Administration & Staff
LOIS STEWART, PHD, CRNA, FAANA
Director, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Dr. Stewart has a long history of educational instruction as a nurse anesthetist. Prior to coming to South College in May 2020, she served as the Assistant Program Director for the first nurse anesthesia doctoral program in the state of Indiana, at Marian University in Indianapolis. This service to Marian University spanned from 2016 – 2019. Prior to this role, she was employed for Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU’s) nurse anesthesia department in various roles from 2006 to 2015. These roles for VCU included: clinical site coordinator, adjunct clinical faculty, didactic and lab/simulation instruction, co-coordinator for anesthesia distance campuses, project manager for a HRSA grant in interprofessional education initiatives, and as adjunct didactic faculty. Didactic instruction includes content in pharmacology, physiology, physical assessment, pathophysiology, neurological assessment, neurobiology, translational research, in addition to, multiple clinical anesthesia topics, laboratory assessments, skills labs and high fidelity simulation instruction. Dr. Stewart is active in her state and national professional associations, and has a fifteen-year history of presentations on various subjects in nurse anesthesia. She is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and Sigma Theta Tau. She has been continuously certified and maintained clinical practice since original certification in 2005 and maintains a regular clinical practice in Knoxville. Special areas of anesthesia and research within which Dr. Stewart has interest include: critical resources for nurse anesthesia education programs, pain physiology, multimodal pain regimens, ketamine pharmacology, prediction of perioperative cardiac events via fourth-generation troponin measurement, treatment of pain in premature neonates, obstetrical anesthesia and interprofessional education. Dr. Stewart also serves on the editorial board of a refereed publication, the Journal of Radiology Nursing.
LISA OSBORNE, DNP, CRNA, CHSE
Assistant Director, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Dr. Osborne has a passion for both mentoring and leadership. She earned a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from the Gooding Institute of Nurse Anesthesia in 2013 and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain University in 2017. She transitioned into nurse anesthesia education early in her anesthesia career after working full-time in autonomous clinical practice for two years. Prior to joining South College in January 2021, she served The University of Saint Francis Nurse Anesthesia Program in Fort Wayne, Indiana for 5 years; first as the Assistant Program Director from 2016-2019, and subsequently as the Program Director from 2019-2021. She is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and Sigma Theta Tau. Dr. Osborne served on the FY21 AANA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and the FY22 AANA Practice Committee, and maintains regular clinical practice while serving in her academic and administrative role. Areas of interest include anesthesia crisis resource management, leadership, diversity, simulation, mentorship, advocacy, emotional intelligence, patient safety, clinical preceptorship, and regional anesthesia applications. She resides in Knoxville with her husband, son, and dog.
MICHAEL LONG, DNP, CRNA
Director of Research, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Dr. Long has over 15 years of experience working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and joined the South College DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program in June 2021. He served the Marian University Nurse Anesthesia Program as full-time faculty from 2017-2019. His diverse clinical work experience includes New York University Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a nationally recognized leader in cancer care. Dr. Long currently maintains an independent obstetric anesthesia practice within the Community Health Network in Indiana. He is an active member in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Sigma Theta Tau and the Association for Radiology and Imaging Nursing. Dr. Long has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Anesthesia & Analgesia and the AANA Journal, as well as authored two chapters in Advanced Practice and Leadership in Radiology Nursing.
Originally from Indianapolis, Dr. Long served in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman during the first Gulf War. After discharge, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Nursing and Nurse Anesthesia, respectively, at Columbia University in New York City. He earned his post-graduate Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Barry University in 2015 in Hollywood, Florida and is currently enrolled in a PhD program at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
DAWN AUBUCHON, DNAP, CRNA
Faculty, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Dr. AuBuchon has served the anesthesia community since December 2007 and has remained continually certified and practicing as a nurse anesthetist. She joined anesthesia education as faculty in 2013 at Lourdes University (LU) in Sylvania, Ohio. In, 2014 she became the Assistant Program Director at LU progressing to Program Director until August 2019 when she left the University to pursue other passions. Dr. AuBuchon is enthusiastic about developing and mentoring residents into outstanding professionals in the nurse anesthesia community who provide anesthesia care at the top of their skill set. In addition to her full-time faculty role at South College and clinical practice, Dr. AuBuchon provides consulting services for future candidates via CRNA Prep School Academy. As a consultant, she provides transcript reviews and 1:1 candidate sessions, along with workshops centered around emotional intelligence.
Other passions include mentoring future nurse anesthesia candidates, resident mental health and wellness, resident self-care, preparing residents for clinical residency, and emotional intelligence. Didactic instruction topics of interest include stress and wellness for nurse anesthesia residents, emotional intelligence, the anesthesia gas machine, chemistry and physics for nurse anesthetists, pain management, physical assessment, anesthesia courses (basics of anesthesia and advanced anesthesia principles), anesthesia board prep review, simulation training, and skills lab training.
Dr. AuBuchon developed an innovative wellness program for students and faculty in 2014 at LU. The wellness program created a mental-wellness focus for residents and faculty to have time together doing team-building events. Additionally, as a capstone project, she partnered with a student in 2015 to develop the first local nurse anesthesia conference for candidates, current students and faculty, and professionals in the community. The conference continues today and is held yearly. As a life-long learner, she plans to achieve a certificate in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and begin contribution to publishing in nursing journals.
KELLY BATES, BBA
Director of Operations, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Ms. Bates joined the Nurse Anesthesia Program as the Operations Coordinator in May 2021. Prior to serving in this role, Kelly worked as the Reentry Coordinator in the General Admissions Office at South College beginning in September 2013. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing in 2008 from East Tennessee State University. Ms. Bates serves as a point of contact for both current and prospective students. Her professional interests include student outreach, student retention, and student success. Ms. Bates’ personal interests include being a mother, spending time with her family, and sports.
GREG LOUCK, DNAP, CRNA
Director of Clinical Education, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Dr. Louck is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who has worked in health care for more than 20 years, beginning as a medic in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division. He has experience in emergency management, intensive care, surgical services, and nurse anesthesia. He has served the anesthesia community since 2009 and has contributed as both a clinical provider and educator. He joined the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Saint Francis in 2018 and observed various roles across his 4-year tenure with the program. Dr. Louck served first as faculty, then Assistant Program Director, and finally Program Director. He joined South College in August 2022 and remains in clinical practice in Indiana.
KEITH COTRELL, DMPNA, CRNA
Regional Clinical Coordinator (Midwest) and Faculty, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Dr. Cotrell has served in the anesthesia community in Northwestern Ohio since 2016. He has had a diverse career path in many areas of healthcare. As a Paramedic Lieutenant for the Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services, he led and participated in emergency responses in Fire, EMS, and Hazardous Materials/Special Rescue. In 2009, he began service as a RN at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Transport Team. He attended Nurse Anesthesia training in 2013 at the CAMC School of Nurse Anesthesia with Marshall University in Charleston, WV. In 2020, he joined the faculty of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and transitioned from a faculty role to Assistant Program Director in 2021. Dr. Cotrell joined South College in September 2022 and remains in clinical practice at Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima, Ohio. His anesthesia passions include pediatric anesthesia, practice leadership, and crew resource management.
ASHTEN JENNINGS, BS
Didactic Education Coordinator, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Mrs. Jennings joined the Nurse Anesthesia Program as the Didactic Education Coordinator in November 2021. Her focus is to support faculty advising and curriculum evaluation. Prior to joining the team, she worked in undergraduate nursing operations at South College. Her extensive background is with Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center where she held various Healthcare Administration roles. Mrs. Jennings received her Bachelor of Science in Education (Kinesiology concentration) in 2010 from the University of Tennessee. Her professional interests include project management, data analytics, and student success. In her personal life, she enjoys home projects and spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs.
COURTNEY ENGLAND, BS
Clinical Education Coordinator, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Mrs. England joined the Nurse Anesthesia Program as the Clinical Coordinator in September 2022. Before joining South College, she was the Administrative Assistant to The University of Saint Francis Nurse Anesthesia Program in Fort Wayne, Indiana for 5 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Merchandising and minor in Marketing in 2001 from Kent State University. Mrs. England coordinates with the Director of Clinical Education and assists in producing and distributing clinical rotation schedules for program nurse anesthesia residents. She aids the NAP team in planning and directing all activities and data collection related to the clinical education and communicates with South College nurse anesthesia residents and affiliated clinical facilities. She enjoys time with her family, pets, being outdoors, and traveling to new and different destinations.
BRIAN FOSTER, DNP, CRNA
Director of Simulation Education, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Dr. Foster came to South College in 2022 with a heart for teaching and a passion for seeing that look in a student’s eyes when they “get it.” Dr. Foster graduated from Union University in 2010 with a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia and his Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2013. The focus of his Doctoral project was on the utilization of simulation for the measurement of clinical competency. He returned to his alma mater and worked to teach and develop that program for eight years. Dr. Foster has taught Neuro Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, Anesthesia Pharmacology, Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Principles in Anesthesia, Senior Anesthesia Board Review courses, Professional Development, Doctoral Project courses, and has developed numerous interactive high-fidelity simulations. He has also practiced clinically since 2010 focusing on neuro, trauma, acute/emergency surgery, endpoints of volume resuscitation, pre-anesthetic assessment, and departmental policy development. Dr. Foster is a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and the International Society for Plastination. He also co-founded the plastination laboratory at Union University. Dr. Foster has served as a content editor for Nurse Anesthesia and the AANA/COA recertification course. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment is his family. He is a father to 4 and a husband to 1. He has 2 dogs, Otis and Bear. It is no wonder he often says, “Living the dream.”