Starting Ripples, Making Waves

Alumni event speakers
From left, Dean Stephen Cavanagh along with alumni Goretti DeNava, Leah Morris and Charlie Dharmasukrit at the studio the day of the alumni event.

UC Davis nursing and physician assistant alumni across the country — from Pennsylvania to Hawaii —joined school leaders and friends online June 26 to celebrate the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing's 10-year anniversary, a Decade of Discovery.

Watch the event and selected short videos below to hear alumni share how they are starting ripples and making waves throughout health care as leaders, educators advanced practice clinical providers and researchers.

Speakers include Dean Stephen J. Cavanagh along with alumni Goretti DeNava, Leah C. Morris, Charlie Dharmasukrit and many others.

Watch the full event »

Short video excerpts

A message of gratitude from the dean

Dean Stephen J. Cavanagh provides a message of gratitude with alumni for their contributions to the school's history and it's future.

A special message from the founding dean

Dean Emerita Heather M. Young recounts memories and congratulations with alumni, leaders and students on the school’s Decade of Discovery.

Stories of community connections  

Alumni Ren Bee, Bronwyn Fields and Charlie Dharmasukrit provide their perspectives on the importance of community connections in leading change in health care and how they’re paying it forward to support the next generation of health care professionals.

Leadership and health equity

Carter Todd, a 2019 graduate of the master’s-leadership program, tells about his experience at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and how he’s leading efforts to improve health equity in Sacramento, CA.

Stories of clinical excellence

Physician assistant and family nurse practitioner graduates Angelica De Leon-Renteria, Virginia Hass, Jonathan Lippman, Karen Paolinelli and Conrad Rios share inspiring stories about their passion to deliver accessible, high-quality care and prepare the next generation of advanced practice clinical providers.

Preparing for the unexpected  

Jenna Ricks, a 2019 graduate of the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing, discusses how her simulation lab experiences prepared her to help when she was needed most.

Alumni messages of congratulations on the school’s Decade of Discovery

Alumni give heartfelt messages of gratitude and congratulations on the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s 10-year anniversary.

To learn more about how you can get involved in upcoming alumni events, contact Sarah Mentze, director for alumni engagement, at or 916-501-9917.