2018 TravCon Key Note Speaker

Humerous; Engaging; Dynamic & Inspiring for all Healthcare Travelers

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

Jeff Solheim is a Registered Nurse from West Linn Oregon, a suburb of Portland Oregon. He has worked as a Registered Nurse for over 25 years in clinical areas as varied as the intensive care unit, medical/surgical units and the emergency department as well as working as a flight nurse and cruise ship nurse. Jeff’s roles in nursing span from bedside nursing through nursing management and administration to trauma coordinator, nursing educator, nursing consultant and state surveyor. In 2004, Jeff left the hospital and started his own speaking and consulting firm. Since then, he has spoken to tens of thousands of people in all 50 states as well as multiple countries around the world. He was awarded the Nursing Education Award by the Emergency Nurses Association for his education and publishing accomplishments.

Aside from speaking, Jeff has authored more than 20 books and been editor or contributor to numerous others as well as being published in multiple journals and magazines.  He is also the founder and emeritus executive director of Project Helping Hands, an organization which places short-term medical teams in countries around the globe providing medical and preventative care as well as education to those who lack access to basic services. Jeff is currently the President of the Emergency Nurses Association and works as an international flight nurse for Criticalair.  Jeff weaves his tales from his travels around the world with his extensive nursing background to make each presentation an unforgettable experience.

2018 TravCon Speakers

Bringing Their Expertise to You

All Things Housing Panel: Michael Schlottman, Jeff West, Richard Kousgaard

This presentation will provide information and resources on the perfect fit while on assignment form Hotels, to apartments, Air B & B, and other options, whether it is traveling alone, with family and/or pets. The Panel of experts will answer questions pertaining to ALL things Housing during this presentation from searching to security and “What to look for” when searching for housing.

Michael Schlottman has been in the Hospitality industry for over 30 years.  His expertise in lodging includes operations, Sales and partnering with the Healthcare industry to find the right fit for lodging for travelers. He has been with Extended stay America for 10 years. His extensive knowledge of the lodging industry is beneficial to travelers and agencies.

Kyle Burnis has been a Critical Care RN since 1980 and works as and Nurse Recruiter with Banner Health. She has been a Flight RN for both fixed and rotor aircraft in Arizona. She's an Auctioneer! She's practice this skill at many black tie events including raising money for the Critical Care Team for Dakar Africa. She's responsible for multiple animal rescues. And, she is an expert in all the intricacies of securing safe and suitable housing for healthcare travelers.

Jeff West has spent 13 years in the healthcare staffing industry, first as a recruiter and now as a 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 and develops.  J

Richard Kousgaard has been a recruiter in the healthcare staffing industry for 12 years. As a Senior Account Manager, he’s one of Aureus Medical Group's most respected and beloved nurse recruiters. His customer-centric approach, attention to the finite details, and passion for helping nurses navigate each step of the travel journey have earned him respect among his colleagues and enduring relationships with the nurses he works with daily.

CEO Panel

Scott Martindale is organizing and coordinating this expert panel. Scott is the Chief Executive Officer of Republic Health Resources, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas – working specifically to treat depression, anxiety and transition issues with adults. He holds a Master’s in Counseling and Human Development from Hardin Simmons University and commits time as a visiting Professor to several University Systems.

John Maaske's profession in the healthcare staffing industry spans 17 years. He co-founded Triage Staffing in 2006. John built Triage with intentions to get to know each of his travelers and to create an exceptional travel experience for all, with a bottom-line of: “Build Trust, Go After It!” He enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with his family.

Ken Tracy is the president of TaleMed, which he founded with his wife in 2006. Prior to TaleMed, Ken served as President at Trasys and Vice President at Fluor Daniel. Ken serves on the Board of Trustees for Miami Township for more than 15 years.  He’s an active volunteer with Inner City Basketball, Milford Miami Ministry Food Bank, BLOC Ministries in Cincinnati and hosts several yearly company fundraisers for various local charities. An ordained minister, Ken also serves as an elder for Milford Christian Church.

Steve Ryan has been the owner/President of Atlas MedStaff for the last 4 years. He joined Atlas 5 years ago as a client manager and soon after was told the company would be closing its doors. After spending close to 13 years between two large staffing industry firms, he recognized an opportunity to do things differently: to treat everyone like one big family, both internal staff and travelers alike. So, he made the intimidating leap from employee to business owner. He prides himself on staying current and not losing track of what is going on in the industry. He does this by being a working leader who shares a cube with the rest of his staff on the floor.

Sheldon Arora serves as CEO for LiquidAgents Healthcare. With 20+ years in the staffing sector, Sheldon provides strategy, operational expertise, vision, and leadership. Prior to his role at LiquidAgents Healthcare, Sheldon held several executive-level positions in the tech industry, including CEO of Esoftsolutions (ranked 52 by Inc. Magazine), senior leader at Perot Systems, and technology leader for EDS. Sheldon is a board member of several privately held companies, a member of technical and business associations, and frequently presents at conferences nationwide. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Wayne State University.

Cynthia Kinnas will be moderating this presentation from industry decision-makers. She has been involved in the healthcare travel industry for almost 30 years. She co-founded Clinical One, the predecessor of Randstad Healthcare, then served as president of Randstad. In her role as founding board member and president of the NATHO, Cynthia was instrumental in creating the first travel nursing annual benchmarking report. Cynthia now serves on the board of directors of TravCon – The Travelers Conference.

Christopher Coates CHP

Christopher is the COO of Travel Nurses Inc. He has thirty-seven years of combined experience in health care and industrial staffing solution resource development, and has expertise in new starts, mergers, and acquisitions. Chris spent 17 years as VP/Administrator of 400 bed nonprofit, multiple unit, faith-based recovery services provider including full charge of nonprofit industrial staffing component that provided temp to hire opportunities to people experiencing social barriers to employment. He believes in being an advocate for people experiencing homelessness.

Earl Dalton, MHA, MSL, BSN, NEA-BC

Earl Dalton - Chief Nursing Officer at Health Carousel, has over 20 years of acute hospital experience in a variety of leadership roles from Adult Health to Emergency and Critical care. Dalton is an accomplished speaker, author and innovator in the Healthcare industry. Dalton has worked for several hospital systems most notably, the Duke University Health System, consistently in the top ten for healthcare delivery in the United States and globally. Dalton is an industry thought leader and has done exceptional work in areas of Work Culture, Quality Improvement and Customer Satisfaction.
Earl was part of the Magnet journey for Duke University Health System as well as TriHealth Health System where both sites displayed exemplar performance in their site assessments. Dalton has spoken at such events as the AMSN national conference as well as internationally at the Philippines National Nurses Association conference (keynote) and in South Korea. Dalton was published in Customer Care News for innovation in customer experience in 2015 and won the Mount St Joseph Distinguished Nurse Administrator award for the city of Cincinnati.

Shari Dalton, Founder & CEO

Shari is the co-founder and CEO at Moxie Mentoring, LLC, the nations #1 provider of recruiter training and expert consulting for healthcare staffing firms.  With over a decade of experience in healthcare staffing, Shari has been in the trenches and understands the complexities of the market-she’s worked as a Recruiter, Client Manager, as well as compliance and management.  Shari leverages her unique perspective to empower team members to maximize performance, accountability and growth.  She is passionate about creating a mindset of confidence and achievement for recruiters and their agencies.  Shari is a results-driven problem solver with an uncanny ability to look at the big picture and help create a path to success.

Wendi Dusseault, Executive Vice President, Travel Nursing

Ms. Dusseault oversees Cross Country Staffing's brands that recruit and place travel RNs, LPNs, Surgical Techs and Dialysis Techs in healthcare facilities across the country. These brands include: Cross Country TravCorps, NovaPro and MedStaff. She also manages the Credentialing and Compliance department, which assures that our travelers are properly credentialed and compliant for every assignment.

Additionally, Ms. Dusseault has been elected to the National Association of Travel Healthcare Organization’s (NATHO) Board of Directors since 2014, serving as the Treasurer since May of 2016. NATHO is a non-profit association of travel healthcare organizations founded in 2008 to promote ethical business practices in the travel healthcare industry, setting the gold standard for conduct that is aligned among member agencies on behalf of travel healthcare candidates and clients.

Michelle Freitag RN, BSN, EMBA

Michelle started her travel nursing career in 2003 and spent 7 years full-time in an RV working around the country. She attended the first TravCon in 2008 and immediately fell in love with it. She has been one of the principal organizers of the conference ever since, and a founding TravCon Board member.

Obtaining her BSN and Executive MBA degrees in British Columbia, Canada, Michelle has worked in various areas including long term care facilities, med-surg & ENT units, Cardiac ICU's, ER's and general ICUs. Moving to the United States in 2003 to start her career on the road, Michelle eventually focused in the ER which she still enjoys. When not working on the conference, she can be found enjoying the great outdoors or developing websites.

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

Landon JamesLandon James 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.

Kim Gipson, ARDMS/RVT & Erran Gipson, RT(R)

Kim and Erran G both work in Radiology and have been traveling for over 6 years with their pug Mimi La Roux. They are the creators of Travelers School, an Interactive, Fully Comprehensive, Online Training Course for healthcare travelers. They started the popular Facebook group..Travel Life: Freedom in Scrubs, where they have free trainings, resources, and tons of great info for healthcare travelers.

They are Motivational Speakers, Teachers and Leaders in the Healthcare Traveling Industry. Their Passion and Mission is to give travelers, no matter where they are on their journey, all the Resources, Tips, Tools, Support, Inspiration, Guidance, and Confidence they need….to have the most Incredible…Successful..Fun…Adventure of a Lifetime!! You can find our more about Kim and Erran and the work they do on their website www.KimandErranG.com

Keith Kappel (MSSI), Josh Cutchins (TotalMed), Holly Fenn (Fusion Medical), Ashley Smith (Republic Health)

Keith Kappel: As MSSI’s recruitment leader, Keith has transformed & helped accelerate MSSI’s strategic initiatives of becoming one of the most respected and leading staffing agencies in the USA. In his 6 years at MSSI, Keith has continued to manage 50+ caregivers, supervise and train new & existing recruitment staff & help develop systems designed to increase retention & performance management. Prior to MSSI Keith worked for Strategic Telecom & was instrumental in helping earn the title of 2nd fasted growing medium size companies by the BBA.

Holly Fenn: Holly has been a recruiter in the staffing industry for 14 years. She also worked in the medical field for 17 years before becoming a recruiter. She is very active on the Traveler Facebook groups and always tries to bring a very diplomatic response and perspective from the other side of the industry to the travelers. Holly's goal is to honestly educate travelers about the industry and help them navigate through the mass of information that is out there.

Ashley Smith: Ashley has 5 years of recruiting experience - 3 of those being in healthcare recruiting. She has won Recruiter of the Year for 2 years running as well as won the past 7 Recruiter of the Quarter awards for having elite customer service, maintaining the most nurses on assignment, as well as having the best overall retention rate.  She now oversees all hiring, training, and ongoing development of a team of 25 internal recruiters.

Josh Cutchins: Prior to joining TotalMed, Josh spent 3 years working in the medical device industry with Stryker Endoscopy. Josh has a wealth of experience in various functions of the healthcare industry, with an emphasis in customer satisfaction. He understands what qualities candidates need to be successful in all facets of the fast-paced world of travel nursing. Josh is now using his knowledge of and passion for the healthcare industry to help place top talent, partnering with clients across the country to fill critical positions.

 

Cynthia Kinnas

Cynthia_KinnasCynthia Kinnas 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, BSN,RN

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

Melissa has over 15 years of experience in the medical staffing industry and over 10 years of clinical nursing experience. Prior to joining Randstad Healthcare, Melissa was employed as a Registered Nurse working in a variety of settings including a level one trauma center, a community hospital setting, and 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, the National Association of Traveling Healthcare Organizations, and 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

Laura Latimer, OT

View More: http://latimerstudios.pass.us/laurpersonal2014Laura Latimer 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.

Jeff Lee & Angel Wells

Jeff is currently the Director of Operations and Corporate Training for the International Tactical Officers Training Assoc. (ITOTA).  Jeff has over 24 years of experience studying a variety of Martial Arts and a decade of special operations law enforcement experience.  He has spoken at various institutions, including briefing at the US Institute for Peace in Washington, DC.  He currently teaches Tactical Combatives providing seminar instruction for self-defense for civilians. As a personal defense expert Jeff brings practical solutions to immediately impact each student’s abilities to defend themselves & their loved ones.

Angel is a partner in Toccoa Security Consulting, as well as The Warrior Institute, School of Martial Arts & Combative Training. Angel started her career in various health care settings, then focused on public safety & into healthcare with a degree in dental hygiene & public health. Angel has been training as a self-defense/personal security instructor & provides consulting services for client companies in the area of sales & marketing. In addition, Angel is sought out by clients to speak & teach in the areas of self-defense & corporate security concerns. Angel is a true believer in self-worth: she believes in those who don’t believe in themselves.

Phil Light, RN, CEN

philPhil 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. 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. We are growing rapidly, and with our growth we are better able to influence industry practices. PanTravelers is the only voice exclusively dedicated to traveler's interests.

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

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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 and diabetes programs in Spanish for local hospitals in Las Vegas, Nevada where she resides. She earned her Bachelor’s in Nursing Science and Spanish from Brigham Young University, a Masters Degree in Public Health Education at California College of Health Sciences and an MSN in Nursing Education at UNLV.  She completed her PhD in Nursing Education and Leadership. 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 and students to Central and South America offering medical clinics to rural communities. She is the CE Planner for Travelers Conference.

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. As a freelance author she has written “Climbing Family Trees-Whispers in the Leaves” about doing genealogy, developed nursing courses and has written 3 children’s health books including “Mommy the Builder,” “Grandpa’s Big Heart” and “Grandma’s Crooked Smile.”

Greg Luther

Greg Luther 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!

Scott Martindale, LPC

Scott Martindale is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas – working specifically to treat depression, anxiety and transition issues with adults. This devotion has provided him tremendous insight into the causes of depression, treatment modalities and methods to deal with continuous symptoms. Scott is very passionate about mental health and the intense need to shed light upon current issues regarding our healthcare employees and how proper treatment can help to improve their overall quality of life, and the patients in which they interact. He holds a Master’s in Counseling and Human Development from Hardin Simmons University and commits time as a visiting Professor to several University Systems. Additionally, Mr. Martindale is the Chief Executive Officer of Republic Health Resources, a nationwide, Joint Commission Certified travel nursing firm based in Dallas Texas.

Shaunna Nastasi

Shaunna is a healthcare staffing expert who spends her days training recruiters to place healthcare travelers in the appropriate assignment. Shaunna was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas where she lives with her husband and 3 children. Before her current position as Recruiting Manager for TRS Healthcare, she was a recruiter handling up to 53 working nurse travelers - during which time she became expert in the successes and failures that healthcare travelers experience during the facility interview.

Robyn Otty, OTD, MEd

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

Joseph Reinke, CFA, Founder & CEO

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.

 

Kim & Dan Sees, RV Experts

Dan has over 40 years of camping experience, over 20 years of maintaining RVs, and 9 years of supporting his wife as a Travel Nurse living in a motorhome. He is an aircraft mechanic by trade with extensive training in mechanical equipment, including engines, electrical systems, drivetrains, pneumatics, hydraulics & plumbing. Dan has been researching RVs and related content for approximately 20 years, and leads discussions on living and traveling in RVs over the past several years.

Kim Sees is a Travel Nurse (TN) Professional.  In her 12 years TN experience, she has enjoyed living & working from the RV for 9 yrs, primarily by herself.  As a result, Kim has learned to troubleshoot the smaller problems & how to find the resources to tackle the larger issues. From negotiating contracts to finding camping spaces that fit the RV lifestyle, Kim has the experience and has made the RV lifestyle work. She enjoys sharing that knowledge with others. Kim is married to Dan Sees, RV advocate extraordinaire.  They enjoy vacationing in the Class A diesel pusher when not on assignment, roaming from coast to coast & visiting family.

 

 

Kay “Epstein LaRue” Slane, RN, BS

The writing world calls her “Epstein,” but reality calls her "Kay."  She has been a nurse since 1992 and was first published in 2001.  She has been involved as a speaker since the first conference, and a board member and secondary MC in more recent conferences. Highway Hypodermics: Travel Nursing 2017 is the sixth book in her travel nursing series and sports Joseph Smith and Aaron Highfill as co-authors.  Highway Hypodermics: On The Road Again was a winner in the USABookNew’s awards over two other travel nursing finalists, and every book since Highway Hypodermics:  Travel Nursing 2007 has spent time on Amazon’s bestselling book in the Nursing Trends, Issues and Roles list.  Every book since Highway Hypodermics:  Travel Nursing 2012 has been #1 on the Medical Reference list for eBooks.

Epstein received her Certificate of Grad-Level Management in 2013 and travels during the winter to California as a house supervisor.  In the summer she concentrates her efforts on teaching recruiters about what travel nurses want in a company and updates her website, www.highwayhypodermics.com, which is a premier site for travel company information.  Her Facebook group “Travel Nursing Newbies” is the leading group for teaching new traveling healthcare professionals on how to get started in the travel healthcare field.

Joseph Smith, RRT/EA/MTax

JosephSmithJoseph finished degrees in Accounting and Respiratory Therapy, and worked as a travel respiratory therapist before founding TravelTax and TravelTax Canada, a tax practice catering to the travel healthcare professional and mobile professionals in other staffing segments. TravelTax is well known in the healthcare staffing industry and serves a substantial client base of domestic and international mobile professionals, and their staffing agencies. 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. In addition to his undergraduate degrees, Joseph holds a MS in Taxation from Golden Gate University and has completed tax courses at Athabasca University in Canada.

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.

Gary Swyers

For the past 26 years, Gary has managed and coached staff and volunteers. He has also facilitated corporate and non-profit groups, toward individual and team development, utilizing experiential learning and assessments as tools for growth. Currently, Gary uses his experience and skills to assist individuals at TRS Healthcare to leverage the best version of themselves. He holds certifications in DISC, Emotional Intelligence, CCL 360 Assessment, MBTI Type Indicator, Thomas Kilman Conflict Instrument, and Facilitation.

Melanie Theriac, RN and Joanie Reneer, RN, BSN

Image of Joanie and MelanieMelanie Theriac, RN began her career in ICU. Migrating to southern Indiana, Melanie moved into home care and eventually became a partial owner of Riverfront Home Health. After 10 years, the company was sold to American Nursing Care and Melanie joined two silent partners to open Medical Staffing Solutions, LLC in Evansville, Indiana.

Joanie Reneer, RN, BSN initially worked in hospital units including Med/Surg, Telemetry, and ICU. She transitioned into homecare where she met her future business partner, Melanie Theriac, and the two began working together. Joanie eventually left home care nursing to open a home infusion company.

In 2003, Melanie approached Joanie about becoming a business partner with 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.

Cathy Vollmer, RN, BSN, CSP & Brian Cleary, BSN

Cathy is Senior VP of Favorite Healthcare Staffing. She is responsible for Favorite’s Travel, Allied Health, Advanced Practice, Direct Hire, Managed Services/VMS, Disaster Relief, and Project Staffing Divisions. As a member of Favorite’s Senior Team, she provides guidance and leadership to the corporate divisions and branch offices. Cathy considers keeping nurses in nursing to be her most powerful career motivation and professional goal. Cathy was trained in the nursing field, achieving her Diploma in Nursing from Missouri Baptist School of Nursing and BSN Degree from Maryville College in St. Louis, Missouri. She has continued MBA and Leadership studies at Avila College in Kansas City, MO.

With 18 years of experience, Brian is Favorite Healthcare Staffing’s Regional Director overseeing Texas and the Pacific Northwest. He also participates in industry related programs with the American Staffing Association and Staffing Industry Analysts. He has shown great success in creating successful implementation of urgent staffing provision, as well as relief, short-term and long-term disaster assistance under a variety of difficult-to-manage and physically taxing situations. Brian's career path was influenced by his military service in the United States Air Force Reserve, where he served as a flight medic on C-130’s during Desert Storm. That experience influenced him to pursue a civilian career in Nursing. From there, he has grown and developed substantially, offering a unique and invaluable experience and perspectives in disaster relief, implementation and staffing.

Natalie Serra & Shane Young BA

Natalie is an executive recruiter at FlexCare Medical Staffing - a leading company in the travel nursing and allied healthcare staffing industry. Natalie has worked in healthcare staffing for over four years and is experienced in recruitment training, credentialing, and payroll processing. She has received numerous FlexCare awards, including Recruitment MVP, Compliance Excellence, and Recruiter of the Month.

As an accomplished executive recruiter and long-time team member at FlexCare, Shane has successfully staffed nurses and clinicians in all 50 states.  In addition, Shane serves in a variety of leadership and management roles while being known as one of the best in credentialing and payroll processes. He has received numerous awards from FlexCare and his peers, including Recruiter of the Month, the prestigious FlexCare MVP, and Certificate of Compliance Excellence.