Education from Albany State University, a PhD in Nursing from Barry University, and a post-master certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of North Florida.  Her three primary areas of research interest include academic integrity in online courses, nurse practitioner outcomes, and clinical decision making skills.

Ann Heusinger, MSN, ARNP
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Email: aheusin@ju.edu

Ms. Ann Heusinger is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the Jacksonville University School of Nursing. Ms. Heusinger is a Jacksonville native and met her husband here on the JU campus. She obtained BSN and MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Track, from the University of Florida. Her three primary areas of research interest include retention in the nursing workforce, staff development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Lynnette Hansen Kennison, PhD, MSN, MA, ARNP
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Email: lkennis@ju.edu

Dr. Lynnette Kennison is an Associate Professor of Nursing and the Project Director of the Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) program at the Jacksonville University School of Nursing.  Dr. Kennison has a BSN from the University of Colorado, an MSN from the University of Florida, MA in Counseling from Liberty University and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Florida. Dr. Kennison is a retired Colonel with 30 years of commissioned service, beginning as an active duty Ensign in the US Navy Nurse Corps.  Her last duty assignment was under the Army Surgeon General, Health Policy and Services, Washington DC during Operation Enduring Freedom.  Her research interests include college transition issues for military Veterans, tobacco prevention and cessation on college campuses, and obstacles and facilitators for healthy weight.

​Bobbi Logsdon, DNP-FNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Email: rlogsdo1@ju.edu

Dr. Bobbi Logsdon is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Jacksonville University School of Nursing.  She obtained her MSN in Nursing Administration from the University of Buffalo, a Certification in Family Practice from the University of North Florida and her DNP in Family Practice from the University of Florida. Dr. Logsdon’s research interests include advanced practice nurses preparation in radiology, increased primary care visits linked to depression, and health literacy and medical care plan compliance.

Joyce (Joy) A. McConnell, MSN, ARNP
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Email: jmcconn@ju.edu

Ms. Joy McConnell has held various professional positions throughout her career and is a tenured Associate Professor at Jacksonville University. Ms. McConnell  received an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1971 from Florida Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1974 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1980 from the University of North Florida and a Master of Science in Nursing in 1985 from the University of Florida where she also received additional education for certification as an adult nurse practitioner in 1994. Her areas of research interest include innovative educational strategies, pathophysiology and management of obesity.  

Tiffani N. Mickens, MSN, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Email: tmicken@ju.edu

Ms. Tiffani Mickens, is a native of Jacksonville.  She obtained both her BSN and MSN degrees from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Her master’s thesis was entitled, “Health Conception and Health-Promoting Behaviors of African American Women Aged 40 and Older with a Self-Reported Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease. Her clinical expertise includes critical care and nursing simulation.  She enjoys learning new things and traveling.

Hilary Morgan, PhD, CNM
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Email: hmorgan@ju.edu

Dr. Hilary Morgan is an Assistant Professor in the Jacksonville University School of Nursing.  Her specialty areas are women’s health, global health and nursing administration.  Dr. Morgan is the lead faculty for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.  She obtained her BSN from Vanderbilt University, her MSN from Boston College and her PhD from the University of Florida. Dr. Morgan is a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve and practices as a nurse midwife at Naval Hospital Jacksonville.  

Dennis Oakes, MS, BSN, RN, CEN
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Email: doakes@ju.edu

Mr. Dennis Oakes is an Assistant Professor at the Jacksonville University School of Nursing, and a retired United States Air Force Nurse Corp Officer (27+ years).  He obtained his BSN from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia and an MS in Trauma/Critical Care Nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. His military and nursing experience include Medical-Surgical Nursing, Trauma Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Leadership/Administration and Informatics. His primary areas of research interest include critical care nursing, emergency nursing and leadership/administration.  

Dian Renfro MSN, RN
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Email: drenfro@ju.edu

Ms. Dian Renfro has been at JU for over 15 years, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Jacksonville University School of Nursing. Ms. Renfro has practiced Nursing for over 35 years, and is an experienced educator who enjoys working with students. She earned her BSN from Florida State University and her MSN from University of Kentucky. Ms. Renfro is passionate about the Arts and developed a nursing elective titled the Arts in Health Care. Her areas of interest in research include using art in healthcare, pain relief, and use of integrative therapies.

Jeane F. Richards, EdD, MN, RN
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Email: jrichar@ju.edu

Dr. Jeane Richards is an Associate Professor at Jacksonville University School of Nursing. She obtained her BSN at the University of South Florida, her MN from the University of Florida, and her EdD from the University of North Florida. Her primary areas of research interest include cultural competency, study aboard, and scholarship of teaching and learning – innovative teaching techniques.

Catherine Elaine Riley, RN, DNP(c), M​SN, ACNS-BC 
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

A native of Norwalk, Connecticut, Commander Riley enlisted in the United States (U.S.) Navy in August 1981.  During her 33 year naval career Catherine deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and served most recently as the Senior Nurse Executive (SNE), clinical practice of three Naval Branch Health Clinics in Virginia Beach, VA. 

Catherine is a nationally certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

Pam Rillstone, PhD, ARNP, CN-BC, CT 
Professor, School of Nursing
Email: prillst@ju.edu

Dr. Pam Rillstone is a Professor of Nursing at Jacksonville University School of Nursing, and is the Psychiatric Mental Health Coordinator for undergraduate studies.  She began her nursing career over 38 years ago with an ADN from Mobile College.  She holds a BSN from University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, an MSN from University of Alabama-Birmingham, and a PhD from UF.  She also received her Nurse Practitioner from UF and holds a certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.  Dr. Rillstone has been involved with grief and loss education and counseling for over 20 years and is also certified in Thanatology. Her research interests include loss survivorship, suicide prevention and survivorship, and stress reduction/life balance.     

Nancy Robinson, MN, MPH, CNM
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Email: nrobins5@ju.edu

Ms. Nancy Robinson is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Jacksonville University School of Nursing. She received her BA from Earlham College, and a BSN, MN and MPH from Emory University. Ms. Robinson is a certified nurse-midwife and has practiced in women’s health in Jacksonville since 1991, first at University Medical Center (now UF Health), then Planned Parenthood, and Duval County Health Department.  She formerly taught nurse-midwifery at University of Florida. She is currently the practitioner for clinics at the PACE Center for Girls, and Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN). Ms. Robinson's clinical and research interests are respectful birth, and sexual health of at risk girls and LGBTQ youth. 

Pam Swan MSN, BS, RN-BC
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Email: pswan@ju.edu

Ms. Pam Swan is an Assistant Professor in the Jacksonville University School of Nursing for the VBSN Program. She completed her BS in Psychology at Liberty University and received her undergraduate nursing education at St. Petersburg College. In addition, she holds a MSN from Liberty University.  Professor Swan holds ANCC certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She is a member of APNA, Psi Chi, and Sigma Theta Tau. Her areas of inte​rest include suicide prevention and survivorship, the emotional needs of military spouses, and the management of psychiatric patients outside of the acute inpatient unit.

Mary Vanderhoef, DNP, ARNP
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Email: mvander1@ju.edu  

Dr. Mary Vanderhoef is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Jacksonville University School of Nursing. She has a BSN and MSN from the University of Florida and a DNP from Jacksonville University. Her areas of research interest include surgical nursing, emergency medicine and patient safety, particularly patient understanding of emergency department discharge instructions and the prevention of medication errors in the hospital setting. 

Lindsay Jamison Wolf, DNP, ARNP, PNP-BC
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Email: lwolf@ju.edu

Dr. Lindsay Wolf is a full-time Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Jacksonville University School of Nursing, where she primarily teaches pediatrics and research.  She also practices as a nurse practitioner in pediatric primary care one day a week for Carither’s Pediatrics Group.  Dr. Wolf received her BSN at the University of North Florida and DNP degree at the University of Florida. Dr. Wolf's main areas of interests include the pediatric population, particularly children with special needs.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​