Faculty

Atalie Ashley-West, MPH, CPH

MHA Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-5711

Email: Atalie.ashley.west@my.adu.edu

Professor Ashley-West is an adjunct instructor for the online Master of Healthcare Administration programs, and teaches Managerial Epidemiology and Population Health Management. In 2018, she completed her PhD in Public Affairs - Health Services Management and Research from University of Central Florida. She also holds a Master of Public Health from the University of South Florida (USF) with an emphasis in Community and Family Health. Also from USF, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and certificates in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Professor Ashley-West is certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners and is nationally certified as a Preconception Peer Educator by the HHS Office of Minority Health. Her areas of expertise lie in social determinants of health and health disparities, tax-exempt hospital community benefit requirements, community health needs assessments, and program evaluation methodology.

Beverly Beem, Ph.D.

HBS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-7749

Email: beverly.beem@my.adu.edu

Beverly Beem is Professor Emeritus of English at Walla Walla University and has worked as an Adjunct Professor at the AdventHealth University since 2005. She has a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and has done continuing study at Yale, Brown, and Indiana in biblical literature. She loves to teach the “old stuff” and particularly loves the literature of the Bible and enjoys helping students see the beauty and wisdom of these ancient texts. She has traveled extensively in Israel and Jordan tracking the footsteps of the Judges and Jesus and seeing how an understanding of the place enriches our understanding of the stories. She looks forward to studying the wisdom literature of the Bible with her colleagues at AHU and is likely to remind them to keep reading the Bible—it’s a good book.

Edith Britton, MA, LMHC, NCC

HBS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-7749

Email: edith.britton@my.adu.edu

Edith Britton is a member of the adjunct faculty at AHU. She teaches psychology courses, including General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology for eight years. She has a Master's in Counselor Education from Rollins College, a Bachelor's in Psychology from Southeastern University and a graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently at work on a PhD in Educational Psychology. In 2015, she was named Adjunct Faculty of the Year. Along with her work as a teacher, Ms. Britton works as a consultant, providing services in areas such as behavioral health and academic success. She also plays the violin.

Heather Burrell, MSN

Nursing Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-8506

Email: heather.burrell@my.adu.edu

Professor Heather Burrell has been a registered nurses since 1996. She attended Adventist University (formerly Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences) where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and South University when she earned her Masters of Science in Nursing with a focus in Nursing Education. She is currently completing her DNP through Walden University. Professor Burrell is a lead instructor for NRSG 481 Leadership and Management. She also teaches full time at Jamestown Community College. Her background is medical-surgical nursing, perioperative nursing, and education. She has taught nursing at various levels since 2006. She is a member of the ANA, AORN, and on the board of directors for Competency and Credentialing Institution (CCI).

Ernie Bursey, PhD

Professor of Religion

Office phone: (407) 303-7499

Email: Ernie.Bursey@ahu.edu

Dr. Ernie Bursey earned his PhD in New Testament Studies at Yale University, where his dissertation topic was Exorcism in the Book of Matthew. He also earned an M.Div. from Andrews University and a Master's in Religious Studies from Yale University. Dr. Bursey has been a faculty member of AdventHealth University since 2001. He is currently is a Professor of Religion in the Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences. The courses he teaches include World Religions for Healthcare Professions, Bioethics, Biblical Studies, Spirituality in Healthcare, Identity and Mission in Faith-based Healthcare, and Role Fidelity and the Exercise of Power. Dr. Bursey won the Educator of the Year award in 2009. He is a member of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies (President, 2000) and the Society of Biblical Literature. He recently completed a commentary on the New Testament book of Romans to be published by Andrews University. Areas of research interest include the Sermon on the Mount, Revelation (NT), and the impact of immigrant religions on American healthcare.

Lynelle Callender, DNP, RN, INS, PHN, MPH, C.

Vice Chair of Online Nursing, Associate Professor

Office phone: (407) 303-5541

Email: Lynelle.Callender@ahu.edu

Dr. Callender attended Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing with a Minor in Psychology and a Certification in Public Health Nursing. She attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Knoxville, Tennessee where she earned a Master of Public Health Certificate in Public Health Leadership. She later earned a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Informatics from Walden University in Minnesota, Minneapolis. Dr. Callender currently holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Administration with an emphasis in Education from the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University. Currently, she is the Online Nursing Vice-Chair for AdventHealth University Department of Nursing (AHU). She has taught nursing since 2006 in online and face-to-face settings. Prior to coming to AHU Dr. Callender served at Southern Adventist University and Georgia Highlands College. She has served at AHU as the online RN-BSN lead professor, and coordinator for NRSG 365 Nursing Informatics and NRSG 480 Leadership and Management. She is currently an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing, Golden Key International Honor Society, and the Inaugural President of the AHU's STTI Honor Society of Nursing, Chi Upsilon Chapter. Dr. Callender is currently serving as an active board member and Historian for STTI-Chi Upsilon.

Jennifer Clark, MSN, FNP, RN

Nursing Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-7893

Email: Jennifer.Clark@ahu.edu

Jennifer Clark is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing, RN-BSN option. The courses she teaches include Health Promotion & Assessment for RNs (NRSG 335) and Gerontological Nursing (NRSG 375). Ms. Clark has a deep background in health promotion and has published papers and presented on topics that include blended learning and interactive instruction. She is a member of the National League of Nursing, Florida Nurses Association, and the Central Florida Nurse Practitioner Council. She earned her BSN from Florida State University and her MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner) from the University of Central Florida.

Carl Cosaert, M.Div., M.A.

HBS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-7749

Email: carl.cosaert@my.adu.edu

Carl Cosaert has been an adjunct faculty member at the AdventHealth University for nearly fifteen years assisting with online courses in the Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences. His earned graduate degrees include an M.Div. degree from Andrews University; an M.A. from the Nazarene Theological Seminary; and a Ph.D in New Testament and Early Christianity from the University of North Carolina with his dissertation topic focusing on early New Testament Manuscripts. In addition to his adjunct work at the AdventHealth University, he teaches Biblical Studies courses at Walla Walla University. Cosaert has written popular and academic books and articles, and has received a teaching award for his classroom instruction. He has contributed articles to the Andrews Study Bible and has written the commentary on Galatians in the Andrews Bible Commentary, and on 1 and 2 Timothy for the Seventh-day Adventist International Bible Commentary. He is also the assistant New Testament editor for the Andrews Bible Commentary. In addition to his academic studies, Cosaert frequently leads study tours to the Middle East. He is married to Carol, an elementary teacher, and they have three children.

Benita David, DBA

Healthcare Administration Department Chair, Associate Professor

Office phone: (407) 303-5711

Email: Benita.David@ahu.edu

Dr. Benita David earned her DBA from Argosy University, where her research focused on the role of leadership and communication implemented on virtual teams in healthcare. Before earning her DBA, she received an MBA from Valdosta State University and a BS in Biomedical Zoology from Andrews University. Dr. David has been a member of the faculty at AHU since 2009. She has taught classes in business, finance, marketing, and leadership. In 2011, she developed the Master of Healthcare Administration program. Additionally, Dr. David is an active member of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and serves on the review panel for Journal of Healthcare Management. She also mentors entrepreneurs to help them develop management and leadership skills as they launch new businesses.

Adrianna Davis, EdD, MS

MHA Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-5711

Email: adrianna.davis@my.adu.edu

Dr. Davis is an adjunct faculty member at AHU. She teaches Innovation I and Innovation II for the online Master's of Health Administration Strategy and Innovation program. Dr. Davis has over eight years of experience facilitating and developing curriculum and has developed curriculum on topics such as design thinking and strategic leadership. She is a member of the Advisory Board for a healthcare program at a local college. As a board member, she ensures that the program meets accreditation requirements and that it remains competitive and progressive. She earned an EdD in Organizational Leadership and a Master's in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. At the University of South Florida, she earned a Bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Public Health.

Glenice Debique, PhD

Professor of Sociology

Office phone: (407) 303-7499

Email: Glenice.DeBique@ahu.edu

Dr. DeBique is a professor in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Department at AdventHealth University. Her responsibilities include teaching assignments at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of Introduction to Sociology; Multicultural Applications for the Health Sciences; and Cultural and Ethical Considerations for Health Sciences. Dr. DeBique holds credentials in Teacher Education, BSc in Education and MSc in Education in Education, and in 1997, Dr. DeBique received her Ph. D. (Education) from Washington State University. She continues to serve the wider community along with her students in service learning experiences through the IMPACT- Innovative Ministries with Parents, Administrators, Children and Teachers in the Orlando area, in addition to work done with the Orlando Junior Achievement program. Dr. DeBique has had experience in studies abroad program, taking students to West Africa. Dr. DeBique received the President’s Award (WSU) in leadership and service for community work in the Pacific Northwest as well as the Teaching Excellence Award while at WSU. Dr. DeBique is ranked among Who is Who Among America’s Teachers as well as a past member of Phi Delta Kappa Educational organization. Dr. DeBique has been nominated for the Campus Compact: Campus Community Partnership Award for Service Learning, Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award (2014 and 16). She also received the Spirituality Award from AHU (2009). Dr. DeBique’s research interests include community engagement initiatives, Teaching and Learning educational practice and theory as well as issues in diversity and cultural constructs.

Nadia Edwin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Office phone: (407) 303-7499

Email: Nadia.Edwin@ahu.edu

Dr. Nadia Edwin is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences at AdventHealth University. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas campus) and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Louisiana State University. She completed her postdoctoral studies and served as a National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Polymers Division at National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Dr. Edwin’s research interest includes nanoparticle-polymer dynamics, colloids, bio-inspired materials, polymer and polyelectrolyte dynamics, nanotechnology, hydrogelation of small molecules as well as characterization techniques such as Fluorescence photobleaching recovery, Light scattering, optical microscopy, and other imaging instruments.

Larry Engel, M.A.

HBS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-7749

Email: larry.engel@my.adu.edu

Larry Engel has served as an adjunct professor at AdventHealth University since 2007. He has a B.A. in Communications from Pacific Union College north of San Francisco. Also, he holds a Master’s Degree from Andrews University. He has done doctoral studies at Fuller Theological Seminary near Los Angeles and at Andrews University. Professor Engel is a native of Arizona and has been married for 53 years. He has two adult daughters, five grandchildren and a son-in law. Teaching is something he has done for many years in Africa, Hawaii, Canada, Brazil, Michigan, and Texas. He and his wife Shirley live near Chattanooga, Tennessee. He comments: “In our classes we are inspired, well acquainted when the term is over. We have a joyful time together as we discuss the wisdom literature of the Bible.”

Ana Escobar, MBA

MHA Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-5711

Email: Ana.escobar@my.adu.edu

Ana Escobar is an Adjunct Professor who teaches Accounting for AHU's online MHA program. Ms. Escobar's areas of expertise include financial statements analysis as a way to assess past performance, forecast, and plan for future financial growth. She has experience in and knowledge of the complete accounting cycle and has developed and implemented annual operating budgets in accordance with strategic financial master plans. Her research interests include the effects the development and implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards has had on non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor's in Management and Accounting from Antillean Adventist University and an MBA in Accounting from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.

Leesuk Ferencsik, Ph.D., RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Office phone: (407) 303-7893

Email: Leesuk.Ferencsik@ahu.edu

Leesuk Ferencsik earned her PhD in Nursing from Barry University, and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Korea Open University, South Korea, and Master’s degree in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix. She has been a RN since 1989 and worked in both South Korea and the United States in long-term care facilities, health clinics, and all three levels of care: medical surgical unit, progressive care unit (PCU), and intensive care unit (ICU) in various acute care hospitals. Before she became a nursing faculty at AHU Online, she worked as a clinical nurse educator for a multisystem ICU, Surgical PCU, and Transplant Unit. She has a passion for teaching and learning.

Genese Gibson, MA, RT (R) (M) (QM)

Imaging Sciences Department Chair, Professor

Office phone: (407) 303-8506

Email: Genese.Gibson@ahu.edu

Genese Gibson earned her master's degree from Webster University. She has been a member of the faculty at AHU since the beginning (1992) and helped to launch the first online degree. She currently chairs the Department of Radiologic Sciences. Ms. Gibson is a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and is on the membership committee for the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences. She enjoys biking, traveling, and reading biographies.

Lisa Goolsby, PhD

MHA Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-5711

Email: lisa.goolsby@my.adu.edu

Dr. Lisa Goolsby teaches marketing at AHU. Additionally, she is the current CEO for Impact, where she provides clients with direction and insight into marketing research and strategy, and is also the CEO for Wired Coffee Bar, LLC., a growing coffee business. Dr. Goolsby was President of the American Marketing Association, Indiana Chapter, from 1996 to 1997. During her time in that role, the chapter received an Excellence Award for Membership. Dr. Goolsby earned a PhD in Marketing from Northcentral University, an MBA in Marketing from Indiana Wesleyan University and a BBA in Marketing from La Sierra University.

Jena Heflin, MBA, RT(R)

BSRS Program Director, Assistant Professor

Office phone: (407) 303-8506

Email: jena.heflin@ahu.edu

Jena Heflin earned her Associate Degree and Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences from AdventHealth University before earning her MBA in Business Administration from Southern Adventist University. She is a Certified Medical Office Manager (CMOM) and currently manages a pediatric hematology oncology practice. She is also a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and sewing in her free time.

Georgina Hill, Ph.D.

HBS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-7749

Email: georgina.hill@my.adu.edu

Dr. Georgina Hill has been teaching at AHU since 2008. She is also the Director of the Honors Program at Pacific Union College in California. Dr. Hill has focused her career on discovering effective methods of teaching writing to students at all grade levels (elementary through post-secondary). She is dedicated to helping her students become competent writers. She has a PhD in English from Purdue University.

Jason Hines, JD, MA, PhD

Assistant Professor of Healthcare Administration

Office phone: (407) 303-7747 ext. 110-9183

Email: Jason.Hines@ahu.edu

Dr. Jason Hines holds a PhD in Religion, Politics, and Society from Baylor University, as well as an Master's in Religion from the Seminary at Andrews University, a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor's of Science in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Hines is an Assistant Professor in Healthcare Administration at AHU. He teaches courses in the MHA program, including Identity and Mission, Ethical and Legal Aspects of Healthcare, and Healthcare Policy and Politics. Before making the move to academia, he was a litigator for five years in Philadelphia and spent seven years leading seminars on constitutional law and religious liberty at churches.

Dusanka Hristic, MSN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Office phone: (407) 303-7747 ext. 110-1082

Email: Dusanka.Hristic@ahu.edu

Professor Dusanka Hristic came to this campus in 1995 as a faculty for Southern Adventist University. As the BSN nursing was acquired by AdventHealth University in 1998, Dusanka Hristic became a full time faculty believing that her role as a nursing professor is to prepare registered nurses to provide holistic health care to individuals, families, and communities. Ms. Hristic would like her students to have the opportunity to learn how to best care for the communities where they live. Ms. Hristic received her master’s degree in nursing from Loma Linda University. She has presented and attended numerous national and international conferences focusing on various aspects of the nursing profession. Some of the professional organizations Ms. Hristic is a member of include: the National League for Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the American Public Health Association, the Florida Association of Public Health Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau – International Honor Society of Nursing. Ms. Hristic loves art and she enjoys cooking and sewing.

Kristin James, RT(R)(VI)

BSRS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-8506

Email: Kristin.james@my.adu.edu

Kristin James serves as adjunct faculty for the Vascular Interventional (VI) Radiography Program at AHU. She is an alumna of AHU, graduating with her degree in Radiography in 2012. She is certified by the ARRT in Radiography and Vascular Interventional Radiography. Ms. James works as an Interventional Radiology Technologist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, specializing in neurology, body, and vascular surgery cases. She also serves as a clinical instructor for VI students at Mayo Clinic. Ms. James’ experience working at a level one trauma center and training students in interventional radiology allows her to offer robust, current knowledge to her online students.

Arlene L. Johnson, PhD, MSN

Professor, FNP Coordinator

Office phone: (407) 303-7893

Email: arlene.johnson@ahu.edu

Arlene LuValle Johnson completed her doctoral studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2006. Her area of specialty is sleep deprivation, error and psychomotor performance among nurses who work the night. She completed her master’s in Nursing at the University of California Los Angeles as a Nurses Practitioner. She is product of Adventist education, having graduated with her associate degree in Nursing from Oakwood and her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Southern Adventist University. Dr. Johnson is published in the Journal of Nursing Administration and the Journal of Occupational Health Nursing.

Barbara (Bobbi) Konter, MHA, RT(R)

BSRS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-8506

Email: barbara.konter@my.adu.edu

Bobbi Konter is an Adjunct Instructor for the online Radiologic Sciences Program at AHU. She teaches Medical Imaging in the Digital Environment (IMAG485). The course explores computing fundamentals and places emphasis on the function of department leadership as it relates to the use of advanced imaging concepts currently in use in healthcare. She is a registrant of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, a licensed Certified Radiologic Technologist in the State of Florida, and a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. She has a Master's in Healthcare Administration from Ashworth University and a Bachelor's in Radiologic Sciences from AdventHealth University.

Andy Lampkin, PhD

Associate Professor of Bioethics

Office phone: (407) 303-7747 ext. 609-1583

Email: andy.lampkin@ahu.edu

Dr. Lampkin is an Associate Professor of Bioethics in the Health and Biological Sciences Department. In 2000, he earned a Ph.D. degree from Vanderbilt University in the program, Religion, Ethics, and Society. He has focused much of his academic career on the intersections of Christian faith, health care, public health, and social justice. Prior to joining the faculty at AHU, Dr. Lampkin served on the faculty of Oakwood University where he taught Christian Ethics and Social Ethics from 1999 to 2006. While at Oakwood University he served on the Faculty Senate and was chair of the Judiciary committee. In 2006 he accepted a faculty appointment at Loma Linda University where he taught until 2017. While at Loma University he served on the Institutional Review Board from 2006 – 2017 and the Research Conflict of Interest Committee for nearly a decade. Dr. Lampkin has received funding from the NIH to better understand the Barriers to Health Research Among African American Seventh-day Adventists. Additionally, he has served as an advisor and consultant to Adventist Health Study II, a nationwide longitudinal study. In addition to teaching he works at the intersection of academic bioethics and practical bioethics serving on the Florida Hospital’s Ethics committee and chairs AdventHealth University’ Institutional Review Board.

Christopher Litten, PhD

Professor of English

Office phone: (407) 303-7499

Email: Chris.Litten@ahu.edu

Dr. Christopher Litten earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and Rhetoric from the University of Maryland. Prior to that, he earned a Master's in Literature, with a focus on Medieval/Renaissance Literature and American Literature from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor's in English and Secondary Education from Columbia Union College. He has been on the faculty at AHU since 1999 and teaches literature and fine art classes Prior to teaching at the post-secondary level, Dr. Litten taught middle school students for three years. He has also taught fine arts, writing, and literature classes at Columbia Union College and was the director of the Washington Experience program. He volunteers as a docent at the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA). He combines his expertise in art with collaboration with AHU professors and the development of curriculum development that includes tours of the OMA and a focus on the enhancement of observation and empathetic skills.

Rhadames Lizardo, PhD

Professor of Finance, Accounting, and Economics

Office phone: (407) 303-5711

Email: Radhames.Lizardo@ahu.edu

Dr. Radhamés Lizardo earned his PhD in finance from the University of Texas-PA. Prior to that, he received an MBA from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, as well as a Master’s in Accounting (MSA) from the University of North Texas. He earned a Bachelor's in Accounting (BSA) from Antillean Adventist University. Dr. Lizardo is a Professor of Finance, Accounting, and Economics at AHU. Additionally, he is a CPA in Florida and has extensive professional experience in accounting, taxes, auditing, and finance. He has had articles published in the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, the Cato Journal, the Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, Global Economy Journal, Energy Economics, and Business Studies.

Janis Lowry, MA

Associate Professor, Philosophy of Healthcare Coordinator

Office phone: (407) 303-7499

Email: Janis.Lowry@ahu.edu

Janis Lowry is an Associate Professor who teaches two online courses at AHU, World Civilization and World Religions for the Healthcare Professions. She also teaches and manages the adjuncts in RELP 102/103 Philosophy of Healthcare, a course that takes an interdisciplinary approach to introducing students to the University. The course helps students construct their healthcare philosophy, with an emphasis on being a caregiver in a faith-based setting. Ms. Lowry's undergraduate work was done primarily in Europe at Newbold College. Her areas of study were French, English, and History. She began teaching at Stanborough School and upon returning to North America taught in Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. Her Master’s degree is from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Roy Lukman, PhD

Professor of Research and Statistics

Office phone: (407) 303-7747 ext. 303-8520

Email: Roy.Lukman.PhD@ahu.edu

Dr. Roy Lukman earned a PhD in Educational Psychology from Andrews University, with a concentration in research and measurements. He also earned a Master's in Educational Psychology and Counseling from Andrews University and a Bachelor's of Science in Behavioral Science from Atlantic Union College. Dr. Lukman has been at AHU since 2010 and is currently a professor and the Director of Institutional Effectiveness. He serves as the Chair of the Scientific Review Committee for the University, which consults on research design and statistical analysis for both faculty and students at AHU. Additionally, he has co-authored a number of articles, including "A Randomized, Single-Blinded Pilot Study Evaluating Use of Laparoscope or a Cystoscope for Cystoscopy During Gynecologic Surgery," which was published in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology in 2012.

Gretchka Mair-Hernandez, M.S.

HBS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-7749

Email: gretchka.mair-hernandez@my.adu.edu

Gretchka Mair-Hernandez has been an adjunct faculty at AHU since 2011. She teaches Anatomy & Physiology and Sectional Anatomy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Liberty University and a Master of Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. At Roswell Park Cancer Institute she completed her cancer research work on Autophagy and Genomic Instability.

Kim McManus, PhD

MHA Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-5711

Email: kim.mcmanus@my.adu.edu

Dr. McManus has been an Adjunct Instructor at AHU since 2013, when she joined the staff of Florida Hospital. She currently consults internally with Adventist Health System’s eight-campus Florida Hospital network and is an expert facilitator for large and complicated projects, providing support for the integration of organizational cultures and business priorities among stakeholders with diverse interests. Dr. McManus is adept in the tools and techniques of project and change management, and an authority on the development of team effectiveness to support successful achievement of business objectives. She holds professional credentials from organizations such as Development Dimensions International (DDI), Prosci, Inc., and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). She has a PhD from George Washington University School of Business.

Kelly Mumbert, MBA, RVT, RDCS

BSDMS Coordinator, Associate Professor

Office phone: (407) 303-9204

Email: Kelly.Mumbert@ahu.edu

Kelly Mumbert earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Central Florida. She is an Associate Professor at AHU, where she has taught since 2012. Additionally, Ms. Mumbert is certified in adult echocardiography, vascular technology, and in pediatric echocardiography. She is a member of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). She is a reviewer for the JDMS, serves on the SDMS CME committee, and speaks at national and local society meetings.

Leanna Neubrander, M.H.Sc., RT(R)(CT)

Director for Online Strategic Development and Engagement, Associate Professor

Office phone: (407) 303-7753

Email: leanna.neubrander@ahu.edu

Leanna Neubrander earned her Associate Degree in Radiography and Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiologic Sciences from AdventHealth University, as well as an MHSc in Health Sciences with a concentration in Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University. She has a been a member of the faculty at AHU since 2006. She is the lead instructor for the computed tomography (CT) courses in the BS Radiologic Sciences program. She also serves as the Director for Strategic Development and Engagement for AHU Online. In addition to being certified and proficient in radiography and CT, Ms. Neubrander has training in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). She is a member of American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences (AEIRS). She has also served as an Item Exam Writer for the CT Certification Examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Due to her research and publication on tailoring instructional strategies to each student's level of clinical experience, she received the AHU Merit Award for Scholarship in 2012.

Deziree Rada, MHSc, RDMS, RVT

Program Director for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Assistant Professor

Office phone: (407) 303-8506

Email: Deziree.Rada@ahu.edu

Deziree Rada earned an MHSc in Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor's in Health Sciences from Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences and an Associate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences. She joined the faculty of the Sonography program at AHU in 2012 and became the Program Director for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 2017. Ms. Rada is registered in abdomen, obstetrics/gynecology, breast, and vascular technology and has worked with the Florida Health System as a general sonographer since 2006. She is a member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS).

Amanda Raffenaud, PhD, MS-HSA

Assistant Professor of Healthcare Administration

Office phone: (407) 609-1585

Email: Amanda.Raffenaud@ahu.edu

Amanda Raffenaud received her Doctorate in Public Affairs, in the Health Management and Research Track, from the University of Central Florida. During her Doctorate program, she completed research related to the healthcare work environment, work-and-family conflict, and health information technology. Prior to earning her PhD, she completed both a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration. She has more than 12 years’ experience teaching health care administration courses and joined the faculty at AHU in 2016. Additionally, she has published articles in Healthcare Management Science, the Journal of Healthcare Management, and the Health Informatics Journal, and has contributed to several health administration textbooks. She has presented her research findings at many local and national health care conferences.

Lynn Rowe, PhD, RN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Office phone: (407) 303-7747 ext. 110-1158

Email: Lynn.Rowe@ahu.edu

Dr. Lynn Rowe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing. She currently teaches Pathopharmacology in the online RN-BSN program. Beginning in the summer of 2018, she will teach the Theoretical Foundations course for the online RN-MSN program. Dr. Rowe has nine years of experience in adult critical care, with a focus on multisystem intensive care patients, plus 12 years’ experience as a clinical specialist for critical care and three years of experience as a nurse educator of multisystem and neurological services. She is currently a Nurse Research Scientist at Florida Hospital. Dr. Rowe earned her PhD in the Philosophy of Nursing from the University of Arizona, an MSN from the University of Phoenix, and a BSN from Florida State University.

Ghassan Salameh, Ed.D.

HBS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-5711

Email: ghassan.salameh@my.adu.edu

Salameh Ghassan is an adjunct faculty member for the online Master of Healthcare Administration programs and teaches courses in management. Dr. Ghassan received his Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University. He also holds an MBA in Finance and Financial Management Services from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Jacksonville State University.

Deena Slockett, EdD, RT(R)(M)

Chief Operations Officer for AHU Online, Professor

Office phone: (407) 303-7747 ext. 110-1095

Email: Deena.Slockett@ahu.edu

Deena L. Slockett, MBA, EdD has spent over 20 years providing service and instruction in the areas of Radiologic Sciences, Business, Finance, Leadership, and Organizational Strategies for AdventHealth University. She started her career in the clinical arena and later served as the Vice-Chair of the Department of Radiologic Sciences and professor for many traditional and online courses in radiologic sciences, business and healthcare administration. Dr. Slockett currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer for AHU Online. Dr. Slockett earned a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Barry University, a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, and a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. Her research in servant leadership focuses on physicians and their perceived work-life satisfaction. Dr. Slockett has presented her findings to audiences at the local, national and international platforms. She is an active speaker for topics on blended and online education technologies. Her career as a scholar, teacher, speaker, consultant and entrepreneur spans fields as diverse as radiologic sciences, educational technologies, small business, and succession planning. As an invited participant in focus groups, textbook manuscript reviews and as a review panelist for several international conferences Dr. Slockett is able to contribute to a broad scope of education and business practices.

Steven St. Onge, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Graduate Nursing Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (315) 430-7997

Email: Steven.St.Onge@my.adu.edu

Dr. Steve St. Onge is a graduate of the Albany College of Pharmacy, where he obtained a Doctorate of Pharmacy and also a graduate of Endicott College, obtaining a MBA in Healthcare Management. Dr. St. Onge has a decade of experience as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Medical Intensive Care Unit of multiple academic medical centers. In clinical practice, Dr. St. Onge's primary duties have included rounding with the multidisciplinary healthcare team, as well as the didactic and clinical instruction of medical and pharmacy residents. Dr. St. Onge holds a faculty appointment at AdventHealth University, where he teaches in both the Departments of Nursing and Nurse Anesthesia, along with clinical faculty appointments at the University of Florida and Albany College of Pharmacy. For the last 4 years, Dr. St. Onge has split his time between clinical practice and drug development in the pharmaceutical sector. Dr. St. Onge is currently the Director of Medical Science at Paratek Pharmaceuticals. At Paratek, Dr. St. Onge is responsible for the education of healthcare providers, investigator-initiated research,the recruitment and execution of clinical trails and medical strategy. Dr. St. Onge has been co-author on several peer-reviewed publications, presented clinical research at dozens of national conferences and delivered numerous continuing medical education presentations on topics related to critical care pharmacology. Dr. St. Onge's research interests include: hemodynamic instability, agitation and delirium, antimicrobial resistance and bleeding reversal agents.

Lukus Staup, BS, RT (R) (MR)

BSRS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-8506

Email: lukus.staup@ahu.edu

Lukus Staup earned his associate and bachelor's degrees from AdventHealth University. He is a Clinical Instructor in Imaging Sciences at AHU, where he teaches MRI and diagnostic x-Ray courses. Mr. Staup has worked in MRI for the past 11 years.

Tammy Jo Stearns, MS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R), FSDMS

BSDMS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-8506

Email: tammy.stearns@my.adu.edu

Ms. Stearns is an Adjunct Professor for AHU's online Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. She teaches Diagnostic Imaging and Advanced Specialties in Sonography. Additionally, Ms. Stearns is the President of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) (2017-2019) and was the President-Elect for the SDMS (2015-2017). She served two terms on the Board of Directors for the SDMS and six terms on the Government Relations Committee. She is a member of the Heartbeat International Medical Advisory Committee. She has a Master's in Administrative Studies with an emphasis in Communication, a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology, and certificates in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Radiologic Technology.

Zdravko Stefanovic, PhD

Professor of Religion

Office phone: (407) 303-7499

Email: Zdravko.Stefanovic@ahu.edu

Dr. Stefanovic is a Professor of Religion at AHU. He has studied in Croatia, France, and the U.S., focusing on biblical languages and interpretation. Dr. Stefanovic has contributed articles to the Anchor Bible Dictionary, New Interpreter's Bible Dictionary, Andrews Study Bible and Andrews Bible Commentary. He wrote "The Aramaic of Daniel in the Light of Old Aramaic," which was published by Sheffield Academic Press, England. "Wisdom to the Wise," a commentary on the book of Daniel, was published by Pacific Press in 2007. Prior to joining the faculty at AHU, he taught at Walla Walla University and at various universities in the Asian-Pacific region.

Veon Stewart, EdD

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Office phone: (407) 303-7499

Email: Veon.Stewart@ahu.edu

Dr. Stewart serves as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics, specializing in algebra and statistics. She obtained her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Mathematics Education from Florida State University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics from Northern Caribbean University, formerly West Indies College. Dr. Stewart is a member of the American Mathematics Association of Teachers of Two-year Colleges (AMATYC) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). She has been teaching mathematics for over 30 years and presented across the country on various topics in mathematics and education.

Andrea Stewart-Adams, MN, ARNP/CRNP

Nursing Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-7893

Email: Andrea.stewart@my.adu.edu

Ms. Stewart-Adams is an Adjunct Instructor who teaches Nursing Informatics courses for AHU's online RN-BSN program. Her areas of specialty include cardiology, adult health, emergency medicine, and hospital medicine. She holds an MN in Adult Nurse Practitioner from the University of Florida, certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, a BSN from Fitchburg State College, and an RN Diploma from the Burbank Hospital School of Nursing.

Shelly-Ann Taylor, MS

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Office phone: (407) 303-7532

Email: Shelly-Ann.Taylor@ahu.edu

Shelly-Ann Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at AHU. She joined the faculty in 2011 and currently teaches Elementary Statistics, Introduction to Applied Statistics, Calculus I, and Pre-Calculus in addition to a myriad of algebra courses. Ms. Taylor earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica and earned a Master's in Applied Mathematics from the Florida Institute of Technology. As a member of the American Mathematical Society, she volunteers as a judge for the undergraduate mathematics poster competition as one of her most treasured activities. As an educator who pursues her research interests in Probability and Stochastic Processes, as well as, Financial Mathematics, she would like her students to develop the aptitude and appreciation for mathematics, and realize how mathematics can be applied in their respective fields.

Elizabeth Thazhmon, MBBS

HBS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-7749

Email: Elizabeth.Thazhmon@ahu.edu

Dr. Thazhmon earned an MBBS (equivalent of MD in the U.S.) from the Armed Forces Medical College, University of Pune in India. She is the Lead Faculty for Online Medical Terminology and Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology. She is currently adjunct faculty at AHU, where she teaches Anatomy & Physiology (Introduction & A&P I) and Medical Terminology. She has also taught A&P II & Pathophysiology. Dr. Thazhmon served as a medical officer in the Army, in the rank of Captain. She is a member of the Indian Medical association and the Qatar Medical Association. She moved to the U.S. in 2007, when she began a career in education. She also works as an online missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ.

Elizabeth Thomason, BSRS, RT(R)(CT)

BSRS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-8506

Email: elizabeth.thomason@ahu.edu

Elizabeth Thomason graduated from Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, now AdventHealth University, with her A.S in Radiography, and continued to complete her Bachelor’s in Radiologic Sciences. In 2012, she became certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Computed Tomography (CT). Ms. Thomason has multiple years of radiography and CT experience, both in didactic and clinical settings. She continues to work in the field of CT, enabling her to keep up with current imaging trends. Ms. Thomason how teaches in the Radiography and CT programs at AHU, and mentors students in the clinical setting.

Allison (Misti) Tuppeny MSN, APRN ,CNS, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS

Nursing Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-7893

Email: misti.tuppeny@flhosp.org

Ms. Tuppeny is a member of AHU's online faculty in the RN-BSN program. She has taught Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Pathopharmacology, Community Health, and Physical Assessment Validation. Additionally, Ms. Tuppeny is a member of the AANN Educational Provider Committee, AACN and NACNS member. She was a 2012 Finalist in the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for Advanced Practice in the Orlando area, received the 2012 Excellence in Nursing Education Award for Florida Hospital, and was awarded the University of Central Florida (UCF) Outstanding Alumni Educator for 2018. She earned a Post-Master's Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Central Florida, an MSN from the University of Phoenix, and a BSN from the University of Central Florida. She is a nationally certified critical care nurse (CCRN), certified neuroscience nurse (CNRN), and a certified clinical nurse specialist (CCNS).

Seemi Usmani, M.Phil.

HBS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-7749

Email: seemi.usmani@my.adu.edu

Since 2008, Dr. Usmani has been teaching graduate level Advanced Pathophysiology and undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology II for AHU. She obtained her Master of Philosophy in Pathology from Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan, and holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from Rawalpindi Medical College in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Dr. Usmani is also a volunteer faculty at the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine in the Anatomy and Pathology Departments. Prior to this, for around eleven years, Dr. Usmani worked as a Histopathologist and taught Pathology in medical colleges in Pakistan. She is passionate about teaching and the opportunities to learn that the act of teaching provides.

Ann Vining, EdD

HBS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-7749

Email: ann.vining@ahu.edu

Dr. Ann Vining has been teaching mathematics at AHU since 1993. In 2009, Dr. Vining served as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation at AHU. She returned to teaching in 2011 and became the Chair of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Department that same year. She has since retired from that position, but continues to teach for the online programs. Dr. Vining has an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida, a Master's in Mathematics Education from the University of Wisconsin, and a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Southern Adventist University.

Dixie Dolores Whited, BS

HBS Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-7749

Email: Dee.reed@my.adu.edu

Ms. Whited has been working at AHU for 10 years. She facilitates the Technical Writing and Healing Words courses, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Litten. She has a Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in English and Psychology from the New York Institute of Technology. Her areas of expertise are writing and editing. She has worked as a newspaper reporter and a magazine editor for a variety of publications, and she currently edits a quarterly magazine Ms. Whited has written two books at the request of the Seventh-day Adventist Church: God's Amazing Creation, and Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World. She is also a professional writer for the City of Front Royal.

Cara Henri Wright, Esq.

MHA Adjunct Faculty

Office phone: (407) 303-5711

Email: cara.henri@my.adu.edu

Cara Henri Wright has Bachelor's degrees in English and History. In 2008, she earned her Juris Doctorate. She is an Adjunct Instructor in the online MHA program at AHU, where she teaches Legal Aspects of Healthcare. She is eligible to practice law in Florida, Michigan, and Texas. Her areas of expertise include personal injury, medical malpractice, and health law.