Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


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...

Carlee Balzaretti, DNP, FNP-BC, CNL

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-8327

Carlee Balzaretti, DNP, FNP-BC, CNL is an assistant professor teaching the Applied Assessment & Nursing Fundamentals course to undergraduate students and the final semester internship course to graduate students. Prior to this appointment, she taught across the undergraduate nursing curriculum in the Veteran Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership program at the Sacramento campus. Dr. Balzaretti is currently the vice chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and serves as the...

Education:

DNP, University of San Francisco, MPH, University of San Francisco, Family Nurse Practitioner, Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of San Francisco, MSN, University of San Francisco, BSN, Samuel Merritt College/ Saint Mary's College

Angela Banks

Professor
(415) 422-6393

Angela D. Banks, RN, PhD is a Full Professor and former Chair of the Undergraduate Nursing Department in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. She teaches Pharmacology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacokinetics to undergraduate nursing students. She has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years, and prior to entering academia she worked in the cardiovascular intensive care unit and the emergency department. Her program of research focuses on women's health, health disparities, and...

Education:

UC San Francisco, PhD in Philosophy of Nursing, 2005, UC Los Angeles, MN in Nursing, 1984, University of Illinois, Chicago, BSN, 1980

Expertise:

Cardiovascular Disease, Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics, Pathophysiology

Kimberleigh Cox

Associate Professor
(415) 320-8520

Dr. Cox is a dually board-certified adult nurse practitioner and adult psychiatric nurse practitioner, and certified public health nurse. Her specialty interests and NP work are in psychiatric mental health, addiction medicine, behavioral and community health of vulnerable populations, advocacy, and psychiatric consultation. She brings her clinical experience, interests, and enthusiasm for community and mental health to her teaching, service, clinical work, and volunteerism. Her focus is on...

Education:

USF, DNP, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, 2010, University of California, San Francisco, MSN, Adult and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program, 1998, Brown University, Providence, RI, BA in Psychology, 1990

Expertise:

Behavioral Health-Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Public Health, Community Health Nursing of Vulnerable Populations, Cognitive-Behavioral Modalities & Motivational Approaches, Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders Management

Mary Lou De Natale

Professor
(415) 422-2022

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...

Education:

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

Expertise:

Community and mental health nursing, Maternal-child nursing and pediatric

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

Anna Kwong

Associate Professor; BSN Program
(415) 422-2014

Anna Kwong, Ed.D., RN, is an associate professor at University of San Francisco (USF) in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, where she teaches Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology and Fundamental clinical to undergraduate students. She has been a registered nurse for more than 20 years. During the first 10 years as a nurse, she has worked in adult medical-surgical units, viral hepatitis clinical research, and hospice care nursing. Dr. Kwong has been teaching at USF since 2004; she...

Education:

EdD, Learning and Instructions, University of San Francisco, Master of Science in Nursing, San Francisco State University, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, San Francisco State University

Janice Mark DNP, FNP-BC, RN

Assistant Professor
(925) 699-9432

Professor Mark’s history with USF spans 37 years. After graduating from the BSN program in 1987, she enjoyed a 30-year nursing career as a medical surgical staff nurse in a local hospital. She then earned an MSN from UCSF as a geriatric clinical nurse specialist, and when an opportunity opened up to teach at her undergraduate alma mater as a clinical instructor, she jumped at the chance. This sparked a love and passion for teaching nursing, and she has continued to teach at USF for almost 25...

Education:

University of San Francisco, DNP/FNP, 2017, UC, San Francisco, MSN-Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, 1993, University of San Francisco, BSN, 1987

Expertise:

Medical-Surgical Nursing, Simulation, Geriatric Nursing, Adult health

Susan Prion EdD, RN, CNE, CHSE

Professor; Associate Dean — Nursing
(415) 422-6936

Susan Prion, EdD, RN, CNE, CHSE is the associate dean of and a professor in the nursing department. She holds baccalaureate degrees in biology and chemistry from Muskingum College and a BS in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She has a master’s degree in nursing from the University of California San Francisco and an MEd in instructional technology from San Jose State University. Professor Prion also holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. She is actively engaged in research...

Education:

BS, Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio, BS Nursing, Case Wester Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, MS Nursing, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, MEd, Instructional Technology, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, EdD Curriculum and Instruction, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Expertise:

Simulation, Instructional technology, Multimedia

Christina Purpora

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2021

Christina Purpora has been an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions since 2011. Her primary areas of teaching are applied assessment and nursing fundamentals in the traditional undergraduate nursing program, and her professional experience includes 30 years of hospital nursing. Her clinical expertise is in medical-surgical and critical care nursing of the adult and older adult. Dr. Purpora’s program of research focuses on antecedents, consequences, and mitigation...

Education:

Ph.D., Nursing, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), MS, Nursing (nursing education focus), University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut, BS, Nursing, Regis University, Denver, Colorado , AS, Nursing, Ventura College, Ventura, California , Diploma, Practical Nursing, Thompson School for Practical Nurses, Brattleboro, Vermont

Expertise:

Nursing, Care of the adult and older adult

Lisa Sabatini

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6348

Lisa is a proud triple USF Don earning her BSN, MSN and DNP from USF SONHP. She has over 38 years of healthcare experience in clinical, education, and leadership. She is active in the USF Alumni Association and is an active member of many nursing organizations. She was instrumental in establishing simulation at SONHP and has spoken locally, regionally, and nationally on simulation.

Education:

University of San Francisco, SONHP, DNP, 2015, University of San Francisco, SONHP, MSN, 2008, University of San Francisco, SONHP, BSN, 1983

Expertise:

Simulation , Medical-surgical nursing , Public health nursing, Leadership

Octavia Mandel Struve RN, MSN, DNP, CNL, WCC, OMS

Program Director, Associate Professor, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program

Octavia Mandel Struve, RN, MSN, DNP, CNL, WCC, OMS is an assistant professor at University of San Francisco (USF) in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, where she is the program director, clinical coordinator and primary instructor for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program. Additionally, she is the faculty advisor for the on-campus Emergency Medical Response Service (EMRS) while managing the campus and community training for CPR and First Aid, Safesitter and Stop the Bleed....

Education:

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), University of San Francisco, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), University of San Francisco, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), University of San Francisco, Nursing, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Part-Time Faculty


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

Candace Cassidy

Adjunct Professor

Professor Candace Cassidy has been a registered nurse for over 20 years. Prior to nursing, Professor Cassidy worked in research and analytical chemistry. While having her first child, she was mesmerized by the competent and caring staff when she was hospitalized. She went to nursing school and became committed to promoting excellence in nursing care. This passion has left an impact on the many students and nursing hires she has trained.

Education:

Sacred Heart University, Masters of Nursing Education, Chabot College, AA Nursing, 2000, California State University, BS Biological Science, 1994

Expertise:

Health Communication, Women and Children's Health

Beth Chapin

Adjunct Professor
(619) 993-9875

Beth Anne Chapin was born at UCSF and raised in the Bay Area. She earned a communications degree from San Diego State University, and a BSN at Sonoma State University. She is a Clinical Nurse 2 and Clinical Instructor at UCSF, a magnet hospital where doctors and nurses collaborate in order to give patients the very best evidence-based care.  Beth is inspired by her patients every day and considers herself to be a lifelong learner. Her passion is teaching and her students fuel her. A little-...

Education:

Sonoma State University, BSN 2016, SDSU, BA Communications 1989

Expertise:

Care for the Caregiver, Crucial Conversations, Spinning Babies

Kathryn Grimley-Baker

Adjunct Faculty
(650) 766-7633

Kathryn Grimely-Baker's "why nursing” story demonstrates that one can be resilient and make something good out of a bad situation. At 12 years old she was in a head-on collision with her younger sisters and best friend that landed them many weeks and surgeries in the hospital. She found the nursing staff to be the one bright joy of her day. She was most appreciative of the nursing staff passing to her twin sister and best friend in the ICU the “Get Well” notes she made from her paper placemats...

Education:

USF, DNP 2014, UCSF, MSN/NP (Women's Health OB/GYN) 1988, USF, BSN 1980

Gigi Guan

Adjunct Nursing Faculty

Education:

Grand Canyon University, MSN- in progress, San Francisco State University, BSN, 2012

Expertise:

Adult and Pediatric Emergency Nursing, Trauma Nursing

Nate Hinerman

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-2314

Nate Hinerman, PhD, LMFT is a philosopher and a psychotherapist and teaches in the School of Nursing and Health Professions and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He serves as Chair of the San Francisco Bay Area Network for End-of-Life Care, and he is an active member of the USF Faculty-Association PTFA Policy Board. He also maintains a psychotherapy practice, helping clients transition amidst loss. His research is interdisciplinary, and...

Education:

PhD, Graduate Theological Union - Philosophy of Religion

Karen Merchant

Adjunct Instructor

Professor Merchant started a second career in nursing after graduating from USF in 2004, after first working on a medical/surgical ward in a community hospital and becoming interested in neuroscience nursing. She obtained a CNRN (Certified Neuroscience Registered Nursing) certification in 2010 and went on to work primarily with Parkinson disease and other movement disorder patients. She has also done volunteer work with the Northern California Epilepsy Foundation.

Education:

University of San Francisco, MSN in Nursing, 2004

Julia Minser

Adjunct Professor

Julia believes that helping patients isn't just about what happens at the bedside. Although nothing can replace the feeling Julia gets from helping patients hands-on, there's only so many patients one nurse can manage at a time. Julia became an instructor because translating her experience into knowledge for nurses in training allows her to scale her positive impact on patient outcomes. She knows that each future nurse she helps to blossom into a consummate, caring professional indirectly...

Education:

University of San Francisco, BS in Nursing 2016

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

Arslan Rashid

Adjunct Clinical Faculty

Adjunct clinical faculty for BSN Hilltop Campus. Junior 1-Community and Mental Health.

Education:

University of San Francisco, BS in Nursing, 2018

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

Contact Info

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m – 5 p.m.

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA
94117
(415) 422-6563