Nursing

Assistant Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner Certification, 2015
D.N.P., 2015, RUSH University - Chicago
M.S.N., 2010 Clinical Nurse Leader Certification, RUSH University - Chicago
B.S., 2006 (Applied Psychology), University of Durham, UK

Professor Minarich joined Olivet's faculty in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies in 2019. Her areas of specialty include: Family medicine, preventative care, and retail health. She has also taught courses in health assessment, technology in health care, fundamentals of nursing, diagnostics for the APRN, complex care for the adult, advanced clinical practicum for nurse educators, and role transition for the APRN.

Laura has been teaching for over four years at various institutions in the Chicago area and has enjoyed both online and live teaching as well as many clinical experiences with students. Her work experience is diverse and includes intensive care, bone marrow transplant and most recently, retail health. In addition to varied work experiences, Laura has lived in France, the Czech Republic, England and the United States.

In her spare time, she values spending time with her husband and three children (Olivia, Alexander, and Emma) more than anything. She is passionate about nursing and is honored to share this passion with her students at Olivet Nazarene University.

Assistant Professor
School of Graduate and Continuing Studies
School of Life and Health Sciences
Nursing
D.N.P., 2018, University of Illinois at Chicago
M.S.N., 2009, University of Illinois at Chicago
B.S.N., 2001, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Lomax joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2018, teaching courses in Women’s Health, Advanced Health Assessment, APRN Role Transition, and Advanced Pathophysiology and serving as a preceptor for clinicals. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise with future registered nurses, advanced practice nurses and medical students. Her lifelong goal is to uplift and empower others to live at their greatest potential.

A certified nurse midwife with more than 17 years of women’s health experience, Dr. Lomax has served others in many ways. Her professional nursing experience includes working as a registered nurse in labor and delivery, childbirth educator, and clinical nurse educator.

She is most passionate about serving the underserved population. “Providing excellent health care and customer service to those in need and not accustomed to being cared for is important to me,” she says. “Making a huge difference in their lives has long-term benefits for them and for me.”

She and her husband, Richard, parent two sons: Jordan Roberts and Nasir Lomax.

Assistant Professor
School of Graduate and Continuing Studies
School of Life and Health Sciences
Nursing
D.N.P., 2018, Chamberlain University
F.N.P. Certification, 2009
M.S., 2005, Northern Illinois University
B.S., 2000, St. Xavier University
A.A.S., 1991, Harper College

Dr. DeMito joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2018, teaching courses in leadership, health assessment, geriatrics, women’s and children’s health, and pathophysiology. From 2011 to 2018, she was an adjunct professor in Olivet’s Family Nurse Practitioner program.

“I am overflowing with gratitude for all that the nursing profession has allowed me to experience,” she says. “Education is where my heart longs to be, and I’m blessed to be a faculty member at Olivet.”

Dr. DeMito’s professional experience in health care began with her work as a scrub tech in labor and delivery while she was a student. After graduation, she became a labor and delivery nurse, and then charge nurse on the evening shift.

Her next assignment was as clinical educator for that labor and delivery department. She enjoyed discovering creative ways to keep the nurses up to date on the newest practice and help them make sure their annual credentialing was complete. As continuing education grew in importance, she developed and implemented appropriate programs for staff and other providers in their perinatal network. She ultimately moved into management, first as interim director and then as director of the department. The concept of process change has always fascinated her, and she helped the unit adapt to a shared governance model.

In 1996, she received the March of Dimes Perinatal Nurse of the Year award. She is a member of the Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nurses and the American Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.

Assistant Professor
School of Graduate and Continuing Studies
School of Life and Health Sciences
Nursing
M.S.N. (Nursing), 2015, Southern Illinois University
B.S.N. (Nursing), 2009, Southern Illinois University

Professor Teske joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2018, teaching child health nursing and clinicals in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. She is currently pursuing her Family Nurse Practitioner certification at Olivet.

Her professional nursing career includes an adult telemetry unit; inpatient surgical/trauma unit — where she served as assistant manager and then educator — and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), both at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri; pediatrics in a medical office setting; and teaching pediatric clinicals for Maryville University and Goldfarb’s School of Nursing.

She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse. She and her husband, Jayke, were married in 2015. They are the parents of a son, Wyatt.

Outside of her busy teaching and study schedule, Professor Teske enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and reading.

Assistant Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Nursing
M.S.N. (Nursing), 2014, Grand Canyon University

B.S., 2002, Governors State University

Professor Bloomquist joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2018, teaching adult health.

Her professional nursing experience includes work in critical care, emergency medicine, medical-surgical, senior behavioral health and telemetry. For two years, she served as house supervisor and was responsible for overseeing for multiple hospital departments in the absence of unit management. Her role was to address patient care, staffing and any other issues that arose.

Outside of her work time, she enjoys quilting and volunteering with 22 A Day, a nonprofit organization raising awareness for veteran suicide.

Professor Bloomquist is the mother of three children: Bailey, Lillian and Amelia.

Assistant Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
School of Graduate and Continuing Studies
Nursing
M.S.N. (Nursing Education), 2015, Olivet Nazarene University
B.S.N. (Nursing), 2013, Olivet Nazarene University
A.D.N. (Nursing), 1991, Joliet Junior College

Professor Barzditis joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2018, teaching fundamentals of nursing and pharmacology and serving as the Level 1 coordinator at the Oak Brook campus. He began his career with Olivet as a clinical instructor, lab instructor and Level 2 coordinator.

His professional nursing experience includes cardiac intensive care; burn unit at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois; and Level 1 trauma unit at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. Stroger’s trauma unit functions independently from the emergency room and is one of only a few in the U.S. organized with its own admission area, ICU and step down area. For much of his time at Stroger, he served as a charge nurse — a challenging role on the trauma unit’s team.

Before nursing, Professor Barzditis worked as a firefighter/paramedic for 22 years. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team (IMERT). In that role, he was part of the Hurricane Katrina disaster response team in 2005. He has also worked as a photojournalist and a commercial advertising photographer.

“Providing Olivet students with a quality, faith-based education is a responsibility I take seriously,” he says. “This is a calling for me, one with great frustrations and even greater rewards. Helping nursing students reach their goal of becoming practicing professionals is a joy for me.”

He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society, and the National League of Nursing.

Professor Barzditis and his wife, Maria, were married in 1981. They are the parents of two adult children. As “animal people,” they provide a home to three dogs and two turtles. He is also an amateur radio operator and enjoys camping with his family.

One of his favorite Bible verses is Micah 6:8, "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Assistant Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Nursing
D.N.P., 2017, Governors State University
M.S.N., 2011, Olivet Nazarene University
B.S.N., 2010, Olivet Nazarene University
A.D.N., 1995, Kankakee Community College

Professor VanKuren was sure that she wanted to be a nurse when she was in high school. In 1991, she began working at Kankakee's St. Mary's Hospital (now Presence St. Mary's) and continued working there until 2012. She began on a medical-surgical floor, and then worked in the pediatric unit and the outpatient infusion center after earning her associate's degree in nursing in 1995.

In 2010, she began teaching at Kankakee Community College. Initially, she was an adjunct professor in the licensed practical nursing program. Then she joined the full-time faculty in the registered nursing program. She taught in both classroom and clinical settings.

Joining Olivet's full-time faculty in 2013, she combines her 20-plus years of nursing experience with a genuine love for helping students learn the art of nursing. She is excited to be doing this in the same places where she began and continued her career.

For relaxation and exercise, she is passionate about running. She also enjoys walking with her husband, Dale. Or playing a game of one-on-one basketball with her son, Jacob. Or taking a step and cycle class with her daughter, Emily. An active member of Maternity BVM parish in Bourbonnais, she has often participated in the church's Camp M*O*S*H *(Maternity Outreach Service for Humanity) program.

One of the most important verses in the Bible for Professor VanKuren is Luke 11:9, "Jesus said, ‘So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.'"

Assistant Professor, ABSN Program Director
School of Graduate and Continuing Studies
Nursing
M.S.N. (Nursing Education), 2013, Kaplan University
B.S.N. (Nursing Education), 2011, Kaplan University

Professor Tabaka joined Olivet's full-time faculty in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies in 2017. She serves as director of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.

In her career as a nursing professor before coming to Olivet, Professor Tabaka has taught courses in pharmacology, mental health, pediatrics and obstetrics, as well as served as coordinator for a nursing program. She has also worked as a nurse in pediatrics, obstetrics, home health and school nursing, as well as on a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

She is a member of NLN (National League of Nurses), ANA (American Nurses Association), AWHONN (Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses), and INACSL (International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning).

Professor Tabaka and her husband, Russ, married in 1995. They are the parents of six children and grandparents to six grandchildren. Following her Scandinavian heritage, she enjoys painting with oils in the traditional Norwegian Rosemaling style.

Two Bible verses guide her professional and personal life:

"Seek God's will in all that you do and He will direct your path" (Proverbs 3:6).

"Do not worry about anything: instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done" (Philippians 4:6).

Associate Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Nursing
D.N.P., 2015, Governors State University
M.S.N., 2007, Governors State University
B.S.N., 1998, Olivet Nazarene University

Dr. Rose received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP from Governors State University-University Park IL, May 2015. In her doctoral scholarly project, she focused on the elderly, military veterans, Delayed Onset Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (DOPTSD), and maladaptive behaviors during bathing. In March 2015, at the Aging in America 2015 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging, she presented her scholarly project in poster format. As Level II Coordinator and faculty advisor in Olivet's School of Life and Health Sciences, Dr. Rose enjoys helping students set and achieve their goals. She came to ONU in 2008 and currently teaches courses in mental health nursing, global health nursing, and leadership/trends in nursing. She also serves on the Masters, Admission, Progression and Retention, Curriculum, and Virtual Learning Center committees.

Before joining Olivet's faculty, Dr. Rose was on staff at Kankakee Area Career Center as the program coordinator for the Certified Nurse Aide Program. She has more than 25 years of nursing experience in the fields of behavioral health and substance abuse, and geriatrics.

In 2014, Dr. Rose was chosen as a Student Scholar by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Board of Directors. In 2004, the City of Kankakee honored her with a Certificate of Appreciation as part of "A Culture of Caring" emphasis during Black History Month. In 2006, she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society. She served as vice president for Olivet's Kappa Sigma chapter from 2009 to 2011 and continues as a member of the Lambda Lambda chapter at Governors State University. She is also a member of American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), American Society on Aging (ASA), and Nation Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) of Kankakee County. In 2012, the 5th Brigade U.S. Army Cadet Command honored her with the Partners in Nursing Excellence Award. In 2012, she was also a recipient of the Illinois Board of Higher Education Nurse Educator Fellowship Award.

She is a member of the Kankakee River Valley Parish Nurse Council and the Parish Nurse Ministry at the Second Baptist Church of Kankakee. She is also Superintendent for the Sunday School Department at Second Baptist Church.

For her leisure activities, she enjoys historical and cultural events and art. She and her husband, Hampton, have four daughters, one son and eleven grandchildren.

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