Ten New Faculty Members Join RVC

Posted on Sep 7, 2016

The Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) would like to welcome the following individuals to RVC as full-time faculty members. While some joined us in January 2016, and others are new this Fall, please join the ATLE in extending a warm welcome to our newest faculty colleagues.

Laurie Ambrose graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science degree in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis. Her experience in educating patients in oral health and years of training dentists, hygienists, and staff on new dental products has prepared Laurie to transition to a full- time teaching position.

Molly Carter is an accomplished artist and teacher. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiber from Kansas City Art Institute in 1994. She has been an educator at the Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago and National-Louis University in Evanston before serving as an art adjunct instructor at Rock Valley College for the past four years. She brings additional professional experience as Gallery Director for the Rockford University Art Gallery (2011-2015), Coordinator of Studio and Community Programs in the Education Department of Milwaukee Art Museum (2004-2005), and Assistant Director of the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago (2000-2001). Molly also served as a member of the Board of Education Committee for Anchor Graphics in Chicago (2000-2004).

Douglas Kasprzak is a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Kasprzak acquired varied aviation experience as an aviation maintenance controller, quality assurance inspector, aircraft inspection, dock coordinator, production superintendent, aircraft mechanic, director of maintenance, and chief inspector with major airlines, regional carriers, general aviation and manufacturing. Mr. Kasprzak has a Bachelor of Science in professional aeronautics from Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University and an Associate of Science in aircraft maintenance technology from Community College of the Air Force.

Cheryl Miller comes to Rock Valley College with ample experience, which is valuable for the success of the Nursing Aide Program (CNA). She received her credentials of Registered Nurse (RN) in 1997 with her associate degree in nursing. Cheryl has been working in long-term care for many years: both as a charge nurse and then as Director of Nursing. Most recently, she began working in home health. Cheryl joined Rock Valley College in January 2013 working as a Clinical Adjunct Instructor in the nursing program.

Rebecca Myers joins the Rock Valley College Nursing faculty team with ample nursing experience. As one of our very own graduates, she received her Associate of Science degree from Rock Valley College in 2000 and later transferred to St. Anthony College of Nursing (SACN) to complete her bachelor of science in nursing in 2004. Having developed the passion to teach, Rebecca returned to SACN and completed her master’s in nursing education in 2016. Rebecca has 12 years of professional nursing experience, having worked at Rockford Memorial Hospital in the Post-Surgical Orthopedic unit, at OSF Home Health Care as a Case Manager, and at OrthoIllinois with the Orthopedic Trauma Service team. Her “teaching” experience has been as a preceptor to new graduates, where her passion for teaching developed. She comes with leadership experience from years as a charge nurse, the vice-chair of the Hospital Wide Nursing Practice Council, and leader of the Unit Quality Practice Council.

Moria Nagy holds a master of science in microbiology from Arizona State University. Prior to moving to Illinois, she taught microbiology at the University of California, Merced, and at Merced Community College. In 2012-2013, Moria taught as a full-time temporary employee and has since taught as an adjunct instructor at Rock Valley College. She has received high praise from both students and faculty.

Shannon Satti comes to Rock Valley College with 15 years of nursing experience, including med/surg, pediatrics, oncology, and emergency care. She took the role of Emergency Department (ED) Case Manager in 2009, developing and implementing a successful program to decrease frequent returns to the Emergency Department. Ms. Satti received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northern Illinois University in 1998 and will complete her master’s degree in nursing education from Northern Illinois University in December 2015. Her high level of autonomy and strong diverse clinical background makes her an excellent addition to our program. Her energy and excitement for teaching, specifically here at Rock Valley College, is evident.

Grant Schubert is a graduate from the University of Iowa (B.A.) and Bradley University (M.A.), and started his college career at Rock Valley College. He also took his first college Composition & Literature classes at Rock Valley College with Professor Lori Alfe and Dr. Karen Courtney. Grant has been featured as a lecturer at two Popular Culture Association conferences, the Writing on the Edge conference at COD, the Distance Learning conference at ECC and at the First Tuesday Lecture Series at Rock Valley College. Grant has been quoted in the New York Times about his use of digital annotation in his Rock Valley College composition classes; classes he taught for over four years. Grant has published creative writing in the African American Review, Literary Orphans; California State University’s RipRap; Bradley University’s Broadside; and Rock Valley College’s Voices. Grant has been nominated for the Faculty of the Year award at the College of DuPage, and for multiple creative writing awards while attaining his master’s degree at Bradley University.

Dr. Shuneize Slater brings her knowledge of computational, general, organic, and medical chemistry to the students of Rock Valley College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis in medical chemistry from the University of Mississippi. She was an undergraduate teaching assistant during her time at the University of Arkansas-Monticello, and a graduate teaching and research assistant at the University of Mississippi. Most recently, Dr. Slater has been engaged in postdoctoral research at the National Center for Natural Products Research.

Cheryl Troxel comes to Rock Valley College with six years of nursing education experience as well as six years of clinical nursing experience including: med/sur, pediatrics, and orthopedics. Educationally, she taught a variety of courses and assumed department Chair at Rockford University’s Nursing Department. She was also charge nurse on the Pediatric and Orthopedic units at Centegra Health Systems. Ms. Troxel received her bachelor of science in nursing from Rockford University in 2004 and her master of science in nursing education from St. Anthony’s College of Nursing in 2010. Her high level of autonomy and strong, diverse clinical background makes her an excellent addition to our program. Her energy and excitement for teaching and positive outlook is evident.


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