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Field Experience: School of Nursing: Meet the Field Experience Team

Team by Region

Erik Bergs, Field Education Coordinator

Role

Erik coordinates the application process and supports students applying to practicum and searching for practicum sites.

Education

BA in English and Religion from Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA); MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University (St. Paul, MN)

Background

Erik started with Walden in February 2015. His work motto is ‘We all advance when nurses advance!’. That is why it is especially fulfilling for Erik to assist nursing students with their educational goals and with following their why. His hobbies include gardening, fishing, brewing, hunting, and writing.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Eriknursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Lisa Z., Nurse Field Education Coordinator

Role

Lisa approves preceptors and fields sites and supports students searching for practicum sites.

Education

M.S.N.  Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in Midwifery, University of Minnesota

B. S. N.  Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Minnesota

Background

Lisa joined the Office of Field Experience within Walden University’s School of Nursing in May 2015.  Lisa’s favorite aspect of her role at Walden is helping students find an appropriate and beneficial practicum site as they progress toward their graduate degree. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends and creates textile arts. 

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Lisa: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

James S., Verifications Field Education Coordinator

Role

James coordinates and verifies CastleBranch and Onboarding requirements.

Education

Bachelors of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin – River Falls

Background

James started at Walden in 2016 with the school of nursing.  He enjoys helping students and problem solving.  Outside of Walden, he enjoys biking and pottery. 

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email James: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Van S., Affiliations Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

The Affiliations Assistant Field Education Coordinator coordinates and initiates Affiliation Agreements with field sites.

Education

Bachelor of Sciences, Double Major in French Language and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Background

Van started working at Walden University in June of 2017 with the School of Nursing. He enjoys assisting students in furthering their educational goals, and making the application process for field experience as stress free as possible for the students. Outside of Walden, Van enjoys playing and recording music.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Van: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Molly B., Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

Molly reviews application documentation including licenses, liability insurance and the Preceptor Commitment Form. 

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Music, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Background

Molly started at Walden University in July of 2018. She takes great pride in being able to assist students who are passionate about what they do and are making a difference in the world by giving essential care to others. Molly has a great amount of respect for the nursing profession and admires the hard work students put into furthering their education in such an honorable and critical field. Outside of her work at Walden she likes spending time singing and playing guitar, playing volleyball and softball, trivia with friends, and enjoying the beautiful Minnesota seasons.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Molly: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Monica B., Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

Monica reviews students’ academic progress, prerequisites and coordinates practicum course registration.

Education

Bachelor of Science from University of Minnesota Twin Cities in International Food Systems

Background

Monica started at Walden in May 2019, and has loved working with such a passionate group of people! She enjoys that she gets to help students make a positive change in their lives and in the world. Monica strives to always have authentic compassion for people and translates that into each and every conversation with her students. Outside of Walden, Monica enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and photography.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Monica: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Brenda D., Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

BA in Science Communication with Minors in Geology and Philosophy from Beloit College.

Background: Brenda started at Walden in August of 2019.  Her role works to facilitate communication for the SON Office of Field Experience, support students and preceptors with Meditrek, and resolve other requests as they arise.  Doing her best to be supportive to students and preceptors, restoring order, and having fantastic teammates, is what she enjoys most about being on the Field Experience team.  Outside of Walden, Brenda loves hiking with her dog Rudder, going kayaking and biking, spending time with friends and family, baking, playing games, and hanging out with cows as much as possible. 

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email the Brenda: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Tracy J., Field Education Coordinator

Role

The East FEC coordinates the application process and supports students applying to practicum and searching for practicum sites. 

Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems, Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska

Master of Arts in Managerial Communication/Computer Information Systems, Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska.

Background

Tracy joined Walden University in March 2019. She appreciates Walden’s mission to help students transform themselves to affect positive social change. In her free time, Tracy enjoys spending time with her husband Wil and their shepherd mix Storm. She enjoys visiting local unique restaurants, antique shops, gardening, volunteering, spending time outdoors, exploring Minnesota as well as traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Tracy: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Michael G., Nurse Field Education Coordinator

Role

Michael approves preceptors and fields sites and supports students searching for practicum sites.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Minnesota

Public Health Nurse Certificate, University of Minnesota 

Background

Michael joined Walden University’s School of Nursing Field Experience Team in November 2016. He enjoys engaging with students about their goals as both change agents and scholar-practitioners within a globally diverse profession. Michael believes highly-qualified nursing professionals are integral to eliminating health disparities; identifying interventions that improve the health of populations and communities; and developing patient-centered, systematic approaches to facilitate positive outcomes utilizing the art and science of nursing. Located in the Minneapolis, MN office, Michael also enjoys music, singing, mindfulness and spending time in nature.  

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Michael: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Choua X., Verifications Field Education Coordinator

Role

The Verification Coordinator and verifies CastleBranch and Onboarding requirements.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Choua: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Anders L., Affiliations Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

Anders coordinates and initiates Affiliation Agreements with field sites.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy from Bethel University

Background

Anders started at Walden in January of 2014.  He enjoys the challenge of taking complex issues and boiling them down to their key elements to problem solve and find solutions that help our students get successfully placed in their practicum experience.  He also enjoys researching and obtaining the context and scope of the affiliation agreements that we have with health systems and field sites.  Outside of the office, he enjoys discovering and listening to new music as well as the classics—from classical and bluegrass, to metal and progressive rock.  He also plays the trombone in a local orchestra and enjoys supporting local restaurants and businesses.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Anders: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Bayle R., Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

The Assistance Field Education Coordinator reviews application documentation including licenses, liability insurance and the Preceptor Commitment Form. 

Education

Bachelor of Arts in English and Associate of Arts in Psychology from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN.

Background

Bayle started at Walden University in October 2019. She enjoys assisting students from all walks of life and ensuring that they feel as prepared as possible in their Nursing journey. Outside of Walden, Bayle enjoys listening to music and podcasts, going to dinner with friends and family, and playing with the family puppies. 

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Bayle: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Megan S., Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

Megan reviews students’ academic progress, prerequisites and coordinates practicum course registration.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Global Business Leadership and Gender Studies from College of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph, Minnesota.

Background

Megan started at Walden University in June of 2019 with the School of Nursing.  Megan reviews academic progress, prerequisites, and coordinates practicum course registration for students. Megan enjoys working on the Field Experience team because she believes Walden is following their mission of positive social change and getting to be a part of that is something special. Outside of work, Megan enjoys traveling, trying different food and restaurants, reading, and listening to podcasts.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Megan: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Coming Soon, Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

The Assistant Field Education Coordinator facilitates communication and provides Meditrek support to students and preceptors.  

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email East Support Assistant Field Education Coordiantor: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Elisabeth D., Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

Elisabeth reviews students’ academic progress, prerequisites and coordinates practicum course registration.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication – Public Relations, Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN.

Background

Elisabeth started at Walden in February 2018. She enjoys talking to students and helping them through the practicum application process. Outside of work she loves to hike through the beautiful Minnesota state parks, bird-watch, and attend professional baseball games with family and friends. Go Twins!

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Elisabeth: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Scott F., Field Education Coordinator

Role

Scott coordinates the application process and supports students applying to practicum and searching for practicum sites.  

Education

Master of Arts in Leadership in Student Affairs, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN

Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion Science, Minor Psychology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

Background

Scott started at Walden University at the beginning of January 2018. He enjoys Walden’s strive to put the student first and make sure that the student is in a position where they can be successful and attain their educational goals. He also enjoys the passion that students have for their education while they work towards better futures for themselves and their communities. Outside of Walden Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, Terese, as well as hanging out with friends and family. Scott also spends time cooking, grilling, baking, creating recipes and discovering new places to eat around Minnesota, the United States and the World.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Scott: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Carol H., Nurse Field Education Coordinator

Role

Carol approves preceptors and fields sites and supports students searching for practicum sites.

Education

Associate Degree in Nursing, Ridgewater College

Bachelor Degree in Education, The College of St. Catherine

Background

Carol joined the Nursing Field Work Experience Office at Walden University in October 2018.  Carol looks forward to helping nursing students achieve their educational goals. In her free time, Carol enjoys spending time with her family.  She enjoys hiking in various state parks, watching movies, reading books, and exploring new places. 

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Carol: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Helen D., Verifications Field Education Coordinator

Role

Helen coordinates and verifies CastleBranch and Onboarding requirements.

Education

BA in Global Development Studies and Spanish at Grinnell College

Background

Helen came to Walden University in February of 2017. She enjoys working with students and helping them navigate through their practicum courses. Helen’s main interests outside of working at Walden are raising her son to be an ethical community member and together with her husband, enjoy all the beauty and love they find in the world. 

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Helen: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Eric R., Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Coordinates Affiliation Agreements

Role

Eric coordinates and initiates Affiliation Agreements with field sites.

Education

B.S. Business Administration, Duquesne University – Pittsburgh, PA

Background

Eric started with the Walden University School of Nursing in February 2015 and enjoys working with students to prepare them for the practicum component of their programs.  He lives in Minneapolis and works in his free time as an active freelance musician, including live performance, transcription and scoring, as well as recording.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Eric: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Mahelet M., Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

Mahelet reviews application documentation including licenses, liability insurance and the Preceptor Commitment Form. 

Education

BA in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota.

Background

Mahelet started at Walden University in December, 2018 with the School of Nursing. Mahelet reviews applications and helps navigate students through their application process. Mahelet enjoys helping student with answering their application requirement questions. When Mahelet is not serving students, she enjoys cooking, hiking, reading and spending time with her son. Also, she enjoys gardening and growing all her favorite vegetables and fruits during the Spring and Summer.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Mahelet: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Nora K., Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

Nora reviews students’ academic progress, prerequisites and coordinates practicum course registration.

Education

B.S. Communication Studies, St. Catherine University

Background

Nora started at Walden University in September of 2016 with the School of Nursing. Nora enjoys helping navigate the practicum process with students to achieve successful and meaningful experiential learning. Previously Nora was a Certified Veterinary Technician and enjoys bringing the knowledge of nursing she learned while working with animals to the nursing program at Walden University. When Nora is not serving students, she enjoys biking around the lakes, going out to new restaurants with friends and finding new Summer adventures. 

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Nora: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Gareth B., Field Education Coordinator

Role

Gareth coordinates the application process and supports students applying to practicum and searching for practicum sites. 

Education

BA Politics & Contemporary History, University of Salford (U.K.); MA History, University of Sheffield (U.K.);  MA Educational Research, University of Sheffield (U.K.) 

Background

Having joined Walden in April 2016, Gareth enjoy the challenge of guiding students through the practicum application process so that they are prepared for field work. Gareth arrived in the Twin Cities from England in 2011, and in his spare time he enjoy reading, walking, sleeping, listening to music, and occasionally writing for several sports websites.    

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Gareth: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Alyssa V., Nurse Field Education Coordinator

Role

The Nurse Coordinator approves preceptors and fields sites and supports students searching for practicum sites.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Jose Rizal University - Mandaluyong, Philippines

Background

Alyssa joined Walden University’s School of Nursing Field Experience Team in November 2017. She enjoys working at Walden because she believes that helping others succeed is one of the greatest successes in life. Alyssa is grateful for the opportunity to enable, encourage and empower students. In her free time, she enjoys making Origami. Her favorite models to fold are Star Wars characters, animals, and flowers.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Alyssanursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Meghan P., Verifications Field Education Coordinator

Role

Meghan reviews coordinates and verifies CastleBranch and Onboarding requirements.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Youth/Social Ministry, Crown College, St. Bonifacious, MN 

Background

Meghan started at working at Walden in March of 2018 with the School of Nursing. She enjoys working with students to help them succeed in the program they are in and enjoys being around her coworkers in the Field Experience department. When Meghan isn’t at Walden she can be found enjoying a nice run outside, reading a good book and exploring the Twin Cities outside whenever possible.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Meghannursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Robert H., Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

Rob coordinates and initiates Affiliation Agreements with field sites.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing Emphasis, University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

Background
Rob started in the Office of Field Experience in 2019. He enjoys working with field sites and students to secure, maintain and continuously expand our network of affiliated sites for students. Outside of the office, Rob enjoys live music and playing any instrument with strings. 

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Robnursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Genevieve A., Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

Genevieve reviews application documentation including licenses, liability insurance and the Preceptor Commitment Form. 

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, University of Minnesota

Background

Genevieve started at Walden University in January of 2017 in the School of Nursing Field Experience office. She enjoys introducing students to the information and resources that can help make their practicum application process easier to understand and complete. She lives in Minneapolis and enjoys participating in the thriving creative and artistic communities that are present in the city. 

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Genevieve: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Eden L., Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

Eden reviews students’ academic progress, prerequisites and coordinates practicum course registration.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Media Communication, St. Norbert College

Background

Eden Started at Walden University in May 2019 with the School of Nursing. Her favorite part of working at Walden University is helping students achieve their academic goals and being apart of an organization who helps their community and beyond. In her free time, Eden likes to play tennis, go sailing, and try all the fun and unique restaurants that Minnesota has to offer.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Edennursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Krystina H., Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

Krystina reviews students’ academic progress, prerequisites and coordinates practicum course registration.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Krystinanursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

Raji G., Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Role

The Assistant Field Education Coordinator communication and provides Meditrek support to students and preceptors. 

Education

Bachelor oif Science in Finance from Metro State University

Background

Raji Started working at Walden in 2019 with the School of Nursing. She enjoys helping students and preceptors in answering Meditrek Questions and support students with other tasks. Outside Walden, Raji enjoys watching movies, painting and spend time with family and friends.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Email Raji: nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu

 

 

Brandi D., Director of Operations

Education

B.S in Psychology, South Dakota State University; M.S. in Counseling and Human Resource Development, South Dakota State University; Ed.D in Education Administration ABD, University of South Dakota

Background

Brandi joined Walden University in 2015 as the Director.   Brandi has diverse experiences in higher education administration.  The majority of her experiences has been in the area of enrollment management, operations, admissions, student success, marketing and advising.  She enjoys creating opportunities in field experience to provide a system for students to be successful in field experience and to achieve their lifelong goals.  Throughout her time at Walden, she has seen the program grow and change for the better and is excited about the future.  Brandi lives in the Minneapolis area and enjoys all the recreational opportunities, cultural events and sporting events that Minnesota has to offer.  Brandi is an avid kayaker, hiker, biker, skier, and any other activity that gets her outdoors. 

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Jenna K., Field Education Coordinator Supervisor

Education

Masters of Science in Nursing with a focus on Leadership and Management from Walden University 2014.

Background

Jenna started Walden in March 2015. She enjoys problem solving, working with students, process improvement and working with her staff. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, volleyball, scrapbooking and antiquing.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Pam G., Field Education Coordinator Supervisor

Education

Masters of Science with a Specialty in Nurse-Midwifery from Georgetown University, 1986.

Background

Pam joined Walden University School of Nursing as a Field Education Supervisor in September 2015.  After an extensive nurse-midwifery career, she looks forward to the academic environment of Walden University, dedicated to providing exceptional support of our students.  Pam lives in the Twin Cities area and enjoys the outdoors, watercolor art, and live music.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

 

Anna P., Field Education Coordinator

Operations Coordinator

Education

Masters of Public Health with emphasis in Global Health and Health Disparities, Colorado State University; B.S. in Biology, University of Wisconsin

Background

Anna started at Walden University in July 2018 in the School of Nursing. Anna is excited to help students with their practicum experience as she recently completed her Public Health practicum in Cambodia. In her free time Anna enjoys horseback riding and pond hockey when weather permits. She also likes to travel every chance she gets.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Lynell G., Field Education Coordinator

Operations Coordinator

Education

Masters of Business Administration and a bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University, Minnesota

Background

Lynell joined Walden University in January 2019 as a Field Education Coordinator. In this role, Lynell has the opportunity to engage with students and guide them through the practicum process. Her interests in higher education focus on policies and procedures, compliance, and management of systems. Outside of Walden University, Lynell enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

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