Prof. Cecilia Rokusek, Ed.D., R.D. (USA)

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Education: 1983 Doctorate of Education, University of South Dakota/Vermillion 1999 AASCU Fellow, Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) 1979 Postgraduate study, University of Michigan/Flint, „Community Education.“ Fellow at theNational Community Education Institute
1994 Participant in the „Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration“, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
1996, Win-Win Negotiations Training Conflict Management, Inc., Cambridge, MA, Harvard Law School – Harvard Negotiations Project
1976 Master of Science, University of Nebraska/Lincoln 1975 Bachelor of Arts, Mount Marty College, Yankton, South Dakota

Appointments:

2006– present Executive Director and Project Manager, Nova Southeastern University- College of Osteopathic Medicine- Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2005–2006 Dean, College of Education, Full Professor at the Department of Educational Leadership, Winona State University – Winona, MN
1999–2005 Special Assistant to the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean, College of Health Professions, Full Professor, Department of Health Science, Florida Gulf Coast University – Ft. Myers, FL
1993–1999 Dean, College of Health Professions, Governors State University, University Park, IL
1981–1993 Assistant Vice President for Health Affairs, Executive Director, Nutrition Discipline Head, Associate Dean, Division of Allied Health Sciences,
1976–1981 Assistant Professor, Department Chair, Mount Marty College – Yankton, SD

Academic appointments: 2007-present Professor, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Public Health, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL
2006-present Professor, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL
2005–2006 Professor, College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership, Winona State University, Winona, MN
1999 – 2005 Professor, College of Health Professions, Department of Health Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL
2003 – 2005 Consultant (Research & Planning) to Nova Southeastern University, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, FL
1993 – 1999 Professor, College of Health Professions, Department of Health Services Administration, Governors State University, University Park, IL
1991 – 1993 Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
1984 – 1991 Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
1990 – 1993 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
1977 – 1993 Assistant Professor, Department of Dental Hygiene, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
1988 – 1993 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Service Management, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD (Land grant university)
1986 – 1992 Instructor and presidential consultant to Kilian Community College, Sioux Falls, SD
1982 – 1993 Nutrition Consultant, South Dakota Head Start Program, University of South Dakota School of Education, Vermillion, SD
1981 – 1983 Assistant Professor, Division of Allied Health Sciences, University of South Dakota, School of Medicine, Vermillion, SD
1976 – 1981 Assistant Professor (tenured position), Department of Home Economics, Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD
1976 – 1977 Instructor, Food Service Management Program, University of South Dakota/Springfield, SD
1975–1976 Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Nebraska/Lincoln, NE (involved in research work at the Nebraska Department of Education, Child and Adult Nutrition Services)

Clinical practice: 2007 – Present Nutrition Discipline Head – NSU – Geriatric Education Center and Lifelong Retirement Institute
1993 – Present National Consultant on Nutrition and Developmental Disabilities; nationwide and international speaker on topics related to nutrition and development throughout the lifespan, including Autism and Alzheimer’s disease
1987 – 1993 Chief Clinical Dietitian, USD School of Medicine, Women's Health Center, Sioux Falls, SD.
1982 – 1987 Staff Dietitian, Student Health, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD.
1975 – 1976 Dietetic Assistant, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Lincoln, NE 1973 – 1975 Dietetic Assistant, Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, SD.

Research: 2006 – 2009 An Examination of Public Preparedness to an All-Hazards Event 2007 – 2008 Preparing Colleges and Universities for Natural and Man-Made Disasters – Lessons Learned
2007 – Ongoing Integration of All-Hazards Preparedness into the Health Professions Curriculum.
2004 – 2005 The Interdisciplinary Needs of Persons 55 years and older in Florida: A Socioeconomic Impact Study.
1997 – on-going The Nutrition and Feeding Needs of the Adult and Geriatric Population with Developmental Disabilities.
1996 – 2005 The Integration of Alternative/In­tegrated Medicine in Health Professions Education.
1995 – 1999 An Investigation of State Support to Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Postsecondary Education in Illinois.
1995 – 1999 Human Services Education Needs in Illinois. Project resulted in a redesign of undergraduate and graduate human services education in Illinois.
1993 – 1994 The Need for Occupational and Physical Therapy Education Programs in Illinois. Resulted in the development of a new graduate program in both OT and PT.
1988 – 1993 Serum Cholesterol Screening Levels of Children in Rural South Dakota.
1986 – 1989 Nutritional Status, Attitude, and Knowledge Levels of University Faculty and Staffing Participating in a Wellness Program.
1986 – 1992 An Examination of the Nutrient Intake of Hutterites in Southeastern South Dakota. Resulted in several state and national presentations and two professional publications.
1986 – 1993 South Dakota Ranchers Food Intake and Serum Cholesterol Levels. Resulted in a statewide study and publications.
1986 – 1993 High Fiber Diets in Community Based Facilities for Adult Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
1985 – 1993 The Effect/s of Meat Protein in the Diet (examination of blood lipid levels).
1985 – 1989 Height and Weight Standards for Children with Specific Developmental Disabilities. Resulted in two manual publications used nationally and internationally.
1984 – 1987 Developing a Statewide Computer Resource Bank for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
1984 – on-going Nutrition Intervention Strategies in Community Based Facilities.
1984 – 1987 Feeding and Swallowing Disorders of Children with Multiple Handicaps.
1984 – 1993 Interdis­ciplinary Training Via the Teleconference System--An Outcome Systems Evaluation.
1984 – 1987 Nutritional Status and Nutrition Knowledge of Interdisciplinary University Faculty and Staff.
1983 – 1993 Psychological Eating Disorders of University Students. 1980 – 1983 „Elementary School Nutrition Education in South Dakota: The Relationship of Teacher Training in Nutrition Education to Subsequent Nutrition Knowledge and Attitudes of Teachers and Students“ (Doctoral dissertation).
1981 – 1983 „Nutritional Disorders of Women – A Historical Perspective.“ 1980 – 1993 „Nutritional Status of Children with Developmental Disabilities.“ Resulted in two manual publications used nationally and internationally.
1978 – 1980 „Fruit and Vegetable Preferences of College Students,“ Department of Home Economics, Mount Marty College.
1978 – 1980 „Food Misconceptions of the Yankton Community,“ Department of Home Economics, Mount Marty College.
1977 – 1978 „Home Economists View Toward the Homemaker with a Physical or Mental Handicap,“ Department of Home Economics, Mount Marty College.
1975 – 1976 „Parental Attitudes of Extension Service Publications on Childhood Nutrition“ – University of Nebraska/Lincoln (Master's Thesis Research).

Memberships: 2010 Appointed to International and Medical Outreach Community of the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) (I am fluent in English, Czech, Slovak and am learning basic Spanish)
2010 Elected Vice President of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences 2009– Present Appointed to the COM Faculty Promotions Committee 2008 -Present Appointed by the Slovak government with approval by the U.S. Secretary of State to “Slovak Consul for Florida”
2008-Present Appointed to the COM Research Committee 2008 Co-Chair the University’s Task Force on Emergency Preparedness 2006 Appointed to the Institutional Research Board (IRB) – Winona State, University, Winona, MN
2005-present Elected to the Board of Directors of the International Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU)
2005 – Present Appointed to the International SVU Conference Planning Committee
2005 Appointed Vice President of SVU 2005 Elected to the SVU Publication Committee 2004 Elected to the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions Substance Abuse Task Force
2003 Elected to the Executive Board of the Southwest Florida Healthy Start Program
2001– 2005 Appointed to the Board of Directors for the Kleist Health Education Center
2001– 2005 Appointed to the Healthy Start Board of Directors 2000 Chaired the College of Health Professions Strategic Planning initiative 1998 Appointed to the Joliet, IL Community Task Force Member for the Healthy Communities Project
1997 – 1999 Appointed to the Partnership Board for Silver Cross and St. Joseph Hospitals – Joliet, IL
1995 Developed comprehensive enrollment management plan for the College of Health Professions – Governors State University
1995 – 1999 Elected to the American Heart Association Board of Directors Chicago affiliate
1997 – 1998 President, Chicago South Suburban Dietetic Association 1997 – 1999 Chair, University Honorary Degrees Committee – Governors State University (GSU)
1996 – 1997 Administrative Representative for New Faculty Union Contract and Negotiation process – (GSU)
1995 – 1996 Chair, Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, Drug Free Workplace Task Force
1996 – 1999 Member, Executive Committee – University Strategic Planning Group 1995 – 1999 Co-chair University Committee on Diversity and Sense of Community (elected by colleagues) (GSU)
1995 – 1998 Member, University Signature Fund-Raising Committee (GSU) 1995 – 1999 Member, University Commencement Planning Committee (GSU) 1995 – 1999 Appointed to the Mayor's Vision 2000 Committee, Chicago Heights, IL 1995 – 1999 Appointed to the State Human Services Advisory Cabinet – State of IL
1995 – 1999 Member of the University Enrollment Management Committee (GSU) 1994 – 1996 Chair, Awards and Scholarship Committee, South Suburban Dietetic Association
1994 – 1999 Elected to the International Outreach Committee – GSU 1994 – 1999 Appointed to the Board of Directors Addictions Training Center of Illinois
1994 – 1999 Member, Governors State University Budget Committee 1993 – 1999 Chair, Physician Assistant (PA) Curriculum Advisory Committee – Malcolm X Community College, Chicago, IL
1990 – 1993 State Chair – Continuing Dietetic Education and member Board of Directors, South Dakota Dietetic Association
1990 – 1995 National Committee Member – Classification text for Mental Retardation, AAMR Washington, DC. (Re-elected to a second-term-May 1991)
1989 – 1992 Chair – State Personnel Preparation Standards for Nutrition Professionals Working with the Birth-5 Population
1988 – 1993 National Board of Directors – American Association of University Affiliated Programs (AAUAP)
1989 – 1991 National Board of Directors – American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR)
1988 – 1990 National President – Division of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Association on Mental Retardation
1988 – 1989 National Secretary – American Dietetics Association Section on Nutrition in Medical and Dental Education
1988 – 1991 Chair – National Interdisciplinary Council AAUAP, Silver Springs, MA
1989 – 1992 Member – State Strategies Planning Committee for Developmental Disabilities – (SD)
1988 – 1992 Member – SD Governor's Com­mittee on Employment of Persons with Handicaps
1987 – 1992 Member – Governor-Appointed State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (SD)
1987 – 1993 Member – South Dakota Nutrition Coordinating Council 1986 – 1988 Secretary – National Interdisciplinary Council AAUAP 1985 – 1991 Member, National Minority Affairs Committee Member – AAUAP 1984 – 1985 Member – Governor-Appointed Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Statewide Taskforce (SD)
1983 – 1984 Chair – Governor Appointed State Health Planning Council (SD) 1982 – 1983 Vice Chair –Governor Appointed State Health Planning Council 1980 – 1982 Member – Governor-Appointed State Health Planning Council 1980 – 1981 SD President and member – National Business and Professional Women's Organi­zation Board of Directors, Washington, DC
1979 – 1980 State Chair-Elect – Business and Professional Women's Organi­zation (SD)
1978 – 1979 State 1st Vice President – Business and Professional Women's Organi­zation
1976 – 1980 State Student Advisor – South Dakota Dietetic Association

Awards: 2008–09 Recognized by the Miami-Dade Co. Health Department for Outstanding Volunteerism in the Development of the MRC Program.
2007 Recognized by the Miami-Dade Co. Health Department for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Public Health Preparedness.
2006 SVU Presidential Citation in recognition of “Contributions to the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences; Advancement of Czech and Slovak Studies Worldwide; and Fostering Cooperation between the Czech and Slovak Republics and the Czech and Slovaks Abroad.”
2005 Southwest Florida Health Start Outstanding Leader Recognition for service on the Board of Directors and as Board Chair (2004–05).
1998 Selected as one of the “Top 10 Most Powerful and Influential Women for 1998”in Illinois by the Times.
1992 Bush Leadership Regional Finalist 1992 Accepted into the Master's Program at the Harvard School Public Health, Boston, MA. (declined to accept a deanship in Illinois).
1991 Region VIII AAMR Mildred Thompson memorial award in recognition of exceptional contributions and achievements in the field of mental retardation
1989 Ten-year distinguished service recognition from the University of South Dakota
1986 Elected to Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society 1986 SDUAP/CDD Spark Plug Award for „outstanding dedication and energy to the goals of the SDUAP and UAP network“
1985 Mount Marty College Outstanding Alumna Award for Professional Achievement 1982 Yankton Jaycee Outstanding Young Citizen Award 1981 Elected to Phi Delta Kappa 1981 Selected as the State's Outstanding Young Woman – Award presented by the Governor of South Dakota
1980 Outstanding Young Alumna Award, Mount Marty College 1980 Who's Who Among American Women 1977 – 1979 Listed in Outstanding Young Women of America 1975 – 1976 University of Nebraska Regents Graduate Fellow – one of only 30 awardees
1975 Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities 1975 Magna Cum Laude Graduate, Mount Marty College