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School of Nursing Mission and Philosophy


In accordance with the mission statement of Rasmussen College, the School of Nursing mission is to cultivate a learning environment that develops a skill set for critical thinking and to educate students in the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide safe and competent nursing care in the communities we serve.


The School of Nursing philosophy is anchored in the belief that nursing education should prepare students to function safely and effectively in the generalist role. We believe that nursing education should provide students an opportunity to progress within a laddered curriculum in order to enhance the profession of nursing and to serve as a foundation for lifelong learning. Nurses should be prepared to provide ethical, holistic and compassionate care to diverse populations in a variety of settings. We feel that by incorporating into our curriculum the standards set forth by our governing bodies, the evidenced-based research provided by our colleagues, and the values and criteria promoted by our national nursing organizations, our goal can best be accomplished.

School Leadership

Joan Rich, DNP, RN, PHN, FCN

Vice President, School of Nursing

Education: DNP, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; MLS, University of Minnesota; BA, College of St. Scholastica

Georgia Vest, DNP, RN

Senior Dean, School of Nursing

Education: DNP, University of Southern Indiana; MSN, University of Southern Indiana; BSN, Eastern Kentucky University

Kari Luoma, PhD, RN

BSN Program Director, School of Nursing

Education: PhD, Capella University; MSN, Clarkson College; BSN, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

Abigail Gerding, PhD, RN

Graduate Program Director, School of Nursing 

Education: PhD, Ohio State University; MSN, Ohio State University; BSN, Mobile College

Lynn Bilder, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC

Director of Curriculum, School of Nursing

Education: PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MSN, University of Cincinnati; BSN, Marywood University

Alexandra Torres, MSN, MBA, RN

Regional Dean of Nursing – North Central

Education: MSN, University of Tampa; MBA, University of Tampa; BSN, University of South Florida

Kelly McCullough, DNP, ARNP

Regional Dean of Nursing – Southcentral

Education: DNP, University of South Alabama; MS, BS, University of South Florida

Dr. John Smith-Coppes, EdD, MBA

Vice President and Executive Director of Nursing

Education: EdD, Benedictine University; MBA, Bethel University; BACC, University of San Diego


Cheryl Pratt, EdD, MA, RN, NEA-BC

Dean of Nursing – Mankato

Education: EdD, Argosy University; MA, College of St. Scholastica; BSN, Winona State University

Kristine Simoni, MSN, OHN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Brooklyn Park

Education: MSN, Metropolitan State University; BSN, Metropolitan State University; AAS, Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

Sandra Bogenrief, MSN, MBA, RN

Dean of Nursing – St. Cloud

Education: MSN, Grand Canyon University; BSN, Bethel University

Shantelle Smith, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Moorhead

Education: MSN, Sacred Heart University; BSN, Medcenter One College of Nursing; BA Mass Communications, St. Cloud State University

Angela Christian, DNP, RNC

Dean of Nursing – Eagan

Education: DNP, Metro State University; MSN, Minnesota State University – Mankato; BSN, College of St. Benedict

Joe Klein, MSN, RN

Interim Dean of Nursing – Bloomington

Education: MSN, Saint Catherine University; BA, St. Olaf College

Tochi Ubani, DNP, RN

Dean of Nursing – Blaine

Education: DNP, Walden University; MSN, Walden University; BSN, Chamberlain University; BS, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Julia Ugorji, DNP, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing – Blaine

Education: DNP, Walden University; MSN, Grand Canyon University; BS, University of the District of Columbia

Erica Evans, DNP, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing – Fargo/Moorhead

Education: DNP, Capella University; MSN, University of Mary; BSN, Minnesota State University – Moorhead


Sandra Kaufman, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Romeoville

Education: MSN, Grand Canyon University; BSN, Loyola University of Chicago

Stacy McNall, MSN, RN, IBCLC

Dean of Nursing – Rockford Campus

Education: MSN, University of Phoenix

Jeannine Haberman, DNP(c), MSN, MBA, CNE, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing – Mokena

Education: DNP(c), Capella University; MSN, Lewis University; MBA, Lewis University; BSN, MacMurray College

Laila Torres, MSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing – Aurora/Naperville

Education: MSN, Chamberlain University; BSN South University; ADN, William Rainey Harper College


Stephanie Yackel, DNP, RN

Dean of Nursing – Tampa/Brandon

Education: DNP, American Sentinel University; MAN, Bethel University; BSN, Bethel College Eagan

Maura Stafford, MSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing – Tampa/Brandon

Education: MSN, University of South Florida; BSN, University of Panama

Karen Guty, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Ocala

Education: DNP, Duquesne University; MSN, Duquesne University; BSN, Penn State University

Dawn McLaughlin, MSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing – Ocala

Education: MSN-MHA, University of Phoenix; BSN, University of Phoenix; ADN, Central Florida Community College

Kara Walls, MS, APNP-C

Dean of Nursing – New Port Richey/West Pasco Campus

Education: DNP, University of North Florida; MSN, University of Tennessee; BS, East Tennessee State University

Deanna Wolfskeil, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Fort Myers

Education: MS, Florida Atlantic University; BSN, Mississippi University for Women

Mary Kohler, PhD, RN

Dean of Nursing – Land O’Lakes

Education: PhD, University of South Florida; MS in Nursing, Florida Atlantic University; BSN Florida Atlantic University; AAS, Salem College

Nancy Kaplan, MSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing –  Fort Myers

Education: MSN, Walden University; BSN, Harding University

Allison Hamilton, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing – Ocala S/Orlando

Education: DNP, Nova Southeastern University; MSN, University of Phoenix; BSN, Florida A&M University


Julie Williams, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Green Bay

Education: MSN-Ed., University of Phoenix – Nursing Education; BSN, University of Phoenix – Nursing; ADN, Bay De Noc Community College – Nursing

Jennifer Koback, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Wausau

Education: MSN, Grand Canyon University; BSN, University of WI – Eau Claire


Rebecca Hastings, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Topeka/Overland Park

Education: MSN, University of Phoenix; MPH, A.T. Stills University; BS, Bellevue University; ADN, Neosho County Community College

Cynthia Lancaster, MSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing – Overland Park

Education: MSN, MBA, BS, MidAmerica Nazarene University; BS, California Polytechnic State University

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