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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.