Nursing Program Staff


Melissa Offenhartz, RN, MA,
Director, ADN-RN Program
Cell: 575-776-4185
Office: 575-737-3744

Melissa has over 20 years of experience in nursing, as a direct care provider in medical-surgical, HIV/AIDS, and critical care nursing; as a nurse-educator in critical care and academia; and in nursing management and administration.  She received her BSN from Indiana University and her MA in Nursing Education from New York University.  She also received a BS in Biology from the State University of New York.  Melissa feels privileged to live and work in beautiful Northern New Mexico. 


Dawn Kittner
Clinical Coordinator

Dawn has 14 years of nursing experience 5 years in adult medical surgical and 9 years in intensive care/critical care nursing areas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rhode Island College and a Masters of Science from the University of Rochester with the specialty focus of Adult Nurse Practitioner. She enjoys living in Taos with her family, hiking and skiing/snowshoeing in the beautiful mountains and working around her home.

Barb Wiard

Barb Wiard
Administrative Assistant

Karen Odell

Karen Odell
Nurse Educator

Karen Odell has been a nurse for over 20 years with practice experience in Pediatric ortho-neuro, chronic disease and intensive care, adult med-surg and intensive care, and 9 years as a nurse educator specializing in clinical education and simulation. She comes to Taos from Minnesota and enjoys riding horses in the mountains as well as the beauty, art and culture of Taos.