Western University of Health Sciences has recently developed two

significant advisory boards and expects to have a third advisory board

underway by the end of 2006. Several key figures in business and health

care have joined these advisory boards, the College of Osteopathic

Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) Advisory Board and the College of Graduate

Nursing Advisory Board, in an effort to further the respective colleges’

missions and the mission of the university as a whole.

The COMP Advisory Board, chartered to provide input and guidance on the

growth, development and research plans for the colleges, is comprised of

key alumni and health care executives who all bring tremendous expertise

garnered in both academia and industry. Additionally, the COMP Advisory

Board will provide a unique window into the arena of advanced medical and

educational technology utilized in heath care and medical education.

The COMP Advisory Board includes:

John Landsberger, DO,COMP ’82

Norman Vinn, DO, Chief Medical Officer, House Call Doctors Medical Group

James Dearing, DO, COMP ’84

Michael Krasnow, DO, COMP ’85

Steven Davis, DO, COMP ’85

Joseph C. Gambone, DO, Professor, Emeritus, UCLA

Hugh Scott, DO, RADM, USN (Retired), Northrop Grumman Medical Advisor

David Sherman, Director, Sonosite

Linda Crans, Retired, Vice President, Beckman Coulter

Dr. J. Mario Molina, President, Molina Healthcare

Raymond Cohen, CEO, Cardiac Science

Clark Todd, CEO, Pacific Hospital of Long Beach

June Collison, CEO, Arrowhead Regional Hospital

Ron Bangasser, MD, Beaver Medical Group, Past President CMA

Richard Gisi, MD, Vice President Medical Affairs, Citrus Valley Health


Mitch Morris, MD, Executive Vice President, First Consulting Group

Ernest C. Levister, MD, Wesley Vines Jr. MD Medical Society

Gene Barduson, CEO, Alteer Corporation

Todd Davis, Staffing Manager, Health Net

Ben A. Singer, Sr. Vice President, Fischer Health

Ancel Rodgers, MD, President, Wesley Vines Jr. MD Medical Society

Timothy Blek, Vice Chairman, Radlink

Jeff Heatherington, Executive Director, Physicians & Surgeons of Oregon

“”The formation of the COMP Advisory Board is another major step forward

in making the college a leader in medical education a reality,”” said Dr.

Clinton Adams, dean for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the

Pacific. “”It is an honor to have professionals of this caliber join our

advisory board.””

The College of Graduate Nursing (CGN), which reactivated its Advisory

Board just prior to the formation of the COMP Advisory Board, is

comprised of key executives from the nursing industry.

“”The purpose of the CGN Advisory Board is to provide guidance and

recommendations for support of the college,”” said Karen Hanford, dean for

the College of Graduate Nursing. “”I am truly grateful to these members

who have so willingly committed to share their time and expertise, on a

volunteer basis, in support of the goals and vision of the CGN.””

The CGN Advisory Board members include:

Karen Blessing, RN, BSN, Director, Nursing & Human Resources, Pomona

Valley Hospital

Scott Helf, DO, Curriculum and Technology Integrator, Western University

of Health Science

Barbara Napper, MSN, Retired, Mt. San Antonio College

Linda Fahey, RN, MN, ANP-C, Kaiser Permanente

Miriam Fulton, RN, MSN, ANP, CS, CCRN, Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac

Services, Pomona Valley Hospital

Suellen Crano, Retired, VP, Strategic Planning, Western University

Judy Husted, RN, MSN, Executive Vice President, Patient Care Services,

Kaiser Permanente

Larry Kidd RN, CNAA, VP, Patient Care Services, City of Hope

Whitney A. Bouma, Group Product Manager, Welch Allyn, Inc.

Pat Chambers, RN, BSN, MBA, Pacific Hospital of Long Beach

Rick Martin RN, MSN, VP, Patient Care Services, Hoag Memorial Hospital

Barbara Patton, Sr. Vice President Hospital Operations, The Camden Group

Katie Skelton, Vice President, Patient Care Services, St. Josephs Hospital

Sarah Daum EdD, Associate Dean School of Health & Technology, Mt. San

Antonio College

Rita Ostravich, RN, MSN, Director of Nursing Education, Pomona Valley


Peggy Diller, VP/CNO, Patient Care Services, Anaheim Memorial

Ivy C. Tuason, RN, MSN, FNP, Education Services, St. Vincent Medical


Gary J. Althaus, BS, EMT-P, Director Medical Education & Training,

Laerdal Medical

The university also has plans to compose an advisory board for the

College of Allied Health Professions later this year.

“”The demand for professionals in the field of Allied Health is growing at

an exponential rate,”” said Dr. Stephanie Bowlin, dean for the College of

Allied Health Professions. “”We hope that by building a strong advisory

board of key business representatives and practitioners of health

science, physical therapy and physician assistants within the discipline,

we can further propel the mission of the college and become even more

prepared to meet the projected demands of the profession in the coming