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 Spence, MS RN CPN CPON®--Advanced Nursing Education Specialist

Amy Spence, MS RN CPN CPON®Advanced Nursing Education Specialist

Amy Spence, MS, RN, CPN, CPON Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Advanced Nursing Education Specialist. Amy received her BSN from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1999. She received her Master’s in Nursing Administration and Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2010.

Session(s)
BMT Sim Lab: Building safety, Motivating learning, helping with Transition (215)
Facility
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Location
St. Petersburg, Florida
Stacy Stickney Ferguson, MSW LICSW--Manager — Education and Outreach

Stacy Stickney Ferguson, MSW LICSWManager — Education and Outreach

Stacy Stickney Ferguson has been with National Marrow Donor Program, Be The Match (NMDP) since 2005. In her current role as Manager, Education and Outreach she works to improve access for all patients in need of Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT). She has established herself as a leader as evidenced by her strengths in program development and evaluation, evidence informed practice, strategic planning and organizational change.

Meghan Sturhahn, MSN CPNP-AC CPHON®--Nurse Practitioner

Meghan Sturhahn, MSN CPNP-AC CPHON®Nurse Practitioner

Meghan graduated from New York University with her BSN and went on to receive her Masters of Nursing in Pediatric Acute Care from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently works as a Nurse Practitioner in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she has practiced for 10 years.

Session(s)
Stop the Confusion! Understanding Delirium in Pediatric Oncology Patients (207)
Facility
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Location
New York, NY
Cristina Suarez Tavio, MSN RN CPN CPHON®--Charge Nurse and Unit Leader

Cristina Suarez Tavio, MSN RN CPN CPHON®Charge Nurse and Unit Leader

Cristina Suarez -Tavio obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida International University in 2008. Cristina started her career at Miami Children’s Hospital in the Hematology /Oncology and Bone marrow transplant unit. Cristina later transitioned her career to the Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital where she has worked the last 5 years as a charge nurse and unit leader.

Session(s)
BMT Sim Lab: Building Safety, Motivating Learning, Helping with Transition (215)
Facility
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
Location
St. Petersburg, Florida
Courtney Sullivan, MSN RN CPNP-AC CPHON®--Global Nursing Coordinator

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

Courtney Sullivan decided to pursue nursing while spending time overseas doing humanitarian work. After graduating with her Bachelors’ degree from Michigan State University, she spent her first years as a nurse at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on the Solid Tumor/Neuro-Oncology Unit. She received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham as a Pediatric Acute and Continuing Care Nurse Practitioner.

Victoria Szenes, MS RN CPNP CPHON®--Pediatric Research Nurse Practitioner

Victoria Szenes, MS RN CPNP CPHON®Pediatric Research 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)
Nursing Management for the Successful Application of the Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T Cell Immunotherapy (212)
Facility
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Location
New York, New York
Lynn Tanner, MPT PT Rehabilitation Clinical Specialist — Oncology

Lynn Tanner, MPT PT Rehabilitation Clinical Specialist — Oncology

I work in the sub-specialty of pediatric oncology as a physical therapist. I have published my research in improving function in children undergoing cancer treatment and am an active member of the Children's Oncology Group and the Pediatric Sub-specialty of Pediatric Oncology in the APTA.
Kelly Tickle, PCNS-BC CWON PPCNP-BC--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kelly Tickle, PCNS-BC CWON PPCNP-BCPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kelly Tickle has practiced as a nurse since earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama in 2003. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing in 2007 from Union University in Tennessee. She is also a Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse. She practiced as a PICU nurse at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Session(s)
A Changing World for Patients with Hemophilia: Treatment Updates and Novel Therapeutics for Hemophilia A and B (214)
Facility
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Location
Atlanta, GA
Alison Towerman, MSN RN CPNP--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Alison Towerman, MSN RN CPNPPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Alison is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. She earned her B.A in Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2010 and her MSN in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2012. She works with children with both oncology diagnoses and sickle cell disease.
Session(s)
Prevalence and Nature of Hearing Loss in a Pediatric Population of Children with Sickle Cell Disease (216-1)
Facility
Washington University School of Medicine
Location
St. Louis, Missouri
Lance D. Trainor, MD-- US Medical Affairs

Lance D. Trainor, MD US Medical Affairs

Dr. Trainor obtained a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University and a Doctorate of Medicine from Stanford University. He completed a residency program in Anatomic Pathology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL, and a Clinical Pathology residency program at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Breya Walker, MS--Clinical Research Associate

Breya Walker, MSClinical Research Associate

Breya Walker, MS graduated from the University of Memphis in May 2016 with a Master's of Science in Psychology. Prior to her working with the Department of Pediatric Medicine, Division of Nursing Research she was a graduate student intern and Pediatric Oncology Education Intern with the Department of Psychology.

Session(s)
Sleep Disturbances in Pediatric Craniopharyngioma Patients Before and After Proton Therapy (228-1)
Facility
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Seton Mind Institute with University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Megan M. White, MDChild and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Megan White received her bachelors of science in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University, her Doctorate of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, and completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Kentucky and is board certified in general pediatrics, adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Session(s)
Expanding Your Mental Health Toolkit: Innovative Approaches to Caring for The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Patients (008)(008)
Facility
Seton Mind Institute with University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
Location
Austin, Texas
Regina Wilkes, MSN RN CNL CCRN--ICU Clinical Nurse Leader

Regina Wilkes, MSN RN CNL CCRNICU Clinical Nurse Leader

Regina Wilkes graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in May 2013 with a Master of Science in Nursing with specialization in Clinical Nurse Leader. Regina has been employed at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital since July 2003. She has been a certified CNL since June of 2003. Regina accepted the role of CNL in the ICU at St. Jude in September of 2003.

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
Kari Winchester, BSN RN CPHON®--Registered Nurse

Kari Winchester, BSN RN CPHON®Registered Nurse

Kari has 15 years of pediatric hematology oncology experience in the inpatient and outpatient patient care areas. Her current position is an infusion nurse in the outpatient hematology oncology clinic. She has served as the Children's Oncology Group's Nurse Responsible Investigator (RI Nurse) for the hospital, the outpatient clinic nurse educator, co-lead the department's quality improvement team, and the nurse liaison for our department's research team.
Session(s)
Putting Evidence into Practice: Results from Two COG EBP Teams (C229)
Facility
Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis
Location
St. Louis, Missouri
Deborah Woods, MSN RN CPNP--Advanced Practice Nurse

Deborah Woods, MSN RN CPNPAdvanced Practice Nurse

Debbie Woods is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, at Washington University in St. Louis, Division of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology. She has extensive experience in pediatric hematology/oncology. Her current position involves caring for patients within the general oncology population , and the sickle cell population.

Session(s)
Putting Evidence into Practice: Results from Two COG EBP Teams (C229)
Facility
Washington University, St. Louis; Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Location
Fenton, Missouri
Donna Wright, MS RN--Staff Development Specialist/Consultant

Donna Wright, MS RNStaff Development Specialist/Consultant

Ms. Wright is a staff development specialist with Creative Healthcare Management in Minneapolis, MN. Donna has worked with many health care organizations to help them create meaningful, effective programs that support staff development and competency assessment for all departments. She is the author of the book, The Ultimate Guide to Competency Assessment in Healthcare which has been translated into Japanese, and is being used throughout Japan.

Session(s)

Opening Keynote: Secrets Everyone in Health Care Needs to Know (101)

Facility
Creative Healthcare Management
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Elena Wright, BSN RN--Nurse Navigator

Elena Wright, BSN RNNurse Navigator

I have been a nurse since 2009. I was previously an ICU nurse who decided to go into oncology in 2013. I have a background in both adult and pediatric outpatient infusion settings. I currently work as a nurse navigator who concentrates on providing help to the adolescent and young adult oncology population.
Session(s)
Development of an AYA Program in a Pediatric and Community-Wide Setting (006)
Facility
Baylor Scott and White — All Saints and FWAYA Coalition
Location
Fort Worth, Texas
Christine Yun, MSN RN PNP CPON®--Nurse Practitioner

Christine Yun, MSN RN PNP CPON®Nurse Practitioner

Christine is an outpatient oncology nurse practitioner at the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's Hospital. As a cancer survivor, she really enjoys building relationships and working with the pediatric oncology patients and families.

Ethan Zohn--The Ultimate Survivor

Ethan ZohnThe Ultimate Survivor

Ethan Zohn gives the word survivor a whole new meaning. He is a former professional soccer player, winner of the hit reality television show Survivor Africa, co-founder of Grassroot Soccer and two-time cancer crusher. As demonstrated by his charitable work, volunteerism, and community involvement, Ethan believes that a better and healthier world can be achieved through education, advocacy and inspiration.
Session(s)
The Ultimate Survivor — Recognition Breakfast for Certified Oncology Nurses* (RB)
Facility
Gold Standard Sports & Entertainment
Location
Hermosa Beach, California