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The National League for Nursing has declared 2022 the Year of the Nurse Educator!

This is in recognition of the essential role of nursing education during the COVID-19 pandemic and in celebration of its historic and continuing inspiration to nurses everywhere. To celebrate, we’re highlighting Carthage’s amazing nursing faculty and asking them why they chose to be the educators of the next generation of nurses.


Professor Julie Maher

Julie Maher

What do you love about your job?

“What I love the most about my job are the students — I love to share my passion for learning with them, and it is exciting to teach them and see their ‘light bulbs’ turn on! Carthage nursing students are extremely bright. They advocate for their learning and have a genuine compassion to help those in need. I also enjoy being a faculty advisor, helping guide student organizations through their community events, and engaging with all the nursing cohorts through the Performance-In-Practice Program!

Prof. Maher has taught at Carthage since 2015 and works to create a caring, constructive, and supportive environment for her students. Thank you for your dedication to nursing, Prof. Maher!


Professor Patricia Flannery

Professor Patricia Flannery

Why is it important that nurses have the best of the best when it comes to their teachers?

“It is the responsibility of nursing faculty to emulate the best qualities of a nurse at the bedside and in the classroom. I try to lead by example with evidence-based practice so our new nurses can hit the ground running with best practice as their focus. I don’t consider myself the ‘best of the best,’ but I try every day to show our students how the best nurses practice their profession in many situations. I think it is important for our students to understand that you don’t have to ‘be the best,’ but you always have to give your best to those you serve.”

Prof. Flannery has been a nurse for 28 years and has worked as a nurse educator for 25 years. Thank you for educating our students, Prof. Flannery!


Professor Alex Thompson

Alex Thompson

What do you love about your job?

“I have taught pre-licensure nursing students at the associate’s, master’s, and now bachelor’s degree level, and without fail, there is always a moment when you witness a student ‘get’ a concept they didn’t previously understand. I love being able to help create that moment when a student moves from a place of doubt to a place of confidence. I enjoy being at Carthage because, in the small liberal arts environment, students are able to draw upon knowledge and experience from a variety of courses to inform their understanding of nursing.”

Prof. Thompson has been teaching pre-licensure nursing students since 2014. Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication to your students, Prof. Thompson!


Professor Kristin Klimisch

Kris Klimisch

What do you love about your job?

“I firmly believe that it takes someone very special to be an educator and an even more dedicated and unique individual to teach at the collegiate level. In a program such as nursing, I feel it is extremely important for the teacher to have personal experience in the field. Having extensive experience in a specialty field, and then having the opportunity to share those experiences with up and coming nurses, means more than I can describe.”

Prof. Klimisch has been a nurse for 29 years and has been teaching nursing since 2018. Thank you, Prof. Klimisch, for providing the best education for your students!


Professor Janet Levey

Janet Levey

What do you love about your job?

“It is exciting to be a role model and inspire students to be lifelong learners for Seeking Truth, Building Strength, Inspiring Service — Together (Carthage’s mission statement tenants). I have been a nurse for 40 years, of which I’ve devoted the last 18 years to nursing education. Teaching allows me to leave a legacy to the profession I so dearly love.”

Prof. Levey has taught nursing at a variety of universities across the country, and she is passionate about making nursing education courses more accessible to all people. Thank you for educating our nurses, Prof. Levey!


Professor Nancy Reese

Nancy Reese

Why is it important that nurses have the best of the best when it comes to their teachers?

“Over seventeen years ago, as a graduate student, I started my work formulating a nurse education theory of ‘compassionate nursing education.’ This theory grounded my nursing education practice in love, kindness, and compassion. Upon entering higher education, I have championed the practice of compassionate nursing education for all nursing students. Serving in my role as a nurse educator and collaborating with a team of expert colleagues dedicated to our best student outcomes is a true honor.”

Prof. Reese has been a registered nurse for 26 years and a nurse educator for 15 years. She places a special emphasis on serving those with needs and has traveled around the world providing care through her skills as a nurse. Thank you for all you do, Prof. Reese!


Professor Cheryl Petersen

Cheryl Petersen

Why is it important that nurses have the best of the best when it comes to their teachers?

“By following best practice guidelines and evidence-based teaching strategies, we ensure that our students are prepared to provide exceptional, compassionate care to their patients in a diverse array of clinical environments. It is an honor to know that I am able to touch the lives of so many more patients through the compassionate care of our students!”

Prof. Petersen has worked in pediatrics for over two decades and focuses on spiritual care in nurses and their patients. Thank you, Prof. Petersen, for your dedication to your students!



We thank all of our nurse educators, full and part time. Each week, we feature a faculty spotlight on our Carthage Nursing Facebook page, and we invite you to keep in contact there.

Carthage Nursing Faculty

Listed below are the part-time faculty of the Nursing Program. Each one is dedicated to the best outcomes for students and the persons in their care. Together, the Carthage nursing educators are making a positive difference in the future of nursing.

Part-time faculty

Amy Cantrell, Amy Hannaman, Chivaughnne Zorc, Dani Kozak Joy, Donna Alverson, Elizabeth Retherford, Jenna Posie, Jennifer Kilburn, Jessica Fredericks, Jill Wanggaard, Marilyn Rollberg, Mark Lang, Maureen Goines, Patty Carlson, Rachel Martinez, Rebecca Swambar, Sharon Morris-Pruitt, and Shelly Flasch.