Nursing Instructors

SUE G. AKEY, BSN, MS

Sue holds an MS in nursing education from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where she also minored in educational psychology. She has taught in nursing education for 25+ years. Her clinical
background includes medical/surgical, OB, and oncology nursing. She is also a peer site evaluator for accreditation of nursing programs through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

“Being a nurse educator is so much more than just teaching—it involves mentoring, role modeling, coaching, and inspiring the future nurses of Wisconsin!”


LISA BECHARD, AD, MSN

Lisa Bechard earned her MSN from Walden University in Minneapolis and is a certified phlebotomist. Her background includes organizational leadership and operation, case management, staff development, retention, and recruitment. Additional experience includes geriatric, psychiatric, and hospice nursing; infection control; quality control; and bedside application of nursing skills while caring for patients.

“I enjoy teaching future nurses how to apply theory and skills at the bedside. I value each student's uniqueness, enjoy group dynamics, and utilize a variety of teaching strategies to find the best fit. I am called to this profession to share my passion for teaching, learning, and connecting with students. Nursing is a wonderful combination of technical skill, compassion, and kindness. My goal is to help students find a balance of these things and enjoy the beauty of serving others through the nursing profession.”


CRISSY BRIMM, MSN, RN

Crissy is a registered nurse with an MS in nursing, nurse educator, and a BS in nursing from Chamberlain University. A practicing nurse since 1999, Crissy has worked as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in long-term care and home health in addition to 15 years working with developmentally disabled individuals through the Illinois Department of Human Services. Her clinical experience includes med-surg, family practice, and palliative/hospice care.

“I absolutely love being a nurse and caring for people. My goal as a new nurse educator is to convey that same passion as I teach, inspire, and mentor future nursing graduates of Mid-State Technical College.”


DAWN EDE, BSN, MSN

Dawn holds an MSN from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. She worked for 20 years as an obstetric nurse with OB patients, including newborns and high-risk populations. She is still actively employed as a staff RN on an OB unit. 

“I love seeing the students being able to apply classroom theory to the clinical setting. It starts to make sense to them and they start thinking like a nurse.”


SHARON GEBELEIN, ADN, BSN, MSN

Sharon’s MSN is from UW–Oshkosh, and she is a Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse. Her experience includes 20 years of work as a staff nurse in medical/surgical and obstetrics settings.

“I love sharing my 20 years of nursing experience with my students. One of the great things about teaching, other than the students, is the chance it gives me to spend time in the hospital with patients. This is one area I miss from my days of nursing.”


DONNALEE HUSTEDT, BSN, MSN, RN

Donnalee earned her MSN from University of Phoenix. She brings 34 years of nursing experience to her role at Mid-State and has worked for 10 years in education. She has experience with frontline clinical practice and leadership roles as well as instructor and educational leadership at the college level. Her current instructor role allows her to work both in the classroom and at clinical sites with frontline practitioners.

“Nursing has a multitude of specialties making it a lifelong career opportunity. I love to share all that nursing has to offer with students so they understand how their nursing career can expand, change, and grow as their life and personal situations change over time.”


DEBORAH JOHNSON-SCHUH, AAS, BSN, MSN

Deborah is a proud graduate of Mid-State Technical College’s first nursing class. She has worked as an educator in the Associate Degree Nursing program since 2003. Her nursing experience includes working in the areas of medical/surgical, emergency, urology, and corrections.

“Nursing isn't a job, and it's much more than bandages, medications, and needles. Nursing is a profession and passion for helping others. My role as a nurse educator allows me to share my passion for nursing with nursing students. The way patient care is delivered has changed over the years. In addition to the teaching the technical skills and theory knowledge, my goal is to help students also focus on the basics—advocating for patients, problem-solving, and, most importantly, caring for the patient as a human being.”


TRACY JOOSTEN, BSN, MSN, FNP-BC

Tracy earned her MSN from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She is a master’s prepared registered nurse as well as a board certified nurse practitioner. She has experience in CCU, cardiac, pediatrics, SICU, and obstetrics and practiced as a family practice NP for eight years before joining Mid- State as a full-time Nursing Instructor.

“My love for nursing and helping the sick heal and the healthy thrive is what led me to teaching at Mid-State. Having an opportunity to educate future nurses to be knowledgeable and passionate about the career is what I strive for with every student encounter.”


DEBRA KRINGS, BSN, MSN

Debra’s MSN degree is from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. She has over 30 years of acute care nursing experience with expertise in critical care and medical-surgical care. She continue to practice as a nursing supervisor (casual status) at a local hospital to stay current with best practices and policies as well as maintain connections with associates at one of our current clinical sites.

“Being a nursing instructor gives me the best of both worlds—the ability to share my nursing knowledge and experience with students while watching their growth and sharing in their “aha moments.” I also get to provide hands-on patient care in a variety of settings, along with my students, and this is where we connect theory/classroom knowledge to the patient bedside. It’s a win-win-win for everyone involved—the students, the patients, and myself.”


KELLY NELSON, AD, BS, MSN

Kelly holds an MSN from Walden University. She is also a graduate of the 2004 Associate Degree Nursing class at Mid-State Technical College. She has worked in acute care, industrial settings, and clinic-based care. She also worked in management for eight years before returning to school for her MSN with an emphasis in education.

“My passion is to help people and make a difference in the world. I feel that by combining nursing and education I can make a greater impact.”


LINDA OLSEN, BSN, MSN

Linda earned her MSN from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been a nursing instructor at Mid-State since 1995 and before that  worked as a registered nurse in a local hospital for 10 years.

“I not only love teaching but I also love being a nurse. It is all about providing care to our patients when they are at their most vulnerable and making them feel better.”  


KRISTI PILGER, BSN, MSN

Kristi holds an MSN from UW–Oshkosh and a BSN from UW–Madison. She has been working as a registered nurse since 1999 in the areas of cardiology, obstetrics, community health, and education.

“I love to think that I can have a positive impact on the profession of nursing by working with nursing students who are the future of the profession.”


LESLIE WESTBERG, AD, BSN, MSN

Leslie earned her MSN from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and is currently pursuing her doctorate. She also holds certifications in case management and clinical documentation and certification. She stays up to date and connected to the profession as an active member of the American Nurses Association, the Wisconsin Nursing Association, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

“I adore education. I have received amazing education and have had some wonderful teachers who really inspired me. I believe I was meant to pay that forward. I love learning and I want to help my students love it as well.”


LINDA WOLOSCHEK-GREENBERG, AD, BSN, MSN

Linda earned her MSN and RN from Excelsior College. She has over 30 years in the medical field in critical care transport (helicopter/ambulance/intercept), medical/surgical, pediatrics, intensive care units, hemodialysis, and emergency rooms. She is also retired from the Army. Her continuing education includes working on her doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) and attending conferences to keep current.