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Kim Plemmons, DNP, RN, CNE
Program Chair and Associate Professor

Ms. Plemmons began her career as a nurse at the neuroscience unit at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. Her wide and varied experience includes work at Presbyterian Hospital and CMC-University in orthopedics, urology, same-day surgery recovery, maternity, oncology, post-surgical, administration and education. She became a nurse educator to share her desire to ensure quality patient care.

Ms. Plemmons came to the Louise Harkey School of Nursing in 1994. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University, Master of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Plemmons is a certified nurse educator by the National League of Nursing. She is also active in a number of nursing organizations and her church where she teaches Sunday School and plays in a hand bell choir.

Other interests include flower gardening and refinishing old furniture.

Debora S. Allder, MSN, RN, CNE

Debora S. Allder, MSN, RN, CNE
Associate Professor 

Ms. Allder first stated that she wanted to become a nurse at age four. Inspired by her father, who was a volunteer paramedic for 20 years, she began her healthcare career at age 14 as a volunteer candy striper, and at 17 worked as a unit secretary.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia in 1988, she began teaching as a clinical educator in 1995 in a small hospital in Southern California. She then relocated to Charlotte and began teaching at Cabarrus College in 2002 and obtained her Master's Degree in Nursing Education from Gardner-Webb University in 2006.

Ms. Allder spends time nurturing three daughters, two cats, a husband, and of course, Cabarrus College ADN students. She also enjoys church activities, reading murder mysteries, puzzles, and traveling.

Susan Brooks, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE
Associate Professor

Dr. Brooks is an Associate Professor working in both the RN-BSN program and the MS Nursing program. A native of Concord, NC, Dr. Brooks earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Science in Nursing, with an emphasis in Adult Health Nursing and Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a nationally accredited institution. As part of her doctoral program requirements, she completed a research study for her dissertation, “An Exploration of Nurses’ Knowledge of Right Hemisphere Stroke Associated Communication Impairments” surveying over 2000 RNs in completing this research.

She has been an RN since 1980, with over 23 years’ experience in nursing education. Prior to becoming a nurse educator, Dr. Brooks worked in ICU, medical-surgical nursing, and home health. She gained leadership and management experience as a charge nurse of a 36-bed neuroscience, medical unit at Atrium Health North East, and is passionate about the care of patients surviving a stroke and their rehabilitation. Much of her teaching experience is at the in the ADN program at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, serving as course coordinator of the Mental Health Nursing course. course.

Tiffany T. Brunson, MSN, FNP-C

Ms. Brunson completed her undergraduate studies at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. There she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. While enrolled at Lander University, Ms. Brunson was involved in various student organizations. She received an invitation and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society through which she participated in various community service projects. Ms. Brunson was also involved in their Student Nurse Association and held various leadership roles within the organization.

Upon graduating from Lander University, Ms. Brunson worked as a Registered Nurse, mainly in the acute care setting, initially as a staff nurse, and later as a Travel Nurse. She has traveled to various locations while working in the travel nursing industry, including South Carolina, California, West Virginia, Minnesota, District of Columbia, and Georgia.

Ms. Brunson earned her Master of Science in Nursing-Education from Winston Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC. While completing her final semester of graduate school, she accepted an adjunct position at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in the Associate Degree in Nursing department. Shortly after graduation she was offered a fulltime position and began in August 2010. In 2011 Ms. Brunson was asked to assist as Advisor of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and accepted. In 2012, she transitioned to the role as a Course Coordinator in the Nursing Department. Ms. Brunson has continued to serve in this role since 2012.

Ms. Brunson chose to expand her career path by furthering her studies at Duke University in Durham, NC. She received her Post Master’s Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner in August 2015. Ms. Brunson was awarded privilege to practice by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners upon successful completion of the certification examination in February 2017.

Outside of Cabarrus College, Ms. Brunson enjoys using her knowledge, gifts, and talents related to health with the members of her community through her involvement in her church’s Health Ministry. She also enjoys spending time with her family.

Jamie Cochran, MSN, RN

Mrs. Cochran graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Associate Degree in Nursing from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. While there, she received the Robert L. Wall Leadership Award and the Edith M. Dennis Service Award. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse in Mother/Baby. She soon started to precept new graduates and serve as a charge nurse for her unit. A few years into her career she began teaching as adjunct faculty for Stanly Community College and realized her passion for education. She then moved into a part-time position at Cabarrus College. After earning her MSN, she moved into a full-time role in the ADN program. 

Mrs. Cochran is grateful for the opportunity to teach at the college that began her nursing career. She feels that the college has given so much to her, this is her opportunity to give back and help educate the next generation of nurses. She is married to her high school sweetheart and together they have three children, a dog and three cats. In her free time, she enjoys being involved in her church and spending time with her family.

Jerry Oxendine, Ph.D., RN
Associate Professor

Dr. Oxendine has been a nurse for 15 years with 8 of those years being in nursing education. He successfully defended his dissertation research on the use of concept mapping in nursing education with Capella University in July of 2018.  He earned his MSN in 2013 and BSN in 2011 from Chamberlain College of Nursing. 

Prior to joining Cabarrus College, he taught LPN and LPN to ADN transition programs along with BSN programs. His bedside nursing experience mostly includes emergency medicine, but he does have experience in Adult Med/Surg., Pediatrics, Psychiatric nursing, and management.

Dr. Oxendine is also a proud first-generation college student.

Casey Page, DNP, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor

After receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from The University of South Carolina in 1995, Dr. Page worked in various areas of health care to include pediatrics, PACU, and emergency room nursing. In 2013, she received a Master of Science degree in Nursing Education from Western Carolina University. She then joined Cabarrus College in August of 2013 as a part-time clinical faculty member. In June 2014, Dr. Page became a full-time instructor at Cabarrus College. She completed a Doctorate of Nursing in Leadership from Gardner-Webb University in 2021 and assists in teaching across the ADN, RN-BSN, and MSN programs as needed.  

Lisa Tardo-Green, MSN, RN
Simulation and Skills Lab Coordinator and Assistant Professor

Ms. Tardo-Green is an ADN and BSN graduate of Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. She received her Master's Degree in Nursing Education at Duke University School of Nursing.

Prior to joining the faculty at Cabarrus College, she was a member of the Emergency Care Team at CMC-NorthEast. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau-Epsilon Mu in March 2009 and is a current member of the National League of Nursing.

Ms. Tardo-Green is a past member of the U.S. Army Reserves where she served as her unit's Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of training.

In her spare time she likes to sew, bake, and do home-improvement projects.

Kristy Williams, DNP, RN

Kristy WIlliams, DNP, RN
Associate Professor

Dr. Kristy Williams has worked in healthcare since 1997. She graduated from an Associate Degree Nursing program in 2000 and went on to get her Bachelor’s in Nursing in 2002. Later she went to get a Masters in Health Administration and a Masters in Nursing in 2008 from UNC Charlotte. In 2015 she graduated from Gardner-Webb University with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice. She has been teaching full-time in higher education since 2010 and has taught at all levels of nursing from associate degree, accelerate bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctor degree levels./p>

Dr. Williams is married, has one daughter, and resides in Gaston County.