Meet the current Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy students.

Brenda Achelpohl-Chagolla, M.S.N., R.N.

Brenda Achelpohl-Chagolla, M.S.N., R.N. 
Contact: bchagolla@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Obstetrics, interdepartmental collaboration

Previous health care experience: More than 20 years of nursing experience as a labor and delivery nurse, educator, clinical nurse specialist, perinatal safety specialist and manager

Karla L. Hodges M.S., R.N.

Karla L. Hodges M.S., R.N.
Contact:
khodges@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Physical activity and minority health, specifically in African-American women and children and minority health disparities

Current work: Health care quality and risk consultant

Gennifer De Paoli, M.S.N., R.N.

Gennifer Holt, M.S.N., R.N.
Contact: gaholt@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Nursing education, specifically diversifying the nursing profession

Previous health care experience: Critical care nursing, specializing in adult intensive care unit and flight nursing; clinical nursing instructor at CSUS

Cynthia Matsumoto, M.S., R.N.

Cynthia Matsumoto, M.S., R.N.
Contact: cmatsumoto@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Informatics, palliative care, end-of-life care, quality of care

Previous health care experience: Extensive health care experience as a bedside nurse, informatics nurse, insurance case manager and working for a cardiovascular information system

Adebola Olarewaju, M.S.N., N.P., R.N.

Adebola Olarewaju, M.S.N., N.P., R.N.
Contact: olarewaju@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Pediatrics

Previous health care experience: Worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse and as a pediatric nurse practitioner, currently works as a UC Davis pediatric nurse practitioner

Regina Orozco, M.S.N., R.N.

Regina Orozco, M.S.N., R.N.
Contact: msrorozco@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Obstetrics: Labor and delivery, postpartum, well newborns, breastfeeding; nursing education

Previous health care experience: 12 years as obstetrics nurse, multiple nurse faculty roles

William Randall, M.S.N., R.N.

William Randall, M.S.N., R.N.
Contact: warandall@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: interprofessional communication and collaboration as it impacts patient safety (especially nurse and physician dynamics)

Languages other than English: Spanish

Previous health care experience: More than 30 years as a critical care registered nurse (emergency department, intensive care units, flight nursing, trauma unit, pediatrics emergency department), nursing education, legal nursing consulting

Danica Loralyn Taylor, M.S., M.P.H.

Danica Loralyn Taylor, M.S., M.P.H.
Contact: dltaylor@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Health disparities, parenting and influence on health outcomes, women's health, pain management in end-of-life care

Languages other than English: Spanish

Previous health care experience: Planned Parenthood health educator reproductive health specialist, Drug Free Communities program coordinator

Victoria Keeton, M.S., R.N., C.P.N.P, C.N.S.

Victoria Keeton, M.S., R.N., C.P.N.P, C.N.S.
Contact: vfkeeton@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Childhood obesity, Latino populations and social determinants of health

Previous health care experience: Pediatric nurse practitioner for 13 years, nursing faculty for 12 years

Everlyne Ogugu, M.S.N., R.N.

Everlyne Ogugu, M.S.N., R.N.
Contact: egogugu@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Cardiovascular health, application of the concept of caring (to patients and their families) within hospitals and in the community and empowering communities to stop gender-related violence

Previous health care experience: Nursing supervisor, Female Medical-Surgical Unit, Kendu Adventist Hospital, Kendu Bay, Kenya (2000–2001); staff nurse in Critical Care Unit and in Medical Surgical Unit and nurse educator in Critical Care Nursing, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya (2001-2012); lecturer, examination officer and department head, Mount Kenya University School of Nursing, Thika, Kenya (2012-2017)

Elbina Rafizadeh, M.S.N., R.N.

Elbina Rafizadeh, M.S.N., R.N.
Contact: erafizadeh@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Population health; promoting wellness in vulnerable populations, such as foster youth; behavior change for disease prevention and end-of-life issues

Previous health care experience: Senior public health nurse case manager for seniors and children with chronic disease and disabilities (24 years) and adjunct lecturer in nursing and health science at California State University East Bay, Mission College and Santa Clara University (present)

Tina Rylee

Tina Rylee
Contact: tlrylee@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Health technology, behavioral health in nurses and patients and reducing readmissions

Previous health care experience: Research assistant in Nursing Research and Analytics Department, Dignity Health (present)

Sayantani Sarkar, R.N.

Sayantani Sarkar, R.N.
Contact: tsarkar@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Telenursing, nursing management and leadership, health disparities and care of patients with dementia

Previous health care experience: Sister tutor, a role similar to a program director, in Khristiya Seva Niketan Nursing Training School, Sarenga, India

Angela Todd, M.S.N., R.N., F.N.P.

Angela Todd, M.S.N., R.N., F.N.P.
Contact: artodd@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Women's health, reproductive health, adolescent health and health care in the LGBTQ community

Previous health care experience: Intensive care and critical care units and lead clinician, Planned Parenthood in Napa

Jonathan Trask, M.S., R.N.

Jonathan Trask, M.S., R.N.
Contact: jstrask@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Adopting new technologies at the bedside and critical care

Previous health care experience: Full-time registered nurse in a medical surgical intensive care unit and emergency medical technician in multiple 911 service areas

Michaela Davis

Michaela Davis
Contact: mchdavis@ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Military family, currently live in Vacaville, California
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Education: Pacific Union College
Undergraduate major: Nursing
Graduate degree and institution: Master of Science in Nursing, UC San Francisco
Research area of interest: Care of families during and after critical care stay, transitions of care for the traumatic brain injured
Languages: English
Current clinical work: Work with patients, families, multidisciplinary teams and the hospital system to provide optimal care for critically ill and acutely injured patients

Jo Ann Hambley

Jo Ann Hambley
Contact: jhambley@ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Sacramento, California
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Education: California State University, Sacramento
Undergraduate major: Nursing
Graduate degree and institution: Master of Science in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

Research area of interest: Psychiatric training and competencies for acute care nurses to assess and provide patients with appropriate psychological support
Languages: English
Current clinical work: Completed thesis research study examining nurses' perception of psychiatric aspects of burn care at three burn centers

Amelia Lawless

Amelia Lawless
Contact: alstults@ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Sacramento, California
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Education: California State University, Sacramento
Undergraduate major: Health Science with a concentration in community health education
Graduate degree and institution: Master of Social Work, California State University, Sacramento; Master of Public Health, San Jose State University
Research area of interest: Improving the mental health services delivery system within correctional environments
Languages: English
Current clinical work: Program director of social work services in a medical facility’s prison psychiatric inpatient program

Maura Reilly

Maura Reilly
Contact: mrreilly@ucdavis.edu

Hometown: None, U.S. Army dependent
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Education: UC Davis
Undergraduate major: Psychology and Sociology
Graduate degree and institution: Master of Public Health, San Diego State University
Research area of interest: Social determinants of health, adverse childhood experiences, health care quality improvement, inter-professional learning, collaboration and primary care workforce development
Languages: English
Current clinical work: Community health and advocacy program manager in pediatrics

Anna Satake

Anna Satake
Contact: asatake@ucdavis.edu

Hometown: American Canyon, California
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Education: Simpson College
Undergraduate major: Biology
Graduate degree and institution: Master of Science in Nursing, UC San Francisco
Research area of interest: Improving care for geriatric patients
Languages: English
Current clinical work: Geriatric clinical nurse specialist at a hospital


Kao Kang Kue Vang

Kao Kang Kue Vang
Contact: kkmvang@ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Angwin, California
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Education: Vanguard University 
Undergraduate major: Nursing
Graduate degree and institution: Master of Science in Nursing, Vanguard University 
Research area of interest: Social determinants of health, nursing diversity, nursing education and leadership
Languages: English, Hmong
Current clinical work: Critical care registered nurse

Aldreen Venzon

Aldreen Venzon
Contact: avenzon@ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Vallejo, California
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Education: New Jersey City University
Undergraduate major: Nursing
Graduate degree and institution: Master of Science in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership, UC Davis
Research area of interest: Predictive modeling in electronic health records data to promote personalized medicine and care
Languages: English, Tagalog, Kapampangan
Current clinical work: Senior data analyst, preparing and processing data sets for direct insights, statistical modeling or other analytical exploration for health system clients

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Monica Delson
Contact: mmdelson@ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Folsom, California
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Education: University of Phoenix
Undergraduate major: Nursing
Graduate degree and institution: Master of Science in Nursing Education
Research area of interest: Chronic care management in disparate, disadvantaged populations utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach and self-management strategies
Languages: English, Spanish

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Tequila Porter
Contact: tporter@ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Education: Winston-Salem State University
Undergraduate major: Biology
Graduate degree and institution: Master of Science in Integrative Biology, Kennesaw State University
Research area of interest: Public health, health disparities, rural and community health, underserved community health and women’s health
Languages: English
Current clinical work: Opioid use among women living in rural areas

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Anna Rivera
Contact: amrrivera@ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Lodi, California
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Education: California State University, Sacramento
Undergraduate major: Nutrition
Graduate degree and institution: Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management, Western Governors University
Research area of interest: How psychotropic medications contribute to weight gain and obesity, correlation between mental health and nutrition, gut-brain axis and prison nutrition
Languages: English, Spanish
Current clinical work: Director of dietetics at a prison medical facility, supervising registered dietitian nutritionist for psychiatric inpatients, clinical dietitians and food service workers

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Marissa Romero
Contact:
madporter@ucdavis.edu

Hometown: Sacramento, California
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Education: Pacific Union College
Undergraduate major: Nursing
Graduate degree and institution: Master of Science in Nursing
Research area of interest: Postpartum depression
Languages: English
Current clinical work: Supervising registered nurse