Speaker Biographies

Christy Adams, RN, BSN, MPH, PhD(c)

Christy Adams has served as the Trauma Prevention and Outreach Coordinator at UC Davis Health for over 10 years. Her previous clinical experience includes 17 years of emergency, critical care and transport nursing. She has a Masters of Public Health and is a PhD candidate at the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She co-chairs the Safe States Alliance Hospital Injury Prevention Special Interest Group and a member of the American Trauma Society Injury Prevention Committee.

Sandra Strack Arabian, NREMT, MBA, CSTR, CAISS

Sandra Strack Arabian is the Trauma Program Manager at Tufts Medical Center, a level I ACS verified Trauma Center in Boston, MA . She is a senior adjunct faculty member at Cambridge College, Boston, MA and an independent, international consultant. She has over 25 years of proven, successful, leadership skills in enterprise management with a strong focus on data management and analysis. She has authored and co-authored several Trauma related research and has presented her work at the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Annual Scientific Conference, The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, The New England Trauma Consortium and The American Health Information Association (AHIMA Webinar) and in many other venues.

Samantha Baker, AS, CAISS

Samantha Baker is a CAISS certified Trauma Registrar with the University of Louisville Hospital’s Trauma Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. She has over a decade of healthcare-specific data management experience, and obtained an Associate of Science degree in Public Health in 2013. In 2016, her experience led her into the specialized field of trauma data and she continues to further her trauma registry knowledge and experience at a leading Level 1 academic medical center today.

Vicki Bennett, MSN, RN,CEN, CCRN

Trauma Administrator

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.

Cynthia Blank-Reid, RN, MSN, CEN

Cindy has been a nurse for 35 years. She received her BSN from Villanova University and her MSN from Widener University. She has worked on a surgical floor, ICU, the ED, pre-hospital arena and a Trauma Program Manager. For the past 16 years she has been the Trauma CNS at Temple University Hospital. She has published and lectured on a multitude of topics. Cindy has been a member of STN since 1990 and served on several committees. She currently serves a the Immediate Past-President.


Beth Broering has more than 30 years of experience in trauma and critical care. Beth has worked as a trauma clinical nurse specialist, trauma coordinator and is currently the Trauma/Burn Program Manager at VCU Medical Center in Richmond Virginia. Beth has also worked internationally in the country of Botswana helping to build and open a state of the art not-for-profit hospital.

Kristen Chreiman, MSN, RN, CCRN, TCRN

Kristen M. Chreiman is currently the Trauma Network and Program Clinical Coordinator for The Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, PA. Her responsibilities include; assisting existing Penn Trauma Network affiliates, PTSF accredited trauma centers and new centers in pursuit of trauma center development and accreditation, establishing best practices, strategic planning for trauma center accreditation goals, coordination of mock surveys and educational opportunities throughout the network. In addition, she is the On-line Editor for the Journal of Trauma Nursing, the official publication for the Society of Trauma Nurses. In this role Kristen supports STN’s strategic goals by maintaining digital social media content and webpage development for the Journal of Trauma Nursing with Wolters Kluwer. Prior to this position she was the Performance Improvement Coordinator for The Trauma Center at Penn, a Regional Resource Level I Adult Trauma Center in Philadelphia. Preceding the PI position, she was an ICU staff nurse in the Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Unit, formally a Penn STAR flight nurse and a Legal Nurse Consultant. Kristen has served on several local and national committees including the Leadership Committee for STN, the Editorial Board for JTN, the Trauma Registry Committee for the American Trauma Society, and Trauma Registry Committee for the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation. She has presented locally, regionally, nationally and on various trauma topics including intraosseous access, trauma video review, creating a data registry import from an EPIC EMR, and building a mobile application to improve trauma team communication and onboarding.

John Como, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM

John Como is Professor of Surgery, Associate Trauma Medical Director, EAST PMG Chair

Diane Floyd, RN, MSN, CCRN, TCRN, NE-BC

Diane Floyd is an RN with over 37 years experience in Critical care and leadership. As director and LSS greenbelt at Cooper's Level I Trauma center, Diane has led and participated in a number of projects achieving process and performance improvement. Through this collaborative work with multi-disciplinary teams she has engaged teams and implemented evidence based practice change resulting in enhanced delivery of nursing care and positive patient outcomes.

Paula Halcomb, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, TCRN

Paula Halcomb has been a nurse for over 30 years with the majority of her experience in trauma and critical care. She has worked as a staff nurse in trauma critical care, an educator and manager and is currently a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Trauma Surgical Services. She also mentors nurses in clinical practice and practice inquiry projects. Her role is a leadership role in which she routinely collaborates with other disciplines to improve patient care and outcomes and reduce harm.

Lynn Gerber-Smith, RN, MS, TCRN

Lynn Gerber Smith worked at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for 39 years, A level 1 trauma center with more than 6,000 patients a year. Ms. Smith worked as a Senior Clinical Nurse and Nurse Educator and maintained clinical competence in the Trauma Resuscitation Unit. Lynn Gerber Smith has presented in 41 states and 4 countries since 1983. Most recently she presented at the Society of Trauma Nurses Annual meeting in Portland, OR. Lynn is masters prepared and has her TCRN certification.


Jane McCormack, RN, BSN, CSTR, TCRN

Jane McCormack is the Trauma Program Manager at an ACS Level I Trauma Center, and has been for over 20 years. She is a self described 'data geek' who firmly believes that 'good' registry data drives the trauma program.

Lindsay Ragsdale, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM

Dr. Lindsay Ragsdale serves as Division Chief, Pediatric Palliative Care, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Kentucky. She graduated medical school and pediatric residency from the University of Kentucky and completed her fellowship training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is board certified in both Pediatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the Division Chief of Pediatric Palliative Care and Director of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team. She is a leader on national committees through the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her research interests include pain management modalities, communication strategies and trauma informed care.

Kristen Ray, MSN, RN, TCRN

Kristen Ray is the Clinical Quality Nurse Leader at UF Health for the Trauma/ Surgical/ Neuro ICU in Jacksonville, Florida. She moved to Baltimore, MD in 2007, where she worked at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. In 2015, she moved to Newark, NJ, where she worked as the Assistant Trauma Register Coordinator for the New Jersey Trauma Center at University Hospital. In 2016, moving to Virginia where she was the Trauma Clinical Nurse Educator at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus’ Level 1 trauma center.

Zach Robinson, MPA, EMT-P

Zach Robinson is the trauma outreach and injury prevention coordinator at University of Utah Hospital. Before joining the trauma team, Zach was a firefighter/paramedic and an engineer/ paramedic for Sandy City Fire Department. Zach also worked as a flight paramedic for AirMed. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters of Public Administration in 2013, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science in 2005. Zach also serves our community as a City Councilmember for Sandy City.

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."

Ronald M. Stewart, MD

Ronald M. Stewart completed medical school and surgical residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He then completed a Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Returning to San Antonio in 1993, he established and build University Health System’s trauma program. He currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Surgery, holding the Dr. Witten B. Russ Endowed Chair in Surgery at UT Health San Antonio.

Over the past three decades, he has actively led the development of an integrated civilian-military trauma system that serves all of South Texas, covering more than 26,000 square miles.

In 2001 Dr. Stewart was appointed by then Governor George W. Bush to the Texas Governors EMS and Trauma Advisory Council where he served for 15 years as the Chair of the Trauma Systems Committee. He was a founding member and the first Chair of the National Trauma Institute. For the past 20 years he has served on the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT), serving at the as the national Chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma from March, 2014 to March, 2018. He is currently the ACS’s Medical Director of Trauma Programs.

In 2013 Dr. Stewart was the recipient of the National Safety Council’s Surgeons Award for Service to Safety, and the American College of Surgeon's Arthur Ellenberger Award for Excellence in State Advocacy. He is the immediate past President of the Southwestern Surgical Congress and the President of the Texas Surgical Society.

During his tenure as the ACS COT Chair, he and the COT have spearheaded a plan to implement a National Trauma Action Plan aimed at eliminating preventable trauma deaths by 1) improving trauma systems, 2) increasing high quality trauma research,3) increasing the quality of trauma patient data and 4) advancing trauma education and training in both military and civilian settings. Additionally, he and the COT have worked to lead an approach to firearm injury prevention that has encouraged a collegial, professional and substantive dialogue from surgeons and citizens from all points of view with the goal of reducing the burden of firearm injury and death.

Gigi Taylor, MSN, RN, TCRN, CEN

Gigi has been a career ED nurse for 33 years and has been at UT Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center, for the past 25 years. She holds her Masters of Science in Nursing, and certifications for CEN and TCRN and currently works as the Trauma Outreach Coordinator. With her passion in trauma nursing she serves as course coordinator and instructor trainer for TNCC and teaches in many other venues including ATCN, ENPC, regional EMS education, and guest lecturing at symposiums and luncheons.

Debbie Lyn Toomey, RN, BSN, CIPP

Debbie Lyn Toomey has been a Registered Nurse at Tufts Medical Center for over 30 years. She has varied experience in adult medical surgery, oncology, cardiology, anesthesia, and trauma. Debbie is a 2016 Tufts Medical Center Nurse Fellowship receipt. She created a mindfulness training for medical-surgical nurses for with stress reduction and wellbeing. She tested her mindfulness training in 2017 when she did a randomized pilot study. Debbie is also a mind-body practitioner and author of the book, The Happiness Result- More Time, More Health, More Love, More Success.She is currently the Injury Prevention Coordinator in the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

Beth Torres, PhD, RN, CCRN

Beth Torres has more than 30 years of nursing experience in critical care, performance improvement and leadership. Beth is currently a trauma nurse clinician with VCU Medical Center with a role focusing on performance improvement. Beth co-leads the trauma PI meetings with in the trauma program.

Debi Tuggle, AD, RN, CEN

Debi has been in nursing for over 20 years with 13 of those in emergency nursing at UT Medical Center. For the past 5 years, Debi has been working with the Trauma Program at UT Medical Center as the Injury Prevention/Pediatric Trauma Coordinator where she has done a lot of guest lecturing in the region on her passions pediatric trauma care and injury prevention. She is a a course coordinator/instructor for ATCN and TNCC as well as serves as faculty for multiple other courses offered locally.

Erin Zazzera, RN MPH

Erin Zazzera has worked with adult and pediatric injured patients at a Level I trauma center for over 15 years. Erin regularly teaches and demonstrates trauma skills to nurses. She is author of the pediatric chapter for the upcoming 8th edition of the Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) textbook. Her current role as the Pediatric Trauma Coordinator at Stony Brook Medicine (Stony Brook, NY) focuses on trauma education, injury prevention and performance improvement.