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On the Frontlines


Reni Mathai-George

Mathai-George, Reni

Briar Cliff University Nursing alumnae (‘14), Reni Mathai-George always puts her heart into her work, even more so now. Working as a registered nurse at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore, near New York City, Reni is saving lives working the front lines.

Read Reni's full story here.


Joey Hoefling

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From the time Joey Hoefling (‘98 & ‘13) graduated with his bachelor of science degree in nursing, he always knew he wanted to be a nurse practitioner. After much praying and realizing his calling was taking care of people instead of managing people, he returned to Briar Cliff University to obtain his master of science in nursing.

Read Joey's full story here. 


Katie Hunt

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Providing care for others was something Katie Hunt (‘12) always wanted to do, that’s why she chose to study nursing at Briar Cliff University. Originally a pre-medicine biology major, she switched because of the additional hands-on care and time with patients that a nursing career would allow.

Read Katie's full story here. 


Destiny Miller-Mancuso

Miller-Mancuso, Destiny

Learning how to persevere is something Destiny Miller-Mancuso (‘09) can proudly say she accomplished.

Read Destiny's full story here. 


Gerry Elsbernd

Elsbernd, Gerry

Drawn to Briar Cliff University as it was a small college with a beautiful campus on a hill, Gerry Elsbernd, 2014 nursing alumnus, leans on his education as he joins the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read Gerry's full story here. 


Tracy Larson

Larson, Tracy

As the Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer at MercyOne Siouxland, Tracy Larson, ’96 Briar Cliff Nursing alumnae, always knew nursing was in her future.

Read Tracy's full story here. 


Willie Massay

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Willie Massay, Briar Cliff University ’16 nursing alumnus, chose to pursue healthcare due to his experiences in his hometown, Tanzania. As Tanzania experienced a shortage of healthcare options, Willie found his passion to be a catalyst to serve the community and the world.

Read Willie's full story here. 


Rebecca Taylo

Rebecca Taylo (’18) would have never thought a pandemic of this proportion could hit so close to home. In Omaha, Rebecca and her hospital have adapted to this global pandemic. Thank you to Rebecca for serving the Omaha community and keeping everyone safe and healthy. #helpcare™

Watch Rebecca's full story here. 


Angela (Angie) Vaul

Vaul, Angela

As an undergraduate student, Angela (Angie) Vaul, Briar Cliff ‘08 nursing and ‘18 master’s in nursing alumnae, initially started her higher education journey at University of Nebraska. Her journey to Briar Cliff University was inspired by someone who she considers a big influencer in her life.

Read Angela's full story here. 


Abby Brinkman ('20)

While we miss our students, we are so grateful they are putting their health and other needs first. Briar Cliff senior, Abby Brinkman is a future #helpcare™ graduate. Thank you for agreeing to serve the Omaha community. They are lucky to have you and we are proud of you!

Watch Abby's full story here. 


Erica LoVan

Lovan, Erica

“Never say no,” wise words shared by 2015 Briar Cliff University Nursing and Psychology alumnae Erica LoVan, as she reflects on her experience on The Cliff and participating in extracurriculars.

Read Erica's full story here. 


Feona (Joy) Thomas

Thomas, Feona 

Briar Cliff University Nursing alumnae, Feona (Joy) Thomas always puts her education, service leadership and heart into her work every day, but even more-so now. Working as a surgical intensive care unit (ICU) nurse at Montefiore Nyack Hospital – Medical ICU, a community hospital about 20 minutes from New York City, Feona is working the front lines each day, saving lives and protecting her own. 

Read Feona's full story here.