NNU Introduces New Faculty for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. They include:
College of Nursing
Rebekkah Hulen, Associate Professor of Nursing; Undergraduate BSN Program Chair
Hulen is currently working on her Ph.D. in Nursing from Idaho State University (‘20). She has taught nursing for 12 years. She enjoys spending her free time with her four granddaughters who all live in Nampa.
Tricia Garcia, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Garcia holds a Master's of Science Health Science/Emergency and Disaster Management from Touro University (‘08) and a Master's of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy (‘16). She recently retired from the United States Air Force after 26 years of service. Most recently she was the Chief Nurse Executive at Yokota Air Base, Japan. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking and spending time with her family.
Alex (Bluff) McInerny, Nursing
McInerny-Bluff earned her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington ('18). She most recently spent time nursing on the island of Maui, Hawaii. She enjoys traveling, cooking, music and spending time with her dog Koa Coconut.
Sara O'Connor, Nursing
O’Connor earned her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Idaho State University (‘13). She comes to NNU from St. Luke’s Idaho Cardiology Associates. She began teaching at NNU in January 2020.
College of Theology and Christian Ministries
Joanne Solis-Walker, Associate Professor of Practical Theology; Special Assistant to the President
Solis-Walker earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Development from Regent University (‘year) and a Master’s of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary (‘15). In addition to her role in the theology department, she will help provide leadership on issues of culture and diversity across campus.
College of Education
Lisa Amundson, Associate Professor of Education; Director of the Exceptional Child
Amundson earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri (‘14). She is joining NNU from Greenville University where she worked as the Dean for the College of Social Science and Education. She enjoys hiking and spending time with her family and bulldog.
Michelle Rowley, Assistant Professor of Education; Elementary Math and Science
Rowley earned her Master’s of Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Mathematical Consulting Teacher from Boise State University (‘19). She is joining NNU from Vallivue School District where she worked as a math teacher for Sage Valley Middle School.
NNU is excited to welcome each of these individuals as they join a committed group of faculty and staff members dedicated to investing in the academic, spiritual and social growth of students.