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Health Care Administration Program

Our Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Erlyana Erlyana, MD, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair
ET-213 / 562-985-5800

Erlyana Erlyana is the chair of the Department of Health Care Administration and associate professor at California State University, Long Beach. She worked as a physician for more than seven years before joining the HCA department as a tenure-track faculty member in 2009; she currently serves as the faculty advisor both for the CSULB Health Care Administration Student Forum (HCASF) and the CSULB chapter of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society.

Dr. Erlyana received her MD at the University of Atmajaya, Indonesia, and earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration (with a concentration in health service administration) from the University of Southern California. Her research interests include access to care for underserved populations, social determinants of health care utilization, disparities on health, managed care, and comparative health. Dr. Erlyana also teaches CSULB study abroad courses in Taiwan and Germany.

She has taught the following courses: HCA 300 The Health Care System, HCA 422 Global Issues in Health Services, HCA 428 Population Health Management, HCA 465 Analysis and Evaluation of Health Care Services, HCA 480 Internship in Health Care Administration, HCA 503 Health Care Economics, HCA 528 Managing Population Health and HCA 537 Managed Care and currently teaches HCA 481 Internship & Careers in HCA.


Brenda Freshman, Ph.D.
HHS2-008 / 562-985-1962

Brenda Freshman is an associate professor in the CSULB Department of Health Care Administration, where she has been a full-time faculty member since Fall 2007. From 1996-2006, Dr. Freshman served as a faculty member at the UCLA School of Public Health, training health care professionals in both managerial and leadership competencies. She also holds an appointment on campus as Director of Research for the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership.

Dr. Freshman's research and practice interests concentrate on collaboration across disciplines, workforce development for an aging population, the impact of ethics training, and how thoughts and emotions influence behavior, productivity, and quality of life. She is a sought-after speaker and has been facilitating workshops on self-development and leadership skills since 1993.

Dr. Freshman holds a BS in Psychology (UCLA), an MA in Applied Psychology at University of Santa Monica, and both an MS and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology  at California School of Professional Psychology.

She teaches the following courses: HCA 312 Health Personnel Management, HCA 410 Health Management and Organization, HCA 480 IInternship in Health Care Administration, HCA 505 Organization and Systems of Health Care, HCA 510 Human Resources Management in Health Care, and HCA 590 Special Topics.                  

Nathan Gerard, Ph.D 
Assistant Professor
HHS2-004 / 562-985-5394

Nathan Gerard joined the HCA faculty in fall 2015 as an assistant professor. His scholarly work explores the changing relationship between the individual and the organization with a specific focus on topics of motivation, meaning, creativity,  care and alienation at work.  Dr. Gerard’s work in the health care field spans two continents and involves initiatives in organizational development, group dynamics, and change management in the public, private, and charitable sectors.

Dr. Gerard received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University; he also lectured at Columbia University and was a visiting scholar at the London Business School. He also holds a master's degree in philosophy from Kings College London, and a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from Tufts University.

Dr. Gerard teaches the following courses: HCA 312 Health Personnel Management, HCA 410 Health Management and Organization, and HCA 698 Project.

Yang Lu, MPP, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
HHS2-007 / 562-985-1788

Yang Lu joined the CSULB Department of Health Care Administration as an assistant professor in fall 2016. Prior to that, she was a faculty member at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (2013-2016) and University of Southern California (2010-2013).

Dr. Lu’s current research topics include improving treatment and outcomes of chronic conditions among vulnerable populations, health disparities in patient safety, and cost effectiveness studies. Her CV and selective works can be viewed here. Dr. Lu holds her Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from Pardee RAND Graduate School, Santa Monica, CA; an MPP from University of Maryland–College Park; and a Bachelor of Law degree from University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.

As HCA's primary faculty member for managed care and risk management subject areas, Dr. Lu teaches the following courses: HCA 300 The Health Care System, HCA 465 Analysis and Evaluation of Health Care Services, and HCA 468 Principles of Risk Management and Patient Safety.

LindaLinda Martinez, Ph.D.

Linda Martinez has an extensive background in both the academic world and in the business world. In academia, she was the director of a multimillion-dollar Department of Education grant for the leadership department at the University of Houston. She developed and launched online statistics courses for Texas A & M University and California State University, Long Beach. At CSULB, Dr. Martinez served as the coordinator of both the Master of Emergency Services Administration program and the bachelor’s program in occupational studies. Currently, Dr. Martinez is the coordinator of the Health Care Administration Marketing classes. Additionally, Dr. Martinez is the editor of the refereed Workforce Education Forum credential journal.

Dr. Martinez spent ten years as a vice-president of ARC, a large engineering company, supervising employee issues and courtroom presentation preparations. She has developed websites and presented papers throughout the world on internet research, stress management, and career choices.

Dr. Martinez has a BS in Education and Math and an MS in Educational Psychology; she also holds a school counseling credential and a mid-management. She obtained her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Educational Psychology, minoring in human resources, in administrative leadership, and in statistics.

Dr. Martinez teaches the following courses: HCA 353 Marketing for Health Services Organizations, HCA 417 Technology, Ethics, and Society, and HCA 530 Strategic Planning Marketing in Healthcare.

Sara Nourazari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
HHS2-005 / 562-985-1825

Sara Nourazari joined the CSULB Department of Health Care Administration as an assistant professor in fall 2016. Using systems engineering methodologies and mathematical modeling, her research focuses on optimizing the quality and efficiency of health care delivery with particular emphasis and area expertise in access, real-time decision making, care delivery redesign, and statistical quality engineering. Dr. Nourazari has hands-on experience in leading, supporting, and evaluating quality improvement initiatives within health care organizations, as well as developing analytical solutions and data-driven insights in multiple research and applied projects.

Dr. Nourazari received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Operations Research from Northeastern University in Boston, MA; she also holds both MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering.

As HCA's primary faculty member for health care operations and operations management subject areas, Dr. Nourazari teaches the following courses: HCA 320 Operations Management in Health Administration, HCA 450 Quality Assurance in Health Care, and HCA 535 Quantitative Methods for Healthcare Administration.

Henry O'Lawrence, MDP, Ph.D.
HHS2-001 / 562-985-8103

Henry O’Lawrence, a former chair of the CSULB Department of Professional Studies and full professor in HCA, is a researcher and data analyst who teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the CSULB Department of Health Care Administration.

Dr. O’Lawrence holds an associate's degree in business administration from Guilford Tech, a bachelor's degree in economics (with a minor in information systems) from Winston-Salem State University, a master’s degree in business and marketing education from the University of North Carolina, and a doctorate degree in workforce education and development from Penn State University. Dr. O'Lawrence also holds diplomas in the Leadership Management Program (MDP) from Harvard University and in Action Inquiry and Reflective Teaching from Oxford University; he is also a Certified Risk and Compliance Management Professional.

Dr. O'Lawrence teaches the following courses: HCA 417 Technology, Ethics and Society, HCA 422 Global Issues in Health Services, HCA 457 Working Around the World, HCA 468 Principles or Risk Management and Patient Safety, and HCA 698 Project.

Yanling Qi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
HHS2-003 / 562-985-4009

Yanling Qi is an economist who joined the CSULB Department of Health Care Administration as an assistant professor in fall 2015. Her fields of interest involve health economics, health care finance, and labor and public economics with a focus on program evaluation. Dr. Qi's research focuses on individual behavioral responses to public policies that impact health outcomes, health care utilization, and labor market outcomes. Her recent studies investigate the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for young adults on health outcomes, health care utilization, primary care quality, and risky behaviors.

Dr. Qi received her Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University. Prior to joining CSULB, she was a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and lectured at Georgia State University.

Dr. Qi teaches the following courses: HCA 300 The Health Care System, HCA 341 Financial Management in Health Care, HCA 451 Economics of Health, HCA 503 Health Care Economics, and HCA 698 Project.

Sandhya Shimoga
Sandhya Shimoga, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
HHS2-006 / 562-985-2462

Sandhya Shimoga joined the CSULB Department of Health Care Administration as an assistant professor in fall 2014. Her areas of research include health and behavioral economics pertaining to health behaviors, patient-provider decision-making behaviors and their intersection with information technology, and health policy analysis of public programs including health policies in emerging economies. Prior to coming to academia, Dr. Shimoga worked as both a management consultant and manager in health insurance and provider practices at premier consulting firms such as Cap Gemini and Accenture.

Dr. Shimoga received her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds a master's degree from the University of Maryland, University College and an MSc in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM). She has been a recipient of AHRQ’s Health Services Research Dissertation Grant (R36).

Dr. Shimoga teaches the following courses:  HCA 416 Management & Information Systems, HCA 428 Population Health Management in Health Care Administration, HCA 517 Advanced Health Care Information Systems Management, and HCA 527 Research Methods in Health Care Management.



Tony Sinay, Ph.D.
HHS2-110 / 562-985-5304

Tony Sinay, the former chair for the department of Health Care Administration, is a full professor at California State University, Long Beach. He teaches undergraduate health care economics and health care finance; and formerly taught courses in research and quantitative methods, statistics, health care economics and policy, and rural health care issues.

His research focuses on hospital mergers and closures, rural health clinics, access to care, healthy communities, osteopathic hospitals and community health centers. Dr. Sinay's recent publications have appeared in Social Science & Medicine, AAO Journal, Health Care Management Review, Journal of Health Care Finance, Journal of Rural Health, Journal of Economics and Finance, Eastern Economic Journal, and Journal of Public Health and Health Management.   

He has conducted manuscript reviews for the Journal of Rural Health, Healthcare Management Science, Health Care Management Review, and the American Journal of Managed Care. In addition, Dr. Sinay has extensively consulted with local health care organizations, including four local hospitals in the greater Long Beach community since 2005.

Dr. Sinay earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in management engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey. He also obtained his MS in Finance and Ph.D. in Economics degrees from Saint Louis University in 1989 and 1994, respectively.

He teaches the following courses: HCA 341 Financial Management of Health Care Institutions, HCA 422 Global Issues in Health Services, HCA 480/580 Internship, HCA 503 Health Care Economics, HCA 515 Advanced Financial Management in Health Care



Executive Faculty


Laurel Adler, Ph.D

Dr. Laurel Adler is also adjunct faculty at University of San Diego and teaches California Credentialing Courses in Career Tech Education Administration.  She has administered a number of licensed training programs in Medical Assisting, Nurses Assistant, Home Health Care, Emergency Medical Technician, Health Science, and First Responder, through East San Gabriel Valley Technical Center a WASC accredited Post Secondary Institution.

Dr. Adler has written and been the co-investigator for numerous federal, state and private foundation research projects in cooperation with UC Riverside.  The most recent project is the US Department of Labor Youth Career Connect grant.  From 2000 through 2010, Dr. Adler was co-investigator with Dr. Doug Mitchel of UCR for several state funded longitudinal studies of post secondary outcomes for high school graduates enrolled in Career Tech Education.

Dr. Adler holds a doctorate from the University of La Verne, a Masters from CSU Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s from UCI.  She is a member of the Board of Directors, of the International Partnership Network, from 2006 to present.  This is an International organization dedicated to improving the health and the education of children throughout the world, with emphasis on developing nations.

She teach HCA 417 Technology Ethics and Society and HCA 457 Working Around The World.




Courtney Atkins, FACHE/MSHCA

Courtney Atkins is the Manager of Performance Improvement and Clinical Decision Support for MemorialCare Health System, where she coordinates the collection, analysis, and reporting of all clinical data sources for a five-hospital system.

Ms. Atkins evaluates current data sources for use in key quality initiatives including the incorporation of data from the system-wide electronic medical record for clinical reporting. Ms. Atkins also leads the coordination and submission of surveys which have led to recognition and awards from US News and World Report, from Integrated Health Network, and from Modern Healthcare.

Ms. Atkins' other work includes the creation of physician report cards and performance improvement reporting for the MemorialCare's Board of Directors. Her prior experience includes serving as the Data/Quality Improvement Coordinator for Emergency Medical Services at the Health Care Agency of Orange County and as the Trauma Data Analyst/Project Manager at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.

Ms. Atkins holds a BS in Biology/Pre-Med from the University of California, Riverside, and an MSHCA from CSULB.

Ms. Atkins teaches the following courses: HCA 320 Operations Management in Health Administration, HCA 450 Quality Assurance in Health Care, and HCA 465 Analysis and Evaluation of Health Care Services.


Rus Billimoria, CPHQ/MPH/MD

Rus Billimoria is the Director of Health Services for LA Care, a managed care company in Los Angeles. His prior experience includes positions as a consultant to Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, the Director of Health Services for Maxicare Health Plan, and the Director of Quality Management for Molina Medical Centers. Before joining Molina, Dr. Billimoria served as Director of Quality Management for CalOptima in Orange County, and as Manager of the Quality Management Division for CareAmerica Health Plan

He has conducted quality research studies for UniHealth American health system and has served as a medical advisor to a multinational pharmaceutical firm in its conduct of drug trials and post-marketing studies.  His publications and conference presentations encompass a wide range of topics from pharmacology to access to care to quality management.

Dr. Billimoria received his medical degree from the University of Bombay, India, and also completed a post-graduate degree in pharmacology. He holds an MPH from UCLA and is a certified professional in health care quality (CPHQ).

Dr. Billimoria teaches the following courses: HCA 450 Quality Assurance in Health Care and HCA 550 Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Services.

Dana Brown, JD

Dana Brown has been a lecturer in the CSULB Department of Health Care Administration since 2006. She was a professor of health science at Cypress College from 1974 until her retirement in 2008; during her tenure there, she developed related courses in pathophysiology, medical terminology, legal aspects in health care, and cultural awareness in health care.

Ms. Brown received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CSULB as well as her JD from Western State University College of Law.

Ms. Brown teaches the following courses: HCA 202(Health Care in America, HCA 300 The Health Care System, HCA 340 Legal Aspects of Health Administration, and HCA 502 The Health Care System.



Ron Byrum,  MSHCA


Ron Byrum brings 25 years of Mid Senior management healthcare experience to the Executive Faculty staff, which he joined in January 2013. 

He is currently an Area Manager for an organization that contracts physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech, language and pathology services in skilled nursing centers throughout Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.  His role is to provide operational, regulatory and clinical support to the centers assigned to him.  He utilizes his skills to assist skilled nursing centers in developing new revenue streams and cost reduction strategies.  Mr. Byrum’s professional background is in new business development and contract maintenance with the emphasis being in long-term care.

Mr. Byrum received his MS at CSU Long Beach as a member of the first cohort in the Accelerated Program in the Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration and graduated with Honors in 2007.  He also served as a past president of the HCA Alumni Network

Mr. Byrum teaches the following courses: HCA 353, Marketing in Healthcare and HCA 416 Management and Information systems.


Ana Carricchi-Lopez, MPP

Ana Carricchi-Lopez currently manages a philanthropy and health equity campaign association; some of her clients have included the National Council of La Raza, St. Joseph Health System Foundation, the Office of Outdoor Environmental Education for Los Angeles Unified School District, and the CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training.

Ms. Carricchi-Lopez' experience as a political analyst includes work assignments with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with the City of Los Angeles, and with various state-level advocacy organizations. She is a former political appointee of the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Aging, and also served as West Coast Regional Director for Silia Maria Calderon, the former Governor of Puerto Rico.

Ms. Carricchi-Lopez currently serves as the treasurer for the Latino Caucus for Public Health, is a board member with the Public Law Center of Orange County, and is an advisory member with the Research in Minority Initiative at CSULB. Her research fields include Latino HIV/AIDS, building healthy communities, obesity prevention, and health equity advocacy in federal legislation.

Ms. Carricchi-Lopez has a BA in Social Ecology and Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, and an MPP from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Ms. Carricchi-Lopez teaches the following courses: HCA 428 Population Health Management in Health Care Administration and HCA 470 Latinas/os: Health Status and Health Care Access to Latino Health.


Charles Del Campo, MBA
562-985-5694 /

Charles Del Campo has nearly thirty years of experience in the management of both medical groups (both large and small) as well as independent practice associations with over two hundred participating physicians.

Mr. Del Campo founded a New Jersey family practice residency program, was the administrator for a University of California, San Diego's faculty practice plan (consisting of over 250 doctors) where he installed the first HMO contract in the UC system, served as CEO of Great West Medical Management (with five clinic sites), acted as CEO of the Comprehensive Care Medical Group start-up IPA (which won an award for customer service), and also served as COO of an emergency medical group servicing five hospitals.

Mr. Del Campo specializes both in start-up opportunities which focus on the building of new medical businesses as well as in financial turn-around situations, the latter of which produces improvements in a site's quality of care, patient-focused service, and referral rates. Mr. Del Campo utilizes a "conversation" style of teaching, and encourages students to ask questions.

Mr. Del Campo teaches HCA 452/552 Medical Group Practice Management.

Daniel Fahey, MPA/MPH/Ph.D.

Daniel Fahey is a professor emeritus and Program Director in Health Services Administration at California State University, San Bernardino.  His areas of interest are health policy, health systems, organizational behavior, and managed care. Before becoming a full time faculty member, Dr. Fahey served as CEO of three large, multi-specialty medical groups; he also served as CEO of several acute-care hospitals where he managed several satellite hospitals, a skilled nursing facility, a home health agency, and several medical office buildings.

He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, serves on the ACHE Regent’s Advisory Council for District 9, and is the recipient of the ACHE Regent’s Award for Senior-Level Executives. Dr. Fahey is also a member of the Medical Group Management Association and of the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration. Dr. Fahey has been published in several health care journals and has presented at national and regional health care meetings.

Dr. Fahey earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Master of Public Administration degree at California State University, Los Angeles, a Master of Public Health in Health Services Administration degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration (with an emphasis in health policy) from Arizona State University.

Dr. Fahey teaches HCA 510 Human Resources and HCA 537 Managed Care in the MSHCA Accelerated Program.


Nora Goto is Vice President of Health Management Operations of the Proview Resource Group; it is her belief that a culture of being “open to consider all options" is ideal in the health care management of individuals and that a “learning” environment facilitates the exchange of information/care contributions from all members from the care team. The patient-centered care model offers an infrastructure/system of care that provides for development and monitoring of diverse and creative approaches to health care delivery. 

Ms. Goto's prior experience includes patient-centered care management at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, project management at OptumHealth, nursing and management at both the UCI Medical Center and UltraLink, consulting at UltraLink, and patient and professional education at UCI Medical Center and OptumHealth. Recently, Ms. Goto completed six years of voluntary service as part of the board of directors for the Project Management Institute of Orange County; during this time, she held roles leading the organization’s operation, administrative, and marketing activities.

Ms. Goto graduated from California State University, Fresno with both a BA and MA in Nursing as well as a MSHCA from CSULB.

She teaches HCA 416 Management and Information Systems.

Cindy Gotz, CHES/ MPH /D.HSc

Cindy Gotz is the Manager of Registration, Scheduling, and Financial Navigation at the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. A certified MemorialCare Lean Leader, she is passionate about providing survivorship care and education for cancer patients and survivors. Her research interests focus on quality of life and psychosocial care for women with cancer.

In addition to her hospital duties, Dr. Gotz is an adjunct faculty member in Department of Health Care Administration at California State University, Long Beach, teaching the undergraduate and graduate internship/field placement courses.

Dr. Gotz completed her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and she holds both a Master of Public Health degree and a graduate certificate in Health Care Administration from CSULB. In December 2014, she completed the Doctorate in Health Science (with a concentration in organizational leadership) at A.T. Still University.

Dr. Gotz teaches the following courses: HCA 480/580 Internship in Health Care Administration and HCA 481(Internship and Careers in Health Care Administration as well as HCA 698 Project in our MSHCA Accelerated Program.

Matthew Graeser, MSHCA

Mathew Graeser is the Associate Director for Cardiac Services at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center and has worked in the health care industry for almost twenty years.

Mr. Graeser was elected to the board of directors of the national nonprofit Healthy Teen Network (HTN) in 2010, an organization that provides education, advocacy, and networking for health professionals that work with adolescents.

Mr. Graeser received a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Cal Poly Pomona and his MSHCA at California State University, Long Beach.

Mr. Graeser teaches the HCA 502 Health Care Systems course in our MSHCA Accelerated Program.


Nancy Hays, MPH, CHC

Nancy Hays, MPH, CHC, currently works as the medical center compliance and privacy officer at Kaiser Permanente’s South Bay Medical Center in Harbor City, California.

She has held a variety of other positions within Kaiser Permanente, including managing the Office of the President for the regional president, Dr. Benjamin Chu. She previously worked in health care publishing and editing for professional journals devoted to emergency and first responders and long-term physical rehabilitation.

Ms. Hays received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and a master’s of public health from UCLA. She obtained her compliance healthcare certification from the Health Care Compliance Association. She is completing her doctorate in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ms. Hays has taught HCA 422 Global Health Systems and HCA 428 Population Health for Management..


Dave Keele, CPA/MS

David Keele, the current CFO of the Veterans Administration Long Beach Health Care System since October 2013, first started his VA health career as a lead accountant with the VISN 22 Network Business Center in Long Beach and subsequently was promoted to Assistant CFO at the VA Long Beach Health Care System in October 2011.

Mr. Keele previously served for twenty years on active duty as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, first rising to the commissioned rank of second lieutenant in May 1991. After having served a variety of billets at various duty stations including Cherry Point, NC; Okinawa, Japan; the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL; Camp Pendleton, CA; and Twentynine Palms, CA, and having made two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Major Dave Keele retired from the Marine Corps in June 2011.

A native Iowan, Mr. Keele earned his BS in Education from Iowa State University in Ames and his MS in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.  He also has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant since 2003.

Mr. Keele teaches HCA 468 Principles of Risk Management and Patient Safety.

Michael D. Kerr, MPH/FACHE

Michael Kerr has been a CEO for the regional VP in the acute hospital industry since 1984.  He holds a Master of Public Health degree from UCLA, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

During his career, Mr. Kerr has directed hospitals--ranging from large, regional centers to small, local, for-profit physician-owned facilities-- throughout the western United States. Experienced in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, Mr. Kerr has managed facilities specializing in both general and long-term acute care, acute rehabilitation, and acute psychiatric and chemical dependency. 

Mr. Kerr has been involved in the development and management of hospitals in Southeast Asia through his consulting company, Ventures Management International, Inc. Mr. Kerr has also opened a de novo (start-up) bank in Lakewood, CA, and also has developed and owned a restaurant, a home health agency, and multiple other businesses. 

Mr. Kerr teaches the follow courses: HCA 300 The Health Care System and HCA 536 Hospital Management.

James Lott
James Lott, Sr., Psy.D.

Jim Lott is the Executive Vice President of the Hospital Association of Southern California where he is responsible for health care policy development, advocacy, and association communications for hospitals serving Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. He also serves on the Citizens Financial Oversight Committee for the State of California ’s stem cell program, on the board of the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, and on the Insure the Uninsured Project.

He served a five-year stint as President and CEO of the Hospital Council of San Diego and Imperial Counties, a trade association representing the hospitals and health systems in the southernmost region of California. Prior to San Diego, Dr. Lott served for nine years as a staff director and chief consultant to the State Senate Committee on Health and Human Services for the California Legislature. He also has held various administrative, policy development, and advocacy positions with the Los Angeles County Health Department over a six-year period.

As a result of his extensive and productive history in influencing health policy in California, and of the numerous articles he has written on the subject, Dr. Lott is a sought-after source for political commentary and analysis of current health policy issues by print and electronic media.

Dr. Lott received his undergraduate education at Cal State L.A., his MBA from the University of Redlands, and Psy.D. from the Phillips Graduate Institute. Dr. Lott teaches HCA 300 The Health Care System.

Deborah Ludke, MSHCA

Deborah Ludke is the Administrative Operations Officer for both the Advanced Fellowships and Professional Development and the Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education within the Veterans Health Administration National Headquarters Office of Academic Affiliations. In this role, Ms. Ludke administratively oversees all aspects of a national portfolio emphasizing the development of research, scholarship, and clinical skills for post-residency physicians and post-doctoral associated health professionals in areas which are critical to the health of our nation’s veterans.

Her long career with the Veterans Health Administration has included administrative leadership roles in the areas of education, research, blood/organ/tissue donation, and surgery at the local, regional, and national levels.

Ms. Ludke holds both a BA in Psychology and an MSHCA from California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, she served as a past president of the Health Care Administration Alumni Network (HCAAN) at California State University, Long Beach.

Ms. Ludke teaches HCA 480 Internship in Health Care Administration and HCA 481(Internship and Careers in Health Care Administration.

Rebecca Perley, DBH, MSHCA, LNHA

Rebecca Perley has more than two decades of experience in healthcare chronic disease and long term care management.  Her background includes working as a skilled nursing home administrator and founding AIT Exam Prep, LLC and serving as its CEO.  AIT Exam Prep prepared administrators-in-training nationally to take the California and national nursing home administrators’ licensing exams. 

Dr. Perley has served as a guest lecturer for the State of California's Nursing Home Administrator Program, at community resource events for hospitals and at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).   Lecture topics include the history of long term care, its current state and national trends and the positive impact that culture change has on the quality of life of residents in skilled nursing facilities. Activities that can improve the quality of life for the vulnerable segments of society, especially those consisting of the geriatric and disabled populations, remain one of her intense interests.  Health economics, risk management and population health management are areas of skill used to meet integrated care and Quadruple Aim goals

Dr. Perley earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Southern California, a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from CSULB and Doctorate in Behavioral Health at Arizona State University.  She is a licensed California Nursing Home Administrator and certified as an administrator of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly.

She teaches the following courses: HCA 410 Health Management Organization, HCA 417 Technology, Ethics and Society, HCA 438 Perspectives on Long-Term Care across the Lifespan, HCA 480 Internship Health Care Administration and HCA 538 Management Challenges in Long Term Care.

Aaron Reich, MBA

Aaron Reich has over fifteen years of experience in the business, technology, and services sectors. His action-oriented work ethic, vast experience, and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously earned him a management position within an Orange County-based technology company where he specializes in healthcare regulation and compliance.

Mr. Reich is a graduate of Vanguard University of Southern California and of Rio Hondo College, where he holds a BA in Organizational Management and an Associate of Science, respectively. He also earned his MBA (with an emphasis on organizational leadership) from Ashford University; additionally, he is a Lean Six Sigma program graduate and a lifetime member of the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Mr. Reich teaches HCA 312 Health Personnel Management.

Richard Tradewell, Ph.D.

Richard L. Tradewell comes to CSULB from Claremont McKenna College where he was a Fellow of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government. Dr. Tradewell has worked in Public Policy Analysis since 1995, publishing reports for policy institutes such as Reason Foundation and for government agencies, including school and public health districts. Earlier career roles included product development for Traveler’s Health Network, Hospital Administration for Comprehensive Care Corp. and Principal Health Services Program Analyst for County of Los Angeles, Chief Administrative Office. 

His research interests extend from his doctoral dissertation: an analysis of financing at 547 school districts in California and of reasons for variation in productivity. Dr. Tradewell is now analyzes key factors in the potential future decline in health care costs, including the application of disruptive technologies in finance and delivery.

Dr. Tradewell holds a BA in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California, a Master of Business Administration degree from Claremont Graduate University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University.

He teaches the following courses: HCA 202 Health Care in America, HCA 422 Global Issues in Health Services, HCA 428 Population Health Management for Health Care Administrators, and HCA 536 Hospital Management.

Natalie Whitehouse-Capuano, MPH

Natalie Whitehouse-Capuano currently serves as Coordinator for our MSHCA Administration Accelerated Program.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Whitehouse-Capuano worked nearly two decades for CSULB Foundation on tobacco prevention grants. In addition, she also authored a number of smoke-free policies covering workplace, commercial, public, and university environments.

Ms. Whitehouse-Capuano received her teaching credential and both her BS in Dietetics and Food Administration and her Master of Public Health degrees at CSULB.


In Memorum

Jan Frates, MSW/Ph.D.
Professor Emerita

Janice Frates taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the Health Care Administration Program at California State University, Long Beach from 1997 to 2014. She helped to develop elective courses in medical group practice, long-term care management, and geographic information systems in health. 

Dr. Frates held positions at Kaiser Permanente Health Plan (Southern California region) as a business analysis consultant, at San Diego-Imperial Counties Health Systems Agency as a health economist, and at Lutheran Hospital Society of Southern California as a futures research management consultant.

Dr. Frates held a Ph.D. in Public Administration from USC (with a concentration in health services administration) as well as a Master of Social Work from the University of California. 

Dr. Frates retired from the CSULB HCA Department at the end of the Fall 2014, reactivated her clinical social work license, and provided geriatric care management for Ativa Home Care agency in Orange County. She continued to do grant writing, business development, market research and other "rent-a-brain" projects for various healthcare organizations. She also travelled extensively with her husband Steve (the "other Dr. Frates") before passing in 2016.


Robert Tumelty, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Robert Tumelty, the founding director for the then-CSULB Health Care Administration Program, came to CSULB from UC San Francisco in 1974. Dr. Tumelty headed the CSULB Center for Health Manpower Education, an organizational unit designed to coordinate campus-wide health-related programs at CSULB.

Although Dr. Tumelty's initial academic appointment was within the CSULB Center of Public Policy and Administration (CCPA), he soon transferred his academic appointment to the Center for Health Manpower Education, bringing his CCPA courses with him. In 1997, the Center for Health Manpower Education was disbanded and all resources were transferred to the Office of Special Programs; soon after, a certificate program in health care administration was approved and an undergraduate degree major in health care administration was later developed.

Dr. Tumelty headed a consortium program development committee to develop a master's degree in HCA; at same time, he was able to revise the undergraduate program.

Dr. Tumelty retired in 1992 and was an active member of HCA's advisory board until he pasted in 2016.