Speaker Biographies

Gina Berg, PhD, MBA

Gina M. Berg, PhD, MBA is a human factors psychologist who specializes in research/quality improvement methodology and team development. Dr. Berg is the Research Director at Wesley Medical Center, a level I trauma center. Dr. Berg is also the Director of Wesley Leadership Institute, a program that promotes leadership, management, and quality improvement/research development of clinicians. Dr. Berg has authored over 50 articles mostly regarding the trauma patient or provider populations.

Andrew C. Bernard, MD, FACS

Andrew Bernard, MD, FACS serves as the Trauma Medical Director for University of Kentucky Healthcare and Section Chief for Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine. He's President of the Medical Staff. He chairs the ICU Committee and Organ Donation and Transplantation Action Council and Co-Chairs the Transfusion Safety Committee. He is President of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the nation's largest organization of trauma providers.

Abigail Blackmore, MSN, RN

Abigail serves as Trauma Program Manager at St. Anthony Hospital. Ms. Blackmore earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Marquette University, and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Regis University. She is a certified TNCC, ENPC, BLS, PALS, ATLS, and RTTDC instructor. She has published in the Journal of Trauma Nursing and has presented at several national conferences. She is a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Cynthia Blank-Reid, RN, MSN, CEN

Cindy has been the Trauma Clinical Nurse Specialist at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA for the past 13 years. It is an accredited Level I Trauma Center by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation and an accredited American Burn Association Burn Center. She belongs to various trauma and nursing organizations including the Society of Trauma Nurses where she has served as the education committee chair, a director at large, treasurer and is the current president-elect.

Pamela Bourg, PhD, RN, TCRN, FAEN

Pamela Bourg is the Director, Trauma Program at St. Anthony Hospital. Ms. Bourg earned a BSN from Louisiana State University and MSN from Boston University. She is a certified TNCC, ENPC, BLS, PALS, ATLS, and RTTDC instructor. She has published in nursing and trauma journals, is a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing, and in 2017, was awarded the STN Trauma Leadership Award and the Nurse Excellence-Transformational Leadership Award from St. Anthony Hospital. Ms. Bourg obtained her PhD in Nursing from the University of Arizona in geriatric trauma research.

Diana Clapp, BSN, RN, CCRN, TCRN

Diana began her career in the Medical field as an EMS and attended the University of Maryland , obtaining her BSN in 2003. She followed her dream to work at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in 2006 as a nurse in the Trauma Resuscitation Unit; in 2014, she transitioned to the Quality Improvement Coordinator and EMS liaison. Diana spends her “free time “working on her DNP, throwing tennis balls for her black lab, and raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association in Honor of her mother!


Nancy is a Neuro/Stroke Nurse Practitioner at HonorHealth- Osborn. Nancy received her BSN from Penn State, MSN & FNP from the University of North Carolina, and a DNP- Innovation in Leadership from Arizona State University. Currently she works in a Level 1 Trauma and Stroke Center in Scottsdale, AZ. She has presented numerous topics related to Emergency/Trauma Nursing to National and International audience and has numerous publications regarding Emergency/Trauma Nursing and Brain Injury in Sports."

Amy Eberle, BSN, RN, TCRN

Amy Eberle is the Trauma Program Manager at Sanford Health in Bismarck ND an ACS verified Level II Trauma Center. Prior to this position she was ND State Trauma Coordinator. Amy is also a nurse reviewer for the American College of Surgeons. She has experience in all aspects of trauma system planning and performance improvement development. She helped to implement a state and regional performance improvement process involving all hospitals within North Dakota. Amy serves as a Course Director for TNCC and the Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC). Amy is a current board member of the ND Trauma Foundation and a member of the STN, ND ENA, and ND EMS Association. Amy serves on many committees throughout the state of North Dakota and has been involved in many legislative activities in regards to enhancing the ND Trauma System.

Ashley Emmel, MSN, MBA, RN

Ashley Emmel is the Trauma Program Coordinator for outreach at Nebraska Medicine and Coordinator for Dusk to Dawn. She completed her BSN at Creighton University, then her MSN and MBA at Nebraska Wesleyan. She directs and trauma outreach and education throughout the state of Nebraska, and has a passion for youth violence prevention in her home town of Omaha, Nebraska.

Jasmine Garces-King, DNP, RN, CCRN, TCRN, ACNP-BC

Dr. Garces-King has been in the nursing profession for over 16 years throughout which time she has worked across the trauma spectrum. She obtained her RN diploma from Christ Hospital School of Nursing/St. Peter’s College in 2001. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Felician College and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ) with a focus in Acute/Critical Care as an Advanced Practice Nurse in 2006 and 2008 respectively. Most recently she obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chatham University in 2015 where her capstone focused on improving delirium outcomes for the critically ill trauma patient. Additionally, she has been involved in grant-funded delirium research and project oversight for delirium prevention and management within her previous institution.

She has worked in several areas during the course of her career. Her main areas of expertise are in all adult critical care units, neurosciences/neurosurgery, GI/transplant, general surgery, palliative care, nursing leadership, inter-professional education, and trauma. Jasmine is presently the Trauam Program Director of Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY; a provisional Level II trauma center. In recent times she worked as a Trauma/Surgery/Critical Care Nurse Practitioner within the trauma division at New Jersey Trauma Center/University Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center, which is affiliated with Rutgers University. She is actively involved in numerous organizations including the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), American Delirium Society (ADS), and the PanAmerican Trauma Society (PTS). She serves as Co-Chair of the Leadership committee for STN, Secretary for an EAST-STN task force for Advanced Practitioners, and Chair of the Leadership committee for the Chi Zeta chapter in STTI. In addition, she is a course director for the PTS nursing course which aims to improve evidence based nursing knowledge, trauma care and outcomes. She holds several national board certifications. Of late she obtained the TCRN (Trauma Certified Registered Nurse) certification as one of the first 250 nurses in the United States to achieve this distinction as part of the Beta group. She has presented locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on a variety of trauma, global injury/global surgery, nursing, and leadership topics.

Jessica Hamilton, BSN, RN, CCRN

Jessica is the ECMO Program Coordinator and Educator at Harborview Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BSN in 2005. She has spent a majority of her career as a critical care nurse in the Trauma ICU at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She was an Assistant Nurse Manager for education for 3 years and in 2016 took on the role of ECMO program Coordinator. She is highly involved in the training of ECMO specialists, bedside nurses, and providers and is coordinating the Quality Improvement and Research projects for ECMO at HMC.

Debbie Harrell, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Debbie is Director, Professional Relations at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Cincinnati. She has worked at Cincinnati Shriners Hospital for more than 30 years, and currently is Director of Professional Relations. Debbie spent 25 years of her nursing career in burn care and directing the burn unit. She has participated in burn care research and developed teaching tools and lectures about lighter safety, burn prevention and burn care. Debbie has presented burn education for more than 25 years.

Melissa Hockaday, ACNP

Melissa Hockaday is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Service Line Executive for Trauma & Acute Care Surgery for an American College of Surgeon Verified Level I Trauma Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. She obtained her master’s degree in nursing from Indiana University as well as her BSN. Melissa is a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner who currently practices on trauma and surgical critical care service. Melissa has over 18 years of experience in emergency medicine, trauma and surgical critical care. Her professional career includes several leadership roles for nursing and advanced practice providers. She is the past present for the Indiana Trauma Network for the State of Indiana. Melissa has served on STN Board as the Director at Large for leadership for two terms.

Carol Immermann, BSN

Carol Immermann is the Trauma Program Manager at Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN, an ACS verified Level 1 and Pediatric Level 1 center. She has over 25 years’ experience in emergency/trauma and disaster nursing which includes developing trauma programs of all levels in rural and urban areas. Ms. Immermann is Vice-Chair of the Minnesota State Trauma Advisory Council and serves on several state committees. She is also chair of the STN TOPIC committee and STN liaison to the ACS-COT PIPS committee.

Karla Klas, BSN, RN, CCRP

Karla is Managing Director, Injury Prevention and Community Outreach at the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center. Karla’s 25-year distinguished career in critical care trauma/burn nursing, trauma program management, research, public education, professional development training, & injury prevention has produced numerous journal publications, textbook chapters & grant awards. She’s attained multiple specialty certifications, & leadership appointments to committees devoted to injury control. An award-winning speaker, educator, & author, she also volunteers in survivor support programs & mentors at-risk youth.

Amy Koestner, MSN, RN

Amy Koestner is the Trauma Program Manager at Spectrum Health,in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Amy earned her BSN from Nazareth College, and her MSN from Wayne State University. Amy's nursing career spans across the pediatric ICU, flight nursing, adult ICU care, and includes over 15 years in the role of TPM. Amy has been active in the STN for over 20 years, serving as the president in 2008, current Optimal Course faculty, and STN liaison to the Committee on Trauma PIPS committee.

Arash Mahajerin, MD, MSCr

Arash Mahajerin is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CHOC Children’s Hospital, University of California, Irvine, Division of Hematology. He is also Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, Irvine, Division of Hematology.

Jane McCormack, RN, BSN, TCRN

Jane McCormack is the Trauma Program Manager of the ACS Level I Trauma Center at Stony Brook University, in Suffolk County NY. Jane has a BSN from the University of Florida, and has spent career time in Texas before moving to the east coast. Her interest in compartment syndrome stems from her early days as a bedside nurse in a busy orthopaedic trauma unit.

Judy Mikhail, PhD, MBA, MSN, BSN

Judy N. Mikhail, PhD, MBA, MSN is the Program Manager for the Michigan Trauma Quality Improvement Program (MTQIP) at the University of Michigan. Dr. Mikhail has held multiple progressive positions in trauma and critical care at institutions in Michigan including those of Clinical Nurse Specialist, Trauma Program Manager, and Trauma Administrator. Dr. Mikhail is active in the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), and is a Past President of the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN).

Mayur Patel, MD, MPH

Mayur Patel is Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Emergency General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care Department of Surgery, Section of Surgical Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Joan Pirrung, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC

Trauma Program Manager, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE
Joan has worked with the trauma population for the last 20 years at the bedside in the ICU followed by her current role as trauma program manager. She has been in the role for 11 years and has worked in an ACS verified Level 1 trauma center for 13 years. A major part of her role is to manage and actively participate in PI. This includes case review, co-chairing PI committee meetings and assisting in loop closure.

Bryce Robinson, MD, MS, FACS, FCCM

Bryce is Associate Professor of Surgery at Harborview Medical Center, Department of Surgery, University of Washington. He also currently serves as Chair, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Practice Management Guideline Committee and Associate Medical Director, Critical Care, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Washington Department of Surgery, Harborview Medical Center.

Linda Roney, EdD, RN-BC, CPEN, CNE

Dr. Linda Roney is an Assistant Professor in the EGAN School of Nursing and Health Studies and the Specialty Coordinator of the MSN- LEAD IN program. Dr. Roney graduated with her BSN from Villanova University and both her MSN and Doctorate of Education in Nursing Education from Southern Connecticut State University and teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate program at the EGAN School. She is certified as a Pediatric Nurse, Pediatric Emergency Nurse and Academic Nurse Educator and has over 20 years of clinical, leadership and administrative experience at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and has received awards such as Nurse of the Year, the Nightingale Award for Clinical Excellence, and the Connecticut Emergency Nurses Association Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Roney is the chair of the Pediatric Committee for the Society of Trauma Nurses, a member of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and a member of the Emergency Nurses Association's (ENA) Institute for Emergency Nursing Education (IENE) Advisory Council.

Dr. Roney continues her pediatric nursing practice at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. She has been involved in research and policy development on the state and national levels focused on injury prevention in children.

Sheryl Sahr, MD

Sheryl Sahr, MD, is a Trauma & Acute Care Surgeon and Surgical ICU Surgeon at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND, an ACS verified Level II Adult & Pediatric Trauma Center. Dr. Sahr attended medical school at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks, ND, and general surgery residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her Surgical Critical Care fellowship at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis, MN. She is Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Sahr is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is also an ATLS Course Director and has been involved with RTTDC courses. Dr. Sahr was previously the Assistant Trauma Medical Director and Surgical ICU Medical Director at UnityPoint, Des Moines, IA and Iowa Methodist Hospital, Des Moines, IA. Dr. Sahr has a MA in Microbiology, has been involved in a variety of Quality Improvement Committees including TQIP.

Kathryn Schroeter, PhD, RN, CNE, CNOR

Kathryn Schroeter is a nurse scientist and clinical ethicist at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Schroeter is an associate professor at Marquette University College of Nursing and also an adjunct assistant professor at the Center for Bioethics & Medical Humanities at the Medical College of Wisconsin. As a member of the ANA Steering Committee for the revision of the Code of Ethics for Nurses she is a contributing author of the new ANA Code. She is the editor of the Journal of Trauma Nursing and authored the book "Practical Ethics for Nurses and Nursing Students."

Christine Schulman, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN-K

Christine Schulman is president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Christine is a critical care and trauma clinical nurse specialist at Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon. She was previously a trauma and critical care nursing consultant after working several years as a trauma and surgery clinical nurse specialist at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She obtained most of her bedside clinical experience as a staff nurse in the surgical ICU at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, and earlier in her career she held critical care and emergency nursing positions in Wyoming and Colorado. Schulman has also been an adjunct clinical instructor at Oregon Health & Science University, Seattle University and University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle.

An AACN Circle of Excellence award recipient in 2012, Schulman is a member of AACN's Greater Portland Chapter in Oregon and the Mountain to Sound Chapter in Seattle. Schulman served on the AACN Nominating Committee from 2008-2009 and 2014-2015, and was chair of the AACN Research Work Group in 2006. Schulman's other professional affiliations include the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

She is a frequent speaker at regional and national critical care and trauma conferences and presented at AACN's National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition. Schulman has published numerous articles and book chapters on trauma and critical care topics, evidence-based practice and the role of the clinical nurse specialist. She served as a contributing editor and manuscript editor for Critical Care Nurse, an editorial board member for AACN Advanced Critical Care and a section editor and author of "AACN Advanced Critical Care Nursing," 1st edition.

Schulman earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wyoming.

Lynn Gerber Smith, MS RN, TCRN

Lynn Gerber Smith is a masters prepared trauma nurse educator. She had presented in 41 states and 4 countries and is best known for her presentations on trauma and pregnancy and trauma case reviews. Throughout her 4o year career Lynn worked in various roles in a level 1 trauma center. Lynn continued to be clinically active in trauma resuscitation during her career.

Deb Syverson, RN, BSN

Deb Syverson is the Trauma Program Manager at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND, an ACS verified Level II Adult & Pediatric Trauma Center. Deb has a nursing career of 25-plus years, which includes caring for adults and pediatrics in the pre-hospital, critical care, emergency, and air-medical settings. Deb has been an active participant and leader in the inclusive North Dakota state-wide trauma system, including being a site-reviewer for the Level IV & V trauma centers. Deb continues to be active in the MN state-wide trauma system, including being the chairperson for the WESTAC (Western MN Regional Trauma Committee); the former facilitator for the Regional Trauma Advisory Committee Leadership Forum; and a member of the MN State Trauma Advisory Committee PI Work Group. Deb is also a course coordinator for ATLS and the Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC), and a current board member of the ND Trauma Foundation. Deb has been a member of STN for 17 years, and has been involved with the Rural Special Interest Group for 14 years.

LeAnne Young, MSN, Ed, RN, TCRN

LeAnne Young is the Pediatric Trauma Coordinator at Memorial Regional/Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital (an ACS verified Adult Level I and Pediatric Level II Trauma Center) in Hollywood, FL. Her professional career has predominantly focused on the care of the pediatric trauma patient and trauma nursing education. Throughout her 12 years as a pediatric trauma nurse, LeAnne has held leadership positions in trauma program administration, worked in trauma clinical research, and post-acute trauma care management. She is an active member in the STN on the ATCN and Pediatric committees, and serving as co-chair of the non-accidental trauma work group.

Robert David Winfield, MD, FACS

Robert D. Winfield is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He completed surgical residency and research fellowship at the University of Florida, and trauma fellowship at the University of California in San Diego. He now serves as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Trauma Research at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City and is the Chair of the EAST Research and Scholarship Committee.