Faculty

Karla Lavin Williams, DrPH

Karla Lavin Williams, DrPH

Program Director, Assistant Professor

Dr. Lavin Williams is a full-time faculty member and Program Director for the Bachelor of Science in Health-Care Administration Program, positions she has held since the program’s inception in 2010. Her health-care industry background spans over 25 years.  She has skillfully held a variety of positions with emphasis in sports medicine, allied health, health administration, health education, emotional intelligence and executive coaching.

 

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Laura Evans, MA, JD

Laura Evans, MA, JD

Assistant Clinical Professor

I teach Principles of Health-Care Administration, Health-Care Communications, Legal Environment of Health Care, Health-Care Marketing, and Health-Care Policy and Strategy in the Bachelors of Science in Health-Care Administration program.  I also mentor students with their Signature Projects and fulfill other administrative duties.

 

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Lida Gharibvand, MS, PhD

Lida Gharibvand, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor

I teach several statistics and health research courses at various departments within Loma Linda School of Allied Health Professions. My skillset encompasses quantitative research, study design, pedagogical, organizational, and creative best practices to accelerate student development and performance. My research interests involve air pollution, cancer, public health, geriatrics, medical science and oncology.

 

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Debbie Hamada, EdD, MA, RHIA

Debbie Hamada, EdD, MA, RHIA

Department Chair, Assistant Professor

Dr. Debra Hamada is an assistant professor for Loma Linda University, teaching Information Systems Management in Healthcare for the Bachelor of Science in Health-Care Administration (BSHA) program. In addition to teaching in the BSHA program, Dr. Hamada teaches several courses in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration and Master of Science in Health Informatics programs. She also serves as the Chair for the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management.

 

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Melanie Hanson, MBA, PMP

Melanie Hanson, MBA, PMP

Assistant Clinical Professor

Melanie Hanson is an assistant clinical professor for Loma Linda University, teaching Project Management courses in the Bachelor of Science in Health-Care Administration, the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration and Master of Science in Health Informatics programs. She also serves full time as an Executive Director, Strategic Services in the Information Systems department for Loma Linda University Health, Shared Services.

 

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Carlos Prieto, MBA, FACHE, FHFMA

Carlos Prieto, MBA, FACHE, FHFMA

Adjunct Faculty

Carlos Prieto is an adjunct faculty member for the Bachelor of Science in Health-Care Administration Program and has served as an instructor since 2011. He is dually board certified as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. His health-care career spans over 13 years across several healthcare systems.  He has held a variety of healthcare leadership positions with emphasis in quality improvement, business analytics, and hospital operations.

 

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James Rippetoe, MA

James Rippetoe, MA

Instructor - Service Learning Faculty

James Rippetoe has taught for the School of Allied Health Professions since 2010. As a full-time faculty member, he teaches courses in the Bachelor of Science degrees in Radiation Sciences, Health-care Administration, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs. He also teaches general education courses for Loma Linda University, including Cultural Anthropology, Organizational Management, and History of Radiation and Imaging.

 

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Ryan E. Stephan, MA, RHIA, CCS

Ryan E. Stephan, MA, RHIA, CCS

Assistant Professor

Ryan Stephan is an assistant professor for Loma Linda University, teaching Financial Management for the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (BSHCA) program. In addition to teaching in the BSHCA, Ryan teaches several courses in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration and Master of Science in Health Informatics programs. He also serves as the program director for the Coding Specialist certificate program in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management.

 

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Gina Vyskocil, MA, Ed.D

Gina Vyskocil, MA, Ed.D

Assistant Professor

Gina has taught college writing, business writing, and writing for healthcare professionals and fulfils other duties related to provision of writing support services for students of various schools within Loma Linda University. Gina has engaged in research regarding the unique support needs of single parent student mothers engaged in higher education endeavors, and continues to reposition administrative response in regards to supporting single mothers to degree completion.

 

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