- Texas Children's Hospital
- Houston, Texas
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.
Maria Cristina Pinero, BSN, RN, CPHON graduated from Boston College and has been a nurse for almost 25 years. As Clinical Nurse IV her concentration has been in coordination of clinical operations. She has been instrumental in creating our Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center (PACC) outpatient acuity scale and Clinical Resource Nurse role.
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.
Anne Marie Sterk has enjoyed nursing as a second career for almost 15 years. After initially entering the workforce as a healthcare administrator, she decided to pursue her true passion of nursing and went back to school at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Anne Marie has focused on pediatric hematology/oncology for most of her nursing career. Through precepting, she found her passion for teaching and eventually pursued her master’s degree in nursing education from Mercy College. Five years ago, she was lucky enough to transition to a pediatric hem/onc unit educator position, which enabled her to continue working with her current unit and colleagues. Anne Marie loves what she does and the great things that can be accomplished.
Sarah Tarquini, PhD, is currently the Clinical Director of Psychosocial Services for the Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Program at Dana-Farber Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and an Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tarquini completed her clinical psychology graduate studies at the University of South Florida and subsequently completed a specialized internship and post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at the Yale Child Study Center.
Jen Tiller is a pediatric nurse practitioner with the Children's Blood and Cancer Center at Ascension Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, TX. She has practiced in both oncology and hematology with her current practice based in outpatient ambulatory as well as inpatient hematology. She is an active member of COG Nursing and is a member of the EBP Team creating educational recommendations for ALK/MEK Inhibitors.
Kari Wheeler, BSN, RN, BMTCN®, CPHON®, CPN, is a clinical nurse in the Pediatric Infusion Clinic at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Falls Church, Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from DeSales University.
Dr. Whisenant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Research at the Cizik School of Nursing The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Whisenant completed a NINR T32 funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Research in Cancer, Aging, and End of Life Care at the University of Utah, College of Nursing and a Hawn Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of Symptom Research.