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Contact info and brief biography of our nursing faculty. 

Learn about the degree you will earn when you learn from these professors.

Lucille (Lucy) Krull PhD, RN

Dean, School of Nursing

(509) 527-2145  (Portland Office)

ASN – Pacific Union College – 1985

BS in Nursing – Pacific Union College – 1986

MS in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner – Sonoma State University – 1988

PhD in Nursing – University of Texas at Austin – 1995

Clinical Expertise: OB, Pediatrics, Primary Care

Message from the dean

We are delighted that you are interested in the School of Nursing at Walla Walla University. We are very proud of our long history of helping to develop strong Christian nurses. In fact, we recently marked the 120th anniversary of the start of this nursing program.  Our program has several distinct elements that make our graduates exceptional:

Our faculty: The Nursing faculty are a wonderful group of dedicated nurses who work closely with students to help them succeed. 

Our curriculum: The Nursing curriculum includes several innovated classes that other nursing programs do not include.  Just a couple of these are:  Nursing of the Chronically Ill and Advanced Acute Nursing.  These courses really prepare our graduates to care for patient outside the acute care setting as well as in a critical care setting.  

Clinical Experience: The Nursing curriculum includes almost 1000 hours of clinical experience and skills practice.  We pride ourselves in making sure that these hours are not observational experiences.  In the senior year, students are expected to take on the role of their preceptor and function like a member of the staff.

Preparation for the Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN):  We want students to finish the program ready to take the NCLEX with only a minimum of review after graduation.  Preparation for this all important exam is imbedded all throughout the nursing courses.  Preparation culminates into a NCLEX Review course taken in the last quarter of the program.  

I invite you to learn more by examining our website and then to contact the School of Nursing on the campus of your choice. We’ll help you see how you might fit into our program best.

—Lucy Krull, RN, PhD
Dean, School of Nursing

Kari Firestone PhD, RN, CNS

Associate Dean, School of Nursing


(509) 527-2462

BS in Nursing - Walla Walla College - 1994

MS in Nursing/Nursing Education/Clinical Nurse Specialist - Loma Linda University - 2006

PhD in Nursing - Oregon Health & Sciences University - 2016

Clinical Expertise: Pediatrics, Pain & Symptom Management, Health Promotion, Public/Community Health

Emilie Butler MN, RN, CMSRN

Assistant Professor

(509) 527-2133  (Portland Office)

BS in Nursing - Walla Walla University -2010

MS in Nursing Advanced Population Health - Washington State University - 2015

Clinical Expertise:  Adult Medical/Oncology, Medical/Surgical

Debbie Lampson MS, RN

Assistant Professor

(509) 527-2108  (Portland Office)

BS in Nursing - Walla Walla College - 1982

MS in Nursing Education - Walden University - 2010

Clinical Expertise: Nursing management, community/public health

Deanna Ludwig-Bos MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

(509) 527-2131  (Portland Office)

AAS in Nursing - Lower Columbia College - 2009

BS in Nursing - Washington State University - 2011

MS in Nursing Education - Kaplan University - 2014

Clinical Expertise: Psychiatric mental health nursing

Michelle MacLachlan MSN, RN, NCSN

Clinical Placement Coordinator, Advising and Community Health Clinical

(509) 527-2157  (Portland Office)

BS in Nursing - Walla Walla College - 1995

MS in Nursing - Gonzaga University - 2012

Clinical Expertise: School nursing, pediatrics, internal medicine

Doug McClay, MLIS

Assistant Librarian II

(509) 527-2124  (Portland Office)

MS of Library and Information Service - Drexel University - 2011

Expertise: Libraries and information

Eunice Muriu MS, RN

Assistant Professor

(509) 527-2651

BS in Nursing  - Bethel College – 2007

MS in Nursing – University of Michigan – 2010

Clinical Expertise:  Medical Surgical Nursing

Michaelynn Paul MS, DNP, RN, CCRN

Associate Professor

(509) 527-2150  (Portland Office)

AS in Nursing - Walla Walla College- 1986

BS in Nursing - Walla Walla College - 1987

MS in Nursing - Oregon Health & Sciences University - 2004

DNP - Walden University - 2017

Clinical Expertise: Critical Care, Emergency, Staff Education, Management

Annette Riebe M.A.

Dean of Residence and Student Life

(509) 527-2178  (Portland Office)

BS in Business Education - Walla Walla College - 1980

MA in Educational Leadership - Loma Linda University - 1988

Expertise: Working in educational leadership since 1980, 9 years on the secondary level and in higher education since 1989.  More than 30 years in student services/residential life

Karen Tetz PhD, RN


(509) 527-2144  (Portland Office)

BS in Nursing - Walla Walla College - 1977

MS in Nursing - Loma Linda University - 1983

PhD in Gerontological Nursing - Oregon Health & Science University - 2003

Clinical Expertise: Medical/Surgical nursing, hemodialysis, home health, gerontological nursing

Lynn Wagner MS, RN

Associate Professor 

(509) 527-2146  (Portland Office)

BS in Nursing - Loma Linda University - 1977

MS in Nursing - Loma Linda University - 1984

Clinical Expertise: Obstetrics/postpartum, OB/GYN

Last update on June 12, 2019