ADN Faculty & Staff

Ellen Trabka

Ellen pic[1]Ellen Trabka, MSN, RN
Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Associate Professor of Nursing
(505) 747-2209

Ms. Trabka is an Associate Professor of Nursing as well as Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Northern New Mexico College. Her area of nursing expertise is in community health, emergency nursing, and burn care nursing.

Ms. Trabka trained at the University of Michigan and University of Massachusetts, Lowell and has worked extensively in a variety of critical care settings, emergency departments, and community clinical settings both as a nurse practitioner and staff nurse. She maintains her clinical expertise through active involvement in professional conferences, committees, and workshops. Her clinical interests are holistic health and wellness, holistic nutrition, and integrative healthcare.

Ms. Trabka is the Chief Nursing Administrator for the RN to BSN Program. She has 17 years of experience in nursing education and administrative experience as a nursing department chair or dean. She currently teaches in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at NNMC.

BSN, University of Michigan
MSN, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Areas of Clinical Expertise
Community Health Nursing
Emergency Nursing
Burn Care

Mental Health Nursing

Jessica Archuleta

Jessica_ArchuletaJessica Archuleta
ADN Program
Part-time Administrative Assistant

Jessica Archuleta is a part-time Administrative Assistant dedicated to the associate degree nursing program. She offers day to day administrative support to department faculty, staff and students.

In addition to her work at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Jessica is a full time student pursuing an associate degree in business administration. She also plans to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration in Project Management.

Sarah Bogar

IMG_5052_Sara Bogar_v2Sarah Bogar, MSN, CNM, RN
Assistant Professor

Ms. Bogar is a certified nurse midwife (CNM) who is passionate about women's health. She loves working with women and their families.  Ms. Bogar has experience working in high risk antepartum, newborn nursery, labor and delivery, and mother/baby units. She worked at UNM hospital in Albuquerque for 4 1/2 years, and at Taos Holy Cross Hospital for 5 years. She maintains her clinical practice by working at Holy Cross Hospital in the Labor and Delivery unit.

Ms. Bogar worked as an adjunct professor at UNM Taos for the associate degree nursing program before joining Northern as a full-time nursing faculty member in 2016. She has lived in Northern New Mexico for 19 years, loves the outdoors, and enjoys biking, skiing, and rock climbing.

BSN, University of New Mexico
MSN, University of New Mexico

Areas of Clinical Expertise
Women’s Health
Labor and Delivery

Health Assessment
Fundamentals of Nursing
Medical Surgical Nursing

Melanie Colgan

Melanie Colgan
Adjunct faculty
(505) 747-2207

Ana Malinalli x Gutiérrez Sisneros

Anna_webDr. Ana Malinalli x Gutiérrez Sisneros, PhD, MSN, MALAS, APRN, P/MHCNS-BC, CCM
Interim Program Director/Assistant Professor
(505) 747-2256

Ms. Gutiérrez Sisneros is an advanced practice adult psychiatric and mental health clinical nurse specialist as well as a mental health therapist and counselor. All 33 years of Ms. Gutiérrez Sisneros’ nursing experience have been in rural Rio Arriba County and she considers rural nursing practice to be her true nursing clinical specialty. She also holds a master’s degree in Latin American studies with a focus on improvement of Indo-Hispano health status through use of both western and traditional lifeways.

She joined the faculty and staff of the NNMC associate degree in nursing (ADN) program in 2009, and the RN to BSN program in 2010, as an adjunct faculty member. From 2009-2011, Ms. Gutiérrez Sisneros was the nursing retention specialist for the ADN Program. Her academic and experiential qualifications made her the ideal person to address the unique societal and economic issues that impact nursing student retention at NNMC. She was the ¡EXITO! Mental Health Counselor at Northern for five years (2011 - 2016) and also the NNMC Veterans Resource Center Mental Health Counselor from 2015 - 2016, where she continues as a part-time counselor.

Ms. Gutiérrez Sisneros is currently the Interim Program Director for the ADN Program.

Nurse Aide Certificate, TVI / Education Aide Certificate at University of Alburquerque (U of A), 1979 /1980
ADN, University of Albuquerque
BSN, University of New Mexico
MALAS (Master of Arts in Latin American Studies), University of New Mexico
MSN, University of New Mexico
PhD, New Mexico State University: Health Disparities at the Border Area

Areas of Clinical Expertise
Rural Nursing
Health Disparities
Post-Anesthesia Care
Substance Abuse
Case Management
Psychiatric/ Mental Health
Evidence-Based Practice
History of New Mexico and Sociology of the Southwest
Holistic Nursing
Qualitative Research Methods - Ethnography
Genizaro Nation (current dissertation research)

Health Assessment
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
Community and Global Health I & I

Alfredo Lima

Alfredo Lima
Lab Assistant

Alfredo Lima graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Associate Degree Nursing Program. As a native Brazilian, he faced challenges adapting to a new culture and language while pursing a rigorous degree program in nursing. He described the role the entire Northern community played in helping him to reach graduation day,  “Never give up your dreams.”

Theresa A. López

 P1000944cropTheresa A. López, MSN, RNC, CNE
Associate Degree in Nursing/Part-time faculty
(505) 747-2282

Professor López brings more than 30 years of experience in nursing practice to the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Northern New Mexico College. She is also an associate professor of nursing with a concentration in women’s health, obstetrics, and care of the newborn.

Professor López is a National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator and was recognized at the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence annual awards for her nomination in the Nurse Executive Leadership category in 2009 and 2015.

She is certified as a maternal/newborn nurse and has an additional certification in fetal monitoring. She continued to maintain a hospital based clinical practice at a local hospital until her retirement in 2016. Professor López integrates Dr. Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring to guide both her educational and bedside practice.

Associate Degree in Nursing, City College of San Francisco
BSN, University of New Mexico
MSN in Nursing Education, University of New Mexico

Areas of Clinical Expertise
High Risk Newborn
Women’s Health
Nursing Education
Nursing Leadership


Maternal/Newborn Nursing (Didactic and Clinical)
Pediatric Nursing (Didactic and Clinical)

Veronica O’Halloran

V'OHalloranVeronica O’Halloran MSN Ed., RNC
Assistant Professor
(505) 747 2283

Ms. O’Halloran is a full-time assistant professor of nursing education at Northern New Mexico College since 2014.  She brings expertise in the area of maternal/ newborn nursing and she has a certification (RNC) in this field. Ms. O’Halloran has prior teaching experience as an adjunct clinical instructor in variety of settings for two New Mexico colleges. She maintains her clinical expertise by working per diem as a staff nurse at CSTVRMC in Santa Fe in the Labor and Delivery unit, as well as through educational and professional workshops and conferences. She is active member of the New Mexico ANA and AWHONN organizations.

ADN, Pace University
BSN, University of New Mexico
MSN Ed, University of New Mexico

Areas of Clinical Expertise
Maternal/Newborn Inpatient Nursing

Medical-Surgical Nursing (clinical)
Maternal/Newborn Nursing (Didactic and clinical)
Role Transition PN/RN

Anne Reines

P1000941AnneReines-cropAnne Reines,MSN, RN 
Full-time Faculty/Assistant Professor

Ms. Reines is a Northern New Mexico College associate degree nursing program alumni employed as a per diem staff nurse in the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric unit at Presbyterian Española Hospital. She received a Masters of Science in Nursing Education at the University of New Mexico.

ADN, Northern New Mexico Community College
BSN, University of New Mexico
MSN, University of New Mexico

Areas of Clinical Expertise
Medical Surgical Nursing

Medical Surgical Nursing

Susan Wayne

SusanWayneSusan Wayne, MSN, CFNP, RN
Simulation Lab Coordinator
(505) 747-2220

Ms. Wayne is a certified family nurse practitioner for 30 years, and a registered nurse for forty years. She has provided primary and integrative care to patients in Las Vegas and Santa Fe, NM for the past 16 years. Her family practice philosophy blends Western medicine with nutritional, herbal and lifestyle approaches for health and wellness promotion.

Ms. Wayne has taught nursing as an adjunct faculty for over 20 years, serving as a clinical instructor for both ADN and BSN programs in New York City before teaching at Northern. In addition, Ms. Wayne taught herbal medicine, therapeutic touch, and clinical aromatherapy in the massage therapy program at NNMCC. She is currently teaching in both the ADN and RN to BSN Program at Northern, and she serves as the Simulation Lab Coordinator for the ADN Program

Susan lives in a straw-bale/adobe/solar home that she and her husband built in Ribera, N.M. They enjoy hiking and wild-crafting in the Pecos wilderness.

MSN-FNP, SUNY Stonybrook
BSN, Regents Excelsior College
RN Diploma, Long Island College Hospital

Area of clinical expertise
Family Practice
Integrative Medicine and Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy
High Risk Adolescents and HIV Care
Clinical Herbal Medicine
Therapeutic Touch
Colorpuncture Therapy

Health Assessment
Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Nursing
Policy and Politics
Nurse Aide

Margaret Zak

Margaret Zak
Full-time Faculty
Assistant Professor
(505) 747-5047

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