Linda Luehrs Wolfe serves as the Dean of Sciences & Health Occupation (SHO) at Lone Star College-Kingwood. For more than 30 years, Luehrs Wolfe has held various teaching and administrative positions in higher education. She participated in the Chair Academy, part of the Maricopa Community College and El Paso Community College. She holds a doctoral degree in Educational Management and Development from New Mexico State University, a Master's degree in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Bachelor's degree from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. She has a daughter who is currently attending college.
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Donna Spivey, nursing program director, has taught at LSC-Kingwood for six years. She enjoys working at college because she feels like she is at home when she comes to work.
"The college has a student-friendly nursing program. I enjoy watching the students as they progress through the program. It is rewarding to be there when the students get their first 'ah ha' moment."
Prior to LSC-Kingwood, Spivey was an emergency director, legal nurse consultant and an ICU/ER staff member.
Spivey earned an associate's degree from Louisiana State University-Eunice, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas-Tyler. She is involved in various professional organizations such as the Emergency Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, treasurer for the Texas Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, and is on the National Organization Associate Degree Nursing Board of Directors.
Peggy Aalund, associate degree nursing professor, has been with the Lone Star College System since 1985. She worked 16 years at LSC-North Harris and is currently in her 11th year at LSC-Kingwood. During her tenure, she served as an adjunct instructor for three years, a faculty professor for 10 years, nursing program director for 13 years and interim dean for one year.
Aalund teaches courses on maternal/child, leadership and management and medical missions. She is the faculty mentor for the Healthcare Honors Program, faculty mentor for Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society, faculty mentor on Nicaragua medical mission trips with faculty and students, and a member of multiple committees such as the LSCS Faculty Workload and goal co-chair for Strategic Plan.
"I am passionate about being a nurse and about teaching students to become competent, caring practitioners of the future," she said. "My current passion is medical mission trips to Nicaragua. From 2010 to present, 13 students have participated with me and one other LSC-Kingwood instructor."
Aalund earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Texas System School of Nursing in Galveston. She also has doctoral credits in academic leadership from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She also has completed the Chair Academy Leadership Training program.
Wendy LaFargue, nursing professor, has been at LSC-Kingwood for one year. Her first experience with the college started more than 12 years ago as a student.
"I have always thought very highly of Lone Star College. As a student, I felt that I received such a great education. All of the faculty members had such a passion for teaching," she said. "I still see that passion in my colleagues. I have had a very positive experience working at Lone Star College."
LaFargue earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from Texas Woman's University.
"I love being a nurse. I want to help others become a member of this great profession," she said. "Nursing gives you the opportunity to positively impact the lives of so many people."
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Mary Bjorklund, nursing professor, began teaching at LSC-Kingwood in January 2005. Initially, she taught in the classroom, but switched in 2008 to teach QUEST, an accelerated, second degree online nursing program.
"The best part of job is interacting with students and watching them grow and develop into professionals. I also love the camaraderie with faculty and staff. The faculty demonstrates high expectations for themselves as well as the students."
Prior to LSC-Kingwood, Bjorklund has experience in clinically acute care, critical care, emergency care, and home care/public health. Her previous teaching experience was in a diploma program of nursing and baccalaureate program of nursing.
Bjorklund earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Texas Woman's University and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. During her career, she received the Faculty Excellence Award in January 2013 and was selected as one of two pediatric nurses in U.S. to attend the Nursing Alliance Leadership Academy in Kentucky in 2008. She was nominated as Outstanding Nurse by the Texas Nurses Association in 2004. As president of the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, Bjorklund earned the chapter award in 2006 for her work with childhood advocacy.
Diane Langton, DNP, nursing professor, has taught at Lone Star College-Kingwood for six years. Her professional skills earned her the Doctor of Nursing Practice Faculty Excellence Award from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2012 and the LSC-Kingwood Innovator of the Year Award in 2011 for her interprofessional collaboration design. She also received the Lone Star College System mini-grant for $1,100 in 2009 for implementation of an immunization clinic at LSC-Kingwood.
"I teach nursing because I believe that my education, experience and interests in the subject better prepares my students for their future careers," she said. "LSC-Kingwood has been very supportive of my career and of fostering success within the student population."
Langton presented "Immunization Need Assessment and Intervention Strategies Within a Community College Population" at the National Nurse Practitioner Conference and at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her paper, "Sids, Sleep, Suffocation: The Facts" is published as a continuing education offering through the New York State Nurses Association. She also published a poster at Centers for Disease Control.
Langton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Master of Science degree in nursing, pediatric nurse practitioner, from Syracuse University. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center School at Houston.
Mattie McCowen, faculty and vocational nursing coordinator, has worked at LSC-Kingwood for two years. During her time, she has been a coordinator/faculty member in both didactic and clinical areas of Vocational Nursing. She is also a member of the Vocational Nursing Curriculum Committee.
"The best part of my job is impacting our patients through teaching."
Prior to LSC-Kingwood, McCowen has experience in hospital education, critical care nurse in ICU/CCU, quality risk management, respiratory supervisor and respiratory therapy. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory from LSC-Kingwood, an Associate of Applied Science degree from Lee College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Lamar University and a Master of Science degree in Nursing and a Master of Science degree in Nursing Education from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
McCowen is a member of the Texas Association for Vocational Nurse Educators and the North Harris Montgomery Advanced Practice Nurse Society.
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Nickie Loftin, professor of nursing, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2005. Loftin earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing from North Harris Montgomery Community College District. Additionally, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Texas Tech University. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing from University of Phoenix.
Loftin has presented numerous papers in nursing. From 2009-2011, Loftin presented, "Head injuries and Students in the Classroom" to the LSC-Kingwood faculty. Additionally, she presented, "Common Neurologic Injuries in the Veteran Student" It's Not All Black and White learning series to the LSC-Kingwood staff in the spring of 2010 and 2011. Other papers have included, "Breast Cancer and You," "Managing Behaviors after Head Injury" and "So you want to attend nursing school in your pajamas."
Loftin has earned a number of awards. In 2010, she earned a Faculty Excellence Award at LSC-Kingwood. She also earned a Certified Nurse Educator designation. Loftin is also a Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse.
"Nursing is a rewarding career and I get to teach a new generation the skills and knowledge needed to impact the future of healthcare," Loftin said. "I have found camaraderie at LSC-Kingwood that nurtures your growth as a faculty member and as a professional."
Terri Currie has brought years of experience as a registered nurse as well as in management to her classroom at LSC-Kingwood. A vocational nursing associate professor and vocational nursing simulation clinical instructor, Currie is teaching students the needed skills, care and compassion they will need upon gaining employment in the medical field.
"The biggest satisfaction of why I love teaching is interacting with students when they finally 'get' the concept and apply the knowledge especially to superior patient care. I find the journey with each student rewarding for me to see their personal growth expand as part of their transition into health care."
Currie earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from Alvin Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston.
Lee A. Jerls, associate nursing professor, has taught at Lone Star College-Kingwood for five years. During her tenure, she received the Faculty Excellence Award.
"When I left the bedside, I made a promise to my patients and the future of nursing; a promise that I would continue to impact patient care through the hands of the nurses that I train," she said.
Jerls earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from McKendree College and a Master of Science degree in nursing from Ball State University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in nursing education from Capella University.
"LSC-Kingwood has provided me with the opportunity to 'dream.' My dream of developing a Clinical Simulation Hospital has been fulfilled here at LSC-Kingwood. It provides the student with a very safe, realistic, non-threatening, intense learning environment."
Gabriele Klopp, MS, RN, CCRN, an assistant professor in the Associate Degree Nursing program, has taught at LSC-Kingwood for two years.
Klopp teaches for the professional experience and graduated from the Texas Woman's University. Her current passion is gardening, traveling and reading.
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Renee Key, assistant professor of nursing, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2008. Key earned an Associate of Applied Science in nursing degree from Alvin Community College. She also holds a Master of Science degree in nursing education from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
In 2012, Key earned the LSC-Kingwood Faculty Excellence Award.
"Nursing is more than a career; many will tell you it is a calling. Teaching students, seeing them develop theirs skills and helping them progress into confident nurses of the future is extremely rewarding," Key explained. "My biggest passion will always be in the education and the nursing profession," she added.
Doris J. Jackson, associate professor of nursing, has dedicated her life to the health care field. Using 34 years of nursing experience, her goal is to nurture and train future nurses.
"I teach in the Associate Degree Nursing program because I want to provide nursing students the tools they need to become successful and caring nurses." "I love to teach nursing leadership and tell my experiences to the students. My desire is to become a nursing director or further my leadership skills within the Lone Star College System."
Jackson has taught at LSC-Kingwood for three-and-a-half years. She earned her LVN certificate from St. Phillips College in San Antonio; an Associate degree in Nursing from Houston Community College; and Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Prairie View A&M University. At Prairie View, she earned the Dean's Award from the School of Nursing.
"My experience at LSC-Kingwood has been a true blessing. It was confirmation that this is where I belong." "Faculty, staff, librarians, security, etc. take their jobs seriously with professional and personal care."
Jackson will earn a Doctorate in Health Administration degree from Capella University in 2014.
Marcia Callarman, MS, RN, CMSRN, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2011. Callarman earned an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree from LSC-Kingwood and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Additionally, she earned a Master of Science in Nursing Education degree from Texas Woman's University.
In 2012, Callarman earned the Texas Woman's University Parry Outstanding Master Student Award.
"The subject matter I teach includes disease processes with a fair amount of complexity," Callarman explained. "I have been a critical care nurse for a significant part of my nursing career and this experience lends me to present complex processes in simple terms for greater comprehension," she added.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my teaching opportunities and experiences at LSC-Kingwood. The faculty and staff are extremely welcoming and value all team members. I am motivated by helping our students succeed and grow to be successful candidates for nursing," Callarman explained.
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Catherine Nwankwo, RN, MS, ACNS-BC, PCCN, assistant professor of nursing, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2011. Nwankwo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Texas Women's University. She also holds a Master of Science degree in nursing from the same institution.
Nwankwo previously worked as a registered nurse at the intensive care unit at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in The Woodlands.
Nwankwo is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau organization and the Critical Care Nurses Association.
"I like the team work environment and the dedication of everyone to ensure student success," explained Nwankwo.
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