Dr. Amy M. Funk earned her B.S. in Psychology (1990) and M.A. in Gerontology (1991) from Western Illinois University. She completed her B.S.N. at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (2012). In 2015, Dr. Funk earned her Ph.D. from Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University. Dr. Funk achieved board certification in Gerontological Nursing in 2014. She successfully completed the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Leadership Training Program in 2015.
Dr. Funk has expertise in mental health, community health, gerontological, and palliative care nursing. Prior to joining the faculty of Illinois Wesleyan University, she held the positions of Teaching Assistant at Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University and Assistant Professor at Methodist College.
She served as the Advance Care Planning Coordinator for OSF Health Systems, the Service Coordinator for elderly tenants and tenants facing mental illness for Decatur Housing Authority, and the Director of Social Service for the Roanoke Apostolic Home. Dr. Funk has worked as a Registered Nurse at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Advocate Eureka Hospital, and the Eureka Apostolic Home. Her passion for vulnerable populations has given her the opportunity to develop self-esteem programs for at-risk youth in migrant communities, housing developments and on the Yakama Nation reservation.
Dr. Funk received the Dr. Jean Aldag Award for Outstanding Commitment to Education, Research, Health and Social Services as well as Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing “Excellence in Nursing” Award. Dr. Funk is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, American Public Health Association, and the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators.
She sits on the policy committee for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. In November of 2018, she was elected to the board of the Vladimir-Canterbury Sister City Association of Bloomington-Normal. She volunteers for the Salvation Army, Phoenix Community Development Foundation, and Parklands Foundation. In the past, she has been an English as a Second Language tutor.
Her research interests include sibling grief, palliative care and gerontological nursing.