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.

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

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

Misty Evans is a Nursing Instructor in the Pediatric Nursing Practitioner Acute Care program at Vanderbilt University. She is also a nurse practitioner at TriStar Children's Hospital Centennial in Nashville, TN. She received her doctorate degree from Vanderbilt in 2015.

Session(s)
GVHD Prophylaxis with Post-Transplant Cyclophosphamide: Ambushing T Cells (206)

Town Hall: Stem Cell Transplant (TH7)
Facility
The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial/Vanderbilt University
Location
Lewisburg, Tennessee
Wendy Fitzgerald, MSN RN PPCNP-BC CPON®--Nurse Practitioner

Wendy Fitzgerald, MSN RN PPCNP-BC CPON®Nurse Practitioner

Wendy Fitzgerald has been a nurse practitioner caring for pediatric oncology patients for over 20 years. Currently she is a Nurse Practitioner hospitalist caring for bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy patients at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She actively participates as a core nurse for the neuroblastoma protocols in the Children's Oncology Group and has given 2 other presentations at national APHON conferences.

Session(s)
The Landscape of Neuroblastoma in COG: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’s Therapies (C234)
Facility
Children's National Medical Center
Location
Washington, District Of Columbia
Melissa Frei-Jones, MD MSCI--Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Melissa Frei-Jones, MD MSCIAssociate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Frei-Jones is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UT Health in San Antonio, Texas where she serves as the medical director of the South Texas Sickle Cell Center since 2012 and as the medical director of the South Texas Hemophilia Treatment Center since 2015. She is also the program director for the pediatric hematology oncology fellowship program at UT Health and teaches hematology related topics in the medical, dental and nursing schools including bleeding and clotting disorders and hereditary anemias including sickle cell and thalassemia.
Session(s)
Playing on Our Strengths – Developing Interprofessional Teams in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (227)
Facility
UT Health School of Medicine San Antonio
Location
Texas, San Antonio, Texas
Michelle Gillard, MSN RN CPHON®--Clinical Education Specialist

Michelle Gillard, MSN RN CPHON®Clinical Education Specialist

My name is Michelle Gillard, MSN, RN, CPHON. For 17 years, I've worked at Phoenix Children's Hospital, in a number of roles. Currently, I reside as the Clinical Education Specialist for Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant. I've held a number of APHON-related roles, as well. I've been an APHON Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provider Program instructor since 2011.

Session(s)
Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Instructor Course (001)
Facility
Phoenix Children's Hospital
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Rachel Glincher, MSN CPNP-AC CPHON®--Nurse Practitioner

Rachel Glincher, MSN CPNP-AC CPHON®Nurse Practitioner

Rachel Glincher, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC, CPHON 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)
Get the Mets! Resection of pulmonary metastases in osteosarcoma (224)
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 11 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.
Susan Harvey, MSN RN CPNP-AC--Instructor

Susan Harvey, MSN RN CPNP-ACInstructor

Susan is an acute care PNP at the Children's Hospital of Colorado in the Hematology program within the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. She received her MSN at Duke University and her BSN from the University of Tennessee. Her current research includes hematologic abnormalities in Down Syndrome patients and outpatient interventions to improve pain management and decrease admissions in patients with Sickle Cell Disease.
Session(s)
Advanced Practice Providers in Hem/Onc/BMT—Expanding the Provider’s Horizons (004)
Facility
University of Colorado
Location
Boulder, Colorado
Amy Haskamp, MSN RN PCNS-BC CHPPN CPON®--Pediatric Palliative Care APN

Amy Haskamp, MSN RN PCNS-BC CHPPN CPON®Pediatric Palliative Care APN

Amy Corey Haskamp earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Purdue University in 1996 and her master’s degree from Indiana University-Indianapolis in 2006. Amy has served as the advanced practice nurse for Pediatric Palliative Care/IMPACT (Integrative Medicine and Pediatric Palliative Care Team) at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health for the past three years and has over 18 years of experience in pediatric oncology. She has also been involved with updating and presenting the Pediatric ELNEC curriculum since 2006, promoting pediatric palliative care through education.
Heather G. Havens, DNP pCNS-bc CWON CWS--Advanced Practice Wound Care Nurse

Heather G. Havens, DNP pCNS-bc CWON CWSAdvanced Practice Wound Care Nurse

Heather has worked at St Jude Children's Research Hospital for 19 years, the past eleven years has been spent in Advanced Practice Wound Care. Heather's masters degree in pediatric oncology is from The University of Pennsylvania and my doctorate of nursing degree is from The University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

Session(s)
Applying Evidence Based Pressure Ulcer Prevention to Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Patients: A Pilot (204-3)
Facility
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Wendy Hayes, MSN RN CPHON®--Professional Development Educator II-Solid Tumor

Wendy Hayes, MSN RN CPHON®Professional Development Educator II-Solid Tumor

Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse with 18 years of hematology oncology experience. Full time Professional Development Educator for 13 years. APHON Chemotherapy Biotherapy Course instructor for the last 4 years. Graduated with a MSN in Nursing Administration in 2016.
Session(s)
Avoiding the Bite: Implementation of the St. Jude Advanced Warning Score (sJAWS) System (204-2)
Facility
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Corey Heath, PhD--Licensed Psychologist — AYA Oncology Program

Corey Heath, PhDLicensed Psychologist — AYA Oncology Program

Dr. Corey Heath is a licensed psychologist working within the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at Cook Children’s Medical Center. In her role at CCMC, Dr. Heath provides clinical assessment and intervention services to AYA patients, conducts research on the psychosocial needs of AYAs who have been diagnosed with cancer, and assists with developing age-appropriate programs and services for AYAs.

Session(s)
Development of an AYA Program in a Pediatric and Community-Wide Setting (006)
Facility
Cook Children's Medical Center
Location
Fort Worth, Texas
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.

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 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. Louis Children’s Hospital in Stem Cell Transplant and PICU and as a Nurse Practitioner at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville Kentucky and St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Stem Cell Transplant.
Session(s)
Strengthening the Local Chapters of APHON through Networking (LCM)
Facility
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Location
St. Louis, Missouri
Mary C. Hooke, PhD APRN PCNS CPON®--Assistant Professor — Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Mary C. Hooke, PhD APRN PCNS CPON®Assistant Professor — Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Dr. Hooke is an advanced practice nurse in pediatric oncology and an assistant professor in a School of Nursing where she teaches DNP nursing students. Dr. Hooke has conducted nursing research for the past 15 years, and have published and presented her findings at professional nursing conferences and interdisciplinary pediatric oncology conferences.

Session(s)
Improving Body Function and Minimizing Activity Limitations in Pediatric Cancer Survivors: The Lasting Impact of the Stoplight Program (216-2)
Facility
University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lensa Idossa, MPH--Program Analyst — Diverse and Medically Underserved Populations

Lensa Idossa, MPHProgram Analyst — Diverse and Medically Underserved Populations

Lensa Idossa is a Program Analyst, Diverse and Medically Underserved Populations at the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match. In her role, she provides expertise in health literacy, cultural competence, language access, medical under-service and translation of research into programs to increase access to blood and marrow transplant (BMT) for all patients in need.

Paige Johnson, DNP CPNP CPHON®--Nurse Practitioner

Paige Johnson, DNP CPNP CPHON®Nurse Practitioner

Paige Johnson is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri and currently works in the Hematology/Oncology outpatient clinic. She has been a nurse for over 20 years and a nurse practitioner for over 15 years. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Kansas and her Masters in Nursing from the University of Texas-Houston.

Sherry L. Johnson, MSN RN NE-BC CPON®--Director of Nursing Excellence

Sherry L. Johnson, MSN RN NE-BC CPON®Director of Nursing Excellence

Sherry Johnson, MSN, RN, CPON, NE-BC is the Director of Nursing Excellence at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Sherry has worked in the specialty of Hematology/Oncology for 28 years where she has held various roles including bedside nurse, unit educator, clinical coordinator, manager, and Director of Magnet and Quality.

Session(s)
Avoiding the Bite: Implementation of the St. Jude Advanced Warning Score (sJAWS) System (204-2)
Facility
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Katherine Patterson Kelly, PhD RN CPON®--Nurse Scientist

Katherine Patterson Kelly, PhD RN CPON®Nurse Scientist

Dr. Kathy Patterson Kelly is a Nurse Scientist in the Department of Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes at Children's National Health System. She divides her time between advancing evidence based practice and mentoring staff nurses to conduct their own research studies and her own program of research in treatment communication and decision making in children and families facing cancer.

Susannah Koontz, PharmD BCOP FHOPA--Principal and Consultant

Susannah Koontz, PharmD BCOP FHOPAPrincipal and Consultant

Koontz is the current president-elect of HOPA. Within her 26 years of experience, she has participated in multiple presentations, publications, & academic appointments, as well as provided leadership to a multiplicity of professional organizations, served as a consultant, clinical pharmacist and advocate for the care of children in the department of hematology/oncology at MD Anderson.
Session(s)
Playing on Our Strengths – Developing Interprofessional Teams in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (227)
Facility
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation/Cellular Therapy
Location
Houston, Texas
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)
Expanding Your Mental Health Toolkit: Innovative Approaches to Caring for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Patients (008)
Facility
Dell Children's Blood and Cancer Center
Location
Austin, Texas
Nicole Kurtis, MSN CPNP-AC/PC CCRN CPHON®--Nurse Practitioner

Nicole Kurtis, MSN CPNP-AC/PC CCRN CPHON®Nurse Practitioner

Nicole received her BSN from The University at Buffalo in 2006 and continued on to receive her MSN from New York University as a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2011 and a post masters certificate as a pediatric acute care nurse practitioner from Rush University in 2015.

Session(s)
Stop the Confusion! Understanding Delirium in Pediatric Oncology Patients (207)
Facility
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Location
New York, New York
Deborah A. Lafond, DNP PPCNP-BC CHPPN CPON®--Nurse Practitioner

Deborah A. Lafond, DNP PPCNP-BC CHPPN CPON®Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Deborah Lafond has over 25 years experience in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2012 from the University of Maryland. Her capstone projected investigated the feasibility of early integration of palliative care to promote comfort and coping for children, adolescents and young adults undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant. She is a Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar in palliative care, where her work focuses on primary palliative care education and mentoring for the bedside clinician.

Amy Lahey, BSN RN--Staff Nurse

Amy Lahey, BSN RNStaff Nurse

Staff Nurse – Leukemia/Lymphoma team
Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


EDUCATION/TRAINING
Emory University (Atlanta, GA), BSN, May 2006
Furman University (Greenville, SC), BS Chemistry, May 2003

EMPLOYMENT
Outpatient Leukemia/Lymphoma Staff Nurse, October 2015 – present
Inpatient Staff Nurse, July 2006 – March 2013, October 2014 – October 2015
Assistant Nurse Manager, March 2013 – October 2014
Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Session(s)
Medication Adherence in Leukemia Maintenance Therapy (210-3)
Facility
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Wendy Landier, PhD CPNP FAAN--Associate Professor

Wendy Landier, PhD CPNP FAANAssociate Professor

Wendy Landier is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked in pediatric oncology for over 30 years. She hold a Master’s degree in Nursing from UCLA and a PhD from the University of Hawaii. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship, in the School of Medicine, and also holds a secondary appointment in the School of Nursing, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Session(s)
Patient/Family Education in Pediatric Oncology: The Children’s Oncology Group Experience (C217)
Facility
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Location
Birmingham, Alabama
Lauri Linder, PhD APRN CPON®--Assistant Professor

Lauri Linder, PhD APRN CPON®Assistant Professor

Dr. Lauri Linder currently holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Cancer Transplant Center at Primary Children's Hospital. Her research emphasizes supportive care for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer with attention to symptom management, including novel uses of technology to measure the patient’s unique, personal experience and to support subsequent clinician decision-making.

Barbara Lockart, DN APN/CNP PC & AC CPON®--Nurse Practitioner

Barbara Lockart, DN APN/CNP PC & AC CPON®Nurse Practitioner

Barbara Lockart received her Master’s degree from Emory University and Doctorate of Nursing from Rush University. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner in both pediatric surgery, where she is coordinator for the fertility preservation program and is also a nurse practitioner in solid tumor section for the Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Division.

Session(s)
Putting Evidence into Practice: Results from Two COG EBP Teams (C229)
Facility
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
Location
Chicago, Illinois
Jennifer Madden, MSN RN CPNP-AC/PC--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner & Associate Professor

Jennifer Madden, MSN RN CPNP-AC/PCPediatric Nurse Practitioner & Associate Professor

Jenny has practiced as a pediatric nurse practitioner in Neuro-Oncology Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado since 1999. She is also an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. Jenny is active in research with many peer reviewed publications and as PI of multiple IRB approved protocols. Her passion is pursuing her interest in art and nursing as the PI of an IRB approved research study to validate creative arts therapies for children receiving chemotherapy in the outpatient clinic.