Accelerated Nursing Program Faculty and Staff

Our nursing faculty and clinical instructors take a lot of pride in educating the next generation of nurses. These licensed, experienced professionals are committed to helping students succeed, taking a highly personalized approach when teaching safe, ethical, and competent patient care.


The ABSN staff is the best I have ever worked with. You are not a number here, you are a person.

—Corbin Lewis, ABSN Class of May 2017

Dorothy Gomez, Ph.D., RN-CNE
Dean, Leighton School of Nursing

Dr. Gomez carries out several key responsibilities as the dean of our nursing school, which includes providing leadership and guidance to faculty and staff, monitoring nursing education trends, participating in health care research, maintaining our accreditation standards, and ensuring we adhere to all federal and state regulations.

She holds a BSN from the University of Miami, an MSN in adult health/critical care, and a Ph.D. in nursing from Loyola University Chicago. Her affiliations include the Emergency Nurses Association; the Hektoen Institute of Medicine, Nurses and the Humanities; and the National League of Nursing.

Jean Bandos, MSN, RN, CNS
Director of Online Programs

Jean joined Marian University in 2011, having previously served as the research director and developer for an older adult knowledge management and decision support system. She also has an extensive background in nursing, having cared for patients in a variety of settings, from hospitals to home care. She has an ADN from Western Kentucky University, a BSN from the College of St. Francis, and an MSN in adult health from Indiana University.

Amy Stauffacher
Site Director, Nashville

Amy plays an integral role in maintaining the student recruitment and retention activities for our ABSN program in Nashville, which includes managing our highly supportive admissions team. She joined our university after working more than 15 years in counseling and admissions at the Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children in Des Moines, Iowa. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and sociology from Iowa State University.

Trinity Firth
Site Director, Indianapolis

Trinity is responsible for meeting admission goals of the ABSN program site and ensuring our admissions processes are within regulatory compliance. With more than 10 years of experience working in higher education, she plays an integral role in student recruitment and retention. She holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and news broadcasting from Ball State University.

Tameria Cox, MSN, RN, CMSRN, C-CDIS
Director of Nursing Academic Services, Indianapolis

Tameria works to ensure the continuous improvement of our student-centered learning experiences, including laboratory practicum and clinical rotations. She is a highly experienced nurse leader with a strong track record of success, having previously worked for St. Vincent in adult health.

She holds a BSN from Marian University and an MSN with a concentration in health administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She also has certification in medical-surgical nursing and clinical documentation. Tameria earned her doctorate degree with a focus on organization and nursing leadership from the University of Southern Indiana.

Murphee Wright, MSN, RN
Interim Director of Nursing Acadmeic Services, Nashville

As the Interim Director of Nursing Academic Services for Marian University in Nashville, Murphee works hands-on with the students to facilitate learning in the clinical and lab settings. She truly loves teaching and watching our students grow into healthcare professionals. She has experience in various fields of nursing. Murphee obtained her BSN from the University of North Alabama and an MSN from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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