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.

Karen Madigan, BSN RN CPON®--Clinical Level IV Staff Nurse

Karen Madigan, BSN RN CPON®Clinical Level IV Staff Nurse

Karen Madigan is a Clinical Level IV inpatient pediatric oncology/hematology/BMT staff nurse at Hackensack University Medical Center. She has been a pediatric oncology/hematology/BMT nurse on the inpatient unit for 13 years. She has preceptored many new staff RN's and SNE's, and developed an orientation manual along with a roadmap.

Session(s)
Town Hall: Inpatient Nursing (TH4)
Facility
Hackensack University Medical Center
Location
Hackensack, New Jersey
Belinda Mandrell, PhD RN CPNP--Director — Division of Nursing Research

Belinda Mandrell, PhD RN CPNPDirector — Division of Nursing Research

Dr. Belinda Mandrell is an assistant member in the department of Pediatric Medicine and director of the Division of Nursing Research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Research interest includes basic, translational, and clinical research designed to elucidate biological mechanism and behavioral process that contribute to symptoms of cancer and cancer therapy, most specifically symptoms of sleep and fatigue. Promote and understanding of health-related quality of life with alleviation of suffering, facilitation of patient and family coping with decision-making, illness and treatment, and promotion of positive health habits.
Sarah Matney, BSN RN MSOL CNML CPON®--Service Line Director

Sarah Matney, BSN RN MSOL CNML CPON®Service Line Director

Sarah received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Pensacola Christian College in 1998. She has spent the entirety of her career in pediatric hem/onc in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She recently received her Master's in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University School of Business.

Session(s)
Strengthening the Local Chapters of APHON through Networking (LCM)
Facility
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Location
Hartford, Connecticut
Becca McKnight, MHA CLSSBB--Performance Improvement Program Manager

Becca McKnight, MHA CLSSBBPerformance Improvement Program Manager

Becca McKnight moved to Los Angeles from Kansas City to study health administration at the University of Southern California. She earned her Master in Health Administration from USC in 2012 and is currently a Performance Improvement Program Manager at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She’s been working in the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Department, where she leads organizational improvement initiatives.

Session(s)
Building the High Reliable Teams (003)
Facility
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Location
Los Angeles, California
Denise Mills, RN(EC) MN CPHON®--Nurse Practitioner-Paediatrics

Denise Mills, RN(EC) MN CPHON®Nurse Practitioner-Paediatrics

Denise Mills is a Nurse Practitioner at The Hospital for Sick Children practicing with the Solid Tumour Team. Denise obtained both her undergraduate degree in nursing and a Masters of Nursing – Acute Care Paediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Toronto. Denise’s clinic areas of expertise are neuroblastoma, MIBG, new agents and innovative therapies.
Session(s)
Nurse-Led Models for Enhancing the Conduct of Children’s Oncology Group Cancer Control Trials (C223)
Facility
The Hospital for Sick Children
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Lisa Morrissey, MPH MSN RN CPHON®--Nurse Manager — Inpatient Hematology/Oncology – Director – Global Nursing Fellowship

Lisa Morrissey, MPH MSN RN CPHON®Nurse Manager — Inpatient Hematology/Oncology – Director – Global Nursing Fellowship

Lisa Morrissey has been a nurse in the pediatric hematology/oncology program at Boston Children's Hospital since 1984. She is the nurse manager for the inpatient Hematology/Oncology/Research unit, and Director of the Boston Children's Global Nursing Fellowship program.

Session(s)
Baseline Standards for Pediatric Oncology Nursing in Low and Mid Income Countries (226)
Facility
Boston Children's Hospital
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Dorian Rene Navarro Díaz--Nurse Educator International Outreach Program

Dorian Rene Navarro DíazNurse Educator International Outreach Program

Dorian is the first nurse educator on Oncology Pediatric of Guadalajara, México trained by Global St. Jude (International Outreach Program for Latin America of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital). He is a pioneer too on his institution, empowering of the role of nurse educator (role non-existent until 2014). Besides continuing like Nurse Educator on Oncology Pediatric of the Hospital Civil de Guadalajara "Dr. Juan I. Menchaca" and participate with the Group of Nurses Educators of Latin America on the AHOPCA nursing meetings.

Colleen Nixon, MSN RN CPHON®--Hematology/Oncology Clinical Educator

Colleen Nixon, MSN RN CPHON®Hematology/Oncology Clinical Educator

Pediatric oncology and stem cell transplant (SCT) RN since 1987. Unit preceptor on the SCT unit from 1988-1995. In 1995 assumed the role of the clinical coordinator on the oncology/hematology unit. Responsible for staff evaluation, budget, and the daily running of the 19-bed unit. In 10/03, assumed the role of patient educator, responsible for overseeing patient education on the inpatient oncology unit. I

Session(s)
Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Instructor Course (001)

Strengthening the Local Chapters of APHON through Networking (LCM)
Facility
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Mary Nolan, BSN--Staff Nurse

Mary Nolan, BSNStaff Nurse

Mary Nolan, RN, BSN. Staff Nurse AFLAC Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Center 5455 Meridian Mark Road Suite 400 Atlanta GA 30342. Graduated from East Carolina School of Nursing with a BSN in 1980. Staff nurse at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital from 1980 until merger with Egleston to form Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Session(s)
Medication Adherence in Leukemia Maintenance Therapy (210-3)
Facility
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Staff Development Specialist

Janice Nuuhiwa, MSN APN/CNS CPHON®Staff Development Specialist

Janice Nuuhiwa is a Staff Development Specialist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Janice has 16 years of nursing staff development experience, with a particular interest in the elements of emotional intelligence, professional boundaries, self-care, resiliency and promoting professional wellness for the direct patient care provider to prevent burnout, compassion fatigue, moral distress and vicarious trauma.
Session(s)
Self-Care for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse Workshop (003)

Deciphering the Intersection of Caring for Self & Caring for Others (105)
Facility
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Location
Chicago, Illinois
Susan Ogg, MSN RN CCRP--Research Nurse Specialist

Susan Ogg, MSN RN CCRPResearch Nurse Specialist

Susan Ogg received her Master's degree in Pediatric Nursing from the University of Virginia in 1984. She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional, a Research Nurse Specialist and has worked at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for the past 13 years. Her focus is Pediatric Oncology and Survivorship research.
Session(s)
Childhood Cancer Survivors and Breastfeeding: Results of a Lactation Dysfunction Study (222-1)
Facility
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Joan O’Hanlon Curry, MS RN CPNP CPON®--Administrative Nurse Manager/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Joan O’Hanlon Curry, MS RN CPNP CPON®Administrative Nurse Manager/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Joan O'Hanlon Curry has been a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse for over 24 years. She received her BA in psychology at Kenyon College and her BSN at Pace University. She started her career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a staff nurse and then went on to get her PNP at Columbia University and practice on the inpatient floor. In 2004, she went to the Children's Hospital at Montefiore as the nurse manager for the outpatient pediatric hematology/oncology program.

Session(s)
Town Hall: Administrators and Managers (TH3)

Town Hall: Social Media (TH8)
Facility
The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Location
New York City, New York
Maki Okada, MS RN CPNP-PC FNP-BC CPON®--Nurse Practitioner

Maki Okada, MS RN CPNP-PC FNP-BC CPON®Nurse Practitioner

Maki Okada has been working in pediatric oncology for over 10 years. She has worked as a bedside nurse in hematology, oncology, bone marrow transplant and as a nurse practitioner for pediatric oncology survivorship care as well as leukemia and lymphoma patients.

Session(s)
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Current COG Trials for T Cell, Ph+, and Ph-Like ALL (C205)
Facility
Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach
Location
Long Beach, California
Puja Patel, PhD Pediatric Psychologist

Puja Patel, PhD Pediatric Psychologist

Puja Patel, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist who practices at Texas Child Study Center Embedded Behavioral Clinic in the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center. She received her B.A. in psychology from Baylor University, her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from UT Southwestern Medical Center, and her doctorate in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Session(s)
Expanding Your Mental Health Toolkit: Innovative Approaches to Caring for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Patient (008)
Facility
Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, Texas Child Study Center
Location
Austin, Texas
Kathy Perko, MS CPNP CHPPN CPLP CPON®--Nurse Practitioner

Kathy Perko, MS CPNP CHPPN CPLP CPON®Nurse Practitioner

Kathy Perko received her BSN from the University of Portland, Oregon and started her nursing career at the Children’s Hospital in Seattle. She spent eight years there-focusing in pediatric oncology with a special interest in children with brain tumors. She received her MS/PNP from University of California-San Francisco with a focus on supporting children and families through the end of life.

Kathy returned to the Pacific Northwest and has been working in Portland for the past 19 years. She transitioned from pediatric oncology to palliative care over the past years and was a founding member and is the Program Director of Bridges Palliative Care Program at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The Bridges Program sees patients from pre-natal diagnosis through young adulthood.

Cheryl Petersen, PhD RN--Clinical Assistant Professor

Cheryl Petersen, PhD RNClinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Cheryl Petersen has worked in the field of pediatrics for 23 years. Her experience caring for loved ones living and dying from cancer, as well as her passion for oncology research, led her to pursue doctoral education. Dr. Petersen's dissertation research focused on the theory-based design and evaluation of an online spiritual care educational program that was developed with a team of interdisciplinary professionals to address the spiritual needs of children with cancer and their families.

Lisa Pinner, MSN RN BMTCN® CPON®--Nursing Professional Development Specialist

Lisa Pinner, MSN RN BMTCN® CPON®Nursing Professional Development Specialist

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Nurse Educator for Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant. Responsibilities include organizing BMT educational for staff nurses based on current needs and changing patient populations.
Converting protocols into active order sets. Lead from BMT on the Cerner order conversion project. Writing and editing policies and procedures for SCT. Providing education to patients and families. Lead on FACT recertification.
Session(s)
Single Institution Experience: Comparison of Heparin versus Ursodiol for prevention of VOD (210-1)
Facility
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Location
Palo Alto, California
Melissa Powell, BSN MHPE CHSE RN-BC--Advanced Education Specialist

Melissa Powell, BSN MHPE CHSE RN-BCAdvanced Education Specialist

Melissa Jo Powell is an Advanced Education Specialist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Simulation Center. As a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, she is responsible for all components of simulation activities, using high fidelity simulator manikins and actors to portray patients. She serves as a consultant for multiple groups in simulation scenario design, curriculum integration, operations and program development.

Session(s)
BMT Sim Lab: Building safety, Motivating learning, helping with Transition (215)
Facility
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
Location
St. Petersburg, Florida
Olivia Prebus, BSN RN--Program Coordinator — Adolescent Young Adult Oncology Program

Olivia Prebus, BSN RNProgram Coordinator — Adolescent Young Adult Oncology Program

Olivia Prebus completed her BA in Urban and Environmental Policy at Occidental College in 2006. She completed her BSN at The University of Pennsylvania in 2009, and is currently working towards her MSN in Nursing Leadership and Health Systems Management at Drexel University. Olivia started her nursing career at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia working in the areas of pediatric HIV, general pediatrics, immunology and hematology.

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
Nicole Robertson, BSN RN--Registered Nurse

Nicole Robertson, BSN RNRegistered Nurse

Nicole graduated with her BSN from the University of Central Florida in 2006. She has spent the last 11 years working on the Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute inpatient unit at John's Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg Florida. She currently serves as co-chair of her unit Education Council and is a member of the hospital wide Professional Development & Education Council.
Session(s)
BMT Sim Lab: Building safety, Motivating learning, helping with Transition (215)
Facility
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Location
St. Petersburg, Florida
Rima Saad, MSN RN CPHON®--Clinical Nurse Specialist

Rima Saad, MSN RN CPHON®Clinical Nurse Specialist

Master graduate Nurse and Pediatric Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist. Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse and completed the nursing fellowship program at Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis-Tennessee. Proficient in staff development as a clinical nurse educator for Pediatric Oncology units at AUBMC. Have participated in creating the national and regional education programs for the local and regional registered nurses working in Pediatric Oncology units.

Session(s)
Pediatric Oncology Providers’ Perspectives on Early Integration of Pediatric Palliative Care (228-2)
Facility
American University of Beirut Medical Center
Location
Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon
Jennifer Saggio, MSN CRNP--Neuroblastoma Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer Saggio, MSN CRNPNeuroblastoma Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer Saggio, MSN, CRNP works as the Neuroblastoma Nurse Practitioner at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Jennifer has worked in this role in the Division of Oncology for the past 18 years. For the past 10 years, she has worked exclusively with patients who have neuroblastoma.

Session(s)
It's All GREEK to Me! The NEPENTHE Trial for Relapsed/Refractory Neuroblastoma; Personalized Molecularly Targeted Treatment (200)
Facility
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Victoria A. Sardi-Brown, PhD LPC--Co-Founder and President

Victoria A. Sardi-Brown, PhD LPCCo-Founder and President

Victoria Sardi-Brown and Peter Brown are the co-founders of the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation, a 501(3)(c) public charity headquartered in Washington, DC, that was created in the memory of the Brown's seven-year-old son Mattie. Mattie died from Osteosarcoma in 2009, at the tender age of 7. The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation's mission is to address the psychological, social, and emotional needs of children and families living with childhood cancer.

Kaye Schmidt, MA RN CPNP CPON®--Senior Director — Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders

Kaye Schmidt, MA RN CPNP CPON®Senior Director — Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders

Kaye Schmidt received her BSN at South Dakota State University in 1983, and her Master's in Nursing from the University of Iowa in 1991. She is currently the Senior Director of the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders at Children's Health; Children's Medical Center in Dallas. She has spent her entire career in pediatric hematology-oncology, including 30 years in management. She has been in her current position for almost 14 years. As a senior nursing leader in her current position, she is involved in managing rapid change as the industry experiences ongoing change in the current market. She has spoken on the implications of health care reform on the pediatric hematology-oncology population several times over the past 5 years.
Session(s)
Town Hall: Administrators and Managers (TH3)

The First 6 Months: Health Care in the United States Under a New President (213)
Facility
Children's Health; Children's Medical Center Dallas
Location
Dallas, Texas
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)
Patient Management in High-Risk Neuroblastoma — A Look at the Literature Non-CNE Lunch Symposium (SYMTHL)
Facility
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Location
Los Angeles, California
Joan Shea, MSN RN CPON®--Staff Nurse III

Joan Shea, MSN RN CPON®Staff Nurse III

Joanie Shea is a level III staff nurse on the hematology/oncology/clinical research unit at Boston Children’s Hospital. She received her BSN from Curry College in 1992 and her MSN from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2004 as a family clinical nurse specialist. She is currently enrolled in the DNP program at UMass Boston.

Session(s)
Town Hall: Inpatient Nursing (TH4)
Facility
Boston Children's Hospital
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Leigh Shinn, BSN RN CCRC--Clinical Research Nurse

Leigh Shinn, BSN RN CCRCClinical Research Nurse

Leigh has been an oncology nurse for 25 years, with a specialty in stem cell transplantation. Early in her career, she worked at the bedside caring for pediatric and adult SCT patients. During this time, she was exposed to cutting edge research.

Beth Siever, MSN RN CPNP CPON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Beth Siever, MSN RN CPNP CPON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Beth Siever received her nursing diploma from Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing, BSN from Millersville University, MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and Post-Master's Certificate from Duke University. She works as a PNP at Children's National Medical Centers, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Washington DC. Beth has represented APHON at the Alliance for Childhood Cancer in Washington DC for the past 10 years and is the current chair of the Advocacy and Health Policy Committee.
Session(s)
Advocacy for Every Nurse: How APHON Nurses Can Make a Difference in Legislation and Health Policy Decisions (103)
Facility
Children's National Medical Center
Location
Washington, DC
Suzanne Smolik, MSN RN CPNP CPON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Suzanne Smolik, MSN RN CPNP CPON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Suzanne has practiced as a pediatric nurse practitioner for the last 11 years. She received her undergraduate degree at Marquette University and her graduate degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, Suzanne works at the Children's Hospital Colorado in Solid Tumor oncology.
Lisa Sniderman King--Medical Science Liaison

Lisa Sniderman KingMedical Science Liaison

Lisa is a board certified genetic counselor who has over 18 years of experience in the biochemical genetics field. After she graduated from McGill University in Montreal she moved to Seattle and spent several years at the University of Washington Biochemical Genetics Clinic before joining the Seattle Children’s Hospital Biochemical and Molecular Genetics Laboratories.

Session(s)
Splenomegaly: A Case Discussion
Facility
Sanofi Genzyme
Location
Cambridge, MA