Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
DrPH Health Education Loma Linda University 6/2014
M.P.H. Community Health and Disease Prevention California State University, Fullerton 6/2005
B.S. Health Science California State University, Fullerton 6/2001

KNES 302/502: Contemporary Issues in Health

Gerontology and Health
Spirituality/Religiosity and Health
Mental Health

California State University, Fullerton:
HESC 450/GERO 450: Applied Health Promotion in Aging Populations
HESC 440 Determinants of Health Behavior
HESC 342/KNES 342: Stress Management
Student Learning and Teaching Excellence Academy (SLATE): Instructional Design and Teaching Presence Strand
Student Learning and Teaching Excellence Academy (SLATE): Cognitive Presence Strand
Student Learning and Teaching Excellence Academy (SLATE): Social Presence Strand
Gerontology Program Council
Gerontology Student Thesis/Project Committee Member
Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Scholar

Loma Linda University:
HPRO 536: Program Planning and Evaluation

Sturz, D. L., & Zografos, K. N. (2014). Religious Coping and Working Past Retirement Age: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 26(2-3), 231-244. doi: 10.1080/15528030.2013.855967

Charlemagne-Badal, S., Lee, J., Butler, T., Fraser, G., (2014). Conceptual domains included in wellbeing and life satisfaction instruments: A systematic review of validation studies. Quality of Life Research (involved as a contributor to scale development through instrument domain categorization)

Sturz, D., & McMahan, S. (2006). The aging workforce: Implications for Kinesiotherapists. Clinical Kinesiology, 60(3)

McMahan, S., & Sturz, D. (2006). Implications for an aging workforce. Journal of Education for Business, 82(1), 50-55. doi: 10.3200/joeb.82.1.50-55

Sturz, D., Kleiner, B., & Fernandez, A. (2005). Effective management of cultural diversity in a classroom setting. Equal Opportunities International, 24(5/6) doi:10.1108/02610150510788169

Loma Linda University Doctoral Dissertation Defense, 2014: Retirement: Job Stress, Job Satisfaction, Social Support and Spiritual Meaning, are they Factors?

San Bernardino County Directors Meeting, 2013: Preparing Counties for an Aging Population

Consulate of Mexico, 2013: Aging Successfully

American Public Health Association, 2012: Importance of Spiritual Wellness among a sample of College Students

Bi-National Health Fair (US/Mexico), 2012: Mental Health as we Age

California Department of Mental Health: State Hospital Recovery-Based Mental Health Treatment

California Association of Local Mental Health Boards and Commissions: Disparities in Mental Health Treatments

California Mental Health Directors Association: Disparities in Mental Illness

California County Medical Directors Association: Disparities in Mental Illness

California Department of Public Health: Implications of Recovery-Based Mental Health Treatments

Medi-Cal: The Need for Continuity of Care with Mental Health Treatments

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill: Strategies to Enhance Mental Health and Wellness

American Society of Safety Engineers: Safety Assessment for an Aging Workforce

Curricula Development:
Chewing Tobacco Educational Program, targeting males aged 16-22, to reduce incidence of oral cancers in high-risk populations

ROPE, Realizing Opportunities for Physical Education, physical activity program targeting youth grades 6-9, to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and associated disorders

Crossroads, Corona

American Public Health Association:
Reviewer of Abstracts (2013–Present)

Consulate of Mexico, San Bernardino:
Health Educator and Executive Planning Committee Member (2011–Present)
Ventanilla de Salud in conjunction with Loma Linda University

Choose Health Inc.:
Director, Educational Program Development (2008–Present)
Development of community needs assessments and educational programs that meet those needs
Community education on various health disparities and strategies for improving health outcomes
Specialized expertise in aging populations, health care systems/administration, and in mental health

Congressman Joe Baca’s Youth Motivation Campaign:
Youth Educator and Motivational Speaker (2012)

I have one furry four-legged daughter named Marley (named after Bob). She is a pit-bull/labrador mix rescue (and the sweetest dog ever.. of course I am a bit biased).

I love Angels baseball (season seat holder), SF 49ers football, Lakers basketball, and USC college football.

I travel every chance I get, and have been blessed to have visited 43 amazing countries (and counting).

I surf, snowboard, camp, mountain bike, and generally enjoy most outdoor activities.

I am passionate about SCUBA diving and have dedicated a great deal of time both to diving and teaching others how to dive. I actually teach people how to teach people how to dive. Below is a list of my dive and dive-medicine-related instructor qualifications.

PADI Course Director:
PADI 5 Star IDC Learning Center SCUBA Instructor Trainer (2007–Present)
Sport Chalet geographies have included the Inland Empire and Orange County

Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer:
Primary Care (CPR), Secondary Care (First Aid), Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), Care for Children

PADI Specialty Instructor Trainer:
Enriched Air, Underwater Navigator, Deep Diver, Night Diver, Search and Recovery Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Wreck Diver, Digital Underwater Photographer, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, AWARE Fish Identification

PADI Specialty/Distinctive Specialty Instructor:
Enriched Air, Underwater Navigator, Deep Diver, Night Diver, Search and Recovery Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Wreck Diver, Drift Diver, AWARE Fish Identification, Digital Underwater Photographer, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Altitude Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Boat Diver, Multilevel Diver, Oxygen First Aid, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Marine Life Injuries, AED for Divers, Whale Shark Conservation, Sea Turtle Awareness

DAN Instructor Trainer:
Oxygen First Aid for SCUBA Diving Injuries, Advanced Oxygen First Aid for SCUBA Diving Injuries, Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies, AED for SCUBA Diving, AED for Aquatic Emergencies, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers, Basic Life Support and First Aid, Dive Emergency Management Provider, Diving Emergency Specialist

Proverbs 3:5-6

"Trust in Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."