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Dr. Jessica Dolecheck Dr. Jessica Dolecheck

Jessica Dolecheck earned her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University 1996 and her Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale in 2005.  She serves as Program Director for the Health Studies program and coordinates the Health Professions Education Doctoral Concentration in the Curriculum and Instruction Ed.D program. She has 22 years of experience in higher education including program administration, and teaching undergraduate/graduate courses at ULM. Dr. Dolecheck was instrumental in designing and implementing a new Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies both on-campus and online and the doctorate concentration in Health Professions Education (HPRE) within the Curriculum and Instruction EdD Program.  She serves as a major professor for several (HPRE) dissertation committees. Dr. Dolecheck is currently a member of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) committee at ULM and is actively engaged in developing the next five-year QEP project that should have a significant impact on student learning and success.

Her research interests include quantitative and qualitative research in healthcare regarding mother-child social interactions, evidence-based practice, appreciative advising for student success, soft skill and workforce development, professional values in licensed healthcare professionals and Health Science program development.

In addition to being a mother of three and a wife, she enjoys spending time in the yard, reading a good novel and watching/attending ULM athletic events and LSU/NFL sports.


Dr. Stacy Starks Dr. Stacy Starks

Stacy Starks received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Exercise Science at the University of Memphis in 2000 and 2002. She began her PhD in 2008 in Educational Research at the University of Memphis and will graduate in December of this year.  Her doctoral studies ignited her interest in various factors that affect student achievement. She is currently completing her dissertation on, “The Effects of Grade Span Configuration on Student Achievement in Middle School-Aged Children. “

During her time at the University of Memphis, she was instrumental in developing the Employee Wellness program which was designed to help employees improve overall aspects of health. Stacy has research experience in Type II Diabetes and racial disparities, and the effects of supplements on lean mass accretion, indices of health, and human performance variables. Her current research interests include examining the effects of a soy-derived phosphatidylserine on neuroendocrine responses to exercise induced stress as well as its effects on lean mass accretion. She is passionate about teaching and creating life-long learners.

Stacy and her husband moved here from Germantown, Tennessee and have two children. They are all looking forward to life in Louisiana and at ULM.

Mrs. Kim Theodos  Mrs. Kim Theodos

Kim Theodos is an Assistant Professor of Health Studies at the University of Louisiana Monroe.   Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Health Information Management, a Master of Science in Healthcare Management and a Juris Doctorate.   She has 15 years of experience in higher education teaching a variety of courses in both online as well as on campus formats.   Her ULM courses include Health Informatics, Healthcare Leadership, Healthcare Law and Healthcare Administration.   She also serves as the Program Practicum Coordinator and advisor for undergraduate Health Studies students.  

She has served the HIM profession at the state and national level in various capacities including president, treasurer, secretary, annual convention chair and education strategy manager of the Louisiana Health Information Management Association.  Theodos was a member of the AHIMA Annual Convention Program Committee for four years, serving as chair in 2015.   She is serving a 3-year term on the Board of Directors for the American Health Information Management Association. 

LHIMA has named Kim both Distinguished Member as well as Outstanding Volunteer.  With numerous presentations at meetings, publications and service, Kim has been a consistent contributor to the HIM Body of Knowledge and leader in the healthcare industry.