All of the professors in the MHA program bring significant, current, and relevant working knowledge from the field of healthcare to incorporate into the classroom. Learn more about the instructors in their faculty bios below.

Adjunct Professor

Education

  • B.S. Biology/Pre-Med, UC Riverside
  • MSHCA, CSU Long Beach

Biography

Courtney Atkins is the Manager of Performance Improvement and Clinical Decision Support for MemorialCare Health System, where she coordinates the collection, analysis, and reporting of all clinical data sources for a five-hospital system.

Ms. Atkins evaluates current data sources for use in key quality initiatives including the incorporation of data from the system-wide electronic medical record for clinical reporting. Ms. Atkins also leads the coordination and submission of surveys which have led to recognition and awards from US News and World Report, from Integrated Health Network, and from Modern Healthcare.

Ms. Atkins' other work includes the creation of physician report cards and performance improvement reporting for the MemorialCare's Board of Directors. Her prior experience includes serving as the Data/Quality Improvement Coordinator for Emergency Medical Services at the Health Care Agency of Orange County and as the Trauma Data Analyst/Project Manager at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.

Teaching

  • Healthcare Quality Management

Biography

Dr. Pamela Davidson is an adjunct professor with expertise in strategic planning, leadership and career development, and evaluation design and methods.She is well published with 50 peer- reviewed articles in various medical, dental, and health services research journals. For more than two decades, Pamela has directed large-scale, multisite health services research and evaluation studies, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in ‘health services evaluation’, ‘health systems and organizations’, and ‘organization and management processes’. Her research, teaching, professional activities, and mentoring continue to be transdisciplinary in medicine, public health, dentistry, life sciences, management, and nursing. She participated on the leadership team that developed and launched the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and has served as the CTSI Evaluation Core leader since its inception. Pamela also consults with mission-driven organizations in the medicine, social services, and public health sectors. She specializes in organizing and evaluating Collective Impact initiatives to address health and social priorities and needs. Dr. Davidson holds a BS in biological sciences from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, a MS in Health Sciences from the California State University, Long Beach, and a PhD in Health Policy and Management from the Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles. Her cognate field is in Leadership and Organization Development from the UCLA Anderson School. Pamela is involved in several church ministries including Silent Meditation, Lector Ministry, and Sealed Confirmation for teens. She enjoys spending leisure time with family and friends, traveling, touring the wine country, and Italian cooking.

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Mark A. DeHaro, is a healthcare administration, science, and public health professor with over 14 years of instructional expertise. Additionally, he has over 20 years of progressive experience in hospital and clinical administration. He is an effective leader in healthcare and organizational leadership. Dr. DeHaro is a proud father of two. He is very passionate about his faith, family, and profession. Dr. DeHaro received a Doctor of Health Sciences degree from A.T. Still University with a concentration in organizational leadership. He has a proven track-record of engaged student learning through a Christ-centered approach. Dr. DeHaro is experienced in both traditional classroom and online instructional environments.

  • DuBois, Philip
  • Adjunct Professor
  • (207) 890-0726

CNHA, FACHCA

Education

Bachelor of Religious Education, William Tyndale College, Farmington Hills, Michigan, 1988 Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Berkshire Christian College, Lenox, Massachusetts, 1987 Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, California College for Health Sciences, National City, California, 2002

Biography

Philip C. DuBois, MS, CNHA, FACHCA, has been a nursing home administrator in Maine since 2000. He is the Program Manager of the Long Term Care Administration program at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.

Phil graduated from Berkshire Christian College with a bachelor’s degree in theology and Christian music ministries. He then graduated from William Tyndale College with a bachelor’s degree in Bible and general arts. He also holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from California College for Health Sciences.

He is Past President of the Maine Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators, and he is a member of the 2008 class of the American Health Care Association’s “Future Leaders in Long Term Care” fellowship. He has successfully led two facilities through four OSHA SHARP inspections (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program), recognizing his facilities with exemplary workplace safety programs. In 2005, Advance for Providers of Post-Acute Care Magazine recognized his facility as the Best Long Term Care Team in America. In 2009, his facility received AHCA’s Step 1 Quality Award. The American College of Health Care Administrators honored him as the outstanding educator in long-term care administration in 2013. He serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB). He is also a licensed minister involved in music and foster/adoptive ministry.

Publications

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Teaching

  • MHA 588

Biography

Professor Kane received his Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Administration from Northcentral University. He also has a Masters of Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership, a Masters in Information Technology with a concentration in computer security and assurance, and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources. Professor Kane's experience in business, healthcare, and healthcare administration spans more than 20 years. During that time he has served as the president and CEO of a Joint Commission Certified multi-million dollar private national healthcare recruitment, human resources, and outsourcing firm for more than a decade. Professor Kane's healthcare experience includes home health, hospital staffing, physician recruitment & placement, healthcare operations and more.

Education

  • MBA - Healthcare Administration
  • Me.D - Organizational Leadership

Publications

  • Kane, R. T., Shaw, M. E., Pang, S., Salley, W., & Snider, J. B. (2016, January). Relationships among faculty training, faculty degree, faculty longevity, and student satisfaction in online higher education. Journal of Online Distance Learning Administration, 18(4).
  • O’Bryan, A., Kane, T., & Shaw, M. (2013, April 29). Establishing an online professional development community to promote faculty engagement and excellence. Faculty Focus.
  • Shaw, M. E., Walters, K. J., Kane, R. T., & Long, D. M. (2012). Online Course Activities: A Survey of Assignment and Assessment Types. In Learning Management System Technologies and Software Solutions: Tools and Applications. IGI Global.
  • Kane, R. (2012). Career Management. School to Work Consortium. Colorado State University.
  • King, W. & Kane, R. (2012). Live Session Course Enhancements. IGI Global. Stevens Henager College.
  • Shaw, M., & Kane, R. T. (2011, July). Online Teaching Opportunities and Strategies! The Missouri Distance Learning Association Annual Conference. Springfield, MO.
  • Shaw, M., & Kane, R. T. (2011, April). Teaching Online and Loving It! The United States Distance Learning Association National Conference. St. Louis, MO.
  • Kane, T. (2010). Removing Obstacles to Student Success. Stevens Henager College- Faculty Best Practices, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Kane, T (2010). Staffing gets a partner. San Antonio Medicine (SAM), 63 (9).
  • Bradley, C., Talbott, B., Kane, R.T. (2010). Online Discussion Strategies: Build Critical Thinking and Online Community. Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, MO.
  • Braun, N. & Kane, T (2010). The future of management. The Journal of Business Management and Entrepreneurship (JOBME), 1 (8).
  • Walters, K., Shaw, M.E., Lessard, D., & Kane, R.T. (2010). Innovative Professional Practices, Synergy, and eCollaboration. The eLearning Institute 2010 Virtual Conference.
  • Shaw, M. E., & Kane, R. T. (2010). Distance Learning Course Activities and Assessments. Missouri Distance Learning Association Conference, Springfield, MO.
  • Shaw, M. E., & Kane, R. T. (2009). Distance Learning Course Activities. The Fifteenth Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning, "The Power of Online Learning: Opportunities for Tomorrow.” Orlando, FL.
  • Kane, R. T. (2008). Industry Roundtable. Staffing Industry Analyst Healthcare Staffing Summit, "Breaking the Ten Million Dollar Barrier”. San Francisco, CA.
  • Kane, R. T. (2007). Expert Panel. Staffing Industry Analyst. Healthcare Staffing Summit, "Organizing & Operating for Growth”. Chicago, IL.

Teaching

  • HLMG 315
  • HLMG416

Associate Dean, Christ College
Director of FaithWorks Center at CUI
Professor of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Ph.D. St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  • M.Div. Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO
  • B.A. Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

Professional Experience

  • Concordia University Irvine: Professor, 2019 - Present
  • Concordia University Irvine: Associate Professor, 2015 - 2019
  • Concordia University Irvine: Assistant Professor, 2011 - 2015
  • Zion Lutheran Church, Bolivar, MO: Pastor, 2003 - 2011

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Nineteenth-century German Philosophy
  • Power and Persuasion in the Church

Selected Publications

Translations

  • Editor, Pastoral Theology, by C. F. W. Walther. Translated by Christian Tiews (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2017)
  • “C. F. W. Walther’s Concept of Missions,” by Volker Stolle. In Missio Apostolica 10, no. 1 (May 2002): 38-40.
  • “Kant’s Idea of Peace and the Philosophic Concept of a World Republic,” by Matthias Lutz-Bachmann. In Perpetual Peace: Essays on Kant’s Cosmopolitan Ideal, ed. James Bohman and Matthias Lutz-Bachmann, 59-77. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1997.

Miscellaneous

  • “Hegel’s Critique of Greek Immediacy.” Hegel Bulletin. Forthcoming.
  • Contributor, Devotions on the Small Catechism. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2019
  • “To Be Known as I Know Myself: Identity, Politics and the Gospel.” Issues in Christian Education 48, no. 3 (Summer 2015). http://issues.cune.edu/the-lgbt-disputes-teaching-and-practice-in-the-church-2/the-lgbt-disputes-teaching-and-practice-in-the-church/
  • “What Is the Theology of the Cross.” Sidebar. LEA Shaping the Future (Summer 2014). http://stf.lea.org/summer2014/feat1schumacher.html.
  • “What the Gospel Does: Three Ways of Applying the Gospel Concretely.” Concordia Journal 36, no. 1 (Winter 2010): 21-31.
  • “Worship and the Catechism.” Worship Concord Journal 2, no. 5 (May 2010). At worshipconcordjournal.wordpress.com/2010/05/01/worship-and-the-catechism/

Bible Studies

  • The Parables Leaders Guide. Edited by Brian Chisamore. LifeLight Bible Study series. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2013.
  • 1 and 2 Kings Leaders Guide (lectures only). Edited by Brian Chisamore. LifeLight Bible Study series. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2013.
  • Heaven and Hell. Edited by Brian Chisamore. LifeLight Bible Study series. Concordia Publishing House, 2012.
  • 1, 2, 3 John Leaders Guide. Edited by Brian Chisamore. LifeLight Bible Study series. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2012.

Adjunct Professor

I'm a proud Texan! My doctoral degree in business administration and my masters degree in healthcare are from New England schools. My professional experience includes being a VP of a large healthcare organization. I've done over 3000 hours of volunteer work for a Christian organization promoting education in third-world countries. I have worked as a senior executive in the bio-tech industry, IT, and private consulting. I have earned multiple community awards for helping charitable organizations.

  • Nelson, Erin
  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
  • Alpha 105 C
  • 949-214-3292

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Biography

Dr. Erin Nelson is an Orange County native and loves being part of the family at CUI. Her research interests include interpersonal and family communication with an emphasis on health, specifically how cancer patients manage their uncertainty and disclosures to family members. She has recently been published in Health Communication, an article titled ‘Cyberframing Cancer: An Exploratory Investigation of Valenced Cybercoping on Cancer Blogs.’ She is a member of the National Communication Association and has presented over 25 conference papers, published three book chapters, and is working on many research projects surrounding issues of health and interpersonal communication. She is passionate about teaching and you can definitely tell when you enroll in her classes. She builds personal relationships and helps guide her students toward achieving future aspirations. Feel free to stop by anytime because she loves to get to know our Communication Studies majors!

Education

  • Ph.D. Communication - University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. Communication - San Diego State University
  • B.A. Communication - University of California, Santa Barbara

Research

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Family Communication

Publications

  • Donovan, E., Nelson, E. C., & Scheinfeld, E. (2016). Cyberframing cancer: An exploratory investigation of valenced cybercoping on cancer blogs. Health Communication.
  • Vangelisti, A. L., & Nelson, E. C. (2015). The morality of revealing secrets. In V.Waldron, & D. Kelley (Eds.), Moral talk across the lifespan: Creating good relationships. New York: Peter Lang Publishing
  • Hanan, J., Bagley, M., & Nelson, E. (2014). Sources for your presentation. In J. L. Ford, K. Stimpson, & J. Daly (Eds.), Professional communication skills (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
  • Bolkan, S. & Nelson, E. (2014). Speaking to inform. In J. L. Ford, K. Stimpson, & J. Daly (Eds.), Professional communication skills (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Classes Taught at Concordia

  • COM 280: Theories of Human Communication
  • COM 335: Nonverbal Communication
  • COM 340: Persuasion & Attitude
  • COM 371: Introduction to Social Media
  • COM 471: Advanced Strategies in Social Media

Curriculum Vitae

  • Schaefer, Jay
  • Adjunct Professor
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Adjunct Professor

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Public Affairs, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • Master of Arts in Applied Economics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • Post-baccalaureate studies, Computer Science, Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, IL
  • Bachelor of Arts, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

Biography

Dr. Jay Schaefer brings practitioner experience to the classroom having served for more than twenty years in executive positions for a major metropolitan healthcare system. His experience spans a broad spectrum of functional areas including information systems development and support, financial and operational analytics, facility programming and development, and strategic facility and land use planning, and he actively consults on the planning and development of major healthcare facility projects.

He has served on the boards of directors for numerous organizations focused on healthcare, education and community development, and particularly enjoys working with faith-based groups in advancing their respective mission and ministries.

Dr. Schaefer brings experience in both the traditional classroom and online environments, and he enjoys fostering faith and ethics as foundational to the academic discussion.


Academic Program Director/Associate Professor

Biography

Dr. Sinardi holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from St. Cloud State University and a Master's degree in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach. She became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2006. In 2011, Dr. Sinardi completed her Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne.

Professional Experience

Dr. Catherine Sinardi is Director of Healthcare Management, overseeing the following degree programs: Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management (traditional and online) and Master of Healthcare Administration. She teaches a variety of courses in aforementioned programs, and is an instructor in the Townsend Institute’s Master of Arts in Counseling curriculum. Previously, she was Regional Director of Clinical Services at Children’s Institute and Director of Quality Assurance and Program Evaluation at Counseling4Kids, both in the greater Los Angeles area. She also worked in private practice as a licensed counselor and held various administrative positions at ChildNet Youth and Family Services in Long Beach.

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