Full-time & Part-time Faculty

Dr. Debbie Isaacson

Dr. Debbie Isaacson, DNP, MS, RN

Assistant Professor
Associate Dean Undergraduate Nursing Programs, Director of Assessment

(785) 670-1531
PC 203 J

Dr. Isaacson earned a BSN from Fort Hays State University, a MSEd in School Nursing/Health Education from the University of Kansas, and a DNP in Systems Leadership from Rush University, Chicago. Her nursing experience is with pediatrics; acute care, school nursing, and camp nursing. She is currently the PI for a HRSA NEPQR grant that focuses on preparing RNs as primary care nurses. Her DNP project focused on undergraduate nursing curriculum transformation.

Analicia Beier, MSN, RN


(785) 670-1418
WH 382

Ana Beier is a lecturer in the School of Nursing. She obtained her BSN from Washburn University in 2017 and her MSN from Pittsburg State University in 2023. She has worked in the acute care setting in the fields of leadership, cardiac, and medical-surgical nursing. She aims to instill a passion for nursing and health equity in all of her students. Ana supports students throughout the program both in the classroom and clinical environment.

Dr. Jane Carpenter

Dr. Jane Carpenter, PhD, MSN, RN

Associate Professor

(785) 670-1469
PC 203 A


Caren Dick

Caren Dick, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

(785) 670-1447
WH 380

Caren Dick is a tenured Assistant Professor at Washburn University School of Nursing.  She is a proud graduate of WUSON (BSN  1984) and KU School of Nursing (MSN 1999). She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and The American Public Health Association.  She teaches courses in both clinical instruction and the didactic areas of Clinical Prevention and Population Health as well as Pediatrics. 

Belinda Eckert

Belinda Eckert, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

(785) 670-1528
WH 374

Belinda Eckert has been teaching at Washburn since 2014, first as an adjunct and then followed by 2 years at Washburn Tech. She has been teaching in the BSN program full time since 2018. As a nurse, pediatrics has always had her heart, and she loves working with children, adolescents, and their families. She completed her BSN from Washburn University, her MSN from Wichita State University, and she is a pediatric nurse practitioner in addition to her role as a nurse educator. 

Brianna Fairchild, MSN, RN


(785) 670-2179
WH 380

Brianna Fairchild is a proud Washburn University graduate. She received her BSN from Washburn University in 2015. In 2023, she was awarded her MSN from Wichita State University. During her time at Washburn she participated in community outreach events, completed a Washburn Transformational Experience (WTE), and was a SNOW member. These experiences at Washburn were influential to her development as a nurse. Her background is primarily in Emergency Medicine and Medical-Surgical nursing. During graduate school, she discovered a love for teaching after working with students. She is passionate about learning, education, and making education joyful.

Michelle Heusi

Michelle Heusi, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

(785) 670-1207
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Michelle Heusi earned both her BSN and MSN from Washburn University. She formerly practiced as a RN at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She has experience as an APRN in internal med, family med, and Express Care. She is board certified by the AANP as a family nurse practitioner.

Erica Hill

Erica Hill, MSN, RN


(785) 670-1532
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Erica Hill received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from The University of Kansas, where she also ran cross-country. She started her career at Children’s Mercy in the PICU. Erica has spent 23 years at the bedside, mostly in the ICU, medical/surgical, and PACU settings where she continues PRN. Erica was also an adjunct nursing instructor at Baker University for 4 years. Currently, she teaches clinical and didactic courses for levels 1 & 2.

Erinn Howard

Erinn Howard, DNPc, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

(785) 670-1206
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Erinn Howard has been an RN since 2004. She obtained her MSN in 2014 and DNP in 2019. She has worked in Adult Medical/surgical, Hospice, Long-term Care, Home Health, and Long-term Acute Care as an RN. As an APRN, Erinn worked in Primary care, Urgent care, and ER.

Dr. Samantha Montgomery, DNP, APRN-C, ACHPN


(785) 670-2130
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Dr. Montgomery earned her BSN from Emporia State University in 2011. After working as a hospice case manager for 3 years, she went on to complete her DNP at the University of Kansas in 2019. Her passion in nursing continues to be in hospice and palliative medicine and she loves to share this passion with others. Following completion of her DNP, she worked as a palliative medicine nurse practitioner and continues to work as a hospice nurse practitioner PRN. She is board certified by AANP as an Adult and Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner and most recently she became board certified by HPNA/HPCC as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN).

Tori O'Brien, MSN, RN


(785) 670-1053
WH 370

Tori O’Brien is a lecturer in the School of Nursing. She earned her ASN (2016), BSN (2016), and MSN Education (2019) from Southwest Baptist University. Her nursing experience is in medical-surgical and oncology nursing where she continues to work PRN. Tori currently teaches in the classroom and clinical environment for level one nursing students.

Deb Rector

Deb Rector, MSN, RN


(785) 670-1814
WH 379

Deb Rector has been an RN for over 30 years. She graduated with her BSN from Washburn University and her MSN from the University of Kansas. She has worked in acute care, home health, hospice and as a Director of several different acute care units. Her passion is teaching students to become safe, competent, and compassionate nurse practitioners. Currently she works with multiple levels of students teaching leadership skills, quality, and safe care.

Dr. Lara Rivera

Dr. Lara Rivera, DNP, APRN, CNM

Associate Professor

(785) 670-3226
WH 373

Dr. Rivera has been teaching at Washburn since 2008. Her interests in nursing include obstetrics, women's health, and care of the newborn. She loves sharing her passion for women's health with her students. Lara earned her BSN from The University of Kansas, her MSN from Frontier Nursing University, and her DNP from Vanderbilt University. She is board certified by the AMCB as a Certified Nurse Midwife.

Dennis Schafers

Dennis Schafers, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, RN


(785) 670-1959
PC 203 L

Dennis Schafers is a board certified nurse practitioner in psychiatric medicine. His background includes care of clients from children to adults. He has worked with individuals, families, and groups. He received his Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin.  After graduating he worked for the Menninger clinic in Topeka, Kansas.  He started working for Washburn university in 2012. He started his pursuit of his psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certificate at Washburn so he could develop a practice that integrates medicine and mental health.

In addition to his professional experience, Dennis has pursued complementary and alternative therapeutic modalities in psychodrama, humor, and mindfulness.  His interests include the integration of compassionate care in the mental health field. 

Dr. Crystal Stevens

Dr. Crystal Stevens, DNP, APRN-C

Associate Professor

(785) 670-1421
WH 383

Dr. Crystal Stevens has been a full-time faculty member at Washburn University in the School of Nursing for 15 years. She obtained her BSN from Emporia State University in 2003. After 2 years of working as a nurse in the acute care setting, she began her master’s degree at Washburn University, graduating with her Masters of Science in Nursing and adult nurse practitioner in 2007. In 2013 she began working on her DNP, which she completed in December 2018. Crystal coordinates the third level acute care medical surgical nursing course as well as capstone at level four.

Kathy Ure

Kathy Ure, MSN, RN

COACH Director

(785) 670-1238
PC 203 H

Kathy Ure has been an RN for over 35 years. She received her MSN in nursing administration from Fort Hays. Her areas of interest and experience include OB, administration, TeamSTEPPS, community/public health, and high impact initiatives. She is currently the Director of the Collaberative Outreach Advancing Community Health (COACH) Program.

Amy White

Amy White, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor
Director of Simulation

(785) 670-1505
WH 365

Amy White graduated from Old Dominion University in 1994 with her BSN and served in the US Navy Nurse Corps for 7 years. She graduated from Washburn University in 2014 with her MSN. Amy is certified as a Clinical Nurse Leader and in Electronic Fetal Monitoring. Her specialties are Obstetrics and Simulation.

Brooke Faria da Cunha

Brooke Faria da Cunha, MSN, APRN-C, RN




Heidi Hamic, BSN, RN



Heidi Hamic graduated from Washburn School of Nursing with her BSN in 2014. She has worked in oncology, hospice care, and long-term care. She has been a Director of Nursing in a long-term care facility. She currently has a position of Clinical Informatics Specialist with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.

Jill Ladd

Jill Ladd, MPH, RD, LD



Jill Ladd is a Registered Dietitian who received her undergraduate degree in Dietetics from Kansas State University. She then completed a dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. In December 2015, she completed a Masters in Public Health from Creighton University in Omaha. In addition to serving as an adjunct instructor, Jill serves as a nutritionist with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the Child and Adult Care Food Program policy division.

Sue Unruh

Sue Unruh, MSN, RN


PC 203 N


Deborah Armay, MSN, RN

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Karen Copeland, MSN, RN

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Kristin Cunningham, BSN, RN

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Tara Farrell

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Mackenzie Forrester

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Jennifer Gant

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Doris Hancock, MSN, RN

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Sandra Hohner, BSN, RN

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Christine Horton, BSN, RN

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Erica Hughes, MSN, RN

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Claire Ohlde

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Pamela Pray, MSN, APRN, CNM

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Tonya Raaf, MSN, RN

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Barbara Stevenson, MSN, RN

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Shawn'Yel Thoms

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Erin Tuttle

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



Julie Unruh, MSN, CNL, RN

Adjunct - Clinical Faculty



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