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Alumni Ambassadors

Hernani L. Ledesma Jr.Hernani L. Ledesma Jr. graduated from the Mount MSN '07 & ADN '06, earned his DNP from Western University of Health Sciences '17, EdD from Pepperdine University '12, and is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy at Pepperdine University while finishing a Master of Instructional Design and Technology from CSU Fullerton '19. His clinical nursing practice was in the emergency & neonatal intensive care units, and with administrative/leadership experience as a nursing professional development educator, clinical risk manager, certified training application coordinator, and nurse clinical systems project manager. Dr. Ledesma has also served as faculty at Mount St. Mary’s University, California State University at Fullerton, Vanguard University of Southern California, West Coast University, United States University, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and California State University at Dominguez Hills. Presently, he serves as the Associate Director-Graduate Nursing Programs; Associate Dean-Online Programs; Program Director-Online Nursing, at Unitek College. He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. Hernani volunteers as a camp nurse for Rising Above Disabilities (RAD) Camp, a food prep worker at Urban Outreach, and a medical/construction worker for 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 Dr. Joycelyn McDonald graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program in 2005, and from the RN-to-MSN Program in 2010. She earned the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree from Pepperdine University in 2017. Dr. McDonald is a member of the Mount’s Alumni Association.
Currently, Joycelyn is an Ambulatory Staff Educator and an Academic Liaison for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, West Los Angeles. Prior to serving as Associate Faculty for the ADN program at Santa Monica College, and as an adjunct Clinical Instructor at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Joycelyn worked as 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 proprietary Vocational Nursing Program.
Joycelyn’s research interest focus is on helping people make health a priority by using plant-based cooking demonstrations and healthy food choice cooking classes. In her spare time, she volunteers delivering personal care items to the homeless population in the Los Angeles area. Her personal philosophy is best represented by the phrase, “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

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.