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Nursing - Faculty and Staff   

Beth Schultz

Beth Schultz PhDc, DNP, RN
Nursing Program Director

Dr. Beth Schultz, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, graduated from Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla., with an associate's degree in nursing and from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., with a B.S. in nursing.

She earned her M.S.N. with an emphasis in education from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla., her Doctor of Nursing Practice in the executive leadership track at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Schultz is the founding program director of Manchester’s undergraduate nursing program and brings more than 20 years of nursing education experience and more than 10 years of nursing education leadership experience to her position. She maintains an active nursing practice as well, with more than 30 years of nursing experience. She is on the Executive Board for the Association of Camp Nursing, is actively involved in research related to health care in the camp setting, and has been involved in revising the Standards of Camp Nursing Practice. Dr. Schultz enjoys outdoor adventures and introducing students to unconventional opportunities in nursing practice.


Devon Lewandowski, DNP, FNP-BC, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Devon Lewandowski has been a registered nurse for over 20 years and a family nurse practitioner for 15 years. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saint Francis. Dr. Lewandowski began her nursing career at the Lutheran Rehabilitation Hospital and later spend several years as a coronary intensive care and post-surgical recovery and diagnostics unit nurse. She continued her graduate education at the University of Saint Francis. Dr. Lewandowski completed her MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 2005 and is nationally certified through the ANCC. Dr. Lewandowski has worked in a wide range of health care settings as a nurse practitioner from family medicine, vascular and vein care, military contract work, home health care to outpatient psychiatry. Dr. Lewandowski has spent the past six years in a large outpatient psychiatric setting with the Parkview Behavioral Health Institute.

Dr. Lewandowski earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a special focus on nursing education from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. She was nursing faculty for the University of Saint Francis for many years and taught a wide range of courses in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

Dr. Lewandowski joined the Manchester University nursing faculty in July 2021. She is excited to begin teaching students about the profession of nursing. She enjoys teaching students about all areas of nursing, but especially enjoys teaching introductory courses, health assessment and psychiatric-mental health nursing. Dr. Lewandowski utilizes a wide range of teaching and learning strategies to create an active, engaging and challenging student-centered environment. She looks forward to bringing her love of the nursing profession to her students.


LeeAnn Patterson DNP, WHNP-BC, FNP-C, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. LeeAnn Patterson graduated from Kalamazoo Valley Community College with an associate degree and successfully passed NCLEX to become an RN. She worked from many years as an RN in labor and delivery while growing her family with her husband and four children. Dr. Patterson continued her education completing her BSN from Purdue University and her Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner degree from Ball State University while continuing to work in both a family practice setting and the labor and delivery unit. She went on to earn her MSN degree with a focus in family practice and became a full-time family practice nurse practitioner with her own practice for many years.

Dr. Patterson earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a special focus on nursing education from Birmingham University in Alabama. She has taught in the community college and university settings for many years. She enjoys teaching students in all aspects of nursing, however her favorite area to teach is in providing care to the childbearing family and pediatrics. She has also had opportunities to volunteer her time and expertise at the HOPE Center educating expectant parents, Homestead High School Marching Band and a variety of service member related events.

Dr. Patterson joined the Manchester University nursing faculty in May 2021. She is very excited to teach students the art and science of nursing and looks forward to creating active and fun learning environments, engaging students from the moment the class begins until “the bell rings.”

Nancy Schroeder

Nancy Schroeder DNP, RN
Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Nancy R. Schroeder graduated from St. Vincent School of Nursing with a diploma degree as a registered nurse in 1987. After practicing for many years as a geriatric, mental health and post-surgical nurse, she completed her BSN from Ohio Northern University in 2006. Dr. Schroeder has taught nursing at several levels over her 25 years in nursing education. She has a special interest in mental health and has worked extensively throughout her teaching career to bring mental health resources to the college-aged population.

Dr. Schroeder received her MSN with a focus on nursing education from Cleveland State University in 2012 and her doctorate in nursing practice, including a nursing education certificate from the University of Cincinnati in 2016. She teaches a wide variety of undergraduate nursing courses including health assessment, geriatrics, mental health, obstetrics, transcultural, leadership and capstone courses. She also taught for 13 years in an RN to BSN program. Dr. Schroeder enjoys creating innovative teaching strategies that actively engage the learner thus stimulating a love for lifelong learning.


Julie Bemiss
Administrative Assistant 

Julia (“Julie”) Bemiss joined Manchester University’s Fort Wayne campus in December 2018. She serves as an administrative assistant to nursing. Researching educational program opportunities and bringing design elements to reports and presentations are a few of her duties, among others. Originally from Fort Wayne, she lived and worked on the West Coast, most recently in academic affairs at the University of San Diego. A graduate of Ball State University, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, the arts, and anything French, as well as a perfectly pulled shot of espresso.


Dottie Bowers
Administrative Assistant

Dottie Bowers joined Manchester University in 2004 as human resource clerk and most recently served as administrative assistant for pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice departments. She provides administrative support to the nursing program as well as other staff and faculty as needed. She earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University.



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