Nursing Program | ABSN
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Born and raised in North Dakota. Married with 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren.
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.
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.
Coordinator: Nursing Skills Lab, Open Lab, & Adult Medical/Surgical Clinical
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.
DNP project: Nurse Practitioner’s knowledge and use of the internet for adolescent health information
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.