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Board Biographies


Frederick Johnson, M.D. (Chairman) is a pediatrician with Sharp HealthCare and serves as Regional Medical Director of Sharp Rees Stealy South Bay. Dr. Johnson serves as the Chief Pediatrician for Sharp's Mary Birch Hospital for Women Supervisory Committee. Dr. Johnson is involved not only with our school, but also with a community-based program to help children of incarcerated parents. He truly believes our children are our future.


Dan Gross, RN, DNSc is the executive vice president of Hospital Operations for Sharp HealthCare. Gross oversees four acute-care hospitals: Sharp Memorial Hospital, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, and Sharp Coronado Hospital and Healthcare Center, along with three specialty hospitals: Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, and Sharp Vista Pacifica Hospital.Gross received his BSN from Wichita State University and his MS in nursing administration from San Diego State University. He received his DNSc from the University of San Diego in 1997.


Melissa Hayden-Cook is the senior vice president and chief executive officer of Sharp Health Plan.She has served in this capacity since 2005. Shepreviously worked for Sharp HealthCare from 1994 to 2000 and served on the Sharp Health Plan Board of Directors for three years.Prior to joining Sharp Health Plan, Hayden-Cookspent a combined 12 years with HealthNet and Cigna, where she was responsible for managed care strategy, sales and management, reven ue growth, product development and broker development.


Frank Harris III, Ph. D. is an assistant professor of postsecondary educational leadership and student affairs at San Diego State University. His research is broadly focused on student development in higher education and explores questions related to the social construction of gender and race on college campuses, college men and masculinities, and racial/ethnic disparities in college student outcomes. Before joining the faculty at San Diego State, Harris spent nearly 10 years as a student affairs educator and college administrator working in the areas of student affairs administration, student crisis support and advocacy, new student orientation programs, multicultural student affairs, academic advising, and enrollment services. His most recent administrative appointment was at the University of Southern California as Associate Director of the Center for Urban Education. Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University, a master’s degree in Speech Communication from California State University Northridge, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.


Fred McFarlane, Ph.D. is a Professor in Rehabilitation, Chair of the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Post-secondary Education and Co-Director of the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University. He has extensive experience working with organizations and individuals throughout the United States, in the Pacific, Europe, Mexico, South America and Asia. Areas of current involvement are organizational change to insure quality and competent services for all consumers, leadership in rehabilitation, and insuring inclusive opportunities and services for clients, organizations and groups.


Janie Kramer, R.N. is Vice President, Clinical Services for Sharp HealthCare's Metropolitan Medical Campus. Janie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from San Diego State University and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.