Our faculty are experts in their fields and dedicated to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to share the Gospel and care for all of God’s people by promoting advanced nursing studies for leadership and education.
Main Nursing department number: (949) 214-3280
Terry Cottle began her nursing career in 1979 when she received her BSN from Loma Linda University School of Nursing. She worked in a variety of hospitals and healthcare settings in San Bernardino and Orange Counties. She completed an MSN in Community Health Nursing and received a School Nurse Services Credential in 2004. Terry has been full-time faculty and Assistant Director for Concordia University Irvine in the Nursing Department since 2008; she teaches in the ABSN, RN to BSN and MSN programs. She participated in transitioning the RN to BSN courses to the online format and wrote several of the courses. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2016 with a focus on Nursing Leadership.
In her free time, Terry enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family.
My husband and I lived and worked in Japan for 30 years, as a Christian pastor and church-planting missionaries, raising our 4 children there. Living in this cross-cultural situation, and encountering many nationalities, races, and ethnic groups, in addition to the Japanese people, has greatly impacted our family's worldview.
Now, living in the States, our hearts are open to the needs of the many different cultural groups we see around us. We are very active in our church, serving in ministries that try to meet physical and spiritual needs. My nursing background has been helpful in seeing the needs of the world and reaching out in practical ways to point people to Jesus and His saving love for them.
I had the privilege to spend a few weeks in South Africa near Cape Town in the summer of 2016, investigating the state of women and children's health, seeing first-hand the ravages of HIV-AIDS on women and infants and young children. I was able to help teach mothers about how exclusive breastfeeding can protect against and prevent deadly diseases that are killing children under five years old at an alarming rate, due to HIV-AIDS, unsanitary conditions, and poverty. This was probably one of the most impactful experiences of my life.
Born and raised in North Dakota. Married with 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren.
New Faculty in the School of Professional Studies Tiffani Natalini-Whitmore joins the faculty of the nursing department as a full time faculty member after teaching in an adjunct capacity at Concordia University for the past 5 semesters. Tiffani has a B.S. in movement science from The University of Michigan, an M.S. in ergonomics also from The University of Michigan, an A.D.N. from College of the Desert, and an M.S. in nursing from The University of Phoenix. Tiffani Natalini-Whitmore is named on a federal patent for 4-point seatbelt design. The work she did while working in the research lab for Ford Motor Company helped lead to this patent. Tiffani is originally from Michigan but has lived in Southern California for the past 17 years. Aside from teaching, Tiffani also enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling the world, and learning about different cultures and people. Tiffani will be teaching in the ABSN program focusing mainly on medical surgical nursing theory, skills lab, and clinical instruction
Dr. Smythe-Padgham joined Concordia University Irvine from the American University of Health Sciences (AUHS), where she served as Assistant Dean/Nursing Instructor. She began her career as a labor and delivery nurse over 25 years ago. She worked as a women’s health nurse practitioner in both private and community care settings for 17 years in Orange and Los Angeles counties and practiced in primarily underserved communities in order to serve the needs of women, mothers and babies. In 2009, she began her career in academia as a nursing faculty member at AUHS. There, she became an the Assistant Dean in 2012, served as Interim Dean in 2015, and continued serving as Assistant Dean/Nursing Instructor through early 2017. Dr. Smythe-Padgham is active in the community and has participated in food giveaways, toy giveaways and health fairs.
In 2016, Smythe-Padgham's contributions were added to the textbook Transcultural Nursing: Assessment and Intervention by Dr. Joyce Newman Giger.
Acquired a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island, Cum Laude. Earned a Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden University with a specialty in Nursing Education. Graduated recently from Union University with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
Meagan provides administrative support for students in the RN-BSN program, helping them answer questions, register for classes and track their overall progression through the program. Meagan also provides administrative support to students, faculty and staff. She helps to coordinate things such as student testing, events and assists faculty with the assessment of curriculum and program evaluation.
Shannon provides administrative support in the day to day operations of the Department of Nursing. She helps to coordinate Department of Nursing events from interviews to pinning/graduation, works with nursing admissions to onboard new ABSN students, processes Department of Nursing purchase orders/reimbursements, and other various projects.
Shelby coordinates the placement of ABSN nursing students at clinical sites, as well as serves as a liaison between the clinical facilities and school, coordinates facility contracts, and oversees document compliance and health clearance of all students and instructors in the ABSN program.
Maria-Jean, “MJ”, is the Assistant Director of Academic Clinical Placements for Concordia University Irvine. In her role, Ms. Caterinicchio provides leadership in implementing and managing relationships with both current and future clinical partners. She is responsible for building clinical partnerships, identifying and generating new clinical agency opportunities and managing the clinical partnerships to ensure that student learning and course objectives are being met.
Maria-Jean has over 30 years of leadership experience in healthcare, working for nonprofit, community and university teaching hospitals as well as within a national professional nursing organization, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Maria-Jean has significant experience in designing, implementing and evaluating systems to support strategic and organizational initiatives, leading project teams and facilitating organizational change.
Henny is the Admissions Counselor for the nursing programs at CUI. She works primarily with prospective ABSN students. She also reviews and processes all the ABSN applications.
Melissa is one of the Admission Counselors for the Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program. She assists with answering questions from students, completes Pre-Evaluation of transcripts, and is involved throughout the admission process. She is also the Admission Counselor for the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), which involves walking students through the application process, as well as enrollment in the first class.
Jennifer is the Admissions Counselors and Recruiter for the RN to BSN and MSN programs. She provides personal one on one attention in serving our Concordia University nursing students as their first point of contact with the application process and enrollment. She builds partnerships with our local community colleges, hospitals and other healthcare organizations.