November 2, 2021
Amanda Aho, BA, joined the school as a data systems and reporting specialist. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota’s astrophysics program. Previously she supported the document custody line of business and used SQL to provide reports at Wells Fargo.
Camille Brown, PhD, RN, PHN, LSN, joined the school as a tenure track assistant professor. She was a postdoctoral fellow in Interdisciplinary Research Training in Child and Adolescent Primary Care in the Medical School, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health. She is an experienced school nurse in rural and urban communities, and her program of research centers on experiences of marginalized, vulnerable groups of youth. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Winona State University and a PhD from the School of Nursing with a minor in public health.
Matt Everhart, MA, joined the school as a HR generalist. Previously, he served as a senior HR analyst at Minneapolis College of Art & Design, a HR analyst at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging and a HR coordinator at US Bank. He earned a master’s degree in human resources at George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Drake University.
Ellen Frerich, MN, MSW, MPP, RN, PHN, joined the school as a project coordinator for the Advanced Nursing Education-Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program. She comes to the school the Minnesota Department of Health, where she served as a refugee health nurse consultant. Frerich earned a bachelor’s degree in integrated international studies from Knox College, Illinois. She earned master’s degrees in social work, public policy and nursing from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
Phuong Geiger, MA, joined the school as a BSN academic adviser in the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services. She comes to the school from the College of Biological Sciences where she served as an academic adviser. She earned a master’s degree in leadership in student affairs from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor’s degree in sociology with an Asian studies concentration from College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.
Shyla Harrah, BA, joined the school as an executive office and administrative specialist- class scheduler. She is a recent graduate of the University of Memphis where she earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising, and supported the computer science department as a student worker.
Jenna Marquard, PhD, joined the school as a tenured professor. Previously she led the Health Information Visualization and Exploration (HIVE) Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is PI of numerous studies that design and test technologies that support precision health, including consumer, nurse, and physician decision-making. Her work with older adults include studies on the science of symptom self-management related to sleep, fatigue, dyspnea, heart failure and rheumatoid arthritis. She earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at the University of Iowa and a master’s degree and PhD in industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Lisa Martin, PhD, joined the school as a clinical associate professor. She came to the school from St. Catherine University, where she was a tenured associate professor in the nursing department. She serves as a nursing diversity and inclusivity consultant to the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and The Center to Champion Nursing in America. She earned an associate degree in nursing from St. Catherine University, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Augsburg University, and master and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.
Vincent Peters, MASW, joined the school as a director of community engagement. Previously he served as assistant provost, off-campus/international programs for Bethel University. He received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Madras and a bachelor’s degree in history from Loyola College in India.
Kathryn Schwartz-Eckhardt, MEd, joined the school as director of the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services. Previously, she led the student services team in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health and has worked in student services in the School of Public Health for 17 years. She earned both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Minnesota, in work, community and family education, and child psychology.
Sasha Skendzel, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, ACRP-CP, joined the school as a clinical assistant professor. Skendzel is an advanced practice nurse with experience in interdisciplinary peri-transplant care of patients undergoing adult bone marrow transplant and cellular therapy. She was the clinical director of the Clinical Trials Office at the Masonic Cancer Center and co-director of a BMT survivorship clinic at M Health Fairview Clinics & Surgery Center. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan and a Doctor in Nursing Practice degree from St. Catherine University, St. Paul.
Grace Spagnolo, BS, joined the school as a DNP placement coordinator in the Office of Academic Programs. Previously, she served as a cardiac telemetry monitor technician at Essentia Health in Duluth. She’s a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in healthcare management with a minor in management information systems.
Natya Stroud, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, WHNP-BC, joined the school as a clinical assistant professor. She has been a teaching specialist at the School of Nursing, an instructor in Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and a nurse practitioner in Breast Diagnostic Clinic and Menopause and Women’s Sexual Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Metropolitan State University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Minnesota with a focus on adult/women’s health.
Megan Voss, DNP, RN, joined the school as a clinical associate professor. She is also an assistant professor in the Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing. She was the Integrative Therapy Program Director in Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Fort Hays State University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Minnesota, specializing in integrative health and healing. She is enrolled in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate program.
Ashley Walker, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CPNP-PC, joined the school as a clinical assistant professor. She has served clinically in emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery and pediatric critical care. For the past several years, she has worked at the University of Nevada Orvis School of Nursing, assisting in the AGACNP program and launching a Pediatric Acute Care NP Post Master’s Certificate program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at St. Olaf College, and a master’s degree and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Vanderbilt University.