School of Nursing Leaders

Dean of Alverno College JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professionals


Patti Varga

Patti Varga PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

Dean of Alverno College JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professionals

Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program Chair

Professor, 414-382-6303

Area of expertise: Parish Nursing, Community Health, Nursing Education, Leadership

Research: Factors impacting diverse students in nursing programs


 Undergraduate Nursing Program Chair


Margaret Rauschenberger

Margaret (Peg) Rauschenberger MSN, RN, CCHP

Undergraduate Nursing Program Chair

Associate Professor, 414-382-6276

Areas of Expertise: Corrections Nursing, Mental Health Nursing


Director of Graduate Nursing Studies


DuffyDiane Duffy PhD RN

Director of Graduate Nursing Studies, 414-382-6293

Areas of expertise: Nursing Research, Health Policy, and Comparative Health Policy


 Family Nurse Practitioner Program Chair



Luanne Wielichowski MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-BC

Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner Program Chair, 414-382-6285

Area of expertise: Family Nurse Practitioner, Obstetric and Women's Health Nursing, Oncology, Primary Care, Urgent Care


Clinical Nurse Specialist Program Chair



Joanne Archer MSN, RN, APRN BC-ADM

Clinical Nurse Specialist Program Chair, 414-382-6482

Area of expertise: Diabetes management/education, Chronic disease management, Acute Care Nursing


 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Chair



Rebecca Sobanski  MA, MSN, RN, APNP, PMHNP-BC
Assistant Professor, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program Chair

Areas of expertise: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD


Degree Completion (RN to BSN) Program Chair



Leah Olson, MSN, RN

RN Completion Program Chair

Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise: Hospice Nursing, Corrections Nursing



Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program Co-Chair


Laurie A. Kunkel-Jordan PhD candidate, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CCRN

Chair of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Program, 414-382-6300

Area of expertise: Concepts in Adult and Geriatric Health and Primary Care; Critical Care Nursing; Curricular Development in Nursing Education, Quality and Safety


  • Toward quality preceptorship: A dyad study
  • Preceptorship in the context of newly graduated nurse transition-to-practice: A principle-based concept Analysis
  • The lived experience of newly graduated nurses transitionaing-to-practice in the intensive care unit
  • Critical care nurses' lived experience precepting newly graduated nurses in the ICU
  • Exploring relationships between awareness of, knowledge of, and attitudes towards evidence-based practice among ICU nurses and adherence to the ventilator-associated pneumonia bundle protocol