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Alumni Ambassadors

Hernani L. Ledesma Jr.Hernani L. Ledesma Jr. graduated from the Mount MSN '07 & ADN '06, earned his EdD from Pepperdine University '12, and is pursing a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Western University of Health Sciences.  He is currently a Nurse Systems Project Manager, has worked in the Emergency Department, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Education, and Risk Management areas.  Hernani has been faculty for Pepperdine University, CSU-Dominguez Hills, CSU-Fullerton, Mount Saint Mary's University, Vanguard University, and Walden University. He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. Hernani volunteers as a camp nurse for Rising Above Disabilities (RAD) Camp, Orange County Rescue Mission, Long Beach Outreach, and medical/construction missions to Juarez, Mexico. 

Kellyn PakKellyn Pak  graduated from the Mount with a MSN in December 2008. She is currently works as a Senior Nursing Instructor and Disaster Program Manager for LAC+USC Medical Center .  Kellyn manages the training center at the "old General Hospital ER" and conducts simulation education with ER residents and nursing staff. She also teaches a pre-med Emergency Healthcare course at  USC. Just after obtaining her MSN, she worked as a clinical instructor for Mount Saint Mary's University's Accelerated BSN program and Azusa Pacific University's BSN program.  Kellyn started as a Emergency Room RN 14 years ago and continues to practice as a Mobile Intensive Care Nurse (MICN). She is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)  and Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN). She recently started Resuscitation Basics, a healthcare education service, offering CPR, First Aid, TNCC training to the community. In her spare time, she enjoys playing sports with her husband and two children.

Joycelyn McDonald Joycelyn McDonald  graduated from the Mount’s ADN Program in 2005. Later, she returned to the Mount and earned both BSN and MSN degrees from the ADN to MSN program in December 2010. She is a member of the Mount’s MSN Alumni Association. Currently, Joycelyn is an associate clinical faculty member in the ADN program at Santa Monica College, and an adjunct clinical instructor at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Joycelyn also worked as both an ICU and Post-Cardiac Care Nurse for five years at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica and as a theory instructor in a Vocational Nursing Program. Joycelyn’s research interests include student retention and collaboration strategies, and she has presented her graduate research at national conferences. In her spare time she mentors members of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization known as Breaking Down Barriers. Mentoring gives her the platform to empower students and colleagues while facilitating their success.

If you would like to contact our Alumni Ambassadors for further information concerning their experiences here at the Mount, please contact our MSN administrative assistant Keisha Chinn: kchinn@msmu.edu.