The CEO/President and all key officers, faculty and staff of the University maintain close alliances and network with distinguished colleagues in the allied health industry. The University actively participates in major industry events and activities, and in doing so has earned the trust and respect of leading practitioners in public and private allied health organizations and of members of allied health associations. This strategic network of professional kinship serves the University well in many ways, chiefly in recruiting the services of the best and the brightest in the industry.
Caroll Ryan, PhD
Dr. Carol Ryan is an accomplished hands-on leader with more than 24 years of experience in higher education serving in executive, administrative, academic, and instructional capacities. She has been instrumental in developing and launching new academic programs, and has successfully lead numerous accreditation efforts with regional, national, and programmatic accrediting bodies. She was appointed by the AUHS Board of Trustees in 2017 to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Ryan is active in several professional organizations. She has served on numerous accreditation teams as an educational standards evaluator and subject matter expert for DEAC and was a member of the Research and Educational Standards sub-Committee and the Appeals Panel. She chairs WASC accreditation visits. Dr. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University at Fullerton, a Master of Arts from Azusa Pacific University, and a PhD from Northcentral University.
Marilyn Uvero, PhD (c), EdD, MSN, RN
Dr. Marilyn Uvero’s professional career as an education executive expands over 30 years and includes holding several positions as provost, Dean of student affairs, member of the academic senate, and Chair of nursing programs. Dr. Uvero has been successful in establishing strategic and operational plans, developing new programs, and strengthening competitive market positions. She has been inducted by Walden University as selected Honoree Member by Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration based on her academic performance and professional contributions. Dr. Uvero holds a PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a MS in Nursing Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy and Administration at Walden University in the School of Public Policy, completing her dissertation.
John Minchin, DSc
Dr. John Minchin joined American University of Health Sciences with over 35 years of experience in higher education administration. Dr. Minchin works with deans, faculty, and staff across the University to continue developing and promoting the excellence of its academic programs, while offering access to a historically underserved student population. His responsibilities include overseeing academic planning, curriculum development and assessment, providing leadership in formulating and administering university policies, accreditation compliance and other administratively oriented functions.
Dr. Minchin’s breadth of experience includes work in the areas of academic administration, course and program development, retention management, budgets, accreditation and compliance, and assessment management. He has served in several positions including Faculty, Director of Student Services, Program Chair General Education, Director Continuing Education, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Interim Executive Director, Dean of the School of Business, Dean of the School of Education, and Chief Academic officer.
Dr. Minchin holds undergraduate degrees in Business and Accounting, a master’s degree in Education and a doctorate in Information Systems and Communication.
Arjun Dutta, PhD, B.Pharm
Dr. Dutta specializes in Outcomes Research including the areas of Pharmacoeconomics, Quality of Life, and Epidemiology. He is also passionate about Pharmacy Education and assessing curriculum, student admissions, progression, and retention. Dr. Dutta has successfully started three pharmacy programs as a founding administrator in Oregon, New York, and California. His decanal appointments include serving as the Interim Dean as well as Sr. Associate/Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at three new colleges of pharmacy. Prior to joining academia, he was an Outcomes Manager at a health economics firm specializing in Phase IV research for pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Dutta holds a BS degree in Pharmacy from Jadavpur University in India as well as a Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mohammed A. Islam, PhD, RPh
Dr. Islam currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) School of Pharmacy. Dr. Islam has more than 20 years of academic research, teaching, pharmacy practice, and administrative experiences. Prior to joining AUHS in February 2019, he served as Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmacology at West Coast University School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Islam went to Toyama University in Japan where he earned MPhil and PhD degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He earned his master's and bachelor's degrees in pharmacy from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Islam has extensive research experience with more than 65 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference abstracts. His current research interests include pharmacy curriculum, global pharmacy education, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Dr. Islam’s research has been published in leading pharmacy education journals and presented at national and international conferences.
Mok Chong, PharmD, PhD, MBA
Dr. Chong is a licensed pharmacist in the states of California, Michigan, and Hawaii. He currently serves as the Dean of General Education and Chair for Clinical & Administrative Science of School of Pharmacy. Before joining AUHS in 2011, Dr. Chong served on the pharmacy faculty at the University of Hawaii for three years. Dr. Chong also holds a Ph.D degree in practical ministry from Heritage University & Seminary. He is a licensed pharmacist and has been practicing community and ambulatory care pharmacy practice in California, Michigan, Hawaii and Malaysia. Dr. Chong is also an ordained pastor in the US. Dr. Chong had held a number of pharmacy managerial positions at various pharmacies and corporations in different cultural settings prior to becoming a pharmacy educator.
John V. Schloss, PhD
Dr. Schloss brings a perspective on pharmacy education to AUHS based on 10 years as a professional scientist in DuPont’s Central Research Department; 9 years as Professor at the University of Kansas, School of Pharmacy; 6 years in pharmacy-related biotech; and 10 years helping to build the basic science and research components of two domestic and one foreign pharmacy programs. He has remained active in both research and the education of graduate and undergraduate students, while securing research funding from international, federal, state, and private sources. Dr. Schloss was an NIH-postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Tennessee for work conducted at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Manuel S. Atienza, MD, MSN, FNP, APRN-CNP, RN
Dr. Manuel Atienza is the Dean of the School of Nursing (SON) and Chair of the Advance Nursing Practice Programs at American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) in Signal Hill, California. Programs under his purview include the Master of Science in Nursing in the following tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Nursing Education, and Nursing Administration, Leadership, and Management.
Kristen Mae Soegeng-Vargas, DNP, RN, PCCN, PHN
Dr. Kristen Soegeng-Vargas has been a nurse educator for 6 years, with experience in both academia and clinical nursing education. After she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2012, she worked as a telemetry RN and discharge Registered Nurse (RN) at Los Alamitos Medical Center for 4 years. In addition, she is a licensed public health nurse (PHN) with the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) since 2012. In 2015, she became a Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN) through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (ACCN), one of the geriatric content experts for the American University of Health Sciences School of Nursing (AUHS SON), and became the per diem, clinical nurse educator, at Lakewood Regional Medical Center.
She completed her MSN with a Nurse Educator focus from the Cal State University System in 2016 as well as her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in May 2019. Her quality improvement project focused on implementing an evidence-based teamwork and communication training from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for surgical staff to improve nursing satisfaction and reduce preventable medical errors. During her DNP graduation, she won the Department Outstanding Project Award. Kristen is a member of multiple professional organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nursing Honors Society and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She is a full-time employee at AUHS and serves as a Nursing Faculty member, Assistant Dean of Nursing Clinical Studies and Affiliations, School of Nursing Assessment Coordinator, Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) Faculty Advisor, and the Sigma Chapter Chartering Officer.
Sandy Sarge, MACC
Sandy Sarge, MACC, has over 26 years of collaborative financial, operational, and technical leadership experience. Her previous experience includes 10+ years in higher education where she owned her own consulting firm specializing in finance and financial aid compliance, accounting operations, and strategic leadership. Sandy is an accomplished public advocate, speaker, and a newly selected WASC Peer Reviewer. Most recently, she was appointed to the US Department of Education’s Gainful Employment Negotiated Rulemaking Committee as a primary negotiator. Ms. Sarge holds a Master of Accountancy from the University of South Carolina, and Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and was an actively licensed CPAV for over 10 years (currently inactive, in good standing).