Kim Plemmons, DNP, RN, CNE
Program Chair and Assistant 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 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
Assistant 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.

Christine Berling, MSN, RN
Instructor

Mrs. Berling graduated with a diploma in nursing from Mercy School of Nursing in 1985. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2005 and a Master of Science in Nursing in 2008 from the University of Phoenix. In December, 2015 she will complete a post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education from Gardner-Webb University.

Mrs. Berling has 23 years hospital experience in critical care, including positions as staff nurse, charge nurse, and nurse educator. She has also served as a nurse volunteer with the community's indigent population. She joined Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in March, 2014 as part-time clinical faculty.

When not teaching, Mrs. Berling enjoys swimming, cycling, yoga, gardening, sewing, and church activities.

Lori A. Brown, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor

Mrs. Brown is originally from the middle Georgia area. She attended the University of Georgia, and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse in the Neuro ICU. Within a year of full time nursing, she began to precept new graduates and fell in love with education.

She spent several years working in Neurotrauma ICU and Medical ICU, as well as working as part time clinical faculty. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Duke University and began to teach full time, while continuing to work PRN at the bedside. She credits many mentors along the way (nursing faculty, charge nurses, clinical nurse specialists) for her success, and is grateful for the opportunity she has with students.

Mrs. Brown’s first love is her role as a nurse, but education is her passion. She strives to support students in their development into lifelong professionals who are the change agents of our future. She is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) as awarded by the National League of Nursing, and she has received the Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Excellence in Education award. Mrs. Brown enjoys spending time with her husband and their active children.

Tiffany T. Brunson, MSN, FNP-C
Instructor

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
Instructor

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.

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 two children, a dog and three cats. In her free time, she enjoys being involved in her church and spending time with her family.

Marsha Combs, MSN, RN
Instructor

Mrs. Combs earned her Associate of Science Degree in Nursing as well as her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. She received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Education from Chamberlain University.

Mrs. Combs has been a registered nurse for 17 years and her background experience includes critical care, acute rehabilitation nursing, inpatient case management and community health nursing. She is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses as well as Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. Mrs. Combs is extremely excited to be given the opportunity to share her nursing knowledge while helping educate future nurses.

Mrs. Combs loves spending time with her husband and daughter. She also enjoys hiking, gardening and antique shopping.

Stephanie Jackson, MSN, RN, CLC
Instructor

Ms. Jackson received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina in 1995 and worked in various industries such as commercial banking, sales, and advertising.

Once her daughter was born, she realized she wanted to become a nurse like those that cared for her during her hospitalization. She went back to school and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Queens University of Charlotte in 2007 and launched her nursing career on a mother/baby unit. Subsequently, she worked in labor & delivery, the newborn nursery, and spent several years in high risk obstetrics. She served as chairperson and sat on numerous committees, including Shared Governance, Patient Satisfaction, and Magnet.

Ms. Jackson frequently precepted students and oriented new nurses which led her to her love of teaching. She joined the Cabarrus College of Health Sciences team shortly after obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing Education from Western Carolina University in 2019.

In her free time, Ms. Jackson enjoys attending concerts and performances, traveling, and spending time with her daughter and pets.

Lisa Lunsford, MSN, RN, COTA/L
Instructor

Ms. Lunsford is an ADN graduate of Stanly Community College in Albemarle. She received her BSN from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, and her Master's degree from Winston-Salem State University.  She also has an AAS as an OTA from Stanly Community College.

Prior to joining Cabarrus College in 2014, she taught Health Science and Nursing Fundamentals in the public school system. She has been a nurse for over 20 years with experience in education, geriatrics, pediatrics, home health, dialysis, and hospice.

She enjoys working with students and watching them learn and grow.  She also loves spending time with her husband, 2 boys and their wives, and her daughter. In her spare time, she loves working in her garden, canning, cooking, and singing at church.

Patricia Mullens, MSN, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor

Ms. Mullens has practiced in the clinical and academic community for over 30 years. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bluefield State College in West Virginia and with her Master of Science in Nursing from Radford University in Virginia. In the spring of 2009, she attained the designation of Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) as awarded by the National League of Nursing.

Ms. Mullens has received several awards honoring her teaching and leadership including the Cabarrus College Educational Excellence Award and the Honor Society in Nursing Cathryn M. Bratton Memorial Leadership Award. She has been a member of the nursing faculty since 2001 and serves on several college committees.

She enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Lisa Overfield, MSN, RN
Instructor

Ms. Overfield graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Carolinas College of Health Sciences in 1998.  Upon graduation she joined the healthcare team at Atrium Health Cabarrus where she worked for 15 years.  She’s experience travel nursing; however, the bulk of her experience lies in the Emergency Department where she earned several certifications including Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE), Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and Certified SANE (SANE-A) in 2009.   In 2013 she earned a BSN from Grand Canyon University, and a Master‘s in Nursing Education from Capella University in 2019.

She is a wife, mother of 3, and a grandmother of 6.  Family and faith provide the strength needed to conquer any situation.  She loves music, sappy movies, and laughter!

Sherry Romanoff, BSN, RN
Instructor

Ms. Romanoff received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton N.C. and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is currently working toward her Master's Degree in Nursing Education at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

She has been a registered nurse for 22 years with experience in pediatrics, operating room, dialysis, pain management and administration. She joined Cabarrus College in August of 2015 as a part-time clinical faculty member.

Ms. Romanoff enjoys physical fitness, is an avid runner and loves spending time with her family.

Brittany Stone, MSN, RN
Instructor

Mrs. Stone earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in 2008 and began working as a staff nurse in the special and exciting field of pediatrics. She became certified in pediatrics through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2012, before starting work on her Masters of Science in Nursing. She completed the degree with a focus in nursing education in the spring of 2015, from Liberty University Online. She joined Cabarrus College of Health Science as a clinical instructor in the fall of 2015. Her passions include mentoring students and new graduate nurses, as well as pediatric palliative care.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, baking, shopping, traveling, and church activities.

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.

Hortense Turner, MSN, RN, CPE, CNE
Instructor

Ms. Turner received her BSN from Barton College in Wilson, NC, and her Master’s Degree, in Nursing of Children, from The Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.  She has practiced in various clinical areas including obstetrics, general pediatrics, pediatric critical care and pediatric and adult research. She has over 25 years of experience in nursing education and has taught classroom and/or clinical in Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatrics and Maternal-Newborn Nursing, in Diploma, ADN, and BSN programs. She has also taught online Master’s courses in various content areas. Ms. Turner is a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) and Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

Ms. Turner has two adult children and a grandson, who she adores.  Her “other children” include two pit bulls and three cats.

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