CAHE alumni accomplishments

Congratulations to these Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education alums!

Debra Gurney
Debra Gurney

Debra Gurney, Ed.D. Adult Continuing Education, ’02, is the new director of Nursing in the Biology and Health Sciences Division at the College of DuPage. Prior to her appointment, Gurney served as executive director of nursing programs at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., and the City Colleges of Chicago, where she oversaw the nursing admission process, curriculum planning and evaluation and assessment of student outcomes. Most recently, Gurney was assistant dean of the College of Health Sciences at Dominican University. She also holds a master’s degree in Nursing from the NIU College of Health and Human Sciences.

Sister Terese Marie Havlik
Sister Terese Marie Havlik

Sister Terese Marie Havlik, M.S.Ed. Counseling, ’70, who ministers in prayer at Seven Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, is celebrating her 70-year jubilee. A native of Chicago, she entered the congregation Feb. 2, 1948, from St. Odilo Parish, Berwyn, Illinois, and professed final vows Aug. 15, 1955. Her Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend ministry was as a teacher at St. John the Baptist School, Fort Wayne, from 1959-65.

Betsy Holli, Ed.D. Adult Continuing Education, ’81, received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Holli began her nutrition education career as a clinical dietitian at University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, from 1956 to 1958 and at University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., from 1959 to 1962, where she was promoted to assistant director of dietetics from 1962 to 1965. She then became a health center nutritionist at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago from 1966 to 1969 and, one year later, accepted a teaching position as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Medical Center. Finally, in 1970, she became a full professor of nutrition at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill,  where she taught until her retirement in 2004.

Amanda Hughes
Amanda Hughes

Amanda Hughes, M.S.Ed. Counseling, ’10, is the new principal of Berlin Middle School in the Berlin Area School District of Wisconsin. She previously served as the district’s grant projects director, helping to lead a $1.14 million federal School Climate Transformation Grant, according to the district. She also helped integrate positive behavior intervention and supports initiatives into the district.

Amanda Kieper
Amanda Kieper

Amanda Kieper, M.S.Ed. Counseling, ’13, professor of Speech, has been honored as the 30th recipient of the Rock Valley College Faculty of the Year award. Kieper is a graduate of Rock Valley College who also holds a master’s degree in Communication from NIU. She recently has taught RVC classes in Fundamentals of Communication, Interpersonal Communication and Leadership Development.

Rose Labriola
Rose Labriola

Rose Labriola, Ed.D. Adult Continuing Education, ’98, has been named Chief Nursing Officer of University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. Labriola, interim CNO since February, is an advocate for quality controls and patient safety, two key tenets of UM St. Joseph’s mission. She is a board-certified Nurse Executive Advanced and a member of various professional and community organizations.

Keegan Nichols
Keegan Nichols

Keegan Nichols, Ed.D. Adult and Higher Education, ’10, will be among the featured speakers at the 2018 NASPA Region IV-West Conference in Wichita, Kan. Nichols, vice president for Student Affairs at Arkansas Tech University since June of 2017, will speak Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the third annual Women’s Words of Wisdom dessert reception at the Wichita Marriott. A native of Vilonia, Nichols joined ATU in her current role in 2017.

Christine J. Sobek
Christine J. Sobek

Christine J. Sobek, Ed.D. Adult Continuing Education, ’96, was named as one of “Chicago’s Notable Women in Education 2018” by Crain’s Chicago Business. Sobek became the college’s fourth president July 1, 2001. Before her appointment as president, she served in several administrative roles at Waubonsee, including provost from 2000 to 2001, executive vice president for Educational Affairs from 1997 to 2000, assistant vice president for Instruction from 1993 to 1997, assistant vice president for Student Development from 1991 to 1993 and dean of Student Development from 1989 to 1991.

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