A-Gi  Go-O  P-Z
Kimberly Acquavia, Social Work Academy Puja Goel, Speech-Language Pathology Academy  Britt Pados, Nursing Academy 
Jennifer Adams, Pharmacy Academy Denise Gormley, Nursing Academy  Scott Paul, Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine Academy
Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren, Nursing Academy
Annette Greer, Nursing Academy Katherine Pelican, Veterinary Medicine Academy
Robin Austin, Nursing Academy Althea Grey, Audiology Academy Amy Pittenger, Pharmacy Academy
Kevin Ballard, Audiology Academy Anita Gupta, Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine Academy Carolyn Porta, Nursing Academy
Irene Bean, Nursing Academy Jordan Hamson Utley, Athletic Training Academy Teddie Potter, Nursing Academy
Mary Benbenek, Nursing Academy Catherine Hatfield, Pharmacy Academy Martin Pressman, Podiatric Medicine Academy
Denise Bender, Physical Therapy Academy Diane Hawley, Nursing Academy Sonja Pruitt-Lord, Speech-Language Pathology
Amy Boyd, Occupational Therapy Academy Alice Henton, Speech-Language Pathology Academy Jeffery Ramirez, Nursing Academy
Anthony Breitbach, Athletic Training Academy Valerie Herzog, Athletic Training Academy  Laura Rea, Occupational Therapy Academy
Bethanne Brown, Pharmacy Academy Rachel Williams, Athletic Training Academy Bethany Robertson, Nursing Academy
Nelva Bryant, Veterinary Medicine Academy MaryBeth Horodyski, Athletic Training Academy Evan Robinson, Pharmacy Academy
Ninotchka Brydges, Nursing Academy Stephanie Jevas, Athletic Training Academy Renuka Roche, Occupational Therapy Academy
Rosanne Burson, Nursing Academy Rachel Johnson Krug, Athletic Training Academy Leland Rockstraw, Nursing Academy
Saunja Burt, Audiology Academy Craig Kasper, Audiology Academy Julie Ronnebaum, Physical Therapy Academy
Bradley Cannon, Pharmacy Academy Caryn Katz-Loffman, Social Work Academy Marcia Ryder, Nursing Academy
Linda Carozza, Speech-Language Pathology Seth Keller, Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine Academy Marlene Salas-Provance, Speech-Language Pathology Academy
Felicia Chew, Occupational Therapy Academy Stephen Kern, Occupational Therapy Academy Judi Schack-Dugre, Physical Therapy Academy
Breanna Chycinski, Occupational Therapy Academy Amber King, Pharmacy Academy Kevin Schroeder, Athletic Training Academy
Lola Coke, Nursing Academy Mary Jo Kreitzer, Nursing Academy Aaron Sciascia, Athletic Training Academy
Lindsay Davis, Pharmacy Academy Janice Kuperstein, Physical Therapy Academy Kathryn Shaffer, Nursing Academy
Veronica Decker, Nursing Academy Carolyn Ma, Pharmacy Academy Brian Sick, Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine Academy
Patricia Deyo, Nursing Academy George MacKinnon III, Pharmacy Academy Cindy Sickora, Nursing Academy
Katherine Dieringer, Athletic Training Academy Mark Markel, Veterinary Medicine Academy Margie Sipe, Nursing Academy
Margarita DiVall, Pharmacy Academy Lauren Martin, Nursing Academy Charlene Siza, Veterinary Medicine Academy
Diana Drake, Nursing Academy Michelle Masterson, Physical Therapy Academy Shelly Smith, Nursing Academy
Tracey Earland, Occupational Therapy Johnna Mazet, Veterinary Medicine Academy Pamela Smith, Speech-Language Pathology Academy
Chalee Engelhard, Physical Therapy Academy John McCarthy, Speech-Language Pathology Academy Jennifer Smith-Zolman, Optometry Academy
Ursula Findlen, Audiology Academy Karen Monsen, Nursing Academy Laurie Sterling, Speech-Language Pathology Academy
Elaine Fogel-Schneider, Speech-Language Pathology Academy Kymberlee Montgomery, Nursing Academy David Taylor, Physical Therapy Academy 
Michael Fratkin, Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine Academy Christine Myers, Occupational; Therapy Academy Diane-Treat Jacobson, Nursing Academy
Cheri Friedrich, Nursing Academy Jessica Ochs, Nursing Academy Martha Van Dam, Speech-Language Pathology Academy
Jayne Fulkerson, Nursing Academy Susan O'Connor-Von, Nursing Academy Amber Vermeesch, Nursing Academy
Jennifer Gamboa, Physical Therapy Academy Patricia Ohtake, Physical Therapy Academy Ben Warner, Dentistry Academy
Linda Gibson-Young, Nursing Academy Rita Olans, Nursing Academy

Kathy Wheat, Speech-Language Pathology Academy

Janet Winter, Nursing Academy


Lydel Wright, Nursing Academy

Joseph Zorek, Pharmacy Academy


Kimberly Acquavia, Social Work Academy

Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE serves as the Betty Norman Norris Endowed Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Prior to coming to UVA in August 2019, she spent fifteen years as a faculty member at the George Washington University (GW) School of Nursing and the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. As a social worker teaching within a school of nursing, her scholarship is interdisciplinary and collaborative. Her scholarly work focuses on LGBTQ aging and end-of-life issues, and her clinical work has been with patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses in both hospital and hospice settings.  Her book, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice, was awarded first place in the AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Palliative Care and Hospice Category. 


Jennifer Adams, Pharmacy Academy

Jennifer Adams, PharmD, EdD, FAPhA is a graduate of Boise State University, Idaho State University, and George Washington University. She is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Idaho State University, College of Pharmacy, providing oversight for the PharmD curriculum, experiential education, interprofessional education (IPE), and assessment. Dr. Adams also teaches pharmacy law. Dr. Adams served nearly 10 years as Senior Student Affairs Advisor at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), overseeing national student affairs activities including PharmCAS, PCAT, diversity and inclusion, and student recruitment. At AACP, she worked on IPE initiatives and served on the Interprofessional Professionalism Collaborative (IPC). Her IPC service continues today and she remains involved in research and assessment initiatives in IPE and professionalism. Her previous experience also includes working in hospital and community pharmacy settings and the American Pharmacists Association. She has received national awards in recognition of her leadership skills.


 Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren, Nursing Academy

Throughout my nursing career, I have embraced and actualized an interprofessional approach to all aspects of my professional work, including direct clinical practice, student education and the conduct of scientific research. As a nurse clinician, I have been an integral member of interprofessional teams that provided quality healthcare to acute and critically ill cardiovascular patients. As an academician at the University of Michigan, I was a founding member of a novel interprofessional team (dentistry, nursing, medicine, pharmacy, social work) that taught teamwork and interprofessional practice in healthcare to health sciences graduate students. This work was recognized by a Provost Innovative Prize Award. As a nurse scientist, I have lead and been a member of interdisciplinary teams that include physicians, neuropsychologists, information technologists, graphic designers, and statisticians. My interdisciplinary work has been disseminated in peer-reviewed journals and has influenced policy and guided evidencebased practice to promote health and well-being.


 Robin Austin, Nursing Academy

Dr. Robin Austin is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing and Graduate faculty in the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing. Dr. Austin has over 20 years clinical healthcare experience and has translated this experience to focus on patient-centered research. Dr. Austin has earned three doctoratal degrees; a Doctorate of Chiropractic and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) and PhD in Nursing both specializing in Nursing Informatics. Dr. Austin integrates her clinical background, chiropractic and nursing, with informatics methods to represent the patients’ perspective across the healthcare continuum. In her faculty role, she brings a unique interprofessional perspective and understanding of optimal health and wellness. Dr. Austin contributes to professional organizations through service and leadership. Through her research, service, and community engagement, Dr. Austin seeks to empower individuals through the use of technology and include their voice in person-centered care. 


Kevin Ballard, Audiology Academy

Dr. Kevin Ballard was born and raised in Texas but has enjoyed living and working in the Midwest for the past thirty years. His initial pursuit in audiology was in research, but he discovered he liked clinical work and has been in practice for thirty years. He worked at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for nine years before moving to Quincy, IL in 1999 and was with Quincy Medical Group and McIntee ENT Center prior to organizing Quincy Audiology, LLC in 2012. He earned his Doctorate degree in Audiology (Au.D.) from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology (Now Salus University). Dr. Ballard is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and member of the Illinois Academy of Audiology.
When he is away from his clinic, Dr. Ballard enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, sailing his Newport 28 at Mark Twain Lake, reading, irritating people with his guitar and ukulele, and discovering new venues for food and music.


 Irene Bean, Nursing Academy

Dr. Bean has 20 years of experience in the health sector as an educator, clinician, administrator, consultant, health policy specialist, and entrepreneur/business owner. She received her DNP from Loyola University in New Orleans, PMHNP from Johns Hopkins University, and MSN from TN State University. She is the Founder/Executive Director of TN Nurse Practitioner Association.  Dr. Bean is a Fellow of AANP, TN State Representative for AANP, member of the Diversity and Inclusive committee, serves on four AANP committees, and the recipient of the TN State Award of Excellence for Advocacy.  She is a Duke-Johnson & Johnson Leadership Fellow.  She is a member of the TN APRN Coalition. She is the founder of Systemic/Institutional Racism Webinar, and founded the Mentorship Program: Transitioning from RN to NP.  Dr. Bean is the CEO/Founder of a nurse practitioner owned clinic and provides integrated care by offering medical and psychiatric services to reduce health disparities. 


 Mary Benbenek, Nursing Academy

Dr. Mary Mescher Benbenek, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CPNP-PC, FAANP is a Clinical Professor and Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at the University of Minnesota. She is actively engaged in interprofessional practice and leads development and implementation of interprofessional educational opportunities at the University and in a variety of health care delivery settings. Dr. Benbenek maintains an interprofessional primary care FNP practice with a focus on community health across the lifespan, where she regularly precepts advanced practice nursing students. Her research areas of interest include advanced practice nursing education and clinical simulation, interprofessional practice and education, global health, diagnostic reasoning, and vaccine hesitancy. She is actively engaged at the state level in numerous interprofessional health-related committees and is an active member in professional advanced practice nursing organizations at the state and national levels.


 Denise Bender, Physical Therapy Academy

Denise Bender, JD, PT, M.Ed., is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (OUHSC) and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program director. She received the Jill Pitman Jones Professorship in Physical Therapy in 2017 and the OUHSC David Ross Boyd Professorship for outstanding interprofessional student teaching, mentoring, and leadership in 2020. Additional responsibilities include establishment of an interprofessional rotation for physical and occupational therapy students through her clinical practice at OU Physicians Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program. In 2012, Denise joined core faculty in the campus-wide Interprofessional Educators and Practitioners Association (IEPA). Since 2016, she has chaired the IEPA curriculum committee tasked with the development and dissemination of interprofessional coursework for 1200 students from 14 professions in seven colleges across three campuses. She presently chairs the IEPA Executive Council, which provides oversight for all IEPA committees. Denise has presented nationally and internationally on interprofessional education. 


Amy Boyd, Occupational Therapy Academy

Ms. Amy Boyd completed both her BS in Health Sciences and MA in Occupational Therapy at Loma Linda University in California. In 2011 Ms. Boyd moved from California to Texas to begin her first job as an occupational therapist in a subacute rehab setting. After two years in rehab, Ms. Boyd transitioned to acute care, where she specialized in neurological conditions and intensive care. Serving as a fieldwork educator in practice, Ms. Boyd developed a love for teaching and was led to serve as the academic fieldwork coordinator and assistant professor for University of Mary Hardin-Baylor OT. Ms. Boyd is continuing her education at the University of Texas Medical Branch where she will obtain her post-professional occupational therapy doctorate in 2020.


 Anthony Breitbach, Athletic Training Academy

Dr. Anthony Breitbach is a tenured Professor and Director of the Athletic Training Program in the Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University. He served on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Executive Committee for Education and is the NATA’s liaison to the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP). He also serves as Chair of ASAHP’s Partnerships, Alliances and Advocacy committee, Interprofessional subcommittee and represents them on the Interprofessional Education Collaborative council. In 2018, he was named an ASAHP Fellow and received their “Outstanding Member” Award. He is Chair of the Program Committee and serves on the Advisory Board for the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. He also serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Interprofessional Care; Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission; Steering Committee member for Interprofessional Research.Global and is the Public Member on the CAE Commission of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).


 Bethanne Brown, Pharmacy Academy

Bethanne Brown is a Clinical Professor at the University Of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Purdue University in 1989 and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati in 2004.  Dr. Brown is a registered pharmacist in both Indiana and Ohio. Prior to starting her academic career, she worked in a variety of practice sites including: community, acute patient care, and home infusion.  In 2000, she joined the College of Pharmacy to develop of series of skills based, practice-focused courses titled: Pharmacy Practice Skills Development.  Additional responsibilities include: patient relationship enhancement project (PREP) and Contemporary Pharmacy Practice course.  She is an ambulatory care pharmacist providing care as part of an interprofessional chronic disease state management team in an underserved population. She currently serves as residency program director for the University of Cincinnati PGY1 Community-based and PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency programs.


 Nelva Bryant, Veterinary Medicine Academy

Dr. Bryant’s veterinary career is not typical.  Upon graduating from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, she was torn between small animal clinical practice and veterinary pathology.  After being in clinical practice for 1 year, she decided to take steps towards becoming a veterinary pathologist.  She obtained additional veterinary pathology training and then joined the US Army for 3 years.  She then transferred to the US Public Health Service and held numerous positions related to animal and public health.  To further advance her skills, she completed an MPH degree through the University of Iowa MPH for Practicing Veterinarians program.  Over the years, her knowledge of veterinary pathology, infectious and zoonotic diseases, veterinary public health, CDC’s dog importation regulations, and international and national animal transportation regulations gave her a unique skillset that impacted the transportation of animals.  Upon retiring from the US Public Health Service, her skillset was used to review and revise animal transportation policies, as she was employed by Delta Air Lines as their Industry First Staff Veterinarian.


 Ninotchka Brydges, Nursing Academy

Dr. Ninotchka Brydges is an advanced practice provider (APP) manager at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Critical Care and Respiratory Care in Houston, Texas, overseeing acute care nurse practitioners and physician assistants. She continues her passion for teaching and precepting students in focused areas of adult oncologic critical care and transition of safe quality care such as early sepsis recognition, disseminated intravascular coagulopathy, multiple organ dysfunction syndromes, evidence based triage process, handoff communication, and universal protocol compliance aligning with national patient safety goals. She is an adjunct clinical faculty of the University of Texas and a coordinator for clinical student’s intensive care unit (ICU) rotation of several advanced practice-nursing programs in Texas including the University of Texas (UT) in Houston, UT Arlington, UT El-Paso, UT Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas Woman’s University, and Chamberlain University. She spearheaded several quality improvement projects such as streamlined APP onboarding process, ICU SAFE initiative, compliance of Universal Protocol, handoff communication between healthcare providers, downtime process, and cyclical education. She is the current chair of two advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) committees, Credentialing and Quality and Safety. Dr. Ninotchka Brydges has been an acute care nurse practitioner since 2002, graduating from the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) Adult Acute Nurse Practitioner Program. Before her advanced nursing degree, she assumed the position of associate director of the intensive care unit at MD Anderson, overseeing over 100 registered nurses and 50 nursing assistants. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at UTHSC in 2014, focusing on early recognition of sepsis of bedside nurses. Other degrees include an Executive Master of Business Administration at Texas Woman’s University, and pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science with research titled “ Exploring Hematology/Oncology Nurses’ Recognition for Patients at Risk for Sepsis also at Texas Woman’s University. She has several published chapters in the textbook, Oncologic Critical Care and two peer-reviewed case studies with other healthcare providers. Dr. Ninotchka Brydges is the current Executive Board of the Philippine Nurse Association, Metropolitan Houston (PNAMH), and a chair of the Education Committee. Recently, she is appointed as a nurse academic leader for PNAMH to collaborate with PNA of America (PNAA) COVID Task Force in seeking a research grant that can address the psychosocial and mental well being of nurses related to COVID-19. She will serve as the liaison with the recruitment and follow-up of surveys from each PNAA chapter.


 Rosanne Burson, Nursing Academy

Dr. Rosanne Burson has been working interprofessionally in chronic disease management since 1996. She developed diabetes programs and practices utilizing advanced practice nurses (APRN), registered nurses (RN), registered dietitians (RD), physical therapists (PT), and podiatrists (DPM) working collaboratively. Her experiences have informed her education approach and her scholarship. Her work has been disseminated by presentation and publication nationally and internationally. Rosanne has been recognized by the Diabetes Association of Care and Education Specialists, an interprofessional organization, as a Fellow. In the classroom, Dr. Burson has brought together graduate students including APRNs (clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner and nurse anesthetist) and Physician Assistants (PA) to explore health and wellness interprofessionally. Most recently, informatics and health care students from Ireland and the US were united digitally in the classroom during her Fulbright Scholarship at Dublin City University, Centre for eIntegrated Care. 


 Saunja Burt, Audiology Academy

Saunja Terrell Burt is a Government Services Clinic Support Audiologist for the Northeast and Southeast regions at Oticon, Incorporated. She received her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University in 1997 and her Doctor of Audiology degree from Central Michigan University in 2001. Dr. Burt elected to return to school to obtain a degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Burt has over 20 years’ experience in audiological care, clinic management, and process improvement expertise including 17 years as Supervisory Audiologist at the Bruce W. Carter VA Healthcare System in Miami, FL. Dr. Burt oversaw four audiology and speech outpatient clinics and supervised Audiologist, Speech Language Pathologist, Technicians, Students, and Support Staff. She was also a clinical preceptor for third and fourth year Au.D students. Dr. Burt’s professional affiliations include the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has served on the Public Relations and Professional Standards and Practices Committee for AAA. Dr. Burt participated in inaugural class of the Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Competency Development for Leaders Program.


 Bradley Cannon, Pharmacy Academy

Dr. Cannon graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy in 1994. After completing a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center, he joined the UIC College of Pharmacy as a clinical educator with the Department of Vascular Surgery. During his time at UIC, he sought to advance clinical and didactic educational initiatives, and was appointed as faculty in both the Departments of Surgery and Medical Education. Following completion of the College of Medicine’s Faculty Development Fellowship, he served as the Director of Faculty Development for the Department of Pharmacy Practice. In 2014, Dr. Cannon joined the faculty at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science as an Assistant Professor and Director of Experiential Education.


 Linda Carozza, Speech-Language Pathology

Dr. Linda Carozza, PhD, CCC-SLP is a clinician-researcher with more than 30 years’ experience with clinical populations. In 1999, Carozza’s dissertation was published and reported on the breakdown of language retrieval in individuals with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type.  The study demonstrated that retrieval mechanisms on a brain level basis were impaired in early stage disease. Dr Carozza has gone on to study and produce works on quality of life approaches to improving communication strategies in the population. She is the author of 3 books and many articles, a frequent presenter and  a career-long collaborator in the field of adult neurogenic disorders.


 Felicia Chew, Occupational Therapy Academy

Felicia Chew, MS, OTR, FAOTA, Vice President of Clinical Services, Education, and Staff Development for Genesis HealthCare has 32 years of clinical experience in diverse practice settings, including acute care, mental health, and post-acute care. For the past 24 years, she has worked for Genesis, serving many clinical experiences before her current role. During her tenure, many changes in practice and healthcare policy have impacted care delivery. Felicia has been responsible for the oversight of program standards, development, and implementation of all clinical services, especially occupational therapy practice, and developing the education, programs, and resources, to meet the needs of clinicians in the geriatric practice arena. Felicia’s professional activities include executive board member for the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association, the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, ReBuilding Together, and Voices for Parkinson’s. She continues to present at the local, state, and national levels related to interprofessional clinical and administrative topics.


 Breanna Chycinski, Occupational Therapy Academy

My name is Breanna Chycinski and I am an academic fieldwork coordinator (AFWC) and assistant professor for Grand Valley State University’s Occupational Science and Therapy Department. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, both from Grand Valley State University. Additionally, I am an Occupational Therapy  (OT) Doctorate Student at Eastern Kentucky University. In my academic role, I concentrate on making a difference within the university and the occupational therapy (OT) profession through my service activities, some of which include serving as an advisor for our professional honor society and Pre-OT club, committee member for our college’s Faculty Council, as well as participating in Lansing Lobby Day to advocate for the occupational therapy profession. My research interests align well with my position as an AFWC since they relate to identifying successful strategies to enhance student success during Level II Fieldwork.


 Lola Coke, Nursing Academy

Dr. Coke is a seasoned Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist and academic.  She has several publications in the field of cardiovascular nursing and research and has presented at national and international meetings.   She has served on American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement writing groups. She is a Fellow of the AHA and is Awards Chair for the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing.  She is a Fellow and Board Member of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurse’s Association, having served as President.  She is certified in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and has conducted workshops at national and international meetings and has written on its use in patients with pre-Diabetes.  Dr. Coke served as content trainer and evaluator of MI on 5 funded grants. Dr. Coke has conducted research in women with cardiovascular disease to reduce risk factors, improve quality of life and physical functioning.  Dr. Coke has developed “Healthy Heart” programs for underserved women.


 Lindsay Davis, Pharmacy Academy

Dr. Davis is an Associate Professor at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy (MWU). Education is her passion giving her great honor to be the recipient of the Mentor of the Year, Teacher of the Year, and Outstanding Educator awards. Her clinical site is a private cardiology practice where she delivers direct patient care via a collaborative practice agreement and precepts student and resident pharmacists. Dr. Davis is the creator of Iter Vitae, an interprofessional patient journey board game (https://prezi.com/v/ulljqwyznopy/iter-vitae-introduction-may-2020/?preview=1). Her scholarly publications focus on teaching and precepting methods as well as cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. She was the principal investigator for the Habits of Preceptors (HOP) research project (www.habitsofpreceptors.org). Dr. Davis is the Program Coordinator for MWU’s Clinician Educators Program, a post-graduate longitudinal teaching and learning curriculum, which began in 2013, has over 500 enrollees to date, and provides more than 30 hours of classroom and mentored teaching experiences. 


Veronica Decker, Nursing Academy

Veronica Decker, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, MBA, is an assistant professor of nursing at Central Florida University, Orlando, FL. An MBA from University of Notre Dame and a specialty in clinical leadership help her design and teach economics to the next generation of nursing leaders, among other graduate courses. She has over three decades of research and authorship devoted to cancer and mental health, and her current focus is with veterans. Her book, Coping with Cancer: A Patient Pocket Book of Thoughts, Advice and Inspiration for the Ill (2009), is still widely read today and available on Amazon. She currently partners with the Director of Comprehensive Breast Health at Florida Hospital in a breast cancer consultation quality improvement project, serves as Advisor to Vector Oncology, is a member of Cancer and Mental Health Collaborative (ENGAGE), and serves as a reviewer for Issues in Mental Health Nursing and Clinical Journal of Oncology.


 Patricia Deyo, Nursing Academy

Ms. Deyo is a healthcare consultant with over 15 years of experience. She serves as a member of the leadership team that launched the COVID-19 Test Center at The George Washington University (GWU) Ashburn, VA campus. She is responsible for training, quality metrics, and evaluation of test center functions. Ms. Deyo also serves as a Nurse Research Consultant for the GetWellNetwork. She helped develop the O’Neil Center, a National Center for Patient Engagement to advance the science of patient and family engagement. She assists clinical partners to develop research protocols for patient engagement studies. Ms. Deyo is in the dissertation phase of her PhD in Translational Health Science program at GWU. Ms. Deyo holds a MSN in Leadership and Management from GWU, a BSN from the George Mason University, and a B.A. in management from Gettysburg College. 


Katherine Dieringer, Athletic Training Academy

Kathy I Dieringer is the current owner of D&D Sports Med, three outpatient rehabilitation clinics in the North Texas area, employing approximately 45 physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers and support staff in her facilities. Kathy is a licensed and certified athletic trainer and is a leader in the profession of athletic training, serving in various capacities at the state, district and national levels. Her most distinguished service includes on the Board of Directors of the National Athletic Trainers Association as a District Director and as Secretary/Treasurer of the NATA. Kathy has received numerous awards from her district and NATA, including induction into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2017, and receiving the AOSSM Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2019. Kathy currently serves as a Commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.


 Margarita DiVall, Pharmacy Academy

Margarita DiVallobtained her Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters in Education degreesfrom Northeastern Universityin Boston. After completing pharmacy practice residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center(BIDMC), Boston, MA, she joined Northeastern University School of Pharmacy faculty in 2000. She continued to practice as a clinical pharmacistat BIDMCfor nearly 20 years, where she trained hundreds of pharmacy students and residents. As a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, shecollaborated with clinicians from different disciplines to deliver quality health care, contributing to medication reconciliation, pharmacotherapy optimization, transitions of care, and assisting patients with understanding their medications. Dr. DiVall’steaching and scholarly interests have been in the area ofinterprofessional practice and education, curricular developmentand assessment.She has taught pharmacotherapy in multiple courses to pharmacy students, nurses, and physical therapists.She developed and teaches acourse focused on leadership and advocacy in health care. Dr. DiVall has published numerous manuscripts and books, as well as presented at manynational conferences in her field. She has served as an Assistant Dean of Assessment at the School of Pharmacy and is currently serving as an Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Bouvé College of Health Sciences.In her current administrative role, she provides support and mentorship to faculty from nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant and other health professions.She also provides significant service andleadershipwithin professional pharmacy organizations, including American Association of Colleges of Pharmacyand Massachusetts Society of Health System Pharmacists.


 Diana Drake, Nursing Academy

Dr. Drake is recognized for her leadership in both interprofessional and integrative health care for women. In her clinical leadership role and clinic based interprofessional scholarship, she initiated and developed a women's integrative health clinic at an academic health center, an ongoing interprofessional series for women during midlife transition and an ongoing interprofessional training series for professional providers and students. Her efforts resulted in multiple stakeholders from eleven different health disciples collaborating together in a sustainable interprofessional learning environment of health professionals and students at a large academic setting. Dr Drake is deeply committed to interprofessional models of care that address health disparities for women. As a Clinical Associate Professor, Chair of the National Association for Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of their Women’s Expert Panel, she has a sustained history of leadership in interprofessional collaboration and consensus.


 Tracey Earland, Occupational Therapy Academy

Tracey Vause Earland, PhD, OTR/L is an Associate Professor in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa.  For over 20 years, she has served as a principal investigator, research interventionist and project coordinator on various funded studies centered on patients with complex health and social needs, fraility, neurocognitive disorders, low vision, and community reintegration for veterans with traumatic head injury. With over 35 years of clinical experience, Dr. Earland’s area of practice has centered on providing home-based occupational therapy primarily to older adults and their families with challenges in participation and role functioning. She currently teaches in the department of occupational therapy at TJU. Dr. Earland is also a faculty member of Jefferson’s Center of Interprofessional Practice and Education (JCIPE) and previously served as Co-Director of the Jefferson Health Mentors Program.  She currently serves as a Project Lead and advisor for JCIPE’s innovative Student Hotspotting Program.   


 Chalee Engelhard, Physical Therapy Academy

Chalee Engelhard, PT, EdD, MBA GCS Emeritus is a tenured, Associate Professor in the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) where she serves as the Physical Therapy Program Director and CAHS Interprofessional Education (IPE) Leader. Her scholarly agenda includes interdisciplinary publications, funding and presentations with Allied Health disciplines, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Medicine. She serves as the CAHS Chair for both the Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP) and iTALC (graduate level, online IPE event) workgroups. Additionally, she has served on the UC Academic Health Center’s IPE Steering Committee since 2014. Dr. Engelhard also serves as a faculty leader of the UC’s IPE student run pro bono clinic. Thus, through new collaborations and community partnerships, Dr. Engelhard welcomes the opportunity to target and apply her IPE expertise to benefit students and professionals alike to better impact the local and global community in which UC lives.


 Ursula Findlen, Audiology Academy

Ursula M. Findlen, Ph.D., is the Director of Audiology Research in the Division of Clinical Therapies- Audiology Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Assistant ProfessorClinical at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. She is also currently the Chair of the Healthcare Relations Committee and the Outreach Council Chair-Elect for the American Academy of Audiology, as well as the current President of the Ohio Academy of Audiology. Dr. Findlen engages in clinical practice and research endeavors related to pediatric (re)habilitative audiology, particularly regarding an interprofessional team approach to family-centered care. Her research interests include infant diagnostics and improving outcomes of children with hearing loss through systematic quality improvement and population health endeavors. Additionally, she is a Co-Investigator on an NIH Grant focused on literacy in children with hearing loss and Principle Investigator on a grant funded by Advanced Bionics, Inc.


 Elaine Fogel-Schneider, Speech-Language Pathology Academy

Dr. Elaine Fogel-Schneider has over forty years of clinical experience and professional volunteerism creating possibilities for families and combining strategies from her own multi-disciplinary background (speech-language pathology, dance/movement therapy, and psychology) to nurture and bring well-being to all she serves. She is the founder and executive director of TouchTime® International promoting bonding and nurturing relationships between parents and children, and BeREAL(Be Ready Everyone And Learn) Now for educators, healthcare professionals, parents, and children. Dr. Fogel-Schneider is also the founder of Community Therapies and Baby Steps, multidisciplinary community clinics, serving the healthcare needs of individuals from infancy to geriatrics, and developing collaborative “stellar success teams” for children and families. Dr. Fogel-Schneider is on faculty at California State University, Los Angeles in the Communication Disorders Department, where she has the opportunity of integrating IPP/IPE topics into her class discussions and home assignments. For the past six years, she was the speech-language pathologist consultant on a multi-disciplinary pre-school assessment team, providing multidisciplinary assessments for pre-school children entering the school district, to determine eligibility for special education services, and providing resources for families. As a volunteer professional with California Speech Language and Hearing Association (CSHA) Dr. Fogel-Schneider served as the past Vice President for Professional Services – Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. In this role she was instrumental in working together with the Department of Developmental Services and other State Agencies (Health, Education, Mental Health, etc.) parents, advocacy groups, and other professionals supporting Title 17 Regulations to include Speech Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) into early intervention. She was a Governor appointee to California’s Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers and Families and works collaboratively with the Centers for Disease Control on their Bright Start Advisory Committee. She is also a member of other health agencies Boards and serves on the CSHA committee for early intervention advocacy. Dr. Elaine Fogel-Schneider is the author of Amazon best-selling books written for parents and professionals.  She is a contributing writer for magazines, blogs, and professional journals. “International Interprofessional Collaboration: The Benefits of Global Networking” and “The 7 R’s of Teambuilding” appeared inthe American Speech-Language and Hearing Association’s (ASHA’s) Perspectives for Special Interest Group 17, and Zero to Three, respectively. As an invited speaker, presenter and trainer, Dr. Fogel-Schneider promotes IPP/IPE. She was an invited speaker for UNESCO in Stockholm, and an invited member of the Bright Futures program for the American Academy of Pediatrics in conjunction with Project Vietnam, where she provided collaborative practices using TouchTime® trainings for parents, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists, to create healthy NICU infant/parent outcomes. She was a guest speaker at the President’s Palace and was invited back to Vietnam to continue her collaboration efforts.  Dr. Elaine Fogel-Schneider has won awards for her collaborative work and values the role of collaboration and interprofessional practices in both her clinical practice and professional volunteerism. She resides in La Quinta, Ca with her husband.


 Michael Fratkin, Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine Academy

Approaching life and the practice of medicine with love and respect, Michael D. Fratkin,MD is a builder, an innovator and a dreamer. (Not necessarily in that order.) Standing on a foundation of inspiration and burnout, Dr. Fratkin began creating ResolutionCare Network to build capacity for capable and compassionate palliative care in the rural Northern California community in which he made his home. He has been a transformative and provocative voice for improving the experience of people and families facing the completion of their lives while ensuring that the meaningful professional experiences of those providing care is of equal importance. Furthermore, ResolutionCare Network is revolutionizing healthcare enterprise development as a Certified B Corp launched with a crowdfunding campaign and using technology to connect people to people wherever they are.


 Cheri Friedrich, Nursing Academy

Dr. Friedrich began her academic career at the University of Minnesota (UMN) School of Nursing, where she is a Clinical Professor and Coordinator of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)/Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (PCNS) specialties. Dr. Friedrich’s innovative teaching draws on years of experience as a primary care PNP and interprofessional team member. She engages students using active learning strategies focused on development of critical reasoning skills and clinical competency. She practices and precepts students in an interprofessional Federally Qualified Health Center that serves un- and under-insured children and families in Anoka County. Dr. Friedrich persuasively advocates for interprofessional education. As a member of the UMN Health Sciences 1Health team she has been instrumental in co-leading efforts to create rich, interactive interprofessional teaching and learning strategies for UMN’s health sciences students. Dr. Friedrich’s novel Escape Room experiences are licensed and have been widely disseminated nationally and internationally to promote interprofessional learning.


 Jayne Fulkerson, Nursing Academy

Jayne A. Fulkerson, PhD, is a Professor and Cora Miedl Siehl Endowed Chair in Nursing Research in the School of Nursing and an affiliate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota (UMN). With a PhD in psychology, she has devoted her career to interdisciplinary and interprofessional research, teaching and service. Her research focuses on family-based health promotion and validation of nutrition- and diet-related measures. She has been principal investigator (PI) of childhood obesity prevention trials (RCT) (NIH/R01HL123699; NIH/R21DK72997; NIH/R01DK084000) and co-investigator on many interdisciplinary studies that included professionals from nursing, public health, kinesiology, nutrition, psychology and medicine. She is currently PI of an interdisciplinary pre/postdoctoral training program as part of the UMN Clinical and Translational Science Institute (NIH/TL1TR002493). Dr. Fulkerson’s service includes committee memberships, working groups and mentorship in interprofessional societies.


 Jennifer Gamboa, Physical Therapy Academy

Dr. Jennifer Gamboa, PT, DPT, OCS is CEO of Body Dynamics’ Physical Therapy and Wellness Center, COO for Rehab Essentials, and Managing Partner for Sustainable Health Index (SHI). A physical therapist by training, she founded BDI as an integrated health clinic in 1995. Throughout her career, she has seen first-hand the profound changes people make when providers work collaboratively to partner with patients to achieve their desired outcomes. Working with integrated clinical teams requires courageous collaboration, deep curiosity, and respect for multiple approaches. Dr. Gamboa is passionate about advancing the health of people and communities and minimizing downstream costs. In 2006, Dr. Gamboa began teaching on-line with Rehab Essentials to lay the foundations of Population Health Management for rehab professionals. In 2013, Dr. Gamboa launched SHI, a proprietary outcome tool that risk stratifies individuals, provides aggregate reporting on community behaviors, beliefs, and barriers, and facilitates implementation of community level intervention.


 Linda Gibson-Young, Nursing Academy

Linda Gibson-Young PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, AE-C, FAANP is a nurse and researcher focusing on child health. She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and national asthma educator with 20+ years’ experience addressing management of childhood asthma. She has a strong record of accomplishment with child health interventions and continuously works in team-based, interdisciplinary groups. Dr. Gibson-Young has engaged countless families and communities to manage child health, particularly 7-12 years of age in the home and school settings to increase family management and decrease unfavorable child health outcomes. Currently, she leads a team to implement school-based health education initiatives in rural Alabama settings to encourage healthy behaviors in elementary schools. Her research published interprofessional journals highlights high impact collaborative practices. Dr. Gibson-Young has educated thousands of baccalaureate nursing and honors students, and hundreds of masters and doctoral level nurse practitioner students in Alabama, Florida, and Texas. 


Puja Goel, Speech-Language Pathology Academy

Puja Goel, MA, CCC-SLP, is a multilingual school-based speech-language pathologist whom has worked for Chicago Public Schools and currently in an administrative role near Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Puja recently completed an administrative leadership development program accredited by the State Education Agency (SEA) of New Mexico. She is a licensed administrator by the SEA - NM Public Education Department (PED).  This licensure allows Puja to work within any type of public school setting up to being a Superintendent. Puja is predominantly school based but has worked across all settings: early intervention, private practice, acute care, SNFs and outpatient settings in the last 14 years.  She graduated from Northwestern University for her Master’s Degree and earned her Bachelor’s from Smith College.  Puja served as a proactive board member for ASHA’s Multicultural Issues Board and completed both the Leadership Development and Minority Student Leadership Programs through ASHA.  Puja holds dual citizenship in India.  


 Denise Gormley, Nursing Academy

Dr. Gormley is the Associate Dean at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. She’s responsible for undergraduate and graduate programs. Under Dr. Gormley’s leadership, the program’s been recognized nationally for innovative teaching, exemplary faculty, and strong academic/practice partnerships that support IPE. She serves on the University IPE Steering Committee that plans and implements interprofessional education for students in the health professions. She has presented/published on IPE, leadership, and nursing work environment. She has been the recipient of research grants, including a $1.2 million HHS grant to develop IPE and practice opportunities in the hospital. As part of grant, Dr. Gormley developed a practice model for interprofessional rounding that improved patient experience and increased nurses’ leadership self-efficacy. She led an interprofessional team in the development of a nursing tool to improve communication and interprofessional rounds. Dr. Gormley is committed to interprofessional practice in healthcare and partnering to improve patient outcomes.


 Annette Greer, Nursing Academy 

 Dr. Annette Greer is a tenured professor in the Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University; where she serves as the Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Greer has associate degrees in agricultural business and agricultural science; undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in nursing; post-graduate certificates in agromedicine, global public health, health care ethics, interprofessional geriatric education, health ministries and is a consecrated deaconess in the United Methodist Church. Dr. Greer was a founding member and board of directors for the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. She served on the NIH/NCI/NIEHS Agricultural Health Study advisory committee for 10 years. Dr. Maria Clay and Dr. Greer created the Interprofessional Assessment and Planning Instrument and along with other national leaders conducted baseline studies of Academic Health Centers in 2010 and 2015 and continues research in interprofessional education.


 Althea Grey, Audiology Academy

I obtained my Doctorate of Audiology degree from Salus University and know that this has been a positive addition and influence on my career. As an audiologist I have been practicing since 2000 in hospital settings, ENT offices and I have also taught at the university level. I have supervised audiology students in the past and enjoy these interactions.  I have also been instrumental in starting practices from the ground up and being in charge of practice changes from one entity to another. I work with all populations and enjoy the challenge of both hearing instrument dispensing, audiologic rehabilitation, and vestibular evaluations.  I am a service oriented individual serving in the church and in my community, along with my maturity and broad experience as an audiologist, working across diverse cultures. I believe this makes me an ideal candidate to become a member of the NAP. I will draw on my life experience to participate as an active member within your interdisciplinary body of healthcare practitioners.


Anita Gupta, Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine Academy

Dr. Anita Gupta is an adjunct assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and pain medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include pain medicine, health policy, biotechnology, drug development, corporate and government affairs. Dr. Gupta completed her residency in anesthesiology at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington DC and her pain fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in pharmacy from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Dr. Gupta completed her master’s in public policy and health policy from Princeton University School of Public Policy and International Affairs, and her medical school at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and General Management Program at Harvard Business School. Among, her many professional activities, Dr. Gupta serves as a board of director of public and private sector organizations, serves an appointed member of the National Academies of Sciences Global Forum, National Quality Forum, and served as appointed member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the Anesthetic, Analgesic, Drug Products Advisory Committee. She has been recognized as a Goldman Sachs 10K Scholar, 2020 Global Emerging Leader, Top 100 Most Inspiring Leader and is an active member of professional organizations including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Society of Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and The Milken Institute Faster Cures Business Council.


Jordan Hamson Utley, Athletic Training Academy

Dr. Utley is a certified athletic trainer (ATC), an Interprofessional Education Consultant, and a leader in higher education with over 20 years of administrative experience in health professions education. She recently designed a Master of Health Science program to expand the role of the athletic trainer on the interprofessional healthcare team by offering advanced coursework in healthcare informatics, teaching & learning and executive healthcare leadership. In a consulting role, Dr. Utley is instrumental in guiding Colleges and Universities in developing and launching their IPE strategic plans. She is an international scholar, publishing and presenting on her work in IPE field. Her research agenda includes examining the effectiveness of IPE across systems in higher education to create behavioral change in practicing clinicians. Dr. Utley believes in educating graduates to be change-agents of healthcare, to lead interprofessional patient-centered care teams that are population focused, cost-effective and foster personal and professional well being.


Catherine Hatfield, Pharmacy Academy

Catherine L. Hatfield is the Director of Interprofessional Education and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Austin and completed a residency in Drug Information at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. She began implementing interprofessional activities at the University of Houston in 2010, by forming a partnerships with Texas Woman’s University and Baylor College of Medicine. After many successful IPE projects with several institutional partners, she was appointed to the Director of Interprofessional Education in 2013. She attended the IPEC Institute in 2012 and 2016, became a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer in 2015, and currently has several on-going interprofessional projects for both student education and collaborative practice. She has presented her IPE projects and research at many conferences and has published in several professional and interprofessional journals.


Diane Hawley, Nursing Academy

I have taught nursing at TCU-Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences for 23 years. My experience as a nurse spans nearly 40 years and is primarily in the arenas of critical care and geriatrics where an interprofessional approach is mandated for quality outcomes.  My PhD is in curriculum and instruction development and I've chosen to concentrate on expanding interprofessional education (IPE) research and practice.  I have been one of the key representatives to the inter-institutional collaboration between TCU and a health science center.  There have been several successful IPE initiatives with a multitude of healthcare professional students at various levels and with such content as dysphagia, code blue simulation, and the Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education (SAGE) interprofessional team home visits with an older person.  We have been able to boast about our successes at a variety of conferences both here and abroad that span disciplines and practices. 


Alice Henton, Speech-Language Pathology Academy

Alice McKinney Henton, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Allied Health at Harding University. She has 20 years of experience with pediatric and adult populations across schools, early intervention, severe-profound residential, and outpatient clinic settings. She has clinical expertise in literacy disorders, aural (re)habilitation, developmental language and learning disabilities, executive functioning, and auditory processing. Her dissertation investigated long-term educational outcomes in children with nonsyndromic single-suture craniosynostosis. She has taught courses in speech science, assessment and intervention in the school-age population, research and writing, aural rehabilitation, and clinical methods. She is Assessment Coordinator for her department and serves on the university’s Academic Advising committee and departmental strategic planning, admissions, and continuing education program committees. Her interprofessional efforts have focused on IPP with multiple disabilities populations, IPE with biomedical engineering, IPE for dyslexia, and IPP using hippotherapy with severe-profound disabilities.


Valerie Herzog, Athletic Training Academy

Valerie Herzog serves as the Chair of the Department of Athletic Training and the Director of the Office of Graduate Studies at Weber State University in Ogden, UT, and has worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1993.  In 2005, she was awarded Athletic Trainer of the Year in West Virginia and in 2015 was awarded the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award.  She has served on the Board of Certification Board of Directors, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Directors, and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and is completing the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities Mission Fulfillment Fellowship.  She is a She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at Alderson-Broaddus College (WV), her Master’s degree in Athletic Training at the University of Virginia, and her doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration at Marshall University (WV).


Rachel Hildebrand Williams, Athletic Training Academy

Rachel Hildebrand, PhD, LAT, ATC began her interprofessional career while practicing as a full-time clinician at Xavier University. Rachel enjoyed professional collaborations with nurses, physicians, physician assistants, dieticians, and physical therapist. Due to these enriching and unique experiences, when choosing a doctoral program, she sought experiences that were collaborative and fostered interprofessional education. Since this experience, Rachel has continued to seek and foster these relationships. Continuing in clinical practice, she volunteers for the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps and Bedlam Clinic, both entities provide integrative health services to low income individuals. She has served on a variety of interprofessional committees, and currently serves as the Chair of the Oxley College of Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Committee. Finally, Rachel has continued her interprofessional interest through scholarly pursuits. She currently works with Speech-Language Pathologist to examine repetitive head impacts on concussion-like symptoms and methods for safe return-to-learn.


MaryBeth Horodyksi, Athletic Training Academy

Dr. MaryBeth Horodyski, Professor and Director of Research, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida, has a long history of service to the athletic training profession. She is a graduate of Lock Haven University (BS, 1982), Iowa State University (MS, 1986), Columbia University (MEd, 1992; EdD – applied human physiology, 1993) and has previously worked at the US Military Academy (West Point). Dr. Horodyski has had extensive leadership roles in over 38 years as an athletic trainer including Chair of the NATA Executive Council for Education (2016 to present), NATA Vice-President (2014 to 2016), NATA District IX Director (2012 to 2016), NATA Foundation Vice-President of External Affairs (2010 to 2013), SEATA President (2006 to 2012), SEATA Secretary/Treasurer (9 years). She has been inducted into the NATA, SEATA and ATAF (2017, 2008, 2004) Halls of Fame and recognized as a NATA Fellow in 2011.


Stephanie Jevas, Athletic Training Academy

Dr. Stephanie Jevas is entering her 17th year in higher education and is currently a Professor of Professional Practice and the Director for the Athletic Training Program at Texas Christian University. She received an undergraduate degree in Health Education from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Western Michigan University and a PhD in Psychological Aspects of Movement from the University of Houston. Prior to her time in higher education, Dr. Jevas worked as an Athletic Trainer in both the high school and clinical/rehabilitation settings for over 10 years and continues to practice clinically. She is an active member within the Athletic Training profession and currently serves in volunteer positions for both the North Texas Athletic Trainers’ Society and Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Society. She is actively involved in interprofessional activities including serving as a coordinator and facilitator for interprofessional education, TeamSTEPPS instructor, and presenting at interprofessional conferences.


Rachel Johnson Krug, Athletic Training Academy

Dr. Rachel Johnson Krug from Bismarck, ND was interested in athletic training since high school. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in athletic training and physical education from the University of Mary in 1992/1993. She continued her studies at Fort Hayes State University in Hays, KS where she also was an athletic trainer at High Plains Sports Medicine Clinic. Dr. Johnson Krug graduated with a master’s degree in administration and exercise science in 1995. She completed her EdD in adult and occupational education from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND with a research focus on Burnout in Athletic Training Students. Dr. Johnson Krug has over 20 years of experience as an athletic trainer as well as over 10 years of teaching in the K-12 and higher education settings. She started in 2010 at the University of Mary as the Program Director for Athletic Training. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Guardian Angel Award for Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department. She is currently the Athletic Training and Kinesiology Department Chair and Associate Professor at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. Dr. Johnson Krug’s research interests are burnout in athletic training and students; interprofessional education and experience, and behavioral health.


Craig Kasper, Audiology Academy

Dr. Craig Kasper is the Managing Director of NYHD | Institute For Hearing & Balance. He specializes in disorders of the vestibular system. Dr. Kasper has been at the front lines of public education and hearing/balance healthcare service for almost 25 years. He completed his Doctorate of Audiology at the University of Florida and earned his master’s degree with clinical honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Kasper completed his Clinical Fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Dr. Kasper is a member of the American Balance Society and also earned certification in Performance Breathing from XPT. His experience has made him a resource for the media. Throughout the years, he has appeared frequently in print, on local and nationwide television, and online.


Caryn Katz-Loffman, Social Work Academy

Caryn Katz-Loffman has been with Hackensack University Medical Center since 2009 where she has been concentrating on patient family centered care priorities for the Emergency and Trauma Center (ETC). Caryn’s responsibilities have incorporated staff training and coaching on communication skills, patient interaction behaviors, and difficult conversations in order to maximize patient satisfaction and enhance the patient experience in addition to designing, developing, implementing, and coordinating a boutique ETC program to support patients and families. Building a more patient family centered healthcare environment also means supporting medical students and residents in honing their patient family engagement and interprofessional relationship skills at the hospital. Toward that end, Caryn is a licensed Social Worker, a certified Physician Development Coach, and was a 2015 Harvard Macy Institute Scholar in Healthcare Education. She serves as core faculty at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine (HMSOM), the assistant course director for Human Dimension, as well as the Professionalism/Professional Identity Formation Curricular lead. She also serves on the faculty at St. George’s University School of Medicine.


Seth Keller, Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine Academy

Seth M. Keller, MD, a board-certified neurologist in private practice with Neurology Associates of South Jersey. He specializes in the evaluation and care of adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) with neurologic complications. He cares for individuals with IDD both in the community as well in New Jersey’s ICF/DD centers. Dr Keller is on the Executive Board of the Arc of Burlington County as well as on the board for The Arc of New Jersey Mainstreaming Medical Care Board.   Dr Keller is the Past President of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD). Dr Keller is the co-chair of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG). Dr. Keller is also the chair of the Adult IDD Section with the American Academy of Neurology.  He is actively involved in national and international I/DD health education as a speaker and webinar and workshop participant. He is a co- author on a number of articles and book chapters relating to aging and dementia in those with IDD. Raised in Philadelphia, PA, Keller received his bachelor’s degree from Temple University, earned his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine in 1989, and completed his neurology internship and residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He also served as a neurologist at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan.


Stephen Kern, Occupational Therapy Academy

It is an honor to be nominated as a Distinguished Fellow in the Occupational Therapy Academy of the National Academies of Practice (NAP), by Andrea Gossett Zakrajsek, OTD, MS, OTR.L, FNAP.


Amber King, Pharmacy Academy

Amber King, PharmD, BCPS, is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Jefferson College of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University, and clinical pharmacist in the neurologic intensive care unit at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience. She is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences, and completed pharmacy residencies in Pharmacy Practice and Critical Care at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She has been an active member of the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (JCIPE) since 2009. At JCIPE, she serves as faculty co-lead for Team Safety and Fearlessness Education (TeamSAFE), an interprofessional workshop for students from 7 professions, based on Team Strategies and Tools Patient Safety. Dr. King was nominated twice for the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, received the James B. Erdmann Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education, and the Fred and Sadye Abrams Award for Excellence in Clinical or Laboratory Instruction.


Mary Jo Kreitzer, Nursing Academy

Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer is the founder and director of the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota where she also serves as a tenured professor in the School of Nursing.  Within the School of Nursing, Dr. Kreitzer is the co-lead of the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) program in integrative health and healing. She has served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of numerous interdisciplinary clinical trials focusing on mindfulness meditation with persons with chronic disease including studies focusing on solid organ transplant, cardiovascular disease, chronic insomnia, diabetes, and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Current studies include the use of social technology to enhance healing and wellbeing and the impact of mindfulness on brain-computer interface performance. Dr. Kreitzer  has authored over 150 publications and is the co-editor of the text Integrative Nursing 2nd Edition published in 2018 by Oxford University Press.


Janice Kuperstein, Physical Therapy Academy

Dr. Kuperstein is a Professor and Associate Dean in the UK College of Health Sciences (with nine health programs), with a joint appointment in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine. She is a founding member and Fellow of the Center for Interprofessional Health Education and a co-developer of the PEEER model for Effective Healthcare Team-Patient Communication. She teaches Ethics Remediation to diverse health professionals in the US and Canada as part of the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians.  Prior to joining the faculty, she served as Chief Operating Officer of an Acute Care hospital after many years in physical therapy practice and management. She received her B.S. in P.T. from SUNY Upstate Medical Center, M.S.Ed. in Clinical and College Teaching from the University of Kentucky, and a Health Administrative Specialist certificate from Humana, Inc. She received her Ph.D. in Gerontology from the UK College of Public Health. 


Carolyn Ma, Pharmacy Academy

Carolyn’s early career work as a board-certified oncology pharmacist verified her passion of working with the multi-disciplinary team to achieve goals that are patient and family centered care. As Dean of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, University of Hawaii at Hilo, she works alongside health care dean colleagues to champion interprofessional health care education through the Council for Health Care and Social Work. Her work has encompassed pharmacy, hospital and clinic management with consultation on the Joint Commission’s Medication Management chapter. As part of the founding team of the only pharmacy school in the Pacific, her previous roles as an experiential director and Pharmacy Practice Chair help to manifest her goal to prepare health care practitioners to deliver health care in her home state. Her service on various boards and health care advocacy at the state legislative level have honed her philosophy that by working together, health care professionals can achieve more.


George MacKinnon III, Pharmacy Academy

Dr. MacKinnon began responsibilities as Founding Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Wisconsin on October 1, 2015. He received his BS (Pharmacy) and MS (Hospital Pharmacy) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, also completing two-years of post-graduate clinical pharmacy residency training at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He earned his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago. He is a Fellow of the American Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists (FASHP) and the Harvard Macy Institute. Dr. MacKinnon has been involved in the establishment of four academic pharmacy programs in the US, two as the founding dean. He has held academic appointments in medicine and pharmacy engaging in clinical practice, research, teaching, and academic administration, all involving interprofessional education and practice. He has participated in four federally funded interprofessional Training and Educational Grants involving medicine, nursing and pharmacy.


Mark Markel, Veterinary Medicine Academy

Mark D. Markel, Vilas Distinguished Achievement professor, has been the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2012 and has collaborated on the oversite for the UW-Madison Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education since its founding in 2015. Markel has been a UW-Madison faculty member since 1990, conducting research in comparative orthopedics focused on bone, tendon and cartilage regeneration.  He is an equine surgeon by training.  Dr. Markel served as a department chair for 16 years and as Associate Dean for Advancement for the SVM for 11 years.  He now serves on the AO Foundation Board overseeing the entire organization’s activities, the world’s largest non-profit interprofessional orthopedic foundation.  He also serves as the President for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, representing the world’s accredited veterinary medical colleges. Markel holds degrees from the University of California-Davis and the Mayo Graduate School.


Lauren Martin, Nursing Academy

Lauren Martin PhD is associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Trained as an Anthropologist, Dr. Martin uses qualitative, mixed-methods, interprofessional collaborative and action research to explore the ways that transactional sex, exploitation and trafficking are critical community health challenges, intertwined within other forms of structural oppression and violence. Dr. Martin publishes widely (peer-reviewed and policy publications), regularly presents to the public, and engages media. She started this work in collaboration with community partners in 2005 and continues to partner with those most impacted to develop programs, prevention, and policy that centers the knowledge of marginalized people. Her teaching emphasizes care and practice based on respect, nonjudgement and individuals’ culture, values, and preferences. Dr. Martin recieved the University of Minnesota President’s Engaged Scholar award in 2016 and is affiliated faculty at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.


Michelle Masterson, Physical Therapy Academy

Dr. Michelle Masterson has been the Director of the School of Interprofessional Education at the University of Toledo (UT) since May 2018.  She was a faculty member in the Physical Therapy (PT) Program at UT since 1989 and its program director from 2008 until her retirement in 2018. While in her positions in the PT Program, she was a member of the IPE Steering Committee that developed and implemented the IPE program for all first-year healthcare students beginning in 2013.  She also collaborated with an interprofessional healthcare team to develop and implement the Parkinson’s Disease Interdisciplinary Clinic. She is currently serving as a consultant for the UT Medical Center’s oncology rehabilitation team and the Dana Cancer Center to develop interprofessional collaborative practice strategies. She has been an invited speaker in the areas of PT and IPE for numerous organizations and has presented her scholarly work at regional and national conferences.

Johnna Mazet, Veterinary Medicine Academy

Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is a Professor of Epidemiology and Disease Ecology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she  founded the UC Davis One Health Institute and served as its first Executive Director for more than a decade. Her work focuses on global health problem solving, and she credits successes to date to the involvement of multidisciplinary teams working in a mutually respectful and collaborative environment. She is active in international One Health education, service, and research programs, most notably in relation to pathogen emergence; disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals, and people; and the ecological drivers of novel disease dynamics. Currently, Dr. Mazet is the Director of the US Agency for International Development’s One Health Workforce – Next Generation, a transdisciplinary educational strengthening project aimed at empowering professionals in Africa and Southeast Asia to address complex and emerging health threats, including antimicrobial resistance and zoonotic diseases.


John McCarthy, Speech-Language Pathology Academy

John McCarthy is a Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University. He teaches courses on augmentative and alternative communication, interprofessional education, pedagogy, language development, and introduction to communication disorders. His research interests include improving computer user interfaces and expanding the creative possibilities for children and young adults with complex communication needs. Experiences as a school-based speech-language pathologist, a background in voice performance, and an interest in technology have been major influences in his career.  For the past 8 years he has been part of Ohio's Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP) in projects to improve interprofessional education outcomes and most recently to reduce implicit bias and increase cultural competency in healthcare providers using virtual reality tools. He joined the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders Interprofessional Education Committee in 2014.


Karen Monsen, Nursing Academy

Karen A. Monsen is Professor at the University of Minnesota (UMN) School of Nursing; chair the Population Health and Systems Cooperative; director of the Center for Nursing Informatics; where she coordinates the Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Informatics specialty. At UMN she is affiliate faculty at the Institute for Health Informatics, faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering,  and Scientific Review Team member of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. She directs the Omaha System Partnership within the Center for Nursing Informatics, a interprofessional practice- based research network. Her career is dedicated to advancing informatics across all professions. She consults internationally on health care quality improvement. Her research demonstrates that it is possible to translate interprofessional evidence into practice, and to incorporate practice-based evidence from large practice-based datasets using exploratory research methods. She has received numerous awards for her extensive experience in research, education, and service.


Kymberlee Montgomery, Nursing Academy

Dr. Kymberlee Montgomery is the Senior Associate Dean of Nursing and Student Affairs and Chief Nursing Academic Officer at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP). As founder of the Drexel University Partnership for Interprofessional Education (DUPIE), Dr. Montgomery created an innovative, award-winning IPE curriculum utilizing novel learning modalities, multi-fidelity simulation, and structured debriefing that has been adopted by leading colleges, universities and medical centers nationwide. Cited by the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning’s (INACSL) Standards of Best Practice: SimulationEnhanced Interprofessional Education (2016), her IPE model has been recognized as meeting the highest standards of interprofessional simulation in healthcare and further distinguished by INACSL as an exemplar worldwide. Dr. Montgomery’s work has been widely disseminated through peer reviewed journal publications, national conferences and international presentations in Russia, Korea, Egypt and Canada. She was a consultant to the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and twice funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, as Co-PI and site faculty, to design an international case-based simulation curriculum for interprofessional collaborative practice and professional development. Dr. Montgomery created the first nurse-led interprofessional course on Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, training over 750 clinicians worldwide to diagnose, treat, and prevent cervical cancer globally, which was inspired by her doctoral work which included cervical cancer prevention in underserved populations. She participated as the lead Nurse Practitioner on a Rotary International funded project to reduce preventable maternal and neonatal mortality through the development of an online, competency based curriculum for interprofessional teams including nursing faculty and front line midwives in urban and rural Uganda. Dr. Montgomery is an actively practicing, board certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner teaching and practicing in both clinical and faculty practice environments. She continues to educate and motivate multi-discipline students together under her motto, “To practice together, we need to learn together” in the education of nurses, physician assistants, OBGYN and Anesthesia residents, and medical students to increase quality of care and improve patient outcomes. Dr. Montgomery is committed to IPE and interprofessional collaborative practice. Many high- level professional organizations have recognized her outstanding contributions to advancing IPE nationally and globally. She is a Fellow of the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy, the AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Program, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), and of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), an honor reserved for nurse leaders making meaningful and impactful contributions to nursing, health, and healthcare.


Christine Myers, Occupational; Therapy Academy

Christine Myers, PhD, OTR/L is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida where she serves as Director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. She is Director of INSPIRE, an interprofessional training grant funded by the US Department of Education (USDOE; #H325K180025) and was previously co-Director of PREPARE, also a USDOE-funded training program. Both programs focus on training occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology students to work interprofessionally in early intervention and school settings. Her current research focuses on interprofessional education in the health professions and continuing competence of occupational therapy practitioners, including use of evidence in clinical decision-making. A previous line of research focused on early childhood transitions for children with special needs. She co-teaches an interprofessional course in early childhood services. Clinically, her work has been primarily with young children and their families as a hospital and community-based occupational therapist.


Jessica Ochs, Nursing Academy

Dr. Ochs is a board-certified nurse practitioner who has been devoted to improving the health and welfare of patients through clinical practice, education, program development, interprofessional collaboration, and research. She has served in leadership positions in both the academic and clinical settings. She is the former director of the family nurse practitioner program at Endicott College and currently is an associate professor at Endicott while continuing in her role as an advanced practiced nurse. She has been working with a diverse population of patients in primary care, urgent care, emergency medicine, and surgery and has been a fierce proponent of interprofessional collaboration and rounds to improve continuity of care. Dr. Ochs has been published multiple times and has presented at both national and international nursing conferences. She serves as an editorial board member of an international nursing journal and maintains numerous community partnerships.


Susan O'Connor-Von, Nursing Academy

Dr. Susan O’Conner-Von is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Director of Graduate Studies for the Bakken Center for Spiritualty and Healing, University of Minnesota. She has been on staff at Children’s Hospital, St. Paul for 33 years. Susan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Master of Science in Nursing, University of Minnesota; and PhD in Nursing, Rush University, Chicago. Dr. O’Conner-Von’s career has been dedicated to advancing interprofessional healthcare through her program of research, teaching and service with a focus on holistic palliative care. Susan’s personalized involvement in the classroom ignites her students’ passion for nursing research, professional development and to be life-long learners. She has received numerous awards, most recently the University of Minnesota Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education Award (2019) and the Rush – Presbyterian – St. Luke’s Nurses Alumni Association Excellence in Practice Award (2020).


Patricia Ohtake, Physical Therapy Academy

Patricia J Ohtake, PT, PhD is Assistant Vice President for Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at the University at Buffalo (UB). Dr Ohtake brings over 10 years of IPE experience to her UB IPE Program leadership role. Her IPE research investigates strategies to improve learning experiences to enhance learner outcomes using simulation-based learning and virtual technologies. In 2019, the UB IPE Program received national recognition as an IPE Program of Merit by the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions. Dr Ohtake has extensive physical therapy clinical, education, and research experience in acute and critical care rehabilitation. Dr. Ohtake is the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Margaret L Moore Award for Outstanding New Faculty Member, APTA Lucy Blair Service Award, APTA-Acute Care Lecture Award, and has served in senior editorial boards positions for the Physical Therapy Journal and Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy Journal.


Rita Olans, Nursing Academy

Dr. Rita Olans, a nationally recognized leader of nurses’ contributions to antimicrobial stewardship, has published in both nursing and medical journals. She is a contributor to the National Quality Partners (NQP) Playbook for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Acute Care, and the NQP Playbook: Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. A co-author of the ANA/CDC White Paper defining the nurse’s role in stewardship, Rita consults as a technical expert to the AHRQ CUSP Safety Programs for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Acute and Ambulatory Care Settings. Invited by The Joint Commission, Pew Charitable Trust, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and American Hospital Association to present on how nurses contribute to antimicrobial stewardship, she is a frequent presenter to pharmacists, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, microbiologists, and public health officials. Dr. Olans, an Assistant Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, is a practicing pediatric nurse practitioner hospitalist.


Britt Pados, Nursing Academy 

Britt F. Pados, PhD, RN, NNP-BC, CBC, FAHA is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Boston College and holds research appointments at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Pados has practiced clinically as a nurse and nurse practitioner in the neonatal intensive care unit. Dr. Pados is a certified breastfeeding counselor and her area of expertise is feeding difficulties in infants and young children. She has published 40 peerreviewed articles on feeding difficulties, symptoms of gastrointestinal distress, and early life stress in children with medical complexity. Providing care for children with medical complexity is an inherently interprofessional endeavor. Dr. Pados has co-authored publications with colleagues across fields and has been published in interprofessional journals including speechlanguage pathology, lactation, cardiology, early intervention, gastroenterology, and nursing journals. In addition to membership in multiple nursing and interprofessional societies, she is a Fellow of the American Heart Association.


Scott Paul, Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine Academy

Dr. Paul received his BES in bioengineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1980 and his MD from the Tel Aviv University in 1985.  His post-graduate medical training was at Washington University in St Louis, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Rose F. Kennedy Center. After fellowship, he served as Chief of Physical Medicine at Dayton Children's Medical Center and Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC.  He was then in private practice, with Rehabilitation Medical Director responsibilities at number of healthcare facilities. At NIH, he is a research coordinator in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department and principal investigator investigating a new imaging technique for persons with scoliosis and other trunk deformities.  He is also an associate investigator in a number of NIH institute protocols. Dr. Paul is also an adjunct assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at JHU.


Katherine Pelican, Veterinary Medicine Academy

My work focuses on strengthening the multisectoral systems needed to address challenges at the interface of animals, humans and the environment (One Health). I was Deputy Director and Principal Investigator for the USAID One Health Workforce Project ($64M, 2014-2020) that worked with more than 95 Universities in 17 countries in Africa and Asia to strengthen the multisectoral workforce responsible for addressing pandemic threats. I also lead a partnership with USDA, CDC, FAO and WHO to implement new One Heath tools in the US and 18 countries globally to improve multi-sectoral cooperation around infectious disease, antimicrobial resistance, natural disasters and other complex challenges. I am the founding Co-Director of the Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC) at UMN charged with establishing large-scale, multidisciplinary programs and projects to address global grand challenges. I am co-lead for a Sustainable Development Goal Initiative to promote high impact programs to meet these 17 UN goals.


Amy Pittenger, Pharmacy Academy

I earned my PharmD (College of Pharmacy) and PhD (College of Education and Human Development) from the University of Minnesota and my MS in Clinical Science from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. My pharmacy career has included many diverse settings, including basic and clinical research, practice in the critical care setting and with underserved populations, pharmaceutical industry, and academia – specifically distance education/online teaching and interprofessional practice and education. I have been the Director of Interprofessional Education since 2011 and the director of an educational development laboratory (Pharmacy Learning Collaborative) from 2013-2020. I recently was promoted to Professor and accepted the department head position of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.


Carolyn Porta, Nursing Academy

Carolyn M. Porta is Associate Vice President for Clinical Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Porta is Professor and Director of Global Health in the School of Nursing and is an adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health. Porta has been a nurse for 26 years, and an academician since 2006. A public health nurse researcher and certified forensic nurse, Porta is committed to advancing health and doing so in partnership. Porta has led and partnered in research projects exceeding $110M, and has published 85+ peer reviewed articles. She links her research and clinical practice to education of next generation nurses and nurse scientists, and role models commitment to community-partnered inquiry. Porta received her BSN (Nursing), MS (Adolescent Health/Public Health Nursing), and PhD from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and an MS (Occupational and Environmental Health) and MPH (Maternal and Child Health) from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.


Teddie Potter, Nursing Academy

Dr. Potter is recognized for her leadership in interprofessional practice and transdisciplinary education. She wrote the award-winning book, Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Health Care and launched the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies. Dr. Potter is deeply committed to interprofessional collaboration to address environmental crises that impact human health. She co-founded Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, chairs the American Academy of Nursing’s Expert Panel on the Environment and Public Health, sits on the Coordinating Committee of Columbia University’s Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education, is a Fellow of the Planetary Health Alliance at Harvard, and a Fellow of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. She led the development of “Climate Change and Health: An Interprofessional Response,” which provides interprofessional curriculum to all health science students. She also co-created Nurses Drawdown, a global nursing movement that addresses climate change.


Martin Pressman, Podiatric Medicine Academy

Dr. Pressman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Temple University in 1969 and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 1973 from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, now Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. After completing his surgical residency at Parkview and Metropolitan Hospitals in Philadelphia, Dr. Pressman worked as a clinical Associate Professor of Biomechanics and Surgery at TUSPM, and was a clinician in the departments of Orthopedics and Surgery. In 1979, Dr. Pressman became a partner at Milford Podiatry Associates in Milford, Connecticut, where he is also the Administrator of the Connecticut Foot Surgery Center. From 1997 through 2014, Dr. Pressman served as Chief of Podiatric Surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine, a senior attending surgeon at the VA Medical Center of West Haven, and founder and president of the Yale Foot and Ankle Society. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. In 1981, Dr. Pressman was appointed chairman of the Connecticut State Board of Podiatry Examiners, an appointment he still holds. He served as president of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in 1994. Since 1981, he has served on the examinations committee for the Board, of which he has been exam committee chairman. He currently serves as the chairman of the computer based patient simulation exam for the Board. Dr. Pressman has published numerous papers in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He was awarded a US Patent for the Modular Ankle Foot Orthosis. He authored a chapter on Bunion Surgery in Current Therapy in Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Pressman is a recipient of the Connecticut Podiatric Medical Association’s Podiatrist of the Year award, of the Distinguished Service Award from the State of Connecticut, and of the Ambulatory Teacher of the Year award from the Yale Internal Medicine Department, Yale School of Medicine.


Sonja Pruitt-Lord, Speech-Language Pathology

Dr. Sonja Pruitt-Lord is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at San Diego State University in the College of Health and Human Services. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist and professor in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Her dedication to high impact educational experiences have been recognized with the prestigious California State University Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award, Exceptional Service Awards, and more than a dozen student-nominated teaching awards. Dr. Pruitt-Lord’s research focuses on reducing health and educational disparities for children. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs, and local community agencies. Recently, Dr. Pruitt-Lord served on the Board of Directors of the American Speech-LanguageHearing Association as the National Advisor to the National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. She has also served as Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member for prestigious journals in her field.

Jeffery Ramirez, Nursing Academy

My leadership has changed practice by empowering interdisciplinary teams to work towards the goal of patient safety.   The reduction of seclusion and restraints use, transformed patient environment and improved the culture allowing staff to construct creative interventions meeting patient mental health needs. I work cohesively with addiction therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers treating veterans for substance and mental health disorders.  I authored a book chapter focusing on interdisciplinary collaboration.  I serve on editorial boards of two journals  promoting interprofessional publications.  I was a committee member on a state suicide prevention legislative implementation team approving interdisciplinary suicide prevention programs.  I  was a member of a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) working with interdisciplinary teams surveying hospitals for compliance.  I serve the discipline of nursing as a board member for psychiatric nurses and a commissioner for ANCC. I am a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  


Laura Rea, Occupational Therapy Academy

Dr. Laura Rea is currently serving as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Doctoral program at the University of St. Augustine, Dallas. She has been an occupational therapist since 1996, earning her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida. She earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University and her Doctorate from the University of St. Augustine with a focus on teaching and learning. Dr. Rea has worked in various settings specializing in occupation-based physical dysfunction and rehabilitation, assistive technology, administration, and higher education. Dr. Rea has been able to draw upon her experience as a practitioner, clinical fieldwork educator, and faculty member to support successful and collaborative clinical/fieldwork experiences for the student and fieldwork educator alike.  Her current leadership roles focus on serving on the University Interprofessional Education Task Force to support IPE expansion and AOTA volunteerism to support developing occupational therapy post-secondary educational programs.


Bethany Robertson, Nursing Academy

Dr. Bethany Robertson is an Associate Professor, Clinical at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University and is the Director of Practice Strategies for the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN) Institute.  Dr. Robertson is a midwife and served as a Senior Nurse Quality Scholar for the Veteran Administration’s Quality Scholar Fellowship.  She served as Chief Learning Officer for an integrated health system’s corporate university, leading workforce development for 20,000 employees.  Dr. Robertson is nationally and internationally known for her work in inter-professional education, and quality and safety.  She is the first non-physician editor of a blog; International Clinician Educators, which focuses on excellence in clinical education and has an international audience.  With over 8,000 subscribers and 37,000 views annually, Bethany’s blog focuses on Interprofessional Education. Her funded projects focus on Interprofessional education in the clinical environment and a HRSA funded Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program.


Evan Robinson, Pharmacy Academy

Evan Robinson, RPh, PhD was named dean of the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions in August 2019. Prior to joining Creighton University, starting in 2008 Dr. Robinson was founding dean at Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and also served for a period as associate provost for academic affairs. Prior to joining Western New England, Dr. Robinson served in various administrative roles at the University of Charleston in West Virginia and at Shenandoah University within their respective schools of pharmacy. He received his BS in pharmacy and MS in pharmacy administration from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and his PhD in pharmacy administration from Auburn University. Dr. Robinson has been active within the American Association of Colleges (AACP) of Pharmacy having served as Speaker of the House of delegates from 2015 to 2017 and as AACP Chair of the Council of Deans for 2018-19 in addition other activities.


Renuka Roche, Occupational Therapy Academy

Dr. Renuka Roche is an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy (OT) Program at Eastern Michigan University, MI. She believes that healthcare systems should build productive, equitable and healthy societies through human occupation and movement. This belief comes from her journey as an OT and Researcher. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in OT from Christian Medical College, India in 1998. In 1999, she completed a post-professional diploma in rehabilitation from the All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, India that trained OTs in interprofessional rehabilitation. She earned her MOT in 2003 from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2013. Dr. Roche has worked as an OT in several different settings in India and the US. Her research focuses on developmental disorders, access to rehabilitation services by individuals and their families and on Interprofessional Education.


Leland Rockstraw, Nursing Academy

Leland Rocky” Rockstraw, Ph.D., RN, is Director of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV) and holds an appointment as Professor-inResidence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Nursing. The CSCLV serves two Schools of Nursing, a School of Medicine, and local private and governmental healthcare agencies. The primary goal of the CSCLV is to promote safe patient care by fostering collaboration, developing strong teamwork skills, and promoting interprofessional learning to improve clinical reasoning and health care competencies for over 700 and XXX faulty in the culturally diverse & underserved Las Vegas and southern Nevada region. Previously Dr. Rockstraw served as an Assistant Dean of Simulation & Professor of Nursing at Drexel University, where he designed and created the simulation lab at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. His leadership at Drexel facilitated an exponential surge in the use of simulation by faculty and students that grew from 1,200 to over 5,000 annual users within a five-year window. Further, Dr. Rockstraw worked collaboratively with an interprofessional team to implement a useful structure to manage the exponential growth of lab use, and to protect students’ data/simulation recordings. This structure resulted in transparent scheduling, productive and respectful communications, and the ability to synchronize and prioritize lab usage by all stakeholders, resulting in teamwork and high-student performance. Dr. Rockstraw’s work and leadership in clinical stimulation extends beyond national borders. He co-led the implementation of a highly subscribed, weeklong immersion program in simulation education that attracted participants from around the world. Faculty and administrators from South Africa and India who participated in the program have adopted it as a model of interprofessional stimulation education strategy for developing future healthcare professionals in these countries. Dr. Rockstraw is recognized as a gifted teacher and mentor. He has published 29 articles, 9 book chapters, co-edited a book on human simulation for nursing and health professions, and participated in 6 research efforts. He has taught across the nursing curriculum both in person and online. Course evaluations consistently demonstrated a high satisfaction level with all areas, averaging a 4.5 level on a 1-5 Likert Scale. Dr. Rockstraw believes in lifelong learning and values IPE as an essential element of a successful healthcare system, as he continues to seek opportunities to advance collaboration among members of the IPE team. He has completed Fellowships at the Harvard University’s Institute for Medical Simulation, on a) medical simulation & b) debriefing strategies as well as the National Library of medicine’s Medical Informatics for Health Professions. Dr. Rockstraw has consulted extensively in the design of simulation centers and handheld technology curricular integration for varied health disciplines being attentive to the unique contributions of each discipline that comprise the interprofessional care team. He is certified in Online Learning and serves as a member of various stakeholder’s organizations’ boards and research entities.


Julie Ronnebaum, Physical Therapy Academy

Julie Ronnebaum, PT, DPT, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Des Moines University and has continue to practice physical therapy at Mercy Medical Center, in Des Moines Iowa for over 25 years. She embraces, and is very much involved in, interprofessional education and collaboration both in the classroom for the DPT program and DMU University and patient care.  She has the unique opportunity to serve as a mentor through the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative for other professionals wanting more guidance with interprofessional education and practice.  Her other primary areas of emphasis for teaching and practice are geriatrics, acute and critical care, and cardiopulmonary care.  She received her Master of Physical Therapy at the University of Iowa, a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of New England and a PhD in Interprofessional Healthcare Studies at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  She has received multiple Presidential Recognition Awards for Service (2014 and 2019) and an Outstanding Faculty Service Award (2014) for her dedication to service.


Marcia Ryder, Nursing Academy

Marcia Ryder’s 50-year career began as a diploma graduate of the Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing.  For the next 16 years, she passionately cared for patients in medical-surgical units, post-anesthesia recovery, surgical intensive care, nutrition support, and home infusion.  The passion to investigate the pathophysiology of life-threatening vascular access complications experienced by her patients brought her to the University of California San Francisco where she earned Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in the Department of Physiological Nursing.  Dr. Ryder is currently an interdisciplinary collaborative researcher and internationally recognized expert in medical biofilm-related infections and in the vascular access. Dr. Ryder served as president of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) and chair of APIC’s Scientific Research Council.  She is a recipient of Infection Control Today’s “Educator of the Year” award and AVA’s “Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access” Dr. Ryder is now President of the AVA Foundation for Patient Safety.


Marlene Salas-Provance, Speech-Language Pathology Academy

Marlene Salas-Provance, Ph.D., MHA, is a certified speech-language pathologist and Fellow of the American Speech-Language & Hearing Association (ASHA). She is professor and Vice Dean in the School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University. Her career has focused on the areas of cultural and linguistic diversity and in the treatment of children with cleft lip and palate. She is coauthor (2019) of a textbook on Culturally Responsive Practices in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences. As an ASHA member, she was awarded its highest awards for outstanding contributions to Multicultural and International efforts. Over the past 15 years, she has engaged in dynamic interprofessional practice with medical team members who treat children with cleft-lip and palate world-wide. She has directed international clinical experiences for graduate students in the field of communication disorders. Currently, she is leading the School of Health Sciences’ strategic plan in the area of interprofessional education and practice.


Judi Schack-Dugre, Physical Therapy Academy

Dr. Schack-Dugré is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Clinical Education for the Doctor of Physical Program at the University of Florida. For nearly 20 years she owned a clinical practice before transitioning into higher education. She has taught in the corporate world working with international PT students in preparation for the NPTE as well as taught in several DPT programs utilizing online, hybrid and traditional modalities of delivery. She completed her Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in online non-technical skill interprofessional education of health professionals. She has developed interprofessional curriculum for both pre- and post- licensure students from multiple health professions. Other academic appointments include the role of Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Director of a DPT program, and founding Director of both an interprofessional Master and Doctor of Healthcare Administration program. She has extensive experience in business, leadership, and education.


Kevin Schroeder, Athletic Training Academy

Dr. Kevin M. Schroeder is the Coordinator of Clinical Education/Lecturer III within the Athletic Training Program at the University of New Mexico. Prior to UNM, Dr. Schroeder had the opportunity to work in interprofessional practice settings including the Human Performance Clinic for the 351st Battlefield Airmen Training Squadron (special operations squadron) and the Olympic Training Center’s Sports Medicine Clinic in Colorado Springs where he oversaw combat sports. While at the Olympic Training Center, Kevin completed a post-professional residency specializing in manual therapy treatment paradigms and their influence on patient-oriented outcomes. He was also a medical provider at the 2015 ParaPan America Games and 2016 Paralympic Games. Dr. Schroeder is an active member within the athletic training profession, serving in various volunteer positions for the New Mexico Athletic Trainers’ Association, Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and UNM’s Interprofessional Education Organization. He has also taught courses for New York Chiropractic College’s Post-Graduate Center.


Aaron Sciascia, Athletic Training Academy

Aaron is an associate professor in Eastern Kentucky University’s (EKU) CAATEaccredited Master’s in Athletic Training program. Prior to arriving at EKU, Aaron spent 13 years as the coordinator of the Shoulder Center of Kentucky. He serves as adjunct faculty for Moravian College's Masters in Athletic Training and Doctorate in Athletic Training programs in Bethlehem, PA. He has been previously honored with the Founders' Award from the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (ASSET). Aaron has previously served ASSET as President and holds the distinction of Fellow within the Society. He is an Affiliate Member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. Aaron has produced multiple peer-reviewed articles, textbooks, and chapters related to function, evaluation, and treatment of the shoulder and scapula. He also serves as an associate editor for the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training.


Kathryn Shaffer, Nursing Academy

A nurse leader with more 25 years in the field who is widely recognized for her expertise and focus on innovations in nursing education and community health, Dr. Shaffer is an assistant professor and former associate dean of the Jefferson College of Nursing, where she has been a faculty member since 2007. A leader in collaborative efforts between nursing and other health care professions, Dr. Shaffer holds a secondary appointment in Jefferson’s College of Population Health and has worked with its faculty, as well as Jefferson’s School of Business, to provide experiential learning opportunities for interprofessional health care students, serving some of Philadelphia's most vulnerable populations.. As Associate Dean, Dr. Shaffer’s she focused on implementing the college’s mission and vision by developing partnerships that advance the profession of nursing.  She was worked with Frankford Community Development Corporation to support their strategic plan of increasing the health of residents.


Brian Sick, Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine Academy

I have been involved with interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) since starting as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota where I am an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. My practice involves IPECP where each in-person clinics includes a medical and nurse practitioner student.  In 2007, I became the Medical Director for a student-run, free clinic involving 13 professions with IPECP as a core attribute.  In 2015, I was selected as the Director of Interprofessional Education for the University of Minnesota and have helped grow the curriculum to include 17 professions and 2500 students per year.  As the elected Chair of the Big 10 IPE Academic Alliance, I lead IPE leaders from the Big 10 to share best practice, influence policy and publish key scholarship.  I have published and presented extensively in IPECP , and have been on the editorial board of JIEP since its start.


Cindy Sickora, Nursing Academy

Cindy Sickora has been a champion for underserved populations for more than 42 years, educating multidisciplinary students in community based healthcare. With more than 35 grants from private and governmental agencies, Sickora has developed programs in public housing and community sites where she has engaged community members and teams of interprofessional students and faculty in the process of building sustainable models of care  From her days as a child care health consultant coordinator for the state of New Jersey, to her role as Associate Dean and founding Chief Executive Officer of New Jersey’s first nurse managed Federally Qualified Health Center, and her current role as Vice Dean of Practice and Engagement at University of Texas San Antonio, Sickora has worked tirelessly to ensure that vulnerable populations receive fair and equitable treatment and care.  She has demonstrated the critical role of interprofessional healthcare delivery through natural disasters and the COVID-19 crisis.


Margie Sipe, Nursing Academy

Margie Hamilton Sipe is Director of the DNP Program and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions (MGHIHP). Her career trajectory has spanned leadership in interprofessional practice and nursing education. Dr. Sipe provided leadership in clinical practice roles in New England. She led evidenced-based improvement solutions, engaging users across multiple professions in redesign and implementation of new systems and improved practices. Her interest in medication safety enabled her to consult with national organizations to develop tools used by interprofessional teams. Her expertise was recognized by appointment to the Massachusetts Health Information Technology task force and the National League for Nursing (NLN) national healthcare policy committee,  Dr. Sipe led the redesign of the innovative DNP curriculum at MGHIHP. In April 2019 she was inducted as an inaugural fellow in the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) for sustained contributions and commitment to nursing leadership.


Charlene Siza, Veterinary Medicine Academy

Dr. Charlene Siza is a public health veterinarian and epidemiologist who works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Emergency Public Health Epidemiologist.  In her current role, she is part of the Global Rapid Response Team and deploys all around the world to provide technical assistance to countries on humanitarian and emergency responses.  Most recently, she has responded to large outbreaks of Ebola, Polio, and cholera in several African countries and Zika Virus in Brazil.   Previously, she served as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Alabama Department of Public Health and as a small animal veterinarian in Nashville, TN. She earned her Veterinary Medical Degree from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Kentucky School of Public Health in 2016. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.


Shelly Smith, Nursing Academy

Dr. Smith is Clinical Associate Professor at VCU School of Nursing, directing the DNP program while pursuing a PhD in Public Policy. She completed a formal policy fellowship the Wilder School of Government that translated NP outcomes into House Bill 793, expanding NP practice agreements. Currently she is implementing a NP directed interprofessional transitional care model for high need, high-cost adults addressing social determinants of health. Recent publications include, “Political Framing: A Strategy for Policy Analysis,” in JNP; “Nurse practitioner scope of practice in Virginia: A legislative case study” in The Nurse Practitioner; and “Public Policy in a Pandemic: A Call for Leadership Action” in JCEN. A practice and policy scholar, Dr. Smith is an Affiliate Scholar with the Langston Center for Innovation in Quality and Safety, and a member of the Virginia Health Innovations Network. She provides expert testimony on interprofessional issues to the Virginia General Assembly and Senate.


Pamela Smith, Speech-Language Pathology Academy

Pamela Smith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA fellow, has been a speech-language pathologist for over 33 years.  She received her M.A. from Ohio University and Ph.D. from Temple University and has worked collaboratively with rehabilitative teams in multiple health care settings including acute care hospital, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home health and outpatient.   Currently she is a professor of speech pathology at Bloomsburg University where she has been employed for over 16 years.  Specializing in medical speech-language pathology, she has coordinated interprofessional educational activities and conducted research working collaboratively with other allied health disciplines including nursing, social work services, and exercise science. She is involved in professional advocacy and leadership at the local, state and national levels, currently serving on the Executive Council of the Northeastern Speech-Language-Hearing Association of PA, President of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and chairperson of the coordinating committee for Special Interest Group #15, Gerontology, for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Jennifer Smith-Zolman, Optmetry Academy

Dr. Jennifer Zolman is a 2006 Nova Optometry graduate and a 2009 COVD fellow. She is the owner of the Draisin Vision Group in Charleston, SC.  She is a board director of COVD and served as President of the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association in 2016/2017. She is an externship site for 5 Optometry schools and a pediatric optometry residency site. She is Chair of the AOA’s InfantSEE and Children’s Vision Committee. Her honors include: Women in Optometry’s Theia Excellence Award in Leadership in 2019, Coopervision’s Best Practices Honoree in 2020, Charleston’s Mom’s Choice Award for #1 OD Group in 2019 and 2020, The Southern Council (SECO)’s Young Optometrist of the South in 2013, Nova Southeastern College of Optometry’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award, SCOPA’s Young Optometrist of the Year in 2012, SCOPA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009, SCOPA’s Horizon Award in 2008, one of Vision Monday’s 2015 Most Influential Woman in Optical.


Laurie Sterling, Speech-Language Pathology Academy

Laurie Sterling, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a senior speech pathologist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where she is part of the Lung Transplant Team and the Adult Congenital Heart unit development group.  Laurie is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and a Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.  Laurie previously worked at Houston Methodist Hospital where she is recognized for her interdisciplinary work with patients with ALS and Myotonic Dystrophy.  She is currently elected to the ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech Pathology and Audiology (CAA) as a speech pathology practitioner member.  She also served as 2019 Convention Co-chair (SLP) for the annual ASHA Convention.  Laurie has worked with interdisiciplinary teams throughout her career as a speech pathologist and believes that IPP/IPE is integral to providing the best comprehensive care available to patients with communication disorders.


David Taylor, Physical Therapy Academy

David Taylor is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at Mercer University. He received his undergraduate and professional physical therapy education at Emory University. He holds a graduate certificate in Health-Focused Patient/Client Management for Physical and Occupational Therapists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a Board-certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy. Dr. Taylor has practiced clinically and in academia for over 28 years in a variety of settings, across the continuum of care, with an emphasis on aging adults. His research interests include the physical therapist’s role in health promotion, prevention and wellness, falls prevention, and professional education. He is active in the American Physical Therapy Association, APTA Georgia, APTA Geriatrics, and the Georgia Falls Prevention Coalition. He has been recognized for his service and advocacy with awards from APTA Geriatrics and APTA Georgia.


Diane-Treat Jacobson, Nursing Academy

Dr. Diane Treat-Jacobson has a PhD in Nursing and is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. She holds the Cora Meidl Siehl Chair in Nursing Research for Improved Outcomes. For two decades she has devoted her professional career to promoting awareness, timely identification, and improved treatment for the people who suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD), a debilitating, deadly disease that diminishes quality of life and functioning. As a nurse clinician and scientist, she is recognized as one of the few highly influential scholars in the field who is a national and international expert in the development and implementation of exercise interventions for patients with symptomatic PAD and in the assessment of outcomes documenting the effects of these interventions. Dr. Treat-Jacobson has significantly contributed to interprofessional organizations and lead scientific advancements in the field nationally and across the globe.


Martha Van Dam, Speech-Language Pathology Academy

Marty Van Dam is a Speech Language Pathologist with 15 years of experience.  Marty is the Supervisor of Therapies for the Roger C. Peace Outpatient Brain Injury and Young Stroke Program, a CARF-accredited interdisciplinary brain injury program in Greenville, South Carolina.  Marty provides supervision to PTs, OTs, SLPs, Neuropsychologists, Case Management and the interdisciplinary care provided.  Marty serves as a volunteer leader for state and national organizations most notably her 3 year appointed term to ASHA’s Government Relations and Public Policy Board and her incoming President-Elect appointment for the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina’s Board of Directors.  She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer through the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists and has held numerous training courses for healthcare professionals (including nursing and social workers) pursing this certification.


Amber Vermeesch, Nursing Academy

Amber Vermeesch, PhD, MSN, FNP-C, RN, CNE, FACSM has been a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner since 2006. She has spent most her practice serving under-insured and vulnerable populations in intraprofessional healthcare environments. She completed her master’s in nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and earned her PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Miami in 2011 focusing on healthcare inequities reduction among Latino populations. She joined the University of Portland as an Associate Professor in 2014 teaching in both graduate and undergraduate programs. She became a Certified Nurse Educator in 2017. In 2020, Dr. Vermeesch became a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. Her overall area of expertise is wellness, both physical and emotional. Her investigations have concentrated on physical activity and integrated health among vulnerable populations. Additionally, she explores risk factors related stress reduction and health promotion among undergraduate and graduate students.


Ben Warner, Dentistry Academy

Dr. Ben Warner is clinical professor and Director of the Diagnosis/Treatment Planning Clinic at University of Texas School of Dentistry-Houston. He instructs dental and medical students on oral care for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Baylor College of Medicine Clinic and offers interprofessionally experiences at McGovern Medical School Head/Neck Clinic and MD Anderson Melanoma/Skin Cancer Center. Dr. Warner leads daily Interdisciplinary Care Rounds, semimonthly Joint Clinical Conferences and directs or contributes to several pre-doctoral and residency courses. He also maintains a private practice. He is Master Academy of General Dentistry and Fellow Academy of Laser Dentistry, International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists and Academy of Dentistry International. Dr. Warner is a Director of Texas AGD MasterTrack and FellowTrack programs. He serves on Test Construction Committees for INBDE, ADAT and DLOSCE and Certifying Board Review Committee for National Commission for Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards.


Kathy Wheat, Speech-Language Pathology Academy

Kathy J. Wheat, PhD., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is founding Program Director/Associate Professor for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences MS-SLP programs, Austin and Dallas Texas. She has practiced as a speech-language pathologist in schools, outpatient clinics, hospitals, private practice and home healthcare settings. Dr. Wheat serves on the ASHA Government Affairs and Public Policy Board (GAPPB) and is former chair for the ASHA School Finance Committee. She is an ASHA Fellow, received the ASHA Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in Preschool through 12 and Honors of the Association from the Oklahoma Speech-Language Hearing Association. Dr. Wheat serves the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association as the State Education Advocacy Leader (S.E.A.L.) and as Chair of Reimbursement. She presents on a state and national level on topics including program development, online teaching/learning, supervision, negotiation, service delivery models, IPE/IPP, communication styles, and advocacy. 


Janet Winter, Nursing Academy

Dr. Janet E. Winter earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Executive Leadership from the College of Nursing at Rush University; a Master of Public Administration degree with a Health Concentrate from Grand Valley State University (GVSU); and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. In 2013, she earned a post Graduate Certificate in Sustainability of Public and Nonprofit Organizations through GVSU. In 2014, Dr. Winter became the Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Programs in Nursing at the Kirkhof College of Nursing at GVSU. As Associate Dean, Dr. Winter provides leadership in managing all areas of the undergraduate academic degree programs. Dr. Winter’s scholarly contributions include disseminations on interprofessional education and collaborative practices; sustainable system change through leadership development; and strategic management. She has a long-standing record of involvement and leadership on committees, advisory groups, and boards of directors.


Lydel Wright, Nursing Academy

Lydel Wright, is the CEO of SafeWatch, LLC; there he develops technology that supports innovative products for aging in place. Through SafeWatch he works to reduce, in collaboration with interprofessional partners, the $300 billion-dollar price tag associated with medication related emergencies. Lydel has partnered with one of the largest manufacturers to redesign the hospital gown. Lydel is also, the first African American male nurse awarded the Johnson and Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellow for his work in, electronic medical record and technological product augmentation, with full cycle product development. Lydel is also, the founder and CEO of The EmPAct (Empowering People to Act) Foundation. EmPAct develops and funds, early age, high wage opportunities for socioeconomically disadvantaged students, working to move 40 high school students a year, through licensed practical nursing and software development programs. This program was birthed through collaborative efforts, much like those of NAP, that create bridges of opportunity.


Joseph Zorek, Pharmacy Academy

Joseph A. Zorek, PharmD, BCGP, joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in July 2019 as Director of their Quality Enhancement Plan, Linking Interprofessional Networks for Collaboration (LINC), and Associate Professor with Tenure in the School of Nursing. LINC is an institutionwide effort to increase interprofessional education (IPE) knowledge and skills throughout the University, and to integrate IPE activities into curricula. Joe previously served as Director of IPE and Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. He recently represented the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education on a collaborative project with the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative, which resulted in the national consensus guideline "Guidance on Developing Quality Interprofessional Education for the Health Professions." Joe’s latest scholarly project, a textbook intended for early learners in pharmacy called “Interprofessional Practice in Pharmacy: Featuring Illustrated Case Studies,” will be published by McGraw-Hill Education in 2021.