New faculty join UCCS

New faculty members in the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Nearly 50 new faculty members joined UCCS this fall. Today, meet the 11 faculty members from the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.


Headshot of John FrerichsJohn Frerichs, clinical assistant professor, Department of Human Physiology and Nutrition. Frerichs was previously an assistant clinical professor at the CU School of Medicine. He also worked as a general surgeon at Colorado Springs Surgical Associates, a general surgery resident at the Mayo Clinic, a faculty advisor at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, and a lab tech and researcher with Paul Blum.

Frerichs earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, his M.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.


Daniel Hutchinson, instructor, Department of Health Sciences. Hutchinson was previously an adjunct professor at UCCS and also worked as an athletic trainer and consultant with Centura Health. He also worked as the director of sports science with Perform-X Training Systems, adjunct professor of biomechanics at Winston-Salem State University and adjunct professor of exercise science at Nova Southeastern University.

Hutchinson earned his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from North Dakota State University and his master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Kentucky.


Jessica Kirby, assistant professor, Department of Health Sciences. Kirby was previously a senior instructor of health sciences and is the assistant director of the Center for Critical Sports Studies at UCCS. She also worked as an instructor, adjunct lecturer and graduate assistant in health sciences at UCCS.

Kirby earned her bachelor’s degree in health care science and master’s degree in health program from UCCS, and her Ph.D. in sport and exercise science from the University of Northern Colorado.


Kevin LaudnerKevin Laudner, dean, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Laudner was previously interim dean for the College of Education at Illinois State University. He also worked as associate dean for the College of Applied Science and Technology; director of the School of Kinesiology and Recreation; associate director for the Center of Mathematics, Science and Technology; and professor of kinesiology at Illinois State. He was also director at research at the Texas Metroplex Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics

Laudner earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from California State University Northridge, his master’s degree in health and human performance from Northeastern State University, and his Ph.D. in health and rehabilitation science from the University of Pittsburgh.


Kathy LiuKathy Liu, associate professor, Department of Health Sciences. Liu was previously associate professor in the School of Health Sciences and Department of Physical Therapy and program director of the masters of science in athletic training at the University of Evansville. She also worked as an assistant professor at Indiana University, an instructor and coordinator at the University of Delaware, a teaching assistant at the University of Northern Colorado and an instructor at Aims Community College.

Liu earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Washburn University, her master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Northern Colorado, and her Ph.D. in biomechanics and movement sciences from the University of Delaware.


Lorinda LindmulderLorinda Lindemulder, instructor, Department of Nursing. Lindemulder was previously the static lab coordinator and clinical instructor at UCCS. She also worked as an assistant professor of nursing at Trinity Christian College, nursing laboratory and clinical instructor at Moraine Valley Community College and Prairie State College, and registered nurse at Christ Hospital and Medical Center and MacNeal Hospital.

Lindemulder earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing from Trinity Christian College and her master’s of science in nursing from Governor’s State University.


Hazel ReyesHazel Reyes, instructor, Department of Health Sciences. Reyes was previously a lecturer at UCCS, preceptor at UCCS and Colorado State University-Pueblo, and head athletic trainer at Coronado High School. She also worked as an athletic trainer at Fountain-Fort Carson High School, the United States Olympic Training Center, United States Air Force Academy, USA Gymnastics, USA Field Hockey and US Lacrosse.

Reyes earned bachelor’s degrees in health care science from UCCS and in athletic training from Colorado State University-Pueblo, and her master’s degree in sport psychology from California University of Pennslyvania.


Luis San Miguel, clinical assistant professor, Department of Nursing. San Miguel was previously an associate clinical professor at the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science and a family nurse practitioner at Chula Vista Internal Medicine. He also worked as a staff nurse in the medical and surgical intensive care unit at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, as an emergency trauma technician at the University of California San Diego Medical Center and as an emergency medical technical at American Medical Response.

San Miguel earned his bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from San Diego State University and his doctorate in nursing practice from the University of San Diego.


Natasha Smith-Holmquist, clinical assistant professor, Department of Nursing. Smith-Holmquist was previously a contract faculty member at UCCS and an instructor to assistant professor-pediatric nurse practitioner at the CU Denver College of Nursing and the CU School of Medicine. She also worked as a school nurse at Aurora Public Schools and registered nurse at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, and Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Denver and Aurora.

Smith-Holmquist earned her associate’s degree of applied science in nursing from the Community College of Denver, bachelor’s degrees in psychology from Colorado Mesa University and in nursing from Metropolitan State University of Denver, her master’s degree in nursing (pediatrics) from CU Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus, and her doctorate in nursing practice from CU Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus.


Headshot of Sean SvetteSean Svette, clinical instructor, Department of Human Physiology and Nutrition. Svette is also the assistant manager of the Sustainability Wellness and Learning Program and was previously a lecturer at UCCS. He also worked as an administrative dietitian at Penrose Hospital, project coordinator for the Flying Carrot Food Literacy Project, assistant director of the Pikes Peak Urban Gardens and a security forces specialist for the United States Air Force.

Svette earned his bachelor’s degree in health science and his master’s degree in sport nutrition from UCCS.


Kristen Vandenberg, clinical assistant professor, Department of Nursing. Vandenberg was previously the owner of New Beginnings Mental Health in Avon, Colorado; an advanced registered nurse practitioner at Mind Springs Health in Eagle and Vail, Colorado; and an advanced registered nurse practitioner at West Springs Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. She was also an adjunct instructor at Catholic University of America.

Vandenberg also worked as an advanced registered nurse practitioner at Avanti Wellness in St. Augustine, Florida; and as a registered nurse at Peachford Hospital in Atlanta; University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, Virginia; Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina; and at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, North Carolina. She was also an assistant professor at Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida.

Vandenberg earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from the University of Virginia, her master’s degree in nursing education from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University, and her doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.

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