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.

Suzanne Ameringer, PhD RN--Associate Professor

Suzanne Ameringer, PhD RNAssociate Professor

Suzanne Ameringer is an associate professor of nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She is also an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. She has a special research interest in symptom management in adolescents and young adults with cancer and sickle cell disease.
Session(s)
Creating a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Manuscript to Submit for Publication in a Nursing Journal (003)
Facility
Virginia Commonwealth University
Location
Richmond, Virginia
Chelsea Balian, MSN RN CNS CPNP--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Chelsea Balian, MSN RN CNS CPNPPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Chelsea Balian has worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the field of blood and marrow transplantation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 2011. Chelsea received an undergraduate degree in nursing at Azusa Pacific University, and after two years as a bedside nurse in hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant went back to school at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for a Masters of Science in Nursing.

Mary Baron Nelson, PhD RN CPNP--Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Mary Baron Nelson, PhD RN CPNPAssistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Mary Baron Nelson received a faculty appointment after serving as a nurse practitioner since 2012 in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Her research interests focus on the mechanisms of brain injury from childhood cancer treatment through neuroimaging, and including neurocognitive and psychosocial late effects and development of interventions.
Melissa Beauchemin, MSN RN CPNP PhD Student-- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Melissa Beauchemin, MSN RN CPNP PhD Student Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Melissa is a pediatric hematology/oncology/BMT nurse who has worked as a staff nurse and most recently a research nurse practitioner. She recently started a PhD program in nursing science with a goal of being a pediatric oncology nurse researcher. Her area of interests includes cancer care delivery research, guideline implementation, and financial toxicity of treatment.
Joan O'Hanlon Curry, MS RN CPNP CPON®--Administrative Director, Pediatric Clinical Services Child and Adolescent Center

Joan O'Hanlon Curry, MS RN CPNP CPON®Administrative Director, Pediatric Clinical Services Child and Adolescent Center

Joan O'Hanlon Curry started her career in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing 25 years ago as a staff nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She received her PNP degree from Columbia University in 1998. She worked at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore for 13 years as the nurse manager for the inpatient and outpatient pediatric hematology/oncology/bmt program. 

Katie Bruce, PharmD BCPPS--Pediatric Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Katie Bruce, PharmD BCPPSPediatric Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Katie Bruce, PharmD, graduated from Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy in 2006. After graduation, she completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She was fortunate enough to get a job in pediatric oncology right out of residency, and then in 2008, moved to Nashville, and in 2009 became the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant at Monroe Carrell Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Session(s)
Going Viral: Review of Viral Illness and Antiviral Therapy in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Pediatric Patients (200)
Facility
The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial
Location
Nashville, Tennessee
Karyn Brundige, MSN CPNP--Nurse Practitioner

Karyn Brundige, MSN CPNPNurse Practitioner

Karyn Brundige is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the bone marrow failure and hematology programs at Dana Farber/Boston-Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. She received both of her nursing degrees at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland and was a hematology/oncology nurse practitioner fellow at Texas Children's Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Dyane Bunnell, MSN APRN AOCNS CPON®--Clinical Nurse Specialist

Dyane Bunnell, MSN APRN AOCNS CPON®Clinical Nurse Specialist

Dyane Bunnell, MSN, APRN-BC, AOCNS, CPON has been a pediatric hematology-oncology nurse for over 35 years. She is board certified in Nursing Professional Development, as an Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, and as a Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse. She is currently a Clinical Nurse Specialist in pediatric hematology/oncology/BBMT at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, where she serves as the co-chair of the organization’s Ethics and Patient Rights Committee.

Session(s)
General Session: Social Media and Nursing......Where are we now? (103)
Facility
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Location
Wilmington, Delaware
Teresa Conte, PhD MSN CRNP--Associate Professor

Teresa Conte, PhD MSN CRNPAssociate Professor

Dr. Conte has been a nurse for 23 years-spending the most of them in pediatrics. She spent 10 years at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant unit. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner and is a full-time faculty member at the University of Scranton. She has presented workshops and lectures on a variety of topics including self-care, compassion fatigue, stress management, resiliency and staff engagement.
Session(s)
The Self-Care Connection: Resiliency, Health and Wellness (005)
Facility
University of Scranton
Location
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Scarlett Czarnecki, BSN RN CCRP CPHON®--Nurse Clinician

Scarlett Czarnecki, BSN RN CCRP CPHON®Nurse Clinician

Scarlett Czarnecki has been a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse for 18 years working in various roles in both inpatient and settings. Currently, she is a Nurse Manager on the inpatient hematology/oncology unit at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. She is an active member of SCAPHON, having served on the board for 14 years including 2 terms as president. In addition to being a member of the Local Chapter Committee, Scarlett is currently serving as the Vice Chair for the 2018 APHON conference.
Session(s)
Strengthening the Local Chapters of APHON Through Shared Experiences (LCM)
Facility
Loma Linda University Children's Hospital
Location
Riverside, California
Susan Dulczak, MSN PNP CPON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Director

Susan Dulczak, MSN PNP CPON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Director

Susan Dulczak has over 30 years of experience in pediatric hematology/oncology and is the Director of the Valerie Fund Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. She is an ELNEC- Pediatric trainer, CPON® certified, and a chemotherapy/biotherapy instructor. She serves on the national APHON Local Chapter Committee as a local chapter liaison. She recently received a grant to establish strategic palliative care initiatives within her institution.

Anna Evans, MSN RN CPNP CPHON® --Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Anna Evans, MSN RN CPNP CPHON® Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Anna Evans is currently enrolled as a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She attended Indiana University for her BSN and University of California Los Angeles for her MSN. She has been a registered nurse (RN) for 18 years and a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) for 12 years. She began working at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) as an RN on the oncology floor in 2002. Anna is a member of the APHON nominating committee.
Session(s)
New Hope Through Clinical Trials in Low-Grade Gliomas: From diagnosis, standard treatment modalities, to BRAF/MEK inhibitors (221)
Facility
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Location
Los Angeles, California
Misty D. Evans, DNP APRN CPNP-AC BMTCN®--Nurse Practitioner

Misty D. Evans, DNP APRN CPNP-AC BMTCN®Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Misty Evans is a Nursing Instructor in the Pediatric Nursing Practitioner Acute Care program. She is a nurse practitioner at TriStar Children's Hospital Centennial in Nashville, TN. Dr. Evans has a strong clinical background in pediatric hematology-oncology and hematopoietic stem cell transplant. She has had publications in such journals as the Journal for Bone Marrow Transplantation, Pediatric Blood & Cancer, and Pediatric Transplantation.

Michelle Gillard, MSN RN CPHON®--Cellular Therapy Program Coordinator

Michelle Gillard, MSN RN CPHON®Cellular Therapy Program Coordinator

Michelle graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in December 2001. After 9 years of incredibly rewarding clinical experience, she took the opportunity to return to school and obtained a Masters of Science in Nursing in 2010 with the goal of advancing her career in Clinical Education. Michelle accepted a position as a Clinical Education Specialist for hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant in July 2013 and has remained in that role until the development of a new program at Phoenix Children's came to fruition.

Rachel Glincher, MSN CPNP-AC CPHON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Rachel Glincher, MSN CPNP-AC CPHON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Rachel Glincher is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Rachel graduated from University of Pennsylvania with her BSN in 2010 and MSN in 2015 and started out her nursing career as a staff nurse at Maimonides Medical Center. She completed the Robbie Simpson Fellowship at St. Jude in 2015 prior to starting at Memorial.
Session(s)
DSRCT: A Pediatric Oncology Rarity (230)
Facility
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Location
New York, New York
Michael Hans, MS BSN RN-BC CPON®--Nursing Professional Development Educator

Michael Hans, MS BSN RN-BC CPON®Nursing Professional Development Educator

Michael has been a Pediatric Oncology Nurse at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for 23 years. He has worked as a Professional Development Educator for 12 years and has a Master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology. He is the current chair of the APHON Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course committee. Outside of work, he is a Live Trivia Host and the father of two dancing daughters.
Session(s)
Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Instructor Course (001)
Town Hall APHON Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Instructors (TH1)
Facility
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Amy Haskamp, MSN RN PCNS-BC CHPPN CPON®--Advanced Practice Nurse

Amy Haskamp, MSN RN PCNS-BC CHPPN CPON®Advanced Practice Nurse

Amy is a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Pediatric Palliative Care Team (PaCT) at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Purdue University in 1996 and master's degree from Indiana University in 2006. She has over 16 years of experience caring for children with cancer before joining PaCT in 2014 and remains very committed to APHON. She has been a member of the ELNEC pediatric faculty since 2011 and provides several lectures and presentations on pediatric palliative care.
Session(s)
Managing Depression and Anxiety in Childhood Cancer (212)
Facility
Riley Hospital for Children
Location
Indianapolis, Indiana
Molly Hemenway, DNP MS AC/PC/CPNP--Sr. Instructor — Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Molly Hemenway, DNP MS AC/PC/CPNPSr. Instructor — Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Molly is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received her BSN, MS, and DNP at the University of Colorado, School of Nursing. She practices as a PNP in Neuro-Oncology in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Hospital Colorado. Molly is interested in quality of life, innovative therapies, palliative and hospice care, as well as neuro-oncology needs in the setting of Neurofibromatosis.

Session(s)
Pediatric Cancer Predisposition: What the Clinician Needs to Know (206)
Never a Dull Moment: Latest and Greatest Clinical Pearls for the APN (218)
Facility
University of Colorado — Children's Hospital Colorado
Location
Aurora, Colorado
Monica Hente, MSN RN PPCNP-BC BMTCN® CPON®--Stem Cell Transplant Nurse Practitioner

Monica Hente, MSN RN PPCNP-BC BMTCN® CPON®Stem Cell Transplant Nurse Practitioner

Monica Hente received her RN from St. Luke’s Nursing School in 1986, BSN from Webster University in 1989 and MSN/PNP from the University of Missouri at St. Louis in 1996. Monica has held positions as a staff nurse at Barnes Hospital in Dermatology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant, then ST.

Session(s)
Strengthening the Local Chapters of APHON through Shared Experiences (LCM)
Facility
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Location
St. Louis, Missouri
Mary C. Hooke, PhD APRN PCNS CPON®--Associate Professor — School of Nursing

Mary C. Hooke, PhD APRN PCNS CPON®Associate Professor — School of Nursing

Casey Hooke is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota where she teaches in the DNP program. Her program of research focuses on fatigue and related symptoms in children with cancer. She is also an advanced practice nurse in pediatric oncology and serves as an assistant editor of the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing.

Lensa Idossa, MPH--Program Analyst — Diverse and Medically Underserved Populations

Lensa Idossa, MPHProgram Analyst — Diverse and Medically Underserved Populations

Lensa Idossa is an emerging public health leader and advocate for medically underserved populations. Ms. Idossa holds a Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration on vulnerable populations/global health from Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Currently, she is the Program Analyst for diverse and medically underserved populations at National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP®)/Be The Match, the global leader in facilitating blood and marrow transplants (BMT) for patients diagnosed with blood disorders.

Session(s)
Improving Access to Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Clinical Trials for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease (214)
Facility
National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ginny Beeson MSN BSN NEA-BC--Captain US Navy (Ret)

Ginny Beeson MSN BSN NEA-BCCaptain US Navy (Ret)

Ginny Beeson is a nurse executive, consultant, and educator with over 40 years of experience in healthcare. She was a Navy nurse for most of her career, serving as nurse manager, Director of Navy Medicine’s Leadership Development Program, Deputy Director of the Navy Nurse Corps, and chief nurse executive.

Session(s)
Closing Keynote: Nurses Caring For Nurses: Changing the Culture of Nursing (105)
Facility
Ginny Beeson & Associates
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Holly Kubaney, MSN PPCNP-BC CPHON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Holly Kubaney, MSN PPCNP-BC CPHON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Holly has worked in pediatric hematology/oncology for most of her career, first as a staff nurse from 1995-2001 and as a nurse practitioner since 2001. She became involved in APHON more than 20 years ago, and currently serves as co-president of the Austin APHON chapter after serving as co-president of the Ohio APHON chapter prior to relocating to Texas. She has been a member of the Children's Oncology Group since 2001 and is a disease committee nurse for ALL and will be the study nurse for the newly-opened infant ALL clinical trial.

Session(s)
Town Hall: Outpatient APN (TH5)
Facility
Dell Children's Blood and Cancer Center
Location
Austin, Texas
Deborah A. Lafond, DNP PPCNP-BC CHPPN CPON®--Co-Director, PANDA Palliative Care Team

Deborah A. Lafond, DNP PPCNP-BC CHPPN CPON®Co-Director, PANDA Palliative Care Team

Dr. Deborah Lafond received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Maryland in 2012 and her Masters in Nursing from the University of Hawaii in 1990. She is an Assistant Professor in the George Washington University School of Medicine. She served as the Chair of National APHON Evidence-Based Practice and Research Committee 2012-2105. She is an Assistant Professor in the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Lauri Linder, PhD APRN CPON®--Associate Professor and Clinical Nurse Specialist

Lauri Linder, PhD APRN CPON®Associate Professor and Clinical Nurse Specialist

Dr. Linder currently holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City UT. Dr. Linder's research interests relate to symptom management and supportive care for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer, including novel uses of mobile technology to support patients in communicating their symptom experiences.

Jenny Raybin, MSN RN CPNP---Pediatric Nurse Practitioner & Associate Professor — Pediatrics

Jenny Raybin, MSN RN CPNP-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner & Associate Professor — Pediatrics

Jenny is a NeuroOnc PNP at Children's Hospital Colorado as well as Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. She is currently pursuing her PhD and is the principal investigator of multiple IRB approved protocols.

Belinda Mandrell, PhD RN CPNP--Associate Member, Director of Nursing Research

Belinda Mandrell, PhD RN CPNPAssociate Member, Director of Nursing Research

Dr. Mandrell has been Director, Division of Nursing Research since 2010, research interest includes basic, translational, and clinical research designed to elucidate the biological mechanism and behavioral processes that contribute to symptoms of cancer and cancer therapy, most specifically symptoms of sleep and fatigue. Understanding and promotion of health-related quality of life through alleviation of suffering, facilitation of patient and family coping through communication and family-centered decision making, and promotion of positive health habits.
Sarah Matney, BSN RN MSOL CNML CPON®--Vice President of Operations

Sarah Matney, BSN RN MSOL CNML CPON®Vice President of Operations

Sarah has spent almost 20 years in pediatric hematology and oncology. Her passion is to partner with patients and families both formally and informally through Family Advisory Boards and advocacy and education. She is committed to continual improvement in operations and loves to empower front-line staff to create small tests of change to improve their daily work. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Session(s)
Strengthening the Local Chapters of APHON through Shared Experiences (LCM)
Facility
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Location
Hartford, Connecticut