Crown Point Faculty
RN, MS, CNS
The possibilities for nurses are truly endless and are limited only by your imagination. With more than 25 years of nursing experience ranging from Mental Health Nursing to Women’s Health and Primary Care of Adults, I have a proven expertise in program development and management and patient and nursing staff education. I have had a special interest in community health, nurse-managed clinics and access to health care for the underserved. I have an ASN from Purdue University-1980, BSN Aurora University-2004 and a MS from Purdue University-2004. I can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly Elder, RN
As an eight year old little girl residing in Cedar Lake Indiana, my passion for nursing became evident while helping care for my grandmother who was battling breast cancer. After graduating from Crown Point High School, I made my dream of nursing a reality by enrolling in the Franciscan St. Anthony Health Center Licensed Practical nurse program. During my educational journey I was in awe and inspired by my nursing instructors. It was during this time my dream of becoming a nursing instructor began.
I knew I had to further my education to make this dream possible. I graduated with my Associates Degree in nursing from the University of Saint Francis and I am currently enrolled in the Masters – Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Saint Francis. I had the pleasure of working in a varity of clinical settings during my nursing career including: acute care, long term care, outpatient clinics, and adjunct nursing faculty. I had the honor of caring for patients of all ages pediatric to geriatric.
I currently resides in Cedar Lake, Indiana with my loving and supporting husband Christopher Elder. We have been blessed with two beautiful daughters Keirstynn and Katelynn who are the lights of our life. I hope to instill in our daughters that with faith in God, hard work and determination you can make any dream a reality.
Cindy Fodness, MSN, RN
I have bachelor's degrees in Education and Nursing from Indiana University South Bend. My MSN is from Valparaiso University.
After teaching for over a decade as an adjunct and full-time faculty member with Indiana University South Bend, and a year as adjunct with Purdue Calumet, I came to USF. In addition, I volunteer as Psychiatric Consultant for St. Clare Clinic in Crown Point.
My background includes working with Memorial Hospital as well as with Madison Center and Hospital of South Bend. In both facilities I served as a registered nurse and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatry and Mental Health. I'm married and have two adult sons, one of whom is in nursing school.
Julie Kucek,MS, MLS,(ASCP)
I am the new director for the Medical Laboratory Technician Program at USF-CP. A certified medical technologist, I graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in medical technology. I completed my clincial work through Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond, IN in 2004 and a master's degree in biology with a focus in microbiology at Purdue University Calumet in 2008. I am a master of business administration degree candidate.
I worked for Alverno Laboratories for nine years, four of them as a micorbiology technologist and another four as department supervisor. During that time I trained students and employees and assisted with lectures for students. I have also taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Biology Department at Purdue University Calumet.
Amy Wenk, MSN, RN
I have been a registered nurse for over 17 years. I hold a bachelor's in Nursing from Purdue University and a master's in Nursing from South University.
My area of clinical expertise are geriatrics/long term care and hospice/end of life care. As a USF instructor, I am pleased to share my knowledge in this field with our nursing students.
As for hobbies, I enjoy reading, music and writing. When I am not busy teaching, I'm at home in Lowell with my husband, three boys, two dogs and three cats.
Jeanette Zelhart, RN
Prior to accepting the position of full-time Maternal Child Nursing instructor, I served as adjunct Maternal Child faculty. My background includes many years of nursing experience in Maternity, Pediatrics and Medical-Surgical. In addition to teaching, I will serve as the Student Nurses Association faculty representative.
After serving as an LPN for over 20 years, I received a degree in Registered Nursing from USF. Currently, I am enrolled in the university's MSN-FNP program.