Speaker Bios

TraumaCon 2024 — Speaker Bios

TraumaCon 2024 • Orlando, Florida • April 10-12, 2024

Speaker Biographies:

Rene Ackermann, RN, fANSA

Rene Ackermann, RN, fANSA

Lenmed Healthcare Group – SA & Africa.

From 1997 to 2006 served in military earning the rank of Major. In 2011 appointed first TPM in South Africa (SA) and then Netcare Hospital Group’s National Trauma PI and Systems Manager. Since 2021 have been the Trauma, Emergency & Transplant Manager for Lenmed Healthcare Group–SA & Africa. ENA liaison for TNCC in Africa. Serves on STN International Council and Global Trauma QI Task Force. Current President of EN Soc. of SA, board member of EM Society of SA and Fellow of Academy of Nurses of SA

Samir Georges Ballouz, RN, BSN, MSc, IHM

Samir Georges Ballouz, RN, BSN, MSc, IHM

American University of Beirut

Samir is a Trauma Program Coordinator in Lebanon & the Middle East who provides global standards in trauma education. Since 2014, he has taught the key components of trauma care to create a robust healthcare system. He works with the military, law enforcement, RNs, & physicians; he has firsthand experience in cultural shifts and society's view of trauma care in saving lives. Samir is a Chevening Scholar with a master’s degree in International Health Management from Imperial College London.

Maria Bautista-Durand, MSN, RN, FNP-C, CPNP-PC

Maria Bautista-Durand, MSN, RN, FNP-C, CPNP-PC

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

My background in treating trauma patients as a nurse began when I started nursing 20 + years ago as a staff nurse on a surgical floor. After I received my nurse practitioner degree in 2011, I worked in a pediatric orthopedic trauma. Then I transitioned to my current position at CHLA as trauma NP. I am an active member in several professional trauma organizations. I teach at APU & UCLA in the School of Nursing. I have spoken at the national conferences.

Jami Blackwell, RN, BSN, MBA, TCRN, CEN, BS

Jami Blackwell, RN, BSN, MBA, TCRN, CEN, BS

CoxHealth

Jami has enjoyed a long career as a trauma nurse! She has held many positions throughout her tenure at CoxHealth- from staff and charge nurse in the NTICU to Flight Nurse for Emergency Services to Trauma Nurse Clinician and Injury Prevention Coordinator. Currently, she shines in her long-term role as Administrative Director of Hospital Service Line. Jami's commitment to trauma nursing education is also evidenced by her involvement and leadership on numerous related committees.

Hyunjung Cheon, PhD

Hyunjung Cheon, PhD

The University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Hyunjung Cheon is an assistant professor at the UTEP Department of Criminal Justice. She earned her PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from ASU. Her research focuses on race, ethnicity, crime, and justice, policing, comparative criminology and criminal justice, and quantitative methods. Dr. Cheon’s methodological skills include multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, measurement validation, and program evaluation with software proficiencies such as Stata, Mplus, R, and ArcGIS.

Jessica Cofran, MSN, RN

Jessica Cofran, MSN, RN

University of Colorado Health

Jes Cofran is a Trauma Informatics Manager for the UCHealth Northern Colorado Region. She has 12 years trauma nurse experience with specialty in trauma critical care, emergency care, trauma registry, and process improvement. Jes has special interest in utilizing technology to elevate performance improvement processes and develop regional systemization and inter-facility collaboration.

Cristine De Alencar Domingues, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN

Cristine De Alencar Domingues, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN

Hospital Nove de Julho and Hospital Vitória

BSN from University of São Paulo (USP) School of Nursing (2003), MSN and PhD in Adult Health Care from USP School of Nursing (2008 and 2013). Experience in Med/Surg Nursing, acute care, wounds, trauma, prehospital care, PI, ISS, trauma severity indexes, trauma center implementation, simulation. Currently Coordinator at All Trauma and Trauma Team Nurse at Hospital Nove de Julho and Hospital Vitória in Brazil. Member of STN International Council and on BOD of Brazilian Committee on Trauma

Kristen DIfiore, MSN, RN, TCRN

Kristen DIfiore, MSN, RN, TCRN

Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation

Kristen DiFiore, MSN, RN, TCRN is an Accreditation Specialist for the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Administration from Immaculata University. Prior to joining the PTSF, Kristen served as the Lead Performance Improvement Coordinator for Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center, and worked in the trauma surgical ICU. Additionally, Kristen has published on the topic of PI.

Robbie Dumond, MHA, BSN, TCRN, AEMT

Robbie Dumond, MHA, BSN, TCRN, AEMT

University of Colorado Hospital

Robbie Dumond is the Director of Trauma Services at the University of Colorado Hospital. Robbie is actively involved in trauma education and improving systems and performance improvement processes. He currently serves as a TOPIC instructor, TNCC instructor, and ATCN instructor. He is a Trauma Designation Reviewer in Colorado and Nebraska and currently is the nurse representative on the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program Training Project Team.

Krista Easley, MSN, RN, TCRN

Krista Easley, MSN, RN, TCRN

BSW- McLane Children's Medical Center

Krista Easley has been the trauma coordinator at McLane Children's Trauma Center for over 5 years. In her current role, she has presented at multiple conferences on accomplished PI projects. Her most recent achievements include receiving the Texas ENA and National ENA's Pediatric Readiness Awards for an education series she developed to help standardized practice in the Central Texas region. Personally, Krista enjoys chasing after her 2 active boys with her husband.

Annemarie Glazer, RN, BSN,MBA, TCRN

Annemarie Glazer, RN, BSN,MBA, TCRN

NYU Langone Hospital Long Island

Anne Glazer has been involved in trauma administration for many years. She has held multiple positions including outreach and education coordinator, performance improvement coordinator and trauma program manager. Anne is an active member of many professional organizations including the Society of Trauma Nurses where she is a member of the Finance Committee and the current and inaugural chair of the Geriatric Committee.

Amanda Goodson, PhD

Amanda Goodson, PhD

The University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Amanda Goodson is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at The University of Texas at El Paso. She has extensive research experience in the areas of victimology, violence against women, and system responses to crime victims. Dr. Goodson’s scholarly work has been disseminated in empirical journals, translational research summaries, technical reports, and presentations across disciplines.

Keriann Hanlon, RN, MSN, TCRN

Keriann Hanlon, RN, MSN, TCRN

Penn Presbyterian

Keriann Hanlon, MSN, RN, TCRN, CCRN is the Trauma Performance Improvement Coordinator at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, an accredited Level 1 urban, adult trauma center in Philadelphia. Previously she worked in the trauma surgical ICU. Keriann is a member of Pennsylvania Performance Improvement and Patient Safety committee and the PA Trauma Nurse Advisory Council. Keriann has presented her work nationally at the STN and TQIP conferences.

Heidi Hotz, RN

Heidi Hotz, RN

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Heidi Hotz is an executive trauma nurse leader overseeing the Level 1 trauma program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She has served in the elected position of President in 4 trauma professional organizations: STN, ATS, Trauma Managers Association of California, and the LA Assoc. of Trauma Program Managers. She is the recipient of the STN's Trauma Leadership Award. She was awarded the EAST Honorary Membership, being the second nurse to receive this honor.

Darrell Hunt, MD, PhD, FACS

Darrell Hunt, MD, PhD, FACS

TriStar Skyline Medical Center

Darrell L. Hunt, MD, PhD, FACS is a native Floridian who completed medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St, Louis, MO. He completed his general surgery residency, doctorate in molecular biology, and surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He works in Nashville, TN where he is the Division Trauma Medical Director for the TriStar division of HCA and the facility Trauma Medical Director for TriStar Skyline Medical Center.

Cindy Joseph, BSN, RN, CFRN, CPEN

Cindy Joseph, BSN, RN, CFRN, CPEN

UCHealth

Cindy Joseph is a nurse with over 20 years of experience. She has critical care and emergency medicine background as well as a flight nurse experience. She is an AHA, ATCN, ENA, NAEMT instructor and faculty. She is an instructor for the Difficult Airway Course, Prehospital. She is also an instructor for the Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness Course. Her passion is trauma and education. She is married to a firefighter paramedic and has two beautiful teen daughters.

Katherine Joseph, MPH

Katherine Joseph, MPH

American Trauma Society

Katherine Joseph is the National TSN Coordinator for the ATS. Her focus is to support TSN coordinators as they implement and strengthen the TSN at their local trauma centers. Prior to joining the ATS, Katherine was a TSN coordinator at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, MD. There, she also served as a lead clinical research specialist for the Department of Orthopaedics.

Helen Jowett, BSN, RN, ATLS and TOPIC instructor

Helen Jowett, BSN, RN, ATLS and TOPIC instructor

The Royal Children's Hospital

Helen is a paediatric trauma program manager with 26+ years-experience at a Level 1 trauma centre. She is the STN International Director and chairs the international committee as well as participating in several committees. Helen is the Australian & New Zealand Trauma Society, President & a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma Committee. She is an ATLS & an Emergency Trauma Management Coordinator & she is undertaking her Masters of Traumatology.

Brianna Kimbrell, MSN, RN

Brianna Kimbrell, MSN, RN

Prisma Health-Greenville Memorial Hospital

Brianna Kimbrell has 10 years of adult and pediatric nursing experience and 8 years of specialized pediatric trauma experience. She has a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in education obtained from Liberty University. She has been in her current role as Pediatric Trauma Coordinator for Prisma Health at Greenville Memorial Hospital for 4 years. In this position, she is actively involved in continuous performance improvement, education, and research for the pediatric trauma population.

Debra Kitchens, BSN, RN, MBA, CEN, TCRN, NRP

Debra Kitchens, BSN, RN, MBA, CEN, TCRN, NRP

Prisma Health/Greenville Memorial

Debra has 36 years of trauma experience with over 21 years’ experience in trauma program management and operations. Debra has been a peer reviewer for the JTN for the past 3 years and currently serves on JTN Editorial Board. Debra is an ATCN educator & course director. She will be serving in the role of chair for the ATCN Revision committee for the 9th edition. Debra was the recipient of the 2020 STN Leadership award. Debra is also a member of the Trauma Association of SC and ENA.

Amber Kyle, MSN, RN

Amber Kyle, MSN, RN

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Amber Kyle is the Director of Trauma Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She has over 25 years of experience in trauma care and trauma system development. She has served in a variety of leadership roles with the Society of Trauma Nurses and currently co-chairs the TOPIC Committee.

Knut Kolstadbraaten, MSN, MHA, CRNA, BSN, RN, ATCN instructor

Knut Magne Kolstadbraaten, MSN, MHA, CRNA, BSN, RN, ATCN Instructor

Oslo University Hospital

Knut Magne Kolstadbraaten is the Regional Trauma Program Manager in the South-Easth health region in Norway and also the head of the trauma coordinators at Oslo University Hospital in Oslo, Norway. Knut earned his MSN and MHA from the University of Oslo. He has worked at Oslo University Hospital for over 20 years, first as a Nurse Anesthetist then as Trauma Program Manager. Knut has served on the Board of Directors as the International Director at Large for 7 years.

Becca Laszkiewicz, MSN, RN

Becca Laszkiewicz, MSN, RN

Froedtert Hospital

Becca Laszkiewicz MSN, RN has been a nurse at a Level 1 Trauma Center in Milwaukee for over 6 years, working as a bedside nurse and Assistant Nurse Manager the inpatient trauma unit, and most recently in the role of Trauma Nurse Navigator. In her current role she works with victims of gun violence in both the inpatient setting by preparing patients for transition of care at home and in the outpatient setting to assist patients in engaging in follow up care.

Rachel Longseth, RN, BSN

Rachel Longseth, RN, BSN

AdventHealth - Avista

Rachel Longseth, RN, BSN is the Trauma Program Manager at AdventHealth Avista Hospital. She has over 20 years of nursing experience in the emergency room, program management, ICU, and outpatient surgery. She took the position of Trauma Program Manager in 2022. She has a passion for learning and education. She is a Nightingale Award nominee and has presented on various topics locally, regionally, and nationally.

Kathleen Martin, MSN, RN

Kathleen Martin, MSN, RN

Trauma System Consultant

Kathleen is a trauma system consultant who develops trauma centers and systems globally, She served as senior director of trauma services at UCHealth, and was the trauma nurse director at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany (1at ACS-verified trauma center outside the US) and trauma program manager at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She served for 19 years on the STN Board of Directors, 2000-2001 STN president and a charter developer of TOPIC.

Robert McCreary, MA, MS

Robert McCreary, MA, MS

The University of Texas at El Paso

Robert McCreary received a Masters of Arts in Experimental Psychology. He has worked on projects using applied statistical methods (e.g., factor analyses, growth curve models) and machine learning techniques (e.g., random forests, support vector machines).

Ashley Metcalf, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN

Ashley Metcalf, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN

Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital

Ashley Metcalf has almost 20 years of emergency and trauma nursing experience. She has been involved in several ACS consult and verification visits in her current role as PI Coordinator at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial in SC. She is an ATCN Director, Faculty, Regional Director and Chair of the ATCN QA Subcommittee. Ashley's research has been published in the Journal of Trauma Nursing. Additionally, she is an item writer for the TCRN practice exam through BCEN.

Lauren Prouty, MSN, RN, TCRN, CCRN

Lauren Prouty, MSN, RN, TCRN, CCRN

Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Medical Center

Lauren started her nursing career in 2012 as a bedside trauma nurse, transitioned to trauma administration in 2016 and completed her MSN in Leadership and Management in 2019. During her time as a nurse, she has obtained multiple advanced certifications, presented at STN and ENA conferences, assisted in revising previous ATCN and TNCC courses, reviewed publications for The Journal of Trauma Nursing as well as participated in trauma committees on the local, state, and national levels.

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

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

University Medical Center at El Paso

Gloria Salazar has been a UMC employee since 1974 and a nurse since 1982. Since 2006, she has developed the SANE program in El Paso, and in 2013, she was chosen by the Office of the Attorney General to coordinate the first SANE training for nurses to become SANE-certified for the Adult/Adolescent and Pediatric populations. Gloria Salazar created a crisis intervention team at UMC in 2000 for the community and implemented Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) in 2017 at a Trauma Level 1 Center.

Melody Schreiner, BS, BSN

Melody Schreiner, BS, BSN

Hennepin Healthcare

Melody started her nursing career in a 24 bed hospital with a hitching post out front to now working with an emergency department that sees over 95,000 patients a year and an EMS service that completes over 100,000 calls a year. Melody provides trauma, burn and critical care support for the EMS agencies and hospitals throughout the Midwest that bring patients to Hennepin Healthcare.

Libby Schroeder, MD

Libby Schroeder, MD

Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin

Libby Schroeder, MD FACS is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her academic work focuses on improving outcomes for firearm violence survivors and addressing disparities in care.

Ashley Servi, DNP, PCNS, CPN

Ashley Servi, DNP, PCNS, CPN

Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin

Ashley is the Trauma Program Manager of Level 1 Trauma Center, Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. Ashley has a background in quality and leadership including Emergency Department and Trauma, publishing multiple projects and presented nationally.

Diana Skaff, DBA, MBA-M, BSN-RN, ATCN & PHTLS Director and Instructor, ATLS Coordinator, Program Evaluator

Diana Skaff, DBA, MBA-M, BSN-RN, ATCN & PHTLS Director and Instructor, ATLS Coordinator, Program Evaluator

Octahedron FZ-LLC

Diana Skaff is a seasoned healthcare executive leveraging 19+ years of experience in healthcare, business research analysis, and program evaluation. Diana acquired her BS-Nursing in 2004, specializing in Emergency & Trauma, her MBA-M in 2016, and her Doctorate in BA-Healthcare Management in 2023. She inaugurated the Trauma Program in Lebanon in 2010, where she started the ATLS Program as National Coordinator, and the ATCN and PHTLS Programs as National Director and Instructor.

Shakeva Swain, DNP, RN

Shakeva Swain, DNP, RN

Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Shakeva is currently the Director of Trauma at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital where she began her nursing career 19 years ago. She began as a Registered Nurse with the Medical-Surgical Unit, Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Trauma Services, and Trauma Program Manager for over 10 years. Shakeva holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Grand Canyon University and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a focus on Management and Organizational Leadership from American Sentinel University.

Beth Torres, PhD, RN, CCRN, TCRN

Beth Torres, PhD, RN, CCRN, TCRN

VCU Medical Center

Dr. Beth Torres graduated from VCU with a BS in Nursing and a Masters and PhD in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. She has worked in critical care for over 30 and currently is a Trauma Nurse Clinician at VCU Medical Center. Dr. Torres is a certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) and Trauma Care Registered Nurse (TCRN). She is a local and national conference speaker. She is an instructor for ACLS, Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum, and Rural Trauma Team Development Course.

Colleen Trevino, PhD, NP

Colleen Trevino, PhD, NP

Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin

Colleen Trevino PhD, NP is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin with 22 years of experience treating traumatically injured adults in a Level 1 trauma center in Milwaukee. Her research explores the relationship of biopsychosocial factors that modulate the pain experience and how acute pain transitions to the development of chronic pain. She has developed a clinic to address quality of life outcomes in adult gun violence survivors to address bio-psychosocial needs.

Krongdai Unhasuta, PhD, MSN, RN

Krongdai Unhasuta, PhD, MSN, RN

Golden Jubilee Medical Center and Madhidol University Hospital

Currently serve as the Trauma Center Consultant for Golden Jubilee Medical Center as well as Nursing Faculty at Medical Sirira Hospital of Mahidol University. I am also the current Chairman of Thailand's Trauma Nurses Society and the Consultant to the Trauma Association of Thailand. I am the ATCN Country Director for Thailand, and I currently serve as on STN's International Council representing the Pacific and Asian interests.

Shane Urban, BSN, RN, CCRC

Shane Urban, BSN, RN, CCRC

University of Colorado Hospital

Shane Urban is an accomplished researcher, author, and educator. He has nearly 20 years of experience working in emergency medicine and trauma research. His work has been presented at the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Society of Trauma Nurses, the American Surgical Congress, the National Association of EMS Physicians, and theTQIP annual meetings. Furthermore, his work has been published in the Surgery, Journal of Trauma Nursing, and Prehospital Emergency Care.

Melissa Wholeben, PhD, RN, CNE, TCRN

Melissa Wholeben, PhD, RN, CNE, TCRN

The University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Melissa Wholeben is an assistant professor at the College of Nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso with a well-established professional background in nursing academia and trauma patient care. Her areas of practice include trauma nursing, emergency department, nursing academia, and EMS-Paramedic. Dr. Wholeben's primary research themes center on Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Management, Trauma Mitigation, and Trauma-Informed Care.

LeAnne Young, MSN, RN, TCRN

LeAnne Young, MSN, RN, TCRN

Texas Children's Hospital

LeAnne Young oversees Trauma & Injury Prevention at Texas Children's Hospital. She has over 18 years of trauma nursing experience with over 12 years in adult & pediatric trauma program operations. LeAnne has presented both nationally & internationally on pediatric trauma mortality, child physical abuse, and trauma performance improvement. She is an active member of STN, TCAA, PTS, EAST, ATS and the ACS.

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