Meet the Department Chair
Kelly Crum was named Chair of Maranatha’s Nursing Department in February of 2009. She has been able to oversee both growth in enrollment and the implementation of more demanding academic credentials. Recent graduates have produced outstanding results on the NCLEX-RN examination, the faculty has expanded, and the “Hal” simulator family has been added to the program. Crum has also worked as a teacher, trainer, and administrator at the University of Phoenix and writes regularly for Elsevier Publishing.
Katharine Holley brought 16 years of nursing experience, primarily as a surgical nurse, when she joined the Maranatha faculty in 2011. She also worked in maternity nursing and home health care. Holley earned RN and MSN degrees and previously worked at the University of Wisconsin Hospital as a Nursing Education Coordinator for Surgical Services. “I recognize the importance of preparing students to be competent, compassionate, Christ-centered nurses who will make a difference in the lives of all they come in contact with no matter where they practice,” she said. “That’s exciting!”
Mrs. Rasmussen has been a nurse for over 25 years and has experience in critical care, as well as education. Her last job was as an education coordinator in corporate wellness for St. Joseph Medical Center of Kansas City, Missouri. She is married to Carl Rasmussen. They have two children: Megan and Evan. Mrs. Rasmussen enjoys hunting and fishing with her family. She also enjoys drinking coffee, doing crossword puzzles, and playing the French horn. Mrs. Rasmussen has been heavily involved with music ministry, both at her previous church, Tri-City Baptist in Independence, MO, and her current church, Calvary Baptist in Watertown, WI. “I am burdened to teach the next generation about nursing from a biblical perspective.” She says we need more godly nurses to be leaders in healthcare here and around the world.