Maria Puzziferro, PhD
Associate Chief Academic Officer and Vice President, Teaching, Learning & Innovation
Dr. Maria Puzziferro’s experience as a transformational academic leader, researcher and teacher spans more than 25 years at public and private institutions in roles related to the advancement of innovative teaching and learning approaches. She has served as a President, Provost and Dean with extensive experience developing, launching and operating online and blended programs.
Kathy H. Wood, PhD
Interim Assistant Dean, College of Health Sciences; Program Director, MHS/MHA Programs
Dr. Kathy Wood’s experience in higher education spans more than 20 years. In addition to her leadership roles, Dr. Wood has taught extensively in the fields of health care administration, business and health care finance.
Sunddip Aguilar, EdD
Program Director, EdD Program
With specialties in higher education and instructional design, Dr. Aguilar has 15+ years’ experience in education. She has served on several boards of directors to assist organizations in successfully achieving their purpose, vision and goals. In 2017, she received the Faculty of the Year award.
Helen Carey, PhD, MSc Adv OT, OTR
Program Director, OT Programs—St. Augustine, FL Campus
Dr. Carey is an occupational therapist with a focus on adult rehabilitation and neurology. Since 1993, she has expanded clinical services in acute, outpatient and community care with a focus on neurological rehabilitation.
Sarah M. I. Cartwright, DNP, RN, NI-BC, CAPA, FASPAN
Interim Executive Director, School of Nursing
Dr. Cartwright is a doctoral-level registered nurse with expertise in clinical outcomes, informatics nursing and pain management. With specialties in health administration and population health, she has presented at numerous conferences, written chapters for multiple textbooks and published journal articles.
Marcia Hamilton, OTD, MSHS, OTR/L, BCTS
Program Director, OT Programs—Miami, FL Campus
Dr. Hamilton has practiced as an occupational therapist for 39 years. Her clinical experience is in diverse practice settings, including early intervention, outpatient rehabilitation, public and private schools, developmental disabilities, school settings, sub-acute care, private practice and primary care.
Keith B. McWilliams, OTD, OTR/L, DRS
Program Director, OTD Programs—Dallas, TX campus
Dr. Keith McWilliams is a client-centered and innovative occupational therapist with experience in brain and spinal cord injury treatment and research, oncology treatment, management, training/program development and client/family relations.
Cheryl (Cherie) Peters-Brinkerhoff, PT, EDD, MPT, MHA
Program Director, DPT Program—San Marcos, CA Campus
Dr. Peters-Brinkerhoff joined the University in 2008 and specializes in neurological rehabilitation and pediatrics. She has advanced certificates in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, neurodevelopmental treatment, hippotherapy and a vast experience in treating neurologic diagnoses for pediatrics and adults.
Michael Roscoe, PhD, PA-C
Program Director, PA Program
Michael Roscoe, PhD, PA-C is an experienced physician assistant (PA) educator and clinician. He has been a PA for more than 20 years, with a primary specialty in emergency medicine. He joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in March 2021 and is based at the University’s Austin, TX campus.
Mary Zadnik, ScD, MEd, OTR/L
Program Director, OT Programs—Austin, TX Campus
Dr. Mary Zadnik is the Program Director for the entry-level Occupational Therapy programs on the Austin, TX campus. She formerly served as an assistant scientist at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.
Vice President, Human Resources
Susan Waugh, Vice President of Human Resources, has more than 20 years of professional experience as a leader in human resources, with strong functional expertise in talent acquisition, operational efficiency, organizational design, training and development. She excels at delivering HR practices that create strategic value and focus on improved work processes and employee engagement, and
Executive Director, Admissions and Registration Services
The Executive Director, Admissions and Registration Services is responsible for the integrity of the admissions process and regulatory compliance of the Registrar’s office, from the time an application is completed to the time a student is admitted, transfer of credit is awarded and through the entire lifecycle of the student’s enrollment.