Nursing Faculty and Staff

Kevin Kramer
Dean of Health, Kinesiology and Athletics

Connie Telles
Director for Nursing Program

Tami Washington
Assistant Director of Nursing Program

Yetunde Osikomaiya
Counselor/Case Manager

Ellie Hirstein
Senior Administrative Assistant for Nursing Program


Elaine Baiardi, MBA,MS, RN, 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.”

Tri Dam , NPF, MSN, RN

Nursing Experience – 10 years

Education /Training:  California State University, Bakersfield, BSN 2009; California State University, Sonoma, MSN 2017; Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, 2018

Content Experience: Pediatrics

Courses Taught at Chabot: Pediatrics

LaShara Jason, MSN, RNC-OB

Nursing Experience: years


Content Experience: 

Courses Assigned: Nursing 55, Fundamentals of Nursing, clinical and theory

Nursing Vision and Philosophy:

M. 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, MSN, RNC-OB

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.”