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Speakers and presenters

Conference speakers and presenters

Karen S. Rheuban, MD
Dr. Karen Schulder Rheuban serves as professor of pediatrics, senior associate dean for Continuing Medical Education and External Affairs and director of the Center for Telehealth at the University of Virginia. As a pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Rheuban provides care to patients with congenital and acquired heart disease. Dr. Rheuban is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Telemedicine Association. She is listed in the “Best Doctors in America” database, and was profiled in the National Library of Medicine’s exhibit “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians.”

The Office of Telemedicine of the University of Virginia serves as the hub of a 128-site telemedicine network, funded in part by federal grants from the USDA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and HRSA, by state grants in partnership with VDH and the Governor’s office, funding from the Federal Communications Commission, and with corporate and foundation grants. The UVA Office of Telemedicine has supported more than 41,000 direct patient encounters in Virginia, and thousands of hours of health professional and patient education. UVA Telemedicine is engaged in additional global health outreach.

Dr. Rheuban is a past president of the American Telemedicine Association, a board member of the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law, and she is the board chair of the Virginia Telehealth Network. She is a trustee of the Swinfen Charitable Trust, an international telemedicine charity. She is a member of the Virginia Board of Medicine ad-hoc working group on telemedicine.

Dr. Rheuban has previously presented congressional testimony regarding telehealth to five committees within the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2010, her efforts led to the passage of a sweeping telemedicine reimbursement bill in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, she worked collaboratively with CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to change CMS regulations regarding the credentialing and privileging of telehealth practitioners and to redefine rural for purposes of Medicare reimbursement of telehealth.

Dr. Rheuban is the PI on the HRSA funded Mid Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center grant serving eight states and the District of Columbia. In 2012, she chaired the Institute of Medicine Workshop on Telehealth. She was nominated by the Medical Society of Virginia and appointed to serve on the Virginia Board of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid), which she currently chairs.

Glyne Williams
Glyne Williams is the chief of policy, planning and quality with Delaware Health and Social Services’ Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance. He has worked with managed care programs for over 18 years and also has experience in psychiatric nursing.
Andrew B. Wilson, JD
Andrew Wilson is currently the external affairs manager for the Medical Society of Delaware. In that role he works with executive and legislative branch officials for bettering the health of Delawareans. He conducts research to draft and inform medical policy, legislation, and regulation. In doing so, he often translates between physicians, lawmakers, regulators, and communities. In addition to his role at the Medical Society, he is a New York-licensed attorney and an associate member of the Delaware State Bar Association. He is a graduate of Albany Law School and began his career as counsel in the New York State Senate, focusing on issues of government efficiency and alcoholism and drug abuse. He came to Delaware through political campaigns in 2012 and has worked in many roles from field director to campaign manager.
Shauna Slaughter, MBA
Shauna Slaughter is the executive director for the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline at the Division of Professional Regulation, a position she has held since March 2014. Shauna previously held the positions of director’s assistant (four years), and board liaison (3 years) at the Division. Prior to joining the Division of Professional Regulation Shauna worked in the banking industry for over 10 years as a credit analyst and mortgage underwriter.

Shauna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Wesley College and a Master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management information systems from Wilmington University.

Secretary Rita Landgraf
Rita Landgraf was sworn in as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services on January 22, 2009. As Secretary, she leads the principal agency charged with keeping Delawareans healthy, ensuring they get the health care they need, and providing children, families, and seniors with the essential services they depend on. She oversees one of the largest departments in Delaware’s government, with an annual budget of more than $1 billion.

Under her leadership, DHSS has provided a wide range of services — from health care to child care to benefits assistance — to help families weather the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, all while helping to coordinate the state’s response to health care reform efforts and to the needs of Delaware’s fast-growing older population.

She co-chairs the Governor’s Commission on Building Access to Community-Based Services, chairs the Health Fund Advisory Council, and is a member of the Delaware Hispanic Commission’s Health and Social Services Subcommittee, the Delaware Health Care Commission, and the Delaware Center for Health Innovation Board. In January 2015, she was selected to serve on the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.

She is a former executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Delaware and of The Arc of Delaware, which advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also a former president of AARP Delaware.

Kathy H. Wibberly, PhD
Kathy is director of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC). Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, which is part of the Office of Rural Health Policy. TRCs develop and provide free resources for telehealth program development and sustainability.

Kathy is also an assistant professor of public health sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, faculty member at the Healthy Appalachia Institute and adjunct faculty member in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU. Prior to her position with the MATRC, Kathy was director of the Division of Primary Care and Rural Health in the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE). The OMHHE serves as the State Office of Rural Health, Primary Care Office and Office of Minority Health for Virginia. Kathy’s public service career reflects over 20 years of experience in public health, public policy, program development, program evaluation and strategic planning at the federal, state and local government levels.

Kathy received her B.A in psychology with minors in pre-medicine and youth services from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She went on to receive her M.S. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. Kathy also has a certificate from the Management Academy for Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill.

Albert A. Rizzo, M.D. FACP, FCCP, D'ABSM
Dr. Albert A. Rizzo is chief of the section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware and a member of Christiana Care Pulmonary Associates. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine and is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in Philadelphia where he obtained his medical degree and completed his residency in internal medicine. He received his specialty training at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Physicians and a diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

His outpatient practice covers general pulmonary and sleep medicine disorders and includes a strong interest in asthma, COPD, pulmonary rehabilitation, lung cancer and obstructive sleep apnea. His administrative duties include his section chief role as well as directing the “virtual,” tele-ICU for the health system medical, cardiovascular and neuro-intensive care units.

Dr. Rizzo has been a volunteer with the American Lung Association (ALA) since 1984 at both the local, regional and national level. In July 2011, he became chairman of the national board of directors of the American Lung Association and continues to serve as the senior medical advisor to the national office.

As a result of his involvement with the ALA, Dr. Rizzo has had the opportunity to educate both patients and the public as well as fellow professionals about the importance of preventive care and healthy lifestyles (particularly the role of cigarette smoking cessation) with regard to preserving lung function over the years. In his volunteer leadership roles he has testified before Congress on behalf of advancing lung disease research through funding of NIH and has lectured at American Lung Association meetings throughout the country. In addition to smoking cessation, tobacco control and air quality, his topics include specific disease states such as COPD, asthma, sleep apnea, and lung cancer. The importance of recognizing and trying to eliminate some of the health care disparities that often involve these diseases is one of his concerns.

Michael M. Kurliand, MS BSN RN
Michael M. Kurliand is the director of the Telehealth Program at Nemours Aflred I DuPont Hospital for Children. Michael works on developing innovative virtual care models and patient engagement strategies to reshape the future of care delivery. Over the 20 years of health care industry experience, Michael has served in capacities such as a registered nurse specializing in psychiatry and oncology, information technologist implementing electronic medical records for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and as an information services strategic analyst for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Michael has also provided subject matter expertise for HIMSS mHealth, and served as a coauthor on numerous HIMSS publications. In addition to his work at Nemours, Michael is an adjunct professor for Rutgers and Drexel University, teaching nursing and health care Informatics. Michael is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins organizational development and strategic human resources master’s program and Drexel’s School of Nursing.
Nataleen D. Villabona, RN
Nataleen Villabona has been a registered nurse for five years, beginning her career as a psychiatric nurse treating adults and adolescents with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse. For the last three years she has been working on one of Beebe’s cardiac units, serving as an active charge nurse and preceptor. In her new role, she is servig as Beebe’s Behavioral Health Nurse, providing services for patients that come in through the Emergency Department, patients who are medically admitted, and for those who need community resources. She plans to pursue an MSN as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, with the goal of serving as an advocate for the mental health community.
Ingrid A. Pretzer-Aboff, PhD, RN
Dr. Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff is an associate professor at the University of Delaware, School of Nursing. She earned her B.S.N. and master’s degrees from New York University, New York City and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. Dr. Pretzer-Aboff has extensive experience working with people living with Parkinson’s disease both in clinical and research settings. Her research includes the development and testing of non-medical interventions such as exercise and vibration to optimize function, gait, and improve activity levels of people with Parkinson’s disease. She has presented worldwide and published journal articles and book chapters on exercise and function-focused interventions as it relates to Parkinson’s disease. Honors include the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation’s Distinguished Scholar Award for Outstanding Achievement in Improving the Lives of People Living with Parkinson’s disease.

In March 2014, Dr. Pretzer-Aboff, working with nurse practitioners at the University of Delaware Nurse Managed Health Center, opened an innovative multidisciplinary telemedicine clinic for people living with Parkinson’s disease and their families.

Joseph A. Tracy
Mr. Tracy is currently vice president for telehealth services at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) in Allentown, PA. He is responsible for the administrative and outreach efforts of all telehealth services for the network.

Prior to arriving at LVHN in February 2006, Joe was the executive director of telehealth at the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine. He directed the statewide Missouri Telehealth Network (MTN) for 12 years.

In October 2013, Joe, in addition to two other LVHN representatives, accepted the American Nursing Credentialing Center’s Magnet Prize for “Telehealth Services – Cutting Edge Programs that have Transformed Interprofessional Practice and Enhanced Patient Care Outcomes.” Additionally, in May 2006 Joe received the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) Leadership Award for the advancement of telehealth and in May 2003 he accepted the ATA President’s Award for MTN’s advancement of telehealth worldwide.

Joe is currently the immediate past president of the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL). His past leadership roles also include chair of the ATA Institutional Council; chair of the Legislation and Regulation Review Taskforce for the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS); vice chair of ATA’s Policy Committee; membership on the HIMSS Advocacy and Public Policy Committee; advisor to the Pennsylvania Senate Communications and Technology Committee; and a representative for Missouri on the Southern Governors’ Association Telehealth – Homeland Security Initiative.

Mr. Tracy drafted the Medicare reimbursement language for the Southern Governors’ Association in 1999 and U.S. Senate Bill 2505. Most of the language in S.2505 became law under U.S. House Bill 5661, requiring Medicare to begin paying for many telehealth services on October 1, 2001.

Additionally, Mr. Tracy has consulted on the development of a scoring methodology used by the Congressional Budget Office in the scoring (pricing) of S.2505 and for future telehealth bills. He was a lead author on a response to the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making on the Universal Service Mechanism for Healthcare. That response was endorsed by, and became the official position of both CTeL and ATA. Mr. Tracy has also testified before Congress on issues related to Medicare reimbursement for telehealth and before the Federal Communications Commission on issues related to the Universal Service Mechanism for Healthcare.

Joe is the editor of a Guide to Getting Started in Telemedicine published by the Federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT), a contributing editor for the Telehealth Technical Guidelines published by OAT, and co-author of several peer reviewed articles on telehealth. He speaks at many local, state and national meetings on issues related to telehealth. Joe has presented nationally at annual meetings for: ATA, CTeL, HIMSS, National Rural Health Association, American Medical Informatics Association, National Association for Home Care and Hospice, and the federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth.

Mr. Tracy currently serves as an advisor to the University of Pittsburgh’s Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation and the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center. He has also served as an advisor to the Center for Information Technology Leadership, Charlestown, MA; HealthTech, San Francisco, CA; AT Still University, Kirksville, MO; and the Advanced Technology Institute, Charleston, SC.

Tammy Richmond MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Tammy Richmond is an occupational therapist and exercise physiologist with an extensive clinical background in rehabilitation, wellness, management, and technology. She is the CEO and founder of Go 2 Care, Inc, an online telehealth company that provides education, consultation and virtual physical and occupational therapy services. She serves on Telehealth Ad Hoc Committee for American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and is vice president of the Telerehab Special Interest Group for the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). Tammy has authored multiple publications and lectures on various aspects of clinical practice, management and telehealth.
Bonnie Perry Britton, MSN, RN, ATAF
Bonnie is recognized as a telehealth pioneer and expert. She has dedicated the past 18 years of her career as a nurse, advancing the adoption and implementation of telehealth both nationally and internationally. Bonnie was the 13th inductee into the American Telemedicine Association’s College of Fellows in 2010. Bonnie is a previous American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Board Member, chaired the ATA Home Telehealth SIG, chaired the ATA Home Telehealth Clinical Guideline Development Committee, co-chaired the ATA Home Telehealth Satisfaction Item Bank, member of the ATA Policy Committee, Awards Committee and Nominating Committee. She currently serves as a board advisor and consultant for the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC).

Bonnie has provided expertise to the United Nations Human Settlement Programme, the Ontario Telehomecare Project, Continua Health Alliance: Blueprint for ACA Pilots in Washington, DC, and the Senate Sub-committee for Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in Washington, DC. She has presented at numerous industry conferences, roundtables, and summits. Bonnie has published a variety of articles and written over 20 successful grant applications.

Under Bonnie’s leadership, Vidant Health implemented a post-discharge remote patient monitoring program at 7 hospitals. In 2 years, the health system experienced a 67% reduction in hospitalizations and a 68% reduction in bed days. Prior to this Bonnie implemented the first Remote Patient Monitoring program at a Federally Qualified Health Center which in 5 years demonstrated statistically significant reductions in hospitalizations and bed days. Bonnie has extensive experience consulting with various organizations. Through her work with MATRAC, she has provided successful consultation services to University of Pittsburg Medical Center, Sentara Health System, Broadaxe, DaVita Dialysis, Leigh Valley Health System, BasisHealth, the Center for Telemedicine Law, and Alliance Coal Health Plan.

Terry Yonker RN, MS, FNP-BC
Terry currently works as the telemedicine clinical care coordinator at Finger Lakes Community Health (FLCH), a migrant and community health center composed of eight FQHCs in the Finger Lakes region of rural New York State. Since 2009, Terry has led program development for telemedicine applications in primary care. She has successfully launched telemedicine, telebehavioral health, and teledentistry programs that integrate specialty and primary health care within a patient centered medical home. She provides care coordination for patients on the telemedicine registries in order to improve access to care and high quality outcomes for patients at FLCH.

Terry also worked as the clinical lead in the Rochester General telemedicine program where she assisted with program development and telepresentation for patients at a rural health system including a skilled nursing/rehab facility, inpatient medical and intensive care units, and outpatient departments.

She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Rochester with a master of science in nursing and is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She has extensive background in management, public health, migrant and community health, and emergency medicine, including completion of a fellowship in Leadership and Education for Neurodevelopmental Disability.

Anthony Mendicino Jr., DDS
Dr. Mendicino, a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, serves as dental director at Finger Lakes Community Health (FLCH), a migrant and community health center composed of eight FQHCs in the Finger Lakes region of rural New York State. Dr. Tony has provided dental services in community health since 1992, and was recently awarded the Dr. Gary Ogden Rural Health Practitioner of the Year Award by the NY State Association of Rural Health.
Michael Towey, M.A
Michael Towey is a graduate of the University of Maine and speech therapy telepractice internationally. He is the recipient of the Lindamood Award for Clinical Leadership Excellence in Language and Literacy and is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and member of the American Telemedicine Association.

Towey directs the National Center for Telepractice Training, the only telepractice training program in the United States accredited by the American Telemedicine Association. He directs Speech Language Pathology and the Voice and Swallowing Center of Maine and makes national and international presentations and has written journal articles about telepractice.

Towey teaches classes in voice and swallowing disorders and speech therapy telepractice at the University of Maine and at Northern Arizona University.

Jay Ostrowski, MA, LPC/S, NCC, DCC, ACS
Jay Ostrowski is the director of product and business development with the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates where he develops products and services for the mental health industry. As the president of Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI), he develops comprehensive online mental health applications and serves as an advisor and telehealth consultant for the Mid Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center.

His credentials include Licensed Professional Counselor (MI and SC), Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (SC), National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, Distance Certified Counselor and Certified Telemedicine Clinical Presenter. He is a frequent presenter on distance counseling and teletherapy at conferences and meetings. He is president of the International Society for Mental Health Online (2013-present), and serves as a consultant or on the boards of several other advisory boards and organizations.

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