Faculty and Staff

Lori Baumgarten

Associate Degree Nursing Secretary
Wharton County Junior College
911 Boling Highway
Wharton, TX 77488
Ph: (979) 532-6391
Email: baumgartenl@wcjc.edu
 


 Andrea Shropshire, DNP, MSN, RN

Director of Associate Degree Nursing Program
Wharton County Junior College
911 Boling Highway
Wharton, TX 77488
Ph: (979) 532-6404
Email: ShropshireA@wcjc.edu 

Dr. Shropshire graduated from The University of Texas School of Nursing in Houston, TX with a BSN in 2004.  She began her nursing career as an oncology nurse at the Northwest Cancer Center.  She continued to work for the cancer center part-time after accepting a position as a school nurse.  With a passion for oncology and research she moved to UT MD Anderson Cancer Center where she was a breast cancer research nurse.  She graduated from Chamberlain College of Nursing with a MSN specializing as a nurse educator in 2013.  Dr. Shropshire began part-time at WCJC in 2014 and accepted a full time position in the fall of 2014.  Dr. Shropshire received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2016 specializing in healthcare systems management.  Dr. Shropshire also served as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy from 1993-1998 and was honorably discharged. Her military experience included medical/surgical nursing, emergency medicine, dermatology, field medicine and Persian Gulf illness.  She assumed the Director position in January 2017


 Cynthia Cruz, MSN, RN

Associate Degree Nursing Instructor
Wharton County Junior College
911 Boling Highway
Wharton, TX 77488
Ph: (979) 532-6471
Email: cruzc@wcjc.edu 
 
Mrs. Cruz graduated from the University of Rochester School of Nursing in Rochester, New York with a BSN in 1991.  She began her nursing career at St. Luke's Lutheran Hospital in San Antonio, Texas and specialized in burns, orthopedics, neurological and surgical care units.  Mrs. Cruz branched into home health and worked in administration through 1998.  She has worked at Christus St. Catherine's Hospital in Katy, Texas since 2001 where her experience included pediatrics, newborn nursery, level II NICU, postpartum and medical surgical nursing.  Mrs. Cruz graduated from Texas Woman's University with a Master of Science with a major in nursing education in 2009.  She has taught as adjunct faculty in the LVN and ADN programs at Lone Star College in Cypress, Texas.  Mrs. Cruz began as adjunct faculty at WCJC in 2013 and accepted a full time position in the spring of 2014.
 

Sandra Davis, MSN, RN

Associate Degree Nursing Instructor
Wharton County Junior College
14004 University Boulevard
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Ph: (281) 243-8564
 
Ms. Davis received her Master's degree in Clinical Nurse Specialist from University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama in May 1997.  She began her nursing career as a registered nurse in 1986 in Medical Surgical after graduating from Alcorn State University.  She has 28 years clinical experience in various clinical areas which include Med-Surgical Units and Women's Health.  She has taught in various Associate Degree Nursing programs throughout Mississippi prior to joining Wharton County Junior College in January 2014.  She is one of five charter members for Coahoma Community College Associate Degree program.  There she assisted with writing, getting initial accreditation and starting the first class.  Currently she works full time at Wharton County Junior College as a Level 1 instructor and clinical instructor.  She also works as a nurse educator part time for antepartum clients.
 

Natasha Goins, MSN, RN

Associate Degree Nursing Instructor
Wharton County Junior College
14004 University Boulevard 
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Ph: (281) 243-8561
Email: goinsn@wcjc.edu

Ms. Goins received her Master's degree in Nursing Education from Texas Woman's University, Houston, Texas in December 2011. She began her nursing career in Medical-Surgical Nursing in 1999 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She has worked in various areas like Orthopedic/Trauma at MHH-TMC and Neurology Rehab Oncology at MD Anderson. Natasha has taught Med-Surg Nursing at Sowela Technical Community College in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She started part-time at Wharton County Junior College in the Associate Degree of Nursing program in the Med-Surg I skills lab. Currently she works full-time at Wharton County Junior College as a Pharmacology instructor and clinical instructor in Med-Surg II. She still works as a staff nurse in Post-partum, Medical Telemetry and Physical Rehab areas.


Tammy Hann, MSN, RN

Associate Degree Nursing Instructor
Wharton County Junior College
911 Boling Highway
Wharton, TX 77488
Ph: (979) 532-6902
Email: hannt@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Hann received her Vocational Nursing Certificate from Wharton County Junior College in 1986. After working in various areas in rural Texas facilities for 12 years, she obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing from Reagents College (member of The University of the State of New York) in 1998. She continued working in rural Texas facilities and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2010 followed by her Master of Science in Nursing Education in 2012 through Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona. Her work experiences include Medical Surgical Nursing, hospital based Skilled Nursing Facilities and Rehabilitation Units, Geriatric-Psych Unit, Long Term Care Facilities as a Staff Nurse and Director of Nurses, Outpatient Clinic Internal Medicine Department Staff Nurse, Home Health Visiting Nurse as well as Case Manager and Staff Supervisor, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Operating Room Nurse in the capacity of a Scrub Nurse and Circulating Nurse. She joined Wharton County Junior College as a full time instructor for the Associate Degree Nursing Program in January 2013.


Sherrie Hardin, BSN, RN

Associate Degree Nursing Simulation Lab Coordinator
Wharton County Junior College
911 Boling Highway
Wharton, TX 77488
Ph: (979) 532-6954
Email: hardins@wcjc.edu

Ms. Hardin graduated from the University of Texas School of Nursing, Houston, TX in 1977.  She has 43 years of nursing experience in various clinical areas which include Medical-Surgical units, Orthopedics, Emergency Department and ICU and in nursing administration as House Supervisor, Infection Control/Prevention, Quality Improvement and Assistant Director of Nursing,  She joined Wharton County Junior College as the Simulation Lab Coordinator in September 2020.


Patricia Korenek, WHNP, MS, RN

Associate Degree Nursing Instructor
Wharton County Junior College
911 Boling Highway
Wharton, TX 77479
Ph: (979) 532-6549
Email: korenekp@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Korenek received her Masters of Science from Texas Woman’s University, Houston, Texas.  She began her nursing career as Licensed Vocational Nurse, after receiving her certificate from Wharton County Junior College.  Mrs. Korenek obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas.  She has worked in various areas like Medical/Surgical, Oncology, Obstetrics, and Nursing Administration.  In addition she also received her certificate as a Woman's Health Nurse Practitioner from The University Southwest Medical School, Dallas, Texas.  She practiced as a Nurse Practitioner for several years providing Prenatal, Postparum, and Gynecologic care.  Mrs. Korenek began her teaching career with Wharton County Junior College in 2011.  She has been an instructor in Level 1, Level 3 and LVN-ADN transition.


Esther Kumar, AG-ACNP, MSN, RN

Associate Degree Nursing Instructor
Wharton County Junior College
14004 University Boulevard 
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Ph: (281) 243-8562
Email: kumare@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Kumar graduated from Andhra University in India in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She practiced as an RN mostly in critical care in India and the Middle Eastern counrty of Oman for several years before migrating to the USA in 1999.  She worked in Critical Care and Interventional Radiology departments for several years in Texas.  She obtained her Master's degree in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse practitioner specialty from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2013.  She practiced as a Cardiology Nurse Practitioner for 5 years before embarking on her lifelong passion for teaching at Wharton County Junior College in the spring of 2020.


Shawna Lindsey, MSN, RN

Associate Degree Nursing Instructor
Wharton County Junior College
14004 University Boulevard
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Ph: (281) 243-8569
Email: lindseys@wcjc.edu

Ms. Lindsey received her Master's degree in Nursing Education from Chamberlain College of Nursing, St. Louis, MO. in December 2011.  She began her nursing career in Geriatric Nursing in 1992 as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  She has worked in various areas like Medical Surgery at St. Louis Regional Hospital and Medical Surgery/Telemetry at Oakbend Medical Center in Richmond, TX, Rehab at Rehab Institute at St. Louis, Mo.  Shawna has taught Med Surg clinical as adjunct faculty at Houston Community College in Houston, TX.  She started part-time at WCJC in the Associate Degree of Nursing program in the Level 1 skills lab.  Currently she works full time at WCJC as a level 1 lecture instructor and clinical instructor.  She still works as a staff nurse PRN in Medical Telemetry at Oakbend Medical Center.


Amy Pendergraft, FNP, MSN, RN

Associate Degree Nursing Instructor
Wharton County Junior College
911 Boling Highway
Wharton, TX 77488
Ph: (979) 532-6464
Email: pendergrafta@wcjc.edu

Ms. Pendergraft attended Texas A&M University before receiving her BSN from UTMB in 1996.  She worked for Harris County Hospital District for several years as an ICU nurse before receiving her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner at TWU-HSC.  Her other work experiences include employment at Texas Children's Hospital as a PICU/NICU nurse, woman's health, home health, hospice care and medical legal consulting.  Mrs. Pendergraft has taught nursing at TWU-HSC as well as Blinn College Station.  She joined the WCJC associate degree nursing faculty in 2014.


Shazia Usman, FNP, MSN, RN

Associate Degree Nursing Instructor
Wharton County Junior College
911 Boling Highway
Wharton, TX 77488
Ph: (979) 532-6403
Email: usmans@wcjc.edu

Ms. Usman graduated with her BSN and MSN from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (UTMB) with a background in medicine.  She is practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a clinical setting.  She also has worked as a registered nurse and a vascular ultrasound technologist.  She has taught as a Clinical Instructor Anatomy, Physiology to sonography students.  In addition, she also acted as a Clinical Instructor for Chamberlain School of Nursing.  She joined Wharton County Junior College as an Associate Degree Nursing Instructor in fall 2020.  

 

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