Angela Strawn, President, attended Michigan State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree. She decided to try an introduction to nursing class and fell in love with the profession and graduated with her BSN many years ago. After two years of work in hospital-based acute care, she ventured west for herMSN from University of California San Francisco. Angela's specialty in graduate school was adult nursing and nursing education/curriculum development. She taught at Boston College as a new graduate eventually settled in Sacramento to raise a family and began her own business in Health Education while her children were little. She started teaching in the BSN program at the University of Phoenix in 1995; joined the administrative staff in 1997, and in 1999 went full time as the Campus College Chair for Nursing and Health Sciences. In 2001, she was asked to also Chair the College of Education so the Sacramento campus could launch teacher credentialing programs. In August 2006, she accepted a position in the dean's office of the College of Nursing at University of Phoenix. In 2013, she became the Chief Nurse for the Division of Nursing in the newly-formed College of Health Sciences and Nursing. When she is not working, Angie enjoys reading, traveling (goal is to visit all 50 states and only have 4 to go), her adult children (they even pick up the tab occasionally) and of course, the grandchildren!



Marci Mechtel is a faculty member and is the Graduate Programs Champion for the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Her career in nursing was first inspired by her Grandmother, who worked as a nurse for 50 years. Marci saw the benefits of a personable atmosphere within nursing, and knew the profession was for her. Marci's background includes obtaining a Bachelors in Nursing in 1988 and a Master's degree focusing in Nursing Education in 2006, both from Michigan State University. Before graduating with her Master's, Marci worked for three years at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan in the pediatric intensive care unit. After her work at Sparrow, Marci worked for fifteen years at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the pediatric intensive care unit. She also served as a member of the PICU transport team that serviced the mid-Atlantic regional with both air and ground transport. She also spent time as a pediatric clinical instructor for Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Marci is currently the course coordinator for Michigan State's Nursing 440, a pediatric class.


Kathy Bobay is a new member of the College of Nursing Alumni Board. She has an associate degree in nursing from Jackson (MI) Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner from Michigan State University, and a PhD from the University of Michigan. Kathy is an Associate Professor at Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, WI and the Option Coordinator for the Systems Leadership & Health Care Quality and Clinical Nurse Leader programs. Kathy’s research team is currently funded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for a multi-hospital study exploring implementation of nurse assessment of readiness for hospital discharge as a predictor for hospital readmission.


Dr. Martha Keehner Engelke (Marti) is a professor at East Carolina University College of Nursing. For 12 years she served as the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship. She received her BSN in nursing from Michigan State University in 1971 and an MPH in public health nursing and health education from the University of Michigan in 1976. In 1991, she graduated from North Carolina State University with a PhD in sociology and a minor in health occupation education. She was the director of the master’s concentration in community health nursing and taught graduate students in the classroom, at outreach sites and on-line. Currently, she teaches primarily in the doctoral program. In 2009, she was named the Richard R. Eakin Distinguished Professor in Nursing. In this role she mentors students and faculty, assisting them to complete their research and secure external funding. She is an enthusiastic supporter of developing evidence to support nursing practice and education. Dr. Engelke’s primary area of research is related to school nursing and children with chronic illnesses. She recently completed a 5 year project, funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Health Care Trust, to implement a state-wide school-based case management program for children with chronic illnesses. She was recognized for this work with the Outstanding Research Award given by the National Association of School Nurses. She continues to disseminate the findings from this project in an effort to highlight the importance of school nurses to the health and well-being of school-age children. In 2013, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and in 2014 she received the Scholar of Engagement Award from East Carolina University. “Although I have lived in North Carolina for over 30 years, I still consider myself a Spartan nurse. All of my family still resides in Michigan and two of my nephews are recent MSU graduates. I am excited to serve on the alumni board and reconnect with the School of Nursing. Dr. Mary Mundt, the current dean, is known throughout the country as a visionary leader in nursing. It is exciting to see how the School of Nursing has become known for the excellence of their graduates and the strength of their research program. I am honored to be given an opportunity to contribute to this mission.“

Claire McDowell joins the College of Nursing Alumni Association (CONAA) as a Board Member. Claire graduated from MSU with her bachelors in nursing in 2008 and her masters in nursing – nurse practitioner in 2013. She has worked as an acute care nurse at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton Wisconsin and Marlette Regional Hospital in Marlette Michigan. Claire currently works as a family nurse practitioner for Genesys PHO in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Claire is passionate about service to the community and the profession of nursing. She works through her role as nurse practitioner to strengthen the health of her community, with particular focus on the health of the underserved. Claire is honored to serve the CON in the capacity of CONAA Board Member. She hopes to engage members of the MSU and general community to share her passion for nursing and protecting the health our communities.

Nancy King Reame is a new member of the College of Nursing Alumni Board. She is currently the Mary Lindsay Professor of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction in the School of Nursing at Columbia University in New York City, where she also directs the Pilot Studies Resource of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research in the College of Physicians and Surgeons. From 1980-2005, she held faculty positions at the University of Michigan in the School of Nursing and the Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology in the School of Medicine. Dr Reame’s program of research is focused on the impact of reproductive neuroendocrinology on women’s health across the lifespan. Current studies include the role of menopause on emergent joint pain, and the impact of domestic violence on the regulation of maternal stress hormones in young minority mothers. A member of the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Reame is a women's health advocate, having served on the advisory committee to the NIH Women's Health Initiative, and as advisor for many years to the Boston Women's Health Book Collective for the iconic book, “OurBodies, Ourselves”. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees for the North American Menopause Society and is certified as a menopause clinician. Nancy received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Michigan State University, a master’s degree as a clinical nurse specialist from Wayne State University College of Nursing, and a PhD degree in physiology from Wayne State University School of Medicine, followed by postdoctoral training in reproductive endocrinology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. She has always been grateful for the superb grounding in the health sciences she received at MSU.

Morgan Bowen is a new member of the College of Nursing Alumni Board. He received his BSN from Michigan State University in 2013 as a graduate of the Accelerated Option program and was awarded the Most Outstanding Student Award. His previous degree is a BA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan that he completed in 2000. Morgan follows the example set by his mother (MSUCON, class of 1969) and grandmother – both nurses. He began his career in health care as a Psych Tech in the Behavioral Health Department of Sparrow Hospital. As an RN, he has worked inpatient psych, cardiac stepdown and most recently transitioned to the Emergency Department of Sparrow Hospital – a Level 1 trauma center. One of his major career interests is providing informed, evidence-based psychiatric treatment to patients in a critical care setting. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the College of Nursing Alumni Board and looks forward to working with new Spartan nurses, experienced CON veterans - and everything in between.

Della Lee Hughes Carter is a 1993 BSN, and 2000 MSN alumni of Michigan State University. She received her DNP from University of Southern Indiana in 2015. She is a board certified geriatric nurse practitioner practicing in primary care. Her scope of practice is adults with chronic conditions. Her area of scholarship includes improving the screening and treatment of chronic kidney disease, the prevention of complications associated with diabetes, and nursing leadership. She has extensive experience in nursing leadership with over twenty years of service in acute care. She currently teaches in the college of nursing at MSU. As a member of the CON alumni board she is hopeful to increase the support for new graduating MSU nurses.

Elmira Nixon-Douglas joins the College of Nursing Alumni Association (CONAA) as a Board Member. Elmira graduated from MSU with her bachelors in nursing in 1993, her Masters in Nursing Administration in 1999 and her Masters in Business Administration in 2002. As an accomplished dedicated healthcare professional, with 21 years of successful experience, Elmira has dedicated her career in leading health care professionals to achieve organizational goals and objectives. Elmira has been recognized as a focused, dependable leader with timely completion of work and proven ability to build team morale. Elmira has also been a personable team player committed to ensuring superior patient care and service in the community. She has worked in various roles throughout her career as a Chief Nursing Officer, Administrative Director of Medical Surgical Nursing, and Critical Care Nursing. Elmira currently works as a Nurse Manager for Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Michigan. Elmira also enjoys working in her community where she volunteers her services as a nurse at her church and volunteers in her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha to serve the community. Being a board member, Elmira will work with the MSU community to increase awareness about CONAA and the MSU Alumni community.


Michelle Townshend is a new member of the College of Nursing Alumni Board. She has a Bachelor’s of Science from both the colleges of Social Science and Nursing from Michigan State (1985, 1988), and an Associate in Healthcare Risk Management and Quality Review from Lansing Community College. Michelle also has a Master’s of Science from the University of Phoenix obtained in 2004. She has worked several years in the Lansing area at both McLaren (Ingham Regional) and Sparrow Hospitals; her specialty being Cardiology and Intensive Care. Michelle also has several years of experience as a Risk Manager and Risk Consultant both at Ingham Regional and at Michigan Hospital Association Insurance Company. In 2004, Michelle began her career as a Nurse Manager at Ingham Regional, where she was able to utilize her skills in patient / clinician safety to engage and empower nurses to own their practice and advocate for their patients. In 2007, Michelle was a part of the startup cardiac surgery program at Allegiance Health in Jackson, MI. This Cardiac Universal Bed Unit was awarded an Honorable Mention from the co-sponsored American Association of Critical Care Nursing and Society of Critical Care Medicine ICU Design award which recognizes function, design, patient safety and quality.

In 2010, Michelle joined Baxter International, headquartered in Deerfield, IL. She is a Sr. Manager in Medical Affairs and is a part of the Research and Development team for medical device development. Michelle travels extensively in the US and Europe observing clinical practice, meeting with clinicians and performing Human Factors testing to validate clinical workflows. In this role, safety, innovation and engineering meet as she works with development teams to create intuitive and safe medical devices that re-enforce clinical practice and patient safety. Michelle currently resides in Chicago, but is very excited to be a part of the CON Alumni Board as it gives her one more great reason to travel back to East Lansing to visit family and see the Spartans!