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KeithRN Advisory Board

Get to know those who are contributing their time to advise KeithRN so that the needs of nurse educators continue to be best served!

Marianne Biangone, Ph.D., RN, PHN

Marianne Biangone, Ph.D., RN, PHN, has more than 28 years of nursing, clinical, managerial, and teaching experience. Dr. Biangone’s passion for nursing education is evident in her work to promote effective teaching by developing innovative strategies to improve student retention and NCLEX success by encouraging the growth of student grit.

Dr. Biangone has consulted with nursing programs across the country to assist faculty in implementing innovative strategies in the classroom and clinical setting and has shared her insights at national conferences on topics including implementation of standardized assessments, remediation, peer to peer mentoring programs, student wellness and diversity in nursing education.

Pam Covault

Pam Covault, MSN, RN, CNE, is the director of nursing at Neosho County Community College; a bi-level ADN nursing program located in a rural Kansas community near Kansas City since 1991, serving first as nursing faculty, then campus nursing site coordinator, and, finally, Director of Nursing since 2008.

Pam graduated with her BSN from William Jewell College in 1981 and  MSN from the University of Kansas in 1995.  Her clinical nursing practice experience includes medical surgical nursing and gerontology. In her spare time, Pam enjoys traveling with her two daughters and spending time with her grand-dogs.

Chris Higbie

Christine L Higbie MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CNE, is the Manager of Nursing Professional Development Department for Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Christine has more than 29 years of nursing, academic teaching, clinical teaching, and leadership experience. Christine is a graduate of Owens Community College, receiving her Associate Degree of Nursing in 1993, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, from the University of Phoenix in 2000, and a Master of Nursing Education from Walden University in 2008. Additionally, she holds board certifications in nursing professional development and academic nurse educator.

Christine’s clinical experience includes critical care and emergency department nursing, before transitioning into academia for over 15 years. Christine has a true passion for educating, leading, and mentoring all levels of nurses. Christine now brings her passion, experience, and knowledge of both academia and clinical to create innovative ways to help combat the nursing shortage and increase nursing retention.

Carolyn Humphrey

Carolyn Humphrey, MS, MPH, RN, FAAN, as a nurse over five decades, Carolyn has vast knowledge and experience practicing in a variety of settings. She has been a direct service provider, chief executive officer, educator, business owner, consultant, author, and editor. She has an MS and MPH from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, a BSN from George Mason University, and a Nursing Diploma from Kentucky Baptist Hospital.

An award-winning writer, she has written three books, two in several editions, both winning an AJN Book of the Year award. For a decade she served as Editor-in-Chief of Home Healthcare Nurse, the national peer-reviewed journal for home care and hospice clinicians published by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from George Mason University.

William Hutchinson

William Hutchinson, RN, BSN, has specialized since 2003. Prior to obtaining his BSN in Nursing, he started working in the Emergency Department to fulfill his clinical hours for an EMT class.  He fell in love with the ED and began working as an emergency medical technician in the local emergency department.  Shortly thereafter, although already in his 40’s, he enrolled at his Alma Mater, Liberty University, to obtain his BSN.   A

In 2017 William was asked to apply to a small Southwest Virginia nurse educator program.   After being a Nurse Educator for two years, he then became the Director of the program where he continues today as the Director and also is active in educating nursing students.   His passion is to do both, run a highly efficient educational program but to never leave his passion for teaching; also while working a limbo schedule at the local emergency room.  William is a strong proponent that the best educators are also clinically up to speed and active learners.

Dr Susan Jetton

Dr. Susan Jetton, DNP, RN, is beginning her 40th year as a Registered Nurse with most of her nursing career spent concentrating on maternal-child health, administration, and nursing education.  She currently is a professor of nursing teaching perinatal nursing at California Baptist University which allows her to combine her three passions in life: Nursing, teaching, and sharing her faith.

She has served for seven years on the Office of Minority Health advisory board for Preconception Peer Educators (PPE).  She is an innovative educator and was an early adopter of simulation in the 1990s. She is an educator who believes students will rise to the level of expectation and that faculty need to be willing to climb outside of the box and try new and innovative ways of teaching.

Lynsay Lambrecht, MSN, RN, is a nurse educator working in clinical and academic settings. Lynsay works part-time as a nurse educator for the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and holds part-time/adjunct nursing faculty positions at Hennepin Technical College (Brooklyn Park, MN) and St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN).

Lynsay’s role as both a clinical and academic educator offers her a unique perspective regarding the state of nursing education. As a hospital-based educator, Lynsay supports newly hired inpatient RNs, many new graduates in their first nursing job. Lynsay has contributed to creating a more collaborative culture between nursing educators and inpatient nursing units.

Marina Martinez

Marina Martinez PhD, RN, SCRN, has served as a hospital nurse educator for the Neurosciences ICU and Acute Care Unit at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas since 2012 and is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Texas Health Science Center- San Antonio School of Nursing. Prior to this Dr. Martinez worked as a staff nurse in direct patient care in the Surgical-Trauma ICU at University Hospital.

One particular patient population of interest for Dr. Martinez was that of acute stroke patients. This interest developed into a passion of wanting to learn more and resulted in Dr. Martinez obtaining national certification in this field as a Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN).  She graduated with a Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration in 2020. Dr. Martinez is also one of the founding members of the South Texas Chapter of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

Patti Reuther

Patti Reuther, MS, RN, CHSE, is the executive director of simulation and practice for Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the director of interprofessional education for Binghamton University in New York. Patti is responsible for the supervision, management, educational course development, and training. She is certified in healthcare simulation education and their simulation center is accredited through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in Teaching/Education.

Her program works with faculty to develop creative activities to support skills development and critical thinking for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. They also provide training in simulation education for healthcare educators and simulation experiences for area healthcare professionals.

Dr Julie Siemers

Dr. Julie Siemers, DNP, MSN, RN has held a wide variety of roles in patient care including critical care, the trauma resuscitation department at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada; emergency department charge nurse at Boulder City Hospital in Boulder City, Nevada; and Chief Flight Nurse and Regional Program Director for Mercy Air Services in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Siemers has also worked for Covidien, a global healthcare products company, where she served as an education consultant and Account Executive for the patient monitoring division.  Dr. Siemers joined Chamberlain in 2016 as Dean of Academic Affairs for the Las Vegas, Nevada, campus and was appointed Campus President in Arlington (now Tysons Corner campus) in February 2018.

Stacy Thibedeau

Stacy Thibedeau, DNP, MSN, RN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. She began her healthcare journey in 1993 as a Combat Medic/Medical Specialist in the U.S. Army. Prior experience has included being a Chief Clinical Officer in an acute care hospital and a Director of Nursing in a Public Health role. She also has experience in acute, long term, home health as well as community and Public health nursing.

Her professional areas of interest include Healthcare Policy and Leadership, Maternal Child Health, Special Care Nursery, Infectious Disease, Evidence-Based Research and Practice, Public, Community, and Global Health and Culturally Competent Care.

Carol Thorn, RN, MS, is nursing faculty at Clackamas Community College in Portland, OR, and current Co-Director of the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE). Participation in the development of the OCNE curriculum in the early 2000s led to Carol’s involvement in the development and utilization of concept-based/case-based learning activities, for both the classroom and clinical setting for over 19 years.

She has 30+ years of experience in the areas of med/surg, emergency medicine, and intensive care to draw from in the development of learning activities/case studies that help focus today’s nursing education to pertinent and prevalent concepts that every student should know. Carol has spoken nationally about this topic at various seminars and conferences. She has also taught multiple workshops to nursing faculty around the country related to the development of concept-based learning activities and case-based teaching.