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Meet Texas State University’s Dr. Welborn, Dean, College of Health Professions and St. David’s School of Nursing’s Director, Faculty and Staff

On September 9, 2009, Flintco Construction celebrated the completion of the nursing building’s roof truss by holding a roof topping ceremony, a long-established tradition in Germany. Texas State University, Dean of Health Professions and St. David's School of Nursing faculty and staff celebrating included:

I to r seated: Dr. Ruth Welborn, Dean, College of Health Professions; Dr. Cherie Rowder, Associate Professor; Dr. Lolly Lockhart, Associate Professor.

l to r standing: Beth Biggan, Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Marla Erbin-Roesemann, Director, School of Nursing; Dr. Barbara Covington, Associate Professor; Rita Zapata Mokarel, Administrative Assistant; Lynn Heimerl, Nursing Admission and Retention Coordinator; Regina Jillapalli, Clinical Assistant Professor; Josie Zamora, Clinical Assistant Professor

Meet the Dean, Director, Faculty and Staff

Ruth B. Welborn, PhD, BSN, Dean, College of Health Professions, Texas State University has served in a variety of leadership positions at Texas State, including chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Health Administration, associate dean of the College of Health Professions and acting dean of the College of Health Professions. Dr. Welborn received her diploma in nursing from the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She earned her Masters from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

Marla Erbin-Roesemann, PhD, RN, Professor and Director,
St. David’s School of Nursing and Associate Dean, College of Health Professions
earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing Health Services Administration, and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Dr. Erbin-Roesemann was previously employed as Professor and Dean of Nursing at Clarkson College in Omaha, NE. Her nursing education teaching experience spansover thirteen years at the University of Michigan, Marymount University, George Mason University and Clarkson College. Dr. Roesemann brings considerable experience in the management of nursing curriculums, faculty recruitment, innovative online nursing programs, and attainment of national accreditation. Her leadership will assist Texas State in the successful development of a nursing program to meet the nursing education needs for the 21st century.

Beth Biggan, MSN, RN, WHCNP, Clinical Assistant Professor earned her Master's Degree in Nursing with a specialty as a Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1997. Biggan will be teaching the fundamentals of nursing course, and looks forward to working with the incoming nursing students and assisting them as they prepare to be our nurses of the future.

Barbara Covington, PhD, RN, Associate Professor has more than 35 years experience in civilian and military health care systems and higher education, distance education and health care informatics. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctorate from Texas A&M University. Dr. Covington is a retired colonel in the Army Nurse Corps. During the past 15 years her consulting, teaching, publishing and research has focused on infrastructure development, evaluation of and sustainment for education in the academic, clinical and consumer settings. Her work includes the development of websites, course management systems and reusable learning object repositories for online learning for clinicians and consumers, clinical simulation and nursing education and health care systems, and low to high fidelity technology implementation across the U.S and overseas.

Lynn Heimerl, MEd, Nursing Admission and Retention Coordinator earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Texas State University in 2005. She is responsible for coordinating the St. David’s School of Nursing’s admission process and retention programs. Check out the admission procedures on the website: http://www.health.txstate.edu/nursing

Regina Jillapalli, MSN, RN, FNP, Clinical Assistant Professor completed her BSN at the College of Nursing at the Christian Medical College, India in 1990, and Master of Science in Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing, Lubbock, TX in 1999. Jillapalli also earned a post-masters family nurse practitioner degree from West Texas A & M University in Canyon, TX. She brings to the St. David’s School of Nursing 11 years teaching experience. Jillapalli will be teaching the Lifespan Nursing and Adult Health Nursing courses, and looks forward to guiding student nurses both in the classroom and clinical settings.

Lolly Lockhart, PhD, RN, Associate Professor received Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas-Austin, and a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration from the University of Mississippi, School of Pharmacy. In 2003 she facilitated the feasibility study for the now St. David’s School of Nursing, and with nursing faculty wrote the School of Nursing application to the Texas Higher Education Board and the Board of Nursing. Dr. Lockhart’s academic interests include nursing curriculum development for the 21st century and innovative teaching strategies.

Rita Mokarzel, Administrative Assistant is responsible for organizing the School of Nursing office at the Round Rock Higher Education Center. Her duties include coordinating office procedures, scheduling meetings, ordering supplies, completing travel applications and reimbursements, making travel arrangements, answering phones, purchasing and filing.

Cherie Rowder, PhD, RN, CCRC, Associate Professor is a clinical nurse specialist with a PhD in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University. Her background includes critical care nursing, education and seven years conducting research – first at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and then as the Clinical Research Director at North Texas Neurosurgical Associates. Rowder is preparing course work and research studies in support of the mission and vision of the St. David’s School of Nursing.

Josie H. Zamora, MSN, RN, CNS, APN, Clinical Assistant Professor is a board certificated Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health and an Advanced Practice Nurse. She has a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She will develop lectures and teach nursing courses in adult health. Zamora’s nursing experience includes medical-surgical, community nursing, critical care, educator, parish nurse and
sleep medicine.