NEC Planning Committee
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.
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.
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.
JD, PhD, MSN, RN
Mark Longshore has been a nurse for over 25 years.
Realizing the most rewarding part of his work in the emergency department was empowering his patients through education, he made the jump to nursing education at Front Range Community College in 2005 to impact future nurses. Having recently completed his PhD in Nursing Education, he began teaching at the University of Northern Colorado nursing program in fall 2022. After many years attending, he joined the planning committee for the 2023 NEC in the Rockies.
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.
MSN, RN, CNE
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.
Mary Jo Stanley,
PhD, RN, CNE
Dr. Mary Jo Stanley has lived in the western region of the United States finding solace in open spaces and country living. She has been a nurse for over 35 years and in higher education for 14 years. Over the course of Dr. Stanley’s career, she has practiced in community, public, and school health settings, and in acute care in the ICU and PACU. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and School Nurse Credential from San Jose State University. Dr. Stanley completed her PhD in Nursing with an emphasis in education from the University of Northern Colorado where she was also faculty. She is an Emeriti Professor at California State University Stanislaus where she served for many years as the RN-BSN Program Director and Director for the Nursing
Department. Currently, she is a Professor at Colorado Mesa University. She is co-author of the textbook Community and Public Health Nursing Promoting the Public’s Health. She is a member of the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators and Sigma Theta Tau International.
MSN, RNC-MNN, CNE
Lindsey Baertlein is an Assistant Professor for the online RN-BSN program at the University of Arkansas Little Rock School of Nursing. With 17 years in the nursing profession, Lindsey’s background is in Women’s Health and nurse education.
She holds certifications from NCC in Maternal-Newborn Nursing and NLN as a Certified Nurse Educator. As a Women’s Health nurse, she served in Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, Term Nursery, NICU, Women’s Surgery, and clinical nursing for 14 years. Lindsey is a member of several state and national organizations, including the National League for Nursing, the Arkansas Nurses’ Association, and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses. She serves on multiple committees within the governing organization, including the School of Nursing Professional Conduct Council, Research Committee, Assessment Committee, the university’s Honors and Awards Committee (Co-Chair), and Academic Calendar Committee. She serves as a founding member of the Chancellor’s Racial Barriers Committee and Ukrainian Humanitarian ad-hoc committee.
Lindsey earned an ADN and BSN at the University of Arkansas Little Rock (2005 and 2010), MSN in Nurse Education from Chamberlain College of Nursing (2020), and is a Ph.D. candidate enrolled in the Nursing Education and Administration program at William Carey University (anticipated graduation 2023).
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.
Dr. Sarah Patel received her PhD in Nursing degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in July 2021. Her dissertation focused on the relationship of incivility to undergraduate nursing students' sense of belonging in the nursing profession. Dr. Patel earned her MSN in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University, BSN from the University of New Mexico, and her ADN from Johnson County Community College. She has been a nurse for 11 years and a faculty member in higher education for 5 years. Her clinical expertise is in high-risk obstetrics and women's health. Dr. Patel is Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she teaches Phd in Nursing and RN-BSN students. Her research interest includes chronic pelvic pain in women and incivility, sense of belonging, and escape rooms in nursing education.
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. She now works as the Regional Health Connector and Nurse Educator for CAHEC.