Sandra DeBella Bodley, RN, EdD

Emeritus Professor of Nursing




Brief biography

I received my BSN from the University of San Francisco, my MSN in Community Health from San Jose State University, and my Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Education in Organization & Leadership with an area of interest in Health Care Policy and Nurses' Participation in Health Care Planning and Policy Development at the Local, State and National Level.

I joined the SSU nursing faculty in 1975; my clinical areas are community health nursing with special interests in rural health, cultural diversity and service learning. I served as department chair from 1989 through 1996 when the department added the basic baccalaureate program. I retired in 2004 after serving as interim Director of Nursing at Santa Rosa Junior College for a year. I continued to teach on an as-needed basis at SSU for several years, primarily in the graduate program for nursing education. I did educational consulting for nursing programs in California and in 2008 became the project director for a two-year grant through the California Community Colleges for a collaborative effort among the five community colleges in Sonoma State’s service area and the department of nursing to provide an ADN-MSN program.

I’m a healthcare activist. I have served on many boards and committees in Sonoma County, including the Sonoma County Health Alliance in 2000, the North Bay Hospital Council, the Sutter Medical Center board of trustees for 10 years, and the Northern California Center for Well-Being board of directors.

I've a son, two step-daughters, and five grandchildren: Elizabeth, Jamie, Rebecca, Isabella, and Colton Jack.

Our family lost our niece Deora Bodley in the crash of United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania on 9/11.We have become involved with an organization called September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.

Since retiring, I have enjoyed traveling with my husband. We’ve been to South America, Australia and Africa, and we had a marvelous trip to China and Tibet in 2009. This year we spent three weeks touring Iceland.

We are active supporters of the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. I am a docent for the Laguna Foundation, visiting classrooms and leading field trips for 3rd and 4th graders in the laguna watershed area. I have been a board member of Starcross Kin Worldwide (SKW), which is an aids orphan project in Uganda, Africa. I visited the SKW House of Hope in January, 2010. I have also taken SSU students to Mexico at intersession with Dr. Carole Heath in 2007 (Guadalajara) and 2008 (Monterrey). I’m still active in our local Lambda Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. In November last year, I was elected to the Palm Drive Hospital District; I serve on the Board of Directors and the Quality Council.

November, 2013

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