Sonia Donaldson

Education Profile:

MSN, Medical Surgical Nursing, Philippine Union College (now Adventist University of the Philippines),1987
BSN, West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University) Mandeville, Jamaica W.I., 1982

Biography:

A native of Jamaica, Ms. Donaldson has taught nursing and chaired the Department of Nursing at her alma mater, West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University) in Mandeville, Jamaica. Prior to Washington Adventist University, she also taught in nursing programs in California and in Maryland. Ms. Donaldson has served in various roles, in nursing education, administration, and practice. She teaches Professional Nursing Foundations, the first course in the new curriculum for the traditional option of the baccalaureate degree nursing program.

Current Professional Activities:

Ms. Donaldson is currently a doctoral student in the doctor of education program at Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is an approved Medication Administration Trainer with the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care. Based on her experience teaching item writing in her role as Senior Editor of Measurement Services with the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association, she offers private consultation in that area. She is participating with the editors of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins in the review of a Fundamentals of Nursing book and is preparing to publish her first book on Christian parenting.

William W. Ellis

Education Profile:

PhD, Government and International Relations, New York University 1966
BA, Government, Oberlin College, 1961

Biography:

Dr. Ellis is a senior social scientist and public policy analyst with major experience in government, industry, and higher education. He is expert in transportation studies, homeland security, and certain aspects of educational policy. In government, he has served as a senior staff member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, a Senior Specialist in the Congressional Research Service, Acting Director of the Science Resources Studies Division of the National Science Foundation, and Associate Librarian (equivalent to a vice president) for Science and Technology Information of the Library of Congress. In industry, he has been a Vice President, senior technical manager, and analyst in a number of firms doing transportation research, systems development and maintenance, telecommunications engineering, and educational program evaluation. In higher education, he has held tenured faculty positions at Howard University, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University, where he taught graduate and undergraduate students a wide range of courses within his discipline, among them international relations, urban studies, social research methods, multivariate analysis, political theory, American government, and African American politics.

Current Research or Professional Activities:

Dr. Ellis’ recent research focuses on the political and religious views of Seventh-day Adventist academics, and political and social implications of certain themes in Bible prophecy. He has been deeply involved in development projects in Africa.

John Gavin

Education Profile:

MSW, The Catholic University of America
BSW, Walla Walla College

Biography:

John Gavin is the chair of the Social Work Department at Washington Adventist University near the nation’s capital in Takoma Park, Maryland. He is the Director of the Center for Metropolitan Ministry. The Center for Metropolitan Ministry is one of the study centers associated with the Office of Global Mission of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist church. As such it is a strategic resource center providing research, information, and training to church and community leaders.

He teaches courses in sociology, social welfare, values and ethics, and social work methods. He has designed and conducted adult training in agency and program administration, evaluation, resource development, and disaster response.

Professor Gavin received his BSW in 1986 from Walla Walla College. He received his MSW in 1992 from the Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service focusing in Social Policy Planning and Administration. He and his wife have three daughters and enjoy sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waterways.

Research and Professional Activities:

His work experience includes serving as the executive director the National Voluntary Agencies active in Disaster, the North American director for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), and the national director for Adventist Community Services - the social action and disaster response agency of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

Joan A. Francis

Education Profile:

DA, History, Carnegie Mellon University 1990
MA, History, Andrews University 1974
BA, History, Minor Psychology, Secondary Education, Atlantic Union College

Biography:

She has taught in her native Barbados at the secondary level. Dr. Francis has taught and served as an administrator at Northern Caribbean University and Atlantic Union College before coming Washington Adventist University in 2002. She has taught summers in Puerto Rico, Zaokski, Russia. She currently teaches the foundational History of World Civilization course and other social history courses. She team teaches Disease in History with Biology teacher.

Research and Professional Activities:

Dr. Francis recently presented at Conference “Adventism and Adventist History”, she is continuing her research on an outstanding female bible Worker in the Caribbean and Susie Green an entrepreneur of DC. She continues to work with the Sabbath in Africa project and has written Sabbath Keepers :The African Connection a children’s activity book to accompany Sabbath Roots by Charles Bradford. She was a contributor to Women in World History Encyclopedia Vol 2. She is a member of American Historical Association, Association for the study of African American Life and History and National Council on Social Studies.

Tijuana G. Griffin

Education Profile:

PhD Nursing Education (Candidate)
MSN, Nursing Education, University of Phoenix, 2008
MS, Healthcare Administration, University of Maryland University College, 1998

Biography:

Professor Griffin is a native of Washington, DC. She started teaching at Washington Adventist University (WAU) as an adjunct professor in 2008. In 2010, she joined the nursing department as a full time faculty member. Before coming to WAU, she worked at Washington Adventist Hospital for over 20 years in critical care and surgery.

Research and Professional Activities:

Professor Griffin is in the dissertation phase of her doctoral studies at Capella University. Her goals include become a certified educator and teaching nursing students online.