Speaker Biographies

Deborah Backus, PhD, PT

Deborah Backus, PT, PhD, FACRM is a grant-funded investigator, physical therapist, and educator with 30+ years of experience in the neurorehabilitation field. Her mission is to empower patients, students and colleagues to achieve their greatest potential, and to advance rehabilitation science and care. As Director of Multiple Sclerosis Research at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Backus's research activities have a broad scope that includes facilitating pharmacologic and device-related clinical trials for multiple sclerosis (MS). Her specific research agenda focuses on investigation of models of care and rehabilitation interventions to facilitate greater function, health and quality of life in people with MS. At Shepherd she has been instrumental in facilitating clinician involvement in research activities, translation of evidence into practice, uptake of technology into clinical programs, and incorporating standardized outcome assessment into routine clinical practice.

Lori Beck, MSN, RN, CPEN, TNS

Lori Beck is a trauma nurse coordinator at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She provides trauma education and follow up for Missouri and Illinois hospitals as well as EMS. She has spoken at local, regional and national conferences on various topics related to Pediatric Trauma. Her interests lie in injury prevention and time critical diagnosis.

Vicki Bennett, MSN, RN

Vicki Bennett is the Executive Director, Trauma Services, Banner Health. She was a trauma program leader for over 25 years prior to assuming this role in 2016. Her experience spans the continuum of care having worked in the prehospital setting as a flight nurse/medic and in Level I, II and pediatric trauma centers. Vicki has been an active member of STN for over 20 years and is a member of EAST as well as an appointed nurse liaison to the COT. She is a site reviewer for the ACS as well as many states.

Cynthia Blank-Reid, RN, MSN, CEN

Cindy has worked in many areas over her career from a surgical floor, surgical/neurosurgical ICU, the ED, and a Trauma Program Manager. For the past 16 years she has been the Trauma Clinical Nurse Specialist at Temple University Hospital. She has published and lectured on a multitude of nursing topics and frequently presents at STN and other conferences. Cindy is an active member of STN for over 25 years and held several leadership positions including being President of the organization.

Joseph Blansfield, MS, NP, TCRN

Joseph Blansfield has over 40 years’ experience in trauma & emergency care as staff, charge, manager, educator, CNS and trauma program manager in a large, urban academic medical center in Boston. Also, he has 26 years military experience in the Army Nurse Corps. He deployed to Kosovo and Iraq as the Dep. Commander, Nursing/Chief Nurse. He is on the JEN Editorial Board, Exam Construction & Review Committee for the TCRN credential for BCEN and the Chair of the TNCC 8th ed. Work Team for ENA.

Lisa Buckman, MBA, BSN, RN, TCRN, CSTR

Lisa Buckman is the Manager of Trauma Services at the new UCHealth Greeley Hospital in Greeley, Colorado. Lisa joined the Greeley team eight months before the opening developing the trauma program to ensure a Level 3 trauma center state designation on opening in July 2019. Greeley Hospital is one of 13 trauma centers in the UCHealth system. Lisa's trauma services experience includes RN trauma registrar, trauma nurse coordinator, and clinical quality specialist at Level 2 and 3 facilities.

Chelsea Burke, BSN, RN

Chelsea Burke is a Nurse Clinician IV at UTMB Galveston Emergency Department Level 1 trauma center. She served as essential staff caring for patients during Hurricane Harvey and enjoys involvement in hospital committees and efforts towards improving the field of emergency nursing. In addition, she is active in the Emergency Nurses Association as a director in the Gulf Coast Chapter, holds certifications as a Trauma and Emergency Certified Nurse, and is pursuing certification as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.


Beth Cipra has been a nurse for 35 years but is new to the world of trauma. She served in the Air Force from 1985-1993 as a nurse in the US, Germany, and Korea. Since then, her background consists mostly of critical care and critical care education, both in the academic and acute care settings. She came to the UMMC R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in early 2017 and serves as one of two Clinical Nurse Specialists focusing on performance improvement and evidence-based practice projects, safety and quality.


Nicole Cook is the Trauma Performance Improvement Coordinator at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. She has 17 years of nursing experience in Med-Surg, Cardiothoracic Stepdown, Intensive Care, and Emergency nursing, and currently oversees the performance and quality aspects of the WakeMed Raleigh Level One trauma system. Nicole is a Director and State Monitor for TNCC, and is an ATCN instructor. She is a board certified Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and has her CEN, CCRN, and TCRN.

Robbie Dumond, MHA, BSN, TCRN, AEMT

Robbie Dumond is the Sr. Director of Trauma Services at the University of Colorado Hospital. Robbie currently serves as the Trauma Program Manager representative on the ACS TQIP training project team. He serves as a Trauma Program Manager Reviewer for the ACS Trauma Systems Consultation Program and as a trauma designation reviewer in Colorado and has been part of numerous trauma center reviews at various trauma center levels. He is a TOPIC, TNCC, and ATCN instructor.


Brody has spent his career caring for the trauma patients across the country and has been involved in trauma education at the local and national level. He has been a part of the TCRN exam since its inception and is active on the Exam Construction and Review Committee. Brody is heavily involved with the Society of Trauma Nurses and is acting chair of the Membership and Marketing committee and is currently a trauma nurse and educator at an adult and pediatric Level I trauma center in California.

Tracylain Evans, MS, MPH, MBA

Tracy has 40 years of prehospital, emergency, flight nursing, and leadership experience. She has authored journal articles and presented on many emergency and trauma care topics. Tracy has expanded her nursing and leadership skills with management, change, project, quality, and business analysis certifications. She is proud to have been invited to present at TraumaCon 2021.


Nicole Frederick is a Trauma Clinical Nurse Specialist at a Level II Trauma Center with over a decade of experience at a Level I Trauma Center and has facilitated TCRN reviews. She is a DNP, ACCNS-AG with specialty certifications in critical care, cardiac surgery, and trauma nursing.

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

Jasmine Garces-King has been in the nursing profession for 20 years throughout which time she has worked in a myriad of roles and specialties with her main area of concentration in trauma/surgery/critical care. She has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics. She presently works as a Nurse Practitioner at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and as an Associate Professor at Felician University in New Jersey.

Annemarie Glazer, RN, BSN, MBA, NHDP-BC, TCRN

Anne Glazer is the Trauma Program Manager at NYU Winthrop Hospital. She is actively involved in the trauma community as a representative to the NYS Trauma Advisory Committee, Vice chair of the regional trauma advisory committee, member of the editorial board of the Journal of Trauma Nursing, member of the Finance Committee of the Society of Trauma Nursing, member of a NDMS DMAT team, and an EMS pre-hospital provider.

Jaclyn Gosnell, MSN, RN, TCRN, CEN

Jackie is the trauma program director for Mission Hospital. Jackie has an extensive background in emergency nursing, serving in both a bedside and leadership capacity. She has functioned as a performance improvement advisor, using LEAN methodologies to improve care delivery models within the hospital setting. She has both a Bachelor’s and Masters degree in Nursing from Gardner-Webb University and is certified in trauma and emergency nursing.

Diana Grimm-Mapp, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN

Diana Grimm-Mapp is theTrauma Service Program Director at an ACS verified Level I trauma center, where she is responsible for the leadership and oversight for the trauma program. She is actively involved in the regional trauma advisory council and serves on the board of directors. She is a Level III/IV trauma surveyor for the state. In addition, she has direct oversight of three facilities within the Health System that are state verified trauma centers or in active pursuit of trauma designation.

Paula Hobbs, BSN, RN, CMSRN

Paula attended West Penn School of Nursing, graduating in 2001 and began working on a Trauma Unit at PUH. In 2008, she received a BSN from the University of Pittsburgh. Paula has spent her entire nursing career in Trauma. She became the Clinician on 12D in 2008. Paula is married to her husband Ben, together they have two children: Matthew who is 8 and Ethan is 5. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and shopping – she’s a bargain hunter!

Keith Kincaid, BA, MDiv

Chaplain Keith Kincaid, BA.,MDiv. Pastoral Care Director, North Oaks Health System, earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Union University in Jackson, TN and his Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He completed a Clinical Pastoral Education residency through East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie,LA. He has served hospitals in Tennessee and Louisiana and currently serves as Pastoral Care Director for a level II trauma center, in Hammond, LA.

Amy Koestner, MSN, RN

Amy Koestner has a 30-year nursing career, with experience spanning pediatric ICU, flight nursing, and the past 20 years in the role of trauma program manager. She is the current Trauma Program Director at Spectrum Health Butterworth. She has been active in the STN for over 20 years, including president in 2008. She is an appointed STN chair liaison to the Committee on Trauma. Amy remains active as faculty for ATCN and the Optimal Trauma Center Course. She has been a VRC surveyor since 2011.

Regina Krell, MS, RN, CEN, TCRN

Regina Krell, has been at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital for 16 years, beginning in the ED and transitioning to trauma.

Katherine ("Kathy") M. Lee , MS, CRNP, ANP-BC, CNRN

Ms. Lee currently serves as the Special Assistant for TBI matters to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight. She brings considerable clinical, educational and research experience in the field of neuroscience and neurotrauma to include more than 200 regional, national and international presentations and more than 20 peer-reviewed publications.

Ms. Lee has served in a variety of leadership, advisory and operational roles in the US Department of the Army and US Department of Defense for over 15 years; including the Assistant Chief of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), Deputy Director for the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury; Deputy Director for the Clinical and Educational Affairs Office for DVBIC and the manager of the Office of Clinical Standards at DVBIC. Prior to working in Washington DC, Ms Lee worked in 2 academic/level I trauma centers as a nurse practitioner/clinical care coordinator at the University of Louisville Hospital; and clinical research coordinator in the Division of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals/Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Lee holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in family and child development from Virginia Tech University. She has earned the following certifications: Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) through the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing.

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Brian Mahaffey, BSed, RN, CEN, TCRN

Brian is a Trauma Nurse Lead at Mission Hospital and previously served in this role Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. Brian’s has an Associates Degree in nursing as well as a Bachelor of Science in Health Physical and Recreational Education from the University of Pittsburgh with an Athletic Trainer Certification and is a certified Paramedic. He has been a caregiver, leader, and educator through a number of positions in the fields of Emergency Nursing, EMS, Fire Rescue and Sports Medicine.

Jennifer Maley, RN, MSN, TCRN

Jen graduated from Community College in 2003 and began working on a Trauma Unit. In 2005, she earned a BSN from the University of Pittsburgh, in 2009, she earned a MSN from Robert Morris University. Throughout her career, she has worked as a Staff Nurse, Clinician, Trauma Nurse Coordinator, In-Patient Rehabilitation Unit Director and most currently, as a Unit Director for a Trauma Unit at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Kathleen Martin, MSN, RN

Kathleen Martin is Sr. Director Trauma Service, UCHealth North. She was Trauma Nurse at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany; CEO of Martin Trauma Associates where she mentored trauma center staff nationally and internationally; and TPM at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She served on the STN Board of Directors for 19 years and as 2000-2001 President. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Trauma Nursing and an ATCN and TOPIC Instructor.

Jane McCormack, BSN,RN

Jane has been a trauma program manager for over 25 years, but COVID-19 was her first pandemic. The scope of the effect of this pandemic was both incredibly quick and intensely widespread. Jane hopes that by sharing these experiences, other trauma program managers will have a better idea of what to expect than she did.

Rachel Moore, BSN, RN, TCRN

Rachel Moore is a Senior Clinical Nurse I on a Trauma Intermediate Care Unit. Her passion is education and during her five years she has been very involved in education throughout the trauma center. She decided to focus on improving discharges because of the impact that she noticed it has within the trauma center for both nurse and patient satisfaction as well as improving readmission rates.

Elizabeth Naber, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CNRN

Elizabeth has 30 years of experience in critical care and education with 20 years as an ICU nurse, including a year in a liver transplant ICU in Ireland. She transitioned into the role of the educator and currently is the system trauma educator for OhioHealth Trauma Services where she has created system-wide trauma education programs utilizing patient simulation. Elizabeth is heavily active in the trauma and critical care community and is the president of the central ohio chapter of the AACN.

Anna Bradford Newcomb, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Anna Newcomb is the Trauma Research Manager at Inova in Northern Virginia. While a trauma clinical social worker in the 1990s, she initiated a program that would become the American Trauma Society’s (ATS) Trauma Survivors Network. After receiving her PhD in Health Services Research from Johns Hopkins, she has focused her research on hospital program implementation, interventions addressing trauma patient and family wellbeing, and communication training. Dr. Newcomb is the President of the ATS.

Dianne Rankin, MSN, RN, MACE

Diane Rankin has taught undergraduate nursing courses since 1975 for academic institutions in Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Florida and most recently at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She is now teaching on-line courses in the RN-BSN program at UTEP. She is currently involved in a research project examining the role of mentorships in developing leadership and community health QI projects.

Kristen Ray, MSN, RN, TCRN, CCRN

Kristen Ray is the Clinical Quality Nurse Leader at UF Health Jacksonville for the ED, Trauma and PICU in Florida.Kristen Ray has worked at a number of level one trauma centers though out the east coast, including R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, MD; University Hospital in Newark, NJ & Inova Medical Center, in Virginia. She has had a variety of positions from bedside nursing to leadership. Kristen has lectured numerous times at the regional, state and national level.

Linda Reinhardt, MSN, RN, CNS, CCRN, TCRN

Linda Reinhardt has been employed at Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown PA, for the last 34 years. She is currently working as a Clinical RN in Trauma Neuro ICU. She previously served in both management and education positions; Patient Care Coordinator, Adult Trauma Coordinator and Patient Care Specialist for Trauma and Burn Services. She serves as ATCN Course Director at LVHN and on STN BOD as Secretary and member of ATCN Executive and Clinical Committee. She has been a volunteer firefighter for last 40 years.

Daria Ruffolo, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, TNS, CCRN

Daria Ruffolo spent nearly 20 years as a bedside nurse in the SIUC before taking on the role as an ACNP with the Anesthesia/Critical care team at a busy urban medical center.Certified in both critical care and trauma. Prior to this role she served as the ACNP to the trauma/SICU team for 12 years. She is currently an associate professor at Loyola University, published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and has spoken at over 200 national conferences.

Kirby Thierheimer, BSN, RN

Kirby Thierheimer is an Injury Prevention Specialist at a level 1 trauma center in Texas responsible for monitoring trends in to analyze injury patterns and implement initiatives to decrease the burden of injury. She works with internal and external partners, including hospital administration, bedside clinicians, first responders, and the East Texas Gulf Coast Regional Advisory Council. She has worked to increase bedside clinician, student, and community involvement in injury prevention activities.

Christine Thorkildsen, BSN, CCRN, TCRN

Christine Thorkildsen is the Trauma Program Manager at Medical Center of the Rockies, a Level II ACS Verified Trauma Center in Loveland Colorado. It is one of 12 trauma centers within UCHealth. She has worked as a trauma critical care nurse for 14 years before moving into the trauma program where she has been the manager for 6 years. She is a current ATCN instructor and for Stop the Bleed Course. She holds certifications in CCRN and TCRN.

Audrey Tolouian, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE

Dr. Audrey Tolouian has been a University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing faculty member for thirteen years in both the RN to BSN and traditional programs. She also teaches Informatics for the Rehabilitation Sciences Department. Before starting at UTEP, Dr. Tolouian worked med-surge and cardiac drug research for several years. She then moved into Quality Management and bariatric surgery. Her areas of interest include chronic illnesses, mindfulness and stress, renal and currently COVID-19.

Krongdai Unhasuta, RN, EdD

Krongdai Unhasuta has her expertise in organizing a trauma system. She is the ATCN Course Director of Thailand, Chairman of Trauma Nurses Society in Thailand, and Trauma Network in Thailand.

Shane Urban, BSN, RN

Shane Urban manages and supports the trauma research program at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. Mr. Urban has streamlined research processes by acting as a single point of contact for vetting research protocols, submitting studies to the ethics board, overseeing research regulatory and compliance, establishing legal agreements, data abstraction, and data submission. He has also implemented new technologies in his department which have led to improved data quality and security.

Pamela Vanderberg, MSN, MBA, RN, TCRN, CEN

Pam has been a nurse for 33 years with a majority of her practice in the emergency, trauma and critical care setting. She has been in trauma program management for 6 years, currently, the Nursing Director of Trauma and EMS outreach at Good Samaritan Medical Center. She thoroughly enjoys all aspects of program management as she works to improve care to our trauma population at all levels. She is a member of the national TQIP committee developing best practice guidelines for SCI patients.

Jill Volgraf, MSN, BA, RN

Jill Volgraf MSN, RN is the Director of Trauma and Burn Operations at Temple University Hospital, an accredited Level 1 Burn and Trauma Center in Philadelphia, PA. She began her career in the ED, then transitioned to Trauma Clinical Coordinator, Trauma Program Manager and then expanded her role acquiring Burn Program as the surgical APP positions. Jill was a previous STN Trauma Leadership Extern and is the current chair of the STN Leadership Committee.

Elizabeth Vorholt, BSN, RN, TCRN

Elizabeth Vorholt is the Program Coordinator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Regional Burn Center. Her responsibilities include leading the Burn Center’s outreach and community partnerships and managing the PI and QI programs. She previously served as the QI Analyst and Clinical Staff Leader. She is currently pursuing her MSN. Previously, Elizabeth was a staff nurse in the Burn Center for six years and has a passion for burn patients and the specialized critical care they require.

Meghan Waldron, BSN, RN

Meghan graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing in 2003, she is currently working on her MSN from California University of Pennsylvania. Meghan has always worked in trauma and became the clinician on 12D in 2009. Meghan is married to her husband Kurt and have 3 awesome kiddos: Keelyn 14, Mollie 12, and Kaden 8. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping and reading.

Melissa Wholeben, PhD, RN, CNE

Dr. Wholeben is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing with a well-established professional background in education and hands-on patient care. Areas of practice include the emergency room, nursing education, and EMS-Paramedic. Her primary research themes center on Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Management, and Trauma Care. Her current research projects include Trauma-Informed Care, PTSD/Stress Management, and Emergency-Disaster Curriculum drills/training.

Robyn Wolverton, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN

Meghan graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing in 2003, she is currently working on her MSN from California University of Pennsylvania. Meghan has always worked in trauma and became the clinician on 12D in 2009. Meghan is married to her husband Kurt and have 3 awesome kiddos: Keelyn 14, Mollie 12, and Kaden 8. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping and reading.