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Current Nursing Board Members

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Deborah Haagenson, RN (President)
Registered Nurse Board Member

Deborah Haagenson, of Park Rapids, is the Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Joseph’s Area Health Services in Park Rapids. She was appointed to the Board of Nursing in 2009, reappointed in 2013, and currently serves as board president. Ms. Haagenson has been active with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and has contributed to the NCLEX® Item Review Sub-Committee since 2011, the Nominations committee in 1997-1998, the RN Practice Analysis Subject Matter Expert Panel in 2005, and the Executive Officer Succession Resource Committee since 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ms. Haagenson's term with the Board of Nursing expires in 2017.


            
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Sue Sendelbach, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN
Registered Nurse Board Member (Secretary)
Sue Sendelbach, of St. Paul, is the Director of Nursing Research at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and has served as adjunct faculty at Bethel University in Roseville, St. Catherine’s University, and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Sendelbach’s educational background includes a Master of Science in Nursing and PhD from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA), a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and a past president for the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Dr. Sendelbach is certified as an Adult Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CCNS). Governor Dayton appointed her in 2012 as a registered nurse member with experience as an advanced practice registered nurse, and her term will expire in 2016.


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Cindy DeJarlais, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse Board Member

Cindy DeJarlais, of Pine City, is a Licensed Practical Nurse at Allina Hospitals & Clinics in Cambridge. Her previous experience includes urgent care, surgical scrub nurse and serving as surgery center manager with Lakeside Medical Center in Pine City. Ms. DeJarlais earned her Practical Nursing degree through the St. Cloud Technical College Practical Nursing Program at the Pine City Technical College campus. She is a past member of the Rush City School Board. She was appointed to the Board of Nursing in 2010, reappointed in 2013, and her term expires in 2017.


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Jeanine Gangeness, PhD, RN
Registered Nurse Board Member

Jeanine Gangeness, of Bemidji, is the Dean of the School of Nursing at Bemidji State University. Dr. Gangeness has previous experience teaching in the Practical Nursing Program at Northwest Technical College, Bemidji, and a nursing background in pediatrics, orthopedics, telemetry, oncology, spinal care, medical-surgical and IV Float Staff. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (University of North Dakota), Master of Science of Nursing (University of North Dakota) and a PHD in Nursing (University of North Dakota). She has published in the areas of tobacco policy, case study design, and online nursing education. Dr. Gangeness was appointed to the Board of Nursing in 2013 as a registered nurse member with experience in baccalaureate nursing education. Her term expires in 2017.
    
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Deborah Meyer, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse Board Member
Deborah Meyer, of Virginia, has been on staff for over 19 years as a licensed practical nurse at the Virginia Regional Medical Center Convalescent Center. She has served as AFSCME Local 730 LPN Chapter President since 1999. Ms. Meyer received her Practical Nursing degree from the Eveleth Vocational Technical School. She was appointed to the Board of Nursing in 2009, reappointed in 2012 and her term will expire in 2016. 
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Christine Norton
Public Board Member

Christine Norton, of Cottage Grove is a retired high school teacher.  Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY and a Master of Arts degree from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. Ms. Norton has served as a member of the Minnesota Community Measurement Board, the National Breast Cancer Coalition Board, the Piper Breast Cancer Advisory Board, the Breast Cancer Awareness Association Board and is a co-founder of the Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition. She was appointed to the Board of Nursing in 2011 to serve as a public member, and her term expires in 2015.


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Monica Parks, RN
Registered Nurse Board Member

Monica Parks, of Hastings, is a Specialty Nurse at the Prime Therapeutics Specialty Pharmacy where she provides care management to individuals with chronic illness and supervises a team of nurses. She graduated from the College of St. Catherine in Minneapolis with an Associate of Science in Nursing and has experience in medical surgical nursing as well as long-term care. Ms. Parks has served in the community as a Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District 3 board supervisor. She was appointed to the Board of Nursing in 2011 and her term expires in 2015. 


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Christine Renne
Public Board Member

Christine Renne, of Medford, is employed at United Technologies Corporation as an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist where her duties include the development and monitoring of safety and environmental programs, policies and permits. Ms. Renne has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Technology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She was appointed to the Board of Nursing in 2012 as a public board member to fulfill the unexpired term of Marcia Farinacci, who resigned; and was reappointed in 2013.  Christine Renne’s term will expire in 2017. 


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Julie Riportella, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse Board Member

Julie Riportella, of Minneapolis, is a licensed practical nurse at Boynton Health Service, University of Minnesota Urgent Care and Primary Care. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree from the University of Minnesota and a Practical Nursing degree from St. Paul Technical College. Ms. Riportella was appointed to the Board of Nursing in 2011 and her term expires in 2015.


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Diane Scott, MSN, RN
Registered Nurse Board Member

Diane Scott, of Bemidji, is a RN staff nurse at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center’s medical/surgical/ortho unit and an Associate Degree Mobility Program instructor in clinical and on-line courses for Northland Community and Technical College. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Bemidji State University and a Master of Science at the University of North Dakota. Ms. Scott was appointed to the Board of Nursing in 2011 as a registered nurse member with experience in associate degree nursing education, and her term expires in 2015. 


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Steven Strand, RN
Registered Nurse Board Member

Steven Strand, of Duluth, is a registered nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at the College of St. Scholastica School of Nursing in Duluth. Mr. Strand was appointed in 2012 and his term will expire in 2016. 


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Natya Stroud, RN
Registered Nurse Board Member

Natya Stroud, of Fridley, is a registered nurse at Allina-Abbott Northwestern Birth Center. Her education includes an Associate of Science in Nursing from Minneapolis Community and Technical College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Metropolitan State University, and she is enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Stroud volunteers as a registered nurse at the Al-Shifa Free Community Clinic in Fridley and the Al Mauun Community Outreach in Minneapolis. She was appointed to the Board of Nursing in 2012 and her term expires in 2016.