Leadership

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.


Margaret W. Baker, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP)

Dean Margaret Wooding Baker

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.


Scott Ziehm, DNP, RN

Associate Dean for Pre-Licensure Programs and Accreditation; Professor

Scott Ziehm

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.


Jayme Burke, Director of Development, School of Nursing and Health Professions, USFJayme Burke, MA

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.


Carolina Escheverria, Director of Partnerships, School of Nursing and Health Professions, USFCarolina Echeverria, MA

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.


Kelvin Kwan, Director of Operations, School of Nursing and Health Professions, USFKelvin Quan, EdD, JD, MPH

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.


John Robichaux, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, School of Nursing and Health ProfessionsJohn Robichaux, MDiv

Manager of Strategic Initatives

For more than two decades, John Robichaux has been a prominent global leader in the education, nonprofit, and philanthropic arenas. Robichaux has held senior leadership positions at Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia Universities, spearheading some of the largest and most successful portfolios at top global universities. Beyond higher education, Robichaux is recognized for his successful track record in nonprofit and philanthropic leadership, and he regularly consults for organizations around the world in the areas of executive leadership, organizational design, strategic initiatives, education, and nonprofit management.

A Harvard-educated, award-winning scholar, Robichaux is committed to leveraging his expertise in executive leadership and strategic development in service of global organizations committed to broad social impact and to drawing together the world’s best minds from academia, government, philanthropy, and industry to solve the world’s most complicated problems.

As a Cajun, Robichaux’s success within U.S. education is particularly noteworthy, and he credits his Cajun background as having greatly informed his interests in a host of social impact areas, from health, equity, inclusion, and human rights to sustainability and education across the lifelong spectrum-- and, of course, his love of good music and great food. Today, he lives with his wife and daughter in the Bay Area, where, in his spare time, he enjoys exploring both the natural wonders and the diverse communities of California, and volunteering for a variety of youth and community organizations.

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