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2021 Group Webinar Subscription

With the Webinar Subscription Program, you and your staff will have year-round access to subject matter experts and industry-leading education delivered right to your desk, conference room or smart phone. 

Start Learning More Throughout the Year. The Webinar Subscription Program gives you and your entire company access to 40 60-minute webinars a year and addresses key areas such as regulatory updates, surgical application, donor screening, and regulatory pathways. This content has been developed to support the diverse roles, and experience levels of the tissue community. 

What's Included in the Subscription

  • Company-wide access to 40 live presentations
  • Recorded, on-demand access to each program
  • Educational credits including CTBS, CEBT, RN and more!

 

  • Donor Mother Infectious Disease Testing (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/03/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will review current trends and requirements in birth tissue donor screening and infectious disease testing of donor mother samples.

    In this session, we will review current trends and requirements in birth tissue donor screening and infectious disease testing of donor mother samples.  

    Crag Thomsen

  • NADO Specific Infectious Disease Testing (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/07/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    NADO Specific Infectious Disease Testing

    NADO Specific Infectious Disease Testing

    Rod Hale, MS

    Director of Laboratory Operations

    Rod Hale, Director Laboratory Operations at VRL-Eurofins – graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Biology. In 1997 he earned his Masters of Science in Medical and Molecular Genetics from Indiana University. He has 20 years’ experience in the Human Cell & Tissue Product (HCT/P) industry. The first 12 years were spent at Laboratories At Bonfils, (which became LABS, Inc.). Rod performed various immunological and molecular tests for the screening of eye, tissue, organ and other transplant donors, eventually becoming the manager of the Infectious Disease department, where he successfully implemented and oversaw the testing logistics that enabled the small regional lab to achieve nationwide growth. In 2010 he helped start-up the human-screening division of VRL, which has recently merged with LABS, Inc. to become the leader in HCT/P screening.

  • Transplant and Non-Transplant Working Together (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/09/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Transplant and Non-Transplant Working Together

    Transplant and Non-Transplant Working Together

    Gina Dunne Smith

    Gina has over 30 years working in the field of organ and tissue donation for transplant and research. Beginning her career with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) as a Senior Organ Placement Specialist for five years, Gina has spent the last 25 years with the International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM) overseeing relationships with organ and tissue recovery partners and medical researchers worldwide. She is currently the Executive Director of IIAM.  

    Gina has remained integrated with relevant industry organizations and associations, presently serving on the AATB Quality Council, AATB Education Committee, The Alliance Leadership and Innovation Council and the American Transplant Society Advisory Committee. She served on the Board of Directors for NATCO for five years and worked with AATB on numerous other committees including the Steering Committee to author the Standards for Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation. She has also authored several articles regarding the benefits of research donation for non-transplantable organs and has been a poster presenter for IIAM’s Neonatal Donor Program.

    Corinne Bell, MS, RD, CTBS

    Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer, and Treasurer of the Anatomy

    Corinne is the Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer, and Treasurer of the Anatomy Gifts Registry (AGR), a non-profit whole body donation program. AGR is one of the accredited Non-transplant Anatomic Donation Organizations, or NADOs. Corinne has over 12 years of experience in non-transplant tissue banking ranging from donor family services through research client services and executive management. Corinne has been active in the AATB Ad-Hoc committee, recently turned council, working on the physical assessment and risk assessment guidance documents, among other projects. 

    Corinne has Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in human nutrition, focusing on clinical nutrition and epidemiology, and has completed her clinical dietetic internship at the University of Maryland,Medical Center, and holds a Registered Dietitian (RD) credential, and has been a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS) since 2009.

  • Interactive Case Studies 2 (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/02/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Recovery team staff and AOCs from organizations covering 16 states join AATB to review challenging and complex cases. These case studies delve into challenging situations that arise when completing the risk assessment, during medical record review, during the physical assessment, and more. After each case has been reviewed the audience will be able participate in interactive surveys providing input on how they would proceed. Each case study will conclude with the outcome or disposition.

    Recovery team staff and AOCs from organizations covering 16 states join AATB to review challenging and complex cases. These case studies delve into challenging situations that arise when completing the risk assessment, during medical record review, during the physical assessment, and more. After each case has been reviewed the audience will be able participate in interactive surveys providing input on how they would proceed. Each case study will conclude with the outcome or disposition.

    Ryan Cormier, BS, CTBS

    Ryan Cormier began his career in tissue recovery as a tissue recovery technician at Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates in 2012 where he had been in EMS for 2 years when he discovered his passion for organ and tissue donation. He soon moved to Boston where he continued his career in tissue recovery at New England Organ Bank, now New England Donor Services. After four years, Ryan moved his family to Michigan where he was chosen to lead the tissue recovery team at Gift of Life Michigan as their new manager in 2015. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration and has been CTBS certified since 2014. In addition to leading his recovery team to record recovery volumes and sustained low error and contamination outcomes, Ryan is also responsible for the staffing model change that has allowed Gift of Life Michigan to staff appropriately and adequately for the unpredictable nature of tissue donation.

    Ryan Nelson, BS, CTBS

    Tissue Recovery Supervisor and Medical Examiner Liaison

    Ryan received his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Grand Canyon University. He has worked for the Donor Network of Arizona for 12 years, the last 8 as the Tissue Recovery Supervisor and Medical Examiner Liaison.  In his role he supervises and oversees the day to day operations of the recovery teams. Ryan has worked tirelessly to establish referral programs with county  medical examiners throughout the state of Arizona. Due to this partnership Donor Network has seen an increase in non-hospital death referrals by 7,500 / year in Arizona which account for approximately 300 tissue recoveries each year. He is a member of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), an active participant on the Recovery and Donor Eligibility Council and the AATB Education Committee.

    Rick M. Kolovich, MSN, RN, CCTC, CTBS

    Clinical Director, Tissue and Ocular Recovery Services

    Rick Kolovich is an Army Veteran with over thirty –three years’ experience in organ, eye, and tissue recovery and donation. He was the former Director of the Army/Navy Transplant Program, Supervisor of Organ Recovery at the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium, Clinical Director at Oklahoma's Organ Sharing Network and Virginia’s Organ Procurement Organization. Originally hired at the Living Legacy Foundation in May, 2010 as an organ recovery coordinator, Rick became the Clinical Manager of Donor Services in 2011. Rick was promoted in 2018 to Clinical Director of the Tissue Recovery Department. He also held positions as the N.E. Regional Manager at CryoLife, National Accounts Director at Regeneration Technologies, and National Director of Donor Services at Bacterin, International. Rick has lectured nationally and internationally on topics ranging from physical assessment and donor suitability to lean management strategies and process improvement in tissue recovery agencies. Rick has served on the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), National Association of Medical Examiner's Donation Committee (NAME), North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO), AATB Program Committee Chairman, 2009- 2013. Recovery and Donor Suitability Chairman (RADS), 2012 – 2015. Elected to the AATB Board of Governors 2012-2015. AATB Physical Assessment Revision Standards representative, 14th Ed., 2016 – 2017. AATB Accreditation Committee, 2016 – 2018, MTF’s Policies and Procedures Committee, 2017 – 2019 , AOPO’s Tissue Council and NATCO’s Kidney/Pancreas Committee. Rick holds a master’s degree in Nursing from Kent State University and is a certified clinical transplant coordinator (CCTC) and tissue banking specialist (CTBS). He received a certificate from the Wharton and Fox Schools of business in the Art of Leadership for Transplant Professionals in 2018.

    Joe Monahan

    John Clarke, CTBS

    John Clarke is the Manager of the Transplant Information Center Department at the Gift of Life Donor Program.  Serving as the 24/7 command center for the organization, the TIC is primarily responsible for evaluating, authorizing, and coordinating tissue donors, allocating and coordinating local and import organs for transplant, supporting numerous research initiatives, and many other ancillary tasks. John serves as one of Gift of Life’s Tissue Administrators on Call and has maintained his CTBS certification since 2006. 

    Seda Chhav

    Richard Jordan

    Jenna LaSota

    Dwayne Jolly, BS, CTBS

    Dwayne is the Tissue Operations Manager and works with KODA’s Chief Clinical Officer to oversee the clinical operations of KODA’s tissue recovery team.  Dwayne began his career at KODA in 2003 as a Hospital Services Coordinator working with organ donors, where he worked for 12 years.  In 2015 he transitioned into the role of Tissue Services Supervisor and was promoted to his current role in January 2016.  Dwayne has served as the UNOS Region 11 OPO Committee Representative from 2015-2017.  Dwayne holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgetown College and an Associates Degree in Nursing from Jefferson Community College.  Dwayne is married with two daughters and is a very enthusiastic University of Kentucky fan.

    Abdul Tayyab, CTBS

    Abdul Tayyab started Tissue Banking in 2007 and is currently serving the Washington Regional Transplant Community as Tissue Recovery Specialist II. Abdul became a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist in 2009 and has been involved with various WRTC endeavors including serving as the Virginia Medical Examiners Liaison and as an Electronic Records Super User. In his free time Abdul is a husband, father of two, HOA President, who also likes running, cooking and DIY projects. 

    James Forrest

  • DNA and Anonymity of Reproductive Tissue Donors (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/26/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    DNA and Anonymity of Reproductive Tissue Donors

    DNA and Anonymity of Reproductive Tissue Donors

    Jaime Shamonki, MD

    Jaime Shamonki, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of Generate Life Sciences, a global and an industry-leading life science platform, including the largest-in-class reproductive tissue banks (California Cryobank Donor Sperm Bank and Donor Egg Bank USA) and private stem cell bank, Cord Blood Registry (CBR). Prior to joining Generate, Dr. Shamonki developed expertise in women’s health and clinical laboratory medicine, serving as the Director of Breast Pathology and Blood Bank Medical Director at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA and an Assistant Professor at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. She is published widely in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of oncology, immunology, genetics and cellular therapy. 

  • Interactive Case Studies 1 (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/19/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Recovery team staff and AOCs from organizations covering 16 states join AATB to review challenging and complex cases. These case studies delve into challenging situations that arise when completing the risk assessment, during medical record review, during the physical assessment, and more. After each case has been reviewed the audience will be able participate in interactive surveys providing input on how they would proceed. Each case study will conclude with the outcome or disposition.

    Recovery team staff and AOCs from organizations covering 16 states join AATB to review challenging and complex cases. These case studies delve into challenging situations that arise when completing the risk assessment, during medical record review, during the physical assessment, and more. After each case has been reviewed the audience will be able participate in interactive surveys providing input on how they would proceed. Each case study will conclude with the outcome or disposition.

    Ryan Cormier, BS, CTBS

    Ryan Cormier began his career in tissue recovery as a tissue recovery technician at Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates in 2012 where he had been in EMS for 2 years when he discovered his passion for organ and tissue donation. He soon moved to Boston where he continued his career in tissue recovery at New England Organ Bank, now New England Donor Services. After four years, Ryan moved his family to Michigan where he was chosen to lead the tissue recovery team at Gift of Life Michigan as their new manager in 2015. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration and has been CTBS certified since 2014. In addition to leading his recovery team to record recovery volumes and sustained low error and contamination outcomes, Ryan is also responsible for the staffing model change that has allowed Gift of Life Michigan to staff appropriately and adequately for the unpredictable nature of tissue donation.

    Ryan Nelson, BS, CTBS

    Tissue Recovery Supervisor and Medical Examiner Liaison

    Ryan received his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Grand Canyon University. He has worked for the Donor Network of Arizona for 12 years, the last 8 as the Tissue Recovery Supervisor and Medical Examiner Liaison.  In his role he supervises and oversees the day to day operations of the recovery teams. Ryan has worked tirelessly to establish referral programs with county  medical examiners throughout the state of Arizona. Due to this partnership Donor Network has seen an increase in non-hospital death referrals by 7,500 / year in Arizona which account for approximately 300 tissue recoveries each year. He is a member of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), an active participant on the Recovery and Donor Eligibility Council and the AATB Education Committee.

    Rick M. Kolovich, MSN, RN, CCTC, CTBS

    Clinical Director, Tissue and Ocular Recovery Services

    Rick Kolovich is an Army Veteran with over thirty –three years’ experience in organ, eye, and tissue recovery and donation. He was the former Director of the Army/Navy Transplant Program, Supervisor of Organ Recovery at the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium, Clinical Director at Oklahoma's Organ Sharing Network and Virginia’s Organ Procurement Organization. Originally hired at the Living Legacy Foundation in May, 2010 as an organ recovery coordinator, Rick became the Clinical Manager of Donor Services in 2011. Rick was promoted in 2018 to Clinical Director of the Tissue Recovery Department. He also held positions as the N.E. Regional Manager at CryoLife, National Accounts Director at Regeneration Technologies, and National Director of Donor Services at Bacterin, International. Rick has lectured nationally and internationally on topics ranging from physical assessment and donor suitability to lean management strategies and process improvement in tissue recovery agencies. Rick has served on the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), National Association of Medical Examiner's Donation Committee (NAME), North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO), AATB Program Committee Chairman, 2009- 2013. Recovery and Donor Suitability Chairman (RADS), 2012 – 2015. Elected to the AATB Board of Governors 2012-2015. AATB Physical Assessment Revision Standards representative, 14th Ed., 2016 – 2017. AATB Accreditation Committee, 2016 – 2018, MTF’s Policies and Procedures Committee, 2017 – 2019 , AOPO’s Tissue Council and NATCO’s Kidney/Pancreas Committee. Rick holds a master’s degree in Nursing from Kent State University and is a certified clinical transplant coordinator (CCTC) and tissue banking specialist (CTBS). He received a certificate from the Wharton and Fox Schools of business in the Art of Leadership for Transplant Professionals in 2018.

    John Clarke, CTBS

    John Clarke is the Manager of the Transplant Information Center Department at the Gift of Life Donor Program.  Serving as the 24/7 command center for the organization, the TIC is primarily responsible for evaluating, authorizing, and coordinating tissue donors, allocating and coordinating local and import organs for transplant, supporting numerous research initiatives, and many other ancillary tasks. John serves as one of Gift of Life’s Tissue Administrators on Call and has maintained his CTBS certification since 2006. 

    Seda Chhav

    Joe Monahan

    Richard Jordan

    Dwayne Jolly, BS, CTBS

    Dwayne is the Tissue Operations Manager and works with KODA’s Chief Clinical Officer to oversee the clinical operations of KODA’s tissue recovery team.  Dwayne began his career at KODA in 2003 as a Hospital Services Coordinator working with organ donors, where he worked for 12 years.  In 2015 he transitioned into the role of Tissue Services Supervisor and was promoted to his current role in January 2016.  Dwayne has served as the UNOS Region 11 OPO Committee Representative from 2015-2017.  Dwayne holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgetown College and an Associates Degree in Nursing from Jefferson Community College.  Dwayne is married with two daughters and is a very enthusiastic University of Kentucky fan.

    Jenna LaSota

    Abdul Tayyab, CTBS

    Abdul Tayyab started Tissue Banking in 2007 and is currently serving the Washington Regional Transplant Community as Tissue Recovery Specialist II. Abdul became a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist in 2009 and has been involved with various WRTC endeavors including serving as the Virginia Medical Examiners Liaison and as an Electronic Records Super User. In his free time Abdul is a husband, father of two, HOA President, who also likes running, cooking and DIY projects. 

    James Forrest

  • 3D Bioprinting Skin Tissue Models (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/12/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Isabella Bondesson, CELLINK Tissue Engineer, will present her team's work on developing skin tissue modes and the significant benefits they can bring to the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and medical industries. She will also discuss their challenges and solutions.

    Isabella Bondesson, CELLINK Tissue Engineer, will present her team's work on developing skin tissue modes and the significant benefits they can bring to the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and medical industries. She will also discuss their challenges and solutions.

    ​Isabella Bondesson, MS

    Isabella Bondesson is a biotechnology engineer with focus in tissue engineering. She joined CELLINK in spring 2018 as a Skin Tissue Engineer within the Science and Applications R&D Team after finishing her master’s thesis at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden). Her work has been dedicated towards exploring bioprinting of skin tissue models, including optimisation of the design, development of the bioink compositions and investigation of the cellular behaviour in different conditions of 3D bioprinted skin models.

  • FDA Guidance and Regulatory Updates (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/29/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    FDA Updates

    FDA Updates

    Safa Karandish, B.S., MT

    Consumer Safety Officer, Division of Human Tissues

    Safa Karandish is a Consumer Safety Officer with FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies in the Division of Human Tissues.  She joined FDA in 2010, with over 24 years of experience in cellular therapy manufacturing in academic centers and medical device companies. Her primary focus in the Division of Human Tissues is on activities related to policy, regulations, and review of human cell and tissue products. 

  • Development of a Birth Tissue Donation Program (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/21/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Development of a Birth Tissue Donation Program

    Development of a Birth Tissue Donation Program

    Shannon Renaud, MHA, CTBS

    Tissue Procurement Trainer

    Shannon has been involved in the tissue bank community since 1998.  She began her work in transplant at the University of California San Francisco Tissue Bank as a tissue team leader and developing comprehensive training programs. She later moved to Arizona and worked in Quality & Regulatory Affairs for the Donor Network of Arizona. Shannon then worked at Transplant for Life, first as the Director of Quality and later as the Tissue Bank Director where she helped develop the facility’s birth tissue program.   She currently works for Gift of Life Michigan as the Tissue Procurement Trainer.   

    Shannon received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Cornell College and her master’s in health administration from Grand Canyon University.

  • DRAI Competency Review and Coaching Feedback (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/24/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    DRAI Competency Review and Coaching Feedback

    DRAI Competency Review and Coaching Feedback