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Lori Anderson, DNP, CRNA, APRN

Chair, Program Director

Dr. Lori R. Anderson has been a CRNA since 1997. She received her MSN-Nurse Anesthesia from Rush University/Chicago, her MSN/BSN from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice-Systems Leadership from Rush University/Chicago. Her expertise includes work in helicopter and critical care transport, as well as in the CCU, ICU, ER, and Cath Labs in Rockford, IL. Dr. Anderson has provided numerous professional presentations and been published in the Journal of Nursing Administration and the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Evidence Synthesis journal. She is the recipient of the IL Nurses' Association Horizon Award in 2007 and the Agatha Hodgins CRNA Memorial Award as an Outstanding Graduate Nurse Anesthetist from Rush University in 1997. Lori is an Associate Professor for the Rosalind Franklin University, College of Health Professions, Department of Nurse Anesthesia, and has served as a faculty member in the Department since 2009.

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Peter Kallio, DNP, CRNA, APNP

Associate Program Director 

Dr. Peter Kallio has been a CRNA since 1989 He has been with the Rosalind franklin University school of Nurse Anesthesia since its inception as one of the first clinical site coordinators. He has been full time as the Associate Program Director since 2016. He continues to work clinically one day per week at the Zablocki VAMC in Milwaukee, where he has worked since 2004. He received his BSN from Marquette University; he graduated from the Milwaukee County School of Nurse Anesthesia in 1989, received his MSN from Samuel Merritt College in 2007, and received a DNP from Marquette University in 2013. He spent 10 years in the US Navy reserves as a CRNA. He was appointed and is currently the chair of the Wisconsin Board of Nursing. His work experience as a CRNA has included a level 1 trauma center, own LLC working for a private anesthesia group in a midsized community hospital, to presently employed at the Zablocki VAMC. He is currently the clinical director of the Pre-Anesthesia Clinic and is the Anesthesia Educator. He has published several research papers related to preoperative evaluation and is presently working on a telemedicine project.

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Victoria Fils, EdD, MPH, RHIA

Assistant Professor

Dr. Fils is an Assistant Professor of Nurse Anesthesia and the Coordinator of Online Learning at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. With over 20 years of health information management and revenue cycle management in health care organizations, and as the past Professor and Chair of the Health Information Technology program at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois, Dr. Fils brings to education more than 30 years of professional experience in acute care health information, regulation and policy, reimbursement management, clinical performance measure development, and public health education. A former Senior Policy Advisor for the American Medical Association during the Affordable Care Act implementation, she developed algorithm logic for the electronic specifications of national clinical performance measure standards, while promoting the ACA among the nation's major health care agencies and legislators. In that capacity, she has supported health care access for under-served populations, as well as the development of preventive and maintenance health care services to meet the needs of low-income and at-risk populations. She continues to advocate for these groups to this day.

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Jennifer Greenwood, CRNA, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Greenwood is an Associate Professor in the College of Health Professions, Department of Nurse Anesthesia. Within the department she serves as the Coordinator for Doctoral Research and Scholarship, and she is the course director for the translational research series and all of the doctoral project planning and implementation courses. As the Director for the RFUMS Center for Interprofessional Evidence Based Practice, she has facilitated the growth of implementation science using the Joanna Briggs (JBI) model. Her research interests include scope of practice among advanced practice providers, substance use disorder among clinicians, and simulation validation for structured assessment. With over 15 years of experience as a CRNA, she continues her clinical practice at several facilities in IL, WI, and CO.

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Michael Ledvina, DNAP, CRNA, APNP

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ledvina is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Nurse Anesthesia at Rosalind Franklin University. Dr. Ledvina obtained his Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from RFU in 2010, and completed his Doctorate of Nursing Anesthesia Practice here in 2017. He has been affiliated with the RFU Department of Nurse Anesthesia program since 2012 as a guest lecturer, and currently is course director for both the Advanced Nurse Anesthesia Pharmacology and Clinical Correlation series. Dr. Ledvina currently works in a large, multi-specialty teaching hospital in Milwaukee as well as providing office-based anesthesia in the Milwaukee area. He has served on the Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetist (WIANA) audit committee since 2015.

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Franklin McShane, DNP, CRNA,APNP

Assistant Professor 

Dr. Franklin McShane, III, is a CRNA and a DNP. He was awarded his Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2011 from the University of Minnesota, his MSN from the University of Texas/Houston in 1995, and his BSN from University of Massachusetts/Amherst in 1985. His extensive experience includes serving as both a Nurse Anesthetist and as a Program Director in various locations for the United States Army, as well as a Nurse Anesthetist in private practice. Dr. McShane was the Vice President for a private practice anesthesia group in Wisconsin, as well as President of the Wisconsin Associate of Nurse Anesthetists. Dr. McShane is the author of numerous articles in professional journals, and has been repeatedly invited as a presenter for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He served as a preceptor and Clinical Coordinator for Nurse Anesthesia Program students at Berlin Memorial Hospital in Berlin, Wisconsin. He now serves as the Director of Nursing Simulation and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia here at Rosalind Franklin University.

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Julie Adams, DNP, CRNA

Instructor 

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Kristine Tierney, DNP, CRNA

Instructor and Coordinator of Clinical Education

Dr. Tierney is a Rosalind Franklin University alumna and has been a CRNA since 2017. She received her BSN from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Her nursing experience includes the cardiovascular and thoracic ICU at Loyola University Medical Center. Prior to ICU, she worked in the emergency department at Loyola and as a critical care transport nurse. She worked as a firefighter and paramedic before nursing. She was first introduced to the world of nurse anesthetists while in paramedic school and CRNAs inspired her to pursue a career in anesthesia. Within the department she serves as the Coordinator of Clinical Education and has been a guest lecturer since 2018. Dr. Tierney currently lectures in several courses including; principles of anesthesia, pathophysiology, and advanced anesthesia pharmacology. She practices clinically at several facilities located in Indiana and Illinois. Kristine is a preceptor for SRNAs at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, one of the programs' top rated clinical sites.

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Alexis Ventura, DNP, CRNA

Instructor 

Dr. Ventura is an instructor in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Within the department, she serves as course director for the Role Transition course and lectures throughout the Principles of Anesthesia course series. She also serves as faculty for clinical training through on-campus simulation, as well as in the hospital setting as a nurse anesthesia resident preceptor. Dr. Ventura has a critical care nursing background in medical-surgical, trauma, and neuro ICU. At this time, she works as a nurse anesthetist at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She works directly with patients in the surgical setting and also serves as the lead CRNA on the Department of Anesthesia’s Quality and Safety Committee. As RFUMS alumna herself, Dr. Ventura is honored to return to the university and hopes to positively impact future students as faculty did when she was an SRNA. While enrolled in the Nurse Anesthesia Program, she earned the AANA’s GALA Scholarship, was awarded the College of Health Profession’s Dean’s Award for Scholarship, served as her class Vice President, presented as a student speaker at two Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists conferences, and graduated summa cum laude in 2019.

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Edward Zhovtis, DNAP, MS

Instructor 

Ed started his career in health care in the United States as a paramedic in 1994, working for an ambulance company and in the Emergency Department of Children’s Memorial Medical Center. After graduating from UIC in 2000, he participated in research on pediatric injury prevention at Children’s Hospital. Ed later went on to pursue career in nursing, and in 2003, graduated from Loyola University as an RN/BSN and began working in Surgical Intensive Care unit at Rush North Shore Medical Center. In 2003, Ed joined the US Army Nurse corps. Advancing his career further, he later began training at Rush University in the Nurse Anesthesia program, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Nursing in 2008. Since then he has been working as a CRNA. Ed joined Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Nurse Anesthesia Program in 2012 as a lecturer and is currently a faculty member. Ed had been deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011 to provide all facets of anesthesia care in austere environment to our wounded military personnel, our NATO allies and local population. Ed is fluent in Russian and Hebrew.

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