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Randy D. Danielsen, Ph.D., PA-C, DFAAPA, is Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Since graduating from the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, educator, author, and editor. He received his B.S. in Health Science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his Masters in PA Studies (M.P.A.S.) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on Internal Medicine in 1997, and his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences from the Union Institute & University in 2003 with an emphasis on Medical Education. He completed sixteen years with A.T. Still University as academic coordinator (1995-1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2004-2010) and returned as Dean of ASHS in 2012. He was honored in 2010 by A.T. Still University with Emeritus Professor status. He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). From 2010-2012 he served as the Senior Vice-President for the NCCPA Health Foundation, a 501c(3) charitable nonprofit organization that designs solutions for improving the capacity of certified PAs to impact quality and accessibility of health care delivery. Earlier in his career, he served as president of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, the Arizona State Association of PAs, and as chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board for PAs. Retired after 28 years of service in the US Air Force and Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Danielsen also is a former president of the AAPA Veterans Caucus and was honored with the Caucus' Civilian PA of the Year Award in 2003. Dr. Danielsen was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the AAPA in 1993 and by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants in 2011. In 2012 he was honored by the University of Utah, School of Medicine, Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, Division of Physician Assistant Studies with the "Patron of the Profession" award for "unwavering dedication and service to the Physician Assistant Profession." He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Reviews, a peer-reviewed professional journal for both physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Dr. Danielsen has published over sixteen peer-reviewed articles, twenty journal editorials, three book chapters, and his first co-authored book, entitled The Preceptor's Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Dr Danielsen is also a Senior Consultant with the Academy for Academic Leadership and a proud member of Rotary International.

 

Annlee Burch, P.T., MPH, Ed.D., is Vice Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences.  Her primary responsibility is to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the School under the direction of the Dean.  In addition, she leads several University or School wide initiatives including the Diversity Initiative Task Force and the ASHS Adelante Project. In her role, Dr. Burch represents the School in the Dean's absence. Dr. Burch received her Doctor of Education (EdD) from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her Masters of Physical Therapy (MS)  from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her BA is in Psychology from the University of Rochester. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean, Dr. Burch served as the Chair of Physical Therapy from 2008-January 2012..  Prior to coming to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Burch’s area of scholarly interest and application of that interest is in knowledge, attitudes and self-efficacy of health care providers and health care professional students towards underrepresented patient/client groups. Dr. Burch is the author of a Guide to Physical Therapy (Vault Publishers) that was written to increase informational access about physical therapy to both high school graduates and re-entry adults. Research that she has engaged in and is proud of includes an NIH funded project exploring the feasibility of exercise programs in San Juan for oncology patients and research exploring attitudes of health care professionals toward underserved populations nationwide.  Dr. Burch has lived in Symi, Greece; Taipei, Taiwan, Ahmdebad, India and San Juan, Puerto Rico and is committed as a leader and life-long learner to a further understanding of cultural differences and similarities.

Ken Pavlicek, Ph.D., is Associate Dean, Enrichment in the Office of Quality Assessment and Enrichment, Arizona School of Health Sciences.  This position serves as the focal point for ASHS faculty and staff engaged in teaching and learning through identification, development, and investment of resources to support those activities.  In pursuing its mission, enrichment promotes interprofessional discourse and advocacy for learning-centered initiatives and innovations that ultimately enhances the student experience at ASHS.  Dr. Pavlicek received a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and served as a NASA post-doctoral research fellow.  A Master of Science degree was obtained from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts degree was awarded by Bellarmine University.  In service to the Arizona School of Health Sciences since its founding in 1995, Dr. Pavlicek began as the regional media coordinator for the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Southwest Center.  He accepted an academic appointment as an assistant professor and helped in the establishment of, and taught in, the medical informatics program, subsequently becoming its chair.  As an assistant dean, he served as the liaison for academic technology for the school.  For nearly a decade prior to coming to ASHS, Dr. Pavlicek worked as an educational consultant and information technology specialist.

Lisa Ncube, Ph.D., is Associate Dean of Assessment, Accreditation, and Quality Improvement at Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS). Dr. Ncube’s primary responsibilities are leading the quality assessment and improvement initiatives within the ASHS and contributing to the university-wide assessment agenda. Working within the ASHS Dean's Office, Dr. Ncube works integrally with the Dean, the Vice-Dean, and the school's Data/Assessment Manager. She is also responsible for monitoring and updating program-specific accreditation and institutional accreditation. The Associate Dean of Assessment, Accreditation and Quality Improvement is an advocate for assessment as a means of improving student learning and institutional effectiveness, and plays an integral role in the development and implementation of the school's strategic plan. Additionally, the Associate Dean of Assessment, Accreditation and Quality Improvement is an active participant in the university-wide assessment committee and supports the implementation of the university strategic plan. Prior to joining ATSU, Dr. Ncube was Director of Peer Review and Peer Corps at the Higher Learning Commission. Previously, she was assistant professor of Organizational Leadership at Purdue University and Teacher Education at Anderson University. She also worked as Director of Evaluation for CAPE projects at Ball State University. A native of Zimbabwe, she has been an educator for more than twenty years. She has worked in her native country as a high school science teacher, curriculum developer, assessment specialist, and evaluator. She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University. Her Master’s degree in Curriculum is from the University Sussex, U.K. She graduated with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences and Education from the University of Sierra Leone. Her main areas of expertise are Training and Development; Assessment and Evaluation; and Global Leadership. Her areas of research interest are Assessment, and Evaluation, Leadership, and Quality Improvement.

 

Staff

Tom Tenney, M.Ed., is an Instructional Designer for the Arizona School of Health Sciences.  As an instructional designer, Tom helps to design and construct synchronous and asynchronous learning environments and develop blended learning solutions for faculty. Additionally, he helps in the overall design of the curriculum to ensure that the course learning goals and objectives/outcomes are met according to programmatic alignment and assessment.  He assists various academic programs in integrating best practices of instructional design theory and methodology, and instructional technology through faculty development and the use of multimedia, software, and Web 2.0 technologies (media development tools and course management systems, i.e. WebCT/Blackboard 9.1). His role also encompasses that of an internal consultant and advocate for assisting department managers, faculty, program managers in course design, development, innovation, assessment, and evaluation; enhancing the over-all student learning experience in both residential and face-to-face environments.

Anna Wright, MBA, is Financial Manager for the Arizona School of Health Sciences. In her role as ASHS Financial Manager, Anna will be assisting the Dean, Vice-Dean and Department Chairs in providing financial and budgetary management for the twelve academic programs and one clinic within ASHS. Additionally, her role includes the assistance of the annual budget preparation, review and monitors current budgets for all ASHS programs and clinic, review any financial documents, and assigned special projects.

 

Linda Brozewicz, B.S., is Data/Assessment Manager for the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her role is to support the Dean’s office with creation of surveys, collection, analysis and distribution of assessments.  The following levels of assessment include: student outcomes, faculty/staff evaluation, programmatic and department performance and accreditation data, school performance and benchmarking data, along with data that contributes to the university wide assessment and accreditation process.

 

 

 

Sheree Fiske is Clinical Affairs Officer for the Arizona School of Health Sciences and has been with the university for 10 years and a year in the Dean's Office.  She coordinates clinical affiliation agreements for all ASHS programs, maintains the health records for the clinical students and is the liaison between the Clinical Coordinators and all clinical preceptor sites.


 

 

Mellissa Eisenmann is Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her priority is providing support to the Dean, faculty, staff and students, as well as to members of the wider university community. Along with her other duties, she is responsible for the preparation of the student catalogs, graduation, and other special projects.

 


Darien Belluomini is Senior Administrative Assistant to the Vice Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. His priority is providing support to the Vice Dean, faculty, staff and students, as well as to members of the wider university community.