• Lisa Brozda - Master's Entry MSN (Hilltop) Program Director
  • Sara Horton-Deutsch - RN-MSN (Kaiser Nurse Scholars Academy) Program Director
  • Susan Mortell - RN-MSN Online Program Director

Program Director

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Lisa Brozda shares her passion for obstetrical nursing, teaching all areas of OB, including theory, OB simulation lab, and clinical lab. She has worked for decades as a staff nursing in all areas of OB (antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and neonatal intensive care), later transitioning to practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for labor/delivery and postpartum.

  • Dominican University, MSN in Nursing, 2004
  • University of Colorado, BSN in Nursing
  • Obstetrical Nursing
  • Public Health
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Dr. Horton-Deutsch is currently the Director of the University of San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente Partnership. She has led in academic and practice settings for 35 years as an advanced practice psychiatric/mental health nurse, teacher/practitioner, consultant, program director, caring science endowed chair, coach, and academic/practice partnership director. Through her academic and practice career, she has contributed to evidence-informed knowledge development to ensure safety and quality...

  • Rush University, PhD in Nursing, 1992
  • Rush University, MSN in Psych Nursing, 1988
  • University of Evansville, BSN in Nursing, 1986
  • Reflective practice
  • Caring science
  • Leadership
  • Holistic health
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Susan Mortell has been an RN for over 30 years.  She has worked in a variety of settings including oncology, med-surg nursing, community health and psychiatry. She has taught at the University of San Francisco since 2003 in the BSN, MSN and DNP programs.

  • University of San Francisco, Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2014
  • California State University, Masters in Nursing Education, 2009
  • California State University, Bachelors in Nursing, 1998
  • Infusion
  • Psychiatry
  • Oncology
  • Education

Full-Time Faculty

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Dr. Cathy Coleman’s professional career and her passion for nursing and education includes decades of experience across multiple clinical settings and organizations as a nurse, consultant, and volunteer. Most of her career focused on oncology; she specialized in comprehensive breast center development and quality/performance improvement, spending years as a consultant for clients that include a medical device startup. After ten years with a CMS-funded Quality Improvement Organization in San...

  • DNP, Nursing, Healthcare Systems Leadership, University of San Francisco
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), University of San Francisco
  • Diploma, Nursing, Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing
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Mary Lou De Natale has expertise in community mental health and telehealth case management with the underserved in the community and their partners / families. For the past twenty nine years, she has been involved in the bachelors, masters, and DNP programs (committee member of doctoral dissertations in the School of Education and School of Nursing and Health Professions - DNP projects). Her professional and personal mission, clinical practice, and research revolve around health care advocacy...

  • Post-Doctoral Academic Program of Study, Social and Behavioral Health-Health Policy
  • University of San Francisco, EdD
  • San Jose State University, MSN
  • University of San Francisco, BSN
  • Community and mental health nursing
  • Maternal-child nursing and pediatric
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Brent Ferm is a professor teaching in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of San Francisco. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University with a clinical emphasis on psychoanalytically/psychodynamically informed psychotherapy. Brent is currently a clinical supervisor for the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and also has a private practice providing psychotherapy and psychological assessment since...

  • Northwestern University, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 1991
  • UC Berkeley, BS in Psychology, 1980
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Clinical supervision
  • Attachment theory
  • Time-limited dynamic psychotherapy

Dr. Deepika Goyal is a nurse educator, researcher, and clinician who brings 16 years of experience with her to USFCA. She teaches courses in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master’s nursing programs, helping to prepare the next generation of family nurse practitioners. Dr. Goyal’s research focuses on maternal mental health among Asian American women, which is reflected in her publications over the past 18 years. Dr. Goyal’s research was among the first to highlight maternal mental health...

  • UCSF, San Francisco, PhD in Nursing, Minor in Education, 2007
  • San Jose State University, MS in Nursing, FNP Certificate, 2002
  • San Jose State University, BS in Nursing, 2000
  • De Anza Community...
  • Nursing
  • Maternal child health
  • Women's health issues
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research

Dr. John Hurley loves to teach and has been teaching in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at USF for over eight years. He has thirty-seven years of experience as a clinical nurse, fifteen as nursing staff development and eight years of pediatric simulation teaching experience. He created and implemented a program for developing, nurturing, and sustaining the interior life of the nurse.

  • DNP. Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA
  • MSN, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
  • Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
  • BSN...
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Alicia Kletter recently completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice here at the University of San Francisco with emphasis as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her professional background includes 22 years as a nurse and family nurse practitioner with much of her career spent working with substance use disorders including methadone and buprenorphine maintenance. She further specialized within this field when she was the director of the City of San Francisco’s perinatal opioid use...

  • USF, DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, 2022
  • Samuel Merritt University, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner, 2004
  • Rensselear Polytechnic University, BSN Biochemistry/Biophysics, 1999
  • Addiction medicine
  • Perinatal opioid use disorder
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As a tenured Professor, Dr. Nosek teaches the maternity and epidemiology courses for the MSN program, and health behavior theory and communication, maternal child health elective, and applied practice experience courses for the MPH program. Previously, she has taught cultural & linguistic preparation for healthcare, nursing research, introduction to public health, and immersion courses to Colombia and Cuba.

Her research involves both quantitative and qualitative methodologies spanning broadly...

  • UC San Francisco, PhD in Nursing, 2007
  • UC San Francisco, MS & Certified Nurse Midwife, 2004
  • UC Berkeley, MPH, Specialty Areas of Maternal/Child & International Health, 2002
  • CSU Monterey Bay, BA...
  • Phenomenology
  • Maternal child health
  • Community health
  • Nonviolent communication
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Nancy Taquino is a nursing leader with extensive experience in clinical practice, education, and quality who has held various leadership roles. Her leadership and nursing practice are grounded in nursing disciplinary knowledge and  Jesuit values with the goal of improving patient care outcomes and creating a healthy work environment for the patients, communities, students, and faculty we serve.

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of San Francisco, 2016
  • Master of Science in Nursing Administration, University of San Francisco, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of San...

Part-Time Faculty

Ms. Ambrose has been working in the Health Care Industry for over 40 years. She began her career in Nursing at San Francisco General Hospital working in the Trauma ICU. Ms. Ambrose worked for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California and Portland Oregon where she had the privilege of assisting with the opening of 3 Kaiser Acute Care Facilities while in the role of Administrative and Nursing Operations Director. She served as VP and Chief Nursing Officer/COO for Dignity Health and CommonSpirit...

  • University of St. Augustine, DNP, 2021
  • Golden Gate University, MBA, 1992
  • University of San Francisco, BSN, 1980
  • Nurse leader mentoring
  • Health care staffing models

Dr. Beamish was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, played basketball in high school, and went on to earn a basketball scholarship to play basketball in college. After college, Dr. Beamish worked in high tech, but like many during the dot-com bust, returned to college a second time to pursue a career in nursing.

Dr. Beamish worked as a research associate and department secretary before later earning a masters in nursing at USF in the ME-MSN program. While working as a nurse in a...

  • University of San Francisco, DNP Family Nurse Practitioner, 2020
  • University of San Francisco, MSN Clinical Nurse Leader, 2017
  • Colorado Technical University, BS Business Administration, 2015
  • Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management
  • Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
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Elena Capella is an experienced educator who teaches leadership, health care quality, and regulatory compliance. Dr. Capella enjoys working with health care professionals who are completing their graduate degrees in nursing. Her doctoral research focuses on the leadership challenges faced by physicians transitioning from independent clinicians to health care system administrators and how these leaders support the improvement of clinical services.

Dr. Capella has worked as a consultant on...

  • Ed.D., University of San Francisco

Professor Knapp has over ten years of experience working as a registered nurse in multiple community hospitals and large teaching facilities. She's had the opportunity to work as a Registered Nurse in the intensive care unit, emergency department, medical telemetry and observation units as well as a sepsis coordinator for two community hospitals.

She has an interest in medication-assisted therapy for opioid use disorder, and her DNP project centered on the development and implementation of...

  • University of San Francisco, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), 2019
  • Baylor University, BSN, 2010
  • Sepsis Coordinator, Mercy Hospital of Folsom and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
  • Registered Nurse, North 1 Emergency Department Annex, UC Davis Medical Center
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of San Francisco
  • Travel Registered Nurse, American Mobile...

Dr. Lake has 10 years of experience in clinical practice. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Minor in Biology from Gettysburg College, a Master's of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty, and Diabetes Care Concentration from Yale School of Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty, and Master's of Public Health from the University of San Francisco. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the...

  • USF, DNP in PMHNP, MPH, 2021
  • Yale, MSN in FNP, 2013
  • Gettysburg College, BS in Health Science/Biology, 2009

Professor Mallory Manuel, MSN, RN, CEN, teaches in the Master's Entry - Master of Science in Nursing program and currently maintains her nursing skills at the bedside working in an emergency department here in San Francisco. She primarily teaches in the first semester of the program, leading the Fundamentals clinical and lab experiences.

Professor Manuel brings vast experience from emergency departments across the country, including trauma centers of all levels, STEMI receiving centers...

  • UT Arlington, Master of Science in Nursing- Nursing Education, 2020
  • University of Alabama Birmingham, Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Health Education, 2014
  • Emergency Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Acute Care Nursing
  • Adult Health Nursing

Krystie Matthews has almost a decade of experience in various healthcare settings. Dr. Matthews is devoted to quality improvement in healthcare through her various roles in the community. Her area of interests are improving nursing and healthcare work culture and quality improvement. She is committed to the development of strong graduating nurses, that will bring excitement and fresh perspectives to healthy nursing environments.

  • University of San Francisco, DNP in Population Health Leadership, 2021
  • University of San Francisco, MSN in Clinical Nurse Leadership, 2019
  • Unitek College, ADN in Registered Nurse, 2017
  • Unitek...
  • Nursing
  • Healthcare policy
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Professor Patterson has 45 years of nursing experience, including in multiple leadership roles in outpatient and inpatient settings, and notably served as president of the American Association for Men in Nursing from 2014-2016. He received a nursing diploma from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in San Francisco, a BSN from CSU Dominguez Hill, an MSN from San Francisco State University, and a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) from the University of San Francisco. He has a passion for local...

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), University of San Francisco
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), San Francisco State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), California State University
  • ...
  • Clinical leadership

Dr. Schwartz is a public health nurse, professor, researcher, and theologian. She has taught nursing students at the University of California Los Angeles and West Coast University students. She has years of public health experience leading strategic planning and community coalitions. She recently completed her PhD in Nursing and uncovered a theory about how to Discover Self after adversity that can be used as a framework for corporations, schools, faith-based communities, families, and...

  • Azusa Pacific University, PhD in Nursing, 2023
  • West Chester University, MSN, 2013
  • Immaculata University, BSN, 2007
  • Public health nursing
  • Global health nursing
  • Gender studies
  • Theology

Francine Serafin-Dickson, DNP, MBA, BSN, CNL has extensive experience as a healthcare administrator, educator, and consultant. Dr. Serafin-Dickson has taught since 2009 at USF in the MPA, BPA, BSHS, DNP, and MSN programs. Francine also serves as a consultant to endeavors focusing on older adult needs and caregiver issues.  In addition, she served as an intern for the Health Care Financing Administration (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and in a congressional office working on...

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of San Francisco, 2017
  • Master of Business Administration in Health Services Management, 1986. Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California
  • Certificate...
  • Leadership
  • Financial Management
  • Quality Improvement
  • Gerontology
  • Epidemiology

Dr. Sneed has worked in the realm of behavioral health treatment for individuals with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) for 17 years. She conducts applied research where she evaluates the efficacy of different models of care, parent-mediated interventions, parental stress, parental self-efficacy, autism spectrum disorder, and investigating psychometric properties of scales for people with I/DD. Dr. Sneed emphasizes the value of person-centered care that accentuates...

  • Walden University, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2022
  • Walden University, MS in Applied Psychology, 2020
  • National University, MS in Educational Counseling, 2010
  • William Jessup University, BA in...
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Diagnostics
  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Parent-mediated interventions

Jeremy Yves Vergara has 23 years of nursing experience in adult critical care, pediatric and adult neurology, peri-operative practice, and hospital and ambulatory leadership. Jeremy is a doctoral prepared nurse with specialization in healthcare systems leadership. He is fueled by a vision to improve clinical practice and processes and accomplished in determining the most optimal operational practices — achieving objectives to improve organizational and patient outcomes through structural...

  • University of San Francisco, Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2016
  • University of San Francisco, Master of Science in Nursing, 2014
  • Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan, Bachelor of Science in Nursing...
  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Ambulatory Leadership Practice
  • Ambulatory Neurology
  • Finance Management

Rebecca Wong has been a mathematics and statistics educator for over twenty-five years.  She is active in providing professional development in statistics and pedagogy, particularly for educators at the two-year college level.  Currently she serves on several national statistics education committees and coordinates the national DataFest competition for two-year colleges. A third-generation San Franciscan, she is excited for the opportunity to be part of the USF community.

  • San Francisco State University, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, 2015
  • Santa Clara University, MS in Teaching Mathematics, 1990
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, BA in Mathematics and...
  • Statistics education

Faculty Emeritus

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Dr. Robin Buccheri is a Professor Emerita and Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco (USF) in San Francisco. In 2010, she was admitted as a fellow to the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Buccheri has published over twenty-five articles in scholarly journals and is on the Editorial Board for Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. She has received the School of Nursing & Health Professions Teaching Award, the University of San Francisco Research Award, and twice...

  • PhD, University of California, San Francisco
  • MHNP, California State University, Long Beach
  • MSN, California State University, Long Beach
  • ADN, El Camino College
  • BSN, California State University...