Speaker Biographies

Vicki Bennett, MSN, RN

Vicki is currently the Executive Director, Trauma Services for Banner Health. She was a TPM/Director for over 25 years prior to assuming this executive leadership role in 2016. She completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing at the University of Alabama. She is active at the local, state and national levels and holds membership in many professional organizations. She is a member of the EAST guidelines committee and leading the EAST- STN collaboration for PMG development.

Cynthia Blank-Reid, MSN, RN, TCRN, CEN

Cindy has been a nurse for over 35 years. She has worked in many areas over her career from a surgical floor, trauma/neurosurgical ICU, ED, pre-hospital setting and a Trauma Program Manager. For the past 17 years she has been the Trauma Clinical Nurse Specialist at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She has published and lectured on a multitude of nursing topics. She is a charter member of STN, worked on numerous committees, served on the Board of Directors and is a Past President.

Joseph Blansfield, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, TCRN

Joseph Blansfield has a clinical background of 45 years, including as Trauma Program Manager for the Level I Trauma Center at Boston Medical Center. He is a ret. COL in the U.S. Army Reserve with 26 years of service & deployments to Kosovo and Iraq. He earned the Bronze Star Medal as Chief Nurse. He was the Chair of the TNCC 8th ed. revision and is on the Exam Construction and Review Committee for the TCRN credential from BCEN. He is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

Angela Chisolm, BSN, MBA/HCM, CFRN, TCRN

Angie is a Consulting Manager with Philips, a consulting practice that helps trauma centers enhance operational and financial performance. Prior to Philips, Angie was a Division Assistant Vice President for Trauma Services and served as Chair of the network-wide Evidenced Based Practice Committee. Angie has served on many state and national trauma committees during her tenure as a Trauma Program Director. She is a Trauma Certified Registered Nurse and Certified Flight Registered Nurse.

Susan Cronn, DNP, RN

Susan Cronn is a Trauma Surgery NP at the Medical College of Wisconsin/Froedtert Hospital, a level 1 Trauma Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was a Clinical Assistant Professor at UW-Milwaukee until recently, when she became the first Hargarten Injury Prevention Fellow at the Comprehensive Injury Center of MCW. She has presented at multiple national and international conferences on trauma, with topics ranging from capnography to hospital-based violence interruption programs.

Craig Field, PhD, MPH

Craig Field is a clinical health psychologist and Associate Professor at The University of Texas at El Paso. He is also Director of the Latinx Alcohol and Health Disparities Research and Training Center. He has conducted large scale, federally funded randomized clinical trials in Level I Trauma Centers evaluating the effectiveness of brief interventions for alcohol and drug use among injured patients.

Debbie Harrell, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Debbie Harrell, Director of Professional Relations, Shriners Children's Ohio, has specialized with burn care for more than 30 years, directing the burn unit and presenting burn education. She has participated in burn care research and developed teaching tools and lectures about lighter safety, burn prevention and burn care. She has presented burn care education to all levels of healthcare professionals at national, state and regional meetings; hospital grand rounds; regional and local EMS organizations; and to family/pediatric practitioners.

Melissa Harte, DNP, MSHA, RN, TCRN

Melissa A. Harte brings 35 years of experience in trauma nursing, in a wide range of areas including adult and pediatric emergency/critical care. Dr. Harte has served in level 1 and community trauma centers from coast to coast. Melissa serves as Vice President of Trauma Services, is a board certified trauma nurse, the Past-President of the STN, a TNCC instructor, and is also lead facilitator for the Society of Trauma Nurses TCRN preparation course.


Ellen Harvey is a surgical critical care Clinical Nurse Specialist in an academic Level 1 trauma center. She has thirty-nine years of acute care nursing experience in care of adult and pediatric injured patients and is a Fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Her doctoral research and publications are on prevention of failure to rescue in hospitalized patients, and she has published and presented extensively on acute care, critical care, trauma and multidisciplinary topics.

Kelsey Higgins, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

Kelsey Higgins is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, TN overseeing a team of 15 dietitians and two medical campuses. With 6 years of experience in clinical nutrition, she has a strong passion for critical care and enteral and parenteral nutrition. Kelsey also has 5 years of experience as a former private practice dietitian working with sports nutrition and disordered eating clients.

Jess Hobbs, DO, FACEP

Dr. Jessica Hobbs has been the Medical Director of the Memorial Emergency Department, a Level One Trauma Center in Greenville, South Carolina. She is also the Medical Director of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner program at Prisma Health for the last five years. She services as the alternate councilor for the Forensic Medicine Section of the American College of Emergency Medicine Physicians.

Darrell Hunt, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. Darrell L. Hunt was named the Trauma Medical Director of TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, TN in February of 2021. Dr. Hunt completed medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. He then completed his residency in General Surgery, PhD in molecular cell biology, and Fellowship in surgical critical care at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In his free time, Dr. Hunt enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

George Kasotakis, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM

Dr. George Kasotakis is Assistant Professor of Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery. He completed his residency training in general surgery at Creighton University and his fellowship in acute care surgery at Harvard. He serves as Chair of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Guideline Committee and is actively involved in educating/mentoring on GRADE as well as in the development of multiple Practice Management Guidelines.

Ellen Kennedy, BSN, RN, SANE-A

Ellen Kennedy has served as the SANE Coordinator for Prisma Health Upstate since April 2018. Since that time, she has helped guide the creation of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program that offers 24/7/365 coverage for 4 counties in Upstate South Carolina. She also is the recipient of a $1 million dollar HRSA grant to recruit and train SANE staff in rural areas.

Lisa Kodadek, MD

Dr. Lisa Kodadek is Assistant Professor of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine in the Division of General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. She completed her training in general surgery at Johns Hopkins and her fellowship in acute care surgery and surgical critical care at Vanderbilt. She serves as Vice Chair of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Guideline Committee and is actively involved in development of multiple Practice Management Guidelines.

Amy Krichten, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN,

Amy serves as the Director of Accreditation for the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation. She is a consultant and site surveyor for trauma systems across the United States and has spent her twenty-plus years of nursing in the trauma spectrum including roles of a Trauma Program Manager, Nurse Manager ~Trauma/Neuro ICU, Emergency Department Manager and Educator and Orthopedics Clinical Operations Manager. Amy is a Director at Large for the national Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) and the founding co-chair of the STN Leadership Committee. She is a contributing author and instructor for the TOPIC Course, and currently serves as an item writer for the BCEN/TCRN examination. Amy has several publications to her credit, including topics such as Crew Resource Management, Leadership and Injury Prevention.

Mary Maginas, RN, BSN, MSN, CPNP

Mary Maginas is a Trauma Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at a CHOC, a Pediatric Level II Trauma Center in Orange, California, with over a decade of Pediatric experience. In her current role she manages admitted Trauma patients on the Trauma service, and is involved in evaluation, creation and compliance with Trauma-specific guidelines. Prior to this role, she has had extensive experience managing Neurosurgery and Trauma patients at Level 1 Trauma Centers.

Jane McCormack, BSN

Jane McCormack has over 25 years of experience as a trauma program manager. She relies heavily on high quality trauma registry data to 'drive' the trauma program. Jane believes strongly that trauma registry professionals are often the overlooked members of the trauma team. This presentation focuses on helping the data users to understand the registry processes, regulation, and unique challenges and thereby enhance data quality.

Maria McMahon, MSN, RN, PNP-PC/AC, TCRN

Maria McMahon, MSN, RN, PNP-PC/AC, TCRN is the Trauma Center Manager at Boston Children’s Hospital. She has practiced trauma and critical care nursing for 30 years and has worked at Boston Children's Hospital for the last 24 years. She began her nursing career in the pediatric ICU, then on the Critical Care Transport Team before becoming the Trauma Center Manager in 2006. Maria maintains her certifications as a Primary Care and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She provides strong leadership and demonstrates her advanced clinical skills providing exceptional patient care. She works with the Trauma team, clinical staff, and multidisciplinary services staff throughout Boston Children’s Hospital to ensure current evidenced based practice information and education is available to better care for the injured child. Maria is actively involved in several professional organizations, and has presented on the topic of pediatric trauma and injury prevention, both nationally and internationally. Maria is currently the President for the Society of Trauma Nurses.

Vicki Moran, PhD, RN, CNE, MPH, APHN-BC, CDE, TNS

Vicki Moran is the coordinator of trauma research at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Her clinical background as an intensive care unit and emergency room RN has perpetuated a wealth of knowledge to conduct trauma research. She completed her BSN in 1994, MSN/MPH in 1997, and her PhD in higher education administration in 2015. She is also an assistant professor of nursing at Saint Louis University. She has published manuscripts focusing on care of the traumatic patient with a variety of interdisciplinary providers. Her current focus in working with three other Level I trauma centers in Saint Louis, Missouri to reduce recidivism of victims exposed to violence.

Katie Phillips, MSN, RN, CEN, SANE

Katie Phillips is an Education Resource Specialist at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has been a registered nurse for 16 years with a background in emergency nursing. She has held positions in staffing and leadership, and she is also a sexual assault nurse examiner. She obtained her Master in Nursing Education from Western Carolina University.

Michael Rosenblatt, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS

Dr. Rosenblatt has been director of the Trauma Service at Lahey Hospital since the inception of the program in 1995. He also serves as Chief Medical Officer of Lahey Hospital. He recently served on the Injury Prevention Committee of the American Association for Surgery of Trauma. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, Jefferson Medical College and received his surgical and critical care training in the Boston University Affiliated Surgical Residency Program.

Gloria Salazar, MSN, RN, MA, LPC, CA-CP SANE

Gloria Salazar has been a UMC employee since 1974 and a nurse since 1982. Gloria has developed the SANE program in El Paso since 2006 and in 2013 she was selected by the Office of Attorney General to coordinate the first SANE training for nurses to become SANE certified for the Adult/Adolescent and Pediatric population. In 2017, Gloria developed and implemented the Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) at a Trauma Level I Center and SANE program.

Deborah M. Stein, MD, MPH

Deborah M. Stein earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, her Medical Degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with certificates in both Injury Control and Health Policy. She completed her general surgery residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a fellowship in Trauma/Surgical Critical Care at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and has subspecialty certification from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties in Neurocritical Care. She is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

Upon completion of her fellowship in 2004, Dr. Stein joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor. In 2009, she was promoted to Associate Professor and received Tenure in 2013. She was promoted to Professor with Tenure in 2015. In 2016 Dr. Stein was named the R Adams Cowley Professor in Shock and Trauma. Since completing her fellowship, Dr. Stein has served in a number of roles at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. She currently serves as the Medical Director for Neurotrauma Critical Care, Medical Director for the Trauma Resuscitation Unit, Co-Director of the Neurotrauma Center for the State of Maryland, and as the Chief of Trauma at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Dr. Stein has authored 150+ peer-reviewed articles and 16 book chapters. Her national service includes active participation in major trauma, critical care, and surgical societies including serving as Secretary, Executive Board Member, Board of Directors, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. She serves as Chair of the Research Committee and Member of the EMS, TQIP and Membership Committees for the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma. She serves as Chair of the Geriatric Trauma/ACS Committee for the American Assoication for the Surgery of Trauma and is a Member of the Scholarship Committee for the American College of Surgeons. She also serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery and is an Examination Consultant for the Board of Surgery.

Francesca Sullivan, RN, BSN

Francesca Sullivan has been a registered nurse for the past 25 years. She has spent most of her career working in a level 1 Adult trauma Center in Queens NY. For the last six years she has spent her career in the trauma program, initially as the performance improvement coordinator and currently as the trauma program director. In these two positions, Francesca has initiated and maintained performance improvement projects in order to enhance patient care in the realm of trauma.

Melissa Wholeben, PhD, RN, CNE, TCRN

Melissa 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.