Faculty Information



Joe Carnazzo, MBA, Healthcare Administration


Joseph S. Carnazzo is a nearly lifelong Omahan.  He has a BA and MA in History from Creighton University and an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Mr. Carnazzo began his career as a teacher but soon entered the field of health care administration in the areas of planning and marketing at several hospitals both in and outside of Omaha.  Mr. Carnazzo also served as an administrator for a number of physician practices in the Omaha area.  Retiring from the health care administration in 2000, Mr. Carnazzo organized one of the Academy of Finance programs in the Omaha Public Schools and became an adjunct teacher at Metro Community College, where he teaches Business and Economics, and at Creighton University, where he teaches Health Care Administration.  Mr. Carnazzo and his wife Regina have 6 children and 9 grandchildren. He teaches HAP 200, HAP 410, and HAP 411.

Sue Crawford, PhD, Political Science

Dr. Sue Crawford is a Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Creighton University.  She also teaches courses in the Health Administration and Policy Program and is on faculty for the Creighton Doctor of Education in Leadership (EdD) program.  Her Ph.D. training at Indiana University focused on American Government and Public Policy with a concentration in Public Management. Dr. Crawford’s research interests include: the roles of religious institutions in public policy, tools for analyzing the impact of rules and norms on behavior, and the roles of government and other community institutions in facilitating health information access in rural communities.  Dr. Crawford is also a Nebraska state senator. She regularly teaches HAP 331, HAP 334, and HAP 420.


Dr. Kevin Estep, PhD

Dr. Estep is a full-time faculty member in the HAP program along with Professor walsh. Dr. Estep joins Creighton from Notre Dame where he earned his doctorate in sociology. His research focuses on the politics of vaccines and vaccine exemptions, conservative social movements, and the consequences of racial sorting. Dr. Estep teaches HAP 200, HAP 334, HAP 350, and HAP 410.

Laura Heinemann, PhD, MSW


In her research and teaching, Dr. Heinemann explores her central interests in medical anthropology, kin relationships, and informal, home-based caregiving in the context of high-tech biomedical health care in the United States. Her background also includes hospital-based social work. Here she became inspired to conduct ethnographic fieldwork which bridges clinical settings and private home spaces in the U.S. Midwest. She currently is preparing a manuscript with a working title, "Transplanting Kinship, Transforming Care: Daily Life on the Transplant Journey," in which she examines everyday life and kin relationships among organ transplant patients and caregivers throughout the transplant process. She teaches HAP 315.

Amanda Holman, PhD


Dr. Amanda Holman is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies department. Her PhD is from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, MA from the University of Montana-Missoula, and BA from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN).

Dr. Holman’s research and teaching focuses on interpersonal, family, and health communication. She teaches classes on the connection of family communication and health/well-being (COM/HAP 477), as well as courses on interpersonal communication, family communication, and the dark side of personal relationships. Her current research focuses on difficult communication within family and peer relationships with the goal of discovering new approaches to guide individuals and families through the difficulty and discomfort of these conversations. Specially, she is working with high school adolescents in Nebraska to gain their perspectives on the parent-adolescent  ‘sex talk’ to better inform future parent-child sex talk interventions

Ellen Houston, MAMA, Healthcare Administration (Omaha OB-GYN Associates)


Ellen Houston earned her BS in Computer Science from Western Oregon University and her MA in Management (with Distinction) from Bellevue University. Currently she is a healthcare administrator at Omaha OB/GYN Associates, P.C. She teaches HAP 310 and HAP 412.

Sabrina Danielsen, PhD



Dr. Danielsen is a Sociology professor and advisor to HAP students. Her research primarily investigates the intersection of religion, health, and health politics.  She teaches HAP 312.

David McPherson, PhD



Dr. McPherson teaches HAP 457: Biomedical Ethics: Philosophical & Theological Perspectives.



Stephen Peters, MS, Healthcare Administration (Private Practice Associates)

Steve Peters earned his BA in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Central Michigan University and his MA in Organizational Communication from Central Michigan University. Currently he is the Participant Services Manager at Private Practice Associates. He teaches HAP 200, 390, 410, and 412.

Alexander Roedlach, SVD, PhD, Anthropology


Dr. Roedlach is involved in interdisciplinary research exploring how access to integrated medical services for HIV/AIDS and TB in Zimbabwe is influenced by cultural perceptions of both diseases. Further, he collaborates with others studying the health needs of a growing refugee population in the American Midwest. He currently is preparing a long-term study on the impact of faith community nursing on the health of clients receiving services provided by this specialty nursing. He teaches ANT 317: Global Health Perspectives, and HAP 418: Healthcare, Society, and Culture regularly.

Susan Walsh, RN, MHA, FACHE, HAP Director


Susan Walsh proudly followed in her mother’s footsteps as a nursing student at Creighton University.  Building on experience as an Emergency Department nurse and House Supervisor, she began her career in healthcare administration at Creighton University’s Cardiac Center.  Walsh directed operational change including a significant move from the hospital to a freestanding ambulatory center.  She also led Joint Commission Accreditation, implementation of a service excellence culture, and the formation of full-time, rural cardiology offices in Iowa and Nebraska.  Walsh then moved onto direct Cardiac Services at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center where she guided the development of Nebraska’s first pediatric Heart Transplant Program.  She has served as a preceptor for Health Administration and Policy interns since 2000 and as an adjunct instructor since 2006.  In 2014, Walsh returned to her beloved Creighton as the first full-time faculty member in the Health Administration and Policy Program.  Her passions include watching students light up when they apply textbook knowledge to real-world healthcare administration situations and one-on-one advising.  Walsh is married to Creighton alumnus and has three children (a son who is a Creighton alumnus and two daughters; one attends Creighton and the other attends a fellow Jesuit University).  She enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren and going to the beach. Prof. Walsh teaches HAP 200, HAP 413, HAP 414, HAP 485, and HAP 493.     




For more information contact:

Susan Walsh, RN, MHSA
Director, Health Administration and Policy Program
Department of Cultural and Social Studies