Aug. 17, 2017
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. Electra also worked in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a Level 1 Trauma Center.
Electra has been actively involved in the Emergency Nurses’ Association. She spent two years on the national committee, helping to design the educational programs for the annual conference. She has also written items for the Pediatric Certification Board's Certified Pediatric Nurse Exam. Prior to her nursing career, she worked in her church’s children’s and creative arts ministries, and she was actively involved in women’s ministry where she helped to coordinate baby showers for families at the local crisis pregnancy center.
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 specializing in the field of Neurological Pharmacology and has collaborated with companies such as Janssen, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer. Penny, and her husband, Ken and their 2 children attend Calvary Chapel – East Anaheim where she serves as a member of Nurses Fellowship and Helping Hands both which provide services to members of the church family and the surrounding communities.
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, Cardiopulmonary Service, and Education departments. She served as Chief Educator at a Medical Center and has taught adjunct several years at University of Great Falls, RN - BSN Nursing Program. Her Master Thesis was focused on the use of a mentor model in the orientation and education of new graduate nurses as they enter the workplace. Other research interests include mentoring, management, leadership, community based nursing, communication and conflict management. She has published on the topics of Collaborative Training Efforts Within a Rural Hospital Setting, Reduction of Burnout and the Benefits of Short Term Medical Work, and Communication and Conflict Management. Donell has three adult children, and one grandchild; she and her husband Clark attend Whittier Area Community Church. Over the years she has been very involved in ministry and numerous community activities.
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 teaching hospitals including the University of Chicago, UCLA and UCI Medical Centers. She has authored numerous articles in nursing and medical journals and contributed chapters in several books on trauma, vascular nursing and critical care. She is an active member in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), Greater Long Beach Orange County chapter of AACN and the Society for Vascular Nurses (SVN).
Becky considers herself blessed to be apart of the faculty in the Department of Nursing. She brings 33 years of nursing experience with her, with most of those years having been spent caring for childbearing women and their families. In addition she has cared for patients in other settings including: Pediatrics, Medical-Surgical nursing, Operating Room and Post-Anesthesia care, and Orthopedics. In response to the Lord, she and her husband relocated to this area from Vermont. Becky became a clinical instructor here at Biola while completing her master’s degree. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with Nursing students.
Becky and her husband, Arnie, have been married for 31 years, and have three grown children; Amelia, Derrick (a Biola alumnus) and Noah. Weston, their first grandchild was born this past April. Traveling, spending time with family and reading are her past times. She and Arnie attend Whittier Area Community Church.
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 development. She had rich experience in biomedical research focusing on mucosal immune responses in cervical carcinogenesis prior to coming to Biola University in 2009.
Her publications in peer reviewed scientific journals include Evolving immunosuppressive microenvironment during human cervical carcinogenesis, Functional attributes of cervical mucosal immunity in high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions and effects of HIV infection, Lymphoid follicles are generated in high-grade cervical dysplasia and have differing characteristics depending on HIV status and Recent development in understanding the immune response to human papillomavirus infection and cervical dysplasia. She has spoken at multiple international scientific meetings. She has also been translating InterVarsity Press’ Bible study textbooks into Japanese for Japanese Christians in her mother church in San Lorenzo, California.
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 attendance, medications errors and perceived value of the school nurse. She has a Master of Science in Nursing specializing in pediatrics and is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She enjoys the pediatric population and has experience caring for children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses. She began teaching at Biola in 2003.