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 positons, 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, presentation 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 on 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 2 years as a 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.

Dr. Crawford’s 18 years with KP SCAL allowed her to serve as 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’s promoted the translation of science discoveries into meaningful evidence for practice. Direct responsibilities included facilitating EBP efforts in KP SCAL hospitals, public hospitals, and the community at large. She also 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 conduct insightful integrative reviews and related manuscripts. Over time, these efforts ensured linking nursing care with current healthcare priorities, such as professional nursing practice and the achievement of Magnet® designation.

Dr. Crawford has received several honors, including induction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.  She has conducted 70 evidence reviews and published many 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 5 nursing journals and a member of 8 nursing organizations, such as the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Association of California Nurse Leaders, and ANA/California. After 40 years as a registered nurse, Cecelia’s vision and passion remain the same: to the translate evidence so it is 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 and her BSN in 2001 and MSN in 2005, both at Cal State Dominquez Hills. CA. She received her DNP at 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 serves as the Statewide Director for the California Action Coalition initiative at HealthImpact. The Action Coalition’s mission is to implement the recommendations set forth in the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Report as well as develop long-term, sustainable actions to improve the health of all Californians. Mary is responsible for coordinating the efforts of nurses and health-care leaders statewide, convening stakeholders to build momentum, and providing important linkages across communities in California.

Prior to assuming this role 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. 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 leadership development for nurses and as a speaker on leadership in health care. In 2014 Mary was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She serves on the Chin Family Institute of Nursing Board of Directors, the Jewish Vocational Services Healthcare Advisory Board and was a member of the 2010 cohort of Leadership America. Mary holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and serves on their School of Management Alumni Mentorship Program. 

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Theresa Murphy, RN, MS, CENP

Theresa brings nearly 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 and currently serves as the Chief Nursing Officer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.  In addition to serving on the Chin Family Institute for Nursing Board, she also sits as a member of the HASC Nurse Advisory Council.

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 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 Executives.
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 and strategic planning support to 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) and her areas of interest include nursing ethics, medical research ethics and reproductive ethics, with a focus on technology and genetics.

She is a lecturer and lab instructor for the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing, Cal-State Los Angeles, where she teaches courses in Maternal-Infant Health, Physical Assessment, and Family Nursing.

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.)