Discover the transcendent in everyday life

The needs of our aging population require more professionals trained in hospice and palliative studies (HPS) to provide end-of-life care for patients, and bereavement support for their grieving families. Our certificate programs include interdisciplinary, cutting-edge content with specialties in integrative medicine, clinical grief counseling/family therapy, nursing home administration, hospice and palliative care nursing, and management. For many, the program becomes a spiritual quest and personal journey to discover the transcendent in everyday life and relationships.

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Student Success

Alumnae Katylnn Mary Kraft

Mary C. Kraft, '17

What year did you graduate with your certificate?
"2017 Master's Certificate in Bereavement, Trauma and Loss."

Where are you working now?
"New Hope Center for Grief Support in Northville, MI."

How has your hospice certificate(s) helped you in your current work or related service role?
"I am the Program Director for a grief support organization. We serve grieving children and families by providing special events and programs. We serve adults in grief by providing on-going support groups, seminars and workshops to help them understand and normalize grief and connect with others who have experienced similar losses at similar times in their lives."

In thinking about your time at Madonna University, what are the highlights? What stands out for you? What did you like about being a student at Madonna?
"The staff, Dr. Kelly Rhoades, Dr. Kathy Aseltyne, Ms. Anna Kostaraff and others of the Hospice and Palliative program are genuine. They know and understand the grief process and work to help improve society by enabling students to do our best and serve the grievers who need to know that grief is normal not crazy. They are also great advocates for the hospice movement that helps provide a more humane and family focused life until death."


Primary Care Faculty

Tracey E. ChanAssistant Professor and NP Program Director

B.S.N., Oakland University

M.S.N., Madonna University

Nurse Educator Certificate, University of Detroit Mercy


734-793-2464, Room D-114

Tracey E. Chan

Tracey is an adult nurse practitioner and joined Madonna's full-time faculty in 2012. She teaches in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program in which she serves as the lead faculty. She continues her clinical practice caring for the underserved 1 day a week at McAuley Health Center in Detroit. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing from Duquesne University. Her research interests include competency-based education, clinical readiness, nurse practitioner practice, and weight loss. She is on the board of the Michigan Primary Care Consortium and a member of Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioner, Sigma Theta Tau, and American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She also serves as the faculty mentor for the Madonna University Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioner student chapter.

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Jennifer C. RohrbornAssistant Professor

B.S.N., Oakland University

M.S.N., Madonna University


734-432-5490, D-163

Jennifer C. Rohrborn

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Sandra RichardsAssistant Professor

B.S., Western Michigan University

M.S., University of Michigan

F.N.P., Andrews University

D.N.P., Madonna University


734-432-5489, Room D-112

Sandra Richards

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Claude W. Lauderbach, Jr. 

B.A., Albion College

B.S.N., Creighton University

D.N.P., Wayne State University

M.S., University of Michigan


734-432-5482, D-108

Claude W. Lauderbach, Jr.

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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Faculty

Patricia A. ClarkAssociate Professor

B.S.N., Mercy College of Detroit

M.S.N., Wayne State University

D.N.P., Oakland University


734-432-5830, Room D-120

Patricia A. Clark

Dr. Patricia Clark is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health. She joined the full-time faculty of Madonna University in 2014. She completed her doctoral degree in 2008 at Oakland University and her M.S.N. in 1996 at Wayne State University. She teaches in the undergraduate nursing program as well as the acute care nurse practitioner tract of the graduate nursing program.

Dr. Clark's area of interest includes the care of critically ill adults. She is actively involved in community service with the Health & Wellness committee at her church. Dr. Clark is a member of the following professional organizations: Michigan Certified Nurse Practitioner (MICNP), Michigan Clinical Nurse Specialist (MICNS), American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau, International.

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Gail LisProfessor and Chairperson of Graduate Nursing

B.S.N., Mercy College of Detroit

M.S.N., Wayne State University

Post Master's Acute Care Nurse Pract. Cert., Wayne State Univ.

D.N.P., Case West. Reserve Univ.


734-432-5479, Room D-117

Gail Lis

 Dr. Gail A. Lis primarily teaches at the graduate level in the nurse practitioner program. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in the master's core (evidence-based practice), advanced practice core (pharmacology), and adult gerontology acute care clinical program. Dr. Lis also serves as committee chairperson and committee member for a variety of DNP capstone projects. Dr. Lis's clinical area of interest is that of infectious disease and currently practices within the Henry Ford Health System. Through the use of active teaching strategies, Dr. Lis is able to support knowledge development through application of concepts using theory and clinical expertise. Active teaching strategies used are concept mapping, unfolding case studies, simulation, and group work. Research interests are diverse but primarily relate to evaluation of active teaching strategies in both the classroom and clinical setting. Dr. Lis enjoys working with the nurse practitioner students in the capstone class to develop quality projects and providing support for launching into advanced nursing practice.

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Jennifer Reynolds 

A.D.N., Henry Ford Community College

B.S.N., University of Phoenix

D.N.P., Wayne State University

734-432-5563, Room D-122-C

Jennifer Reynolds

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