Our Faculty

Beth Peterson

Nursing Department Chair

Started at Bethel in 1982

Education: B.S., University of Illinois; M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of St. Thomas; M.A. in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, University of Minnesota; M.Div. and M.A. (Christian Thought), Bethel Seminary; D.Min. in Congregational and Family Care with an emphasis on spiritual formation, Bethel Seminary

Experience/Expertise: Mental health nursing consultant for Fairview Lakes HomeCaring and Hospice; presentations and written articles on faith and health integration

Linda Anderson

Associate Professor
Pre-Licensure Program Director
Started at Bethel in 1990

Education: DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), University of Minnesota; MPH (Masters of Public Health), University of Minnesota; BSN, University of Minnesota

Experience/Expertise: Public health nursing; preceptor development for public health nurses and faith community nursing.

Tim Bredow


Started at Bethel in 1998

Education: Post masters certificate as Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Minnesota; Ph.D., Educational Administration, University of Iowa; M.A., Public Health Nursing, University of Iowa; B.S., Nursing, University of Iowa; B.S., Biology, University of Iowa

Experience/Expertise: Family nurse practitioner at North Metro Pediatrics; co-editor of Middle Range Theories: Application to Nursing Research; interests in nursing as male profession and a Christian worldview of nursing

David Cheesebrow

Associate Professor

Started at Bethel in 2007

Education: M.A., in Public Administration, Hamline University; M.A., Nursing Education, Bethel University

Experience/Expertise: Certification in public health, Critical care nursing emeritus, Emergency nursing and fellow in Geriatric education

Connie Clark

Started at Bethel in 2009

Education: B.A., Nursing, College of St. Catherine; M.S., Nursing Education, Drake University; Ph.D., Major in Higher Education, Iowa State University

Experience/Expertise: Published research and presentations on professional socialization of nursing students and theory of socialization of clinical nursing faculty; co-authored article on online orientation; focus on leadership, research, and online learning; C.N.E

Julie De Haan

Assistant Professor
Started at Bethel in 2010

Education: B.S. in Nursing, Calvin College; MSN Nursing education track, Walden University

Experience/Expertise: Wide range of nursing experience including PICU, adult medical ICU, outpatient services, & clinic nursing; currently working on a telemetry unit; teaches ECG class

Karen Drake


Started at Bethel in 1992

Education: B.S. in Nursing, University of Illinois; M.S. in Nursing, University of Michigan; Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota (focus on Comparative and International Development Education); certified in Nursing Informatics

Experience/Expertise: Simulation, development of cultural competence through study abroad

Pamela Friesen

Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director
Started at Bethel in 1985

Education: M.S. in Nursing from University of Texas-Austin; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Experience/Expertise: Specialty area of Women's Health; teaching in courses related to cultural diversity/cultural competence; ongoing research in promotion of undergraduate student success; contributing author for the Student TXT column in the Journal of Christian Nursing

Bethany Gerdin

Started at Bethel in 2013

Education: B.S. in Nursing, Bethel University; Ph.D. candidate in Nursing, University of Minnesota

Experience/Expertise: Adult blood and marrow transplantation

Kristi Gustafson

Assistant Professor 
Started at Bethel in 2002 

Education: BSN, Bethel College; M.A. in Nursing Education, Bethel University

Experience/Expertise: Pediatric inpatient and home-care experience. Current staff RN in the float team at Children's Hospitals and Clinics (St. Paul campus)

Carol Hargate

Associate Professor

Started at Bethel in 2009

Education: B.S., University of Minnesota; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Minnesota; Masters in Public Health, University of Minnesota; Ph.D., Capella University

Experience/Expertise: International presentations on nursing faculty shortage and academic and community collaboration as an innovative approach to nursing leadership development; National presentations on advance practice nursing education and meeting future health care needs with academic and community collaboration

Barb Hoglund

Associate Professor

Started at Bethel in 2007 

Education: Ed.D., M.S.N., RN, FNP-BC

Experience/Expertise: Served as program director of the nurse practitioner program at Metropolitan State University;  Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) since 1996; maintains current FNP practice at North Metro Pediatrics, which provides health care services to under- and uninsured children; Interest in online teaching/learning, ADHD diagnosis and management, and advanced practice issues

Ann Holland

Associate Professor
Started at Bethel in 2006 

Education: B.S. in Nursing, Indiana University; M.A. in Nursing Bethel University; Ph.D. candidate, University of Minnesota

Experience/Expertise: Staff nurse; working in education and leadership roles in critical care; administrative roles in associate-degree nursing education

Debra Lamb

Nursing lab assistant

Started at Bethel in 2008 

Education: B.S. in Nursing, Mankato State University  

Kim Meyer

Associate Professor

Started at Bethel in 1988 

Education: B.S. in Nursing, College of St. Catherine; M.S. in Nursing Specialization in Psych-Mental Health Nursing, University of Minnesota; Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, University of St. Thomas  

Experience/Expertise: Inpatient psychiatry at Abbott Northwestern Hospital; community counseling and psychotherapy; publication of articles in the Journal of Christian Nursing regarding online education, and ethical issues related to enhancement technologies; Speaking engagements on relationships, boundaries, leadership, and pre-marriage classes 

Bernita Missal

Professor of Nursing

Started at Bethel in 2002

Education: RN; B.S. in Nursing; M.A., Wheaton College; Masters in Public Health, University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Experience/Expertise: Cultural diversity, Cross-cultural childbearing and child-rearing families, Evidence-based practice, obstetrics, mentoring students for international experiences, cross-cultural research, research especially qualitative.

Dave Muhovich

Assistant Professor
Started at Bethel in 1995  

Education: B.A., Macalester; A.A., St. Catherine’s University; Masters in Public Health and M.S., University of Minnesota; coursework completed for Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Experience/Expertise: Dissertation research on models in advocacy nursing, to give voice to African nurses in the Twin Cities, Uganda, and Nigeria; exploring personal and system barriers to the advancement of nursing 

Kristin E. Sandau

Professor of Nursing

Started at Bethel in 2006

Education: B.S., Bethel University; M.S., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Experience/Expertise: Over twenty years experience in cardiovascular patient care, maintains clinical expertise as staff RN at United Hospital and teaching ECG classes for Allina Hospitals & Clinics. Research and publications in the areas of health-related quality of life in cardiovascular patients (coronary artery bypass, aortic stenosis, left ventricular assist of devices); staff nurse development and precepting; implementation of practice guidelines; and education on cardiac monitoring for nurses.

Website: Publications in PubMed

Marjorie Schaffer

University Professor

Started at Bethel in 1984

Education: B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College; M.S. in Community Health Nursing, Boston College; Ph.D. in Family Social Science, University of Minnesota

Experience/Expertise: Receiver of the Fulbright Award and Fulbright Specialist Award to Norway; Author of book on end-of-life nursing; president of the Chi-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau; public health nursing; mental health nursing

Sue Steen

Assistant Professor

Started at Bethel in 1983

Education:  B.S. in Nursing; M.S. in Nursing

Experience/Expertise: Published articles on spiritual care of children; maternal /child health, pediatrics and obstetrics; currently practicing in obstetrics focusing on prenatal bereavement work

Jone Tiffany

Associate Professor
Started at Bethel in 2010, previously taught at Bethel from 2001-2007

Education:  Diploma in Nursing, Mounds-Midway School of Nursing; B.A. in Psychology, Metroplitan State University; B.S. in Nursing, Bethel University; M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Bethel University; Certificate in Nursing Education, Bethel University; M.A. in Nursing Education, St. Catherine University; DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), St. Catherine University

Experience/Expertise: Wide range of nursing experience including NICU, Pediatrics, Adult Med-Surg, Obstetrics, Psych/Mental Health. Teaches OB orientation classes for Allina Health System, and has worked in staff development at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Research interests: Innovative teaching/learning strategies including the use of Virtual Worlds for Nursing Education. Has presented her doctoral project on the use of Virtual Platforms for teaching inclusivity in nursing education at local and international conferences. A member of the HealthEast Care System Board of Directors

Kathleen Tilton

Assistant Professor
Started at Bethel in 2009 

Education: B.S. in Nursing, Bethel University; M.S. in Nursing Education, Grand Canyon University

Experience/Expertise: Acute and critical care, public health nursing, ambulatory care, diabetes education, nursing staff education, and health ministry in Latin America. Interests include community based chronic disease management and online learning

Julie Ann Vingers

Assistant Professor
Started at Bethel in 2011 

Education: BSN, Bethel University; MSN, University of Illinois, Chicago; Ph. D. in Nursing Education at Capella University

Experience/Expertise: Dissertation research on lateral violence in nursing and nursing education. Nursing experience in Mental Health and Maternal-Child nursing. Fifteen years spent working as Certified Nurse Midwife serving a diverse population of women

Amy Witt

Associate Professor

Started at Bethel in 2007 

Education: M.S. in Nursing Leadership and Management, Metropolitan State University; pursuing Ph.D. at University of North Dakota-Grand Forks.

Experience/Expertise: Medical Surgical nursing, surgical intensive care, trauma, currently pursuing Ph.D. in Nursing with dissertation focus on the cultural competence of Baccalaureate nursing students.