Creighton University’s Werner Institute Celebrates 10 Years


Werner Institute Celebrates 10 Years

Creighton University’s Werner Institute ( recently celebrated its 10th anniversary!

Thanks to the vision of Gail Werner-Robertson and her family, and the support of many colleagues, community members, students and alumni, the Werner Institute is nationally recognized as a leader in conflict engagement and education.

As part of the 10-Year Anniversary events, Werner Institute had the privilege of hosting, in collaboration with the Creighton College of Nursing, Ms. Deb Gerardi, one of Werner’s founding faculty, Creighton alumna, and nationally-known health care conflict resolution expert. Deb led an interactive workshop sharing creative approaches to productively engage with interprofessional conflict in health care.

During the festivities, accomplished alumni who were nominated by their peers for their extraordinary work in the conflict field were also honored. Congratulations to the following individuals who were recognized at the 10-Year Anniversary Reception:

Recognition of Outstanding Service to Community – alumni who have applied the theories and skills from the Werner Institute program in providing service to their community.  Larry D. Oliver, MS’14 and Charles Thomas, MS’09.

Recognition of Masterful Conflict Engagement – alumni who are practitioners in the areas of mediation, facilitation, arbitration, negotiation, ombudsman, conflict coaching and other applied models. Gregory J. McQuade, MS’15 and Kathleen C. Kummer, MS’08.

Recognition of Dedication to Ignatian Values of Promoting Human Dignity – alumni who have applied the spirit of the Werner Institute program by meeting individuals where they are and by living in solidarity with others. James Hillis, MS’08 and Kelly Tadeo Orbik, MS’08.

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