Meet our Board Members

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Patricia Chin, DNS, RN

Dr. Patricia A. Chin is a Professor Emerita of California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Chin’s four-decade professional nursing career includes medical-surgical nursing, cardiac intensive care nursing, psychiatric health nursing, and legal consultation on nursing negligence. As a member of the Cal State LA faculty, she taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and served in various positions, including Nurse Counselor, Associate Director, and the Director of the School of Nursing.

Dr. Chin earned a diploma from Capital City School of Nursing, D.C. General Hospital, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from California State University Los Angeles, and a Doctor of Nursing Science from the University of San Diego. She is a member of the Nu Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Dr. Chin’s scholarly publications, presentations, and activities have been in the areas of vulnerable and underserved populations, domestic violence, powerlessness, change, and change theory, coping with mental and behavioral issues during changes in health states, rehabilitation, and nursing case management.

Active in her community, she has been a board member of the East San Gabriel Chapter of the American Red Cross, Monterey Park Boys and Girls Club, Garfield Medical Center Board of Governors, Soroptimist International and the Soroptimist Village Foundation Board, a subsidized senior housing facility. She chaired a “Commission on the State of the City of Monterey Park” and served two terms on the Monterey Park Planning Commission.

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Cecelia Crawford

Dr. Cecelia L. Crawford began her nursing career in Medical/Surgical, Telemetry, ICU, CCU, and Trauma Units. These experiences led Dr. Crawford to critical adult/child burn nursing for 19 years at two California burn centers. After two years as a staff educator and Director of Education, Cecelia joined Kaiser Permanente SCAL as a nurse educator at Woodland Hills Medical Center; in 2005, she joined the Regional Nursing Research Program, where she was a nursing research and EBP champion/mentor, with a focus on the patient/family care experience, front-line staff, executive leadership, and organizational systems. As Regional Director of EBP, Dr. Crawford promoted the translation of scientific discoveries into meaningful evidence for practice for KP SCAL hospitals, public hospitals, and the community at large. She has mentored EBP content experts to inform the EBP structures and processes needed to achieve these outcomes. Cecelia is also the founder and inaugural director of the Academy of Evidence-Based Practice, whose members conducted insightful integrative reviews and related manuscripts. Over time, these efforts linked nursing care with current healthcare priorities, such as professional nursing practice and the achievement of Magnet® designation.

In March 2022, Dr. Crawford joined the Office of Research, Patient Care Services, Stanford Health Care. She is the Research Program Manager and is part of a visionary strategic team focused on the structures and processes for clinical trials and guided by ethical, equal, and equitable research methodologies. Cecelia is vital in developing operational strategies and infrastructure development for the evolving and expanding Department of Health Equity and Patient Care Research.

Dr. Crawford has received several honors, including induction as an American Academy of Nursing Fellow.  She has conducted 70 evidence reviews and published 41 articles, a book chapter, and anecdotal stories. Cecelia has presented over 100 science-based offerings at local, national, international, and web-based venues. She is a peer reviewer for five nursing journals and a member of 8 nursing organizations, including the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the Association of California Nurse Leaders, and ANA/California. After 43 years as a registered nurse, Cecelia’s vision and passion remain the same: translating evidence to be meaningful and accessible to those who need it – the nurse and the patient.

Dr. Crawford obtained an ADN/ASN from Solano Community College in 1981, her BSN in 2001 and MSN in 2005, both at Cal State Dominquez Hills. CA. She received her DNP at the Western University of Health Sciences, College of Graduate Nursing, in Pomona, CA. Cecelia’s successful career rests on the foundation of these academic experiences and the dedicated faculty who breathe life into the nation’s nursing programs.

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Mary Dickow, MPA, FAAN

Mary Dickow is the Director of Leadership Development for the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN). She is responsible for implementing OADN’s national leadership institute and providing professional development opportunities and training for nursing education faculty, deans, and directors. Mary previously served as the Director of Statewide Initiatives at HealthImpact, California’s Nursing Workforce Center. 

Before that, Mary served as the Deputy Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program at the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Mary retired from UCSF in September 2011 after having been with the university for twenty-seven years but continues to serve in a faculty role for the Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership program at UCSF. 

Mary is recognized as a national voice in nurse leadership development and as a speaker on leadership in health care. 2014, Mary was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She serves as President of the Chin Family Institute of Nursing Board of Directors and was a member of the 2010 cohort of Leadership America. Mary holds a master’s in public administration from the University of San Francisco and is an alumni mentor.  

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Theresa Murphy, RN, MS, CENP

Theresa brings over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry.  In addition to clinical practice as a Registered Nurse, Theresa has served several hospital organizations in managerial and executive-level positions. Currently, she serves as the Chief Nursing Officer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.  Additionally, Theresa serves on several Boards including the Board of Directors of the Chin Family Institute for Nursing at California State University Los Angeles; the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) Nurse Advisory Council including serving as Chair for the years 2020-2022; HASC Board of Directors; the California Hospital Association (CHA) CNO Advisory Committee; the Advisory Board of the O’Rourke Institute for Advancement of Professional Practice and the advisory board of the Department of Healthcare Administration at California State University Long Beach.  Theresa also serves as an evaluator for the BETA HEART Event Review Panel.

Theresa has broad experience in managing and leading people.  Throughout her executive service, Theresa has lead complex operational processes, facilitated change initiatives and developed functional teams.  Her particular areas of interest include advancing professional nursing practice through the understanding of the California Nurse Practice Act, the development and coaching of emerging leaders, and the development of organizational structures that support the unique acute hospital environment.  Span of Control of acute hospital nurse managers was the subject of her graduate degree research.

Theresa graduated from LeMoyne College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies; from California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing; from California State University, Long Beach with a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and is certified in Executive Nursing Practice from the American Organization of Nurse Leaders.

In addition to her duties at USC VHH, Ms. Murphy occasionally lectures at Mount St. Mary’s University and volunteers with the Executive Service Corps providing executive coaching to leaders serving community non-profit organizations.

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Pamela Angerer Payne, D.Bioethics, MSN, NP

Pamela Angerer Payne is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (emerita board certified).  She worked for HealthCare Partners Medical Group for 21 years, caring for women with health issues related to pregnancy and reproductive health, and had a specialized practice in the care of women during menopause, with expertise in the clinical management of menopause concerns and symptoms, hormone therapies and general wellness issues for post-menopausal women’s health.  Pamela holds a Doctor of Bioethics degree from Loyola University Chicago (2018). Her areas of interest include nursing ethics, medical research ethics, and reproductive ethics, focusing on technology and genetics.

She is a retired lecturer and lab instructor for the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing, Cal-State Los Angeles, where she taught Maternal-Infant Health, Physical Assessment, and Family Nursing courses. She serves on the Ethics Committee at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA, and the Institutional Review Board for Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale, CA.

In addition to her doctorate, Pamela received a B.A. in History from Cal State LA (1981), her BSN (1991) and MSN (1995) from Cal State LA, and an M.A. in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University Chicago (2016).