School of Nursing and Health Professions
Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m – 5 p.m.
The world-class faculty and distinguished leadership of the school provide a foundation for successful learning at all stages in your career. The work we do in our community and far beyond our borders is reflected in our forward-thinking approach to healthcare education.
Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP)
Dean Margaret Baker is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America. Her clinical experience ranges from critical care to ambulatory care to home health. She has been an administrator in settings ranging from home health care company start-ups to academic administration in schools of nursing, including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Her policy experience includes her work as a senior health policy analyst for the Washington State Health Care Authority. She served five-year term on the executive team for the Council on Nursing Education in Washington State, including a one-year term as president of the organization.
Dr. Baker earned a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Washington, a Master of Science in Nursing from Otterbein College, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Russell Sage College. Her scholarly focus is on elder abuse and neglect. She has published peer-reviewed data based articles and focused her policy and professional and community service work on the topic.
Dr. Baker is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program, where she benefited from world-class leadership development. She is passionate about leadership, organizational effectiveness and climate, and managing change, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Associate Dean, Health Professions
Dr. O’Banion brings a deep background in leading university-based health professions programs. Her most recent role was Dean of the American School of Professional Psychology (APA-accredited) at Argosy University, where she also previously served as faculty and Director of Clinical Training. Before this position, she taught and held leadership positions in university and clinical settings throughout California educating and training Health Service Psychologists across integrated healthcare treatment settings.
Dr. O’Banion’s academic and clinical work spans a wide range of areas within the health professions, with particular expertise in adolescent psychology, trauma, support for underserved populations, program development, and evidenced-based community outreach. Her commitment to education and training is evident in numerous elected positions within the field.
She is the 2017 President-Elect (Presidential Term 2018-2019) of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP); Northern California Doctoral Program Representative (2015-2018) at the California Psychology Internship Council Board of Directors (CAPIC); and Editorial Board Member (September 2015-present) for the Journal of Clinical Case Reports in the International Journal of Psychology & Behavior Analysis.
Her latest presentation in January 2018, along M.G., Wilson, T., Rothery, C., & Howell, G. called “Power and privilege in today’s classroom: Faculty perspectives” was presented at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology Mid-Winter 2018 Conference in Las Vegas, NV.
She holds advanced degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute (APA-accredited) in Berkeley.
Dr. O’Banion is not only committed to excellence in higher education and the health professions, but also to preparing leaders who leverage their expertise in service of at-risk and high-needs populations.
Associate Dean for Pre-Licensure Programs and Accreditation; Professor
Prior to joining USF in 2015, Dr. Ziehm served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. For 22 years, he served as Assistant Dean and Director and Clinical Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. As an academic administrator, he supported the development and implementation of the UCSF Master’s Entry Program in Nursing program and has been a consultant assisting in the development or revision of accelerated graduate-entry and accelerated BSN programs across the U.S. He also worked with diverse, impoverished, chronic and severely mentally ill clients in acute and rehabilitation settings, which was the focus of his teaching. Dr. Ziehm served a two-year term as president-elect for the California Association of the Colleges of Nursing and, in April 2018, became the President of the Board. He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and was given the Award for Excellence by the Nursing and Alumni Association at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. In 2012, he was selected for a fellowship in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Leadership in Academic Programs and, in 2014, he was selected for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Academic Leadership Academy.
Director of Development
Jayme is passionate about building and supporting stellar education programs and matching donors with giving opportunities that are fulfilling and transformational. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in English and Writing from San Francisco State University.
Jayme began her fundraising career in public broadcasting and was Director of Foundations at KQED Public Broadcasting in San Francisco, where she led the cultivation of grants from corporations, foundations, and government agencies for KQED-TV, KQED-FM, and KQED Education.
Prior to joining USF, Jayme was the VP of Foundations at Common Sense Media, a national organization dedicated to improving the media lives of kids and families and VP of Development at Science Buddies, a free, global, online STEM resource that reaches 17 million students, teachers, and parents per year. At the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions, she feels privileged to be able to connect donors through shared values of health care equality and to play a role in educating our students, who will become the next generation of health care leaders.
At home in Half Moon Bay, Jayme is especially proud to be a member of the local Friends of the Library Campaign Committee, which just helped to open a new 22,000 square foot library that includes a quiet reading room with views of the Pacific Ocean.
Director of Partnerships
Carolina Echeverria is a bilingual, bicultural partnerships executive with experience in designing and leading visibility initiatives, cultivating strategic alliances that strengthen all associates, and bringing together multicultural audiences. She has an M.A. in Communications Psychology, Universidad Iberoamericana; Post-Graduate Certificate in Marketing, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM); and a B.A. in Communications, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City.
Prior to joining the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions, Carolina led public relations and engagement initiatives to enable positive, sustainable social impact campaigns working for Univision Communications. Her career includes a ten-years tenure in marketing and communications research, leading market research and analysis projects to gain a deep understanding of the needs and experiences of multicultural populations for companies of all sizes up to Fortune 500 organizations including Toyota, General Motors, the Coca-Cola Company, and Procter & Gamble, among others.
Director of Operations
Kelvin Quan is a seasoned senior health care executive having served in a wide array of health care settings throughout his career. He was the Associate Dean and Chief Administrative Officer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Prior to USF, Dr. Quan was the Chief Executive Officer for MayView Community Health Center, a federally-qualified health center providing primary medical care and behavioral health to low-income, diverse, and vulnerable patient communities. He was the Chief Administrative Officer at On Lok Senior Health Services, the national pioneer of the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). He spent ten years of his career as the CFO and General Counsel of two Medi-Cal managed care health plans in Alameda County and San Francisco County. He began his career in hospital finance for nine years, leading to his role as CFO at Chinese Hospital.
Dr. Quan earned an Ed.D. at San Francisco State University, a J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, an M.P.H. at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, and an undergraduate degree in economics and history at Northwestern University. He is also a native son of San Francisco, where he graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory and St. Mary’s School. He has served on over thirty boards for community non-profits, including St. Mary’s Medical Center, federal Region IX Health Equity Council, and the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum. Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for and speaker on health disparities, cultural competence, and language access.