Five members of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences who will be retiring this spring and summer and will be honored at an event scheduled for August. They have reflected on their time at UW-Eau Claire and their plans for the future.
Cheryl Lapp, PhD, MPH, RN
I am thrilled to have finished my teaching career for the past 13 years at UW-Eau Claire. I have previously taught at the University of Manitoba in Canada, the University of MN- Minneapolis campus, and UW-Oshkosh. During interludes between education and teaching, I have worked in neurosurgery, behavioral health, public health in Canada with the Victorian Order of Nurses, and more recently for several years – as a weekend on-call supervisor in long-term care. I found that keeping one foot in clinical practice made me feel like a better teacher.
I have especially enjoyed teaching at UW – Eau Claire because of my amazing faculty colleagues in nursing and several other disciplines, the highly motivated nursing and honors students whom I’ve had the privilege of teaching, and of course doing family assessment supervision with student clinicians at the interprofessional Human Development Center (HDC) directed by Dr. Mike Axelrod. I have so many current and former colleagues from UW- Eau Claire that I have come to regard as dear friends. This is probably my favorite place to have worked, ever.
I never thought much about retirement until recently. My plan for retirement is to have no plan – really. I want to spend more time with my longtime significant other, Richard. I’ll start looking for a dog after May 24th, and then I’ll make some trips to see family in Canada whenever the border opens. I hope Richard and I will travel lots more after he retires from UW-Oshkosh, and we plan to live right here in Eau Claire. Oh – and I’ll finally have time to marry Richard!
Shelley-Rae Pehler, PhD, RN
I never believed that when I graduated from UWEC with my BSN that I would be back teaching. It was in fact the last thing I ever thought would happen during my nursing career. But then I never dreamed I would leave my first love of working in obstetric nursing and spend most of my career working with pediatric patients and families. Or spend 20 years in Iowa and become a Hawkeye (and still a BluGold).
I had a recruiter tell me once that she almost hired UWEC grads sight on seen. It has always been my motivation to contribute to the reputation of excellence during my time at UWEC. I have most enjoyed working with students in research projects or with those struggling to understand content. I have also appreciated the expertise of my fellow colleagues in the Department of Nursing. I thank the nursing colleagues who have entertained my 2 am ideas of bringing different teaching/learning strategies to the classroom and shared my passion for pediatric nursing.
While my husband and I had planned on traveling, right now we just hope we can see our grandchildren face-to-face, and schedule more distant travels in the near future.
Ann Recine, DNP, RN, AGPCNP-C
The largest part of my research has involved forgiveness and health. My research students have contributed to my understanding of this with their wonderful insights and contributions.
I will miss our amazing graduate students and faculty. I will continue mentoring undergraduate students in research as a volunteer for the UWEC Office of Research and Other Sponsored Projects. I will continue seeing patients in my private practice and speaking, writing and teaching on forgiveness and health and positive psychology research.
Donna Rozar, MSN, RN
I began as a clinical instructor for the UWEC College of Nursing and Health Sciences in January 2009. Highlights of the semesters since then include teaching the assessment skills to beginning nursing students in the classroom, skills lab, and clinical. I also loved teaching pharmacology, connecting the didactic information to the clinical setting. I am a clinician at heart and enjoyed telling students how the information they were learning in the classroom would serve them well as they knowledgeably, competently, and with great compassion, cared for individuals in a variety of settings. Teaching clinical the last semester of the program was a great way to see how the students had grown over the semesters. I am honored to have been able to participate in the educational journey of the students who are now peers. What a privilege to pass on my love and passion for nursing to a new generation. I will forever be grateful for this experience and have appreciated the students and faculty I have worked with.
I still work as a casual nurse on the cardiac medical-surgical unit at Marshfield Medical Center and plan to continue in that capacity for the foreseeable future. I am also running for the WI 69th Assembly District seat being vacated by Representative Bob Kulp in the fall election. 2020 is the Year of the Nurse and having another nurse in the state legislature cannot be viewed as a negative! Missions trips with my church are also in my future as the schedule allows, as is traveling east to see family and friends. I am a lifelong learner and look forward to increasing my knowledge base on a variety of topics. Life is exciting and I look forward to the days and years ahead. Boredom is not a word in my vocabulary.
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Cathy Wilson, BBA
I will be retiring from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of WI-Eau Claire after 15 1/2 years with my final position as the Dean’s Assistant in the Dean’s Office. I have had the privilege of working on the nursing homecoming walk, nursing convocation, licensure forms, scholarships, planning many events in the college and assisting the deans of the college. I have been able to work with many wonderful deans including: Dean Elaine Wendt, Interim Dean Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, Associate Dean Debra Jansen and Dean Linda Young.
In March 1981, I started working for the UW System at UW-Stout in Learning Resources. In September 1983, I started working at UW-Eau Claire in Accounts Payable paying many bills for the campus including nursing bills. I have also worked in the Parking, Activities & Programs, Bookstore, Children’s Center and Public Health Professions which included Health Care Administration, Music Therapy and Environmental Public Health offices on campus.
Ending my career in academia is very satisfying since I am a UW-Eau Claire Blugold graduate.
In the future, I look forward to spending time with my family and my new grandson James, gardening, and stamping.
If you prefer, checks may be made out to Samantha Pearson and mailed to:
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
105 Garfield Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54702
(Mailed in donations will be evenly distributed, unless a retiree’s name appears in the memo line.)