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With a student-teacher ratio of 12:1, your professors will know you. They’re invested in helping you succeed. As you work towards your career goals, you will find your professors become more—they become your mentors who can help you along your journey, and ones you can still get advice from years after graduation.

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Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson, Ph.D.

Utt Director

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Eric Anderson, Ph.D.

Utt Director

Dr. Eric Anderson has a rich history with PUC. He is the fourth generation of his family to teach at PUC, and has devoted 30 years of his life to teaching at the college on subjects such as Christian history and political studies. In 1912, Anderson’s grandmother, Agnes Caviness, was PUC’s first baccalaureate graduate. He has served as the Walter C. Utt professor of history, the chair of the department of history, and as the college’s president for six months. Previously, Anderson was president of Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas, from 2005 to 2014, where he served one of the longer presidential tenures in the university’s history.

Anderson holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. In addition to 30 years of teaching at PUC and nine years of administration at Southwestern Adventist University, he has been a Fulbright lecturer in Greece and a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has written on a variety of historical topics, including Reconstruction in North Carolina, philanthropic support of black education, and Progressive Era vice reform. His most recent publication is a chapter in the Oxford University Press study of “Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet.”


Degrees

B.A., Andrews University

1970

M.A., University of Chicago

1972

Ph.D., University of Chicago

1978

Vola Andrianarijaona

Vola Andrianarijaona, Ph.D.

Affiliate Professor of Physics

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Vola Andrianarijaona, Ph.D.

Affiliate Professor of Physics

Vola Andrianarijaona, Ph.D., specializes in lasers, solid state physics, and AMO physics. He has been an "Assistant d'encadrement" (assistant teacher) at the Universite catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, a " Wissenschaftlicher" (scientist) at the Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany, and a research associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Outside of work, he also enjoys playing with his children.


Degrees

B.A., Universite Paris XIII

1995

M.A., Universite Paris VII

1996

M.A. Universite Paris VIII

1997

Ph.D., Universite Catholique de Louvain

2002

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

Iris Baker

Iris Baker, M.S.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Iris Baker, M.S.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

I come to PUC with 13 years of experience in medical/surgical nursing and two years experience teaching nursing part time. I am happy to return to PUC in this new role, having attended PUC as a student and lived in Angwin as a staff spouse. In my leisure time, I enjoy gardening, cooking, hiking, backpacking, reading, and needle arts. My favorite place to be is outside.


David Bell

David Bell, M.S.B.A., M.I.S. - Chair

Associate Professor of Business Administration

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David Bell, M.S.B.A., M.I.S. - Chair

Associate Professor of Business Administration

David Bell, associate professor, began teaching at PUC in 1990. He enjoys music, physics, and electronics.


Degrees

B.S.E., Walla Walla College

1987

M.S.B.A., M.I.S., California State University

1999

Patrick Benner

Patrick Benner, M.L.I.S. - Chair

Librarian

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Patrick Benner, M.L.I.S. - Chair

Librarian

Patrick Benner is a PUC graduate who returned in 1997 to serve as the Library/Learning Resource Center Network Manager. He had previously served as lead programmer and then IT Director for eleven years at Christian Record Services in Lincoln, NE to further the publishing work for the blind and the deaf. A return to graduate school lead to a masters degree in Library Information Science (M.L.I.S) and he is now serving as the Systems Librarian at PUC. Patrick has a long history of working with Primary, Junior & Youth Sabbath School divisions of many churches. He also is one of the volunteer EMT's with the Angwin Community Ambulance and has served on their board. Patrick enjoys participating with campus activities such as the Chess Club, the ASL Club, the Computer Science Club and aviation.


Degrees

B.S. Computer Science, Pacific Union College

1984

M.L.I.S., San Jose State University

2006

Rachelle Berthelsen Davis

Rachelle Berthelsen Davis, D.M.A.

Professor of Music

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Rachelle Berthelsen Davis, D.M.A.

Professor of Music

Rachelle Berthelsen-Davis, D.M.A., specializes in violin performance and violin pedagogy. She has taught at Columbia Union College; been the assistant director and concertmaster of the New England Symphonic Ensemble and assistant director of the New England Youth Ensemble; directed a middle school orchestra program; toured Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, China, Southeast Asia, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean as a soloist and orchestral and chamber musician; and continues to participate in local chamber music and solo recitals. She is currently fascinated with alternative musical styles (non-classical music) and how to translate them to violin. She enjoys jamming with any group of instruments, reading, having interesting, meaningful conversations, and raising two young boys.


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College

1994

M.M., Indiana University, Bloomington

1998

D.M.A., University of Texas, Austin

2004

Chantel C. Blackburn

Chantel C. Blackburn, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

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Chantel C. Blackburn, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

Chantel C. Blackburn, Ph.D., specializes in mathematical knowledge for teaching at the elementary level. She completed her Master's in Mathematics in the field of computational group theory and her Ph.D. in Mathematics with a Minor in Teaching and Teacher Education at The University of Arizona. From 2009-2011 she worked with teachers in high school and middle school as an NSF Graduate STEM Fellow in K-12 Education (GK-12). In addition to teaching mathematics at the undergraduate level, her professional activities and interests include teacher preparation and professional development for K-12 teachers in mathematics. On campus she enjoys musical activities and participates in the Safe Place program. Her off campus interests include learning to play different musical instruments and spending time with her two cats.


Degrees

B.S., Andrews University

2006

M.S., The University of Arizona

2009

Ph.D., The University of Arizona

2014

Katrina Blue

Katrina Blue, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Spirituality

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Katrina Blue, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Spirituality

Katrina Blue specializes in teaching theology and Christian spirituality. Her Ph.D. dissertation is on “Union with Christ in the Writings of Ellen G. White.” She has presented papers at the Ellen G. White Symposium on the Holy Flesh Movement, and has published articles in the Ellen White Symposium Journal, a series on Paul in Galatians for the Compass Magazine, as well as Spectrum magazine. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. She has worked as a teaching assistant at Fuller Theological Seminary, a hospital chaplain, associate pastor (intern), and as an adjunct professor at Andrews University in the undergrad Religion Department as well as in the Theological Seminary. She is married to David, an anesthesiologist.


Degrees

B.A. Hons, Monash University

1995

M.A.I.C.S., Fuller Theological Seminary

2002

M.A.T., Fuller Theological Seminar

2008

Ph.D., Andrews University

2015

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

Jean Buller

Jean Buller, Ed.D. - Chair

Professor of Education

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Jean Buller, Ed.D. - Chair

Professor of Education

Jean Buller, Ed.D, has been teaching at Pacific Union College since 1988. She graduated from PUC with two degrees, biology and education. Her doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction focused on identifying beginning stages of reading instruction in preservice teachers. Although she specializes in elementary education, she has experience with all grade levels, preschool to graduate students. Her 44 years of teaching in Northern California include working as elementary teacher, reading specialist, middle and high school science teacher, and college professor. She enjoys music and regularly performs with various choral groups in Napa Valley. She loves writing, boating, hiking with her dogs, and exploring the world with her husband, Mark.


Degrees

B.A., Pacific Union College

1972

M.A., Pacific Union College

1985

Ed.D. University of the Pacific

2003

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

Jon Carstens

Jon Carstens, M.A.

Associate Professor of Art

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Jon Carstens, M.A.

Associate Professor of Art

As a professor of art history, Jon Carstens brings a breadth of knowledge of the humanities and a passion for art history, with a concentration in American art of the nineteenth century and the work of Winslow Homer in particular. He believes that “looking is not as easy as it looks," and in his courses he employs the visual image as a document to reveal how art and architecture reveal the cultural and historical milieu in which it was created.

Carstens rejoins the college faculty after previously teaching at PUC for 25 years. He lives in Angwin with his wife Claudia. In his free time, he enjoys auto racing, interior and landscape design, and travel.


Degrees

B.A. University of Redlands

1976

M.A. University of California, Riverside

1979

James Cephas

James Cephas, Psy.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

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James Cephas, Psy.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Prior to teaching at PUC, Dr. James Cephas worked within the California state prison system as a clinical psychologist, working directly with the inmate population at a maximum-security prison. He also worked for the Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center as a therapist in the outpatient program, as well as an adjunct professor of psychology at Argosy University for their graduate program. Dr. Cephas has over 20 years of diverse experience in the field. His counseling and advocacy experience includes children, adolescents, and adults, working in special education, probation, detention, psychiatric hospitals, community clinics, and homeless populations. He is also very interested in the multicultural aspects of social and psychological development, and in issues of social justice.

Dr. Cephas received his bachelor’s in human services from California State University, Fullerton, in 2003; his master’s in clinical psychology from Alliant International University in 2010; and his clinical psychology doctorate degree with an emphasis in multicultural communities at Alliant University in 2012.


Degrees

B.A., California State University, Fullerton

2003

M.A., Alliant International University

2010

Psy.D., Alliant International University

2012

Keunsang

Keunsang "Chris" Cho, B.S., CFI

Instructor of Aviation, Airport Manager, Director of Aviation Program

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Keunsang "Chris" Cho, B.S., CFI

Instructor of Aviation, Airport Manager, Director of Aviation Program

Keunsang "Chris" Cho began teaching at PUC in 2019. He had previously worked as a flight instructor at Napa Jet Center. He really enjoys teaching students to fly not only in the air but also throughout the whole process towards each student's goal.


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College

2007

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

Amy Cronk

Amy Cronk, M.A.A.T.

Assistant Professor of Fine Art

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Amy Cronk, M.A.A.T.

Assistant Professor of Fine Art

Amy Cronk, MAAT, spent the last two years in the heart of downtown Chicago studying to receive her master's in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While interning, she had the privilege of working with a variety of populations including children with autism, older adults with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia, ex-prison offenders and women receiving treatment for cancer. Before moving to Chicago, she received her BFA from La Sierra University where she emphasized her art practice in oil painting on wood, incorporating three dimensional elements, as well as welding metal sculptures. When she's not in the studio, she enjoys yoga, reading, and playing with her pets.


Degrees

B.F.A., La Sierra University

2009

M.A.A.T., School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2011

Kent Davis

Kent Davis, Ph.D. - Chair

Professor of Chemistry

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Kent Davis, Ph.D. - Chair

Professor of Chemistry

Kent A. Davis , Ph.D., associate professor, specializes in physical chemistry and surface science. He has taught at PUC since 2003 and has also been a visiting professor at Texas State University-San Marcos and an adjunct professor at Trinity College. He enjoys reading, jazz, listening to classical music, and much more.


Degrees

B.S., Andrews University

1992

Ph.D., Indiana University

1998

Postdoctoral Research - Texas A&M University

1998-2000

Tim de la Torre

Tim de la Torre, B.S.

Instructor of Film & Television Production

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Tim de la Torre, B.S.

Instructor of Film & Television Production

Tim de la Torre, Resident Artist for Film & Television, has partnered with his wife, Jaymie, to run a boutique media production company since 2009. With a particular passion for non-fiction storytelling, Tim has produced TV shows for Hope Channel, documentaries, and various projects for many corporate clients. His favorite parts of his work are to have his subjects trust him to tell their stories, and opportunities to travel the world. He is excited to mentor his students and challenge them to take their projects to the next level.


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College

2006

Jaymie de la Torre

Jaymie de la Torre, B.S.W., B.F.A.

Instructor of Fine Art

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Jaymie de la Torre, B.S.W., B.F.A.

Instructor of Fine Art

Jaymie de la Torre is a fine artist with a passion for texture and found objects. Focusing her artistic practice on sculpture and ceramics, her work reflects both the natural world and landscapes we find within our own mind and heart. She encourages students to explore the ways art-making teaches us about the deeper themes of life. Jaymie brings to her artwork and teaching a broad range of experiences including working with diverse groups in the inner-city, disaster relief and documentary film production. She loves experiencing different cultures and natural wonder across the globe.


Diana Diaz

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

Associate Professor of Nursing

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

Associate 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

John Duncan

John Duncan, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

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John Duncan, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

John C. Duncan, Ph.D., professor, specializes in anatomy, human development and anatomy, and cell biology. He has been a PUC faculty member since 2000, and before that taught biology at the University of Delaware. He is interested in gene regulation during development, reef aquariums, and science fiction.


Degrees

B.S., Andrews University

1991

Ph.D., Loma Linda University

1998

Abram Fisher

Abram Fisher, J.D.

Professor of Business Administration

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Abram Fisher, J.D.

Professor of Business Administration


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College

2007

J.D., University of Maryland

2011

Allison Fox

Allison Fox, M.S.L.I.S., M.A.

Assistant Librarian & Honors Director

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Allison Fox, M.S.L.I.S., M.A.

Assistant Librarian & Honors Director


Degrees

B.A., Pacific Union College

2001

M.A., San Diego State University

2004

M.S.L.I.S., Simmons College

2006

Smirna Garcia

Smirna Garcia, M.A.

Assistant Professor of World Languages

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Smirna Garcia, M.A.

Assistant Professor of World Languages


Linda Gill

Linda Gill, Ph.D.

Professor of English

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Linda Gill, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Linda Gill specializes in Victorian England, development of the novel, literary theory and dramatic performance. Gill has written articles for Dickens World, The Journal of Popular culture and Victorian Institute. She has also presented papers on Victorian authors such as Bronte, Dickens and Kipling, in addition to papers on the Harry Potter novels at Popular Culture conferences. She is particularly interested in investigating identity construction, meaning making and power in narratives. In addition to teaching courses in Romantic and Victorian literature, Gill teaches courses in Acting and performs regularly in DAS productions.


Degrees

B.A., Andrews University

1984

M.A., La Sierra University

1986

Ph.D., University of California, Riverside

1992

Heather Hamilton

Heather Hamilton, M.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

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Heather Hamilton, M.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Business Administration


Tara Hargrove

Tara Hargrove, M.A. - Chair

Associate Professor of Communication

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Tara Hargrove, M.A. - Chair

Associate Professor of Communication

Tara D. Hargrove joined the faculty at Pacific Union College as Associate Professor in 2018 after teaching for Southern Adventist University for nine years and a year at her alma mater, Campion Academy. Hargrove completed her undergraduate degree in Speech Communication at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado and then her master’s degree in Communication Studies and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies.

Hargrove currently teaches Communication and Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, Intercultural Communication and is honored to now serve as department chair. She enjoys research and writing and has presented a number of competitively selected papers throughout her career and has two coauthored journal article publications. In her free time Hargrove enjoys hiking, tide-pooling and just plain adventuring with her husband, Robert, their two adult boys and daughter.


Degrees

M.A. in Communication Studies, Colorado State University

2009

Floyd Hayes

Floyd Hayes, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

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Floyd Hayes, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Floyd E. Hayes, Ph.D., professor, is a zoologist specializing in the ecology, behavior and biogeography of birds. While an undergraduate student, Dr. Hayes took off a year to teach in an elementary school on the island of Kosrae in Micronesia. He worked for three years as a vertebrate biologist for the US Peace Corps, based in the National Museum of Natural History of Paraguay. He also taught biology for nine years at Caribbean Union College (now University of the Southern Caribbean) and the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, and spent a year working as a wildlife biologist for the Division of Fish and Wildlife in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Dr. Hayes was editor in chief of Journal of Caribbean Ornithology during 2005-2013 and was a Fulbright Scholar to Paraguay in 2012. He enjoys birding, rock climbing and snorkeling.


Degrees

B.S., Loma Linda University

1985

M.S., University of Michigan

1986

Ph.D., Loma Linda University

1993

Lori James

Lori James, D.N.P. - Chair

Professor of Nursing

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Lori James, D.N.P. - Chair

Professor of Nursing

Lori A. James, chair of Nursing, returns to PUC most recently from Klamath Community College in Oregon, where she was the Program Director of the Registered Nursing Program. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Educational Leadership, a Master of Nursing Administration degree, a BSN from the College of Mount St. Joseph, and holds an AS in Nursing from PUC.


Degrees

A.S.N., Pacific Union College

1982

B.S.N., College of Mount St. Joseph on the Ohio

1986

M.S.N., University of Phoenix

1992

D.N.P., American Sentinel University

2017

Michael Jefferson

Michael Jefferson, M.A.

Associate Professor of Psychology

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Michael Jefferson, M.A.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Michael Jefferson grew up the son of a minister and nurse in the town of Ojai, California. Upon graduating from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, he received his master's degree in counseling psychology from Bowie State University in Maryland. After working two years for Social Services in Loudoun County, Virginia, Michael started working on a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed his internship in Washington, D.C., with Shambu N. Banik and Associates, former chair of the Presidents Counsel on Mental Retardation. Michael is currently completing his dissertation on the experience of interpersonal intimacy by the adult children of ministers. He teaches for both the psychology and social work department and ECE program at PUC. His mental health interest and training are in ADHD, depression, and men's issues. Michael and his wife, Kathy, have two boys, Christopher and Nicholas, and live in Angwin.


Degrees

B.S., Andrews University

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M.A., Bowie State University

1996

Kathleen Jefferson

Kathleen Jefferson, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Education

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Kathleen Jefferson, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Education

Kathy graduated from Columbia Union College, now Washington Adventist University in 1991 with a bachelor’s in elementary education and a minor in English. She completed a master’s in special education at Johns Hopkins University in 2002. For the past 23 years Kathy has taught in a variety of settings ranging from regular education 6th and 1st grade to special education remedial instruction K–8, as well as adjunct professor teaching education courses for Washington Adventist University and Pacific Union College. She served as Special Education Co-Director for Potomac Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for four years. She received the Zapara Exellence in Teaching Award in 1997. Kathy lives in Angwin with her husband and two boys.


Degrees

B.S., Washington Adventist University

1991

​M.S. Special Education, Johns Hopkins University

2002

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

Sara Kakazu

Sara Kakazu, Ph.D. - Chair

Professor of English

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Sara Kakazu, Ph.D. - Chair

Professor of English

Sara Kakazu has presented research at the College English Association, NeMLA, and the International Conference on Narrative. Her teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century American literature, early American literature, and African American literature, with particular focus on women's, captivity, slave, encounter, and travel narratives. She also teaches creative nonfiction and poetry.


Degrees

B.A., Walla Walla College

2002

M.A., Western Washington University

2004

Ph.D., University at Buffalo, New York

2012

Young-Chun Kim

Young-Chun Kim, M.Div.

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

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Young-Chun Kim, M.Div.

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Young-Chun Kim specializes in soteriology (the study of religious doctrines of salvation), Karl Barth and Martin Luther. He has worked as a teaching assistant, lecturer, consultant, and instructor-in-training at Fuller Theological Seminary and has taught English at the SDA Language Institute in Seoul, Korea. Kim has played the violin for over 30 years and enjoys drawing, traveling and learning new languages. The example of his family serves as a constant inspiration in his life.


Degrees

B.A. in Theology, Andrews University

2000

B.A. in Spanish Studies, Andrews University

2000

M.Div., Andrews Theological Seminary

2004

Kiwon Kwak

Kiwon Kwak, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

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Kiwon Kwak, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College

2015

M.S., California Baptist University

2017

Brian Kyle

Brian Kyle, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Photography

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Brian Kyle, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Photography

Brian Kyle is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in photography, graphic design, illustration, and printmaking. Brian holds undergraduate degrees in Photography and Graphic Design from Pacific Union College, and an MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University. Before coming to teach at Pacific Union College in 2011, Brian worked for 6 years as a graphic designer and illustrator in San Diego, California, working for such clients as Disney, Universal Studios, NBC, Urban Outfitters, and Nordstroms. Brian also enjoys mountain biking, cooking, playing music on a variety of instruments, and designing/building/fixing things.


Degrees

B.S. in Photography, 2004

B.S. in Graphic Design, 2004

Denise Lee-Haye

Denise Lee-Haye, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

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Denise Lee-Haye, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

My graduate research included thermodynamic studies of protein-nanoparticle interactions. I enjoy helping our students reach their academic potential. I encourage them to also strive for physical and spiritual health, as they study. I love to hike, travel and watch nature documentaries, especially in 3D. I currently teach general and biophysical chemistry.


Degrees

B.A., Connecticut College

2004

Ph.D., University of Connecticut

2011

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

William Logan

William Logan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History

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William Logan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History

William Logan is a historian of technology specializing in post-independence India. As part of his doctoral work on development in India under Prime Minister Nehru (1947-1964), he spent several years in India and learned to speak Hindi. He joined the PUC history faculty in 2018, where he teaches classes on Asian, European, United States, and World History. When not teaching his classes, Willy enjoys riding his bike on Howell Mountain, hiking in the PUC Forest, sketching, and cooking new recipes.


Degrees

B.S.E., Walla Walla University

2009

M.A., Auburn University

2014

Ph.D., Auburn University

2016

Charaine Lucas

Charaine Lucas, Ph.D.

Professor of Education

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Charaine Lucas, Ph.D.

Professor of Education

Charaine Lucas, Ed.D, is the Professor for Early Childhood and has been at PUC since 2011. She is the program coordinator for those wanting to specialize in the field of Early Childhood. She has taught in the Education Department for the last 21 years and her past work experience is within the community college sector. She enjoys listening to music and reading.


Degrees

B.S., University of West Indies

1991

B.A., Andrews University

1994

M.S., Barry University

2001

Tammy McGuire

Tammy McGuire, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

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Tammy McGuire, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

Tammy McGuire, Ph.D., professor, specializes in organizational communication. She taught English for many years at Sunnydale Academy (Missouri) and Upper Columbia Academy (Washington) and has written and presented extensively on communication topics, with several presentations at the National Communication Association Conventions. However, she is particularly proud of her communication research students winning numerous top paper awards themselves at these conventions. She loves mountain climbing, rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, bikepacking, and tennis.


Degrees

B.A. in Language Arts Education, Union College

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M.A. in English, Eastern Washington University

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Ph.D. in Communication, University of Missouri - Columbia

2006

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Michael Milmine

Michael Milmine, M.A. - Chair

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Michael Milmine, M.A. - Chair

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Originally from Ontario, Canada, Michael Milmine earned his master’s in educational psychology with an emphasis in research from Andrews University. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on student engagement and academic success. As a graduate student, Michael co-taught courses in psychology of learning and applied statistics. When not attending or teaching courses, he worked as a research and statistical analysis consultant, designing research studies as well as collecting and analyzing data. At PUC, Michael enjoys teaching courses in the areas of research, social psychology, physiological psychology, learning, and death & dying. His research interests include the impact of media use on everyday life, academic engagement, academic achievement, and false memories.

In his free time, Michael enjoys reading, hockey, racket sports, hiking, rollerblading, and traveling.


Degrees

B.A., Southern Adventist University

2013

M.A., Andrews University

2015

Lindsay Morton

Lindsay Morton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

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Lindsay Morton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Lindsay’s primary research area lies at the intersection of ethics and epistemology in literary journalism, with secondary interests in the areas of Children’s and Young Adult Literature. She has authored or co-authored over 16 publications ranging from truth claims in narrative journalism to the representation of agency in YA dystopian worlds. Her additional teaching fields include Renaissance Literature and Postcolonial fiction. Lindsay is on the Board of Advisors for the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies and is currently the Research Chair for the Association.


Howard Munson

Howard Munson, Ph.D. - Chair

Professor of History

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Howard Munson, Ph.D. - Chair

Professor of History

Howard Munson specializes in U.S. Diplomatic History with the Middle East, Military History, and Geography. He advises the History Political Studies and Ethics (HPSE) majors and designated Pre-Law students connected to the History Department. His research interests are the U.S. and Turkey in the early Cold War and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Middle East. Howard’s other interests include currents events, making homemade bread, and spending time with his wife and two sons: playing soccer, tennis, and Legos, and mountain biking, trail running, and hiking.


Degrees

B.A., Walla Walla College

2002

M.A., Portland State University

2006

Ph.D., Washington State University

2012

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

Keith Neergaard

Keith Neergaard, Ph.D.

Professor of Business Administration

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Keith Neergaard, Ph.D.

Professor of Business Administration

Keith Neergaard, professor, has taught at PUC since 1988. His teaching specialization is in marketing, economics, and management; and his research specialty is consumer behavior and services marketing publications. Dr. Neergaard has worked as a consultant, worked in the health care field and the defense industry, and taught at the college/university level. He enjoys tennis, golf, scuba diving, and traveling, and is a ski patroller at Heavenly, spending about 30 days a year there.


Degrees

B.B.A., Pacific Union College

1984

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

1994

Bryan Ness

Bryan Ness, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

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Bryan Ness, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Bryan D. Ness, Ph.D., professor, has been at PUC since 1989. His research interests include plant systematics and genetics. He advises in the areas of biology, natural science, veterinary medicine, medical radiography and occupational therapy.


Degrees

B.S., Walla Walla College

1983

M.S., Walla Walla College

1985

Ph.D.,Washington State University

1992

Marie Pak

Marie Pak, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

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Marie Pak, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Marie Pak, Ph.D., professor, began teaching at PUC in 1999. She specializes in biochemistry and spent six years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Pak enjoys reading, going to state fairs, and watching movies.


Degrees

B.S., Indiana University

1988

M.S.,Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine

1993

Na Park

Na Park, M.S.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Na Park, M.S.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing


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

Robert Paulson

Robert Paulson, Ph.D. - Chair

Professor of Physical Science

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Robert Paulson, Ph.D. - Chair

Professor of Physical Science

Bob Paulson, Ph.D., professor, began teaching at PUC in 1994. He works in areas of aquatics, recreational running, cross country, track and field, sport officiating, volleyball, basketball, first aid and injury prevention, technology and pedagogy, intramural recreation, and sport psychology. He has taught at the academy level, coached various teams, served as president of the Adventist Virtual Learning Network, and received NAIA California Pacific Conference Coach of the Year for Cross Country awards. He also does projects and presentations in his field and enjoys spending time with his family, recreational running, water sports, digital photography, home projects, and listening to music. Check out Coach Paulson's twitter page and his Doc Paulson website.


Degrees

B.S., Andrews University

1981

M.A., Sonoma State University

1999

Ph.D. Andrews University

2009

Damaris Perez

Damaris Perez, M.S.W.

Assistant Professor of Social Work & Field Practicum Coordinator

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Damaris Perez, M.S.W.

Assistant Professor of Social Work & Field Practicum Coordinator

Before entering academia, Damaris was a hospice social worker for the top provider in the United States for 4 years. Before entering the world of hospice, she  served as a bilingual therapist, case manager and intake coordinator at a Federally Qualified Healthcare center in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the sole Spanish-speaking therapist on staff, Damaris primarily worked with the Latino and Hispanic population. She provided psychosocial services to survivors of domestic violence, facilitated parenting groups and therapy to individuals, families, and children. Her first work after graduate school was providing services to over 100+ dialysis patients at the #1 Dialysis provider in the United States.  

Damaris' research interests include the correlation of medical ailments and emotional health. One of her greatest passions is empowering social work students and advancing the field of Social Work. Her goal is for her students to be better social workers than her. As Field Placement Coordinator, Damaris is responsible for placing each senior Social Work major in a local community internship where they provide a minimum of 420 hours of work. Popular placements include Domestic Violence shelters, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and Foster Care. Most PUC social work graduates continue pursuing their education by obtaining a Master's degree. Many gain employment in for and non-profit agencies.


Degrees

B.S.W., Pacific Union College

2007

M.S.W., Walla Walla University

2010

Asher Raboy

Asher Raboy, M.F.A. - Chair

Resident Artist in Music

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Asher Raboy, M.F.A. - Chair

Resident Artist in Music

Asher Raboy is a composer, conductor, lecturer, and writer who lives in Napa and has been the music director of the Napa Valley Symphony since 1990. He directs the PUC symphonic wind ensemble and teaches classes in theory and composition. He enjoys racquetball, cooking, and chess.


Degrees

B.A., State University of New York, Binghamton

1978

M.F.A., Carnegie-Mellon University

1981

Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti

Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti, Ph.D. - Chair

Professor of World Languages

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Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti, Ph.D. - Chair

Professor of World Languages

Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti specializes in applied and sociolinguistics. She has worked as a Foreign Language Testing Specialist at the Center for Applied Linguistics and has taught ESL teacher training, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the college level as well as linguistics, literature, film, business and medical Spanish. She was recipient of a Title VII Fellowship in Bilingual Education from the U.S. Department of Education. Her hobbies and interests include linguistics, anthropology, archeology, international travel, and gardening.


Degrees

B.A., Andrews University

1989

M.S., Georgetown University

1991

Ph.D., Georgetown University

2002

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. - Chair

Associate Professor of Physics

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James Robertson, M.S. - Chair

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

Jim Roy

Jim Roy, Ed.D.

Professor of Education

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Jim Roy, Ed.D.

Professor of Education

Jim Roy, professor, specializes in secondary education. His doctorate studies focused on the ideas of William Glasser, a renowned leader in the field of Choice Theory and non-coercive leadership practice. As a result of his studies, Roy was chosen as the authorized biographer of Dr. Glasser. He also served 22 years within the K-12 system as teacher, principal, and associate superintendent, with eight of those years as principal of Foothills Elementary School, just down the hill from Angwin. Roy frequently travels to conferences or schools around the country to speak or give workshops on how to implement the ideas in his 2005 book Soul Shapers: A Better Plan for Parents and Educators. His interests include the TLC4 Sabbath School class, which is devoted more to action than talking; developing and nurturing fellow Soul Shapers; writing; Goldwing trips; and golf; though that one's hanging by a thread!


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College

1977

M.A.T., Andrews University

1978

Ed.D., La Sierra University

1989

Cliff Rusch

Cliff Rusch, M.F.A.

Professor of Graphic Design

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Cliff Rusch, M.F.A.

Professor of Graphic Design

Cliff Rusch, M.F.A., associate professor of art, specializes in graphic design. Rusch worked as a staff designer at Pacific Press Publishing Association and as a senior designer at Lauren Smith Design in Palo Alto, California, before coming to PUC in 1987. He enjoys photography, mountain biking, and camping.


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College

1980

M.F.A., Academy of Art University

2004

Matthew Russell

Matthew Russell, M.S.

Instructor of Emergency Services

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Matthew Russell, M.S.

Instructor of Emergency Services


Degrees

B.S., Union College

2014

M.S., Southern Adventist University

2016