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2020 NRTRC Speakers

The NRTRC TAO Virtual Conference features outstanding speakers, all experts in the telehealth, who will share their knowledge, experience, and the latest information in our current world of COVID-19.

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Keynote Speaker: Lisa Gualtieri

RecycleHealth: How to Reduce eWaste, Help Underserved Populations, and Conduct Research while Having Fun

Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, is an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. She conducts research on the use of activity trackers with underserved populations; the integration of tracker data into clinical care; and the impact of digital literacy skills on adoption of digital health by older adults. Dr. Gualtieri is the founder of RecycleHealth, a non-profit that collects trackers to donate to underserved populations. She serves on the FDA’s General Hospital and Personal Use Devices Panel. Dr. Gualtieri has a PhD in computer science from Harvard University, a ScM in computer science from Brown University, and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts. She tweets at @lisagualtieri.
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101 & 102 Workshop

HRSA Region 10 "State of the Region" Panel

Matt McCullough
Mr. McCullough recently became the new Associate Director of the Utah Education and Telehealth Network, where he is responsible for Telehealth operations, strategic planning, and development of new services and sites. Previous to this role, he worked at the Utah Department
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Mary Sheridan
Mary Sheridan, RN, MBA, is the Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care, Division of Public Health, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, since 2003.  She is passionate about understanding rural health issues and seeking resources to help
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Rose Locklear
Rose Locklear joined the Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) in 2017 after completing two internships at ORH as part of her master’s degree in Public Health at Oregon State University.  She began as a Program Coordinator at ORH to help Oregon’s
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John R Graham
John R. Graham was appointed Regional Director, Region 10, on April 1, 2018.  He previously served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation during the Administration’s first year.  He has almost two decades experience as a financial, economic, and policy analyst in
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Kimberly Miyazawa Frank
Kimberly Miyazawa Frank is the Regional Administrator of Region 10, Administration for Children & Families (ACF), supporting Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and 272 Tribal Nations.  Focused on the national priorities of prevention and economic mobility, she leads the Seattle team; and with
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RaChelle Zylstra
RaChelle (Shelly) Zylstra, a relative newcomer to federal service, has worked in government programs which serve older adults and people with disabilities for nearly forty years.  Currently the Regional Administrator for the Administration for Community Living, she was trained in the sciences
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Sharon Turner
Sharon Turner has a passion for serving vulnerable and underserved populations and has over 30 years’ experience in public health and human services.  Ms. Turner has been with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) since 2004 and currently serves as the Regional
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David Dickinson
David A. Dickinson, MA, has over 40 years of experience in the field of behavioral health, working in clinical service delivery as a counselor, program manager, and agency director, as well as serving in leadership positions in State government in Kansas
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Tammy Arndt
Tammy Arndt is Director of Northwest TeleHealth, a regional video conference network, providing a platform of connectivity to thirty-three communities in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.  Utilizing collaborative tools and established protocols, Northwest TeleHealth facilitates and supports healthcare administration, distance education, and
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Darryl Means
Mr. Means is the Northwest Regional Administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  He is the executive leader responsible for overseeing Medicare and Medicaid programs, agency initiatives, business and partnership development, and outreach and education throughout the region.  Mr. Means’
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Remote Patient Monitoring Workshop

Bonnie Britton
Bonnie Britton, MSN, RN, ATAF, is recognized as a Telehealth pioneer and expert. She has dedicated the past 21 1/2 years of her career as a nurse, advancing the adoption and implementation of Remote Patient Monitoring both nationally and internationally. Bonnie
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Telehealth 101

Deb LaMarche
Deb has 24 years of experience in telehealth since its inception at the University of Utah in 1996.  She worked with health care providers to implement diverse telehealth applications such as telestroke, prison telemedicine, and distance education for nursing Ph.D. programs. During...
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Tammy Arndt
Tammy Arndt is Director of Northwest TeleHealth, a regional video conference network, providing a platform of connectivity to thirty-three communities in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.  Utilizing collaborative tools and established protocols, Northwest TeleHealth facilitates and supports healthcare administration, distance education, and
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Catherine Britain
Catherine Britain is a co-founder and a past president of the Telehealth Alliance of Oregon (TAO) and currently serves as the Executive Director. She is the principal and owner of CSBritain Consulting. The Telehealth Alliance of Oregon (TAO) provides telehealth education and policy
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Cindy Roleff
Cindy is the Telehealth Program Development Manager for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). ANTHC is a non-profit Tribal health organization that partners with over 175,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people and the Tribal health organizations of the Alaska
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Cara Towle
Cara Towle, MSN, RN, MA, has worked in telemedicine since 1996, starting with international telehealth programs at USCF and Stanford, then joining the University of Washington in 2001 to focus on rural telehealth programs. Through 2015, she served as the first
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Jennifer Erickson
Jennifer Erickson DO has a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience from Washington State University, and completed her osteopathic medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences, with a residency at the University of New Mexico and a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at Mount
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Telehealth Technology Showcase

Doris Barta
Doris T. Barta is the Director of the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center.  She has over 25 years’ experience working in the telehealth field, serving in the capacity of a telehealth network director as well as in the role of fund development
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Jordan Berg
Jordan Berg is the Technology Assessment Specialist at National Telehealth Technology Assessment and Resource Center (TTAC), one of two National Telehealth Resource Centers. TTAC provides in-depth objective assessments for all types of telehealth technology. Jordan has over a decade of hands
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General Session Speakers

Access To Care Via Telehealth: An Accountable Care Organization Examines Application of Telehealth Services in a High Poverty, Transient Population

Michelle Hager
Michelle Hager is the Managing Partner of Blue Cirrus Consulting LLC.  Since founding the company in 2010, Michelle has led Blue Cirrus to become a trusted management consulting partner and leading Telehealth advisory firm within the healthcare industry nationwide. She is dedicated
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Added Cost or Value Add?: Exploring the financial impact of a discounted, direct-to-consumer telehealth program

Tim Lovell
Tim directs operations for Intermountain’s direct-to-consumer telehealth services including on demand and scheduled visits across a range of specialties, primary and urgent care.  His ongoing focus is on delivering services that increase patient access and convenience at more affordable costs. Prior to
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COVID-19 Transmission Prevention using Telehealth Capabilities

Cheryl Ledward
A native from South Africa, Cheryl immigrated to Utah 6 years ago. Cheryl has 32 years experience in the healthcare industry and has held clinical, sales and operational positions during her professional career.  She earned an MBA - Healthcare and an MTech
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Todd Vento
Dr. Todd Vento is a public health and infectious diseases physician who serves as the Director of Intermountain’s Infectious Diseases Telehealth Program and Medical Director for Intermountain’s Telehealth Specialty/Subspecialty Services.  He oversees Telehealth programs for 23 Intermountain hospitals and several healthcare systems
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Kristin Dascomb
Dr. Kristin Dascomb is an infectious diseases physician and the Director of Infection Prevention for Intermountain Healthcare, overseeing infection prevention and control programs for 23 hospitals. She also serves as the Medical Director for Intermountain’s nationally certified Infectious Diseases containment unit...
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Andrew Davis
Andrew is a proud Utah native.  He is currently pursuing double master’s degrees in Business and Healthcare Administration (MBA/MHA) and a Graduate Certificate of Information Systems (GCIS). Andrew has been working at Intermountain Healthcare since May 2019 as a project Coordinator in
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Kerry Palakanis
Dr. Kerry Palakanis is the Executive Director of Connect Care at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah where she heads up the direct to consumer telehealth product lines.  She is a Family nurse practitioner who has worked for over 28 years in family practice
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Grant Assistance – Tips and Tricks to finding and securing grant funding

Dana Satterwhite
Dana Satterwhite has worked in the video conferencing field for 10 years and has always specialized in finding funding for technology initiatives. Prior to working with the LDA Grants team, Dana worked with the Tandberg and Cisco Grants teams. She is
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How to start your telebehavioral health service (or take your current service to the cloud)

Jonathan Neufeld
Jonathan Neufeld, PhD, is Program Director of the Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center. Dr. Neufeld joined gpTRAC in February of 2017, having previously served as the Clinical Director of the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center in Indianapolis. He has
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Improving Access to Gender Affirming Care

Crystal Beal, MD, QueerDoc
Dr. Crystal Beal, a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, attended Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee, Florida.  While there, they helped found the LGBTQ medical student group.   After medical school, they completed their training at Valley Family Medicine Residency Program in
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Leveraging data and technology to create personalized experiences in therapy

Syed Mohammed
Having lived in a dozen countries, Founder and CEO, Syed Mohammed is a culturally diverse individual. He came to the US in 2001 to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Binghamton University. Since 2003, he has been
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Shelli Dry
Shelli received her Master of Education degree in special education from the University of Louisville. She earned her doctorate in occupational therapy from Eastern Kentucky University. Since 1998, she has dedicated her career to pediatrics and mental health. She has worked
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Removing Obstacles to Engagement: What Makes an Effective Telehealth Intervention for Older Adults?

Supriya Pandya
Supriya Pandya has been a part of the I-CONECT study since March 2018. She began as a conversation staff member and went on to become the Senior Intervention Coordinator. After getting her Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry with a minor in
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Khoa Nguyen
Khoa Nguyen is the Lead Technology Coordinator and Senior Research Assistant with the I-CONECT Study. Before working at Oregon Health & Science University, he was rooted in the tech industry, focused on IT and QA testing. After earning his degrees in
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Hiroko Dodge
Dr. Dodge is Professor of Neurology at Oregon Health Sciences University. She has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as Principal Investigator for behavioral intervention clinical trials, examining whether stimulations through face-to-face social interactions using webcams/Internet could
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Alyx Shepherd
Alyx Shepherd is a Research Coordinator with the I-CONECT Study. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and Asian American Studies at the California State University of Fullerton in 2016.  She is working to obtain her Ph.D. in Neuroscience to
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Annie Dillon
Annie Dillon is an intervention coordinator with the I-CONECT Study within the Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Oregon Health & Science University. Her work within the study consists of ensuring the fidelity of the intervention across conversation staff and
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Avery Richardson
Avery Richardson joined the I-CONECT Study in October 2018, originally working alongside the Intervention team as a Conversation Staff member. His past roles have included working as an Intervention Coordinator and Recruitment Specialist. He has most recently transitioned to a Research
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Colton Scavone
Colton Scavone began working with I-CONECT as a conversation staff member on the intervention team in 2017. Since this time, he has taken on other roles as I-CONECT has grown, such as aiding in the development of procedures. Currently, as an
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Telehealth Policy Panel: Updates on COVID-19 on the latest policies and challenges in the dynamic field of telehealth

Jeffrey Mitchell
Mr. Mitchell has been practicing telecommunications law since 1999, specializing in federal and state broadband policies and regulation. Since 2010, Mr. Mitchell's practice has focused on expanding support for telehealth through the Federal Communications Commission's Rural Health Care Program (RHC).  He
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Rene Quashie
Rene Quashie works at the junction where health, technology, law and policy meet. He provides guidance and counsel on key policy, legal/regulatory, and technical issues relating to digital health and wellness technology products, services, software and apps. Specifically, he work with
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Emily Wein
Emily H. Wein is of counsel and a health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, and member of the firm’s national Telemedicine & Digital Health Industry Team.  Within the telehealth and digital health space, she focuses on state telehealth practice requirements,
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Mei Wa Kwong
Mei Wa Kwong, JD has over two decades of experience in state and federal policy work.  She is the Executive Director for the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center.  She has written numerous policy briefs,
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Telehealth Technology during COVID-19

Doris Barta
Doris T. Barta is the Director of the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center.  She has over 25 years’ experience working in the telehealth field, serving in the capacity of a telehealth network director as well as in the role of fund development
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Jordan Berg
Jordan Berg is the Technology Assessment Specialist at National Telehealth Technology Assessment and Resource Center (TTAC), one of two National Telehealth Resource Centers. TTAC provides in-depth objective assessments for all types of telehealth technology. Jordan has over a decade of hands
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Don Patten
Don Patten has brought to MINET a 25+ year history of overseeing the implementation of a wide range of video, broadband data and telephone services.  He has been adept at exploring and securing new collaborative alliances that benefit from the deftness of
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Telemedicine: Access to Wound Care in Rural Healthcare Communities

Alyssa Francis
Alyssa Francis is the Program Director for a Billings based Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. Within this capacity she oversees the program development, marketing efforts, and ongoing operations of a successful clinical program.  She has spent nearly 20 years in the
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Transitioning Care to Tele-oncology: One physician's experience during the COVD-10 pandemic

Ana Maria Lopez
Dr. Lopez has dedicated her career to ameliorating health inequities through community-based participatory research and through clinical trials that assess telecommunications technology to facilitate access to clinical care and education. Dr. Lopez has recognized expertise in cancer prevention and telemedicine, and
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Treating SNF Patients in Place with Telehealth

Ron Emerson
Ron Emerson RN BSN is Global Director of Strategic and Partner Development for AMD Global Telemedicine.  He is a former member of the board of Directors for the American Telemedicine Association and Chair of the Industry Council.  He has more than 20-years experience
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Waseem Ghannam
Dr. Ghannam obtained his Medical Degree from St. Matthew’s University and completed his training at Cabarrus Family Medicine in Concord, NC. During his medical training, Dr. Ghannam also completed a Masters of Business Administration from Davenport University and a Masters in
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Utilization of Telemental Health for Suicide Prevention

Jean Kim
Jean Kim, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist on the VA Puget Sound – Seattle Division’s Promoting Access to Telemental Health (PATH) team and the national webSTAIR team. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. She
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Marilyn Piccirillo
My research program centers on the implementation of statistical methods in clinical settings to model psychological symptoms on an individual (n = 1) level to develop person-specific assessment and interventions.  I also have conducted research to better understand the impact of stigma
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Sasha Rojas
Sasha Rojas, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow in the in Telehealth and Rural Outreach Fellowship at VA Puget Sound, Seattle Division. She completed her doctoral internship at VA Puget Sound – Seattle Division and received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from
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Erika Shearer
Erika M Shearer, PhD is a staff psychologist on the Promoting Access through Telemental Health (PATH) team at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS), American Lake Division. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada,
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