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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)

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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 12/07/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

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    Bruce Rosenfeld, MD

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

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    Bruce Rosenfeld, MD

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

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

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  • 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)

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    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)

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    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.