Speakers

TravCon 2020 Speakers

Our 2020 speaking roster is now full!

Please fill out our Call for Speakers form for 2021 (& the 2020 waitlist)

Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, CFRN, FAEN

Jeff Solheim is an RN from Portland Oregon & has worked as a nurse for over 25 years in clinical areas as varied as the ICU, med/surg units & ER, as well as working as a flight nurse & cruise ship nurse. Jeff’s roles in nursing span from bedside nursing through nursing management & administration to trauma coordinator, nursing educator, nursing consultant & state surveyor. Since 2004, Jeff has spoken to tens of thousands of people in all 50 states as well as multiple countries around the world.

Aside from speaking, Jeff has authored more than 20 books & been editor or contributor to numerous others as well as being published in multiple journals & magazines. He is also the founder & executive director of Project Helping Hands, an organization which places short-term medical teams in countries around the globe providing medical & preventative care as well as education to those who lack access to basic services.

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Norma Bivona

Norma Bivona, MLS(ASCP)cm

Norma is originally from New Orleans. She started her Medical Laboratory Science travel career in 2007 and is still going strong. She’s been traveling as an MLS for 12 years. She is very passionate about her profession. Norma tells us “I love what I do and do what I love. I am licensed in Louisiana, New York, Hawaii, and California. My decision to travel was the best decision I ever made. The experience I have received is invaluable, and the friendships I have made are countless. I am involved in ASCLS the national professional organization for MLS/MLTs where I have given presentations on traveling at both the state and national levels. Always ready to learn something new.

Dylan Callier, DPT

Dylan Callier, a TravCon planning committee member, has been a traveling physical therapist for the past two years and is the founder and host of the popular New Medical Nomads Podcast for Medical Travelers where he interviews other experts within the healthcare traveling field. He holds a position as Traveler Expert at Nomadicare that has allowed his expertise to grow from therapy into the other areas of Allied Health. 

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Landon James: TravCon Speaker

Landon Graham James, RN, BNS, MA, CEN, PCP

Landon began his career early as an ER nurse and volunteered countless hours with the St. John Ambulance brigade. He was responsible for leading the Coastal Health service delivery area through its first Trauma Association of Canada Accreditation process in 2003, an achievement that was recognized with distinction. His career has also seen him as the leader of two different emergency departments. 
 
In 2008, he became president-elect of NENA and served as its president from 2009-2011 (and one year as past president until June 30, 2012). He has also represented Canada internationally, in the U.S. (on multiple occasions) and in Brazil. He had a leadership role with the Ministry of Health in mass casualty management in preparation for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which transitioned into a Games-time role of leading medical services for the Vancouver and Whistler athlete villages.

Jeremy Grimaldi

Jeremy Grimaldi is a Senior Recruiter of 10+ years & Team Lead at Core Medical Group. He is speaking with Julia Kuhn on how to take great photos by making with what you have on hand. Jeremy is a professional photographer, owner of MV Image works, & loves photojournalism from weddings to street photography.

One of his favorite things is when he gets to see a therapist step outside of his or her comfort zone & just own a new career path. That kind of transformation is miraculous & inspires him.

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Erica Harvitt

Erica Harvitt, OT

A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Erica has spent her first 3 years as an Occupational Therapist working in the Home Health Setting. With a background in both international business and child psychology, Erica brings a unique perspective to the field. “When I show up to a patient’s home, my preconceived notion of “my job” or what their needs “should be” goes out the window.

My job, is to find out what they need help with, and do exactly that.” Erica is presently working as the Clinical Liaison for Sutter Coast Acute Rehabilitation Department in Crescent City, CA.

Joanna Hall, RN

We our the Road Trippin Halls, a family unit that includes a traveling Sonographer, an Air Force Veteran, 3 high energy kids, and a dog! We currently live the RV lifestyle as we homeschool our children and travel for work! We bring a perspective to the healthcare traveler that is significant to a lifestyle choice of homeschooling children while on the road.

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Aaron Highfill, RN

Aaron is a RN specializing in long range aeromedical transport. He became an EMT in 1996 and an RN in 2006. He was a traveling ER nurse in The Virgin Islands, California and New England before deciding that 13 week contracts weren’t mobile enough.  He’s worked for a cruise line and in the relief and development sectors.  He now enjoys the logistical and clinical challenges associated with being a flight nurse for Airmed International.

Aaron has been a flight nurse for 6 years now. When not on the road, he is based in Portland, Oregon. Aaron will be bringing his international and volunteering experience to TravCon this year for all those wishing to shake up their career and go beyond the 13 week contract…

 

Cynthia Kinnas, BA

Cynthia has over 20 years of experience in healthcare staffing (she started as a travel nurse recruiter) and is the former president of Randstad Healthcare, which offers nursing, allied and locum tenens including a strong focus in Travel Nursing. Kinnas co-founded Clinical One, the predecessor to Randstad Healthcare, as a travel nurse staffing firm in 1993. Cynthia also serves on the Editorial board of Healthcare Traveler, and was listed in SIA’s Top 100 in Staffing in 2011-2014.

Cynthia is very passionate and knowledgeable about the travel nursing industry and speaks at a variety of healthcare conferences including several past Traveler’s Conferences. She is the former Chairman of the Health Care Section of the ASA (American Staffing Association) as well as a founding board member and former president of the National Association of Travel Healthcare Organizations and was instrumental in creating the first-ever travel nursing specific annual benchmarking report, which was launched by NATHO in partnership with SIA starting in 2013. Cynthia holds a BA in International Relations from USIU-E.

Melissa Knybel: TravCon Speaker

Melissa Knybel, BSN, RN

Melissa is the Vice President of Operations at Randstad Healthcare & responsible for the overall management of the Administration, Quality Assurance, & Housing departments. One of her biggest successes was achieving Joint Commission certification for Health Care Staffing Services in April 2005. Melissa also coordinates tech development & improvement projects, has full accountability for all company compliance programs, works with the Legal & Risk department to investigate all medical malpractice claims, & acts as a liaison to Human Resources on all legal personnel issues.
 

Melissa has over 15 years of experience in the medical staffing industry & over 10 years of clinical nursing experience. Prior to joining Randstad Healthcare, Melissa was employed as an RN working in a variety of settings including a level one trauma center, a community hospital setting, & as an instructor for an Associates Degree RN Program.  Melissa is a member of the Joint Commission Advisory Board for Health Care Staffing Services, sits on the Clinical Executive Committee of NATHO, & is an active member of the Health Care Policy Council of the American Staffing Association.

Julia Kuhn, MS CCC-SLP

Julia is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in adult neurogenic rehab.  She has worked as a traveling SLP across the USA, including Hawaii. She has worked in acute care, inpatient rehab and skilled nursing facilities. While she is not on assignment, Julia has traveled to over 15 countries! She loves to hike, practice photography and drink a lot of coffee! She blogs resources and inspiration for healthcare travelers at www.thetravelingtraveler.com

Julia Kuhn: TravCon Speaker
Laura Latimer: TravCon Speaker

Laura Latimer, OT

Laura is the founder of Nomadicare.com as well as a traveling OT for 6 years (and counting!) She is on a mission to find the best recruiters in travel healthcare and connect them to travelers. Only 1 in 4 recruiters pass the Nomadicare test and receive the”Nomadic Stamp of Approval”. She knows just how important a recruiter is in a traveler’s journey and Laura is honored to be dubbed “The Recruiter Matchmaker.”

You can get Laura’s free guide to getting started in travel healthcare at Nomadicare.com and follow her on Facebook at Laura Nomadicare where she loves giving away resources, answering questions and running free travel healthcare webinars.

Phil Light, RN CEN

Phil is a working Emergency Registered Nurse Traveler, Co-Founder and President of the non-profit Professional Association of Nurse Travelers (PanTravelers.org), and a founding Board Member of the Travelers Conference in 2009. Following 12 years in the back of an ambulance as EMS Director, Phil  was one of the very first males to earn a nursing degree from Western Kentucky University. He’s been working in hospitals at the bedside since 1988 and a traveler since 2004.
 

Before 2005, travelers did not have an organization committed to representing their interests, nor a unified voice within the industry. PanTravelers was founded to fill that void. There was and is still an immense amount of myth and misinformation circulating among both travelers and agencies. We recognized a need for an authoritative source of accurate information available to all travelers with a goal of helping travelers avoid the common pitfalls that can affect their careers. PanTravelers is the only voice exclusively dedicated to traveler’s interests.

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Traccey Long: TravCon Speaker

Tracey Long, RN, PhD, MS, MSN, CE, CNE, CHUC, CCRN

As a registered nurse for 30 years, Dr. Long has worked in critical care, emergency medicine, IMC and primary care. She has developed health education & diabetes programs in Spanish for local hospitals in Las Vegas, Nevada where she resides. She has served as faculty and Professor of Nursing at the College of Southern Nevada, Nevada State College in the School of Nursing, Kaplan, Chamberlain and Brightwood College. She works with International Service Learning taking nurses & students to Central & South America offering medical clinics to rural communities.

As a freelance speaker with OnCourse Learning, ATrain and Pesi, she has earned the Educator of Excellence Award, and has been an invited keynote speaker for nursing school graduations, nursing career fairs, nursing webinars and genealogy seminars.

Greg Luther, Spouse Extraordinaire

Greg is the husband of Belinda Luther , a L&D travel nurse. He has been traveling with her since 2007! He has a background in security and construction including 7 years with the Texas Dept of Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the Chattanooga Citizens Police Academy and a member of the NRA. He also had his own radio program on WSDT-AM where he spoke about personal rights and responsibilities. Greg and his wife Belinda are well known to TravCon attendees having been at most previous meetings and having spoken on Traveling with Your Pets!
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Alex McCoy

Alex McCoy, BSN, RN

Alex is a pediatric nurse who has been traveling for over three years with her husband and their two pets. She is the owner of Fit Travel Life, a coaching service designed to help travelers create standards and habits that translate between assignments and allow them to lead a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. In addition to her coaching services, Alex also offers a free Facebook community for healthcare travelers looking to stay fit on the road. The group is a wealth of resources where you can find anything from easy recipes to travel workouts to inspiration on days you are feeling unmotivated. 
 
During her spare time Alex enjoys hiking, CrossFit, and trying local food and coffee. You can learn more about Alex at FitTravelLife.net.

Robyn Otty, OTD, MEd, OTR/L, BCPR

Robyn is the interim program director and associate professor at Touro University Nevada’s College Health and Human Services, School of Occupational Therapy. As a practicing clinician for 24 years, and ten years as a professional educator, she possesses a wealth of physical rehabilitation experience within multiple areas of practice. 
 
Robyn received her Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation in 2012 from AOTA, clinical doctorate (OTD) from Loma Linda University in 2010, Master of Education for Touro University Nevada in 2007, and Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State in 1994. Current research interests include using evidence-supported cognitive approaches to improve motor control for adolescents diagnosed with high functioning autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Otty has presented at various conferences and lectured for Vyne Education.
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Joseph Reinke, CFA

Joseph Reinke is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder and is the founder of FitBUX. In the past year, FitBUX has helped 4,500 healthcare professionals manage over a half billion dollars in student loans, and they have recently expanded their services to include investment management.
Joseph has appeared on numerous industry podcasts, been an author for various industry publications, and has done over 70 student loan workshops at university graduate programs, SIGs, Conclaves, and annual conferences throughout the country. In 2017 he was named as one of the top 40 influencers in physical therapy by UpDoc Media.

Anna Rodriguez, RN, MSN

Anna has been an RN since 2008 and worked in a variety of areas including med/surg, telemetry, CVICU, nurse manager, ICU travel nurse, critical care float pool, and endoscopy.

During her eleven years as a nurse, Anna has witnessed healthcare professionals struggle with major issues like burnout, compassion fatigue, and moral distress, and experienced burnout herself! She was able to return to bedside nursing after two years and that’s when she became obsessed with the topic of burnout. Anna created The Burnout Book, a website and blog with a mission to help her fellow nurses know they aren’t alone, help them find the tools and resources they need to avoid burnout in their profession, and help them keep their spark for nursing!

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Joseph Smith, RRT/EA/MTax: The Travel Tax Expert

Joseph finished degrees in Accounting and Respiratory Therapy, & worked as a travel respiratory therapist before founding TravelTax & TravelTax Canada, a tax practice catering to the travel healthcare professional and mobile professionals in other staffing segments. His firm prepares US and Canadian returns and represents clients before the IRS, Canadian Revenue Agency and State Tax Agencies in audits, tax controversies and litigation support.

Joseph is a regular contributor to a number of staffing related publications/social media. He is the co-author of the 2015/2017 edition of Highway Hypodermics, serves on the Tax Compliance Committee of the National Association of Travel Healthcare Organizations (NATHO), a regular speaker at the Healthcare Staffing Summit and teaches taxation at Northeast Community College.

Steve Stockhausen

Stephen & his wife Ellen are both physical therapists who have been traveling around the country, from Kentucky to Alaska, for the last 5 years. They recently became a family of 5 when their two dogs were joined by Kinley, their daughter, who just turned two. They are both Orthopedic Clinical Specialists, & have used these skills in nearly every setting since graduating together in 2011. When off the clock, they enjoy running ultra-marathons, mountain biking, bouldering, skiing, and backpacking with their three “kids” in tow. Together they founded the blog PTAdventures to share their experiences as travelers and offer a resource to others in the industry. They are passionate about living the adventure and exploring wherever they land on this travel journey. They want to inspire other travelers to stand out in whatever setting they are contracted in, and strive to be a valuable asset to their patients and the therapy world.

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Linnea Stonebraker: TravCon Speaker

Linnea Stonebraker, RN, PhD

Linnea has been an RN for almost 40 years. After more than two decades providing direct patient care in mostly critical care areas, she started her own business, National Institute for Healthcare Education (NIHE), an AHA Training Center, in 2003 in her living room. This business has grown every year since and she has now written the definitive book on how to do what she does, “How to Start a Safety Training Center”. NIHE was awarded National AHA Training Center status several years ago and she now spends her time training AHA Instructors and helping AHA Training Sites grow their footprint in their communities.

Linnea has become known around the country for her ability to make complex topics simple and easy to understand, and her willingness to mentor healthcare providers who want to start their own business to provide freedom for themselves and their families. Her dream is to share the experience and the things that she has learned with others who are looking for the freedom that owning their own business brings and want to own a business that gives back to their local communities. She served for many years as AHA Regional Faculty for ACLS, BLS, and PALS and was a Regional Trainer for NRP.

Jenny Swinerton, General Counsel & Kendra Nicastro

Jenny Swinerton is the General Counsel for LeaderStat. In this role, Jenny provides legal advice and strategic guidance to the company on issues related to employment matters, compliance, regulatory, & other legal and business matters. She works closely with operational leaders within LeaderStat to develop business strategy & promote the organization’s commitment to providing innovative services to its clients.

As Director of Business Development, Kendra oversees marketing & business development for LeaderStat, as a full service, leadership resource for post-acute, senior living & healthcare companies. Kendra has 20+ years of marketing, business development & sales experience in the healthcare industry & private sector & spent several years in a corporate marketing & business development role for a regional skilled nursing and assisted living provider.

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Melanie Theriac & Joan Reneer

Melanie Theriac, RN & Joanie Reneer, RN, BSN; The Destination Experts!!

Melanie began her career in ICU. Migrating to southern Indiana, Melanie moved into home care and eventually became a partial owner of Riverfront Home Health. Joanie initially worked in hospital units including Med/Surg, Telemetry, and ICU. She transitioned into homecare where she met her future business partner Melanie, and the two began working together. Joanie eventually left home care nursing to open a home infusion company.

In 2003, Melanie & Joanie became business partners & created Medical Staffing Solutions, LLC (MSS). Within a year, the two single mothers bought out their silent partners and became 100% Woman-Owned/100% Nurse-Owned business. Digging in her heels, the two expanded their per diem staffing services to include therapy, pharmacy, and allied health services.

Jeff West

Jeff has spent 14 years in the healthcare staffing industry, first as a recruiter and now as regional manager with Aureus Medical Group. His wealth of knowledge acquired from his years of building relationships with nurses and hospital hiring managers gives him a broad perspective of travel nursing and has enabled him to share best practices with nurses in the field and recruiters he coaches.

Jeff holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in Communications. He has served as a panelist at TravCon and a speaker during the Staffing Industry Analysts’ Healthcare Staffing Summit.

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