Faculty Profiles

Our faculty are active researchers, writers and speakers; many of them internationally known for their contributions toward the advancement of their fields of study. But, most of all, they're passionate, caring teachers.

  • Gay M. Varecka, PhD, APRN, CNP

    Assistant Professor, Nursing

    Gay M. Varecka, PhD., APRN, CNP is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the DNP program. She obtained a B.S in Nursing from D'Youville College, an M.S in Nursing from the State University of New York, and a Ph.D in Higher Education Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota. Gay also completed a post-doctoral certification as an Adult Nurse Practioner. She has more than 25 years of experience in both Family Practice and Internal Medicine managing the care of underserved patients with complex, chronic health problems from ages 16 to the elderly in Hennepin Health System. This is a safety net hospital with the mission of ‘transforming the health of our community with exceptional care without exception’.

  • Gretchen Moen, DNP

    Assistant Professor, Nursing


  • Gwendolyn (Gwen) Short, DNP, MSN, MPH

    Associate Professor & DNP Programs Director, Nursing

    Gwen is an Associate Professor and NP Programs Director at St. Catherine University. She holds a Doctor of Nurse Practice (DNP) degree from the University of Kentucky, where she was a member of the nation's inaugural DNP cohort. She also holds a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Kentucky, Master's in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Minnesota, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Virginia. She has had multiple clinical positions, and currently works as a family nurse practitioner at the Peoples' Center and Clinical Services in Minneapolis, MN.

  • Jocelyn Bessette Gorlin, PhD

    Associate Professor, Nursing

    Jocelyn is an associate professor in the Department of Nursing. She has been a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) in hematology (bleeding disorders) for over 25 years, first at Boston Children’s Hospital then at the Children’s Hospital Minnesota (CHM). She was one of the first nurse practitioners at Boston Children’s Hospital and was on the forefront of the pediatric AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, caring for children with hemophilia and AIDS.
    Her research interest involves quality of life in families raising a child with severe chronic illness. She coordinated National Public Radio's StoryCorps® Legacy at CHM, where she led a group of healthcare team members to interview families who are raising a child with hemophilia or sickle cell disease.

  • Kara Koschmann, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC

    Associate Professor, Nursing; Program Director, BSN-DNP: NP Program

    Kara teaches in the BSN-DNP: Nurse Practitioner program where she is also the program director. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner by training. Kara earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Valparaiso University in Indiana and her master's of science in nursing of children at Saint Louis University, in St. Louis, Missouri. Her PhD in Nursing is from the University of Minnesota. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar. Her dissertation research study was titled, "Urban, low-income, African American Well-Child Care: Parent and Provider Experiences and Expectations.

  • Katrice Ziefle, PhD, RN, CNE

    Associate Professor, Nursing

    Katrice Ziefle, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor of nursing at St. Catherine University. She completed her Masters of Nursing Education at Bethel University and her Doctorate of Nursing Education at Capella University. Dr. Ziefle’s research interests include generational theory and the impact of the environment on learning, specifically civility in nursing. Her teaching experience includes associate degree nursing, entry-level master’s degree nursing and doctor of nursing practice. Dr. Ziefle has a passion for teaching and learning strategies in nursing education and works to engage students at every level.

  • Lori Winchell, DrPH, MN, CWP

    Associate Professor, Nursing

    Lori Winchell, DrPH, APRN-BC, CWP has been a provider of health and wellness services for over 38 years. She is a certified wellness practitioner through the National Wellness Institute and a licensed Advanced Family Practice Registered Nurse in Minnesota. Lori has extensive background and experience in education, public health, preventative care, health promotion, and disease prevention. She has provided direct patient care to diverse populations in a variety of healthcare settings.

  • Nan Hoerr, EdD, DNP, RN

    Associate Professor, Nursing

    I began my teaching career at St. Catherine University in January 2013 when hired as adjunct in the Baccalaureate Day Program – College for Women.  I currently serve as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Director with oversight for the post-master DNP and four dual degree + DNP options (Master of Health Informatics, Master of Holistic Studies, Master of Organizational Leadership, and Master of Business Administration).  In addition to my administrative duties, I teach at the graduate level, mentor DNP projects, and serve on St. Catherine University's IRB.  My research interests include public health nursing, DNP education, and the faculty role in developing students' scholarly writing.

  • Nicole Beckmann

    Assistant Professor

  • Rebeca Barroso, DNP, MSN, APRN, CNM, FACNM

    Associate Professor, Nursing

    Rebeca is an Associate Professor of Nursing with St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, MN. She is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, Case Western Reserve University, and Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. Rebeca teaches in both the nurse practitioner and master's entry level prelicensure programs. She has extensive clinical experience as a nurse-midwife, and has educated and precepted several generations of nurse-midwives throughout the course of a four decade clinical career. As part of a multidisciplinary team, Rebeca served at-risk populations at Seton Catholic Charities Clinic until the closing of the clinic in 2016.

  • Susan Hageness, DNP

    Associate Professor, Nursing

    Susan Hageness, DNP, RN, CNE, AHN-BC is an advocate for integrating holistic-focused care and integrative therapies into nursing and interdisciplinary healthcare practice. She currently teaches in the doctorate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs, as well as in the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies program. Susan is a Board Certified Advanced Holistic Nurse (AHN-BC), a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), a Healing Touch Practitioner (HTP), and a Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner (CCAP).

  • Teresa Cyrus

    Assistant Professor, DNP

    Teresa is an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing and a certified family nurse practitioner. She owns a private practice in geriatrics with two NP partners. She is passionate about the care of seniors and has a special interest in geriatric cognitive disorders and in bringing holistic care to underserved patients.. She also works for a hospice agency in the Twin Cities and has experience in mental health and corrections. Teresa is a proponent of meditation and mindfulness in healthcare and education and is a certified meditation instructor.

  • Vicki Ericson, DNP

    Associate Professor, Nursing

    Vicki Ericson, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP-BC is an Associate Professor of Nursing in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. She obtained a BA and MA degree in nursing from St Catherine University as well as a post baccalaureate certificate as an adult nurse practitioner. She obtained a postmaster’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner from George Washington University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from the University of Minnesota. She has a strong clinical background as an emergency department nurse practitioner for 22 years. Her teaching interests are on experiential learning and simulation.