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Faculty Accolades

As a leader in healthcare-related education for almost 90 years, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has a legacy of excellent educators. Continuing in this tradition are the following faculty who have received national and regional recognition for teaching and research excellence.


Angus Woodward, MFA, Associate Professor and Director for CITE, participated in a panel entitled "Defying Genre Fiction" and also signed copies of his novel Oily at the 2019 Louisiana Book Festival on Saturday, November 2, 2019.


Lynn Browning, DMin, LPC, Director of Counseling, received the Louisiana Counseling Association Professional Development Award presented at the annual LCA Conference in New Orleans, LA on September 30, 2019.


Timothy (Tim) Cordes, EdD, MHS, RRT-NPS, faculty member for the Respiratory Therapy program, completed his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Capella University on September 12, 2019. His dissertation was entitled: Effective Mentoring of Clinical Faculty Members within a Health Professions School.


Arts & Sciences Professor, James Houk, PhD, recently had the second edition of his textbook published in the National Social Science Press. The name of the textbook is Introduction to Anthropology.

Citation: Houk, James. Introduction to Anthropology, second edition. El Cajon, CA: National Social Science Press. 2019.


Arts & Sciences Professor, James Houk, PhD, is the author of an article being published in the Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Religion. The article is entitled "Nativism, Revivalism, and the Africanization of the Orisha Religion".


Phillip (Phil) Page, PhD, PT, Assistant Professor and Research Director for the DPT Program, presented a 4 day workshop on muscle imbalance and chronic musculoskeletal pain to 75 physical therapists and physicians in Changzhou, China (near Shanghai). The workshop was held at the China Institute of Sport Science Research Center for Sport Rehabilitation.

In September 2019, Cathy Denison-Robert, PhD, MBA, Associate Professor and Interim Director of the BBA Program, traveled to Brazil as a Global Advance ambassador, speaker, and mission leader. She gave 3 training presentations and was on a Marketplace Business Missions panel. Her presentation topic in the Marketplace Missions Business Conference was entitled “Essentials of Business Success Inspired by the Bible.” In the Esther Initiative Women’s Conference, her workshop topic was on “Servant Leadership and Enhancing Leadership Skills.” Dr. Denison-Robert’s personal presentation while in the impoverished area was on “Putting Your Past Behind You and Moving Forward in Faith.” On the Marketplace Missions Conference final panel discussion, she was the USA Business owner, leader, and university professor with 3 businessmen from Brazil. To end the Business Mission trip, she was a Business Consultant for 4 Brazilian businesses with focus on Marketplace Missions and Business as Mission.


Science faculty members Dr. Natalie Lenard, Daphne Moore, MS, and Dawn Simms, MS, and FranU students partnered with Scholar's Laboratory during STEM at FranU on Saturday, September 14. They provided a mock crime scene investigation for approximately 20 middle and high school students so that they could determine "whodunit" in several lab stations: DNA analysis, hair and fiber analysis, metal flame testing, and blood detection using luminol.


Timothy (Tim) Cordes, EdD, MHS, RRT-NPS, Respiratory Therapy faculty member, completed his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Capella University on September 12. His dissertation was entitled: Effective Mentoring of Clinical Faculty Members within a Health Professions School. Please join the School of Health Professions in congratulating Dr. Cordes!


Jeffrey Thompson, DPT, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education for the DPT program, and Michael Ludwig, PhD, Assistant Professor for Anatomy, presented a poster at the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association Fall Meeting held in Baton Rouge on August 23-25, 2019. Their posted was entitled Intervertebral discs and discs hydration: An anatomical and physiological review with implications for the clinical setting. Click here to read their abstract.


Mark Ourso, Contracts and Grants Manager for the Operations and Finance Department, received the Spring 2019 Franciscan Service Award on Monday, August 12. Mark was recognized by his University peers as truly embodying the spirit of St. Francis through his service and joyfulness of spirit. This award is the highest honor that a University employee can receive.


Angus Woodward, MFA, Associate Professor of Writing, was featured in Split Rock Review, a literary journal. Woodward's brief illustrated memoir, entitled "The Witchy House", can be read on Split Rock Review's website.


Sarah Goncalves, MEd, RT(R)(N), CNMT, and Rebecca Simoneaux, MEd, RT(R), Assistant Professors for the Radiologic Technology program, recently published an article entitled The Anatomage Table as a Teaching Tool in Radiologic Technology Education. This article was published in the June 2019 edition of the Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Focal Spot Monitor Journal. The School of Health Professions congratulates Sarah and Rebecca for this accomplishment!

Goncalves, S., & Simoneaux, R. (2019, June). The anatomage table as a teaching tool in radiologic technology education. LSRT Focal Spot Monitor Journal, 31(4), 13-17.


The Office of Admissions, Dr. Albert Swafford, and Dr. Michael Ludwig hosted high school science teachers for a three-day, interactive advanced A&P experience using the anatomage table. FranU faculty reviewed the muscular skeletal & neuro system, cardiopulmonary system, and the gastrointestinal, renal, and endocrinology systems with the teachers. Each day also included a group discussion on best practices and an advanced concepts session.


Dr. Maggie Ozan-Rafferty, Adjunct faculty member for the Master of Health Administration program, was selected as a National Examiner, Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award and will participate in evaluating award applications for the healthcare sector. The Malcolm Balridge National Quality Award was created by the Department of Congress in 1987 and is also administered by them. This award is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that an organization or company can receive in the U.S.


Shaun Blanchard, PhD, Assistant Professor of Theology, published the essay titled “Was John Carroll an ‘Enlightened’ Catholic? Resituating the Archbishop of Baltimore as a ‘Third Party’ Prelate,” in the volume Katholische Aufklärung in Europa und Nordamerika, edited by Jürgen Overhoff and Andreas Oberdorf (Göttingen: Wallstein, August 2019). Dr. Blanchard also presented his essay “Which Side of the Alps? Cisalpinism v. Ultramontanism in England (1780–1800),” at the Catholic Record Society conference in York, England, July 8–10, 2019.


Quincy Futrell, MPH, MRC, RRT, Assistant Professor for Respiratory Therapy, was named Big Buddy of the Month for July 2019. Quincy has been paired with his Little Buddy, Joseph Washington, since February of this year.


Amber Poirrier, DNP, CRNA, APRN, Director of Clinical Education, Nurse Anesthesia, graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University on May 18, 2019. She graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. For her Doctor of Nursing practice, she conducted a pilot study on the Impact of Opioid Free Anesthesia in Adult Colorectal Surgical Patients. Congratulations, Dr. Poirrier!


Carla Harmon, PhD,RN, received the Educator of the Year Award from Our Lady of the Lake RMC on Thursday, May 9, 2019. She is an extraordinary instructor of nursing, the epitome of the course values, and well deserving of this award. Congratulations Carla!


As Chair of the Simulation in Medical Training and Education Council of Louisiana, Tabitha Jones-Thomas, MSN, RN, Director of Simulation, organized and facilitated the first Simulation Expo on April 29, 2019. This event, held at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge, was made possibly by funding from the Board of Regents, and allowed simulation users from 29 Louisiana parishes and 4 counties in Mississippi and Texas to attend for a free (a total of 194 participants). The comprehensive agenda covered the key components of simulation education, and provided breakout sessions that included couch conversations and a simulation vendor exhibit.

Tammy Vidrine, MRE, Director of Campus Ministry, was awarded Student Organization Adviser of the Year on 04/26/2019 from the Student Affairs Office at the Student Leadership Banquet for her dedication and involvement in campus ministry and collaboration with students organizations.


Cathy Denison-Robert, PhD, MBA, presented the Faculty Research Platform presentation at the FranU Research and Scholarship Showcase on April 25, 2019. Her presentation, Connecting Students to the "Real-World" - Strategies, Success Stories, and Challenges in Business and Health Administration Courses highlighted course activities that connected her students to the "real" business world.


On April 10-11, 2019, at the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) Annual Conference and Assembly meeting in Las Vegas, Cathy Denison-Robert, PhD, MBA, was honored to present two presentations and was an esteemed judge for the International Urgent Ethical Case Competition.

She presented on a Leadership panel with her topic: Incorporating Servant Leadership and Core Values in the Faith-Based University Business Program.

Her concurrent session presentation was entitled: Connecting Students to "Real-World" Business - Strategies, Success Stories, and Challenges in Business, Management, and Marketing Courses.

The Urgent Ethical Business Case Competition that she judged focused on ethics in business and artificial intelligence. Some of the student teams judged included: Cologne Business School from Germany, University of Guam, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Lincoln College, St. Thomas Aquinas College and others.


Valerie G. Saba, BS, Academic Support Coordinator of the FranU FNP and MSNS programs, presented the results of her scholarly project entitled "Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Prevention" at the Scholarly Showcase at Southeastern Louisiana University on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Mrs. Saba's co-author was Millie Naquin, PhD, CHES. The purpose of her project was to identify healthcare beliefs that affect parental decision making to vaccinate their children to protect against HPV infection.


Angus Woodward, Associate Professor of Writing, was an invited guest on Managing Editor Magazine’s podcast, Margins, for an episode entitled, “What I Hear You Saying….” Click here to listen to the episode.


Dr. Deborah Fox, Director of the Medical Laboratory Science program, was awarded the Educator of the Year for the Louisiana Society for Clinical Laboratory Science on 4/10/2019 in Monroe Louisiana. Dr. Fox was nominated by her students for her dedication and commitment to them and the program. Congratulations, Dr. Fox.


Kathryn Fakier, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, Director of Clinical Education received the Young Dietitian of the Year Award from the Louisiana Associate of Nutrition and Dietetics. Kathryn demonstrated: 1. Active participation in the national, state, or district association 2. Concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population and 3. Leadership, in legislation, education, and leadership. Congratulations Kathryn for a job well done!


Cathy Denison-Robert, Phd, MBA was a Judge for Impromptu Public Speaking during the National Christian Forensics and Communication Association (NCFCA) Regional Speech and Debate Tournament in Baton Rouge on March 6, 2019. NCFCA’s mission is to promote excellence in communications through competitive opportunities where homeschool students develop the skills necessary to think critically and communicate effectively to address life issues from a biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies God.


Quincy T Futrell, MRC, MPH, RRT, was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi after completing his Masters degree at Youngstown State University in Respiratory Therapy with a 4.0.


Meridith Bergeron, EdD recently presented at OLC Accelerate with Tawyna Means, PhD and Sarah Fornero, EdD and was recognized as a Best-in-Track presenter for Research.

The topic presented was "Measuring Online Graduate Student Connectedness and Engagement Activities that Impact Completion Rates" (Track: Research) – Presenters: Meridith Bergeron, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University; Tawnya Means, University of Nebraska-Lincoln – College of Business; and Sarah Fornero, Adler University.

Read more about OLC Keynoters, Best-in-Track Sessions, and Conference Highlights for OLC Accelerate 2018 here.


Susan Steele-Moses, DNS, APRN-CNS, Dean of the School of Health Professions, co-authored a paper with Drs. Eileen Creel and Ann Carruth, " Recruitment Attributes Important to New Nurse Graduates Employed on Adult Medical-Surgical Units," which was published in the September-October 2018 edition of MEDSURG Nursing, the official journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.


On May 4, 2018, at the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE) Annual Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Dr. Cathy Denison-Robert, MBA, collaborated with Dean Mike Henry from Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Denison-Robert and Dr. Mike Henry presented a workshop entitled Small Business Success Stories and Lessons Learned from the Business Field to the Entrepreneurship and Business Classrooms in Canada and in the USA.


While at the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting on April 18, 2018, Dr. Cathy Denison-Robert, MBA was an esteemed Judge of the 2018 IACBE Student Live Business Case-Study Challenge. The competition included university student teams from around the globe, including Cologne Business School in Germany, University of Guam, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Ohio Valley University, Belhaven University, Dean College, and University of Holy Cross in New Orleans.


Dr. Cathy Denison-Robert, MBA, presented a poster session at the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting on April 18-19, 2018 in New Orleans, LA. The poster was entitled Enhancing Success in Business and the Workplace: Incorporating In-Demand Skills in Business Courses.


Susan Steele-Moses, Dean, School of Health Professions, is serving on the editorial board of the AFCU Journal.


Dr. Cathy Denison-Robert, MBA, facilitated a workshop, “Success in Business and the Workplace: Enhancing Your In-Demand Skills” on May 31, 2017, at Our Lady of the Lake College, A Franciscan University. A light lunch was sponsored by Pinnacle Home Health and Hospice.

The workshop focused on various in-demand skills and attributes needed to be successful in business and in the workplace. Some key skills included professionalism, communication, time management, servant leadership, decision making, teamwork, and others.

Hands-on, interactive business exercises were included to help each participant to improve and grow, personally, and in the workplace. Participants were from the community, from Our Lady of the Lake College, and from Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

In the photo, the Success Workshop Facilitators and Team Leaders are as follows, from left to right: Mr. Jody Robert, M.Div., Community Liaison and Chaplain from Pinnacle Home Health and Hospice, Cathy Denison-Robert, PhD, MBA, Workshop Facilitator and Assistant Professor, Dr. Leigh Ann Johnston, Workshop Team Leader and Assistant Professor, and Mr. Tom Bell, Workshop Team Leader and Community Participant.


Dr. Cathy Denison-Robert, Ph.D., MBA, was accepted to present two national presentations at the International Accreditation Council for Business Education’s (IACBE) Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting in San Francisco, California, from April 18-21, 2017. She presented both a concurrent session and a poster presentation.

Her concurrent session, Developing and Implementing Marketing and Business Project-Based, Service-Learning Courses provided participants with the “Nuts and Bolts” for developing and implementing a Marketing and Business Project-Based Learning course while incorporating Service-Learning. Both success stories and difficulties were presented from projects representing 12 Marketing and Healthcare Marketing Service-Learning projects from nine different non-profit organizations and two small businesses. Work with non-profit organizations impacted by the Great Flood of 2016 was showcased.

Dr. Denison-Robert’s poster presentation at IACBE was entitled Creating a Winning Edge - Small Business Success Stories and Applying Lessons Learned from the Business Field to Business Administration, Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Classrooms.


A book chapter, Centralized and Decentralized Approaches to Managing e-Learning, co-authored by Meridith Zepp Bergeron, M.Ed. and Sarah C. Fornero, M.A. is in press for “Leading and Managing e-Learning: What the e-Learning Leader Needs to Know.” Ms. Bergeron is the Director of Educational Technology at Our Lady of the Lake College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, and a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Technology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States. Her co-author is the Associate Vice President of Educational Design and Innovation at Adler University, Chicago, Illinois, United States, and a Doctoral Candicate in Educational Technology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States. The book is edited by Anthony A. Piña, Victoria L. Walker, and Bruce R. Harris and provides insights and expertise from more than 50 instructional technology leaders and professionals from over 30 different institutions across the country. While faculty, instructional designers and others can benefit from the information in this book, it has been designed primarily to assist the educational leader or manager who does not come from a background of formal training in educational technology, instructional design or distance education.


Rhoda Reddix, PhD, Associate Professor, Director of Service Learning presented a podium presentation at the 2017 Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning Conference entitled: Caring for the Medically Underserved: Pre-Clinical Physician Assistant Students Gain an Awareness of Social Determinants of Health that Impact Access to Healthcare for Indigent Populations Through Service-Learning Experiences. Co-Authors included: Sarah Deyo, MMS, PA-C, Program Director Physician Assistant Program; Corey Hall, Primary Care Collaborative Clinic, and Michele Broome, Volunteer Health Corps.


Mrs. Rebecca C. Simoneaux, M.A., R.T.(R), Assistant Professor was promoted on January 4, 2017 to the Interim Clinical Coordinator position for the Radiologic Technology Program. Congratulations, Rebecca.


Nicole St. Germain, MSRS, RT(R), Interim Program Director, Radiologic Technology, graduated from Northwestern State University of Louisiana on December 16, 2016 with a Master of Science degree in Radiologic Sciences. Subsequent to her graduation, Mrs. St. Germain was promoted to the Interim Program Director position on January 4, 2017. Congratulations, Nicole!


Dr. Cathy L. Denison-Robert, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor, presented an interactive workshop at the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education on March 23, 2017 entitled Developing and Implementing Marketing Service-Learning Projects that address Health Disparities, Foster Equity, and Serve Those Most in Need. The main goal of the presentation was to provide the “Nuts and Bolts” to develop and implement Marketing, Business, and Health Administration service-learning courses and projects with emphasis on assisting non-profit organizations who are working to eliminate health disparities, foster justice, treat the underprivileged, and are recovering from a major flood disaster. The complete program is available at:http://www.gulfsouthsummit.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Gulf_South_Summit__17-Program.pdf


Cathy L. Denison-Robert, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor presented a podium presentation at the Louisiana Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference on March 24, 2017 entitled Incorporating core values in courses through Service-Learning and Problem Based Learning Pedagogies.


Seven faculty from the School of Health Professions were accepted to present their work at the University's Research and Scholarship Showcase on April 20, 2017. Their presentations include:

Albert N. Swafford, Jr. PhD, Associate Professor, Research Director, Physician Assistant Program : Darrow- Yannet Box Plots Overestimate Total Body Water as a Percentage of Body Weight in Individuals with a Body Mass Index Greater than 25kg/ m^2 Kathryn Fakier, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, Instructor, Assistant Director, Nutritional Sciences Program: Implementation of a Malnutrition Documentation Program at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Rebecca Simoneaux, M.Ed., R.T.(R), Assistant Professor, Clinical Coordinator, Radiologic Technology Program: Interdisciplinary Collaboration among Human and Veterinary Medicine to Improve Health care Delivery Outcomes Deborah Fox, PhD, MT(ASCP), Associate Professor, Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program: Investigation of “Value Added” by Service Learning and Vocation in the Clinical Laboratory Science Education Course Nicole St. Germain, MSRS, RT(R), Instructor, Director, Radiologic Technology Program: Simulation as an Educational Method Sarah Goncalves, BS, R.T. (R)(N), CNMT, Instructor, Radiologic Technology Program: Interdisciplinary Collaboration among Human and Veterinary Medicine to Improve Health care Delivery Outcomes Rhoda A. Reddix, PhD, Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Program; Director of Service Learning: Computer-Assisted Content Analysis of Student Responses to Service-Learning Reflection Questions Using Nvivo 10 and MS Excel Software


Mr. Quincy T. Futrell, MPH, BS, RRT, Instructor in the Respiratory Therapy Program graduated with his Master of Public Health degree on March 11, 2017 from Capella University.


School of Nursing Faculty LaTonya S. Dorsey, MN, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor, BSN Program Coordinator, Phyllis Pedersen, DNP, CRNA, Dean, School of Nursing, Valerie Schluter, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Support and Bronwyn Doyle, PhD, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Nursing (back row) were selected to present at the 2017 Research and Scholarship Showcase.

Their presentations include:

Activity Breaks: Impact on Physical Activity Levels of Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities (Dorsey) and Improving First Time NCLEX Pass Rates in a BSN Program (Doyle, Pedersen, and Schluter).


Kathryn Fakier, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, Assistant Director of the Nutritional Sciences Program spoke at the Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference and Training (LAND AC&T) on March 7, 2017. Her presentation was entitled Making Policy our Passion: State and Federal Nutrition Efforts. In addition, Mrs. Fakier presented a poster entitled Implementation of a Malnutrition Documentation Program. Mrs. Fakier is serving in her second year of a three year term on the LAND board as the state policy representative. Congratulations, Mrs. Fakier.


Nicole St. Germain, MSRS, RT(R), Program Director of the Radiologic Technology Program presented a podium presentation entitled: Don’t Snap That! E-Professionalism as a Student on March 18, 2017 at the Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Mid-Winter Conference in Alexandria, Louisiana.


Sarah Goncalves, BS, RT(R)(N), CNMT, Faculty of the Radiologic Technology Program presented a podium presentation entitled: Specialty Certifications and Education on March 18, 2017 at the Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Mid-Winter Conference in Alexandria, Louisiana.


Angus Woodward, Associate Professor and Director of College Writing Programs' essay, entitled “A Long Day’s Journey into the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” has been published in Impact, an online publication sponsored by Boston University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning.


D. Cole Pourciau, DNP, CRNA, Nurse Anesthesia Program Simulation Director, co-authored a study entitled the: "Effect of increased body mass index on complication rates during laryngotracheal surgery utilizing jet ventilation", which will be published in the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The study is a retrospective chart review of laryngotracheal surgical patients over a 5 year time period. The aim of the study was to determine if there were any statistically significant differences in outcomes for those patients with a BMI less than 30 kg/m2 compared to patients with a BMI greater than 30 kg/m2 where jet ventilation was used as the method of ventilation. Results supported that there were no statistically significant differences in outcomes for the obese patient population when jet ventilation is used.


Terri A. Talbot, MHSA, MT(ASCP), former faculty in the Clinical Lab Sciences program, was listed as a reviewer in the most recent edition of the Clinical Immunology and Serology: A Laboratory Perspective (4th edition) textbook. Terri recently retired from the College, but continues to work with our students in the Simulated Environment Teaching Hospital as the SETH coordinator on a part-time basis. https://www.amazon.com/Clinical-Immunology-Serology-Laboratory-Perspective/dp/0803644663#reader_B01M20WKGN


Christine Cook, PT, MS, Assistant Professor for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, will host a breakfast round-table on the topic of “Vocation of Healthcare Students: Strong to Stronger” on March 25, 2017 at the CIC Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVue) conference in Charlotte North Carolina.