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Faculty and Staff

Tonia Benham – Department Secretary

Tonia Benham – Department Secretary 

I have worked at LBCC for 5 years, joining the Nursing Department in 2010.   At one point, I seriously considered, and was strongly encouraged to enroll in the Nursing Program myself, but decided instead, that my contribution to the nursing profession would be to provide the best administrative support to the faculty and staff that I can, and to offer all of the support and encouragement that I possibly can to the students in the Nursing Program.

Having been a student at LBCC myself, I welcome the opportunity to offer insight and information about the programs and services available to students @ LBCC.

 

Sheryl Oakes Caddy – Department Chair, Faculty 

 

Sheryl Oakes Caddy – Department Chair, Faculty

Graduated in 1984 from LBCC with an ADN.  She began her nursing adventure in long-term care followed by extensive in acute care.  She has worked in several acute care areas with the majority of her career in the Perinatal, Infusion, and Home Health settings.  She has been a staff nurse for Samaritan Health Services since 1985.  In 1995, Sheryl Graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University with a BSN.  She later returned to school, graduating in 2007 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence.  Sheryl completed her Master of Science in Nursing Education in 2011.

Sheryl was appointed to Nursing Department Chair in 2011.

In addition to her faculty responsibilities, Sheryl maintains a staff nurse position at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and a part-time law practice where she focuses on professional licensure defense.  Sheryl enjoys discussing the privileges and responsibilities of maintaining professional licensure with students.

 

Kim Clark - Faculty 

 

 Kim Clark - Faculty

My experience in nursing has spanned over 30 years.  During these years, I have worked in Adult and Pediatric Intensive Care Units, the Emergency Dept., and in Maternal-Child nursing.  Over the years I have also had the opportunity to work with an independent life-flight company, and have taught community childbirh classes.  I recently completed my Master's Degree in Nursing Education and teching at LBCC is a new chaper in my career!  In my spare time, I am a 4-H leader and enjoy gardening, bike riding and spending time with my family.

 

Karen Keuneke - Faculty 

Karen Keuneke - Faculty 

I received an ADN from LBCC, and a Masters of Science in Nursing in Infection Control, from American Sentinel University.

I have worked for more than 30 years in the acute care setting, specializing in infusion therapy and infection control, I decided to join LBCC in 2011 as a part time clinical instructor.  I enjoyed working with students so much that I decided to leave my full time nursing position, to take a full time faculty position here at LBCC.  So far, I am truly enjoying my position here. 

 

 

Bonnie Lassen - Faculty

 

 

Bonnie Lassen - Faculty

Has experience working as an RN since 1981 in a variety of clinical areas including Intensive Care, Emergency Room and Quality Management. The majority of her experience has been in working with cardiac patients in the Cardiac Care Units and on an outpatient basis. While preceptoring nurses in the Cardiac Care Unit, Bonnie realized her love of teaching in nursing and has followed that into her career at LBCC.

She completed her Masters of Science degree in Nursing and Health Education with the University of Phoenix online and has been at LBCC since 2003.

Stella McCauley - Occupational Health Specialist -Skills Lab, P/T Faculty 

Stella McCauley - Occupational Health Specialist -Skills Lab, P/T Faculty

Stella joined LBCC 2011, where she works as both a part time clinical instructor and in the skills lab.   Her nursing career spans over 38 years graduating from Marquette University’s College of Nursing, Milwaukee, WI in 1974.  Stella feels that although technology, medications and treatments have advanced in therapeutic benefit, core bedside professional nursing care remains as a constant no matter where the setting.  This has been her experience whether working in a hospital, rehabilitation, home care, hospice home care, community health or assisted living setting.  Stella’s most recent specialty areas of interest are Oncology nursing as well as Geriatric nursing. Stella feels that it is inspiring to work with the well-trained LBCC future RN’s that will be caring for many of us in the years ahead.

 

Marcy Shanks - Faculty

 

 

 

Marcy Shanks - Faculty

Graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Nursing degree in 1987. She has worked in a variety of settings including medical-surgical, critical care, post-partum, and clinical. She began teaching as a substitute clinical instructor in 1993 and was invited to join the staff at LBCC in 1996 as a Health Occupations Specialist in the Skills Lab. She continued to work during the summers as a Med-Surg nurse and as a volunteer Camp Nurse for children's summer camps. Marcy began teaching part-time in 2001 and joined the nursing department as full-time faculty after earning a Masters of Science degree in Education from Western Oregon University in the spring of 2002.

She believes that teaching nursing allows her to have a greater impact on patient care than she would have had as a nurse at the bedside.

 

Shari Spencer - Faculty

 

 

Shari Spencer - Faculty

Has been a registered nurse for 21 years working in various areas including: a medical unit, a surgical unit, peri-op, day surgery, and PACU. Shari once opened and managed a pain management center with the Chief Anesthesiologist within the hospital where she worked. She moved from Portland to Lebanon in 2000 and started working at LBCC in the Nursing Skills lab in 2002, then became a full time faculty member in 2009.  She is currently pursuing a Master's of Science degree in Nursing.

Shari loves being a nursing educator and has a special way of bringing mannequins to life as she simulates what it is like to be a patient being cared for by first-year nursing students in the LBCC health care clinic.

 

Sherrilyn Sytsma - Faculty 

 

 

 

Sherrilyn Sytsma - Faculty

The daughter of a nurse, Sherrilyn began her nursing career as her mother’s patient, enduring numerous painful injections and treatments.  Undaunted, she graduated as an LPN, ADN and went on to get her BSN while working in various acute care and community settings.  While managing an American Red Cross aphaeresis center, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Education, followed by an OBGYN Nurse Practitioner Certificate.  She worked as a lead clinician at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England for many years and is active as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in Oregon.  She is a certified Medical Surgical Nurse and is pursuing a master’s Degree in Nursing Education.

Sherrilyn has an active interest in health and wellness, and has been a yoga instructor for many years.  She enjoys both the teaching and learning processes, and believes that humor, active listening and deep breaths will assist her students and patients in their health journeys.