Dialysis Tech ConneXion:  DTX19

Our Speakers

Donna Bednarski MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CNN, CNP
Nurse Practitioner
Dialysis Access Center Harper University Hospital
Donna is currently a Nurse Practitioner in the Dialysis Access Center for VHS Physicians of Michigan in Detroit. She served as ANNA President in 2009-2010 and has been active on many of their committees.
Richard Benner
Sr. Manager, Strategic Accounts
Rich Benner Senior Manager, Strategic Accounts Mar Cor Purification Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology Experience: 11 years industrial water treatment, 13 years dialysis water purification Currently employed with Mar Cor Purification Certifications: CWS III – Certified Water Specialist level 3
Doc Berryhill
Group Biomed Director
DaVita Kidney Care
I am currently a Director of Biomed at DaVita. I have been in Dialysis since 1985. I serve on Network 13 Medical Review Board, I’m part of the Health Services Advisory Group of KCER, I’m the current chair for the Texas ESRD Emergency Coalition, a board member of NNCO. I have volunteer on seven medical mission trip to help establish dialysis clinic in under severed parts of the world and currently the program committee chair for this year’s NANT meeting.
Troy Burleson
MIB Disaster Response Solutions

      Chief of Police, Omaha, Arkansas

      Reserve Deputy for the Boone County Sheriff's Office

      Owner and Operator of Hard Target Shooting Academy

      Owner and Operator of MiB *(Men in Black) Disaster Response Solutions. Inc.

      Owner of MiB Executive Security Service, Inc.

      Certified Arkansas Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor

      Certified CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) Instructor with the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute and ALERRT

      MILO Stress Shooting Simulator Instructor

      Arkansas Certified Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Instructor

      Certified ASP Baton, Handcuffing and Flashlight Instructor

      Pressure Point and Control Tactics Instructor

      Arkansas and Missouri Concealed Handgun Carry Instructor

      Arkansas Security Officer Certifying Instructor

      Certified Law Enforcement Sniper Class

      8th Degree Martial Arts Senior Master Instructor

      Former School Board Member and President

      Former Mayor of Diamond City Arkansas

Danilo Concepcion CBNT, CCHT-A, FNKF
Operations Manager
Providence St. Joseph Health Systems
Debbie Cote MSN, RN, CNN
Administrator for the Dialysis Program
University of Virginia Health System

Debbie Cote, MSN, RN, CNN, NE-BC, has been a nephrology nurse for 34 years; she currently works for the University of Virginia Health System as the Administrator for the Dialysis Program. She oversees 11 chronic facilities, 4 home programs and 4 acute programs in Central Virginia. She actively volunteers her time for professional organizations. She is a Past President of NRAA and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. She is also member and the Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety Coalition. Debbie has previously served on both the Medical Review Board, and most recently the Board of Directors for Network 5. She is a Past President of the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission and still actively participates in the development of certification exams.

Jim Curtis

Jim has more than 45 years of experience as a dialysis technician, including taking care of his mother on home nocturnal dialysis in the early years of dialysis. He is currently an independent consultant on technical issues related to dialysis. He has worked as a technician in all aspects of dialysis, including patient care, bio-med, Area Manager for FMC, and co-founder of Outset Medical.

Jim served in many roles with NANT, including NW Regional VP, President and Director of Education. He has written multiple articles relating to the technical aspects of dialysis, and was the editor of NANT’s Water Treatment for Hemodialysis.

Clarica Douglas
Nephrology Technician
Fresenius Medical Care NA
LeeAnn Gilbert
Manager, HR Principal Consultant
Satellite Healthcare

LeeAnn Gilbert is the Manager/HR Principal Consultant for the Talent Acquisition group at Satellite Healthcare. LeeAnn has over 12 years of HR experience in recruitment and talent acquisition, employee relations, compensation and benefits, training and development, HR program design, and project management. She has worked for Satellite Healthcare for 4 ½ years and has been responsible for recruiting for clinical operations, and also the corporate office and leadership roles. She facilitates behavioral interview training and is also a presenter for talent acquisition related topics for Satellite Healthcare’s leadership training and development programs. LeeAnn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from San Francisco State University.

Elaine Go RN, MSN, CNN-NP
Clinical Educator
Providence St. Joseph Health Systems
Gale Golden Schulke , RN CDN
Center Manager
Satellite WellBound San Mateo 
Marcus Goodwin
Dialysis Patient
Mark Gray
VP FMC Technical Services
Fresenius Medical Care NA
Zane Greear DBA
Vice President, Technical Methods and Systems
Fresenius Medical Care, NA

Zane has been in the industry for over 33 years in many roles related to medical equipment support and facility operations.

In his current role, he is responsible for oversight of work process and workflow, change management, and systemic development of tools like databases and central records. He is also responsible for the Technical Education team.

Zane completed a Doctor of Business Administration degree in 2006.

Amanda Hale MSN, MBA, RN, CNN
Vice President Nursing
DaVita, Inc.
Ryan Harris
Denver Broncos
"Ryan Harris is a 10 year veteran of the NFL. In 2015, he became a Super Bowl Champion after winning Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos. He has also played for the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring in 2016. He graduated from Notre Dame with two degrees, one in Economics and Policy and the other in Political Science. These days you can listen to Ryan on the radio on Altitude Radio’s ‘The Kreckman and Harris Show’, or watch him on Altitude TV and CBS. He also speaks across the nation about believing in yourself, financial literacy, and leadership."
Lisa Hauf
Director, Biomedical Services

Lisa Hauf is a Director of Biomedical Services for DaVita, Inc.

Lisa is responsible for the technical oversight of the acute portion of DaVita’s biomedical operations as well as technical training and education programs. Over her 18 year career in dialysis, Lisa spent 15 years in technical field operations. She has worked with many multi-disciplinary teams to collaborate and implement programs, technology, and service programs to improve partnership and the culture of safety.

Lisa is focusing on technical development opportunities to better serve our internal teammates, our external partnerships, and improve the quality of life for our patients.

Joe Johnston
Senior Vice President
Fresenius Medical Care North America
Ted Kasparek
VP Biomedical Services
DaVita, Inc.
Ercelene Kinnebrew MBA, BSN, RN
Manager, Clinical Education
DaVita, Inc.
Ercelene Kinnebrew is a Registered Nurse and business owner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University and Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University. With an extensive background in nursing; experienced in Psychiatric, Pediatric nursing and now Nephrology nursing (Dialysis) at DaVita for the past 18 years. She has worked in a variety of roles within DaVita from Clinical Services Specialist, Facility Administrator and currently as a Clinical Education Manager focused on In-Center Hemodialysis training and Educator facilitation. Her passion for helping people transcends her career in healthcare; volunteering to coach students in the Executive MBA program at a local University and sponsoring school supplies for children in her community and abroad.
Michael Laird
Sr. People Services Training Manager
DaVita, Inc.
Duane Martz
B Braun
Robert McMullen
Kathy Merritt LCSW, FNKF
Social Work Services Manager
Satellite Healthcare

Kathy Merritt, LCSW holds her masters degree in social work from West Virginia School of Social Work. She has over 30 years of clinical experience working in the outpatient Hemodialysis setting. Kathy has worked for Satellite Healthcare for 18 years and is currently the social work services manager for Satellite Healthcare. She helps in training new social workers, is a subject matter expert for the center social workers, and presents at Satellite’s New Employee orientation regularly on Boundaries and Professionalism and Dealing with Challenging patients. She has also presented at National Kidney Foundation, and at the Western BONENT seminar. Kathy is past Co-Chair of the CNSW of Northern California, and active member with the National Kidney Foundation.

Stuart Mott
Vascular Access Nurse
Caring for you and your patients
Stuart Mott is a vascular access nurse in St Louis. He has dedicated the last 15 years to improve cannulation techniques. He has written and published 6 articles in Nephrology Nursing Journal and will share some of this with us today. He graduated from the University of Nebraska. He has been travel nurse for the last 5 years, he has been in over 138 clinics where he trains staff as well as patients in cannulation techquines He has two web pages that he helps patients as well as staff on problems associate with cannulation technique a passed board member of Net-Work 12 Medical Review Board, and has given mutably prestation’s at the annual dialysis conference and the national kidney foundation and was a member Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative in 2009 where touch cannulation and cushion cannulation was add to fistula first best practices.
Mark Neumann
Nephrology News & Issues

Mark has been the editor for NN&I since 1989. Last year, the magazine was acquired by Slack Inc. , a New Jersey-based publisher of over a dozen medical news publications focused on cardiology, endocrinology, orthopedics, family/internal medicine, and other specialties. NN&I’s new website is www.healio.com/nephrology.

Nephrology News & Issues is a monthly magazine and website that addresses the legislative, regulatory, economic, and social issues impacting dialysis and transplant care. In 2008, Mark won the President’s Award from the National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists and in 2015 was one of several individuals picked for the American Association of Kidney Patients’ annual. Medal of Excellence Award. Mark has also won the Richard Berkowitz Memorial Award from Home Dialyzors United. He has given numerous presentations on legislative and regulatory issues at the Annual Dialysis Conference, the National Kidney Foundation, and other kidney care programs. Most recently, he gave a talk at the NKF of Indiana annual conference on telehealth and home dialysis.

Heather Paradis
Manager- Biomedical Support Services, Home Therapies
Fresenius Medical Care NA

Heather has more than 20 years’ experience in the dialysis industry. She is currently A Biomedical Support Services Manager for Fresenius Medical Care. Her primary focus is Home Therapies. Prior to Fresenius, she was the Director of Technical Services for Liberty Dialysis. She is certified on multiple types of equipment to include 4 different dialysis machines and 5 plus different RO systems. Prior to her role in the biomedical field, Heather worked as a Dialysis Technician and received both her CCHT and CHT certifications.

Heather has been involved in multiple organizations that promote and support the dialysis Technician/Technologist and has held multiple leadership positions with the National Association of Nephrology Technicians to include President, North West VP and is the Current Secretary/ Treasurer. One of her major projects for NANT was updating and getting the New Water Treatment for Dialysis book published. She has also worked on multiple projects for National Kidney Foundation to include Hope Street, Seize CKD celebrate collaboration, CEU/CME Review Committee, KDOQI Home Dialysis Summit.

Forest Rawls Jr CHT, CCHT-A , FNKF
Vascular Access Coordinator
The Emory Dialysis Clinics of Emoryhealthcare

I have worked in various positions in the Nephrology field since 1975, and I am passionate about Vascular Access. I have been active in NANT as  Vice Pres 2005, President 2006-2007, test committee member for the CCHT,CCHT-A  Certification examination, and Clinical/ Technical Board Member of The NNCC 2011-2019, and on The Executive Committee of the NKF CNNT.I have presented Dialysis Vascular Access topics at NANT, NKF, ADC,ASDIN and VASA I also support and present at the Columbia SC Nant Chapter .I have also been on Symposium Committees for  NANT,ADC,VASA, and ASDIN.  I am currently the Associate Co-Chair for The Associate program of ASDIN and VASA 2019.Currently I am the Vascular Access Coordinator for The Emory Dialysis Clinics of Emoryhealthcare in Atlanta, Ga.

Brooks Rogers
Vice President, Biomedical Support Services
Fresenius Medical Care North America
I started my dialysis career in 1975 with Sutter Hospitals, spending my first 13 years in the Dialysis Technical Department. Since 1988 I have worked for Fresenius Medical Care in various Technical and Product Management roles. At different points, I was responsible for Dialyzer Reprocessing Systems, Water Treatment, Dialyzers, Bloodlines, and Concentrates.
Tia Sabin
Manager, Clinical Education
DaVita Inc.
Tia was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and has three wonderful brothers. She moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1988 and started working in hemodialysis in January of 1993 as a Nephrology Clinical Technician with the Regional Kidney Disease Program which was acquired by DaVita. She went on to work as a Clinical Specialist for Minntech Renal Systems, now Medivators, from 2001 until 2006. In 2006, she returned to DaVita full time as an educator and is currently an Education Manager and CHT. In her spare time, Tia enjoys spending time with family, friends and her beloved pets, traveling around the world, and volunteering in under-served areas with a focus on ESRD patients.
Marco Santana
Registered Nurse
DaVita Dialysis
My name is Marco Santana, 42 years old and I am Registered Nurse and Certified Medical Interpreter at DaVita Dialysis in Worcester, Massachusetts. I was born in New Jersey of Puerto Rican decent, raised in Massachusetts. I am currently working towards my Bachelors in Nursing. Before deciding to go follow a career in the medical field, I was a private school director and made great use of my degree in Early Childhood Education. I am a home hemodialysis patient at DaVita. In my spare time I bake and decorate wedding and birthday cakes as a hobby.
Dori Schatell MS
Executive Director
Medical Education Institute, Inc.
Dori Schatell is Executive Director of the non-profit Medical Education Institute, which conducts research and develops evidence-based educational materials to help people with kidney disease live as fully as possible. She has worked in the renal field for 30 years, during which she has written and edited hundreds of educational pieces for patients and professionals, including the original DOQI anemia guidelines, the Core Curriculum for the Dialysis Technician, Kidney School, and many others, and directed development of the Home Dialysis Central website. She is co-author, with Dr. John Agar, of the book, Help, I Need Dialysis! and the decision aid, My Life, My Dialysis Choice.
Tej Singh
Founder & CEO
Fist Assist Devices, LLC
Dr. Tej Singh is a vascular/endovascular surgeon trained at Stanford University. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago. Dr. Singh has a very active vascular surgery practice in Northern California where he concentrates on improving vascular access care. Dr. Singh is an active member of the Society for Vascular Surgery and VASA. Dr. Singh is also the Founder and CEO of Fist Assist Devices, LLC a startup based in Silicon Valley, CA USA. Fist Assist has created a novel, patent protected device to assist in vein identification and enhancement for eventual venipuncture or vein dilation of fistulas. This novel device is considered a global game changer and has the support of many international key opinion leaders.
Desiree Slezinger RD
Regional Point Dietitian- Region 1 and Village Epic Mentor
Harbor UCLA DaVita

Desiree serves as a renal dietitian, Regional Point and an EPIC Mentor (Engaging Patients in their Care) for DaVita. As an EPIC mentor, Desiree trains dietitians on motivational interviewing skills. She has over five years of nutrition counseling experience with various medical conditions. Having advanced training in motivational interviewing allows her to dig deeper into a patient’s current lifestyle to uncover underlying factors that may be impacting them from achieving their goals. Desiree provides nutrition counseling utilizing the MI patient centered approach to educate, empower and form a partnership with her patients. Desiree’s biggest reward is to see her patients reach their goals and become their best self.

John Sweeny BS

John Sweeny began his career in the field of dialysis in 1968 as a Field service Engineer for the Milton Roy Co. servicing the first fixed proportioning dialysis system in North America called the Model A. During the 1970’s, John progressed from performing field service to presenting technical training programs for technicians. His programs included not only the company’s equipment, but also the general science that related to dialysis therapy. He has been presenting lectures for the National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists for 30 years and has received the association’s James T. Boag Lifetime Achievement Award, Education Award, and President’s Award for his education activities. John retired from Baxter Healthcare in December of 2009 but remains active lecturing for the dialysis community. 2018 marked his 50th year in the dialysis community.

Curtis Woods
Director, Technical Services
Fresenius Renal Therapies Group
Curtis Woods is the Director of Technical Services for Fresenius Medical Care North America. Curtis is responsible for a nationwide field service organization, technical training program and a 24 / 7 technical support call center. Over his career, Curtis has worked in quality, research and development, operations and project management for new product introductions. He has a passion for cross-functional collaboration and introducing new technologies to simplify service and improve customer experiences. His current focus is to improve the interdepartmental relationships to assure all projects have a keen focus on design for manufacturability and design for serviceability along with increasing the use of technology in his service organization.