Carroll College, Helena Montana

Faculty and Staff

Maria Brosnan, MSN, ACNP-BC

Maria Brosnan
Assistant Professor, earned her Masters Degree in Nursing, specializing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, at Rush University of Chicago.

When she is not teaching, Maria enjoys riding her horses, spending time with friends and being outdoors.

Courses taught: Fundamentals and Health Promotion, Assessment and Health Promotion, Pathophysiology & Pharmacology, Clinical Nursing Care, Capstone Clinical and NCLEX preparation


Kim Garrison, MN, RN, CNE

Kim Garrison
Associate Professor, earned her masters in psychosocial nursing at the University of Washington and has been a certified Biofeedback Therapist since 1985.

Specialties include management of the stress response, biofeedback therapy, anxiety disorders, childhood trauma and client self-management of health concerns.

Outside of class, Kim enjoys hiking, traveling, the outdoors and her family.

Courses taught: Psychosocial Health, Capstone Clinical


Donna Greenwood, MSN, RN

Donna Greenwood
Associate Professor, earned her masters at the University of Portland, specializing in primary care of the adult and family.

Special nursing interests include community and public health nursing, clinical decision-making, nursing ethics, and holistic care with emphasis on prevention and health promotion.

Other interests/hobbies include playing with her grandchildren Haley, Trey, Addison and Andrew; refinishing old furniture; sports - especially baseball; and anything outside, including hiking with her dog Gunner and camping.

Courses taught: Community Health Nursing & Nursing Leadership & Management. Favorite teaching/learning strategies include using video technology to bring in guest speakers from other countries and to create student nurse networks around the world.

Stephanie Burkholder, MN, APRN, FNP-BC

Assistant professor, Stephanie was born and raised in Helena. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and later received her Master of Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner program) from Montana State University in Bozeman. Her nursing background includes pediatric inpatient care, public health nursing, and nurse case management.

When she is not teaching, Stephanie enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, and exploring with her husband and two young daughters.

Courses taught: Assessment & Health Promotion, Evidence Based Practice Research Methods.

Janet Johnson, BA, RN

Nursing Instructor
BA in Nursing from Carroll College, 1998.

Nursing Experience: 10 years working in VA medical centers in Helena, MT; Boston, MA; and Seattle, WA – specifically on medical/telemetry floors and in the ICU and CCU. Also served as a medical advisor at an International School in Shanghai, China. Served as Carroll's Lab Facilitator for 1.5 years before moving into her current role as Instructor and is working toward her master's in Nursing Education.

Nursing Interests: Nursing education, hospice, critical care, preventative care, and global health trends.

Special Interests: Traveling, watching movies (especially documentaries), any outdoor activities, cooking, spending time with my family.

Meredith Krutar, MSN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor, earned her Masters Degree in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner in primary care with an emphasis and love of pediatrics and women's health.

Other interests include playing tennis, traveling, cross-country skiing, enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Montana, and most importantly, spending time with her family .

Courses taught: Care of the Childbearing Family, Capstone

Karmen Williams, MSN, RN
Karmen WilliamsAssociate Professor and Chair of the Nursing Department, Karmen earned her Master’s in Nursing Education from Walden University and her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Wyoming.

Her diverse nursing background includes office nursing, nursing home, medical/surgical acute care and 20 years on a Women’s and Children’s unit which included labor & delivery, postpartum, nursery, pediatrics and the C-Section team. During this time, she was able to become the unit based educator for 2 years and thus started her excitement for academia. She had the privilege of teaching LPN and RN students for 16 years at Helena College University of Montana.

Courses taught: Maternal Child, Pharmacology, Advanced Clinical Skills, Leadership, Geriatrics, and Nutrition.

Karmen loves spending time with her 2 daughters and son-in-laws and her 4 grandchildren, golfing, reading, hiking, attending sporting events, and sewing.

Terri John, BA

Terri John
Terri provides administrative support for the Department of Nursing, Terri is an alumni of Carroll College (1985) whose special interests include qigong, creative writing, reading, hiking, nature, holistic health and spirituality. She enjoys creating a more home-like and nurturing environment on the nursing floor.

What grads have to say about nursing faculty and staff...

I am so thankful for professors who are passionate about my success. Having educators who are approachable, motivating, intelligent, and most importantly loving, has helped me achieve my goals. I will always admire and respect my professors from the Nursing Department and look forward to using the tools I've learned from them in my nursing practice.

I appreciate teachers who are always willing to help. They are always willing to meet with us outside of class to help us be successful. The professors know and care about their students. The professors are fair in their grading. Professors are always willing to talk to you not just about school but about how you are feeling and are willing to help you find ways to decrease your stress and improve.

I have loved all my teachers. I never felt like I couldn't go to a teacher if I needed help. They are one of the many reaons why I was successful through this program.

I'd have to say that the faculty is what makes the program. . . I could not have done it without them!

The faculty is excellent... Always going out of their way to help out the students.

The professors make the nursing program. Their wide base knowledge, skills and professionalism is what makes this program successful. They are passionate about their specialty and are knowledgeable.

I loved how my professors would willingly meet with me to discuss concerns or questions that I had; they were also concerned about how I was doing with everything, I feel that they approach teaching their students with a holistic approach, which is the perspective they teach us to have as nurses. I also really appreciated the "family" feel of the nursing floor, it definitely enhanced my experience!

The professors strive to make this the best possible experience that they can for the students. You form really solid relationships here, and you really grow as a person.

I appreciated the availability of faculty and knowing that they cared about me as an individual, cared about the nursing program and cared about the nursing profession.

My faculty have always treated me as an individual rather than a member of a nursing class. I have always felt supported in my endeavors and my professors have always made themselves available. I have always experienced a safe and conducive environment to support my learning.

The professors are inspirational and represent nursing in a progressive sense. I liked that I was challenged and pushed to my limits.

I appreciate the nursing staff the most. They were all so caring, understanding, knowledgeable, etc. They took so much time not only during the school day, but also staying late to help and working on their off time. They were so positive all the time too which really made me feel great.

With smaller classes we were actually able to interact with our teachers more effectively without being too intimidated to ask questions or participate.

The faculty were amazing! They went above and beyond my expectations. They were so kind-hearted, understanding, and helpful. They wanted me to succeed.

I was never afraid to ask for help, there was always someone there to offer guidance.

I appreciated the tight knit atmosphere of the nursing program. Professors all knew me by my first name sophomore year and cared about the person that I was.

I appreciate how helpful and genuine the professors are about problems in the classroom and when we are dealing with life issues. Incredible support.

I consider this program to be a family, in which it is willing to bend over backwards for its students. It's professional, up to date, and has a wonderful ensemble of professors.

The staff are amazing, the small class size allows you to ask questions and feel comfortable talking with your peers and faculty, you learn A LOT!