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Dr. Steven A. Stargardter

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Stargardter became Provost and Chief Academic Officer of United States University in January of 2013.  A native of New York City, he received his undergraduate degree at Fordham University and his doctorate at Boston College.  He spent a year during his doctoral studies as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Mainz, Germany, researching his dissertation: “Niklas Vogt, 1756-1836: A Personality of the Late Enlightenment and Early Romantic Movement.”  He went on to receive a J.D. from the University Of Washington School of Law in 1991.

Dr. Stargardter has served as a faculty member, Continuing Education Director, Undergraduate Dean, and Provost and Chief Academic Officer. For the past 15 years he served as sitting President of first City University of Seattle and then John F. Kennedy University. Among other achievements, he oversaw the reaffirmation of regional and specialized accreditations at both institutions.

Dr. Stargardter is especially committed to the creation and maintenance of a transformative and supportive educational environment for students traditionally underserved by American colleges and universities.

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Jennifer Newmann, M.B.A., Ed.D.
College of Business and Management

Dr. Jennifer Newmann, Provost and Division Chair of the MBA program in the College of Business at United States University, earned…

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Jennifer Newmann, M.B.A., Ed.D.
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Dr. Jennifer Newmann, Provost and Division Chair of the MBA program in the College of Business at United States University, earned her Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University, MBA from National University, and doctorate from University of California San Diego in Organizational Development and Educational Leadership. Dr. Newmann is also a successful entrepreneur from the San Diego area. She has owned and operated 4 businesses over the last two decades, managing large and small organizations in both education and private industry. In addition to her practical experience in the corporate and small business world, Dr. Newmann has worked in academia for almost 20 years, working in student services as well as teaching economics, information literacy, and undergraduate and graduate level business courses. Dr. Newmann currently teaches human resource management, cross cultural management, marketing, organizational behavior, and project management in both undergraduate and graduate programs. In her spare time, Dr. Newmann is an avid reader and is currently editing a couple of book series in her spare time. She also has a family and enjoys the beautiful beaches in San Diego, reading, and taking road trips throughout the Southwest and Mexico.

 

Renee P. McLeod, PhD, CPNP-PC, PNP-BC, FAANP
College of Nursing

Dean and Professor, College of Nursing Dr. Renee McLeod received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Memphis;…

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Renee P. McLeod, PhD, CPNP-PC, PNP-BC, FAANP
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Dean and Professor, College of Nursing

Dr. Renee McLeod received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Memphis; her M.S. in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco; and her PhD from Widener University in Pennsylvania. She has been a nurse educator and administrator for 30 years.

She is a nationally recognized expert in the area of handheld and wireless point of care technology to advance interdisciplinary education of healthcare professionals and support evidence-based practice. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in moving nursing programs to an online/hybrid format and the implementation of the DNP curriculum for nurse practitioners. In addition, the focus of her research and consulting has been on transforming healthcare clinicians, educators, and researchers into digital citizens.  Dr. McLeod has held many nursing leadership positions including being a past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She has worked with many businesses over the years to bridge technology into practice and currently is a consultant and advisory board member for 5 national and international companies.

Dr. McLeod has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for 40 years, and has practiced in 8 states and overseas. Her clinical expertise is in the area of infant skin care.  She has published, given Webinars, and given presentations nationally and internationally on infant skin care and technology in nursing and healthcare.  She maintains an active practice at Mid-City Community Clinic where her patients tell her what is really important in the field of healthcare.

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Yuki Mun, M.B.A., D.B.A.
College of Business and Management
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Yuki Mun, M.B.A., D.B.A.
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Marco Curiel, MA
College of Education

Mr. Curiel is the Director of the Teacher Credentialing Preparation Program, in the College of Education, at United States University…

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Marco Curiel, MA
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Mr. Curiel is the Director of the Teacher Credentialing Preparation Program, in the College of Education, at United States University (USU). Mr. Curiel serves as a university instructor and supervisor for credential candidates, supporting them in fulfilling their practicum experience towards credential completion. Mr. Curiel began his assignment at USU in 2011, serving as an adjunct professor within the department. Mr. Curiel is a retired school administrator, having served the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) for over 34 years.

Mr. Curiel attended San Diego State University and began his educational career as a classroom teacher at the elementary level. Later, he became a resource teacher at both, the school site and District levels, including three years in the District’s Race/Human relations Department. After earning a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and an Administrative Services credential, Mr. Curiel became a Middle School Vice-Principal. Two years later, he became the vice-principal of a large multi-track, year round elementary school. Two years after that, Mr. Curiel became a school Principal, serving 8 years at the elementary level and later, a total of 10 years at the middle school level. Mr. Curiel has the unique perspective of having been a teacher and administrator at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Mr. Curiel has extensive experience as a professor in teacher education, including 9 years as an adjunct professor with the Policy Studies Department at San Diego State University. In addition to his role at USU, Mr. Curiel also serves as an Interim Administrator, as well as, a Visiting Teacher for SDUSD. Finally, Mr. Curiel also serves on the Board of Directors for the Barrio Station, a non-profit organization, in Barrio Logan in San Diego. The mission of the Barrio Station is “to discourage delinquency, youth violence and gang involvement, and encourage civic responsibility and successful school performance among the youth.”

Jennifer Newmann, M.B.A., Ed.D.
College of Business and Management

Dr. Jennifer Newmann, Provost and Division Chair of the MBA program in the College of Business at United States University, earned…

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Jennifer Newmann, M.B.A., Ed.D.
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Dr. Jennifer Newmann, Provost and Division Chair of the MBA program in the College of Business at United States University, earned her Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University, MBA from National University, and doctorate from University of California San Diego in Organizational Development and Educational Leadership. Dr. Newmann is also a successful entrepreneur from the San Diego area. She has owned and operated 4 businesses over the last two decades, managing large and small organizations in both education and private industry. In addition to her practical experience in the corporate and small business world, Dr. Newmann has worked in academia for almost 20 years, working in student services as well as teaching economics, information literacy, and undergraduate and graduate level business courses. Dr. Newmann currently teaches human resource management, cross cultural management, marketing, organizational behavior, and project management in both undergraduate and graduate programs. In her spare time, Dr. Newmann is an avid reader and is currently editing a couple of book series in her spare time. She also has a family and enjoys the beautiful beaches in San Diego, reading, and taking road trips throughout the Southwest and Mexico.

 

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Cynthia A. Leaver, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
College of Nursing

Associate Dean for Faculty and Research Dr. Cynthia Leaver received her AD and BSN in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary’s…

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Cynthia A. Leaver, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
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Associate Dean for Faculty and Research

Dr. Cynthia Leaver received her AD and BSN in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA; her MS in Nursing from University of San Diego; and her PhD in Nursing from Catholic University, Washington DC. Dr. Leaver completed the OnLine Educator Certificate through the University of Indiana, Office of Life Long Learning. Sponsored by Bravewell Collaborative, she completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in integrative medicine at NIH/NINR/CC, and completed the Integrative Medicine program with Dr. Andrew Wile, at University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.  She has practiced in many capacities within the profession of nursing over the course of her 30-year career as a nurse.   Dr. Leaver has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing in both on-campus and on-line arena over the last ten years and maintains an active clinical practice, implementing telehealth, as a family nurse practitioner. Dr. Leaver retains a seat on a nursing research council, and is actively involved in nursing professional organizations. She enjoys walking, gardening, cooking, and spending time visiting with family and friends.

George Peraza-Smith, DNP, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-C, CNE
College of Nursing

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. George Byron Peraza-Smith lives in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Peraza-Smith has served in the faculty…

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George Peraza-Smith, DNP, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-C, CNE
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Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr. George Byron Peraza-Smith lives in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Peraza-Smith has served in the faculty role for over 14 years teaching both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests include innovative pedagogies, gerontological nursing, long term care resident quality of life, and LGBT issues.  Dr. Peraza-Smith is a gerontological nurse practitioner that specializes in gerontology primary care and gero-psychiatry. In addition, he is certified as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Nurse Educator. Dr. Peraza-Smith received his BSN and MSN in Nursing Administration at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Post-Masters GNP Certificate at the University of South Florida, and DNP in Nursing Education at Case Western Reserve University. He maintains a private practice in long-term care and with a locate community free clinic.

Dr. Peraza-Smith is a nursing leader who currently serves on the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Nominating Committee. He is the chairperson on the Conference Planning Task Force for Sigma Theta Tau International and the Treasurer for the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network. Dr. Peraza-Smith is the chairperson for the Professional Recognitions Task Force for the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association and serves on the American Nurses Association Gerontological Nursing Scope and Standards Workgroup. In addition, he is a volunteer for the Red Cross and serves on several local community board.

Teresa Kiresuk, DNP, ADPC NP-BC
College of Nursing

Director of the RN to BSN Program Dr. Kiresuk is certified as an Adult Gerontologic Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Dr….

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Teresa Kiresuk, DNP, ADPC NP-BC
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Director of the RN to BSN Program

Dr. Kiresuk is certified as an Adult Gerontologic Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Kiresuk received a Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2010 from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, a Masters of Arts in Nursing in 1994 at the College of St. Catherine with a specialty as an adult and gerontologic nurse practitioner, and a Bachelors of Arts in Nursing in 1992 from the College of St. Catherine.

Dr. Kiresuk has 22 years experience working in the primary care setting and currently maintains a part time practice providing primary and urgent care to underserved clients in their homes. She is an experienced user of telehealth as a way to deliver healthcare having spent 7 years using telehealth to deliver care to homebound patients with cognitive, brain, and spinal cord injuries.    Dr. Kiresuk has been teaching for 21 years including 15 years of online education and brings her expertise with technology into the classroom using the latest techniques and software to provide digital patient experiences and simulation to her online courses.

She maintains memberships in Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nursing, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association and the National Gerontologic Nurses Association.  Dr. Kiresuk resides in Minnesota with her husband and two daughters.

Pat Bently, RN, PHN, MSN, MBA, NP
College of Nursing

Clinical Placement Coordinator Prior to joining United States University, Ms. Bently was the Clinical Placement Coordinator (CPC) at Brandman University…

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Pat Bently, RN, PHN, MSN, MBA, NP
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Clinical Placement Coordinator

Prior to joining United States University, Ms. Bently was the Clinical Placement Coordinator (CPC) at Brandman University and prior to that position served as the CPC at the Graduate College of Nursing at Arizona State University.  She was a faculty member at the College of Nursing Lynchburg College in Virginia and San Diego State University in California.  Ms. Bently, also was a member of the School Health Team at San Diego Unified School System.  She currently lives in Arizona and has one daughter who currently lives in Switzerland.

Maria Luisa Ramira, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN
College of Nursing

Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program Dr. Maria Luisa Ramira is currently the Director of the Master of Science…

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Maria Luisa Ramira, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN
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Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Dr. Maria Luisa Ramira is currently the Director of the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program at United States University. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and nationally board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) and a current member of AANP and California Association of Nurse Practitioner (CANP). She is also a Certified Emergency Nurse.

Dr. Ramira received her doctoral degree in Nursing at the University of San Diego and her Master of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner from the California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). Furthermore, she has received Forensic Nursing Certificate from UCSD/John Hopkins University continuing education program. Dr. Ramira has over 20 years of clinical experience and over 10 years as nurse educator. Her research has been in the area of pediatric pain management in the emergency department and the experiences of foreign educated physicians who have transitioned to the family nurse practitioner role in the United States.

She is currently employed by the California Emergency Physicians, Med America and works as a Nurse Practitioner in Emergency Department. She was instrumental in initiating and coordinating the utilization of nurse practitioners at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center emergency department (ED) making her the first Lead NP employed in the ED.

Dr. Ramira has been an active member of the Philippine Nurses Association of America, the Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego and the Emergency Nurses Association. She is immediate Past-President 2014-2016 of Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego (PNASD) and the Education Chair for the PNAA Western Region (PNAA). She is currently the PNAA Vice President of the Western Region. She received the Advanced Practice Excellence Award from the Philippine Nurses Association of America on July 23, 2016.

Julio Garibay, M.B.A., D.B.A.
College of Business and Management
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