Speakers

Allison Massari

KeyNote Speaker: Allison Massari

In 1998, Allison survived a devastating near head-on car crash where she was trapped & burned alive, conscious the entire time. Just three years later she was hit again at 60 mph & sustained a closed-head brain injury. Allison has always believed in the miraculous. Her profound journey of overcoming these two life-altering injuries gives her a genuine & direct approach to transcending life’s difficulties.

By weaving her remarkable journey with potent life-lessons, Allison highlights the integral nature of patient-centered care & fortifies audience members, reigniting their passion for healthcare.

Prepare to be taken on a journey: Allison has an intimate understanding of the demands and challenges of the medical profession, & compelling authority to address the delicate nature of patient-centered care after surviving two life-threatening car accidents — one where she suffered second & third-degree burns on over 50% of her body

 

“I didn’t want to just heal. I wanted to feel peaceful.
I became relentless in my pursuit to
find the answers to life.”

Cammy Christie TravCon Speaker

Mary Ann “Cammy” Christie NP, MA

Cammy is a nationally known speaker with over 35 years of critical care experience. She received her BSN & MSN with an advanced practice certification in adult health from Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida. In 2000, Cammy completed a post-graduate course for her certification as an acute care nurse practitioner. She maintains her clinical skills through an active practice as an ACNP at the University of Florida, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 
 
Cammy has presented numerous CCRN® Reviews as well as critical care updates with an emphasis on the critical-thinking skills of the bedside practitioner. She is known for her in-depth knowledge of managing patients with complicated cardiovascular diseases. In addition to her busy lecturing schedule, Cammy is a content reviewer for several refereed nursing journals & has numerous publications in the area of critical care. As a critical care nurse practitioner, Cammy brings extensive knowledge & clinical practice skills to her lectures as well as providing bedside clinical pearls, allowing the learner to take bedside care to the next level.

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 in 2009.

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.

Michelle Freitag: TravCon Speaker
Kim & Erran Gipson: TravCon Speakers

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

Kim and Erran 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

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.

Landon James: TravCon Speaker

Cynthia Kinnas

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 BSN, RN

Melissa 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.

Melissa Knybel: TravCon Speaker
Julia Kuhn: TravCon Speaker

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

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.

Laura Latimer: TravCon Speaker
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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

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. 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.

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 earned her Bachelor’s in Nursing Science & Spanish from Brigham Young University, a Masters Degree in Public Health Education at California College of Health Sciences & an MSN in Nursing Education at UNLV. 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. She is also the CE Planner for the 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, 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!
Greg Luther: TravCon Speaker
Robyn Otty: TravCon Speaker

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.

Dan Sees, RV Expert & Kim Sees, RN

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.
Dan & Kim Sees: TravCon Speakers
Joseph Smith: TravCon Speaker

Joseph Smith, RRT/EA/MTax

Joseph 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.

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

Jeff Solheim is a Registered Nurse from Portland Oregon. He has worked as a nurse for over 25 years in clinical areas as varied as the intensive care unit, medical/surgical units & the 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. In 2004, Jeff left the hospital & 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.

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 & 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 & preventative care as well as education to those who lack access to basic services.

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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.

Melanie Theriac, RN & Joanie Reneer, RN, BSN

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. 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 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 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.

Melanie Theriac & Joan Reneer