2021 Nurse Educator's Conference Committee
Karen Cotter, Chair, PhD, RN, CNE
Dr. Cotter is an Clinical Assistant Professor and the Undergraduate Program Director with the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas, TX. She earned my MS in Nursing Education in 2000, and then a PhD in Nursing Education in 2015. She became an Associate Dean for Prelicensure Programming at Baylor University in 2019. Dr. Cotter enjoys traveling internationally for the practice of nursing and has had opportunity to teach overseas in Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Africa, and Vietnam in her career. Her clinical work experience includes Medical Surgical Nursing, Correctional Nursing, and Long Term Acute Care.
Lori Candela, RN, MS, EdD, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE
Lori Candela has practiced nursing at the levels of nurse aide, LPN, RN, and APRN. For the past 26 years, she's been a nurse educator in associate, baccalaureate, RN-to-BSN, MSN, DNP and PhD programs, as well as served in various academic leadership positions. she has taught clinical groups in community and acute care settings. She has a broad research background and expertise within education areas related to student, nurse faculty, nursing, staff, and patient education, teaching and learning methodologies, and evaluation. On the clinical side, she has been an APRN for 15 years, working with underinsured and uninsured infants, children, and teens and, most recently, with hospice patients.
Linda Siegrist, MSN, BSN, ADN
Linda Siegrist is currently an on-line instructor with SUNY Delhi in Delhi, NY. Prior to that she was an Associate Professor of Nursing at Passaic County Community College in New Jersey for 23 years. There she taught Maternity Nursing and Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing. Linda has been teaching nursing for over thirty years and has taught in Associate and Bachelor degree programs. Her clinical expertise is in emergency nursing and medical-surgical nursing.
Staff: Lola Fehr, MS, RN, CAE, PRP, FAAN
Lola Fehr is a registered nurse who has worked in health care settings for more than fifty years. She is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach who is experienced in non-profit management. She has been responsible for financial and program outcomes, including leadership development for board members and executive staff. She currently serves as an organizational consultant and professional parliamentarian for several organizations. She also has years of experience in planning continuing education events for nurses.
Pamela Stetina, PhD, RN, CNE
Dr. Pam Stetina has been a nurse educator for more than 25 years. She has served in administrative roles at Northern Arizona University, but her main passion is teaching. Her primary teaching responsibility has been in Adult Health, although she also teaches many other courses, including Introduction to Nursing as a Discipline and a Profession, Research, Theory, Informatics, Leadership, and Fundamentals (to name a few!). She has an ongoing interest in the use of simulation as a teaching strategy and as a method to improve patient safety.
Darcy Copeland, PhD, RN
Dr. Copeland has clinical experience in all aspects of psychiatric/mental health nursing (acute inpatient, outpatient, ECT, adolescent, eating disorders, chemical dependency). Her master’s degree is in forensic nursing and she has worked clinically in a maximum security prison for men and in outpatient forensic psychiatry working with individuals who are dually diagnosed as they transition from jail/prison back into the community. In addition to teaching at the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. Copeand works as a hospital based nurse scientist. Her research interests include workplace violence, the psychosocial work environment, burnout, compassion fatigue, and moral distress
Audrey Snyder, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAEN, FAAN
Dr. Snyder’s nursing career spans 36 years as a nurse and 22 as a nurse practitioner and nurse educator. She is certified as an Acute Care and as a Family Nurse Practitioner (NP). Areas of specialization include emergency and critical care advanced practice nursing, disaster preparedness and response, public health, international health, culture and health, community engagement, end of life care, and nursing education. Research areas/interest include rural and underserved populations, access to care, older adults, transitions of care, prehospital triage, symptom management, nursing history, complementary and integrative therapies, nursing education, and inter-professional education.
Lori Cheney has 27 years of nursing experience with an emphasis in orthopedics and peri-operative nursing. She has been an Assistant Professor for the Department of Nursing at San Juan College in Farmington, NM for 5 years. She recently accepted the Clinical Coordinator position. Lori became a member of the NEC Committee after attending an NEC conference.
Jean Yockey, PhD, MSN, FNP, RN, CNE
Dr. Yockey is an Assistant Professor with the University of South Dakota. She has over 30 years of experience as a nurse educator in Licensed Practical, Associate, Baccalaureate, RN-BSN, PhD and DNP programs. Her clinical practice includes acute and community mental health, medical/surgical, and international health care settings. Academic leadership positions have included site director and state course coordinator. Her research interests focus on student success strategies.
Erika has been a registered nurse since 1998 with a clinical background in cardiac and trauma ICU. Her career transitioned to nursing education in 2003 teaching in an ADN program. During her time with the ADN program she taught various courses and simulation. She also served as the assistant director and director of the nursing program for many years.