School of Nursing Faculty

Amber Pyatt, DNP, RN, CNE

Founding Dean of Nursing, Associate Professor of Nursing
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Dr. Amber Pyatt is the founding dean of MBU’s nursing program and an associate professor of nursing. Pyatt is graduate of SEMO (‘06), Newman University (‘10), University of Cincinnati (‘14) and American Sentinel University (‘16) where she earned her DNP. She is a licensed RN in Kansas, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Nevada and Illinois. Pyatt was the Director of Nursing at Southwestern College from 2014 until coming to MBU. She also taught at Chamberlain College of Nursing and Davenport University. Pyatt earned the Award for Academic Excellence at American Sentinel University. She is a Scholar of the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy that is administered by Sigma Theta Tau International and funded by the Elsevier Foundation as well as a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, National League for Nursing, Graduate Student Nurses Association and the Kansas Organization of Nursing Leaders. Pyatt was elected by peers of nurses in Missouri as the American Nurses Association Membership Delegate. She will be attending the American Nurses Association Membership Assembly in Washington, D.C., in June, representing Missouri nurses.

Lindsay Bartoe, MSN, RN

Adjunct Clinical Faculty
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Ashley Bell, MSN, RN, OCN, CNE

Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Ashley Bell has worked as a registered nurse since 2008, began teaching bachelor of science (BSN) nursing students in 2017, and joined the Missouri Baptist School of Nursing Faculty in 2018. She earned her BSN in 2008 from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio and her master of science in nursing (MSN) with an emphasis in nursing education from University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2013. She received her certification in oncology nursing in 2010. Her clinical passions include oncology, palliative, and medical/surgical nursing. In 2015, she was a finalist for the St. Louis Business Journal’s Nurse Excellence award in the educator category and was recognized for her work as a clinical nurse educator, facilitating learning for nursing personnel in the clinical setting. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing, in 2017.

Kristin Grossman, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Adjunct Clinical Faculty
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Kristin Grossman attended Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri where she graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2011. She initially worked on an adult medical surgical unit starting in 2011, and then proceeded to work on a pediatric medical surgical unit for 3.5 years. Kristin received her Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Maryville University in St. Louis, and graduated in December of 2014. She additionally has been a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) since early 2015, and has worked in family practice and pediatric primary care for the last 4 years. She began teaching Bachelor of Science in Nursing students as a clinical instructor in 2017. She has been a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) since 2013. Kristin was also inducted as a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing, in 2014.

Tara Hommelson, MSN, RN, CPNP, CNE

Assistant Professor of Nursing/Graduate Coordinator
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Tara Hommelson has worked as a registered nurse since 2008. Her nursing background includes pediatric medical-surgical, pediatric hematology and oncology, and pediatric research. Additionally, she is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner and has worked with adolescent medicine and pediatric plastic surgery patients in this capacity. She began teaching Bachelor of Science in nursing students in 2015. Tara earned her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) in 2008 from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri and her master of science in nursing (MSN) from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2013. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2008. In 2013, she was awarded the Shirley A. Martin Distinguished Nurse Award. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the Missouri League for Nursing.

Robin Murray, DNP, RN, CNE

Associate Dean of Nursing/Assistant Professor of Nursing/Undergraduate Coordinator
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Robin Murray has been a registered nurse since 1997 and taught pre-licensure registered nursing and online courses at the college level since 2004. Murray earned her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from Indiana University in 1997 and her master of science in nursing (MSN) nurse educator track from Webster University in 2003. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Educational Leadership from American Sentinel University in 2019 with a research focus on Civility in Nursing. Clinically, Murray has worked with adult patients in medical-surgical units, homecare, occupational health, burn intensive care, cardiac and trauma step-down, behavioral health, management, and faith community nursing. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing in 1996, Golden Key in 2018 and Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society in 2019. Murray is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Missouri Nurses Association, and the National League for Nursing.  Before her career in nursing, Murray served in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve Forces from 1990-1997.

Alicia Nichols

Adjunct Clinical Faculty
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Alicia graduated from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2008 and started her career in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cardinal Glennon. In 2014, Alicia graduated from the Sinclair School of Nursing at Mizzou with her MSN in Nursing Education. She began her education journey teaching clinicals in 2014.

Alicia worked in quality improvement for 4.5 years in the PICU and recently transitioned into the clinical educator role for the PICU at Cardinal Glennon.

Alicia and her husband have 3 children.


Bryanna Scherer

Assistant Professor of Nursing/Simulation Coordinator
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Bryanna graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and soon thereafter, felt called to use her passions and gifts to serve others in the nursing profession. She returned to school and graduated from the University of Tennessee’s accelerated BSN program in 2016. After graduating, she relocated from Knoxville, TN to the St. Louis area with her husband to be closer to family. Bryanna has worked as a registered nurse specializing in oncology and palliative care as well as medical-surgical nursing. She graduated in May 2020 with an MSN as an Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University.

Bryanna has two children, Colton and Landon. She also has a rescue dog, Sadie.  Bryanna and her husband belong to Harvester Christian Church in Saint Charles and love their church “family”! They enjoy traveling to the beach and to the mountains and love spending time with our friends and family whenever we can!

Susan Traylor, MSN, RN

Adjunct Clinical Faculty
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Susan L Traylor, MSN, RN, is an Adjunct Professor at Missouri Baptist College of Nursing. Susan will be educating nursing students at the clinical sites. Susan has taught nursing clinicals and didactic courses in the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) and Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) courses since 2013. Susan has a wealth of nursing experience. Her nursing journey began in Milwaukee, WI where she worked 12 years for a large Magnet hospital. Her roles with this organization expanded starting in the ICU. From the ICU units she moved to the telemetry and later gained employment in its float pool. As a float pool nurse, Susan cared for patients in the ICU, telemetry, rehab, oncology, medical, surgical, and orthopedic units within its five network hospitals. Susan educational journey began with an ADN degree from Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, WI. She later enrolled at Cardinal Stritch University, Mequon, WI, where she obtained a BSN. Susan immediately became aware of the need for strong nursing leaders and decided to enroll in Walden University, Minneapolis MN, where she obtained a Masters of Nursing Management and Leadership.

In 2015, Susan was honored to be awarded the “Herzing University Instructor of the Year”. This award demonstrates her creativity in enhancing students learning and inspire students to reach for their goals. She is also a member of the Missouri Nurses Association and National League of Nursing. During her free time, Susan, spends time with family, shopping, church activities, and traveling with her husband, Lance.

Nursing Staff

Stephanie Fujarski

Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Nursing
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Regina Stolzer

Clinical Compliance Officer
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Regina Stolzer has over a decade of experience working with higher education. She spent 11 years working for Maryville University first in the Maryville University Bookstore and moving on to become the Assistant Operations Manager for the Online Nursing program supporting a staff of more the 150 adjunct nursing faculty. She received her Bachelors of Science in Organizational Leadership and Psychology from Maryville University in 2012.

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