Ferguson Center for Allied Health and Workforce Development

Nursing Programs Faculty

Christy Andrews, MSN, RN

Chairperson of Nursing Programs

Office:  RHO 442

Phone:  828-398-7264

Email: christycandrews@abtech.edu

Nita Kirkpatrick, MSN, RN

Associate Chairperson of Nursing Programs

Office:  RHO 425

Phone:  828-398-7481

Email:  nitamkirkpatrick@abtech.edu

Laura Brown, MSN, RN, CNE

Clinical Coordinator of Nursing Programs

Office:  RHO 426

Phone:  828-398-7263

Email:  lauralbrown@abtech.edu


  • Diploma from Peter Bent Brigham Hospital School of Nursing (known as Brigham and Women's Hospital); Boston, MA
  • Bachelor's Degree: Winston-Salem State University; Winston-Salem, NC
  • MSN with Concentration in Nursing Education: Gardner-Webb University; Boiling Springs, NC
  • Certification: Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) by National League of Nursing (NLN)
  • Certification: Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) by National Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Work Experience: 

  • Adult ICU for first 10 years out of nursing school
  • PACU nursing inpatient and outpatient for many years
  • Pediatrics in surgery settings, and worked in an outpatient sick and emergency after hour pediatric care facility for 17 yrs
  • Pediatric office patient care and triage
  • Adjunct Faculty: AB Tech, May 2000
  • Full-Time Faculty: AB Tech, January 2003
  • Clinical Coordinator/Liason: AB Tech, August 2014

Favorite Nursing Quotation: "To nurse is a field of which one may safely say: there is no end in what we may be learning every day." -Florence Nightingale

Background: Grew up in Connecticut, went to nursing school in Boston and return to work in CT as an RN for 5 years. Moved to NC in 1976. Married with 4 children, 2 girls and twin boys. Currently have 7 grandchildren with the 8th one due July 2015. I love spending time with my family, especially my wonderful grandchildren. Also enjoy gardening, reading, camping, and spending time with friends.


Nancy Markhoff

Administrative Assistant

Office:  RHO 443

Phone:  828-398-7259



William "Brent" Evans MSN, RN

Nursing Faculty

Office:   RHO 450

Phone:  828-398-7616

Email:  williambevans@abtech.edu


  • BA: History, University of Georgia
  • ADN: AB Tech Community College
  • BSN: University of North Carolina @ Charlotte
  • MSN: 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.


Pamela Griffin, MSN, RN

Nursing Faculty

Office:  RHO 449

Phone:  828-398-7261



Tipton Dillingham, MSN, RN

Nursing Faculty

Office:  RHO 446

Phone:  828-398-7357

Email: tiptongdillingham@abtech.edu


Deanna Littrell, MSN, RN

Simulation Coordinator/Nursing Faculty

Office:  RHO 447

Phone:  828-398-7617

Email:  deannawllittrell@abtech.edu


Kristina McCall MSN, RN-BC

Nursing Faculty

Office:  RHO 418

Phone:  828-398-7277



  • 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, no children, but I've had a wonderful husband since 1993.  Knew I wanted to be a nurse when my mom let me give her insulin shots (she was a diabetic).


Rachel Repasy, MSN, RN

Nursing Faculty

Office:  RHO 444

Phone:  828-398-7258

Email:  rachelnrepasy@abtech.edu


  • ADN from Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC, 2003
  • BSN from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, 2010
  • MSN from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, 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!

Misty Shane, MSN, RN

Nursing Faculty

Office: RHO 451

Phone: 828-398-7278

Email: MShane@abtech.edu

Heather M. Wallen, MSN, RN

Nursing Faculty

Office:  RHO 448

Phone:  828-398-7396

Email: heathermwallen@abtech.edu


  • Associate Degree Nursing: 2004 @ Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing: 2009 @ Appalachian State University
  • Master of Science Nursing Education: 2015 @ Western Carolina University (Sigma Theta Tau)

Work Experience: 

  • Coli Critical Care ICU: Approximately 7 years @ Mission Hospital
  • House Supervisor: 2 years @ Mission Hospital
  • Nurse Educator (MSICU/Coli/7North/Gsurg/NA Staffing Pool): 2 years @ Mission Hospital
  • Nursing Faculty: Began August 2014...and am here for the long run!!!
  • Specialties: Oncology, Sepsis, Renal Failure, Palliative Care/Hospice Care, and Nurse Education.

Favorite Nursing Quotation: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." -Emmerson

Background: I was born in Florida to a mother who was a Florida native and a father who was a North Carolina native. We moved to NC when I was 11 years old and I've always considered NC my home. I have a wonderful husband who supports me and always keeps me laughing. I am an animal lover and am a 'mama' to 3 fur-babies. I love to sing and actually considered it as a career for a short time before becoming a nurse. Nursing is my passion, my calling, and my life. I believe there is no greater gift than to teach someone to care for another.


Joan Vassey, MSN, RN

Nursing Faculty

Office: RHO 418

Phone: 398-7661

Email: joancvassey@abtech.edu

Carol Douglas

WNC RIBN Student Services Advocate/Advisor

Office:   RHO 118

Phone:   828-398-7534

Email:  caroladouglas@abtech.edu

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 enjoy taking him there.