meet the team

Our Nursing Leaders

VP of Healthcare
Colleen Sanders, RN, FNP-BC, VP of Healthcare聽

Colleen Sanders, RN, FNP-BC聽

As a registered nurse (RN) and family nurse practitioner (FNP), Colleen spent 12 years in higher education teaching the next generation of entry-level professional nurses and nurse practitioners. While teaching and supporting programs on campus and online, Colleen learned how to solve the unique complexities that accompany educating healthcare professionals, especially聽in the distance format. She also maintains an active practice as an FNP which allows her to create current and relevant learning experiences for students.聽As an experienced educator and clinician, she understands that students and quality must be the focal point for programs to achieve great success.

Colleen received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University and Master of Science in Nursing from Columbia University in聽New York. She holds active licensure as a registered nurse and advanced practice nurse as well as ANCC FNP certification.聽

Director of Healthcare Operations

Bethann Mendez, DNP, APRN, CCNS

Bethann is a highly experienced RN and APRN with almost 30 years of nursing practice in the acute care setting and is passionate about inspiring excellence in the nursing profession. Beyond her diverse bedside career in critical care (including trauma, neuro, cardiac and surgical ICUs),聽 Bethann has served as a hospital leader in roles including transition to practice coordinator, CNS, senior director of professional practice, and聽operational director for critical care divisions.聽 She has continued her contributions outside of the healthcare setting and served as an SME and adjunct faculty for undergraduate BSN programs and online MSN leadership and quality-focused programs.

She is certified in critical care as a clinical nurse specialist and holds a DNP in Clinical Leadership.

Bethann Mendez, DNP, APRN, CCNS, Director of Healthcare Operations