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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

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

Dr. Alexandra Torres, DNP, MBA, RN

Regional Dean of Nursing – North Central; Interim Dean of Nursing at Eagan

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

Dr. 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

Dr. Kari Luoma, PhD, RN

BSN Program Director, School of Nursing; Interim Dean of Nursing at Mankato

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

Dr. Georgia Vest, DNP, RN

Senior Dean, School of Nursing

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

Dr. 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

Dr. Kelly McCullough, DNP, ARNP

Regional Dean of Nursing – Southcentral

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

Michelle Howard, MSN, RN, CNS, CHSE

National Simulation Director

Education: MSN, Liberty University; BSN, Southwest Baptist University


Professor & Director, MSN Program – National Online

Education: DNP, Rush University, Chicago; MS and BS, University of Wyoming; AS and ADN, Casper College


Krista Hoekstra, EdD, RN, PHN

Area Dean of Nursing – Bloomington, Blaine, Lake Elmo/Woodbury

Education: EdD, MA and BS, Bethel University

Shantelle Smith, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Moorhead

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

Kristopher Kallies, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Bloomington

Education: MS and BS, The University of Arizona; ADN, Minneapolis Community and Technical College; LPN, Hennepin Technical College

Rayette Heise, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Blaine

Education: MSN, Chamberlain University; BAN, College of St. Scholastica

Joni Vaughn, DNP, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Bloomington

Education: DNP and MSN, Regis University of Colorado; DSN, Marycrest University of Iowa

Audrey Charchenko, DNP, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing – Fargo

Education: DNP, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND; MSN: Nursing Administration, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND; BSN, Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND

Sarah Kacena, PH, MSN

Associate Dean of Nursing Rasmussen College- Bloomington

Education: In process of receiving Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Grand Canyon University; MSN, Western Governors University; BSN, University of North Dakota; ADN, Northland Community and Technical College

Kathleen Smith, DNP, RN, PHN, MSL

Dean of Nursing – Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove

Education: DNP, St. Catherine University; MSN and BSN, University of Miami

Shirl Pelham-Bennett, DNP, RN, CHE

Associate Dean of Nursing, NOL

Education: DNP, Chamberlain University; MSN, Regis University; BSN, East Stroudsburg University, School of Nursing

Jacqueline James, MSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing - Lake Elmo/Woodbury

Education: MSN-Ed, Western Governor’s University; BSN, Minnesota State Mankato

Sandra Bogenrief, MSN, MBA, RN

Dean of Nursing – St. Cloud

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

Dr. Sabrina Ehmke, DNP, RNC-OB, NPD-BC, PHN

Dean of Nursing – Mankato

Education: DNP, American Sentinel University; MSN, Grand Canyon University; BSN, Minnesota State University, Mankato


Laila Torres, MSN, RN

Area Dean of Nursing - Aurora, Mokena/Tinley Park, Romeoville, Rockford

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

Elizabeth Pacheco, DNP, MSN, RN, CWCN, ADN

Associate Dean of Nursing - Aurora

Education: DNP, Chamberlain University; MSN, Chamberlain University; BSN, Columbia College Recinto de Yauco; ADN, Columbia College Recinto de Yauco

Linda Taylor, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Dean - Rockford

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; MSN, Northern Illinois University; BS, Rockford College

Sandy Boffa, PhD, MSN, RN, CHPN

Associate Dean of Nursing - Romeoville/Joliet Campus

Education: MSN and BSN, Chamberlain University

Dr. Maria F. Martinez, DNP, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing – Mokena/Tinley Park

Education: DNP, University of St. Francis; MSN, Resurrection University; BSN, Aurora University


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

Deanna Wolfskeil, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Fort Myers

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

Dawn McLaughlin, MSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing – Ocala

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

Lisa Johnson, MSN/Ed, RN, LPN

Associate Dean of Nursing - Fort Myers

Education: MSN/Ed, Walden University; ADN, Rasmussen College; LPN, Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology

Alexandria Carey, MSN MBA-HC, RN, CNE, CPEN, CEN

Associate Dean of Nursing - Ocala

Education: MSN and MBA-HC, University of Phoenix; BSN, California State University Northridge

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

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

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


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


Jamie Magana, MSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing – Topeka/Overland Park

Education: MSN, University of Kansas; BSN, Emporia State University

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