About the School of Health Sciences

Common Vision

The School of Health Sciences will be widely recognized as a premier educator of health science professionals who are known for disciplinary excellence, multidisciplinary respect, cultural fluency and thoughtful leadership.

We want students of each profession to be at the leading edge of their discipline, to work with and respect the disciplinary knowledge of other health professionals, serve diverse human factors in different work arenas, and apply leadership principles in a values-oriented and needs-based way.

The School operates in a culture of assessment, dialogue and innovation to meet challenges and create necessary changes for developing quality health care professionals.



Faculty listing

Email information is followed by @css.edu unless otherwise noted.

Position: Assoc Prof/Dean, SHS
Department: SHS Admin
Phone: (218) 723-7033
E-Mail: bloppnow@css.edu
Position: Professor, EXP
Department: Exercise Physiology
Phone: (218) 723-6621
E-Mail: LBirnba3@css.edu

Academic Degrees

1999 M.A. (Exercise Physiology)
The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN.

1990 Ph.D. (Higher Education)
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

1979 M.S. (Medical Technology)
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND.

1976 B.A. (Medical Technology)
The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN.


Larry has been teaching at the college level for over 30 years, which includes two universities, a private college and a community college. Recent courses taught include ECG and Graded Exercise Testing, Cardiovascular Physiology,  Applied Exercise Physiology, and Biomechanics. Larry is the EXP Department Chair and Graduate Program Director. Larry has published five research articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written several articles for online journals.

Larry's teaching philosophy is to try to make course content real for students by including real life applications. If students can associate material with real life situations, they are more likely to understand it and remember it. His door is always open to students.

Larry is an outdoor enthusiast and thoroughly enjoys what the Duluth area has to offer in outdoor activities.

Position: Assoc Prof, Physical Therapy
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 625-4938
E-Mail: aborstad@css.edu


B. A. University of St. Thomas-Biology (1991)

B. S. University of Minnesota-Physical Therapy (1993)

M. S. The Ohio State Universtiy-Neurologic Rehabilitaton (2007)

Ph. D. The Ohio State University-Rehabilitation Science (2012)


Dr. Borstad teaches in the areas of neuroscience, neurologic rehabilitation, motor control, and research. She is a faculty member for the international service learning course to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.


Dr. Borstads research has focused restoration of sensorimotor control of the upper limb following stroke.  Within this broad topic she has contributed to work on the mechanisms associated with positive neuroplasticity associated with sensory rehabiltation and Constraint Induced Movement Therapy.  She contributed to the development of a Virtual Reality Game for upper limb rehabilitation post stroke, called Recovery Rapids.  In collaboration with colleagues in computer science she is working on the developement and validation of two measures of somatosensation.

Position: Professor & Chair, PT
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6523
E-Mail: jborstad1@css.edu

Education: BA Biology, St. Olaf College, 1987; BS Physical Therapy, University of Minnesota, 1993; PhD Rehabilitation Science, University of Minnesota, 2004.

Scholarship:  Dr. Borstad's research evaluates soft tissue alterations at the shoulder and their effects on shoulder biomechanics and he is also studying the relationships among tissue tightness, motion and pain at the shoulder.  He has authored or co-authored over twenty-five peer-reviewed manuscripts, three textbook chapters and is an editor of Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques.  

Teaching:  Biomechanics for Physical Therapy; Musculoskeletal Science and Applications; Evidence-Based Practice in Rehabilitation;  Advanced Therapeutic Progressions; Small Group Research Practicum.  

Service: Dr. Borstad is engaged in state, national and international activities related to the physical therapy profession including abstract and grant reviewing and continuing education assessment.  He is on the Board of Directors for St. Ann's Residence in Duluth.

Position: Assoc Professor, HIIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 625-2771
E-Mail: DBrinda@css.edu

Phone: (612) 325-9742

1. Introduction / Background

PhD, Capella University in Information Technology with a focus in Information Assurance and Security in 2015

BA in HIM from The College of St. Scholastica in 2003

BA in Computer Science/Information Systems from The College of St. Scholastica in 2003

MA in HIM from The College of St. Scholastica in 2006

PhD Candidate - Estimated Completion 2015

2. Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations

Danika started her career as a Director of Health Information in a LTC Facility in Minneapolis, MN. Next, she moved to Alllina Hospitals and Clinics where she worked as a HIM Supervisor, Manager of Revenue Cycle Improvement, and a Regional Manager of Health Information Management.  In 2010, she joined the CSS HIIM Faculty as an Assistant Professor and a HIT Consultant for the REACH Program.  Danika has served as the subject matter expert for healthcare Privacy and Security for The College of St. Scholastica and REACH.  The REACH program has been successful in educating over 200 individuals on privacy and security requirements in healthcare as well as supporting with different tools.  

Professionally, Danika has served on the MHIMA Board of Directors in many different role, most recently Past-President of MHIMA from 2014-2015 and Past President from 2014-2015.  Danika was recently elected as a Delegate to the American Health Information Management Association's Board of Directors.

3. Interests / Specialties

Danika's interests include anything Privacy and Security related, specially related to HIPAA and HITECH.  She also is very interested Information Governance, EHR implementation and Optimization, workflow redesign, physician engagement with an EHR, project management and Meaningful Use.

4. Recent Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Co-author with Janelle Wapola, MA, RHIA, of the chapter titled: Electronic Health Record: Applications in Practice.Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practices (4th Ed) published by the American Health Information Management Association. This text is scheduled for publication in 2012.


2010 Recipient of the AHIMA Triumph Award in the Rising Star Category

5. Teaching philosophy

Danika's is still working on developing her teaching philosophy

A Personal Note

I married my college sweetheart in October 2004.  Together we are on the adventure of raising two little busy girls, Taylor (8) and Piper (6). I love watching my children grow and learn more each and every day.  Even when life seems too much and stressful, a hug from my babies is all I need! I am a lucky mommy.

Position: Asst Professor, ATR
Department: Athletic Training
Phone: (218) 723-6002
E-Mail: ABrugge@css.edu

Educaional Background:
Ed.D    University of Minnesota  
MS in Kinesiology      Indiana University
BS in Athletic Training      Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Amy Brugge joined The College of St. Scholastica in July 2009 as the department’s first Director of Clinical Education and is tenured as an Assistant Professor.  In addition to teaching in the department and advising thesis research projects, she oversees and assess all phases of the clinical education component of the degree program.  Prior to her appointment at The College, Dr. Brugge was a Lectuer/Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she provided athletic training services to the men’s ice hockey and women’s soccer teams. 

Dr. Brugge is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, a registered athletic trainer in Minnesota, and an American Red Cross Emergency Response Instructor.  She has also completed the Graston Soft Tissue Mobilization Module-1 and Module-2 courses and Kinesio Taping Levels 1 & 2.  Amy is passionate about the development of future professionals, and has previously served as the advisor for the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) Student Senate, for the Minnesota Athletic Trainers’ Association (MATA) Student Senate, and the St. Scholastica Health Interprofessional Program (SSHIP).  She currently serves as an accreditation site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), as the Chair of the MATA Governmental Affairs Committee, and as a webmaster for the MATA Public Relations Committee.

Amy’s professional and research interests include clinical documentation improvement, electronic health records use in athletic training, and health informatics competence in allied health providers.  Her dissertation, Athletic Training Students’ Academic Preparation in Healthcare Documentation, investigated the instruction and assessment of the documentation-related competencies in athletic training education.  She currently is completing a graduate level certificate in Health Informatics in preparation for the Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) examination.  She is passionate about advancing the athletic training profession to the use of health information technology at the point-of-care across employment settings and athletic trainers contributing to health information exchange in the U.S. healthcare system.

Position: Data Coord/Admin Spec, PA Prgm
Department: Physician Assistant Studies
Phone: (218) 723-6289
E-Mail: DChriste@css.edu
Position: Medical Director, PA Program
Department: Physician Assistant Studies
Phone: (218) 625-4929
E-Mail: ccleary1@css.edu

Dr. Cleary is a family physician who has been in practice in Grand Rapids, Minnesota since 1997. She is originally from North Dakota. She attended Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Medical School, obtaining the first 2 years of her medical education at the Duluth campus. She completed her Family Medicine residency at North Memorial Medical Center and then spent several years in Boise, Idaho before returning to northern Minnesota. While in Idaho she worked in a small family medicine practice, and then as faculty at the Family Practice Residency of Idaho. She joined the PA program as Medical Director in 2015. Her interests incude longitudinal care and clinical teaching.

Position: Asst Prof/Site Coord, SWK, TC
Department: Social Work Extended Studies
Phone: (651) 403-8631
E-Mail: rcoleman@css.edu

Former Child Protection Division Manager for Ramsey County Community Human Services for nine years. Seventeen years in child welfare services with Ramsey County. National presentations/ workshops in Washington, California, Missouri, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and Maryland on disproportionality in child welfare, transformational systems change, kinship care, poverty and neglect issues and anti-racism leadership development, implementation and training. Interests include traveling, child welfare and  authentic race dialogue facilitation.

Position: Professor, OTH, Chair
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-5915
E-Mail: scope@css.edu
Website: View

Steve joined the Occupational Therapy Program at CSS as Program Director in the summer of 2013.  He earned his bachelor degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (1980), MOT degree from Western Michigan University (1983), and ScD from Boston University-Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (1997).  Prior to coming to CSS, Steve was a Professor in the Occupational Therapy Department and Director of the Rehabilitation Science Program at Concordia University Wisconsin.  Steve is teaching courses related to evidence-based practice in occupational therapy.   Steve’s research interests include motor control and motor learning basis of pediatric interventions including constraint-induced movement therapy, motor imagery, and intensive interventions for children with cerebral palsy.

Position: Asst Professor, EXP
Department: Exercise Physiology
Phone: (218) 723-6601
E-Mail: JDargan@css.edu

Academic Degrees:

M.A. - Exercise Physiology
The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota; 2000

B.A. - Chemistry
The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota; 1979

Academic appointments:

2007 - Present: Assistant Professor
Department of Exercise Physiology, College of St. Scholastica

2003 - 2007 : Instructor
Department of Exercise Physiology, CSS

2000 - 2003 : Instructor
Department of Chemistry, CSS

1987 - 2000 : Assistant Instructor
Department of Chemistry, CSS

Courses Taught:

EXP 3323 - Sports Nutrition
EXP 3331 - Exercise Physiology
EXP 3332 - Physiological Assessment
EXP 3334 - Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
EXP 4441 - Advanced Lab Research
EXP 6522 - Biochemistry, Nutrition and Exercise
EXP 6532 - Professional Development of Exercise Physiology
EXP 6540 - Psychophysiology of Health and Exercise
HSC 4700 - Health Care Interdisciplinary Leadership

Exercise Physiology Interest Areas:

  • Physiological assessment and evaluation
  • The impact of exercise and physical fitness on health
  • The use of exercise in the treatment and prevention of "lifestyle" diseases
  • The development and delivery of worksite wellness programs

Teaching Philosophy

John believes in recognizing students as individuals with unique abilities, skills and challenges. An outgrowth of this philosophy is to help them recognize and overcome their personal challenges while maximizing their knowledge and abilities and encouraging them to demonstrate the attitude and behaviors of a health care professional. This philosophy also leads to the recognition that learning takes place not only in the classroom but also in the lab and in interactions outside of formal learning situations. Programs such as the SHAPE UP personal fitness program which John developed and currently oversee, allows students to gain experience in a professional setting before their formal internship experience.

Personal Information

John was born and raised in Northern Minnesota and graduated with a degree in chemistry from the College of St. Scholastica. He spent most of the next decade working in chemistry labs in industry, government and academia before returning to CSS to teach and supervise labs in the chemistry department. After being diagnosed with diabetes, John entered the Master's program in exercise physiology to gain a better understanding of the disease and the affect that exercise has on it. Upon completion of the degree John was invited to teach several courses in the Department of Exercise Physiology which ultimately lead to a full-time appointment in EXP.

John tries to maintain his health and fitness through an overall exercise regimen that includes running, strength training and stretching. On a more recreational level, John stays physically active with year-round outdoor activities - in-line skating and kayaking on Lake Superior in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing when we have snow.

Position: Instructor, SWK
Department: Social Work
Phone: (218) 625-4924
E-Mail: CDonner@css.edu

Cindy teaches SWK 4441 Social Work with Communities, focusing on social work with communities/macro systems.  Cindi has worked for several years in community organizing projects, including East Hillside PATCH, is a CSS alumnus, and joined us in 2006.

Position: Admin Assistant, SWK
Department: Social Work
Phone: (218) 723-5981
E-Mail: tdriscoll@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6256
E-Mail: KErickso@css.edu
Website: View
Kelly Erickson joined The College of Saint Scholastica Department of Occupational Therapy as an Assistant Professor in 2010.  She has been practicing as an occupational therapist for 17 years with experience in management and all levels of client care.  Her teaching roles include Foundations in OT, Evidence-Based OT I and II, and Psychosocial OT.  Previous teaching roles include Biomechanics for Occupational Therapy Practice, Neurorehabilitation in Occupational Therapy Practice, and Level I Fieldwork On-Campus Clinic.  Occupation as the core of evaluation, task analysis, and intervention processes is a consistent thread throughout her courses.  Erickson is a calibrated rater of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) through the Center for Innovative OT Solutions.
Erickson has a master's degree in occupational therapy and recently completed a three-year term on The College of Saint Scholastica Alumni Board of Directors.  She received her doctorate in psychology from Walden University with a dissertation titled “Perception of Stressors and Resources for Managing the Deployment Process as Predictors of Reservist Spouse’s General Wellbeing."  Erickson is a member of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and maintains certification with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT).
Erickson’s practice focus includes occupational performance with attention to role performance patterns, behavior management, and sensory processing across the lifespan.  She has research interests that include use of everyday technology as assistive devices for occupational performance and as therapeutic media in the occupational therapy process.  A recent publication "Evidence Considerations for Mobile Devices in the Occupational Therapy Process" appeared in The Open Journal for Occupational Therapy in April 2015.  Ongoing research projects include preparedness for interprofessional learning among graduate students and long-term outcomes of an on-campus teaching-learning clinic in occupational therapy curriculum.  She has presented at various occupational therapy therapy conferences, the Minnesota e-Health Summit, the American Association of University Professors Conference on the State of Higher Education, and Assistive Technology Industry Association conference.
Erickson is currently serving as Co-Administrator of AOTA’s Evidence-Based Practice Evidence Exchange and is an approved Critically Appraised Paper (CAP) reviewer with AOTA.  She is also incomgin Editor-in-Chief of the AOTA Exam Prep Editorial Board, which includes overseeing item writing, establishing and completing timelines for product review, revewing the online exam prep product, and coordinating the writing of editorial board members.  
Erickson is the co-leader of the Duluth Area Special and Sled Hockey organization, which has been in operation since 2011.  The organization provides community hockey opportunities in both competitive and casual experiences for individuals of all abilities and needs.  She also serves as a member of the Visit Duluth Sports Advisory Council to advise accessiblity needs of sports programming and events in the Duluth area.
Position: Lecturer, SHS
Department: HIM Progression
Phone: (218) 723-7004
E-Mail: EFait@css.edu
1. Introduction / Background
Beth has a Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. 
She has worked in a variety of health care settings including consulting, physician clinics, community hospitals, and a health care system.  Areas worked in include administration, strategic planning and marketing.  She has been working at CSS since 2005 teaching Introduction to U.S. Healthcare and Change Leadership.  She has also worked at Kaplan University the past couple years teaching Academic Strategies for the Health Care Professional and Medical Office Accounting online.

2. Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations
Beth has been teaching Introduction to U.S. Health Care at CSS since 2005 online as well as on-campus on occasion. She also developed and teaches the course “Change Leadership.”

3. Interests/Specialties
Beth is especially interested in health care systems and operations, U.S. Health Care reform, and public health.

Position: Instructor/Soc Work Prgm Coord
Department: Social Work Extended Studies
Phone: (651) 403-8647
E-Mail: mfant@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6713
E-Mail: Ngabres@css.edu
Website: View

Nancy has been an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at The College of St. Scholastica for 19 years. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and her Master of Science degree in Therapeutic Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2000 – 2008 Nancy worked as a consultant for the Fetal Alcohol Diagnostic Program in Duluth, MN. Prior to working at St. Scholastica, Nancy worked for 12 years as an occupational therapist with the Duluth Public Schools. Nancy’s teaching responsibilities have focused primarily on pediatric occupational therapy. In addition, Nancy has taught for four years in St. Scholastica’s Dignitas Program. Nancy’s scholarship and research interests include: the role of occupational therapy in addressing the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure, occupational therapy intervention for children with handwriting needs, and occupational therapy intervention for children with sensory processing disorders.

Position: Asst Prof/Dir Curr Develop, PA
Department: Physician Assistant Studies
Phone: (218) 625-4894
E-Mail: sgarvey@css.edu

Shawn Garvey, MS, PA-C is a physician assistant originally from Michigan and has a degree in biology from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She graduated from the physician assistant program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  She began her practice in pediatrics and then family practice in rural Minnesota.   Shawn joined CSS as faculty and Director of Curriculum in 2014. She has a special interest in patient education.  She continues to see patients one day a week in Allergy at Essentia Health with an emphasis on telemedicine rural outreach. 

"Eductation is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. " Albert Einstein

Position: Assoc Professor, SWK
Department: Social Work
Phone: (218) 625-4430
E-Mail: cgunderson@css.edu

 Connie Gunderson, PhD., MSW, LISW, is an associate professor at the College of St. Scholastica. Having completed her undergraduate studies at the College of St. Scholastica, she moved and worked in Germany until 2012. She completed her MSW at the Alice Salomon Hochschule in Berlin, and received her PhD at the University of Bremen. Dr. Gunderson has worked in the field of social work for over 30 years. As an instructor, her areas of scholarly expertise include human trafficking, gender studies, and international social work research. As a relational cultural therapist, her clinical foci has been on women, trauma and addiction and addressing the needs of families. As a researcher, she has completed studies of human trafficking in Germany and the European Union. She has published books and articles addressing social issues such as human trafficking, diversity, and gender. Dr. Gunderson has international teaching and advisory partnerships with diverse universities and colleges in Europe and the United States.

Position: Assoc Professor, SWK
Department: Social Work
Phone: (218) 723-7048
E-Mail: LGustaf3@css.edu
Website: View

Dr. Gustafson is the Social Work Department Chair and MSW Program Director.  Dr. Gustafson joined CSS in 2004 as the Department. Chair; special interests include addictions, group practice, research and program evaluation

Position: Admin. Asst. II, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6099
E-Mail: KHatfiel@css.edu

First line of contact and manager of the day-to-day activities of the Department of Occupational Therapy, which has 6 faculty, 64 students and clients involved in an on-site OT clinic.   

Fax: (218)-723-6698.

alternate email: otclinic@css.edu (for on-site clinic clients and observers).

Position: Asst Prof, PA Studies
Department: Physician Assistant Studies
Phone: (218) 723-6119
E-Mail: cjahr@css.edu

Carolyn Jahr, MS, PA-C is a physician assistant who has served the Northeastern Minnesota patient population since 2008. Prior to becoming a faculty member, she practiced in general surgery, with additional experience in colorectal, vascular, and bariatric subspecialties. She was the first PA to be employed by her surgical practice, and served as the inaugural program coordinator for a local weight loss surgery program. She has additional practice experience in an urgent care setting. 


Throughout her clinical career, Carolyn has enjoyed serving as a clinical preceptor for physician assistant students, and as a mentor for individuals interested in pursuing the PA profession. Her special interests include team-based healthcare delivery and PA practice integration. She resides locally with her husband and two daughters, and is a graduate of the Springfield College Physician Assistant Program in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Position: OTH Assistant Professor
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6744
E-Mail: mjohnson27@css.edu
Michele Karen Johnson joined The College of St. Scholastica Department of Occupational Therapy as an Assistant Professor in January 2016. She practiced as an Occupational Therapist in the Duluth area for 16 years prior to her start with the college. She teaches courses in Documentation and Assessment, Intervention Skills for Occupational Therapy, Administration and Supervision in Occupational Therapy in the spring. In the fall, Michele teaches Gerontic Occupational Therapy, Leadership Skills in Occupational Therapy, and is a co-teacher in the Evidence Based Occupational Therapy class.
Michele earned her Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in August of 2015. In 1999, Michele received her first degree of Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota. Michele is a member of both The American Occupational Therapy Association and the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association.
Michele brings a broad knowledge base to the occupational therapy department.  Her first eight years of practice she developed her generalist skills in both hospital-based settings and skilled nursing facilities.  During this time, she developed a skill set specifically in treatment of the adult and elderly populations. In 2007, Michele took on a role as School Occupational Therapist for a local Duluth School district.  She practiced in this setting through December 2016, while solidifying her skills as a pediatric occupational therapist. 
Michele is a member of the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. She is also a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council for Amberwing here in Duluth, MN. Michele has recently become involved with the Duluth Alzheimer’s Association as a volunteer coordinator for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 
Position: Asst. Professor, EXP
Department: Exercise Physiology
Phone: (218) 723-6297
E-Mail: lkappes@css.edu

Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D. - Kinesiology (emphasis in motor behavior)
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • M.S. - Clinical Exercise Physiology
    University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
  • B.S. - Physical Education PreK-12
    University of Wisconsin, Superior
Position: Asst Professor, HIIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 625-2790
E-Mail: kkerr@css.edu
Website: View
Katie Kerr, MA, RHIA is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. She received her BA in Health Information Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, in 2002. She received her Master of Arts in Health Information Management with concentration in Health Care Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN in 2007. Katie's Final Applied Project was “A Change Management Plan for an Electronic Health Record Implementation Project at Pine Medical Center.”
Prior to becoming a full-time HIIM faculty member, Katie was an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of HIIM and the IT Manager for FirstLight Health System based in Mora, MN. In her role as IT Manager, Katie oversaw the implementation of FirstLight's electronic health record, ancillary applications, phone system, IT Department operations and Meaningful Use achievement. Katie also taught for Rasmussen College as an Online Adjunct Instructor from 2008 to 2010. At Rasmussen College, Katie taught Management of Health Information Services, Quality Analysis and Management and Basic ICD-9-CM Coding.  Prior to joining FirstLight Health System, Ms. Kerr worked at Essentia Health - Sandstone as the Manager of Health Information for six years and as the IT Manager for one year.
Ms. Kerr is a member of AHIMA and MHIMA. She also served as a member of the Pine Technical College Coding Specialist/Transcription Program Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2007. Ms. Kerr has a special interest in Meaningful Use, EHR implementation workflow analysis and redesign, patient privacy and security, health information exchange and telemedicine. 
Presentations Include:
o         College of St. Scholastica, 4232 Ambulatory Reimbursement course guest speaker, Fall 2009 ~ “The Charge Description Master”
o         NEMHIMA Co-Presenter, November 2009 ~ “EHR Adoption: Kanabec Hospital’s Roadmap to EMRAM Stage 6”
o         E-Health Summit, June 2010 ~ “Meaningful Use Achievement: How Do We Get There?”
o         College of St. Scholastica, Center for HealthCare Innovation, Summer 2010 Conference ~ “Meaningful Use Achievement: How Do We Get There?”
o         HRSA, January 2011 ~ “Tips for Conducting Workflow Analysis During a Health IT Implementation”
o         MHIMA, May 2011 ~ Panel “How I Got to Where I Am”
o         E-Health Summit Co-Presenter, June 2011 ~ “Getting to the Data for Direct Quality Reporting” (Quest Project)
o         MN Rural Health Conference, June 2011 ~ “REACHing for Meaningful Use”
Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6174
E-Mail: JKilloug@css.edu
Website: View

Dr. Killough’s teaching areas in the entry level program include Cardiopulmonary Evaluation and Management, Physiological Response to Injury and Exercise, Systems Screening and Management I, Patient Client Management I and II, Multiple Systems, Geriatric Evaluation and Management. In the tDPT her teaching areas are Diagnostic Imaging and Differential Systems Screening.

Research interests: Fall prevention in the geriatric population, cardiopulmonary implications of physical therapy interventions for neurological impairment, Manual Therapy as an adjunct for Physical Therapy in Urinary Incontinence, and Ergonomics and Bariatric Geriatrics.
Dr. Killough earned a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College, Northfield MN in 1976, a M.S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA in 1981, and an M.A. in Physical Therapy from The College of St. Scholastica in 1993. She earned a D.P.T. from Simmons College in 2006. She was certified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in 2003, receritfied in 2013,  and as a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults in 2011.
Position: Admin Asst II, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6786
E-Mail: KKing@css.edu

Kathy has been with the Physical Therapy program since 2005. She earned her AAS in Health Information in 2000 along with her Registered Health Information Technician certification. Kathy has a wide range of record management in various fields including Child Protection, Dialysis, OP Clinic, and Long Term Care. She currently works as the Administrative Assistant for the department ensuring that faculty and students have the support they need to achieve program goals and outcomes.

Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6061
E-Mail: JKittel2@css.edu

Teaching Responsibilities: Current responsibilities include: Examination and Evaluation I & II; Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Management; Multi-System Evaluation and Managment; and Patient Client Management III and IV. 

Research Interests: Pain science, clinical reasoning, neurodynamics, mobilization/manipulation, soft skills (e.g. motivational interviewing and therapeutic relationships) and tissue loading/progression in rehabilitation.

Professional: Mr. Kittelson  is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and an APTA orthopaedic and education section member. He is an orthopedic certified specialist (OCS) as certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT) for the extremities. He is currently (2016-2017) an orthopedic residency mentor for Evidence in Motion (EIM).

Clinical experience: Primarily outpatient outpatient orthopedics. Experience in these other areas of practice: inpatient and outpatient neurological, home health care, inpatient/acute care, skilled nursing facilities, vestibular rehabilitation,and occupational medicine/industry.

Position: Assoc Prof/Chair-PA Studies
Department: Physician Assistant Studies
Phone: (218) 625-4893
E-Mail: kkruger2@css.edu
Website: View

Dr. Kim Kruger is a family physician who has been educating medical professionals since 2000. She grew up in New Ulm, MN and attended Gustavus Adolphus College. She received her medical doctorate from the University of MInnesota Medical School and completed her residency in family medicine at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, Minn. She enjoyed practicing rural family medicine for many years in Buffalo and Cokato, MN before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program in 2004. After 10 years as faculty and program director, she joined the CSS faculty as inaugural chairperson of the Physician Assistant program in 2014. She completed her MBA in 2014 at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is passionate about women's health, geriatrics and rural medicine. 

Position: Asst Professor, HIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 723-6118
E-Mail: MLeBlanc@css.edu
Website: View
 1. Introduction / Background
Madonna M. LeBlanc, MA, RHIA
Assistant Professor
BA 1995, The College of St. Scholastica
MA 2000, The College of St. Scholastica
Ms. LeBlanc joined the CSS faculty in the fall of 2000, having served as Health Information Services department manager at St. Mary’s Hospital (SMHS), Superior, WI, a 42-bed critical access hospital.  She was responsible for a wide range of functions, from JC to medical staff credentialing; while at SHMS, Ms. LeBlanc served as clinical site supervisor for several CSS HIM traditional and progression students. Before joining SMHS, Ms. LeBlanc held the position of family practice peer group support and cancer registrar for the Lake Superior Cancer Registry at St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic, Duluth, MN.

2. Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations
Courses Taught by M. LeBlanc:
HIM 2101 Medical Language
HIM 2102 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics
HIM 2110 Concepts and Principles of HIM
HIM 2112 Fundamentals of HIM
HIM 2111 HIM Technologies in Practice
HIM 3132 Medicolegal Issues
HIM 3211 Classification of Health Data
HIM 3311 Managing Human Resource
HIM 4233 Health Care Systems: Issues and Perspectives
HIM 4315 Management Tools and Strategies
HSC 2209 Medical Terminology
HSC 4423 Health Care Systems: Issues and Perspectives
HSC 4700 Health Science Leadership and Health Science Leadership Seminar
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
o  MHIMA director delegate to the AHIMA House of Delegates, Team Talks and Leadership Conferences, 2002-2008; 2013-2015
o  AHIMA personal health record (PHR) consumer education initiative CSA (MN) trainer, 2005-2009
o  Assembly on Education member, 2000-present
Minnesota Health Information Management Association (MHIMA)
o   Board of Directors, 2002-2005; 2013-2015
o   Presidency-elect, president and past president 2005-2008
Northeastern Minnesota Health Information Management Association (NEMHIMA); president 2002
St. Scholastica Health Inter-professional Program (SSHIP) HIM faculty representative, 2010-present
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Medical Office Specialist Advisory Committee, 1996-present
Central States College Medical Administrative/Secretary Advisory Board, 2011-present
HIIM Faculty/Student Committee faculty representative, 2006-present
CSS LGBTQI Faculty/Staff Ally Group, 2010-present

3. Interests / Specialties
Interests include public service presentations pertaining to the personal health record, collaborative interdisciplinary curriculum and human resource studies.

4. Recent Publications & Presentations
Journal Article
            Journal of American Health Information Management, “Softer Skill Key to Leadership Position”, June 2003-74/6    
Academic Text
            LeBlanc, M. & White, A. (2002). Work design and performance improvement. In K. LaTour & S. Eichenwald. (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice (pp. 523-555). Chicago: AHIMA.
            LeBlanc, M. (2006). Work design and performance improvement. In K. LaTour & S. Eichenwald. (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice, (pp. 647-679). Chicago: AHIMA.
            LeBlanc, M. (2010). Human resources management. In K. LaTour & S. Eichenwald. (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice (pp. 717-739). Chicago: AHIMA.
            LeBlanc, M. & Patena, K. (2012). Human resources management. In K. LaTour, S. Eichenwald.& P. Oachs (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice. (pp. 717-759). Chicago: AHIMA.
LeBlanc, M. (2016). Human resources management. In P. Oachs & A. Watters (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice. (pp. 721-748). Chicago: AHIMA.
Conference Proceedings/Presentations
MHIMA, presenter
Annual Convention, Rochester, MN
Promoting AHIMA's myPHR Campaign 
April 28, 2016
MHIMA, presenter
Annual Convention, Red Wing, MN
Promoting AHIMA's myPHR Campaign 
April 30, 2015
MHIMA, presenter
Annual Convention, Bloomington, MN
Promoting AHIMA's myPHR Campaign Utilizing PHRs in The College of St. Scholatica Ireland Study Abroad Program Spring Semester 2012 in an Inter-professional Course
May 2, 2014
Northwest Minnesota Health Information Management Association, presenter
Region A Fall Meeting, Fosston, MN
MHIMA Delegate Director report
October 10, 2013 
AHIMA Assembly on Education (AoE), presenter
Annual summer meeting, Baltimore, MD
Promoting AHIMA's myPHR Campaign Utilizing PHRs in The College of St. Scholatica Ireland Study Abroad Program Spring Semester 2012 in an Inter-professional Course
 July 23, 2013
Minnesota Health Information Management Association (MHIMA), presenter
Annual Convention, Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN
AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
May 8, 2009
MHIMA, presenter                                                                  
Annual Convention, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN
AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
May 9, 2008
AHIMA AoE, co-presenter (Pamela Oachs)                      
Annual summer meeting, Chicago, IL
                      Incorporating New Curriculum Content on Software Technologies and Infrastructure of the Personal Health Records
July 29, 2007
MHIMA, presenter                                                                  
Annual Convention, Treasure Island Resort, Red Wing, MN
AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
May 11, 2007
MHIMA presenter                                                                 
Annual Convention, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN
AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
May 5, 2006
MHIMA presenter                                                                 
Annual Convention, DECC, Duluth, MN
Personal Health Record Panel
May 13, 2005
MHIMA presenter                                                                 
Annual Convention, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN                 
Student track presentation, “New Kids on the Block”
May 7, 2004
Delegate updates presentation                                             
Region B annual meeting, The College of St. Scholastica 
November 18, 2004

5.  Teaching philosophy
Ms. LeBlanc believes learning is a continuous, collaborative engagement between teacher and student.  Teaching is learning’s correlating vocation that a teacher should approach with the intention of connecting the student experience to the practical professional application in memorable and meaningful ways. Her goal as a teacher is to contribute to her students’ formation by providing them with applicable skills for lives of meaningful career realization.
6. Personal note
I’ve been married to my college sweetheart. Larry, for 39 plus years; we are the proud parents of five children (4 boys and 1 girl) who are now adults and successfully living their own lives, with the oldest two in Chicago and the youngest three in Duluth. Music has infiltrated every one of our family members, from singing in the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra choir to resident DJs at area night clubs, here and in Chicago.
Position: Asst. Prof PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: 625-4480
E-Mail: DLieberz@css.edu

M.A., Physical Therapy - The College of St. Scholastica, 2001

DPT, Physical Therapy - The College of St. Scholastica, 2012

Dalerie started a full time appointment with the physical therapy department in 2010.  Areas of clinical expertise include vestibular rehabilitation and integration of Pilates based exercise with rehabilitation. She completed American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) competency based training in vestibular rehabilitation at Emory University and advanced APTA competency training at Duke University. She currently practices at Essentia Polinsky providng vestibular rehabilition.  Additionally, Ms. Lieberz has completed over 100 hours of training in Pilates exercise methods including completion of Stott mat and reformer coursework. Ms. Lieberz is an active member of the APTA and recognized as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS).

Dalerie is the Director of Clinical Education which involves coordinating integrated clinical experiences and community based internships for DPT students.  Her primary teaching responsibilities within the DPT program involve coordinating the four course Patient Client Management Series (PCM I-IV). The PCM series is offered across the 1st and 2nd years of the DPT program, emphasizing integration of didactic course work and application of clinical skills to patients, which provides students with opportunities to develop competency prior to clinical internships. Dalerie is responsible for organizing the pro bono student PT clinic on campus.  Additionally, she is responsible for placing students in full time internships and following students while progressing with internships. She is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor.  Other teaching responsibilities in Physical Therapy include vestibular rehabilitation.

Position: Program Mgr - PA Program
Department: Physician Assistant Studies
Phone: (218) 723-6081
E-Mail: jlonetto@css.edu

Julie is a Duluth-area native who comes to CSS after 30 years as the Program Manager at the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program in Duluth, Minn. Her skills include curriculum development, budget management, student and faculty recruitment, accreditation and admission processes. She has successfully raised two children and two naughty, but adorable little dogs!  Julie enjoys traveling, reading, movies and all types of sports.

Position: Asst Prof, HIIM-SHS
Department: Masters- Health Informatics
Phone: (218) 625-4892
E-Mail: dmarc@css.edu

David Marc is an assistant professor and the health informatics graduate program director.  Currently, Dr. Marc teaches courses on the foundations of health informatics, human factors and usability assessment, data analytics, and research design. Dr. Marc has a master’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in health informatics from the University of Minnesota. He also holds a certification as a health data analyst (CHDA). Dr. Marc has extensive experience working with large healthcare datasets and analytical procedures.  Dr. Marc is an active member of AMIA, AHIMA, and HIMSS and serves on various committees and taskforces within these professional organizations. Prior to working for St. Scholastica, Dr. Marc was employed at a biotech company where he applied a myriad of analytic approaches to investigate the predictive value of biomarkers for psychiatric diseases. 

Position: Assoc. Professor, SWK
Department: MSW- Masters in SWK
Phone: (218) 625-4813
E-Mail: mmarchel@css.edu

Mary Ann Marchel, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Masters of Social Work Program. Dr. Marchel has served as a tenure-track and tenured faculty member in higher education for 20 years, most recently at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  She currently teaches the research sequence in the Master of Social Work Program emphasizing micro and macro level approaches to inquiry. She received her Ph. D. in 1996 from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and her MSW from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2013. Prior to her doctoral work, Dr. Marchel taught for 10 years in rural and urban settings with children ages birth to eight years with disabilities. She holds Level IV endorsement as an infant and early childhood mental health specialist.   Her research interests include the exploration and application of attachment theory-based approaches to intervention in behavioral health, reflective supervision for social work professionals, and fostering children’s mental health in community based settings for young children and their families. Dr. Marchel completed the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program (2007-09) offered through the University of Minnesota and is a member of the ZERO TO THREE Fellows Academy, currently serving as treasurer. She is certified in the Newborn Brazelton Observation System (NBOS); the Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training (NCAST); the Circle of Security-Parenting DVD, and trained in the administration and scoring of the Adult Attachment Interview.  In addition, Dr. Marchel is a certified Infant Massage Instructor. She is passionate about global service learning and currently is working with Roving Care Providers (birth to three providers) on the island of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean and serves as a mental health consultant with an elementary school in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala. 

Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6090
E-Mail: Slokken@css.edu
Website: View

Dr. Marden-Lokken, an experienced clinician and academician, is an assistant professor in the DPT program. Her teaching responsibilities include PTH 6405 Professionalism in Physical Therapy, PTH 6513 Lifespan Motor Development, PTH 6910 and 7911 Patient/Client Management I and II, PTH 7545 and 7546 Neuromuscular Evaluation and Management I and II, PTH 6410 PT Administration I, and content in PTH 6521 Physical Therapy Examination and Evaluation II. She is co-lead for the program’s four-course series on professional behavior development. Dr. Marden-Lokken’s scholarly agenda focuses on questions related to rehabilitation of individuals with neuromuscular dysfunction, and more recently on assessment of students’ development of professional behaviors.

Dr. Marden-Lokken has served the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) on a state and national level, having been on the MNAPTA Board of Directors, a MN delegate to the APTA House of Delegates (HOD), chief delegate to the APTA HOD, and most recently is Vice-President of the MN Board of Physical Therapy. In that capacity, Dr. Marden-Lokken has served as a delegate and alternate delegate to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSPBT), is a member of the Licensure and Administration Committees, and Chair of the Continuing Education Committee and Continued Competency Task Force. 

Ms. Marden-Lokken has 38 years of experience focusing on neurorehabilitation. She has presented numerous workshops on topics related to evaluation and treatment of individuals with neurologic dysfunction and practices in neurorehabilitation areas.

Position: Asst Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6697
E-Mail: cmcconnell@css.edu
Website: View
Christine recently joined The College of St. Scholastica Occupational Therapy Program faculty in 2015. Also new to Minnesota, Christine had been working and living for over 20 years in the far-west suburban Chicago area. Originally from central Illinois, Christine received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1985). Christine worked in a variety of service settings in midsized communities prior to relocating to Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology (1997) and Doctor of Chiropractic (1999) from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. As part of her professional experience, Christine has directed several multidisciplinary clinics, provided consultative services for private and governmental agencies, and served on advisory boards for multiple national organizations. Initially, Christine’s teaching responsibilities have been focused in the areas of biomechanics, administration and leadership, and neurorehabilitation. She will be working with other faculty as she takes on direction of the on campus Occupational Therapy Clinic in 2015. Christine’s scholarship and research interests include assessment of vision for determining its impact on occupational performance, translating evidence-based practice for the current healthcare environment and development of the profession internationally.
Position: Academic Coordinator, SWK
Department: Social Work
E-Mail: smiller8@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof, Social Work
Department: MSW- Masters in SWK
Phone: (218) 723-6210
E-Mail: cmizera1@css.edu
Website: View