Aimee Badeaux, PhD, CRNA, APRN
Dr. Aimee Badeaux serves as the Nurse Anesthesia Program Director and holds the rank of Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. Dr. Badeaux obtained her Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia degree from Our Lady of the Lake College in 2007 and earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University in 2015. Dr. Badeaux continues to practice as a nurse anesthetist as well as an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists (LANA), serving as the LANA president from 2015-2016.
Callie Simoneaux Dorn, DNP-A, CRNA, APRN
Dr. Callie Dorn serves as the interim Nurse Anesthesia Assistant Program Director and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Dr. Dorn primarily teaches advanced anesthesia principles courses. Dr. Dorn received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Anesthesia from Texas Christian University. Dr. Dorn continues to practice with Anesthesiology Group Associates, where she has practiced since 2014. Dr. Dorn has a passion for mentoring students on their journey to become highly skilled, advanced practice nurses.
Mandy Broussard, DNP, CRNA, APRN
Dr. Mandy Broussard is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and has practiced in a variety of settings and anesthesia practice models since 2011. Dr. Broussard obtained her doctorate and master’s degree from Louisiana State University Health Science Center, in 2015 and 2011 respectively. Dr. Broussard currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and teaches courses threaded throughout the Nurse Anesthesia Program’s curriculum. Dr. Broussard is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists where she has previously served in various roles as an elected Board Member.
Amber Poirrier, DNP, CRNA, APRN
Dr. Amber Poirrier serves as the Director of Clinical Education in the Nurse Anesthesia Program and holds the rank of Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Dr. Poirrier has been a faculty member since 2015 and a practicing nurse anesthetist since 2009. A graduate of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at FRANU (formerly Our Lady of the Lake College), Dr. Poirrier obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2019. Dr. Poirrier’s area of research interest is opioid-free anesthesia.
Cole "Dusty" Pourciau, DNP, CRNA, APRN
Dr. D. Cole Pourciau serves as part-time faculty within the Nurse Anesthesia Program and holds the rank of Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Dr. Pouricau is a 2010 graduate of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at FRANU (formerly Our Lady of the Lake College) and completed his DNP in 2015 at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center- New Orleans. Dr. Pourciau has been a faculty member at the University since 2011 and has served in multiple roles within the program. Dr. Pourciau’s clinical background includes a specialty in pediatric anesthesia.
William Schreiter, PhD
Dr. William Schreiter serves as the Research Director and Assistant Professor for the Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse Anesthesia Program. He completed his PhD in Chemistry from Louisiana State University in 2013. He is responsible for teaching Physical Science in Nurse Anesthesia and the research-related courses throughout the curriculum.
Claudia Stevens, MSNA, CRNA, APRN
Ms. Claudia Stevens, serves as the Nurse Anesthesia Program’s Clinical Coordinator at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Stevens’s nursing career started after she graduated Magna Cum Lade from the University of South Alabama with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree in 2008. After practicing as a critical care nurse for three years, Mrs. Stevens graduated from FRANU’s Nurse Anesthesia Program in 2013. Ms. Stevens is a certified Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor. Ms. Stevens is bilingual and fluently reads, writes and speaks Spanish.
Tamara Jackson, MSNA, CRNA, APRN
Ms. Tamara Jackson, serves as an adjunct clinical instructor in the Nurse Anesthesia Program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southern University in 2001 and is a graduate of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at FRANU (Class of 2007). Ms. Jackson’s clinical experience includes providing anesthesia to patients from all age groups and multiple co-morbidities as the Chief Nurse Anesthetist for Anesthesiology Group Associates, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.
Meridith Bergeron, EdD
Dr. Meridith Bergeron serves as the Director of Educational Technology and primarily teaches decision science and informatics in the Nurse Anesthesia Program. Dr. Bergeron completed her graduate degree in 2012, and an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Educational Technology from the University of Florida in 2018. In addition to her assigned duties at the FranU, Dr. Bergeron frequently collaborates with Graduate Medical Education at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Dr. Bergeron’s current collaboration focuses on quality improvement and the integration technology and applications within the healthcare environment.
Kristi Hylan, DNP, CRNA, APRN
Dr. Kristi Hylan, obtained her Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Degree from FRANU in 2010 and earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in 2015. Her undergraduate education was completed in 2005 when she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Northwestern State University in Shreveport. Dr. Hylan joined the University as an adjunct faculty member in 2016. She utilizes her Quality Matters Certification to instruct online courses within the Program, such as Leadership, Health Care Policy, and Professional Aspects of Advanced Nursing practice. Dr. Hylan is the chief nurse anesthetist at University Health - Shreveport and serves as a preceptor and mentor for nurse anesthesia students in the clinical environment.
Katrina O'Con, DNPA, CRNA, APRN
Dr. Katrina O'Con graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with her Master of Science in Nursing in 2002 and her Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice in 2016. She teaches Leadership and Health Policy in the DNP-NA Degree Program. Dr. O’Con has a passion for patient safety and evidence-based practice and has had her research published in the peer-reviewed AANA Journal. She is active member in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists as well as the current President-elect for the Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Phyllis Pedersen, DNP, CRNA, APRN
Dr. Phyllis Pedersen is an adjunct professor in the Nurse Anesthesia Program. She received her diploma in nurse anesthesia from Charity Hospital in 1985, completed her Masters in Health Science at Texas Wesleyan University in 2006 and graduated with her DNP from Texas Christian University in 2009. Dr. Pedersen is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist with over 20 years of clinical experience and 12 years of academic experience. Dr. Pedersen previously served the University as the Dean of the School of Nursing as well as the Assistant Program and Program Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program.
Albert Swafford, PhD
Dr. Albert (Bert) Swafford holds the rank of Associate Professor of Physiology and has been with the university since 2006. Dr. Swafford obtained his Master of Science in Physiology from the University of South Alabama in 1998 and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2003. Dr. Swafford was named the Didactic Instructor of the Year by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists in 2013. His research interests are mathematical modeling of physiological principles and (as a hobby) abstract algebra and number theory. Dr. Swafford teaches Advanced Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology I and II.