Full-time & Part-time Faculty

Dr. Linda Merillat

Dr. Linda Merillat, PhD

Instructional Designer

(785) 670-3519
PC 203 K

Dr. Merillat's experience and skills represent a union between technology, education, and interaction design. In the course of her career she has played many different roles: programmer, systems analyst, business analyst, interaction designer, program manager, project manager, consultant, trainer, educator, instructional designer, researcher, author, and entrepreneur. The common thread running throughout has always been the challenge of how to successfully use and integrate the latest technology into an organization.  She currently holds a faculty position in the School of Nursing at Washburn University with the role of Instructional Designer.

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 Collaborative Outreach Advancing Community Health (COACH) Program.

Dr. Heather Aranda

Dr. Heather Aranda, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C



Heather Aranda is a 2005 BSN graduate of Washburn University. She completed her MSN with a focus on nursing management and leadership in 2011 from the University of Southern Indiana. Her primary clinical experience is in emergency nursing in addition to experience in nursing administration. She is board-certified as an emergency nurse (CEN) and maintains certification in BLS (instructor), ACLS (instructor), TNCC (instructor), ENPC, ABLS and is a SANE nurse. Heather teaches NU 451 and co-teaches NU 495 in the RN-BSN program. She is currently a DNP FNP student at Washburn University. Heather is a member of the ANA, KSNA, ENA, IAFN, and STTI. Heather’s professional and clinical interests include emergency nursing, primary care, access to care, sepsis, mental health care, forensic nursing, nursing education, nursing leadership, quality improvement and risk management, and nursing culture. Heather and her husband stay busy as graduate students at Washburn University slated to graduate in May 2017.

Cynthia Jacobson

Cynthia Jacobson, MSN, RN

RN-to-BSN Program Only


Cindy Jacobson has a diverse background of experience in nursing from clinical to corporate healthcare settings. She has been a nurse educator for over 10 years and served as the Director of Nursing in a community college. Her areas of expertise are leadership, community health, medical-surgical nursing and healthcare informatics. She graduated from Rochester Community College with an ADN, University of Minnesota with a BSN and Western Governors University online MSN – Education.

Dr. Angie Mietchen

Dr. Angie Mietchen, DNP, RN



Angie started in the healthcare field as a Patient Care Technician in 2010 on Stormont’s Post-Surgical Unit where she is still a PRN RN. She has been working in education since 2014 where she first began teaching at Washburn Tech’s LPN program and then transitioned into the Simulation Coordinator position for Washburn Tech’s Regional Simulation Center which was a grant funded project. She recently went back to working full time on the floor at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.

Dr. Joleyn Owen

Dr. Joleyn Owen, DNP, APRN-BC

RN-to-BSN Program Only


Jo Owen has been an registered nurse for over 25 years and an advance practice registered nurse for 15 years. Dr. Owen earned her doctorate of nursing practice in 2014. She has extensive experience in medical-surgical nursing, burn/trauma nursing, and family practice. She has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level at Washburn University and is a subject matter expert in health assessment. She currently works as a family nurse practitioner in a Veterans Affairs setting.

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