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Nursing & Health Sciences

Lance Bain

Lance Bain, M.S.N., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Lance Bain, M.S.N., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Lance Bain, M.S.N-BC., P.H.N, Assistant Professor, specializes in all phases of mental health nursing with specialized training in the areas of child, adolescent, and military related post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic event management. Additionally Bain is a retired United States Army Major with leadership and command experiences. Pastime activities include spending time with family and operating a commercial salmon boat on the Pacific Ocean.


Degrees

A.S., Napa Valley College
1986
B.S., University of Phoenix
2009
M.S.N., University of Phoenix
2011

Julianna Boydston

Julianna Boydston, M.S.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Julianna Boydston, M.S.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Born and raised in the Napa Valley, primarily in Saint Helena, Julianna Boydston grew up loving and riding all types of horses, and continues to ride to this day—it’s still her favorite hobby. Along with her husband and daughter, she lives on a ranch with chickens, horses, and dogs. Julianna received her BSN and MSN degrees from the University of San Francisco, and comes to PUC with several years of experience working as a critical care nurse, most recently at at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital for the past 5 years. She specializes in the care of pediatric patients with congenital heart disease. Julianna is very excited to begin her career in academia here at PUC teaching Pediatrics and Management & Professional Practice.


Degrees

B.S.N.,University of San Francisco
2012
M.S.N.,University of San Francisco
2013

Susan Bussell

Susan Bussell, D.N.P., R.N., A.C.N.P

Professor of Nursing

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Susan Bussell, D.N.P., R.N., A.C.N.P

Professor of Nursing


Degrees

B.S., Loma Linda University
1993
M.S., University of California, San Francisco
1999

Serah Choi

Serah Choi, M.S.N., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Serah Choi, M.S.N., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing


Degrees

B.S.N., Pacific Union College
2008
M.S.N., Loma Linda University
2012

Diana Diaz

Diana Diaz, M.S.N., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Diana Diaz, M.S.N., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Hobbies: enjoy listening to classical music, reading, travel and swimming.


Degrees

A.D.N., Antillean Adventist University
1989
B.S.N., Antillean Adventist University
1991
M.S.N., Pontifical Catholic University
1994

Pauline Headley

Pauline Headley, M.S.N., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Pauline Headley, M.S.N., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing


Degrees

B.S.N., North Caribbean University
1990
M.S.N., Kaplan University
1990

Jefferson Joiner

Jefferson Joiner, M.S.N., R.N., C.E.N., N.R.E.M.T., W.E.M.T.

Associate Professor of Nursing & Emergency Services

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Jefferson Joiner, M.S.N., R.N., C.E.N., N.R.E.M.T., W.E.M.T.

Associate Professor of Nursing & Emergency Services

Jeff Joiner has worked in healthcare as an RN since 1980. He has served as staff nurse, department manager, nursing supervisor, and hospital vice-president. He obtained his MSN as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care/Trauma. Jeff holds national certifications in Emergency Nursing and as a Wilderness EMT. He has been active in Emergency Management and Disaster Response at the local, state, national and international levels since 2001. He has over 10 years of experience in higher education teaching Nursing and Emergency Management. He has served as a content expert and lecturer in Disaster Response and Emergency Management. Jeff has been married to his wife Judy for over 30 years. They have two grown daughters and two grandsons. Jeff enjoys reading, scuba diving and international travel.


Degrees

AS, Southern Adventist University
1980
BSN, Southwestern Adventist University
1986
MSN, University of Kentucky
1996

Helene Linzau

Helene Linzau, M.S.N., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Helene Linzau, M.S.N., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Helene Linzau teaches fundamentals of nursing. She continues to work occasionally at the St. Helena Hospital. She enjoys shopping for her nieces, quilting, taking pictures, and, if she has time, scrap-booking and traveling.


Degrees

A.S., Loma Linda University
1993
B.S. Loma Linda University
1996
A.S.N., Pacific Union College
1999
B.S.N. Pacific Union College
2000

Angeline Namirembe

Angeline Namirembe, D.N.P., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Angeline Namirembe, D.N.P., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Angeline started her teaching career at Shoreline Community College, followed by Tacoma Community College and the Northwest University in Washington State.  She has served as a clinical instructor, simulation and skills lab instructor and also taught pharmacology courses.

Prior to joining the teaching profession, Angeline served as a staff nurse at Fremont-Rideout Hospital in California and Swedish Medical Center in Washington State.  She has particular interest in cost-containment in healthcare systems and has offered numerous recommendations in effort to improve efficiency in acute-care settings.

Angeline’s passion is to provide her students with educational experiences beyond the classroom walls.  She travels regularly (during summer breaks) for health promotion and disease prevention campaigns back in Africa, then during subsequent quarters she shares the new insights gained or lessons learned with her students.   

Angeline is also passionate about evangelism and her heartfelt desire is to continue supporting the less advantaged growing churches in various parts of the globe.  She also enjoys art, gardening, fitness and vegan cooking.  Last but very importantly, she enjoys visiting her dear parents Mr. & Mrs. Ddumba, who always bring joy and enrichment to her life. 


Degrees

B.B.A., Bugema Adventist University
1999
A.A.S., Lake Michigan Community College
2004
M.S.N., Excelsior College
2010
D.N.P., University of Washington
2016

Laurie Parson

Laurie Parson, DNP, RN-BC, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing

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Laurie Parson, DNP, RN-BC, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing

Laurie Parson, DNP, RN-BC, Associate Professor, has worked in healthcare for over 25 years starting as a certified nursing assistant. She has experience in medical/surgical acute care, long-term care, and nursing education. She holds ANCC Board Certification as a medical/surgical nurse and as a gerontological nurse and NLN Certification as a Certified Nurse Educator. Some of her favorite pastimes include, hiking, camping, reading, and traveling with family.


Degrees

B.S., Utah State University
1993
B.S.N., Walla Walla College
1996
M.S., Ball State University
2012
D.N.P., Southern Adventist University
2017

Sandra Ringer

Sandra Ringer, M.S.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Sandra Ringer, M.S.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

andra Ringer, MSN, RN, known as Sandy to most, began her career as a Medical-Surgical nurse in Chattanooga, TN. Her clinical experience includes adult medical-surgical nursing, specializing in oncology, gastroenterology and community health. Sandy worked in home health as an IV nurse for 9 years before switching focus to community health. She worked as an RN and lead RN for a preventative medicine clinic in Pennsylvania. She then transitioned into the coordinator for employee wellness programs, working with a team of health professionals to develop employee wellness programs and health screenings for businesses in the greater Reading, Pennsylvania area. She also worked with a clinic that provided healthcare for patients without insurance at no cost. Her most recent clinical experience was with gastrointestinal patients on a medical-surgical unit.
When not working, Sandy loves to cook, travel, camp, watch HGTV and spend time with her husband, David, and their adult sons, Mark and Jonathan and daughter-in-law, Janelle.
Sandy's desire is to share her passion for the nursing profession and Jesus with her students.


Degrees

2016
B.S.N., Grand Canyon University
1990
A.S.N., Southern Adventist University

James Robertson

James Robertson, M.S.

Associate Professor of Physics

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James Robertson, M.S.

Associate Professor of Physics

James Robertson has been faculty at PUC since 2003. While a graduate student at Florida State, he worked at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s D-zero experiment where he did research in high-energy physics. Outside of his responsibilities in the physics classroom and lab, he hosts sessions at the Young Observatory and volunteers with the local fire and ambulance companies. With over nine years of fire/EMS experience, James is a captain with the Angwin Fire Department and the Angwin Ambulance’s training officer. As a firefighter/EMT, he has received specialized training in emergency services. He is a certified CPR instructor, a registered California fire instructor and the PUC Emergency Services program director. In October of 2007, Robertson and his crew were part of a week-long strike team of Type 3 engines from Napa County that responded to the wildland fires in San Diego.


Degrees

B.S., Southern Adventist University
1991
M.S., Florida State University
1994