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Staff Bios

Judith PfeifferJudith Pfeiffer PhD, RN, NEA-BC, PMHCNS-BC
Director, Psychiatry and Nursing Education, Development and Research
United States International University (PhD)
Indiana University (MSN)
With UC San Diego Health since 1997
Laura G. Dibsie Laura G. Dibsie MSN, RN, CCRN, CNS
Assistant Director, Nursing Education Development and Research 
University of San Diego
With UC San Diego Health since 2001
Marylee Block AA III Marylee Jones
Administrative Specialist of the Department of Nursing Education, Development, and Research
With UC San Diego Health since 2011

Ellen Ashman MSN, RN, CNS, NP-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
San Diego State University
With UC San Diego Health since 2016

Cheryl L. Cross Cheryl L. Cross MSN, RN, PHN
Clinical Nurse Educator, Special Projects Coordinator
San Diego State University
With UC San Diego Health since 1975
Judy Davidson Judy Davidson DNP, RN, FCCM, FAAN
Evidence Based Practice and Research Nurse Liaison
Case Western Reserve University
With UC San Diego Health since 2013
Kristin Hanighen Kristin Davidson MSN, RN, CNS
Nurse Residency Assistant Coordinator
California State University, Long Beach
With UC San Diego Health since 2005
Judy Fernandez Judy Fernandez
Community Health Program Supervisor 
With UC San Diego Health since 1998

​Jennifer Garner MSN, RN, CCRN

Clinical Nurse Educator, Critical Care Surgical Services

Walden University

With UC San Diego Health since 2003

Cheryl Garnica Cheryl Garnica BSN, RN, CWOCN
Administrative Nurse Supervisor, Wound/Ostomy Nurse Team
University of Hawaii
With UC San Diego Health since 1985
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Anna Giannella MS, RD, RN, CDE
Diabetes Nurse Educator
With UC San Diego Health since 2015
Patty Graham Patty Graham MS, RN, CCRN, CS
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Intensive Care
San Diego State University
With UC San Diego Health since 1992
Lori Johnson Lori Johnson MSN, RN, OCN
Clinical Nurse Educator for Moores Cancer Center
Walden University
With UC San Diego Health since 1996
Linda Lobbestael Linda Lobbestael MSN, RN-BC, CNE
Clinical Nurse Educator
Walden University
With UC San Diego Health since 2005
Suzanne Lohnes Suzanne Lohnes MA, BSN, RN, CDE
Diabetes Nurse Educator
With UC San Diego Health since 2012

Summer Kirtley MSN, RNC-NIC, CPNP-PC
Clinical Nurse Educator, NICU
Azusa Pacific University
With UC San Diego Health since 2012
​Amber O'Neal MSN RN
Nurse Educator
Duke University
With UC San Diego Health since 2016

Ayelet Ruppin Ayelet Ruppin-Pham MN, RN
Patient Education Coordinator
University of Washington
With UC San Diego Health since 2009
Brittany Serences Brittany Serences MSN, RN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM
Diabetes Nurse Educator
With UC San Diego Health since 2012 
Patrice Slojkowski Patrice Slojkowski ASN, RN
Clinical Project Coordinator
With UC San Diego Health since 1998
Kathy Swasey Kathy Swasey BSN, RN
Clinical Project Coordinator
Point Loma Nazarene College
With UC San Diego Health since 1990
Aran Tavakoli Aran Tavakoli MSN, RN, AOCNS
Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of California Los Angeles
With UC San Diego Health since 2010
Frann Teplick Frann Teplick MSN, RN-BC, CNS
Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Pennsylvania
With UC San Diego Health since 1999
Brad Vandersall Brad Vandersall BSN, RN, PHN
Safe Patient Handling Educator and Behavioral Health Resource Nurse
With UC San Diego Health since 1995
Dianne Warmuth Dianne Warmuth MSN, RN, CNS
Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
California State University Long Beach
With UC San Diego Health since 1987
Cassia Yi MSN, RN, CNS, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
Point Loma Nazarene University
With UC San Diego Health since 2008
Julie Zimmerman Julie DeVaney MS, RN, CNS, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Educator, Progressive Care Unit
San Diego State University
With UC San Diego Health since 2005
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