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DNP Faculty & Staff

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 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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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 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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Kristine Tierney, DNP, CRNA

Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Clinical Education

Dr. Tierney is a Rosalind Franklin University alumna and has been a CRNA since 2017. She entered the healthcare industry initially working as a firefighter and paramedic. She received her BSN from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Her nursing experience includes correctional, emergency, critical care transport, and finally intensive care at Loyola University Medical Center’s cardiovascular and thoracic ICU. As a CRNA she practices clinically at several facilities located in Indiana and Illinois. At Rosalind Franklin she serves as the Coordinator of Clinical Education and has been guest lecturing since 2018. Dr. Tierney lectures within several courses including principles of anesthesia, pathophysiology, and advanced anesthesia pharmacology. She holds a special interest in the areas of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and POCUS.

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Pamela Chambers DNP, EJD, MSN, CRNA

Assistant Professor

Pamela Chambers has been a CRNA since 2000. She received her Masters degree in Nurse Anesthesia while on active duty in the US Army Nurse Corps. After leaving the military as a Major in the Army, she attended law school earning an executive Juris Doctorate degree with a concentration in Health Law. Dr. Chambers has been an expert consultant in Health Law, perioperative nursing and anesthesia matters since 2008. She has practiced anesthesia solo and in group practices nationwide and overseas both in the military and as a volunteer. Dr. Chambers brings her wealth of experience as a professional negligence expert consultant to her posts as course director for the Nurse Anesthesia quality and outcomes courses as well as the legal matters in professional practice courses. Dr. Chambers has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. Additionally, she has served on professional practice panels contributing to the SEE exam, the NCE exam, national professional certification bodies, as well as public speaking and publications in matters of professional practice.

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Daniel King, DNP CRNA, CPPS, CNE

Associate Professor 

Dr. King has been a CRNA since 2016. He holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2020), a Master of Nurse Anesthesia from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota (2016), and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Indiana (2010). Dr. King brings leadership experience to RFUMS as a prior Chief Nurse Anesthetist, Clinical Coordinator, Board Director, and Committee Chair within the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology and the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists. Dr. King has disseminated a multitude of scholarly works in the field of nurse anesthesiology. Among his primary research interests, Dr. King is internationally regarded as a subject matter expert in cannabis implications for perioperative and critically ill patients, as well as the social stigmatization of cannabis use in healthcare.

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Michael J. Jones, DNP, CRNA

Associate Professor

Michael J. Jones, DNP, CRNA, is a distinguished professional in the field of nurse anesthesiology. Dr. Jones earned his doctorate in nursing practice degree from the University of Arizona in 2020, Dr. Jones holds board certification from the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). Renowned for his expertise in regional anesthesia, he has imparted knowledge at numerous conferences and has presented case reports on regional anesthesia techniques to the Department of Anesthesiology at St. Anthony Hospital. Currently practicing clinical anesthesia in Colorado at St. Anthony Hospital and Rose Medical Center, Dr. Jones also serves as adjunct faculty for the clinical anatomy and simulation courses at Rosalind Franklin University. With a commitment to excellence in patient care and education, Dr. Jones continues to make significant contributions to the field of nurse anesthesiology.

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Alexis Ventura, DNP, CRNA


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.

Aries D. Hernandez, MBA

Staff: DNP Program Coordinator 

Aries D. Hernandez, MBA, is the DNP Program Coordinator in the College of Nursing, Department of Nurse Anesthesia at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She has served at RFU since 2015. Aries obtained her Master of Business Administrative in Business Management in 2017 and Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2015 from Herzing University. Aries also received her Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Professional in 2012 from Gateway Technical College. Aries oversees the faculty/students and evaluates the DNP Program's effectiveness.

Julien Lopez, CAPM

Staff: DNP Administrative Coordinator 

Julien is an Administrative Coordinator for Nurse Anesthesia at Rosalind Franklin University. He has been working with the program since 2022. Julien has graduated from Harper College with his AA and will graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2024 with his BA. He plans to pursue his Masters in Artificial Intelligence. Julien served on the 2023 Corporate Ambassador program for the Project Management Institute - Chicagoland Chapter. He also holds a CAPM license from PMI.