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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
Anschutz Medical Campus

Faculty Stories

Meet our educators and nurse scientists

Sue Bonini  

Sue Bonini, MSN, RN

Bonini joined the CU College of Nursing as a faculty member in 2011, putting years of nursing experience to work in the Integrated Nursing Pathways program, and as an instructor specializing in medical-surgical nursing and chronic and acute care in cardiology.

M. Colleen Casper 

M. Colleen Casper, DNP, MS, RN

Casper was recently appointed as the Executive Director for the Colorado Nurses Association (CNA). Before that, Casper was best known for her work in the RN to BS program. Read more about her contributions to the College of Nursing.

Scott Harpin  

Scott Harpin, PhD, MPH, RN

Selected as one of 15 U.S. fellows for Building Careers for Research in Child Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence, Harpin continues to make a difference in at-risk youths' lives.

Sara Horton-Deutsch 

Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, PMHCNS, RN, ANEF

Horton-Deutsch joined the College of Nursing as the Watson Caring Science Endowed Chair. Read more about how she plans to advance Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita Jean Watson's work in caring science.

Catherine Janowski  

Catherine Jankowski, PhD

How do you maintain and promote physical function during the aging process? Does it make a difference? That’s the essence of 13 years of research by Catherine Jankowski, PhD.


Jane Kass-Wolff, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC

Over the 34 years that Jane Kass-Wolff, PhD has worked with women and sought to solve their health issues, she’s noticed something—her patient population is growing older.

Ernestine Kotthoff-Burrell, PhD  

Ernestine Kotthoff-Burrell, PhD, ANP

No one understands today's aging population better than Ernestine Kotthoff-Burrell, PhD, ANP. She is hands down the go-to professional at CU’s College of Nursing. With a 35-year career, she understands what it takes to meet the growing demand for health care for seniors.

Paula Meek  

Paula Meek, PhD, RN, FAAN

When Paula Meek started her career as a nurse in a cardiac step-down unit about 25 years ago, she was stricken by the different levels of care provided to cardiac patients compared to pulmonary patients.

Paula Meek  

Amy Nacht, MSN, CNM

Amy Nacht, MSN, CNM, spent this fall working in rural Guatemala to help improve maternal health outcomes for a community of agricultural workers and their families. Read more about her amazing work here.

Pam Prag MPH, MS, BS 

Prag brings her passion for nursing to developing countries once again. Her more recent foray was to Banepa, Nepal, last fall, where she was asked to evaluate the possibility of a partnership between the Scheer Memorial Hospital College of Nursing and the CU College of Nursing.

Ginger Raterink, DNSc, ANP-C

Raterink's passion for working with older adults, combined with an extensive background designing and implementing online pedagogical methods, enhances the quality of students' online learning experiences.

Erica Sherer​, DNP, MSN, CNM

An epiphany early on in her career changed Sherer's path from law school to midwife. Now, with an impressive number of positions in advanced practice nursing, Schwartz is driven to create solutions for weaknesses in systems of care.

Diane Skiba, PhD, FAAN, FAAMI

A life-long love of technology and dedication to the nursing field has led Diane Skiba to become an internationally known expert in nursing informatics. She continues to put her expertise into practice by preparing nurses in the field of informatics.

Tammy Spencer  

Tammy Spencer, MS, RN, CNE, ACNS-BC, CCNS -- Nurse Educator

For Spencer being an educator isn’t about simply feeding students information or helping them understand and apply it, but watching them grow and mature as nurses.