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Maria Fabro  

Maria Fabro, MS, APRN,
Family Nurse Practitioner

Assistant Professor

Haupu 109



Maria is the acting program director for the Allied Health program, effective fall 2012.  She comes with experience in Medical-Surgical nursing and Advance Practice nursing in family practice. She graduated from UH Manoa in May 2001 as a Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s degree in nursing. Her interests include surfing and practicing martial arts.


Sandra Knighton, MSN, CNE

Nursing Faculty

Kilohana 103




Sandy Knighton recently moved to Kaua`i from Idaho where she taught at Idaho State University in Medical-Surgical and Mental Health nursing courses. Sandy received her Associate degree in nursing from Brigham Young University, a Bachelors degree from Idaho State University, a MSN from University of Phoenix and completed post graduate specialization in health care education. Her hospital work included Telemetry, Emergency, Critical Care, Supervisory, and has also worked as a School Nurse. Sandy is currently pursuing a PhD in nursing education through Capella University. She loves teaching and has been involved in health care education for more than 20 years.

Victoria Mathis  

Victoria Mathis, MSN, APRN-BC, CNE

Assistant Professor

Nurs 120



Victoria graduated from UH Manoa as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner with a Masters of Science in Nursing, in May 2001. Her background is the frail institutionalized elderly and hospice and palliative care.

Cherie Mooy, MSN, CNE

Assistant Professor


NURS 121



Cherie began her clinical nursing career in 1980, specializing in Intensive Care, Occupational Health, and Pain Management. During her 25 year clinical experience, she practiced in various acute, as well as outpatient, settings.  She taught extensively to both professionals and the public through her hospital Education Department. After completing her Master in Nursing Education in 2004, she moved to Hawaii in 2005 to accept a faculty position at the Kauai CC Nursing Program. In 2008 she received the Board of Regents Excellence in Education Award. "My growth, exploration, and satisfaction as a nursing instructor is a rewarding experience as I receive positive feedback from the many 'new' nurses I have helped along their academic goal."

Tammie Napoleon  

Tammie Napoleon, MS, APRN

Assistant Professor

NURS 122



Tammie teaches maternal-child health and pediatrics. She recieved her BSN and MSN from University of Manoa. She is Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. "I love Pediatrics, it's my passion." She also provides adolescent healthcare at the Campus Wellness Center. She is also a BCLS instructor.


Linda Neuman, RN


Nursing Annex D




Linda graduated from San Diego State University in 1987 with a BSN. Begining her career as a NICU nurse she then had the opportunity to develop a home care program caring for high risk infants and mothers in their home. Branching into adult care as a chemotherapy nurse at home stimulated her passion to move into home health care for adults. She has been a hospital nurse, a field nurse, a nurse manager and comes full circle to inspire students to enter the nursing field. Her life outside of Kauai Community College includes her family, pets and her active farm. She is a native of New Mexico and has called Kauai her home for 10 years.


Charlene Ono, PhD, APRN- BC, Rx


Wellness Center




Char is the Health Education Divison Chair at Kauai Community College. She is also the director of the Campuse Wellness Center.  She received a Master's in Nursing Administration from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in 1990. She has been at KCC since 1991. Char has taught psychiatric and medical-surgical nursing courses. She completed her post-master's certificate in the Family Nurse Practitioner program from UH in May 2001. She received her PhD from UHM and her dissertation was on living with dying.


Pua Palmeira

Nursing and

Allied Health Counselor

Student Services




Pua graduated from Hawaii Community College with an Associates in Data Processing, UH Hilo with a Bachelors in Psychology and UH Manoa with a Masters in Education. She worked for the University Center at Kaua`i Community College helping students earn a Bachelors and/or Masters degree via distance education. She previously worked at Hawaii Community College, fell in love with the beautiful Island of Kaua`i and moved here five years ago.


Patricia Robinson, RN, MSN

Nursing Faculty


Haupu 110




Pat moved to Kauai from South Dakota, where she received her Associates Degree in Nursing in  1992. Over the last 20 years, she has worked mainly as a Float Nurse in a 300+ bed hospital. Her hospital work  included ICU, Emergency, Pediatrics, Telemetry, The Sleep Center/EEG Lab, Orthopedics, Med-­‐Surg, and Education. In 2008, she received her BSN and in 2011 her MSN in Nursing Education from Clarkson College in Omaha Nebraska. She is a certified ACLS instructor, a member of Sigma Theta Tau, and has spent the last few years as a Clinical Nursing Instructor for Associate Degree nursing students with the University of South Dakota, as well as serving as a mentor for new nurses at the hospital. Her passion for nursing has inspired many to enter the field of nursing for themselves.


Kurt Rutter, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN, CNE

Nursing Faculty

NURS 123



Kurt is the acting program director for the Career Ladder Nursing Program, effective fall 2012.  He has clinical experience in medical-surgical, critical care, and emergency nursing. He moved to Kauai in 2006. Kurt earned his RN at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY in 1998 and has a masters degree in nursing education from Excelsior college (2009). Kurt is certified in critical care and emergency nursing, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

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Tracy Stogner, MSN, APRN

Nursing Faculty

Haupu 111



Tracy Stogner comes to us from Anhorage, Alaska where she began her career in nursing in 1992. She obtained her BSN as well as her MSN form the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including having her own practice.  Tracy also taught Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing at the University of Alaska.


Maureen Tabura, RN, MSN

Assistant Professor

Haupu 114



Maureen teaches primarily medical - surgical nursing to both the first and second level students.  She also instructs  Nursing 259 Basic EKG Interpretation on line .  She is a certified BLS and ACLS instructor.  Received her BSN from The College of New Jersey and her Masters for Nursing Education degree at UH at Manoa.



Sally Tazellar, RN, MSN

Nursing Faculty

Nursing Annex B



Sally Tazelaar graduated from a diploma nursing program in 1976, received a non-nursing bachelor's in 1979, and a MSN in 1994. My desire to teach nursing comes from 2 sources. The first is my own nursing instructors. The second is my desire to be cared for by the best practicing nurses possible. My teaching philosophy is: I learned the information first and I am willing to share. 



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