Allen College

Nursing Faculty

       ADJUNCT FACULTY


Full- and Part-time Faculty


Shelby Allen-Benitz
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2026
E-mail: Shelby.AllenBenitz2@Allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Aug. 28, Sep. 11 & 25, Oct 9 & 30, Nov. 13 & 27, Dec. 11, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Education: M.S.N., Allen College; B.A., Indiana University; A.S., North Iowa Area Community College

Certification: Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Courses: NU 615, NU 620, NU 625


DeAnn Ambroson 
Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2069
E-mail: Deann.Ambroson@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon noon - 3 p.m.

Education: A.D.N., Iowa Lakes Community College; B.L.S., St. Edward's College; M.A., University of Iowa; M.S.N., University of Iowa; Ph.D., University of Iowa.

Certification: Health Informatics: University of Iowa; Certified Nurse Educator (CNE); Certified Online Instructor (COI); Certified as a Master Reviewer through Quality Matters

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)  

Courses:  NU 540, NU 635, NU 635C, NU 665, NU 696.

Research Focus: Computers and Technology in Nursing Education


Teresa Anderson 
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2092
E-mail:  Teresa.Anderson@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Education: Diploma, Allen Memorial Hospital School of Nursing; B.S.N. and M.S.N., Allen College

Certification: Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses:  NU 380, NU 335

Research Focus: Medical-Surgical Nursing; Community Health


Suzanne Bellinger
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2043
E-mail:  Suzanne.Bellinger@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Wed 1 - 2:30 p.m. & 4:20 - 6 p.m. 

Education: B.S.N., Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; M.S.N., Allen College

Certification: Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Instructor; Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS); Association of Women's Health Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Advanced and Intermediate Fetal Monitoring; Inpatient Obstetric Nursing (RNC-OB); Certified in Electronic Fetal Monitoring (C-EFM)

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses: NU 370

Research Focus: Obstetrics/Neonatal Care 


Kathi Bower
Assistant Professor 
Phone: (319) 226-2064
E-mail: Kathi.Bower@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 10 - noon

Education: B.S., Iowa State University; B.S.N., Allen College; M.S.N., Saint Louis University

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)


Gabrielle Boysen
Assistant Professor 
Phone: (319) 226-2046
E-mail: Gabrielle.Holvick@allencollege.edu  
Office Hours: Fri 2 - 4 p.m.

Education: A.D.N., Riverland Community College; B.S.N., Allen College; M.S.N., Allen College

Certification: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center; ACLS; BLS; PALS; TNCC

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Courses: NU 675


Peggy Broadie
Assistant Professor 
Phone: (319) 226-2029
E-mail: Peggy.Broadie@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 11 - noon; Tue 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; Wed 11 - noon, 10/18 thru 12/6; Fri 10:30 -11:30 a.m., 8/25 thru 10/13.

Education: B.S.N., University of Iowa; M.S.N., Allen College

Certification: Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) 

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses: NU 310, NU 330.

Research Focus: Cultural diversity in nursing education


Lisa Brodersen
Professor and Coordinator of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
Phone: (319) 226-2034
E-mail:  Lisa.Brodersen@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Wed 2 - 5 p.m.

Education: Diploma, Mercy School of Nursing in Des Moines; B.S.N., Grand View College in Des Moines; M.A. in Nursing, University of Iowa; M.A. in English, University of Northern Iowa; Ed.D., University of Northern Iowa; Ph.D. candidate, Saint Louis University 

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses:  AC 305, NU 596.

Research Focus: Nursing students' approaches to studying and use of study tactics; Academic Writing.


Gale Carlson
Associate Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2086
E-mail:  Gale.Carlson@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 10 - 2 p.m.; Thur 10 - 2 p.m.

Education: B.A., University of Northern Iowa; B.S.N. and M.S.N., Allen College 

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)


Shari Cary
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2096
E-mail:  Shari.Cary@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 11 - noon; Tue 10 - noon

Education: B.S.N. and M.S.N. with a Family Nurse Practitioner Focus, Allen College 

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)


Dana Clasen
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2042
E-mail: Dana.Clasen@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Tue noon - 4 p.m.; Wed noon - 2 p.m.

Education: B.S.N., Allen College; M.S.N. and D.N.P., Clarke University

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses: NU 380, NU 445A


Ruselle DeBonis
Professor and MSN Clinical Coordinator
Phone: (319) 226-2022
E-mail:  Ruselle.Debonis@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 10 - noon; Tue 10 - noon

Education: B.S.N., University of Iowa; M.A. in Community Health Education, University of Northern Iowa; M.S.N. with a Family Nurse Practitioner Focus, Allen College; D.N.P., University of Iowa 

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center; Certified Foot Care Nurse (CFCH); Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Courses: NU 550, NU 600, NU 600C.


Jennifer Edeker
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2079
E-mail: Jennifer.Edeker@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 10 - noon 

Education: B.S.N., St. Paul College of Iloilo; M.S.N., Allen College; D.N.P., University of Iowa

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)


Alisha Engel
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2083
E-mail: Alisha.Engel@unitypoint.org
Office Hours: Mon 11 - 1 p.m.; Wed 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Education: B.S.N., Allen College; M.S.N., Allen College

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)


Michele Friedman
Associate Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2067
E-mail: Michele.Friedman@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Wed 7 - 9 a.m. 

Education: B.S.N., Allen College; M.S.N., Allen College 

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center; Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (ACHPN), National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Courses: NU 500


Kay Froehner
Associate Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2036
E-mail: Kay.Froehner@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 12:30 - 3 p.m.; Tue 9 - 11 a.m. & noon - 2 p.m.

Education: B.S.N., Winona State University; M.A.E., University of Northern Iowa; M.S.N., University of Iowa

Certification: Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses: NU 270, NU 360, NU 480.

Research Focus: Depression; Depression in the elderly.


Suzanne Gettman
Assistant Professor 
Phone: (319) 226-2033
E-mail: Suzanne.Gettman@allencollege.edu  
Office Hours: Thur 1 - 2 p.m.

Education: B.S.N., Mount Mercy College; M.S.N., University of Iowa; FNP post-graduate: Allen College

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)


Kristal Graves
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2142
E-mail: Kristal.Graves@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Thur 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Education: A.D.N., Hawkeye Community College; B.S.N., Upper Iowa University; and M.S.N., Kaplan University

Certification: Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Instructor, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS); BLS

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)


Jonathon Hennings
Assistant Professor 
Phone: (319) 226-2088
E-mail: Jonathon.Hennings@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 9 - noon

Education: B.A., Wartburg College; B.S.N. and M.S.N., Allen College

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)


LeeAnn Hoodjer
Assistant Professor 
Phone: (319) 226-2068
E-mail: Leeann.Hoodjer@allencollege.edu 
Office Hours: Wed 11 - 1 p.m.

Education: B.S.N. and M.S.N. with a Family Nurse Practitioner Focus, Allen College

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Courses:


Jacki Jaspers
Associate Professor & Coordinator of Accelerated Hybrid Program
Phone: (319) 226-2095
E-mail:  Jacalyn.Jaspers@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 10 - noon; Tue 1 - 2 p.m; Wed 1 - 2 p.m. in Des Moines

Education:  B.S.N. and M.S.N., Allen College; Post Graduate Certificate in Simulation Education, Bryan College of Health Sciences; D.N.P., Concordia University

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)


Jennifer Jass
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2079
E-mail: Jennifer.Jass@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 8 - 10 a.m.

Education: B.S.N. and M.S.N., Allen College; D.N.P., Oregon Health & Science University; Post Graduate Psychiatric Nursing Capstone Certificate, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center; Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)


Cindy Jenness
Associate Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2038
E-mail:  Cindy.Jenness@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Tue 10 - 2 p.m.

Education:  B.S.N., Mount Marty College; M.A.E., University of Northern Iowa; M.S.N., University of Iowa.

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses:  NU 270, NU 420, NU 450 (clinical), NU 480.

Research Focus: Medical -Surgical Nursing; Diabetes.


Tara Kaiser
Assistant Professor 
Phone: (319) 226-2061
E-mail: Tara.Kaiser@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Wed 9 - noon

Education: B.A., Wartburg College; B.S.N. and M.S.N., Allen College

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)


Jackie Meyer

Professor and Assistant Dean, Graduate Nursing Programs
Phone: (319) 226-2023
E-mail: Jacqueline.Meyer@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 1 - 3 p.m.; Wed 1 - 3 p.m.

Education: B.S.N., Clarke College; M.S.N., University of Iowa; Ph.D., Villanova University

Certification: Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) 

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses:  NU 370, NU 520.

Research Focus: OB and Women's Health; End of life care; Nursing Education


Doreen Mingo
Associate Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2049
E-mail:  Doreen.Mingo@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 8 - noon; Tue 8 - noon

Education: A.D.N., Hawkeye Community College; B.S.N., Mount Mercy College; M.S.N., University of Nebraska Medical Center; D.N.P., Concordia University

Certification: Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses:  NU 360, NU 400, NU 445H.

Research Focus:  Nursing Workforce Diversity 


Abigail Nieman
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2045
E-mail:  Abigail.Nieman@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Wed 9 - noon

Education: A.D.N., Hawkeye Community College; B.S.N., Kaplan University; M.S.N., Walden University

Certification: ACLS. PALS

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses: NU 280


Ashley Ollendieck
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2041
E-mail: Ashley.Ollendieck@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Tue noon - 2 p.m.; Wed noon - 2 p.m.

Education: B.S.N. and M.S.N., Allen College

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses: NU 335, NU 450

Research Focus: Obstetrics, Community Health, Service Learning


Cristina Ortiz
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2093
E-mail:  Cristina.Ortiz@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Tue 10 - noon

Education: B.S.N. & M.S.N., Allen College

Certification: Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) 

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses: AC 306, NUA 280


Erin Peters
Associate Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2094
E-mail:  Erin.Peters@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 10 - noon

Education: A.D.N., Indian Hills College; B.S.N., University of Iowa; M.S.N., Allen College; Post Graduate Certificate in Simulation Education, Bryan College of Health Sciences

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses: NU 290, NUA 290, NUL 290


Denise Pralle
Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2024
E-mail:  Denise.Pralle@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Wed 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Education: Diploma, Iowa Methodist School of Nursing, Des Moines; B.S.N., Marycrest College; M.S.N., University of Iowa; Ed.D., University of Northern Iowa

Certification: Advanced Public Health Nurse, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses: NU 280, NU 450, NU 480, NU 505.

Research Focus: Community Health Education


Zoe Schaefer
Associate Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2030
E-mail:  Zoe.Schaefer@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 10 a.m. - noon

Education: Diploma, Allen Memorial Hospital School of Nursing; B.A., University of Northern Iowa; M.S.N., Allen College; post master's certificate, Allen College 

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)


Emily Schuldt
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2532
E-mail: Emily.Schuldt2@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 10 - 2 p.m.

Education: B.S.N. & M.S.N., Allen College; D.N.P., Clarke University

Certification: BLS, ACLS

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)


Sarah Steele  
Associate Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2084
E-mail:  Sarah.Steele@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 9 - noon & 2 - 3 p.m.; Tue 11 - 1 p.m.; Thur 9 - 11 a.m. when not teaching NU:320

Education: B.S.N., University of Iowa; M.S.N., University of Iowa; D.N.P., Rush University

Certification: Certified Nurse Educator (CNE); Certified Online Instructor

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses: NU 320, NU 470, NU 480, NU 499.


Allison Stone
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2531
E-mail: Allison.Stone@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Tue 1 - 3 p.m.; Wed 8 - 10:30 a.m.

Education: B.S.N. and M.S.N., Allen College

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) 


Gina Tenge 
Assistant Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2530
E-mail: Gina.Tenge@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon 2 - 4 p.m.; Wed noon - 4 p.m.

Education: B.S.N., Allen College; M.S.N., Allen College

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses: NU 335, NU 360


Anna Wehling Weepie
Professor and Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Nursing Program and R.J. McElroy Endowed Chair for Inter-Disciplinary Studies
Phone: (319) 226-2037
E-mail: Anna.Weepie@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Tue 9 - 10 a.m. & 1 - 2 p.m.

Education: B.S.N., Allen College; M.S.N., University of Iowa; D.N.P., Rush University 

Certification: Certified Nurse Educator (CNE); Certified Online Instructor

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses: AC 315, AC 316, AC 317, AC 318, NU 450. 

Research Focus: School health; Service & Community engagement 


Kendra Williams-Perez 
Dean and Professor, School of Nursing and ROTC Coordinator
Phone: (319) 226-2044
E-mail: Kendra.Williams-Perez@allencollege.edu

Education: B.S.N., Coe College; M.S.N., University of Texas; Ed.D., University of Northern Iowa 

Certification: Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Courses: NU 460, NU 541, NU 654C, NU 664, NU 750, EdD 710.

Research Focus: Learning Styles; Teaching/Learning;  Academic Advising.


Diane Young
Professor
Phone: (319) 226-2047
E-mail: Diane.Young@allencollege.edu
Office Hours: Mon noon - 2 p.m.

Education: B.S.N., University of Iowa; M.S.N., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Iowa; Post-master's certificate, Saint Louis University

Certification: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Licensed by the state of Iowa as a Registered Nurse (RN) and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Courses: NU 445UG, NU 510, NU 630, NU 695.

Research Focus: Pain; Pain in elders; End of life care.