Meet the Team

Administrative Staff

Name Bio and Site(s)

Angela Moss, PhD
Angela Moss, PhD, MSN, APN-BC, RN

Role: Assistant Dean

As assistant dean of Faculty Practice, Angela Moss, PhD, MSN, APN-BC, RN, is responsible for the leadership, development and maintenance of diverse faculty practice partnerships and for fiscal accountability for the operations of all faculty practice venues. She also coordinates clinical outcome analysis and student activities across all faculty practice venues, and supports scholarly activities of all faculty practice personnel.

She is a board-certified, practicing adult nurse practitioner. Her research interests include return on investment, cost analysis and patient satisfaction at nurse-managed health centers, and the impact of aging on perceptions of health and health care utilization. Moss is also interested in strategic development of new nurse-managed models of care delivery for underserved populations.

Moss’ primary teaching responsibilities are in the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, with a focus on health assessment clinical skills and student advisement.

Site(s): St. Leonard’s Ministries


Anthony Mask, MBA

Role: Director

Mask is the business director for the Rush University College of Nursing’s Office of Faculty Practice. His principal role is to oversee the business and administrative functions of the enterprise’s 30 nurse-run clinics and community partnerships, ensuring financial sustainability, business development, and day-to-day operational efficiency. He possesses nearly a decade’s worth of experience working in academic medical centers and during that time has evolved his career from managing departmental budgets to creating complex cross-organizational pro formas and managing a series of business lines. Mask holds a master’s degree in business management and a bachelor’s in business administration.

Jennifer Rousseau
Jennifer Rousseau, DNP, WHNP-BC

Role: Faculty Clinician Liaison

Rousseau has been a women’s health nurse for more than 30 years. She has served as a perinatal clinical nurse specialist, perinatal nurse practitioner on the Labor and Delivery Unit at Rush University Medical Center, and as a certified women’s health nurse practitioner with a focus on breast and cervical cancer screening.

Her Doctor of Nursing Practice work led to universal screening at Rush University Medical Center for depression in the immediate postpartum period. Her interest in this area continues as she works to improve follow-up with outpatient mental health care for women identified as being at risk for depression.

Rousseau has taught at the Rush University College of Nursing since 2001 across both the pre-licensure and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. In this role, she has guided many students in the planning and implementation of MSN capstone and DNP scholarly projects.


Annika Gorenz, MS, MS

Role: Project Manager

As project manager of the Office of Faculty Practice (OFP), Annika Gorenz, MS, MS, is responsible  for managing day-to-day administrative functions, which includes invoicing, personnel schedules and credentialing. Annika is also accountable for the OFP data outcomes, which involves coordinating data between clinicians, students, clinical site partners and various internal and external Rush departments. Optimization of site-specific outcome data allows us to demonstrate the impact of the OFP on the College of Nursing faculty, students, and clinical site partners.

Annika has a background in research related to clinical healthcare, graduate nursing education and academic practice partnerships. She has a master’s degree from Rush University Medical Center in both biotechnology and pharmacology.

Thombra J. Muhammad, MBA

Role: Administrative Manager

Muhammad has served as higher education professional for graduate nursing and naturopathic doctoral programs, highlighting clinical placements and student clinic operations, and in medical education. She has an MBA from Saint Xavier University with a concentration in management.

Clinical Staff

Name Bio and Site(s)

Janyce Agruss
Janyce Agruss, PhD, APN/CNP, RN

Agruss is a longtime faculty member at the Rush University College of Nursing. She has been instrumental in the development of the Family Nurse Practitioner program, which is currently ranked No. 6 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. She is also an active family nurse practitioner.

Site(s): Yorktown Health

Samantha Baker
Samantha Baker, MSN, RN, CNL

Baker comes to us with a background in psychiatric mental health and public health nursing. She received her master’s in nursing from Rush University and bachelor’s in psychology and legal studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Baker has a passion for helping individuals with mental health conditions and multiple comorbidities achieve rehabilitative, health, resilience, and recovery goals.

Site(s): Thresholds

Elisabeth Barrett, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CNL

Site(s): Sue Gin Health Center at Oakley Square

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Margaret Bavis, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Margaret Perlia Bavis, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC is an embedded faculty at CommunityHealth, a free and charitable clinic in Chicago. In her role, Dr. Bavis provides comprehensive primary care to uninsured adults. In addition, Bavis trains Rush University College of Nursing APRN students. Bavis is able to bring her experience caring for patients and training students back to the College of Nursing where she teaches in the DNP/FNP program.

Site(s): CommunityHealth

Alma Blancarte
Alma Blancarte

Blancarte comes to us with a background in NICU nursing. Additionally, as a nursing student she assisted Nurse Practitioners at the Sue Gin Health Center, a CON Faculty Practice Clinic on Chicago’s West side. She is a graduate of Rush University College of Nursing GEM program. Blancarte is passionate about sharing her Mexican culture through cooking and developing recipes to share.

Site(s): Connect Chicago

Gregory Bowman
Gregory Bowman

Bowman comes to us with a background in primary care, neurosurgery, and case management nursing. He graduated from Indiana University Kokomo in 2010 with a bachelor of science in Nursing and is presently enrolled in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Rush University. Bowman’s interests include spending time with his wife and daughter, visiting family in Brazil, and reading history.

Site(s): Walder Grant; Connect Chicago

Liz Brockland
Elizabeth Brockland, BSN, RN

Brockland is excited to be working at Northside Housing and Supportive Services (NSHSS), a housing program that has a 72-bed men’s emergency shelter in Uptown as well as over 170 permanent supportive housing units throughout Chicago for formerly homeless adults. She works with over 100 clients a year, providing ongoing in-home health education and medical case management for clients who are housed, in addition to consulting on the health needs of clients who are currently experiencing homelessness. Since working at NSHSS since 2016, she has developed programming to educate clients and case managers on opioid overdose response and has developed policies and educational materials to support staff members on infection prevention and mental and physical health emergency response. Within the first year of having an onsite nurse, the rate of clients connected to primary care improved by 24%. Health programming at NSHSS is anchored in the principles of harm-reduction and trauma-informed care.

Site(s): Northside Housing and Supportive Services

Katherine Buaron
Katherine Buaron, MSN

Buaron has a background in academic research, psychiatric mental health, and child and adolescent care. She received her master’s in nursing from Rush University and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a minor in biology from San Jose State University. Buaron has a passion for providing integrated behavioral healthcare to underprivileged and underserved communities.

Site(s): Thresholds

Mary Butler
Margaret Mary Butler, MSN, RN, CNL

Butler comes to us as a graduate from Rush’s GEM program (August 2017, MSN, RN, CNL). She is interested in working in community and mental health.

Site(s): Congregate Testing Team 

Keith Carter
Keith Carter

The Community Health Nurse is accountable for coordinating and facilitating client services across the various levels of the continuum for a population of clients. In this role, Carter provides direct patient care through patient education and guidance regarding medications, lifestyle modifications, and treatment plans.

Site(s): Trilogy

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Valerie Davis, MSN, RN, CNL

Davis is a Community Health RN working on the Live Healthy Chicago grant with our Community Health Worker (CHW) Hub; an interdisciplinary team of CHWs, RNs, SWs and Health Administrators collectively providing community outreach, telehealth, COVID response, and health education across a multitude of platforms.

Site(s): Family Connects

Monica Davis Site(s): Family Connects 

Joshua Dueshop

Site(s): Heartland Alliance Health

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Kristen Nicole Figueroa, MSN, RN, CNL

Figueroa comes to us with a background in critical care and community health nursing.  She received her bachelor’s degree in biology with a double minor in health systems management and psychology from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree from Rush University’s GEM program. She looks forward to using her experience in the cardiac ICU and in home health to decrease hospital readmission rates and improve health outcomes for older adults in the community.

Site(s): Connect Chicago

Stephanie Flores Site(s): Family Connects

Terry Gallagher
Therese Gallagher, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNL

Gallagher is a family nurse practitioner at the Sue Gin Health Center, a Rush University College of Nursing Faculty Practice clinic that opened in 2015 in the Oakley Square community on Chicago’s West Side. Gallagher earned a bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s in nursing at DePaul University in Chicago. She returned to the University of Illinois at Chicago for its Family Nurse Practitioner and Forensic Advanced Practice Nurse post-master’s certificate programs.

Gallagher’s doctor of nursing practice work in the Leadership to Enhance Population Health Outcomes program at the Rush University College of Nursing focused on improving decision-making and reducing risk-taking behavior in low-income adolescents.

Site(s): Center for Health and Homelessness; Sue Gin Center at Oakley Square 

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Taren “TK” Hays, MSN, RN, CNL

Hays recently graduated from Rush University’s post-licensure CNL program and has been working as a bedside nurse on neurology/neurosurgical step-down units for the past four years. Their main interest resides in community and mental health as well as providing healthcare to vulnerable and underserved populations. Hays uses they/them pronouns and has many interests outside of work, including but not limited to rock climbing, yoga, cooking and traveling. 

Site(s): Thresholds

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Darlene Hepburn, MA, BSN, RN-BC

Hepburn comes to us with a background in pediatric primary care nursing. She is a graduate of Rush University and enjoys baking bread and reading.

Site(s): FamilyConnects

Jasmyn Hernandez
Jasmyn Hernandez

My name is Jasmyn Hernandez. I am the lead Community Health RN for Connect Chicago — a community initiative that provides a well-rounded visit to Chicago residents looking to get COVID-19 tested in partnership with Rush, Esperanza Health Services, and the Chicago Department of Public Health. We currently provide PCR and rapid testing in LaVillta and have begun introducing at-home COVID-19 testing kits. Our hope is that with these efforts, we are able to build trust and create a healthier community.

Site(s): Connect Chicago

Imani Hodge, MPH, MSN, RN Site(s): Thresholds

Margaret Horrigan
Margaret Horrigan

Horrigan comes to us with a background in Neurology nursing, and is a graduate of Boston College. She once walked 200 miles through Spain on El Camino De Santiago and has a passion for the great outdoors.

Site(s): Congregate Testing Team 

Diana Jaimes
Diana Jaimes, BSN, RN

I provide nursing services, serving all areas of Chicago and Chicago suburbs. I provide nursing assessments and care coordination to ensure patients are following up with their health consistently.

Site(s): Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare

Shaun Johnson

Site(s): Bobby E. Wright

Kathryn Kaintz
Kathryn Kaintz, BSN, RN

Kaintz started her career in community health and service with AmeriCorps: National Health Corps. She completed her BA in Anthropology and Public Health at Tulane University in New Orleans, and she recently completed an ABSN at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. When Kaintz is not working at her faculty practice site, she enjoys reading science fiction and doing embroidery.

Site(s): FamilyConnects

Kelly Karas-Hedrick

Site(s): Sue Gin Health Center at Oakley Square

Grace Kim

I have a background in psychiatric care, physical rehabilitation, and community health nursing. I have a passion for helping individuals with psychiatric conditions improve their health and overall wellbeing. I am a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BSN. Some things I like to do in my free time is to travel, read, and cook.

Site(s): Thresholds

Jamie O'Neill
Jamie Knoll, MSN, RN, CNL

Knoll is currently working as an admission nurse at Rush Oak Park Hospital. She is a graduate of the Rush University College of Nursing and is interested in community and public health nursing.

Site(s): Laurance Armour Day School

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Diana Krishnan, RN, CNL, MSN, LCSW

Krishnan comes to us as a recent graduate from Rush’s GEM program.  She has a background in social work where she developed a passion for working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.  In her free time, Krishnan likes to take music and dance classes, go to the movies, and grab tea with friends. 

Site(s): Thresholds

Amanda LaMonica-Weier Site(s): Kushner, Heartland Alliance Health 

Sheila Leen
Sheila Leen, MSN, APN-BC

I am a nurse practitioner at Flying Food Group where I see patients for episodic and chronic conditions at a work site health clinic. Our services, and primary care lab tests, are free to employees. Strep, COVID, UTI, pregnancy, and instant drug testing can be done onsite. We can order screening and diagnostic testing to be performed at Rush or other health care organizations in the area near O’Hare Airport. We complete pre-employment and random drug screening for Flying Food Group, hold yearly health fairs and flu shot vaccination days, support student projects, and engage in activities that support wellness at work.

At St. Leonard’s Ministries I serve men and women with a history of incarceration and/or substance use disorders. I work with St. Leonard’s staff, Adler school of psychology, and Rush students to support the needs of this population. We aid in navigation of Medicaid benefits and plans and coordinate care for routine screenings, vision, dental, and specialty services. I also serve as a primary care provider while patients await utilization of Medicaid benefits and treat episodic complaints. We provide education to staff and residents through trainings sessions that include heart saver CPR and opioid reversal. I serve as source of guidance for several locations of St. Leonard’s Ministries as the organization strives to keep residents healthy and safe while providing education and future housing opportunities.

Site(s): St. Leonard’s Ministries; Flying Food


Belia Llamas, BSN, RN

Belia comes to us with a background in obstetrics nursing in both labor and deliver and mother-baby. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Site(s): Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare

Samantha Long

I am a Community Health Nurse and I work with one of our community partnership organizations, Heartland Alliance Health, on their Shelter-Based Service Team. I care for members of our  community who are experiencing homelessness or unstable housing. Some of my responsibilities include teaching and implementing infection control measures, COVID testing, providing education on disease prevention and chronic disease management, performing health screenings, and administering vaccinations.

Site(s): Heartland Alliance Health

Christina Manheimer
Christina Manheimer, FNP-C, APRN

Manheimer is currently enrolled in the DNP Population Health Program at Rush with a focus on Healthcare for Persons Experiencing Homelessness. When not at work or school, she can be found having fun with her husband and two young boys.

Site(s): St. Leonard’s Ministries 

Maria Martinez
Maria Martinez, BSN, RN

Martinez comes to us with a background in child care, volunteer work and community engagement. She graduated from the Chamberlain College of Nursing after earning a bachelor’s in biology from Loyola University Chicago and has been a community health nurse for the past two years. Martinez also provided public health awareness to the Chicago Lighthouse, which is a social service organization that serves the visually impaired. She enjoys being a community advocate.

Site(s): CommunityHealth 

Miranda McDonald Sites(s): Mercy Home

Erin Miller

Miller comes to us with a background in psychiatric nursing. She graduated from Rush College of Nursing with a masters and is a Clinical Nurse Leader. Miller’s interests include gardening, comic books, spending time with her husband and five pets, and weightlifting.

Site(s): RSSI

Sara Neely, MSN, RN

Neely is a registered nurse specializing in community and mental health. In her current role, Sara provides COVID-19 education and vaccinations as well as general mental health and primary care services within congregate housing settings in the city of Chicago. Neely’s work is a part of Rush Faculty Practice’s partnership with Heartland Alliance Health. Through this partnership, over 8,000 unhoused individuals have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since March 2021.

Site(s): Heartland Alliance Health

Jessica Orozco

Orozco comes to us with a background in community nursing and women’s health. She is a graduate of Loyola University and was a part of the Loyola Nursing Student Board. Orozco is passionate about enabling mothers to access quality healthcare and educating them on available resources. She is also a strong advocate for dog rescues and loves fostering Pit Bulls.

Site(s): Family Connects

James Rohde

I work for Rush’s Department of Social Work and Community Health in partnership with Heartland Alliance Health.  I spend time each week at shelters that Heartland Alliance Health serves through their Shelter-Based Service Team.  I work with residents of these shelters, addressing their mental health needs.  I also assist Rush with phone calls that come into the Social Work and Community Health Hotline.

Site(s): Heartland Alliance Health

Pamela Semanik
Pamela Semanik, PhD, CNP

Semanik’s expertise is in clinical rheumatology, and physical activity measurement (survey and accelerometer) and promotion for people with arthritis. Her personal research interest in lifestyle physical activity was inspired by her clinical care of patients who are severely limited due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. She is currently conducting a National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases-funded intervention using Fitbit to increase physical activity in people with chronic knee symptoms in an employee population.

Site(s): Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Anne Slager
Anne Slager, MSN, RN, CCRN, ANP-C

Slager received her master’s in nursing at Rush University. She has experience as a nurse instructor at Rush University and also provides primary care at various clinics.

Site(s): Flying Food


Jameese Sykes, MSN, FNP-BC

Sykes received her master’s in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has experience in primary care and the emergency department and has a background in health promotion, disease prevention, health education, care management and evidence-based practices.

Site(s): Heartland Alliance Health; 

Carly Tribbia
Carly Tribbia

Site(s): Rush Student Health Clinic
Kirsten Warner Site(s): Rush Student Health Clinic and Congregate Testing Team 
Jenna Wasserman

Wasserman comes to us with a background in mental health and pediatric nursing.  She is a graduate of Rush University, and enjoys staying active with her puppy Poppy.

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