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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Current master's degree students

Meet the current students in the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Studies, Master of Science — Leadership and Master of Science — Nurse Practitioner Programs.

 

P.A. Class of 2016

Analicia Baldanado

Analicia Baldanado

Contact: analicia.baldanado@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Education: University of New Mexico
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Biology
Areas of special interest in health care: Latino underserved
Languages: Spanish
Previous clinical experience: Clinical lab assistant, phlebotomist
Markie Benavidez

Markie Benavidez

Contact: markie.benavidez@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown:  Sacramento, California
Education: Holy Names University
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology
Areas of special interest in health care: Gaining experience with a variety of patient populations
Languages:
Previous clinical experience: SacEDAPT clinic coordinator (outpatient mental health)
Carrie Brothers

Carrie Brothers, M.Ed.

Contact: carrie.brothers@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Santa Barbara, California
Education: UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis
Undergraduate major: Master of Arts in Education and Bachelor of Arts in Music
Areas of special interest in health care: Primary care in community-clinic setting with underserve, rural, elder, palliative and hosptice care
Languages: English
Previous clinical experience: Medical assistant in primary care clinic serving uninsured people in a low-income population

Carly Burkland

Carly Burkland

Contact: carly.burkland@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown: El Dorado Hills, California
Education: California Polytechnic State University
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
Areas of special interest in health care: Underserved rural populations and medical missions
Languages: English
Previous clinical experience: Medical assistant in family practice, volunteer at free clinic, medical assistant in cardiology

Ashley Bynum

Ashley Bynum

Contact: ashley.bynum@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Education: Portland State University 
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Biology
Areas of special interest in health care: Emergency medicine, cardiology, primary care and surgery
Languages: English
Previous clinical experience: Medical assistant in internal medicine, medical scribe in emergency department (level II trauma center), volunteer inpatient pediatric hematology/oncology, medical mission trip

Keith Byrd

Keith Byrd

Contact: keith.byrd@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown:  Union City, California
Education:  DeVry University
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Technical Management
Areas of special interest in health care: Family practice, thoracic surgery
Languages:
Previous clinical experience: Hospital corpsmen in the Navy, emergency room technician, paramedic

Nicole Davis

Nicole Davis

Contact: nicole.davis@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown:  Santa Clarita, California
Education: University of California, Davis
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Areas of special interest in health care: Women's health, primary care, orthopedics, emergency medicine
Previous clinical experience: Physical therapy aide with Sutter Medical Foundation, volunteer medical assistant

Amanda Echeverria

Amanda Echeverria

Contact: amanda.echeverria@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown:  Los Angeles, California
Education: California State University, Fullerton
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine
Areas of special interest in health care: Primary care with underserved populations in urban settings
Languages: Spanish
Previous clinical experience: Emergency medical technician, volunteer in rural clinic in Mexico, physical therapy aid, aquatic and land therapy

Megan Fitzgerald

Megan Fitzgerald

Contact: megan.fitzgerald@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown:  San Clemente, California
Education: California State University, San Francisco
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology
Areas of special interest in health care: Dermatology and orthopedics
Languages: Spanish
Previous clinical experience: Physical therapy aide, scribe, medical assistant in dermatology, primary care and cardiology

Jennifer Fukasawa

Jennifer Fukasawa

Contact: jennifer.fukasawa@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown:  Torrance, California
Education: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Animal Science
Areas of special interest in health care: Underserved urban populations
Languages: Japanese
Previous clinical experience: Certified emergency medical technician, emergency room technician at Saint. John's Health Center

Sarah Garcia

Sarah Garcia, M.P.H.

Contact: sarah.garcia@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown:  San Diego, California
Education: University of California, San Diego
Graduate major:  Master of Public Health
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Human Biology
Areas of special interest in health care: Emergency medicine and urgent care in a metropolitan or rural area, caring for broad populations from pediatrics to geriatrics
Languages:
Previous clinical experience: Medical scribe at Palomar Medical Center Emergency Department, emergency medical technician, clinical care extender in inpatient, surgery, labor and delivery, and emergency department
Genevieve Green

Genevieve Green

Contact: genevieve.green@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown:  Roseville, California
Education: University of San Francisco
Undergraduate major: Bachelor or Arts in Exercise and Sports Medicine
Areas of special interest in health care: Emergency medicine, orthopedics, cardiology, trauma, women's health
Languages:
Previous clinical experience: Army officer in Medical Service Corps National Guard, field medical assistant

Mereb Habtetsion

Mereb Habtetsion

Contact: mereb.habtetsion@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown:  San Francisco, California
Education: University of California, Davis
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Arts in Science and Technology Studies
Areas of special interest in health care: Underserved, Spanish speaking, community clinics, low-income populations
Languages: Spanish
Previous clinical experience: Scribe in emergency department, massage therapist

Jasleen Kaur

Jasleen Kaur

Contact: jasleen.kaur@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown:  Tustin, California
Education: California State University, Fullerton
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Areas of special interest in health care: Cardiology, pediatrics, rheumatology, primary care, oncology, neurology
Languages: Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu
Previous clinical experience: Officer at Shifa Community Clinic, transcranial magnetic stimulation technician, historian in psychiatric facility, clinical care extender at Hoag Hospital

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Nicole Klopovic

Contact: nklopovic@ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Elk Grove, California
Education: University of California, Davis
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences
Areas of special interest in health care: Pediatrics, social determinants of health, chronic disease
Languages: Spanish
Previous clinical experience: Scribe in emergency medicine, volunteer in emergency medicine, certified emergency medicine technician

Ruth Legesse

Ruth Legesse

Contact: ruth.legesse@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown:  Los Angeles, California
Education:  University of California, Berkeley
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Areas of special interest in health care: Underserved populations, HIV care, urgent care, and medical mission trips
Languages: Tigrinya, Spanish
Previous clinical experience: Medical assistant in primary care, infectious diseases and oncology; UCLA international patient coordinator assisting patients from Asia and Australia

Dessie Paraskevas

Dessie Paraskevas

Contact: dessie.paraskevas@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Sacramento, California
Education: Central Bible College, Sacramento City College, Sacramento State College and San Francisco State College
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Arts Biblical Studies, Associate Degree in Chemistry
Areas of special interest in health care: Underserved communities, emergency rural, urban, general surgery, internal medicine
Languages: Spanish, Greek
Previous clinical experience: Medical assistant, private practice, research assistant, San Francisco General Hospital

Andrea Quintana

Andrea Quintana

Contact: andrea.quintana@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Placerville, California
Education: University of California, Santa Cruz
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Areas of special interest in health: Primary care, underserved and rural, infectious disease management
Languages:
Previous clinical experience: Medical assistant, outpatient surgical technician, office manager

Alexandra Sabella

Alexandra Sabella

Contact: alexandra.sabella@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Pleasanton, California
Education: Wheaton College, Massachusetts
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Arts in Classics
Areas of special interest in health care: Primary care in a rural setting, quality improvement, encodrinology, pediatrics
Languages:
Previous clinical experience: Health clerk at Bayview Elementary School, medic at San Joaquin Outdoor School, emergency medical technician at Santa Cruz Boardwalk, volunteered as an EMT at concerts with Rock Medicine and in the ED at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz

Jason Sajulan

Jason Sajulan

Contact: jason.sajulan@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu 

Hometown: West Linn, Oregon
Education: Chapman University, California; Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Associate of Arts in General Studies
Areas of special interest in health care: Pediatrics, primary care, urgent care, cardiology, endocrinology
Languages:
Previous clinical experience: Emergency medical technician for 9-1-1 ambulance, psychiatric technician in inpatient care for developmentally delayed children, phlebotomist

Leadership Class of 2016

 Randi Arias-Losado

Randi Arias-Losado, R.N.

Contact: rmariaslosado@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Safe medication administration in dementia patients and the aging and suicide survivors in rural communities

Current work: Nurse, Barton Memorial Hospital, South Lake Tahoe, California

 Franco Balitaan

Franco Balitaan, R.N.

Contact: febalitaan@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: improving the efficiency and flow of the perioperative setting

Current work: Postanesthesia care unit nurse, Kaiser Permanente

 Mary Ann Barnes-Daly

Mary Ann Barnes-Daly, R.N.

Contact: barnesdaly@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: General evidence-based practice in health care in the area of severe sepsis and septic shock

Current work: Clinical performance improvement consultant, Sutter Health

 Mary Cignarella

Mary Cignarella, R.N.

Contact: mary.cignarella@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: How to transition new graduate nurses into experienced nurses while facing the increasing responsibilities of bedside nurses

Current work: Pediatric intensive care nurse, UC Davis Medical Center

 Marilyn Curtis

Marilyn Curtis, R.N.

Contact: marilyn.curtis@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Improving information and education delivered to burn victims and their families upon admission and discharge to and from a burn unit

Current work: Burn intensive care unit nurse, UC Davis Medical Center

 Goretti DeNava

Goretti DeNava, R.N.

Contact: gdenava@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Clinical nurse education as it relates to the care of cancer patients of diverse and underserved backgrounds in the acute-care setting

Current work: Oncology nurse, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, California

 Paul Fankhanel

Paul Fankhanel, R.N.

Contact: paul.fankhanel@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu


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 Jo Ann Hambley

Jo Ann Hambley, R.N.

Contact: joann.hambley@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Improving burn treatment and care

Current work: Intensive care unit burn nurse, UC Davis Medical Center

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Nicole Hernandez, R.N.

Contact: nichernandez@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Simulation in nursing education

Current work: Emergency department nurse, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital; instructor, Bakersfield College

 Barbara Kaufman

Barbara Kaufman, R.N.

Contact: bdkaufman@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest:

Current work:

 Kim Mason

Kimberly Mason, R.N.

Contact: kimberly.mason@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Neonatology with a focus on vaccinations and education

Current work: Neonatal intensive care nurse, UC Davis Medical Center

 Joy Morgan

Joy Morgan, R.N.

Contact:joymorgan@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Development of a meaningful oncology survivorship program by understanding what successful transition looks like from a cancer survivor’s perspective

Current work: Director of nursing, Rideout Cancer Center, Marysville, California

 Roneka Muhammed

Roneka Muhammed, R.N.

Contact: rwmuhammed@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Examining perceptions that nurses working in government-supported health-care systems have a lack of interest in furthering their education

Current work: Supervising registered nurse, Folsom State Prison and Folsom Women’s Facility, California Prison Health Care

 Sonia Rakkar

Sonia Rakkar, R.N.

Contact: skbadesha@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Nursing perspective on fall prevention in skilled nursing facilities

Current work: Primary care clinician, Sutter Care at Home

 Sara Rekasis

Sara Rekasis, R.N.

Contact: srrekasis@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Labor and delivery

Current work: Labor and delivery nurse, U.S. Air Force

 Andrea Rosato

Andrea Rosato, R.N.

Contact: andrea.rosato@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Researching how data can be utilized to promote quality care and improve patient outcomes

Current work: Data manager, Heart and Vascular Centers, UC Davis Medical Center

 Nicole Ruiz

Nicole Riuz, R.N.

Contact: nsruiz@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Developing a relapse prevention program for heart failure patients

Current work: Emergency department nurse, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Dignity Health

 Beverly Schacherbauer

Beverly Schacherbauer, R.N.

Contact: beverly.schacherbauer@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Increasing patient participation in improving patient outcomes in cardiac rehabilitation

Current work: Nurse practice manager, cardiac rehabilitation, UC Davis

 Angelique Silva

Angelique Silva, R.N.

Contact: angelique.silva@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Being a patient advocate and providing culturally sensitive patient care with a focus on diabetes in the Hispanic community

Current work: Labor and delivery nurse, Sutter Medical Center

 Melisa Soderlund

Melissa Soderlund, R.N.

Contact: masoderlund@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Ways to improve health care among the aging population in rural communities, specifically those receiving oncology care

Current work: Nursing supervisor, Rideout Cancer Center, Marysville, California

 Annie Tat

Annie Tat, R.N.

Contact: annie.tat@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Effective measures in providing to health care for vulnerable populations; health equity in vulnerable populations, specifically Vietnamese-speaking older adults

Current work: Acute-care registered nurse, UC Davis Health System

 Kristine Thach

Kristine Thach, R.N.

Contact: kristine.thach@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Investigating health-care reform and its effects on patient satisfaction and experience in the hospital

Current work: Orthopedic clinical nurse, UC David Medical Center

 Melody Thai

Melody Thai, R.N.

Contact: melody.thai@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Preventing caregiver burn out in the Filipino American community and preventing frequent readmissions of sickle-cell patients in crisis

Current work: Clinical nurse II, UC Davis Medical Center

 Carel Troutman

Carel Troutman, R.N., M.S.

Contact: catroutman@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Role development for nurses within the institutions they serve and supporting their transition from floor nurse to charge nurse to nurse manager and beyond

Current work: Performance improvement nurse for trauma program, San Francisco General Hospital

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Wendy Wait, R.N.

Contact: wswait@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: The intersection between clinical quality, cultural competence and affordability

Current work: Orthopedic trauma nurse

N.P. Class of 2016

Sandra Calderon

Sandra Calderon, R.N.

Contact: sandra.calderon@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Reno, Nevada
Education: University Nevada, Reno
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Areas of special interest in health care: Working with Spanish speaking, uninsured and underserved people, veterans, OB/GYN, prenatal
Languages: Spanish
Previous clinical experience: Inpatient nursing: post surgical, mental health, telemetry
Cheryl DeMucha

Cheryl DeMucha, R.N.

Contact: cheryl.demucha@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu 

Hometown:  Greensboro, North Carolina
Education:  California State University, Bakersfield
Undergraduate major:  Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Areas of special interest in health care: Native American health, primary care, health and wellness
Previous clinical experience: Kern Medical Center in emergency department, intensive care unit, direct observation unit
Samantha Gove

Samantha Gove, R.N.

Contact: samantha.gove@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Vacaville, California
Education: California State University, Chico
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Areas of special interest in health care: Family practice and mental health
Previous clinical experience: Inpatient psychiatric hospital

Chanthy Gutierrez

Chanthy Gutierrez, R.N.

Contact: chanthy.gutierrez@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Van Nuys, California
Education: California State University, Northridge
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education, Associate Degree in Nursing
Areas of special interest in health care: low socioeconomic Southeast Asian immigrants, rural populations, cardiology, surgery, emergency medicine
Languages: Khmer (Cambodian)
Previous clinical experience: Registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse in pediatrics, Department of Medicine volunteer, Los Angeles County +USC Medical Center

Pang Her

Pang Her, R.N.

Contact: pang.her@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown:  Oroville, California
Education: California State University, Chico
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Areas of special interest in health care: Emergency medicine and dermatology
Languages: Hmong
Previous clinical experience: Medical-surgical nurse in Oroville, California rural hospital

Arnecia Lewis-Smith

Arnecia Lewis-Smith

Contact: arnecia.lewis-smith@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
 
Hometown:  San Jose, California
Education: Samuel Merritt University
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Areas of special interest in health care: Adult and geriatric primary care, surgery and orthopedics
Languages:
Previous clinical experience: Dialysis nurse, advice nurse, med-surgical nursing

Ofili Okolonwamu

Ofili Okolonwamu, R.N.

Contact: ofili.okolonwamu@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown:  Sacramento, California
Education: Mercy College, New York, California State University, Bakersfield
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Areas of special interest in health care: Emergency medicine, trauma, family practice and surgery
Languages: English and Ibo
Previous clinical experience: Emergency room nurse, telemetry, infection primary care clinic, intensive care unit

Gloretha Wilcots

Gloretha Wilcots

Contact: gloretha.wilcots@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Perris, California
Education: South University, Georgia
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Areas of special interest in health care: Community health or primary care 
Languages: English
Previous clinical experience: Emergency medical technician, home health, dermatology, community health

Mariel Yap Diangco

Mariel Yapdiangco, R.N.

Contact: mariel.yapdiangco@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Elk Grove, California
Education: California State University, Sacramento
Undergraduate major: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Areas of special interest in health care: Primary care, family practice, surgery and orthopedics
Languages: Conversational Spanish
Previous clinical experience: In-patient medicine, surgical nursing, long-term care and geriatrics