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Our talented and competent faculty bring various life experiences and educational backgrounds to the classroom and beyond. 

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Program Director

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Dr. Hubbell has taught in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at USF since 2017, including courses on evidence-based practice and health assessment. She currently teaches Applied Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology I in the BSN program. Dr. Hubbell's scholarly work has focused on advance care planning and improving end of life care, particularly for homeless and underserved populations.

  • University of San Francisco, DNP, 2017
  • University of San Francisco, MSN, 2015
  • Johns Hopkins University, BS in Nursing, 2001
  • Smith College, BA in Women's Studies, 1998
  • Nurse Practitioner, Urgent Care
  • Quality Nurse Consultant, Virtual Nursing Team
  • Clinical Nurse, Emergency Department

Full-Time Faculty

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Carlee Balzaretti, PHN, MPH, DNP, FNP-BC, CNL is an associate professor teaching the Applied Assessment & Nursing Fundamentals course to undergraduate 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 recorder for the Faculty Association of the School of Nursing and Health Professions and faculty advisor to the Black Nursing Student...

  • 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...
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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...

  • UC San Francisco, PhD in Philosophy of Nursing, 2005
  • UC Los Angeles, MN in Nursing, 1984
  • University of Illinois, Chicago, BSN, 1980
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics
  • Pathophysiology
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Dr. Chaudhary obtained a Doctor in Nursing Practice degree from USF. She currently teaches Evidence-Based Inquiry and Informatics in the BSN department during the fall and spring semesters and graduate level courses in the summer. She focuses on didactic and clinical preparation of pre- and post- licensure nursing students. Dr. Chaudhary is also a Nurse Practitioner with experience in integrative primary care.

  • University of San Francisco, DNP, 2017
  • University of San Francisco, MSN, 2015
  • California State University, Long Beach, BSN, 2008
  • Preventative health
  • Primary care
  • Evidence based practice
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Professor Caron Coates has been teaching at the Hilltop SONHP at the University of San Francisco since 2019. She is currently a full-time faculty here at USF and enjoys teaching theory courses, as well as simulation to the future nurses of tomorrow. Professor Coates brings much experience in Nursing within the critical care arena to her teaching in the classroom. She also brings her leadership experiences in Nursing which have included various management and supervisory roles in the clinical...

  • University of San Francisco, Doctoral Student of Education Grad EdD, May 2026
  • Holy Names University, MSN Nursing Education, May 2021
  • University of San Francisco, BSN Nursing, 1994
  • Medical Surgical Critical Care Content Specialist
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Debra Conroy-McCue is an associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions. With over 40 years of adult critical care bedside nursing experience, her passion for education has been a constant thread throughout her professional career. She joined the University in 2004 and has continued to live her personal vision: To inspire and teach fellow nurses, nursing students, patients, families, and communities to care for self and others: mind, body, and...

  • University of San Francisco, Doctorate in Nursing, Practice Nursing, 2014
  • San Francisco State University, MS in Nursing, 2007
  • San Francisco State University, Clinical Nurse Specialist, 2007
  • Cali...
  • Adult critical care nursing
  • Adult medical surgical nursing
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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...

  • 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...
  • 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
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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

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...

Dr. Jodi Kushner, DNP, MSN, CHSE, CNE, BSN is a nursing faculty for graduate and undergraduate levels in the VANAP program at the School of Nursing and Health Professions, USF, an Academic partnership between the University and the Department of Veteran Affairs Northern California Healthcare System. Her areas of interest include teaching strategies, learning styles, teaching students with disabilities and nursing simulation. Her DNP project titled, "Increasing Faculty Knowledge and Empathy" ...

  • DNP, University of San Francisco (December, 2017)
  • MSN, Austin Peay State University
  • RN, State of California and Tennessee
  • BSN, Austin Peay State University
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Dr. Ann Lawani received her PhD in nursing from the University of San Diego. Her unique professional background includes small business accounting, clinical nursing practice and leadership. She is a practicing registered nurse; her clinical experience entails adult cardio-pulmonary, stroke, Cystic Fibrosis and orthopedic patient populations across multiple health care settings, including acute care and hospice facilities. A scholar and life-long learner, Dr. Lawani’s area of research includes...

  • PhD in Nursing, University of San Diego
  • Graduate Certificate, Leadership and Administration in Hospice and Palliative Care, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Master of Science in Nursing-Clinical...
  • Palliative Care and Healthcare Utilization
  • Hospice and End-of-Life Transitions

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...

  • University of San Francisco, DNP/FNP, 2017
  • UC, San Francisco, MSN-Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, 1993
  • University of San Francisco, BSN, 1987
  • Medical-surgical nursing
  • Simulation
  • Geriatric nursing
  • Adult health
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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. Lisa was the Director of the Clinical Performance and Simulation Centers and was instrumental in implementing...

  • University of San Francisco, SONHP, DNP, 2015
  • University of San Francisco, SONHP, MSN, 2008
  • University of San Francisco, SONHP, BSN, 1983
  • Simulation
  • Telehealth
  • Homecare
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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...
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Dr. Camile Williams is a USF graduate, US Army veteran, family nurse practitioner, mother of seven children, and married to a retired US Marine. Dr. Williams is the president of From One Nurse To Another, which is a non-profit that provides mentorship and scholarships to single parent nursing students and disenfranchised nursing students. Dr. Williams is a nurse practitioner that treats children that have been abused and works with the community on the prevention of child abuse.

Dr. Williams...

  • University of San Francisco, DNP in Nursing, 2021
  • Cox College, MS in Nursing, 2018
  • Cox College, BS in Nursing, 2015
  • Cox College, AS in Nursing, 2014
  • Child maltreatment
  • Pediatrics
  • Military

Part-Time Faculty

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...

  • 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
  • ...
  • 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...

Professor Carter has been a nurse for over 20 years. She enjoys taking care of America's Veterans in her primary work but her passion is teaching. It brings her a renewed satisfaction in being able to share her wide range of expertise to the new generation of nurses. While providing a structured teaching environment, she strives to provide an nurturing learning environment. Her students learning is her top priority.

  • Grand Canyon University MSN-Ed, 2018
  • Grand Canyon University, BSN, 2014
  • John Tyler Community College, ADN, 2004
  • Medical Surgical
  • Orthopedic
  • ICU
  • Emergency Department

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.

  • Sacred Heart University, Masters of Nursing Education
  • Chabot College, AA Nursing, 2000
  • California State University, BS Biological Science, 1994
  • Health Communication
  • Women and Children's Health

Beth Anne Chapin is a perinatal staff nurse at UCSF Birth Center. She is perinatally trained and serves as a scrub nurse in obstetrical surgery. She is a UCSF Magnet Nursing Champion, a member of the UCSF Clinical Inquiry Council, and finished an Evidence-Based Practice Nursing Fellowship in 2020.

  • Sonoma State University, BSN 2016
  • SDSU, BA Communications 1989
  • Care for the Caregiver
  • Crucial Conversations
  • Spinning Babies

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...

  • USF, DNP 2014
  • UCSF, MSN/NP (Women's Health OB/GYN) 1988
  • USF, BSN 1980
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Erica Hooper, DNP, RN, PHN, CNS, CNL 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...

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

  • 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...

Dr. Seanny Min received her DNP in nursing from University of San Francisco, SoNHP.  She is a practicing family nurse practitioner at Stanford Hospital and Kaiser Permanente. Her area of interest includes improving quality of care to underserved and vulnerable populations through advance practice nursing services.

"Heads, hearts, hands to heal the world" - Min

If you tell me, I forget. If you teach me, I remember."- Unknown

  • DNP, Nursing, University of San Francisco
  • MSN, Nursing, San Francisco State University
  • BSN, nursing, San Francisco State University

Dr. Chuka Okekenta (he/him/his), otherwise called Dr. O by his students, is a registered nurse with a terminal degree from Chamberlain University. He has functioned in a variety of clinical and academic settings including intensive care units, dialysis, stepdown, home health, quality improvement, and colleges. Some of his notable works include design and implementation of healthcare quality improvement processes.

His hobbies and interests cover sports and jokes/comedy. Basketball and football...

  • Chamberlain University, DNP, 2017
  • Critical Care
  • Quality Improvement
  • Healthcare Simulation
  • Univeristy of Southern California, MSN
  • Univeristy of San Francisco, BSN
  • Cardiac Nursing

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

  • University of San Francisco, BS in Nursing, 2018

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

Faculty Emeritus

Dr. Elizabeth Cooper is an experienced clinical systems management expert. Her work focused on quality and safety education for nursing. Dr. Cooper has also contributed to the nursing education by submitting for publication a number of her research projects and investigations.

Dr. Cooper received her master’s in nursing and doctor in nurse practitioner degrees at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Copper’s research interests are in the areas of nursing education, assessment surveys, patient...

  • RN Diploma, Abbott-Northwestern School of Nursing
  • BS, College of St. Francis
  • MSN, University of San Francisco
  • DNP, University of San Francisco
  • Clinical Systems Management
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • Adult Health
  • Professional Development

Dr. Gregory DeBourg taught at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions from 1993 - 2019. Dr. DeBourg started as an adjunct faculty and, in 1998, became a full-time professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Dr. DeBourgh taught NURS 370 - Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Management of Comprehensive Adult Patient Care, a course emphasizing synthesis and application of knowledge. In 2014 Dr. BeBourgh shared during an interview why he flipped his entire...

  • AS, College of Marin
  • BS, University of California at San Francisco
  • MS, University of California at San Francisco
  • EdD, University of San Francisco
  • Patient safety and quality systems
  • Interprofessional collaborative practice
  • International consultation
  • Professional development and performance improvement consultation
  • Clinical, classroom, and online instruction
  • Multimedia instructional...

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...

  • 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...
  • Simulation
  • Instructional technology
  • Multimedia