Faculty and Staff | School of Nursing

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

Position: Assoc Prof and Dean, NSG
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6390
E-Mail: SSandahl@css.edu


Sheryl Scheer Sandahl, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, MPH, MSN

Baccalaureate degree in nursing from St. Olaf College. Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from St. Catherine's University with a Master of Public Health degree (Maternal Child focus) from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.  Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from The College of St. Scholastica. Joined the CSS community full-time in 2002. Teaching experience in online, classroom, skills lab and simulation, and clinical environments in undergraduate and graduate nursing. Interests include curriculum development and assessment, simulation, and collaborative testing in nursing education. National League for Nursing Simulation Institute Leadership participant for 2018. Serves on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Organizational Leadership Network Steering Committing. Experienced Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education site evaluator. Grant reviewer for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. Member of Sigma (National Honor Society for Nursing), Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing, National League for Nursing, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 

Position: Asst Prof/Crd Post-Bac, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-7093
E-Mail: calajoki@css.edu


  • DNP, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, Graduation expected Spring 2018
  • MSN, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, 2012
  • ADN, Lake Superior College, Duluth, MN, 1998
  • Diploma, Lake Superior College, Duluth, MN, 1997


Carrie Alajoki has focused much of her nursing career focusing on high quality care in the rural setting.  Her MSN specialized in nursing education and her teaching interests include the adult learning and creative teaching strategies such as the online learning environment.  Carrie Alajoki's nursing experience includes medical/surgical, emergency nursing, obstetrics - including labor and delivery, newborn care, and postpartum care - and occupational health and wellness nursing.

Recent Achievements:

Carrie Alajoki prepared a poster presentation for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference in Savanah Georgia that focused on "Adding a Faculty-Led Online Interactive Meeting in an Hybrid Nursing Course.

Position: Associate Prof, Grad Nsg
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-6763
E-Mail: Lash@css.edu

I am a clinically based nurse: my goals primarily revolve around improving care for patients and populations. Whether my work is through teaching, direct patient care, or clinical systems innovations, my goal is to help improve the lives of patients.

 I have been teaching in the masters program at CSS for almost ten years; primarily in clinical courses, including health assessment, adult management, prenatal, and the preceptorship. I also teach in the doctoral courses: leadership and clinical project courses. I currently practice in the Student Health Services at CSS, where I provide care as a primary care nurse practitioner in this nurse-run clinic. Prior to coming to CSS, I worked at Allina Medical Clinic in Northfield for 13 years where I provided primary care to patients of all ages as an NP. Through my experiences with Allina, I also developed models of care, primarily interprofessional models, for patients with diabetes, dyslipidemia, and patients who were pregnant. I have recently done work with a local primary care clinic related to developing nurse based care coordinators for patients. I have a passion to help bring BSN nurses to primary care in a care coordinator role. My current research area at CSS is the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program which includes screening and follow up for faculty and staff. This project evolved from my doctoral project entitled Developing a Population Based Student Health Services which morphed into WellU at CSS.

My teaching philosophy is to set high standards, infuse my passion to ignite student passions, and to promote reflective and life long learning!

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6279
E-Mail: SBarlass@css.edu
Position: Admin Spec, Post-Bac NSG
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6546
E-Mail: lbeck5@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof, Post Bac Nursing
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
E-Mail: lbisila@css.edu


Palm Beach State College- Associates of Science in Nursing (ASN)- 1994

Liberty University- Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)- 2013

Liberty University- Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)- 2016


Biography: Assistant Professor Bisila has over 20 years of nursing experience dedicating her career primarily to geriatric and Hospice nursing. For the past four years she has taught at two different institutions, preparing healthcare workers for medical practice. She has taught nursing assistants, practical nursing and post baccalaureate nursing.


Recent Achievements: Laurie Bisila is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, National Nurses Association, Nurses Christian Fellowship and Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association.  Additionally, she is certified as a Healing Touch Practitioner and as a Public Health Nurse.


  • NSG 3600 Introduction to Nursing Practice
  • NSG 3845 Professional Nursing II
  • NSG 4645 Professional Nursing III
  • NSG 4660- Health Transitions III
  • Previously has taught Nursing Assistant Course and License Practical Nursing
Position: Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-6624
E-Mail: PBjorklu@css.edu

Dr. Bjorklund is a Professor in the Department of Graduate Nursing, School of Nursing, on the Duluth campus of The College of St. Scholastica (CSS). She teaches full-time in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, teaching core courses, clinical project courses, and role/ population courses in the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. She is engaged in clinical practice at the Student Center for Health and Well-Being (SCHAWB), providing psychiatric evaluations, psychotropic medication management, and brief psychotherapy to student clients.


In 2006, she received a PhD in Nursing with a minor in Bioethics from the University of Minnesota, along with a Distinguished Dissertation Award for the “best dissertation” in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her dissertation represented the University of Minnesota in the National Council of Graduate Schools’ dissertation competition for the years 2006-2008. In 2009, she received the Lavine Award for Teaching Excellence from The College of St. Scholastica. Dr. Bjorklund came to CSS from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, where she received both her MS and BS in Nursing. She also has a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in English from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.


Her areas of interest include Nursing Ethics, Nursing Philosophy, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. Her research interests take her to the points of nexus between Psychiatry, Nursing, Sociology, Philosophy, Ethics, Technology, and Women’s Studies. She is especially interested in the nature of moral work, dialectical labor, and responsibility in mental health contexts.  


Recent publications include:


Bjorklund, P. (In press). Assessment and diagnosis, In K. Wheeler (Ed.), Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse: A how-to-guide for evidence-based practice (3rd Ed.). New York: Springer Publishing.


Bjorklund, P. (In Press). Ethical considerations of care and research in mental health. In A. Peirce and J. Smith (Eds.), Ethical and legal issues for doctoral nursing students (2nd ed.). Lancaster, PA: DEStech Publications, Inc. 


Schwartz, F., & Bjorklund, P. (2019). A quality improvement project to manage workplace violence in hospitals: Lessons learned. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 34(2), 114-120.


Bjorklund, P., & Lund, D. (2017). Informed consent and the aftermath of CPR: Ethical considerations. Nursing Ethics, 1-12.


Bjorklund, P. (2016). Commentary on the impact of digital technology on brain development and the capacity for empathy. Advances in Nursing Science, 39(1), 71-84.

Position: Assoc Prof/UG RN/BS Coord, NSG
Department: Dept of RN to BS Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6103
E-Mail: CBrown2@css.edu

Cynthia Brown’s clinical focus is in public health, nutrition, and substance use disorders. Her professional interests  include community/public health, working with underserved & vulnerable populations, service-learning, chemical dependency/addiction, and the harm reduction model. She is also involved in various service-learning initiatives in local and global settings. 

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6771
E-Mail: TBushey@css.edu

Bushey, Teresita "Tessie" MA, RN

Position: Asst. Professor, Nursing

Department/School: School of Nursing

Phone: (218) 723-6771

Email: tbushey@css.edu


  • Undergraduate: 2005 BA Nursing, College of St Scholastica, Duluth, MN
  • Graduate: 2004 ANP, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN


  • 2011  Minnesota Rural Health Conference, Duluth, MN
  • 2009  Academic Electronic Health Record (AEHR) Summer Institute, Duluth, MN


  • Bushey, T.B. & Johnson, D. (2009). Integrating the academic electronic health record (AEHR) into nursing curriculum: Preparing student nurses for practice. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing.
  • Jatoi, A., Rowland, K., Loprinzi, C., Sloan, J., Dahkil, S., MacDonald, N., Gagnon, B., Novotny, P., Mailliard, J., Bushey, T., Nair, S., & Christensen, B. (2004). An eicosapentaenoic acid supplement versus megestrol acetate versus both for patients with cancer-associated wasting: A North Central Cancer Treatment Group and National Cancer Institute of Canada collaborative effort. Journal of Clinical Oncology, Vol 22, No 12, 2469-2476.


  • NSG 2111, Professional Nursing and Health Care I
  • NSG 3334, Health Continuum II
  • NSG 3112, Professional Nursing and Health Care III
  • NSG 4112, Professional Nursing and Health Care IV
  • Junior level med-surg clinical 
  • Senior level ICU clinical 
Position: Assistant Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6020
E-Mail: PByrne@css.edu

My area of specialty lies in the practice of nursing in rural areas. I have worked in arctic Alaska, critical access hospitals, and home health/hospice in remote areas. As healthcare delivery changes, and the role of nursing shifts away from acute care and into chronic disease management and health promotion, rural nurses will be invaluable links to provide quality care. 

My teaching experiences begin in rural Alaska with some of the first distance delivery methods in place. It was quite interesting to teach American Heart Association CPR to Inupiat Eskimo first responders who truly understood how far away you might be from an acute care hospital setting. Currently I teach Professional Nursing courses for the undergraduate nursing program helping students see the complex relationships between healthcare policy, cost of care delivery, and the unique role of each staff nurse as a leader.   All nurses are leaders. My most recent passion has been to develop Interprofessional healthcare teaching teams to allow students to leave their silo style education and develop collaborative care plans.

As a leader within the Traditional Track in the Undergraduate Nursing Program I seek to inspire our faculty team to find the best way to educate the nurses of the future, teaching students to blend skills in technology with compassionate, holistic, quality care.  We seek to create nurses who are strong patient advocates, nurses who use the Benedictine values as part of their anchor for moral decision making, and finally nurses who are able to seek answers rooted in Evidence Based Practice.  As healthcare becomes increasingly complex, the nurses of the future are called to imagine new delivery care models.  Imagination and problem solving can be stimulated by accessing a liberal arts foundation. 

My outside interests include experimentation in a broad range of textile arts, extensive travel abroad, and the production and cooking of local foods.

Position: Asst. Prof, Trad Nursing
Department: Dept of RN to BS Nursing
E-Mail: jcadotte@css.edu
Website: View


University of South Alabama, Master of Science in Nursing, 2011

Auburn University Montgomery, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2006

Park University, Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology, 2004

Professional Licensure:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Nurse Practitioner
  • Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Jody Cadotte began teaching full-time in the RN to BS Nursing Program in the fall of 2016, after teaching as an adjunct faculty member for the program.  Jody holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology from Park University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Auburn University.  In 2011, she earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Alabama with a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialty.  Her professional nursing experience includes neonatal intensive care nursing, maternal child health nursing, plastic surgery and women’s health.  Jody is passionate about nursing and nursing education, especially online education.  Having obtained 2 degrees online herself, she has a solid understanding of the unique needs of the distance learner, and understands the importance of creating an inclusive learning environment for all students.  Jody has a love of teaching, and a strong commitment to nursing.  She understands the importance of providing all nurses with a strong educational foundation.  Jody is honored for the opportunity to educate and mentor future generations of nurses, and to be part of the amazing community at The College of St. Scholastica. 


  • Dimensions of Professional Nursing
  • RN to BS Portfolio Introduction
  • Holistic Assessment in Nursing
  • Leadership in Nursing
  • Population Care







Position: Director, NSG Edu Experience
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6596
E-Mail: MClabaug@css.edu

I manage the clinicals for nursing students in the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs. I place students in clinical sites and troubleshoot issues; I interface with the clinical facilities; and I hire and provide basic orientation of adjunct faculty. I also oversee the program-wide testing that is done. As a trained philosopher I teach occasionally in the philosophy department.

Position: Asst Prof, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6265
E-Mail: edavis1@css.edu

Emily Davis, MS, APRN, CNM is an Assistant Professor in the traditional undergraduate nursing department. She joined the faculty team in 2018.  She holds an M.S. in nurse-midwifery from Bethel University, B.S. in nursing from The College of St. Scholastica, and a B.A.S. in psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  

Her interests in nursing are focused in maternal-child health with experience delivering care in both the hospital and birth center settings, as well as within the community as a public health nurse. Working as a prenatal educator is what initially sparked her interest to pursue nursing education and she is excited to be at the college focusing primarily in maternal-child health related content areas.  

Position: Assoc Prof/Int Crd Trad UG,NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6008
E-Mail: GDiaz@css.edu


The College of Saint Scholastica - Doctor of Nursing Practice in Advanced Practice Nursing, 2015

The College of Saint Scholastica - Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate, 2011

The College of Saint Scholastica - Master of Arts in Nursing (Adult Nurse Practitioner Track), 2007

Philippine Christian University-Mary Johnston College of Nursing- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1982


Dr. Diaz is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Interim Program Coordinator in the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing, Duluth campus. She teaches full time in the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program, teaching core courses, clinical, and skills lab and simulation.  Dr. Diaz came to St. Scholastica in 2004 as an adjunct clinical faculty and joined as a full-time faculty in 2007.  Her clinical background includes critical care nursing and geriatric nursing.  She integrated geriatric content into the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program at The College of St. Scholastica for her doctoral project.  She is the lead faculty for the international capstone (Philippines Capstone) experience for senior level nursing students.

Dr. Diaz is a recipient of the Max H. Lavine Award for Teaching Excellence 2017 from The College of St. Scholastica.  Her teaching philosophy is to create and provide a welcoming and positive learning environment that enhances knowledge, skills, and attitude; allows and encourages students to engage in civil and respectful discourse; and offers a sense of belonging regardless of cultural background and intellectual abilities. 


Senior Level Core Courses

Gerontology Nursing Clinical Specialty

International Capstone Experience (Philippines)

Position: Assistant Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-7085
E-Mail: sdickey@css.edu
Experienced Advanced Practice Nurse as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Primary experience in express and urgent care. Doctor of Nursing Practice clinical experience at the University of Minnesota Cardiovascular Clinic.
ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
Licensed by the State of Minnesota as a Certified Nurse Practitioner.
My areas of practice interest are family medicine, and cardiovascular health. My research interests include cardiovascular health, online learning, and simulation.
2012:  Doctor of Nursing Practice. Metropolitan State University, St. Paul MN.
1999: Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner focus. Metropolitan State University, St. Paul MN
1981: Bachelors of Science in Nursing. The College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN.
Position: Asst Prof/Int Crd Trad UG, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6534
E-Mail: BDonahue@css.edu

Upon graduating from St. Scholastica with a baccalaureate degree I found myself launched into a variety of wonderful practice experiences.  My early nursing career was focused primarily in the care of the obstetrical and newborn client, as well as with the acutely ill hospitalized adult client, particularly those with cancer.  But the pull back to St. Scholastica and to education in particular became very strong in time, and I decided to pursue a graduate degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Nursing.  This preparation afforded me the incredible opportunity to begin a career that focused on the education of nursing students.  As a faculty-member in the Traditional Undergraduate Program, School of Nursing, I am privileged to work with students in a variety of venues; classroom, skills lab, simulation lab and the clinical environment. 

My philosophy of teaching is to serve as an “experience facilitator” for the students I work with.  Learning experiences occur in the most unexpected and unpredictable ways if one is receptive and curious.  I have quickly come to realize that health care changes much too fast to prepare students for all that they are likely to encounter.  If, however, I can teach students to be an effective lifelong learner, I have succeeded in teaching.    

Position: Asst Prof/Grad FNP Coord, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-6710
E-Mail: pearley@css.edu
Website: View


  • Experienced Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Nurse Practitioner;  Extensive (>20 yrs) clinical experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Has broad experience with populations across the lifespan providing preventative care, evaluation and treatment of episodic illness, and chronic disease management.
  • My teaching philosophy focuses on application of didactic knowledge to clinical practice;  didactic coursework is conducted on-line and in classroom setting; much emphasis is on individual and group case reviews, critical thinking, and clinical documentation technique.  Future plans include incorporating more simulation exercises into clinical practicum courses and standardized assessment.


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, College of St. Scholastica 2019
  • Master of Science, Nursing, University of Alaska-Anchorage 1996
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing, University of Alaska-Anchorage 1987


  • Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, American Nurses Association
  • Member, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6134
E-Mail: pebel@css.edu
Education: Viterbo University - Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, 2011 Viterbo University - Master of Science in Nursing Education, 2014 Biography: Ms Ebel is an outgoing nursing professional with a diverse background encompassing education and practice areas that include acute care, emergency medicine and surgery. An avid proponent of lifelong learning is evidenced by a commitment to continuing education and professional development.
Position: Assoc Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
E-Mail: nfalk@css.edu

Dr. Nancy L. Falk is a nursing leader, educator, and scholar with a collaborative style and interdisciplinary perspective informed by clinical, informatics, policy, and business/leadership understanding. She earned a PhD in Nursing with a focus in aging and policy from George Mason University, an MBA degree with a focus in human resources from the University at Buffalo, and a BSN degree from Alfred University. She has been a substantive contributor in non-profit organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, private entrepreneurial ventures, publicly traded corporations, and her family’s manufacturing and retail business. Her key scholarship focus is on aging worker/workforce issues. 

Dr. Falk was a trailblazer (1980s-1990s) in biomedical informatics, leading clinicians and researchers to transition from print to electronic research tools to enhance clinical and evidence-based practice. As the John Heinz U.S. Senate Fellow in Aging Policy, she was instrumental in initiating and developing the Nurse Faculty Education Act of 2005. She was a founding faculty member of the School of Nursing at George Washington University (2009-2016) in Washington, DC where she served as co-director on a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) funded Nursing Alliance for Quality Care grant and as co-PI on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grant focused on nurses’ contributions to fostering successful patient engagement. 

Teaching: A passionate educator and lifelong learner, Dr. Falk focuses on empowering current and future nursing leaders - helping them to be effective, influential, and impactful in clinical, educational, policy, research, and other roles. She promotes learning by doing and engages students in real projects so they gain the skills and confidence needed to meet and exceed professional goals. Teaching Highlights: Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Zeta Chapter, Excellence in Nursing Education Award (2015). Daisy Award Nominee (2016-2018). 

Service: Elected member-National Academy of Social Insurance. Fellow in Gerontological Society of America (FGSA). Serves on the Executive Committee of the Social Research, Policy and Practice section of GSA as Mentoring Committee representative. Member of the Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma (Theta Tau). 


Falk, N. L., & Taylor-Schiller, C. Influencing mental health and well-being of older adults through advocacy - beyond the bedside. Journal of Psychosocial and Mental Health Nursing, July 2019. 

Falk, N.L., Rudner, N., Chapa, D. & Greene, J. Nurse practitioners and intent to retire. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, October 2016. 

Falk, N.L.  Infographic development by Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students: An innovative technology-based approach to public health education. Nursing Education Perspectives.  September/October 2016, p. 299-301.

Position: Asst. Prof/ANEW Project Mgr
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 625-4408
E-Mail: mgdula@css.edu
Website: View

Education: University of New Mexico - MSN 2000 Suomi College - AD nursing 1995 Bradley University - BA International Studies and Political Science 1988 Biography: Mary moved to Duluth in the fall of 2017 with her husband and teenage daughter after living in Utah, NM, and Arizona since 1995. She has over 20 years of experience providing direct patient care in multiple different rural settings. Currently at St Scholastica she has taken on an administration role in the School of Nursing as a grant manager for the graduate nursing department, which is a new and exciting challenge.

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Dept of RN to BS Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6006
E-Mail: CGinsber@css.edu

My areas of interest are family nursing, underserved populations, climate change and trans-cultural nursing.  These passions reveal themselves in the stories I share with students – from the cancer ridden illegal refugee seeking asylum in the US,  to the woman with no pre-natal care who arrived in my clinic ready to give birth, to the homeless teen mom with a multiply handicapped baby.  Engaging the affective domain through story telling helps breach the gap between academics and humanity - the very real needs of our patients within the larger context of family, community, political/economic realities and the globe. I have taken students to Belize twice to engage them in direct service learning projects in a transcultural setting and will be traveling there again in January 2018.  I hope to expand these offerings to Alaska in Spring 2018.

When not teaching, I unwind by writing, spending time with friends, and being replenished by the presence of wind and sky over our Great Lake.

Position: Asst Prof/Cl Liaison, Vet Grnt
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 625-4865
E-Mail: mgrimes@css.edu
Position: Assistant Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-7009
E-Mail: kgunderson@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, Post-Bac NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (320) 625-4802
E-Mail: rherheim@css.edu
St. Cloud State University- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2008
Sacred Heart University- Master of Science in Nursing (Education Track), 2014
Assistant Professor Herheim has focused much of her career in education on various methods to enhance learning in undergraduate nursing students. Her primary educational role has been focused on facilitating student learning in medical-surgical theory, skills, and clinical courses. She is interested in continued research on how to improve lab activities and simulation experiences.

Recent achievements (awards/publications/honors):
In 2015, Assistant Professor Herheim’s research article, “Collaborative Classroom Simulation (CCS): An Innovative Pedagogy Using Simulation in Nursing Education” was published in the National League for Nursing journal, Nursing Education Perspectives.  She also presented the research findings at the Nuts and Bolts for Nurse Educators Conference 2014 in Minneapolis, MN.  Her current research efforts are focused on designing a collaborative research project on how to best utilize the “flipped classroom” approach when educating baccalaureate nursing students. 
  • NSG 3600 Introduction to Nursing Practice (Lab)
  • NSG 3870 Health Transitions II
  • NSG 3871 Integrative Lab I
  • NSG 4661 Integrative Lab II
  • NSG 4880 Nursing Capstone (Lab)
  • Has taught various medical-surgical, mental health, and leadership type courses, labs, and clinical rotations.
Position: Asst Prof/Co-Chair & Dir, NSG
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 625-4978
E-Mail: KHolmes@css.edu
Position: Asst. Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 733-2279
E-Mail: jhoy2@css.edu
Position: Assistant Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6376
E-Mail: KHultman@css.edu
Position: Admin Specialist, Nursing
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6452
E-Mail: CJohns21@css.edu
Position: Assistant Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
E-Mail: jjohnson15@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof, Grad Nursing
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 733-5920
E-Mail: SJohns14@css.edu
Website: View

Assistant Professor, Graduate Nursing

Clinical Practice:  Infectious Disease Associates, St. Luke's Hospital and Clinics, Duluth, MN

                             International Travel Clinic, St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth, MN

Areas of interest include:  Preventive care/Immunizations, Hepatitis C, and HIV, and complex case management that includes outpatient antimicrobial therapy aa well as prior authorization of expensive treatments.  I am also interested and support independent practice for APRN's, healthcare reform, and the promotion of nurses as scholars.  

Position: Simulation Tech, St. Cloud
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 625-4804
E-Mail: bjordan@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Dept of RN to BS Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6783
E-Mail: jkantari@css.edu

Julie Kantarik started teaching in the RN to BS Online Nursing Program in the Fall of 2014, bringing seven years of teaching experience to The College of St. Scholastica. She earned an AD in Nursing from Minneapolis Community College, a BA in Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica, and a MS with a major in Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica. Her professional experience as a nurse focused on cardiovascular and gerontological nursing with an interest in chronic disease management. She is passionate about fostering learning for students that decide to continue their education in nursing. She is excited to support The College of St. Scholastica in providing students "Direction for Life."

Position: Assoc Prof/Co-Chair Grad Nsg
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 625-2784
E-Mail: ckemnitz@css.edu

Dr. Kemnitz has baccalaureate degrees in Biology and Nursing from Carroll College and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh respectively. He received his PhD in physiology from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI in 1994 with a specialization in neurophysiology and completed a Masters of Nursing Education in 2015 at Western Governors University. Dr. Kemnitz has extensive collegiate teaching experience in biology and nursing and has been the recipient of several awards and honors including the Max Levine Award for Excellence in Scholarship, the Daisy Award for Teaching Excellence in Nursing, and is a Minnesota Hartford Geriatric Nursing Scholar and FLAG fellow. Nationally, Dr. Kemnitz is a recognized subject matter expert in anatomy & physiology and nursing and is a consultant for the American Council on Education. Dr. Kemnitz has published and presented many articles in basic science and educational practices. He continues to pursue his interests in geriatrics and nursing education. Most recently Dr. Kemnitz was selected as a Sigma Theta Tau International Rising Star for his masters thesis work on nursing student clinical evaluation.

Position: Asst Prof/Int Chair, UG Nsg
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-5945
E-Mail: JKnuths@css.edu


St. Catherine University-Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2016

University of MN-Master of Science in Nursing, CNS track

The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul,- Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Dr. Knuths is currently serving as the interim Department Chair of Undergraduate Nursing Programs.  Her clinical background includes critical care nursing, healthcare administration and healthcare research.  Her research focus is evaluating student's clinical reasoning development in the simulation setting.  Dr. Knuths incorporates active learning in her concept-based courses to engage students in their journey to professional nurse.  Her teaching philosophy includes the conviction that students need to be supported with respect and compassion while challenged to reach higher and go farther. Dr. Knuths'  Professional Nursing courses integrate scientific knowledge, leadership principles and ethical values to educate the next generation of professional nurses. 


Medical-Surgical Clinical Education

Nursing Simulation Laboratory

Professional Nursing courses

Position: Asst Prof, Nursing
Department: Dept of RN to BS Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6569
E-Mail: LKrueger@css.edu
Louisa Krueger started teaching full-time in the RN to BS Online Nursing program in the fall of 2015 after several years of serving as an adjunct educator for the College of St. Scholastica.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia College in Moorhead (Nursing) and Minnesota State University, Moorhead (Community Health Education).  In 2008, she earned her Masters of Arts in Nursing from the College of St. Scholastica as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and in 2012 earned a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Her professional experience includes public health nursing, nursing education and advanced practice nursing in women’s health and hospice.  Louisa is passionate about online education and the role it can play in meeting the continuing education needs of rural nurses throughout our region.  
Position: Asst. Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-7017
E-Mail: blafromboise@css.edu
Position: Assistant Professor, Grad Nsg
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
E-Mail: mlarson15@css.edu


The College of St. Scholastica - Bachelors of Arts in Nursing, 2003

The College of St. Scholastica - Doctor of Nursing Practice in Family Nurse Practitioner, 2016

Position: Simulation Operations Coord
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6650
E-Mail: clawler@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-5946
E-Mail: LLindgre@css.edu
Ms. Lindgren’s areas of specialty include holistic nursing practices, public health care, and obstetrical care. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and is also certified in Healing Touch. Lori has over 20 years of experience serving people who are low income and homeless. For the past 5 years she has taught primarily the theory content for maternal child, integral health, evidence based practice, public health clinical and nutrition. She has taught the sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate nursing students, as well as the postbaccalaureate nursing students.
The philosophy of holistic and integral care has been a cornerstone for the care that I provide to patients as a nurse and nurse practitioner and I continue to embrace this philosophy as a teacher. Students are more than just students. They bring a unique set of experiences to the classroom. They are individuals with specific needs and gifts. I incorporate their unique experiences into the classroom by asking questions about life experiences and about how to apply other aspects of their education to the current classroom. My teaching philosophy reflects aspects of the integrative model for the School of Nursing and the Benedictine values here at St. Scholastica. The School of Nursing model incorporates the mind, body, and spirit of the person with a focus on an integrative approach to health promotion, a healing journey with illness, and a global perspective with population based health. The skills that are utilized include competence, caring, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The Benedictine values include community, hospitality, respect, stewardship (social justice) and love of learning. Having students learn about the art and science of nursing, themselves, asking pertinent questions, and paying attention to prevention are ways to reflect this model and these values as it pertains to my teaching philosophy.
Primary Goals in Teaching:
To have students learn the art and science of nursing.
We learn from evidence based practice the ways to provide the most effective care, and yet there is the human element of caring that adds a dimension that is not easily researched. I believe the element of caring is critical to the art and science of nursing, and to my teaching. It is the art of nursing. One way I will demonstrate this in my classroom is by role playing a patient and having students ask me questions and provide teaching/counseling. They soon realize that no two circumstances will be the same. The art of care is the dynamic interplay between two people in the classroom or between nurse and patient.
To have students learn about themselves and embrace their unique nature and gifts.
The holistic, integral philosophy allows me to consider the diverse backgrounds of students and understand their unique gifts to the classroom and to nursing. Diversity is more than the ethnic or cultural origins of a person. For me, diversity is the complex individual experiences, interests, and beliefs of the students. Incorporating these factors into my classroom adds a unique richness to the content being discussed.
To have students learn the art of asking pertinent questions.
Learning the art of asking a question not only incorporates what question to ask and when, but why that question is relevant and most importantly how to ask the question with respectful curiosity. Learning the art of asking pertinent questions will aid the student in self-reflection and self-awareness, which brings us back to the first goal. To know ones limitations and strengths is an important attribute in nursing for many reasons, but primarily to provide safe and appropriate nursing care. Also, learning the art of asking pertinent questions will aid the student in life-long learning. 
To have students learn to pay attention to aspects of prevention as it pertains to health care.
Culturally, our health care system is based on a response to people with illness/disease when it occurs. This response-based approach needs to be reformed. One of the ways that is discussed at various conferences and through literature is to focus on prevention interventions. Nursing texts are primarily written in a way that is a response to the illness. What I attempt to do in the classroom is have students pay attention to what interventions could be applied to prevent the disease/illness for patients. The focus on prevention alerts the students to health care disparities and social issues of a more complex nature instead of only learning how to respond to a person with a health issue. Both prevention and response are important to provide optimal health care to people.
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6231
E-Mail: SMattson@css.edu

When I started college, I was a business major.  During my sophomore year, I switched to nursing and it was the best decision that I have ever made!  As a graduate of the CSS nursing program, I can appreciate the history and reputation of the College.  Nursing has proven to be a fulfilling career that has taken me in many professional directions.  As a staff nurse on a post-coronary care unit for 10 years, I had the opportunity to care for patients, be a mentor/ preceptor and charge nurse.  I went back to school and received my Master’s degree and worked as an acute care nurse practitioner in cardiology and primary care.  Now, I have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with students to help educate a workforce of future professional nurses.
My philosophy of teaching is that, as nurses, we get to care for individuals, with our hands and our hearts, at the most vulnerable times in their lives.  It is a responsibility and privilege that should not be taken lightly.  In order for students to feel confident and competent in caring for patients, we need to prepare them for real-life clinical situations.  My primary responsibility is to coordinate and teach in the skills and simulation labs for the School of Nursing.  Students participate in classes that allow them to practice not only the hands-on skills that they will use in the hospital setting but also to practice professional behaviors and therapeutic communication.   We are able to combine technology, through use of high fidelity, interactive manikins, with the fundamentals of holistic, baccalaureate nursing practice as well as the Benedictine values to engage students in realistic, simulated patient-care experiences.  Students progress through increasingly complex skills from sophomore year when they learn basic health assessment until the senior year when they learn to respond to life-threatening situations. Helping students to integrate nursing theory, critical thinking and technical skills has been my most rewarding career yet.

Position: Assoc Prof/Crd AGPCNP Pgm, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 625-4483
E-Mail: SMcCumbe@css.edu
  • Experienced Advanced Practice Nurse-Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist.  Extensive clinical experience in public/community health, care of adults and older adults in long term and community settings and care management and care coordination.
  • ANCC Board Certifications: Adult NP, Gerontological NP, Adult-Gero Primary Care NP, Family NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist Community/Public Health, Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult Health
  • My teaching philosophy focuses on creating an open classroom rich with feedback and opportunities for interaction and active learning.  My goal as a teacher is to instill a commitment to life learning and openness to reflective practice.
  • Education
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Minnesota, 2014
  • Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, The College of St. Scholastica, 2003
  • Post Master's Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate, The College of St. Scholastica, 2001
  • Master of Science, Major-Public Health Nursing, University of Minnesota, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science, Community Health Education, University of Minnesota, 1982
  • Diploma, St. Luke's School of Nursing, 1980
Position: Coord, Educational Exp, NSG
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6795
E-Mail: AMcQuear@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 625-4815
E-Mail: kmcrae@css.edu

Dr. McRae graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in 2015 from the MSN program and became an Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner with expertise in  addiction medicine, older adults, and creative care delivery. Dr. McRae graduated from the CSS Post-Graduate DNP program in 2018 and enjoys teaching in the graduate nursing program. Dr. McRae teaches DNP core courses, APRN foundations, and DNP Clinical Project courses. He has also served as a clinical instructor for the post-baccalaureate undergraduate nursing program. Dr. McRae maintains a full-time hospital based clinical practice in addition to teaching at CSS.

Courses Taught

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Theories of Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Quality Improvement
  • Clinical Project 1
  • Clinical Project 2
  • Health Program Evaluation
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-7003
E-Mail: WThoreso@css.edu
Position: Online Student Advisor, RN/BS
Department: Dept of RN to BS Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-5975
E-Mail: POlson@css.edu
Website: View

As an advisor for the Non Traditional Nursing Program, I am responsible for supporting online students from time of acceptance to the College through the time of graduation. I am the student's professional point of contact with the College and to assist students with all academic matters.   I provide an orientation to all new students to ensure they have the information they need to be successful in the online program.

Position: Asst Prof, Grad Nursing
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-7038
E-Mail: bpettinelli@css.edu




MSN- College of St. Scholastica 2010

BSN- College of St. Scholastica 2007

B.A. - Biochemistry/Biology- College of St. Scholastica 2004

EMT Certificate Mesabi Range Community and Technical College - 2012


Biography: Research interests include multimorbidity management, palliative care, population management, care of the older adult with dementia.


Courses: Advanced Pharmacology, Lifespan Health Assessment

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-6296
E-Mail: KRengo@css.edu


The College of St. Scholastica - Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2017

The College of St. Scholastica - Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate, 2014

Walden University - Nursing Informatics Certificate, 2011

University of Phoenix - Master's of Science in Nursing & Master's of Business Administration, 2008


Psychiatric-Mental Health and Clinical Project Courses in the Graduate Nursing Department.

Position: Instructor, Trad Nursing
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6005
E-Mail: ARestad@css.edu

Amos Restad is an instructor in the traditional undergraduate nursing department. His primary content area is medical-surgical nursing theory, lab, and clinical. Prior to joining the faculty team in 2015, he worked as a registered nurse at Essentia Health in the adult critical care units. He maintains a position there on a casual status. He received his B.S. in nursing and his B.A. in biology from The College of St. Scholastica in 2010. In 2013 he attained his critical care certification through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. He is currently enrolled in the doctorate of nursing practice program at The College of St. Scholastica and is pursuing his family nurse practitioner credentials.

Amos has worked with the faculty team to develop a concept-based nursing curriculum. He is a member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical and Simulation Learning (INACSL), and he has developed new simulations based on INACSL guidelines. Additional service activities include developing a guide for faculty recruiting incoming students and educating faculty and staff within the school of nursing on use of new technology that may enhance learning opportunities. In his spare time he enjoys spending time at the gym, gardening, kayaking, and motorcycling with his family.


Professional Nursing & Health Care II

Health Continuum II: Individual Physiologic Responses Theory

Health Continuum II: Individual Physiologic Responses Lab and Simulation

Interprofessional Care Coordination of Veterans

Medical-Surgical Clinical

Professional Nursing & Health Care V: Transition to Practice Theory

Professional Nursing & Health Care V: Transition to Practice Simulation

Position: Admin Spec, Undergrad Nursing
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-7057
E-Mail: wrose@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6780
E-Mail: eschmitz1@css.edu


Doctorate of Nursing Practice

The College of St. Scholastica

Duluth, MN


Master of Science in Nursing

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bethel University

St. Paul, MN


Teaching Responsibilities:

Recipients of Care across the Lifespan II and III - theory and clinicals; Health Continuum II and III - clinicals; Health Continuum V - lab and Alaska Capstone.


Academic and Research Interests:

Pediatrics, Community Health Nursing including School Based Nursing, Food Allergy Awareness, and Evidenced Based Practice.

Position: Asst. Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
E-Mail: mskoff@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof , Grad NSG
Department: DNP
E-Mail: ksmith25@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, Nursing
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-7051
E-Mail: lstarr@css.edu


Position: Admin Specialist, NSG
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6272
E-Mail: skaiser@css.edu
Position: Admin Assistant II, Nursing
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6566
E-Mail: SThores2@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof/Interim Sim Dir, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-7035
E-Mail: jtingum@css.edu

Education: Winona State University: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2008 St. Catherine’s University: Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator, 2016 Biography: JoAnn Tingum joined The College of St. Scholastica in 2018. Her clinical background includes work with patients in General Medical, Palliative, and Critical Care. In addition, JoAnn has experience working in education in the healthcare setting with a focus on promoting professional development among nursing staff and patient care teams. JoAnn has a passion for education and medical simulation. She holds a membership to the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Past work has included collaborating in the development and implementation of simulation training for nursing staff and multidisciplinary teams covering topics across specialties and across the lifespan with an emphasis on improving patient safety. In her free-time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with family. JoAnn will be teaching in the traditional undergrad nursing program.

Position: Asst Professor, Post Bac Nsg
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
E-Mail: btollefson1@css.edu


Concordia College, Moorhead, MN - Bachelor of Arts in Nursing
Saint Xavier, Chicago, IL - Masters of Science in Nursing; program focus: Clinical Nurse Leader
Concordia University, Mequon, WI - Doctor of Nursing Practice; program focus: Executive Leadership


Assistant Professor Tollefson has enjoyed working in various areas of nursing.  She began her career as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department in both rural and urban settings.  Dr. Tollefson has been a travel nurse in California and rural ND.  She has also worked in psychiatric/mental health, medical/surgical, long-term care, and ambulatory surgical settings.  She has been in nursing education since 2010 and has recognized a love for developing the nursing workforce.  

Areas of Focus:

Psychiatric/Mental Health
Veteran-Centered Care
Community/Public Health
Emergency Nursing

Position: Asst Prof, Vet Grant Program
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6789
E-Mail: gwhite@css.edu
Website: View

Education: Lake Superior College - Associate of Arts, 2009

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Associate of Science in Nursing, 2011

Community College of the Air Force - Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health, 2012

Minnesota State University Moorhead - Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2014

Simmons College - Master of Science in Family Nurse Practice, 2017


Greg is an advanced practice registered nurse and Veteran with experience in multiple roles including pre-hospital, flight and military medicine, emergency and critical care nursing, as well as nursing education and leadership. His current role at CSS is as the Veteran Faculty Lead and Clinical Liaison for the Veteran to BS in Nursing Program. He serves as the advisor and clinical instructor for cohorts of Veteran and service-connected nursing students throughout their entire academic progression in the Undergraduate Nursing Program. His goal is to help train Veterans to be excellent nurses who are able to continue to serve their community after their uniformed service to their country is complete through the acknowledgement and inclusion of their very unique experiences and skills into their nursing education. 

Recent achievements: 

He is an inductee and active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and holds certification in Family Nurse Practice from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), of which he is also a member.


NSG 3334: Health Continuum II (Clinical)

NSG 3222: Nursing Care Across the Lifespan II (Clinical)

NSG 3337: Health Continuum III (Clinical)

NSG 3370: Pathopharmacology for Nursing Practice (Lecture, Faculty Lead)

NSG 4222: Nursing Care Across the Lifespan III (Clinical)

NSG 8150: Pathophysiology for Advanced Clinical Practice