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2021 Individual Webinar Subscription

Take advantage of the AATB Annual Subscription providing individual access to the entire year of educational programming

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

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 thr tissue community. 

What's Included in the Subscription

  • Access to 40 live presentation
  • Recorded, on-demand access to each program
  • Educational credits including CTBS, CEBT, RN and more!
  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join Bioprinting Field Application Specialist Nicole Diamantides for a webinar on using 3D Bioprinting for COVID-19 research.

    Join Bioprinting Field Application Specialist Nicole Diamantides for a webinar on using 3D Bioprinting for COVID-19 research.

    Sign-up to learn more about:

    ·       The COVID-19 global pandemic

    ·       Study of lung or any lung-related diseases using 3D Bioprinting.

    ·       Drug screening application of 3D Bioprinting.

    ·       How we can apply 3D Bioprinting technology for COVID-19 study or research.

    Nicole Diamantides, Ph.D.

    Nicole Diamantides is a Bioprinting Field Application Scientist at CELLINK, a leading bioprinting company. She joined CELLINK in 2019 after completing her PhD at Cornell University. At Cornell, Nicole worked on the development of novel collagen bioink formulations for bioprinting cartilage and collaborated with Histogenics Corp. to mechanically characterize their investigational cartilage tissue implant. Nicole received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from Bucknell University and her MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/19/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    The Four Tendencies model, designed by Gretchen Rubin, divides us into four groups: Upholders, Obligers, Questioners and Rebels. Understanding this framework will bring to light why you do certain things and why your team members either do, don’t do or constantly question what is asked of them! This session explains the 4 Tendencies Model of how we manage expectations of ourselves and others and how leaders can determine where their people fall and how to manage them.

    The Four Tendencies model, designed by Gretchen Rubin, divides us into four groups: Upholders, Obligers, Questioners and Rebels. Understanding this framework will bring to light why you do certain things and why your team members either do, don’t do or constantly question what is asked of them! This session explains the 4 Tendencies Model of how we manage expectations of ourselves and others and how leaders can determine where their people fall and how to manage them.

    Diane Bickford

    Diane Bickford has a master's degree in social work and has maintained her ASQ certification in Quality Management and Organizational Excellence since 2000. She received her Six Sigma Black Belt in 2010.  She has over 20 years of  quality management and operations experience in a variety of healthcare settings including adult MH/MR, skilled nursing facilities and children's psychiatric care. Diane received her training in Professional Coaching from Duquesne University and is certified through the International Coaches Federation.

    Diane's leadership experience has been in both for and non-profit organizations. At the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, Diane oversees regulatory affairs, human resources/organizational development and all process improvement functions. Diane has developed and implemented quality management and process improvement programs throughout organizations. She has designed and presented numerous training courses to include: advanced level leadership training, communication skills, time management, team building, supervision, quality management and process improvement. Diane also functions as an internal professional coach. Diane is actively involved in several quality initiatives in the OPO community and is currently serving as member of the UNOS Operations & Safety Committee.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will provide a greater understanding of the importance of photographic documentation beneficial to the medical examiner and coroner systems. It will also offer best practices for photographic documentation of decedents before organ and/or tissue donation through hands-on demonstration and application of the photographic methodology, full-body photography, photo scaling, photography of injuries, and more.​

    This presentation will provide a greater understanding of the importance of photographic documentation beneficial to the medical examiner and coroner systems. It will also offer best practices for photographic documentation of decedents before organ and/or tissue donation through hands-on demonstration and application of the photographic methodology, full-body photography, photo scaling, photography of injuries, and more.

    Jennifer Snippen, BSN, RN, MA, F-ABMDI

    Jennifer is a Board Certified Fellow with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and past Chief Deputy Medical Examiner for Linn and Benton Counties in Oregon. She is an American Association of Forensic Sciences Fellow and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. Jennifer is also a registered nurse with extensive critical care/neurotrauma experience. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Lane Community College Science Department where she teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology.  She has instructed for the Linn Benton CC Criminal Justice program, Lane CC Criminal Justice Program, UC Riverside Forensic Nursing Program, Oregon State Medicolegal Death Investigator Program & the Oregon State University eCampus Anthropology program.   She received a Master’s in Applied Biomedical Anthropology from Oregon State University with a minor focus on Physiology. Her thesis research project was a multijurisdictional study of law enforcement experiences related to infant death investigations.  Jennifer is currently a PhD Student at Oregon State University studying the process of death investigation as a scientific endeavor.

    Jennifer began her medical training as an EMT in Kenai, Alaska in 1991.  She then earned an RN BSN in Bismarck, ND and worked for years in neurotrauma critical care before receiving Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training and eventually moving full time into death investigation.  She is the past Chief Deputy Medical Examiner for two Oregon counties and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. Jennifer has earned Board Certified Fellow status from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and is an American Academy of Forensic Sciences Fellow.  She holds a masters in Medical Anthropology from Oregon State University and is currently a PhD student in their Comparative Health Sciences program.  She is a regularly invited speaker and on the topics of strangulation investigation, infant death investigation, and forensic photography.

    Jennifer is an experienced critical care nurse and medicolegal death investigator with decades of experience in photography. She is a regularly invited speaker on the subject of practical forensic photography and enjoys helping non-photographers obtain the best possible photographs using the (often) limited resources and time available to them.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    During this program, Nick Navarro, with Biologos, LLC, and Michael Gilbert, with CryoLife, Inc., will discuss AATB individual memberships. Nick and Michael will discuss how to be heard and be active by joining AATB committees and councils, an overview of these groups, and videos shared by members of their experiences as AATB members. The Co-Chairs of the AATB Membership Committee, Mark DeFilippis, and Patrick Abdel Messih will participate in a live Q & A session at the end of the presentation.

    During this program, Nick Navarro, with Biologos, LLC, and Michael Gilbert, with CryoLife, Inc., will discuss AATB individual memberships. Nick and Michael will discuss how to be heard and be active by joining AATB committees and councils, an overview of these groups, and videos shared by members of their experiences as AATB members.

    The Co-Chairs of the AATB Membership Committee, Mark DeFilippis, and Patrick Abdel Messih will participate in a live Q & A session at the end of the presentation.

    Mark DeFilippis, MBA, CTBS

    Director, Tissue Operations Center, New England Donor Services

    Mark is the Director of the Tissue Operations Center at New England Donor Services and is responsible for the 24-hour operations center. Mark has been with New England Donor Services for over fifteen years, he has served in the Quality Department as well as in the Operations Center determining donor eligibility and working with families to obtain authorization. Mark is the co-chair of the Membership Committee, he is currently the Secretary of the RADE Council as well a member of The AOPO Tissue Council. Mark  is a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist.

    Michael Gilbert, MBA, CTBS

    Technical Trainer

    Michael E. Gilbert, MBA, CTBS is a Technical Trainer, Donor Services with CryoLife. He is a 2010 graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor Degree in Sport Management, and a 2012 graduate of Shorter University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Michael obtained his CTBS designation in 2006, and is also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician with the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 

    Michael began working at CryoLife in 2004, after transitioning from a career in the Fire/EMS industry. He started as a Donor Services Coordinator in the Donation Support center where he would screen donors with the Recovery Partners. After about a decade in the role (with increasing responsibilities) he was promoted to his current position as a Technical Trainer. As a Trainer, Michael has held workshops with Recovery Partners across the country, focusing on cardiovascular tissue recovery techniques. 

    ​Patrick AbdelMessih, BS, CTBS, CEBT

    Patrick AbdelMessih is Vice President of Recovery Operations for Birth Tissue Donor Services of Tennessee, a mission-driven organization that acquires birth tissue to help those in need of transplantable grafts.

    Patrick has been in the tissue banking industry for over 25 years. He started in eye banking and eventually moved into cadaveric tissue, overseeing operations for a large OPO in Tennessee for almost a decade before moving into his current role in birth tissue.  

    Patrick has been involved in multiple AATB workgroups and contributed to the recently updated physical assessment in the current edition of the published AATB standards. He is currently co-chair of the AATB Membership Committee.  

    Patrick received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Virginia. He is certified as an Eye Bank Technician through The Eye Bank Association of America and as a Tissue Bank Specialist (AATB).

    Nick Navarro

    Nick has spent the majority of his career working for or with accredited tissue banks. For the last five years, Nick has served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Biologos. Where he has had the unique opportunity to partner with many tissue processing teams around the country. He is excited to be a part of the Membership Committee and the Living Donor Council. He is also a proud tissue recipient and appreciates the incredible gift of donation!

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/15/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Sharon O’Callaghan, FDA CBER Consumer Safety Officer, will present the regulatory requirements for reporting adverse reactions and HCT/P deviations to the FDA. Kip Hanks, AATB Director of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs, will present the Standards requirements for notifying AATB of reportable events. Questions will be submitted by attendees prior to the webinar.

    Sharon O’Callaghan, FDA CBER Consumer Safety Officer, will present the regulatory requirements for reporting adverse reactions and HCT/P deviations to the FDA. Kip Hanks, AATB Director of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs, will present the Standards requirements for notifying AATB of reportable events. Questions will be submitted by attendees prior to the webinar.

    Kip J. Hanks, BS

    Investigator/Biologics National Expert

    FDA / Office of Biological Product Operations

    Kip Hanks, Biologics National Expert for FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Biological Products Operations, received a BS in microbiology from McNeese State University and began employment with the Agency in 1997 as a generalist investigator in New Orleans, LA. Over the years, his work focused on biologics and bioresearch monitoring. He served as the district biologics specialist for New Orleans and Atlanta Districts and was selected as the biologics national expert in 2011 upon returning to post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. In this position, Investigator Hanks serves as a liaison between ORA and CBER, trains and mentors biologics investigators, participates on policy workgroups and continues to perform international inspections. He resides in New Orleans, LA with his wife, daughter and menagerie of pets, enjoying all of the culture that the city offers.

    Sharon O’Callaghan, MT(ASCP)

    Consumer Safety Officer

    United States Food and Drug Administration

    Sharon O’Callaghan is a Consumer Safety Officer with the Division of Inspections and Surveillance, Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.  Ms. O’Callaghan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Prior to joining FDA, she worked at a community hospital as a bench tech and supervisor in all areas of the laboratory.  She joined the FDA in 1988 as a medical technologist. Ms. O’Callaghan has managed the Biological Product Deviation Reporting since 1990.  She was instrumental in developing the regulation on Biological Product Deviation Reporting (21 CFR 600.14 and & CFR 606.171), which was published September 7, 2001.  She also developed two guidance documents to accompany this rule.  Ms. O’Callaghan also developed the deviation reporting system for the Human Cells, Tissues and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products (HCT/Ps) and was instrumental in developing the guidance for HCT/P deviation reporting (21 CFR 1271.350(a)). She has participated in many outreach efforts to the blood and plasma industry, the traditional biological product industry, as well as the HCT/P industry. 

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will provide a detailed review in the evaluation of tissue bank risk assessments in regard to auditing and inspection.

    This presentation will provide a detailed review in the evaluation of tissue bank risk assessments in regard to auditing and inspection.

    Michelle Lewis, BA, ASQ CBA, RAC, CTBS

    Michelle has 20+ years in biologics, drugs, medical devices, and HCT/P’s.  Currently, she is the Accreditation Assessment Manager for AATB providing post-inspection support for CAPA responses and inspection reports; serves as the primary liaison with the Accreditation Committee and the NonTransplant Anatomical Donation Council; a key member of the Standards committee and helps drive policy changes within the Accreditation and Standards department. Michelle came to the association after many years of building her expertise in the field of regulatory compliance and auditing. 

    Sabrina Qualley, BA, MLT(ASCP), CTBS, CQA (ASQ)

    Sabrina has 30 years of experience in blood and tissue banking.  She is a Certified Quality Auditor, a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist and has a Medical Laboratory Technician degree.  Sabrina has been performing accreditation inspections as an independent contractor for AATB for 9 years.  Prior to that, she was the Quality Program Manager for the tissue program at LifeCenter Northwest, the QC Specialist at Northwest Tissue Center, the Lead Operational Tech for the Islet and Cell Processing Laboratory at Puget Sound Blood Center, and started her career in the transfusion service (cross-match and red cell reference laboratories) of Puget Sound Blood Center.   

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will review practices in remembrances and celebrations of life through the COVID pandemic.

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic honoring our donors and donor families has never been more challenging. This session highlights meaningful online tributes and key takeaways.

    Kristen Tomlinson, BA, CTBS, GC-C

    Kristen Tomlinson has worked in the Organ and Tissue donation field for the last five years, predominantly working in the Donor Referral Center, taking referrals and working with families. For the last year, she has been a Team Lead and assisted with the Donor Family Aftercare Program. Kristen is a member of the AATB Donor Family Services Council and is also a Certified Grief Counselor. She is working on her Master's Degree in Counseling and Human Development. 

    Christina Godfrey

    Christina Godfrey is the Life Anew Program Coordinator for Carolina Donor Services, providing aftercare to organ and tissue donor families. She has been with Carolina Donor Services for over six years, following time spent in the fields of Clinical Research and Event Planning. Christina works with donor families to provide donation outcomes, grief resources, facilitate communication between donor families and recipients, and plans annual donor remembrance events. She is a University of Florida graduate and lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys.

    Lisa A. Colaianni

    Lisa has served as WRTC’s Donor Family Advocate since 1990. She has developed an aftercare bereavement program for families of all tissue and organ donors in the Washington metropolitan area. Lisa provides bereavement support and advocacy services to donor families. She is Past Chair of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) Donor Family Services Council. Lisa served as a Professional Editor for the National Donor Family Council newsletter and was a member of the National Donor Family Council’s Executive Committee. She received a Death and Dying Certificate through Colorado State University and the Center for Loss and Dying in 2009. Lisa became a non-directed kidney donor in 2011, resulting in an eight recipient chain.

     Lisa came to the DC area in 1977 to work for her congressman from Vermont, James Jeffords. She spent 15 years as a Congressional Aide to various Congressmen and Senators. Lisa resides in McLean, VA.

    Erin Bauer, MA

    Erin Bauer is the events coordinator at The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland (The LLF). Erin joined The LLF team in 2013 and supports the organization’s community outreach and public education efforts by planning mission-driven events to celebrate the lives of donors and recipients. Her versatile range of planning experience includes conferences, galas, 5K races, fundraisers, and specialized donor memorial services. She is dedicated to creating unique and meaningful experiences that inspire Marylanders to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors. Erin additionally shares her event expertise with other Baltimore based non-profit organizations, dedicating over 100 hours of volunteer time annually to TRIO Maryland (Transplant Recipients International Organization) and the Junior League of Baltimore.

    Allison Coleman, MA

    Allison Coleman is the public relations and media coordinator at The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland (The LLF). Allison has over ten years of experience in public relations, communications, and social media. She joined The LLF team in 2015 and works to support organ, eye, and tissue donation through news coverage, social media, educational and promotional materials, special events, and awareness campaigns. Allison is passionate about remembering the “donor” in donation and works closely with donor families and recipients to share their stories.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will review practices of sample transportation during the COVID pandemic.

    •                COVID-19 and the global need for efficient testing

    •                Using the I-DOT for noncontact low-volume liquid handling

    •                How the I-DOT can help with COVID-19 qPCR testing?

    •                Other I-DOT application

    Indira V. Chivukula, Ph.D.

    Indira V. Chivukula is a liquid handling/bioprocessing Field Application Scientist at CELLINK, a leading bio-convergence company. She joined CELLINK in 2020 after completing her post-doctoral research using single-cell RNA-sequencing at the Karolinska Institutet/AstraZeneca Integrated Cardio Metabolic Centre. Indira has worked in academia and industry on 3 continents, investigating breast cancer biology, 3D organoid models, and cell-based assay development. She received her BS in Biology from The Ohio State University and her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Karolinska Institutet.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will review the structure of coroner systems throughout the United States.

    This presentation will review the structure of coroner systems throughout the United States. 

    John Fudenberg, D-ABMDI

    John is the Executive Director of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IACME) and has over 30 years of public service, 17 of which was with the Clark County Coroner's Office in Las Vegas. Along with serving as a past President of the IACME and on the Executive Committee for over a decade, he represented the IACME as a Commissioner on the US Department of Justice National Commission of Forensic Science and chaired the National Institute of Justice Scientific Working Group In Medicolegal Investigations. (SWGMDI). John has also been a leader in the Medicolegal Profession for many years. John is very passionate about the Medicolegal field as well as the IACME. John is an active donation advocate who promotes collaboration between donation and death investigation institutions. 

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The Donate Life America Funeral Services Committee and the Funeral Liaisons from LifeSource will be presenting embalming and restorative techniques post tissue recovery. The session will include practical and innovative ideas on the care of a tissue donor and necessary supplies to provide to the funeral home. You will also learn the importance of surgical technique during the recovery and how it can impact the embalming process. This session aims to share the concerns of the funeral service partners and ways to improve the relationship through education, training, and support.​

    The Donate Life America Funeral Services Committee and the Funeral Liaisons from LifeSource will be presenting embalming and restorative techniques post tissue recovery. The session will include practical and innovative ideas on the care of a tissue donor and necessary supplies to provide to the funeral home. You will also learn the importance of surgical technique during the recovery and how it can impact the embalming process. This session aims to share the concerns of the funeral service partners and ways to improve the relationship through education, training, and support.

    Melinda Van Waus, BS, CTBS

    Prior to joining LifeSource in 2005, she received her Mortuary Science degree from the University of Minnesota and worked as a Mortician in MN. Melinda has worked in many areas of donation; tissue recovery, eye recovery, liaison to Funeral Service, Medical Examiner/Coroners, and Hospice agencies. She is additionally an active member of the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota Funeral Director Associations; the Arrowhead Funeral Directors Association; Goal leader in the Funeral Service Donate Life Committee and is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist.

    As a licensed mortician, I am able to bring my background and knowledge into my everyday work at LifeSource, if that means supporting our partners in the preparation room or with donation education, I am able to support both sides of donation.

    Kelley Romanowski, BS, CTBS

    After earning a Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science degree from the University of Minnesota, Kelley worked in a Twin Cities funeral home for nearly 11 years prior to joining the LifeSource Team. She also worked with our local transplant centers to facilitate donor organ transportation and became a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist. She continually attends education sessions and seeks out process improvement ideas in partnership with funeral director partners to better support the families we jointly serve.

    Kelley is an active member of the Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota Funeral Director Associations, the Arrowhead Funeral Directors Association and leads a Funeral Home Advisory Board.