Nursing Programs Faculty

Christy Andrews, MSN, RN

Chairperson of Nursing Programs

Office:  RHO 442

Phone:  828-398-7264



Nita Kirkpatrick, MSN, RN

Associate Chairperson of Nursing Programs

Office:  RHO 425

Phone:  828-398-7481


Laura Brown, MSN, RN, CNE

Clinical Coordinator of Nursing Programs

Office:  RHO 426

Phone:  828-398-7263



Nancy Markhoff

Administrative Assistant

Office:  RHO 443

Phone:  828-398-7259


William "Brent" Evans BSN, RN


Office:   RHO 450

Phone:  828-398-7616


Education:  BSN, University of North Carolina – Charlotte; BA in History, University of Georgia; ADN from A-B Tech.  Currently enrolled in MSN program at East Carolina University.

Work Experience:  5 years critical care staff nursing; nursing faculty member here at A-B Tech.  I previously worked as a credit analyst, zzzzzzzz.  I also used to bag groceries at a Piggly Wiggly while in high school.

Favorite Nursing Quotation:  “The only path to being a great nurse is through your heart.”  Christine Conrad, RN

Background: I am a Georgia native but had the good fortune of moving to Asheville in 1995 and now this is home.  Nursing is a second career for me and I am grateful that it has become my professional focus.  I have two wonderful boys and a darling wife.  I love to play racquetball and enjoy pretty much any sport with a ball involved.

Deanna Littrell BSN, RN

Simulation Coordinator and Faculty

Office:  RHO 447

Phone:  828-398-7617


Rachel Repasy BSN, RN


Office:  RHO 444

Phone:  828-398-7258


Education: ADN from Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC, 2003; BSN from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, 2010; Current MSN student at Western Carolina University, projected date of grad. 2015

Work Experience: 

2003-2004…PMCU/PMSD @ Mission

2004-2013…NTICU (NeuroTrauma ICU) @ Mission

Favorite Nursing Quotation: “You treat a disease, you win, you lose.  You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”- Patch Adams

Background: I am a North Carolina native.  I moved to Asheville in 2003 and have lived here ever since.  I love the mountains, especially in the fall and winter.  Love everything SNOW!  I have been married since 2003 to my husband who owns a small business in Black Mountain.  We have 2 beautiful kids…a son and daughter.  I like to garden in the summer, go to the beach, lay in the yard and read, and plant flowers!

Deborah Bakken, MSN, MSHS, RN


Office: RHO 451

Phone: 828-398-7278

Education: Recently completed the Master of Science in Nursing Program with a concentration in Nursing Education at East Carolina University College of Nursing. Anticipated graduation date is December 2012. MSHS: 2005, Trident University, Health Education; BSN: 1997, George Mason University Nursing; ADN: 1983, George C. Wallace State, Nursing

Work Experience: Since 1983 as a nurse I have worked in the following areas:  Emergency Room, Medical/Surgical, Geriatrics, Oncology, Telemetry, Psychiatric, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, and Preventive Health

Favorite Nursing Quotation: You are only as smart as the question you ask! (Unknown)

Background: I began nursing in 1983 working in many areas over the years with a main concentration for Med/Surgical and Psych.  I love being in the mountains in Asheville, NC with my husband Scott and my two children. My family also includes a Great Dane named Odin and two cats.

James Cardwell MSN, RN


Office:  RHO 417

Phone:  828-398-7590


Education: MSN, East Carolina University; BSN Western Carolina University; ADN from A-B Tech

Work Experience: 4 years as Medical-Surgical RN; 4 years as an Oncology RN; 4 years in Nursing Education at the Hospital level; Adjunct Faculty in Nursing at A-B Tech

Favorite Nursing Quotation: “It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing”…Mother Teresa

Background: I am a Canadian by birth, who became a US citizen in 2002. I have lived happily in Asheville for 15 years with Anne, my wife of 25 years. I am very happy to be teaching Nursing at AB Tech!!

Kristina McCall MSN, RN-BC


Office:  RHO 418

Phone:  828-398-7277

Education: Practical Nurse Diploma from ABTCC; Associates in Nursing from Regents College, Albany, NY; Bachelor’s Degree from Lees McRae College, Banner Elk, NC; Master’s Degree from Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC

Work Experience: Began working on a “float pool” in many areas, but eventually favored pulmonary nursing working on a vent unit and progressive care units. Became a nurse educator at Mission in 2009 and found my “true” calling in nursing, I love to teach!

Favorite Nursing Quotation: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

Background: Moved to NC at the age of 6 from California, married a  military man so I’ve done lots of traveling, been married for 21 years, no children, but love my cocker spaniel “Evan”. Knew I wanted to be a nurse when my mom let me give her insulin shots (she was a diabetic).


Carol Douglas

WNC RIBN Student Services Advocate/Advisor

Office:   RHO 118

Phone:   828-398-7534


Education:  BS in Mathematics, Colorado State University, certification in math instruction, UNCA

Work Experience:  Enka High School:  taught math,  A-B Tech:  developmental math, general academic advising, WNC RIBN adviser

Favorite Nursing Quotation:   I'm not a nurse but came across this cute quote that probably applies to nursing  "There is no 'i' in team but apparently there is one hidden somewhere in 'group project.'"

Background: I am originally from Colorado and enjoy going back yearly to see beloved family and friends.  I'm starting to re-develop my love for adventure and dipping my toes into traveling.  I most recently traveled to Alaska to visit a dear friend. My latest passion is trying out recipes with the sour dough that was apparently started 100 years ago in Nome! Exercising is important to me and I am back into the swing of running, swimming, bicycling, walking and hiking.  I'm pretty much addicted to cross word puzzles and Ken-Ken (a variation of Sudoku).I have a 3 year old grandson who loves the surf and the pool!  We head down to St. Augustine, FL, often and really enjoytaking him there.