2018 INS National Academy
Kevin Arnold
Nursing Instructor
Texarkana College
Kevin Arnold, DNP, MSN, BBA, BS, BSN, RN, has held a variety of positions in the field of vascular access for 10 years and is currently a professor of nursing. Dr. Arnold has spoken on vascular access topics in this country and abroad.
Mary Bates
Infusion Nurse
Penn Home Infusion Therapy
Mary Bates, MS, BSN, RN, began her career in home infusion in 1988 as a staff nurse. Since that time, she has worked for several organizations in almost every aspect of home infusion nursing, including management, marketing, education, and quality management. Nine years ago, she decided to return to direct patient care. She graduated from a hospital-based diploma program, and obtained a BSN and a master's degree in health care administration while working full time.
Barton Bobb
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
VCU Health
Barton Bobb, MSN, FNP-BC, ACHPN, has been a palliative care nurse practitioner at VCU Health in Richmond, Virginia, for the past 13 years. He is passionate about providing pain and symptom management, which is frequently combined with discussions of goals of care, and assisting with transitions to the inpatient palliative care unit and/or service. Mr. Bobb also enjoys teaching other health care providers.
Anne Chenoweth
Senior Director Accreditation and Quality
Anne Chenoweth, MBA, MT(ASCP)CM, CQA(ASQ), is senior director, accreditation and quality, for AABB, the global leader in accreditation of transfusion, donor, and cellular therapies. As the leader of a transfusion service for 20 years, she has worked closely with the African Society for Safety in Blood Transfusion and the Brazilian Association of Hematology and Hemotherapy. She is a surveyor for the International Society for Quality in Healthcare and has performed surveys around the world.
Anne Collier
Anne E. Collier, MPP, JD, PCC, is the founder and chief executive officer of Arudia, an organization dedicated to improving culture, collaboration, and communication. In 2004, after 11 years of practicing law, she began working with organizations to help improve leadership and collaborative skills. The author of "The Workplace Toolkit: Actionable Approaches to People Problems," she has developed the Arudia System, which helps alter organizations through a combination of executive coaching, in-person workshops, webinar teleclasses, and online learning.
Cheri Constantino-Shor
Director of Clinical Practice and Professional Development
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Cheri Constantino-Shor, MSN, RN, CRNI®, CMSRN, is the director of clinical practice and professional development at Virginia Mason Medical Center. With more than 24 years of nursing experience, she has spoken nationally about her passion for creating a healthy work environment in health care. She is 1 of 5 nurses in the country appointed to the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses' Healthy Practice Environment National Task Force.
Anne Marie Frey
Clincal Expert: Vascular Access Service
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Anne Marie Frey, BSN, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, has 41 years of pediatric nursing experience, 37 of which have been in neonatal and pediatric vascular access care. As a clinical expert on the vascular access team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, her focus is on the insertion and care of vascular access devices. During her career, Ms. Frey has presented and published on pediatric infusion topics. She has been a Certified Registered Nurse Infusion since 1985, has served on INS committees, and was named INS Member of the Year in 2008. Finally, she is a member of the editorial board of INS' Journal of Infusion Nursing.
Diane Frndak
Assistant Professor
Robert Morris Universiy
Diane C. Frndak, PHD, MBA, CAPP, is an assistant professor in the Robert Morris University's health service administration program in its School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has worked in health care administration, with a focus on organizational excellence, patient safety, and quality. She is especially passionate about helping individuals thrive, in particular health care workers.
Denice Gibson
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Denice Gibson, DNP, RN, CRNI®, BMTCN, AOCNS®, is a clinical nurse specialist for HonorHealth, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has been a clinical nurse specialist for more than 20 years on a bone marrow transplantation, a leukemia, and an oncology service line at a community hospital. In addition to working in 3 spheres of patient care, the profession, and the community, she also works with a 5-hospital network to consultant for peripheral and central catheter care and administration. She is government affairs officer for the Arizona Nurses Association and the Oncology Nursing Society's health care policy liaison.
Melissa Harker
Manager of Education and Training Integrative Health and Medicine Hackensack Meridian Health
Hackensack Meridian Health
Melissa Harker, MSN, RN-BC, is the manager of education and training, integrative health and medicine, for Hackensack Meridian Health. She holds a master's degree in nursing education and a national certification in gerontology. Currently working on a doctoral degree with a focus on nursing leadership focused on the health care needs of LGBTQIA patients, she also serves as the corporate chairperson for the Pride and Allies Team Member Resource Group at Hackensack Meridian Health and teaches LGBTQIA sensitivity to direct care providers. She is a visiting professor at several universities and a published writer.
Daniel Heaton
Infusion Pharmacist
Intermountain Healthcare
Daniel E Heaton, PharmD, RPh, is a clinical pharmacist with Intermountain Homecare and Hospice, specializing in total parenteral nutrition, chemotherapy, and intravenous antibiotic therapy. Dr. Heaton has 15 years' experience with home infusions and collaborating with pharmacists, nurses, and doctors to create positive outcomes. He completed a training and certificate program for home infusion through the National Home Infusion Association.
Max Holder
Nurse Manager IV Services
Baylor Scott and White University Medical Center Dallas
Max R. Holder, BSN, RN, CRNI®, is the nurse manager of intravenous services on the vascular access team at Baylor Scott and White University Medical Center in Dallas. Mr. Holder has 25 years of nursing experience, with the last 10 years in infusion therapy and vascular access. He began his career in emergency nursing and gained additional experience in case management and corporate compliance. He currently serves on the INS board of directors as a director-at-large.
Catherine Hrynyk-Trotter
Clinical Nurse Liaison
Option Care
Catherine Hrynyk-Trotter, BSN, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, is a clinical transition specialist/nurse liaison for Option Care home pharmacy in Chicago and a self-confessed "lab guru." She previously was a staff and charge nurse in outpatient infusion at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois.
Steven Hsu
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Houston Methodist Hospital
Steven H. Hsu, MD, is an intensivist in the medical intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the hospital's Weill Cornell Medical College. Following his graduation from medical school in 2006, Dr. Hsu worked as a medical officer in the accident and emergency department at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize from 2007 to 2011. He completed a medical residency at New York Methodist Hospital and a critical care fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center also in New York. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and critical care medicine
Caryn Jaffe
FEP Senior Investigative Specialist in a Special Investigations Unit
Carefirst BCBS
Caryn Jaffe, RN, CLNC, is an FEP senior investigative specialist in a special investigations unit for Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield. For most of her career, she has been an infusion nurse at the bedside and in the courtroom. A nationally registered paramedic, she also has a passion for health care education and medical record documentation.
Mary Koithan
Associate Dean of Student and Community Engagement
Arizona College of Nursing
Mary Koithan, PhD, CNS-BC, FAAN, is the associate dean of student and community engagement and the Anne Furrow Professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. She has an extensive background in integrative whole-person/whole-systems approaches to health care, and is the coeditor of the text Integrative Nursing, which provides guidance for the delivery of person-centered care and integrative symptom management. Dr. Koithan is the author of more than 50 publications about integrative care.
Patrick A. Laird
Assistant Professor; Director - Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Cizik School of Nursing
Patrick A. Laird, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, is an assistant professor and the director of the adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston's Cizik School of Nursing. He has been certified as an adult acute care nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 2005. In addition to teaching, he continues to work as a nurse practitioner in pulmonary/critical care.
Gerri Lamb
Professor, Director
Arizona State University
Gerri Lamb, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor and director of Arizona State University's Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research. A past chair of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative and a convener of the Arizona Nexus Innovations Network, Dr. Lamb has served as an expert consultant for many professional organizations, including the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Chloe Littzen
PhD Student, Graduate Research Assistant
University of Arizona
Chloe Littzen, MSN, RN, CPN, AE-C, is a second-year PhD student at the University of Arizona, with a major focus on systems and a minor in integrative health. Her research is centered around the effects of generational marginalization on young-adult nurses' well-being. Currently a graduate research assistant at the University of Arizona, Ms. Littzen also sits on the board of the Arizona Foundation for the Future of Nursing.
Janet McMillan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Forrest General Home Care and Hospice
Janet P. McMillan, DSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, ACHPN-BC, is a psychiatric nurse practioner at Forrrest General Home Care and Hospice in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She holds certifications as a family psychiatric nurse practitioner and as a hospice and palliative care nurse practitioner. She has worked with a variety of mental health diagnoses in all clinical settings for more than 30 years. Active in professional organizations, she currently teaches students working toward certification as nurse practitioners.
Florence Rigney
Part time RN in surgery
Tacoma General Hospital
Florence, known as See See, graduated from the Tacoma General Hospital School of Nursing in 1946. Although she began her career in pediatrics when penicillin was first being used, she has worked in the operating room for most of the past 72 years. She says she tried to retire at 67, but her “retirement” lasted only 6 months. Today, at 92 years young, See See continues to work in Tacoma General’s operating room 2 days a week, because, she says, she enjoys working, having patient contact, and providing comfort to patients. As evidenced by this recent profile on NBC News, See See has been known to run circles around nurses half her age!
Gregory Schears
Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic
Gregory J. Schears, MD, is a pediatric intensivist and anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He has had a long-standing interest in reducing patient complications and improving the approach to vascular access. He is a consultant to the department of anesthesiology and the division of pediatric critical care medicine, the physician liaison to the nurse-led peripherally inserted central catheter team, and is also the comedical director director of the cardiovascular pediatric surgical intensive care unit. An associate professor of anesthesiology, Dr. Schears has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Cynthia Shaffer
Practice Group Chair, Healthcare
Cynthia Shaffer, MS, MBA, ACC, is practice group chair in health care at Arudia. She has 20 years experience in executive and management roles in health care and life sciences, including 10 years in an academic medical center. An associate certified coach through the International Coach Federation, she is a Myers Briggs Type Indicator certified practitioner, and is qualified to administer the Actualized Leader Profile and the Group Culture Profile.
Susan Smith
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Baylor University Medical Center
Susan Smith, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, is a board-certified adult clinical nurse specialist for critical care units at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She received her DNP at Texas Christian University. Currently a member of the board of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Dr. Smith received D Magazine's 2015 Excellence in Nursing Award for adult intensive care.
Theresa Stapleton
Clinical Nurse Educator
Theresa P. Stapleton, BSN, RN, CRNI®, a clinical nurse educator for Novasyte, has been a nurse for 23 years. For the first 13 years of her career, she was a nurse in emergency departments in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. For the past 10 years, she has been a member of hospital-based teams providing peripheral and peripherally inserted central catheter placements. She has also been an independent contractor. Mrs. Stapleton received her CRNI® certification in 2006. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.
S. Craig Thomas
Nurse Practitioner
UVA Medical Center
S. Craig Thomas, MSN, ACNP-BC, ACNS-BC, CHFN, has been caring for patients with heart failure for the past 17 years. For the past 5 years, he has been an acute care nurse practitioner and a clinical instructor in nursing at the University of Virginia, where he trained as a nurse. He was a recipient of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's 2018 Certified Nurse Award as an acute care nurse practitioner. He is professionally involved in nursing education, clinical heart failure care, readmission reduction strategies, and transitional care strategies. He has lectured and published on this work nationally.
Martha Turner
United States Air Force (ret)
Colonel Martha Turner, United States Air Force (ret), has had a range of assignments, from clinical nurse to department chair for education to faculty member at the Uniformed Services University. As associate director of the Center for Ethics and Human Rights for 10 years, Col. Turner was a health care ethics consultant to the surgeon general of the United States Air Force. She also has been a content editor, revision coordinator, and colead writer for the 2015 American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses With Interpretive Statements. Over the past 40 years, Col. Turner has made more than 100 presentations and published extensively on diverse ethics topics.
Jo Ann Webb
VP federal relations and policy
American Organization of Nurse Executives
Jo Ann K. Webb, MHA, RN, FAAN, is vice president of federal relations and policy for the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association. She is the chief lobbyist and federal policy expert for the more than 9,700 registered professional nurses in executive practice who are members of AONE.
Donna Wilson
Patient Nurse Navigator, Breast Health
Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University
Donna M. Wilson, MSN, RN, CBCN, a certified breast care nurse, cares for inpatient oncology patients and is a patient nurse navigator in breast health at the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center's clinic. As a navigator, she advocates for, educates, and assists cancer patients throughout their treatment.