Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


Mary Katherine Donnelly DNP, MPH, CNL, FNAP, ACNP-BC, ANP- BC

Department Chair

Dr. Mary Donnelly, DNP, MPH, FNAP, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC is an Assistant Professor in the Master's Entry MSN and the Chair of the Graduate Nursing Department at the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Her current research interests include Application of Voice Thread Technology in Graduate Education, and the teaching of genetics/genomics in Nursing curriculum. Her core interests in nursing instruction and communication methods are indispensable when it comes to creating well-rounded care...

Education:

2011, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1983, Masters in Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1982, Master of Science in Nursing, SUNY at Buffalo Graduate School, Buffalo, NY, 1975, Certificate ANP, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY, 1971, Bachelor of Science, Villanova University, School of Nursing, Villanova, PA

Amanda Aaronson

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-2018

Amanda Burke-Aaronson teaches in the Bachelor’s and Master’s in nursing programs. Her focus is women’s health, obstetric and neonatal nursing. Her professional experience is as a mother-baby nurse (postpartum and well-baby) as well as a newborn intensive care nurse. She is a volunteer birth doula – a non-medical labor and birth support person – as well. She has a side focus on advocating for, and striving to bring appropriate gender-affirming healthcare for transgender people, especially in our...

Michael Bueno

Instructor

Mike has been a nurse for over 9 years and has worked in areas such as medical-surgical, telemetry, and step-down. For the past three years he has been working in acute care dialysis at one of the largest trauma hospitals in Orange County providing care throughout all levels of the hospital including med-surg, telemetry, oncology, emergency, ICU, psychiatric, and mother/baby units. He is a certified Clinical Nurse Leader with a passion for technology, innovation and education to improve the...

Education:

Master of Science, Nursing Education, California State University, Fullerton, Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Sonoma State University

Elena Capella EdD, MSN/MPA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, LNCC

Associate Professor; DNP for Registered Nurses
(831) 334-1177

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 health...

Education:

Ed.D., University of San Francisco

Cathy Coleman DNP, RN, MSN, CNL, CPHQ, OCN

Associate Professor; Director, Graduate RN-MSN Program (Hybrid)
(415) 823-3441

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...

Education:

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

Erica Hooper-Arana DNP, RN, PHN, CNS, CNL

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4729

Erica Hooper-Arana has nursing experience working in the areas of geriatrics, pediatrics, primary care, public health, leadership, program development, and education. She has a BSN and DNP in Health Care Systems Leadership from the University of San Francisco. She also has an MSN in Advanced Community Health and International Nursing with a minor in Education from the University of California San Francisco. She has been teaching nursing at the University of San Francisco since 2005. At USF she...

Education:

DNP-University of San Francisco, MSN-University of California, San Francisco, BSN-University of San Francisco

John Hurley

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6681

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.

Education:

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, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Ramon Jocom MSN, AGNP-C

Assistant Professor

Education:

Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, California State University-Fullerton

Mahmoud Kaddoura PhD, CAGS, MSN, APRN, NP-C, CNE

Assistant Professor

Jump to Section: Publications | Awards & Distinctions | Presentations | Professional Organizations and Community Service Dr. Kaddoura has over 25 years of experience in nursing education and clinical practice. He holds a bachelor of science in nursing, a master’s of science in nursing and nursing education, a PhD in health professions education, a certificate of advanced graduate studies in health professions education, a post-master’s certificate in primary care adult and gerontology nurse...

Education:

PhD, Simmons College, Boston, MA, Post-Master's Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies) Simmons College, Boston, MA, MSN, MEd, University of Natal, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, BSN, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Jo Loomis DNP, RN, FNP-C, CHSE, NCMP, ANLC, CLC, CNL

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6394

Dr. Jo Loomis is a Family Nurse Practitioner and an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions. Dr. Loomis received her DNP from the University of Minnesota and has maintained certifications in the women’s health areas of lactation and menopause as well as certification as a Simulation Healthcare Educator (CHSE). Dr. Loomis has spent the last 10 years developing expertise in the use of simulation as a teaching modality to undergraduate and...

Education:

DNP, University of Minnesota , MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner, San Jose State University, BSN, University of Missouri

Expertise:

Primary Care, Maternal/Child, Simulation, Healthcare for Vulnerable Populations, Physiologic Childbirth, Lactation Support

Susan Mortell DNP, RN, CNL

Assistant Professor; Director, RN-MSN Online Program
(415) 640-4251

For the past 30 years, Dr. Mortell has worked in varied nursing settings, which include medical-surgical nursing, community health, oncology, and psychiatry; currently, she serves as an assistant professor and the current director of the Online RN-MSN program at USF. Her courses include: Ethics and Health Care Policy, Community Health Nursing, Transitions to Graduate Education and Scholarly Writing, Informatics, and the MSN Internship. She has also taught practicum courses for BSN and RN-MSN...

Education:

DNP, University of San Francisco, MSN, California State University, AS, Cabrillo College

Expertise:

nurse educator for home infusion, Clinical and Theory Instructor (BSN and MSN programs), Psychiatry, Community Health, Medical Surgical nursing, oncology, Home infusion, Healthcare organizational leadership

Marcianna Nosek

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2019

Dr. Nosek's education includes an ADN/RN from Cabrillo Community College; BA from CSUMB; MPH in Maternal/Child and International Health from UC Berkeley; MS and Certified Nurse Midwife from UCSF; and Ph.D. in Nursing from UCSF. She worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery for 17 years and started teaching at USF in 2007. Since starting at USF, she has taught in multiple programs including the BSN, DNP, MSN, and MPH. As a tenured, Associate Professor, she currently teaches in the MSN...

Education:

PhD, Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, MS, Certified Nurse Midwife & Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, University of California, San Francisco, MPH, Specialty Area of Maternal/Child Health, Minor in International Health, University of California, Berkeley, BA, Integrated Studies, International Health, California State University, Monterey Bay, ASN, Registered Nurse, Cabrillo College

Robert (Bob) Patterson DNP, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

Education:

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

Stefan Rowniak

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4702

Dr. Stefan Rowniak has been teaching at USF since 2011 after a long career as a Registered Nurse and a Family Nurse Practitioner. He started his nursing career with a BSN from the University of San Francisco in 1985 when the HIV/AIDS epidemic was decimating the local community. Subsequently, he joined the frontlines of the fight against the AIDS epidemic by arranging his senior preceptorship at the newly opened “AIDS Ward” at San Francisco General Hospital. After graduating with his BSN, he...

Education:

Post-Doctoral Student, University of California, San Francisco, PhD, Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of California, San Francisco, BS, Nursing, SF State University, San Francisco, Certificate, Alcohol Studies, Seattle University, Seattle , BA, Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle

Nancy Selix

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4159

Areas of Interest Postpartum Mood Disorders Health Care Policy and Advocacy Integration of Mental Health and Primary Care Maternal and Infant Health Interdisciplinary Education and Collaboration Projects and Authorship Wellness Works! Grant content expert on maternal mental health in the occupational setting.Mental Health America Position Statement 38 Perinatal Mental Health (2013). Co-authored national policy on maternal mental health.

Education:

DNP, University of San Francisco, MSN, Nurse Midwifery Certification, Emory University, FNP Certificate, Georgia Southern University, BSN, Georgia Southwestern University, ADN, Abraham Baldwin College

Francine Serafin-Dickson DNP, MBA, BSN, CNL

Assistant professor; Director, Population Health Leadership, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program; director, BSN-MSN 4+1 Program

Francine Serafin-Dickson has extensive experience as a health care administrator and consultant. She is currently the Executive Director of the Hospital Consortium of San Mateo County, a non-profit organization focused in developing and enhancing a collaborative county network designed to improve the delivery of health care and the general health of the people of San Mateo County. The Hospital Consortium of San Mateo County is comprised of Kaiser Foundation Hospital/Health Plan-San Mateo Area;...

Education:

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 Program “Epidemiology – The Infection Control Team,” 1980. University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1975. University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Expertise:

Leadership, Financial Management, Quality Improvement, Gerontology, Epidemiology

Part-Time Faculty


Joan Mersch

Adjunct Faculty
(415) 422-6681

Education:

B.S.N., College of St. Teresa, Winona, MN, M.S.N., University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Emeriti Faculty