FACULTY

Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Northern Illinois University
M.S.N., University of Phoenix
C.N.E., Certified Nurse Educator
Phone: 815-226-4196
E-mail: NAddante@rockford.edu
Professor Nola Addante has been in the faculty role at Rockford University since 2010. She has taught adult health, adult health clinical, pathopharmacology, community health nursing, nutrition, and has co-taught leadership and management in nursing, senior seminar, and the NCLEX prep course.

Other campus activities include that of being a first year advisor since 2012, and the forum administrator, beginning in the fall 2013.

Professor Addante graduated from NIU in 1997 with a B.S. in Nursing. Her nursing career includes such experiences as the operating room, home health, outpatient surgery, and oncology. She received a Master's Degree in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix in 2010. In addition, Professor Addante is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Leadership in Higher Education at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (nursing honor society) and the American Nurse's Association.

Hobbies/interests: "I was a musician before becoming a nurse – I play the piano, organ, and flute in addition to singing. Occasionally, I play the organ and piano at weddings. And, I’ve been playing piano at a friend’s restaurant periodically this past month. I attend Heartland Community Church weekly, and really like it there. I’ve been on a mission trip to Haiti, and hope to some day return there or go on a medical mission trip (probably to Africa). I love dogs – the three that I have (toy poodle, chow, and cocker spaniel) keep me active as I have to go out and walk them every day. I LOVE to travel – especially to warmer climates (like Mexico) in the middle of winter! My dream is to one day go to Italy (this is #1 on my "bucket list").
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., University of Illinois at Chicago
M.S.N., University of Illinois at Chicago
Phone: 815-226-4139
E-mail: AAnderson@rockford.edu
Assistant Professor Andrea Anderson joined Rockford University in the fall of 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996. Ms. Anderson completed her master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Rockford campus in 2001 with a concentration in psychiatric nursing. Her master’s project was a Concept Analysis of Childhood Aggression.

Assistant Professor Andrea Anderson joined Rockford University in the fall of 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996. Ms. Anderson completed her master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Rockford campus in 2001 with a concentration in psychiatric nursing. Her master’s project was a Concept Analysis of Childhood Aggression. Ms. Anderson has worked in the area of psychiatric nursing since 1996. Her experience varies greatly from outpatient mental health services with children and adults, acute inpatient mental health units specializing in children and adults, group homes in community settings, and addiction rehabilitation and detoxification facilities.

Ms. Anderson has worked in the area of psychiatric nursing since 1996. Her experience varies greatly from outpatient mental health services with children and adults, acute inpatient mental health units specializing in children and adults, group homes in community settings, and addiction rehabilitation and detoxification facilities.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., University of St. Francis
M.S.N., St. Anthony College of Nursing
O.C.N., Oncology Certified Nurse
C.N.E., Certified Nurse Educator
Phone: 815-226-4126
E-mail: Dboxleitner@rockford.edu
Professor Denise Boxleitner joined Rockford University in 2011 as Assistant Professor of Nursing. Her registered nurse career began in 1981 after graduating from Rock Valley College. Many years of nursing experience were gained as a staff nurse among diverse patient populations in ICU, ER, OB, Labor & Delivery, Home Health and Oncology. Returning to school for a Bachelors Degree in Health Arts in 1995 from the University of St. Francis and again in 2011 to complete a Masters Degree in Nursing Education from Saint Anthony College of Nursing brought Denise to her position at Rockford University teaching the Fundamentals of Contemporary Nursing Practice.

Denise has maintained her certification as an OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse) and is an active member of the local Oncology Nursing Society Chapter. An active member of the Phi Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Denise is a member of the Governance Committee. Denise actively participates in local community service projects and encourages student involvement. Together they have provided volunteer service for The Rock River Valley Pantry, The American Red Cross and Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
A.S., Sauk Valley Community College
B.S.N., Northern Illinois University
M.S.N., Lewis University, Romeoville
Phone: 815-226-4086
E-mail: JGarland@rockford.edu
Professor Garland’s education has expanded throughout the years since first starting in nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She received her BSN from Northern Illinois University and MSN from Lewis University. Currently she is attending Northern Illinois University seeking her Ed.D. "My personal belief is that learning is a life-time process. Everything a person learns, will impact the person we become. We learn daily through our personal beliefs, our morals, ethics, and, through our world views. I will always be enhancing my skills as a nursing educator.”

As a registered nurse, she has had numerous years of nursing experience in the emergency room, psychiatric unit, intensive care unit, cardiac, orthopedics, geriatric, medical-surgical and correctional nursing. To date, she works PRN on a medical-surgical unit with occasional transfer to telemetry.

Professor Garland became interested in nursing education while working in a community college in the nursing lab, pursuing her MSN. She has experience as clinical instructor on pediatric and medical-surgical units. As a nursing educator, she has had great enjoyment working with nursing students in nursing fundamentals, health assessment, geriatrics, adult health, and nursing issues.

As a licensed Illinois massage therapist, she was guest speaker at a community hospital to the diabetic population on benefits of massage therapy, and has been a guest speaker, for the physical therapy department at a community college regarding working relationships between nursing and physical therapists. She was an instructor for the American Red Cross, has been a volunteer in Parish Nursing and participates every summer delivering Meals on Wheels.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Olivet Nazarene University
M.S.N., Olivet Nazarene University
Phone: 815-226-4016
E-mail: KHartwig@rockford.edu
Adjunct Professor of Nursing
Assistant Professor of Nursing
A.S. Nursing - Kishwaukee Community College, Malta, IL
B.S. Nursing - Olivet Nazarene University - Bourbonnais, IL
M.S. Nursing - Olivet Nazarene University - Bourbonnais, IL
Phone: 815-226-4116
E-mail: HLawhorn@rockford.edu
Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing
A.D.N., Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL
B.S.N. Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL
M.S.N. Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL
Phone: 815-226-4111
E-mail: CLewis@rockford.edu
Adjunct Professor of Nursing
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N. Rockford University
M.S.N. St. Anthony College of Nursing
Phone: 815-226-4059
E-mail: KMcullough@rockford.edu
Assistant Professor Kim McCullough joined Rockford University in the spring of 2013 as an adjunct clinical instructor. She accepted a full-time tenure faculty position in the fall of 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing form Rockford College in 2007. Professor McCullough completed her master’s degree at St. Anthony College of Nursing in 2013 with a concentration in nursing education. Her master’s project was a literature review on "Educating Nurse’s on End-of-life Care”.

Professor McCullough has worked in the areas of orthopedics, medical surgical and home care. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau.
Assistant Professor and Chair, Nursing
B.A., Lewis University
M.B.A., Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management
M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago
D.N.P., University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Laura Monahan has a DNP degree in Executive Nursing Leadership and an MS degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  Additionally, she has an MBA degree from Northwestern University/Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Marketing and Organizational Behavior, and a BA in Liberal Arts and Business from Lewis University.  Dr. Monahan is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, the Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society, and the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders.

While a student at UIC, she was chosen as the first DNP recipient to receive the prestigious two-year Jonas Healthcare Scholarship, and in January of 2016 presented a toolkit on nurse mentoring at the Jonas Scholars Conference in Washington, DC.  She also received the four-year Children of Veterans Scholarship while at UIC.  Her DNP project focused on interprofessional education (IPE) initiatives, and she developed an IPE program for medical and pharmacy students to job-shadow with nurse practitioners (NPs) in order to enhance communication and collaboration skills among health care providers.  The results of this project are pending publication. Dr. Monahan has presented at various conferences on IPE and mentorship.  She is presently working on three additional research projects.  One project involves developing interprofessional educational experiences for internal medicine, family medicine and rehabilitation medical residents working with wound/ostomy/continence nurses at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, IL.  Another project involves nurse practitioner and pharmacy students developing knowledge in the interprofessional domains of interprofessional communication, roles and responsibilities, and teams and teamwork while in immersion experiences in Haiti.  A third project involves interprofessional education program developments for medical, pharmacy, undergraduate nursing and graduate nursing students.

Dr. Monahan has previously created coursework and taught master’s level nursing administration students at Elmhurst College, and master’s and doctorate level nurse practitioner students at UIC.  Her nursing experiences include working as a staff nurse, nurse educator, adjunct faculty, project manager, and nursing faculty.  Prior to becoming a nurse, she has had extensive experience as an executive at Commonwealth Edison structuring utility power contracts between various utilities in the U.S. and Canada.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Rockford University
M.S.N., St. Anthony College of Nursing
Phone: 815-226-4111
E-mail: CTroxel@rockford.edu
Professor Cheryl Troxel, Assistant Professor of Nursing, is a 2004 Cum Laude graduate of Rockford College. After graduation she worked at Centegra Health System in Woodstock, Illinois. Professor Troxel worked in the pediatric and the medical/surgical departments, eventually becoming charge nurse of the pediatric department. In 2006, she started her graduate work at Saint Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford. Professor Troxel was a recipient of the Nurse Educators Scholarship Program through the state of Illinois, which contributed financially to her graduate work. During this time, she continued her work in pediatrics. In 2009, Professor Troxel began working in OSF Medical Groups in family practice and internal medicine. After obtaining her Master’s of Science in Nursing with a focus on Nursing Education in 2010, she began working at Rockford University in the fall of 2010.

Professor Troxel is currently teaching or has taught Child Health Nursing, Nursing Research, Adult Health Nursing, Special Topics in Nursing, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. She is a member and scholarship committee chairperson of the Stateline Nurses Network. She is also a member of the American Nurses Association, National League of Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau: Phi Omicron Chapter in Rockford. Professor Troxel is the advisor to the on-campus Nursing Student Organization (NSO).

Professor Troxel intends to begin her PhD work in the fall of 2014.