Judith McLeod, DNP, CPNP

Judith McLeod, DNP, CPNP

Dean, School of Nursing

Education

DNP – John Hopkis University, Baltimore, MD; MSN- Califronia State Unviersity, Long Beach, CA, BSN – California State University, Fullerton, CA

Bio

Dr. Judith McLeod’s passion for nursing can be traced to her youth, when she was inspired by her mother, also a nurse. Upon graduating from the nursing program at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Dr. McLeod embarked upon a nursing career that has spanned four decades and a wide variety of practice areas. Her areas of expertise include pediatrics, labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, occupational and physical therapy, rheumatology and gastroenterology, among others.

Dr. McLeod received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Fullerton, and her Master of Science in Nursing from California State University, Long Beach. She returned to Johns Hopkins for her Doctor of Nursing Practice. As part of her doctoral work, Dr. McLeod developed an early screening tool for juvenile fibromyalgia, reducing the time required to identify and refer a patient to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment from approximately nine months to four to six weeks.

Dr. McLeod has also been involved in higher education for more than a decade. She has taught at the university level since 2001 and has academic leadership experience, as well, having directed nursing degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels.

Susan Morrison

Susan Morrison, MSN, BSN, CNM, RN

Associate Dean, School of Nursing

Education

MS, California State University, Long Beach, CA – Nursing; CNM, Charles Drew University, CA – Certified Nurse Midwifery; BS, University of Buffalo New York, NY – Nursing

Tracey Beltran, MSN, BSN, RN

Professor, School of Nursing

Education

MS, Shenandoah University, VA – Nursing; BS, Shenandoah University, VA – Nursing

Bobbie Carter

Carter, Bobbie, MSN, RN

Professor, School of Nursing

Education

MS, University of Phoenix, AZ – Nursing

Shetona Jordan

Shetona Jordan, BSN, MSN, RN – MS

Professor, School of Nursing

Education

BSN, California State University, Dominguez Hills, CA; MS Nursing Education, University of Phoenix

Bio

Shetona D Jordan began her nursing career as a CNA in 1979 at Rosecrans SNF on the night shift, Shetona worked at night as a CNA and she went to school during the day. In 1982 she was hired by Kaiser Permanente and within 6 months she received her LVN results and she began her nursing career. In 1989 she graduated from Cerritos College and received her ADN in nursing. Shetona continue to go to school and she graduated from CSUDH in 1996 with a BSN and a PHN in nursing. In 2007, she received her master’s specializing in Nursing Education from the UOP. Shetona is currently a candidate from the DNP in leadership at GCU.

Shetona is currently an adjunct instructor at American University of Health Sciences. She recently retired manager from Kaiser Permanente of 32 years of services. She really enjoyed the final years at Kaiser Permanente (minus the last 2), because during this time she was able to focus on redefining her educational direction and goals. Shetona feels very blessed that she was given such a rich career in the nursing field. She has worked at various institutions and she was able to develop and implemented the Diabetic Foot program for Kaiser Permanente which has been disseminated thru southern California. Shetona was very instrumental in the development and transition of Kaiser education program for several different roles within her units. This transition into education has been on of her a blessing for Shetona because she feels that she can be instrumental in the education and training for the new nurses

Kristen Mae Soegeng, BSN, MSN, PCCN, RN – MS

Professor, School of Nursing

Education

BSN, University of California, Los Angeles, CA; MSN, California State University, Fullerton, CA.

Bio

Kristen Soegeng has a been a nurse educator for 4 years, with experience in both academia and clinical nursing education. After she completed her Bachelor’s 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 became a licensed public health nurse (PHN) with the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) in 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 part time clinical nurse educator at Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

She completed her MSN with a nurse educator focus at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 2016 and is on track to complete her doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) degree in May 2019. Her project and dissertation focus is on implementing an evidence-based teamwork and communication training for surgical staff to improve nursing satisfaction and reduce preventable medical errors. Kristen is a member of multiple professional organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nursing Honors Society. She is full time employee at AUHS and serves as a nursing faculty member, clinical site supervisor, and the student nurses’ association (SNA) faculty advisor.

Bethany Thrasher, DNP(s), MSN, PHN, RN

Professor, School of Nursing

Education

BS in Business Management, University of Phoenix; BSN Chamberlain College of Nursing, IL; MSN in Education Chamberlain College of Nursing, IL

Bio

Bethany Thrasher, DNP(s), MSN, PHN, RN, is a faculty member with American University of Health Sciences (AUHS). She has been a RN since 2006 and enjoys serving in community health nursing, women’s health and forensic nursing. She has taught professional issues and trends in nursing, public health and truly enjoys the obstetric clinical rotation. Mrs. Thrasher has served most recently as the International Education, Faculty Manager for the Global Public Health program for West Coast University.

Mrs. Thrasher graduated with her BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and went on to complete an BS in Nursing and Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from the Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice with Western University of Health Sciences. She also holds a certification in Public Health Nursing from the California, Board of Registered Nurses. She completed the Forensic Nurse Certification and the International Forensic Nurse Examiner (Adult).

She is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau International, Chi Beta chapter and has held board positions serving as Chapter Counselor, and Governance Chair. She currently resides in the Huntington Beach, California and enjoys time with family, devotions at the beach and serving future registered nurses.

Marco Attenello, BSN, MSN, RN

Professor, School of Nursing

Education

BSN, West Coast University, CA; MSN in Nursing Education, West Coast University, CA

Bio

Marco Attenello is a member of the School of Nursing faculty at the American University of Health Sciences (AUHS). He has been a registered nurse for over 3 years with a background in Med Surg, Telemetry, and ICU. Mr. Attenello graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Coast University where he also obtained a Master of Science in Nursing Education and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is currently attending Azusa Pacific University for his PhD in Nursing.

He is interested in improving the educational landscape for students to keep up with the current needs within nursing education. His current focus is in conducting research on improvement and application of nursing simulation to effectively supplement the nursing school clinical experience. He has been a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) for 13 years and holds certification from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Marisol Fernandez, BSN, RN

Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing

Education

BSN, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Bio

Marisol Fernandez received a BSN in 2012 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She spent the first four years of her career on telemetry units before making the move to her current place of employment, the emergency department at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center. There, Marisol currently serves as a(n) ED Sepsis Committee member, new grad RN preceptor, and ED volunteer program orienter. She is also a part of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).

During her first nursing job, Marisol had a negative experience while on orientation. Since then, she vowed to never make another nurse or nursing student feel the way she did at her first job. That is when her interest in teaching was sparked. Marisol began her role as clinical instructor at AUHS in 2018. In the future, Marisol plans on pursuing a Master’s in Nursing, but is still undecided on whether she will focus on nursing education or Clinical Nurse

Christopher Rabadon

Christopher Rabadon, BSN, RN

Professor, School of Nursing

Education

BSN, Western Governors University, CA

Bio

Christopher Rabadon, BSN, RN, is a faculty member with American University of Health Science (AUHS). He works full time at Dignity Health Los Angeles in telemetry department as RN staff, relief charge nurse, and nurse preceptor. He has been an RN for over six years and worked in different units such as; telemetry, step down, medical surgical, orthopedic, and subacute. Prior to becoming an RN, Mr. Rabadon was also a Licensed Vocational Nurse LVN for five years and a Certified Nurse Assistant CNA for two years working at skilled nursing facilities. Altogether, he has many years of experience working with patients in different healthcare settings which makes him a good instructor for nursing students. Positive feedbacks from patients, fellow nurses, supervisors, and managers is what drive Mr. Rabadon to excel in his abilities in his profession.

Mr. Rabadon attended school local Los Angeles community college and completed his Associates Degree in Nursing at Kaplan College (currently known as Brightwood College) in San Diego on 2012. In addition, he recently completed his BSN program at Western Governors University. His future educational goal is to become a nurse practitioner.

Having time for family is very important to Mr. Rabadon so in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family by going to church, going to the beach, traveling, and watching Disney movies at the theatres.

David Yoo

David Yoo, BSN, RN

Professor, School of Nursing

Education

BS in Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA; BSN, American University of Health Sciences, CA

Bio

David Yoo is an adjunct professor at AUHS for the School of Nursing. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbial Biology from the University of California Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from AUHS. David graduated with summa cum laude honors as an AUHS graduate, all while being a mentor in the A2i Mentorship program at AUHS. David holds over five years of experience teaching middle school, high school, and collegiate-level students in various subjects including sciences, humanities, and mathematics.

David currently works full-time as a BSN, RN at Torrance Memorial Medical Center on the medical surgical floor. He has been nominated as a DAISY award honoree during his time there. David is currently enrolled at Brandman University in the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Adult Gerontology-ACNP program. He hopes to practice as an acute care nurse practitioner as well as to continue to teach at universities in the future.

Marilyn Uvero, PhD(c), EdD, MSN, BSN, RN

Professor, School of Nursing

Education

PhD(c), Walden University, MN – Public health Policy and Administration; EdD, Nova Southeastern University, FL – Higher Education Leadership; MS, California State University, CA

Bio

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.