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Dr. Eileen Heveron

Interim Provost
Dr. Heveron’s professional career spans over four decades, during which time she provided service in both university administration as well as information technology as it relates to colleges and universities. Among other roles, she has served as a Registrar, Assistant Dean, Vice President Information Technology, Assistant to the President, adjunct faculty, Provost and Chief Academic Officer. During her career, Dr. Heveron was also involved in fund raising at a university and with a non-profit organization, information technology consulting for colleges and universities with two companies, served on many WSCUC teams, and on both state and national boards of examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Dr. Heveron earned her B.S. Biological Sciences from UC Irvine, her M.A. Management from the University of Redlands, and her Ph.D. in Education from The Claremont Graduate University. Her volunteer work has included twenty three years of therapy dog volunteering at hospitals, libraries, nursing homes and the like; she now serves on the Board (Treasurer) of Paws’itive Teams and as an Instructor for the organization’s Therapy Dog Preparation Class. Eileen and her husband, Hank Beck, have been married for 31 years and live in Valley Center, CA with their four standard poodles, including Dexter, Eileen’s service dog.

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Dr. Jo Anne Grunow
Nursing & Health Sciences Programs

Professor, Director of the RN –BSN and MSN, Online Education and Technology and Nursing Leadership for Health Information Systems Innovation

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Dr. Jo Anne Grunow
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Professor, Director of the RN –BSN and MSN, Online Education and Technology and Nursing
Leadership for Health Information Systems Innovation

Dr. Reuven Cohen
Nursing & Health Sciences Programs

Professor, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

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Dr. Reuven Cohen
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Professor, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Billingsley
Nursing & Health Sciences Programs

Associate Professor Director of Master of Science in Nursing –  Family Nurse Practitioner

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Dr. Jennifer Billingsley
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Associate Professor

Director of Master of Science in Nursing –  Family Nurse Practitioner

Marco Curiel, MA
Education Programs

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.”

Dr. Teresa Kiresuk, DNP, ADPC NP-BC
Nursing & Health Sciences Programs

Dr. Kiresuk is an Assistant Professor of the RN to BSN program in the College of Nursing at United States University….

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Dr. Teresa Kiresuk, DNP, ADPC NP-BC
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Dr. Kiresuk is an Assistant Professor of the RN to BSN program in the College of Nursing at United States University. She is also 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.

Maria Luisa Ramira, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN
Nursing & Health Sciences Programs

Dr. Maria Luisa Ramira is currently the Director of the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program…

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Maria Luisa Ramira, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN
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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.

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