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Susan Fetsch, Dean of Nursing

Susan H. Fetsch, PhD, RN,
Dean and Professor of Nursing

(816) 501-3672
Susan.Fetsch@Avila.edu

 

Dr. Fetsch has been in her current position at Avila since 1993. She received a BSN and PhD in nursing with a minor in higher education administration from the University of Kansas and a MS degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota.

She has held nursing faculty appointments at the University of Kansas and William Jewell College. One of 20 nurses selected annually, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow (2006-2009). She is currently chair of Kansas Action for Children—a children’s advocacy group. 

Dr. Fetsch is well-versed in curriculum development and outcomes assessment. She is active professionally including:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing State Grassroots Co-liaison for Missouri, member of the Program Committee and chair of the Faculty Development Sub-Committee

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Standards Review Task Force (2011-2012); Accreditation Review Committee (2009, co-chair 2010-2015); accreditation site evaluator and team leader (1998 to present); Budget Committee (2006-2008)

Missouri Association of Colleges of Nursing (MACN)

Collegiate Nurse Educators of Greater Kansas City (VP 2012)

A native of Olathe, Kansas, Dr. Fetsch enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as traveling, walking, biking, hiking, photography, and cooking.

 

     

Martha Blackman, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Martha Blackman, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing

(816) 501-2403
Martha.Blackman@Avila.edu

 

Martha Blackman, RN, MSN and Assistant Professor of Nursing, has taught at Avila University since 1998. She currently coordinates and/or teaches in a variety of courses in the junior and senior year including Patient Care Skills, Health and Illness 1 & 2; Pharmacology, Development of the Professional Nurse 1, and Population Based Health. Ms. Blackman also co-teaches an interdisciplinary course, Global Health Concerns, in the summer.

Martha has worked as a registered nurse in many different roles and clinical settings. She has been a staff nurse on cardiac intensive care and telemetry units, as well as an orthopedic unit. She has worked in the field of Home Health as a nurse case manager, a clinical supervisor, and an agency administrator. 

Martha is also active in several cycling organizations and is an avid cyclist. She leads a weekly ride for area cyclists and is a League Cycling Instructor through the American League of Bicyclists.  You will see her bicycle in her office most days since she rides to work.

Martha received a B.A. in Human Development and Family life from the University of Kansas in 1974. She also earned her BSN and MSN from the University of Kansas (1977 and 1996 respectively).

Martha was named the 2004-2005 Avila Professor of the Year.

 

     

Lonna Boen, MSN, RN Assistant Professor of Nursing

(816) 501-3688
Lonna.Boen@Avila.edu

 

Lonna Boen, RN, MSN has been an instructor at Avila University since 1994. She provides theory and clinical instruction to undergraduate students in the area of medical-surgical nursing. Her main teaching focus is in the areas of health assessment, patient care skills, pharmacology and beginning level medical-surgical nursing. Lonna is coordinator of the School of Nursing Admissions Committee. She advises a large group of nursing students at the University, is a Faculty Athletic Representative and is very active in the academic community on campus. 

Lonna's past practice experience has been in the area of medical-surgical nursing as a staff nurse and as an outpatient clinic manager for a hospital in South Dakota. Following graduation from her master's program, Lonna became project coordinator for a large NIH Grant at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska. Lonna also provided clinical instruction for students at UNMC in their undergraduate nursing program.

Since moving to Kansas City, Lonna has become active as a volunteer for the Red Cross, providing assistance for flu clinics in the local area. She is also a volunteer at Rachel House which is a pregnancy resource center.

Ms. Boen received her BSN from South Dakota State University and her MSN at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau in 1984.

Lonna was named the 2005-2006 and 2010-2011 Avila University Professor of the Year.

 

     

Jessica Brunsman, MSN, RN, CPN

Instructor

 

Jessica Brunsman, MSN, RN, CPN, began teaching as full-time faculty at Avila University in 2013, although she was adjunct clinical faculty for one year prior.  She teaches Patient Care Skills, Pediatric clinical in the Practicum II course, Women and Children, and Capstone theory and clinical. 

Jessica has been a registered nurse since 2007, and has earned her certification in pediatric nursing, as well.  She has worked at Children’s Mercy Hospital since 2003, where she continues to work with the inpatient population in the following specialties: orthopedic, neurology, rehabilitation, and nephrology.  She is active on many committees there, including her unit education, scheduling, and spirit committees.  Jessica earned a degree in Photojournalism from Arizona State University in 2002, with a minor in Family Studies.  She earned her BSN from St. Luke’s College in 2007, and she completed her MSN, Nurse Educator focus, in December 2013 at Webster University.  She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau in 2012.

Jessica is married, has two young children, and enjoys spending time with her extended family.  Jessica has lived in the Kansas City area for 21 years, and is originally from St. Louis, MO.

     

Rebecca Colwell Transfer Recruiter

Rebecca DeYoung Colwell
Transfer Admission Counselor

(816) 501-3692
Rebecca.Colwell@avila.edu

 

Rebecca has been the School of Nursing recruiter since 2005.  Since receiving a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Northwest Missouri State University and her master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Missouri Kansas City, she has worked for over 15 years in a variety of college recruiting and student development roles. 

Rebecca and her husband are busy with three active kids.  She volunteers weekly at the elementary school and enjoys traveling and cooking. 

     

Janet Reagor

Janet Reagor, PhD, RN
Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Nursing, Director of RN-BSN Program

(816) 501-3682
Janet.Reagor@avila.edu

 

Janet Reagor, RN, PhD, is Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director of the RN-BSN program. She has taught at Avila University since 2002. She currently teaches courses in medical-surgical nursing, research, and healthcare informatics.

Dr. Reagor has worked as a registered nurse in many different roles and clinical settings over the past 30 years. She has been a staff nurse in a community hospital on medical-surgical units, intensive care units, and in the Emergency Department. She continues to work PRN at a local hospital.

Her interest in teaching began with patient and family teaching, and led to a position in staff development in a community hospital. In this setting she was responsible for new employee/new graduate nurse orientation and continuing education for all nurses at the facility. Prior to teaching at Avila University, Dr. Reagor was an instructor for nine years at a nursing school in rural Central Illinois. She also started an Advanced Cardiac Life Support program for this rural county and served as Course Coordinator and Regional Faculty for the American Heart Association. Dr. Reagor has volunteered as a nurse for numerous local and national Boy Scouts of America events, including summer camps and the 1997 National Jamboree.

Dr. Reagor received a BSN from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1975, a Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois in 1993 and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Kansas in 2010. Her dissertation focused on the perception of readiness for practice of senior baccalaureate nursing students following a clinical practicum.  

At home she enjoys gardening, quilting, reading and spending time with her husband and dog. She has 2 adult children and 2 granddaughters.

     

Kathy McCurry Nursing Lab Coordinator

Kathy McCurry, BSN, RN
NERC Coordinator

(816) 501-3687
Kathleen.McCurry@avila.edu

 

Kathy McCurry RN, BSN began her career at Avila University in the Fall 2011. She assumed the position of Nursing Education and Resource Center Coordinator.  Kathy comes to Avila with many years of nursing experience including six years as a faculty member at St. John's College of Nursing of Southwest Baptist University in Springfield, Missouri. Kathy's experience at St. John's included teaching in the fundamentals of nursing course and the development and implementation of clinical simulation into the ASN curriculum. In addition to experience as a nurse educator Kathy comes to Avila with experience in med/surg, emergency room , home health and home infusion, staff development, interventional radiology and infection control nursing.

Kathy and her husband come to Kansas City after spending eight years in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to Springfield they both were raised in Columbus, Ohio and are Ohio State University graduates (Go Bucks!). Kathy has two adult children, Kathy and her family have been very active in their church youth program and mission work and also enjoys many outdoor activities. 

Kathy received her BSN from Ohio State University in 1985. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. 

 

 

     

Lynn Gallagher, Nursing Instructor

Lynn Gallagher, MSN, RN, CNE
Instructor

(816) 501-2409
Lynn.Gallagher@avila.edu

 

Lynn Gallagher RN, MSN, CNE has been at Avila University since 2008 as an adjunct instructor, NERC Coordinator, and full time faculty.   She transitioned to a full time faculty position in the School of Nursing in the fall of 2011. Lynn has been tapped to pilot the Simulation Coordinator position during 2014 -2015 and she will be working extensively with faculty to implement at curriculum wide simulation program for the Avila University School of Nursing.   In addition, her teaching assignments include teaching Gerontology in the fall and co-teaching Foundations of Evidenced-Based Practice and Capstone Practicum theory in the spring. Lynn coordinates Practicum 1 clinical in the spring semester as well as serving as a clinical instructor for Practicum 1 and Capstone Practicum

Lynn has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and has practiced nursing in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Her medical/surgical background was gained at a variety of hospitals in San Diego, Honolulu and Newport, RI. In addition, Lynn also has experience with a variety of community focused educational programs and has taught in several health occupation programs from the CNA level to the BSN level since 2002.

As the spouse of a career military member, Lynn has lived throughout the US and overseas. She has volunteered in a number of roles for the Boys and Girls Scouts of America, the American Red Cross and most recently at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Health Fairs. Lynn enjoys reading and many handicrafts such as cross-stitch and quilting.

Lynn received her BSN from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 1981. She completed her MSN, Nurse Educator Tract, in 2011 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and in the fall of 2013 earned the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) designate through the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator Program.

 

     

Rhonda Brown, Nursing Instructor

Rhonda Brown,MSN, RN, CCRN
Assistant Professor

(816) 501-2917
Rhonda.Brown@avila.edu

 

Rhonda Brown RN, MSN, CCRN was hired as a full time faculty member in August of 2006, although she was a clinical and laboratory adjunct faculty for Avila for the previous two years. Rhonda is currently an Assistant Professor and teaches theory in the Health and Illness III course and the High Acuity Course. She teaches and coordinates clinical in the Practicum II course and High Acuity Clinical. She will also coordinate the theory portion of the Capstone course and be involved in the Capstone Clinical. Rhonda received her ADN in 1980 and her BSN in 1982 from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Rhonda received her MSN in Clinical Specialty and Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1988. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau in 1980.

Rhonda's clinical experience includes being a staff nurse on a surgical floor, medical and surgical intensive care units, and instituting the role of Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist in a community hospital. Prior to her faculty appointment she was a staff nurse in the Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit. Rhonda has been certified as a Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) since 1986 and is also a Basic Life Support Instructor Trainer and an Advanced Cardiac Life Support training center faculty.

Rhonda has five boys and enjoys involvement in their activities as well as music, skiing, reading and travel.

 


     

Bruce Voegele, Nursing Instructor

Bruce Voegele, MA, BSN, RN
Instructor

(816) 501-3638
Bruce.Voegele@avila.edu

 

Bruce Voegele, MA, BSN, RN, has taught at Avila University since 2005. He currently teaches Healthcare Informatics and Development of the Professional Nurse II in the fall semester and Psychosocial Nursing Concepts and Practicum 1 in the spring semester.

Bruce has worked as a registered nurse in a variety of roles and settings over the past 37 years. He began as a staff nurse at a local medical center on a mental health unit with adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. He also assisted the development of urgent care clinics – beginning the first cardiac rehab program in a shopping mall in the United States. Additionally he has worked as a director of nursing at a free-standing psychiatric facility and as an assistant director of nursing at a local nursing home.

Bruce also worked as a performance improvement/staff development specialist at a local hospital for fourteen years with duties that included performance improvement activities; orienting and providing ongoing education to new employees, as well as working with nursing instructors and nursing students.

Bruce has volunteered as a nurse at numerous health screenings including National Depression Days, Alcohol Screening days and National Anxiety Screening days. He participated for many years as a volunteer for a mini-triathlon held annually at Shawnee Mission Park.

He enjoys the outdoors and has walked many miles with his dogs believing that routine exercise benefits both the two legged and four legged animals.

Bruce received a BSN from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and an MA from Webster University in Kansas City, Missouri.

     

Deborah King, MSN, MSM, RN
Assistant Professor

(816) 501-0423
Deborah.King@avila.edu

 

Deborah King, RN, MSN, MSM and Assistant Professor of Nursing began teaching at Avila University in Fall 2013. Deborah brings to Avila University 20 years of clinical nursing experience including medical surgical, trauma, urology, PACU and Assistant Director of Nursing. 

Deborah is an experienced nursing faculty member of twelve years.  Deborah has taught both didactic and clinical nursing at the junior and senior level in Fundamentals, Adult Health, Lab, Simulation and Leadership.   At home, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and animals.

 

     

Debra Bortniker

Debra Bortniker
Office Manager

(816) 501-3672
Debra.Bortniker@Avila.edu

 

Debra has been the Office Manager for the School of Nursing since August 1999. She has a BA in History and English from UMKC. 

Pat Martin

Pat Martin
Administrative Assistant

(816) 501-3671
Patricia.Martin@Avila.edu

 

Pat joined the Avila community as a part-time administrative assistant in September 2012.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and has subsequently spent over 25 years in higher education in various roles, including benefits administrator and student personnel officer.  Continuing a life-long commitment to community service, her most recent endeavor is learning to counsel Medicare recipients in the federally funded program, Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas.