Suzanne Keep

Suzanne Keep, Ph.D.,  R.N. Chair
Chairperson of the Grand Rapids Campus
Assistant Professor
College of Health Professions
McAuley School of Nursing
Office: Albertus 203
Phone: (616) 632-2823



  • Ph.D. - Rutgers, 2013
  • MSN - Wayne State University 1987
  • BSN - Nazareth College 1979


  • Hospice
  • Home Health
  • Community Health
  • Parish Nursing
  • Foot Care Ministry with the Homeless.
  • Taught nursing at U of M, U of M Flint, and SVSU prior to teaching at UDM.
  • Director of Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo

Area of Interest

Health promotion and physical activity.

Linda Thiel, Ph.D.
Chairperson R.N. to BSN Program
Associate Professor of Nursing
University of Detroit Mercy
Office: Albertus 201
Phone: (616) 632-2196



  • Ph.D. - The Catholic University of America 1997
  • MSN - Purdue-Calumet University 1987
  • FNP - Family Nurse Practitioner, Certificate – Purdue-Calumet University 1985
  • BSN - Purdue-Calumet University 1985
  • Associate Degree (nursing) - Delta College 1973


  • Medical and Surgical
  • Critical Care
  • Home Health
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Primary Care (Family Nurse Practitioner)
  • FNP Program Director
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Director/Administrator (long term care)
  • Nurse Consultant and Mentor.

Research Interests

  • Breast Cancer Screening and Detection
  • Translation of Evidence into Nursing Practice
  • Survey and Instrument Development
  • Gerontology
  • Spirituality

Clinical Interests

  • Translation of Evidence to the Bedside
  • Mentorship
  • Gerontology

Robi Thomas
Associate Professor of Nursing
University of Detroit Mercy
Office: Albertus 101
Phone: 616-632-2195



  • Ph.D. Wayne State University
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Wayne State University (post MSN degree)
  • MS in Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist track at Rush University
  • MS-North Texas State University-Sports Psychology and Motor Learning
  • BS- Texas Woman’s University, Major Nursing, Minor Biology
  • BS in Education-Central Michigan University, Major: Recreation and Social Science, Minor: History


  • Teaches in the traditional pre-licensure program, BSN completion, and graduate programs.
  • Medical surgical nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • End of life nursing
  • Families in crisis
  • Physical assessment
  • Leadership and Management
  • Pathophysiology

Kristi Jo George
Assistant Professor of Nursing
University of Detroit Mercy/Aquinas College
Office: Albertus 206C
Phone: (616) 632-2184



  • Current Ph.D. Candidate in Nursing Education/Educational Studies – Eastern Michigan University
  • Acupuncture Certification 2009 - Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Inc.
  • MSN/FNP-BC 2001 - Michigan State University
  • BSN 1989 - UM-Flint
  • RN 1986 - Hurley School of Nursing Diploma

Assistant Professor of Nursing, 2005-present (previously at UM-Flint, 2005-2010); Nurse Practitioner, Hurley Bariatric Center, care and management of all post-operative bariatric patients, including general surgery, 2002-current; Nurse Practitioner certified in acupuncture (private practice), 2009-current; Lecturer, nutrition/nursing leadership, Baker College, 2002-2004; Nurse Practitioner, family practice, 2001-2002; Clinical instructor, Hurley School of Nursing Diploma Program, med/surg/oncology, 1992-1995.

Other Positions Held
Med/surg RN specializing in oncology care; home care; quality assistance coordinator; physician services/recruitment; trauma outreach coordinator; NHTSA certified instructor; nurse manager, oncology/med-surg.


Becky Nauta
Ph.D. (c) M.S.N., R.N., CNML
Assistant Professor of Nursing
University of Detroit Mercy
Office: Albertus 102
Phone: (616) 632-2911



  • Ph.D. Candidate University of Nebraska
  • MSN- Indiana Wesleyan University 2010
  • BSN – University of Detroit Mercy 2007
  • RN – Butterworth School of Nursing 1980

Pediatric nursing, labor and delivery nursing, hospice.