Speakers

We've assembled some of the industry's leading experts to present the latest trends in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing practice. We are certain you'll gain valuable information and education while improving your professional development. Click on each speaker's name to view their full bio and list of sessions they are presenting.

Rita Secola, PhD RN FAAN--Clinical Services Director

Rita Secola, PhD RN FAANClinical Services Director

Rita Secola is the Clinical Services Director for the Hematology-Oncology Service Line at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She has over 30 years of pediatric nursing experience. She obtained her BSN from Carlow College and MSN from the University of Pittsburgh, both in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her PhD from the School of Nursing at the University of California Los Angeles. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in October 2013.

Session(s)
Meet the Challenges of Post-HSCT VOD: An Interactive Case Study of a 1-Year-Old Male With Neuroblastoma (SY1)
Facility
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Location
Los Angeles, California
Joan Shea, DNP RN CPON®--Staff Nurse III

Joan Shea, DNP RN CPON®Staff Nurse III

Joan Shea is a Staff Nurse III in the ambulatory infusion clinic at Boston Children's Hospital and adjunct faculty at Boston College Connell School of Nursing. She has been a pediatric nurse for over 25 years specializing in pediatric hematology, oncology and the administration of non-oncology chemotherapy and biotherapy.

Session(s)

Implementing the USP 800 Guidelines: What does it mean for pediatric nurses? (203)
Town Hall: Inpatient Nursing (TH9)

Facility
Boston Children's Hospital
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Liz Sniderman, MSN APRN CPNP-AC CPHON®--Global Nursing Coordinator

Liz Sniderman, MSN APRN CPNP-AC CPHON®Global Nursing Coordinator

Elizabeth (Liz) is a Canadian native, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia, in 2009. She began her nursing career in pediatric oncology at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. Liz received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, in 2015, in the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Pediatric Oncology Concentration program.
Session(s)
Global Health in Pediatric Oncology: A Practical Guide for Nurses (209)
Facility
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Victoria Szenes, MS RN CPNP--Pediatric Clinical Trials Nurse Practitioner

Victoria Szenes, MS RN CPNPPediatric Clinical Trials Nurse Practitioner

Victoria Szenes graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Art in Anthropology and a minor in the School of Management. She then received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and later her Master of Science in Nursing in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program, both from Columbia University.

Session(s)
HCT & Gene Therapy in the Treatment of Inherited Metabolic Disorders (231)
Facility
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Location
New York, New York
Terri Boyce, DNP APRN CPNP-AC CPHON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Terri Boyce, DNP APRN CPNP-AC CPHON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Terri earned her BSN from the University of Portland in 2002, MSN from Duke University in 2008, and DNP from the University of Portland in 2016. She is currently an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner on the inpatient hematology/oncology/stem cell transplant unit at Doernbecher Children's Hospital at OHSU in Portland Oregon.

Session(s)
Strengthening the Local Chapters of APHON through Shared Experiences (LCM)
Facility
OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Location
Portland, Oregon
Lauren Brown, MSN CPNP-AC--Acute Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Brown, MSN CPNP-ACAcute Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Brown is a Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse Practitioner. She received her BSN from the University of Virginia, and her MSN from Duke University. She is the clinical director of inpatient services for the Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Program at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC.

Session(s)
Diagnostic dilemmas in pediatric oncology patients with rare neurological complications: A complex case series review (224)
Facility
Levine Children's Hospital
Location
Charlotte, North Carolina
Sarah Dobrozsi, MD MS--Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Sarah Dobrozsi, MD MSAssistant Professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Dobrozsi is a board-certified pediatric oncologist at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin specializing in the care of children with solid tumors. Dr. Dobrozsi also has a clinical and academic interest in health outcomes for children with cancer. She is an active member of the Children’s Oncology Group Patient Reported Outcome Committee whose focus is to learn more about how different cancer treatments impact physical, emotional and social health from the perspective of the patient.Dr. Dobrozsi’s personal research is focused on the use of patient-reported outcome measures to improve symptom management and decrease the burden of cancer care.

Jami S. Gattuso, MSN RN CPON®--Nursing Research Specialist, Level 3

Jami S. Gattuso, MSN RN CPON®Nursing Research Specialist, Level 3

Jami Gattuso has been a nurse at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital since 1986 and have served in a variety of roles including staff nurse, discharge planning coordinator, clinical nurse specialist, and nursing res earch specialist. Jami has always been involved in nursing research studies and particularly enjoy qualitative research. She also currently coordinates the internal institutional evidence-based practice fellowship and chair the nursing research council.
Session(s)

Factors Associated with Completing Pediatric Patient-Reported Outcomes: Age, Literacy, Race (216-3)
Town Hall: Advocacy (TH6)

Facility
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Julie Gegg, PharmD BCOP--Clinical Pharmacist

Julie Gegg, PharmD BCOPClinical Pharmacist

Dr. Gegg graduated from West Virginia University in 2011 with her PharmD and went on the complete post-graduate year one residency training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Gegg then completed a post-graduate year two specialty residency in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. After residency training, Dr. Gegg joined the oncology pharmacy team at Boston Children's Hospital with a specific focus on the solid tumor service.

Session(s)
Implementing the USP 800 Guidelines: What does it mean for pediatric nurses? (203)
Facility
Boston Children's Hospital
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Sarah Green, MSN CPNP-AC--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Green, MSN CPNP-ACPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Green is a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner in the solid tumor program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Connecticut, Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently completing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Session(s)
Evidence-Based Interprofessional Palliative Care Education: Lessons for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians (204-2)
Facility
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Location
Los Angeles, California
M. Danielle Gunter, PhD RN CPN--Assistant Professor

M. Danielle Gunter, PhD RN CPNAssistant Professor

Dr. Gunter is an assistant professor at the University of the Incarnate Word.  She joined the School of Nursing faculty in January of 2008 and teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She currently teaches courses focused on the transition to practice for BSN students, healthcare leadership, quality improvement, finance, nursing theory and program development courses in the graduate programs.

Session(s)
What To Expect After Earning a Doctoral Degree in Nursing: An Interactive Workshop to Facilitate Your Success (003)
Facility
University of the Incarnate Word
Location
San Antonio, Texas
Eleanor Hendershot, MN BScN RN(EC)--Nurse Practitioner

Eleanor Hendershot, MN BScN RN(EC)Nurse Practitioner

Eleanor Hendershot received her Master of Nursing in 2003 in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Toronto, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. She is currently a Nurse Practitioner at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She works in active oncology in addition to pediatric cancer survivorship.

Ruth Anne Herring, MSN RN CPNP-AC/PC CPHON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Ruth Anne Herring, MSN RN CPNP-AC/PC CPHON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Ruth Anne currently works as a nurse practitioner in the outpatient clinic at Children's Health in Dallas. She has been involved in pediatric oncology nursing for more than 30 years - in-patient, out-patient, home health, hospice. One of her greatest joys is to hear from patients years after they finish treatment, when they are all grown up. When she is not at work, you can find her digging around in her garden.
Joy Hesselgrave, MSN RN CHPPN CPON®--Assistant Clinical Director

Joy Hesselgrave, MSN RN CHPPN CPON®Assistant Clinical Director

Joy Hesselgrave is an Assistant Clinical Director at Texas Children's Hospital. She has been a chemotherapy biotherapy instructor since 2005 and an author and section editor for the chemotherapy biotherapy curriculum. Her clinical interests are pain and symptom management and palliative care.

Meredith Foxx, APRN MBA PCNS-BC PNP-BC CPON®--Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Meredith Foxx, APRN MBA PCNS-BC PNP-BC CPON®Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Meredith Foxx received her BSN & MSN, from the University of Pennsylvania.  She received her MBA from Case Western Reserve University in the Executive Health Care Track.  She is currently the ACNO of Advanced Practice Nursing (APRN), Nursing Quality & Practice for the Cleveland Clinic Nursing Institute. The APRN scope involves overseeing the practice over 1600 APRN’s throughout the Cleveland Clinic Health System.  Her role entails oversight for APRN scope, role expectations, quality assurance, recruitment, and consultant to all for any APRN topic.

Session(s)
2nd Victims in Health Care: What does it mean and how is it affecting Nurses (219)
Facility
Cleveland Clinic
Location
Cleveland, Ohio
Mary Lynn Rae, MSN RN CPHON®--NPD Practitioner/Clinical Educator Hem/Onc/SCT

Mary Lynn Rae, MSN RN CPHON®NPD Practitioner/Clinical Educator Hem/Onc/SCT

Mary Lynn Rae received her BSN from Johns Hopkins University in 1995. Mary Lynn then received her MSN in nursing education from Michigan State University in 2009. She has been a clinical educator/NPD Practitioner at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago since 2000. She is an active member of APHON both locally and nationally and sits on the APHON Chemo/Bio Steering committee, also serving in the role as chair. Mary Lynn is also one of the APHON Chemo/Bio editors and author of the book and PowerPoint Presentations for the APHON Chemo/Bio Provider course.

Micah Skeens-Borland, PhD RN CPNP--Nurse Scientist

Micah Skeens-Borland, PhD RN CPNPNurse Scientist

Micah has 20 years of experience in pediatric hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant nursing. During that time she has served in many roles including bedside nurse, advanced practice nurse, and nurse scientist. Micah completed her PhD at Vanderbilt University in 2018. Micah has been involved in many professional organizations. She is currently the Chair of the Children's Oncology Group Nursing Clinical Trials Subcommittee and a member of the APHON Research/EBP Committee. Her research interests include adherence, symptom science and innovative technology use in pediatric oncology and HSCT patients and families.

Kristin Stegenga, PhD RN CPON®--Nurse Researcher

Kristin Stegenga, PhD RN CPON®Nurse Researcher

Kristin Stegenga received her PhD from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 2007. She is a nurse researcher at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and editor in chief of The Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. She has a special interest in the adolescent young adult and family perspectives on the cancer experience and supportive care research.
Courtney Sullivan, MSN APRN CPNP-AC CPHON®--Global Nursing Project Coordinator

Courtney Sullivan, MSN APRN CPNP-AC CPHON®Global Nursing Project Coordinator

Courtney Sullivan is the Global Nursing Project Coordinator for the Department of Global Pediatric Medicine at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital where she is responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of global pediatric oncology nursing initiatives with over 20 hospitals in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Presently, she oversees the operations of a Latin American pediatric oncology nurse educator training center in Chile and developed a Latin American nurse educator network.

Session(s)
International Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing (005)
Facility
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Katy Tomlinson, BSN RN--Clinical Research Nurse

Katy Tomlinson, BSN RNClinical Research Nurse

Katy Tomlinson is a Clinical Research Nurse at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) and leads their program’s New Cancer Diagnosis Education initiative. Katy is a protocol nurse for Children’s Oncology Group (COG) study APEC14B1 (Project Every Child) and has served as the COG Nursing Discipline Member-at-Large. She served as editor of the COG Family Handbook and co-editor of the COG New Diagnosis Guide. She has over 25 years of experience in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
Tonya Ureda, MS RN FNP-BC--Nurse Practitioner

Tonya Ureda, MS RN FNP-BCNurse Practitioner

Tonya Ureda MS, RN, FNP-BC is a Leukemia/Lymphoma Nurse Practitioner at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Tonya has been practicing as a Nurse Practitioner in the field of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology since May 2011. Tonya has been active within APHON and the COG nursing discipline. She currently serves as a member of the APHON Conference Planning Committee.

Janice Withycombe, PhD MN RN CCRP--Assistant Professor

Janice Withycombe, PhD MN RN CCRPAssistant Professor

Dr. Withycombe is an assistant professor at Emory University's School of Nursing. Her professional career has been dedicated to working with children with cancer. Her research focuses on physical activity and improved outcomes in children undergoing active cancer therapy. Current research involves the use of metabolomics to explore relationships between oxidative stress, physical activity and patient symptoms.

Sue Zupanec, MN NP--Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner

Sue Zupanec, MN NPPediatrics Nurse Practitioner

Sue Zupanec completed her Masters in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner in 2001. Since then Sue has worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the Oncology Program at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto Canada. Sue is the current Vice Chair of the Nursing Steering Committee with the Children's Oncology Group and also serves at the Education Sub-Committee Chair. In Toronto, Sue is an executive member of the Garron Family Cancer Center.

Session(s)
Navigating 131I-MIBG and CAR T 19, in COG trials ANBL1531 and AALL1721: Sharing Care and Strategies for Success (C205)
Facility
The Hospital for Sick Children
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Carolyn Jones, BS, DFA(h)--Photographer, Filmmaker and Author

Carolyn Jones, BS, DFA(h)Photographer, Filmmaker and Author

Carolyn Jones is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker who specializes in telling stories that shed light on issues of global concern. From people “living positively” with AIDS to women artists supporting entire communities and nurses on the front lines of our healthcare system, Jones has devoted her career to celebrating invisible populations and breaking down barriers. Her most widely acclaimed book publications include Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS and The American Nurse, which led to a feature documentary included in the U.S. State Department's American Film Showcase.

Session(s)
The American Nurse: Stories of Life-Changing Impact (101)
Facility
Carolyn Jones Productions
Location
Brooklyn, New York
Jeannine Brant, PhD APRN AOCN FAAN--Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Scientist

Jeannine Brant, PhD APRN AOCN FAANOncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Scientist

Jeannine M. Brant is an oncology clinical nurse specialist, pain consultant and a nurse scientist for Billings Clinic in Montana. Dr. Brant’s repertoire blends her clinical expertise in pain and symptom management with her program of research that includes improving patient symptoms and focusing on nursing sensitive indicators that lead to quality nursing and interdisciplinary care. Dr. Brant’s current studies focus on patient-reported outcomes, clinical algorithms for pain and symptom management, and in testing a dynamic symptoms model.

Niurka Rivero, MD--Clinical Professor of Pediatrics

Niurka Rivero, MDClinical Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Rivero is the Chief Patient Safety Officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine. Her faculty appointment is with the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Rivero has been with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles  for more than 25 years and clinically serves the patients in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as well as the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit. She graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency at CHLA.

Session(s)
General Session: Nursing Emotional IQ (103)
Facility
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Location
Los Angeles, California
Kelley Johnson, BSN RN--Chief Nurse Advocate

Kelley Johnson, BSN RNChief Nurse Advocate

Kelley Johnson is a Registered Nurse, nursing advocate, public speaker, and the most recent former Miss California USA. Previously, she represented the Miss Colorado Organization across the nation as Miss Colorado 2015. Kelley competed for the title of Miss America 2016 and was awarded the second runner up, and she was recently Top 10 at Miss USA 2018. Kelley is remembered for her nursing monologue performance in 2015 that led to the famous "Doctor's Stethoscope" comment on the television show The View and the #NursesUnite campaign ignited across America.

Session(s)
Closing Keynote: Why We Chose Nursing and How Nursing Continues to Choose Us (104)
Facility
Wanderly
Location
Los Angeles, California
Linda Abramovitz, MSN RN CNS FAAN BMTCN®--Non-salary Faculty/Advance Practice Nurse

Linda Abramovitz, MSN RN CNS FAAN BMTCN®Non-salary Faculty/Advance Practice Nurse

Linda Abramovitz is currently an adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing, Department of Family Health Care Nursing and faculty for UCSF Global Cancer Program. She received her BSN from the University of Rochester and her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania.

Session(s)
International Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing (005)
Global Health in Pediatric Oncology: A Practical Guide for Nurses (209)
Facility
University of California, San Francisco
Location
Belmont, California
Tara Adams, BSN RN CPON®--RN Coordinator-Clinical Programs

Tara Adams, BSN RN CPON®RN Coordinator-Clinical Programs

Tara Adams works as an RN Coordinator of Clinical Programs in Nursing Administration at Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, Texas. She has 17 years of combined nursing experience in inpatient Hematology Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant, outpatient Hematology/Oncology, Clinical Education and nursing leadership.

Janie Avila, MSN APRN FNP-C CPON®--Nurse Practitioner

Janie Avila, MSN APRN FNP-C CPON®Nurse Practitioner

Janie Avila is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at DHR Health Transplant Institute - Liver Specialty Clinic in McAllen, Texas. She started in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology as a Registered Nurse in 2001 in the inpatient setting and then transferred to the outpatient clinic with Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital at Vannie Cook Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic.

Session(s)
International Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing (005)
Facility
DHR Health Transplant Institute - Liver Specialty Clinic
Location
McAllen, Texas
Diane Baniewicz, MSN CPNP--Nurse Practitioner, Cancer Immunotherapy Program

Diane Baniewicz, MSN CPNPNurse Practitioner, Cancer Immunotherapy Program

Over 30 years of pediatric hematology/oncology experience. Currently a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with the Cancer Immunotherapy program with a focus of caring for children's and families receiving CAR T cell therapy.
Session(s)
Navigating 131I-MIBG and CAR T 19, in COG trials ANBL1531 and AALL1721: Sharing Care and Strategies for Success (C205)
Facility
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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