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Edson College Alumni Board


The mission of the Edson College Alumni Board is to increase alumni engagement with Edson College and to foster alumni connectedness to the college in support of its mission and goals. Being a member of the Alumni Board provides the opportunity to shape alumni relations and outreach by planning communications and making recommendations to the Dean and Alumni Relations Coordinator.  The Alumni Board provides a link between the community and Edson College for interaction and communication among stakeholders, community members, organizations, education and alumni.  These members give valuable insight on changes within the healthcare environment and information on the needs and views of employers and healthcare consumers. 

 Current Edson College Alumni Board Members


Angelina Elena Brandwein

Angelina ("Angel") Brandwein is a systems strategist with expertise in operations, board development and tactical marketing. She currently serves as Chair for the Edson Alumni Board and is pursuing a Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) degree at the ASU College of Health Solutions. With a passion for social justice via health and over a decade of ASU experience, she is deeply dedicated to impacting health through transdisciplinary, disruptive and entrepreneurial approaches. Ms. Brandwein received her Master of Healthcare Innovation (MHI) from the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She previously held the post of Assistant Director of Health and Clinical Partnerships at ASU, where she managed partner portfolios while concurrently functioning as COO for the Health Futures Council (HFC), a body of local and international thought leaders who help to advance ASU's health enterprise and optimize health across populations.

Elizabeth Brenner

Elizabeth graduated from ASU in 2005, with her BSN. She has enjoyed a diverse and challenging nursing career in a variety of specialties and healthcare settings, which include: Pediatric and Adult Oncology, Home Health Infusion, Perioperative Services, and Prior Authorization/Utilization Management. She has recently completed the 40hr Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Adult training and will be attending the International Association of Forensic Nursing skills training in St. Paul, Minnesota. After going through her own journey as a fertility patient, she was inspired and became passionate to help others in the same situation. She was admitted to Duke University’s Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner BSN-DNP program, where she will be dual specializing in Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility and Oncology services.

Nancy Claflin

Nancy received her BSN and MS in Nursing from ASU, and a DNP from the University of Alabama.  She is a Fellow of the National Association for Healthcare Quality, and served on their board of directors and as president in 2004.  She was awarded NAHQ’s Distinguished Member Award in 2007.  She served on the board of directors and as the President of the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) from 2008 – 2010, and is the chair of NOVA’s Education Committee.  She has published on nursing and healthcare quality topics, including serving as the editor of the eighth edition of NAHQ’s Guide to Quality Management. She is an independent Healthcare Quality Consultant and Adjunct Faculty member in Nursing at Gateway Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.

Barbara Fargotstein

Barbara graduated with a BSN in 1969 from, what was then the ASU College of Nursing.  Her professional career involved clinical work in psychiatric-mental health nursing, consultation-liaison with adult health units and legal nurse practice, administration with the VA system, and 30+ years of experience in nursing education at three different universities. Throughout her career, her passion has been in the area of ethics and in retirement she continues to be involved in ethics education through her volunteer work with  Hospice of the Valley and invited work with graduate student education.  She has also been an active advocate for both students and faculty with the ultimate goal of providing the highest quality of ethical nursing practice.


Tiffani Hamstra

Tiffani Hamstra grew up in Simi Valley, and earned her BSN from Azusa Pacific University. After graduation, she worked at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, specializing in Adult Medicine, quadriplegic/paraplegic care and head trauma rehabilitation. Tiffani moved to Arizona and completed her MS in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner in 1994, with a focus on the underserved population. She is board certified in Family Practice through ANCC. Tiffani has 25 years of Family Nurse Practitioner experience in the following areas: family practice primary care; onsite health care; Medical Clinical Manager/FNP for a Behavioral Health Peer Support Program; Clinical Site Supervisor for Grand Canyon University FNP Program; Visiting Professor at Chamberlain College of Nursing.


Lindsay Lagreid

Lindsay received her undergraduate degree from Washington State University in Kinesiology and a Masters in Healthcare Innovation from ASU.  Currently she works with Limeade as a solution architect, working with large employers to improve their employee experience. Her passion is creating a workplace cultures that are inclusive, innovative, and humane. Her expertise is leveraging technology to help organizations achieve key business goals by investing in employees. Lindsay believes that truly great companies authentically care about their people. She has worked in the "corporate wellness" space her entire career and is energized by how quickly the space has evolved beyond just step challenges and weight loss programs to something much more powerful and compassionate.


Craig Laser

Craig is a registered nurse and healthcare leader who graduated from ASU in 1987 with his BSN. He has worked as a clinical nurse, nurse leader, executive, and independent consultant. Craig’s clinical background includes critical care nursing, emergency/trauma nursing, and critical care transport/flight nursing. Beginning this fall semester, Craig will be a full-time clinical associate professor in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation teaching in the health innovation program.

Craig believes mission and purpose drives individual and organizational success, and his philosophy on leadership and helping others build leadership competency is the foundation to innovation and change.


Carrie Peterson

Carrie Peterson graduated from ASU with her DNP in Adult Geriatrics in 2016.  She spent her nursing career in the emergency department/trauma center. She now works as a nurse practitioner in a cancer center providing urgent care/symptom management to cancer patients. She enjoys caring for this complex, yet resilient patient population. In her spare time, she works at a local hospice agency caring for patients at end of life. Throughout her academic career and her professional practice she has focused much of her efforts on end-of-life care and advance directives.

During her time at ASU she served on the Graduate Nurses Organization (GNO) as secretary and is currently president of the local Phoenix chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society.  Carrie enjoys mentoring new nurses and providing education opportunities for oncology nurses in Phoenix.   


Anne Rosenblatt

Anne Rosenblatt (Myrtle) to Arizona friends graduated from ASU in 1969 with a BSN and from California state University Lo Angeles in 1971 with an MSN. Anne is retired and last year attended her 50th reunion from ASU.

She primarily practiced medical surgical nursing with an emphasis on Hemodialysis and Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant. She has taught BSN and MSN students from UCLA, Cal State and Mount St. Mary’s Nursing programs. For the last 20 years she was a nursing manager for bone marrow, oncology, AIDS and Dialysis at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  Her interest in ASU has never waivered with focus on ethics and diversity.


Graham Sawicki

Graham graduated from ASU with his DNP (Family Medicine concentration) in 2019.  During his three years as a DNP student he thoroughly enjoyed interacting with other like-minded individuals and students and attending the various events/activities hosted by ASU. He successfully led the Graduate Nurses Organization (GNO) as President from 2018-2019. During that time, he improved the GNO's organization and standards of operation by converting the GNO to operating 100% paperless and re-defining the roles of all board members.


Therese M. Speer

Therese serves as the senior director of undergraduate nursing and health programs at Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She has been with the college for almost 23 years, and she graduated from ASU in 2016 with her DNP.  Her research focuses on first year students and their feelings of belonging, specifically while at ASU and Edson College. Therese considers herself a servant leader, meaning she leads from behind, assisting students to develop the leadership skills in themselves. She serves as faculty advisor to our first year students and has the joy of meeting our students as they begin their first year journey.


Danielle Stringer

Dani Stringer, popularly known as the KidNurse, graduated from ASU with her BSN in 2009, her MS in Nursing degree in 2010. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, she has provided quality care to thousands of children and their families across Phoenix, Arizona. Together with her husband, Dani is the co-owner and Director of Nursing of Total Care Connections, a home care company serving clients all throughout Arizona. Dani served as the President of the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners from 2017-2019 and is an outspoken advocate for children and the nursing profession.  Dani is passionate about health innovation. She regularly publishes evidenced-based resources for parents on her popular website www.kidnurse.org.