Meet Our Chamberlain Faculty

At Chamberlain College of Nursing, we are proud of our faculty, made up entirely nursing professionals with real-world experience. Below, learn about just a few of Chamberlain's distinguished faculty.

"The quality of education at Chamberlain is tremendous. The professors are experienced and dedicated to their profession. They work with you on an individual level because they want each student to succeed." 

– Diana, BSN Student, Jacksonville Campus

Janice Unruh Davidson, PhD, DNP, RN-BC, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAANP

Professor, DNP Degree Program

Janice Davidson

Dr. Janice Unruh Davidson is a professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is a nationally recognized Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education Fellow. With nearly 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Dr. Davidson holds national board certification as a nurse informaticist, family nurse practitioner, nurse executive advanced and nurse educator. Her research has been presented in over 100 venues globally, and she has authored more than 40 publications including refereed journal manuscripts, book chapters, administrative studies, monographs and multimedia contributions. Her works have been further cited in more than 30 national and international publications.

Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Davidson served as graduate nursing core coordinator at Walden University. Her previous experience includes tenured academic and administrative leadership positions at Mississippi University for Women, Fort Hays State University and Bethel College. Since 2006, Dr. Davidson has concurrently owned and operated consulting firms that specialize in healthcare research, informatics, statistical analysis and market research, for which she was recognized in 2010 among the American Business Women’s Association Top Ten Women in U.S. Business. She has received over $320,000 in funding from extramural and internal grant competitions and is certified by the Joanna Briggs Institute in Australia as a comprehensive systematic reviewer (Quantitative, Qualitative, and Economic) and in evidence-based quality improvement. Dr. Davidson is an emeritus fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Leadership for Academic Nursing program (LANP). She is also a 2014 recipient of the DAISY faculty award.

Dr. Davidson holds a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from Texas Woman’s University, a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Wichita State University. As an academic and career advisor, Dr. Davidson has directed over 100 doctoral dissertations, theses, and graduate evidence and graduate evidence based practice-change projects in nursing.


Patricia Fedorka, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNE

Professor, DNP Degree Program

Patricia FedorkaDr. Patricia Fedorka is a professor for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Prior to joining Chamberlain, she was an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Robert Morris University and concurrently a part-time staff nurse in labor and delivery within the West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh. Her previous experience includes more than 20 years as an instructor and assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

For more than two decades, Dr. Fedorka has been a member of the Epsilon Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, for which she serves as a member of the national committee and is an editorial reviewer for its publication, Nursing for Women’s Health.

Dr. Fedorka is a certified nurse educator through the National League for Nursing and is certified in inpatient obstetrics and electronic fetal monitoring through the National Certification Corporation. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in administration and policy and a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Toni Hebda, PhD, RN, BSN, MNEd, MSIS

Professor, MSN Degree Program

Toni HebdaDr. Hebda joins Chamberlain College of Nursing with more than 30 years of experience in the fields of nursing and nursing education. She has published more than 15 articles in prestigious nursing journals and handbooks on topics such as informatics competencies, the TIGER Initiative, nursing and information systems and computer-assisted nursing instruction. Dr. Hebda is primarily interested in informatics as a way to support the work of nurses and as a means to improve healthcare delivery. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Duquesne University School of Nursing, a master’s degree in nursing education from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, a doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and a master’s degree in information systems from the University of Pittsburgh School of Library and Information Science.

Kathleen Hunter, PhD, RN-BC

Interim Director, DNP Degree Program

Kathleen Hunter

Dr. Kathleen Hunter serves as interim director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is also the director of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program.

She was previously dean of the MSN indirect care tracks and an assistant dean of the graduate programs at Chamberlain. Dr. Hunter has more than 40 years of experience in the fields of nursing and healthcare education.

After conducting clinical practice in critical care units for 12 years, she began practicing nursing informatics, working with end-users and with information systems design, development, testing, implementation and evaluation. Dr. Hunter’s experience and education led to several prestigious opportunities, including a senior informatics policy position where she directed funded research, managed the recognition of nursing informatics as a distinct specialty, led the establishment of the Patient Care Work Group with Health Level Seven and served on national and technology standards committees.

Dr. Hunter is passionate about educating and informing healthcare consumers and enabling them to make full use of healthcare informatics applications. In April 2013, she was elected to the American Nursing Informatics Association Board of Directors. Dr. Hunter holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Maryland.

Dee McGonigle, PhD, RN, FAAN, CNE, ANEF

Professor, MSN Degree Program

Dee McGonigleDr. McGonigle brings 35 years of experience in nursing and nursing informatics to Chamberlain College of Nursing. She began her nursing career as an intensive care unit staff nurse in an urban teaching hospital and pursued teaching positions while advancing her education. After being introduced to the field of informatics while working towards her master’s degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. McGonigle co-founded the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), a professional, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal that continues to evolve. Among her many subsequent accomplishments was the co-founding of the Special Interest Group for Health Technology and Education (SIGHTE), the development of the Foundation of Knowledge Model and the ETHICAL Model used to deal with ethical challenges brought about by the volatile information age. Currently, she is a member of the Informatics and Technology Expert Panel (ITEP) for the American Academy of Nursing, the Editor-in-Chief of the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI) and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. McGonigle has co-authored two text books and written more than 100 articles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Penn State University, where she is a Professor Emerita (retired after 25 years), a master’s degree in family in the community and nursing education from Indiana University and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Germielynn (Gigi) S. Melendez, MSN, RNC-OB

Assistant Professor, Addison Campus

Gigi MelendezGermielynn Melendez has taught online courses on transitions into nursing for Chamberlain College of Nursing since 2006 and maternal newborn and community nursing courses at its Addison, Ill. campus since 2009. In addition to teaching, Melendez coordinates the international nursing program at the Addison campus, which includes student service project trips to Fortaleza, Brazil and the Philippines.

Melendez currently is a registered nurse in Illinois. She is certified in physician office coding and billing, CPR and inpatient obstetrics. She is a member of the Chamberlain College of Nursing Honor Society, the University of St. Francis College Honor Society, the National League for Nursing and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses.

Prior to joining Chamberlain College of Nursing, Melendez taught at Kaplan University School of Nursing (online), Loyola University-Chicago, Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., the University of St. Francis College of Nursing in Joliet, Ill., and Joliet Junior College. She began her career as a postpartum, recovery and special care nursery nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Melendez earned both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a focus in obstetrics and gynecology nurse practice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently working towards her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Capella University.

As an active participant at the Holy Spirit Catholic Community Church in Naperville, Ill., Melendez serves on the church's bereavement ministry team and travels on medical mission trips to Ecuador.

Ellen L. Poole, PhD, MS, RN, CPAN, CNE

Professor, Phoenix Campus

Ellen PooleDr. Ellen Poole serves as a professor of nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing's Phoenix campus and is the president of the Chamberlain College of Nursing Honor Society, Phi Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. She has more than 35 years of experience in the nursing profession, including practice, instruction and research. Prior to her arrival at Chamberlain, she served on the faculty of the online graduate nursing degree program at Kaplan University and as an associate professor at Grand Canyon University's College of Nursing in Phoenix. Dr. Poole began her career as an intensive care/medical surgical staff nurse at Walter O. Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City, Ariz.

Dr. Poole is the recipient of NurseWeek's Mountain West 2011 Nursing Excellence Award, the latest in nearly three dozen other awards and scholarships she has received from different local and national professional associations, organizations and academic institutions. Dr. Poole has also published multiple articles and presented research in perianesthesia nursing and critical care at numerous conferences. She is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American Nurses Association, American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses, Arizona Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and Western Institute of Nursing.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., a Master of Science degree with a focus on critical care nursing and nursing education from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. and a Doctorate of Philosophy in nursing from The Catholic University of America in Washington. Dr. Poole is also certifi ed as a post anesthesia nurse by the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nursing and as a nurse educator by the National League for Nursing.

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