Program Administration

Sandra P. Lozada, Pathways Program Coordinator, Rockhurst University

Ms. Lozada serves as the pathways Program Coordinator at Rockhurst University. Ms. Lozada offers her time on a volunteer basis and has represented Saint Luke's College in several capacities, including serving as a liaison with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City; serving as a past member of the Board of Directors to the Guadalupe Centers of Kansas City; and coordinating activities and communications with students and parents in the Pathways to Health and Science Education Program. An architect by training, she holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture (B.Arch) and has extensive work experience in both private and public sectors, including working with Public Health departments, focused on physical plant evaluation; consultation for new building requirements; plan development for architectural projects; and development and implementation of educational seminars for architectural compliance.

Rhiannon Dickerson, Associate teaching Professor & Director of the Allied Health Associate Degree Program, Rockhurst University

Rhiannon Dickerson joined Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences in the summer of 2019. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa’s prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2008. She earned her BA in English from the University of Central Missouri. For over a decade, Dickerson taught in the Communication Studies department at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Most recently, Dickerson served as coordinator for discourse where she integrated social justice curriculum into general education and founded the Social Justice Scholars Award which highlights student scholarship and works towards creating culturally competent students.Most notably, Dickerson is the founder and chair of Educate-Organize-Advocate, an entirely volunteer-led city-wide social justice conference held at UMKC each Fall. She was the proud recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Embracing Diversity in 2018.

Karla M. Bruntzel, PhD, LAT, ATC, CKTP; Associate Vice-President, Academic Partnerships.

Rockhurst University

Dr. Bruntzel joined Saint Luke's College in fall 2016 as Dean of Health Sciences. She  earned a doctorate in biomedical sciences/biomechanics from Leeds University in the United Kingdom in 2000, a master’s in sports sciences in 1988 from the University of Denver in Colorado, and a bachelor’s in athletic training in 1986 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to this appointment, she was at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri where she served in a number of roles between 2003 and 2016 including professor, chair of the Division of Health Sciences, and dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has extensive teaching and leadership experience in higher education holding previous positions as director of athletic training education at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, coordinator of health professions program—also at Westminster College; head athletic trainer/instructor and director of athletic training education at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

Hubert Benitez, DDS, PhD; Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives and Academic Innovation

Rockhurst University

Dr. Hubert Benitez serves as the Vice-President for Strategy and Innovation at Rockhurst University. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading the university’s comprehensive strategic planning process and overseeing the implementation of University strategic initiatives and priorities as identified and approved by the Board of Trustees. Prior to this role, Dr. Benitez served as President and CEO of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences for almost five years, until it became part of Rockhurst University. Dr. Benitez has dedicated the last two decades to higher education as a faculty member, a researcher, an administrator and approximately 15 years’ experience as a clinician. In addition to his past two positions, he has served in academic leadership positions including Provost & Chief Academic Officer; Dean of Health Sciences; National Program Director; Department Chair; Director of Continuing Education; Assistant Dean; and has held faculty rank at the Associate Professor level.

Dr. Benitez earned a Doctor in Dental Surgery degree (DDS) from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana; completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Education and Research at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center; a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University; is a graduate from the Institute of Educational Management (IEM) at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education; and completed the Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.