Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty
Dr. Jennifer Snyder PhD, PA-C is a graduate of Butler University’s Physician Assistant Program and earned her PhD in Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University. She has served in both Family and Emergency Medicine as a PA and she is a tenured Professor at Butler University, where she also serves as the Associate Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Dr. Snyder was the founding Chair and Program Director of the Doctor of Medical Science Program in the Department of Medical Sciences, and she has served as a University Faculty Senator and on the College and University Professional Standards Committees at Butler University.
Dr. Snyder has been active in the national professional organizations of the PA profession. She served as Director at Large and President of the Board of Directors of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). She has served as a site visitor for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant. Dr. Snyder has served as chair of the Public Relations Committee of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). She has served on several Reference Committees and the Standing Rules Committee within the House of Delegates, AAPA. In addition, she has served on numerous other committees and workgroups in both the PAEA and AAPA.
Dr. Snyder has presented and published several articles on clinical, professional, and research topics associated with the PA profession and education. In 2011, Dr. Snyder was presented with the President’s Award by the Student Academy of American Academy of Physician Assistants. In 2019, Dr. Snyder was awarded the PAEA Master Faculty of the Year Award and the She is a Distinguished Fellow Member of the AAPA. Courtesy of Butler University.
Dr. Raymond Eifel, EdD, PA-C earned his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, then worked in hospital-based wellness and cardiac rehab programs until returning to school at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio to become a physician assistant.
Trained as a surgical PA, upon graduation, Dr. Eifel entered a medical residency for physician assistants at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and continued to work at the clinic in urology before leaving clinical practice to become a PA educator at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.
During his career in education, Dr. Eifel has been a member of the team that started an online PA program at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia and recently closed the program he graduated from in Cleveland in December 2018 following the institutions decision to withdraw from accreditation and cease operations. Dr. Eifel earned an Ed.D. from the George Washington University in Higher Education Administration completing research on transformational leadership in PA program directors.
Dr. Eifel has presented at multiple national meetings and served as a member of the Research Mission Advancement Committee with the Physician Assistant Education Association. In 2018, Dr. Eifel was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of PAs.
Dr. Renee Andreeff Ed.D., PA-C, DFAAPA serves as the Program Graduate Research Director for the Physician Assistant Department at D'Youville College and has over twenty-two years of PA experience in Family Medicine. She earned her Doctorate degree in Health Education from D'Youville College and her master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Andreeff also holds a Master's in Education Degree and a Certificate in Health Service Administration.
Professor Andreeff is an Accreditation Specialist for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and volunteers as a site visitor. She is active within the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) and serves on the Grants and Scholarships Committee. Activities within the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) include serving as a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA), being a member of the PA Research Team Initiative, reviewing applications for the Distinguished Fellow program, and serving as a peer reviewer for submissions to the AAPA and PAEA's national conferences.
Her awards and honors include: Distinguished Fellow: American Academy of Physician Assistants, January 2014; and the PA Department Faculty Member of the Year (2007, 2013).
DMS Support Staff
Juan Carlos Buitrón joined Butler University in 2020 after previously serving as the Associate Director of Adult & Graduate Admissions at Anderson University (Indiana). He has over 20 years of successful Sales, Management, and Operations experience with Coca-Cola Refreshments, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and Aramark Uniform Services.
His professional accomplishments include achieving a #1 National Ranking in Region Margin Growth for Dr Pepper Snapple Group (2016 & 2017); a #27 National Ranking in District Margin Growth for Aramark Uniform Services (2015); and a #1 Regional Ranking in Sales Growth and New Account Acquisition for Coca-Cola’s St Louis Market (2012).
Juan Carlos earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from DePaul University (Chicago), where he was selected to be the Student Commencement Speaker for his class (2012). He is currently earning his MBA from Butler University's Lacy School of Business.
He is a member of the Butler Staff Assembly Committee for Personal & Professional Development and he currently serves as a mentor for the Youth Mentoring Initiative (HSE School District). He is a published author of the instructional book “Coaching Youth Sports” and the children’s book “I Love My Daddy…” He is also a distributed filmmaker of the independent feature film “Everyday” (2001).
DMS Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Brigitta Cintron, DMSc, MPAS, CTTS, PA-C earned her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Florida, and is currently an Assistant Professor and Principal Faculty at Florida State University. She also earned her Doctorate of Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg and currently practices as a Clinical Provider for Florida First Psychiatry Specialist in Tallahassee, FL.
She is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist for the state of Florida, and is the author of the book: “Quit Smoking Success” (2009). She serves as a faculty instructor with a Nationally Accredited Tobacco Treatment Specialist training program, and she was honored as the 2015 Humanitarian PA of the Year by the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA).
She continues to volunteer for community health & wellness organizations, contribute her expertise to tobacco treatment centers across Florida, publish her work regarding tobacco treatment and intervention, and guest lecture on a variety of topics in professional healthcare.
Dr. Gerald A. Erickson, Jr. DMSc(c), MMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA earned his Doctorate degree of Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg and is a graduate of the Emory University Physician Assistant Program.
He began his career as an Army medic and spent the last fifteen years practicing as a Physician Assistant and Physician Assistant Preceptor. He serves as immediate past president of the PA Foundation Board of Trustees. He had also served as chair of the AAPA Constituent Relations Work Group, Reference Committee and House of Delegates Advisory Committee on Social and Professional Issues.
He has served two terms as the president of the Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants and has served on the Georgia Association Physician Assistant (GAPA) Board of Directors as secretary and member-at-large.
Dr. Erickson currently works in urgent care and he previously served as the Didactic Director and Associate Professor for the Physician Assistant Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Prior to that, he was the associate clinical coordinator at the Mercer University PA program in Atlanta, and he has been involved with teaching at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the United States Army. Courtesy of the PA Foundation.
Dr. Leon Jackson Ph.D, MBA earned his Doctoral degree in Philosophy and his Master’s degree in Education from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, as well as his MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Bynum School of Business at Marian University.
Dr. Jackson has served as a Board Member for various community organizations, including: Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Marion Academy Charter School, The Marion County Wellfield Education Corporation, The Children’s Policy and Law Initiative, Inc., and The Maker Youth Foundation, Inc. In 2016, he was the recipient of the City of Las Vegas City Council Civic Engagement Award and the Clark County Commissioner’s Proclamation for Innovation, Education, Mentorship, and Service.
Dr. Katherine Jones, PT, PhD was previously with the College of Allied Health Professions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (2007-2018). She completed her doctoral training through the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area program at UNMC with a concentration in Health Services Research.
Dr. Jones’ body of work includes a study of voluntary medication error reporting and organizational learning in rural hospitals; the impact of team training on the culture of safety in Nebraska critical access hospitals; the quality of acute stroke treatment and stroke rehabilitation in Nebraska hospitals; and the use of a multiteam system to decrease the risk of falls and fall-related injuries among Nebraska critical access hospitals. She is currently a consultant to a Nebraska entrepreneur, funded by the NIH Small Business Research Program, to develop an automated video monitoring system to decrease fall-risk among hospitalized patients. She has authored 25 peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Jones is currently President of the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Coalition for Patient Safety. She is certified as a Patient Safety Officer, a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, and a Just Culture Champion. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and AcademyHealth.
She received a Patient Safety Leader in Action Award from the Texas Medical Institute of Technology in 2006 and the Rural Health Achievement Award from the Nebraska Rural Health Association in 2010 and 2018. Dr. Jones received a UNMC New Investigator Award in 2014 and she was the 2016 College of Allied Health Professions Excellence in Research Award recipient. Courtesy of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Dr. John Lucich, MD earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and his Medical Doctorate (MD) from Indiana University. He is residency trained and board certified in Internal Medicine. He is currently a professor and the Chair of Internal Medicine at Marian University, who began his practice career at St. Vincent Hospital in Emergency Medicine in 1987. Initially, he helped start the physician assistant program at Butler University and simultaneously served as the Associate Director of Internal Medicine Education at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Dr. Lucich also served as Butler University’s Director of the Physician Assistant Program from 2001-2010.
His academic interests include the connections between basic science and clinical medicine, the process of clinical decision-making and the application of evidence-based medicine. His hobbies include mathematics/computer programming, small home renovation projects, and riding his motorcycle.
Rev. Josanne Kissel Pagel, M.Div., MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health from Baldwin-Wallace College and her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies with a concentration in Psychiatry/Addiction services from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She also earned a Master’s degree in Divinity and Metaphysics from the University of Metaphysical Sciences.
Her extensive work includes Past President of the AAPA for the 2016-2017 term and Treasurer/Secretary of the AAPA for the 2012-2014 term along, with numerous roles within the AAPA and PA Foundation. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Cleveland Clinic Physician Assistant Services Department.
Rev. Pagel led the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants as president (1998-2000), president elect (1997), past president (2001) and Trustee at Large (1994-1996). She served as Director of Governmental Affairs (2009-present), Chief Delegate of the House of Delegates (1994, 1996, 2012, 2020, 2021) and as Delegate in 1995, 2009-2011, and 2013-2019. She was also the recipient of the Charles Hudson PA of the Year Award in 1998 and 2007, the Glaxo Wellcome/ PA Foundation Leadership fellowship in 1997-1998 and AAPA’s Distinguished Fellow Award in 2012. In 2018, she became the inaugural recipient of the Case Western Reserve PA Program’s Josanne Pagel PA Advocacy Award, which was named after her.
She continues clinical practice by volunteering at the local free clinic and developing a community-based outcomes program.
Dr. David Andrew Porter, DMSc, MSM, PA-C earned his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Mississippi College, where he serves as an Assistant Professor and the Associate Preclinical Director. He also earned his Doctorate of Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg and currently practices as an Emergency Department-Hospitalist Physician Assistant at several hospitals in the Mississippi area.
He has earned the following certifications: Graduate Certificate Healthcare Administration and Management; TelEmergency Didactic and Clinical Training; Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS); Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS); Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS); Basic Life Support (BLS); UMMC Community Health Advocate Program Certificate of Completion; and he is a Certified Nurse's Assistant (CNA).
Dr. Porter serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Lynchburg (VA) and the University of Bridgeport (CT), and is a frequent lecturer with various organizations. He also holds Professional Memberships with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Mississippi Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA), and the Mississippi Telehealth Association.