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

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

Role: Project Manager

Gorenz 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.

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

Bavis is a family nurse practitioner and assistant professor in the Rush University College of Nursing. She currently practices at CommunityHealth in Chicago providing primary care to uninsured adults. With a BA in clinical psychology as well as a BSN and DNP from Rush University, Bavis came to nursing after working for several years in various mental health care settings. Bavis brings this background to provide a patient centered approach to care. Bavis’ scholarship focus is in the care of vulnerable populations and in the training of future nurse practitioners.

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): COVID Testing Team

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

Liz Brockland
Elizabeth Brockland, BSN, RN

Brockland is excited to be working at North Side Housing, where she runs its Health Education and Advocacy Program. Through this program, she visits participants in their homes, out in the community or in the office to support them with their health care needs. The program is specifically catered to each client’s needs, and the nurse and client partner with each other to achieve the client’s health goals. The nurse provides health education on chronic disease management and helps link participants to primary and specialty care.

Brockland collaborates closely with several health clinics to ensure that education and plans of care developed during medical appointments are understood and put into action at home. The goals of the program are to assist clients in improving their overall wellness, to help them set and achieve personal health goals, and to ensure they are receiving comprehensive health care from their health care providers.

Site(s): North Side 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 recent graduate from Rush’s GEM program (August 2017, MSN, RN, CNL). She is interested in working in community and mental health.

Site(s): COVID Testing Team

Keith Carter
Keith Carter

Carter comes to us with a background in child and adult mental health nursing. He is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and a current fellow in the SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program, and is also pursuing his DNP-PMHNP at Rush University. Carter enjoys cooking, exercising, and video games.

Site(s): Trilogy

Margaret Coyle, BSN, RN, CMSRN

Site(s): City of Chicago Senior Wellness

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Valerie Davis, MSN, RN, CNL

Davis comes to us as a recent graduate of Rush University’s GEM program. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Xavier University of Louisiana. Davis has experience in government and community engagement; and looks forward to using her skills to improve health outcomes in community and public health sectors.

Site(s): Oprah Grant

Joshua Dueshop

Site(s): Heartland Alliance Health

Monica Fabos

Site(s): A Safe Haven

Raechel Ferry
Raechel Ferry-Rooney, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC

Ferry-Rooney completed her bachelor’s in nursing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and, after graduating, practiced on a medicine unit at Tufts New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center). She ompleted her master’s in nursing/adult nurse practitioner at Loyola University Chicago. She is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner. She earned a doctorate in nursing practice in population health outcomes at the Rush University College of Nursing in 2015, focusing on trauma-informed care in primary care.

Ferry-Rooney has extensive experience as a nurse practitioner. She has worked in many areas, including occupational medicine, mindfulness-based stress reduction, addiction health and asthma, all of which are connected to her ongoing primary care internal medicine practice.

Site(s): A Safe Haven; COVID Testing Team

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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): COVID Testing Team

Judy Frei
Judy Frei, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Frei received her first nursing licensure in 1979 from Northeastern University in Boston. She remained in Boston for a year working at Massachusetts General Hospital before moving to San Francisco, where she worked in intensive care and clinical education at San Francisco General Hospital for nearly 15 years. During that time, she completed a master’s in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, with an emphasis in cardiac intensive care. In 1995, she moved to Chicago and has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has worked at Rush University College of Nursing since 2004.

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

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 she 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): A Safe Haven; Center for Health and Homelessness

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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

Joi Henry
Joi Henry

Henry received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Monmouth College, and attended Rush University’s GEM program and PMHNP-DNP program. Her career began in substance abuse nursing and shifted to adolescent psychiatry where she stayed for four years. She loves spending time with family, friends, playing tennis, cooking and baking. Once schooling is done, she hopes to spend more time traveling.

Site(s): A Safe Haven

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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

Hernandez is a graduate of Loyola University and has a background in pediatric nursing. Before pursuing nursing, she was a Chicago Public School educator, where she developed a love for community advocacy and mental health. She is a proud member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, where she strives to mentor other young minorities. In her free time, Hernandez enjoys hiking and training for marathons.

Site(s): COVID Testing Team

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

Hong comes to us as a graduate of Rush University’s GEM program. She has a background in care management and, prior to starting the GEM graduate program, worked at Lawndale Christian Health Center on the West side of Chicago. Grace is passionate about serving underserved communities. In her free time she enjoys going for long runs/bike rides, cooking, reading, and expressing herself through various mediums of art.

Site(s): COVID Testing Team

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): COVID Testing Team

Diana Jaimes
Diana Jaimes, BSN, RN

Jaimes started her nursing career working in the cardiac ICU at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and then became a community nurse for Faculty Practice at the Rush University College of Nursing. Her interest in working in the community began when she participated in a global medical mission trip with Global Medical Brigades.

Caring for patients in Chicago communities has allowed her to these the everyday struggles her patients face while living with mental health illnesses and multiple health comorbidities. Jaimes believe it is her duty, as a leader in health care, to speak up for those who may not always have a voice.

Site(s): Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare

Shaun Johnson

Site(s): A Safe Haven

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Sarah Juarez, MPH, RN

Juarez comes to us with a background in public health nursing. She has a master’s degree in Public Health from George Washington University – Milken Institute of Public Health and is a graduate of Saint Xavier University – School of Nursing. Her passion for public health nursing includes extending health promotion strategies and health education to high-risk and vulnerable youth populations. She loves to travel with her husband and kids, cook, and play with her two dogs.

Site(s): Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

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

Melissa Kalensky
Melissa Kalensky, DNP, FNP

Site(s): Heartland Alliance Health

Kelly Karas-Hedrick

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

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

Sheila Leen
Sheila Leen, MSN, APN-BC

Leen earned her bachelor’s at Rush and returned for her master’s with a focus on adult primary care. She is passionate about patient education for management and prevention, and can often be found working with nurse practitioner students.  

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

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

Long comes from a nursing background that includes medical/surgical, Bariatric, Ortho, pediatric ER, and nurse consulting areas. Long is a graduate of Purdue University and University of Phoenix. Her hobbies include rollerblading, taking hikes with dog Tegan, spending time with family and friends, and trying new cuisine.

Site(s): Heartland Alliance Health

Christina Manheimer
Christina Manheimer, MSN, FNP

Manheimer comes to us with a background in Neurological ICU Nursing and for the last five years has been in the retail health setting here in Chicago as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a graduate of Rush University College of Nursing for both her BSN and MSN and is interested in keeping active through exercise and outdoor activities with her family.

Site(s): A Safe Haven

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 provides 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): A Safe Haven, Chicago Lighthouse

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 recent graduate of the GEM program and is thrilled to begin her career by bridging her loves of psychiatry and community health through Rush Faculty Practice. In her free time, Neely enjoys exploring the city with her husband Chris and dog Gatsby.

Site(s): Heartland Alliance Health

Cindy Nissen
Cindy Nissen, MSN, APN

Nissen’s background is in adult health and aging. She is a graduate of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University of Chicago (go Ramblers!) With a passion for health promotion, Nissen is a certified Ageless Grace educator and certified aquatics fitness instructor. She is a live music aficionado and travels annually to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Site(s): City of Chicago Senior Wellness 

Jaylen Perez
Jaylen Perez, RN

Perez is a first generation Mexican-American RN with a background in Telemetry nursing from Norwegian American Hospital. She graduated from City Colleges of Chicago Wilbur Wright College after receiving two years free with the Star Scholarship to complete an associates in Science. She transferred to Dominican University and graduated with her bachelor’s of science in Nursing. Perez is eager to learn and welcomes challenge as an opportunity to grow and enhance her nursing career.

Sites(s): A Safe Haven

Melissa Rivera
Melissa Rivera, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Site(s): City of Chicago Senior Wellness 

James Rohde

Site(s): Heartland Alliance Health

Austin Seavolt, RN-BSN

Seavolt graduated from Western Michigan University with his BSN in 2019 and is again enrolled with WMU to complete his MSN in nursing education. Seavolt comes to Rush with a background in LGBT community health care and is excited to transition to mental health-focused care.

Site(s): Thresholds

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

Barbara Shaw
Barbara Shaw, DNP, APN, FNP-C

Site(s): A Safe Haven

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): A Safe Haven; 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): A Safe Haven; Heartland Alliance Health; City of Chicago Senior Wellness

Carly Tribbia
Carly Tribbia

Site(s): Rush Student Health Clinic

Amenaghawon Ugwuede
Amenaghawon Ugwuede, BSN, RN, PHN

Ugwuede received her bachelor’s in nursing from Loma Linda University School of Nursing in California. She has worked as a registered nurse in Nigeria and also has experience as a psychiatric registered nurse.

Site(s): COVID Testing Team

Carline Uwajeh

Site(s): COVID Testing Team

Mariela Zumba

Site(s): Thresholds
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