Faculty and Staff | Post-Baccalaureate Nursing

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Position: Professor/Dean, SON
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6021
E-Mail: janderson16@css.edu

Dr. Anderson has over 35 years of experience in nursing practice, policy, research, and higher education. She has taught at the undergrduate, master's, and doctoral levels and enjoys motivating students to do their best. Dr. Anderson has a long history of conducting research, both clinical trials and original projects. She has served on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research for the National Institutes of Health and has published over 50 refereed manuscripts and book chapters on topics in the realm of wounds - their diagnosis and treatment. She is a lead evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and Sigma Theta Tau International. 

Position: Asst Prof/UG PBN Coord, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-7093
E-Mail: calajoki@css.edu


  • DNP, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, Graduation expected Spring 2018
  • MSN, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, 2012
  • ADN, Lake Superior College, Duluth, MN, 1998
  • Diploma, Lake Superor College, Duluth, MN, 1997


Carrie Alajoki has focused much of her nursing career focusing on high quality care in the rural setting.  Her MSN specialized in nursing education and her teaching interests include the adult learning and creative teaching strategies such as the online learning environment.  Carrie Alajoki's nursing experience includes medical/surgical, emergency nursing, obstetrics - including labor and delivery, newborn care, and postpartum care - and occupational health and wellness nursing.

Recent Achievements:

Carrie Alajoki prepared a poster presentation for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference in Savanah Georgia that focused on "Adding a Faculty-Led Online Interactive Meeting in an Hybrid Nursing Course.

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6279
E-Mail: SBarlass@css.edu
Position: Admin Spec, Post-Bac NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6546
E-Mail: lbeck5@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof, Post Bac Nursing
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
E-Mail: lbisila@css.edu


Palm Beach State College- Associates of Science in Nursing (ASN)- 1994

Liberty University- Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)- 2013

Liberty University- Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)- 2016


Biography: Assistant Professor Bisila has over 20 years of nursing experience dedicating her career primarily to geriatric and Hospice nursing. For the past four years she has taught at two different institutions, preparing healthcare workers for medical practice. She has taught nursing assistants, practical nursing and post baccalaureate nursing.


Recent Achievements: Laurie Bisila is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, National Nurses Association, Nurses Christian Fellowship and Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association.  Additionally, she is certified as a Healing Touch Practitioner and as a Public Health Nurse.


  • NSG 3600 Introduction to Nursing Practice
  • NSG 3845 Professional Nursing II
  • NSG 4645 Professional Nursing III
  • NSG 4660- Health Transitions III
  • Previously has taught Nursing Assistant Course and License Practical Nursing
Position: Assoc Prof/UG RN/BS Coord, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6103
E-Mail: CBrown2@css.edu

Cynthia Brown’s clinical focus is in public health, nutrition, and substance use disorders. Her professional interests  include community/public health, working with underserved & vulnerable populations, service-learning, chemical dependency/addiction, and the harm reduction model. She is also involved in various service-learning initiatives in local and global settings. 

Position: Asst Professor, Post-Bac NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (320) 625-4802
E-Mail: rherheim@css.edu
St. Cloud State University- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2008
Sacred Heart University- Master of Science in Nursing (Education Track), 2014
Assistant Professor Herheim has focused much of her career in education on various methods to enhance learning in undergraduate nursing students. Her primary educational role has been focused on facilitating student learning in medical-surgical theory, skills, and clinical courses. She is interested in continued research on how to improve lab activities and simulation experiences.

Recent achievements (awards/publications/honors):
In 2015, Assistant Professor Herheim’s research article, “Collaborative Classroom Simulation (CCS): An Innovative Pedagogy Using Simulation in Nursing Education” was published in the National League for Nursing journal, Nursing Education Perspectives.  She also presented the research findings at the Nuts and Bolts for Nurse Educators Conference 2014 in Minneapolis, MN.  Her current research efforts are focused on designing a collaborative research project on how to best utilize the “flipped classroom” approach when educating baccalaureate nursing students. 
  • NSG 3600 Introduction to Nursing Practice (Lab)
  • NSG 3870 Health Transitions II
  • NSG 3871 Integrative Lab I
  • NSG 4661 Integrative Lab II
  • NSG 4880 Nursing Capstone (Lab)
  • Has taught various medical-surgical, mental health, and leadership type courses, labs, and clinical rotations.
Position: Assistant Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
E-Mail: KHolmes@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof, Post-Bac Nursing
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 733-2279
E-Mail: jjagodzinske@css.edu


Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Associates Degree - Registered Nursing, 2012 

Minnesota State University Moorhead - Bachelor of Arts - Psychology, 1999

Nebraska Methodist College - Master of Science Nurse Education, 2016


Jagodzinske grew up on a farm in South Central Minnesota. After attending Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead State University at the time, she persued a career in financial sales. This career path did not satisfy her need to work with science and people, so she decided to go back to school to become a nurse. While in school, she was inspired by her faculty members to pursue a career in nursing education. 

Jagodzinske worked as an RN in the following areas: Medical/Surgical, ICU Stepdown, Intensive Care - Cardiac/Trauma/Neuro/Medical/Surgical, Cardiac Cath Lab, and as a part of the Essentia Health Education Team. 

Recent Acheivements

In 2016, Jagodzinske's master's degree culminated in a meta-analysis project exploring the impact of formal patient education programs on the incidence of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma.


Post Baccalaureate Nursing - Specializing in Med-Surg, Advanced Care, and Conflict Management

Position: Assistant Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
E-Mail: mlarson15@css.edu


The College of St. Scholastica - Bachelors of Arts in Nursing, 2003

The College of St. Scholastica - Doctor of Nursing Practice in Family Nurse Practitioner, 2016

Position: Asst Professor, Post-Bacc Nrsg
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
E-Mail: mlindberg1@css.edu


St. Cloud Technical College – Practical Nursing Diploma, 2003

Ridgewater College – Registered Nursing ADN, 2005

Walden University – Walden University BSN, 2010

Walden University – Walden University MSN, 2012



Mary’s MSN specialized in Nursing Education.  Her teaching interests include simulation and teaching in an online learning environment. Mary’s nursing experience is in medical/surgical areas.  She worked in Orthopedics and Neuroscience units most of my nursing career.  Mary continue to work at a Nursing home and a critical access hospital.  Mary lives in a small rural area where she and her husband raise their two boys. Mary is active member of her community and school system. 



·        Health Transitions 1, 3, 4

·        Nursing Labs for all course

 Capstone Clinical. 

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-5946
E-Mail: LLindgre@css.edu
Ms. Lindgren’s areas of specialty include holistic nursing practices, public health care, and obstetrical care. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and is also certified in Healing Touch. Lori has over 20 years of experience serving people who are low income and homeless. For the past 5 years she has taught primarily the theory content for maternal child, integral health, evidence based practice, public health clinical and nutrition. She has taught the sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate nursing students, as well as the postbaccalaureate nursing students.
The philosophy of holistic and integral care has been a cornerstone for the care that I provide to patients as a nurse and nurse practitioner and I continue to embrace this philosophy as a teacher. Students are more than just students. They bring a unique set of experiences to the classroom. They are individuals with specific needs and gifts. I incorporate their unique experiences into the classroom by asking questions about life experiences and about how to apply other aspects of their education to the current classroom. My teaching philosophy reflects aspects of the integrative model for the School of Nursing and the Benedictine values here at St. Scholastica. The School of Nursing model incorporates the mind, body, and spirit of the person with a focus on an integrative approach to health promotion, a healing journey with illness, and a global perspective with population based health. The skills that are utilized include competence, caring, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The Benedictine values include community, hospitality, respect, stewardship (social justice) and love of learning. Having students learn about the art and science of nursing, themselves, asking pertinent questions, and paying attention to prevention are ways to reflect this model and these values as it pertains to my teaching philosophy.
Primary Goals in Teaching:
To have students learn the art and science of nursing.
We learn from evidence based practice the ways to provide the most effective care, and yet there is the human element of caring that adds a dimension that is not easily researched. I believe the element of caring is critical to the art and science of nursing, and to my teaching. It is the art of nursing. One way I will demonstrate this in my classroom is by role playing a patient and having students ask me questions and provide teaching/counseling. They soon realize that no two circumstances will be the same. The art of care is the dynamic interplay between two people in the classroom or between nurse and patient.
To have students learn about themselves and embrace their unique nature and gifts.
The holistic, integral philosophy allows me to consider the diverse backgrounds of students and understand their unique gifts to the classroom and to nursing. Diversity is more than the ethnic or cultural origins of a person. For me, diversity is the complex individual experiences, interests, and beliefs of the students. Incorporating these factors into my classroom adds a unique richness to the content being discussed.
To have students learn the art of asking pertinent questions.
Learning the art of asking a question not only incorporates what question to ask and when, but why that question is relevant and most importantly how to ask the question with respectful curiosity. Learning the art of asking pertinent questions will aid the student in self-reflection and self-awareness, which brings us back to the first goal. To know ones limitations and strengths is an important attribute in nursing for many reasons, but primarily to provide safe and appropriate nursing care. Also, learning the art of asking pertinent questions will aid the student in life-long learning. 
To have students learn to pay attention to aspects of prevention as it pertains to health care.
Culturally, our health care system is based on a response to people with illness/disease when it occurs. This response-based approach needs to be reformed. One of the ways that is discussed at various conferences and through literature is to focus on prevention interventions. Nursing texts are primarily written in a way that is a response to the illness. What I attempt to do in the classroom is have students pay attention to what interventions could be applied to prevent the disease/illness for patients. The focus on prevention alerts the students to health care disparities and social issues of a more complex nature instead of only learning how to respond to a person with a health issue. Both prevention and response are important to provide optimal health care to people.
Position: Coord, Educational Exp, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6795
E-Mail: AMcQuear@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6296
E-Mail: KRengo@css.edu


The College of St. Scholastica - Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2017

The College of St. Scholastica - Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate, 2014

Walden University - Nursing Informatics Certificate, 2011

University of Phoenix - Master's of Science in Nursing & Master's of Business Administration, 2008


Psychiatric-Mental Health and Clinical Project Courses in the Graduate Nursing Department.

Position: Assoc Prof/UG Dept Chair, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6390
E-Mail: SSandahl@css.edu


Sheryl Scheer Sandahl, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, MPH, MSN

Baccalaureate degree in nursing from St. Olaf College. Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from St. Catherine's University with a Master of Public Health degree (Maternal Child focus) from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.  Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from The College of St. Scholastica. Joined the CSS community full-time in 2002. Teaching experience in online, classroom, lab, and clinical environments in undergraduate and graduate nursing. Interests include curriculum development and assessment, simulation, collaborative testing and role development in nursing. 

Position: Asst Professor, Post Bac Nsg
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
E-Mail: btollefson1@css.edu


Concordia College, Moorhead, MN - Bachelor of Arts in Nursing
Saint Xavier, Chicago, IL - Masters of Science in Nursing; program focus: Clinical Nurse Leader
Concordia University, Mequon, WI - Doctor of Nursing Practice; program focus: Executive Leadership


Assistant Professor Tollefson has enjoyed working in various areas of nursing.  She began her career as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department in both rural and urban settings.  Dr. Tollefson has been a travel nurse in California and rural ND.  She has also worked in psychiatric/mental health, medical/surgical, long-term care, and ambulatory surgical settings.  She has been in nursing education since 2010 and has recognized a love for developing the nursing workforce.  

Areas of Focus:

Psychiatric/Mental Health
Veteran-Centered Care
Community/Public Health
Emergency Nursing

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