Alumni Success Stories of Leach College of Nursing


Dr. Cheryl Brubaker ‘04, ‘15

Nurse Practitioner at Da Vita Medical Group; Faculty at
University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Professional Affiliations: NM Nurse Practitioner Council, AANP
Community Involvement: PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization devoted to Educational Support and Opportunities for Women)
Awards: 2012 Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award (USF); 2015 University of St Francis Leach College of Nursing DNP Research Award; 2012 AANP Nurse Practitioner Advocate State Award for Excellence

Cheryl Brubaker

Amanda Buechel ’15

ANA-Illinois Director at Large
SNAI Co-Consultant
Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science, Nursing
Professional Involvement: American Nurses’ Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Community Involvement: Participant in Respiratory Health Association Events- Hustle Up the Hancock and Skyline Plunge, Our Lady of Angels Volunteering (Started partnership between USF students and OLA while in SNA) Awards: 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader, 2016; Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate, 2015; Margaret Brophy Meritorious Service Award, May 2015; Dorothy Kenney Busse Award, May 2015; Who’s Who Among Students in American University and Colleges, May 2015 Involvement at USF: Student: Student Nurses Association board member for 4 years; Track & Cross Country; Saints Guiding Saints Mentor; Nursing Tutor; Nursing Student Mentor Program Coordinator & Mentor; LCON Curriculum Committee; Learning Resource Committee

Amanda Buechel

Linda (Reinhard) England ‘77, ‘86

Laboratory Director
Rush Copley Medical Center (Aurora, IL)
Bachelor of Science, Medical Technology
Master of Science, Health Services Administration
Professional Affiliations: ASCP, AACC, CLMA


Dr. Forouz Jowkar, Ph.D. ‘08

Physician Assistant
Santa Fe, NM
Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies
Professional Affiliatons: American Academy anti-aging Functional and Regenerative Medicine, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, American Academy of physician Association
Awards: Awarded Master’s Degree in Metabolic Nutrition from University of South Florida Medical School in 2013


Carmen Kosicek, RN, MSN, PMHNP ‘94

Nursing Career Coach, Author
Self- Employed (Nashotah, WI)
Bachelor of Science, Nursing
Awards: “Nurses, Jobs and Money – A Guide to Advancing Your Nursing Career and Salary” received award-winning “Best Book of 2014” by Amazon editors of all books sold worldwide.

April Kubinski ’08, ’13

Owner, Family Nurse Practitioner
Emediate Cure Quick Care (Shorewood, IL)
Bachelor of Science, Nursing
Master of Science, Nursing
Professional Affiliations: UCCOA, AANP, ANA
Community Involvement: Shorewood Chamber of Commerce
Awards: Margaret Brophy Award
Student Involvement at USF: Student Nurses Association, President


Dr. Jean Mau ‘80, ‘12

Advanced Practice Nurse, Heart Failure
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge, IL)
Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nursing DNP
Professional Affiliations: ISAPN, AAHFN, AACN, Vice Chair IDFPR Board of Nursing
Community Involvement: Community Board Lutheran Life Communities, St. Peter Lutheran Church Music Ministry
Awards: 2014 Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award (USF)


Dr. Mary Lauric Petrella ‘78

Nurse Practitioner
Edward Hines VA Hospital (Joliet, IL)
Nursing
Awards: 2015 Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award (USF)

Cecelia Best Pezdek 96, 01, 12                              

Manager Endoscopy and Ambulatory Center
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove, IL)
Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
Master of Science, Health Services Administration
Master of Science, Nursing
Professional Affiliations: Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
Awards: GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) finalist by Nursing.com in 2014; SGNA fellowship for Evidence Based Practice completed in 2012

Sheri Pieroni ’08

Presence Health
BSN, RN, VA-BC (Vascular Access Specialist)
Joliet, IL
Bachelor of Science, Nursing
Professional Involvement: Board Certified in Vascular Access, Member of the Association of Vascular Access (AVA), Member of Illinois Vascular Access Network (IVAN)
Community Involvement: Presence Health, Community Health Screenings, Kiwanis Club (speaker about flu prevention)

Sheri Pieroni

Amy Vertin ‘13

Owner, Family Nurse Practitioner
Emediate Cure Quick Care (Shorewood, IL)
Master of Science, Nursing
Professional Affiliations: UCCOA, AANP, Sigma Theta Tau
Community Involvement: Shorewood Chamber of Commerce

 Vertin, Amy

Kathleen Wolz ’76

Joliet Junior College
Professor of Nursing
Joliet, IL
Nursing
Professional Involvement: AACN, IOADN, American Nursing Informatics Association
Community Involvement: Volunteer at church, WGMC