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Villanova University

Tara Sacco is an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist with over 12 years of critical care nursing and education experience. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY; her Master’s in Leadership of Healthcare Systems from the University of Rochester; and her post-Master’s Certificate as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist from St.…

Lisa Salamon

Marquette University

Marjorie Salas, ,CPNP, CPHON, CPH

Columbia University

Marjorie will be starting Columbia University’s Doctor of Nursing Program this fall. Her extensive educational background includes undergraduate degrees in Biological Science and Nursing from Binghamton University, as well as graduate degrees in Public Health and Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing from Columbia University. During her graduate studies, she received the Amgen Scholarship, was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Alpha Zeta Chapter, and was awarded the School of Nursing’s Faculty Award for Professional Excellence in a Sub-Specialty (Oncology).…

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Cory Salcedo, BSN, RN

Florida International University

Rebecca Salomon, , MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Becky Salomon obtained her MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing through Vanderbilt University’s bridge program in 2013, previously earning her B.A. in Psychology and English from Wellesley College in 2008. In 2015, Ms. Salomon entered the PhD program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received the prestigious NRSA/NINR National Service Pre-doctoral Training Award from Interventions for Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness.…

Romanitchiko Samiley

University of California, Los Angeles

Sibena Samuel-Harris, , MSN/Ed, RN, CNE

Hampton University

Sibena is clinical coordinator and faculty member for undergraduate nursing programs at Norfolk State University. She has been teaching in collegiate nursing programs since 2009. She has taught a variety of BSN courses in the medical-surgical area as well as research, leadership, and pharmacology. Her nursing specialty is surgical nursing.
Sibena’s research focus is mentoring nursing students and cardiac health disparities in minorities.…

Eduardo Sanchez

Maryville University

I will be starting in the DNP program at Maryville University in the Fall of 2014. I am interested in providing a study that could help improve access to care for Veterans diagnosed with PTSD, in the form of more convenient and timely modalities. I am a former enlisted soldier (Signal Corps), and Officer in the Army Nurse Corps, and a patient of the VA system.…

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Heather Sanchez, , BSN, RN

University of Miami

Heather Sanchez is an alumna from the University of Miami, having received her BSN in May 2018 with a minor in Public Health. She was recognized for her academic excellence during her undergraduate studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude and being inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She was chosen by faculty members for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Award, an award given annually to recognize one senior nursing student’s academic achievements and commitment to nursing education.…

Rosario V Sanchez, , MSN, RN, CCRN, CFN, SANE-A, D-ABFN

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rosario v Sanchez obtained a Masters of Science in Nursing degree with a concentration in Forensic Nursing from Monmouth University. After completing her degree, she practiced forensic nursing as a certified sexual assault examiner for the sexual assault response teams (SART) in Essex and Monmouth county in New Jersey. She served as a staff and preceptor for new staff.…

Maryanne Sandberg

University of West Georgia

Maryanne Sandberg received her ADN from Burlington County College, her BSN from University of Phoenix, and her MSN in nursing education from Western Governor’s University. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D in nursing education at the University of West Georgia. Ms. Sandberg is a member of the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.…

Ludmila Santiago-Rotchford, , MSN,APRN,ACNS-BC, PCCN

University of Delaware

I am currently a doctoral student in the PhD program at the University of Delaware. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist on a Progressive Care Unit I developed an interest in the decision making patterns that influence adherence to treatment plans in patients with heart failure. In reviewing the literature there seemed to be a need to explore patient perceptions in management of symptoms of heart failure.…

Karina Santibanez, ,ANCC, NPP

New York University

Karina Santibanez has been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for one year; currently working with children at Four Winds Hospital. As a recipient of the Merit Scholarship Award from Fordham University she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and later went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from an Accelerated BSN Nursing program at DeSales University.…

Hamerling Santos, ,TNCC, ATCN, MICN, CEN

Samuel Merritt University

I am currently starting my second year in a joint DNP/FNP program at Samuel Merritt University, with a graduation date of December 2016. Although I have not yet started my clinical coursework, geriatric health has always been a passion of mine ever since my maternal grandparents both died of medical malpractice while I was in nursing school.…

Catherine Sargent, , MS, RN, BC, AOCNS

Villanova University

I am a PhD student at Villanova University. My research focus is nursing student’s attitudes toward chronic pain in the older adult. I received my master’s in nursing from the University of Maryland and bachelor’s in nursing fromThomas Jefferson University. Currently working as an Infusion Center supervisor while pursuing my PhD degree, with plans to transition to a faculty position upon graduation.…

Kimiko Sasaki, , MN, RN

University of Washington

I am a third year PhD student at the University of Washington (UW) School of Nursing. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the UW, Bothell in 2002 and Master of Nursing in Community Health Nursing with a focus of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) from the UW, Seattle in 2014. I also completed the Graduate Certificate for Advanced Practice Environmental Health in the School of Nursing from the UW, Seattle in March of 2016.…

Jennifer Sassman, ,BSN

University of San Diego

I am currently in my first year as a Doctor of Nursing Practice student at the University of San Diego. Previously, I served five years on active duty as a Nurse Corps Officer, to include a deployment to Afghanistan. I currently work as a CCRN RN in the intensive care unit at Sharp Coronado Hospital in San Diego, CA.…

Jacqueline Saucier, ,CCRN, CEN,

University of San Diego

I am a doctoral research student at the University of San Diego. My dissertation focus is on palliative care assessments in the emergency department with a focus on family readiness to discuss end of life issues in the emergency department. I have been a nurse for over 30 years with a very diverse background serving in both clinical and administrative roles.…

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Trisha Saul, , BSN, RN-BC

University of California-Irvine

Trisha Saul has earned her Associate degree in Nursing from Finlandia University in 2005 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University in 2014. For the past 13 years she has primarily worked in the hospital setting with the last four years in telemetry and oncology. She is a certified Pain Management nurse.…

Marian Savage, , MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, PMP

University of Kansas

Ms. Savage is pursing her PhD in Nursing at the University of Kansas with a concentration in Informatics and Patient Safety, while working as a part time graduate teaching assistant. Her research interests include human factors and workarounds, specifically with barcoding technology. Additionally, Ms. Savage is the Associate Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Virginia.…

Lisa Scarton

Indiana University

Mary Schaeffer, , MSN, PMHNP-BC

Hunter College of CUNY

Currently, I am just about midway through the Doctorate in Nursing Practice program at Hunter College. My Capstone project will commence next semester. I began my graduate Nursing studies at Hunter many years ago, and eventually completed the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. After becoming an Advanced Practice Nurse, I worked in the Psychiatric Emergency Room of Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn.…

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Marianne Schallmo, , DNP, ANP-BC

Johns Hopkins University

Marianne Schallmo graduated with her DNP from Johns Hopkins University. She received her MSN in 1997, FNP in 1998, and BSN in 1991, all from Valparaiso University. The majority of her nursing practice has been focused on caring for patients across the full spectrum of cardiovascular diseases. She has a passion for improving the quality of life for patients with congestive heart failure.…

Jane Ellis Scharff

University of Missouri-Columbia (Montana Student)

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Tracy Scheirer, , MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE

Widener University

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at Widener University. I am interested in the concept of moral distress in nursing practice and my Ph.D. research focuses on the concepts of moral integrity and duty orientation for nurse educators. Additionally, I have significant experience in the clinical area of immunizations across the lifespan with multiple local and national presentations on the subject.…

Julie Schexnayder, , DNP, MPH, ACNP-BC, AACRN

Case Western Reserve University

Ms. Schexnayder is a first year PhD student at Case Western University and a Nurse Fellow in the Veterans Administration Quality Scholars program. Her clinical and research interests focus on healthcare quality and health services utilization among individuals infected with HIV. Her nursing experience includes positions in infection prevention/hospital epidemiology, quality management, and clinical HIV care.…

Lori Schirle, ,CRNA

University of Miami

I received my BSN from Saginaw Valley State University and practiced critical care nursing at the University of Michigan Hospital for 15 years before moving to Florida. After working as an RN in Florida for several years, I began my nurse anesthesia education at Florida International University in Miami. Professional engagement was strongly encouraged in my master’s program and I became the student representative for the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists (FANA).…

Ann Schloss, ,CNS

Azusa Pacific University

Current Program DNP at Azusa Pacific University Clinical Interest Benefits of Integrated Health & Healing Modalities in veteran population Educational preparation: Masters in Nursing CNS-BC At UCLA; Masters in Health Administration MHA @ University of Phoenix; Bachelors of Science in Nursing BSN 1.Educator, mentor and role model to staff nurses at Greater Los Angeles Hospital (GLA) 2.Clinical Liaison, mentor and role model for nursing students from UCLA and Mount Saint Mary University 3.Falls Coordinator for Medical Surgical area of GLA 4.Trainer & educator for Dementia Capable Care courses; and ELNEC End of Life Nursing Education Consortium for Veterans, TNT Transformational Nurses Training Instructor throughout the GLA system 5.Member of Bioethics Committee, and Bioethics Nursing Education Committee at GLA 6.Co-Chair of Advanced Practice Nurses Committee 2012-2913; Co-Chair Advanced Practice Review Board 2014-& ongoing; Member Nurse Professional Standards Board x 10 years.…

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Scott Schmidt, , MSN, RN, NP, PMHNP-BC

Georgetown University

I am currently in Georgetown University’s DNP program studying the effects of institutionalization among adolescent psychiatric inpatients. I am currently faculty at the University of Colorado Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and my practice is at the Children’s Hospital Colorado, where I am an attending provider on the inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric unit. Prior to my current position at the University of Colorado, I served as a medical officer in the United States Air Force, where I was a Distinguished Graduate from Officer Training School.…

Adam Schneider, ,RN

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Adam Schneider graduated from Edgewood College in Madison, WI with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing where he was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. After graduating, he worked as a critical care nurse for Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI, floating to a variety of units including the Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Room.…

Lorraine Schoen, , MS BSN RN

Regis College

Lorraine Schoen MS BSN RN Lorraine Schoen has over 20 years of healthcare experience in various settings across the continuum of care, including over 12 years in management in pediatric rehabilitation, acute care, long term care, and home health settings. Currently she is a Senior Director of Clinical Affairs of the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) and leads a variety of clinical and health system-related programs which support Massachusetts hospitals in continually improving patient safety and quality of care.…

Erica Schorr

University of Minnesota

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Ginger Schroers, , MSN, CRNP, FNP-C, CCRN, CNN

Villanova University

Ginger Schroers is currently a PhD candidate in Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. Ms. Schroers earned her master of science degree with a focus in nursing education from North Park University and her bachelor of science degree in nursing from University of Illinois. She has been a registered nurse for over 20 years with her primary practice area being maternal-newborn nursing.…

Amanda Schuh

University of Michigan

Michael Schultz

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Michael Schultz, BSN, RN, earned his BA in Philosophy from the University of California at San Diego and his BSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Since earning his BSN, he has worked in the operating room at Duke University Hospital. Inspired by several research experiences during his undergraduate career, Michael decided to return to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, where he is currently a PhD student and T32 trainee (Interventions to Prevent or Manage Chronic Illness).…

Anna Schwarz, ,PNP, NNP

Duke University

Commander Anna Schwarz was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy Nurse Corps in 1995. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from San Diego State University, San Diego, California, Master of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, Master of Science degree in Nursing and a Post-Masters Certificate in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty from Duke University, School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina.…

Jasmine Scott, , BSN, RN

University of Cincinnati

As a current BSN- PhD scholar of Nurse Research at the University of Cincinnati, I view myself as a leader in the progression of the investigation of the African American geriatric community, specifically within that of ESRD ( End-Stage Renal Disease) patients, and their caregivers. It is my interest within this area of research to dissect both the forms of caregiver- provider communication, and the theoretical idea of uncertainty caregivers may experience.…

Beverly Scruggs, ,FNP

Maryville University

My name is Beverly Scruggs and I am 39 years old. I have worked in the medical field for the past twenty years. I have worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse and now I am currently working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a rural clinic for the underserved population. I truly love what I do.…

Eileen Searle, ,AGPCNP-BC, RN, CCRN

Boston College

Eileen Searle is a doctoral student and University fellow at Boston College in the William F. Connell School of Nursing. She was recently named a 2014-2016 JONAS Scholar. Eileen is a visiting scholar at HSPH and is working with EPREP staff on publications, updating toolkits and resources, and evaluation of exercises. Ms. Searle currently works as a nurse practitioner at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless and as a critical care nurse at Mt.…

Justine Sefcik

University of Pennsylvania

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Dr. Brian Selig

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Brian Selig is the Director of Perioperative Services at The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, KS. In this role, Dr. Selig provides leadership to the surgical areas that include 47 operating suites, 92 prep and recovery suites, Neurodiagnostics, and Perioperative Clinical Engineering. He is also an Adjunct Professor for The University of Kansas School of Nursing, teaching graduate courses in nursing policy & advocacy.…

Jessie Sellers, , RN

Vanderbilt University

Jessie will graduate from Vanderbilt University’s MSN program in July 2016 and immediately begin her PhD studies at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Her research interests include factors that contribute to dementia onset and progression, including lifestyle diseases such a diabetes and obesity. She currently works as a research assistant at Vanderbilt School of Nursing in oncology research, and this has prepared her well to begin PhD studies this Fall.…

Erika Setliff

Johns Hopkins

Rita Sfiligoj

Case Western Reserve University

Marcia Shade

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Marcia Y. Shade is a student in the PhD in Nursing program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Prior to pursuing her doctoral education, she was a full-time nurse educator that shaped and facilitated the learning of future nurses. She continues to provide recommendations for nursing curriculum and education. Marcia received her Bachelors of Science in Biology at University of Nebraska.…

Heather Shattuck, , MS, APRN, CCNS, ACNP-BC

Duke University

Shattuck is a Nurse Corps lieutenant commander with the United States Navy. She currently serves as the emergency/trauma critical care clinical nurse specialist and acute care nurse practitioner at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Shattuck served as the first clinical nurse specialist for the emergency/trauma department and became board-certified licensed, and credentialed as an acute care nurse practitioner.…

Tamra Shea, , MSN, RN

University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Tamra Shea graduated with a BSN from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana in 1998 and an MSN in Nursing Education from Western Carolina University in 2014. Tamra is a full-time doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. With a longstanding interest in how technology influences the human experience of health and illness, her developing program of research involves increasing understanding of the patient perspective of decision-making in health care.…

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Jennifer Shearer Miller, , PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. My research focuses on health outcomes in children born with prenatal substance exposure. My dissertation was titled, The Long-term Effects of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome on Neurodevelopmental Health Outcomes. I am currently completing a concurrent post-doctoral fellowship in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky addressing the use, and subsequent outcomes, of non-opioid medications to manage newborn withdrawal.

Karen Sheffield, , MSN, CNM

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

I am a registered nurse, certified nurse-midwife, and a PhD student in the School of Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). My research focuses on the utilization of holistic, integrative, multi-sector strategies to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being for individuals and communities. I received a BA in physics from Connecticut College and an MSN from Yale University.…

Susan Shenkosky, , MS, CRNA

California State University-Long Beach

Susan Shenkosky graduated from Madonna University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As an RN she spent 6 years working in the emergency department and cardiothoracic intensive care unit where she obtained certifications in ACLS, BLS, PALS, TNCC, ENPC and CCRN. Ms. Shenkosky then received her Masters of Science in Anesthesiology from the University of Southern California and became a certified registered nurse anesthetist.…

Laura Sherburne, , MN, RN

Washington State University

I am currently enrolled in Washington State University’s Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing- 2015 cohort. My topic of interest is in Genomics and Population health. I am interested in exploring the acceptance of utilizing genetic testing to identify future health risks with the goal to devise interventions that will prevent development of those identified risks. Currently, I work as a registered nurse at the Community Living Center of the Portland Veteran’s Administration caring for military veterans.…

Ian Sherman


Tanie Sherman, ,RN

Arizona State University

Tanie M. Sherman is a full time PhD student at Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and also a Hartford Scholar in the Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree in Business from Arizona State University. She is a member of the American Nurses’ Association, Arizona Nurses’ Association, Gerontological Society of America, and the Arizona Organization of Nurse Executives.…

Danielle Siclovan, , MSN, RN, NE-BC

Marquette University

Danielle Siclovan MSN, RN, NE-BC has almost 20 years of experience in the nursing field in acute care, procedural area/Operating Room, and the ambulatory setting specializing in Neurosurgery. Danielle has spent 13 years in hospital leadership as the Director of Neuroscience Nursing at a large academic medical center in Milwaukee, WI. It was while in this position that Danielle found her passion for clinical leadership and quality improvement.…

Claire Simeone, ,FNP, AAHIVM

Johns Hopkins University

I have 30 years of clinical nursing experience, 19 as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and a decade of “on the ground” study of quality improvement, program development and change agency. I have worked in the field of HIV care and treatment for 26 years; I grew up with the epidemic working as a home care and hospice nurse in San Francisco in the late 1980’s, and have been an HIV specialist since the inception of the certification.…

Katherine Simmonds, ,WHNP-BC

University of Rhode Island

Katherine Simmonds is an Assistant Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health, the MGH Institute of Health Professions, and Cornell University. She is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Rhode Island. Ms. Simmonds currently coordinates the advanced practice nursing Women’s Health specialty at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.…

Christie Simon-Waterman, ,WCC

University Of Maryland

Christie Simon-Waterman, Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Patient Advocate. I was born in the Island of Trinidad and Tobago West Indies. For over 16 years I have been a member of the nursing profession. In 1996 I graduated from Iona College as an L.P.N. 1997 A.A. (nursing); The College of New Rochelle 2001, and Coppin State University FNP program 2010.…

Amanda Simonton, , BSN, RN

University of Texas-Austin

Amanda Simonton is a third year doctoral student who received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (’13) from the University of Texas at Austin (UT). She is also a first year Master’s student in the Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Her research area of interest is mental health promotion with an emphasis on reducing substance abuse and improving recovery from addictive substances.…

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Debra Sims, , BSN, RNC-NIC

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Debra Sims is a career neonatal intensive care (NICU) nurse, having spent her years in a variety of management and leadership positions, as well as in her current position as a charge nurse and bedside RN as she completes her PhD. Leadership and coordination of her unit’s quality improvement efforts resulted in publications in the areas of discharge planning and elimination of catheter-related blood stream infections (CLABSIs), as well as web-based educational presentations for the Vermont Oxford Network, Pediatrix Medical Group, and the Agency for Health Care Research & Quality (AHRQ).…

Tai Sims, , DNP, MSN, RN, PHN

University of Minnesota – Hartford

After obtaining my BSN, MSN, and DNP degrees, I chose to pursue a PhD in nursing to further scientific knowledge on health outcomes of caregivers for persons with Alzheimer’s disease. My interest in this program of research is from my personal and family experiences, as a caregiver of my grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease. Since enrolling in this program I have attended several conferences/seminars for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and the aging population.…

Varsha Singh, ,RN, APN

Seton Hall University,College of Nursing

Varsha Singh is currently enrolled in PhD program at Seton Hall University.Completed 24 credits as of Spring 2014 and has a GPA of 3.5 Varsha singh is Masters degree prepared and licensed to practice as Adult Health Nurse practitioner.Practices as primary provider(NP) for local non-insured population and creates health related programs for them targeting the health promotion/disease prevention strategies.…

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Brianna Singleton, , RN, PHN, MPH, AGPCNP-BC

University of California-San Francisco

I began my educational journey at the University of California, Riverside where I studied Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in biology and Hispanic studies. I entered into the inaugural cohort of the Master of Public Health program at the University of San Francisco. It was there that I found my passion for occupational and environmental health.…

Micah Skeens, ,PNP

Vanderbilt University

I am currently enrolled in the Clinical Research Track at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. My area of interest surround pediatric bone marrow transplant patients, specifically adherence to immunosuppressant medications. I am PNP working full time in the pediatric bone marrow transplant division at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. I have been a pediatric oncology nurse for over 15 years and a practitioner for over 10.…

Elizabeth Skrovanek, , BSN, RN

University of Pittsburgh

Elizabeth Skrovanek is a third year BSN to PhD doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh with research interests in onco-fertility. She completed her BS in Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. While she was an undergraduate, she was introduced to nursing research. Under the guidance of faculty member Dr. Heidi Donovan and post-doctoral fellow Dr.…

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Erica Sloan, , BSN, RN, IBCLC

University of Iowa

Erica Sloan is enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Program at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. She earned her BA in Education from the University of Iowa and her BS in Nursing from Grand View University in Des Moines, IA. She has held staff nursing positions in labor and delivery and with newborns at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, IA and Mary Greeley Medical Center (MGMC) in Ames, IA where she served on unit-based councils as an educator on lactation and newborn care.…

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Jolene Smeltzer, , MSN, RN, CNL, PHN

University of California-Los Angeles

Jolene Tan Smeltzer is a PhD in Nursing student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she also received her BS in Biology. She received her MSN and Clinical Nurse Leader training from Charles R. Drew University of Science and Medicine. Jolene’s long-term research interests are to investigate the underlying causes and course of the problem of dietary self-care management issues in chronic health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM).…

Angela Smith

University of Miami

Ariel Smith, , BSN

University of Miami

My name is Ariel Smith, and I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. I recently complete my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Miami and will be pursing my Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing to address issues within Psychiatric Mental Health. During my undergraduate career, I acquired a plethora of experiences within research and clinical settings.…

Jamie Smith

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Jamie Smith began her nursing studies in Philadelphia, receiving her Bachelors in Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University. Building on her public health background, Ms. Smith continued there to earn a Master’s in Nursing concentrating in Community Systems Administration. While working on a dynamic intermediate ICU, Ms. Smith developed an appreciation for interdisciplinary collaboration when caring for complex patients.…

Joseph Smith, ,RN

George Washington University

I am currently enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice – Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-AFNP) program at George Washington University (GWU). Additionally, I am currently working as a Registered Nurse (RN) at the Seattle Veterans Affairs Medical Center on a Medical/Oncology inpatient unit with the hope to transition as a primary care provider to veterans as a Nurse Practitioner (NP).…

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Molly Smith, , RN, OCN. AGPCNP DNP (Candidate)

Columbia University

Molly Smith graduated from Boston College with her BSN in 2014 and began her nursing career as a staff nurse in the Medical-Oncology unit at New York-Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center. Molly became Oncology Certified in 2016. Molly is currently working full-time as a Clinical Oncology Research Nurse at Columbia University Medical Center Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center where she focuses in hematologic malignancies and benign hematology.…

Nicole Smith, , MS, RN, CNE

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University

Nicole Smith is a Georgia native who graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 2009 with her BSN and received her Masters with a focus in leadership and nursing education from The University of Maryland School of Nursing in 2014. Nicole is a certified nurse educator currently working as a full time faculty member and Clinical Simulation Laboratory Coordinator at The University of Maryland School of Nursing, Shady Grove Campus where she has taught in didactic, laboratory and clinical settings.…

Nicole Smith, , BSN, RN

University of Michigan-Flint

In regards to my professional advancement in nursing, I am currently pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Michigan – Flint. Emergency Medicine is the area of nursing that I have been practicing for the past 13 years; initially at a Level 1 Trauma facility. I have also ventured into the areas of: Step Down, ICU, PACU, and Case Management.…

Paul Smith, ,CCRN, CNE

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Paul Smith is a doctoral student at University of Las Vegas, Nevada. He earned a Master’s degree in Nursing from Washington State University in community/public health with a focus on nursing education. He earned a BSN from University of Phoenix and an ADN from Southern Union State Community College in Alabama. Mr. Smith is an experienced and committed nurse educator who has recently accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Linfield College.…

Renee Smith

University of California, San Francisco

Sharon Smith

University of Maryland

I received my BSN from University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1988. In 1991, I began working at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD in the National Cancer Institute. Since then, I have worked with patients across the lifespan and across the continuum of this disease. I have been employed as a research nurse in adult, pediatric and radiation oncology and pediatric HIV/ AIDs drug development.…

Whitney Smith, , MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, GNP-BC

Medical University of South Carolina

Whitney Smith has over 14 years of experience as an Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She received both her BSN and MSN from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is passionate about nursing education and has been an Instructor for the Medical University of South Carolina’s online MSN/DNP program since 2013. Ms. Smith has also spent the last three years involved in several interprofessional clinical opportunities aimed at the education of MSN/DNP, PharmD, Medical, and PA students.…

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Dr. Briana Lynn Snyder, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, RYT 200

Assistant Professor

Dr. Briana Snyder obtained her bachelor’s degree in ancient and medieval history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was in the first class of Public Service Scholars. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Stevenson University in Maryland and was given the Award for Academic Excellence. Since graduation, Dr. Snyder has worked on the Trauma Disorders Unit at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.…

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Erita Snyder

Florida International University

Diane Sobecki-Ryniak

Wayne State

Erica Soelling, , BSN, RN

University of Washington

I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student in the Family Nurse Practitioner track at University of Washington. My goal as a family nurse practitioner is to embody the tripartite role of the DNP provider by pursuing practice inquiry, leadership, and advanced practice to promote health equity. As a nurse practitioner, I want to collaborate with Veterans, particularly women and members of the LGBTQIA community, to identify ways in which we can improve practice and care delivery.…

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Eunice Soh, , MSN, MPH, FNP-C

University of Washington

Currently, I am a third year PhD Nursing Science student at the University of Washington School of Nursing and am a NIOSH ERC trainee. Overall, my research interest is on the wellbeing of workers who provide medical and social services to “vulnerable/marginalized” communities and may themselves be “vulnerable/marginalized”. Particularly, I am interested in the intersection of social constructs of race, gender, and class with work and non-work environments on worker wellbeing.…

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Angela Sojobi, , DNP, CNM

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

My journey as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) began in Nigeria 37 years ago, where I provided care to women in rural areas due to significant lack of access to care. After immigrating to the United States, I continued to practice as a CNM mainly in underserved areas, and eventually obtained a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees.…

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Kodiak Soled, , MSN, RN, Jonas Scholar

Columbia University

Kodiak Soled is a Ph.D. student at Columbia University, a 2018–2020 Jonas Scholar, and the 2018–2019 HPiT co-chair for GLMA’s executive board. Her research interest includes perinatal health disparities in sexual and gender minorities. She is particularly passionate about using feminist theory to challenge normative discourses that privilege heternormativity in research and clinical practice. Soled seeks to build a foundation of research that makes sexual and gender minorities health disparities visible and promotes health equity for individual and families in this community.…

Theresa Soltis, , MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Sacred Heart University

I have been a Registered Nurse for 25 years and an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner for the last 7 years. I work full time as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at St. Vincent’s College. I also work part time as an APRN in the community health setting visiting elderly clients and performing annual health assessments and as a RN per diem on a cardiac unit in a urban area hospital.…

Christine (Renberg) Sommers, , PhD, RN, CNE

University of Kansas

Christine L. Sommers, PhD RN, CNE has been involved in teaching nurses in the hospital and academic setting for over 20 years. She has worked as a clinical nurse specialist and in staff development in the hospital setting and has also taught in ADN and BSN nursing programs. Her Bachelor of Science in Nursing was completed in 1989 from Cedarville University in Ohio, her Master’s in Nursing from University of Washington in 1992, and a post-master Nurse Educator certificate from Washington State University in 2010.…

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Jiyoun Song, , MS, AGACNP-BC, RN

Columbia University

As a predoctoral student at Columbia University, I have worked closely with the interdisciplinary research teams including “Nursing Intensity of Patient Care Needs and Rates of Healthcare-associated Infections [NIC-HAI],” and “The Center for Improving Palliative Care in Vulnerable Adults with multiple chronic conditions [CIPC].” In addition, as a graduate research assistant and data manager, I have many experiences in managing and processing big data utilizing statistical analysis software such as SAS, R, SQL, and MS Excel.…

Magda Souza, , DNP, BSN, RN, PHN

Samuel Merritt University

I moved to the US with my family in 1999. Decided to pursued Nursing as my second career because in order to get my teaching credentials in the US I would have to start my degree ove. I took maximum of 2 classes at a time for my nursing school pre-requisites because I could not afford to be a full-time student.…

Timothy Sowicz, ,NP-C

University of Pennsylvania

Timothy J. Sowicz is a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BSN from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and his MSN from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to returning to graduate school, he practiced as a staff nurse for almost 9 years at some of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, including Massachusetts General Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.…

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Telisa Spikes, , MSN, RN

Emory University

Telisa Spikes is 4th year PhD student enrolled at Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Telisa earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Mercer University in 2003. Upon completion of the program, Telisa was the recipient of the Godfrey award for Adult nursing, an honor bestowed to a senior nursing student that recognizes exceptional academic performance in addition to outstanding clinical practice.…

Colleen Spiri, , LT, USN, NC, SRNA

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

I grew up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I matriculated from Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Education (’03), Hawaii Pacific University, M.A. Global Leadership (’07), and University of Pittsburgh, B.S.N. (’11). I circumnavigated the globe on a journey of discovery with Semester at Sea (’02) and traveled for graduate research projects in Australia and New Zealand.…

Zoe Spyralatos, , BSN, RN, LMT

University at Buffalo-SUNY

I am Zoe Spyralatos. I am in my first semester of the Psychiatric/Mental Health DNP program at the University at Buffalo. I currently work with the developmentally disabled, which encompasses many psychiatric and mental illness diagnoses. I am particularly interested in working with PTSD and depression, especially in the Veteran population. I have a background in Massage Therapy and other alternative therapies.…

Ann Stanton, ,RN

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

I am finishing my first year of coursework in the BSN-PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. My interests include vulnerable populations, health disparities, and the social determinants of health. Currently, my focus is on the health needs of women with mental illness in the criminal justice system. I completed the CNA, LPN, and ADN programs in 2002, 2005, and 2006, respectively, at Lakeshore Technical College, where I received the Program Excellence Award for academic success.…

Roksolana Starodub, ,ACNP-BC

University of Pennsylvania

Roksolana is currently a fourth year PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her research interests are in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, delivery of therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest and the use of simulation technologies in nursing education. In 2008, Roksolana obtained her MSN with an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.…

Lauren Starr, , B.A., B.S.N., R.N., Hillman Scholar

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Lauren Starr is pursuing a PhD in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on palliative and end-of-life care. She is researching the measurement of pain in persons with advanced dementia, and the connection between caregiver empathy and pain management in the same population. Prior to graduating from Penn’s accelerated BSN program in 2015 and becoming a Registered Nurse, Lauren cared for her husband’s 103-year-old grandfather, who lived and died at home with them.…

Lyn Starrs-Zorn

Villanova University

Lisa Steurer, ,CPNP,CPN

University of Missouri-Kansas City

My name is Lisa Steurer and I am currently enrolled in the PhD program in Nursing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I received my BSN from St. Louis University in 1990 and my MSN from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1997. I am certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner and my clinical experience has predominantly been in pediatric emergency nursing.…

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Karen Patterson Stevens, PhD, RN

Idaho State University

Ph.D., MSN-Ed, RN and Jonas Scholar with specialty nursing experience in nurse management, emergency, trauma, intensive care, occupational health, and wellness nursing. Nursing faculty experience at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Dedicated, reliable, ethical, and compassionate nurse scientist focusing on enhancing the field of nursing through research, education, and mentoring. I am passionate about the study of how our experiences and backgrounds as nurses correlate with the care we give to our patients and to ourselves.…

Tanya Stevenson-Gaines, , MSN, BSN, RN

University of San Diego

Tanya Stevenson-Gaines retired from the United States Navy after serving 26 years as a Nurse Corps Officer in October 2015. She began nursing studies at California State University-Fresno, where she earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing education degrees. During military service, she provided nursing care in maternal-newborn and ambulatory care settings, and worked as a personnel developer in staff education and training.…

Brandie Stiles

University of Missouri-St. Louis

I am currently enrolled in the nursing PhD program at University of Missouri-St. Louis. My program of research is focusing on PTSD, social networking and the veteran population. I currently practice full time as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Centerpointe Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri and teach graduate nursing in the mental health nurse practitioner program at St.…

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Liz Stokes, , JD, MA, RN

Duquesne University

Liz Stokes is a nurse bioethicist who demonstrates expertise in policy on ethical issues including clinical decision making, assisted death, end of life issues, and women’s reproductive health. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Virginia and worked several years as a critical care nurse focusing on end-of-life care issues. Liz received her Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond and worked as a Discipline Consultant for the District of Columbia Board of Nursing interpreting and conferring professional ethical provisions in nursing.…

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Sierra Stuart, , RN, BSN

Oregon Health and Science University

I am from Vancouver, WA., where I still reside with my incredible husband and two beastie pups. I have been immersed in healthcare since 2008 and have held various roles, including CNA, EMT, RN, Flight and Operational Medical Technician, and of course, student. I received my first degree, BS in Psychology, from Washington State University and my Associates in Applied Nursing from the Community College of the Air Force.…

Catherine Stubin, , MSN, RN, CCRN

Widener University

Catherine A. Stubin is currently a PhD candidate at Widener University. The focus of her dissertation is undergraduate baccalaureate nursing student stress in the clinical environment. Catherine received her MSN from Widener University, and her BSN from The Pennsylvania State University. She has been a Registered Nurse for over three decades in various areas of nursing practice and education.…

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LTC Christopher Houston Stucky, , PhD, RN, CNOR, CSSM, RN-BC, NEA-BC

Nurse Scientist

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Stucky is a Nurse Scientist at the Center for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry, Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC. LTC Stucky entered active duty in the U.S. Army in 1992 and is board certified in perioperative nursing (CNOR), as a Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM), nursing informatics (RN-BC), and as a nurse executive (NEA-BC).…

Suzanne Sullivan, , MBA, BSN, RN, CHPN

University at Buffalo-SUNY

Suzanne S. Sullivan is a 3rd year PhD student and research assistant at the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Nursing. Ms. Sullivan has extensive experience working in the hospice and home health care setting in a variety of roles including, certified nurse’s aide, RN case manager, and administrator. Her NIH-funded (F31) program of research uses a health informatics, data science solution to identify community-dwelling frail elders who may benefit from quality end of life (EOL) care and to promote advance care planning for those facing the final stage of life.…

Dyan Summers, ,ANCC, ISTM

Columbia University

Dyan Summers is DNP program candidate at Columbia University. She earned her MSN and MPH degrees at Columbia and has specialized in tropical disease, travel medicine and home care. Dyan works both in private practice and in home care for VNSNY, where she has been an integral part of the field team for 21 years. Dyan is the founder and director of HealthShare International, a non-profit organization that provides health care advocacy for indigenous people in the upper Amazon.…

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Chun-An Sun, , MPhil, RN

Johns Hopkins University

Chun-An Sun is a DNP/PhD student in the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University. Chun-An’s research focuses on self-management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and health literacy in vulnerable populations. She aspires to become a family nurse practitioner to support individuals across the lifespan with limited resources, as well as to grow as a nurse researcher to contribute to scientific advances in primary care.…

Lisa Sundean, ,NAACOG

University of Connecticut

Lisa Sundean received her BSN from Western Connecticut State University followed by her MSN and Masters in Health Administration from University of Phoenix. Her clinical background is in neonatal intensive care. She has served on the board of directors of a local children’s hospital in Connecticut focusing on organizational strategic planning, leading fundraising efforts, and currently sits on the Board Quality Improvement Committee.…

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Laura Suzuki, , MPH, RN

Boston College

Laura Suzuki is a public health nurse who has spent most of her career in a large local health department managing maternal and child health services for a diverse population of vulnerable women and families. She has worked for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA and the World Health Organization in Africa. Laura’s research interests focus on gender-based violence among marginalized women including immigrants and ethnic minorities.…

Nanci Swan

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Alicia Swartz, , RN, PNP

University of California-San Francisco

Alicia Swartz is a third year doctoral student in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She also holds a masters degree in Nursing from Columbia University in New York, and is a practicing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in East Oakland, California. Her research interest, mainly derived from her clinical practice, includes environmental exposures related to the development of pediatric asthma, and early childhood environmental exposures in child care.…