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 E. MacDonald, MSN RN CPNP-PC CPON®--Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Karen E. MacDonald, MSN RN CPNP-PC CPON®Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Karen MacDonald completed her undergraduate degree in 1984 from Mercy College of Detroit. She attended graduate school at Wayne State University and graduated in 2013 with Masters in Science of Nursing. Karen has been board certified in Pediatric Primary Care since 2013. Karen has worked in the Department of Hematology Oncology at Beaumont Children's Hospital since 2001. Karen was in the 2004 inaugural class of APHON Pediatric Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Instructors and continue to instruct.

Session(s)
Integrative Medicine in Pediatric and Adolescent Oncology: An Overview for the Nurse and Nurse Practitioner (008)
Facility
Beaumont Children's Hospital
Location
Royal Oak, Michigan
Daryl Moczygemba, MSN RN CPNP-BC--Hemophilia Nurse Coordinator

Daryl Moczygemba, MSN RN CPNP-BCHemophilia Nurse Coordinator

Daryl Moczygemba became a nurse because of his exposure to the healthcare field as a child (his mother is a retired nurse). In 1997, Daryl became the Hemophilia Nurse Coordinator for the South TX Hemophilia Treatment Center in San Antonio and worked under the late Dr. Howard A. Britton. Under his tutelage, Daryl developed a passion for understanding benign hematological conditions (i.e. Sickle Cell Disease, Hemophilia, and Anemias). Daryl wanted to have a greater role in the care of these patients.

Session(s)
Town Hall: Sickle Cell (TH8)
Facility
Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
Location
Austin, Texas
Kitty Montgomery, PhD RN PCNS-BC CPHON®--Clinical Nurse Specialist

Kitty Montgomery, PhD RN PCNS-BC CPHON®Clinical Nurse Specialist

As an advanced practice nurse, Dr. Montgomery has 10 years of experience in pediatric oncology and understand the current pediatric treatment and supportive care regimens. Dr. Montgomery is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Nursing Research Subcommittee. In 2013,  Dr. Montgomery completed her PhD degree in nursing. In Dr. Montgomery's doctoral dissertation, she described communication patterns between experienced pediatric oncology nurses, patients, families, and healthcare professionals during the end of life. Dr. Montgomery's research program is transitioning toward symptom management during the end of life, as opportunities to improve the child and parent experience became apparent through the stories of nurses included in my dissertation research and current literature.
Session(s)
Are Your Patients with Advanced Cancer Suffering? A Nurse-Led Study Utilizing Technology to Measure Symptoms (C205)
Facility
UW Health, American Family Children's Hospital
Location
Madison, Wisconsin
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
Maria Cristina Pinero, BSN RN CPHON®--Clinical Nurse IV, Operations Coordinator

Maria Cristina Pinero, BSN RN CPHON®Clinical Nurse IV, Operations Coordinator

Maria Cristina Pinero, BSN, RN, CPHON graduated from Boston College and has been a nurse for almost 20 years. As Clinical Nurse IV her concentration has been in the coordination of clinical operations. She has been instrumental in creating our Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center (PACC) outpatient acuity scale. Along with a group of her colleagues, she has developed a tool based on time data and tailored to specific patient needs. As an APHON chemotherapy/biotherapy instructor, she has an insight into the nursing care required to maintain quality and safety.

Session(s)
Roundtable: Patient Acuity (RT5)
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.

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

Debra Schissel 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. Debra has worked in research for 27 years and is currently 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
Micah Skeens-Borland, PhD (c) MS RN PNP--Nurse Practitioner

Micah Skeens-Borland, PhD (c) MS RN PNPNurse Practitioner

Micah has 20 years experience in pediatric hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant nursing. During that time she has served in many roles including bedside nurse, advanced practice nurse and nurse scientist. She received her BSN from Ohio University and her Master's Degree from Wright State University. Micah is currently completing her PhD at Vanderbilt University.

Session(s)
COG Clinical Trials:  Empowered Nurses the Key to their Success (C229)
Facility
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Location
Columbus, Ohio
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
Melissa Varda Clinical Trials--Research Nurse III

Melissa Varda Clinical TrialsResearch Nurse III

Melissa Varda graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor's degree in nursing in 2009. While at James Madison, Melissa was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International. Upon graduation, Melissa began her nursing career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and has been a clinical nurse on both the inpatient and ambulatory pediatric units. Melissa presented a poster at APHON in 2015, and ONS 2016 about the effects of nursing burnout, tips for prevention, and the program initiated to help alleviate the daily stressors among nursing staff. In 2018 Melissa transitioned to clinical trials and research nursing with the pediatric bone marrow transplant team at MSK. Melissa is currently working toward her Master’s degree at New York University in Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing.
Session(s)
Roundtable: Patient Acuity (RT5)
Facility
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Location
New York, New York
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.

Rachael Walker, RN--Clinical Educator

Rachael Walker, RNClinical Educator

Rachael Walker  has been a pediatric nurse for 6 years, with 5 years in hematology/oncology. She is currently working as the Clinical Nurse Educator at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in Southern California. Her clinical interest is in AYA and fertility preservation stemming from her own cancer diagnosis as a college student. Rachael has been instrumental in a hospital-wide sterile blood draw kit rollout, as well as various quality improvement projects focused on decreasing lengths of stay in oncology patients. She is also an active member of SCAPHON.
Session(s)
Roundtable: Clinical Educators (TH7)
Facility
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital
Location
Riverside, California
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