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Nursing Alumni Board Bios

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To contact any of the board members please email alumni@plu.edu

Janelle Bogart

Graduated from PLU in 1991 with BSN and in 2004 with MSN in Care and Outcomes.  Janelle works with CHI – Franciscan Health as the Director for Cardiology Clinic Services.  She joined the Nursing Alumni Board to engage and network with alumni and interact with current students.

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Beatha Johnson, RN, MBA

Beatha Johnson, RN, MBA

  • Graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1973.
  • Worked as a Pediatric RN at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, WA from graduation to 1974.
  • Moved to Seattle and worked at University Hospital from 1974 to 1984.  Started as a staff nurse first in Pediatrics, then moved to adult Critical Care where I advanced to the assistant head nurse then head nurse.   I finished my time at University Hospital as a house supervisor.
  • While going to graduate school (1983 – 1984) I continued to work at University Hospital and also Harborview Medical Center part time in Critical Care, Burn Unit and as the house supervisor.
  • In 1984, I graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration with a major in Information Systems and a minor in Healthcare Finance.
  • I then worked at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA for the next thirty years retiring in October 2014.  During that time, I was an Administrative Director, Patient Care Operation (1984 – 1994), a Systems Development Manager to Interim Director to Director Information Systems (1994 – 2001) ending as the Director, Clinical Information Systems responsible for implementing an Electronic Medical Record system (2001 – 2014).  My greatest achievement was taking the hospital and 450 physician practice from typewriters and paper to near full clinical automation (6.3 out of 7 on the HIMSS scale of Electronic Automation)

I am the second of four children, older brother and two younger sisters.  I grew up in Gresham, OR and was the second generation to attend PLU (father, mother, brother and I all had the same PLU English teacher).  I enjoy theater, quilting and my volunteer work with Children’s Hospital.  I joined the Nursing Alumni Board as a means to give back to the school that gave me my 40+ year career in healthcare.

Virginia (Ginny) Johnson

My name is Virginia (Ginny) Johnson. I graduated from PLU School of Nursing in the class of ’91. I’ve worked at Good Samaritan Hospital for 26 years. I started as a nursing student in the Special Care Unit. After graduation, I was offered a position in labor and delivery at Good Sam and I’ve been there ever since. I guess I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie, the challenge of taking care of both mom and fetus at the same time is what I love most! Anything can happen and when it does it can happen fast!

I have two children. One is in college on a rodeo scholarship and the other in high school playing football. I’m very proud of both of them. My “other” children are horses, goats, dogs and a polydactyl cat.

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Megan Kilpatrick '04, ARNP-CS, MSN, AOCNS

  • 2+ years as an inpatient oncology RN
  • 7+ years as an outpatient oncology infusion (chemo) RN
  • Graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 2013 with MSN
  • Oncology/Med-Surg educator for large hospital system
  • Med-Surg Clinical Nurse Specialist for St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way.
  • Licensed as a CNS in 2016

I enjoy spending time with my family, experiencing the great outdoors, cooking and crafting in what little spare time I do have.  I’m also active in my church and love traveling to new places.

Barbara L. Olson, MSN, RN

  • 1977 – Graduated from Tacoma General School of Nursing in May.
  • 1977-1981 – Worked as an RN II at Child Study and Treatment Center: providing inpatient care for emotionally, mentally and behaviorally dis-regulated children, ages: 6-18.
  • 1981-1996 – Worked as a Community Nurse Specialist at Western State Hospital’s Center for Forensic Services Community Program.
  • 1991- Received my BSN from St Martin’s University.
  • 1997- Volunteered for Hospice.
  • 2001- Became an unpaid Congregational Health Ministry Nurse, volunteering to the present time at Christ Lutheran Church in Lakewood, WA.
  • 2004 – Started part-time work at PLU as a Mental Health Clinical Instructor.
  • May 2008 – I graduated with my MSN with a focus on Care and Outcome Management from PLU.
  • Via The PLU Wang Center program I have been able to facilitate three J-term Study Away programs to study Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. (2011, 2013 and 2014).

I am the middle child of six kids, 4 sisters and a brother. I grew up in Parkland, WA. I am married to Kent and have one daughter, Heather, and a son, Phillip. I enjoy walking, music, camping, SeaDooing, reading, and being with family and friends. I joined the PLU Nursing Alumni as the school of nursing faculty liaison and am interested in promoting positive collaboration with the community at large.

Barbara Olson - Clinical Instructor of Nursing
Barb Olson, MSN, RN

Shaina Santonil (Delta Iota Chi Representative)

I’m in the nursing program and will be a third-year at Pacific Lutheran University starting Fall 2016. I’m from Dupont, WA but I’ve moved around a lot because my dad was in the military. I have many relatives who are nurses and that presence influenced me to become a nurse. At PLU, besides working as the Delta Nursing Rep for the board, I also work for the Admission office as a tour guide. I get to meet many people every year who are interested in PLU, but my favorite moments are when I get to meet nursing prospective students. It’s been an honor to meet and work with these potential future Lutes. This year, I get to work with Lute alumni. I am so excited for this upcoming year to work with the nursing alumni and the nursing students of Delta Iota Chi!

Leslie (Perry) Watts, BSN, MA Edu

Career:

  • BSN PLU ‘65, MA Edu PLU ‘74
  • Resort Nurse, Army Nurse (Recovery/ICU/Open Heart Surgery unit), Asst Head Nurse (Recovery/ICU), Clinical Instructor, CCU/ICU Nurse, School Nurse, Chief Nurse
  • 40 year career at Pierce College – as College Health Nurse, Mental Health Counselor, Pre-nursing and Allied Health Advisor
  • Now retired and work as Exec Director of Nations Social Services, a 501c3 social service agency with a small food bank and emergency assistance for rent, gas, utilities for low income families in Parkland and Spanaway

Accomplishments:

  • Helped start School of Nursing at Pierce College; currently on their Nursing Advisory Board.
  • Worked with Pierce County Health Careers Consortium focused on coordinating county-wide retention efforts for students training toward health careers
  • Received Student Advocate Award by students, Outstanding Faculty Award from administration, and Distinguished Faculty Award by faculty peers
  • Served as President x 2 for the PLU Nursing Alumni Board
  • Meritorious Service Medal awarded for keeping Practical Nurse Course going during Desert Storm
  • Over 45 years experience in consulting and teaching.

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Leslie Watts, BSN, MA Edu
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Patricia Ann Wigington, RN, MSN

Patricia Ann Wigington RN, MSN

  • Graduated from PLU in 1986 with BSN
  • Graduated from PLU in 1997 with MSN
  • 30 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings and clinical roles;
    • Medical Surgical hospital units both pediatrics and adult
    • Oncology pediatric and adult
    • Home Health and Hospice both pediatric and adults
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Manager
    • Director
    • Chief Operating Office
  • 2002 Certification in Aroma therapy
  • Currently work as a Medical Center Manager for Kaiser of Washington formerly Group Health.

I am a native of Washington State; born and raised here. I have been married for 30 years and we have 3 grown children who have given us 6 wonderful grandchildren. (My favorite job so far is that of grandma.) I enjoy reading, crocheting, beading and photography. I love to bake and was once told that all the world’s problems could be solved over a cup of tea and a home baked peanut butter cookie. I have perfected the recipe for that cookie.

I joined the alumni board because I was told by my very first mentor that all I had to do to pay her back for all the help she gave me was to pay it forward to another young scared nurse.  I believe that the Alumni board is dedicated to connection with both students and new nurses.  I find my joy in practice when I am able to give back to this profession through these connections.