School of Nursing Faculty

Claudia D. Horton, PhD

Interim Vice President for the Independence Campus and Dean, School of Nursing

I love being at Graceland! For 22 years, I have served as a faculty member and an administrator in the School of Nursing. Having earned my associate degree in nursing at a commu...

Obie Austin MSN

Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing

Obie Austin, RN, MSN, ANP, FNP-BC, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at Graceland University and has been a nurse for 22 years. His experience educating nurses is compr...

Angela Gaba MSN

Clinical Instructor of Nursing

Carol Green PhD

Professor of Nursing

As a Professor of Nursing at Graceland University, I teach Curriculum Development, Assessment of Learning, Advanced Pathophysiology and DNP Epidemiology in the nursing program. ...

Urmila Harold MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Urmila Harold, MSN, RN, teaches undergraduate courses at Graceland University’s School of Nursing on the Independence, Missouri campus. As much as Urmila loves teaching fa...

Linda Howell MSN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Linda Howell teaches in the on-campus undergraduate nursing program, the online undergraduate nursing program and the healthcare management program at Graceland University&rsquo...

Michelle Julian Phd(c), MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing/MOKAN Coordinator

Michelle Julian, PhD(c), RN, an Associate Professor at Graceland University, teaches in the on-campus 18-month accelerated BSN program and online RN to BSN program. Additionally...

Kathy Lenz

Assistant Clinical Professor - Graduate Nursing

Sharon Little-Stoetzel PhD

Associate Dean, Professor of Nursing

Sharon Little-Stoetzel, RN, PhD, has been a nurse for over 30 years and has been teaching nursing for about 17 years. She takes great pleasure in teaching all levels of nursing ...

Jolene Lynn PhD, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing - Graduate Nursing

Jolene Lynn, PhD, RN, is Associate Professor of Nursing at Graceland University’s School of Nursing in Independence, Missouri. Graduating from Pittsburg State University i...

Kathleen Mammen MSN

Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing

Kathleen Mammen, MSN, FNP-BC, is Assistant Clinical Professor at Graceland University School of Nursing. She has been a part of Graceland’s faculty for over 10 years. Mrs....

MaryAnn Martin DNP, FNP, MBA

Assistant Professor School of Nursing

I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and teach the Doctor of Nursing Practice Organizational Leadership and Collaboration course, Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice, Adult...

Jan Rice PhD

Associate Dean, Professor of Nursing

I have been a nurse since 1977 and an educator since 1990.  I hold a BSN degree with minors in Biology, Music Theory & Composition; a MSN-Adult CNS degree with a minor ...

Wilai Rojjanasrirat, PhD

Professor of Nursing

Dr. Wilaiporn Rojjanasrirat is a Professor and Director of Research and Scholarship at Graceland University School of Nursing in Independence, Missouri. She currently teaches...

Jeri Sindt, MSN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Beverly South MSN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Beverly South, MSN, RN, CNE, teaches in the RN-to-BSN and the BSN-RN Programs in the School of Nursing at Graceland’s Independence, Missouri, campus. The main courses she ...

Thelma Sword EdD

Professor of Nursing

Having been a registered nurse for 40+ years, Thelma Sword, EdD, MSN, CNE, discovered a love for home health and hospice care early in her nursing career. Prior to employme...

Ginger Vaughn MSN-FNP

Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing

Ginger Vaughn, MSN, APRN-BC, NE, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing in Graceland University School of Nursing’s graduate program where she teaches Advanced Heal...

Susan Vogelsmeier DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Associate Professor and FNP Program Coordinator

I am tenured faculty and serve as Graceland School of Nursing’s FNP Program Coordinator. Currently, I am lead instructor and teach Advanced Practice Roles & Issues and...

Barb Voshall, DNP

Professor of Nursing

Cindy Waits MSN

Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing

Hi. I have been a nurse for more than 40 years! My area of expertise is in assisting to “birth babies”. I loved working with new families in both Obstetrics and Pedi...

Laurel Welty MSN-FNP

Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing

Laurel Welty MSN, FNP-BC, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, and 2016 marks her sixth year teaching at Graceland University. Ms. Welty graduated from Graceland's BS...

Dustin Williams DNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dustin Williams, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, CEN, CCRN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, teaches in the Nurse Practitioner programs, as well as the DNP program on the Independence, Misso...

John Wood MSN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Teaching nurses is what I truly love to do. Whether it is the fundamentals of nursing care, or advanced topics of critical care, what excites me and recharges my batteries is se...