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Lead Faculty

Sondra Weinzierl, RN, BA, MA, FCN is our lead faculty member. The lead faculty is complemented by an interfaith team of Adjunct Faculty comprised of experienced faith community nurses and nursing educators.

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.

Adjunct Faculty

David Cheesebrow, MAPA, MA.N, RN FCN

David holds a BA in Nursing and Psychology, a MA in Public Administration and Nursing. He was certified in Critical Care (CCRN) and Emergency Nursing (CEN) for 5 years. His clinical experience has been in critical care, emergency care as both a nurse and educator. His geriatric experience includes, expansion of the Block Nurse Program in Highland Park in St., Paul, completion of the Faculty Learning about Geriatric (FLAG) program, and a co-author of a chapter on Emergent care of Older Adults in Gerontological Nursing by Dr. K. Mauk. He retired from Bethel University where he team taught in nursing to older adults, end of life simulation, and leadership. He started as a FCN in 2018 and has been Head Deacon of his local church for 20 years.

Jessica Drecktrah, Program Director

Jessica Drecktrah, MHA, MN, RN, FCN

Currently serving as FCNN's Operating Officer and Vice Chair of the Board through in kind support from Presbyterian Homes. From 2016-2018, Jess launched FCNN’s Stepping On program as it’s Program Director. Over the last decade, she has championed innovative healthcare initiatives within academia, provider settings, and retail. Jess has also served as a management consultant to the YMCA to help define their healthy aging strategy and launch the George Wellbeing Center. 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.

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Pam Friesen, PhD, RN, FCN

Pam received her undergraduate degree from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas, her MSN from the University of Texas-Austin and her PhD from the University of MN. She practiced nursing in Texas in Labor & Delivery and Community Health for seven years. Pam taught for 32 years at Bethel University in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and served as the Director of the Master’s Program for ten of those years. Upon completion of the Foundations of Faith Community Nurse Course through Concordia University, Pam helped to develop the FCN role at Grace Church Roseville and functioned in that role for two years. She recently retired from her teaching position at Bethel and continues to be involved in community service.

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.

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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.

Nancy Lee Nelson, J.D., MPH, BAN, FCN

Nancy Lee received a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing from St. Olaf College. She received a Master’s in Public Health and completed a pediatric nurse practitioner program at the University of Minnesota. Initially she worked as a certified pediatric nurse practitioner at the Salvation Army’s Adolescent Treatment Shelter Program at Booth Brown House combined with work as co-director of the Children’s Hospital pediatric cardiology program. After graduating from William Mitchell College of Law, she worked for a moderate sized law firm doing primarily health law, followed by seven years at United Health Care. She now practices law in Minneapolis with Michael Weber at Weber & Nelson Law Office where the largest group of clients are registered nurses. Nancy also volunteers with Calvary Lutheran Church’s food shelf, spends time with senior friends in nursing homes, is on the Racial Equity Steering Committee and a member of Crossroads Community Organization.

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Beth Peterson, D.Min, M.S., R.N.

Beth has a BSN from the University of Illinois Medical Center; an MSN in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Congregational and Family Care from Bethel Seminary. She taught nursing at Bethel University for over thirty-five years where she served as a faculty member and Nursing Department Chair. While at Bethel she taught courses in mental health nursing, nursing care of the elderly, gerontology, end of life care, and the theology of suffering. She is also the author of the chapter “Spiritual Awareness” in the forthcoming text Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: From Suffering to Hope by Potter and Moller.