Meet Our Faculty

SpurrPatricia Spurr
EdD, MSN, CNE, FRE, RN, Associate Dean 
Dr. Patricia Spurr is the Associate Dean for the Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences with oversight responsibilities for the School of Nursing and Applied Behavioral Analysts (ABA).  She previously served as the Undergraduate Nursing Director at Spalding and returns to the university as a tenured professor. Becoming an RN at the age of 19, Dr. Spurr has held  a variety of positions within practice, corporate, regulatory, and academic settings.  She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate nursing levels with her specialty areas including organizational administration, nursing leadership and public policy. Before returning to Spalding,  Dr. Spurr held the position of Education Consultant for the Kentucky Board of Nursing. In this role, she served as a resource and advisor to Practical, Associate, Baccalaureate, and Graduate nursing programs across the state.  Additionally, she served for six years, two years as chair on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Exam Committee providing oversight of the development and administration  of the NCLEX exam.  In 2012, Dr. Spurr earned the designation of Fellow of Regulatory Excellence. Dr. Spurr holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and a doctorate in education with a focus in Human Resources.  She has spoken extensively across Kentucky, regionally, and nationally on the topic of nursing education.  Her areas of interest include academic integrity, student retention and at-risk students.


Paula Travis
Chair,EdD, MS, RN 
Dr. Travis serves as a Professor in the Undergraduate Nursing Program. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Catherine Spalding College, a Master in Education from Spalding College (now Spalding University) and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Spalding University. A Master’s in Nursing (Family) was earned from the University of Louisville.  Her clinical specialty is Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing and functional area of emphasis is Administration.  Her research focuses on the nurse in the workplace and variables to make the work environments more satisfying to nurses.From 1976-1999 she taught in both the Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Programs, teaching psychiatric nursing, health assessment, pediatric nursing, medical-surgical nursing, community health, pharmacology, and leadership.  She was instrumental in the adoption of the competency based educational curriculum for skill development in the School of Nursing and served on the planning and implementation committees for the Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner programs.From 1999 to 2010 Dr. Travis was appointed the Director of Nursing, the chief executive nursing officer, at Central State Hospital in eastern Jefferson County.  While at Central State she was the patient safety coordinator, and was responsible for nursing and patient safety, admission services, medical clinic services and utilization review.  She was an active advocate for creating safe treatment environments for the mentally ill through reduction of the use of seclusion and restraint.   She served as co-project director for the federally funded SAMHSA grant to study and implement seclusion and restraint reduction initiatives in state hospitals throughout the Commonwealth.Dr. Travis is a charter member of Iota Gamma and Iota Zeta chapters of Sigma Theta Tau, International Society of Nursing and has served in a variety of executive committee roles for Sigma Theta Tau.  She is a member and was President for three years of the Kentuckiana Council of Psychiatric Nursing. Among her other volunteer activities in her community and church, she was a member of ANA and KNA and is a long standing member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. In 2010, Dr. Travis was awarded the Caritas Medal from Spalding University, the highest honor bestowed upon and alumnae or alumnus who has made a significant contribution in some field in their community or on a national or international level.Dr. Travis returned to Spalding University in November 2010 as a Professor in the School of Nursing and is currently teaching Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and co-teaching the Issues/Leadership Nursing course in the Undergraduate program.


Lynn Askew 1Lynn Askew
MSN, RN 
Lynn Askew is an assistant professor with the RN to BSN Program that was formed in March, 2010.  She retired from the Kentucky Community and Technical System (KCTCS) in December, 2009, as Professor and Coordinator, Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Lawrenceburg and Danville Associate Degree Nursing Program.  She has 22 years of teaching experience as a tenured KCTCS faculty member in the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  She served as the Division Chair for Biological Life Sciences at Hopkinsville Community College.  Prior to her faculty position, Lynn was the Director of the Operating and Recovery Room at Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Ms. Askew holds a MSN in Nursing Administration from the University of Evansville, a BSN from the University of Kentucky and an ADN from Hopkinsville Community College.


RudyRudy Clark
MSN, RN 
With 21 years in the medical profession, Rudy has concentrated the last several years of her career toward nursing education. Rudy has worked as a mental health technician in an inpatient psychiatric unit, a rape crisis counselor victim advocate, a critical care nurse, a nurse in an acute adult inpatient psychiatric unit, and an ER nurse.  She taught both in the classroom and in clinical settings. Rudy has experience in varied nursing programs.


alice2Alice Cowley
MSEd, MSN, RN, MSN Coordinator 
Ms. Cowley is an Assistant Professor for Clinical Nursing in the MSN Nurse Practitioner program.  Her responsibilities include coordinating the clinical practicum placement for second year NP students.  Each student must complete 770 hours of clinical hours at multiple sites.  Ms. Cowley collaborates with each student to find the optimal sites for individual learning needs She also coordinates the MSN admission process and lectures regularly on issues of professionalism and civility. Her interests include communication between students, students with faculty, and students in the clinical setting.  All aspects of professional behavior are addressed before the student begins the clinical component of the MSN program.Ms. Cowley’s community service includes chairing the Parish Nurse Committee at St. Francis of Rome Catholic Church.  She serves as Board Chairman at Nativity Academy at St. Boniface, where she is completing a six year term.  Past community service includes long term Board involvement at Hospital Hospitality House and Sacred Heart Schools.  She also chairs the Development Committee for Sigma Theta Tau, which includes an annual fundraising event.Her personal interests include any outdoor activity, especially gardening; cooking and spending time with her children and friends.


b466Rebecca Gesler
MSN, RN, Associate Professor 
Rebecca Gesler is an associate professor at Spalding University. Rebecca has been on Spalding school of nursing faculty since 2003, and focuses her teaching curriculum on pediatrics and community health. On a daily basis, Rebecca instructs nursing student on the care of children and families in both the acute care and community setting. She also serves as the faculty advisor to the student organization, SUNS, and is the faculty counselor for Iota Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing and the Kentucky Nurses Association, where she served on the Research and Education Cabinet and as a delegate to the American Nurses Association. Presently an EDD student at Spalding University, her research interest focus is on perceptions of nutrition and healthy living of elementary school student and parents. Off-campus, Rebecca maintains an active profile within the community by participating in service opportunities to enhance the wellness of individuals.


Lisa Broughton
MSN, RN, Assistant Professor 
Lisa Broughton is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Spalding University School of Nursing. She developed and teaches Foundations of Professional Nursing and co-teaches Adult Health Three and Four to Undergraduate Nursing students. She is the co-chair of the Spalding University Student Nurses Association (SUNS).


Delwin Jacoby, MSN, FNP
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nancyNancy Kern
EdD, FN, Assistant Professor 
Dr. Kern is an Assistant Professor in the MSN program, teaching in both the practitioner and educator programs.  She joined the faculty in 2008.  She received her BS in Mental Health Technology from Hahnemann College of Allied Health Professions, her Diploma in Nursing from Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, her BSN from Regents College (now Excelsior College), her MSN and her EdD in Educational Leadership from Spalding University.Beginning her nursing career in medical-surgical nursing, she has also worked as a nurse manager at Central State Hospital and in emergency nursing at the University of Louisville Hospital.  Since becoming certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Dr Kern has worked in urgent/convenient care but her primary practice has been with uninsured residents of Clark County.Dr Kern has worked with clinical students from eight universities, including Purdue University and Butler University Schools of Pharmacy.  She taught at the University of Louisville, School of Nursing, where she worked with the Patient Simulator and the Standardized Patient Program with the School of Medicine and has taught physical assessment on-line for Excelsior College before coming to Spalding University.Dr Kern has worked for over 30 years with the American Red Cross, primarily with Disaster Services.  Her interests include the impact of developing personal philosophies of nursing, transdisciplinary education, health literacy and health care for the under served.  She currently lives in southern Indiana with her husband, Captain, the cat, Chloe, the dog and their small herd of Shorthorn cattle, some of whom are shown.


PamPamela King
PhD. MSN Director 
Dr. King is the Director of the MSN Program and has been teaching at Spalding since 1994.  She received her BSN at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.  She was in the second graduating class of family nurse practitioners at the University of Kentucky and graduated in 1980. Upon graduation, she practiced for three years in local health departments and then moved to Louisville, KY.She started her teaching career at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY, where she fell in love with teaching.  Since that time she has combined practice and teaching. She has taught in a large local university, a distance learning program and has now been at Spalding University since 1994, although she took off some time to complete her doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Louisville. As a registered nurse, Dr. King has worked in pediatrics, mental health and intensive care.  As a nurse practitioner, she has practiced in many rural health settings, health departments, urgent/ emergency care settings and family planning clinics.  Dr. Kings states that she especially likes rural health and caring for the under served. Since first becoming a nurse practitioner, Dr. King has been involved in professional issues and legislative issues related to advanced nursing practice. She worked with many other nurse practitioners in the state to changed the laws so nurse practitioners could bill in their own names, write prescriptions, and provide full care to their patients.  She was part of the group that was invited to be in the governor’s office when he signed the bill allowing nurse practitioners to prescribe.  One of the honors of which she is most proud of is the Lifetime Achievement Award received from the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives in 2000.Dr. King has 3 children including two grown sons and a teenage daughter.  She loves to teach and to help nurse practitioner students and all MSN and undergraduate students achieve their goals.


Ann Lyons_3Ann Lyons
MSN, PhD, RN, CNE, Professor
Dr. Ann A. Lyons, Professor and a National League for Nursing–Certified Nurse Educator, is in her 31st year of teaching at Spalding University and serves as Coordinator of the MSN Nurse Educator Track.  She holds a BSN and an MSN (Nursing Education) from the University of Kentucky and a PhD in Nursing (Major: Nursing Research and Adult Health; Minor: Family) from Indiana University. In 2008, Dr. Lyons was awarded the Board of Trustee’s Award for Outstanding faculty.  In 2010, she was appointed by University of Louisville and the Brown Cancer Center as a Nurse Scientist. Her interest areas include nursing research, nursing education, nursing theory, curriculum development and stress and coping in students. She teaches many of the core courses that graduate students take in the MSN Program. Dr. Lyons chairs the School of Nursing’s Scholarship and Conceptual Framework Committees and is a member of the University’s Scholarship and Research Ethics Committees.  She has presented research at national, regional and local conferences and serves as an abstract reviewer for the Midwest Nursing Society.  She volunteers for the American Heart Association and the Special Olympics and has served as a judge at Kentucky’s Regional Science Fair.Dr. Lyons is a member of many national and state professional organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau International, The American Nurses Association, and The National League for Nursing, and The Midwest Nurses Research Association. She is married with two children and has two dogs and one granddog. Her hobbies include traveling and gardening.


Joseph P. Maloney
PhD, RN, Associate Professor 
Dr. Joe Maloney is a tenured professor on the undergraduate faculty since 2003. He consistently teaches the Health Assessment and Adult Health II courses and occasionally teaches Human Disorders and Research for Nurses. He started his nursing with an R.N. Diploma from St. Joseph Hospital in Philadelphia. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University in Wilks Barre’, PA. His master’s degree is from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, and his Ph.D. from University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Dr. Maloney retired from the US Army in 1992 after serving on active duty for 27 years. His background is primarily in Med-Surg nursing and has worked at every level of nursing throughout his career.  After retiring from the military he returned to the academic environment and has taught at the Medical College of Georgia, Austin Peay State University, and currently at Spalding University. He has published over 30 articles to include research papers, book chapters, and various articles in referred journals. His interests revolve around organizational behavior and physical fitness.


jacqui1Jacqui McMillian-Bohler
MSN, CNM, BSN Director
Jacqui McMillian-Bohler is the current BSN program director at Spalding University. She received her BSN from the University Of North Carolina at Greensboro and her MSN from Vanderbilt University.  She is certified as a Nurse-Midwife.  Jacqui’s special interest areas include adolescent health and innovative teaching strategies. Currently, Jacqui is a doctoral student attending Villanova University. Her practice background includes staffing in labor delivery, high risk antepartum and full-scope nurse-midwifery practice in both private practice and university settings.  Jacqui has worked with at risk population in South Carolina, Nashville and Louisville. She has also served as full-time faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina and Vanderbilt before coming to Spalding. Jacqui was awarded the Alumni Award for Clinical Achievement from Vanderbilt University in 2002 for her work with migrant workers and pregnant teen in rural South Carolina.  The same year she was honored as the American College of Nurse-Midwives Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwifery Faculty of the year in 2003. In 2009 she was honored as the KYANNA Kentucky educator of the year. Jacqui’s hobbies include yoga, watching foreign films and “crafting” with the Girl Scouts.


Adrienne K. Handley
Adrienne previously taught at Spalding University for 17 years and returns to teach in the School of Nursing after an almost 10 year hiatus in nursing practice full-time. She earned the BSN degree at Villa Maria College (now a part of Gannon University) in Erie,PA and the MSN degree at the University of Louisville. She earned the Ed.S. (Education Specialist) degree at Spalding University. Adrienne, having never wanted to do anything else but nursing, has had a long and varied professional career. Aside from teaching, she has worked predominantly in maternity nursing, but also has done pediatric nursing, medical-surgical, private duty, staff relief, and was a nursing supervisor in a long term care facility. Adrienne is married to a very supportive husband, Edward, and has two children, Anne and Matthew, both alumni of Spalding University.


 
marlotMarlot Wigginton
RN, CCRN, CCNS, ARNP, Assistant Professor 
Marlot Wigginton is a registered nurse who has more than 40 years of experience, all of it in critical care nursing. She has experience in coronary care, open heart recovery, pulmonary ICU, neuro/transplant ICU and general intensive care units. Marlot has been certified as a CCRN for over 30 continuous years. For 15-20 years, she was involved with hospital-based education. Since August 2007, she has been an assistant professor of nursing at Spalding University, teaching senior nursing students adult acute care.  Marlot is also certified as a CCNS (clinical nurse specialist), after receiving her M.N. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in adult health with a critical care major.  Ms. Wigginton is also a co-chairperson of the education/symposium committee for the Greater Louisville Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.


gracie1Gracie Wishnia
PhD, Associate Professor 
Dr. Gracie Wishnia is an Associate Professor in Nursing. She regularly teaches across the BSN and MSN programs. Her advanced practice area and certification is in Gerontology. She received her PhD in Urban and Public Affairs from the business School at U of L; her dissertation was a “Strategic Plan for Adult Day Cares in the City of Louisville”. Her Masters in Nursing is from the University of California in San Francisco in Nursing Leadership with a minor in curriculum planning. She obtained a BSN in Quito, Ecuador, where she was born, from the Catholic University, an accredited program by St Louis University. Dr Wishnia maintains a private practice in Gerontological Wellness with an emphasis in case management. Her research is in Geriatrics currently looking at pain in Arthritis patients. Much of her publications and grants have been directed to needs and issues regarding well being of older adults and issues related to culture. She has been a professor at Spalding University for over fifteen years; she is tenured and is Chair of the Curriculum Committee and a member of the Conboy conference planning committee in the the BSN nursing program. University wide she is a member of the QEP task force, the Research Ethics committee, the green initiative and others. Dr Wishnia serves on several dissertation committees and an advisor to undergraduate and graduate students. She is married to Frank Wishnia, a pharmacist and owner of “Wish’s Drugs”. They have two children, Susy Wishnia Freeman, a surgeon in Boston MA and Andrew Wishnia, an Attorney for the Department of Transportation in Washington DC.