Professional Experience


2005 - Present
Associate Professor, Gonzaga University, Department of Organizational Leadership

2014 - Present
Chair - Department of Organizational Leadership, Gonzaga University

2015 - Present
Editing Managing Board - Journal of Leadership Education


2012 - 2017
Chair - Institutional Review Board, Gonzaga University

2010 - 2014

Journal Editor - AUDEM: The International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy. A scholarly journal of the Alliance of Universities for Democracy in Partnership with SUNY Press.

2011 - 2014
Executive Board Member - Alliance of Universities for Democracy

2004 – 2005
Community Civic Leadership Trainer, Salt Lake City, Utah

Community Civic Leadership Trainer: West Side Leadership Training Initiative. University of Utah's University Neighborhood Partners (UNP), Salt Lake Neighborhood Housing Services (SLNHS) and the Salt Lake City's Weed and See Program partnership to create a long-term project designed to support development of local resident leadership in inner city Salt Lake City.

takeholder and citizen consultation: consulted with various public, private, and non-profit community stakeholders and citizens to assess needs of neglected communities.

Leadership curriculum: partnered with community leaders to develop and adapt rigorous and theoretically grounded leadership training curriculum to fit and address community needs.

Teaching/training: collaborated with community liaisons to train future community leaders

Community projects: coached community leaders in conceptualizing, developing, planning, delivering, and evaluating community projects.

2001 – 2005 Research Analyst, Social Research Institute, College of Social Work, University of Utah

Research Analyst: responsible for conducting literature reviews, collecting, managing, and analyzing data across software applications, applying descriptive, bivariate, and multivariate analysis.

Curriculum and syllabi development: developed, analyzed, and updated current curriculum based on academic and professional standards

Program development and evaluation: gathered data and developed methods for measurement, evaluation and planning. Evaluated Federal and State initiatives and policies to develop, enhance, or renew approaches. Enhanced fidelity of programs through planning and evaluation

Grant proposals: conducted and compiled research, assembled and wrote literature reviews, organized, planned, and prepared budgets and timelines

Statistical computation and analysis: gathered data and assisted with analysis. Developed surveys, questionnaires and inventories for research and evaluation

Staff performance evaluation: constructed and developed evaluation of adjunct instructors. Administered evaluations and compiled data

2003 – 2005 Instructor, College of Social Work, University of Utah

Courses Taught:

  • Spring 2003: Advanced Administration and Supervision in Public Services, MSW level
  • Summer 2003: Advanced Administration and Supervision in Public Services, MSW Educational Network Technology
  • Spring 2004: Advanced Administration and Supervision in Public Services, MSW level
  • Spring 2005: Advanced Administration and Supervision in Public Services, MSW level

2001 – 2004 Teaching Assistant for MSW Distance Program, College of Social

Teaching Assistant: Educational Distance Network MSW Program, College of Social Work, University of Utah. Instructed, facilitated, tutored and delivered technology. Developed diverse pedagogical methods to align with delivery platforms of live broadcast, computer simulations and transmission.


1998 – 2000    Loma Linda University Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, CA.

                        Clinical Experience

·         Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Clinical Social Worker & Supervisor

o   Facilitated parent and sibling support groups

o   Provided individual counseling and crisis intervention

·         Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Clinical Social Worker

·         Emergency Medicine (ER) Clinical Social Worker

·         Labor & Delivery, Maternity Clinical Social Worker

·         Clinical Certification: Forensic Interviewer, Resolve Through Sharing (RTS)

Administrative & Program Development Experience

·         NICU Clinical and Program Coordinator: Researched and developed clinical and demographic patient data tracking method. Developed instrument to measure patient and family satisfaction based on needs assessment and benchmarking methods. Collaborated with ancillary medical partners and community stakeholders to meet the needs of families and patients.

·         NICU Supervisor and Team Leader of Family Centered Care Initiative: Strategically plan, design, and collaborate with community partners to centralize medical and social services for patients and families. Organized qualitative measures and facilitated procedures to gather needs assessment data and information from staff and families to more efficiently and effectively meet organizational fiscal goals and specifically needs of patients and families. Implemented methods to set measurable goals that indicate fidelity of program and to further inform principles of the intended initiative. Represented clinical discipline in committees assigned to prepare, measure, and evaluate JCAHO compliance.

·         Pediatric Forensic Team: Family counselor representative for medical child abuse investigative team. Multidiscipline team coordinated to collaborate on child abuse cases, present evidence, decide and construct plan of action. Developed community and stakeholder partnerships through involvement in decision-making and recommendations regarding placement, kinship care, training and education, with the overall goal of reunifying families.

·         NICU Academic Field Supervisor: supervised and trained graduate level students on clinical intervention, program and organizational development, and evaluation.

·         Employee trainer: trained new social work employees in job specific duties and professional expectations within the hospital setting.

·         Clinical trainer and educator for NICU nurses: directed and presented psychosocial training with emphasis on crisis intervention, bereavement counseling, clinical intervention skills with children and families and family centered care initiatives.

Committees served

o   Family Centered Care Initiative (task force leader):

o   Research, development, recruitment, interview & training

1995 – 1998    Autism Coalition for Creative Educational Social Services (ACCESS)

·         Behavior Modification therapist (Discrete Trials Therapy)

·         Behavior modification educational programs: developed and implemented behavioral modification and social programs with clients and families, and managed clinical cases

·         Collaborated with clinical team on program modification and application

·         Train parents to apply cognitive behavioral methods