Susan Heltsley, BA, MBA
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration
Susan Heltsley joined the College of Medicine on February 15, 2016 as the Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration. In this role, she leads the CoM’s budgeting and reporting processes, creates consistent policies across the CoM and is actively involved in developing the faculty practice plan for the newly formed Roseman Medical Group, LLC. Before joining Roseman, she served as the Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington, a role she held for five years. Prior to that, she worked as a management consultant, in Washington state government guiding the budget process for the Governor’s office, the Liquor Control Board and the Department of Transportation, and for Russell Investment Group as their project planning manager for seven years. She brings more than 25 years of budget, accounting, reporting and process improvement experience to the College of Medicine.
A fourth generation native of Washington State, Susan earned both her Bachelors of Accounting and Masters in Business Administration from Saint Martin’s University. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Washington, and holds the designation of Certified Management Accountant. In her spare time, Susan enjoys traveling, especially to wine country and Disney parks, bemoaning the Seattle Mariners, and cheering for the Seattle Seahawks. She and her husband Scott have a daughter Erin who will be graduating from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon this spring with a finance degree.
Bruce Morgenstern, BS, MD
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Bruce Z. Morgenstern, MD is Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs as well as the interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He received his MD degree from Jefferson Medical College (now the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University) in Philadelphia. He trained in General Pediatrics at the Long Island Jewish – Hillside Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY and did a Pediatric Nephrology fellowship at the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. After serving in the US Air Force at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, MS, he practiced for 15 years at the Mayo Clinic and then for another decade at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where he grew a 4 person staff into a 45 person program, devoted to the care of children with hypertension, kidney disease, on dialysis, or kidney transplant, which was ranked #17 in the 2015 US News best programs ranking, having been unranked in 2012.
Bruce has been involved in medical student education for more than 25 years. He has served as president of COMSEP, the associate of Pediatric medical school educators, and is the president-elect of the Alliance for Clinical Education, the organization of medical school clerkship director organizations from Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Neurology, Psychiatry, Surgery and Emergency Medicine. He is the editor-in-chief of the Guidebook for Clerkship Directors, reviewed in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) as a “must have” book for medical educators. He was also Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and ran CME at Mayo in Rochester and for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Prior to his move to Nevada in 2015, he served on the boards of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, MN and Phoenix, AZ, and the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. Bruce and his wife have an adult daughter, arguably more adult than he is. He enjoys hiking and travel.
Willis Paull, BS, MS, PhD
Interim Chair of Department of Biomedical Sciences
Interim Associate Dean for Research
Willis K. Paull received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Montana State University and his Ph.D. in Anatomy from the University of Southern California. During his career he has been a faculty member in medical schools at the University of Vermont, Medical College of Georgia, Tulane University, University of Missouri-Columbia, Florida State University, Florida Atlantic University and Roseman University.
Dr. Paull has served as department chairman on three occasions and also as vice dean for faculty affairs, research and graduate programs. His research interests have been in the field of neuroendocrinology where he has published 86 scientific papers and had numerous NIH and NSF grants which funded his program.
In 2003, Dr. Paull changed his career direction and has had the pleasure of assisting Florida State University, Florida Atlantic University and now Roseman University in starting new medical schools. He has been active in the development of new curricula and writing of self-studies for the accreditation process.
Dr. Paull has received numerous teaching awards from the medical schools where he has taught, including the Florida Atlantic Universities’ Charles E. Schmidt outstanding instructor award for 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015.
Dr. Paull now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, Kathleen. They have five adult children and five grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys restoring a 1929 Packard convertible.
David Penn, BA, MEd
Director of Student Affairs and Admissions
Mr. Penn received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University with a concentration in Interpersonal Communications, followed by a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in Higher Education specializing in Leadership of Educational Organizations from American InterContinental University. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student (Education- Higher Education –Walden University). His pursuits in higher education in tandem with over nine years of upper-level education leadership, student and career services, faculty development, and training have been driven by a passion for bringing together individuals through carefully crafted shared meaning.
David joined Roseman University’s College of Medicine (COM) family in 2015 as an intern with the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions and officially joined Roseman University’s COM team in October 2016.
As the Director of Student Affairs and Admissions with Roseman’s COM, David supports the College of Medicine in the leadership and direction of the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions; including Student Recruitment and Retention, Student Life, Academic and Career Services/Counseling, Wellness Initiatives, Student Engagement, Service-Learning Opportunities, Lifelong Learning, and Lifelong Colleagues. He is also an Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine.
David’s prior experiences have included Instructor, Director of Education, and Campus Director. These experiences afforded him the opportunity to interact with the diverse student, faculty, staff, and other stakeholder populations. Also, in former positions David has been responsible for the development and implementation of new programs, their curriculum, and preliminary and final accreditation processes. David’s overarching aim has been to provide a robust academic, administrative, and student engagement infrastructure to better serve the community with well-trained graduates.
David is married to Samantha and lives in Las Vegas with their cat, Bella. In his spare time he likes to play guitar and has an affinity for Spartan races, running, hiking, and all things outdoors.
Steven Peralta, BA, JD
Director of Philanthropy
Steven Peralta is currently the Director of Philanthropy for Roseman University College of Medicine. Steven’s main responsibilities are leading and building the College of Medicine’s efforts to create comprehensive business development relationships and activities to diversify the university’s donor base and raise funds thru major gifts, corporate giving, scholarship’s, naming opportunities, business sponsorships and related programs.
Steven Peralta was the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer for Healthcare Preparatory Institute before joining Roseman University College of Medicine. Healthcare Preparatory Institute is a private post-secondary career school that focuses on medical assisting, medical billing/coding and massage therapy. He oversaw the departments of admissions, marketing, faculty development, and career services. He also served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Academy Medical Equipment, Inc — a durable medical equipment supplier for rehabilitation products and services in Las Vegas and San Diego. Prior to arriving in Las Vegas, Steven started his career in the Corporate Legal Department of State Farm Insurance Companies and at the law firm of Fuller & Fuller.
Steven holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Seattle University School of Law and a Bachelor’s from the University of Washington. Steven and his wife have three young girls and have called Las Vegas home since 2004.
Victoria VanMeetren, MBA
Special Advisor to the Founding Dean for Community Engagement
Victoria VanMeetren, Special Advisor to the Founding Dean for Community Engagement of Roseman University College of Medicine. Victoria is a part of the Roseman College of Medicine Administrative team who is opening a new Medical School that should gain accreditation in 2016 and plan to matriculate their first students in the fall of 2017. Victoria holds a nursing degree, BS in Healthcare Administration and an MBA as a three-time UNLV graduate. She started as a bedside nurse and progressively advanced into other administrative roles which led to becoming a hospital CEO for Dignity Health System. She is responsible for building many medical facilities including two new hospitals in Las Vegas (the Siena Campus in 2000 and the San Martin Campus in 2006). Throughout her career she has been involved with many community boards and served on the Nevada Hospital Association for many years.
VanMeetren serves on the Board of Trustees for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber, is a board member for Nevada Hand (which builds affordable housing for the underserved and seniors), she also serves on the Governors Workforce Investment Board-Healthcare and Medical services Sector Council. She is a member of the Nevada State College Presidents Council and is a member of the Medical District Board for the downtown Las Vegas area development. She has been recognized as one of the most influential healthcare and businesspeople in Southern Nevada, 2007 Nevada Mother of the Year and 2008 Woman of Distinction.
Vicky and her husband Steve have two adult children and two granddaughters. She loves to golf, hike and entertain in their home. She has lived in Las Vegas for 38 years and worked primarily in the Healthcare field.
Stephanie Wragg, BSC, MS, PhD
Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Assessment
Dr. Wragg serves in the office of academic affairs to oversee the development and implementation of the four-year educational program. Her portfolio includes curriculum development, student assessment and programmatic evaluation. She also supports the broader mission of the office alongside the associate dean for academic affairs, which includes faculty development, faculty affairs, and library and educational technology as they relate to the four-year program. Dr. Wragg also supports the college’s accreditation process in anticipation of a 2017 launch of the program, based on her experience as a team member and team secretary on numerous accreditation surveys of US and Canadian medical schools. Her experience spans new and established programs, in either main or regional medical campus settings in Michigan, Illinois, Florida and Georgia. In addition to decanal administrative responsibilities, Dr. Wragg has held numerous faculty appointments in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and medicine and is currently associate professor in the department of biomedical sciences.
Dr. Wragg earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She earned a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and pursued post-doctoral training at the University of Oxford.
Dr. Wragg was also director of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) from 2009 to 2011, a group focusing on gender equity, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition, and career advancement within academic medicine. She is a long-standing member of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), and a regular reviewer and editor of educational scholarship for medical education journals and repositories.