Nursing Team | ABSN | Concordia University Irvine

Faculty

Our faculty are experts in their fields and dedicated to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to share the Gospel and care for all of God’s people.

Main Nursing department number: (949) 214-3280

Mary Bowman

Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • Boyle, Miki, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN, PHN, CCRN
  • CUI Park Place Campus
  • (949) 214-3275
  • [email protected]
Miki Boyle

Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • Buenaventura, Cara, MSN, RN, CCRN
  • CUI Park Place Campus
  • (949) 214-3637
  • [email protected]
Buenaventura Cara

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Terry Cottle

Assistant Director of Nursing/Associate Professor of Nursing

Biography

Terry Cottle began her nursing career in 1979 when she received her BSN from Loma Linda University School of Nursing. She worked in a variety of hospitals and healthcare settings in San Bernardino and Orange Counties. She completed an MSN in Community Health Nursing and received a School Nurse Services Credential in 2004. Terry has been full-time faculty and Assistant Director for Concordia University Irvine in the Nursing Department since 2008; she teaches in the ABSN, RN to BSN and MSN programs. She participated in transitioning the RN to BSN courses to the online format and wrote several of the courses. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2016 with a focus on Nursing Leadership.

In her free time, Terry enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family.

Education

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2016
  • Master of Science in Nursing, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1979

Research

  • 2016: Cultivating nurse job satisfaction through authentic use of Watson's Theory of Caring
Jennifer Dahl

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Carol Holt

Associate Professor of Nursing

Carol's RN experience includes critical care nursing for adult neurosurgical, trauma, open heart, transplant and general critical care patients; as an advanced practicing nurse experience as a Heart Transplant Coordinator and as a Pediatric Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Program development, administration and instructor at Concordia University.
China Mission Trip 2014
American Heart Association Membership
American Holistic Nursing Association Membership
Active volunteer at St. Juliana Church in Fullerton

Education

  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing, University of California at Los Angeles, 2005
  • Master of Nursing, Medical/Surgical Nursing Concentration in Critical Care, University of California at Los Angeles, 1989
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing, University of Tulsa, Tulsa Oklahoma, 1982

Teaching

  • Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing Theory and Clinical
  • Pathophysiology in RN to BSN and MSN Programs
  • Advanced Preceptorship Clinical and Seminar
  • Wellness Alternative Therapy
  • Leadership Theory and Clinical RN to BSN

Research

  • Editorial Board Member; Journal for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, 2004-now
  • IRB Committee Concordia University; evaluate research applications, develops protocols and guidelines. 2016-2019
  • Weight as a Determinant of Survival in Patients With Heart Failure, Poster Presentation Sigma Theta Tau Conference, Carol Holt RN MN and Lynn Doering RN PhD, October 2001
  • Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural China. Concordia University President’s Showcase. Carol Holt, PhD., RN, CNS – Faculty Mentor & Phyllis Alvarez, RN, Spring 2015
  • An Investigation of the Influences of Planned Exercise on Food Selection in School Age Children. Dissertation for partial fulfilment for UCLA School of Nursing doctorate degree, 2005
  • Weight as a Determinant of Survival in Patients With Heart Failure, Carol Holt RN MN and Lynn Doering RN PhD, Poster Presentation Sigma Theta Tau Conference, Spring 2001
  • The Effect of Cardiopulmonary Bypass on Lung - Surfactant of Newborn Infants. A. Alkallay MD.......C. Holt. RN....J. Pomerance MD. Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Data collector & wrote portion of protocol, 1992 – 93
  • Nursing Strategies to Allow Early Discharge After Cardiac Transplantation: Is It Safe? Carol Holt RN MN……Hillel Laks MD. Principle Investigators. Poster presentation at International Heart Transplantation conference, April 1990
  • Collected data & computer input for NANDA diagnosis of the dying patient. Research Assistant, Jan-June 1989
  • Catastrophic Events and Their Concentration of Occurrence Around Change of Shift. Master's Thesis, UCLA, June 1989

Publications/Presentations

  • Wellness Assessment Content for Nursing Curriculum; Poster Presentation, American Holistic Nursing Association 38th Annual National Conference; Niagara Falls, New York, June 2018
  • Wellness/Prevention Content for Nursing Curriculum; Oral and Poster Presentation, NETNEP 2018 7th International Nurse Education Conference; Banff Canada, May 2018
  • Wellness/Prevention Content for Nursing Curriculum; Poster Presentation, ATI Summit 2018, Salt Lake City Utah National Conference; May 2018
  • Speaker at St. Joseph’s yearly symposium; The Future of Healthcare. Lecture title: Wellness Assessment; Preventative Care. October 2014
  • Health Tips column for Concordia school newspaper, 2011-12
  • Weight as a Determinant of Survival in Patients With Heart Failure, Poster Presentation Sigma Theta Tau Conference, Carol Holt RN MN and Lynn Doering RN PhD, October 2001
  • Holt, C., The Care of Children. Chapter 16: Alterations in Cardiovascular Status. W. B., Saunders Co. March 1998. pg 781-862.
  • Sludge Can Be A Drudge; Hepatic Failure, 22nd Annual Critical Care Symposium, AACN Tulsa Chapter. February 1996
  • Holt, C., Clinical Care Plans for Pediatric Nursing. Contributing Author - Eating Disorders. McGraw-Hill, April 1994.
  • Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Continuity of Care Coalition, San Diego, July 1994
  • Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Continuity of Care Coalition, San Diego, July 1994
  • Congenital Heart Disease & Cardiovascular Assessment, Peds-CCRN Review, Children's Hospital of Orange County, October 1994
  • Cardiopulmonary Assessment , Scripts La Jolla Hospital, San Diego, California, March 1994
  • Preparing a Child for Cardiac Catheterization. Symposium, Cardiac Catheterization in Children, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; Physician/Nursing Conference, February 1992
  • Holt, C., Gaskill, L., Case Studies in Neuro Science Critical Care Nursing Chapter 6, Spinal Cord Injury, Aspen Publishing. 1991, pg. 104 - 44.
  • Congenital Heart Disease in the 90's; Lillian & Harvey Silbert Perinatal Conference; Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, February 1991; Physician/Nursing Conference
  • Nursing Strategies to Allow Early Discharge After Cardiac Transplantation: Is It Safe? (poster presentation), Carol Holt RN MN,...Hillel Laks MD.; Tenth Annual Meeting of the International Society for Heart Transplantation. April 1990
  • Nursing & Coordination in Cardiac Transplantation. Carol Holt ......Barbara Schulman RN. (panel discussion); International Heart Failure & Transplantation Symposium; UCLA School of Medicine (medical conference), January 1990
  • Catastrophic Events and Their Concentration of Occurrence Around Change of Shift (poster presentation), Second Annual UCLA School of Nursing and Gamma Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Research Day. June 1989.
  • Omery, A., Holt C.. Time and Time Perception. Emphasis on Nursing Fall 1989, 3:2.
Kathleen Kennedy

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Biography

My husband and I lived and worked in Japan for 30 years, as a Christian pastor and church-planting missionaries, raising our 4 children there. Living in this cross-cultural situation, and encountering many nationalities, races, and ethnic groups, in addition to the Japanese people, has greatly impacted our family's worldview.

Now, living in the States, our hearts are open to the needs of the many different cultural groups we see around us. We are very active in our church, serving in ministries that try to meet physical and spiritual needs. My nursing background has been helpful in seeing the needs of the world and reaching out in practical ways to point people to Jesus and His saving love for them.

I had the privilege to spend a few weeks in South Africa near Cape Town in the summer of 2016, investigating the state of women and children's health, seeing first-hand the ravages of HIV-AIDS on women and infants and young children. I was able to help teach mothers about how exclusive breastfeeding can protect against and prevent deadly diseases that are killing children under five years old at an alarming rate, due to HIV-AIDS, unsanitary conditions, and poverty. This was probably one of the most impactful experiences of my life.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing, concentrations in Global Health and Nursing Education - Azusa Pacific University
  • Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Leadership and Administration, concentration in Nursing Education - California State University, Fullerton
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - Azusa Pacific University
  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) - Cerritos College

Research

  • Women's and Children's Health - with an emphasis on breastfeeding, nationally and globally, particularly in South Africa
  • Nursing Education
  • Spiritual Care in Nursing

Publications

  • Master's Thesis (2011) - Influences of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs on Student Nurses' Intention to Promote Breastfeeding
  • Poster Presentation (peer-reviewed): Kennedy, K.M. (2012, April). Influences of knowledge, attitudes, & beliefs on intention to promote breastfeeding. Presented at the poster session of the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Research Conference, Portland, OR, April 2012
  • Poster Presentation (peer-reviewed): Wickman, M. & Kennedy, K.M. (2012, April). Invincibility: A concept analysis as applied to adolescents and risk behavior involvement. Presented at the poster session of the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Research Conference, Portland, OR.
  • PhD Dissertation (2018) - Examining the Influences on a Mother's Commitment to Exclusively Breastfeed Within 48 Hours After Delivery
    Teaching: Currently, in the RN to BSN program - Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations in Nursing, Cultural Care Competency, Trends and Issues in Professional Nursing, and Community Health (Clinical).
    Previously, Maternal-Newborn Theory and Clinical.
  • Mationg, Lizette, MSN, RN, PHN, CNOR, RNFA
  • CUI Park Place Campus
  • (949) 214-3284
  • [email protected]
Lizette Mationg

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Prof. Mationg has been a practicing operating room nurse since 2001.  She has been teaching in nursing education since 2007 and specifically for Concordia University’s ABSN program since 2009.  Prof. Mationg has been a part of multiple mission trips during her time at CUI including trips to China, Guatemala, and Mexico.  More recently she has begun to practice as an RN First Assist (RNFA) since 2017 and actively works in this field while concurrently teaching in the ABSN program.  She is a regular volunteer at her local church and is involved with children’s programming, music, small groups, mom playdate groups, and Clothing the Homeless ministries.

Education

  • Registered Nurse First Assist Program, National Institute of First assisting, 2017
  • Lactation Educator Counselor, University of California San Diego, 2010
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Walden University, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, California State University Long Beach, 2001

Teaching

  • CUI - Current: Pathophysiology & Community Health Clinical, faculty applications for Blackboard, Microsoft Office, and Google Drive
  • Previously co-taught: Fundamentals of Nursing, Med-Surg Nursing theory, Research, Pharmacology Theory, Pharmacology Lab
  • Other – Kaplan NCLEX prep
  • CNOR Prep Curriculum (MSN Capstone project)
  • LVN Med-surg theory and lab

Certifications

  • BLS (Basic Life Support)
  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
  • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
  • Certified Nurse in the Operating Room (CNOR)
  • Certified Registered Nurse of First Assisting (CRNFA)

Specialty Roles

  • Documentation Technology Coordinator
  • Mission Trip Coordinator
  • ACE Committee Member
  • MSN Thesis Project Committee Member

Clinical Workplaces

  • St. Joseph Hospital, Orange
  • Main Street Specialty Surgery Center, Orange
  • Specialty Surgical Center, Irvine
  • Providence Building, Orange
  • Restore Orthopedics, Orange
  • Surgical Staff, Inc., Culver City
  • SONA Med Spa, Costa Mesa
  • Mefferd-Onsgard, Linda, MSN, RN, PMHNP
  • CUI Park Place Campus
  • (949) 214-3553
  • [email protected]

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Biography

Born and raised in North Dakota.
Married with 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Masters in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
  • Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Publications

  • Article on anxiety in Journal of Psychiatric Nursing
  • Chapters in 2 books: one on the role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist and one on Nursing in the State Mental Hospital
  • Series of pamphlets for patient education on psychotropic medications

Teaching

  • Psych/Mental Health Nursing theory and clinica
  • Community Health Nursing clinical
Linda Murphy

Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • Natalini-Whitmore, Tiffani MSN, RN, PCCN
  • CUI Park Place Campus
  • (949)-214-3641
  • [email protected]

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Tiffani Natalini-Whitmore joined the faculty of the nursing department as a full time faculty member in July 2018 after teaching in an adjunct capacity at Concordia University for the previous 5 semesters. Tiffani has a B.S. in movement science from The University of Michigan, an M.S. in ergonomics also from The University of Michigan, an A.D.N. from College of the Desert, and an M.S. in nursing from The University of Phoenix. Tiffani Natalini-Whitmore is named on a federal patent for 4-point seatbelt design. The work she did while working in the research lab for Ford Motor Company helped lead to this patent. Tiffani is originally from Michigan but has lived in Southern California since 2001. Aside from teaching, Tiffani also enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling the world, and learning about different cultures and people.

Tiffani teaches in the ABSN program focusing mainly on medical surgical nursing theory, skills lab, and clinical instruction.

Education

  • M.S.N., The University of Phoenix
  • A.D.N., College of the Desert
  • M.S. in industrial and operations engineering, ergonomics focus, The University of Michigan
  • B.S. in kinesiology, movement science focus, The University of Michigan

Teaching

  • NUSA 292 Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing Clinical
  • NUSA 294 Nursing Skills Lab
  • NUSA 203 Adult Medical/Surgical Theory
Dina Neeman

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Education

  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice 2015 Western University of Health Sciences
  • Masters of Science in Nursing 2012 Western University of Health Sciences

Teaching

  • Community Health Course Coordinator
  • Student Success Coordinator
  • Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing
Caroline Rae

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Caroline Rae began her career in adult medical/surgical nursing but spent several years as a critical care nurse before transitioning into the educator role. While working as a hospital educator Caroline created and coordinated a Health Professions Academy to introduce high school students to nursing and other health care careers. She began her teaching career as an adjunct clinical instructor at Golden West College and joined Concordia University Irvine’s Department of Nursing full time in 2014.

Caroline is an active community volunteer with extensive experience in disaster preparedness. She is currently the Chairperson for the Leadership Council of the Orange County Medical Reserve Corps, a Captain with Anaheim’s Community Emergency Response Team and a Red Cross volunteer. Caroline is also a certified Stop the Bleed and CPR/BLS instructor. Additionally, she was a founding member of Psi Theta-at-Large (CUI’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society) where she currently serves as Vice-President. Previously, Caroline served 2 terms as the Chairperson for the Orange County/Long Beach Consortium for Nursing.

Professor Rae serves on the Academic Student & Faculty Affairs Committee and is Faculty Advisor for Concordia University’s Nursing Student Association.

Education

  • Currently working towards obtaining her doctoral degree from the University of La Verne
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Vanguard University Southern California, 2013
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, California State University Long Beach, 1992

Teaching

Coordinator: Nursing Skills Lab, Open Lab, & Adult Medical/Surgical Clinical

  • NUSA 201 Foundations of Nursing
  • NUSA 294 Nursing Skills Lab
  • NUSA 292 Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing Clinical
Eliana Rojas

Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • Smythe-Padgham, Cheryl, DNP, RN, WHNP-BC
  • CUI Park Place Campus
  • (949) 214-3635
  • [email protected]
Dr. Cheryl Smythe-Padgham

Assistant Dean and Director of Nursing

Dr. Smythe-Padgham joined Concordia University Irvine in 2017 and serves as the Assistant Dean and Director of Nursing. She began her career as a labor and delivery nurse over 25 years ago. She went on to attain her Masters of Science in Nursing and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner license in 1992 and worked in both private and community care settings in Orange and Los Angeles counties practicing primarily in underserved communities in order to serve the needs of women, mothers and babies. In 2009, she began her career in academia as a nursing faculty member. During her tenure, she served as an Assistant Dean and Interim Dean. She now proudly serves as the Assistant Dean/Director of Nursing in the Concordia Department of Nursing.

Education

  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), Southern California State University Consortium
  • Master of Science in Nursing and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, University of California, San Francisco
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Southern California

Teaching

  • Women’s Health Care
  • Physical Assessment
  • Foundations of Nursing
  • Leadership/Management

Research

DNP project: Nurse Practitioner’s knowledge and use of the internet for adolescent health information

Publications/Presentations

  • (2016) contributions were added to the textbook Transcultural Nursing: Assessment and Intervention by Dr. Joyce Newman Giger.
  • (2015, March) Poster presentation of research at CANP Conference, Newport Beach, CA
  • (2014, November) Poster presentation of research at STTI Odyssey Nursing Research Conference, Ontario, CA
  • Vega, Elizabeth, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE
  • CUI Park Place Campus
  • (949)-214-3555
  • [email protected]
Elizabeth Vega

Assistant Professor of Nursing / Simulationist

Education

Acquired a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island, Cum Laude. Earned a Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden University with a specialty in Nursing Education. Graduated recently from Union University with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

Publications

  • Journal of Christian Nursing

Teaching

  • Research in Nursing for the Accelerated BSN program
  • Instructional Design in Nursing Education for the Masters in Science of Nursing program
  • Clinical-simulation facilitation for both undergraduate and graduate programs

Nursing Staff

Meagan Balsley

Administrative Assistant

Biography

Meagan provides administrative support for students in the RN-BSN program, helping them answer questions, register for classes and track their overall progression through the program. Meagan also provides administrative support to students, faculty and staff. She helps to coordinate things such as student testing, events and assists faculty with the assessment of curriculum and program evaluation.

  • Caterinicchio, Maria Jean, MSN, RN, NE-BC
  • CUI Park Place Campus
  • (949) 214-3614
  • [email protected]
MJ Caterinicchio

Assistant Director, Academic Clinical Placements

Biography

Maria-Jean, “MJ”, is the Assistant Director of Academic Clinical Placements for Concordia University Irvine. In her role, Ms. Caterinicchio provides leadership in implementing and managing relationships with both current and future clinical partners. She is responsible for building clinical partnerships, identifying and generating new clinical agency opportunities and managing the clinical partnerships to ensure that student learning and course objectives are being met.

Maria-Jean has over 30 years of leadership experience in healthcare, working for nonprofit, community and university teaching hospitals as well as within a national professional nursing organization, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Maria-Jean has significant experience in designing, implementing and evaluating systems to support strategic and organizational initiatives, leading project teams and facilitating organizational change.

Shannon Stoneham

Operations Administrative Coordinator

Biography

Shannon provides administrative support in the day to day operations of the Department of Nursing. She helps to coordinate Department of Nursing events from interviews to pinning/graduation, works with nursing admissions to onboard new ABSN students, processes Department of Nursing purchase orders/reimbursements, and other various projects.

Shelby Graham

Clinical Coordinator

Biography

Shelby coordinates the placement of ABSN nursing students at clinical sites, as well as serves as a liaison between the clinical facilities and school, coordinates facility contracts, and oversees document compliance and health clearance of all students and instructors in the ABSN program.

Michelle Matlick

Simulation & Laboratory Technician

Nursing Admissions Team

Henny Halim

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

Biography

Henny is the Admissions Counselor for the nursing programs at CUI. She works primarily with prospective ABSN students. She also reviews and processes all the ABSN applications.

Melissa Hinrichs

Admissions Counselor, Nursing & Healthcare Programs

Biography

Melissa is one of the Admission Counselors for the Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program. She assists with answering questions from students, completes Pre-Evaluation of transcripts, and is involved throughout the admission process. She is also the Admission Counselor for the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), which involves walking students through the application process, as well as enrollment in the first class.

Admissions Counselor, Nursing & Healthcare Programs

Biography

Jennifer is the Admissions Counselors and Recruiter for the RN to BSN and MSN programs. She provides personal one on one attention in serving our Concordia University nursing students as their first point of contact with the application process and enrollment. She builds partnerships with our local community colleges, hospitals and other healthcare organizations.

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