OLOL College

Faculty Accolades

Endowed Professorship and Chair Awards



As a leader in healthcare-related education for almost 90 years, Our Lady of the Lake College has a legacy of excellent educators.  Continuing in this tradition are the following faculty who have received national and regional recognition for teaching and research excellence:


Rebekah Bergeron, M.S.N., R.N.,  instructor in the School of Nursing, was recognized recently by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as the Outstanding Nursing Instructor of the Year.  Bergeron, who teaches undergraduates during their first year of nursing, has been a leader with the local Healthy Lives initiative, coordinating students to assist with health screenings, patient education and preventative care in the community with the goal of ensuring a healthier population. 

“My goal is to model professional behavior for my students and to prepare them so that they are successful in their careers.”  Bergeron is a 2009 master’s graduate from Our Lady of the Lake College.


Congratulations to Aimee Badeaux, M.S.N., C.R.N.A., Assistant Professor in the Nurse Anesthesia program, who has been awarded the 2012 Research Doctoral Fellowship of the Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation.  In this picture Aimee (on the left) is teaching a CRNA student about how to intubate an infant.



Rhoda Reddix, Ph.D., Lena Osborne, PA-C, and John Allgood, PA-C won the third place award at the 2012 Louisiana Geriatrics Society Meeting for their poster "First Year Service-Learning Experiences Enhance Physician Assistant Students' Sensitivity to and Awareness of Healthcare Needs in the Geriatric Population."


Phyllis Pedersen, D.N.P., C.R.N.A.., Assistant Professor and Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, was appointed to the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Competency Modeles Subcommittee by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.  The CPC competency Modeles Subcommittee is responsible for developing a proposed blueprint, a cost analysis for implementation, and an implementation timeline based on estimated costs and required resources for its area of focus.


Annette Knobloch, D.N.S., R.N., Associate Professor for the School of Nursing was recognized in 2012 as the Outstanding Nursing Instructor of the Year.  The award is presented by the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.


  Albert Swafford, Jr., Ph.D., physiology instructor at the College, has been selected by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists as the Didactic Instructor of the Year.  This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the education of student nurse anesthetists in the classroom.  This contribution benefits the profession of nurse anesthesia by raising the educational standards that further the art and science of anesthesiology, resulting in higher quality patient care.

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