Hernani L. Ledesma Jr. graduated from the Mount MSN'07 and ADN '06, earned his EdD from Pepperdine University '12 and is pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Western University of Health Sciences. He is currently a Senior Learning Consultant with Kaiser Permanente and has worked in the Emergency Department, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Education, and Risk Management areas. Hernani has been an Instructor for California State University at Fullerton, Mount St. Mary's College, Vanguard University and Colorado Technical University. He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and is certified by the ANCC in Nursing Professional Development. Hernani volunteers as a camp nurse for Re-Creation Summer Camp, a Eucharistic Minister for Pastoral Care, and serves as a Board Member for Sherman Group, Inc.
Kellyn Pak graduated from the Mount with a MSN in December 2008. She is the Senior Nursing Instructor at LAC+ USC, as well as the Program Manager for the Emergency Management Department. Kellyn is also the Director of the Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) program at LAC+USC, this is a specialty course sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). For seven years, she has worked as an Emergency Room RN this includes working as a mobile intensive care nurse. Kellyn is a member of the Emergency Nurse's Association, Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), and a Trauma Nursing Core Course Instructor. She has also worked as a clinical instructor for Mount St. Mary's College's Accelerated BSN program. She is the proud mother of two children.
Joycelyn M. McDonald graduated from the Mount’s ADN Program in 2005. Later, she returned to the Mount and earned both BSN and MSN degrees from the ADN to MSN program in December 2010. She is a member of the Mount’s MSN Alumni Association. Currently, Joycelyn is an associate clinical faculty member in the ADN program at Santa Monica College, and an adjunct clinical instructor at Mount St. Mary’s College. Joycelyn also worked as both an ICU and Post-Cardiac Care Nurse for five years at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica and as a theory instructor in a Vocational Nursing Program. Joycelyn’s research interests include student retention and collaboration strategies, and she has presented her graduate research at national conferences. In her spare time she mentors members of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization known as Breaking Down Barriers. Mentoring gives her the platform to empower students and colleagues while facilitating their success.
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