Melinda C Desell is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She boasts more than 23 years of diverse nursing experiences. Presently she is associated with Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland. She was named the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery Nurses Week 2010 Nominee for Clinical Excellence Outpatient Advanced Practice- The Sunshine of the Year Award. Nina has given many presentations on various pediatric otorhinolaryngology topics through her many years with SOHN.
Debra has provided nutrition services to the cancer center for over 2 decades. Throughout her time, she has established the nutrition services program with high quality nutrition assessment and intervention. Debra is well versed in tube feeding and frequently assists in the initiation of enteral nutrition on an outpatient basis. Debra conducts many workshops for patients including a seasonal cooking program "Cooking Nutritious and Delicious Foods" and "Eat Your Herbs: The Culinary Use of Cancer Fighting Herbs" which is now available to the public as a Webinar on Oncolink.
In 2010, Debra received the Hubschman Award from Pennsylvania Hospital. This award recognizes employees who exhibit compassion, caring and outstanding performance of responsibilities that exemplify the Pennsylvania Hospital tradition of caring.
Albert Park, MD is a Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics at the University of Utah Medical School and a full-time faculty member at Primary Children’s Hospital, where he is in the section of Pediatric Otolaryngology. He attended medical school at Washington University School of Medicine, residency at Loyola Medical Center in Chicago, and a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto. He has been investigating the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of cytomegalovirus mediated hearing loss, including leading an NIH funded clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of the antiviral drug, valgangiclcovir.
Fun fact: During the pandemic, he has been playing ping pong every night with his 20-year-old daughter and has lost every match!
Allison Paisley is a Nurse Practitioner Specialist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated with honors in 2012. Having more than 9 years of diverse experiences, Allison Paisley affiliates with many hospitals including Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Chester County Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in the medical group at the University of Penn Medical Group.
B. Tucker Woodson, MD is Professor and Chief Division of Sleep Medicine and Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, Medical College of Wisconsin He attended medical school at University of Missouri, residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and is dual board certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Sleep Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. His primary research interests are upper airway structure/phenotypes and ventilatory function and development of better and less invasive reconstructive airway surgeries including radiofrequency and plasma surgical techniques, transformative methods of palatopharyngoplasty, tongue and hyoid suspension, soft tissue surgery, and cranial nerve upper airway stimulation for sleep apnea.
Fun fact: He has never sent a tweet.
Becky L. Andrews is employed by Richmond ENT. She graduated from Southern Adventist University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She previously worked as a registered nurse at John Randolph Hospital and Saint Mary’s Hospital on the medical, surgical and oncology floors for four years. During this time, she also attended the University of Virginia, where she received her master’s degree in May 2001. She was certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner in September 2001. Since that time, she has limited her practice exclusively to the medical management of ear, nose, and throat disorders.
Becky loves to care for children. She performs a comprehensive history and ear, nose and throat examination and make initial recommendations for her patients.
Becky is certified by the Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head-Neck Nurses, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. She is a Sponsor for the Red Cross Club at Richmond Academy and she was a 2018 Honoree for Outstanding Nurses in Richmond- Our Health Richmond Magazine. She has been a vegetarian her entire life.
Bianca is a perioperative nurse, with a focus in Otology-Neurotology. She has most enjoyed her professional role through global outreach: first as part of a medical-surgical team in Kenya, Eastern Africa, then later as part of an educational partnership through Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck surgery in Ghana, West Africa.
Personally, her ideal space is anywhere together with her husband and two sons. They enjoy traveling together, appreciating the culinary landscape, and connecting with regional people, whatever the destination.
Bryan Facione MS, ACNP-BC, CORLN has practiced as a nurse practitioner in the ENT clinic at the VA Ann Abor Healthcare System over the past 10 years. He provides specialty care to general otorhinolaryngology veterans and head and neck cancer patients, serves as the APRN representative on the Executive Leadership Committee at the Ann Arbor VA, and is a member of the Veterans Heath Administrative National APRN council.
He has been involved with SOHN over the past 9 years and has lectured at previous Congress Symposiums, peer-reviewed guidelines on BPPV, served as co-chair for the Adult Day Spring Seminar Series, and currently serves in SOHN as Chairperson of the Nominating Committee.
Carol , MSN, ACNP-BC, CORLN is an inpatient nurse practitioner for the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS). She manages the head and neck surgical patients along with the OHNS resident staff. Jokingly, she is a PGY17.
When she is not at work, she is tending to her heirloom tomato plants and other vegetables in her large garden.
Carol Salerno, BSN, RN, is the Clinical Nurse Informatics Specialist at Yale New Haven Hospital. Carol received her nursing degree at the University of Manitoba and began her career at Yale New Haven Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before transitioning to the role of Informatics. Carol works to improve clinician’s workflow with the optimization of the electronic medical record and supports the education and implementation of new technologies and innovation.
A milestone of Carolyn’s career has been working in pediatrics. Earning her degree at the University of Michigan, for the last 10 years she has been the intraoperative Service Lead for Pediatric Otolaryngology at CW MOTT Children’s Hospital at Michigan Medicine. In addition to staffing the operative cases and helping the day run smoothly, Carolyn particularly enjoys the process improvement and projects she has been able to work on within the department; resident bootcamp and simulation training being her most favorite. Despite the delight this role offers, her most memorable and beloved time is spent outdoors with her husband and four children.
Carolyn Waddington is a Peoperative Practitioner at Houston Methodist Hospital.
Awards & Accolades:
Texas Nurses’ Association Outstanding Performance in Nursing 1997
SOHN Outstanding Service Award 2009
Houston Methodist ICARE award Fall 2016
SOHN/ENT NF National President - 2018 & 2019
Employed at Houston Methodist for 46yrs
Fun Fact - Planning to retire Nov 1 2021
Chester Hilton has worked as an operating room nurse at Gundersen Health System for 32 years. He has been a staff nurse, team leader of the OTO/Plastics/Oral surgery team, and supervisor. He received his Associate Degree in Nursing in 1985 from Western Wisconsin Technical College and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Viterbo University in 2006. He went on six medical missions to Peru assisting with OTO and plastic surgeries. In 2018 and 2019, he was invited to speak at ENT conferences in Shanghai, China.
He and his wife, Linda, volunteered this spring giving COVID- 19 vaccinations.
He has served on the SOHN Board of Directors, was SOHN Vice President, and is the current President of SOHN/ ENT-NF.
Chester (Chet) Slonina, MSN, MHA, AMB-BC, has been an active member of the SOHN organization for several years, was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2019, and is currently serving on the board for a second consecutive term. Chet has also served as the Special Interest Group (SIG) Coordinator for the past several years, and currently is the Special Interest Group (SIG) Leader for the Head and Neck SIG. He also is serving as a member of the Corporate Sponsors Task Force and has previously served on the SOHN Nominating Committee. Chet is also a member of the Chicago SOHN Chapter and former Chicago chapter treasurer.
Chet’s education includes a BS/BA in Business Administration, Master’s degrees in both Nursing and Health Administration, and Board Certification in Ambulatory Care through 2025. Chet currently serves as E.N.T. Clinical Coordinator at Hines VA Hospital, with his own clinic 4 days per week, in addition to supporting clinical activities, providing veterans with care and clinical support for clinic physicians, residents and support staff. Also, he LOVES his job!
With more than 15 years of experience in pediatric otolaryngology, Dr. Christopher Hartnick serves as the Director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Division and the Director of the Pediatric Airway, Voice, and Swallowing Center at Mass. Eye and Eye.
Dr. Hartnick has been an invited speaker at regional, national, and international meetings and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in the field. He serves as the Physician Director on the Mass. Eye and Ear Board of Directors and is the Vice Chair of Clinical Trials and Outcomes for the Department of Otolaryngology. He is an editor for ENT Journal, a reviewer for Journal of Voice, and an ad-hoc reviewer for several other publications.
Fellowship-trained and board-certified in otolaryngology, Dr. Hartnick’s clinical interests include pediatric airway and pediatric voice. His primary research interests include the development of maturation of the pediatric vocal fold, pediatric voice disturbances, and pediatric outcomes studies.
He is also the Benjamin Harry Peikin Chair in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Chris Holsinger is Professor and Chief of Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University.
His research focuses on surgical innovation and clinical trials. He serves as surgical principal investigator for RTOG920 and coordinated surgeon-credentialing for ECOG 3311, a prospective clinical trial to study robotic head and neck surgery. In 2019, he published the results of an investigative device exemption clinical study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a next-generation robotic surgical system for head and neck cancer.
His interests extend beyond robotics, however, and include new technologies for augmenting the vision of surgeons and incorporating computer vision and deep learning into routine surgical practice. Dr Holsinger’s research group aims to deliver advantages to patients and their surgeons by providing real-time intelligence about surgical anatomy that extends beyond human vision.
Board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Dr. Holsinger is a member of numerous societies including the American College of Surgeons, American Head and Neck Society, the American Thyroid Association, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Cristie Roush, DNP, GNP-BC, CORLN has been a Nurse Practitioner at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, ENT Outpatient clinic for over 20 years. She has been the President of the Southeast Michigan SOHN Chapter since 2017. She also serves as the vice president of NCBOHN.
Believe it or not, in her BC days (that is “before children” days) she was a marathon runner. She qualified for the Boston Marathon with her first ever marathon time in Detroit and ran the Boston marathon!
Deborah completed her BSN at the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College in 2013. She focused on Neonatal Intensive Care nursing, practicing at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital prior to becoming a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Acute Care in 2017. Deborah started her Pediatric NP career in Pediatric Neurology, prior to joining the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in March 2019. Deborah found her passion in caring for children with tracheostomies starting as a bedside nurse in the NICU and the passion grew when in a rotation in ENT/Airway at CHOP. Her capstone project, “Communicating airway diagnosis and emergency care through an Airway Card: A pilot initiative,” was adopted by the Department of Otolaryngology at CHOP. The Airway Card serves to provide rapid and safe means of communication of lifesaving information to first responders of patients with subglottic or tracheal stenosis, or history of difficult intubation.
Dennis Poe, MD, PhD is a Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and a full-time faculty member of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communications Enhancement at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he is the incumbent recipient of the Sarah Fuller Chair in Neurotology. He attended medical school at State University of NY Upstate, residency at University of Chicago, fellowship at Vanderbilt and doctorate in pathophysiology of Eustachian tube dysfunction in Tampere, Finland under Prof. Ilmari Pyykkö. He has been investigating disorders of the Eustachian tube in children and adults, developing diagnostic methods, novel medical treatments and surgical procedures, including leading the FDA clinical trial that led to approval of balloon dilation.
Fun fact: participated in Olympic Torch relay 1994
Diane Conley is a parent of a child with trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) and obstructive sleep apnea. She will speak to the attendees of her child’s experiences with the obstacles and challenges involved with her syndrome. She will also tell you about her decision to have her child undergo the Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation Implantation and the outcome of that procedure.
Dr. Carroll is the Nurse Researcher in the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. She maintains programs of research on fall prevention, improving cardiovascular patient-care outcomes, and translation of knowledge into practice. She creates an environment where clinical nurses participate in mentored research experiences including this work presented at SOHN.
Dr. Carroll has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 5 book chapters, and has presented her research at numerous research conferences. Dr. Carroll was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2017 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Erin J. Ross DNP, MS, APRN, CNP, CORLN, FAANP is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She attended DePaul University in Chicago (1999) to earn a Master’s in Nursing (MS) and Case Western Reserve University (2013) to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). In 2020, Dr. Ross was inducted as a Fellow to both the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and as Ad Eundem of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery (FFNMRCSI Ad Eundem) through the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She is board certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (CNP) and a certified otorhinolaryngology head & neck nurse (CORLN).
Her specialties include general otolaryngology and facial aesthetics. She has been serving SOHN for over 25 years as a member of the board, Vice President, education committee member and lecturer. She is the current Communication Director for the Ohio Association of Advance Practice Nurses (OAAPN). Dr. Ross practices at Cleveland Clinic in the Head & Neck Institute and at V/O Med Spa in Cleveland, Ohio.
Clinical Coordinator, Head and Neck Surgery; PennState Health, Hershey Medical Center, PennState Cancer Institute,Hershey, PA (The Sweetest Place on Earth!)
Nurse for 38 years, and member of SOHN for 3 years
Received community impact grant from Penn State Hershey to improve community hospital laryngectomy education and a grant from American Head and Neck Society for HPV-related oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer education for primary care and school nurses.
Enjoys spending time with her husband, 4 college-aged children, and 3 energetic dogs!
Dr. Eugene "Gene" Alford is an award-winning, internationally recognized specialist in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABO) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS), in addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr Alford’s early career focused on head and neck cancer resection and microvascular free tissue reconstruction of complex head and neck defects.
His broad experience in head and neck cancer reconstructions allowed him to expand his practice to include reconstructive cases from trauma which opened the door for him to meet Carolyn Thomas “The Woman Without a Face” Dr. Alford created a team that performed pro bono surgery to rebuild Carolyn’s face in 2005. Her courage and resilience was an inspiring story which led to national attention and an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show designed to empower women trapped by Domestic violence.
Dr. Gene’s career and life changed drastically when, while working at his family farm, he sustained a debilitating injury- a falling tree fractured his spine and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He will relate how his career and family began a lengthy and difficult journey of recovery overcoming devastating experiences through perseverance, hard work, sacrifice, support, and love.
Gail Hurley-Goodson, MHS, PA-C is a Physician Assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communications Enhancement. She obtained her BA in Psychology and Master of Health Sciences at The University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL). She has been practicing as a PA for 10 years and participates in a peer group with Women in Otolaryngology.
Fun fact: She is a Mom of two, a 3-year-old son and 5-month-old daughter.
Jacqueline started her nursing career as an RN back in 2010 after graduating from Fairfield University. She worked as a floor nurse on the Surgical Oncology unit at Smilow Cancer Hospital for the next 4 years. During those years, she went back to Fairfield University for her Master’s degree and to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.
She started working in August 2014 as an APRN on the Head and Neck Cancer Service at Yale New Haven Hospital and has been there ever since. She takes care of patients on the inpatient floor pre and post operatively, assesses and treats patients in clinic, and assists in the operating room. She was awarded the Dr Ruth McCorkle Award in 2020 from Smilow Cancer Hospital.
Dr. Thorlton is a clinical associate professor with the Department of Population Health Nursing Science at the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Nursing. She is a Certified Nurse Educator who teaches graduate level informatics, quality improvement, and health policy. The goal of her research is to reduce preventable harm from substance misuse, abuse, and errors. Her program of research has led to mining and analyzing large national datasets, using findings to raise awareness and thereby improve population health; and disseminating this evidence to the public and clinicians, building health policy competency, and influencing nurses to advocate for consumer safety.
In 2020, Dr. Thorlton was invited to present at the National Academies workshop entitled Nutrition During Pregnancy & Lactation: Exploring New Evidence where she discussed the landscape of caffeinated products, regulations and labeling, caffeine metabolism, and adverse effects. Dr. Thorlton received the Nursing Informatics Practice Award at the 2018 Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics, University of Maryland School of Nursing. She served as a panelist expert on the topic of Energy Drink Dangers for Knowledge@Wharton
live broadcast and recently co-authored a policy analysis entitled Empowering Nurse Executives to Advocate for Surgical Smoke-Free Operating Rooms.
Dr. Thorlton received her B.S.N. from Lakeview College of Nursing and her and Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois Chicago-College of Nursing.
Jillian has been a Registered Nurse at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) since 2004. She graduated in 2004 with her BSN from Syracuse University (NY). Jillian has spent the majority of her career in pediatric oncology nursing and has worked both in the inpatient and ambulatory/infusion setting. After obtaining her MSN in nursing education from the University of Hartford (CT) in 2011, Jillian became the Service Line Educator of the Pediatric Specialty Centers for YNHCH. In 2016, Jillian took a position in Children’s Hospital Quality and Safety as a performance improvement coordinator. She also works as an adjunct clinical faculty for the Yale School of Nursing teaching pediatrics.
Jillian lives in Madison, CT with her husband and two children (3yo and 8 mo).
Joanne Stow has been happily working at Children’s Hospital for 42 years; she likes to tell people that she started there at age 12. She was a NICU nurse for 5 years, then worked in the Operating room complex for 25 years, before going back to school and becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner in The Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders. During her time in the OR, she was in charge of the ENT service for 15 of those years, but prior to that, participated in a variety of cases including liver transplants, spinal fusions, trauma cases, and fetal surgery EXIT procedures.
She has spoken at local, regional, and National meetings on a wide variety of topics. Her passion is caring for children with airway issues and their families. She loves to camp and be out in nature, and in August, she went whitewater rafting on the Colorado river for 7 days.
John Jamison, MBA, CISA, CISS
With nearly two decades of experience in both “Big-4” and middle-market accounting, John is Consulting Principal with Calvetti Ferguson LLC. He has a comprehensive understanding of an organization’s IT function from technical, organizational, and risk-oriented perspectives. John has also served as CIO at two regional accounting firms, and fractional CIO for several middle-market organizations. John specializes in SOC examinations, IT General Controls reviews, IT Risk Assessments and Fractional CIO services. John is also a member of the faculty at the Texas A&M University – Commerce College of Business, leading courses in IT Audit and Cybersecurity.
Jose Elias RN, BSN, CORLN is the Nurse Manager with UT Health/UT Physicians in Houston, Texas. He has been a SOHN member for 12 years and is currently serving on the SOHN Board of Directors. Additionally, he is the Vice President of the SOHN Greater Houston Chapter.
Jose is the Co-Author of N95respiratory reuse, decontamination methods, and microbial burden: A randomized control trial. American Journal of Otolaryngology, September-October 2021; a paper spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. When not at work, Jose enjoys being outdoors, cooking and running.
Julie is a nurse practitioner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She worked in the cardiac step down unit for several years as a staff nurse after graduating from Villanova University. After brief stints working in both Chicago and Phoenix, Julie came back to Chop and worked in critical care, as a staff nurse in the pediatric and cardiac intensive care units. Julie graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University as a nurse practitioner in 1999 and worked with technology dependent children for six years as both an inpatient and outpatient nurse practitioner in the Pulmonary and Critical Care departments before joining ENT in 2005.
Julie has spoken at local and national meetings as well as at local school and volunteer organizations on various topics promoting well child care. She is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and has coached her daughter and sons in a variety of sports teams. In fact, Julie’s admits her most challenging task ever was as a 5th and 6th grade boys’ basketball coach in the Catholic Youth Organization of Philadelphia. “Corralling ten rowdy, elementary school boys and navigating a male dominated CYO program equipped her to face any challenge that ENT could offer!”
Karen Zur, Chief otolaryngology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Director Pediatric Voice Program, Associate Director Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders. Immediate Past President of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association.
Fun fact: One of her performing arts high school friends and classmates (they were dance majors) is the current Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey Company.
Kathryn (Katie) Lidard, MSN, APRN is an Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner that works at Memorial Hermann TMC in Houston, TX with Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. She primarily works with head and neck cancer patients, endocrine surgeries, and difficult airways. While obtaining her Master's in Nursing from University of South Carolina, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Graduate Chapter.
In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, cooking, and spending time with her fiancé.
Kevin Mary Callans, B.S.N, R.N is currently a Case Manager at both Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) supporting families of children with critical airway conditions. This role includes partnering with parents to design a multi-faceted program to ease caregiver stress as part of family-centered care. As a member of MEEI’s Operation Airway global health team, she is transferring these lessons learned to nurses and caregivers in Latin America.
Most recently, Ms. Callans has introduced video teaching of nurses and caregivers performing various trach and suction activities. Ms. Callans also supports families of children with Down’s syndrome that have a Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator implanted to improve sleep and cognition.
A graduate of Georgetown University, Ms. Callans is a 2013 recipient of the MGH Yvonne L. Munn Nursing Research Award.
Kim Giordano initially started as an APN in 1996 at Nemours, DuPont Hospital for Children for 5 years as a general surgery NP; transitioned to CHOP ENT shortly after 9/11 happened in 2001. After almost 18 years in ENT with special interests in Head and Neck disorders; Skull base / Complex Lesions, Voice Program, and was the ENT NP liaison for the Cleft and Craniofacial Program at CHOP. She then returned to Nemours in 2019 to DuPont Hospital for Children. Currently, she is the APN for the Plastic and Reconstruction Surgical Service. This new role expanded to being the Cleft and Craniofacial Team Coordinator as well as Co-Coordinator for the E.A.R.S. ( ear anomaly reconstructive service) program.
Kim is an adjunct faculty at University of Pennsylvania where she teaches in both the undergraduate and Graduate School programs.
She has been happily married to Mike for 26 years and is the proud parent of 2 kids: Joe and Jenna.
What she has learned over the years: be grateful to wake up every morning. Live like a dog… play with toys, run around, enjoy car rides, take naps and its ok to bark, just don’t bite.
Kris has been a nurse for 26 years, graduating from Weber State University in Ogden Utah with Associates in Nursing. She followed the usual tract of a new nurse working inpatient on Medical and Step-Down Cardiac care units then moved to PACU. Family life demanded a change, so she took a job at a private practice with an Otolaryngology clinic and found her niche. She has worked in Otolaryngology for 21 years and loved it all. She currently works at the University of Utah Otolaryngology Department as the Clinical Nurse Coordinator. The department is a multi-specialty clinic, but her first love is Otology.
She recently graduated with her BSN in February 2021 from Western Governor’s University. Thanks to the pandemic she was able to get it done in one year.
Kristina has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for the Department of Otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since 2005. She received her Masters and Doctorate degrees from Marquette University in 2005 and 2010. She has loved to work with children of all ages. With SOHN, she has served as the Wisconsin Chapter President and has also chaired the 2016 SOHN Congress. She resides in Milwaukee with her husband and three children.
Lisa Gagnon is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in a Pediatric ENT practice in Connecticut, affiliated with Yale New Haven Hospital. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Connecticut and graduate education at Yale University in the Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Track. She went on to complete a post-masters PNP program at Boston College. She has practiced as an advanced practice nurse in a variety of settings, including pediatric critical care, Inpatient Hospitalist care, Primary Care and for the past fourteen years in Pediatric Otolaryngology. She primarily works as a clinical provider but also facilitates ongoing research projects. In addition, she teaches for Yale University School of Nursing and precepts many prospective NP students. She has been involved with SOHN (Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses in a variety of roles and is the current President of the CT SOHN chapter.
Lisa Kottschade is an Associate Professor of Oncology, a Nurse Practitioner in the Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology Clinic, and holds Associate status at Mayo Clinic. Ms. Kottschade is also the Chief Operations Officer for the Midwest Melanoma Partnership and Chair for the Alliance in Clinical Trials of Oncology Nursing committee. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Winona State University in 1996 and her Master’s of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University in 2005. Her clinical and research interests include those in the field of melanoma including its treatment and management of side effects from therapy with a special focus on those related to Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors. She has published extensively on both melanoma and side effect management and is currently leading the Immunotherapy Toxicity Working Group at Mayo Clinic.
Lisa Lever BSN RN CORLN graduated from a diploma nursing program many years ago. After a few years of working in the NICU, she returned to school and achieved her bachelor’s degree. She continued to work in the NICU, then in the Pediatric ICU for 20+yrs. During her nursing career, Lisa worked as a bedside nurse, clinic manager, charge nurse and house supervisor. As her children got older, she transferred to the outpatient clinic side of nursing and eventually found her way to the ENT clinic at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. She has worked in the clinic for 10+ years as both a clinic nurse and currently as the nursing supervisor.
She is currently serving on the SOHN Board of Directors and is the Chapter Coordinator. She enjoys working (most days) and spending time with her grandchildren.
Maggie is a nurse practitioner with the Veterans Administration Healthcare System. She attained her Associate degree from Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee, and her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Georgia State University. Maggie received her Master’s in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She served as a SOHN Board of Directors, Vice President and Secretary 2005-2013, and SOHN Past President 2014-2015. Most recently, she chaired the SOHN/ ENT- NF Congress Planning Committee in 2020.
Dr. Marci Lee Nilsen’s program of research focuses on identification, treatment, and development of interventions focused on the management of symptoms and treatment-related effects in head and neck cancer survivors. In addition to her work in cancer survivorship, she has established a program of research in communication with mechanically ventilated adults, for which she received support from the National Institute of Nursing Research and The John A. Hartford Foundation. Dr. Nilsen holds a secondary appointment in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology. She also is affiliated with the University’s Center for Bioethics and Health Law and UPMC Hillman’s Biobehavioral Oncology program.
In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Otolaryngology, Dr. Nilsen developed and coordinates The UPMC Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship clinic. The survivorship clinic takes a multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to addressing the needs of head and neck cancer survivors.
Dr. Nilsen earned her BSN, MSN (with a specialization in research), and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She is actively involved in professional organizations, including the Oncology Nursing Society, Gerontological Society of America, and Sigma Theta Tau International.
Dr. Maria Colandrea is a nurse practitioner who specializes in general otolaryngology at the Durham VA Medical Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in Science at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She received her master’s in science and doctorate in nursing practice at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She uses her expertise in the evaluation of the elderly patient especially those with hearing, balance and swallowing disorders.
Dr. Colandrea is a nationally certified otorhinolaryngology head and neck nurse and a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse practitioners (FAANP) and Ad Fellow for the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (FNMRCSI). Dr. Colandrea serves as Vice President for the Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck nursing (SOHN), President of the NC SOHN Chapter and was elected as the 2021 North Carolina State Representative for the AANP. Dr. Colandrea’s passions include mentoring NP colleagues and students, caring for her veteran patients and watching her sons play baseball.
Marilyn Kugler is an oncology nurse navigator at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center (UCCC), specializing in head and neck cancers and skin cancer. Marilyn was integral in developing the nurse navigation program at UCCC. She was one of the first nurse navigators at UCCC and helped develop processes and standards now followed by a department of 10.
Marilyn attended Capital University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, The Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators, and The Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses. She has earned her certification as an Oncology Nurse Navigator. Her abstract “Navigator Engagement Increases the Rate of Speech Language Pathology Evaluations in Head and Neck Cancer Patients” was selected for a poster presentation at the 2019 Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators annual conference. Marilyn also received the 2020 Joslin Haggart Yeiser Unsung Hero Award from Cancer Family Care.
Marilyn just celebrated 20 years of marriage to her husband, Curt. They have 2 teenage daughters, Ava and Carmen. In her spare time, Marilyn loves to craft and is learning how to quilt.
Martha Ryan, FNP is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing. She has been a practicing Otolaryngology Nurse Practitioner for 13 years and specializes in Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University.
Melissa A. Borofsky, RN, CORLN is a board-certified ENT nurse with over eight years of dedicated otorhinolaryngology experience, five of which are subspecialized in Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery. She currently works at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. taking care of patients with complex cases of refractory chronic sinusitis, a wide variety of anterior skull base tumors, and other diseases of the nose and paranasal sinuses. She is passionate about otorhinolaryngology and shares that passion with others by often lecturing to fellow nurses, medical students, support staff, and physicians alike both locally and nationally.
When not busy fighting the war against nasal polyps, Melissa remains busy as a full-time single mom to her two young daughters.
Meredith Pauly, MA CCC-SLP received her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Temple University in 2003. She is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2004. She is employed by Good Shepherd Penn Partners at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Meredith is an outpatient SLP with a special interest in palliative rehabilitation of speech, voice, and swallowing disorders for people with movement disorders and head and neck cancer. She is a certified LSVT LOUD voice therapy provider and has received additional training in lymphedema therapy for people with head and neck cancer through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. Meredith's professional publications reflect her expertise in swallowing therapy and focus on multi-disciplinary care.
Dr. Michele Tripp has been an audiologist for 16 years. She graduated from Illinois State University in 2005 with a Master’s degree in audiology. She joined MCW and Froedtert Hospital in 2006. She obtained her Au.D. in 2009 from Salus University. During her time at MCW and Froedtert, she and two colleagues developed a community outreach and clinical tinnitus program that has grown to be known nationwide.
She has lived in 5 states and has currently returned to her home state of Missouri. She works to fill in as needed for an ENT clinic and is homeschooling her three children.
Dr. Naaseha Rizvi is the Lead Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. After graduation, she completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD followed by her PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. At GBMC, she works on various projects with multi-disciplinary teams to improve antimicrobial use throughout the hospital.
Nadine Nardello, MSN, CRNP, CORLN is a nurse practitioner at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She started her nursing career as an adult med/surg staff nurse after graduating with her BSN from Holy Family College in 1996. Nadine spent time working as a travel nurse in California before starting her nursing career at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She started working at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2001 as a clinical research nurse and then worked as an inpatient staff nurse on a pulmonary unit while pursuing her MSN. Nadine graduated with her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania Acute/Chronic Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program in 2004. She has been working as an outpatient nurse practitioner in the Department of Otolaryngology ever since.
Nadine has served as Vice President and President of her local SEPA SOHN Chapter. She has spoken at local and national meetings.
Rowena N. Schwartz is an oncology pharmacist and Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Cincinnati James L Winkle College of Pharmacy. She maintains an active practice at the University of Cincinnati Barrett Cancer Center with the Phase I Clinical Trials team and in ambulatory oncology.
Dr. Schwartz received a Bachelor of Science at the College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois and Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Texas. She completed a fellowship in oncology drug development at the University of Texas.
Dr. Schwartz has spent much of her oncology pharmacy career in clinical practice at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. She was Director of Oncology Pharmacy Services at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and maintained an active clinical practice at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Dr. Schwartz worked with The US Oncology Network as Vice President of Clinical Content and Pharmacy Operations at McKesson Specialty Health.
Dr. Schwartz has taught at schools of pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, University of Maryland, Charleston College of Pharmacy, University of Houston and Misr International University in Cairo, Egypt.
Rowena is an active member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacist, Hematology and Oncology Pharmacy Association, Oncology Nursing Society, and the International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practice.
Samantha Null is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Coordinator of Oncology Psychosocial Services at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. She also serves as the director of the Psycho-Oncology Rotation for the Pennsylvania Hospital Psychology Internship Program. She provides supportive psychotherapy for patients across the continuum of care, and is involved in cancer program quality, program development, and operational improvements. In 2015, she was one of seven outstanding cancer care providers who received the American Cancer Society Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award, a prestigious national award for cancer caring. Sam lives in Havertown with her husband, children, and puppies.
Sarah Holdsworth is a Nurse Practitioner Specialist in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated with honors in 2008. Having more than 13 years of diverse experiences, especially as nurse practitioner, Sarah Holdsworth affiliates with Emory University Hospital Midtown and interacts with doctors and specialists in the medical group, The Emory Clinic, Inc.
Dr. Scott Chaiet is double board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. His cosmetic areas of expertise include: rhinoplasty (primary and revision), facelift, brow lift, and eyelid surgery. He also practices reconstructive surgery of the face and neck, including: facial paralysis reanimation, facial gender (feminization and masculinization) surgery, facial trauma, and wound reconstruction after Mohs surgery. Dr. Chaiet leads the UW Facial Nerve Clinic and lectures nationally on patient reported outcomes after facial paralysis. He is an advocate for health with a focus on transgender care and is active in diversity efforts within the American Academies of Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Chaiet is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and a full-time faculty member of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, where he conducts outcomes research and is involved in training the next generation of facial plastic surgeons.
Scott Henderson RN, BSN, CORLN is currently an operating room nurse at Houston Methodist Hospital. He has worked at Houston Methodist as an EPIC Optime and Anesthesia analyst and as an ENT Head and Neck operating room nurse. He has also worked at Texas Children's in the operating room in many different specialties including ENT.
He has been a SOHN member for 9 years and is currently serving on the SOHN Board of Directors. Additionally, he is the President of the SOHN Greater Houston Chapter.
Scott was once an ENT patient as a child. He was born Atresia Microtia and had his ear reconstructed. If there is one thing that Scott enjoys most, it has to be creating a long-lasting bond with his patients before surgery.
Shannon Brady-Powers is currently a Nurse Practitioner at Thomas Jefferson University Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Facial Plastics Division. She received her first undergraduate degree in 1998 from East Stroudsburg University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Health Education. Shannon later received her second undergraduate degree in 2002 from Thomas Jefferson University, School of Nursing.
She began her nursing career in the Emergency Department as a staff nurse at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and later transitioned into her role in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2004. Shannon completed her Master’s of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 2005. Shannon has been the Manager of Clinical Operations in the Department of Otolaryngology since 2005, overseeing all clinical aspects of our Center City practice as well as our five satellite offices. She has been an integral part of the Facial Plastics division since 2007 as a nurse practitioner.
Shannon is an active member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nursing.
Shawn Wilkerson is the mother of Caroline, a 19-year-old with trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) and obstructive sleep apnea. She will tell you about Caroline's lifelong struggle with obstructive sleep apnea and their decision to have Caroline undergo surgery to receive *Inspire* hypoglossal nerve stimulator in February 2019. She will discuss the journey since that surgery and the differences observed in all aspects of Caroline's life.
Suzanne M. Beshore RN, BSN, MS, CORLN graduated with an A.D. in Nursing in 1981 from American River College, Sacramento, CA. Suzanne went to work at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA—first as a floor nurse, then surgical ICU, ENT Clinic, and eventually the Operating Room.
Suzanne joined SOHN in 2000 and obtained CORLN certification that same year. She obtained a B.S. in Nursing in 2008 from Sacramento State University, CA and an M.S. in Nursing Science and Healthcare Leadership in 2012 from the Betty Irene School of Nursing, U.C. Davis, CA.
She retired in 2016 from Perioperative Services at U.C. Davis Medical Center as Administrative Nurse in charge of Performance, Safety and Quality Improvement. Suzanne is currently serving as chairperson for SOHN Health Policy and Advocacy Committee since the fall of 2018. She writes regularly for the “Highlights from the Hill” section of ORL-Head and Neck Nursing. Her master’s thesis, “The Impact of Insurance Funding on Orthodontic Access for Cleft Lip and Palate Care”, was published in the summer 2019 volume of ORL-Head and Neck Nursing.
Suzanne is married to her nursing school sweetheart (also an RN); they have two grown children and enjoy their retirement in Cameron Park, CA.
Teresa has been a nurse for 40 years. She received her nursing diploma from
Roxborough Memorial School of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Immaculata College, and Master’s degree from Drexel University and is a certified oncology nurse.
Teresa has been working in the field of oncology for most of her career in different capacities. She did not consciously elect this field, but was drawn to the so many physical and psycho-social needs that impact both patients and their families when cancer is diagnosed. Teresa has been a nurse coordinator/navigator since 1998 working with various patient populations, and she currently works at Pennsylvania hospital caring /educating the head and neck cancer population.
She lives in Philadelphia and loves spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Patricia MacGregor, RN, BSN, CPEN is a Registered Nurse at the University of Utah, practicing in the outpatient setting in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Primary Children’s Hospital. She received her Diploma in Nursing at the Helene Fuld School of Nursing in New Jersey, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Wilmington University in Delaware. She has functioned as a pediatric nurse for the past 20 years, spending 15 years of that time in Emergency Department before transitioning to Otolaryngology. During her nursing career, she has become a Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse, and received the Rita Saligman Cooper Award for Excellence in Nursing. Fun Fact: She has piloted a 2-seater airplane.
Troy is a graduate of Rutgers University- BSN, RN, University of Medicine and Dentistry- MSN, FNP, Registered Nurse First Assistant, Delaware County Community College, and post master’s degree, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital-ACGNP.
Troy has been a nurse practitioner since 2003 and a member of SOHN since 2003. Publications include Alexander’s Care to the Patient in Surgery, revision of Chapter 18, 19 - 2010, 2015 respectively, American Journal of Critical Care- Critical Care Guidance for tracheostomy Care during the COVID -19 pandemic, a global multidisciplinary approach, Worthy to Care for the suffering: Trials and Courage of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Nursing.
Troy’s involvement in SOHN activities include:
Nominating committee 2015-2017
VP of South eastern Pennsylvania chapter of SOHN (2017-2019)
Member of the Board of Directors SOHN 2019- present
Fun fact: he has a purple belt In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!
Wendy Mackey APRN-BC CORLN is a Nurse Practitioner with Connecticut Pediatric Otolaryngology, affiliated with Yale New Haven Hospital. Her academic appointments include Yale University School of Nursing, Lecturer in Pediatrics, and Yale University School of Medicine, Lecturer in Surgery. As an advanced practice pediatric clinician, she has focused the last 20 years to pediatric otolaryngology, with prior specialization in general pediatric surgery and trauma and pediatric pain management. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Yale University.
Wendy is dedicated to the Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Nurses with active participation in multiple committees, leadership roles and initiatives, congress presentations and publication in the SOHN journal.