Faculty

With a student-teacher ratio of 14:1, 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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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

Elaine Neudeck

Elaine Neudeck, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Physical Science

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Elaine Neudeck, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Physical Science

Elaine P. Neudeck, M.A., assistant professor, became PUC faculty in 1991. She specializes in exercise science. Her hobbies and interests include snow skiing, giving private and group tennis lessons, flower gardening, and above 5,000 ft. hiking.


Degrees

B.A., Pacific Union College
1976
M.A., Pacific Union College
1977

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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

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

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Damaris Perez, M.S.W.

Assistant Professor of Social Work


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

Michelle Rai

Michelle Rai, M.S. - Chair

Assistant Professor of Communication

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Michelle Rai, M.S. - Chair

Assistant Professor of Communication

Michelle Konn Rai, M.S., specializes in public relations and integrated marketing communications. She has worked as an enrollment counselor, assistant director of enrollment services, and director of public relations. A current project is working on PUC's branding and marketing plan with the vice president for marketing and enrollment. She enjoys chasing after her two-year-old daughter, Sophie; playing on the faculty/staff volleyball team for intramurals; surfing when back in Hawaii; playing tennis; and introducing exotic cuisine to the communication department faculty.


Degrees

B.A. in Communication, Pacific Union College
1997
B.S. in Journalism, Pacific Union College
1997
M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communication, Golden Gate University
2007

Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti

Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti, Ph.D.

Professor of World Languages & Cultures

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Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti, Ph.D.

Professor of World Languages & Cultures

Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti, who chairs the department of world languages & cultures, 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