Conference Faculty


Katherine Kaby Anselmi; JD, PhD, MSN, WHNP-BC; Drexel University; Pennsylvania

Jane Barr; DNP; Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Northwell Health; New York
Jane Barr is Director of Patient Care Services, Responsible for Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse Service Division, Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice, and Nursing Ethics. Strong background in leadership, management, education, research and evidence based practice, clinical practice, performance improvement and outcome management.

Edith Brous; RN, BSN, MS, MPH, JD; Law Office of Edith Brous, PC; New York, New York
Ms. Brous is a Nurse Attorney in private practice in New York City where she concentrates in professional licensure representation, medical malpractice defense, and nursing advocacy. She has practiced in major litigation law firms representing nurses, physicians, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. Edie is admitted to practice before the bars of the state courts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Southern and Eastern Districts of the New York Federal Courts and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of many bar associations and nursing organizations and was the 2011 president of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Ms. Brous has an extensive clinical and managerial background in OR, Emergency and Critical Care Nursing. In addition to her law degree, she holds masters degrees in Public Health and in Critical Care Nursing from Columbia University. She has been part time faculty at Columbia University, and has held adjunct faculty positions at several universities teaching legal aspects of nursing. Ms. Brous has lectured and published extensively on legal issues for nurses and co-authored the textbook Law and Ethics for Advanced Practice Nurses. She is the 2008 recipient of the Outstanding Advocate Award from The American Association of Nurse Attorneys.

Lori Brown; RN, MN, JD; Brown Law Office PC; Indiana
Ms. Brown is a registered nurse as well as an attorney. She concentrates her practice in the area of professional licensing defense. She also consults with other nurse business owners on how to grow a successful business. She has spoken extensively to nursing and legal groups. She is also the author of 3 books: Law and Order for Nurse: The Easy Way to Protect Your License and Your Livelihood, From Frustrated to Fulfilled: The Empowered Nurses' System, and The Legal Nurse Consultant's Workbook: Turning Your Nursing Knowledge into a Successful Consulting Practice.

Catherine Caldicott; MD, FACP; Program Director, The PROBE Program; Colorado
Catherine V. Caldicott, MD, FACP, is Program Director of the Professional/Problem-Based Ethics (ProBE) Program offered by CPEP, the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians. Over its 25 years, ProBE has remediated approximately 1800 healthcare professionals and trainees from more than 20 different clinical disciplines in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to working for CPEP, Dr. Caldicott was on the faculty of SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse, NY) and the University of Michigan, where she taught bioethics to healthcare professionals and trainees, provided ethics consultation, served on the hospital ethics committee, and conducted research on moral reasoning development and inter-professional communication. She is frequently invited to speak about her experience with ethics remediation and professionalism in health care, including at the annual meetings of the American Association of Dental Boards, the BC Health Regulators, and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Dr. Caldicott earned her undergraduate degree at Princeton University and graduated from Dartmouth Medical School. A general internist, she was an intern at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a resident at the University of Michigan Hospitals, where subsequently she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. Her publications have appeared in such peer-reviewed journals as Academic Medicine, Medical Education, and Ethics and Behavior.

Flynn Carey; JD; Mitchell Stein Carey, PC; Arizona
Flynn is a founding member of Mitchell Stein Carey, one of the preeminent criminal, white collar, and administrative law firms in Arizona. Flynn's practice focuses on Criminal Defense, Administrative Law, and School Discipline and Title IX litigation. Flynn represents professionals before their licensing agencies, in conjunction with parallel criminal allegations and in situations in which professionals are accused of violating the practice restrictions and standards of their licensing entity. Flynn regularly appears before many Arizona professional licensing/certification boards, including the Arizona State Board of Nursing, Arizona Medical Board, Arizona Board of Respiratory Care Therapists, Arizona Board of Pharmacy, Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners, and a variety non-healthcare related Boards. Flynn is also often retained by licensing and administrative attorneys, civil attorneys, and family law attorneys as a consultant and expert on the intersection of criminal law and other areas of the law. Flynn lectures locally and nationally on "parallel proceedings," in which a client simultaneously faces sanctions or penalties in both criminal and civil settings.

Kim Cleveland; JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC; Kent State University; Ohio
Kim is a licensed practicing attorney practicing in the state of Ohio and a lecturer at Kent State University. She has served as a litigation defense attorney for hospitals, advanced practice nurses and physicians. Attorney Cleveland has assisted Kent State University's College of Nursing Faculty in formally responding to proposed changes in Ohio Board of Nursing Rules, developing undergraduate and graduate health policy and graduate level nurse administrative legal curriculum. In addition, she has held a number of executive roles and board positions and serves as a consultant to medical practices in billing, administrative and regulatory matters. Attorney Cleveland has spoken at the state, national and international level on health reform, tort reform, health finance and various critical care and administrative topics. She remains active in her local bar and nursing organizations. Kim received her JD from Cleveland Marshal College of Law, MSN from Case Western Reserve University, Post Graduate Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Kent State University and BSN from Ursuline College. Her clinical emphasis has been in critical care with a focus on the development of heart-lung transplant, heart transplant, ECMO and chronic critical illness clinical programs and guidelines. Her administrative experience has involved local, regional and national administrative appointments in acute and long term care. Kim is a co-investigator in research regarding the role of nurses on boards.

Loretta D'Antonio; MBA; Nurses Service Organization; Pennsylvania
Loretta D’Antonio is a Vice President in Aon Affinity’s Healthcare Division with more than 20 years of professional liability experience. Loretta has primary accountability for technology initiatives supporting more than 1 million nurse and allied health practitioners. She previously managed customer retention initiatives as well as our private practice program. Loretta is a licensed P&C and
LAH agent. She earned an MBA from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA with her undergraduate from Rosemont College. She has served as an adjunct faculty member for two local universities in their business administration and health services administration programs.

Michael Dauber; Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Northwell Health; New York
Michael S. Dauber is Philosopher in Residence in the Division of Medical Ethics at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He has an MA in Bioethics from NYU, and has presented at professional conferences on topics including philosophical frameworks for conducting clinical ethics consultation, cognitive enhancement, the ethics of mitochondrial replacement techniques, and the relationship between psychology, neuroscience, and ethics.

Carolyn Dolan; JD, MSN, FNP-BC, PCPNP; University of South Alabama

Richard Donohue; Sergeant, Boston Police Department
Richard is the keynote speaker for TAANA's 35th Annual Meeting & Educational Conference in Boston! Richard, a retired transit police sergeant, was wounded in the line of duty during the Watertown shootout following the Boston Marathon bombings. After being shot, he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was feared dead from significant blood loss. Managing to fend off death and then face the incredible challenges of recovery, Richard’s story has inspired businesses and organizations nationally. TAANA attendees will have the opportunity to hear the moving account of Richard’s near-death challenge and recovery.

Alice Dupler; MN, JD, APN-BC, Esq.; Gonzaga University School of Nursing; Washington
Alice E. Dupler is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas. Previously, she was an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Human Physiology, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, and was a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, Washington State University, Spokane, Washington. Concurrent, she is also a practicing lawyer specializing in advocacy for the elderly. Dr. Dupler has a long-standing, 45-year history of serving vulnerable elderly as a nursing assistant, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, nursing home administrator, nursing home vice president of operations, federally certified LTC surveyor and complaint investigator, regional administrator, nurse scientist and nurse lawyer. Her passion is to improve care of older adults. She does that by linking health administrators and nurses to the evidence that supports best practice for elderly who reside in rural areas, are underserved and are poor. Her goal is to link like-minded individuals who can jointly devise new ways of thinking to provide exceptional care in patient-centered and cost effective ways. Subsequently, a paradigm shift in care of the elderly can be implemented, evaluated and sustained.

Patrice Fedel; GCNS-BC, ACHPN; Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare; Wisconsin
My background and expertise is in medical -surgical nursing and care of the elderly population. I completed my Masters of Science- Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontology in December 2012. I worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist on a medical-surgical unit from 2007-2013. In May of 2013 I transitioned to a different healthcare system as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care, coordinating the geriatric service line and providing palliative care consultation to two area hospitals. I obtained my advanced practice nurse CNS certification in Geriatrics in May 2013 and my Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Certification from Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association in September 2015. I currently serve as the Ethics Committee chair for both hospitals I serve and provide guidance in ethical dilemmas to the staff at each hospital.

Patricia Folcarelli; RN, MA, PhD; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Massachusetts
Patricia H. Folcarelli is the Interim Vice President for Health Care Quality. In this role she is responsible for the oversight of Patient Safety, Risk Management, Patient Relations, Performance Assessment and Regulatory Compliance, Credentialing, Ethics Services, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Emergency Management and Quality Improvement. Pat received her BS in Nursing from Hunter College of the City University of New York, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. Pat serves on the board of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, the Massachusetts Society for Healthcare Risk Management and on the quality and safety board for Mercy, a health system in St. Louis. Pat is the board chair for Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS). Pat is currently also involved in research activity focuses on using OpenNotes to improve patient safety; and an initiative to reduce risk for harm in ICU patients as well as work to eliminate the emotional harm from disrespect in healthcare.

Danielle Franco-Malone; JD; Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt LLP; Washington
Danielle Franco-Malone is a partner at the firm of Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt LLP in Seattle. She represents public- and private-sector union clients and individual employees in all aspects of litigation in state and federal court, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. Danielle graduated from the University of Washington School, where she earned her J.D. and Bachelor's Degree. Before joining the firm, Danielle served as legislative counsel for Alliance for Justice in Washington DC, where she advocated for more progressive federal judges through AFJ's Judicial Selection Project, exposed pro-corporate influence in the Court through AFJ's Corporate Court campaign, and helped to advance several other access to justice initiatives such as the Arbitration Fairness Act. Danielle has also served as the statewide political director for Washington's Death With Dignity ballot initiative, which passed by a 58-42 margin. She has clerked for Legal Voice (formerly the Northwest Women's Law Center), and worked as a field organizer for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. She enjoys spending time with her husband (an ICU nurse) and her two daughters, as well as reading contemporary fiction, hiking in the Cascades, and cooking.

Sara Frey; JD, BSN, RN; Washington State Nurses Association; Washington
Sara Frey has worked for the Washington State Nurses Association for the past nine years as a Nurse Representative and the Practice and Policy Specialist. Currently, she works with nurses at various hospital facilities in Washington State in collective bargaining and other activities including legislative and educational endeavors. In this position, Sara's work involves contract negotiations, arbitration proceedings, grievances, organizing and other activities that further the delivery of safe patient care and nursing excellence. Sara earned her J.D. at Seattle University School of Law and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Prior to obtaining her J.D., Sara worked as an emergency department nurse and flight nurse for roughly 18 years. During law school, Sara participated in an externship with the King County Civil Commitment Division in mental health proceedings. Outside of work, Sara enjoys spending time with her two children as well as skiing, golfing and hiking. Sara is volunteer with Bulldog Haven Northwest and Orca Network.

Alyssa Gibson; Kent State University; Ohio
Alyssa is a junior BSN student at Kent State University. Ms. Gibson has engaged in undergraduate research as part of her honor's curriculum and independent study. Ms. Gibson has assisted attorney-faculty in the preparation of these materials as a part of her ongoing interest in complimentary therapy and patient safety.

Kathleen Hessler; RN, JD, CHC, CHPC; Simione Healthcare Consultants; New Mexico
Kathleen is the national Director of Compliance & Risk for Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC. Ms. Hessler and her team of compliance professionals provide ethics, compliance and risk management services to home health and hospice companies. She is a current member of the Board of Directors for the Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization and a frequent speaker at state and national healthcare and legal conferences. Prior to joining Simione, Ms. Hessler practiced healthcare law for seventeen years representing long term and post-acute care companies. In addition to her degrees in law and nursing, she holds certificates in Health Care Compliance, HIPAA Privacy Compliance and Health Care Ethics. From 2010-2012, Ms. Hessler served as Director of Risk Management for CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, NM and was a member of the hospital ethics committee.

Mat Keller; RN, JD, Regulatory and Policy Nursing Specialist; Minnesota Nurses Association

JoAnn Klaassen; RN, MN, JD; University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Nursing; Kansas

Randi Kopf; RN, BS, BS, MS, JD; Kopf Health Law, LLC; Maryland
Randi has a corporate, regulatory and eHealth practice. She is a nationally recognized and sought after speaker for healthcare law, corporate matters, HIPAA, HITECH, EHR, HIT, professional and regulatory matters including the ACA, Stark, Medicare and health insurance. She provides general and health law counsel to physicians, nurses, allied health practitioners and health associations locally and nationally. During Ms. Kopf's years of professional experience, she has held faculty and instructor positions at Georgetown, University of Maryland and Adelphi University, authored several books and multiple articles. She is an editorial contributor to the AHLA Health Law Academic Curriculum project, serves on the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission Peer Review Panel and participated with Maryland’s Health Care Commission’s EDI/HIPAA Task Force. She served as Chair of Health Law Section of the Montgomery County Bar Association. Ms. Kopf received the Cornell University Alumni Award for Outstanding Volunteerism, the National Distinguished Service Award in Nursing, was voted as a “Super Lawyer” for Maryland and DC in 2007-10, 2014 America’s Most Honored Professional award and serves on the Board of Directors for the Charles E. Smith Life Communities.
Randi Kopf currently serves as President of TAANA Foundation and President of Chesapeake Nurse Attorneys, Inc., She has been awarded by TAANA the Outstanding Advocate Award (2015), Outstanding Legislative & Compliance Section Member Award (2007), Cynthia Northrop Distinguished Service Award, (2004 & 2011) was a former editor and author for the Journal of Nursing Law.

Renée Landers; JD; Suffolk University Law School; Massachusetts
Renée M. Landers is Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School and is the Faculty Director of the school’s Health and Biomedical Law Concentration. She brings a diverse experiences in private practice, a lawyer with the federal government, and on the boards of a variety of professional and community organizations to students in health law, administrative law, and constitutional law. President of the Boston Bar Association in 2003-2004, she was the first woman of color and the first law professor to serve in that position. She served as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Donna E. Shalala, and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Justice under Attorney General Janet Reno. A former member and Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct, she currently serves on the Supreme Judicial Court’s Committee on Judicial Ethics. She is a commentator on constitutional law and health care law for media outlets. She is Chair of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Lisa Lilly; BSN, RN, JD; Francis & Lilly, PLLC; West Virginia

Rebecca Love; Northeastern University; Massachusetts
Rebecca is the founder of HireNurses.com and the Director of Nurse Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University.

Rose Matricciani; AA, BA, JD, RN; Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP; Maryland
Rose M. Matricciani is a Partner with the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP and Chair of its Healthlaw Practice practicing in the areas of healthcare and corporate law. She is Co-Chair of the firm's CCRC Industry Group and has been recognized in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Top Attorneys in Maryland and Maryland Super Lawyers for her healthlaw specialty. Ms. Matricciani concentrates her practice on issues relating to: health provider practices, licensure issues, hospital and ambulatory centers, regulatory matters (i.e., Stark, Anti-kickback, HIPAA, ACA, Medicare/Medicaid, etc.), medical staff bylaws and credentialing, allied health matters, compliance plans, survey responses, federal white collar issues, administrative law matters and healthcare and corporate issues affecting continuing care retirement communities. Ms. Matricciani has been the recipient of the Governor's Citation, DHMH Certificate of Appreciation, Regional Administrator's Award and House of Ruth Award. She is co-author of a publication in The Journal of the American Medical Association; been a contributing editor to a book on medical documentation and modules on family violence; and the author of numerous articles in the healthcare field. She has served continuously on the Peer Review Panel of the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission since 1999 and has lobbied on the State level for healthcare providers. Ms. Matricciani has been a Registered Nurse in Maryland since 1973 and represents nurses in actions before the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Susan Matt; PhD, JD, MN, RN, CNE; Seattle University; Washington

Ronnie McKinnon; RN, JD, CPHRM, CPSO, CPPS; Litigator, Risk Manager, Educator-Loyola University, Chicago and Stony Brook, New York

Janet E. Michael; RN, MS, JD; Law Office of Janet E. Michael; Portland, Maine
Janet is a nurse attorney with a tri-state practice in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Ms. Michael’s legal practice background includes disciplinary defense, medical and nursing malpractice, professional practice issues, and health care risk management. Currently, she focuses on representing nurses and other health care professionals before their respective professional boards. Ms. Michael has written numerous articles for professional journals and spoken at many seminars on topics that relate to legal, ethical and risk management issues in health care. She has a varied health care background including working as a community health nurse, a nursing educator, a hospital charge nurse, a healthcare/risk management consultant, a medical malpractice specialist, and a nurse attorney. Ms. Michael has been an active participant in The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) for more than 25 years and she was awarded their Outstanding Advocate Award. She received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Maine Portland-Gorham, her M.S. in Community Health Nursing from Boston University, and her J.D. from Northeastern University.

Teressa M. Sanzio; RN, MPA, JD; Law Office of Teressa M. Sanzio, PC; Arizona

Karen Smith; PhD; Henry Ford Hospital; Michigan
Dr. Karen Smith has been a member of hospital ethics committees for over 20 years and is currently working at Henry Ford Hospital a 877 bed teaching hospital in Detroit as their clinical ethicist. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a BSW and MSW who began working in hospitals as a medical social worker and member of the ethics committee. She returned school to obtain her Ph.D. in Philosophy/Medical Ethics from the University of Tennessee in 2003. She specializes in death and dying issues and works often to educate the public on Advance Directive issues. She also sits on the National Board for the Funeral Consumers Alliance which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the public education and advocacy related to after death needs.

Yvonne Smith; PhD, APRN-CNS; Kent State University; Ohio
Dr. Smith teaches management and health policy courses and coordinates the nursing and health care management concentration in the graduate nursing program at Kent State University. She redesigned the curriculum of the the Health Management Concentration for graduate nursing students at Kent State to include increased emphasis on health policy, AONE and ACHE competencies for practice and professional practice standards, integrating leadership, organizational, legal and regulatory aspects of administrative practice. Dr. Smith received her PhD from Kent State University and her MSN and BSN from The University of Akron. Her clinical emphasis has been in critical care with a focus on medical and surgical intensive care. Dr. Smith has presented at state, national and international conferences on a variety of topics, conducts research on education and policy issues, and has served in a number of leadership roles including Assistant Dean at Kent State and as President of the Ohio Board of Nursing. Dr. Smith is the primary investigator in research regarding the role of nurses on boards.

Donna McCarten White; RN, PhD, CS, CADAC-11; Lemuel Shattuck Hospital; Massachusetts
Donna McCarten White is highly sought after speaker and consultant who is both an Addiction Specialist and an expert in Traumatic Stress. She is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor with an additional certification in advanced Drug and Alcohol Counseling, is certified in Chemical Dependency and Addictions Nursing, and is certified by the ANCC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public Health Nursing. Dr. White has received many awards, certifications and honors including (but not limited to) the 2006 recipient of the Peer Assistance Award from IntNSA; being inducted as a Board Certified Fellow at the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; the 2007 recipient of the Fong-Bressler Award for Outstanding Preceptorship at the MGH Institute of Health Professions; recognition by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with the award of Champion of Public Health. In May, 2011, she was awarded the 2011 Nancy Valentine Leadership Award from the New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She was voted the 2013 Mentor of the Year by the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA); and in 2014 she was the 2014 recipient of the Heart of Nursing Award from the UMass/Boston Sigma Theta Tau Chapter. Donna has many publications to her credit and recently co-authored a chapter on Addictions Nursing in a Psychiatric textbook. She is certified by the Green Cross Foundation as an educator and therapist in Compassion Fatigue. She is a member of International Trauma Specialists. She is an engaging educator in various nursing programs in the Boston area and has often been a speaker both locally and nationally on topics related to Addictions and Professional Stress.

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