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Our people

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Learn more about us!

The University of Victoria School of Nursing prides itself on its outstanding people. The School's faculty and staff is comprised of committed educators, learners, researchers and administrators who share the common aim of supporting innovative and accessible nursing education.

Browse the directory tabs below to find alphabetic listings of faculty and staff. Click on the names to access profile pages to learn about our roles within the School, our teaching and research activities and philosophies, as well as our publications and projects. Here you will also find contact information to help you connect - and stay connected - with each of us.

School of Nursing directory:


Elizabeth Banister | Professor

Laurie Barnhardt | Assistant Teaching Professor

Katherine Bertoni | Assistant Teaching Professor

Anne Bruce | Professor, Associate Director, Graduate Education

Gweneth Doane | Professor

Susan Duncan | Director

Karen Evers-Fahey | Assistant Teaching Professor and Associate Director Undergraduate Education

Barbara Fox | Assistant Teaching Professor

Noreen Frisch | Professor

Marcia Hills | Professor

Mary Lougheed | Assistant Teaching Professor

Marjorie MacDonald | Professor

Karen MacKinnon | Associate Professor

Anastasia Mallidou | Assistant Professor

Lenora Marcellus | Associate Professor

Carol McDonald | Professor

Jeannine Moreau | Teaching Professor

Wendy Neander | Assistant Teaching Professor

Bernie Pauly | Associate Professor and Associate Director, Research and Scholarship

Mary Ellen Purkis | Professor

Maureen Ryan | Assistant Teaching Professor

Esther Sangster-Gormley | Associate Professor, Associate Dean 

Margaret Scaia | Assistant Teaching Professor

Robin Scobie | Assistant Teaching Professor

Debra Sheets | Associate Professor

Laurene Sheilds | Associate Professor

Kelli Stajduhar | Professor and Associate Director, Research and Scholarship

Rosalie Starzomski | Professor

Deborah Thoun | Associate Professor

Coby Tschanz | Assistant Teaching Professor

Lynne Young |  Professor


Jennifer Beaveridge, BScN, NSN, NP(F)

Elizabeth Borycki, RN, HBScN, MN, PhD
Areas of interest: Nursing informatics, clinical informatics, human factors, information needs, change management, quality improvement, information management and information technology management

Susan Breiddal, RCC
Areas of interest: counselling and facilitating, presenting and training, teaching, curriculum development, on-line learning, writing, intercultural communication

Judy Burgess, RN, MN, PhD
Areas of interest: Advanced Nursing Practice, leadership, primary health care, mental health, young adults, health promotion

Robert Calnan, RN, BScN, MEd
Areas of interest: Leadership, quality professional practive environments, professional organizations, advanced nursing practice

Brenda Canitz, BScN, NP, BA, MSc
Areas of interest: Health care service design, multidisciplinary teams plus rural and remote health care

Alyse Capron, BSN, MN
Areas of interest: Nursing informatics

Cynthia Chan, MD

Siobhan Chandler, PhD
Areas of interest: Religion and spirituality, sociology, social psychology, psychology of religion, sustanability and corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Cheryl Cherpitel, BSN, MPH, PhD
Areas of interest: Consultation, research design and data analysis

Gerrit Clements, BA, LLB
Areas of interest: Health Law, in particular health and mental incapability law, consent, substitute decision-making

Lisa Constable, RN, BScN, MSN

Elizabeth (Betty) Davies, RN, PhD, CT, FAAN

Melie De Champlain, RN, MSN, MHM
Areas of interest: International work, refugee health, emergency relief in crisis, provcess improvement in Health Care (LEAN), Health Care Management, Program Management, Planning, Project Management

Barb Eddy, NP(F), MN, CHPCN (c)

Lynn Guengerich, BSN, MSN, NP(F)
Areas of interest: Pediatric, primary care for vulnerable children and families

Kathryn Hannah, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD
Areas of interest: Nursing informatics, clincial terminologies, EHRs

Coleen Heenan, MS, NP (A)

Lisa Henczel, RN, MN, NP (F)
Areas of interest: Health promotion, Advanced Practice Nursing, primary care

Julia Hickey Somerville, MD

June Kaminski, BScN, MScN, PhD
Area of interest: Nursing Informatics

Joanne Maclaren, RN, MN

Stanley Marchuk, BSN, MN, NP(F)
Areas of interest: Outcomes research, Nurse Practitioner integration, nephrology, patient self-care outcomes and interventions

Erica Maynard, BSN, MN, NP(F)

Wayne Mitic, MA, MHEd, PhD (Ed.D)
Areas of interest: Chronic disease prevention, utilization-focused evaluation

Caroline Murphy, BSN, MN, NP(F)
Areas of interest: integration of the NP role in BC Health care system.

Jan Grauman Neander, MA
Areas of Interests: Economics, Public Policy, Global Health, Governance, Medical Science

Lorelei Newton, RN, PhD
Areas of interest: Nursing professional practice, nursing ethics, social media, knowledge translation, organizational culture/influence on nursing practice and student experiences, care of older adult with cancer

Donnal Nicholson, BN, MN, NP(F)
Areas of interest: Family practice with focus on mental health, youth, addictions, and HIV care

Richard Nuttal, BSA, Mag, LRCSI, MB, MPH, MCISc
Areas of interest: Family medicine

Victor Omelchenko, MD
Areas of interest: Neurology, family medicine

Natasha Prodan-Bhalla, BScN, MN, NP(A), CCN(C), APRN(BC)
Areas of interest: Women's health, cardiac prevention and health

Barbara Radons, BSN, MN, NP(F)
Areas of interest: Geriatrics, older adult, primary care, end of life, dementia care

Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham,BSN, MScN, PhD

James Ronan - PhD, MN, CPNP-PC

Richard Sawatzky, RN, PhD
Areas of interest: Patient-reported outcomes, quality of life assessment, palliative care, spirituality in nursing

Diane Sawchuk, RN, PhD
Areas of interest: global maternal health, labor and delivery, program evaluation, knowledge translation, writing and publication, grant writing

Cindy Sayre, RN, MN

Blair Stanley, MD, BSC, FCFP

Carolyn Taylor, R.N, B.N, M.S.A, CON (C)
Areas of interest: Palliative care, end of life, health policy and research

Sheila Turris, BHS, MScN, DNP, FNP
Areas of interest: Vunerable populations in urban centres

Lori Vergin, BScN, MN
Areas of interest: Primary health care, chronic disease management, practice organization, collaboration

Laura Vicol, BSN, MN, NP(F)
Areas of interest: Maternal-child

Marie Anne Weatherby, BSN, MN, NP(F)
Areas of interest: Family practice, Aboriginal health

Wendy Young, PhD
Areas of interest: Research facilitation, knowledge translation coordination


Michele Agostinelli, BSN

Sarah Baker, RN, BScN

Diana Campbell, RN, BSN, PhD(c)

Brenda Canitz, BSN, NP, MSc

Elsie Chan, MA

Patricia Clark, BSN

Gerrit Clements, JD

Mary Converse, BSN, MN

Kim Daly, BSN, MA

Laurie Dokis, RN, BSN, MN (ANP)

Margaret Eastman, RN, BSN, MN, CAE

Stephanie Edwards, RN, BSN, BSc

Pasquale Fiore, BSN, MN

Natalie Frandsen, RN, MN

Eileen Greene, BSN, MEd

Carolyn Hammond, RN, MN

Krisitie Harding, BSN

Lona Heinzig, RN, BSN, MA

Heather Hepworth, BSc, RN, MN

Maureen Hobbs, RN, BSN, MN
Melissa Holland, RN, BScN

Deborah Hollands-MacKinnon, BSN, MScN

Karen Hoskyn, BSN

Shauna Huffman, RN, BScN

Joan Humphries, RN, BSN, MN

Deanna Hutchings, BScN, MN

Leanne Kelly, BA, BSN, MN

Megan Kirk, BSN, MSN

Dawn Kuzemski, RN, BSN, MA

Marg Lachmuth, RN, BSN, MN

Wanda Martin, BSN, MN, PhD (C)

Carlene Meilleur, BA, BSN

Lyn Merryfeather, BSN, MN, PhD(c)

Olga Petrovyskaya, RN, BScN, MN, PhD(c)

Marilyn Plummer, BSN, MScHP

Carol Rocker, BN, MHSc, PhD

Anita Rusk, RN, BSN

Kara Schick Makaroff, RN, MSN, PhD

Tracy Shenton, BSN

Candis Spiers, BScN, MN

Sandra Stewart, N, BSN, MA

Cici Tavares, BSN, MSN

Carla Tilley, BSN, MN (NUED)

Shirley Turcotte. BSN

Christine Upright, RN, BScN, MN


Betty Davies

Isobel Dawson

Elaine Gallagher

Lucia Gamroth

Virginia Hayes

Elizabeth Lindsey

Jessie Mantle

Joan MacNeil

Marjorie McIntyre

Jane Milliken

Janet Storch

Professional and
Admin Staff

Professional Administrative Staff

Deanne Buchanan | Practica Coordinator, Post RN Program

Carolyn Hammond |  Practica Coordinator, Graduate Programs

Lori Klear | Coordinator, Student Affairs

Cindy MacDonald | Program Coordinator, Distance Education

Diane MacLeod | Practica Coordinator, Undergraduate Education on Campus and College of the Rockies

Doreen McConachie | Practica Coordinator, Post RN - on leave

Paul Meier | Admissions Liason Officer and Student Advisor

Jill Nichol | Academic Administrative Coordinator

Administrative Assistants

Heather Cumming | Administrative Assistant, Graduate Programs

Diana Gicas | Administrative Assistant, Distance Education and Post RN Practice

Russell Hawkins | Administrative Assistant, Graduate Programs

Shelley Lietaer | Office Manager and Assistant to the Director

Marius Miklea | Administrative Assistant and  Assistant to the Associate Director Undergraduate Education

Jill Nichol | Office Manager and Assistant to the Director

Nadja Pearce | Administrative Assistant and  Assistant to the Associate Director Undergraduate Education - on leave

Naomi Poeschek | Administrative Assistant, Undergraduate Admissions and Advising

Doug Thompson | Administrative Assistant, Distance Education

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