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Dr. Linda Heitman

Diploma in Nursing
Barnes Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Southeast Missouri State University

Master of Science in Nursing (Research) 
Clinical Nurse Specialist Option, Saint Louis University

Ph.D. in Nursing
Saint Louis University

She began her professional nursing career as a staff nurse in the critical care units at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. During her tenure at the hospital she worked in the Pre-Anesthesia Department and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Upon completion of her Master’s degree, she served as a Clinical Nurse Specialist/Case Manager and Regional Heart Center Coordinator. In 1998 she joined the faculty of the Department of Nursing at Southeast Missouri State University. She has served on the Faculty Senate, Benefits Committee, and as the charter President of Lambda Theta, the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

She developed and taught the Clinical Nurse Specialist option in the Graduate Program. She currently serves as Professor of Nursing teaching Critical Care and Nursing Research courses. Dr. Heitman also maintains certification as an Advance Practice Nurse, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Through Heitman Consulting, LLC she has served as a consultant to the critical care units of Southeast Health and St. Francis Medical Center. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

Dr. Heitman is also a reviewer for The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Her research focuses upon critical care nursing, organ donation and transplantation and cardiovascular nursing. She has written several publications and has given international and national presentations on these topics.

She currently serves as Educational Advisor for Mid-America Transplant (MAT) in St. Louis. In 2017 she submitted a grant proposing the creation and development of an on-line learning platform to teach undergraduate nursing students about organ and tissue donation. Currently, she oversees provision of the platform to eight schools of nursing and 22 nursing faculty. The platform will be provided to over 1,000 nursing students this academic year. The future goal of this endeavor is to offer the platform to all 73 nursing schools in the MAT service region.

José Miño Lara

José Miño Lara has been with Southeast Missouri State University since 2018 and currently serves as an Online Programs Specialist. He loves the collaboration taking place at the University and enjoys working with students on generating solutions for their academic success. José earned his Clinical Psychology degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and his Master of Science degree in Training and Performance Improvement from Northern Michigan University. As a continuous learner, he welcomes opportunities for growth and development in all aspects of life.

Dr. Martin A. Hoffman, Sr.

Dr. Martin A. Hoffman, Sr. has been an administrator in postsecondary education for over three decades. He is currently the Dean of Learning Resources and a Senior Adjunct faculty member for Rowan College at Burlington County in New Jersey. Martin is a past-Chair of the New Jersey Community College Distance Education Affinity Group, the former Executive Director of the Consortium for Distance Education and is currently serving his third term on the Board of Directors of the Instructional Technology Council. He has been a peer reviewer for the Quality Matters program and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Martin earned his doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership from New Jersey City University.

Indra Paola Peláez

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Success Houston Community College.

Indra Paola Peláez serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Success with Houston Community College.  Ms. Peláez is responsible for improving HCC’s admissions and registration experience.  Her responsibilities include overseeing the acquisition of a transcript evaluation software, implementation of Hobsons Intersect Platform, and developing a CRM business process mapping for a common onboarding experience for all students.  Her passion is based on the belief that education is the foundation necessary for students to build and strengthen their communities, achieve their personal and professional goals and increase future economic opportunities for themselves and their families.

Dietmar Kennepohl B.Sc.(Hons), Ph.D., FCIC

Dietmar Kennepohl B.Sc.(Hons), Ph.D., FCIC is Professor of Chemistry and former Associate Vice President Academic at Athabasca University—Canada’s Open University. Most of his teaching experience has been in a distributed and online setting and he holds university, national, and international teaching awards. Dietmar is a well-published and sought-after presenter at local, national and international conferences, on topics including online science laboratories, learning design, learning outcomes, assessment, PLAR, transfer credit, distance and online education, and emerging educational technologies. In 2010 his book “Accessible Elements: Teaching Science Online and at a Distance” was winner of the 2011 Charles A. Wedemeyer Award. His current book “Teaching Science Online: Practical Guidance for Effective Instruction and Lab Work” (2016) is part of the distance education series by Stylus edited by Michael G. Moore


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