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There are several staff members that keep the Physician Assistant Studies Program running! They have many roles within the program in both the academic and clinical phases. Read a bit more about each of our program staff members and how they came to Augsburg PA!

Head shot of EmilyEmily Gomez graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in Communication. After graduation, she completed a year of service with the AmeriCorps VISTA program serving in southern Minnesota. She completed her master’s in Organizational Leadership from the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2017 and has worked in health education in various capacities over the past six years. She is excited to step into the Program Manager position at a pivotal time in the program’s growth. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young child eating good food and exploring new places.

head shot of Ilze SmithIlze Vogel is an alumna of Augsburg College where she received her degree in Communications. Ilze has worked in the environmental design and exhibit industry for over 20 years, supporting the marketing efforts of many of the major medical device companies throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. She returned to Augsburg in 2013 and now works as a Senior Clinical Lead Specialist. Ilze develops sites for clinical rotations and works in Admissions. She loves working with graduate students and is thrilled to have returned to her alma mater.

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Katelyn Waalen graduated from Winona State University with a degree in Spanish Education. After graduation, she completed an AmeriCorps VISTA service year on Saint Paul’s West Side. She has experience working in international education and the healthcare industries. Katelyn joined the Physician Assistant Studies Program in August 2017 as a Clinical Lead Specialist working on communications, events, alumni development, and clinical rotations. She is excited to combine her interests in education, relationship-building, and event planning into one role.

headshot of VickiVicki McEvoy has a bachelor’s degree from Metro State University and a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Vicki began working with the Physician Assistant Studies program at Augsburg in the fall of 2015 as a Credentialing Specialist.  She takes great pride in providing support to our graduate students getting them situated for every rotation.  Vicki also loves adventure, ask her about a sailing adventure on a 37-foot sailboat from St. John’s Newfoundland to Galway, Ireland.



headshot of staceyStacey Hegrenes joined the Augsburg PA staff in August 2018 after previously working for Gethsemane Lutheran Church and School. She has experience working in the healthcare field as a former medical assistant in a cardiology office for a number of years. Stacey is excited to bring her work experience together at Augsburg! In her free time, she is an avid knitter and enjoys spending time with family, cooking, reading and traveling.




Headshot of Sherrie LuetgersSherrie Luetgers is a graduate of Augsburg College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.  She has 18 years of experience in healthcare working as a HUC, EKG tech, and Emergency Room Tech most recently in the Emergency Department at Hennepin County Medical Center.   Sherrie spends most of her free time volunteering for and singing with One Voice Mixed Chorus, Minnesota’s LGBTA chorus.