Minnesota Nursing magazine

New appointments

Demorest Shanda Demorest, DNP, RN, joined the school as clinical assistant professor. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a health innovation and leadership specialty and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Minnesota. Previously, she was a nurse and preceptor at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Geiger-Simpson Elena Geiger-Simpson, DNP, RN, PHN, joined the school as clinical assistant professor. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a specialty in psychiatric mental health from the School of Nursing and earned a bachelor’s degree from Luther College in nursing and Spanish.
Kutzler Kellie Kutzler joined the school as an executive office and administrative specialist in Rochester. She earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Bethany Lutheran College. Previously, she was an operation specialist in education at Mayo Clinic.
Michalowski Martin Michalowski, PhD, joined the school as an assistant professor. He earned a PhD degree and a master’s degree in computer science from University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Minnesota. Previously he was senior principal of research science at Adventium Labs, technology lead at Andamio Games and co-founder and chief technology officer of Campusbooks4less.
Nelson Candace Nelson joined the school as a project manager for a grant that aims to improve the readiness of psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners and family nurse practitioners working in mental health settings in underserved and rural areas. Professor Merrie Kaas is the principal investigator. Previously, Nelson worked on infectious disease grants in the Division of Biostatistics at the University. Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
Norris Zack Norris joined the school as an executive office and administrative specialist in the Office of Academic Programs. Previously, he was an academic adviser at Argosy University in California. Norris earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Argosy University.
McCall Taylor McCall joined the school as an interventionist, assisting on the research study Communitybased intervention effects on older adults’ physical activity and falls, with Assistant Professor Siobhan McMahon as the principal investigator. McCall earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the College of St. Benedict and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas.
Nielsen Jennifer Nielsen joined the school as an executive accounts specialist in the business office. Previously, she provided administrative support for the University of Minnesota Bookstores and University of Minnesota Parking & Transportation. She earned an associate degree in Computer Science from Normandale Community College.
OBryan Molly O’Bryan joined the school as a senior program manager for an interprofessional university project funded by USAID. She came with more than eight years of global health experience. She earned a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in international health from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s degree in zoology and African studies from the University of Wisconsin.
Speltz Nikayla Speltz joined the school as program/project specialist in the Office of the Dean, providing primary support for the development and alumni relations team, as well as the strategic communications team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in child psychology with a minor in public health from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts.

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