Who Are We

Marla Gaston
Marla Gaston, RN, BSN, PN Coordinator

I joined the Practical Nursing Program as the coordinator/instructor in December of 2014. I received my Bachelors in Nursing from University of Central Missouri back in 2006. My nursing career began in the 1980’s as a nursing assistant and grew from there as the years past. Since obtaining my BSN I have primarily worked in intensive care.

Tanya Snethen
Tanya Snethen, RN, BSN, PN Instructor

Tanya is a full-time instructor for the CTS Practical Nursing program since January, 2016. She previously served as full-time instructor for the CTS PN Program in 2010 & 2011. Tanya currently teaches Fundamentals, Pharmacology, Med-Surg, Maternal-Newborn, Leadership, Geriatric Clinical, Med-Surg Clinical, and Maternal-Newborn Clinical. She has experience teaching almost all courses in the PN Program curriculum.

Tanya began her career in nursing as a nursing assistant, working her way through nursing school & beyond. Tanya has a broad knowledge of nursing; her nursing career includes: women’s surgical care, women & newborn care, labor & delivery, family practice, pre-admission services, home health case management, nursing education, medical assisting education, and simulation education. Tanya has been working in education providing instruction for students for many years. Tanya continues to work towards Master’s Degree in Nursing Education. She is enthusiastic about nursing & enjoys educating new nurses for our community.

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Melissa Bedwell, RN, BSN, PN Instructor
Melissa joined CTS in December 2018 as a PN Instructor. She has previously taught for the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and served as the Night Shift Manager for the GVMH Emergency Department for nearly four years. Currently, she is pursuing an MSN in Nurse Education. Melissa looks forward to continuing to work with the Clinton community and encouraging students to become great nurses in our community.


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