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Appointments made to Board of Nursing

Contact: Sara Wurfel
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Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Paula Hopper of Concord and Kristoffer Tobbe of Brighton to the Michigan Board of Nursing.

The board establishes qualifications for nurse licensure, develops educational standards and takes disciplinary action against licensees.

“Paula and Kristoffer bring unique experiences and talents and will play an important role on the board as it works to ensure the nursing industry provides quality care and services to Michigan citizens,” Snyder said.

Hopper is a professor of nursing at Jackson Community College where she oversees adjunct faculty in theory and clinical courses and serves on the Academic Quality Improvement Process Accreditation Team. She previously worked at W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Eastern Michigan University and St. Mary Hospital. Hopper earned an associate’s degree in applied sciences and nursing from Jackson Community College, a bachelor’s degree in biology from Spring Arbor College and a master’s degree in nursing from Wayne State University. She will represent registered professional nurses with a master’s degree from an accredited college with a major in nursing engaged in nursing education in less than a baccalaureate program and fills a vacancy left by the resignation of Leah Cohen.

Tobbe is a computer information systems specialist for the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority. He previously worked as a partner and secretary for Conservative Conservations, LLC, a real estate investment corporation, and he worked as a customer service representative for Huron-Clinton Metroparks. He is a member of the National Parks and Recreation Association, the Brighton District Library Board of Trustees and the Livingston Advantage. Tobbe is the City of Brighton arts and cultural commissioner. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in management from Walsh College. Tobbe will represent the general public and fills a vacancy left by the resignation of Kathleen Johnston-Calati.

Hopper will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring June 30, 2015 and Tobbe will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring June 30, 2014. The appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.