Professional Bio


  • M.S.N., Nursing Administration, Regis University, 1995
  • B.S.N., University of Wyoming, 1986

With a background in healthcare and nursing leadership for greater than twenty five years, positions have included charge nurse, educator, director, service line leader, and nurse executive. This wide array of responsibilities has afforded strengths in organizational management, staff and managerial development, change management, operational efficiencies, performance improvement, clinical excellence, patient safety, regulatory compliance, communication, strategic development, strategic alignment and relationship building.

With a need for lifelong learning, the educational focus is to bring life events, actual situations, and human behaviors married with theoretical/conceptual concepts and frameworks to guide future practitioners and leaders in development of their own personal future and that of the profession. Each student needs individualized attention and direction in developing their own unique vision and strategy. As important is examination of self and the impact each can have on their environment and workplace. Focusing on prioritizing patients first drives discussions. Discovery of mission, vision and professional goals and objectives are key to learning material presented.

Nursing, as a profession, brings constant change, growth, mentorship, and service. These core principles are practiced in the classroom to challenge each of us, touching all facets of knowledge acquisition. Problem solving and critical inquiry are part of this educational model. Effectual learning with real stories helps evaluate commitment to patient care and develops leadership skills and insight as nurses.

Clinical Certifications and Expertise

  • Healthcare Finance for Nurse Executives, HFMA, 2014
  • Nurse Executive Advanced- Board Certified (NEA-BC) 2012-current
  • Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) 1990-2010

Professional Memberships

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), Leadership Succession Committee
  • Colorado Organization for Nurse Leaders (CONL)
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)

Research and Scholarship

Recent Presentations

Dalbey, S., Crownover, J., Goerke, K., Grohe, K., & Sajadi, A. Transitioning roles: Experiences of nursing faculty members.  Podium presentation at the 24th Annual Nurse Educators Conference in the Rockies, Breckenridge, CO. July 18, 2014.

Awards and Recognition

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Wyoming, 2013
  • Nomination, Denver Metro Regional Nightingale Luminary Award, 2012

Community Involvement and Service

  • Catholic practices in healthcare: Archdiocese of Denver Healthcare Commission, 2014 to current
  • Housing, childcare, service to the poor, abused: Board of Directors, Catholic Charities, 2013 to current
  • Education on Nature and Dignity of Women (ENDOW), Board of Directors, Development Committee, 2012-2016