Faculty | B.S. in Nursing

Anne Gewe

  • Professor of Nursing

  • Ph.D., Biola University
  • M.S.N., California State University, Los Angeles
  • B.S., Biola University
  • B.S.N., Biola University

Anne Gewe has a major interest in cross-cultural nursing, leadership/management and the integration of Christian faith in nursing practice. She has led nursing summer missions teams to the Dominican Republic and authored a three year international study report entitled Models of Christian Witness in Health Care which can be downloaded from www.healthdevelopment.org. Other articles include ...

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Electra Allen

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • M.S.N., Nursing Eduction, Duke University
  • B.S., Nursing, Hampton University

Electra joined Biola in 2015 after completing her MSN at Duke University. She comes to Biola with a passion for nursing education and is looking forward to being a part of the Biola team for many years to come. Her professional nursing career includes working as a critical care registered nurse in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia....

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Penny Bacon

  • Associate Professor of Nursing

  • MSN, Samuel Merritt University
  • BSN, Oregon Institute of Technology

Penny joins the nursing department after teaching adjunct for Biola Nursing Program for a year. Her professional career includes over 24 years nursing experience in various settings including, Intensive Care, Maternity, Pediatrics and Nursing Education. As a Nurse Practitioner she has held both management and clinical research positions for domestic and foreign pharmaceutical companies...

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Donell Campbell

  • Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Associate Director of Nursing

  • M.S., Organizational Leadership and Education, Warner Pacific, Portland, OR
  • B.A., Management, George Fox University, Newberg, OR
  • Special Bible Certificate, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
  • A.D.N., Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR

After teaching adjunct for Biola Nursing Program last year she now joins as a full faculty member in the Nursing Department as an Associate Professor. Her professional career includes over 35 years nursing experience in various settings including, Intensive Care, Medical, Surgical, Home Health and Community Services with more than 15 years in management of Medical, Surgical, Social Service,...

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Maria A. Dixon

  • Associate Professor of Nursing

  • MSN, Vascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, Rush University, Chicago, IL
  • BSN, Rush University, Chicago, IL
  • ADN, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Maria has practiced nursing for over 40 years specializing in critical care and vascular nursing. She is an American Heart Course Director and Instructor for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS). Maria has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, educator, staff nurse and preceptor for graduate nursing students in various...

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Becky Fallon

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

Shannon Gramatky

  • Skills Lab and Simulation Coordinator

  • B.S.N., Biola University

Shannon has been teaching at Biola University in the Department of Nursing since 2010. Her clinical experience is in the specialties of pediatric and community nursing. After graduating from Biola University with her B.S., she worked at the University of California, Irvine on the pediatric unit for several years. She then went on to be a full time camp nurse at Hume Lake Christian Camps. There...

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Akiko Kobayashi

  • Associate Professor of Nursing

  • Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
  • M.S.N., School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
  • B.S.N., San Francisco State University
  • Holy Spirit Hospital Nursing School, Nagoya, Japan

Akiko Kobayashi was licensed as a nurse, and worked as an RN in Japan prior to coming to the United States. Her clinical background in the United States is varied, including coronary care, cardiac surgery critical care, respiratory care, home health and utilization review/case management. During an immunology course in her MSN program, she developed interest in immune responses in cancer...

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Julie Neiggemann

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • MSN, Nursing Education, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • BSN, Biola University

Julie’s clinical background is varied, including work in post-operative and orthopedic, crisis pregnancy, and pediatric and adult oncology/hematology areas. She most enjoys working with adults with cancer and currently works as a per diem nurse at a local cancer center. She graduated from Biola’s nursing program and began teaching as an adjunct clinical instructor in 2004, joining as a...

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Glenn Styffe

  • Associate Professor of Nursing

  • M.N., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.S.N., Biola University

Glenn Styffe's clinical background is varied, including adult medical/surgical, home health, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and emergency nursing. With a Master of Nursing degree in Nursing Administration, he has over 15 years of administrative experience. He began teaching in 1999, and practices internationally during the semester recesses.

Glenn authored three chapters on prevention of...

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Rachel Van Niekerk

  • Director of Nursing

  • Ph.D., University of San Diego, California
  • M.S.N., University of Rochester, New York
  • B.S.N., University of Rochester, New York
  • Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Rachel Van Niekerk's clinical background is varied, including Pediatric Medical/Surgical, Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatric Primary Care, Pediatric Home Health, and Nursing Education.

CALIFORNIA SCHOOL NURSE SURVEY was the title of her dissertation, completed in May 2011, which was an online mixed methods survey of California school nurses evaluating school nurse ratios in relation to school...

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Deborah O'Dell

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Deborah O’Dell graduated from the nursing program at Biola in 1980 and worked for four years in a hospital before going to Japan as a church-planting missionary for 17 years. In 2001, she and her husband returned to California to work with Japanese students on college campuses and in 2006, O’Dell returned to the nursing workforce. She worked for 10 years at a community hospital and her last...

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    Research Interests

    • Aging
    • Death
    • Health
    • Leadership
    • Missions
    • Nursing

    Colleen Sanchez

    • Assistant Professor of Nursing

      Upon graduation from Biola, Colleen Sanchez worked as a nurse in the Biola Student Health Center caring for sick and injured students and staff members. For the past 16 years, she was employed at a local hospital where she worked in medical/surgical, critical care, and education, in addition to being a house supervisor. Her joy is in teaching and she has mentored students, as well as new...

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      Research Interests

      • Aging
      • Death
      • Eating Disorders
      • Education
      • Gender & Sexuality
      • Healing
      • Health
      • Mental Health
      • Nursing
      • Nutrition
      • Teaching

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