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Nursing experts with a passion for teaching

What makes SFA’s nursing program so amazing?

Our dedicated and passionate instructors have decades of clinical experience and advanced degrees in their fields – and, most importantly, love teaching. Our faculty members have varied backgrounds, from pediatrics and prenatal care to psychiatric nursing and dialysis – and as a nursing student at SFA, you’ll have the opportunity to work side-by-side with them in the classroom and in clinical settings at area hospitals.

Dr. Sara Bishop, RNC-OB, CNE
Associate Professor

Dr. Bishop earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana State University, her Master of Science in health professions from Texas State University, and her Ph.D. in nursing research from Texas Woman's University. She began her clinical career in the United States Army as a perinatal nurse, an area in which she continued to practice as a civilian.

Bishop’s research interests include qualitatively exploring violence in the perinatal period, student retention, and simulation in nursing education. She has been a nurse educator for more than 20 years.

Carol Athey, MA, MSN, RN, CNOR, CCAP
Clinical Instructor

Carol Athey earned her associate degree in nursing from Angelina College, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Arts in Art Education from SFA and her master’s degree in nursing education from the University of Texas at Tyler. Her teaching interests include basic nursing care, medical-surgical nursing, community health nursing, aromatherapy, complementary and alternative therapies and perioperative nursing. She has been a certified perioperative registered nurse since 1989 and a certified clinical aromatherapy practitioner since 2015.

Kesha Becnel, MSN, RN
Clinical Instructor

Kesha Becnel holds a B.S. in Nursing from Nicholls State University and an M.S. in nursing education from the University of Texas at Tyler. She has worked on various medical surgical units throughout her nursing career, and she made the transition to nursing educator in 2012. Her teaching interests include fundamentals, health assessment, pharmacology and basic medical surgical nursing.  

Erin Bailey, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Associate Professor

Erin Bailey was born and raised in Nacogdoches and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SFA (Axe ‘em, Jacks!). She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech and her doctoral degree in nursing practice from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Her teaching specialties are children and women’s health, nursing capstone, pharmacology and courses for the family nurse practitioner. In addition to teaching, she also serves as a family nurse practitioner in a local primary care clinic.

Susan Ballard, DNP, RN
Associate Professor

Dr. Ballard received her Associate Degree in Nursing from William Buchannan School of Nursing at Texarkana, Texas. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arlington, and her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Walden in Baltimore. She has served as president for STTI chapter for the School of Nursing at SFA.

K. Sheree Barrios, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC
Clinical Instructor

Sheree Barrios holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Master of Science in Nursing with women’s health nurse practitioner concentration from Northwestern State University. Throughout her nursing career, she has worked as a registered nurse in the following areas: hospice, home health, physician's office, university health services, postpartum and nursery. She currently works as a women’s health nurse practitioner in a women's clinic in Nacogdoches.

Angel Brewer, MSN, RN
Clinical Instructor   

Angel Brewer joined the DeWitt School of Nursing in 2012. She has worked as a nurse in six states and accumulated 35 years of varied nursing experience, including serving as a pediatric, nursery, maternity, home health, hospice, psychiatric, perioperative, wound and ostomy care, and medical-surgical nurse.

Additionally, Brewer has served as a nurse educator since 2002. She received an associate degree in nursing from Thornton Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch and Master of Science in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University. Brewer currently teaches Fundamentals of Nursing in classroom and clinical settings and also serves as the Student Nurses Association faculty advisor.

Candace Carter, MSN, FNP-C, RN
Clinical Instructor

Candace Carter received her B.S.N. and her M.S.N. from The University of Texas at Tyler. She has worked in neurological, medical-surgical and neuro/trauma critical care units throughout the United States. She received a post-masters FNP Certification in 2016 from the University of South Alabama. In addition to teaching at SFA, she works for a family practice clinic in Nacogdoches.

Dr. Della Connor, FNP-BC, RN
Associate Professor

Dr. Connor holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and she earned her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler. She has taught nursing since 2006 at the baccalaureate level, and she has been a family nurse practitioner since 2005. She has worked part-time with a local nephrology group, conducting chronic kidney disease educational sessions and rounding on dialysis patients. Her nursing interests include nephrology and dialysis, nutrition and fitness, motivation and coaching for nursing education success.

Kim Deaton, DNP, RN, FNP-C
Assistant Professor

Dr. Kim Deaton is a proud alumna of the DeWitt School of Nursing. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and is certified as a family nurse practitioner. Deaton completed her doctoral degree in nursing practice at Chamberlain School of Nursing. She began her career as an emergency room nurse, and her experience in surgery ranges from working as a circulator to day surgery to endoscopy. She served as coordinator of the stroke program for CHI St. Luke's Memorial, the first JACHO-certified stroke center in Angelina County. She continues to work as a family nurse practitioner in the emergency room and at urgent care facilities in the East Texas area.

Dr. Tammy Harris, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Associate Professor and Director

Dr. Tammy Harris earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SFA, her Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner focus from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and her doctoral degree in nursing practice from Chatham University. She has taught at SFA for more than 20 years and has continued to practice as a family nurse practitioner. She has worked in the clinical areas of women’s health, occupational health, family practice and surgery. She also enjoys participating in medical mission trips to third-world countries and has had the opportunity to take students on many occasions. Harris’ research interests include the use of simulation to develop critical thinking, student recruitment and retention, and civility in nursing.

Dr. Janice Hensarling, FNP-BC, RN
Assistant Professor

Dr. Hensarling’s research interests include community health, family health, family support and diabetes. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SFA, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and her Ph.D. from Texas Woman's University.

Shelley Hunt, BSN, MSN, RN
Clinical Instructor

Shelley Hunt earned her associate degree in nursing from Texarkana College, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler and holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler. She has worked in labor and delivery at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Her primary teaching interest is nursing care of women and children. .

Angela Jones, DNP, RN
Assistant Professor

Dr. Angela Jones joined the DeWitt School of Nursing as an assistant professor in August 2015. She received her Vocational Nursing Certificate and Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Angelina College, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler, and her doctoral degree in nursing practice from Duquesne University. Her scholarship interests include patient safety, teamwork and collaboration among nursing programs, cultural awareness among nursing faculty, and innovative teaching methodologies to enhance student learning. Jones has clinical experience in medical-surgical nursing, postpartum, perianesthesia and community nursing. She is an experienced nurse educator currently teaching Assessment across the Lifespan (didactic and clinical) in the bachelor’s program and Nursing Theory for the Advanced Practice Role in the master’s program. Additionally, she is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program coordinator.

Michelle Klein, BBA, MSN, RN
Clinical Instructor

Michelle Klein holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas Tech University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler. She serves as a chair of the School of Nursing Policy and Procedure Committee and as course coordinator for basic care of nursing and special problems in nursing.

Laura Logan, MSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Instructor

Laura Logan earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lamar University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University. She has served as a nurse since 1988, specializing in critical care nursing, and joined the SFA faculty in 2006.

Regina Low, RN, MSN
Clinical Instructor

Regina Low holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in Sacramento. She has worked as a nurse since 1979, and her specialization is critical care and geriatric nursing.

Cindi McCarley, RN, DSN
Clinical Instructor

Dr. McCarley holds an Associate Degree in Nursing from Angelina College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler, a Master of Science in Nursing in critical care from Northwestern State University and a Doctorate of Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Her major research interest is pulmonary medicine, and she has worked closely with area hospitals to coordinate the Better Breathers Club, a support group for people with chronic lung disease.

Debra McCarthy, MSN, CNM, RN
Clinical Instructor

Debra McCarthy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is a certified nurse-midwife and served as the clinic director for the Montgomery County Health Department for several years.

Dr. Karen Migl, Ph.D., RN
Associate Professor

Dr. Karen Migl holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She received a master’s degree in education, guidance and counseling from SFA and her doctoral degree from UTMB.

Kassondra N. Perry-Weaver
Senior secretary

Kassondra Perry-Weaver came to SFA after a 26-year career in law enforcement and 911 emergency dispatching. She earned her degree in Christian education at the East Bay Theological Seminary in 2007.

Dr. Rose Powell, RN
Associate Professor

Dr. Powell earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Fort Hays State University, her Master of Science in Nursing from Wichita State University and her doctorate from George Mason University. She has been nursing since 1978, and her specializations include medical/surgical nursing and nursing administration.

Christopher Ryan, DNP, RN
Clinical Instructor

Dr. Ryan earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SFA, and he worked as a critical care nurse for nine years before he earned his Master of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman's University, specializing in adult health as a clinical nurse specialist. He completed his Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Missouri, and his teaching interests include special problems and nursing care of the young adult.

Joanie Selman, RN, MSN
Clinical Instructor

Joanie Selman earned a Bachelor of Science in medical technology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SFA, and she worked for several years as an ICU nurse before earning her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler. Her special interest is the use of simulation as a learning tool to enhance student learning, and she serves on the simulation committee and is active in the development of simulations using high fidelity mannequins.

Celina Serna, RN, MSN
Clinical Instructor

Celina Serna holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SFA and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.  Her nursing experience includes medical surgical, chemotherapy infusion, preoperative and postanesthesia care. As a first-generation high school and college graduate, she has a special interest helping all students succeed.

Joy Shupak, MSN, RN
Clinical Instructor

Joy Shupak earned her B.S.N. from the University of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center and her M.S.N. from the University of Texas at El Paso. She currently services as a clinical instructor teaching Care of the Complex Client.

Veronica Sjolander, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Clinical Instructor

Veronica Sjolander has a variety of experience in nursing with a predominate focus in forensics. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from Kaplan University, and she is credentialed as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for both adult/adolescent (SANE-A) and pediatric (SANE-P) patients. She is currently the president-elect of the International Association of Forensic Nurses-Texas Chapter. Sjolander works as a commissioned peace officer, and she has worked with Angelina Count Sheriff's Department, Angelina Count District Attorney's Office and Montgomery County District Attorney's Office as an investigator.

Crystal Talavera, MSN, RN
Clinical Instructor

Crystal Talavera received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lamar University and her Master of Science in Nursing and women's health practitioner certification from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She has worked as a labor and delivery nurse and as the clinical director at the UTMB Regional Maternal Child Health Program. Her primary area of interest is women's health.

Katy Trotty, MSN, RN, CLC
Clinical Instructor

Katy Trotty holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SFA and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler. She is currently working as a clinical instructor in the maternal/child course and as a lactation counselor for Nacogdoches Women’s Services. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Dr. Sherry Van Meter, DNP, RN, PMHNP, WHNP, BC
Assistant Professor

Dr. Van Meter holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SFA, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She has worked as a nurse since 1996, and her specialties are mental health and women's health.

Marilyn King
Administrative Assistant

Marilyn King was born and raised in Nacogdoches and has 10 years of service with SFA. She serves as secretary of the Woden High School Alumni Association. She is married and has two sons.

Rebecca Zihlman Self, BSN, RN
Simulation Lab Assistant

Rebecca Zihlman Self is an SFA graduate, and her nursing experience include medical surgical, day surgery, recovery, infection control and employee health. Rebecca is the simulation lab assistant for the Ed and Gwen Cole Simulation Lab at the Richard & Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing.

Christopher Strong
Academic Advisor

Christopher Strong holds a Bachelor of Science in health science from SFA and a master’s degree in education from Walden University. In 2011, Strong worked as the project coordinator for the Statewide At-Risk Tracking and Intervention for Nurses grant, hosted through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the School of Nursing. The grant studied 27 different nursing schools across the state of Texas. Once the grant ended in 2013, Strong became the advisor for the School of Nursing.

Dee Kimbrough, MSN, RN, FNP
Clinical Instructor

Dee Kimbrough is a native East Texan from Jacksonville. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SFA in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing with a family nurse practitioner focus from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2000. She has over 24 years of experience in psychiatric nursing, nursing administration and nursing leadership and 17 years of experience as a nurse practitioner. In her spare time, she loves to hunt, fish, cook and watch college football.

Dr. Christell Bray, Ph.D., APRN, FNP
Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Christell (Chris) Bray is a visiting professor of nursing. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin and her doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, obtaining a certification as a family nurse practitioner from Corpus Christi State University. She has worked in mostly primary care clinical settings throughout her nursing career and has also served as distance education coordinator and chair of the graduate department at two other universities. Her research interests include the quality of distance education, especially as it relates to graduate education.

Laurel Matthews, MSN
Clinical Instructor

Laurel Matthews is a native East Texan and an SFA alumna. She completed her Bachelor Science in Nursing at SFA and obtained her master’s degree in nursing education at the University of Texas at Tyler. Her background includes medical-surgical experience, with an emphasis in oncology and renal diseases, as well as community nursing and education. Her nursing interests include nutrition, exercise, cultural complacency in nursing and innovative teaching strategies to enhance student learning.

Allison Younger, MSN, RN
Clinical Instructor

Allison Younger is a Texas native, born and raised in Nacogdoches. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SFA in 2009 and her Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Texas at Tyler in May. Younger’s nursing experience primarily focuses on women’s and children’s care and adult medical-surgical care. She currently teaches Nursing Care of the Young Adult to Elderly. She is married to Paul Younger and has two children, Eleanor and Jacob.

 

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Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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