Full-Time Faculty

Octavia Mandel Struve RN, MSN, DNP, CNL, WCC, OMS

Program Director, Associate Professor, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program

Octavia Mandel Struve, RN, MSN, DNP, CNL, WCC, OMS is an assistant professor at University of San Francisco (USF) in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, where she is the program director, clinical coordinator and primary instructor for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program. Additionally, she is the faculty advisor for the on-campus Emergency Medical Response Service (EMRS) while managing the campus and community training for CPR and First Aid, Safesitter and Stop the Bleed....


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), University of San Francisco, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), University of San Francisco, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), University of San Francisco, Nursing, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Karen Van Leuven PhD, FNP-BC

Associate Professor
(510) 499-7031

Dr. Van Leuven is an experienced NP actively engaged in practice while teaching.


Western Univ of Health Sciences, FNP Cert, 1999, UCSF, PhD in Nursing, 1996, USF, MS, Community Health Systems, 1988, J Sergeant Reynolds, Critical Care, Cert, 1980, Univ of Delaware, BSN, 1978


Disease management, Practice management, Post-acute care

Taryn Vian PhD

(415) 422-4129

Dr. Vian is a public health scholar and academic leader whose work is guided by the belief that all people have the right to access quality health care without having to experience financial hardship. She is dedicated to practice-based teaching and the development of emerging public health leaders eager to work with communities to address the underlying social determinants of health. Through her research and scholarly work, she has furthered efforts to control corruption in the health sector,...


PhD, Public Policy and Global Health, University Professors Program, Boston University, S.M., Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, B.A. Colgate University, Philosophy, Hamilton, NY


Global health, Public-private partnerships, Anti-corruption, Health policy and management

KT Waxman

Associate Professor; Director, Executive Leadership DNP Program
(925) 413-1929

KT Waxman, DNP, MBA, RN, CNL, CENP, CHSE, FSSH, FAAN Dr. KT Waxman is a national nurse leader and executive with extensive experience in healthcare and corporate settings. She is an associate professor and the director of the Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. She is also the director of the California Simulation Alliance (CSA) at HealthImpact and is the editor-in-chief for Nursing Administration Quarterly (NAQ). An internationally recognized speaker and author,...


USF, DNP, 2008, University of La Verne, MBA, 1991, University of La Verne, BS, 1985


Leadership development, Simulation, Financial Management in Healthcare, Project management for the nurse executive