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.

  • Alyssa Farrell MS, OTR/L

    Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, OTA Online

    Alyssa Farrell works at St. Catherine University as an Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

    Alyssa has been a practicing OT since 2009. She graduated with a Master's of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2009 from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.

    For the first 7 years of her career, she worked in various acute care hospital settings focusing her research on early mobilization in the ICU. She transitioned into an outpatient pediatric clinic in December 2015 until December 2019 before accepting a full time Assistant Professor position at St. Catherine University in December 2019.

  • Catherine Sullivan, PhD

    Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy

    Dr. Sullivan is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Her past and present teaching areas have included Kinesiology, Neuroscience, Research and Gerontology. Her primary areas of research, practice and advocacy are in gerontology, with a focus on safe mobility within the home and the community, and on promoting quality of life through continued participation in the arts and other valued occupations. Her recent projects have focused on statewide initiatives to improve older driver safety and transition to alternative community mobility options. She also has an ongoing partnership with Rebuilding Together Twin Cities to develop and implement assessments and interventions to improve safety within the home for low income homeowners.

  • Christine "Tina" Kraft, MA, COTA/L

    Assistant Professor, OTA

    Tina Kraft is Assistant Professor in the Online OTA Program. She has an Associates of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant and a Bachelors of Healthcare Administration from the University of Southern Indiana, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University. Her primary course teaching covers introductions to the profession, professional skills and behaviors, treatment in psychosocial arenas and healthcare management. Her scholarship has focused on Collaborative Models of clinical learning and addressing spirituality in the profession.

  • Darla Coss, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

    Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

    Darla joined the OCTH department at St. Catherine University full time in August of 2016. In addition to clinical expertise in areas of hand therapy and industrial rehabilitation, Darla has spent the past few years exploring the effects a cancer diagnosis has on one’s ability to participate fully in life. She is an active member and educator at Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, helping those living with cancer-related issues like fatigue and cognitive changes return to the activities they want and need to do.

  • Hannah Oldenburg

    Assistant Professor

  • Jennifer Hutson PhD, OTR/L, ATP

    Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

    Jennifer Hutson is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University.  She teaches courses primarily in assistive technology and adult rehabilitation in both day and hybrid formats.  She facilitates problem based learning sessions and advises students on research based Master's projects, covering topics of twenty-four hour postural care, seating and positioning for wheeled mobility as well as nighttime positioning.   Since 2002, Jennifer's clinical practice has been at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in the area of assistive technology, primarily seating and positioning.

  • John Fleming, PhD

    Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy


  • Julie D. Bass, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Professor, Occupational Therapy

    Dr. Julie D. Bass, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor and past Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy and the Founding Director of the Public Health Program in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health at St. Catherine University. Dr. Bass also served as the Director of Research at the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Dr. Bass is an established and well-published scholar who has been a frequent presenter at national and international conferences and an invited member on several AOTA task force committees. Her areas of expertise include population health and health disparities, program development and evaluation, statistics and research methods, educational methods and emerging areas of practice for occupational therapy.

  • Karen M Sames, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Professor, Occupational Therapy

    Karen M Sames, OTD, MBA, OTR/L, FAOTA started teaching at St. Kate's in 1995. Karen primarily teaches content related to foundational knowledge of occupational science and occupational therapy, management of occupational therapy services, entrepreneurship, and political influences on occupational therapy practice. Karen takes an active role in advocating for the profession of occupational therapy through her leadership of the Government Affairs Committee of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association. She is active in the American Occupational Therapy Association, currently serving on the Board of Directors as Treasurer.

  • Katelyn Brady, OTD, OTR/L

    Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

    Katelyn Brady, OTD, OTR/L is an assistant professor in the occupational therapy department at St Catherine University since 2019. She serves as the academic fieldwork coordinator for the occupational therapy program in which she coordinates student clinical experiences with community partners. Katelyn has practiced in a variety of areas of occupational therapy, most recently in adult acute care and acute rehabilitation. Katelyn is passionate about best practice with student clinical education, inter professional education, and neurological rehabilitation, specifically cognition and upper extremity rehabilitation.

  • Kathleen Matuska PhD, MPH, OTR/L FAOTA

    Tenured Professor, Occupational Therapy

    I have extensive clinical experience in the area of physical rehabilitation, with particular expertise in multiple sclerosis and fatigue management. My interest in strategies that enable meaningful, productive living despite the functional consequences of chronic illness or disability is complemented by my research in life balance. I am the co-developer of a life balance model, a public health concept that considers activity patterns of everyday lifestyles and their relationship to physical health and psychological well-being. For my dissertation research, I validated a conceptual model and developed a measure of lifestyle called the Life Balance Inventory (LBI).

  • Katie Arnold, MS, OTR/L, CLT

    Assistant Professor, OTA Online Program

    Katie is a registered Occupational Therapist and full-time assistant professor for St. Catherine's University - OTA Online program.

    Katie has a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

    Katie's clinical work experience includes acute care, subacute care, SNF care, outpatient orthopedic therapy services, and industrial rehabilitation. She is a certified lymphedema therapist. Katie also has experience in healthcare management and leadership and is extremely passionate about the profession of occupational therapy.

  • Katie E. Toon, MOT, OTR, CLT, STAR-C

    Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, OTA Online

    Katie E. Toon, MOT, OTR, CLT is an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and assistant professor for the OTA Program at St. Catherine University. She has been practicing occupational therapy since 2010. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science in 2008 and a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2009 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas. Katie became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in 2012. She then completed the oncology focused Survivorship Training and Rehab Program in 2013. She began teaching Occupational Therapy Assistant Students in 2015, and became a Program Director at Brown Mackie College in Dallas, Texas in 2016.

  • Kimberley Persons

    Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy


  • Kimkesia Morgan, MS, OTR/L

    Assistant Professor/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Occupational Therapy Assistant

    Kimkesia has practiced OT for over 19 years with experience in various settings. As the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Pacific region at St. Kate, she brings to this role a passion to inspire and create an environment where professional growth can flourish. One of her proudest achievements while working as a clinician was being chosen to teach her colleagues a new treatment intervention program for stroke patients. Kimkesia says that this is when she believes the teaching bug bit her!

    Kimkesia believes one of the many wonderful things about St. Kate is its commitment to excellence and opportunity.

  • Kristen Maisano, OTD, OTR

    Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy

    Dr. Kristen Leigh Maisano, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM has been practicing occupational therapy since 2005. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Science in occupational therapy in 2005 from Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania. She completed research in the area of home safety for seniors living in independent communities. This research was published in a peer-reviewed journal as well as shared through a professional presentation at a Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA) annual conference. Kristen became certified to complete physical agent modalities in 2007, focusing on functional electrical stimulation and ultrasound.

  • Kristine Haertl, PhD, ACE, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Professor, Occupational Therapy

    Kristine Haertl, Ph.D., ACE, OTR/L, FAOTA, has been with St. Catherine University since 1997. She loves teaching and outside of the department has taught additional courses in the psychology department and in the CORE. She too has served for a number of years on the CORE Lead committee.
    Within the department, Kristi teaches masters and doctoral courses related to foundations of occupational science, educational methods and practice, sensory-perceptual-cognitive processing, and introductory and advanced mental health practice.

    Kristi has been active in mental health research related to peer-supported mental health housing models and exploration of the nature and efficacy of services at a free standing psychiatric occupational therapy clinic.

  • Paula Rabaey, PhD, OTR/L

    Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy

    Dr. Rabaey is an Associate Professor in the OT Graduate Department at St. Catherine University. Her clinical background includes 29 years of experience working with children with disabilities and their families in early intervention, school, clinic, community, and NICU settings. She specializes in feeding and eating difficulties in children with a variety of diagnoses in both the US and in low and middle income countries. She serves on the medical advisory board and as a feeding technical expert for SPOON Foundation (www.spoonfoundation.org) and has traveled internationally to conduct training with caregivers of children with disabilities living without families.

  • Sandra Kletti, OTD, M.Ed., OTR/L

    Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Assistant Online Program

    Sandy has 31 years of experience as a school-based occupational therapist in the Appleton Area School District in the state of Wisconsin. She also worked 4 years in both the mental health and adult rehab settings. Sandy has has 3 years of experience as an adjunct instructor in occupational therapy at the associate and master degree levels before becoming a full-time faculty at St. Catherine University. Sandy has been an assistant professor in the OTA online program since 2016.

  • Stephanie Adams, DHSc, OTR/L

    OTA Program Director, Assistant Professor

    Educational Journey-Dr. Adams has four degrees in occupational therapy, first as a COTA in 1994, then she earned a BS in OT in 2000. After being in practice for several years, Dr. Adams returned to school to earn a post-professional MHS OT degree in 2009 and a Doctor of Health Science degree in OT (DHSc) in 2017. Stephanie believes that being a life-long learner helps to keep abreast of best practices for this ever-changing health care profession.
    Employment Path-Stephanie worked in a variety of setting including hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health with geriatric clients and infants.

  • Stephanie de Sam Lazaro, OTD, MA, OTR/L

    Director Graduate Occupational Therapy Programs, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy

    Stephanie de Sam Lazaro is Director of the Graduate Occupational Therapy (Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy and Doctor of Occupational Therapy) Programs. She primarily teaches courses on occupational therapy's role and process with children, adolescents, and their families. In addition, she teaches courses in human occupation, doctoral orientation, master's projects, and capstone projects. Her scholarship focus is on equitable practices for children, adolescents, and their families with a particular focus on primary care settings and the relationship of oral health to participation in daily activities.

  • Taisha Trotman, COTA/L, MS

    Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

    Professor Trotman is a licensed OTA with a passion for mentorship and professional growth! Over the years, she has honed her skills at cultural competence, diversity/bias recognition, and conflict resolution. She's been an OTA educator for 9+ years, and has a clinical background centered on patient care, management/HR duties/Quality Assurance & Control. She has a track record of being an essential part of the university’s management team and instrumental in providing effective solutions that produce immediate impact and contribute to student long-term success.

    Here's a little about her.

  • Teresa Wickboldt

    Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

    Teresa has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist since graduating from Creighton University in Omaha, NE in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and Occupational Therapy Doctoral degree. Clinical work includes serving individuals across the lifespan from pediatrics to older adulthood. Practice areas have included inpatient, ICU, pediatric outpatient, TCU, Skilled Nursing, and home based services; wheelchair assessment and home modification assessment as specialty areas. Areas of expertise and passion include older adult rehabilitation where her clinical practice continues on a casual basis with Allina Health Home Care.

  • Terri Grundy, MOT, OTR

    Assistant Professor, Student & Fieldwork Manager, Occupational Therapy

    Terri Grundy, works at St. Catherine Univeristy as the Student Fieldwork Manager in the online OTA program. Terri was hired by St Kate’s as an adjunct professor in 2017and taught a number of courses and labs before being hired as FT faculty in 2020. Terri has over 20 years of experience in school systems as both a clinician and a special education administrator overseeing a number of related service programs and providers including AT, OT, PT, APE, and MT and serving as an advocate for universal design.

    Terri has presented on AT related topics at both local and state AT and OT Association workshops, guest lectured at universities, and has spoken nationally at the Technology for Reading and Learning Disabilities and the Urban Collaborative conferences.

  • Virginia Green, OTD, OTR/L

    Assistant Professor, Capstone Coordinator, Level I Fieldwork Coordinator, Occupational Therapy

    Ginny Green, OTD, OTR/L is an assistant professor in the occupational therapy department at St. Catherine University. She serves as the doctoral capstone coordinator for the occupational therapy entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD EL) Program in which she oversees each phase of the student doctoral capstone from development to completion and dissemination. She also serves as the Level I Fieldwork Coordinator for the occupational therapy program in which she coordinates level I student clinical experiences with community partners. Ginny teaches Entering the Profession, Psychological and Social Factors Impacting Performance, Fieldwork Practice Reflection, and Capstone Experience.