Student Health Services Staff
Student Health Services’ staff members are all selected for their exceptional professional abilities, commitment to student health, and their treatment of health problems with compassion and care.
Beth Walsh, RN, MSN, CPNP
Lidia Nelkovski, MD
Beth Walsh, RN, MSN, CPNP
Sherry Verhasselt, RN, MSN, FNP-C
Whitney Woerner, RN, BSN
Whitney (Reiman) Woerner (BS Kinesiology ’04, RN/BSN University of Illinois at Chicago '10) returned to her alma mater in 2013 to join the nursing staff. She loves working at Wheaton because it allows her to practice nursing holistically, treating the mind, body, and soul. Whit is passionate about mental health as she first began struggling with depression when she was a sophomore in college. She hopes that students will always feel heard and seen. Whit and her husband Gustave (’04) are both Honey Rock and Honduras Project alums and have 4 great kids along with 1 crazy puppy named Gus.
Suzy Yoder, RN, BSN
Suzy (Enstrom) Yoder (BS Wheaton '93, BSN Rush University '95) joined the SHS nursing staff in 2021 after working in a variety of healthcare settings while also homeschooling her children. She sees nursing as a ministry to the spiritual and physical health of students and especially loves to provide support with managing autoimmune issues. Suzy and her husband, John '92, partnered together for 25 years in pastoral ministry while raising their four children. She loves going on adventures to the National Parks and time spent at Bethany Beach on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Amy Samuelson, RN, BSN
Amy (O’Hare) Samuelson (BS Wheaton/BSN Rush ’92) joined the SHS staff in 2020 as COVID testing coordinator and now serves as a staff nurse. She loves working with college students and educating them on caring for themselves mind, body, and soul. Her 20 year homeschooling journey recently ended and she is excited to see her three children launch into independence. Amy enjoys going to the theater with her family, walking with a friend, and reading a good book.
Rhesa Hansen, RN
Rhesa (Salstrom) Hansen (BS Columbia, RN West Suburban) joined the SHS nursing staff in 2011. She previously worked in a family practice office. She is passionate about disordered eating – especially encouraging students to care for their body and make healthy choices – and assisting with minor surgical procedures. She loves working at Wheaton because of the students and enjoys helping them thrive and make healthy choices and having the freedom to encourage them in their spiritual walk with Christ. She got married this past July, loves to sing, teaches private piano lessons, and loves being involved in missions (she grew up in the Philippines!).
Juli Painter, RN, BSN
Juli (Wick) Painter (RN West Suburban ’75, BSN UIC ’78) first joined the SHS nursing staff in 1976 as a part time nurse, then stayed home to raise her 3 children, and rejoined as a full-time nurse in 1999. She loves her job at Wheaton and so she is currently on the nursing staff as a part time nurse. She also loves HoneyRock, the Corinthian Co-op (where she volunteers), water aerobics, and spending time with her 11 grandchildren, watching musicals and concerts, and many sport activities.
Deb Farrell, RN, BSN
Deb (Missel) Farrell (Wheaton/ Roberts Wesleyan College BSN ‘95) joined the SHS team in 2015. She enjoys connecting with students and coworkers at Wheaton. She also loves to spend time with her husband and daughters, attending their sporting events, going for nature walks, cooking, and gardening.
Serving as our Intake Coordinator since 2021, Melissa first came to Wheaton College in 2000 and worked as an athletic trainer for the Thunder for seven years. She has a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology (Athletic Training) and Master’s in Education (Athletic Administration). Melissa loves helping college students with their healthcare needs as the first point of contact at SHS. She recently joined the pickleball craze and is very close to accomplishing a family goal of visiting all 50 states before her kids graduate from high school.
Billing and Administrative Coordinator
Amanda has served as the Billing and Administrative Coordinator since 2022 but began her career at Wheaton College in 2021 on the Covid Contact Tracing Team. She has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Purdue University and has worked as a Microbiologist and a Quality Assurance Specialist in a clinical laboratory. Amanda enjoys interacting with students at SHS and helping the international students navigate insurance and healthcare needs. In her spare time Amanda enjoys running and spending time with her husband and 2 sons.
Serving as our Office Assistant since 2022, Rachel first came to Wheaton College in 2016 as an incoming freshman, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Spanish. She enjoys helping students with their healthcare needs as one of the first points of contact at SHS alongside Melissa. She loves the community at Wheaton and getting to know some of the students, especially at Wheaton College’s Swing Club!