Meet Assistant Professor Brooke Soles from the School of Education

Brooke SolesBrooke Soles, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Education

I grew up gay and poor in rural Wisconsin. I was the second in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree, my mother graduated with her B.A. only four years before I did. Wisconsin is where I became passionate about equity and access to education. My mother instilled in me that education was the key to economic freedom. I took her advice and have been in schools ever since.

I desire my students to examine their own identity, beliefs, and values to better understand how to lead schools that create equity and access for all. CSUSM values of intellectual engagement, community, integrity, innovation, and inclusiveness attracted me to work here. I am a new Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership for 2017-18 who began in fall 2016 as a lecturer and subsequent consultant for the School of Education Preliminary Credential Program Review for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

I hold a B.A. in Spanish and Education from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to coming to CSUSM, I served for 15 years as K-12 bilingual teacher and administrator in the San Francisco and Los Angeles Unified School Districts in both traditional public and charter schools and well as a charter school monitor with the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

I also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and Board Member of the Los Angeles Neighborhood City Council and the Gay and Lesbian Administrators and Allies of the Los Angeles Unified School District. When I am not working, I enjoy singing in a competitive women’s chorus.

My current scholarship interests include school reculturing, moral leadership, professional development on inclusive practices, high impact strategies for inclusive school culture addressing teachers’ norms, beliefs, and values, anti-racist and diversity initiatives, school policies into practice, constructive problem talk, design-based school improvement, and online education.


The School of Education welcomes Garrett to CSUSM

DSCN0207What attracted you to CSUSM?
I was attracted to CSUSM because of the collegiality of those I met on campus and the social justice orientation of the School of Education. I also love living in the Borderlands, specifically Vista, where there is a fascinating juxtaposition and often intermingling of people identified with diverse races, ethnicities, and levels of socioeconomic opportunity.

How did you become interested in education?
I became interested in earning a Ph.D. in education after I found myself writing a book on class sizes in K-12 education. I had originally simply wanted to read a book about the difference it makes to classroom relationships. I discovered that book didn’t exist and that I would have to write it myself. I was accepted into a Ph.D. program in 2007, and two years later The Teacher’s Attention: Why Our Kids Must and Can Have Smaller Schools and Classes was published by Temple University Press. My interest in refocusing the debates over public education away from test scores and toward society-enhancing relationships led me to specialize in critiques of educational policy that puts a business mentality above a community-building mentality.

What type are your interests in education?
I have three main areas of interest. First, I want to track how equitably schools, districts, and state government respond to the popular referendum that lifted the ban on bilingual education in 2016. Second, I want to explore ways that multilingualism and environmental justice can be combined as goals for public schooling in the face of our common global predicament of a climate system in human-caused crisis. Third, I want to study how the privatization and charterization trends in Southern California public schools affect multilingual communities.

What inspired you to choose that area of research or program you teach?
I chose to focus my doctoral studies on multilingual and multicultural education when I found out how interesting it was to study the policies and promotional materials of the state of Utah’s inequitable approach to dual language (immersion) education.

What do you hope students take away from your classes at the end of each semester?
I want students to develop a social justice disposition that will guide their professional decision-making as educators.

What is the biggest challenge in your job?
It’s been hard getting used to all of the competing demands on my time. I want to spend time on research but I don’t want to shortchange my students or colleagues.

What is the greatest reward of your job?
Seeing lightbulbs go on above student heads. I love hearing students say that they’d never known X until they took a class from me.

What would your colleagues be surprised to learn about you?
People might be surprised to know that I originally planned to be a novelist/poet/songwriter rather than a social scientist/theorist.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love landscaping my yard and gardening. I play guitar and sing. I like staying up on the latest developments in national and international politics. I like to travel, camp, hike, cycle, kayak, and ski. I like to hang out with friends at local cultural events, farmers’ markets, restaurants, and breweries.

What’s the best part about working at CSUSM?
I have been incredibly satisfied with the collegiality and positivity of this professional community.

Nursing Faculty, Students Impress New Director

By Eric Breier

There was a time earlier this year when Dr. Lorna Kendrick thought she might take a position at another university.

That was before she was introduced to the nursing faculty at Cal State San Marcos.

“Meeting the faculty here changed my mind about where I wanted to go,” said Kendrick, who began her position as CSUSM’s School of Nursing director on July 5. “It was truly getting to know the faculty and hearing their goals and who they were.

“Having been here for a few months, it was the best decision. What I saw during the interview process is truly who they are. This is an awesome, awesome faculty. I can’t say enough about them.”

Kendrick came to CSUSM from the University of Phoenix San Diego campus where she served as the director and campus college chair of the College of Health Professions School of Nursing. She has previously served in a variety of administrative and academic roles throughout the country, including associate director of the BSN program at Tennessee State University, director of clinical sites for Nashville General Hospital and faculty positions in Schools of Nursing at the University of Alaska, UCLA, Vanderbilt University and California Baptist University.

“Dr. Kendrick is a believer in situational leadership and stresses teamwork, transparency and compassion,” said Amy Carney, an associate professor who is serving a one-year appointment as the associate director of the School of Nursing. “She is a strong supporter of student-centered mentoring, and the School of Nursing is pleased to welcome her.”

As Kendrick settles into her new role, she is focusing on her goals for the School of Nursing. Among those goals are increasing faculty governance, growing global health experiences and building on relationships with community partners.

“I think the faculty are enjoying it and feeling empowered,” Kendrick said. “They’re always telling me they feel hopeful and excited, which is a good thing to hear.”

One of Kendrick’s first orders of business is finding more funding for the University’s four nurse-run community clinics. To that end, she has enlisted the aid of Ed Ashley, director of business community relations in the College of Business Administration, to help with some of the operational and strategic planning.

Kendrick has even stepped in to teach a course on the CSUSM at Temecula campus, which has helped her connect with students and better understand faculty challenges when teaching.

“I like to engage with students and I want them to know they can come and talk to me,” she said.

Teaching at the Temecula campus has added meaning for Kendrick, who fondly recalls meeting a group of students there during her interview process.

One of the students asked Kendrick what would make her stand above the other candidates. She said that with the number of experienced nursing leaders in the industry, any of the candidates would be a great choice. Each person might have a different focus, she said, but all would be great leaders for the School of Nursing.

But if there was one area that set Kendrick apart, it was her research experience. She received her doctorate and later worked at UCLA, a Tier 1 research institution, and her background and training will aid CSUSM faculty interested in developing research.

Kendrick describes herself as relational and says her leadership style mimics that. Whether she is attending a curriculum committee meeting or brings in faculty to discuss a topic, she wants to know their thoughts and ensure that everyone’s ideas are heard.

It all comes back to how impressed she was by CSUSM’s faculty during her interview process.

“They are leaders in their own right,” Kendrick said. “They are hard workers, they are committed and they are fun to work with. It’s just a delightful group of people. It was their personalities and their character that caused me to really want to come here.”

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See what nursing students are up to @ CSUSM Temecula


IMG_5758.JPGNursing students practice in their class led by Professor Sally Saites.

Elvira Dominguez-Gomez, Ph.D., RN, Lecturer/Assistant Director from our Temecula campus demonstrates how to check a patient’s blood pressure. Elvira is so passionate about her work that she refers to her students as “ducklings”.

DSCN9865Students draw body parts and lobes of the lungs on their t-shirts.




CSUSM @Temecula


California State University San Marcos at Temecula

by Trisha Ratledge

Marine veteran Natalie Morales is determined to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees by using the three years of education benefits available to her through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. And she is right on schedule, thanks to innovative programming at CSUSM at Temecula.

With guaranteed classes and time to graduation in the cohort format offered at the Temecula campus, Morales earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Health Science Option in May 2017. An internship as part of the program ignited her interest in public health, and she is now completing a Master of Public Health on the San Marcos campus with her final year of benefits. Not only will she finish on time, she will graduate debt-free.

“I want to set an example for my daughter and for my son that you can persevere and accomplish your goals,” Morales says.

CSUSM at Temecula is the only public university in Southwest Riverside County offering upper-division bachelor’s degree programs as well as professional development certificates, personal enrichment programs and customized training programs for area businesses. The campus provides local access to a premier education, and the cohort structure – students who progress as a group – ensures that students get the classes they need to graduate on schedule.

The CSUSM at Temecula campus was established in 2008 at the Paul Goldring Garrett Institute for Higher Learning and a cohort of 54 students comprised the first class of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science program in the new facility.

By 2010, the campus had outgrown its original location and a grand reopening marked the move to its present site, a former elementary school on Margarita Road. With eight classrooms, a nursing skills lab, a simulation lab complete with medical mannequins, a biology lab and a training room for kinesiology, CSUSM at Temecula launched a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Health Science Option in 2010, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2012 and a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Justice Studies in 2015.

For Brenda Anguiano, the proximity and the program structure offered at CSUSM at Temecula made it possible for her to finally complete her 23-year journey toward a degree. As a Temecula-area business owner, she needed a program that was nearby and that meshed with her busy schedule. “I loved that fact that it was two days a week,” says Anguiano, who earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2016. “And then, five semesters and I would be done.”

In 2014, CSUSM at Temecula, Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) and the city of Temecula celebrated the opening of The Temecula Higher Education Center, a joint education facility dedicated to the study of business. At the ribbon-cutting in Temecula’s former City Hall, CSUSM at Temecula and MSJC announced a 2+2 guaranteed pathway degree in which students can earn an associate degree at MSJC and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at CSUSM at Temecula in four years, guaranteed, if they meet all of the academic requirements.

True to its mission to provide education programs that uniquely serve the region, CSUSM at Temecula launched the Environmental Leadership Institute in 2011 and the Environmental Leadership Academy in 2012. The institute serves as a resource for environmental planning, analysis, assessments, policy and education for emerging environmental leaders and practitioners. The academy brings together community and government leaders, industry professionals and concerned citizens in a four-month program that gives participants the tools to develop a deeper understanding of the environmental issues affecting our quality of life.

“That’s the strength of the academy, that we have representation across all segments of the industry,” says Matt Rahn, Environmental Leadership Institute director/research faculty. “I always felt that a lot of our issues could be more easily resolved if we sat down with a cup of coffee and talked, rather than getting our policymakers and lawyers involved.”

Business and professional development programs at CSUSM at Temecula rotate according to the current needs of the region and have included professional certificates in meeting and event planning, hospitality, business emergency preparedness planning, wedding planning and more. Taught by CSUSM faculty or industry experts, the certificate programs are short-term and provide skills that are immediately applicable on the job or necessary to break into a new career.

Staff and students at CSUSM at Temecula serve the community through causes and organizations such as the Temecula Education Foundation, area chambers of commerce, the Economic Development Coalition, Visit Temecula, Temecula Wine Growers Association, Valley Young Professionals and Habitat for Humanity.

As a satellite campus of CSUSM and a part of the 23-campus California State University system, CSUSM at Temecula shares an unwavering commitment to student success and to meeting the lifelong education needs of the community. The campus combines the academic strengths of a large university with the personal interactions possible in a smaller institution as students from diverse backgrounds work closely with faculty who are active scholars in their academic disciplines. In the coming years, CSUSM at Temecula will continue to expand access to an excellent and affordable education and to contribute to the ongoing intellectual, civic, economic and cultural life of Southwest Riverside County.

To learn more, check the school’s website at


Meet Bulaporn Natipagon-Shah, PhD, RN & Assistant Professor for the School of Nursing

DSCN9777What brought you to CSUSM?
I want to contribute my knowledge and time to teach students with a diverse socio-economic background.

What type of research are you doing?
I am currently working on health research where I explore screening behaviors of colon cancer among Thai immigrants.

What inspired you to choose nursing?
I first wanted to be a just a nurse. However, when I was in nursing school, I had instructors who were very dedicated and had great passion in teaching. They made me realize that nursing instructors could significantly impact patients’ lives by dedicating their time to prepare students to be competent, safe, caring nurses.

What do you hope students take away from your classes at the end of each semester?
I hope that they are able to reach the objectives of the course at the end of the semester. By reaching the objectives (in both didactic and clinical section), they should be able to understand disease process and have the skills for detecting and analyzing changes in a patient’s conditions as well as being able to manage care in a timely, safely manner.

What is the biggest challenge in your job?
To make nursing students aware that nursing is the profession that is responsible to a person’s life and wellbeing.  Therefore, they need to be properly manage time to their studying in order to gain accurate, ample knowledge to care for their patients.

What is the greatest reward of your job?
To see my former students who now work as nurses on the floors where I teach my nursing students. To hear other nurses say that my students are able to provide good care for the patients.

What would people be surprised to know about you? 
I love to eat all kinds of food, including Korean bbq, Sushi-seafood buffet, Chinese buffet, Suplantation, Sunday brunch, etc.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Although I find myself doing work on the computer most of the time but when I am away from my computer I play with my 4-leged kids. (I have 4 Shi-Tzu, one male and 3 female.)

What’s the best part about working at CSUSM?
I feel very privileged to be part of the CSUSM community where I can teach students whom the majority of them are from a working class family.  It seems like they value education, working hard and wanting to learn.

Who is Mary Baker?


Co-Director, Student Healthcare Projects; Lecturer

How did you become interested in Nursing?
I have always been interested in social justice issues since I was a teenager. Working at the clinics combines two goals: 1. Providing healthcare for those that would not otherwise receive it and 2) providing an environment that nursing students and nurse practitioner students can learn about working with underserved populations. It provides the students an opportunity to break down stereotypes and fear and humanize the people we work with.

What type of research are you doing?
I am working with Dr. Susan Andera on a project that looks at the differences in attitude towards vulnerable populations between nursing students who work at the clinics and those that do not.

What inspired you to choose Nursing?
When I was in my 20’s I was diagnosed with melanoma and ovarian cancer in the same year. The nurses that I worked with made a huge difference in a difficult time in my life. Being a single mom at the time, I was not able to pursue that dream until much later. When I had the opportunity to go to nursing school I took it. I love being a nurse.

What do you hope students take away from your classes (or clinic) at the end of each semester?
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What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Having sufficient funds to provide services for our patients

What is the greatest reward of your job?
Working with the students and providing care to the underserved

What would your colleagues be surprised to learn about you?
My father was in the Air Force and by the time I was 18, I had lived in 15 different homes. We moved every year. I did not go to kindergarten and skipped a grade in school but went to 10 different schools by the time I had graduated from high school.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love being a grandmother and taking road trips.

What’s the best part about working at CSUSM?
The students



“What is a Student Healthcare Project,” you ask?


It is a community health clinic that was founded in 2011 for undergraduate and graduate students, from the School of Nursing at Cal State San Marcos to provide FREE medical services to low-income, underinsured and uninsured residents living throughout San Diego County.

Licensed medical professionals and nursing faculty volunteer each week at the clinics to supervise students as they provide services to approximately 75 child and adult patients weekly. Medical services range anywhere from researching free prescriptions for their patients, to health screenings, giving vaccines, providing medical treatments, referring mental health services, providing hygiene care items, laboratory services, assisting with social services or case management, providing sexual and reproductive health information, providing chronic disease management or helping patients to apply for MediCal or other health benefits.

DSCN9789Currently, there are four student-run clinics but the Foundry Clinic located in Escondido is the largest. All the clinics are located in churches that donate space. The other clinics are located in Normal Heights or Ocean Beach.

Mary Baker, a family nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist in Advanced Public Health, instructor for the School of Nursing and the Director of Student Healthcare Projects, shares that each clinic has its own “vibe or culture”, meaning there are is a unique blend of patients at each location. Some locations have more Spanish speakers and others have more unsheltered individuals or refugees.

Under the direction of faculty and medical professions, the student nurses are learning first-hand what it takes to provide health care to underserved populations and that it involves a lot of research, practice, patience, and dedication. The beauty about the Student Healthcare Project is that it not only supports higher education in the medical field but it also is a gift to the community.


North County Clinic

Foundry Clinic 
Tuesdays from 1 p.m.  to 7 p.m. and Thursdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1249 E. Ohio Avenue (map)
Escondido, CA  92027
Phone: 760-385-3739
Fax: 888-800-8226

San Diego County Clinics

OB1 Clinic in Ocean Beach
Wednesdays from Noon to 4 p.m.
4790 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107 (map)
at First Baptist Church of Ocean Beach
Phone: 619-208-1898
Fax: 888-800-8226

ECC Clinic in Ocean Beach
Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
2083 Sunset Cliff Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107 (map)
at Episcopal Church Center
Phone: 619-208-1898
Fax: 888-800-8226

CMC Clinic in Normal Heights
Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
3295 Meade Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116  (map)
Phone: 619-208-1898
Fax: 888-800-8226

Supporting the Clinics
Free services are provided due to generous support from donors and grants provided by Kaiser Permanente San Diego Community Benefit Grants Program and San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization.

Learn more about how you can support these free clinics by visiting “Giving and Support.” 


Mission Statement:
The mission of the Student Healthcare Project is to provide high quality, community-based, client-centered, free healthcare utilizing the trans-disciplinary approach with healthcare professionals, faculty, students and community members. We are focused on serving the working poor, and under/uninsured residents of San Diego County in a respectful and compassionate manner.


Meet Geri Schmotzer, Assistant Professor


The School of Nursing proudly welcomes their new Assistant Professor, Geri Schomotzer!

Prior to her teaching at Cal State San Marcos, Dr. Schmotzer taught Epidemiology, Nursing Research, Public Health Nursing, and Health Promotion at the University of San Francisco and New Mexico State University. She has been teaching public health nursing courses since 2009.

She has been a lifelong student and has degrees in Dietetics, Public Health, and Nursing. Dr. Schmotzer completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Francisco where she was a Moore Fellow. Prior to starting a career in academia, she worked as a research nurse at both the University of California at San Francisco and San Diego. While in New Mexico, Dr. Schmotzer had the opportunity to collaborate with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Health Disparities Research Center. Her research interests include Health Disparities, Access to Care, and Cancer Prevention and Control, specifically in women’s health.

Dr. Schmotzer started her nursing career in Medical Oncology and quickly moved into community health and health promotion. She lives with her husband and a Scotty in Fallbrook and looks forward to working with all her new students at CSUSM!

Support the CSUSM Student Healthcare Project Fundraiser

The CSUSM Student Healthcare Project Fundraiser supports
Sponsored by Participatory Solutions 

Tuesday, Oct. 17th from 5-8 p.m.
Foundry Clinic, 1249 E. Ohio Ave., Escondido CA

Food, beverages, beer and wine!
Bring a new package of underwear or socks for a chance to win a prize.

To purchase tickets, visit
$25 for General; $15 for Students


For more information, contact: 760.385.3739