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Full-time Faculty

Dania Bourque, Assistant Professor, Nursing-BSN

Polly Candela, Assistant Professor, Nursing-BSN

Tori Canillas-Dufau

Tori Canillas-Dufau, Associate Professor, Nursing-MSN

EdD, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
MS, MEd, MSN, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles
BA, MA, California State University, Los Angeles

Stephanie Collazo, Assistant Professor, Director of Simulation, Nursing-BSN

Leah FitzGerald, PhD, FNP-BC, Dean of Nursing, Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair, Nursing

Post Doc, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
MS, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
BSN, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
RN, Malden Hospital School of Nursing, Malden, MA

Allyson Franson, Instructor, Nursing-BSN

Charlene Gagliardi

Charlene Gagliardi, Assistant Professor, Nursing-BSN

MSN, Catholic University of America, D.C.
BSN, University of Texas, TX

Terri Hannah, Assistant Professor,

Abigail Howe-Heyman, Assistant Director of TBSN Program, Nursing

Zarenna Khan, Assistant Professor, Nursing-BSN

Michael Clifton La Chance, Assistant Professor, Interim Director of RN to BSN,

Antonio Macaraeg, Assistant Professor,

Laila Moosa, Assistant Professor, Nursing-BSN

Zane Muthamia, Assistant Professor, Nursing-ABSN

Marsha Nickerson

Marsha Nickerson, Assistant Professor, Nursing-BSN

MSN, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
BSN & PHN, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, CA
ADN, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA

Julie Nunez, Associate Professor, Nursing

Gloria Nwagwu, Assistant Professor, Nursing - RN to BSN

Harmony Payzant, Assistant Professor, Nursing-BSN

Michele Pride-Readman, Assistant Professor,

Abigail Rea, Instructor, Nursing-BSN

MSN, Beth-El College of Nursing, Colorado Springs, CO
BSN Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Christine Reardon, Assistant Professor, Nursing-BSN

Sr. Callista Roy

Sr. Callista Roy, RN, PhD, FAAN, Adjunct Professor, Nursing

Post Doctoral Fellow, Neuroscience Nursing - University of California, San Francisco
M.S., M.A., Ph.D. Pediatric Nursing, Sociology - University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. with a major in Nursing - Mount Saint Mary's College

Marie Seitz, BSN Program Director, Nursing-BSN

Sarah Shealy

Sarah Shealy, Assistant Professor, Nursing-ABSN

MSN, Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, CT
R.N., Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, CT
BA Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA - Chinese Studies

Ramesh Devi Thakur, Assistant Professor, Nursing - RN to BSN

Keirstin Uomoto, Assistant Professor, Nursing-BSN

Marina Vernaya, Assistant Professor, Nursing-BSN

Robert Vos, Assistant Professor, Nursing-ABSN

PLEASE NOTE: The Associate Degree in Nursing meets the standards for and has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, leading to a California Registered Nurse (RN) license.  Students who wish to practice in a state other than California may or may not have additional educational and/or non-educational requirements to complete prior to applying for the RN license. Current students may review the Associate Degree in Nursing state authorization and professional licensure webpage to determine whether this program meets the educational requirements in a specific state. MSMU would like to help our students navigate the licensure process. Contact the A.D.N office at (213) 477-2630 or via email at to discuss the process of obtaining an RN license in a state outside of California. The A.D.N program is being discontinued and is not accepting new A.D.N students at this time.