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.

Deborah A. Lafond, DNP PPCNP-BC CHPPN FPCN FAAN--Chief Executive Officer

Deborah A. Lafond, DNP PPCNP-BC CHPPN FPCN FAANChief Executive Officer

Dr. Deborah Lafond is the Chief Executive Officer of PANDA Education Consultants, PLLC and was formerly the Clinical Director of the PANDA Palliative Care Team at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. She retired from her clinical practice with Children’s National in May 2020. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Maryland, a Masters in Nursing from the University of Hawaii, and her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Maryland.

Wendy Landier, PhD CPNP FAAN--Professor

Wendy Landier, PhD CPNP FAANProfessor

Wendy Landier is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked in pediatric oncology for over 30 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing from UCLA and a PhD from the University of Hawaii. She is currently a 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. Her research focuses on understanding and improving health outcomes in childhood cancer survivors.
Abigail LaRosa, MSN RN CPN CPHON®--Registered Nurse III

Abigail LaRosa, MSN RN CPN CPHON®Registered Nurse III

Abigail R. LaRosa is a Registered Nurse III at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She completed her BSN in 2011 and MSN in Education in 2021, both from Mount St. Joseph University. Abby has nearly 10 years of inpatient nursing experience at CCHMC, including 2 years with Hospital Medicine and about 8 years with Hematology Oncology. She serves as a Charge Nurse and Resource Nurse. In addition, she currently is CLABSI Prevention Co-Lead for her unit team, as well as the hospital-wide team at CCHMC. She loves being able to make a difference in patient care on her unit, but also enjoys being able to share her experiences at the house-wide level to gain insight and knowledge from others. Abby has a passion for teaching and learning and truly loves to help build up those around her. She not only teaches hands-on, but loves to create effective and useful learning materials both at the unit and house-wide levels. Outside of nursing, Abby enjoys decorating custom cookies, spending time with her nieces, and completely spoiling her dog, Bailey.
Session(s)
Pediatric Oncology Safety Simulation (223-2)
Facility
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Location
Cincinnati, Ohio
Ellen M. Lavoie Smith, PhD MSN RN AOCN® FAAN--Assistant Dean of Research and Scholarship and Endowed Chair

Ellen M. Lavoie Smith, PhD MSN RN AOCN® FAANAssistant Dean of Research and Scholarship and Endowed Chair

Dr Smith is the Assistant Dean for Research and Scholarship and Marie O’Koren Endowed Chair in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She is also a Professor in the Department of Acute, Chronic and Continuing Care. Dr Smith was previously at the University of Michigan School of Nursing where she lead extramural funding from numerous sources, including multiple R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health. Her research program focuses on neuropathic pain related to cancer and chemotherapy treatment.
Session(s)
Primary Caregivers’ Knowledge Attitudes and Beliefs toward Palliative Care for Children with Cancer (235-3)
Facility
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Location
Birmingham, Alabama
Antonia Leavitt, MSN APRN FNP-BC AOCNP--AYA Oncology Program Coordinator

Antonia Leavitt, MSN APRN FNP-BC AOCNPAYA Oncology Program Coordinator

Antonia "Toni" Leavitt is a dually certified family and oncology nurse practitioner and currently works as the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program Coordinator at Cook Children's in Fort Worth, Texas. Her responsibilities include management of both the AYA and Fertility Preservation programs. Toni is a DNP student at Duke University School of Nursing and will graduate in May 2023. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and walking on the beautiful trails.
Session(s)
You Deserve to Preserve: A Proposal to Offer Fertility Preservation to All Eligible Pediatric Oncology Patients (221)
Facility
Cook Childrens Medical Center
Location
Forth Worth, Texas
Haiqun Lin, MD PhD--Professor

Haiqun Lin, MD PhDProfessor

Dr. Lin is a faculty Biostatistician. She engages in methodological research in Biostatistics suitable for Nursing Science and population health. Her expertise includes longitudinal and multilevel modeling, missing data and mediation analysis. She is recognized for her methodological contribution and publications in latent class model with random effects for longitudinal and time-to-event data. She is also interested in predictive analysis using machine learning algorithm.
Lauri Linder, PhD APRN CPON® FAAN--Associate Professor

Lauri Linder, PhD APRN CPON® FAANAssociate Professor

Lauri A. Linder, PhD, APRN, CPON®, FAAN holds a joint appointment as an associate professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing and as a clinical nurse specialist at Primary Children’s Hospital. Her research interests include symptom management and supportive care for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer, including the use of mHealth apps to understand the individual patient experience.

Session(s)
Symptom Experience, Self-Efficacy, and Self-Management Behaviors Reported by Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer (211-1)
Facility
University of Utah
Location
Salt Lake City, Utah
Amanda Lulloff, PhD ARNP PCNS CPHON®--Clinical Nurse Specialist

Amanda Lulloff, PhD ARNP PCNS CPHON®Clinical Nurse Specialist

Amanda J. Lulloff is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Blank Children’s Hospital. She has more than a decade of experience in both inpatient and ambulatory care of pediatric hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplant patients.
Session(s)
Translating Evidence into Practice: A Workshop Providing Mentorship, Collaboration, and Support to Assist in Implementation of EBP/QI Projects (003)
Facility
Blank Children's Hospital
Location
Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Treva Lyke, BSN RN CPEN--Registered Nurse

Treva Lyke, BSN RN CPENRegistered Nurse

Treva Lyke is a Registered Nurse at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She currently is an education specialist at the Center for Simulation and Research at Cincinnati Children's. Treva is a Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse with 14 years of experience in Emergency Services. Her professional affiliations include membership in the Emergency Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Treva lives in Loveland, Ohio with her husband, 3 children, dogs, chickens, and pet bunny.
Session(s)
Pediatric Oncology Safety Simulation (223-2)
Facility
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Location
Cincinnati, Ohio
Catherine Fiona Macpherson, PhD RN CPON®--Staff Nurse, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders - Inpatient

Catherine Fiona Macpherson, PhD RN CPON®Staff Nurse, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders - Inpatient

Dr. Catherine Fiona Macpherson RN, PhD, CPON® is a staff nurse in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders - Inpatient at Seattle Children's Hospital. She is a founding member of the Consortium to Study Symptoms in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer (CS2AYAC).

Belinda Mandrell, PhD RN CPNP FAAN--Director, Division of Nursing Research

Belinda Mandrell, PhD RN CPNP FAANDirector, Division of Nursing Research

Dr. Mandrell is Associate Member in the Department of Pediatric Medicine and Director, Division of Nursing Research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Her research focuses on the biological mechanism and behavioral characteristics that contribute to the symptoms of treated related side-effects. She has grant funding for the study of sleep in childhood cancer survivors', as well as communication, attitudes, and clinical trial decision-making. Her study of photobiomodulation for the prevention and treatment of oral mucositis was funded by APHON.
Session(s)
Photobiomodulation for Prevention and Treatment of Oral Mucositis: Part II (214)
Facility
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Heather Meador, MSN APRN CPNP AC/PC CPHON--APRN Nurse Practitioner

Heather Meador, MSN APRN CPNP AC/PC CPHONAPRN Nurse Practitioner

Heather Meador is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, CPNP, with dual certifications in primary and acute care. She has over twenty-four years of experience in pediatric nursing, sixteen of those as an APN. She is a masters prepared nurse with CPHON certification providing comprehensive care to children in oncology for eleven years. She works at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. She primarily cares for children with neurologic (CNS) malignancies but recently expanded to an outreach clinic that cares for a general oncology population.

Tara McKeown, MN NP PaediatricPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Tara has been a Nurse Practitioner at the Hospital for Sick Children with the Neuro Oncology team since 2013 (and has been a pediatric oncology nurse since 2007). She is cross appointed as an adjunct lecturer at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. She is a part of the COG CNS core nursing subcommittee in 2018. She has developed expertise locally, provincially and nationally in presenting and managing toxicities and morbidities related to targeted agents.
Jill Melchers, MSN PNP-PC CPHON®--Nurse Practitioner

Jill Melchers, MSN PNP-PC CPHON®Nurse Practitioner

Jill Melchers currently practices as an inpatient oncology nurse practitioner at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. She has over 15 years of oncology nursing experience, and has a passion for continuing education and ensuring that all nurse practitioners are able to practice at an elevated level. In addition to her clinical work, Jill also functions as the lead nurse practitioner for the oncology division at Cincinnati Children's.
Session(s)
Pediatric Oncology Safety Simulation (223-2)
Facility
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Location
Cincinnati, Ohio
Ashley Meyer, MSN RN CPNP-PC--Neuro-Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Ashley Meyer, MSN RN CPNP-PCNeuro-Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Ashley Meyer is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in Neuro-Oncology. She is currently employed by Washington University School of Medicine and practice at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She has practiced within the field of Neuro-Oncology since 2014 and as an oncology nurse since 2008. She is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group CNS Nursing Clinical Trials Subcommittee Core Group. She is a co-founder of the Advanced Practice Provider and Nurse Investigator Research Group. Her research interests include exploring ways to mitigate side effects related to target agents utilized in treating brain and spinal cord tumors.
Denise Mills, MN RN(EC) NP CPHON®--Nurse Practitioner

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

Denise Mills is a nurse practitioner at The Hospital for Sick Children practicing with the Solid Tumor Team. Denise’s clinic interest focuses on neuroblastoma and new agents, and innovative therapy. Denise serves on the COG nursing committee as education chair as well as neuroblastoma and renal tumor protocol nurse. She also holds the position of Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) clinical nursing lead.
Session(s)
Abstracts, Posters, Presentations, and More! (004)
Facility
The Hospital for Sick Children
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sommer Mims, MSN APRN CPNP-AC/PC--Nurse Practitioner

Sommer Mims, MSN APRN CPNP-AC/PCNurse Practitioner

Sommer Mims is a Nurse Practitioner at Cook Children's Medical Center in the Life After Cancer Program survivorship clinic. She provides comprehensive care to patients who are survivors of oncologic and hematologic disorders who have received chemotherapy, radiation, surgical management, or stem cell transplant.
Session(s)
You Deserve to Preserve: A Proposal to Offer Fertility Preservation to All Eligible Pediatric Oncology Patients (221)
Facility
Cook Children's Medical Center
Location
Fort Worth, Texas
Kathleen (Kitty) Montgomery, PhD RN PCNS-BC CPHON®--Assistant Professor

Kathleen (Kitty) Montgomery, PhD RN PCNS-BC CPHON®Assistant Professor

Dr. Montgomery is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include understanding mechanisms underlying symptom experiences of children with advanced cancer and family communication among child-parent dyads reporting symptoms. Dr. Montgomery also mentors undergraduate and graduate students.
Session(s)
Can symptom scores and symptom profiles be more clinically useful? (219)
Facility
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
Location
Stoughton, Wisconsin
Jason Morris, MSN CPNP-PC CPHON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Jason Morris, MSN CPNP-PC CPHON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Jason Morris is a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner working at the Children's Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children's Medical center in Austin, Texas. He works primarily among the pediatric neuro-oncology population but also cares for patients diagnosed with other solid and liquid tumors. He has a passion for connecting with and providing compassionate, personalized care for patients and their families dealing with a pediatric cancer diagnosis.
Lisa Morrissey, MPH MSN RN NE-BC--Director, Nursing & Patient Care Services, Hematology/Oncology/HSCT

Lisa Morrissey, MPH MSN RN NE-BCDirector, Nursing & Patient Care Services, Hematology/Oncology/HSCT

Lisa Morrissey is the Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services for Hematology/Oncology/Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant at Boston Children's Hospital. She co-leads the Boston Children's Global Nursing Fellowship and is a member of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) Baseline Standards Committee.
Stephanie Neerings, MSN APRN FNP-BC--Nurse Practitioner

Stephanie Neerings, MSN APRN FNP-BCNurse Practitioner

Stephanie Neerings' APP career started in palliative and hospice care in the adult oncology population. Stephanie then transitioned to pediatric oncology where Stephanie has been practicing at Primary Children's Hospital for the past 2 years specializing in solid tumors, specifically sarcomas, and survivorship. The pearls Stephanie gained from palliative supportive oncology have helped provide a strength in a holistic and supportive approach to Stephanie's sarcoma patients as well as with long term survivors. Stepanie worked collaboratively with a multi-provider team to create a holistic and sustainable specialty survivorship clinic that is now offered to all of the hospital's cancer survivors.
Amy R. Newman, PhD RN CPNP-PC--Assistant Professor

Amy R. Newman, PhD RN CPNP-PCAssistant Professor

Dr. Amy Newman is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Marquette University. She also holds a nurse scientist position at Children's Wisconsin and an adjunct Assistant Professor position within the Department of Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She has been a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse for over 20 years, and specialized in the care of pediatric, adolescent and young adult patients with different types of non-CNS solid tumors. Her program of research aims to enhance communication among patients, families, and clinicians, particularly around goals of care and patient preferences. Dr. Newman has been an active member of APHON for over 20 years, and currently serves as a Director-at-Large on the APHON Board.

Session(s)
Wearing Two Hats: Professional Boundaries When Balancing Direct Care and Research Roles (223-3)
Facility
Marquette University
Location
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mary Newman, MSN RN NE-BC CPON®--Director of Nursing, Nemours Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders

Mary Newman, MSN RN NE-BC CPON®Director of Nursing, Nemours Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders

Mary Newman has been a Registered Nurse since 1986. She received her undergraduate degree from Gwynedd-Mercy College, her MSN in Health Care Administration from the University of Delaware and is currently enrolled in the DNP Program at Villanova University. She holds two certifications, as a Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON), and is Board Certified as a Nurse Executive (NE-BC).

Session(s)

Leadership Course (002)

The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: What We All Need to Know (224)

Facility
Nemours Children's Health
Location
Wilmington, Delaware
Colleen Nixon, MSN RN NPD-BC CPHON®--Nursing Professional Development Specialist

Colleen Nixon, MSN RN NPD-BC CPHON®Nursing Professional Development Specialist

Colleen Nixon has been caring for and educating pediatric hematology/oncology patients since 1987. She has had various roles while working at Boston Children's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Jimmy Fund Clinic and is presently working as a professional development specialist. Colleen has been an APHON member for more than 30 years, participating in many committees. Colleen is currently serving a 3-year term on the nominating committee. She has been an APHON Chemo/Bio instructor since 2005. Colleen has presented locally, nationally and internationally on various topics.
Samar Noureddine, PhD RN FAHA FAAN--Associate Dean for Academic Affairs-Convener of the Graduate Division

Samar Noureddine, PhD RN FAHA FAANAssociate Dean for Academic Affairs-Convener of the Graduate Division

Dr. Samar Noureddine is tenured Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs-Convener of the Graduate Division- Hariri School of Nursing, American University of Beirut. She is an 'International Fellow' at the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Nursing. Samar Noureddine is a tenured professor at AUB- Hariri School of Nursing. Dr Noureddine earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the American University of Beirut, Masters of Science, cardiopulmonary specialty, in 1994 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and PhD in Nursing in 2001 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has taught in the undergraduate program at AUB Hariri School of Nursing since 1988 then moved to teaching in the MSN program in 2004. Her research targets people with or at risk for coronary artery disease. She presented her work at local, regional and international conferences and published in international peer reviewed journals. During her academic career, Dr Noureddine received numerous awards and honors.
Session(s)
Primary Caregivers’ Knowledge Attitudes and Beliefs toward Palliative Care for Children with Cancer (235-3)
Facility
American University of Beirut
Location
Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon
Susan Ogg, MSN RN--Research Nurse Specialist

Susan Ogg, MSN RNResearch Nurse Specialist

Susan Ogg's research focuses on the biological mechanisms and behavioral characteristics that contribute to the symptoms of fatigue and sleep disturbance as well as the prevention and treatment of oral mucositis. Susan has experience in patient-reported outcomes during the trajectory of pediatric cancer treatment/survivorship, as well communication, attitudes, and clinical trial decision-making.

Session(s)

Photobiomodulation for Prevention and Treatment of Oral Mucositis: Part II (214)

Facility
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Joan O'Hanlon Curry, MS RN CPNP CPON®--Administrative Director, Pediatric Clinical Services

Joan O'Hanlon Curry, MS RN CPNP CPON®Administrative Director, Pediatric Clinical Services

Joan O’Hanlon Curry, is the Administrative Director, Pediatric Clinical Services of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Cancer Hospital. She received a BA in psychology from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio and a BSN from Pace University, Pleasantville, NY and her MS from Columbia University in New York, NY as a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Session(s)

Leadership Course (002)

The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: What We All Need to Know (224)

Facility
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Children's Cancer Hospital
Location
Houston, Texas
Kathy Perko, PPCNP-BC CPON® CHPPN FPCN--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kathy Perko, PPCNP-BC CPON® CHPPN FPCNPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kathy Perko started her career in pediatric oncology at the Children’s Hospital in Seattle with a clinical focus caring for children with high-risk disease. In 2001, she founded the Bridges Palliative Care Program at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. She continued to see children with hematologic and oncologic conditions in that role. In May of 2020, she transitioned to Pediatric Palliative Care Education Director. She retired from OHSU Doernbecher in November 2020.

Jessica Murphy DNP CRNP CPNP-AC CPHON® CNEPediatric Oncology/BMT Nurse Practitioner

Jessica Dean (JD) Murphy is a Pediatric Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Practitioner at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, MD, as well as adjunct faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She obtained her BSN from Stevenson University in 2008 and began her nursing career as a pediatric oncology RN before obtaining her MS in Pediatric Acute Care Advanced Practice Nursing from the University of Maryland in 2012.

Session(s)
Nutritional Support: Best Practices for Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Patients (226)
Facility
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Location
Baltimore, Maryland
Trish Peterson, MSN NP CPNP--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Trish Peterson, MSN NP CPNPPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Trish Peterson , RN, MSN, C-PNP is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Cancer and Blood Disease Institute at Children’s Hospital ,Los Angeles. She has been working with patients and families affected by sickle cell disease for 20+ years and is a passionate advocate for the sickle cell disease community. She is a member of the Passages Transition team helping to prepare teens and young adults on education, advocacy and self-care skills.

Session(s)
Building a Sickle Cell Nurse Champions Program to improve patient care and nursing performance (200)
Facility
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Location
Monrovia, California