Brief Biographies (Alphabetical Order, Last Name)
Tonia Amos-Jones, President, Class Year: MSN ’96, PhD ‘06 | Nurse Administrator, County of Los Angeles
Tonia Amos Jones, RN, PhD, is a native Californian and has been an RN for over 30 years. Her doctoral research focused on vulnerable populations, hepatitis in underserved populations and biopsychosocial assessment. She is a career public servant and has worked in the areas of Accreditation, QI, and Patient Safety. She previously served on the Board from 2017- 2019.
Lindsay Casamassima, Class Year: MSN ‘12 | Pediatric RN III, CHLA
Lindsay Casamassima, RN, is a 2012 graduate of the MECN program. Prior to nursing, Lindsay was an attorney in Los Angeles, practicing intellectual property litigation. Since 2012, she has worked in the PICU at CHLA where she has been promoted to Clinical Nurse III and obtained her CCRN.
Cathy Gabster, Class Year: MSN ‘07 | CNS, RRMC
Cathy Gabster, RN, CNS, monitors complex and comprehensive plans of care and clinical protocols, providing educational needs assessments of staff, implementing and evaluating educational programs, and consulting on a broad spectrum of professional nursing practice issues in the peri-anesthesia and medical procedure units
Linda Gorman, Class Year: MN ‘77 | Retired, CNS
Linda M. Gorman, RN, MN, PMHCNS-BC, FPCN, CHPN, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist who has practiced mental health nursing and palliative care. Linda was part of an in-patient palliative care consultation team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for over 20 years where she provided palliative and end of life care services to patients. She retired in 2011.
Cheryl LeHuquet, Class Year: BS ’10, MSN ’12, DNP ‘20 | Project Management Specialist, RRMC
Cheryl Le Huquet DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC, is a triple Bruin and proud graduate of our inaugural cohort of DNP students. She is the Past President of the Gamma tau at-large chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing. She works at RRMC, where she has served over 22 years, and in her current role, supports operations to implement the best evidence into patient-centric care environments where nurses can thrive. In her personal time, she climbs rocks and explores the depths of warm water dive spots.
Ellen Meier, Class Year: BS ’74, MN ‘78 Retired, NP and Healthcare Administrator
Ellen Meier, RN, MN, CPNP, MBA, is a RN/NP with more than 20 years of healthcare experience as a provider, educator and consultant. Ellen’s experience includes roles as Regional Vice President of Physician Strategy for Sutter Health (CA), Vice President for the University of Florida Physicians (FL), and Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA (CA).
Pamela Miller, Class Year: MSN ’04, PhD ‘09 | Senior Nurse Scientist, RRMC
Pamela Miller, PhD, RN, ACNP, CNS, serves as the senior nurse scientist for the Research and Evidence-Based Practice Program in the Center for Nursing Excellence at UCLA Health. She is a double Bruin from UCLA and completed her post-doctoral training at UCSF and NIH. She is an acute care NP and critical care nurse specialist.
Astrid Reynosa, Class Year: MSN ’19 | Neurosurgery RN, Cedars-Sinai
Astrid Reynosa, RN, is a recent graduate of our MECN program and is a neurology/neurosurgery RN at Cedars-Sinai, where she is primarily responsible for caring for post-op brain and spine surgical patients. It's a med-surge floor that deals with an array of neuro cases and every now and then also deals with general medical patients. During her time as a student, she was active in several organizations such as Graduate Student Nursing Association as Class Rep and VP, LANSA, Broad Spectrum, ATD, and AACN. In addition, her past background involves 7 years of diabetes research where she presented at national and local conferences. One of her goals during these past 3 years has been to raise money for the UCLA Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society and helped raise approximately $13,000. She is Bruin proud and looks forward to becoming involved!
Claudia Rodriguez-Zinn, Class Year: MSN ‘20 | Pediatric RN, CHLA
A first-generation Mexicana in the US, Claudia is passionate about connecting immigrant communities into higher education. As a health care practitioner, Claudia considers social determinants of health and local, state and federal policy to be as important to wellness as the individual. As such, Claudia looks to upstream factors and systematic racism as significant predictors of Page 7 of 13 health and is dedicated to educating future health care colleagues in recognizing and dismantling these oppressive systems.
Roman Samiley, Class Year: BS ’00, MSN ’02, PhD ‘16 | Diabetes NP, VA
Roman is a proud Triple Bruin and is looking forward to being part of our Alumni Board of Directors. Currently, he works at the VA as a diabetes NP.
Gwen Uman Class, Year: BS ’67, MN ‘73 Retired, Co-Founder, Vital Research
Gwen C. Uman, RN, PhD, is a retired co-founder of Vital Research, a research and consulting firm that, provides research and statistical designs, sampling plans, study instruments, project oversight, data analysis, and ensures that clients fully understand how to interpret and apply their research findings.
Maria Yefimova, Class Year: BS ’11, MS ’14, PhD ‘16 | Nurse Scientist/Lecturer, Stanford
Maria Yefimova, RN, PhD, is a proud triple Bruin. She is a versatile PhD-prepared nursing scientist with cross-industry collaboration experience, working on redesigning the healthcare system for high-cost geriatric patients. She has a clinical and administrative background in health IT, home health care, and population health.
David Zelaya, Class Year: MSN ’19 | New Grad RN, Children’s Hospital LA
David Zelaya, RN, is a recent graduate of our MECN program. During his time here as a student, David was active several student organizations, such as the GSNA (Graduate Student Nursing Association), UCLA Operation Mend, UCLA SON Student Ambassadors, and was a very active and proud Bruin. He was previously with CHLA and is now on the hunt for a new role.