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Nursing Leadership Team

Brian Stahulak, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Senior Vice President Chief Nursing Officer

Length of time as a leader: Nurse at Lurie Children's since 1997 functioning at various levels of leadership since 2001; Chief Nursing Officer since 2016

Education: BSN, University of Illinois at Chicago; MBA, National Louis University; DNP, Boise State University

Leadership motto: “True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.” ― Sheri L. Dew 

Karen Richey, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Length of time as a leader: 30 years at Lurie Children's

Education: BSN, Ball State University; MBA, National Louis University; DNP, American Sentinel University

Julie Creaden, APRN-NP

Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Advanced Practice

Length of time as a leader: Since 2010 at Lurie Children's

Education: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program, Rush University, 1996; Master of Science, Nursing, Loyola University, 1994: Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Hope College, 1988

Leadership motto: Authentic, transparent, collaborative. Support of professional growth and development of all advanced practice providers. 

Diane Halfer, MSN, RNc, NEA-BC

Senior Director, Clinical Organizational Development

Length of time as a leader: Since 1989 at Lurie Children's, since 1980 in healthcare

Education: BSN, Bradley University; MSN, Loyola University

Leadership motto: Lead well today so every tomorrow can be a vision of hope.

Elizabeth Hood, MS, MBA, APRN/ CPNP

Advanced Practice Nurse/Senior Director, Pediatric Surgery

Length of time as a leader: Since 2016 at Lurie Children’s, since 2009 in healthcare

Education: MSN, Boston College; MBA, Loyola University Chicago

Leadership motto: Striving for excellence every day while serving our patients and teammates. 


Kathleen Moriarty, MSN, CCDS CCM

Senior Director, Case Management

Length of time as a leader: Since 2019 at Lurie Children’s, since 2009 in healthcare

Education: BSN, Loyola University; MSN, University of Phoenix

Leadership motto: “There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage.”- Fuchan Yuan

John Olmstead, MSN, MBA, CNOR, FACHE

Senior Director, Surgical/Procedural Srevices

Length of time as a leader: Since 2020 at Lurie Children’s, since 1997 in healthcare.

Education: MSN, Indiana University, MBA, City University of Seattle

Leadership motto: “At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou

Laura Westley, BSN, MSM, RN, C-NPT

Senior Director, Interfacility Transport, Emergency Services, Patient Access Center and Almost Home Kids

Length of time as a leader: Since 2011 at Lurie Children's, since 2006 in healthcare

Education: BSN, UW-Eau Claire; MSM, Cardinal Stritch University

Leadership motto: Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader…they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role, always about the goal.