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
  • 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE9o9PN9Q1Y&list=PLdaXQI95Z7j_0otZ491DOxdaOg54q7V4y&index=4

Teaching

  • MHA 588

Adjunct Professor

Biography:

Dr. Dale L. Gooden, is a healthcare administration, science, and technology professor with over five years of instructional expertise in healthcare technology, informatics, administration, and management. Additionally, he is an evidence-based healthcare professional with over ten years of progressive experience in leading macro healthcare projects in hospital and clinical environments. He is proficient in facilitating workforce dynamics to accomplish reengineering initiatives and organizational goals.

Dr. Gooden received a Doctor of Health Sciences degree from A.T. Still University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of La Verne. He has a proven track-record of engaged student learning through a student-centeredness and a holistic approach to the health sciences. Dr. Gooden is an award-winning instructor who is valued for integrating academic rigor and professional expertise in both on-ground and online instructional environments.


Biography

Todd’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 multi-million dollar private national healthcare recruitment, human resources, and outsourcing firm for more than a decade, the vice president of a publically traded healthcare staffing and outsourcing firm, and in various other leadership positions including chief operating officer, regional vice president, regional director, and more.

Todd received his Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Administration from Northcentral University where he graduated in the top of his class. Additionally, Todd has a Masters of Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and has a Masters in Information Technology with a concentration in computer security and assurance.

In 2009 Todd decided to share his experiences with others through teaching and mentoring undergraduate, graduate, and certificate learners at a variety of universities and other institutions of higher learning. Todd is a dynamic educator focused on delivering content in a learner-centered environment, whether in person or online. Todd trains new faculty, prepares and presents continuing education modules for faculty, oversees and develops training courses, works on special initiatives including student retention, international projects, faculty improvement and mentoring, and more.

Todd has been teaching and developing courses at CUI since 2016 and works with both graduate and undergraduate students.

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
Affiliated Faculty in School of Professional Studies

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 Faculty

Biography

Dr. Dustin McLemore is a scholar-practitioner and teaches courses in healthcare administration at Concordia University Irvine. His specializations include healthcare quality, performance improvement, leadership, strategy, law, and regulation. Dr. McLemore's research focuses on improving healthcare organizations through stakeholder engagement and program sustainability. He earned a Doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Colorado State University. Dustin is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Originally from Texas, Dr. McLemore began his career working with diverse populations to improve health outcomes and the experience of care through work on the Social Determinants of Health. He worked progressively in positions of increasing responsibility, focusing on data-driven program management and evaluation. Before relocating to southern California, he served in leadership positions in a health plan, community health system, and a nationally ranked research hospital in Colorado.

  • 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

Program Director and Associate Professor

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.

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.

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