Dean, College of Health Sciences

Email: Heather.Brown@cnsu.edu

Education and Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University Medical School
PhD, Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
BS, Biochemistry, University of California, Davis

About

Dean Brown brings to California Northstate University considerable experience in administration, teaching, research, and mentorship. She has been a member of the CNUCHS team since 2015 including founding roles as Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs, Director of Student Research and Scholarly Projects, and Faculty of Molecular and Cellular Biology; and most recently, the Dean of the College. Before coming to CNU, Dr. Brown was the Director of the North Valley Biotechnology Center and Dean of Biotechnology at American River College, and was a faculty member at California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Brown received a BS in Biochemistry from UC Davis, and Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UC Santa Cruz. Her postdoctoral work in the Stanford University Medical School focused on understanding the cellular mechanisms underlying the pathology of Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. Her primary research interests are currently focused on intracellular transport in the neurons of C. elegans with application to neurodegenerative disease. In addition, Dr. Brown is extremely passionate about science education and has dedicated much of her time to analyzing and improving instructional practices that facilitate learning and retention in introductory biology courses. Dr. Brown has also spearheaded the design and implementation of Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) at several academic institutions throughout California, and has a vast teaching experience ranging from introductory to graduate level Molecular and Cellular Biology and Neurobiology. She is also engaged at the high school level, offering professional development workshops for high school teachers and summer camps for high school students through her outreach program, Biology Education to Careers (BETC). Dr. Brown leads by example with a strong vision for growth, moving the team toward progress and providing inspiration and guidance with the goal of helping students reach their full potential both academically and personally.

Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Email: Edward.Moczydlowski@cnsu.edu

Education and Postdoctoral Training

1980-84 Postdoctoral Fellowships at Harvard Medical School Department of Physiology and Brandeis University Graduate Department of Biochemistry
PhD, Biology, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA
BA, Biological Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

About

After completing his PhD in membrane biology, Dr. Ed Moczydlowski obtained further training in biophysics as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University Medical School, Department of Physiology; and, at Brandeis University Graduate Department of Biochemistry.

From 1986 – 2003, Dr. Moczydlowski was a faculty member and tenured Professor at Yale University School of Medicine with a primary appointment in the Department of Pharmacology and a joint appointment in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology. From 2003 – 2010, he served as Professor and Chair of Biology at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York where he led the creation of a doctorate degree program in Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Biotechnology. From 2010-2014, Dr. Moczydlowski was a Principal Member of the Technical Staff in Nanobiology, at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Among Dr. Moczydlowski’s honors and awards are Phi Beta Kappa, the Searle Scholars Award; Fellow of the American Heart Association; and, MAH, Master of Arts honoraria from Yale University. Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of the The Journal of General Physiology and Toxicon. His professional society memberships include American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Biophysical Society; the Society of General Physiologists; International Society on Toxinology; and the American Chemical Society.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions

Email: Cheryl.Herrera@cnsu.edu

Education

PhD, Public Administration, Arizona State University
ABD, Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
MPA, Public Administration, California State University, Stanislaus
BA, Political Science, California State University, Stanislaus

About

From 2005 – 2015, Dr. Cheryl Herrera was the Director of Undergraduate Student Academic Services and Faculty Associate, College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU), where she managed and supervised the activities of the Student Academic Services Office serving undergraduate and graduate students. From 1996-2005, Dr. Herrera was the Director of Student Services in the College of Public Programs at ASU.  From 1989 to 1996 she held several positions at ASU including Faculty Associate Political Science, Academic Advisor College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Coordinator of the Faculty Ambassadors Program.

Dr. Herrera’s teaching experience includes faculty roles at Arizona State University, where she taught Law and Society, Public Policy Development, and Student Success seminars. She was successful in securing over $750,000 in funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students.  Her publications can be found in Research in Higher Education, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.  Her current professional memberships include the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, Inc. (NAAHP), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and Soroptimist International of Elk Grove (SIEG).

In her current role at CNU-CHS, Dr. Herrera oversees Student Affairs and Admissions, Directs Student Success and Career Services, and teaches Student Success and U.S. Government.  She also collaborates with colleagues to foster a climate of academic excellence, collaboration, and service.

Retired – Founding Dean, College of Health Sciences

Education

PhD, Anatomy, University of Kentucky
Medical Technology, St. Thomas Hospital School of Medical Technology and Tennessee Technological University

About

After obtaining her PhD in Anatomy at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Rose Leigh Vines joined the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Sacramento, where she taught anatomy, histology, clinical hematology, and body fluid analysis.

In addition to teaching at CSU, Sacramento, Dr. Vines served as the Department Chair of Biological Sciences, the University Director of Distance and Distributed Education, and the University Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA.

Dr. Vines was a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award from CSU, Sacramento, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Medical Technologist of the Year award by the California Association for Medical Laboratory Technology, for her contributions to the clinical laboratory sciences professions. A leader in her field, Dr. Vines has published over forty multimedia anatomy teaching tools for Pearson Publishing, A.D.A.M., and Micron Biosystems.

After retiring from CSU, Sacramento, in 2011, she joined the faculty at the CNU College of Medicine as a Professor of Anatomy and became the Founding Dean of the College of Health Sciences before retiring in 2017. Dr. Vines remains an integral part of the CNUCHS team.

Contact

Phone: 916-686-8378
info.chs@cnsu.edu

Address

California Northstate University
College of Health Sciences
2910 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

College Code

SAT College Code: 7669
ACT College Code: 7032