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Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks welcomes new nursing instructors
Friday, August 05, 2005

(LAKE OZARK, MO) - Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks welcomes seven new nursing instructors for the campus' new Associate in Science in Nursing degree program. New instructors include:

Jill Kliethermes, MS(N), RN, FNP, is an Eldon native who has worked in many capacities as a nurse in the Eldon and Jefferson City areas. She received her master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society. Kliethermes is a full-time instructor at the college.

Kristi Brown, MS(N), RN, is a Quincy native who has worked at Lake Regional Health System in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab for the past five years. She received her master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society, and received the Nicholas Miller Award from the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation and the Anderson Graduate Student Teaching Award. Brown is a full-time nursing instructor.

Hilary English, BSN, RN, received her bachelor's degree from Central Missouri State University. She works in the Obstetrics Department at Lake Regional Health System and is a part-time clinical instructor for the college.

Kristina Henry, BSN, RN, received her bachelor's degree from Central Missouri State University. She is a part-time clinical instructor and currently works at Lake Regional Health System.

Charisse Gustafson, BSN, RN, received her bachelor's degree from California State University-Chico. She works as an emergency room nurse at Lake Regional Health System and is a part-time clinical instructor.

Lori Bergthold-Price, BSN, RN, received her bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She works in the step-down unit at Lake Regional Health System and is a part-time clinical instructor.

Sonja Howard, MS(N), RN, GNP, received her master's degree from Jewish Hospital College of Nursing and Allied Health in St. Louis. She will start at Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks as a part-time clinical instructor in January.

"We are excited to have such a qualified and talented pool of nursing instructors for our program," said Carol Walter, RN, MS(N), program coordinator for the Lake of the Ozarks nursing program. "Their education and experience are a tremendous asset to our students."

Columbia College recently opened a new 17,400-square-foot building in Lake Ozark to house the new nursing program. The dual-track nursing program is designed for students with no previous nursing education or experience, as well as for Licensed Practical Nurses seeking to become Registered Nurses. The college expects its first nursing graduates in July 2006.

Columbia College began serving the higher education needs of residents in the Lake Ozark area in 1990, and today continues to serve civilian and military adult learners in the area.

Nationwide, Columbia College serves more than 20,000 students each year at its Day Campus, Evening Campus, Online Campus, Graduate Studies Program and 30 extended campuses.

Please note: A photo of the nursing instructors is available by contacting Jennifer Hollingshead, associate director of Public Relations and Marketing, at (573) 875-7237 or jahollingshead@ccis.edu.