Department of Nursing Faculty & Staff

Residential Undergraduate Faculty

Dr. Deanna Britt, PhD, RN

Chair, Department of Nursing

I began my tenure at Liberty in 1986. First as a faculty member and then Department Chair in 1995. I earned my BSN at Liberty University, my MSN at University of Virginia and my PhD at Virginia Tech.  Go Hokies! Prior to teaching at Liberty, I was a staff nurse at Centra Health working in PACU, OPD and Pediatrics.

I was born in Maine and grew up in Michigan and Connecticut before moving to Virginia at the end of my high school years. I have lived in Lynchburg since 1970 and raised my four children here.

My life verse is Phil. 3:10 – “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in death.”  This is the passion of my life…to know and walk with God, not just in external behaviors, but in my heart.

I love working at Liberty because the students are earnest and dedicated and their is a wonderful collegial relationship with the nursing faculty and staff.

Volunteer:  Serves as Small Group Leader, as well as Mentor for women desiring spiritual growth at Grace Church.  Participates in medical missions to Guatemala and Kazakhstan


Shanna Akers, MSN, MBA-HC, RN, CNE, EdS

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Director, RN-BSN Online Program

Professor Akers currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the undergraduate residential program and as the Online Chair for the RN-BSN online program.  She began her nursing career in critical care, having specialized in cardiac intensive care.  She has since worked in surgical trauma, medical and neurological ICUs as well as the emergency department.  After several years of bedside nursing, she transitioned into various leadership positions, including the Cardiovascular Service Line Director.  Today, Professor Akers enjoys helping nursing students, whether they are new to the profession or have been practicing for years, develop into exceptional nurses.

Research Interests:  Critical Care, Cardiac Care (especially women's care), Leadership, Management, Online Learning, End of Life Care, Communication in Nursing, Spiritual Care, Preventing Nurse Burnout

Volunteer:  Serves as camp nurse and retreat nurse with her church

Current Practice:  Works in the Medical ICU of the local hospital

Education:  Currently in the dissertation phase of her EdD at Liberty University; MSN/MBA-HC from University of Phoenix, BSN from Virginia Commonwealth University, ADN from Louisiana Tech University 

Contact Professor Akers | Phone: (434) 592-3618


Diane C. Bridge, MSN, RN, EdS

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Coordinator for Distant Clinical Sites
RN-BSN & MSN Online Assessment Coordinator

Diane Bridge is a full-time nursing professor at Liberty University, facilitates courses in the RN-BSN program, coordinates online nursing program assessments, and coordinates the Distant Clinical Sites and Cohort programs.  Diane accepted Christ as Savior at the age of 5, has been a nurse for 21 years, married to her best friend for 27 years, and has three daughters, Mariah-17, Madison-15, and Morgynne-12.  Diane is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Virginia in June of 2008 after helping start a new nursing program in a small Wisconsin Christian college.

Certificates:  ACLS/CPR

Contact Professor Bridge | Phone: (434) 582-2518


Mary Lynn Clarke, MSN, RN, CCRN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

I was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.  I originally came to Liberty University and graduated with a FACS degree in 1989.  My family includes many RN's and it clearly was revealed to me that I, too, should pursue this degree!  I obtained my BSN in 2003, MSN in 2006, and am currently finishing up course work within the EdD studies program, here at Liberty.

I spent my first eight years of clinical practice in the STICU at Lynchburg General Hospital!  I teach NURS 301 and 302, Strategies in Adult Care l & ll, and teach a junior level clinical every Friday on the pulmonary unit at Centra Health (LGH).  I LOVE teaching med-surg and LOVE working exclusively with the junior class.  The junior level curriculum takes anatomy/physiology, microbiology, chemistry, pathophysiology, health assessment, and fundamentals and builds on these courses to explain disease processes, medical and surgical interventions, pharmacological therapies, and the nursing process and nursing implications for best outcomes.  It's AMAZING to see student development in NURS 301 and 302!

My areas of interest are critical care and medical-surgical nursing to include cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, and endocrine.  I am also VERY interested in student motivation.  I am an avid sports fan, and our family favorites are softball and baseball!

My life verse is 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

Contact Professor Clarke | Phone: (434) 582-2509


Lucinda A. Drohn, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

I am a transplanted Yankee, born and raised in Michigan, the oldest of five children. This is my second go-round in Lynchburg. I came originally in 1989 to attend the new Liberty University Nursing Program. After graduation with our first class, I went directly into the ER, where I’ve been actively practicing in various places around the world ever since. I received my MSN from UT-Houston Health Science Center, specializing as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

In the past, I’ve worked as a certified medical assistant and phlebotomy technician, in manufacturing and electronics. I spent nine years in the US Air Force (not as a nurse) and responded to the Lord’s call to salvation while stationed in Spain! I left Lynchburg in 1994 to spend two years nursing in Saudi Arabia only to return to Lynchburg in 2000, joining the Liberty University Nursing family in January 2002.

I LOVE working with all four levels of our students, and am BLESSED beyond measure to see how our LORD takes them from called students to skilled grads, bound to work as His hands and feet in the nations. Praise God that He uses my broken pieces for His glory in this way!

Contact Professor Drohn | Phone: (434) 582-2530


Dr. Cynthia Goodrich, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE

Professor of Nursing

Dr. Goodrich earned a BSN at Russell Sage College, completed an MSN at the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in Education at the University of Sarasota.  She has worked in various nursing roles, including staff nurse, nurse leader, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, Magnet Program Director and Research Coordinator.  Dr. Goodrich has been a full time faculty at Liberty University since 1996.  She is currently certified as a Nurse Educator through the National League for Nurses.  Research interests include pain management and leadership.

Contact Dr. Goodrich | Phone: (434) 582-2553


Linda Gregory, MSN, RN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Linda is lead instructor for the Maternal-Newborn Nursing Course (NURS 352 -OB) providing both classroom and clinical instruction to junior level nursing students.  She is also a clinical faculty for Leadership (NURS 490).

Linda received her ADN in Michigan and her BSN from Liberty University.  Her Master's work was completed at the University of Virginia.

Linda and her husband Tom reside in Lynchburg where they enjoy serving in their home church.  A primary area of service is in missions as Sending Team Leaders.  Tom and Linda have been to Africa on 3 short-term mission trips.  They have also been privileged to visit 5 of the 7 continents and have enjoyed varied cultural experiences in 10 foreign countries.

Linda's primary nursing/teaching interest is in the area of Maternal-Newborn Nursing.  She maintains limbo status in the Intensive Care Nursery at Virginia Baptist and serves as an educator at the Liberty Godparent Home (a non-profit ministry to unwed, pregnant teens) providing prenatal and prepared childbirth classes to clients.  Linda is a guest speaker for Family Life Services (a local ministry-related adoption agency), assisting in answering medical-related questions for prospective adoptive couples.  She offers prenatal and prepared childbirth classes as a ministry in her home church to young, married, expectant couples.  Linda also has experience teaching nursing in a cross-cultural setting as she has provided both classroom and clinical instruction to Togolese nursing students in Togo, West Africa.

Linda has been privileged to serve as a nursing faculty member at Liberty University since 1990.

Contact Professor Gregory | Phone: (434) 582-2532


Emilee B. Harker, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Emilee began her nursing career in 2002 after graduating from Radford University with a BSN.  She has always loved neurological aspects of nursing and has worked as a neuro nurse ever since.  She received her MSN in Nursing Education from Duke University in 2008 and later came to work with undergraduate nursing students at Liberty University.  The best part of her job is seeing the students make connections and grow as individuals, as well as servants for Christ.

Volunteer:  Emilee continues to work as a bedside nurse at Lynchburg General Hospital in the Neurological Intermediate Care Unit.  She enjoys volunteering in many areas at her church.

Contact Professor Harker | Phone: (434) 582-2534


Jerry Harvey, MSN, RN, EdS

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Professor Harvey came to Liberty University in 2007 after 21 years as an Air Force Officer.  His primary responsibilities include co-lead of the intense junior level medical surgical course (NURS 301 & 302) which includes oversight of 20+ clinical sites and instructors.  He is also lead faculty for the senior preceptor course.  Professor Harvey's research interests include critical care nursing, formative evaluation, curriculum development, staff development and emergency/disaster preparedness. He enjoys singing in his church choir, acting in the annual judgment house drama and working with men's ministries.  One of Professor Harvey's life verses is Micah 6:8, He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God (ESV).

Contact Professor Harvey | Phone: (434) 582-2520


Mary Highton, MSN, RN, NNP-BC

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Mary Highton is a native of Appomattox, Virginia.  She received her nursing diploma from Virginia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Lynchburg, VA; her NP certificate from Georgetown University; and subsequently her BSN and MSN from Liberty University.  She presently lives in Forest, VA with her husband and has one son who is a student at Liberty University.  Mrs. Highton's passion is ministering with sick infants and their families.  She still practices as a neonatal nurse practitioner at Virginia Baptist Hospital's NICU. 

Mary is a DNP student at Old Dominion University.  Her hobbies include hiking, reading and tennis.

Volunteer:  Ruth Brooks Free Medical Clinic

Certifications:  NRP, BCLS, PALS Certified, Instructor of STABLE, NRP & PALS

Contact Professor Highton | Phone: (434) 582-3590


Jennifer C. Hutchinson, MSN, RN, FNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Jennifer Hutchinson is a full-time nursing professor at Liberty University.  She earned her undergraduate nursing degrees from the University of Virginia.  She is enrolled in the PhD program at UVA, and her dissertation research focuses on the health literacy of parents and how this affects the care of children.  Jennifer has experience as a nurse practitioner in pediatric endocrinology, and in addition to teaching, she works as an RN on the Pediatrics Unit at the local hospital.

Contact Professor Hutchinson | Phone: (434) 592-3868


Frederick B. Kail, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

I was born in Buffalo, New York, to a family that was in the military, and therefore moved frequently. I was raised on the east coast, but spent most of my time in Petersburg, Virginia. My educational pursuits through high school were lackluster at best, and this earned me a hitch on the military ending up in the Coast Guard. While in the Coast Guard, some neighbors dragged me to a cantata at their church and the gospel was clearly presented and I accepted Jesus Christ to be my Lord and savior. I still consider myself a work in progress.  A few years after that, about 30 years ago, we moved to Lynchburg.

I spent a number of years working at “jobs” that were typically underpaid, as well as unrewarding. They certainly weren’t worthy of the term “career”. I was working at the local shoe company, when they were put out of business by foreign competition. I found that there was a program for retraining that paid not only the tuition, but a stipend to live on. I went to a diploma school, then to Liberty for my undergraduate degree. Once I had the BSN, I was encouraged not only to pursue the Master’s degree, but to become adjunct faculty. All of this while working full-time on our new progressive cardiac unit. I opened that unit at LGH.

I didn’t sleep much, but I found the students to be as much fun and as big a challenge as working on the unit. Overall, I have been an R.N. for over 25 years, worked on PCU for 24 years, and been faculty for 14 years with 10 of those years being full time.

The thing that I enjoy most about the job is when the students “get the AHA Moment”. That is when all the information that we have been trying to pack into their craniums, suddenly “clicks”. Then we can watch the student come on the floor with the attitude “I’ve GOT this”, and after graduation proceed with professionalism and competence on their career path.

Contact Professor Kail | Phone: (434) 582-2522


Dr. Tonia Kennedy, EdD, MSN, RN, CCRN

Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of Undergraduate Residential Studies

Dr. Kennedy graduated from Liberty University in 1995 with a BSN and in 2004 with an MSN respectively.  Dr. Kennedy completed a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Argosy University online.  She is a certified critical care nurse with 19 years of experience.  Dr. Kennedy is interested in critical care nursing and nursing research.

Dr. Kennedy works as a limbo staff RN at Lynchburg General Hospital in the Surgical Trauma ICU.  She also serves on the Hill City Chapter AACN Board as Treasurer.

Contact Dr. Kennedy | Phone: (434) 582-2774


Dr. Kimberly Little, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of MSN Program

Kim serves as Director of the MSN programs.  She received her MSN in Nursing Education from Gardner-Webb University and her PhD in Nursing Education from the University of Nevada.

Kim published an article titled "Cultural Competence of North Carolina Nurses:  From Novice to Expert" and completed her doctoral dissertation on acute-care nurses' knowledge levels and health beliefs of folic acid.  Her research interests include women's health, specifically related to folic acid health benefits, and student progression in the undergraduate pre-licensure nursing program.

Volunteer: Nurse to Special Needs Children's Ministry at Thomas Road Baptist Church, Camp Nurse to children 1st - 4th grade at Camp Hydaway each summer

Contact Dr. Little | Phone: (434) 582-2858


Kathryn Miller, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Director of Simulation and Clinical Readiness

Mrs. Miller is an assistant professor and serves as the Director of Simulation and Clinical Readiness with and MSN from Liberty University.  Her point of interest includes cultural intelligence and its' effects in clinical excellence in the undergraduate program. 

Mrs. Miller has worked in both the community and acute care settings, as well as traveling abroad with interdisciplinary teams to Rwanda.

Volunteer:  Nurse for Ruth rooks Free Clinic, Medical Missions

Contact Professor Miller | Phone: (434) 592-4772


Rachel Mills, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Miss Mills enjoys working at Liberty University with college-age students to help them grow into wonderful, Christ-centered nurses!  She has been working with Liberty University since 2004 in the position of clinical instructor and since 2009 as a full-time faculty member.  She has taught a variety of courses including Pathophysiology, Nursing Assessment, Fundamentals of Nursing, Leadership & Management in Nursing and Community Health Nursing and has created a course for those students interested in pursuing medical missions (NURS 316).  She is passionate about overseas medical work and has traveled to over a dozen countries and has led groups of nursing students to different parts of Africa including Senegal, Congo-Brazzaville and Togo, W. Africa.  She is currently enrolled in a DNP program and pursuing her Family Nurse Practitioner degree.

Contact Professor Mills | Phone: (434) 582-2531


Terri Page, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor of Nursing

I have been on staff with Liberty since 2004.  I was born and raised in Lynchburg, VA and I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Nursing program at LU and a practicing NP.  I have an array of career and education experiences.  My career began in 1982 when I graduated from a diploma nursing school with my RN.  After many years of raising our family full time and working as a nurse part time, I decided to expand my education and go back to school.  I received my BSN from Liberty University, MSN and FNP from the University of Virginia, and now I am pursuing my EdD at Liberty University.  Not only am I a professor, I am also a wife, and mother of two children, Sarah and Ryan.

A verse I often pray for my students and remind them of is James 1:2-4, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kind, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."  Nursing school is hard; it takes a lot of perseverance.  It will present many trials, but those trials are what make them better nurses and Christians today.

My prayers for my students are for them to not only become great nurses, but have personal relationships with God that will help them be lights in their communities.

Contact Professor Page | Phone: (434) 582-2449


Dr. Tamra Rasberry, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Rasberry began teaching in 1997 after completing a Masters in Nursing at the University of Virginia.  Through the years, she has taught a variety of courses, including Fundamentals of Nursing, Health Assessment, Medical Terminology, and Critical Thinking in Nursing.  In 2006, she became the lead faculty for Mental Health Nursing.  She has become passionate about the opportunity to educate nursing students regarding mental health issues in nursing.  in 2013, she completed her PhD in Professional Counseling here at Liberty, with a focus on relationship strategies.

Her family is her joy.  She has been married to her husband, Rick, for 32 years.  They have two wonderful sons who have chosen beautiful, godly wives and one perfect grandson, who will soon be a big brother.  Dr. Rasberry worked as a staff nurse on the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric unit until she began her research for her dissertation.  She and her husband have been members at Thomas Road Baptist Church for 26 years and have been involved in man of its ministries, including teaching an Adult Bible Class, where they are learning to live and love the Lord along with a group of wonderful people.

Contact Professor Rasberry | Phone: (434) 582-2517


Dr. Lynne´ Sanders, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Sanders started her nursing career in 1983 as a diploma graduate.  She earned her BSN from Liberty University in 1986 and her MSN from the University of Virginia in 1987.  Her doctorate is in Counseling Psychology from the University of Sarasota.  She is a Certified Nurse Educator with over 25 years of experience in critical care nursing and currently works part time in cardiology research.  A full time faculty member since 1992, Dr. Sanders has taught a wide range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Dr. Sanders is a Research Coordinator for Centra Cardiology Associates.

Volunteer:  Bible class teacher - Preschool & Primary

Contact Dr. Sanders | Phone: (434) 582-2557


Tracey Turner, MSN, BSN, RNC-OB

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Professor Turner received her BSN from the University of Virginia in 1997.  She received her MSN with a specialty in Health Systems Management from the University of Virginia in 2004.  Her practice specialty area is Labor and Delivery, and she has worked there since 1997.  She has taught full-time at Liberty University since July of 2008.  Her research interests include grief and pregnancy loss, type 1 diabetes mellitus and pregnancy outcomes, and relational connections with the current generation of higher education students.

Volunteer:  Camp Hydaway camp nurse; speaker for Rustburg area Lion's club; Kingdom kid's educator for Grace Evangelical Free Church

Work outside Liberty University/ skill retention:  Labor and Delivery Nurse at Centra for past 17 years, Certified in ACLS and NRP

Contact Professor Turner | Phone: (434) 582-2118


Elizabeth Whorley MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Elizabeth is a graduate of the Liberty University nursing program and a native to Lynchburg.  She has worked within the department of nursing since 2010.   Currently, Elizabeth serves as residential faculty within the RN-BSN Cohort program.  She maintains a per diem position as a staff nurse at a local hospital.  Her professional interests include inter-professional education, simulation, spiritual care, and adult distant education.

Contact Professor Whorley | Phone: (434) 592-7290


Dana S. Woody, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

From Appomattox County, I am born-again, child of God passionate about the nursing profession.   In 1996 I had a personal calling to the profession of nursing, with an ailing father and the first in my family to pursue collegiate studies.  I completed my undergraduate studies at Lynchburg College in 2000 and my MSN in 2012.

My professional career has afforded me so many opportunities over the last 14 years.  My career journey includes:  office nurse, international travel coordinator, immunization program leader, educator, mentor, heart failure coordinator and community advocate.  I most recently assisted in the start of a community disease management clinic and am working to start a congregational health ministry at TRBC.   

I am married to my high school sweetheart and am a proud mommy of four children 8 and under. I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm with you in your professional quest and more importantly in your spiritual growth--  my favorite past-time is to “train champions for Christ”!

Contact Professor Woody | Phone: (434) 592-6798


Department of Nursing Staff

Heather Humphreys, MSN, BSN, RN

Clinical Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty

Mrs. Humphreys serves as Clinical Coordinator for the residential BSN program and as an adjunct faculty member for Nursing and Health Promotion courses.  In addition to her duties at Liberty University, she maintains a per diem position as a staff nurse at a Lynchburg area hospital.  Her professional interests include interprofessional education, simulation, and spiritual care perspectives.

Contact Heather Humphreys | Phone: (434) 582-2109


Heather Mayberry, MSN, RN, CCRN, RCIS

Simulation Lab Coordinator / Adjunct Faculty

Heather currently serves as the Undergraduate Simulation Lab Coordinator.  Heather originally graduated from Liberty University in 2006 with her BSN, later completing her MSN in 2011.  Her career began in Cardiac Intensive Care.  She has since expanded her experiential knowledge in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, and currently serves as a Critical Care Resource Nurse at Centra.  Heather became an Adjunct Faculty member at Liberty University in 2010.  She has served students residentially through Health Assessment, Nursing Fundamentals, Nursing Process and Application, Medical Surgical clinical practicum, and Medical Terminology.

Current Certifications – ACLS, PALS, BLS

Organizational Involvement – Lynchburg Chapter AACN since 2008

Contact Heather Mayberry | Phone: (434) 592-5407


Department of Nursing Online Staff

RN-BSN Program

Tara Miller

RN-BSN Faculty Support Coordinator
Online Office Manager

I have a  Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Radford University with a focus in performing arts (ballet). 

I married the love of my life right after college and have been married for almost 16 years now.  After moving up and down the east coast with my husband’s work, we have now been settled in Lynchburg, VA for the past 5 years.  I am the mother of 2 adventurous boys ages 7 and 9 who are total opposites in every way!  One of our favorite things to do as a family in the cooler months is to settle in at a local coffee shop and sip on coffee (hot chocolate for the boys) while playing cards.  We are active in small groups and serving at our church where I am continually in awe at the way God is moving. 

I was a stay at home mom for 10 years (and loved it!) prior to coming to work here at Liberty.  I am truly blessed and thankful that the Lord chose this department and group of co-workers for me!   

Contact Tara Miller | Phone: 1-855-LU-NURSE


Jonathan Gilbert

Online RN-BSN Academic Advisor

Mr. Jonathan Gilbert graduated from Liberty University in 2006 with a degree in Business Administration. He is pleased to be serving in the nursing department as RN-BSN advisor and cohort advisor. He and his wife, Kelly, have two sons, Max and Rudy. They enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being outdoors.

Contact Jon Gilbert | Phone: 1-855-LU-NURSE


MSN Program

Lisa Altizer

Online MSN Faculty Support Coordinator

Lisa spent her childhood in the idyllic town of Andover, Maine - she moved to the great state of Virginia in 1978.  God opened the door for her family to move to Lynchburg in 2009.   Lisa thinks it is a tremendous privilege to live Lynchburg and to serve the Lord by serving Liberty University.

Contact Lisa Altizer | Phone: 434-592-3819


John East

Online MSN Academic Advisor

Native Lynchburg resident, John East, accepted the position of MSN Advising Coordinator in the Fall of 2013.  Currently residing in Amherst, Virginia with his wife Sarah and their one-year old daughter Vail, he currently serves as a deacon for his home church. During his free time he enjoys hiking, fishing, and the occasional singing of the odd tune. His vocal skills are compliments of a Bachelors Degree of Music in Vocal Performance from Liberty University in 2011.

Contact John East | Phone: 434-592-6505


Faith Sterling

Online MSN Practicum Coordinator

Faith Sterling completed her B.A. in English from Liberty University in December of 2011. After two years working at a nonprofit as the Social Media Manager and Panera Bread Inc., she returned to Liberty University in early 2014 to join the Nursing Staff.

Faith spent her early years on a tropical island paradise in the Indian Ocean. Faith spent time investigating the native culture by climbing trees, swimming in the ocean, and enjoying the company of the local children. At age 6 she moved to Lynchburg and has been here ever since. Faith married Aaron Sterling on a lovely day in May 2013 and they are planning on living happily together for a very long time.

Contact Faith Sterling | Phone: 434-592-5479


Department of Nursing Graduate Studies Staff

Dr. Sharon Kopis, EdD, MS, RN, CNE, FNP, NP-C

Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of Doctor in Nursing Practice Program

Dr. Kopis is the Director of the Doctorate in Nursing Practice Program.  She holds an Ed.D from Argosy University, a Post-Master's Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner, an MS in Nursing Administration, two national certifications - Family Nurse Practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Educator from the National League of Nursing.  She also holds a certificate as a Parish Nurse and Parish Nurse Educator.  Research interests include spiritual care / nursing education.

Contact Dr. Kopis | Phone: (434) 582-2556


Dr. Kimberly Brown, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Associate Professor of Nursing

As a school-aged child I knew that I wanted to be a nurse; a thought and calling embedded in my heart by God. My career in health care has spanned the last twenty-five years. My clinical areas of expertise include the adult acute care setting as well as operational/clinical nursing leadership. My transition to academia began while completing my doctoral studies. I find teaching to be very fulfilling, and a wonderful way to continue to “touch patients” through the development of others.  As a faculty member, I have participated in piloting innovation in undergraduate nursing education by exposing students to elders living independently in the community. These findings have been presented at NGNA (2012) and VT Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (2013). I have also had the opportunity to publish contributing authorship entries in the Encyclopedia of Nursing Research (3rd ed.) and Nursing Leadership: A Concise Encyclopedia (2nd ed.). My research interests include teaching effectiveness in nursing education and the readiness of baccalaureate nursing students to provide spiritual care upon transition to practice.

Acceptance of Christ as my Lord and Savior occurred early in my nursing career. My walk with the Lord has been marked by periods of waiting; attempts to discern God’s will, tragedy, discovery of who I am in Christ, and growth. God’s plan is perfect, and I am grateful that He has placed me at Liberty University to support the growth of other Christian nurses who will work globally to serve those in need while spreading the Good News.


Contact Dr. Brown | Phone: (434) 592-3706


Dottie Murphy, MS, FNP-BC    

Associate Professor of Nursing

Professor Murphy is a Family Nurse Practitioner and joined the Liberty University in 2013.  At Liberty University, Professor Murphy teaches in the Doctoral Nursing program with concentration in Family Nursing and Practicum Courses. Professor Murphy has 10 years of experience working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice and Cardiovascular Ambulatory, Tertiary, Noninvasive and Invasive Procedural Cardiovascular services.  Before joining the Liberty University School of Nursing, she taught at Georgetown University in the Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner program and practiced at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Division of Cardiology in Washington DC. She is slated to receive her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from West Virginia University in Spring 2015.  She holds Masters of Nursing Practice from Wright State University, and earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Rio Grande University. Professor Murphy will be inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing Alpha Rho Chapter in Spring 2014, is an Associate member of American College of Cardiology, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, and the American Nurses Association.  Her publishing and research interests include dissemination of evidence-based cardiovascular care to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.  Her Doctoral Capstone objective is to demonstrate advancement in nurse-sensitive cardiovascular outcomes in the management of heart failure.

Contact Professor Murphy | Phone: 434-592-7252


Department of Nursing Office Staff

Jinny Laughlin

Practicum Coordinator

I am married to a military man and during the first 10 years of our marriage we spent a lot of time moving.  We moved to Lynchburg 13 years ago settled down and now call this our home. 

I am in awe of God’s creativity and beauty each morning as I come to work in “The Hill City”.  Sometimes there is snow on the mountains and other times they have a purple hue from the way the sun shines on them.  What a way to start the day!  

We have three sons, two of whom are Liberty graduates, and our youngest will graduate in 2014.  I have worked at Liberty University for almost three years. 

I process the applications for students wanting to enter the Nursing Program.  I also track immunizations and other requirements for the students during their time in the program.  Because of my responsibilities I have the privilege of getting to know them and having them drop in to just say hi or let me know what is going on in their lives.  This is one of the reasons I enjoy my job so much.  Another reason is the people I get to work with in our department.  We have a great group!

Contact Jinny Laughlin | Phone: 434-582-2114


Cindy Wright

Department Secretary

I have a degree in Psychology – Clinical and Ministerial Counseling from a small Christian college in Tennessee.  My husband, Warren, and I have been married for 28 years and have three wonderful sons – Joey, Joshua, and Ben.  We have called Lynchburg our home for the last 20 years. 

Our family enjoys having bonfires, game nights, and celebrating American holidays (Thanksgiving – our favorite), as well as British holidays (Bonfire night) with as many friends as we can cram into our home!  Music is a big part of our lives as each of our children play several musical instruments, but mainly – Joey, the banjo; Josh, the guitar; and Ben, the violin.  They form a band named, The Wright 3, and enjoy playing in coffee shops around town.  Warren and I also enjoy being part of our church’s Senior High Youth Group and have lead the youth on mission trips to minister to the people of a very poor area of Nogales, Mexico each summer for the past 5 years.

After being a stay-at-home mom for 28 years, I am so thankful that God has provided me with this job, as it is such a privilege to continue ministering to the “next generation” of followers of Christ as I work in the Nursing department.

Contact Cindy Wright | Phone: 434-582-2519


Carolyn Ziebart

Administrative Assistant

We lived in Maine for 18 years. Our home was on a high bank of the beautiful Saco River with gorgeous views, kayaking and swimming. We contemplated retiring in this home that we had built for us, but as our daughters grew older we came to the conclusion that we needed to continue to support, guide, and encourage our daughters though the college years. For us it was crucial that this college or university did not compromise on the authority of Scripture and see no conflict between good science and Genesis. After carefully considering our options we chose Liberty University and made our plans to move to Lynchburg. We are excited to be part of Jerry Falwell’s vision of Training Champions for Christ.  We want our children to continually grow closer to their Lord as they grow in their education and be able to share the gospel and defend their faith in these challenging times.


It is my privilege to work for the Nursing Department as an Administrative Assistant working primarily with budget and hiring.  I have my Master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech.  Before coming to work at Liberty University, I homeschooled my four daughters and assisted my husband with our home business.

Contact Carolyn Ziebart | Phone: 434-592-6799


Department of Nursing Student Accounts Embedded Representative

Maranda Sanders

Embedded Representative for the Nursing Department

Maranda is an Ohio native who studied History and Government here at Liberty. She is a graduate of Miller-Motte Technical College and is a licensed Phlebotomist and Electrocardiogram Technician. After traveling and practicing with the American Red Cross for a year, Maranda joined Liberty’s Student Accounts Department. Before entering the healthcare field, she sharpened her financial skills at a local non-profit organization. Here at Liberty, she utilizes her skills in assisting Nursing students with their financial needs and questions. Maranda enjoys antiquing, and loves to kayak, rock climb, and travel.

Contact Maranda Sanders | Phone: 434-582-6130