Meet Our Faculty
Dr. Paulina Van is Professor and Chair for the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at
California State University, East Bay (Hayward and Concord campuses). She entered academia
after over two decades in various executive level positions in acute care, home care, and public
health arenas. In prior years, she held full time faculty positions in the Schools of Nursing at
Samuel Merritt University, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, San
Francisco, teaching at the doctoral, masters, and baccalaureate levels. Her course load included
courses in management & leadership, research, perinatal, community/mental health, and senior
capstone. In the realm of academics, she is also a researcher, author, manuscript reviewer, and
consultant. She provides consultation and international support to multidisciplinary groups and
to Bay Area faith-based constituents by co-facilitating grief support groups and consulting with
clergy who are involved in grief counseling. She currently serves as a board member for
community organizations including the Ethnic Health Institute, Alta Bates Summit Medical
Center, the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Team, Department of Health Services, City and County
of San Francisco. She recently completed a term as the Vice President for Sigma Theta Tau,
Honor Society of Nursing, Nu Xi chapter.
Dr. Van is passionate about her program of research, which began in 1996 and is focused on the
wide range of issues concerning women and pregnancy loss. This passion began with a focus on
African American women and has extended to diverse women in the US as well as
internationally in Mexico. Myriad aspects of exploration include coping with grief, factors that
influence grief, health outcomes, nature of dreams and sleep disruption, and spiritual health. In
addition to publications and presentations, a major contribution to practice has been her
development of an emerging theoretical Model of Coping after Pregnancy Loss for culturally
diverse women. Current analysis activities are geared towards advancing this model to guide
assessments, develop culturally appropriate interventions, and to guide care of diverse women
after pregnancy loss. She presented papers on these topics to multidisciplinary audiences of
health care professionals in Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Egypt, and the United States. Her
program of research has been supported by grants and fellowships from multiple sources
including the National Institutes of Health, Sigma Theta Tau International, Johnson & Johnson,
and the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Van is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including multiple listings in Who’s Who
Among Teachers and Faculty of the Year Award recognition by the Society of Collegiate Scholars.
She is a featured participant in a permanent exhibit at the African American Museum and
Library in Oakland, California, and was awarded Congressional Recognition for Outstanding
Community Service by the United States Congress.
Dr. Van was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of California, San Francisco,
earned her degree as Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from University of California, San
Francisco, her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from University of California, San
Francisco and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from the
University of San Francisco. She also earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
from the National League for Nursing.
Dr. Gretchen M. Reevy has been teaching at California State University, East Bay since 1994,
specializing in the following courses at the Concord campus: Stress and Coping, Psychological
Tests, Psychology of Individual Differences, History and Systems of Psychology, and lab
courses. She believes that students benefit from courses that include a variety of teaching styles
including lecture, discussion, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and videos. If you want to
know what a Biodot is or have personal experience with one, take Dr. Reevy’s Stress and Coping
class! She will convince you how to improve your Intelligent Quotient (IQ) when you take
Psychological Tests course or the Psychology of Individual Differences course! Dr. Reevy
appreciates the mix of traditional and non-traditional students at the Concord campus and
believes that the student diversity greatly enhances the class discussions.
Gretchen M. Reevy received her B.A. in Psychology at University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill and her Ph.D. in Psychology at University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in
personality psychology. She has co-edited two books: The Praeger Handbook on Stress and
Coping (Praeger, 2007) and Personality, Stress, and Coping: Implications for Education (IAP,
2011) and has authored one book, Encyclopedia of Emotion (ABC-CLIO, 2010), with two
student co-authors. She conducts research in human personality, stress and coping, academic
achievement, and people’s attachments to their pets!
Bio copied from NBCBayArea.com
Multiple Emmy award and AMS science award winning NBC Bay Area meteorologist Rob
Mayeda enjoys many roles living in the Bay Area.
Rob provides weekend weather forecasts on air and online at NBC Bay Area. He also
produces special weather-related special news projects including the award-winning "On
Thin Ice" a report on climate change affecting Alaska's glaciers. The American
Meteorological Society recognized "On Thin Ice" with its "Excellence in Scientific
Reporting" award in Janurary 2012. The AMS recognized Rob's work for "highlighting the
importance of climate change's relevance to future impacts to the San Francisco Bay Area."
You may also catch Rob on campus at Cal State East Bay where he spends a few
afternoons a month as a guest lecturer for meteorology, geology and planetary science
Rob's career in broadcast news began off camera as an ABC News production associate
for "20/20" and "Primetime Live." He later joined the local news assignment desk at KNBC
in Burbank where he was assigned to special news projects.
Before calling NBC Bay Area home, Rob worked in Seattle and Sacramento where he
spent three years as a morning and weekend weather anchor. Rob was also a weather
anchor and reporter in San Luis Obispo and Palm Desert.
Rob holds the American Meteorological Society's Television Seal of Approval and is
now a multiple Emmy award winner for "Best On Camera News: Weather" in June 2011
and May 2002 from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, San Francisco
He completed his Master of Science degree in Geosciences
(Meteorology/Geology/Hydrology) from Mississippi State University. Rob is also a graduate
of the University of Arizona where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and
His work in the community includes the Lupus Foundation of Northern California as a
volunteer board member and communications chair and assisting the Asian Community
Mental Health Services in the East Bay with events during the year.
Rob was married to his wife Sarah at St. Mary's College in Moraga in November 2008.
They live happily in Dublin with their two Cavalier King Charles spaniels "Barkley" and