Stephen F. Austin State University

Faculty and Staff Listing

Sara Bishop, Ph.D, RNC-OB,CNE
Sara Bishop, Ph.D, RNC-OB,CNE - Director of the School of Nursing Office: Richard & Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 110A Phone: 936.468.7704
Dr. Sara Bishop earned her BS in Nursing from Indiana State University, her MS in Health Professions (Health Administration focus) from Texas State University, and her PhD in Nursing Research from Texas Woman's University. Sara has been a nurse educator for over 20 years. She began her clinical career in the U.S. Army as a perinatal nurse, an area in which she continued to practice as a civilian. Her research interests include qualitatively exploring violence in the perinatal period, student retention, and simulation in nursing education.

Quote to live by: If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. (Margaret Mead)

Carol Athey, MSN, RN, CNOR
Carol Athey, MSN, RN, CNOR - Clinical Instructor Office: Richard & Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 174 Phone: 936.468.7720
Carol Athey has over 30 years of nursing experience with the majority of those years in perioperative nursing. She graduated from Angelina College with an ADN in 1981. She returned to school and earned her BSN here at SFASU in 2005. Encouragement from SFA nursing faculty motivated her to complete her MSN in nursing education at UT Texas at Tyler in 2008. She currently teaches Basic Care of the Adult Client, Complementary and Alternative Therapies, and Perioperative Nursing.
Favorite Quote: "All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives." - Dalai Lama
Kesha Becnel, MSN, RN
Kesha Becnel, MSN, RN - Clinical Instructor Office: 164 Phone: 936.468.7739
Kesha Becnel earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nicholls State University in 2002. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2010. Kesha has worked on various medical surgical units throughout her nursing career and made the transition to nursing educator in 2012. She most recently taught fundamentals, health assessment, pharmacology, and basic medical surgical nursing at Angelina College. Kesha is excited to join the SFA School of Nursing and teach Nursing Care of Young Adult to Elderly.
Erin Bailey, DNP, MSN-FNP-BC, RN
Erin Bailey, DNP, MSN-FNP-BC, RN - Assistant Professor Office: Richard & Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 144 Phone: 936.468.7733
Erin Bailey was born and raised in Nacogdoches. She earned her Bachelor's in nursing here at SFASU in 2000; her Master's in nursing from Texas Tech and UT Tyler in 2006, and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 2011. Her teaching specialty is Children and Women's Health and Nursing Capstone. She is also a Family Nurse Practitioner in a local primary care clinic.
Favorites: the beach, anything outdoors, spending time with her kids
Susan Ballard, DNP,RN
Susan Ballard, DNP,RN - Assistant Professor Office: Richard and Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 164 Phone: 936.468.7721
Dr. Ballard received her Associate Degree in Nursing from William Buchannan School of Nursing at Texarkana, Texas in December of 1979. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from University of Arlington in 1987. In April of 2008 she completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of Walden in Baltimore, Maryland. August 2014, she completed a Doctoral of Nursing Practice at the University of Walden in Baltimore. Dr. Ballard has spent the last several years working in the academic field. Her current passion is teaching Basic Nursing at the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing at Stephen F. Austin State University. At the present she serves as the former president for STTI chapter for the School of Nursing here at SFASU.
K. Sheree Barrios, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC
K. Sheree Barrios, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC - Clinical Instructor Office: 158 Phone: 936.468.7730

Sheree Barrios is originally from Louisiana, and graduated with her BSN from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1998. She obtained her MSN with role concentration of WHNP from Northwestern State University in 2011. Throughout her nursing career, she has worked as an RN in the following areas: Hospice, Home Health, Physician's Office, University Health Services, Postpartum, and Nursery. She currently works as a WHNP in a women's clinic in Nacogdoches, and is passionate about patient education and empowering those she cares for. In her spare time, Sheree loves being a baseball and volleyball mom.

The quote that has inspired her throughout her life is from Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God will be with you wherever you go".

Angel Brewer, RN, MSN
Angel Brewer, RN, MSN - Clinical Instructor Office: Richard and Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 120 Phone: 936.468.7714
Angel Brewer has 30 years of varied experience in all areas of nursing except critical care. During the past ten years, Angel has taught nurses, patients, and students as a nursing educator. She has practiced nursing in IL, IN, TX, KY, FL, and TN. Angel started her career as an emergency medical technician and nursing assistant after graduating from high school. She later graduated with her ADN from Thornton Community College/Illinois in 1983, her BSN from the University of TX Medical Branch/Galveston in 1991, and her MSN in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University /Arizona in 2010. Angel has recently returned to TX after 20 years and currently teaches Medical-Surgical Nursing.
Candace Carter, MSN, FNP-C, RN
Candace Carter, MSN, FNP-C, RN - Clinical Instructor Office: DeWitt School of Nursing, Room 168 Phone: 936.468.7715
Candace Carter is a native East Texan from Shelbyville. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Tyler in 2008 and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2012. 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. She currently works for a family practice clinic in Center/Nacogdoches. She currently teaches in the course, Care of the Complex Client. Her personal favorite quote: "You have not lived a perfect day, unless you've done something for someone who will never be able to repay you."- Ruth Smeltzer
Della Connor, PhD, FNP-BC, RN
Della Connor, PhD, FNP-BC, RN - Assistant Professor Office: Richard & Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 150 Phone: 936.468.7713
Della Connor was born in South Dakota and raised in Montana. She came to Texas in 1980 to attend college and after that made Texas her home. She earned Bachelor in nursing from Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, her Master Degree in Nursing, as a Family Nurse Practitioner at UTMB in Galveston, Texas, and recently earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler. She has taught nursing for 11 years at the baccalaureate level. She has been a FNP for the last 12 years practicing in practically every opportunity a FNP has! She has worked part-time for the last 5 years 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. She currently teaches Community Nursing at SFASU.
Personal Favorite Quote: "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow." Mary Anne Radmacher, American writer
Kim Deaton, MSN, FNP-BC, RN
Kim Deaton, MSN, FNP-BC, RN - Clinical Instructor Office: 142 Phone: 936.468.7744
Kim Deaton, MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-C graduated from SFA in 2006 she started her career as an ER nurse. Her experience ranges in surgery as a circulator and in Day surgery to endoscopy. She became the Stroke program coordinator in for CHI St Luke's Memorial in 2010 where she successfully implemented the stroke program hospital wide and led them to the first JACHO certified stroke center in the county. In 2012 she graduated from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with her Masters of Nursing and certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She works in the Emergency Room and at Urgent care facilities in the area and is please to come home to SFA to teach our future nurses.
Tammy Harris, DNP, FNP-BC, RN
Tammy Harris, DNP, FNP-BC, RN - Assistant Professor Office: Richard & Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 154 Phone: 936.468.7719
Dr. Tammy Harris is originally from Kansas City, Missouri but earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1993. She completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at The University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston in 1996 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Harris received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2011. Her research focused on developing clinical judgment in nursing students.
Dr. Harris has taught for over 18 years and is the course coordinator for N-307 Health Assessment. She also chairs the Student Affairs Committee and supervises admissions for the SFA nursing program. In addition to her teaching responsibilites she continues to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She enjoys many outdoor activities and serves on a medical mission team which provides healthcare in Central America.
Personal favorite quote: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau

Janice Hensarling, PhD, FNP-BC, RN
Janice Hensarling, PhD, FNP-BC, RN - Assistant Professor Office: Richard and Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 146 Phone: 936.468.7732
Dr. Janice Hensarling is interested in research in Community Health, Family Health, Family Support, Diabetes. She attended the following educational institutions, Texas Woman's University, 2009, PhD; UTMB Galveston, 1996, MSN-FNP; SFASU, 1988, BSN; Angelina College, 1976, ADN.
Malcolm Hotzman, MSN, RN
Malcolm Hotzman, MSN, RN - Clinical Instructor Office: 160 Phone: 936.468.7731
Malcolm Hotzman is a proud alumni of SFASU School of Nursing, Class of 2002. He later earned his MSN in Nursing Education from UT-Tyler. Always fascinated by psychiatric nursing, he initially spent time working in dialysis, PACU, and hospice before taking a position as a staff nurse at Rusk State Hospital. He was then honored to serve his fellow veterans by working at the Charles Wilson Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. His desire is to share his passion for psychiatric nursing with his students.

Shelley Hunt, MSN, RN
Shelley Hunt, MSN, RN - Clinical Instructor Office: Richard & Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 170 Phone: 936.468.7709
Shelley Hunt began her nursing career upon graduating with her Associate Degree in Nursing from Texarkana College in 2006. She went on to complete the RN to MSN track at the University of Texas at Tyler receiving her Master of Science in Nursing Education in 2010. For the past six years she has worked in Labor and Delivery at Nacogdoches Medical Center with experience in pediatrics, medical-surgical, nursery, and postpartum, as well. She feels blessed to share her passion in nursing with her students by currently teaching Nursing Care of Women and Children II and instructing students in the lab in Assessment Across the Lifespan. In addition to nursing and teaching, she has a passion for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for which she has volunteered for over ten years. She also finds joy serving on medical mission trips to Ecuador. Her life and career are inspired by the following:
"It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving."~Mother Teresa Proverbs 3:5-6, 16:3
Angela Jones, DNP, RN
Angela Jones, DNP, RN - Assistant Professor Office: 152 Phone: 936.468.7725
Dr. Angela Jones joined the DeWitt School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor in August 2015. She received her Vocational Nursing Certificate (1995) and Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (1996) from Angelina College. Both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2001) and Master of Science in Nursing (2007) degrees were received from the University of Texas at Tyler. Dr. Jones received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2013). Her scholarship interest include patient safety, teamwork and collaboration among nursing programs, cultural awareness among nursing faculty, and innovative teaching methodologies to enhance student learning. Dr. Jones has been a nurse for 20 years. She has clinical experience in medical-surgical nursing, postpartum, perianesthesia, and community nursing. She is an experienced nurse educator currently teaching Basic Care of Adult Clients (didactic and clinical) in the DeWitt School of Nursing.
Marilyn King
Marilyn King - Adminstrative Assistant Office: 110 Phone: 936.468.7705

Marilyn was born and raised in Nacogdoches and has over 15 years of state service. She loves working in the yard, attending basketball and Houston Astros games. She is a proud graduate of Woden High School "Go Eagles" and is currently the secretary of the Alumni Association. She is married to Pat King and has two sons, Chase and Kyle Phillips.

Quote: "The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Michelle Klein, BBA, MSN, RN
Michelle Klein, BBA, MSN, RN - Clinical Instructor Office: Richard & Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 148 Phone: 936.468.7716
Michelle Klein earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration in finance from Texas Tech University, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Texas. She is the course coordinator and part of an amazing team of instructors for N306 Basic Nursing Care of Adult Clients. She serves as chair of the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing Curriculum Committee and is on the College of Science and Math Academic Council.
Laura Logan, MSN, RN, CCRN
Laura Logan, MSN, RN, CCRN - Clinical Instructor Office: Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing, Room 170 Phone: 936.468.7723
Laura Logan is a native Texan. She earned her Bachelor in Nursing at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and her Master of Science in Nursing at Texas Christian University. Laura has taught nursing for several years and has been a nurse since 1988. Her specialization is critical care nursing. Currently teaching Care of the Complex Client and Family Violence brings great fulfillment professionally and personally.

Personal favorite quote: "Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a flame."-William Butler Yeats
Regina Low, RN, MSN
Regina Low, RN, MSN - Clinical Instructor Office: Richard and Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 180 Phone: 936.468.7724
Regina is second generation to teach at SFA following her father, Sergeant Major Gene Low, who taught in the ROTC program. She received her Diploma in nursing degree from Texas Eastern School of Nursing, Bachelor & Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in Sacramento. Being a nurse since 1979, Regina's specialization is critical care and geriatric nursing. Since 2005 she has taught Care of the Complex Client and Healthy Aging. Favorite Bible Verse: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
Cindi McCarley, RN, DSN
Cindi McCarley, RN, DSN - Associate Professor Office: Richard and Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 128 Phone: 936.468.7717
Dr. Cindi McCarley is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She came to college at Stephen F. Austin State University after high school and never left. She obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing from Angelina College in Lufkin, TX; a Bachelor's in Nursing from University of Texas at Tyler, TX; a Master in Nursing Education in Critical Care from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La; and a Doctorate of Nursing from University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, TX. Her major research interest is pulmonary medicine and in the past has worked closely with area hospitals to coordinate a Better Breathers club, a support group for people with chronic lung disease. Dr. McCarley has worked in the Critical Care area since 1977 and has taught advanced medical surgical nursing at Stephen F. Austin since 1990. She also coordinates Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training for the East Texas area health care professionals and serves on various School and University level committees. Dr. McCarley is married with 4 boys and one precious grandson.
Debra McCarthy, MSN, CNM, RN
Debra McCarthy, MSN, CNM, RN - Clinical Instructor Office: Richard and Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 116 Phone: 936.468.7745
Debra McCarthy is from the Houston area and relocated to Nacogdoches in June, 2012. She received her BSN and MSN from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Debra is a certified nurse-midwife and worked in Labor and Delivery in Conroe, Texas for twelve years before obtaining certification as a nurse-midwife. In addition to providing women's health care, Debra served as the clinic director for the Montgomery County Health Department for several years. She is currently teaching Nursing Care of Women and Children I. Debra finds inspiration from Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
Karen Migl, PhD, RN
Karen Migl, PhD, RN - Assistant Professor Office: Richard and Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 162 Phone: 936.468.7729
Karen Migl has lived in Nacogdoches since 1981. She received her BSN from the University of Alabama. She received her WHNP from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas and then went on to receive her MEd in Education: Guidance and Counseling , from Stephen F. Austin State University. She earned a MSN at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Nursing Administration. In 2009 she received her PhD from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Her dissertation title was: The Lived Experiences of Prenatal Stress and Mind-Body Reflections of Post-Partum Women. Her heart bleeds purple for SFA!!
Marcia Nelson, , MS, RN, CNM, IBCLC
Marcia Nelson, , MS, RN, CNM, IBCLC - Clinical Instructor Office: Richard and Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 118 Phone: 936.468.7718
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas but spent almost every weekend and summer growing up in East Texas. I am proud of my Texas heritage and I am a member of the Stone Fort Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT). I earned my Bachelor of Science from Texas Woman's University in 1980. After graduation, I worked at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston, which at the time was the second busiest maternity center in the nation and housed the first hospital based nurse-midwifery birthing center. As you can imagine, as a young L&D nurse, seeing how nurse-midwives normalized labor and delivery in a busy intercity county facility made a huge impression on me. In 1985, I graduated from the first Certified Nurse-Midwifery class at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. As a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), I worked for the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and was the clinic director for the UTMB clinic in Nacogdoches, Texas. On March 3, 1991, I conducted the first Certified Nurse-Midwife birth at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. While working at UTMB, I received my Master of Science from the University of Stony Brook at Stony Brook, New York in 1996. I have also been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 1995; I am passionate about breastfeeding and human lactation. I have a devoted husband and two exceptional children that were both born at home. I retired from UTMB on January 17, 2011 after 25 years of service. While waiting for the opportunity to teach nursing students at SFASU I continued to work as Certified Nurse-Midwife caring for women and delivering babies in a free standing birthing center in Dallas, Texas. Today, I continue serving the woman and children of East Texas as a practicing Certified Nurse-Midwife and I consider it a privilege to be teaching baccalaureate nursing students at SFASU.
Kassondra N. Perry-Weaver
Kassondra N. Perry-Weaver Office: Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing Room 102 Phone: 936.468.7703
Kassondra Perry-Weaver comes to us from Oakland, CA after retiring from a 26 year career in law enforcement, with the bulk of her years spent in 911 emergency dispatching. She is the mother of one son and one daughter and the wife of one husband.
She earned her degree in Christian Education at the East Bay Theological Seminary in 2007 and has preached and taught all across the nation.
She is excited about making an impact in the lives of the future nurses that are fortunate enough to come through the program.
Personal favorite quote - "I don't want to be a hero, I just want to be a light" - Kassondra Perry-Weaver.
Dr. Rose Powell, PhD, RN
Dr. Rose Powell, PhD, RN - Associate Professor Office: Richard and Dewitt School of Nursing Room 166 Phone: 936.468.7728
Dr. Powell is a transplant to Texas. She earned her BSN at Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS, her MN at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS and her PhD at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. She has been nursing since 1978 and has taught nursing for several years. Her specialization is Medical/Surgical Nursing and Nursing Administration. Dr. Powell is currently teaching Leadership & Coordination of Care, and SFA 101 Freshman Seminar. Personal favorite quote: "To keep a lamp burning, we have to put oil in it."- Mother Teresa
Christopher Ryan, DNP,RN
Christopher Ryan, DNP,RN - Clinical Instructor Office: Richard & Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 124 Phone: 936.468.7736
Christopher Ryan earned his Bachelor in nursing at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He worked for nine years as a critical care nurse before continuing school and obtaining his Master Degree. Dr. Ryan earned his Master of Science in nursing from Texas Woman's University where he specialized in Adult Health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dr. Ryan then worked as an Education Manager, Clinical Analyst, Director of Quality, Director of Staff Development, and Director of Infection Control before joining the faculty of SFA in 2009. Dr. Ryan completed his Doctor of Nursing Parctive at the University of Missouri in 2014. He currently teaches Nursing Care of the Young Adult to the Elderly as well as Special Problems.
Rebecca Zihlman Self, BSN, RN
Rebecca Zihlman Self, BSN, RN - Simulation Lab Assistant Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1999 Office: Simulation Lab, Office Number- 133 Phone: 936.468.7706
Rebecca Zihlman Self is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. 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 SFASU DeWitt School of Nursing.
Joanie Selman, RN, MSN
Joanie Selman, RN, MSN - Clinical Instructor Office: Richard and Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 174 Phone: 936.468.7726
Joanie is a native East Texan, originally from the Jasper-Newton area. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology and Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Stephen F. Austin State University. After working as an ICU nurse for several years, she returned to school and earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler. Joanie is currently teaching Medical-Surgical Nursing. Her special interest is the use of simulation as a learning tool to enhance student learning. She serves on the simulation committee and is active in the development of simulations using high fidelity mannequins. Her philosophy of education includes the belief that learning is a partnership between the teacher and the student and is based on mutual respect. Outside of teaching, Joanie enjoys traveling and working with preschool children at church. Her favorite quote is "Tell me, I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand." -- Confucius.
Celina Serna, RN, MSN
Celina Serna, RN, MSN - Clinical Instructor Office: DeWitt School of Nursing Room 106 Phone: 936.468.7707
Celina Serna obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SFA in 2005 and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix in 2009. As a first generation high school and college graduate, Celina has a special interest helping all students succeed. Nursing experience includes: medical surgical, chemotherapy infusion, preoperative, postanesthesia care unit, and recently Director of Emergency services. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.
Joy Shupak, MSN, RN
Joy Shupak, MSN, RN - Clinical Instructor Office: DeWitt School of Nursing: 172 Phone: 936.468.7735

Joy Shupak is a native East Texas from Lovelady, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, in 1994. Her Masters of Science in Nursing Education is from the University of Texas at El Paso, in 2014.

She has spent most her nursing career in emergency/trauma services. She enjoys traveling with her family and cruising on the high seas. She currently services as a clinical instructor teaching Care of the Complex Client.

Veronica Sjolander, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Veronica Sjolander, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P - Clinical Instructor Office: DeWitt School of Nursing: Room 156 Phone: 936.468.7712

Ms. Sjolander has 29 years of varied experience in nursing with a predominate focus in forensics. Her nursing education started with an Associates Degree in Nursing from North Harris County College, in 1984. She then completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Kaplan University in 2009. In October of 2013 she l completed her Masters of Science in Nursing Education from Kaplan University.

Ms. Sjolander is credentialed as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) in both adult/adolescence (SANE-A) and Pediatric (SANE-P). She is currently the president elect of the International Association of Forensic Nurses-Texas Chapter. She comes to SFA DeWitt School of Nursing from Harris Count Hospital District after assisting with the implementation of the Forensic Nursing Program in their vision for providing high quality forensic care to victims of crime and trauma.

Further applying the science and art of nursing knowledge and skill interfacing with the law, law enforcement, health care diversity, and judicial system, Ms. Sjolander works as a commissioned peace officer. Since 2005 she has worked with Angelina Count Sheriff's Department, Angelina Count District Attorney's Office, and Montgomery Count District Attorney's Office as an investigator.

Forensic Quote: Our fingerprints don't fade from the lives we've touched.

David Smith, RN, MSN
David Smith, RN, MSN - Coordinator of the Simulation Lab and Clinical Instructor Office: Richard and Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Simulation Lab-Room 123A Phone: 936.468.7727
David Smith initially attended Panola College to achieve his Associate Degree in Nursing. He then went on to attend and received the following:
Bachelor of Science Natural Science Mountain State University
Bachelor of Science Nursing Western Governors University
He obtained his Master of Science in Nursing in Education aty Western Governors University. He is currently investigating terminal degree programs to begin one within the next few semesters.
Nursing experience includes: Rehab, Nursing Management, Employee Health, and Infection Control.
David loves to cook, work in the garden, and spend time with family.
Christopher Strong
Christopher Strong - School of Nursing Academic Advisor Office: DeWitt School of Nursing, Room 100 Phone: 936.468.7702
Christopher graduated from SFA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science in 2011. After graduation, Chris began working on the SATIN Grant at the School of Nursing for two years. While on the grant team, he gained experience in working with twenty-seven different nursing schools/programs in the State of Texas. After the grant ended, Chris became the Academic Advisor for the School of Nursing.
Crystal Talavera, MSN, RN
Crystal Talavera, MSN, RN - Clinical Instrutor Office: Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing Room:112 Phone: 936.468.7722
Crystal Talavera was born and raised in Nacogdoches. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lamar University in 2003 and a Master of Science in Nursing and Women's Health practitioner certification from the University of Texas at Galveston in 2008. After working at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont Texas for 2 years as a labor and delivery nurse, she returned to her roots in Nacogdoches to work at the UTMB RMCHP Maternal-Child Clinic. For the past 5 years she has worked as the clinical director and had enjoyed every minute working with the women in the community. Her passion is Women's health and joys working hard to ensure all women receive excellent care despite their barriers. She currently teaches Basic Nursing here at the DeWitt School of Nursing.
Quote to live by: "Unless someone like you care a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Dr.Seuss
Katy Trotty, MSN, RN
Katy Trotty, MSN, RN - Clinical Instructor Office: Richard and Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 132 Phone: 936.468.7742
Katy Trotty grew up in the small Southeast Texas town of Kountze, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2011. After graduation Katy began working as a Registered Nurse on the pediatric unit at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital where she gained experience in the care of medical surgical, pediatric, and post-partum patients. She also served as charge nurse on her unit. Katy completed a Master of Science in Nursing Education through University of Texas at Tyler, in 2014. Katy is currently working as one of the clinical instructors in the Maternal/Child course and continuing to work part time at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. As a first generation college graduate, Katy has a passion for nursing education and student retention. Personal Favorite Quote: "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words." -St. Francis of Assisi
Sherry Van Meter DNP, RN, PMHNP,WHNP, BC
Sherry Van Meter DNP, RN, PMHNP,WHNP, BC - Assistant Professor Office: Richard & Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing, Room 126 Phone: 936.468.7708
Sherry Van Meter is a Stephen F. Austin Nursing Alumni. She earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Sherry has been teaching nursing for several years and has been a nurse since 1996. Her specialties are mental health and women's health. She currently teaches Nursing Care in Promotion of Mental Wellness as well as Nursing Care of Clients with Complex Mental Health Needs. Sherry enjoys the opportunity to make a difference in the education of future nurses and promote the field of mental health nursing.
Personal favorite quote: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."- Albert Einstein