About the School of Health Sciences

Common Vision

The School of Health Sciences will be widely recognized as a premier educator of health science professionals who are known for disciplinary excellence, multidisciplinary respect, cultural competence and thoughtful leadership.

We want students of each profession to be at the leading edge of their discipline, to work with and respect the disciplinary knowledge of other health professionals, serve diverse human factors in different work arenas, and apply leadership principles in a values-oriented and needs-based way.

The School operates in a culture of assessment, dialogue and innovation to meet challenges and create necessary changes for developing quality health care professionals.

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Faculty listing

Email information is followed by @css.edu unless otherwise noted.

Position: Assoc Prof/Dean, SHS
Department: SHS Admin
Phone: (218) 723-7033
E-Mail: RBerkela@css.edu

Rondell Berkeland has his BS degree in Occupational Therapy and MA degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. His doctoral degree is in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. His clinical experience is primarily in acute and chronic mental health. Ron also worked as a quality assurance consultant for a national health care corporation that specialized in long term care. He served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota and as the Director of the Program in Occupational Therapy. He was on the graduate faculty of the College of St. Catherine's Occupational Therapy Department and served for six years as the Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica. Ron is currently the Dean, School of Health Sciences at The College of St. Scholastica. In addition to more conventional work settings, Ron has over 10 years experience as a consultant for third party payers and non-profit social service agencies. Ron’s scholarship and service interests reside primarily around intervention strategies for clients with chronic mental illness; and, exploring, identifying and implementing processes of effective educational leadership.

Position: Professor, EXP - Department Chair
Department: Exercise Physiology
Phone: (218) 723-6621
E-Mail: LBirnba3@css.edu

Academic Degrees

1999 M.A. (Exercise Physiology)
The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN.

1990 Ph.D. (Higher Education)
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

1979 M.S. (Medical Technology)
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND.

1976 B.A. (Medical Technology)
The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN.




Biography

Larry has been teaching at the college level for over 30 years, which includes two universities, a private college and a community college. Recent courses taught include ECG and Graded Exercise Testing, Cardiovascular Physiology,  Applied Exercise Physiology, and Biomechanics. Larry is the EXP Department Chair and Graduate Program Director. Larry has published five research articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written several articles for online journals.

Larry's teaching philosophy is to try to make course content real for students by including real life applications. If students can associate material with real life situations, they are more likely to understand it and remember it. His door is always open to students.

Larry is an outdoor enthusiast and thoroughly enjoys what the Duluth area has to offer in outdoor activities.

Position: Professor/Chair, OTH - Department Chair
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-5915
E-Mail: scope@css.edu
Website: View
Steve joined the Occupational Therapy Program at CSS as Program Director in the summer of 2013.  He earned his bachelor degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (1980), MOT degree from Western Michigan University (1983), and ScD from Boston University-Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (1997).  Prior to coming to CSS, Steve was a Professor in the Occupational Therapy Department and Director of the Rehabilitation Science Program at Concordia University Wisconsin.  Steve is teaching courses related to evidence-based practice in occupational therapy.   Steve’s research interests include motor control and motor learning basis of pediatric interventions including constraint-induced movement therapy, motor imagery, and intensive interventions for children with cerebral palsy.  
Position: Assoc Professor, SWK - Department Chair
Department: Social Work
Phone: (218) 723-7048
E-Mail: LGustaf3@css.edu
Website: View

Dr. Gustafson is the Social Work Department Chair and MSW Program Director.  Dr. Gustafson joined CSS in 2004 as the Department. Chair; special interests include addictions, group practice, research and program evaluation

Position: Assoc Prof/Chair-PA Studies - Department Chair
Department: Physicians Assistant Program
Phone: (218) 625-4893
E-Mail: kkruger2@css.edu
Website: View

Dr. Kim Kruger is a family physician who has been educating medical professionals since 2000. She grew up in New Ulm, MN and attended Gustavus Adolphus College. She received her medical doctorate from the University of MInnesota Medical School and completed her residency in family medicine at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, MN. She enjoyed practicing rural family medicine for many years in Buffalo and Cokato, MN before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program in 2004. After 10 years as faculty and program director, she joined the CSS faculty as inaugural chair of the Physician Assistant program in 2014. She completed her MBA in 2014 with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is passionate about women's health, geriatrics, and rural medicine. 

Position: Asst Professor/Chair, HIIM - Department Chair
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 625-4931
E-Mail: RSandefe@css.edu
Website: View

 

Introduction / Background
MA University of Wyoming
BA University of Wyoming
Certified Professional In Health Information Technology (CPHIT)
 
Ryan Sandefer received both his BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Wyoming. He is currently working toward his PhD in Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Ryan has also earned a Certification in Health Information Technology (CPHIT).
 
Ryan began his career conducting research on health information exchange and telehealth at the University of Wyoming’s Center for Rural Health Research and Education.  While at the University of Wyoming, Ryan served as lead researcher for the Wyoming Healthcare Commission’s health workforce study. In 2008, Ryan took a position with the College of St. Scholastica’s Center for Healthcare Innovation where he worked as research coordinator and project manager for several rural health information technology research projects, including projects related to voice recognition within the EHR, evidence-based resources at the point of care, and quality reporting directly from the EHR.  
 

 
Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations
Ryan is Chair and Assistant Professor for the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. He teaches Technology Applications in Healthcare, Monitoring and Evaluating Health Programs, and Applied Research Methods. Ryan is an active member with the American Health Information Management Association, Health Information Management Systems Society, and the American Medical Informatics Association.
 

 
Interests / Specialties
Health Informatics
 
Health Information Technology Usability
 
HIT Implementation Best Practices
 
EHR Quality Measures Reporting
 
EHR Certification Standards
 
 

Recent Publications
Sandefer, Ryan. (2011, November 17). Meaningful Use: An Update from the Trenches. Northeast Minnesota Health Information Management Association, Duluth, MN.
 
Sandefer, Ryan, Brooke Palkie & Trina Lower. (2011, October 5). Getting to the Data for Direct Quality Reporting. AHIMA National Convention, Salt Lake City, UT.
 
Witrak, Marty, Ryan Sandefer and Shirley Eichenwald Maki. (June 25, 2011). Meaningful Use and Quality Reporting: Informing Practice, Improving Education. Rutgers College of Nursing 29th Annual International Nursing Technology Conference, Cambridge, MA.
 
Sandefer, Ryan and Pamela Oachs (2011, July 26). Meaningful Use: Bridging the Classroom-Practice Divide. American Health Information Management Association Assembly on Education, San Antonio, TX.
 
Sandefer, Ryan (2011, June 15). REACH and Workforce Realities. Minnesota e-Health Summit, Brooklyn Park, MN.
 
Sandefer, Ryan & Melinda Machones (2011, June 15). Meaningful Use, PHRs and Patient Portals. Minnesota e-Health Summit, Brooklyn Park, MN.
 
Sandefer, Ryan. (2010, November 18). ARRA, HITECH, and Healthcare Reform: What Does it Mean for HIM? Northeast Minnesota Health Information Management Association, Duluth, MN.
 
Sandefer, Ryan. (2010, October 19). Rural Hospitals, Meaningful Use, and Quality Reporting: The Road(map) Ahead. Regional HIT Extension Center Hospital Presentation.
 
Pepper, Carolyn, Ryan Sandefer and Matt Gray. (2010). Recruiting and Retaining Physicians in Very Rural Areas. Journal of Rural Health, 26, 2, pp. 196-200.

Teaching philosophy
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them
                        Albert Einstein
 
Hard writing makes easy reading
                        Wallace Stegner
Position: Asst Professor, ATR - Department Chair
Department: Athletic Training
Phone: (218) 723-6798
E-Mail: HStrough@css.edu
Website: View

Hal has been teaching primarily in the area of Athletic Training since 1990.  He has previously held posts at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Georgetown College (KY), Purdue University (Doctoral Teaching Assistant), Campbellsville University, and Eastern Kentucky University (Graduate Teaching Assistant). 

Hal’s primary interests include athletic training accreditation; athletic training administration; ethical, legal, and professional practice issues; healthcare entrepreneurship; psychosocial issues in athletic training; and assimilation of athletic training students into the profession of athletic training.

Position: Administrative Asst., SWK
Department: Social Work
Phone: (218) 723-5981
E-Mail: HBlunt@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, HIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 625-2771
E-Mail: DBrinda@css.edu

Phone: (612) 325-9742

1. Introduction / Background

BA in HIM from The College of St. Scholastica in 2003

BA in Computer Science/Information Systems from The College of St. Scholastica in 2003

MA in HIM from The College of St. Scholastica in 2006

2. Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations

Danika started her career as a Director of Health Information in a LTC Facility in Minneapolis, MN. Next, she moved to Alllina Hospitals and Clinics where she worked as a HIM Supervisor, Manager of Revenue Cycle Improvement, and a Regional Manager of Health Information Management.  In 2010, she joined the CSS HIIM Faculty as an Assistant Professor and a HIT Consultant for the REACH Program.

Professionally, Danika has been serving as a Minnesota Delegate Director for the past year on the MHIMA Board. She has also served as the Secretary of MHIMA in the past. She has been a co-chair of part of the MHIMA Annual Meeting committee 4 times in the past 6 years.

3. Interests / Specialties

Danika's interests include anything Privacy and Security related, specially related to HIPAA and HITECH.  She also is very interested EHR implementation, workflor redesign, physician engagement with an EHR, project management and Meaningful Use.

4. Recent Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Co-author with Janelle Wapola, MA, RHIA, of the chapter titled: Electronic Health Record: Applications in Practice.Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practices (4th Ed) published by the American Health Information Management Association. This text is scheduled for publication in 2012.

Recognitions:

2010 Recipient of the AHIMA Triumph Award in the Rising Star Category

5. Teaching philosophy

Danika's is still working on developing her teaching philosophy

A Personal Note

I married my college sweetheart in October 2004.  Together we are on the adventure of raising two little perfect girls, Taylor (4) and Piper (2). I love watching my children grow and learn more each and every day.  Even when life seems too much and stressful, a hug from my babies is all I need! I am a lucky mommy.

Position: Asst Professor, ATR
Department: Athletic Training
Phone: (218) 723-6002
E-Mail: ABrugge@css.edu

Ms. Amy Brugge joined The College of St. Scholastica in July 2009 as the department's first Academic Clinical Director. She was hired to develop, oversee, and assess all phases of the clinical education program as well as teaching in the department. She was previously at University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where she served as Lecturer/Assistant Athletic Trainer.

During her tenure there she worked with the Men's Ice Hockey, Women's Soccer, Women's Softball, Women's Tennis, Women's Golf, and Cross Country Teams. Amy also taught in the School of Health, Exercise Science, and Athletics. Prior to that she completed her Post-Certification Master's in Athletic Training at Indiana University in Bloomington in 2005 and her BS in Athletic Training from Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Ms. Brugge is a certified member of the NATA, a registered athletic trainer in the state of Minnesota, a Clinical Instructor Educator, and American Red Cross Emergency Response Instructor. She has also completed the Graston Soft Tissue Mobilization M-1 and M-2 Module and Kinesio Taping Levels 1 & 2.  Previously, Amy has served as the GLATA (Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association) Student Senate Advisor and is the current MATA (Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association) Student Senate Advisor.

Position: Administrative Asst, SHS
Department: SHS Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6289
E-Mail: DChriste@css.edu
Position: Instructor/Soc Work Prgm Coord
Department: Social Work Extended Studies
Phone: (651) 403-8631
E-Mail: rcoleman@css.edu

Former Child Protection Division Manager for Ramsey County Community Human Services for nine years. Seventeen years in child welfare services with Ramsey County. National presentations/ workshops in Washington, California, Missouri, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and Maryland on disproportionality in child welfare, transformational systems change, kinship care, poverty and neglect issues and anti-racism leadership development, implementation and training. Interests include traveling, child welfare and  authentic race dialogue facilitation.
 

Position: Admin Assistant, HIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 723-6759
E-Mail: NCrego@css.edu

I received my Medical Secretary certificate from the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, MN.  Following graduation, I was employed at the University of Minnesota Hospitals as Departmental Secretary to the Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine; later, I became the Office Manager of the Ashawa Clinic in Cook, MN; most recently, I have been employed as Administrative Assistant in the Health Informatics and Information Management Department, The College of St. Scholastica.

Position: Asst Professor, EXP
Department: Exercise Physiology
Phone: (218) 723-6601
E-Mail: JDargan@css.edu

Academic Degrees:

M.A. - Exercise Physiology
The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota; 2000

B.A. - Chemistry
The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota; 1979


Academic appointments:

2007 - Present: Assistant Professor
Department of Exercise Physiology, College of St. Scholastica

2003 - 2007 : Instructor
Department of Exercise Physiology, CSS

2000 - 2003 : Instructor
Department of Chemistry, CSS

1987 - 2000 : Assistant Instructor
Department of Chemistry, CSS

Courses Taught:

EXP 3323 - Sports Nutrition
EXP 3331 - Exercise Physiology
EXP 3332 - Physiological Assessment
EXP 3334 - Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
EXP 4441 - Advanced Lab Research
EXP 6522 - Biochemistry, Nutrition and Exercise
EXP 6532 - Professional Development of Exercise Physiology
EXP 6540 - Psychophysiology of Health and Exercise
HSC 4700 - Health Care Interdisciplinary Leadership

Exercise Physiology Interest Areas:

  • Physiological assessment and evaluation
  • The impact of exercise and physical fitness on health
  • The use of exercise in the treatment and prevention of "lifestyle" diseases
  • The development and delivery of worksite wellness programs

Teaching Philosophy

John believes in recognizing students as individuals with unique abilities, skills and challenges. An outgrowth of this philosophy is to help them recognize and overcome their personal challenges while maximizing their knowledge and abilities and encouraging them to demonstrate the attitude and behaviors of a health care professional. This philosophy also leads to the recognition that learning takes place not only in the classroom but also in the lab and in interactions outside of formal learning situations. Programs such as the SHAPE UP personal fitness program which John developed and currently oversee, allows students to gain experience in a professional setting before their formal internship experience.

Personal Information

John was born and raised in Northern Minnesota and graduated with a degree in chemistry from the College of St. Scholastica. He spent most of the next decade working in chemistry labs in industry, government and academia before returning to CSS to teach and supervise labs in the chemistry department. After being diagnosed with diabetes, John entered the Master's program in exercise physiology to gain a better understanding of the disease and the affect that exercise has on it. Upon completion of the degree John was invited to teach several courses in the Department of Exercise Physiology which ultimately lead to a full-time appointment in EXP.

John tries to maintain his health and fitness through an overall exercise regimen that includes running, strength training and stretching. On a more recreational level, John stays physically active with year-round outdoor activities - in-line skating and kayaking on Lake Superior in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing when we have snow.

Position: Instructor, SWK
Department: Social Work
Phone: (218) 625-4924
E-Mail: CDonner@css.edu

Cindy teaches SWK 4441 Social Work with Communities, focusing on social work with communities/macro systems.  Cindi has worked for several years in community organizing projects, including East Hillside PATCH, is a CSS alumnus, and joined us in 2006.

Position: Asst Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6744
E-Mail: MDonovan@css.edu

Since 1995 Mary Lou has taught in the Department of Occupational Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica. As an Assistant Professor, her teaching responsibilities include course work related to gerontology, leadership, documentation, research and the department’s capstone. 

Mary Lou graduated from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus with a Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy in 1978. Her early years of working as an OT were with the pediatric population. She taught in the OT Assistant Program at what is now known as Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN for portions of 1981-85, attaining a Minnesota Vocational Teaching License in 1984. Also during this time she transferred her practice focus to working with the adult population.

From 1985 to 1991 Mary Lou was hired as the Director of the Courage Center Duluth Sports and Recreation Programs, and was responsible for the day to day operations, development and administration of community based recreation programs for people with physical disabilities, speech, vision or hearing impairments.  During this time Mary Lou acquired a Master of Education degree from  University of Minnesota-Duluth with an emphasis in Exercise Science for People with Disabilities.  Mary Lou continued practicing as an occupational therapist in a variety of contexts from home health, hospital, and school settings until being hired by The College of St. Scholastica in 1995. In 2006 she acquired a  Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Post-secondary, and Adult Education from Capella University.  

Mary Lou's primary area of interest  for practice is gerontology, and the policy and procedural actions that support philosophies of healthy aging, older adults aging in place, and healthy communities supporting people throughout the entire age span. Mary Lou’s expertise is working with people who have dementia, and their caregivers, and she is trained to instruct other providers in the use of the Allen Cognitive Model tools. 

Mary Lou enjoys travelling and has had the opportunity to practice her OT skills in Haiti, as well as served as the faculty person for the Study Abroad Program in Cuernavaca, Mexico during Fall Semester, 2008. 

She's a beekeeper, fly fisher, gardener, and loves the outdoors.

 

Position: Asst Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6256
E-Mail: KErickso@css.edu
Website: View
Kelly Erickson joined The College of Saint Scholastica Department of Occupational Therapy as an Assistant Professor in 2010.  She has been practicing as an occupational therapist for 17 years with experience in management and all levels of client care.  Her teaching roles include Biomechanics for Occupational Therapy Practice, Neurorehabilitation in Occupational Therapy Practice, and research courses including advising research projects.  Occupation as the core of evaluation, task analysis, and intervention processes is a consistent thread throughout her courses.  Erickson is a calibrated rater of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) through the Center for Innovative OT Solutions.
 
Erickson has a master's degree in occupational therapy and has been serving on The College of Saint Scholastica Alumni Board of Directors since 2012.
She received her doctorate in psychology from Walden University with a dissertation titled “Perception of Stressors and Resources for Managing the Deployment Process as Predictors of Reservist Spouse’s General Wellbeing."  Erickson is a member of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and maintains certification with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT).
 
Erickson’s practice focus includes occupational performance with attention to role performance patterns, behavior management, and sensory processing across the lifespan.  She has research interests that include use of everyday technology as assistive devices for occupational performance and as therapeutic media in the occupational therapy process.   Ongoing research projects include preparedness for interprofessional learning among graduate students and long-term outcomes of an on-campus teaching-learning clinic in occupational therapy curriculum.  She has presented at various occupational therapy therapy conferences, the Minnesota e-Health Summit, the American Association of University Professors Conference on the State of Higher Education, and Assistive Technology Industry Association conference.
 
Erickson is currently serving as a faculty liaison with AOTA’s Evidence Exchange and is an approved Critically Appraised Paper (CAP) reviewer with AOTA.  She is also a Board Member with the AOTA Test Prep Editorial Board, which includes outline and test item writing, reviewing the online test prep product, and responding to product users comments and questions about test items. 
 
Erickson is the co-leader of the Duluth Area Special and Sled Hockey organization, which has been in operation since 2011.  The organization provides community hockey opportunities in both competitive and casual experiences for individuals of all abilities and needs.  
Position: Lecturer, SHS
Department: HIM Progression
Phone: (218) 723-6289
E-Mail: EFait@css.edu
1. Introduction / Background
Beth has a Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. 
 
She has worked in a variety of health care settings including consulting, physician clinics, community hospitals, and a health care system.  Areas worked in include administration, strategic planning and marketing.  She has been working at CSS since 2005 teaching Introduction to U.S. Healthcare and Change Leadership.  She has also worked at Kaplan University the past couple years teaching Academic Strategies for the Health Care Professional and Medical Office Accounting online.
 

2. Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations
Beth has been teaching Introduction to U.S. Health Care at CSS since 2005 online as well as on-campus on occasion. She also developed and teaches the course “Change Leadership.”
 

3. Interests/Specialties
Beth is especially interested in health care systems and operations, U.S. Health Care reform, and public health.
 

Position: Asst Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6713
E-Mail: Ngabres@css.edu
Website: View

Nancy has been an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at The College of St. Scholastica for 19 years. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and her Master of Science degree in Therapeutic Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2000 – 2008 Nancy worked as a consultant for the Fetal Alcohol Diagnostic Program in Duluth, MN. Prior to working at St. Scholastica, Nancy worked for 12 years as an occupational therapist with the Duluth Public Schools. Nancy’s teaching responsibilities have focused primarily on pediatric occupational therapy. In addition, Nancy has taught for four years in St. Scholastica’s Dignitas Program. Nancy’s scholarship and research interests include: the role of occupational therapy in addressing the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure, occupational therapy intervention for children with handwriting needs, and occupational therapy intervention for children with sensory processing disorders.

Position: Asst Professor, SWK
Department: Social Work
Phone: (218) 723-7036
E-Mail: DGraff@css.edu

Dr. Graff teaches a variety of social work major courses on both the Duluth and FDLTCC campus. Dorothy joined the CSS Social Work Program in 2006; special interests include spirituality, women’s’ issues, and international social work.

Position: Assoc Professor, SWK
Department: Social Work
Phone: (218) 625-4430
E-Mail: cgunderson@css.edu
Position: Admin. Asst. II, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6099
E-Mail: KHatfiel@css.edu

First line of contact and manager of the day-to-day activities of the Department of Occupational Therapy, which has 6 faculty, 64 students and clients involved in an on-site OT clinic.   

Fax: (218)-723-6698.

alternate email: otclinic@css.edu (for on-site clinic clients and observers).

Position: Asst Prof, SWK (Brainerd)
Department: Social Work Extended Studies
Phone: (218) 625-4818
E-Mail: TJeremia@css.edu

Tracy obtained her MSW from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2006, and her BSW from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) in 1996.  Her main focus of social work practice has been working with children and families in the school and home settings.  Tracy’s clinical experiences include in-home family therapy, the coordination of an out patient therapeutic program for students K-12 in a school setting and creation of an Adventure Therapy summer program.  Her interests include; Maternal and Infant Mental Health, Community Organizing, and International Practice.  Her international experiences have included the study of social systems in the Ukraine, Germany and Austria as well as working in several children’s homes in Jamaica.

Position: Asst Professor, HIIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 625-2790
E-Mail: kkerr@css.edu
Website: View
Katie Kerr, MA, RHIA is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. She received her BA in Health Information Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, in 2002. She received her Master of Arts in Health Information Management with concentration in Health Care Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN in 2007. Katie's Final Applied Project was “A Change Management Plan for an Electronic Health Record Implementation Project at Pine Medical Center.”
 
Prior to becoming a full-time HIIM faculty member, Katie was an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of HIIM and the IT Manager for FirstLight Health System based in Mora, MN. In her role as IT Manager, Katie oversaw the implementation of FirstLight's electronic health record, ancillary applications, phone system, IT Department operations and Meaningful Use achievement. Katie also taught for Rasmussen College as an Online Adjunct Instructor from 2008 to 2010. At Rasmussen College, Katie taught Management of Health Information Services, Quality Analysis and Management and Basic ICD-9-CM Coding.  Prior to joining FirstLight Health System, Ms. Kerr worked at Essentia Health - Sandstone as the Manager of Health Information for six years and as the IT Manager for one year.
 
Ms. Kerr is a member of AHIMA and MHIMA. She also served as a member of the Pine Technical College Coding Specialist/Transcription Program Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2007. Ms. Kerr has a special interest in Meaningful Use, EHR implementation workflow analysis and redesign, patient privacy and security, health information exchange and telemedicine. 
Presentations Include:
o         College of St. Scholastica, 4232 Ambulatory Reimbursement course guest speaker, Fall 2009 ~ “The Charge Description Master”
o         NEMHIMA Co-Presenter, November 2009 ~ “EHR Adoption: Kanabec Hospital’s Roadmap to EMRAM Stage 6”
o         E-Health Summit, June 2010 ~ “Meaningful Use Achievement: How Do We Get There?”
o         College of St. Scholastica, Center for HealthCare Innovation, Summer 2010 Conference ~ “Meaningful Use Achievement: How Do We Get There?”
o         HRSA, January 2011 ~ “Tips for Conducting Workflow Analysis During a Health IT Implementation”
o         MHIMA, May 2011 ~ Panel “How I Got to Where I Am”
o         E-Health Summit Co-Presenter, June 2011 ~ “Getting to the Data for Direct Quality Reporting” (Quest Project)
o         MN Rural Health Conference, June 2011 ~ “REACHing for Meaningful Use”
Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6174
E-Mail: JKilloug@css.edu
Website: View

 

Dr. Killough’s teaching areas in the entry level program include Cardiopulmonary Evaluation and Management, Physiological Response to Injury and Exercise, Systems Screening and Management I, Patient Client Management II, Multiple Systems, Geriatric Evaluation and Management. In the tDPT her teaching areas are Diagnostic Imaging and Differential Systems Screening.
 
Research interests: Fall prevention in the geriatric population, cardiopulmonary implications of physical therapy interventions for neurological impairment.
 
Dr. Killough earned a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College, Northfield MN in 1976, a M.S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA in 1981, and an M.A. in Physical Therapy from The College of St. Scholastica in 1993. She earned a D.P.T. from Simmons College in 2006. She was certified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in 2003 and as a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults in 2011.
Position: Admin Asst II, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6786
E-Mail: KKing@css.edu

 

Kathy has been with the Physical Therapy program since 2004. She earned her AAS in Health Information in 2000 along with her Registered Health Information Technician certification. Kathy has a wide range of record management in various fields including Child Protection, Dialysis, OP Clinic, and Long Term Care. She currently works as the Administrative Assistant for the department ensuring that faculty and students have the support they need to achieve program goals and outcomes. 
Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6061
E-Mail: JKittel2@css.edu

Mr. Kittelson is an assistant professor in the DPT program. Current teaching responsibilities include PTH 5520 and 5521: Physical Therapy Examination and Evaluation I & II; PTH 6540: Musculoskeletal Management; PTH 6912 and 6913: Patient Client Management III and IV. Scholarly activity has included  investigation of student development of professional behaviors in DPT education. Areas of interest include: lower extremity biomechanics, manual therapy techniques including manipulation, shoulder rehabilitation and spinal therapy with emphasis on the pelvic girdle.

Mr. Kittelson  is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and an orthopaedic section member of the APTA. He is an orthopedic certified specialist (OCS) as certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Prior clinical experiences include: outpatient orthopedics and neurological, home health care, inpatient/acute care, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation, and industry in South Dakota. Current clinical practice is in outpatient orthopaedics at Essentia Fitness and Therapy Center in the Essentia Health System in Duluth, MN. 

Position: Asst Professor, HIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 723-6118
E-Mail: MLeBlanc@css.edu
Website: View
 1. Introduction / Background
 
Madonna M. LeBlanc, MA, RHIA
Assistant Professor
 
BA 1995, The College of St. Scholastica
MA 2000, The College of St. Scholastica
 
Ms. LeBlanc joined the CSS faculty in the fall of 2000, having served as Health Information Services department manager at St. Mary’s Hospital (SMHS), Superior, WI, a 42-bed critical access hospital.  She was responsible for a wide range of functions, from JC to medical staff credentialing; while at SHMS, Ms. LeBlanc served as clinical site supervisor for several CSS HIM traditional and progression students. Before joining SMHS, Ms. LeBlanc held the position of family practice peer group support and cancer registrar for the Lake Superior Cancer Registry at St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic, Duluth, MN.


 
2. Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations
 
Courses Taught by M. LeBlanc:
HIM 2101 Medical Language
HIM 2102 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics
HIM 2110 Concepts and Principles of HIM
HIM 2112 Fundamentals of HIM
HIM 2111 HIM Technologies in Practice
HIM 3132 Medicolegal Issues
HIM 3211 Classification of Health Data
HIM 3311 Managing Human Resource
HIM 4233 Health Care Systems: Issues and Perspectives
HIM 4315 Management Tools and Strategies
HSC 2209 Medical Terminology
HSC 4423 Health Care Systems: Issues and Perspectives
HSC 4700 Health Science Leadership and Health Science Leadership Seminar
 
Associations:
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
o  MHIMA director delegate to the AHIMA House of Delegates, Team Talks and Leadership Conferences, 2002-2008; 2013-2015
o  AHIMA personal health record (PHR) consumer education initiative CSA (MN) trainer, 2005-2009
o  Assembly on Education member, 2000-present
 
Minnesota Health Information Management Association (MHIMA)
o   Board of Directors, 2002-2005;
o   Presidency-elect, president and past president 2005-2008
 
Northeastern Minnesota Health Information Management Association (NEMHIMA); president 2002
 
Affiliations:
St. Scholastica Health Inter-professional Program (SSHIP) HIM faculty representative, 2010-present
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Medical Office Specialist Advisory Committee, 1996-present
Central States College Medical Administrative/Secretary Advisory Board, 2011-present
 
Committees:
Faculty/Student Committee faculty representative, 2006-present
LGBTQI Faculty/Staff Ally Group, 2010-present
 

 
3. Interests / Specialties
 
Interests include public service presentations pertaining to the personal health record, collaborative interdisciplinary curriculum and human resource studies.
 

 
4. Recent Publications & Presentations
           
Journal Article
 
            Journal of American Health Information Management, “Softer Skill Key to Leadership Position”, June 2003-74/6    
 
Academic Text
 
            LeBlanc, M. & White, A. (2002). Work design and performance improvement. In K. LaTour & S. Eichenwald. (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice (pp. 523-555). Chicago: AHIMA.
            LeBlanc, M. (2006). Work design and performance improvement. In K. LaTour & S. Eichenwald. (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice, (pp. 647-679). Chicago: AHIMA.
            LeBlanc, M. (2010). Human resources management. In K. LaTour & S. Eichenwald. (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice (pp. 717-739). Chicago: AHIMA.
            LeBlanc, M. & Patena, K. (2012). Human resources management. In K. LaTour, S. Eichenwald.& P. Oachs (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice. (pp. 717-759). Chicago: AHIMA.
 
 
Conference Proceedings/Presentations
 
        Northwest Minnesota Health Information Management Association, presenter
        Region A Fall Meeting, Fosston, MN
        MHIMA Delegate Director report
        October 10, 2013 
        
        AHIMA Assembly on Education (AoE), presenter
        Annual summer meeting, Baltimore, MD
        Promoting AHIMA's myPHR Campaign Utilizing PHRs in The College of St. Scholatica Ireland Study Abroad Program Spring Semester 2012 in an Inter-professional Course
        July 23, 2013
     
Minnesota Health Information Management Association (MHIMA), presenter
      Annual Convention, Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN
      AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
      May 8, 2009
     
      MHIMA, presenter                                                                  
      Annual Convention, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN
      AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
      May 9, 2008
 
       AHIMA AoE, co-presenter (Pamela Oachs)                      
       Annual summer meeting, Chicago, IL
                           Incorporating New Curriculum Content on Software Technologies and Infrastructure of the Personal Health Records
      July 29, 2007
                                                                           
      MHIMA, presenter                                                                 
      Annual Convention, Treasure Island Resort, Red Wing, MN
      AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
      May 11, 2007

      MHIMA presenter                                                                 

      Annual Convention, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN
      AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
      May 5, 2006
 
      MHIMA presenter                                                                
      Annual Convention, DECC, Duluth, MN
      Personal Health Record Panel
      May 13, 2005
 
      MHIMA presenter                                                                 
      Annual Convention, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN                 
      Student track presentation, “New Kids on the Block”
      May 7, 2004
 
      Delegate updates presentation                                            
      NEMHIMA, CSS, Duluth, MN
      Region B annual meeting, The College of St. Scholastica 
      November 18, 2004
                                               

 
5.  Teaching philosophy
 
Ms. LeBlanc believes learning is a continuous, collaborative engagement between teacher and student.   Teaching is learning’s correlating vocation that a teacher should approach with the intention of connecting the student experience to the practical professional application in memorable and meaningful ways.  Her goal as a teacher is to contribute to her students’ formation by providing them with applicable skills for lives of meaningful career realization.
 
                                                                                                                             
 
6. Personal note
 
I’ve been married to my college sweetheart. Larry, for 30 plus years; we are the proud parents of five children (4 boys and 1 girl) who are now adults and successfully living their own lives, with the oldest two in Chicago and the youngest three in Duluth. Music has infiltrated every one of our family members, from singing in the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra choir to resident DJs at area night clubs, here and in Chicago.
Position: Asst. Prof PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: 625-4480
E-Mail: DLieberz@css.edu

M.A., Physical Therapy - The College of St. Scholastica, 2001

DPT, Physical Therapy - The College of St. Scholastica, 2012

Dalerie started a full time appointment with the physical therapy department in 2010. She provides students with a fresh clinical perspective from her practice in both acute care and outpatient physical therapy services. She currently practices at Essentia Polinsky providing vestibular rehabilitation in the balance and dizziness clinic.

Areas of clinical expertise include vestibular rehabilitation and integration of Pilates based exercise with rehabilitation. She completed competency based training in vestibular rehabilitation through APTA sponsored coursework at Emory University. Additionally, Ms. Lieberz has completed over 100 hours of training in Pilates exercise methods including completion of Stott mat and reformer coursework. Ms. Lieberz is an active member of the APTA and recognized as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS).

Her primary teaching responsibilities within the DPT program involve coordinating the four course Patient Client Management Series (PCM I-IV). The PCM series is offered across the 1st and 2nd years of the DPT program, emphasizing integration of didactic course work and application of clinical skills to patients, which provides students with opportunities to develop competency prior to clinical internships. Dalerie is the assistant clinical education director responsible for coordination of integrated clinical experiences and organizing the student PT clinic on campus.  She is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor.  Other teaching responsibilities in PhysicalTherapy include Interventions I and Neuroscience.

Position: Asst Prof, HIIM-SHS
Department: Masters- Health Informatics
Phone: (651) 403-8639
E-Mail: dmarc@css.edu

David Marc is an assistant professor and the program director for the health informatics Masters program.  Currently, Mr. Marc teaches courses on data analytics and research design. Mr. Marc has a master’s degree in biological sciences and has extensive experience working with large healthcare datasets.  Prior to working for St. Scholastica, Mr. Marc was employed at a biotech company where he applied a myriad of analytic approaches to investigate the predictive value of biomarkers for psychiatric diseases. 

Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6090
E-Mail: Slokken@css.edu
Website: View

Dr. Marden-Lokken, an experienced clinician and academician, is an assistant professor in the DPT program. Her teaching responsibilities include PTH 6405 Professionalism in Physical Therapy, PTH 6513 Lifespan Motor Development, PTH 6910 and 7911 Patient/Client Management I and II, PTH 7545 and 7546 Neuromuscular Evaluation and Management I and II, PTH 6410 PT Administration I, and content in PTH 6521 Physical Therapy Examination and Evaluation II. She is co-lead for the program’s four-course series on professional behavior development. Dr. Marden-Lokken’s scholarly agenda focuses on questions related to rehabilitation of individuals with neuromuscular dysfunction, and more recently on assessment of students’ development of professional behaviors.

Dr. Marden-Lokken has served the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) on a state and national level, having been on the MNAPTA Board of Directors, a MN delegate to the APTA House of Delegates (HOD), chief delegate to the APTA HOD, and most recently is Vice-President of the MN Board of Physical Therapy. In that capacity, Dr. Marden-Lokken has served as a delegate and alternate delegate to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSPBT), is a member of the Licensure and Administration Committees, and Chair of the Continuing Education Committee and Continued Competency Task Force. 

Ms. Marden-Lokken has 38 years of experience focusing on neurorehabilitation. She has presented numerous workshops on topics related to evaluation and treatment of individuals with neurologic dysfunction and practices in neurorehabilitation areas.

Position: Academic Counselor, SWK
Department: Social Work
Phone:  
E-Mail: smiller8@css.edu
Position: PTH, Asst Professor
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6640
E-Mail: smohnjohnsen@css.edu

Samantha started her appointment at the College of St. Scholastica in the fall of 2013. She is an assistant professor in the DPT program with current teaching responsibilities in Patient Client Management II and III, Lifespan Applications I and II, Lifespan Motor Development, Psychosocial Issues in Physical Therapy, Professional Behaviors, Interventions I, Systems Screening and Management II, and the PT Elective.

Samantha is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) with section memberships in Orthopedics, Pediatrics, and Education. She is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor. She is also recognized as an orthopedic certified specialist (OCS), certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Samantha’s clinical experience includes outpatient hospital-based and private clinic orthopedics, sports, and pediatrics in the Portland, OR metro area. New to the Twin Ports region, she is looking to get her practice up and running again quickly, with a primary interest in orthopedic pediatric populations.  

Position: Online Student Advisor, HIM
Department: Health Info. Mgmt.-Masters Prog.
Phone: (218) 723-5982
E-Mail: LMunson@css.edu
Position: Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6013
E-Mail: JNelson@css.edu

Teaching responsibilities:  Neuroscience, Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics, Patient Client management I, II, III, and Critical Inquiry III.
Research interests:  Neurophysiology of eye movement, head movement and balance control.

Position: Asst Prof, Athletic Training
Department: Athletic Training
Phone: (218) 723-5906
E-Mail: tneuharth@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, HIM
Department: Health Info. Mgmt.-Masters Prog.
Phone: (218) 723-6409
E-Mail: POachs@css.edu

Ms. Oachs is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management.   She earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Information Management and Master of Arts in Management at the College of St. Scholastica.  Prior to beginning a career in education, she spent over fifteen years in the healthcare industry in the areas of clinical quality improvement, patient access, and information technology.

Ms. Oachs teaches undergraduate and graduate students both in the classroom and online. Courses taught consist of content related to management tools and strategies, workflow and process redesign, healthcare technology, and applied research and writing.   Ms. Oachs has previously been in the role of graduate program director and is currently the undergraduate program director in the Department. 

Ms. Oachs is an active member of AHIMA and currently is a commissioner on the Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management.  She has been a speaker at both regional HIM association meetings as well as at AHIMA’s national educator’s conference, the Assembly on Education.  She is a co-editor for the 4th edition of the premiere HIM textbook with Kathy LaTour and Shirley Eichenwald Maki.

Ms. Oachs teaching philosophy is to bring theory and academic principles into practice successfully by teaching students to think analytically and critically in the practical setting.

Position: Assoc Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: 733-2216
E-Mail: Jogston@css.edu

Dr. Jena Ogston received her Master's of Physical Therapy degree from Mayo Medical Center's School of Health Related Sciences in 1996.  She then worked as a clinician in a sports medicine setting for 7 years prior to accepting a full-time position in the College of St. Scholastica's Physical Therapy program in 2002.  She completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Minnesota with a focus in shoulder biomechanics and quantitative research methods.  Her focus of teaching within the program is in Biomechanics, Interventions, Musculoskeletal and Critical Inquiry consistently incorporating active learning and open-discussion methods.   She is currently practicing clinically through the campus student health service.  Off-campus, Jena is active in the MN APTA presenting occasionally at state conferences and serving as a member on the Research Committee.  In 2007, Jena was inducted into the Academy of Advanced Item Writers through the FSBPT (Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy).

Position: Assoc Professor, HIM
Department: HIM Progression
Phone: (218) 733-2245
E-Mail: BPalkie@css.edu

Hello, my name is Brooke Palkie and I am an Associate Professor in the Health Informatics and Information Management Department. My focus areas include Clinical Compliance, Clinical Quality Management, Assessing Healthcare Quality, and Clinical Classification Systems, Standards, and Vocabularies. As an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, I have also helped the CSS Center for Healthcare Innovation build an ICD-10 online, self-paced training solution for coders: http://www.centerforhealthcareinnovation.com.

Welcome to the new academic year! 

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to contiue that counts." Winston Churchill

Position: Asst Professor, SWK
Department: Social Work
Phone:  
E-Mail: SRichar3@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, SWK
Department: Social Work
Phone: (218) 723-7018
E-Mail: MRoberts@css.edu

Michelle is the Social Work Program Field Director.  Michelle joined the CSS faculty in 2004. Michelle is also a Child Welfare Master Trainer through the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services; special interests include Indigenous populations and foster care.

Position: Asst Professor, SWK (STP)
Department: Social Work Extended Studies
Phone: (651) 403-8636
E-Mail: MRunnber@css.edu

Marcia provides social work program coordination and student course instruction on the St. Paul –ADEP campus. Marcia graduated from the University of MN- Twin Cities campus with a B.S. in Social Work, with a concentration in child welfare and American Indian studies in 1977 and returned for her M.S.W. in 1980, specializing in children and families, and chemical dependency.  Marcia has had over thirty years of practice experience with children and families in areas of addictions, mental health, domestic violence and special needs. She has been with the C.S.S. Social Work Program for the past 14 years, having an interest in international social work practice, immigrants and refugee populations, Native American services, Veteran PTSD, and families of children with special needs.

Position: Online Student Advisor
Department: Transitional Doctor of PT
Phone: (218) 625-4821
E-Mail: rsaamanen@css.edu
Position: Online Student Advisor, HIM
Department: HIM Progression
Phone: (218) 723-7096
E-Mail: GSmith@css.edu

Gwen Smith, MEd, RHIA is an advisor to students in our online undergraduate Health Information Management Program.  In addition to her advising duties Gwen also occasionally teaches in both our undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Ms. Smith  received her undergraduate degree in Health Information Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, in 1999.  She received her Masters in Education with a concentration in Online Teaching from The College of St. Scholastica in December 2012.  Her final project for her graduate degree was "The Impact Community has on Student Retention:  Developing a Sense of Community Outside the Classroom Setting". 

Prior to becoming an advisor to online HIM students in 2004, Gwen worked as a Health Information Services and Reimbursement Supervisor, overseeing the medical records and billing staff of SMDC Home Health (now Essentia), based in Duluth, MN.  Ms. Smith played a key role in preparing the department for the conversion to the Medicare prospective payment system for home health as well as leading the Quality Improvement Committee and department QI projects.  Gwen also worked for a durable medical equipment supply company in Duluth, MN.  In that position she was responsible for the human resource management of the billing staff as well as participating in the quality improvement projects for the organization.

Ms. Smith  is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)  and the Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (WHIMA). 

Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-5995
E-Mail: LSpangle@css.edu

Ms. Spangler has a Bachelor's degree in Psychobiology and a Masters degree in Physical Therapy.  She has extensive clinical experience in multiple areas, having worked in a number of different clinical settings including out patient therapy, in patient  rehabilitation, and as a travelling therapist. Her main area of teaching and of clinical expertise is in neurological rehabilitation, with a special interest in the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injury.

In the Department of Physical Therapy Ms. Spangler serves as the Director of Clinical Education.  In this roll she coordinates the integral and terminal internship experiences for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, and over-sees the placement of students in clinical sites.  She follows the students while on internship and works with Clinical Instructors to evaluate the performance of the students on internship and their readiness for pressional clinical practice.  Ms. Spangler also teaches in the neurological evaluation and treatment series, and participates in the Patient Client Management series (a course series of progressive clinical application situations where students are evaluated on the application of didactic materials in simulated and controlled clinical conditions).

Ms. Spangler serves as the representative for the Physical Therapy Department in the development of the college's propiratary electronic medical record system.  She has helped to integrate the use of the system within the department and as an intradisciplinary teaching tool.  Beyond campus Lynda enjoys volunteering with Courage Duluth, a regional program supporting sports and recreation for people with disabilities.

Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6122
E-Mail: KSwanson@css.edu

Dr. Swanson joined the DPT faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2008. Her current teaching responsibilities include PTH  5521: Physical Therapy Examination and Evaluation  2; PTH 5530 and 5531: Interventions I and II; PTH 6482: Critical Inquiry III;  PTH 6518:Systems Screening & Management II; PTH 6540: Cardiopulmonary Evaluation & Management I; PTH 6911,6913: Patient Client Management II & IV. She is also a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Athletic Training. The focus of her research activities includes the investigation of clinical and biomechanical profiles of female athletes with and without patellofemoral pain, biomechanics of the lower extremity, functional assessment of ACL reconstructed knees, and force and pressure measurements and distribution patterns of LE during running. Areas of clinical interest include patellofemoral pain, pelvifemoral instability, biomechanical evaluation of the pelvis and lower extremity, shoulder rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine for the elite level athlete.

Dr. Swanson is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Minnesota chapter of the APTA, and is a  member of the Sports and Research sections of the  APTA. She is also an active member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA), the Minnesota Athletic Trainers Association (MATA.).Her area of clinical expertise is in the areas of Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics. Prior clinical experiences include: clinical supervisor and clinical specialist at University Orthopaedics (University of Minnesota); clinical specialist at PDR-Midway, St. Paul, MN; Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Minnesota and Florida State University and has had athletic training experiences at the Division I College level as well as National, International and Olympic levels of competition.

Position: Asst Professor, Social Work
Department: MSW- Masters in SWK
Phone: (218) 625-4484
E-Mail: ptracey@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, HIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 723-6156
E-Mail: JWapola@css.edu
Website: View

Introduction / Background

BA College of St. Scholastica in 1995 - MA College of St. Scholastica in 2006

Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations

Janelle started her career holding these types of jobs: HIM consulting, operations manager and release of information specialist.Upon her arrival at St. Scholastica in 2003, she became a  Technology Lead, helping to implement the academic electronic health record into the Health Sciences curriculum (The ATHENS Project).After the grant-funded, ATHENS Project was complete; Janelle became a full time faculty, teaching classes in undergraduate as well as graduate classes.

At the College, she currently serves as the faculty advisor to the Student Health Information Management Association (SHIMA) and various College committees such as the undergradate admissions, faculty/student group and various departmental committees.

Additionally she is currently a HIT Consultant for the REACH program, serving Minnesota and North Dakota. She is also a member and regularly attends AHIMA, MHIMA and NEMHIMA.

Interests / Specialties

 As she continues to be interested in the various areas associated with the (EHR):  implementation, workflow redesign, privacy & security and meaningful use, she would like to seek out more opportunities for international travel in the HIM arena.

Recent Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Co-author with Danika Brinda, MA, RHIA, of the chapter titled: Electronic Health Record: Applications in Practice.Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practices (4th Ed) published by the American Health Information Management Association.  This text was published in 2013.

Co-author of the textbook entitled, Using the EHR in the Physician Office Practice with two colleagues:  Shirley Eichenwald-Maki, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA and Bonnie Patterson, Ph.D., RHIA. This text was published in 2013.

Co-authored Case Study: The ATHENS Project: Advancing Technology in Healthcare Education Now at St. Scholastica published in Nursing and Informatics for the 21stCentury: An International Look at Practice, Trends and the Future, Second Edition. Edited by Charlotte A. Weaver, RN, PHD, FHIMSS; Connie White Delaney, PHD, RN, FAAN, FACMI; Patrick Weber, RN, MA, and Robyn L. Carr, RGON. Published by the Health Information Management Systems Society, Chicago, IL. 2010.

Speaker, AHIMA's Assembely on Education Annual Meeting, HIM, Meaninful Use and Extension Centers:  A View from the Frontline (July 2012)

Speaker, Northeast Minnesota Health Care Forum, Personal Health Records.  (June, 2012)

Participant, AHIMA Capitol Hill Day in Washington, DC.  (March 2012)  

Recognitions:

Co-recipient along with the College of St. Scholastica’s ATHENS Project Team of Health Data Management Editor’s Choice Award for Innovator of the Year for the ATHENS Project, presented at the World Health Innovation and Technology Congress (WHITv4.0) Washington, DC in 2008.

Teaching philosophy

 While developing my teaching philosophy, I believe in emphasizing a healthy balance to life, school and work.  I encourage optimism, compassion and advocacy for those in need.

A Personal Note

My personal joy is in being a mother to Tyler and Daniel and capturing life through pictures. My boys are a whirlwind of energy and knowledge and they teach me many things. The most importantly has been to stop and be in the moment! I am also excited to be a part of international travel with CSS and the HIM Department. My travels to India in January 2011 and Germany 2014 were extraordinary; visiting hospitals, villages, schools and universities. I was very fortunate to be a part of something so unique and interesting! 

Position: Asst Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-5967
E-Mail: rwarfel@css.edu
Website: View
Position: Asst Professor, EXP
Department: Exercise Physiology
Phone: (218) 625-4928
E-Mail: JWarpeha@css.edu

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D. - Kinesiology (emphasis in exercise physiology)
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

M.A. - Exercise Physiology (emphasis in exercise physiology)
College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota

B.S. - Marine Science (emphasis in marine geology)
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida

Academic Appointments and Experience:

The College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN):
• Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise Physiology (2008 - Present)
• Director, Exercise Physiology Laboratories (2008 - Present)

The University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN):
• Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Kinesiology (2003 - 2008)
• Lab Manager, Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science
(2005 - 2008)

Exercise Physiology Interest Areas:

• Strength, speed and power development
• Physiological testing and evaluation
• Exercise program design
• Cardiovascular adaptations to training
• Thermoregulation and exercise

Courses Taught at the College of St. Scholastica:

Undergraduate:
• EXP 3330 - Psychophysiology of Stress and Exercise (with lab)
• EXP 3342 - Strength Training and Conditioning**
• EXP 4431 - Advanced Exercise Physiology (with lab)*
• EXP 4436 - Research in Exercise Physiology*
• EXP 4777-001 - Scientific Foundations of Strength and Conditioning
• EXP 4777-002 - Applied Strength and Conditioning

Graduate:
• EXP 6536 - Clinical Exercise Physiology**
• EXP 6538 - Exercise Testing and Electrocardiography (with lab)*
• EXP 6542 - Strength Training, Conditioning, and Physiological Assessment (with lab)**

* currently teaching Fall 2012 semester
** currently scheduled to teach Spring 2013 semester

Teaching Philosophy:

Lead by example. Yes, it is that simple. In the field of exercise physiology I believe "practicing what you preach" is critical to being able to communicate with students on a different, and crucial, level. I have always tried to model an active and physically responsible lifestyle by exercising and being physically active beyond what is minimally recommended for health. I believe this has enabled me to connect with people in a unique way. I have personally known too many academic exercise physiologists who could have avoided such health issues as stroke, heart disease, and hypertension but instead chose the philosophy of "Do as I say, not as I do." Additionally, it has been my observation that many college professors claim to teach students how to think under the guise of "critical thinking" but instead are only interested in teaching students to think what they think. Unfortunately, many students are told they are not thinking "critically" when they disagree or don't think the way their professor does. My philosophy is to teach students how to think and not what to think. I welcome, and encourage, differing thoughts and perspectives.

Personal Information:

I was born and raised in the Chicago area and first came to Duluth for my masters degree in exercise physiology at the College of St. Scholastica. While finishing my doctorate degree at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis I decided to return to Duluth. I am a nature enthusiast and enjoy fishing, among other outdoor pursuits. Anything related to weather or the earth sciences is very interesting to me (my undergraduate degree is in marine geology). I have been a competitive powerlifter since 1997 and remain active in the sport as a competitor, coach, meet director, referee, USA Powerlifting Executive Committee member, and state chairman of USA Powerlifting of Minnesota. It was my involvement in powerlifting that first sparked my interest in the physiology of exercise, physical activity, and sport. I also enjoy running and have completed races ranging from 5K to the marathon.

Memberships:

• American College of Sports Medicine
• Clinical Exercise Physiology Association
• National Strength and Conditioning Association
• USA Powerlifting

Certifications:

• American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM):
           - Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist [RCEP]
           - Clinical Exercise Specialist [CES]
           - Health Fitness Specialist [HFS]
• American Heart Association (AHA):
           - Advanced Cardiac Life Support [ACLS]
           - Basic Life Support [BLS] for Healthcare Providers - CPR and AED
• National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA):
           - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist [CSCS]
           - Certified Personal Trainer [CPT]
• USA Powerlifting (USAPL) / International Powerlifting Federation (IPF):
           - Category II International Referee
• USA Track and Field (USATF):
           - Level 1 Coach
• USA Weightlifting (USAW):
           - Level 1 Coach

The information above is current as of September, 2012.

Position: Asst Professor/Chair, HIM
Department: Health Info. Mgmt.-Masters Prog.
Phone: (218) 723-7094
E-Mail: AWatters@css.edu
Website: View

Ms. Watters has a BA in Health Information Administration, a MA in Health Information Management, and a Certificate in Healthcare Informatics from The College of St. Scholastica. Before moving into academia, Ms. Watters spent over 10 years in the HIM industry, working in the areas of release of information, HIM and admitting management in acute care settings, product management at a software and consulting firm, and HIPAA security at a multi-specialty physician group. She is credentialed as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and was awarded Fellowship of AHIMA in 2011.

As Director of the Health Information Management Graduate Program, Ms. Watters coordinates the activities and leads the ongoing development of the graduate program. In her role as Assistant Professor, she teaches courses at the graduate level, such as Technology Applications in Healthcare, and Applied Project Research and Writing. She is an active member of the Minnesota Health Information Management Association, as well as the Minnesota chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for which she recently served as Member Relations Chair. She is past-president of the Northeastern Minnesota Health Information Management Association, and has served on the AHIMA Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Ms. Watters personal interest lies in life-long learning. She enjoys assisting students in their growth both educationally, and professionally, as each strive to reach their own personal goals. She is also interested in online learning principles, and incorporating technology in education. At present, she is very involved in a federal partnership grant with the University of MN called the University Partnership for Health Informatics (UP-HI) to educate the Health Information Technology workforce. In the spirit of life-long learning, she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Education.

Ms. Watters served as editor of the Instructor Manual for the 4th edition of the textbook Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles & Practice. In the 3rd edition, she and her colleague, Pam Oachs, co-authored the chapter Informatics in Healthcare.  She also co-authored a publication,Launching: University Partnership for Health Informatics, which was accepted to appear in the proceedings of the International Informatics Symposium, Arlington, VA.

Position: Asst Professor, HIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 723-6116
E-Mail: VZeman@css.edu

 

Vicki L. Zeman, MA, RHIA

INTRODUCTION

The College of St. Scholastica - Bachelor of Arts – Medical Record Administration – 1972
The College of St. Scholastica - Master of Arts  – Management – 2000

Vicki worked 13 years as a practitioner before joining the faculty at CSS in 1985  She held a variety of management positions in the Duluth/Superior area.  Her last two positions as a practitioner focused on her interest areas or areas of expertise  At Miller-Dwan Medical Center she worked as the Assistant Director of Medical Records and then worked to establish the Quality Management Program with key medical staff and administrative support. She then worked as the Quality Assurance Coordinator for five years. She worked as the Manager of Medical Records at Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake briefly before accepting a faculty position at CSS.  Vicki  began work as a faculty member teaching basic Health Information Management courses.  For the first 8 years she taught Medical Terminology, Storage and Retrieval, Medico-legal Issues, Human Resource Management, Tools and Strategies and Clinical Quality Management.   The following 8 years she taught a variety of courses and coordinated the undergraduate Progression Program. In 2000, Vicki became the Academic Coordinator of Professional Practice Experience with teaching responsibilities primarily at the senior level of the undergraduate program.

CURRENT ROLES, ASSOCIATIONS, AFFILIATIONS

Member -
American Health Information Management Association
Minnesota Health Information Management Association   
Regional Health Information Management Association.

She has held numerous elected positions at the state level.

Member -
CHIC (Community Health Information Collaborative) HIE-Bridge Governing Committee
2009 - Present

INTERESTS/SPECIALTIES

Management, Quality Assurance/Management and personal health records are areas of interest and expertise.

Developing the ePortfolio for student Professional Practice Experience.  Piloting software (Chalk and Wire) working with Information Technologies and several departments in the College.



RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Health information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice. Chapter Author: Clinical Quality Management. 2010.

EPortfolio Presentation 2011 (Fall)
Eportfolio Presentation 2010 (Fall)

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Quote:
"In education it isn't how much you have committed to memory or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know and it's knowing how to use the information you get." --William Feather