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Bruce Kafer

Case Western Reserve University

Bruce Kafer is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and a registered nurse as well as a doctoral student pursuing a PhD in Nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, OH. Mr. Kafer is a graduate of Cleveland State University where he attained a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Population Health Nursing.…

Sara Kaleya

New York University

Prior to nursing school, Sara received her Bachelor of Science degree from 

Cornell University in Policy Analysis and Management in 2009. She worked as a 

clinical research coordinator at the Mount Sinai Medical Center on multiple oncology 

and public health grants and was awarded the 1st annual Distinguished Professor 

Program in Cancer Research Best Poster Award for her poster on attrition rates in 

cancer research.…

Peter Kallio

Marquette University

Ayse Kaltsas, , MBA, RN

Florida Atlantic University

I am a registered nurse with over 20 years of experience in various settings including medical-surgical, neonatal intensive care, public health, project management, finance and home-health care. Currently, I am a second year full-time BSN to PhD track nursing student and a teaching assistant (TA) in the College of Nursing. My research focus lies in the neurodegenerative diseases area.…

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Andrew Kaminsky, , MSN, RN

Columbia University

I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health DNP student at Columbia University School of Nursing. I completed my MSN at Columbia in June of 2017 and continued into the Psychiatric DNP program in Fall of 2017. Prior to becoming a nurse, I served in the US Coast Guard in Boston, MA and Portland, OR. After leaving the military, I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Queens College.…

Jan Kaminsky

Johns Hopkins

Kendra Kamp, , BSN, RN

Michigan State University

Kendra Kamp, BSN, RN, is a PhD student at the College of Nursing at Michigan State University (MSU). She received her undergraduate nursing degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. After a hands-on research experience providing educational home visits to women of childbearing age, Kendra saw how research had the potential to transform lives and impact policy.…

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JungHee Kang, , MPH, BSN, RN

University of Kentucky

JungHee Kang is a doctoratal student in the BSN-to-PhD program at University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Prior to her current studies, she obtained a master’s degree in public health focused on biostatistics at the University of Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree in nursing science at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Her research is focused on interactions among inflammatory mediators, nutrition and cardiovascular disease.…

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Yu Jin Kang, , MPH, BSN, RN

University of Minnesota

Yu Jin Kang is a third-year Ph.D. student specializing in Informatics, Gerontology, and Nursing management in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota (UMN), Twin Cities. As a registered nurse, she also has provided a nursing care to residents in the long-term care (LTC) facilities. She has an interest in the nursing experience and the resident care in LTC setting, with a specific intent to pursue the understanding of nursing interventions for the resident with multiple chronic conditions.…

Lalon Kasuske, ,CEN, PMP

Uniformed Services University

LCDR Lalon Kasuske was commissioned a Navy Nurse Corps officer in 1999 after earning his BSN from Lewis-Clark State College, graduating with Presidential Honors. He completed an MBA from the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University in 2007, graduating as a Beta Gamma Sigma Scholar. Previous duty stations include Naval Medical Center San Diego & Naval Hospital Bremerton where he served as a staff emergency nurse.…

Alexander Kats

Uniformed Services University

I am an Air Force Captain currently attending Uniformed Services University at Bethesda, MD. I have experience in step-down/progressive care nursing, med-surge, and primary care nursing, and am med-surge certified. I am currently enrolled in the DNP program for Family Nurse Practitioner, and hope to graduate in 2016.

Lacee Kaufmann, , RN, MSN, CNE

University of Missouri-St. Louis

My name is Lacee Kaufmann and I am an assistant professor at St. Louis Community College Meramec. Over the past 12 years I have worked my way up from a LPN, to RN, BSN, MSN and I am currently seeking a PhD at the University of Missouri St. Louis. While attending UMSL I received the Advanced Nurse Educator Scholarship and I am currently a member of Sigma Theta Tau.…

Nancy Kavanagh Manister


Scott Kaye, ,RN-BC, CEN, CPEN, CCRN, NE-BC,

CUNY Graduate Center

Mr. Kaye received his Bachelor’s Degree in International Nursing from the Helsinki College of Healthcare and Social Services in Finland. He received his Master’s degree in Nursing Administration from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Kaye is currently the Manager of Nursing Education and Special Projects at New York Hospital Queens. In this role his focus is on the planning, creation, and implementation of online learning programs and clinical simulation, plus clinical decision support.…

Kathleen Keane

Boston College

Leslie Kearfott, ,FNP

Oakland University

Scholarly Expertise / Activity Interests:Pediatrics, End of Life Care in Pediatrics, Pediatric Congenital Heart Defects, Family Centered Care Ms. Kearfott has been in the medical field for more than 25 years, with a lifelong passion for pediatrics. Initially, after graduation, she went right into the Pediatric ICU at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Her passion for pediatrics and cardiac conditions helped her to become one of the most recognized new staff in her unit.…

Alisha Keating, ,CEN

University of San Diego

Alisha Keating is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of San Diego (USD) as a Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She is interested in women’s health, vaccination education/compliance, infectious disease, and global health and humanitarian service. For her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, she attended Azusa Pacific University as a Board of Trustees Scholar, awarded with full-tuition scholarship for academic and leadership merit.…

Christine Keenan

Johns Hopkins

Stephanie Kehler, , BSN, RN

University of Kentucky

Stephanie Kehler, BSN, RN Stephanie Kehler received her BSN from University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY as a second degree. Her first BS was from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI in mechanical engineering. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Stephanie began her research career as an undergraduate research intern where she studied anxiety and stress during pregnancy.…

Anna Katherine Keiper

University of Washington

Nowai Keleekai

Columbia University

Kristin Keller, , MS, AOCNS, ACRN

Saint Louis University

I am a second year PhD student at Saint Louis University School of Nursing. My area of interest is oncology. For my dissertation, I am planning to use a mixed methods design to study the practices of oncology nurses with regard to addressing smoking cessation amongst patients with a cancer diagnosis. I completed my BSN at the University of Virginia (2006) and received and MS from the University of California San Francisco (2010).…

Mary Kellgren, , MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Molly Kellgren MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE currently works for the National League for Nursing as the Project Manager for the Accelerating to Practice program. She was formerly an Assistant Professor and Manager of the Nursing Applied Learning Lab at St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, MN. As a participant in the highly competitive NLN Leadership Program for Simulation Educators, Molly led a team focused on the design and implementation of a simulation faculty development toolkit.…

Michelle Kellywood Yazzie

University of New Mexico

Kathleen Kennedy, , MSN, RN, PHN

Azusa Pacific University

Kathleen Kennedy is a PhD in Nursing student at Azusa Pacific University (APU). Ms. Kennedy earned a BSN degree and Public Health Nurse certificate also from APU. From California State University Fullerton, she earned a MSN in Nursing Leadership & Administration with a concentration in nursing education. During that time, she was named a MSN GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) Fellow.…

Terri Khan

University of Nebraska Medical Center

I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner completing my DNP. I have been a psychiatric nurse since 1988. I have had the privilege of working in multiple states, multiple levels of care and with patients through out the life span. I have 22 years of psychiatric nursing leadership experience. My highest achievement was to be the Operations Leader of Behavioral Health Services providing nursing supervision for inpatient, residential beds, and partial hospitalization programs in a multi facility organization.…

Jason Kiernan

Wayne State University

As an RN for nearly 20 years, and a nurse practitioner for nearly nine, I bring to my doctoral studies many years of practice in urban healthcare settings. As a new doctoral student, my area of interest is cancer symptomatology; more specifically, I am interested in investigating neutraceuticals and their effect on the symptoms associated with cancer and cancer treatment.…

Mara Killen

Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing

I began my interest in caring for women as a research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania running clinical trials designed to better the health of women. Eventually, desiring more responsibility and the credentials to manage patient care independently, I felt that becoming an NP specializing in women’s health would further that goal. To accomplish this I completed an accelerated BSN and Master’s program at the University of Pennsylvania.…

Jacqueline Killian

Uniformed Services University

Lt Col Jacqueline Killian was commissioned in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, August 1991, and was assigned to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Brook Army Medical Center. She served as staff nurse, charge nurse, grief counselor and transport team member. Upon completing her first tour, she left the Army and worked five years in the civilian sector as a NICU staff nurse, a disability case manager, and an outpatient clinic staff nurse at Malmstrom Air Force Base.…

Alyssa Killion, ,PMHNP

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Alyssa Killion, MSN, APN received her ASN from Harcum Junior College and her BSN from Chamberlain College of Nursing. While pursuing these degrees she worked in both psychiatric and women’s health fields. Upon receiving her BSN, she pursued a MSN at Rutgers University where she was awarded an ANEE Fellowship and graduated in 2012 from the family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner program.…

Imshin Kim, ,BLS, ACLS, CCRN

Uniformed Services University

I have 14+ years of nursing experience includes critical care, diabetes and hemodialysis patients’ care in civilian nursing include military nursing. I earned my BSN at University of New York and currently I am taking DNP/FNP in Uniformed Services University as Army active personnel. I am a member of the American Nurses Association-Military, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, and 38th Parallel Nurse Society.…

Jennifer Kim

New York University

Andrea King, , BSN, RN, CCRN

University of Maryland

Andrea King, BSN, RN, CCRN is from Orange County, Virginia. She is currently a BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner student at the University of Maryland. She is also pursing her Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions Certificate at the University of Maryland. Andrea completed her BSN at the University of Virginia where she was a Sonja Hoel-Perkins scholar and was very actively involved in several leadership positions, including a position on the State Board of Directors for the Virginia Nursing Students Association.…

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Teresa King, , MSN, APRN, ANP-c, GNP-BC, FNP-BC

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Teresa D. King, MSN, ANP-c, GNP-BC, FNP-BC, is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Ms. King is a current, 2018-2020, Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar. Her DNP project topic is Community-Based Care and focuses on outcomes of telehealth care, specifically patient access, chronic disease management, and patient satisfaction. For the last 11 years, she has served as a nurse practitioner in primary care at the Veterans Administration in St.…

Susan Kioko, ,NP, PCCN

Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing

My name is Susan Kioko. I was born in Nairobi, Kenya and mothered by a registered nurse. Trained as a nurse in Kenya, my mother left the hospital wards soon after graduation and went into the community with her practice. She opened two donation-based clinics in poor, underserved communities, recruiting the financial support for basic health supplies and medication.…

Holly Kirkland-Walsh

University of California, San Francisco

Amanda Kirkpatrick, , MSN, RN-BC

Villanova University

Amanda Kirkpatrick, MSN, RN-BC currently works as an assistant professor in the undergraduate nursing program at her alma mater, Creighton University (BSN, 2005), where she has worked since obtaining her MSN in nursing education from Clarkson College in December 2012. Her previous work experience was in the area of Burn/ICU clinical nursing (3 years) and staff development (4 years) at Nebraska Medicine.…

Michelle Kirwan, , MSN, RN, CRNP, CNE, CHSE

The Catholic University of America

Michelle Kirwan is a current Ph.D. student at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Her dissertation work focuses on the acceptance and use of technology to improve health in patients with heart failure. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at Towson University in Towson, Maryland primarily teaching adult health courses and is actively engaged in simulation education.…

Barbara Kitchener, ,CCRN

Seton Hall University

I am enrolled in the PhD Nursing Program at Seton Hall University. My dissertation topic is Spiritual Care in Acute Care Nursing, and concerns preparing nurses to provide spiritual care. I plan to continue conducting research in the area of spiritual care as it applies to community health and various populations such as the elderly, healthcare providers, and nursing students.…

Julie Kittelsrud, ,CNP

South Dakota State University

Julie Kittelsrud is currently working towards her PhD in Nursing through South Dakota State University in Sioux Falls, SD. She works as a nurse practitioner for the Avera Research Institute and Avera Institute for Human Genetics, where she is involved in programs and research related to pharmacogenetic evaluations for the Avera health system. Her PhD research is related to shift work and circadian desynchronization in type 1 diabetics who work shifts.…

Cristina Klimasz, , MSN, RN, FNP

Wagner College

Cristina Klimasz received her BA in Speech and Hearing Science from SUNY Buffalo, and her BSN from Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing at Wagner College. She recently graduated with her MSN from Wagner College, where she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. As a graduate student, she presented research focused on yoga and hypertension at the 2016 Collaborative Research/Evidence Based Nursing Practice Expo.…

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Mary Eileen (Meg) Kloster, , MSN, RN

Villanova University

Mary Eileen (Meg) Kloster is a doctoral student in the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University. She earned her B.S. in Nursing at the University of Bridgeport and a Master’s in Nursing with a focus in Nursing Administration from Andrews University. Additionally, she received a Post Masters Certificate in Nursing Education, Lewis University.…

Nancy Knechel, ,ACNP, ACLS, TNCC, BLS

Yale University

Nancy Knechel received her BSN from University of Maryland, Baltimore and MSN from University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Acute Care. She is currently a PhD candidate at Yale University. Her dissertation focuses on the relationship between sleep disturbance and falls. With nearly 10 years of experience in trauma and emergency care, her interest in injury among older adults began during her clinical practice as a Trauma Nurse Practitioner at UC San Diego Medical Center.…

Cynthia Knight, , FNP-BC

Regis College

As a nurse for 27 years and an NP for twelve years, Cynthia Knight is passionate about continuing her education at the Doctoral level. Cynthia earned a BSN from Curry College in 2001 and a MS as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Regis College in 2004. She is currently enrolled in the Regis College DNP program focusing on Geriatric Veterans Healthcare.…

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La’Kita Knight, , PhD Student, MSN, FNP-C, BSN, BS, RN

Duke University

La’Kita M. J. Knight, a native of Charlotte, NC, earned her Bachelors of Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in 2003. She continued her studies at Queens University of Charlotte earning her BSN graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2009. While at Queens University she was a recipient of the North Carolina Nurse Scholars Program, a member of The Honor Society of Nursing- Sigma Theta Tau International as well as the Mortar Board Honor Society.…

Shanina Knighton, ,CMRN, BCLS

Case Western Reserve University

I am Shanina Knighton, a PhD nursing student at Case Western Reserve University. My research interests are infection control and prevention. I have my first undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College majoring in Sports Medicine. My BSN was obtained from Ohio University. I have been working with veterans for six years and I love them very much.…

Kelsey Knotts, , BS, RN

Quinnipiac University

Kelsey is attending Quinnipiac University for her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. In her first year of the program she researched post-traumatic stress disorder and the subsequent development of comorbidities in U.S. veterans. Kelsey has a personal interest in veterans’ health care due to both her father and grandfather serving in the United States Armed Forces.…

Krista Knudson, , MSN, RN, ACNP

Yale University

A clinician and aspiring nurse scientist, Ms. Knudson is a PhD candidate at Yale University. Ms. Knudson received her B.S.N. from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin and M.S.N. (acute care nurse practitioner) from Yale. Her extensive training and practice background in acute care includes many years as a nurse and nurse practitioner in cardiac surgery intensive care units.…

Kathie Kobler, ,PCNS-BC, CHPPN

University of Illinois at Chicago

Kathie Kobler, MS, APN, PCNS-BC, CHPPN, serves as the advance practice nurse leader of the perinatal and pediatric palliative care programs at Advocate Children’s Hospital Park Ridge, IL campus. She has been caring for medically fragile and dying infants and children since 1985. Kathie speaks and writes professionally on perinatal/pediatric palliative care and bereavement issues. Along with Dr.…

Erica Koeppen

University of San Diego

My current program at USD is preparing me for a Doctorate of Nursing Practice- Nurse Practioner. Clinical practice interest include adult gerontology, cardiology, and diabetes. I have worked as a bachelor prepared Registered Nurse for 3 years. Throughout my time working at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) on a medical-surgical unit, I have grown, and taken initiative in the scope of my nursing practice.…

Elizabeth Koldoff, , MS, RN

University of Oklahoma

Elizabeth Koldoff is a doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing. Her program of research is health promotion for children with cerebral palsy and she is very interested in community-based participation research. Ms. Koldoff is the recipient of the Women and Child Health Initiative Predoctoral Scholarship.…

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Laura Kollatz, , BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P

Marquette University

Currently I am manager of the Forensic Nurse Examiner Program at Aurora Sinai Medical Center. This program is the largest Forensic Nurse program in the state and we serve survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. I have been in this work for the past 15 years and have been a leader and mentor within Wisconsin in this field.…

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Leigh Anne Koonmen

RN, BSN, PhD candidate

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Kentucky. My research focus is type 2 diabetes risk reduction in first-degree family members and spouses of persons diagnosed with diabetes through lifestyle modification utilizing health coaching strategies. I have previously conducted a qualitative study examining dyadic management of a dual low sodium and diabetic diet that focused on individuals with diagnosed heart failure and type 2 diabetes as well as their spouses.

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Emily Kopas, , BSN, RN, OCN

Fairfield University

Emily Kopas is a third year Family Nurse Practitioner Student obtaining her DNP degree at Fairfield University’s Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing. She began her nursing career on a neuro orthopedic floor and later found her passion for oncology nursing as a Flynn Oncology Fellow at Greenwich Hospital in 2015. She continues to work at this hospital as an Oncology Certified Nurse and Palliative Care Recourse Nurse on the medical oncology floor and chemotherapy infusion center.…

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Keshia Kotula, , MSN, RN

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Keshia Kotula is an expert critical care nurse who has cared for a wide range of high acuity, seriously ill patients and their families for the past 7 years. She is pursuing a PhD in Nursing Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Ms. Kotula’s research interests focus on models of critical care palliative and end-of-life care integration and their effects on informal (family) and formal caregivers of patients with life-limiting illness.…

Tracy Krauss

Johns Hopkins University

After graduating from Winston Salem State University in 1993, Lieutenant Commander Tracy Krauss joined the US Navy Nurse Corp. In2007, LCDR Krauss obtained a Master’s in Science with a concentration in Disaster, Crisis and Emergency Management from George Washington University and served as the Emergency Manager for US Naval Hospital Naples, Italy. She completed a second Masters at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, graduating with an MPH with a concentration in Infectious Disease.…

Sandra Kreizenbeck, , FNP, MSN, BSN, RN

University of San Francisco

Sandra Kreizenbeck is currently enrolled at the University of San Francisco as a DNP student. She graduated from USF in 1997 with a BSN. After she graduated from USF, she served in both the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom conflicts as an officer and nurse in the US Air Force. She got out as a Captain.…

Paul Krug, , BSN, RN, CEN

University of San Diego

Paul Krug is a student at the University of San Diego perusing his Doctorate of Nursing Practice towards becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. He currently works in the Emergency Department at the San Diego VA Medical Center, where in the future he hopes to serve Veterans as a provider. A Veteran of three branches and multiple deployments, his service began in the Marine Corps’ infantry where an injury peaked his interest in healing the injured.…

Paul Kruglov, , RN MSN

University of Rhode Island

My name is Paul Kruglov, and I am a registered nurse. I work in an emergency department at a local hospital. I provide care to a diverse patient population that ranges from pediatric to geriatric. I have earned both BSN and MSN degrees, and I am currently pursuing a PhD degree from University of Rhode Island.…

Darlene Kuchinski-Donnelly, , PhD(c), MSN, RN

Widener University

Darlene Kuchinski-Donnelly is a student at Widener University in the PhD program. The focus of her dissertation is student engagement in the online learning environment. Darlene received a Masters of Science degree and Post-Masters certificate from Misericordia University. Her clinical practice and teaching experience includes nursing research and evidence-based practice, informatics, obstetrics, medical/surgical, and pediatric nursing.…

Trina Kumodzi, , BSN, RN, CCRN

University of Virginia

Trina Kumodzi, BSN, RN, CCRN is a BSN-PhD student at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She graduated cum laude with an Associate Degree in Nursing from the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland and she was honored with the prestigious Dr. Mary Lou Stromer Nursing Excellence Award. She also graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Nursing from Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing.…

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Sara Kuner-Henderson, , RN, BSN

University of Louisville

Sara Kuner – Henderson will graduate from the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with a focus in Family Practice at the University of Louisville in August of 2020. Her pursuit of higher education was lead with the initiative to positively impact the local community by participating in primary care prevention. More specifically, Sara’s DNP project has an emphasis on home hygiene education among pediatric asthma patient caregivers.…

Laurie Kunkel-Jordan, ,ANP-BC, CCRN, CNE

Marquette University

Laurie Kunkel-Jordan is a professional registered nurse and servant leader dedicated to the education and empowerment of a diverse nursing workforce. Laurie earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Alverno College in 2000 and a Master’s degree in nursing from Marquette University in 2005. Currently in pursuit of a PhD in nursing at Marquette University, she is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner, a certified nurse educator, and a certified critical care nurse.…