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Trinity Nursing Leadership


Karen L. Zimmerman, RN, BSN, MSN

Chief Nursing Officer

Ms. Zimmerman is a nursing professional with 22 years progressive experience within leadership and management and various nursing units. She is committed to building strong teams and strategic partnerships, both internally and externally throughout the organization. Karen is passionate about leadership development, performance improvement processes, and advancing the nursing profession.

Karen has served as the Chief Nursing Officer since 2015 but has additional experience including many areas of nursing including several clinical areas, has served in assisting the CEO and other members of the Senior Leadership team, staff, physicians and administrators in overseeing nursing activities and coordinating quality initiatives, including patient safety and compliance with regulatory requirements and evidence-based standards of care. She also has experience with risk management, legal compliance and policy and procedure development; and serves as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Mary’s graduate nursing program.

She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Association, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, and the National Organization of Health Care Quality. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, walking, and spending time with her family.



Sandy Boschee, RN, BSN

Director of Nursing- Acute Care

Sandy has served in the director role since 2006. Her nursing experience includes critical care, surgical, school nurse, nurse consultant, hospital supervision and nursing management. Sandy is a graduate of Trinity School of Nursing and Minot State University. She is passionate about patient centered care, fostering nursing education, leadership and growth within the diverse areas of the great profession of nursing.

Sandy is an active member of numerous professional nursing organizations which includes AONE (American Organization of Nurse Executives), NDONE (North Dakota Organization of Nurse Executives), ANA (American Nurses Association), NDNA (North Dakota Nurses Association), Sigma Theta Tau International and Omicron Tau Society.

Sandy enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets, being outdoors in any season, traveling and experiencing new adventures.



Terri L. Nelson, RN, BSN

Director of Home Health/Hospice

Terri Nelson has been the director of Home Health and Hospice since 2015. Terri’s 28 years of home health and hospice experience has been instrumental in leading the department through a multitude of regulatory changes in preparation for pay for performance. Terri is passionate in her position for ensuring that patients receive the best end of life and in home care possible. Terri is an officer/treasurer for the North Dakota Hospice Organization (NDHO) and is actively involved in a yearly symposium in Minot, communicating the benefits of hospice to the general public. Her past nursing experience includes the set-up of a palliative care program and a Grief Counseling Center.

Terri is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of nursing. She is available for any consultations regarding in home or hospice care.



Danaka D. Walz, RN, BSN

Director of Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety

Danaka began serving as the Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Director in 2015. Her nursing career began in 2005 as a nurse on the Medical Floor. Danaka joined The Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Department in 2009 as a Core Measure RN before accepting her current role.

Danaka has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Minot State University. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, North Dakota Nurses Association, American Society for Healthcare Risk Management and The National Organization of Health Care Quality.

She is a proud participant in Trinity Health’s Care Enhancement Team along with having the opportunity to be involved in the Organizations LEAN Journey. During her free time, she enjoys golfing, gardening and spending time with her husband and two children.

Danaka is passionate about nursing and the quality of care delivered to each of our patients and our ability to make a difference.



Lorrie Antos RN, ADN, BSN

Director of Nursing, Critical Care and Women’s and Children’s Services

Lorrie has served in the director role since 2012. Lorrie’s 25 years of leadership experience includes academic and community medical centers. Lorrie is a member of the NDONE (North Dakota Organization of Nurse Executives), AONE (Association of Nurse Executive, and ANA (American Nurse Association. Lorrie is an advocate for nursing evolution and growth using best practice principles.

Ms. Antos’ nursing experience includes Medical, Surgical, ICU, Emergency, and the operating room. During her free time, she enjoys gardening, spending time with friends and family and being outdoors.

Lorrie holds degrees from the Williston State College and Dickinson State College.



Lana Brandt, RN, BSN, MSN

Director of Clinic Nursing

Ms. Brandt is a nursing professional with 38 years of nursing experience. Lana has served as the Director of Clinic Nursing since 2007. Prior to that, she served as the Coordinator of Ambulatory Surgery for 21 years and as a staff operating room nurse for 8 years. Her career has also included opportunities in the emergency room, surgical floor, and nursing home.

She is committed to engaging all staff to work at the top of their licensure/certification and leveraging technology to assist with nursing shortage. Lana is passionate about providing access to quality care at an affordable cost. She is involved in the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program and the Blue Cross Blue Shield MediQHome Program.

Her interests outside of work include: spending time with family, traveling to warm places, walking her dogs, running and bicycling.



Heather Sys, RN, BSN, MBA

Administrative Director of Behavioral Health Services

Heather has been in the Administrative Director role since 2010. Heather worked as the Nurse Manager on Trinity Health’s Inpatient Psychiatric Unit from 2006-2010, and prior to that, worked in the Intensive Care Unit and as a Flight Nurse for Northstar Criticair from 2000-2006.

Heather is a native North Dakotan, however, spent some time in Texas, completing High School and College there, before moving back “home”. Heather enjoys spending time outdoors; whether golfing, going to the lake, and spending time with her family, husband Craig, and son, Evan. Heather also enjoys reading and cooking.

Heather received her Nursing Degree from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.