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  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/14/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

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    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. 

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/14/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Pending

    Pending

    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. 

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/07/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Dating from antiquity during Greek and Roman times up to 19th-century medical education in both Europe and the United States, informed consent for whole-body appropriation was not always the standard. Grave robbers often provided the specimens; despite utilizing the tissue for educational purposes in art and medicine, consent was not considered. This presentation will document those historical practices and then trace the history of unconsented tissue procurement to current times where violations have occurred for more nefarious reasons. By dissecting the jaded side of history, this presentation will elucidate modern tissue banks' purpose and responsibility for informed consent. In very practical terms, the challenges encountered and the proper manner to obtain informed consent will be reviewed, with a fundamental discussion on why pursuing this practice correctly is essential.

    Dating from antiquity during Greek and Roman times up to 19th-century medical education in both Europe and the United States, informed consent for whole-body appropriation was not always the standard. Grave robbers often provided the specimens; despite utilizing the tissue for educational purposes in art and medicine, consent was not considered. This presentation will document those historical practices and then trace the history of unconsented tissue procurement to current times where violations have occurred for more nefarious reasons. By dissecting the jaded side of history, this presentation will elucidate modern tissue banks' purpose and responsibility for informed consent. In very practical terms, the challenges encountered and the proper manner to obtain informed consent will be reviewed, with a fundamental discussion on why pursuing this practice correctly is essential. 

    Bruce A Rosenfeld, MD, FACS

    Dr. Bruce Rosenfeld is currently the Medical Director for LifeNet Health.  He attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate and received his MD from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA (Virginia Commonwealth University). Following two years of general surgery, he completed his urology training at SUNY Buffalo and is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He enjoys teaching at all levels and has been an Assistant Professor of Urology at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine and Eastern Virginia Medical School. Most notably, Dr. Rosenfeld is a high school varsity basketball assistant coach where he enjoys teaching the game to young players emphasizing how basketball can prepare one for a future well beyond their time on the court.

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/07/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Dating from antiquity during Greek and Roman times up to 19th-century medical education in both Europe and the United States, informed consent for whole-body appropriation was not always the standard. Grave robbers often provided the specimens; despite utilizing the tissue for educational purposes in art and medicine, consent was not considered. This presentation will document those historical practices and then trace the history of unconsented tissue procurement to current times where violations have occurred for more nefarious reasons. By dissecting the jaded side of history, this presentation will elucidate modern tissue banks' purpose and responsibility for informed consent. In very practical terms, the challenges encountered and the proper manner to obtain informed consent will be reviewed, with a fundamental discussion on why pursuing this practice correctly is essential.

    Dating from antiquity during Greek and Roman times up to 19th-century medical education in both Europe and the United States, informed consent for whole-body appropriation was not always the standard. Grave robbers often provided the specimens; despite utilizing the tissue for educational purposes in art and medicine, consent was not considered. This presentation will document those historical practices and then trace the history of unconsented tissue procurement to current times where violations have occurred for more nefarious reasons. By dissecting the jaded side of history, this presentation will elucidate modern tissue banks' purpose and responsibility for informed consent. In very practical terms, the challenges encountered and the proper manner to obtain informed consent will be reviewed, with a fundamental discussion on why pursuing this practice correctly is essential.  

    Bruce A Rosenfeld, MD, FACS

    Dr. Bruce Rosenfeld is currently the Medical Director for LifeNet Health.  He attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate and received his MD from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA (Virginia Commonwealth University). Following two years of general surgery, he completed his urology training at SUNY Buffalo and is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He enjoys teaching at all levels and has been an Assistant Professor of Urology at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine and Eastern Virginia Medical School. Most notably, Dr. Rosenfeld is a high school varsity basketball assistant coach where he enjoys teaching the game to young players emphasizing how basketball can prepare one for a future well beyond their time on the court.

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/16/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Through this presentation, speakers from multiple tissue processors will review common challenges faced between tissue processors and recovery organizations. We will evaluate challenges in information sharing between processors on multi-tissue donors and recovery organizations.

    Through this presentation, speakers from multiple tissue processors will review common challenges faced between tissue processors and recovery organizations. We will evaluate challenges in information sharing between processors on multi-tissue donors and recovery organizations.

    Jami Otis, BS, CTBS

    Training Manager of Donor Records

    Jami Otis joined AlloSource in May 2007.  She brings over 22 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with 15 years focusing on training/education.  Jami received her education from the University of Colorado Boulder in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.  Prior to joining AlloSource, Jami spent 13 years in the blood banking/cord blood industry, has experience in tissue recovery, and was an EMT-Intermediate for a rural ambulance service. Jami is currently the Donor Records Training Manager and runs the AlloSource Placenta Donation Program.

    Megan Soceka, BS, CTBS

    Education Director

    MTF Biologics

    Megan Soceka is an Education Director for MTF Biologics.  She began with MTF 18 years ago as a Per Diem Tissue Coordinator and Team Leader. She has also worked as a Procurement Trainer, Donor Coordinator and Hospital Development Coordinator. Megan has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin with a strong background in anatomy. She is a member of AATB and received her CTBS in 2006.  

    Stefan Bernal, BS, CTBS

    Stefan Bernal is the Manager of the National Recovery Network at LifeNet Health - he joined the team in 2018. Since his onboarding, his focus has been fostering healthy relationships with organizations and their front-line staff throughout the United States. He has advocated for the highest standards and quality that LifeNet Health represents. Before LifeNet Health, Stefan worked at Nevada Donor Network, where he served as the Clinical Training and Development Coordinator. He is proudly from the Midwest, specifically a small town called Peru, Illinois. He attended Southern Illinois University, graduating with honors and receiving his B.S. in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. At SIU, he worked for three years in the Integrative Neuroscience Laboratory, studying drug addiction and the physiological effects on the brain using tools such as EEG and fMRI. Directly after SIU, Stefan continued his education at the University of Illinois, where he conducted graduate work in virology, bacterial pathogenesis, and microbial physiology. Stefan received his Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS) certification in 2016. He genuinely wants to change the world. Lastly, he likes long walks on the beach and gets frustrated writing his own bio.

    Ronda J. Horstman, BS, CTBS

    Vice President, Recovery Partner Services

    Community Tissue Services

    Ronda Horstman has been in the organ and tissue donation field for over 25 years. A Certified Tissue Banking Specialist and an active member of AATB where she has served as the Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary of the Recovery and Donor Suitability Council, a Coach for the Emerging Leader’s Program, and a member of both the Public and Professional Relations and Accreditation Committees. In 2000, she was awarded AATB’s Peer Recognition Award for Public and Professional Relations. She has served on the Advisory Council and is currently serving as a Board Member for Donate Life America. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Medical Management and a minor in Business Administration.

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/16/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Through this presentation, speakers from multiple tissue processors will review common challenges faced between tissue processors and recovery organizations. We will evaluate challenges in information sharing between processors on multi-tissue donors and recovery organizations.

    Through this presentation, speakers from multiple tissue processors will review common challenges faced between tissue processors and recovery organizations. We will evaluate challenges in information sharing between processors on multi-tissue donors and recovery organizations.

    Jami Otis, BS, CTBS

    Training Manager of Donor Records

    Jami Otis joined AlloSource in May 2007.  She brings over 22 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with 15 years focusing on training/education.  Jami received her education from the University of Colorado Boulder in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.  Prior to joining AlloSource, Jami spent 13 years in the blood banking/cord blood industry, has experience in tissue recovery, and was an EMT-Intermediate for a rural ambulance service. Jami is currently the Donor Records Training Manager and runs the AlloSource Placenta Donation Program.

    Megan Soceka, BS, CTBS

    Education Director

    MTF Biologics

    Megan Soceka is an Education Director for MTF Biologics.  She began with MTF 18 years ago as a Per Diem Tissue Coordinator and Team Leader. She has also worked as a Procurement Trainer, Donor Coordinator and Hospital Development Coordinator. Megan has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin with a strong background in anatomy. She is a member of AATB and received her CTBS in 2006.  

    Stefan Bernal, BS, CTBS

    Stefan Bernal is the Manager of the National Recovery Network at LifeNet Health - he joined the team in 2018. Since his onboarding, his focus has been fostering healthy relationships with organizations and their front-line staff throughout the United States. He has advocated for the highest standards and quality that LifeNet Health represents. Before LifeNet Health, Stefan worked at Nevada Donor Network, where he served as the Clinical Training and Development Coordinator. He is proudly from the Midwest, specifically a small town called Peru, Illinois. He attended Southern Illinois University, graduating with honors and receiving his B.S. in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. At SIU, he worked for three years in the Integrative Neuroscience Laboratory, studying drug addiction and the physiological effects on the brain using tools such as EEG and fMRI. Directly after SIU, Stefan continued his education at the University of Illinois, where he conducted graduate work in virology, bacterial pathogenesis, and microbial physiology. Stefan received his Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS) certification in 2016. He genuinely wants to change the world. Lastly, he likes long walks on the beach and gets frustrated writing his own bio.

    Ronda J. Horstman, BS, CTBS

    Vice President, Recovery Partner Services

    Community Tissue Services

    Ronda Horstman has been in the organ and tissue donation field for over 25 years. A Certified Tissue Banking Specialist and an active member of AATB where she has served as the Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary of the Recovery and Donor Suitability Council, a Coach for the Emerging Leader’s Program, and a member of both the Public and Professional Relations and Accreditation Committees. In 2000, she was awarded AATB’s Peer Recognition Award for Public and Professional Relations. She has served on the Advisory Council and is currently serving as a Board Member for Donate Life America. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Medical Management and a minor in Business Administration.

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/09/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    When it comes to working with donor families, often there is a focus on training coordinators to be skilled in facilitating authorization and conducting DRAIs. What happens when a donor family has an unfavorable post-donation experience? During this program, presenters will review case studies to explore best practices for handling difficult conversations with donor families after donation. Topics include strategies for resolving family grievances, managing perceptions and expectations for tissue outcomes, and mitigating negative experiences related to post-recovery funeral care.

    When it comes to working with donor families, often there is a focus on training coordinators to be skilled in facilitating authorization and conducting DRAIs. What happens when a donor family has an unfavorable post-donation experience? During this program, presenters will review case studies to explore best practices for handling difficult conversations with donor families after donation. Topics include strategies for resolving family grievances, managing perceptions and expectations for tissue outcomes, and mitigating negative experiences related to post-recovery funeral care.

    Kimberly Monroe, BA, CTBS

    Manager, Tissue Center Donor Development

    With more than 13 years of experience in donation and transplantation, Kimberly has worked in the areas of donor eligibility and screening, family consent and aftercare, and community relations in the eye and tissue donation arena.

    Kimberly joined GenCure in 2019 as Tissue Center Donor Development Manager. She is responsible for overseeing the Hospital Development program.

    Kimberly has a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Florida, a Graduate Certificate in instructional design from Rollins College, and an AATB Certified Tissue Banking Specialist designation.

    Heather Hoog, CTBS

    Donation Program Manager

    Heather Hoog is the Donation Program Manager at the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research in Tampa, Florida. She manages a team that serve as donation educators and liaisons between the Lions Eye Institute ocular and musculoskeletal recovery teams, administration and the partner facilities. Heather and her team partner with 4 different Organ Procurement Organizations, over 200 medical centers, 25 medical examiner and coroner offices, numerous hospice and funeral home directors in multiple states. During the merger of RTI Donor Services and Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research in 2018, Heather was instrumental in combining two large Florida-based non-profits tissue banks with a seamless continuum of service. Previously, Heather was a career firefighter paramedic, team member on multiple international medical and malnutrition clinics and got her start as a CTBS certified recovery technician for Southeast Tissue Alliance, Regenerative Biologics and RTI Donor Services. Heather's valued leadership style focuses on flexible communication with an emphasis on self-awareness. Credibility and the cultivation of relationships are earned through trust and respect - remain open to new ideas, inquiry, and constructive criticism. She believes an organization that values self-awareness gains the most respect amongst the community.

    Susan Smith, MS

    Grief Support and Employee Events Manager

    With more than 25 years of experience in grief support, Susan has worked with children, adults, individuals, and families in a variety of settings to include 2 children’s hospitals, a grief support center, a hospice liaison, and currently as a tissue donor aftercare specialist.  Susan joined the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center’s tissue services team in 2015 as the Grief Support Programs/Services Manager. She is responsible for overseeing the Grief Support & Life Legacies Program/Services for tissue donor families. 

    Susan has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology from the University of California at Davis, and a Masters of Science in Child Development/Child Life from the University of La Verne in California.

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/09/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    When it comes to working with donor families, often there is a focus on training coordinators to be skilled in facilitating authorization and conducting DRAIs. What happens when a donor family has an unfavorable post-donation experience? During this program, presenters will review case studies to explore best practices for handling difficult conversations with donor families after donation. Topics include strategies for resolving family grievances, managing perceptions and expectations for tissue outcomes, and mitigating negative experiences related to post-recovery funeral care.

    When it comes to working with donor families, often there is a focus on training coordinators to be skilled in facilitating authorization and conducting DRAIs. What happens when a donor family has an unfavorable post-donation experience? During this program, presenters will review case studies to explore best practices for handling difficult conversations with donor families after donation. Topics include strategies for resolving family grievances, managing perceptions and expectations for tissue outcomes, and mitigating negative experiences related to post-recovery funeral care.

    Kimberly Monroe, BA, CTBS

    Manager, Tissue Center Donor Development

    With more than 13 years of experience in donation and transplantation, Kimberly has worked in the areas of donor eligibility and screening, family consent and aftercare, and community relations in the eye and tissue donation arena.

    Kimberly joined GenCure in 2019 as Tissue Center Donor Development Manager. She is responsible for overseeing the Hospital Development program.

    Kimberly has a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Florida, a Graduate Certificate in instructional design from Rollins College, and an AATB Certified Tissue Banking Specialist designation.

    Heather Hoog, CTBS

    Donation Program Manager

    Heather Hoog is the Donation Program Manager at the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research in Tampa, Florida. She manages a team that serve as donation educators and liaisons between the Lions Eye Institute ocular and musculoskeletal recovery teams, administration and the partner facilities. Heather and her team partner with 4 different Organ Procurement Organizations, over 200 medical centers, 25 medical examiner and coroner offices, numerous hospice and funeral home directors in multiple states. During the merger of RTI Donor Services and Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research in 2018, Heather was instrumental in combining two large Florida-based non-profits tissue banks with a seamless continuum of service. Previously, Heather was a career firefighter paramedic, team member on multiple international medical and malnutrition clinics and got her start as a CTBS certified recovery technician for Southeast Tissue Alliance, Regenerative Biologics and RTI Donor Services. Heather's valued leadership style focuses on flexible communication with an emphasis on self-awareness. Credibility and the cultivation of relationships are earned through trust and respect - remain open to new ideas, inquiry, and constructive criticism. She believes an organization that values self-awareness gains the most respect amongst the community.

    Susan Smith, MS

    Grief Support and Employee Events Manager

    With more than 25 years of experience in grief support, Susan has worked with children, adults, individuals, and families in a variety of settings to include 2 children’s hospitals, a grief support center, a hospice liaison, and currently as a tissue donor aftercare specialist.  Susan joined the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center’s tissue services team in 2015 as the Grief Support Programs/Services Manager. She is responsible for overseeing the Grief Support & Life Legacies Program/Services for tissue donor families. 

    Susan has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology from the University of California at Davis, and a Masters of Science in Child Development/Child Life from the University of La Verne in California.

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/19/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, two Tissue Banking Directors of Education and Training, discuss how to measure the true success of training practices and programs. Why and what kind of training assessments, measurements, and metrics support the overall organizational achievement and Key Performance Indicators to unpack the age-old question of, “Is our training effective?”. Learning Objectives: 1. Identify the differences and key components of a formalized training program vs. on-the-job (OTJ) training. 2. Understand critical metrics for evaluating a formal training program 3. Understand how operational metrics and training are tied 4. Identify examples of evaluation tools using the Kirkpatrick Model

    In this session, two Tissue Banking Directors of Education and Training, discuss how to measure the true success of training practices and programs.  Why and what kind of training assessments, measurements, and metrics support the overall organizational achievement and Key Performance Indicators to unpack the age-old question of, “Is our training effective?”.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1. Identify the differences and key components of a formalized training program vs. on-the-job (OTJ) training.
    2. Understand critical metrics for evaluating a formal training program
    3. Understand how operational metrics and training are tied
    4. Identify examples of evaluation tools using the Kirkpatrick Model

    Tanya A. Ward, BSN, CNOR, RNFA

    Director of the BioSciences Learning Center

    A professional careered nurse of 20 years with 17 of them dedicated to perioperative surgical services at a Level I Trauma Center.  Tanya’s career in the operating room has provided her with experience in advanced team management and clinical education.  Developing and implementing training programs for various specialties including multidisciplinary Vascular Hybrid Room and Surgical Navigation teams.  In 2010, she became a medical device representative for Medtronic in the neurotechnology division.  Her nursing background, medical device experience, and advanced training in program development brought her to the organ and tissue transplant provider, LifeNet Health, in 2015. As the Director of the BioSciences Learning Center of LifeNet Health, Tanya has the honor and responsibility of developing and implementing, with an instructional design team, diverse educational materials, and skills training programs that specialize in donation, transplantation, clinical allograft recovery and preparation along with being an accredited Continue Education, CE provider for healthcare professionals. In 2020 and for 2021 the Biosciences Learning Center of LifeNet Health was named by Training Magazine as one of the Top 125 Training Program Companies in the world. 

    LifeNet Health is in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is where she resides with her husband of 6 years. They enjoy attending music festivals and worldwide travel.  They also have two very large furry children that love long walks and hunting squirrels.   

    Sonja Barlow, CTBS

    Director of Training and Development

    Life Connection of Ohio

    Sonja Barlow is the Director of Training and Development at Life Connection of Ohio, involved in donation operations for over 7 years. With a background in microbiology research, her time spent in eye and tissue banking has included emphasis on increasing suitability, changing philosophy for family conversations, and building training workshops. She holds a BS degree in Microbiology from the University of Texas at El Paso and previously managed Donation Services for Nevada Donor Network in Las Vegas, Nevada and Donor Operations for SightLife in Seattle, WA.
  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/19/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, two Tissue Banking Directors of Education and Training, discuss how to measure the true success of training practices and programs. Why and what kind of training assessments, measurements, and metrics support the overall organizational achievement and Key Performance Indicators to unpack the age-old question of, “Is our training effective?”. Learning Objectives: 1. Identify the differences and key components of a formalized training program vs. on-the-job (OTJ) training. 2. Understand critical metrics for evaluating a formal training program 3. Understand how operational metrics and training are tied 4. Identify examples of evaluation tools using the Kirkpatrick Model

    In this session, two Tissue Banking Directors of Education and Training, discuss how to measure the true success of training practices and programs.  Why and what kind of training assessments, measurements, and metrics support the overall organizational achievement and Key Performance Indicators to unpack the age-old question of, “Is our training effective?”.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1. Identify the differences and key components of a formalized training program vs. on-the-job (OTJ) training.
    2. Understand critical metrics for evaluating a formal training program
    3. Understand how operational metrics and training are tied
    4. Identify examples of evaluation tools using the Kirkpatrick Model

    Tanya A. Ward, BSN, CNOR, RNFA

    Director of the BioSciences Learning Center

    A professional careered nurse of 20 years with 17 of them dedicated to perioperative surgical services at a Level I Trauma Center.  Tanya’s career in the operating room has provided her with experience in advanced team management and clinical education.  Developing and implementing training programs for various specialties including multidisciplinary Vascular Hybrid Room and Surgical Navigation teams.  In 2010, she became a medical device representative for Medtronic in the neurotechnology division.  Her nursing background, medical device experience, and advanced training in program development brought her to the organ and tissue transplant provider, LifeNet Health, in 2015. As the Director of the BioSciences Learning Center of LifeNet Health, Tanya has the honor and responsibility of developing and implementing, with an instructional design team, diverse educational materials, and skills training programs that specialize in donation, transplantation, clinical allograft recovery and preparation along with being an accredited Continue Education, CE provider for healthcare professionals. In 2020 and for 2021 the Biosciences Learning Center of LifeNet Health was named by Training Magazine as one of the Top 125 Training Program Companies in the world. 

    LifeNet Health is in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is where she resides with her husband of 6 years. They enjoy attending music festivals and worldwide travel.  They also have two very large furry children that love long walks and hunting squirrels.   

    Sonja Barlow, CTBS

    Director of Training and Development

    Life Connection of Ohio

    Sonja Barlow is the Director of Training and Development at Life Connection of Ohio, involved in donation operations for over 7 years. With a background in microbiology research, her time spent in eye and tissue banking has included emphasis on increasing suitability, changing philosophy for family conversations, and building training workshops. She holds a BS degree in Microbiology from the University of Texas at El Paso and previously managed Donation Services for Nevada Donor Network in Las Vegas, Nevada and Donor Operations for SightLife in Seattle, WA.