Sarah Shannon

Dean of the College of Nursing


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Sarah Shannon has served as dean of the Montana State University College of Nursing since 2017. Previously, she served for one year as senior associate dean for academic affairs of Oregon Health & Sciences University and as faculty for 25 years at University of Washington School of Nursing with an adjunct appointment in the School of Medicine Department of Bioethics and Humanities. While in Seattle, Shannon was a clinical ethics consultant at several organizations. She received her B.S. in nursing from University of Arizona and an M. S. and Ph.D. in nursing science from the University of Washington.

Laura Larsson



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Laura is an MSU alumna with a B.S. in Nursing as well as a Master's in Public Health and PhD in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University. Laura's first job at the College of Nursing was as an instructor for the CO-OP. 


Program Manager


May Heriza

Advising & Outreach/Retention Coordinator


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May has worked with the College of Nursing as an advisor for two years and will continue to do advising. She will also travel across Montana to provide the linkage to Native communities and Tribal Colleges.

Kristin Davis

Academic Nurse Mentor (Bozeman Campus)


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Kristin is an assistant clinical professor at Montana State University and will be the Bozeman Academic Nurse Mentor. Her education includes a M.S.N. Rush University, Nursing in 2012, and a B.S. University of Iowa for Cultural Anthropology and Global Health Studies in 2004.

Kellie Phillips

Academic Nurse Mentor (Billings Campus)

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Kelly is a former CO-OP graduate; an IHS scholar and a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.  She is the Billings Academic Nurse Mentor on the Billings campus.  

Rachel Huleatt-Baer

Academic Nurse Mentor (Billings Campus)

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Rachel is a Clinical Instructor on the Billings Campus teaching sophomore and junior level nursing courses. She will be working in the CO-OP as an Academic Nurse Mentor.

Laurie Glover

 Academic Nurse Mentor (Great Falls Campus)


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Laurie Glover is the Great Falls Campus Academic Nurse Mentor for our Caring for Our Own Program. Some of her interests include public health, care management, aging and end of life, social justice, and being a family nurse practitioner. Laurie has obtained many prestigious awards that include Political Nurse Leadership Award (2016), Montana Nurses Association, Political Nurse Leadership Award (2016) Montana Nurses Association, Nominated for Nomination for President's Excellence in Teaching (2011) MSU, Nominated for Nomination for President's Excellence in Teaching (2011) MSU, and 1st Prize Award for Faculty Excellence (2006) Elsevier Publishing.

Amanda Mauws

Academic Nurse Mentor (Great Falls Campus)

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Amanda Mauws is a Clinical Instructor at Montana State University on the Great Falls campus along with the Academic Nurse mentor for the Caring for our Own Program.

Cathlyn Mendius

 Academic Nurse Mentor (Kalispell Site)


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Cathlyn Mendius is the Academic Nurse Mentor on the Kalispell Site. She received her BSN from MSU in 2008.  After receiving it she worked as a nurse at Kalispell Regional in the labor and delivery department, the NICU and the mother/baby clinic. Since she loves being a floor nurse, she continues to work PRN at the hospital as well. Cathlyn has now lived in Kalispell for 17 years and has raised two children with her husband.

Elizabeth Pecora

Academic Nurse Mentor (Missoula Campus)

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Elizabeth Pecora is a Clinical Instructor at Montana State University, as well as the Missoula Campus Academic Nurse Mentor for the Caring for our Own Program.

Sammie Old Elk

Student Assistant

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Sammi is a pre-nursing student soon to be applying for the nursing program. She is a participant in the CO-OP and will be assisting with program operations.