Charlene Aaron, PhD, RN

Dr. Aaron comes to St. John’s College of Nursing from Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing where she most recently served as an assistant professor. She has worked at ISU’s nursing college since 2005. Prior to that, Aaron served as the director of nursing for various nursing homes and retirement communities in Livingston County. She began her career in nursing as a post-surgical nurse in 1978 at St. James Hospital in Pontiac.

Dr. Aaron received her doctorate of nursing in aging from the University of Iowa. Her dissertation research focus was on the self-management of diabetes in African American female caregivers of persons with dementia. She received her MSN in nursing systems administration from ISU, her BSN from Illinois Wesleyan University, her diploma in nursing from Methodist Medical Center School of Nursing and her licensed practical nursing (LPN) license from Kankakee Community College.

Dr. Aaron has received several honors throughout the years for her distinguished career at ISU’s nursing college. In 2015 she received the Illinois Nurse Leader Fellowship from the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Kathleen A. Hogan Endowed Faculty Development Award.

Judy Shackelford, PhD, RN
Dean of Academic Affairs

PhD - University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri 
MS - University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 
BSN - Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois

JJudy Shackelford, PhD, has been an educator for 29+ years. She is a Faith Community Nurse and  medical/surgical “generalist” with a research focus in education to improve health care outcomes in the areas of adult asthma self-management, breast cancer awareness in underserved populations, and colorectal cancer screening in rural populations.  Dr. Shackelford has been the lead investigator for Faith Community Nursing in grants with published works and awards in the areas of breast cancer awareness education for underserved populations, and colorectal cancer screening in rural communities. She is a founding board member for Faith Community Nursing International (FCNI), is Chair of the FCNI Education Committee, and is currently coauthoring a textbook on faith community nursing. She is passionate about nursing and research with a career goal to expand nursing research utilization to improve health care practice and outcomes for the health care consumer. She has vast experience in curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate level.

She has done program development in continuing education for professionals in the areas of leadership and faculty development, spirituality and Faith Community Nursing.

She serves on the editorial board for The International Journal of Faith Community Nursing. She has served on the board of Nu Pi at-large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau’s Nursing Honor Society in a variety of roles, including president.

Dr. Shackelford considers it an honor to work for an institution where Christian values are foundational to its mission, and a blessing to serve in a profession that recognizes the importance of God’s healing presence.

Cindy Ackley, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor
MSN - Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, Quincy, Illinois
BSN - Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, Quincy, Illinois

Mary Baker, MS, RN
Assistant Professor
MS-University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
BSN-Sangamon State University, Springfield, Illinois
Diploma-St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, Illinois
Mary joined the college as full time faculty in 2015.  She has over 30 years of nursing experience, with the past 15 years focused on nursing education in the college setting, as well as in the acute care setting.   Mary’s specialty area is medical-surgical nursing at the intermediate care level.  She also has experience in home health, transplant nursing, cardiovascular care, and neurology nursing.  Her professional interests include patient education and the onboarding process of nurses/new employees.   

Mary Barnes, MS, RN
Assistant Professor

MS - University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 
BSN - Delaware State College, Dover, Delaware

Specialty areas and research interests:  Critical Care/ICU; Cardiac Surgery ICU; Foley Catheter Usage Reduction; Dementia; Dementia Education for Hospital Staff; Care of Hospitalized Elderly. 

Linda Blakley, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor

DNP - Currently enrolled at University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois 
*anticipated graduation : 2019
MSN - St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri 
BSN - McKendree College, Lebanon, Illinois  
Diploma - St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, Illinois

Linda has been a faculty member of nursing at St. John’s College since January 2009. She has been involved in maternal / newborn nursing as a staff nurse, charge nurse, as well as a perinatal outreach educator. 

She has taught courses in maternity and pediatrics, as well as introductory medical surgical nursing at St. John’s College. She is a member of AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses), STTI (Sigma Theta Tau International) and NACNS (National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists). Her research interests include: maternal/ infant morbidity and mortality, use of simulations in nursing education, and increasing the number of BSN prepared nurses in bedside/ direct patient care. 

Allison Braden MSN, RN, MHA
MSN/MHA- University of Phoenix
BSN- Illinois State University
Allison received her BSN from Illinois State University in 2009 and her MSN from the University of Phoenix in 2015.  Her clinical experience includes progressive care/telemetry nursing with a concentration in neurology and neurosurgery.  She has experience with travel nursing across several states before completing her MSN.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the American Nurses Association-Illinois.  

Gloria Brummer, DNP, RN, CEN, CNE
Associate Professor
DNP - Rush University, Chicago, Illinois
MS - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois
BSN - University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, Illinois
Diploma - St. John's Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, Illinois

Gloria Brummer, a certified nurse educator, has taught at St. John’s College for 27 years.  Her teaching experience includes online education, clinical practice, classroom, simulation and nursing laboratory settings in courses including nursing leadership, medical-surgical nursing and critical care and transition to practice. She has served on the lead team for the graduate program and contributes to college accreditation processes. Certified in emergency nursing, Gloria instructs advanced cardiac life support and has served as a trauma nurse specialist at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. Her clinical experience includes emergency, trauma and flight nursing, surgical intermediate care and ambulatory care.
Gloria’s research interests include inter-professional education and improving client-centered care through evidence-based practice and quality systems. She is currently a member of the Emergency Nurses Association, Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Midwest Nursing Research Society and Sigma Theta Tau.  For the past three years she has served as faculty for the Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Collaborative through Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, which is a national program that identifies individual barriers which cause over-utilization of the health care system. Gloria authored a chapter in the 2018 book, Simulation Scenarios for Nurse Educators: Making it Real, 4rd Edition, and co-authored an online learning module: Medication Safety for the Emergency Nurses Association GENE series.
Gloria values the opportunity to assist in the development of future professional nurses who will carry on the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis healing ministry among the complexities of today’s health care.

Mary Ellen Carlson, MS, RN
Adjunct Faculty

MS - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois
BSN - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois   
Diploma - Swedish American Hospital, School of Nursing, Rockford, Illinois


Bettianne Casper, MSN, RN

MSN - Kaplan University, Des Moines, Iowa 
BSN - Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois

Bettianne received her BSN from Millikin University (Decatur, IL) in 2008 and her MSN in Nursing Education from Kaplan University (Des Moines, IA) in 2013.  Her clinical experience includes floor nurse and charge nurse on an acute psychiatric unit.  She also completed mental health assessments for the Hospital to Home clinic at Prairie Heart Institute.

Bettianne's professional interests include mental health advocacy and education. 

Meagan Hood, MSN, RN

MSN-Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
BS-Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
ADN- Spoon River College, Macomb, IL

Meagan received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University in 2007, majoring in Microbiology.  She received her Associate's Degree in Nursing in 2010 and Master's in Nursing Education in 2013. Meagan's primary clinical experience is within Emergency Services with a pharmacy background. She will be teaching Pathopharmacology and participating in Medical-Surgical clinical rotations. Meagan is TNCC certified and maintains certification in ACLS and PALS.

Gregg Kater, RN
Lab Coordinator
Gregg has his Diploma in Nursing from Decatur Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Decatur, IL.  He worked as an RN in Critical Care for 30 years.  For 13 years, he served as Educator for the Adult ICU in a Level I Trauma, tertiary referral Hospital. Gregg is a Basic Life Support Instructor, an Advanced Life Support Instructor, a Pediatric Life Support Instructor, and a Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum Instructor. He joined St. John’s College of Nursing to serve as the Simulation Center Coordinator in 2013.

Michelle McCarthy, DNP, RN, CPHQ, NE-BC
Assistant Professor
DNP- Rush University, Chicago, Illinois 
MS - University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 
BSN - University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, Illinois 
Diploma - St. John's Hospital, School of Nursing, Springfield, Illinois 

Michelle is a certified professional in health care quality and served as the division director for Quality Resource Management at HSHS St. John’s Hospital for 14 years. She has 30 years of nursing management and leadership experience and is a board certified nurse executive.   Her scholarly interests include evidence-based practice, nursing leadership and patient safety.

Judy Skelton, MSN, RNC-OB, CLC
Judy has certifications in inpatient obstetrics, lactation counseling, and serves as a neonatal resuscitation instructor. She has 28 years’ experience in all areas of OB in varying roles from floor nursing to education and management. She received her BSN from Mennonite College of Nursing and her MSN in nursing education from Benedictine in 2014. Judy began at the college as adjunct faculty in 2015 in psych/geriatrics. In 2017 she began full-time and continues to do psych/geriatrics, med/surg 1 on rotation as well as OB. 

Malissa Talbert, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Adjunct Faculty
MSN - Benedictine University, Lisle, IL 
BSN - SIU, Edwardsville, IL 
ADN- Lewis & Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL

Professional interests include Med/Surg and Geriatric Nursing

Julie Varns, PhD, RN
Simulation Center Administrator
PhD  - University of Missouri - St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
MSN - University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri 
BSN - Sangamon State University, Springfield, Illinois 
Diploma - St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, Illinois

Tim Marten MS, Ed.
Financial Aid & Compliance Officer

Tim has a master's of science in educational administration and a bachelor's of science in agriculture degree from Illinois State University (ISU) in Normal, IL. He has two years of student activities experience at ISU and three years of residence life experience at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, TN and Western Illinois University in Macomb. Tim was a financial aid counselor at ISU for seven years before joining the staff at St. John's. Tim is an active member and committee chair for the Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (ILASFAA).

(217) 544-6464, ext. 44705

Britni Caruso, BS
Admissions Officer/Registrar

Britni has a bachelor of science in communication studies from Illinois State University in Normal, IL. Britni worked in the admissions office and served as an academic advisor for six years at Benedictine University at Springfield prior to joining St. John’s College in 2014. She is an active member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

(217) 544-6464, ext. 45440 

Abby Millitello, M.Ed
Student Development Officer
Abby worked as an intern for St. John’s College in Student Development during the summer of 2016 prior to starting as the Academic Facilitator. She earned her master’s degree from Abilene Christian University in Higher Education and her bachelor of science degree in Healthcare Studies with a minor in American Sign Language from Quincy University.  Prior to joining St. John’s college, Abby worked at Prairie Education and Research Cooperative as a Research Associate and CME Coordinator. There she assisted with evaluation of peripheral intervention clinical trials, including but not limited to: managing and collecting trial regulatory documentation from sites, preparing materials for sites and CEC meetings, as well as preparing for audits. As the CME Coordinator she managed physicians continuing medical education credit. Abby is experienced with the coordination and implementation of Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) activities. She is an active member of National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
Mary Poff
Administrative Assistant
Lindy Manuel, MS
Student Services Coordinator
Lindy has a Master’s of Science in Project Management and Training/Development from Illinois State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communication from Western Illinois University. Prior to coming to St John’s, Lindy has worked as an U.S. Marketing Coordinator for an international non-profit organization. Her primary duties included presenting the mission at conferences, recruiting interns, and creating, organizing, and leading trips to Quito, Ecuador.
Amanda Malina, BA
Clerical Support Associate
Before coming to St. John’s College, Amanda Malina spent two years at Memorial Health System in the Health information Management  Department. At Memorial, she worked closely with health care providers, patients, and their families while maintaining HIPAA Compliance and Privacy regulations. Amanda also has previous experience in long term care, donor relations, and general administrative work. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University with concentrations in english and business. She also has a graduate certificate in health administration from Western Illinois University. Amanda is currently working towards her master’s degree in public administration and human resources management from University of Illinois-Springfield. Her professional interests include recruitment and organizational development.
Mary Jo Brown MS, RN-BC
Director of Continuing Education
The Department of Continuing Education is an accredited provider unit for continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Mary Jo serves as the Lead Nurse planner for this provider unit to assure educational activities awarding continuing education adheres to the ANCC standards and guidelines. She provides orientation and training to Nurse Educators within the Hospital Sisters Healthcare System (HSHS) that meet the qualification to serve as Nurse Planners in order to provide continuing education credit for educational activities within their respective ministries. Mary Jo has served in a variety of roles with in HSHS as a staff nurse in the NICU, Cardiopulmonary Unit and later Med/Surge units.  She served as Educator and Clinical Nurse Specialist for IMC and General Surgical Units for 10 years and Nurse Manager for the Med Acute unit for five years. Mary Jo received her Master’s in Nursing from Southern Illinois University and is certified in Nursing Professional Development. 

Ann Randol MS, RN
Facilitator of Continuing Education.
MS - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois 
BSN - University of Illinois at Springfield (Formerly Sangamon State University), Springfield, Illinois
Diploma - St. John's Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, Illinois 
Ann has worked as part the HSHS family for almost 30 years.  Ann is a 1984 RN grad from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing.  Her BSN was awarded in Community Health Nursing; with the MS in Nursing Education.   Ann started her nursing career at St. John’s Hospital; working first in Medical Intermediate Care then the O.R.  Upon completing her Masters, she obtained a faculty role at St. John’s School of Nursing as an Instructor in Foundations of Nursing/ Medical- Surgical Nursing/ Perioperative Services/ and Pediatrics.  Ann completed the Parish Nurse Basic preparation course in 2006 and functioned as “the nurse” on over 13 summer mission trips to the Appalachia with the high school and college youth of her church while completing “re-building” projects in flood ravaged Appalachia.  Ann’s responsibilities as the Facilitator of Continuing Education will be to work closely with the program Director in assisting Nurse Planners in providing valuable educational activities/ CE  programs while adhering to ANCC guidelines. She will also have oversite of the Faith Community Nursing annual course and ongoing Faith Community CE programs.