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Meet the Faculty


Kate Benscoter, M.Ed, RRT-NPS, RPFT

 Kate Benscoter has been a Respiratory Care Practitioner for over 40 years, an educator for over 25 years, and has served as Program Director for Napa Valley College's Respiratory Care Program. Early in her career, she worked at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and Children's Hospital in Oakland. Kate loves working in education supporting student's growth into health care professionals. The profession is in need of more educators in both the clinical and academic settings and she is excited to help practitioners develop the necessary skills.

Kate holds an A.S. degree in Respiratory Care from Grossmont College, El Cajon, a B.A. degree in Psychology from San Diego State University, San Diego, and an M.A. in Education/Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University, Fairfield.

Ray Hernandez, MPH, RRT-NPS

 Ray Hernandez started his professional career in 1986 focusing energy and passion in the health care arena. As a licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner, his efforts have centered on those with issues related to lung health; specifically, with populations prenatal to 18 years of age. His passion expanded to providing education in the clinical arena to health care colleagues and Respiratory Care students. These experiences subsequently led him to the academic setting. In 1997, he became a faculty member and Director of the Respiratory Care Program, and in 2011 became Dean for Science, Math, and Technology at Skyline. Over the years, he has been able to bring academic and community resources together and provide effective leadership to educate diverse student populations. He continues to serve on the board for the California Society for Respiratory Care as chair for the Professional Advancement Committee.

Ray holds an A.S. degree in Respiratory Care from Fresno City College, Fresno, a B.S degree in Health Services Administration from St. Mary's College, Moraga, and an Masters in Public Health from San Francisco State University, San Francisco.

Lisa Bazile Hills, MS, RRT, RCP

 Lisa Bazile Hills has twenty-eight years experience as a Respiratory Care Professional with progressive management experience in multifaceted healthcare systems and academic settings. Her work experience has enabled her to develop a wide range of skills and abilities in Leadership and Management. She has an immense understanding of the role of the Respiratory Care Practitioner in the HealthCare industry and the skills needed to be a successful Respiratory Care Practitioner.

Over the past twelve years, Lisa has served as the Manager of Respiratory Care Services for Kaiser Permanente Hayward, Fremont, and San Leandro. She is currently consulting with the Respiratory Care department at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.

Lisa earned an A.S. degree in Respiratory Care from Loma Linda University, San Bernardino, a B.S. degree in Human Development from the University of California, Davis, and an M.S. degree in Health Services Administration from St. Mary's College, Moraga.

Brielle Plump

 At the University of California, Davis Brielle Plump studied Communication, examining how media and technology influence behavior and perception. After interning for the National Arthritis Foundation in Washington, D.C., and researching Health Reform messaging, Brielle knew that she wanted to support behavioral health education through the lens of communication. She moved to Southern California to work in Medical Education marketing for Kaplan Test Prep while pursuing an MA in Communication at San Diego State University. The bulk of Brielle's research considered communication within health teams and integrative medicine contexts, however she is also interested organizational, intercultural and interpersonal communication topics. Since returning to the Bay Area Brielle has worked for several non-profit organizations aimed at skills based learning, including her current role with Girls Leadership. She also teaches yoga and is a wellness coach. Brielle was born in Oakland, and has lived in California for most of her life.

Brielle holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of California, Davis, and an M.A. in Communication from San Diego State University.

Kimberly Trotter, MA, RPSGT

 Kimberly Trotter is currently the Administrative Director for the University of California San Francisco Adult and Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center.  She began her career as a clinical sleep technologist, conducting sleep disorders testing in a sleep disorders center, and has been in the field of sleep for 29 years. Over the years, she has published and presented sleep research, created and taught insomnia classes, coordinated support groups for sleep apnea sufferers, presented educational talks on sleep and health to the public, written numerous articles on sleep: for the public and the profession, taught sleep disorders medicine to future technologists and physicians, and accredited two sleep disorders centers.  She served on the American Association for Sleep Technologists Board of Directors from 1996-1998, was the 1999 recipient of the Carskadon Research Award, and the 2006 recipient of the Allen DeVilbiss Literary Award.

Kimberly holds an B.A. degree in Psychology and an M.A. in Behavioral Psychology and Sleep Research from California State University Sacramento.  She is also a Board Registered Polysomnographic Technologist.

Meet the Support Staff

Krystal Craddock, BS, RRT-NPS, CCM

Krystal Craddock serves as a full time COPD Case Manager at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. She started her career in Respiratory Care in 2007 and worked with adult and pediatric patients in critical care and trauma for the first five years. She became a full time COPD Case Manager in 2012 and received her Certification in Case Management (CCM) in 2014. She has presented Respiratory Care Case Management at respiratory state conferences, the COPD Foundation's annual conference, College of CHEST Physicians, ATS conference, and AARC congresses.  She was awarded the Charles W. Serby COPD Research Fellowship in 2013. She currently serves on the RT Magazine advisory board lending her expertise in COPD care.  Krystal is grateful and acknowledges that her successes are due to her patients; not only is she able to provide them with education leading to their empowerment, but she is able to learn a great deal from them every day.

Krystal holds an A.S. degree in Respiratory Care from Butte Community College, Oroville, and a B.S. degree in Respiratory Care from Boise State University, Boise.