Lead Faculty

Wanda Alexander, MPH, RN, FCN and Cheryl Lanigan, MA, BSN, PHN, FCN are our lead faculty members. The lead faculty are complemented by an interfaith team of Adjunct Faculty comprised of experienced faith community nurses and nursing educators.

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Wanda Alexander, RN, MPH, FCN

Wanda graduated from the University of Iowa with a BSN. She was awarded the Master of Public Health in Maternal Child Health and Public Health Nursing by the University of Minnesota. She has worked as a public health nurse and public health nurse consultant with the City of Milwaukee, State of Indiana, City of St. Louis and Hennepin County. She has extensive nonprofit organization development experience having founded the Girls Clubs of St Louis and the Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities. She is currently employed by Hennepin County and assigned full time to supporting the work of FCNN.

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Cheryl Lanigan, MA, BSN, PHN, FCN

Cheryl received her BSN from the University of Minnesota and MA (Health and Human Services) from Saint Mary's University in Winona, MN.  She is recently retired from a greater than 40 year career of providing either direct care or administration focused in infant and adult critical care and public health. Cheryl serves as the FCN at Grace University Lutheran Church and a Stepping On Leader. Her objective is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, incorporating holistic nursing skills.

Adjunct Faculty

Lori Anderson, Foundations course faculty

Lori Anderson, RN, BSN, FCN

I have had the privilege of practicing and leading in faith community nursing in several roles over the past 20+ years. Currently, I am Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul School of Nursing, an accelerated, prelicensure BSN program based in Roseville, MN, that began in 2014. After team-teaching the Community/Public Health Nursing course since 2014, in January of 2018 I came on board full time at Northwestern as Assistant Professor of Nursing and am now course director for this course. Additionally, I coordinate student clinical experiences which include using FCN Preceptors. I have the opportunity to teach content that introduces students to the FCN role and I have students working with me in my own FCN role as Pastoral Nurse at Scandia Shores Senior Living; an Independent Senior Living facility in Shoreview. I have been in that role since 2007. Prior to my work at Northwestern, I launched and developed the HealthEast Faith Community  Nurse Network form 1994-2014. During my time there, I was invited to precept nursing students from a variety of nursing schools and I discovered that I loved working with students, which led me to Northwestern as an Adjunct Faculty member in 2014. I've been involved in the Faith Community  Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities since it's inception in 2005 and have held a variety of roles over the years, most recently on the Research Committee. I have an MSN from Bethel University and also completed a Clinical Pastoral Education Program in 2005.

Jessica Drecktrah, Program Director
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Jessica Drecktrah, MHA, MN, RN, FCN

Jessica launched FCNN’s Stepping On program as it’s Program Director. Over the last decade, Jessica has championed innovative healthcare initiatives within academia, provider settings, and retail. Prior to her current role within the Faith Community Nurse Network as Program Director, Jessica served as a management consultant to the YMCA to help define their healthy aging strategy. She also has held leadership positions within Target, the University of Minnesota, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, and Ecumen, a provider of homes and services for older adults. Her areas of expertise include strategy development, program development, as well as project and performance management.

Yvette Dulohery, PhDc, EdS, APRN, FCN

Yvette obtained her ADN from Austin Community College, her BSN and MSN from Northern Illinois University, Adult Nurse Practitioner from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is completing her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. She has over 42 years of nursing practice in acute care, home health, and academia. She is recently retired, but has been a clinical nurse specialist and an adult nurse practitioner. She is a Stepping On Leader and a member of the FCNN Research Committee.

Dee Huanca, Foundations course faculty
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Delores (Dee) Johnson Huanca, RN, BS, MS, FCN

Dee received her B.S.N. from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and her M.S. from the School of Public Health with majors in public health and mental health and minors in education and social psychology. Her work experience includes camp, public health, migrant health, mental health, nursing education, corporate health, home health and faith community nursing. She was one of the FCN's of First Free Church, Minneapolis from 2005-2017 and served as lead faculty in the FCNN basic preparation course from 2009-2013. Currently she is active in the Stepping On program, Health Care Directives, a support group for those with chronic illness and teaching the Behavioral Health module of the FCNN basic preparation course. While at Metro State and Normandale Community College she incorporated spiritual care into their nursing curricula. Dee serves on the board of Elim Care Faith Community Nursing of the Evangelical Free Church of America.

Maureen Juárez, RN, MS, FCN

Maureen received both her undergraduate degree and MSN from the University of Minnesota. She taught nursing at the University of Minnesota and Bethel University until retirement.  During that time, she had the privilege of helping prepare Faith Community Nurses at Bethel University and at the College of St. Benedict. After completing the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course from Concordia University, Maureen helped to establish the FCN program at First Free Church in Minneapolis, where she continues to serve. Maureen is a Stepping On Leader and has facilitated the program three times.

Nancy Olen, Foundations course faculty

Nancy Larson Olen, RN, EdD, FCN

Nancy served as parish nurse at Salem Covenant Church in New Brighton, MN and is Professor Emeriti, Bethel University (Nursing Department), St. Paul, MN.  She taught in both undergraduate (basic and degree completion) and graduate nursing programs at Bethel University and there received public recognition for her teaching excellence. Her career spans nearly thirty years in academia and experience in staff nursing, including international postings with World Radio Missionary Fellowship.  She received a diploma in nursing from Swedish Covenant Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, IL., the BSN from North Park College in Chicago and the MSN from the University of MN. She was awarded the EdD from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul in 1993.

Sondra Weinzierl, Foundations course faculty

Sondra Weinzierl, RN, BA, MA, FCN

Sondra received her Bachelor in Nursing degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and her Masters of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas in Adult Education and Human Resource Development with a Certificate in Training. Her nursing experience includes Medical-Surgical, Neurology, Diabetes Education and Health Promotion and Education. Sondra was the owner of Weinzierl Education Associates for over 25 years and provided workshops, team facilitation, strategic planning and health promotion consultation to a wide variety of organizations in government, health care, education and industry. From 2009-2010 she was a FCN in the Boston, MA area and currently serves as FCN for two churches in Plymouth, MN: Peace Lutheran and Messiah United Methodist.