Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


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

Program Director
(415) 422-6798

Dr. Kaddoura has over 25 years of experience in nursing education and clinical practice. He currently teaches graduate Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Medical Surgical courses in the Master and Doctorate programs. Prior to joining USF, Dr. Kaddoura taught both graduate and undergraduate courses at Duke University and MCPHS University (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences). His expertise in using technology and designing innovative educational strategies to adapt to student...

Education:

University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Post Doctoral Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate, 2019, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, Post-Master's Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate, 2013, Simmons University, Boston, MA, PhD in Health Professions Education, 2009 , Simmons University, Boston, MA, CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies) in Health Professions Education, 2007, University of Natal, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Masters in Education (MEd), 2002 , American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), 1992

Expertise:

Academic education, Primary care nurse partitioning, Clinical supervision

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...

Lisa Brozda

Assistant Professor

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.

Education:

Dominican University, MSN in Nursing, 2004, University of Colorado, BSN in Nursing

Expertise:

Obstetrical Nursing, Public Health

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

Associate Professor
(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

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

Lauren Knapp

Assistant Professor

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...

Education:

University of San Francisco, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), 2019, Baylor University, BSN, 2010

Expertise:

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 Network Healthcare, Registered Nurse, Observation and Medical Telemetry Units, St. Joseph Hospital, Registered Nurse, Intensive Care Unit, White Memorial Medical Center

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

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

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

Dr Nancy Selix is an international speaker, researcher, and publisher author on the topics of maternal mental health, transgender care, and women's health. She is passionate about these areas of healthcare and has numerous publications, podium presentations, webinars, and research projects on these topics. Dr Selix teaches healthcare policy and ethics and scholarly writing in the School of Nursing and Health Professions for doctoral students. Additionally, she has a thriving clinical practice...

Education:

Post-DNP, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practitioner, University of San Francisco, DNP, , University of San Francisco, MSN, Nurse-Midwifery, Emory University, FNP Certificate, Georgia Southern University, Baccalaureate, Nursing, Georgia Southwestern University, ADN, Abraham Baldwin College , Family Nurse Practitioner, Georgia Southern University

Expertise:

Clinical care in mental health, Transgender care, Women's health

Francine Serafin-Dickson DNP, MBA, BSN, CNL

Assistant Professor

Francine Serafin-Dickson has extensive experience as a hospital, nursing, and health care administrator and consultant. Dr. Serafin-Dickson is an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) and has taught for the last twelve years in the MPA, BPA, BSHS, DNP, and MSN programs. She is the Director for the Population Health Leadership DNP and 4+1 BSN-MSN Programs at USF SONHP. Her area of interest revolves around the community-...

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


Sherie Ambrose

Adjunct Professor
(415) 246-9267

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...

Education:

University of St. Augustine, DNP, 2021, Golden Gate University, MBA, 1992, University of San Francisco, BSN, 1980

Expertise:

Nurse leader mentoring, Health care staffing models

Sylvia Andrade

Adjunct Faculty
(415) 422-6681

Dr. Sylvia Andrade, DNP, MSN, RN, a nurse of forty-one years, an extremely versatile faculty member who teaches the fundamentals of nursing to capstone levels both in undergraduate and graduate levels. She has the patience and nurturing presence to guide the students to initiate their first patient contact, preparing them to become members of the nursing community. While working with a diverse racial/ethnic population of students, Dr. Andrade approaches each semester with professionalism,...

Education:

USF School of Nursing and Health Professions, Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2018, UCSF School of Nursing, Masters of Science in Nursing, 2010, Concordia College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing, 1980

Expertise:

Known for creative and innovative strategies to enhance student learning, Excellent abilities to teach diverse racial/ethnic population of USF students, Outstanding clinical, leadership and management background, Clinical care expertise to care for an acute and critical care patients in all specialty areas, longterm and palliative care units included, Extremely versatile to teach undergraduate and graduate students

Carolyn Lake

Adjunct Professor

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...

Education:

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

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

Robert (Bob) Patterson DNP, MSN, RN

Adjunct Professor

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...

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

Expertise:

Clinical leadership

Diane Santiago

Adjunct Professor
(415) 735-8081

Diane Santiago is a Bay Area native but lived in Houston, Texas for seven years. There she worked at a busy 700 bed hospital and got her masters degree. She has over eight years of ICU nurse experience and is currently an ICU supervisor. She’s excited to teach and help you build your nursing career. She is passionate about building professional growth and is inspired by the opportunity for lifelong learning in nursing. In her free time she enjoys getting nursing certifications, going back to...

Education:

University of Texas, Arlington, MSN Education 2020, Chamberlain College of Nursing, BSN 2013, CSU Chico, BA Psychology 2010

Expertise:

Critical Care, Nursing, Nursing Leadership and Administration

Kara Schacke

Adjunct Professor
(408) 234-2311

Professor Schacke has been working as a registered nurse under the women's and children's umbrella throughout her career. She is passionate about the field of pediatrics and maternal-child nursing. Additionally, she has spent a substantial amount of time in clinical research.

Education:

Grand Canyon University, PhD in psychology, 2020, Grand Canyon University, MSN in nursing education, 2014, The University of Phoenix, BSN, 2012, Reading Area Community College, ADN, 2004

Jeremy Yves Vergara

Adjunct Professor

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...

Education:

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, 1998

Expertise:

Healthcare Leadership, Project Management, Ambulatory Leadership Practice, Ambulatory Neurology, Finance Management

Emeriti Faculty