Impact Lives

Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Faculty

The Department of Nursing and Health at Benedictine University is comprised of nurse leaders from around the nation. They offer experience from all levels of nursing and from years in clinical, administrative and educational roles. They have contributed to the advancement of nursing practice through research as well as by passing on their knowledge via teaching others. They are ready to help you on your personal nursing journey.

Margaret C. Richey

Margaret C. Richey, Ed.D., M.S.N., B.S.N., RN

Associate Professor

Dr. Richey joined Benedictine as Adjunct MSN Faculty in 2011 and was appointed in August 2012 as Associate Professor.

Alison Ridge

Alison Ridge, D.N.P., M.S.N., RN, CNE

Assistant Professor and M.S.N. Program Director

Alison Ridge joined Benedictine in June 2012 as MSN Program Director and Assistant Professor.

Elizabeth Ritt

Elizabeth Ritt, Ed.D., M.S.N., RN, CNE, NEA-BC


Elizabeth Ritt joined Benedictine in August 2011 as chair and professor of Nursing and Health.

Sarah Mutschlecner

Sarah Mutschlecner, D.N.P., M.S.N., RN, FNP-BC

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Sarah Mutschlecner is currently working in Palliative Care at the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Pat Shannon

Pat Shannon, Ph.D., M.S.N., M.A., RN, RNP-BC, CNE

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Pat Shannon is a seasoned nursing educator and practitioner who joined the Benedictine adjunct faculty in 2011.

Therese Shipps

Therese Shipps, D.N.Sc., M.S.N., RN

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Therese Shipps received her BSN from St. Anselm's College, and both master's and doctorate degrees from Boston University.

Debbie L. Simmons

Debbie L. Simmons, D.N. P., M.S.N., ANP-BC, CNL, ARNP

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Debbie Simmons presently works as a Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Executive in a managed healthcare organization.

Judith V. Treschuk

Judith V. Treschuk, Ph.D., CNS, RN, CNE

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Treschuk’s nursing practice experience includes many years of nursing management in the role of director of nursing in long term care.

Cecilia Wendler

Cecilia Wendler, Ph.D., M.A., RN, NE-BC

Adjunct Faculty

M. Cecilia Wendler, RN, PhD, CCRN-K, NE-BC, began her career as an associate-degree RN in critical care.

Jasmin B. Whitfield

Jasmin B. Whitfield, D.N.P., M.S.N., M.P.H., RN

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Jasmin Whitfield is currently a Health Care Coordinator at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.