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Dean's Bio

Dr. Debbie Sheppard-LeMoine joined UWindsor as Dean of the Faculty of Nursing in Sept. 2021. Coming from Nova Scotia with 30 years of experience as a Canadian educator including 15 years of international teaching, research and project experience, Debbie’s program of research includes successfully leading an international research team  on interprofessional learning within a simulated, family assessment environment. She has completed a study on enhanced home visiting practices that surround women and children who live within vulnerability. Currently, she is on an implementation science research team examining collaborative, interprofessional practices that foster community and citizen access to health services and optimal scope of RN practice in emergency services. Understanding the impact of vulnerability on interprofessional practices and women and children’s lives have shaped and influenced her lifelong passions and collaborative work in the community, public health and with families. The social determinants of health, resilience and family nursing theory and understanding system structural practices informs all of her work.

Debbie values learning methodologies that provide creative, interactive ways to build student’s involvement in their own learning.  Facilitating simulation using standardized patients and actors for many years in Canada and internationally Debbie has developed family assessment and interviewing skills among thousands of BScN Canadian and International students. She expanded her teaching to include nursing and medical students learning together best practices for family assessment and intervention.

With ten years of experience co-leading international mobility projects that included three countries, Canada, USA and Mexico and six universities, Debbie thrives on collaboration and understands the opportunities that working internationally brings to broadening perspectives of students, academics, practitioners and communities. She has been part of collaborative research teams in Canada and internationally, published as part of a team in peer reviewed journals and presented individually and as part of a team at international peer reviewed conferences.

Debbie has been active professionally as the immediate, past chair of the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam Committee for CNA in Ottawa, the Nova Scotia representative  as a subject matter expert in the review of the entry level competencies with the Canadian Council of RN Regulators and recently elected to the CASN accreditation board. She is an active member of the International Family Nursing association research and practice teams who actively work to support global health of families.


Dr. Debbie Sheppard-LeMoine, PhD, RN
Dean and Professor
Research Focus:

  • International Family Nursing Practices
  • Social and Cultural Determinants of Health
  • Strengths Based Interventions
  • Vulnerable populations with a focus on families experiencing poverty
  • Pulic Health and Community Practices that Impact Families' Lives
  • Enhanced Home Visiting Practices
  • Collaborative Practices in Primary Health Care
  • Interprofessional Family Assessment Development facilitated by Clinical Simulation and Standardized Patients
  • Global Family Nursing Practices during CoVid
  • Experiences of Families of Long Term Care Residents during CoVid

Room 336 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x2259 (Joy Lesperance, Dean's Secretary) 


Dr. Susan Fox, RN, BN, MScN, PhD
Associate Dean and Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Healthcare associated infections and infectious diseases
  • Cardiovascular health

Room 300 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x2284


Prof. Judy Bornais

Prof. Judy Bornais, RN, BA, BScN, MSc, CDE
On leave to be Acting Executive Director, Office of Experiential Learning - July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022
Academic Ancillary Staff III - Experiential Learning Specialist
Teaching Leadership Chair
Research Focus:
  • Diabetes care
  • simulation in health care education, and
  • inter-professional health care

519.253.3000, x2269


Prof. Natalie Bownes, RN, BScN, MScN, PhD (student)
Academic Ancillary Staff II - Clinical Practice Learning Specialist: Years 1 & 3 Clinical
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Teaching in Nursing
  • Mentorship of Clinical Instructors
  • Nursing Education
Room 318 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x 4383
Dr. Jamie Crawley
Dr. Jamie Crawley,  RN, BScN, BA (Psychology), BA (Sociology), MBA, PhD
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Poverty and health disparities, 
  • chronic illness and
  • teen sibling health

 Room 319 Toldo HEC
 519.253.3000, x4816


Dr. Edward Cruz, RN, CCNE, DMD, BScN, BN, MEdM, MScN, PhD
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Nursing Education
  • Internationally Educated Nurses
  • Human Resources for Health
  • Immigrant Health
  • Interprofessional Education and Collaboration

Room  322 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x2263


Prof. Susan Dennison, RN, BScN, MScN, CPPS
Academic Ancillary Staff II - Clinical Practice Learning Specialist: Years 2 & 4 Clinical
Research Focus:
  • Patient Safety
  • Clinical Education
  • Peer Mentoring

Room 308 Toldo HEC
519.253-3000, x4390


Dr. Lorna DeWitt



Dr. Lorna de Witt, PhD, RN
Associate Professor 
Research Focus:
  • Relational care of persons with dementia and their families
  • LTC home compliance with LTC legislation
  • Medication safety in LTC homes
  • Diversity and aging

Room 302 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x2286


Prof. Laurie Freeman-Gibb
Dr. Laurie Freeman, RN, BScN, MSN, PhD
Associate Professor and PHCNP Graduate Coordinator
Research Focus:
  • Breast cancer (survivorship issues and decision making), and 
  • technology and teaching

Room 303 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x2278


Prof. N. Giannotti photo
Dr. Natalie Giannotti, RN, BHK, MN, PhD
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Gestational diabetes 
  • Diabetes prevention
  • Health promotion

Room 316 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x4988


Dr. Debbie Kane
Dr. Debbie Kane, RN, BScN, MScN, PhD
Acting Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Research Focus:
  • Women's health, workplace
  • wellness, and public health
Room 302 Chrysler Hall Tower/Toldo 312
519.253.3000, x2107



Dr. Kate Rocklein Kemplin, BNSc, MSN, DNP, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • resilience and suicide in Special Operations Forces service members
  • combat polytrauma and blast-related traumatic brain injury
  • ultra-miniature defibrillator engineering and remote critical care monitoring on the battlefield
  • deployment-and military service -related health outcomes
Room 330 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000 x2270
Prof. Amanda McEwen, RN, BSc (Honours Bio.), BScN, MScN
Academic Ancillary Staff - Experiential Learning Specialist
Research Focus:
  • Hand hygiene adherence and healthcare associated infections
  • Effect moderation/interaction effects (research methodology)

Room 3126 Medical Education Building
519.253.3000, x2248


Dr. Noeman Mirza, RN, BScN, PhD
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Nursing Education
  • Complex reasoning
  • Gerontology
  • Care transitions
  • Rural aging
Room 326 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x2275
Dr. Sherry Morrell, RN(EC), BScN, Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate, MN, MCISc (Wound Healing), PhD
Lecturer and NP Program Administrator
Research Focus:
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Education
  • Wound care

Room 306 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x4389





Prof. Leanne Paquette, RN, BScN, MN, PhD (Student)
Research Focus:
  • Incivility

Room 324 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x2266

Dr. Kathy Pfaff, RN, BScN, MSc, PhD
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Interprofessional Collaboration,
  • New Graduate Nurse Transition, 
  • Rural Community Health Care,
  • health care systems,
  • palliative care

Room 304 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x4977





Dr. Gina Pittman, BScN, MN-NP, PhD
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • NP prescribing
  • NP practice

Room 314 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x4384


Dr. Jody Ralph, RN, BSc, BScN, MSc, PhD
Acting Associate Dean,Graduate Programs 
Great Lakes Biennial Nursing Conference (GLBNC) Chair
Research Focus:
  • Cancer research
  • Gene-environment interactions
  • Nursing education
  • Disease pathophysiology
  • Altered nutrition

Room 301 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x2271


   Prof. Debbie Rickeard
 Dr. Debbie Rickeard, RN, BScN, BA, MScN, DNP, CCRN, CNE
 Academic Ancillary Staff - Experiential Learning Specialist
Research Focus:
  • preceptor education
  • health literacy

 Room 3124 Medical Education Building
 519.253.3000, x4993


Dr. Eric Tanlaka

Dr. Eric Tanlaka, RN, BScN, MScN, PhD
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Neuroscience nursing
  • Stroke rehabilitation care
  • Philosophy in nursing research
  • Theories in nursing research

 Room 320 Toldo HEC
 519.253.3000, x3770 


Dr. Laurie Carty, RN, BScN, BA, MEd, PhD, 
Research focus: Mental health - individual and group counselling
Prof. Mary Cole, RN, DPHN, BA, BScN, MSc, Sessional Lecturer
Dr. Deborah Dayus, RN, BScN, BA, MSc, PhD- Academic Ancillary Staff III - Clinical Practice Learning Specialist: Years 1 & 3 Clinical
Research Focus: Women's health, maternal/child health (infertility; emotional health), community health, incivility in Nursing Education

Dr. Mary Louise Drake, - Associate Professor Emeritae
Chairperson, Building Blocks for Better Babies

Dr. Kathryn Edmunds, RN, PhD- Assistant Professor
Research Focus: Migration and health of temporary foreign workers, culture, diversity and cultural safety, community health

Dr. Michelle Freeman, RN, BScN, BA, MScN, PhD, CPPS - Associate Professor 
Research Focus: Health Services (health human resources, nurse migration, leadership, followership), Health Outcomes (science of patient safety, quality improvement)

Dr. Cheri Hernandez, RN, BScN, BA, MEd, PhD (Education), PhD (Nursing),
Research focus: Theory of integration & interventions in diabetes, grounded theory research, and instrument/scale development

Dr. Heather Krohn, RN, BScN, MEd, PhD, Assistant Professor
Research Focus: Community and global health, cross-cultural healthcare

Prof. Patricia McKay, RN, BScN, MSc - 

Dr. Sharon McMahon,
Research Focus: Values clarification and moral decision-making, animal-assisted therapy and bereavement, and nursing history and the arts

Dr. Linda Patrick, RN, PhD -
Research Focus: Mentorship and retention of new faculty, curriculum design and evaluation, Internationally Educated Nurses

Dr. Dale Rajacich, RN, BScN, MScN, PhD,
Research focus: breast cancer and international collaboration

Dr. Janet N. Rosenbaum, Director of the School of Nursing, 1981-1986

Dr. Barbara Thomas, Associate Vice President Academic, University of Windsor, 1991-1996,

Dr. Christine Thrasher,  RN, BScN, BA, MScN, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate, PhD, Associate Professor,
Research Focus:Interprofessional education & practice,knowledge translation, and infection control

Dr. Karen Williamson, RN, BScN, MScN, PhD,
Research Focus: Cardiovascular nursing and intervention research

Prof. Lucia Yiu (Matuk), BSc, BScN, BA, MScN,
Research Focus: Health promotion, breast health, multiculturalism


Prof. Mary Chick, RN, BScN, MSc
Sessional Lecturer
Room 313 HEC
519.253.3000, x2287

Prof. Antoinette Dimitroff, RN, BScN
Sessional Lecturer
Room 315 HEC
519.253.3000, x4380

Prof. Brenda McLaughlin, RN, BScN, BA (Psychology), MN
Sessional Lecturer
Room 315 HEC
519.253.3000, x4387


Mr. Brett Colman
IT Support Technician
Room 201G Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x4382

Ms. Anne Dennahower
Nursing Programs & Student Support (Graduate) Secretary
Room 336 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x2260

Ms. Rosalba Iannicello
Room 336 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x2265

Ms. Joy Lesperance
Dean's Secretary
Room 336 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x2259

Ms. Laura Little, MSW, RSW
Clinical Therapist
Room 201A Toldo HEC
519-253-3000, x4388

Ms. Fran Meloche, RN, MScN
Student Success Coordinator
Room 201B Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x2274

Ms. Amanda Noble
Manager, Finance & Adminstration,
Office of the Dean
Room 332 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x2258

Ms. Angela Papas
Nursing Programs & Student Support (Undergraduate) Secretary
Room 336 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x6129

Ms. Andrea Reddam, RN, BScN, MN
Clinical Placement Coordinator
Room 201 D Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x4814

Ms. Lacey Rivest, RN, BScN, CHPCN, MN(Student)
Clinical Lab Coordinator
Room 210 Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x2282

Ms. Susan Rotondi-Moore
Clinical Placement Secretary and Clinical Pre-Clearance contact
Room 201C Toldo HEC
519.253.3000, x4918


Contact information for Sessional Instructors: Consolidation 2021 semester

Alkhouri, Yasmeen     
Banyai, Erin                 
Bloxham-Jenkins, Kim
Borg, Lindsay              
Britton, JoAnne            
Brothers, Lourdes       
Campeau, Katie          
Charron, Debra           
Daabous, James         
Dafesh, Andre             
Denomme, Brooke      
Derbyshire-Green, Marlene
DiSabato, Christina     
Dobson, Kim                
Evans, Shelley               
Fields, Patti                  
Furmanek, Dawn         
Holmes, Rachael         
Hufano, Ruel              
Jacobs, Joanne          
Keyeux , Brianna        
Kopchek, Lauren         
Lanoue, Lisa               
Laplante, Kristen        
Lopez, Sarah              
MacLean, Katharine   
Marar, Sandra           
Marchini, Ashley        
McAlpine, Kim          
McMahon, Sarah       
Morreau, Donna        
Paquette, Cynthia     
Pekrul, Kerry             
Rajaratnam, Jayne    
Ravi, Padma              
Robertson-Brown, Karen
Roelands, Danielle    
Ryan, Candace        
Seguin, Tracey         
Singh, Raj                 
St. John, Don           
Sweet, Heather        
Swirgon, Emily          
Tebbens, Jennifer     
Topcagic, Braco        
Trubyk, Sandy           
Watson, Josie           
Weller, Melissa         


Mr. Mark Campbell - Lecturer -
Ms. Eleanor Groh - Lecturer -
Lieutenant-Colonel Steven Pirie - Lecturer-
Ms. Karen Riddell - Lecturer
Ms. Virginia Walsh - Lecturer -
Ms. Donna Wellington - Lecturer
Dr. Karen Williamson - Assistant Professor -


Prof. Anna Gupta (November 5, 2018), Director of the School of Nursing, 1970-1975

Lily Powis, Receptionist (September 1, 2018)

Dr. Sheila Cameron (January 19, 2016), Director of the School of Nursing, 1986-1995 and Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, 1996-2005

Prof. Mathilde McGarvey (July 6, 2013), Retired Professor 

Dr. Anna Temple (August 10, 2012), Retired Professor and Former Director - details and tribute information

Dr. Donna M. Foley, RN, PhD
June 8, 1944 - April 13, 2006

Dr. Donna M. Foley, RN, PhD
On April 13, 2006, the Faculty of Nursing lost a trusted educator, scholar and mentor after a short battle with cancer. To read about Donna, go to the following links below.

Paula Margaret Heydon
April 21, 1952 - June 18, 2005
Lab Manager, Faculty of Nursing

Heydon, Paula Margaret (nee Hrecniuk) R.N.

Paula Margaret HeydonPeacefully at home surrounded by her family and friends on June 18, 2005 at 53 years of age after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Beloved wife and best friend of Rick for 32 years. Loving mother of Trevor and wife Kelly. Dear daughter of the late Sam and Jennie Hrecniuk of Chatham. Daughter-in-law of Les and Sadie Heydon. Cherished sister of Sylvia and the late Gerry Bresnahan of Grosse Ile, MI, William and wife Donna Hrecniuk, David and wife Carole Hrecniuk of Chatham. Sister-in-law of Randy and wife Shelley Heydon, Cindy Anstett and friend Mark, Brian and wife Kim Heydon of Leamington. Many nieces and nephews also survive. Paula will be sadly missed by many friends and co-workers. Paula was a well respected professional in Windsor health care for many years. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of Windsor or the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family. Cremation Services were held. Memorial Visitation Wednesday 9 am until time of Memorial Service at 11 am. at St. Barnabas’ Church (2115 Chilver Rd.). Arrangements entrusted to Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre (969-5841) 3260 Dougall Ave. Rev. Lance Smith officiating Special thanks to John and Linda Grubisich, Dave and Joyce Blake, Henry and Helen Moro, Paul Popov and friend Diane, Sandy Dennison, everyone at the Windsor Regional Cancer Clinic, the VON and the Hospice of Windsor for their care and support.

P.Y. Abraham
Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Professor Abraham taught Leadership and Management, as well as community health nursing theory and clinical in year four. He coordinated the community program for many years and was well respected by the community partners. He was also active in promoting multi-culturalism in the Windsor-Essex County. He is fondly remembered as a good listener, humble, generous, and always supportive of new faculty members.

He was survived by his wife and two daughters. 

Dr. Mary Berry (October 25, 2019), Retired Professor


Dr. Devamma Purushotham (October 29, 2019), Professor Emeritus


Dr. Kaye Fawdry ( February 19, 1939- March 13, 2020)

Fawdry, Dr. Mary Kaye EddRN BscN

Dr. Kaye passed away peacefully with her best friend and brother by her side at the age of 81 years. She was the beloved wife, best friend and soulmate of Gerald Richardson for 31 years. Dearest sister-in-law of Marilyn Fawdry (Wayne Wood). Loving sister to Gerry (Shirley Fawdry); in-laws, Bill Richardson and Dorothy Lake. Cherished friend of Kaye Moderwell, retired CEO of VON. Dearest thank you to the staff and volunteers at Hospice of Windsor, their professionalism and dedication are outstanding and made Kaye's final days as comfortable as possible.

Memorial visitation and Mass will be held at a later date . Arrangements entrusted to WINDSOR CHAPEL (Central Chapel) 519.253.7234. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to be made to Hospice of Windsor.