Wendi Palermo PhD RN

Dr. Wendi Palermo is the Chief Education and Training Officer for the La. Community and Technical College System (LCTCS).  She has over 15 years of full time experience in higher education at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  In addition to her full-time position, she serves as adjunct faculty in both Doctoral and Master programs at Northwestern State University.

Dr. Palermo earned an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 1999 & 2002 respectively.  She continued her education and earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from McNeese State University in 2004 and then a PhD in Nursing Research from Southern University in 2011.  Her early research focused on vulnerable populations; specifically, infant mortality.  She developed and served as the Director of the NSU Leesville-Ft. Polk Cribs for Kids program and donated portable cribs to area families for 5 years to prevent co-sleeping and promote a healthy sleep environment.  She presented her program locally, regionally and nationally. 

Currently, she serves on the board of directors for the Beauregard Parish Pregnancy Care Center, Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SWLAHEC) and is the Vice Chair of the Lake Charles District Nurses Association.   

Her current research is focused on bridging classroom to clinical by the use of simulation.  She has been awarded the Board of Regents Health Works Commission grant for 3 years in partnership with Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. 

Most recently, Dr. Palermo served as the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at SOWELA Technical Community college from 2015-2019 where she has been credited with opening new nursing and allied health programs and earning programmatic accreditation in record time. 

She has been married to her college sweetheart, Kent, for 21 years and they have 2 beautiful daughters. 




  • PhD, 2011, Southern University
  • MSN, 2004, McNeese State University
  • BSN, 2002, Northwestern State University
  • ADN, 1999, Northwestern State University


  • Executive Director of Nursing and Healthcare Initiatives; La. Community and Technical College System
  • Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, SOWELA Technical Community College
  • Nurse Educator; Faculty – ASN, BSN, MSN and DNP programs
  • Nurse Researcher – Combating Infant Mortality in Region 5 and Region 6
  • High Fidelity Simulation Utilization and Best Practices
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ACEN Site Visitor, Team Chair and Evaluation Review Panel (ERP) member
  • Emergency Nurse, House Supervisor and Hospital Educator




  • Louisiana Council of Administrators of Nursing Education (LACANE) 2015-2019; Director at Large (2017) and Vice Chair (2018-2019)
  • Beauregard Parish Pregnancy Care Center – Board of Directors member (2011-Present)
  • Louisiana State Nursing Supply and Demand Council Member (2019-Present)
  • Louisiana State Simulation Council Member (2019-Present)
  • Louisiana State Healthworks Commission Executive Member (2019-Present)
  • Louisiana State Nurses Association Lake Charles District Vice Chair (2018-Present)
  • Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society Inductee (2004)


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