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Professor Robert “Todd” Kane

Todd’s experience in business, human resources, 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 firm, the vice president of a publically traded healthcare firm, and in various other leadership positions including Chief Operating Officer, Regional Vice President, Regional Director, and more.

While teaching, Todd continues his work in the professional arena and in recent years has won awards from the League for Innovation in the Community College- John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award (2017) and the Distance Learning Administration- Best Paper Award Winner (2016).

As an Adjunct Professor at Concordia Irvine, Professor Kane teaches Management of Healthcare Organizations 312, Organizational Behavior, Theory, and Design in Healthcare Management 315, Human Resource Management in Healthcare 416 and Marketing and Strategic Planning for Healthcare Organizations 424.

Faculty Bios

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

Adjunct Professor

Biography

Biography: As a professional in the Public Health field, Teresa Chandler has worked extensively to support exemplary efforts to reduce injury and promote health, particularly for those who are directly affected by violence. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Psychology from San Francisco State University, she worked with an organization in Oakland called Youth ALIVE!, where she gained a passion for Public Health and violence prevention. Teresa then went on to get her Master’s in Public Health from SFSU and then moved to Southern California where she worked for the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development. After gaining experience working in the public sector, Teresa went back into the non-profit sector with the Children’s Institute as the Regional Director of Community Services. In this position, she was tasked with ensuring ongoing programmatic excellence through program development and evaluation, coaching and training, event planning, fundraising, and building community capacity to surround families with a network of health resources and growth opportunities. Most recently, along with being Adjunct Faculty at Concordia University in the Healthcare Management Department, Teresa has now moved on to work for the Community Health Bureau with the City of Long Beach as the Homeless Services Officer; a position that allows her to combine her passion for prevention with health equity, safe and affordable housing and promotion of health and quality of life for families and communities.

Teaching

  • Topics in Public Health
  • Foster, Jim
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Adjunct Professor

Professional Experiences

Jim recently retired from the oil business after an extensive career with UNOCAL 76 and several successor organizations in fuels and lubricants sales management. This work included retail, commercial and industrial customers. He held several senior management positions during that time and worked on teams in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives. His resume also includes extensive experience in team training and development.

Biography

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana, IL and an MBA from Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, IL. He presently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Vanguard University and a mentor to undergraduate entrepreneurial students at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton. His philanthropic activities include a role as mock job interview coach to Foothill High School students, Sons of the American Legion Squadron #291 and member of the Finance and Investment Committees at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Santa Ana.

Adjunct Professor

Education

  • B.A. Psychology, Sonoma State University
  • M.S., CSU Fullerton

Biography

Briana Hammonds is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and has experience in working in community mental health. Briana has experience working with a variety of populations that include: children, adolescents, families, young adults, and adults. She has previous academic experience as an instructor in the Townsend Institute’s Master of Arts in Counseling.

Briana’s interest in mental health was ignited during her educational experience at Sonoma State university. She has a passion for working with individuals who have survived trauma and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She enjoys working with adolescents and teens to assist and empower clients to make choices for change. Along with pursuing a career in academia as an adjunct professor Briana continues to work with her clients in Orange County at a Medi-cal contract agency.


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

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.

  • Trump, Marci
  • Adjunct Professor
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Adjunct Professor

Biography

Marci Trump has been an RN for 15 years and knew while she was in nursing school that she wanted to work in the Operating Room. Upon graduation, she was accepted into a Periop 101 class where she began her career as an OR nurse at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. Over the years, she has coordinated for the General, Vascular, Urology and Robotic service lines; helping to train on endovascular and developing a robust and growing robotics program. Marci choose to go back for her MSN and upon graduation took a new position as Clinical Educator in the OR. In those 4 years, she has taught multiple five Periop 101 classes and on-boarded over 250 new employees to best practices. She has encouraged many of her staff to become certified and helped them in the process to level on the clinical ladder within her department. Marci has been involved with many committees and has used her leadership abilities to enhance her peers and unit. Marci has been a leader within her hospital, participating in Lean projects with a variety of departments on multidisciplinary process changes. She is a champion for TeamSTEPPS and has succeeded in reviewing workflows with the OR and other units by holding continual drills to improve on communication, confidence and skill. Marci is an active member of her national organization, AORN and has participated in poster presentations at her annual conferences.

Marci is a lifetime member at Bethany Lutheran Church in Long Beach, where she also attended grade school. She has an elementary aged daughter, who also attends Bethany Lutheran School. Marci is the Secretary for the PTL and enjoys being an active part in her daughter’s schooling. Marci and her husband enjoy traveling and go to Hawaii as often as possible. They spend their free time attending concerts, going on bike rides through the park, playing rummikub, and playing fetch with their Miniature Schnauzer.

Adjunct Professor

After receiving her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2013, Dr. Jennifer Zamzow completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in ethics and cognition in the Department of Philosophy and the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Zamzow has published work on diversity in ethical intuitions, affective forecasting in medical decision making, the ethics of theism, and how our use of moral rules, moral intuitions, and cost-benefit analysis affect the way we interpret moral requirements for ourselves and for others. She has also written about ethical issues for The Washington Post, Christianity Today, and Sojourners.

Education

  • B.A., Azusa Pacific University, Philosophy and Psychology
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, Philosophy with a minor in Cognitive Science
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