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Messiah College Graduate Program in Nursing Faculty

All of the courses in Messiah’s graduate program in nursing, whether online or in the classroom, are taught by experienced Messiah College faculty from the School of Science, Engineering, and Health, who are accomplished nurses and nurse educators. Messiah’s faculty will encourage and mentor you to consider your own faith, the faith of others, and the relationship between nursing and issues connected to faith in your profession. We invite you to read more below about the talented teacher-scholars in our master’s in nursing program. 

Louann B. Zinsmeister, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Louann B. Zinsmeister, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Professor of Nursing; Director, Graduate Nursing Program

Louann B. Zinsmeister, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Professor of Nursing; Director, Graduate Nursing Program

Dr. Zinsmeister serves as a Professor of Nursing and as the Program Director for the Graduate Nursing Programs. She earned a Diploma from Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN from Millersville University, a MS in Nursing from University of Delaware, and a PhD from Widener University. Dr. Zinsmeister also is a certified nurse educator. Dr. Zinsmeister's areas of interest and expertise include adult critical care nursing, adult medical-surgical nursing, gerontological nursing, nursing research, simulation technology, nursing informatics, and curriculum development. Dr. Zinsmeister has been at Messiah College since 1994.

Ashley Ringquist
Ashley Ringquist

Administrative Assistant to the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs

Ashley Ringquist

Administrative Assistant to the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs

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Ashley serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs. She has earned her B.A. from Lafayette College and MBA from Lebanon Valley College. You may contact the Graduate Nursing office at (717) 691-6054 or send an email to aringquist@messiah.edu.

Anne B. (Nancy) Woods, Ph.D., MPH, RN
Anne B. (Nancy) Woods, Ph.D., MPH, RN

Chairperson, Department of Nursing and Professor of Nursing

Anne B. (Nancy) Woods, Ph.D., MPH, RN

Chairperson, Department of Nursing and Professor of Nursing

Dr. Woods serves as Department Chairperson and Professor of Nursing. She earned a Diploma in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a BSN from the University of Hawaii, a MSN from the University of Pennsylvania, a MPH from the University of Hawaii, a post-MSN from Ursuline College, and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Woods' areas of interest and expertise include maternal-child nursing, nurse midwifery, nursing research, and public health nursing. Dr. Woods has been at Messiah College since 2008.

Marti G. Derr, MSFS, MScCouns, MSN, RN, CNE
Marti G. Derr, MSFS, MScCouns, MSN, RN, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing, Clinical Track Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

Marti G. Derr, MSFS, MScCouns, MSN, RN, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing, Clinical Track Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

Marti Derr serves as an Associate Professor of Nursing – Clinical Track. She earned BSN from Eastern Mennonite University, a MSFS from the University of Kentucky, a MScCouns from Goldsmiths' College, University of London, and a MS in Nursing from the University of Maryland. Ms. Derr’s areas of interest and expertise include psychiatric-mental health nursing, therapeutic communication interventions, Christian and nursing ethics, and leadership and management nursing. Ms. Derr has been at Messiah College since 1995.

Tara S. Jankouskas, Ph.D., RNC
Tara S. Jankouskas, Ph.D., RNC

Associate Professor of Nursing

Tara S. Jankouskas, Ph.D., RNC

Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Jankouskas serves as an Associate Professor of Nursing. She earned a BSN from Bloomsburg University, a MSN from the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Jankouskas also is board certified in pediatric nursing. Dr. Jankouskas’ areas of interest and expertise include pediatric nursing, adult education, and simulation technology. Dr. Jankouskas has been at Messiah College since 2009.

Wanda Thuma-McDermond, Ph.D., RN
Wanda Thuma-McDermond, Ph.D., RN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Wanda Thuma-McDermond, Ph.D., RN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Thuma-McDermond serves as an Associate Professor of Nursing. She earned a BA and BSN from Goshen College, a MSN from Indiana-Wesleyan University, and a PhD from Widener University. Dr. Thuma-McDermond’s areas of interest and expertise include community health nursing, medical-surgical nursing, emergency nursing, and transcultural nursing. Dr. Thuma-McDermond has been at Messiah College since 2003.

Rebecca Harris, Ph.D.
Rebecca Harris, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Pathophysiology

Rebecca Harris, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Pathophysiology

Dr. Harris serves as professor of Advanced Pathophysiology, offered in the spring semester.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Messiah College and her PhD in Physiology at East Carolina University.  Dr. Harris has been teaching at Messiah College since 2014.

Jeffrey Kreitman, PharmD
Jeffrey Kreitman, PharmD

Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology

Jeffrey Kreitman, PharmD

Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology

Dr. Kreitman serves as professor of Advanced Pharmacology, offered in the spring semester.  He earned his Bachelor of Science and also his Doctor of Pharmacy at Rutgers University.  Dr. Kreitman has been teaching at Messiah College since 2014.

Heidi Lutz, Ph.D., CRNP
Heidi Lutz, Ph.D., CRNP

Adjunct Instructor in Nursing

Heidi Lutz, Ph.D., CRNP

Adjunct Instructor in Nursing

Dr. Lutz serves as an Adjunct Instructor in Nursing. She earned a Diploma in Nursing from Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN from Penn State University, a MSN from Widener University, and a Ph.D. from Widener University.  Dr. Lutz's areas of interest and expertise include medical-surgical nursing, critical care nursing, pathophysiology-pharmacology, and geriatric and long term care nursing.  Dr. Lutz has been at Messiah College since 2007.

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