Faculty & Staff

Dale Wagoner
Dean of Health, PE, Athletics

Connie Telles
Director for Nursing Program

Christine Gillis
Assistant Director of Nursing Program

Jane Church
Counselor/Case Manager

Catherine Gentiluomo
Senior Administrative Assistant for Nursing Program



Elaine Baiardi, RN, MS, MBA, CNE, HTP-CH

Nursing experience – 35 years combined

Education/Training – State University of New York at Stony Brook MS: Clinical Psychology and MBA: Health Care Administration, California Coast University. Nursing instructor at Alamance Community College, North Carolina.  Joined Chabot Faculty in 2011.

Content Experience – Extensive experience and training in the healing arts.

Courses Taught at Chabot – Psychiatric Nursing; Clinical Nutrition; Adult Health I; Nursing Care-Patient Infectious Diseases

Nursing vision and philosophy – “I chose to become a nurse educator because I wanted to impact the future of nursing through preparing individuals to practice effectively in an ever-changing, complex healthcare environment.”


Rudolph Cockerham, RN, MSN

Nursing experience – 35 years combined

Education/Training – BSN: Samuel Merritt College/St Mary’s College, MSN: Samuel Merritt College, “Care of High Risk Populations”

Content Experience – Pediatrics; Neonatal ICU; Pediatric Rehabilitation; Early Intervention Services 0-3

Courses Taught at Chabot – Adult Health I, Nursing Theory: LVN-RN Transition

Nursing vision and philosophy – “Nursing is the art & science of caring.  We use nursing theory to guide our practice and provide the rationale & foundation for the services we provide.  The art is found in our ability to be compassionate and emphatic.  To possess the ability to the client as a unique individual in need of services and not as a pathology.”


Tri Dam , MSN, RN

Nursing Experience – 8 years

Education /Training California State University, Bakersfield, BSN 2009,

Content Experience: Pediatrics

Courses Taught at Chabot: Pediatrics

Christine Gillis, RN, MSN

Nursing experience – 38 years combined

Education/Training – BSN: University of New Mexico, MSN: San Jose State University

Content Experience – ER and Medical/Surgical

Courses Taught at Chabot – Adult Health I; Skills; Gerontological Nursing; Fundamentals of Nursing Practice

Nursing vision and philosophy – “I see nursing as a field in which the practitioners must be compassionate, highly skilled, and committed to providing the best possible care to every client in a professional, ethical manner.  There is a joy to nursing where you know that you can have such a positive impact on a person’s life, and that this impact occurs when the patient is at a tremendously vulnerable point in his or her life.  Nursing is a very challenging field, and requires commitment and motivation to succeed.”

Susan Komanetsky, MSN, RN, CWOCN, CDR/USN/Ret.

Nursing Experience: 39 years

Education/Training: University of Florida, MSN. University of San Francisco, BSN,

Position: Skills Lab Coordinator

Content Experience: Medical/Surgical; Operating Room; Administration; Education; Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing

Courses Taught: Nursing 84 Clinical Skills, Medical Terminology, and Orientation to Healthcare and Allied Health Exploration.

Nursing Vision and Philosophy:

  • To provide quality care with a compassionate approach to each individual with empathy for all those I work with and all those I care for.
  • To enhance nursing education for nursing students through current theory and practical experiences.
  • To exemplify the highest standards of nursing within the environments I work.
  • To provide nursing leadership within the multidisciplinary teams in which I serve.

Connie Telles, DNP, CNE, MSN, RNC-OB & Director of Chabot Nursing Program

Nursing experience – 34 years combined

Education/Training – ADN: Chabot College, BSN: Cal State University, Dominquez Hills, MSN: San Jose State (Education), DNP: University of San Francisco (Healthcare Leadership)

Content Experience – Medical/Surgical, Maternity

Courses Taught at Chabot – Maternity Nursing; Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing and Leadership; Simulation Lab coordinator

Nursing vision and philosophy – “Being a nurse isn’t about grades. It’s about being who we are. No book can teach you how to cry with a patient. No class can teach you how to tell their family that their parents have died or are dying. No professor can teach you how to find dignity in giving someone a bed bath. A nurse is not about the pills or the charting. It’s about being able to love people when they are at their weakest moments” -anonymous


Tami Washington, RN, MSN

Nursing experience – 16 years

Education/Training – AA: Evergreen Valley College, BS Cal State East Bay (formerly Cal State Hayward), MSN: San Francisco State University

Content Experience – Obstetrical nursing in include antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and new born.

Courses Taught at Chabot – Maternal Newborn Nursing; Intravenous Therapy; Physical Assessment

Nursing vision and philosophy – “As nurses in this profession we play an important role in the overall wellbeing of every patient to include physical, psychosocial, spiritual/cultural needs and assessments. These are aspects that typically overlap when it comes to health and must be addressed. Ever since I was in elementary school I wanted to be 2 things: a nurse and a teacher. It makes my job worthwhile to do both and make an impact on future nurses at the same time.”



Rhonda Westmoreland, RN, MSN

Nursing experience – 20 years combined

Education/Training – ADN: Chabot College 1997, MSN: Nursing Education: Walden U., Minneapolis MN, 2015

Content Experience – Intensive Care; Medical/Surgical

Courses Taught at Chabot – Nursing Fundamentals; Adult Health II, Health Assessment, Pharmacology and Skills Review

Nursing vision and philosophy – “Nursing is a synergistic blend of both art and science.  Nurses must use their minds, hearts and souls to influence individual, community and global health care outcomes.”


April Wood, RN, MSN

Nursing experience – 23 years combined

Education/Training – BSN: University of Iowa, MSN: San Jose State University

Content Experience – Medical/Surgical

Courses Taught at Chabot – Fundamentals of Nursing Practice; Adult Health II; Pathophysiology

Nursing vision and philosophy – “Nurses are care giving professionals who strive to improve the health and wellbeing of others.”