Faculty Profiles
Donna Emanuele, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, FAANP
Portrait of Donna Emanuele, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, FAANP

Dr. Emanuele is an Associate Professor of Nursing and DNP Director for the College of Graduate Nursing at Western University of Health Sciences. She has practiced within the nursing profession and assumed many leadership, clinical educator, management, and administrative roles extending over a 30-year nursing career. She graduated with an associate of science degree in nursing from Middlesex Community College in Bedford, Massachusetts in 1984 and completed her baccalaureate of science degree in nursing from Cal-State, Los Angeles in 1989. She earned her advanced degrees in nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care in 1993 and Family Nurse Practitioner in 1995. She has practiced in Primary Care-Family Practice and actively practices as a nationally certified family nurse practitioner in Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care as a specialty care setting in the Emergency Department at Verdugo Hills Hospital-USC in Glendale, CA and Summit Urgent Care in Palmdale, CA.

Dr. Emanuele earned her doctorate of nursing practice from Touro University Nevada in 2009. Her practice-based dissertation research investigated, “Nurse Practitioners as Primary Care Providers: Transforming the Political and Regulatory Practice Landscape to Improve Access to Health Care through Evidence-Based Research”. She is an active member of several professional state and national nursing organizations and engaged in committee work to advance the practice of nursing; with special interest in health policy and practice. She completed terms as the Health Policy Chair for the California Association for Nurse Practitioners in 2010-2012; President-Elect during 2012-2014; President 2014-2016, and is presently serving as the Immediate Past President for CANP for terms 2016 to 2018. Dr. Emanuele has co-authored the 2009 CANP Position Statement, “Affirming the Competency, Quality and Continuing Role of Nurse Practitioners in the Primary and Specialty Care Settings”; presented at state and national nursing conferences; and participated in research studies. She is a fellow of American Association of Nurse Practitioners and a Health Policy Fellow with Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and was the first DNP selected to join this team of health profession scholars. She continues to pursue nursing’s agenda to reduce barriers to advance nursing practice to improve access to health care and received the 1998 AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award of Excellence and 2015 AANP Advocate State Award for Excellence for California. She is the Region-9 PAC trustee for AANP, board member of Californians Allied for Patient Protection (CAPP) and holds many professional nursing memberships, including AAENP.

Chris Magladry, DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Portrait of Chris Magladry, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Dr. Magladry is the Interim Director of the FNP Program for the College of Graduate Nursing at Western University of Health Sciences. She taught in this program and was the Assistant Director of the FNP Program until 2012. Nursing was a second career for Chris, as she has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Virginia and worked in the medical device industry for 10 years. She completed her BSN at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey in 1992. She went on to get her MSN/FNP Certificate from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2002, followed by her DNP in 2012 as a member of the charter DNP class at Western University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Magladry has worked in a variety of settings over her career, including critical care and emergency room as an RN and Internal Medicine, Acute Care Cardiology, Diabetes Management and Urgent Care as a FNP/DNP. She is still working part time in the Urgent Care setting, as well as being certified and currently conducting HazMat and DOT physicals for firefighters. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, California Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

She feels strongly about the important role of NPs in the Urgent Care setting and is excited about the ENP certification program at Western University. Her urgent care system is primarily staffed by NPs and PAs, many of whom also work in Emergency Departments. The Urgent Care and Emergency Medicine markets continue to grow steadily and there will be an increased need for providers. The ENP certificate will train providers specifically for this much-needed sub-specialty.

Lisa Ponsford, DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Portrait of Lisa Ponsford, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Dr. Lisa Ponsford is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner at Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing. She obtained her ASN degree at San Bernardino Valley College and BSN, MSN and FNP certificate from Azusa Pacific University. Her terminal degree was completed at Western University of Health Sciences with an emphasis on Generational Learning. Additionally she holds Baccalaureate’ degrees in Psychology and Business from CSU San Bernardino.

Dr. Ponsford has 23 years of nursing and advanced practice experience in emergency medicine and currently practices clinically at Loma Linda University Medical Center where she was one of the first NP’s to be employed in the department. Over the years she has mentored many new additions to the team and collaboratively developed standardized procedures for the department. She is a member of AANP, CANP, ENA and hold a national certification with ANCC.