Judith G. Berg, RN, MS, FACHE

Executive Director
Judith G. Berg joined CINHC in 2012 to assume the position of Executive Director.  She is an experienced nurse executive with expertise in nursing and healthcare issues such as management/leadership development, workforce planning, project development, and strengthening nursing practice.  As the chief nursing executive for almost twenty years with Kaweah Health Care District in Visalia, California followed by Cottage Health System in Santa Barbara, California, she provided system-wide strategic and operational leadership for nursing and patient care services.  She has also served as Vice President & Nurse Executive for Gannett Healthcare Group, publishers of  Berg holds a BSN and MS from the University of Minnesota.  She is also a Wharton Fellow and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Berg is a past president of the Association of California Nurse Leaders and a former Board Member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the California Healthcare Association.


Robert (Bob) Patterson, RN, MSN
Administrative Director

Bob Patterson joined CINHC in 2007 to assume responsibility for oversight of the administration of CINHC, including personnel, financial services, and management of grants, contracts, leases and other administrative functions. He oversees the development and implementation of policies and procedures necessary for the optimum functioning of CINHC. He collaborates with the Executive Director and is the leader of grant development and oversight of grant implementation. Patterson earned his RN at St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1984; he completed his BSN in 1990 at California State University, Dominquez-Hills, and his Master of Nursing in 2004 at San Francisco State University. Currently, he is enrolled at the University of San Francisco, where he anticipates graduating with a Doctoral in Nursing Practice (DNP), December 2015.

Nikki West, MPH

Program Director
Nikki West, Program Director, has primary responsibility for oversight of the Computerized Clinical Placement System and the Centralized Faculty Resource Center, as well as the Transition to Practice Program. She is also serving as coordinator for the clinical faculty development program. West is a seasoned researcher and grant writer for CINHC. Before joining CINHC, West served as Senior Project Manager, Training Programs for Convergys Corporation where she managed the design and delivery of multiple training programs for marquis clients. She has a Master of Public Health degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Cell Biology from the University of San Diego.

Carolyn Orlowski, RN, MSN

Southern California Regional Coordinator
Carolyn Orlowski brings over 30 years’ experience in diverse clinical, educational, administrative, and consultative roles. Leadership positions held in acute hospitals include Department Manager, Director of Education, and Director of Hospital Operations as well as executive positions as Assistant Administrator, Vice President of Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer.  She has provided consultative leadership for strategic change initiatives as an independent consultant working with acute care hospitals, health systems, and academic institutions related to hospital operations, program development, quality of care, education, and nursing practice. Orlowski is currently the CINHC Regional Coordinator for Southern California, serving as a resource and support to nursing leaders addressing nursing workforce issues by assuring area needs are identified and solutions developed. Programs implemented include the Centralized Clinical Placement System, Clinical Faculty Development Program, support for RN Transition Programs, and establishing a Regional Simulation Collaborative.

Laine Snowman,
Administrative Assistant / Bookkeeper

Laine Snowman has over ten years experience as a Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant.


Director, California Simulation Alliance
Dr. Waxman she serves as Program Director for the Bay Area Simulation Collaborative. She is a seasoned nurse leader with more than 25 years of healthcare industry experience that includes positions in e-learning and in acute rehabilitation facilities. She is the head of KT Waxman & Associates, a healthcare consulting firm. Waxman is the author of A Practical Guide to Finance and Budgeting: Skills for Nurse Managers, HC Pro/Opus, 2004. She holds an RN from Napa Valley College, a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administrations, and an MBA from the University of La Verne.

Tianda McKoy,

Regional Coordinator Southern California
An Administrative Professional and Consultant with over 18 years of progressive experience.  Tianda’s experience includes leading administrative functions, project coordination & management, special events, supporting executive leadership, and as an executive specialist for large scale divisions.  She is currently pursuing a degree in Business (Marketing) with the University of Phoenix and a Project Management (PMP) Certification.


Mary Dickow, MPA, FAAN

Mary Dickow has been Statewide Director for the California Action Coalition, part of the Future of Nursing initiative, for nearly four years. In her role, she is responsible for sustainable actions to improve the health of all Californians. She coordinates the implementation efforts of nurses and healthcare leaders, convening stakeholders, and providing important linkages in California and at the national level. Previously, she served as the Deputy Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program at the Center for the Health Professions at UCSF, responsible for the execution of the $20 million senior nurse leadership program. With over 20 years of experience as faculty, leadership content expert and speaker she has held both state and national roles focused on advancing the impact of health professionals to transform health care. In 2014 Mary was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She holds a Master of Public Administration from USF.