Health Care Administration
Steven Aker Mosher
Since 1989, Dr. Mosher has served as the director of the Health Care Administration Program at Mary Baldwin College. He is also a professor of health care administration and political science. He has held similar positions at Avila College in Missouri and Ferrum College in Virginia. He received his PhD in government and international studies from the University of South Carolina where he also received his Master of Arts degree in international studies and his Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in political science.
Dr. Mosher’s 37 year career as an academic has involved teaching, researching, writing, consulting, mentoring, and making presentations at international and national conferences. He has spent considerable time investigating the field of long term care. He has a special interest in strategic management, global health, and quality of care issues in long term care. He has traveled widely, investigating the health care systems of Canada, Australia, Norway, Cyprus, Malta, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. He has received numerous grants, including two awards from the government of Quebec to analyze their health care system. He has also worked with a long term care facility in Nova Scotia to enhance its decision making system. He has completed four consultancies in the area of organizational behavior and development with the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents, the only children’s psychiatric hospital in Virginia.
The undergraduate program in health care administration that Dr. Mosher directs is one of only 45 such programs in the United States and Canada to be fully certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. The program is also the only one of its type to be endowed.
Dr. Mosher is an active member in a variety of professional organizations including the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and he served for 14 years on the Planning Committee of the Augusta Health Care, Inc., a top 100 hospital in the United States. He currently serves as the chair of the board of directors of the Legacy of North Augusta. He is also a member of the teaching faculty at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences.
Quality in long term care is the major research interest of Dr. Mosher. This interest is international in scope. It speaks to a commitment to the integration of academic and practitioner worlds to the betterment of the people served in long term care settings.
As an undergraduate student at Wittenberg University, I had a double major in psychology and philosophy. My graduate degrees from Boston University School of Theology were in systematic theology and church ministries, with a concentration in Biblical studies. My doctoral research examined whether and why pastors refer church members for professional counseling, and that interest has continued as I served on the Social Services Board and the Valley Community Services Board in Staunton. I was a pastor of United Methodist churches in Ohio and here in the Shenandoah Valley for 25 years, including three years as a campus minister at JMU. As a pastor I did a pulpit exchange that enabled me to serve two churches in Kingston upon Hull, England for a summer, which was a great experience for the whole family. I did my first college teaching at the former Staunton Correctional Center while serving a church full time, and my JMU experience led to an opportunity to teach graduate courses at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Soon after that I was offered a full-time sabbatical replacement position teaching medical ethics at Wingate University, and since then I have taught essentially full time.
My academic interests include ethics (especially medical and leadership ethics), Biblical studies, and world religions. But I still enjoy teaching the basic survey course in philosophy, in which students have their first exposure to some of the Big Ideas that philosophers have struggled with for centuries.
My wife, Jackie, taught biology at MBC for 14 years and is currently a freelance science writer. Our two children are Eve, currently completing her doctorate in clinical psychology at the New School in New York City, and Kurt, a graduate student in German studies at Berkeley.
David Colton, PhD, MPA, MEd, is retired from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, where his responsibilities included analyzing data and completing internal evaluations for quality improvement, coordinating research activities, and assisting with technology implementation. Dr. Colton has published and presented in the areas of quality improvement and organizational development. He has published on organizational cultural change as it relates to reducing the use of seclusion and restraint in mental health settings and has presented on this topic at conferences in the U.S. and Europe. He is co-author of the text Designing and Constructing Instruments for Social Research and Evaluation, a Jossey-Bass publication. Dr. Colton is a member of the American Evaluation Association.
Eileen T. Hinks
Dr. Eileen T. Hinks received her BS in biology at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA and received a PhD in microbiology from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed a postdoctoral program in medical microbiology and immunology at Erie County Medical Center. From 1978 through 1988, Dr. Hinks held a variety of positions in a multi-hospital system in the Philadelphia area: Director of Microbiology and Immunology for three suburban hospital laboratories, Laboratory Manager at Rolling Hill Hospital and later, Corporate Laboratory Manager for United Hospitals, Inc. In addition to medical laboratory, infection control, teaching, and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Hinks was an active member, symposium coordinator, and branch officer of the Southeastern PA branch of the American Society for Microbiology.
After a brief family hiatus, Dr. Hinks joined Mary Baldwin’s Adult Degree Program in 1992 as an instructor. She began teaching health care administration courses in 1999 and since 2001 she has been an adjunct assistant professor of health care administration. She teaches a variety of courses including Biology of Women, Epidemiology, Women’s Health Care Issues, Introduction to Public Health, and Public Health Issues. In 2005, she received a faculty development grant through the health care administration program to do original research in the area of pandemic influenza planning in the Roanoke, Virginia area working in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Health. Dr. Hinks is also a part-time instructor in the chemistry and biology departments at Virginia Military Institute where she teaches chemical science for liberal arts majors and a public health course. She has received two faculty mentor awards at VMI for her outstanding teaching.
Tricia S. Ryan
Tricia S. Ryan, MPH is currently completing her PhD in Sociology/Demography from the University of Texas at Austin. She is completing her dissertation on variations in responses to major health care reform in Kyrgyzstan in the wake of the transition from the Soviet Union to capitalist democracy. She previously earned a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health Department of Health Management and Policy. Her MPH is in Health Policy with a concentration in Women’s and Reproductive Health. She earned a BA (magna cum laude) in Russian Literature and Language with a concentration in Women’s Studies and a minor in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Ms. Ryan has lived and worked in numerous countries. She completed a public health internship at the Maternal and Infant Training Center and Childbirth Education Resource Center in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in the Russian Far East and has completed research and language training in Moscow, Russia, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. She has worked for Magee Womancare International, the international humanitarian outreach arm of Magee Women’s Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, in areas including Donestk, Ukraine and Central Asia. She has also done consulting work in Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and Albania.
Ms. Ryan’s research interests include population health, health disparities, responses to changing health policies, comparative health systems, post-socialist health systems and gender and development.
John P. Wilkinson
John P. Wilkinson retired from the U.S. Navy as a CDR/MSC/USN in 1986. While in the Navy, he received a BS in health care administration from George Washington University and a MA in human resources management from Pepperdine University. He was a member of the faculty at seven universities and has been at Mary Baldwin as an adjunct professor in the HCA Program since 1990. Since retirement he has worked as the construction manager on various building projects, a farm manager, and worked for the American Red Cross in their health and safety program. He currently serves as Senior Faculty Mentor in the Health Care Administration Program, having retired from teaching in 2010.