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.

Amy R. Newman, PhD RN CPNP-PC CPHON®--Postdoctoral Fellow

Amy R. Newman, PhD RN CPNP-PC CPHON®Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Amy Newman has been a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse for 20 years, most recently specializing in the care of patients with different types of solid tumors. She recently received her PhD from Marquette University and was subsequently awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Utah.

Kathleen D. Pagana, PhD RN--Professor Emeritus, Lycoming College President

Kathleen D. Pagana, PhD RNProfessor Emeritus, Lycoming College President

Kathy has a BSN from the University of Maryland and an MSN and PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a leader in healthcare for more than 45 years with experiences including military service, clinical practice, college teaching, administration, publishing, speaking, and consulting.

Session(s)
Leadership Course: Inspirational Leadership and Taking Care of You! (002)
Facility
Pagana Keynote & Presentations
Location
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Mary Petriccione, MSN RN PPCNP-BC--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Mary Petriccione, MSN RN PPCNP-BCPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Mary Petriccione graduated from Columbia University's School of Nursing in 1979 and worked first as a staff nurse and then in the outpatient pediatric oncology clinic at Columbia's Babies Hospital. In 1986 Mary graduated from Yale University with my MSN/PNP. Mary completed the Robbie Simpson PNP fellowship in St Jude in December 1986.

Session(s)
New Hope Through Clinical Trials in Low Grade Gliomas: From Diagnosis, Standard Treatment Modalities, to BRAF/MEK Inhibitors (221)
Facility
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Location
New York, New York
Kathy Pool, MSN RN CPNP--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kathy Pool, MSN RN CPNPPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kathy Pool graduated from Arizona State University In 1988 with a BSN and worked in Pediatrics at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix getting a good basic knowledge of caring for children in the acute care setting. A few years later Kathy moved to Colorado and was hired as an RN to help open a new Pediatric Oncology Unit at Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Denver.

Session(s)
Never a Dull Moment: Latest and Greatest Clinical Pearls for the APN (218)
Facility
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Location
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Mary Lynn Rae, MSN RN CPHON®--Clinical Educator: Hem/Onc/SCT & VAT

Mary Lynn Rae, MSN RN CPHON®Clinical Educator: Hem/Onc/SCT & VAT

Mary Lynn Rae received her BS in Biology and Chemistry from Western Michigan University in 1992. She 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 at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago since 2000.

Session(s)
Changing the Game: New Updates and Innovative Approaches for Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Course Instructors (007)
Facility
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Location
Chicago, IL
Lori Ranney, MSN APRN CPNP CPHON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Lori Ranney, MSN APRN CPNP CPHON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Lori has specialized in pediatric oncology nursing since 2001. She has a passion for delivering high-quality care to pediatric oncology patients and their families. Received her MSN in 2007 from the University of MN and started as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) in Pediatric Oncology in 2008 at Children's Minnesota.

Session(s)
High Risk Therapy Made Easy: Supporting High Risk Patients Through Complex Therapy (215)
Facility
Children's Hospital of Minnesota
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kathy Riley, MPH CHES--National Director of Family Support

Kathy Riley, MPH CHESNational Director of Family Support

Kathy Riley leads the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's efforts to develop and execute family support programs for the more than 28,000 patients and their families impacted by a pediatric brain tumor diagnosis. A Certified Health Education Specialist, she brings more than 20 years of experience addressing the needs of hundreds of these families through the offer of information and community resources in addition to emotional, social, and educational support.

Cheryl Rodgers, PhD RN CPNP CPON®--Associate Professor

Cheryl Rodgers, PhD RN CPNP CPON®Associate Professor

Dr. Cheryl Rodgers received her BSN from the University of Nebraska in 1989, her MSN from the University of Texas in 2000, and her PhD from Texas Woman's University in 2009. She is currently an associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing and chair of the Children's Oncology Group Nursing Discipline Evidence-Based Practice Subcommittee.

Maureen Roeder, BSN RN CPHON®--Ophthalmic Oncology Clinical Nurse

Maureen Roeder, BSN RN CPHON®Ophthalmic Oncology Clinical Nurse

Maureen Roeder graduated from St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center School of Nursing with an associate degree in 2005. Roeder began her nursing career as an inpatient pediatric psychiatric nurse at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. She worked there for a year and a half before transferring to the pediatric hematology/oncology inpatient unit.

Session(s)
Management of Retinoblastoma in 2018: A Nursing Perspective (201)
Facility
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Location
New York, New York
Joan M. Ronan, MSN CPNP CPON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Joan M. Ronan, MSN CPNP CPON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Joan Ronan is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Boston Children’s Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer and Blood Disorders Center who specializes in leukemia and lymphoma. She primarily practices on the Oncology Unit at Boston Children's Hospital. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Duke University.

Session(s)
PTLD: What's That About? (220)
Asparaginase Toxicities in ALL:  Rapid Identification, Management, and Patient/Family Partnerships to Improve Outcomes (SY3)
Facility
Dana Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorder Center
Location
Boston Massachusetts
Debra M. Schissel, RN CCRP CPON®--Lead RN/Research Coordinator

Debra M. Schissel, RN CCRP CPON®Lead RN/Research Coordinator

Micah Skeens-Borland has been the lead RN/Research Coordinator for the Experimental Therapeutics Program at The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders since its inception in 2004. She has worked in research for 27 years. Micah is the primary nurse for the patients enrolled in the Phase I studies and one of her primary roles is to teach the families and staff about the investigational drugs in the research studies.
Session(s)
COG Clinical Trials: Empowered Nurses the Key to Their Success (C229)
Facility
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Location
Columbus, Ohio
Laura Smith, MSN CPNP CPON®--Nurse Practitioner

Laura Smith, MSN CPNP CPON®Nurse Practitioner

Laura Smith provides and coordinates clinical care for children undergoing blood and marrow transplant. Laura especially enjoys helping children and families through their inpatient stay as well as preparing them to be comfortable caring for their child once they are discharged. Over the 10 years that Laura has worked in pediatric oncology and has really enjoyed her interactions with individual children and their families.
Session(s)
Town Hall: CAR T-Cell Therapy (TH9)
Facility
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Virginia K. Spickler, MSN APRN CPNP CPON®--Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Virginia K. Spickler, MSN APRN CPNP CPON®Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Ginger K. Spickler received her BSN from the University of Evansville and her MSN from Vanderbilt University. She was an RN at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in pediatric hematology/oncology for 15 years and an adjunct faculty member at Aquinas College. She is now a pediatric nurse practitioner in the neuro-oncology department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Session(s)
Therapeutic & Prognostic Impact of Medulloblastoma Molecular Subgroups (227)
Facility
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Kristin Stegenga, PhD RN CPON®--Nurse Researcher

Kristin Stegenga, PhD RN CPON®Nurse Researcher

Kristin Stegenga is a Nurse Researcher at Children's Mercy Hospital and editor of Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing for the past several years. She received her PhD in Nursing in 2007 and has a special interest in AYA with cancer, particularly symptom and social support as well as family support in cancer.
Session(s)
Creating a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Manuscript to Submit for Publication in a Nursing Journal (003)
Facility
Children's Mercy Hospital
Location
Kansas City, Missouri
Kathleen Stiffler, MSN CPNP--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kathleen Stiffler, MSN CPNPPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kathy Stiffler is currently the PNP on the various oncology consult services at Dana Farber, Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorder Center. She is part of the team that evaluates new patients, to establish the diagnosis, complete disease staging and develop a treatment plan for various types of pediatric cancer diagnoses.

Session(s)
PTLD: What's that about? (220)
Facility
Boston Children's Hospital
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Courtney Sullivan, MSN RN CPNP-AC CPHON®--Global Nursing Project Coordinator

Courtney Sullivan, MSN RN 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 leading the development, implementation, and monitoring of global pediatric oncology nursing initiatives with over 20 hospitals in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).

Alexandra Suttman, MS CGC--Genetic Counselor, Instructor

Alexandra Suttman, MS CGCGenetic Counselor, Instructor

Alexandra is a certified genetic counselor and instructor specializing in pediatric hematology and oncology at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has specific clinical expertise in cancer predisposition, oncology, polyposis, bone marrow failure, and immunohematology hereditary conditions. In addition, she has published work in adult hereditary oncology as well as pediatric oncology.

Session(s)
Pediatric Cancer Predisposition: What the Clinician Needs to Know (206)
Facility
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Location
Aurora, Colorado
Katy Tomlinson, BSN RN--Clinical Research Nurse: Leukemia/Lymphoma Team

Katy Tomlinson, BSN RNClinical Research Nurse: Leukemia/Lymphoma Team

Katy Tomlinson is a Clinical Research Nurse at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, working with the leukemia/lymphoma population. She also leads the new cancer diagnosis education initiative for the CHW Oncology Program. She has 25 years of experience in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and has served as the Children's Oncology Group Nursing Discipline, Member-at-Large.
Megan Urban, MSN RN CPNP--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Megan Urban, MSN RN CPNPPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Megan Urban has been with the Oncology department at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago since 2003. She began her career 15 years ago as an inpatient RN on the Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant unit. After completing her Master's in 2008, she transitioned to her current role as the Pediatric Nursing Practitioner caring for oncology patients on phase I/II clinical trials.

Session(s)
New Hope Through Clinical Trials in Low-Grade Gliomas: From Diagnosis, Standard Treatment Modalities, to BRAF/MEK Inhibitors (221)
Facility
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Location
Chicago, Illinois
Tonya Ureda, MS RN FNP-BC--Nurse Practitioner

Tonya Ureda, MS RN FNP-BCNurse Practitioner

Tonya Ureda is a Nurse Practitioner at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC. She has practiced as a nurse practitioner in the field of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology since May 2011. Tonya practices primarily in the inpatient setting, caring for patients who are admitted to the hospital with hematologic and oncologic complications.

Leticia Valdiviez, MSN RN CPHON®--Clinical Research Nurse IV/CAR T Cell Coordinator

Leticia Valdiviez, MSN RN CPHON®Clinical Research Nurse IV/CAR T Cell Coordinator

Leticia has over 30 years of nursing experience, with 25 years in pediatric oncology. Leticia has experience in pediatric hematology, oncology and stem cell transplant. Currently, Leticia is the CAR T cell coordinator for Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Leticia works with a large team to coordinate referrals for CAR T therapy. Leticia also participates in the conduction of CAR T cell clinical trials.

Session(s)
Consulting, Arranging and Referring: How to Create the Connections Needed for a Successful CAR T Patient Experience (004)
Facility
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Location
Los Angeles, California
Jamie Voccola, MA CPNP RN--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Jamie Voccola, MA CPNP RNPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Jamie Voccola graduated with a BSN in nursing in 1996. Jamie started her career as a nurse on the floor where she fell in love with pediatric hematology-oncology. While working on the inpatient floor, Jamie went back to school for a masters and graduated in 2002. Since 2002, her primary team has been the outpatient pediatric sarcoma team.

Session(s)
DSRCT: A Pediatric Oncology Rarity (230)
Facility
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Location
New York, New York
Michael Walker, ND FABNO--Naturopathic Oncology Specialist

Michael Walker, ND FABNONaturopathic Oncology Specialist

Michael Walker is a naturopathic doctor in the Integrative Medicine Department at Beaumont Health in Southeast Michigan. He specializes in naturopathic oncology, a unique discipline which offers patients guidance in safe and evidence-informed approaches to integrative whole person cancer care.

Jessica Anne Ward, PhD MPH MSN cPNP RN--Research Nurse Scientist

Jessica Anne Ward, PhD MPH MSN cPNP RNResearch Nurse Scientist

Jessica Ward is a Research Nurse Scientist in the Institute for Nursing and Interprofessional Research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She earned a PhD in Nursing Science from Rush University and also holds a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Health, both from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Syracuse University.

Session(s)
Are Your Patients with Advanced Cancer Suffering? A Nurse-Led Study Utilizing Technology to Measure Symptoms (C205)
Facility
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Location
Los Angeles, California
Melody Watral, MSN RN CPNP CPON®--Clinical Instructor/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Melody Watral, MSN RN CPNP CPON®Clinical Instructor/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Melody Ann Watral is a Clinical Instructor/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with the Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. Her nursing career began at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC in 1980. Throughout her nursing career, she has been involved in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology in some 'way, shape or form' - with a focus on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology.

Session(s)
Roundtable: Challenges of CPHON® Certification (RT7)
Facility
UNC School of Medicine
Location
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Julie Watson, MSN NP-Paediatrics--Nurse Practitioner

Julie Watson, MSN NP-PaediatricsNurse Practitioner

Julie Watson is a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Inpatient Oncology unit at the Hospital for Sick Children, with the Leukemia Lymphoma Section. She has 20 years of nursing experience as both a staff nurse and Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate Nursing degree from McMaster University and completed her Masters/NP Program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001.

Lori Wiener, PhD DCSW--Co-Director, Behavioral Health Core, Director, Psychosocial Support and Research Program

Lori Wiener, PhD DCSWCo-Director, Behavioral Health Core, Director, Psychosocial Support and Research Program

Dr. Lori Wiener is co-director of the Behavioral Health Core and Head of the Psychosocial Support and Research Program at the pediatric oncology branch of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). As both a clinician and behavioral scientist, Dr. Wiener has dedicated her career to the fields of oncology and pediatric HIV/AIDS.

Session(s)
General Session: Communicating with Adolescents at End of Life: Ethical Dilemmas and Practical Solutions (104)
Facility
National Cancer Institute, Pediatric Oncology Branch, NIH
Location
Bethesda, Maryland
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 Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and an active researcher at the Aflac Cancer Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Cecilia Gladbach BSN RN CHTC CPON® BMTCN®--Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Coordinator/ Neuroblastoma MIBG Coordinator

Cecilia Gladbach BSN RN CHTC CPON® BMTCN®Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Coordinator/ Neuroblastoma MIBG Coordinator

Cecilia Gladbach is currently the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) Coordinator /MIBG Coordinator for Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She is also a coordinator for the CAR T Cell therapy program. She has been an HSCT coordinator for the past 13 years and has worked as both an inpatient and outpatient nurse in the Center for Cancer Blood Disorders at Children's Medical Center for the past 26 years.