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Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, MSN, RN

Adrianne E. Avillion earned her MS in nursing and a doctorate in adult education from Penn State University. She has over 40 years of experience in the field of nursing professional development and continuing education for nurses. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter on the specialty of nursing professional development. Her clinical background includes neurology, mental health, medical-surgical, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Adrianne is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for healthcare professionals and consulting services in evidence-based practice and quality improvement.

Loretta Ann Bostic, DNP, MBA, APRN, CRNA

Loretta Ann Bostic is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who specializes in psychiatric mental health and nurse anesthesia. She has been a registered nurse since 1983. She completed her nurse anesthesia education at Charleston Area Medical Center and her doctoral education and postdoctoral certification at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Bostic served on the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Wellness and Peer Assistance committee for over 10 years and is the founding president of the WV chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions. She has developed continuing education on substance use disorder, drug diversion, best-practice prescribing for opioids, challenges in chronic pain management, and the prescription opioid abuse epidemic.

Kalyn M. Briggs, PhD, MS, OTR

Dr. Kalyn Briggs has been an occupational therapist since 2002, completing her PhD in occupational therapy at Texas Woman's University in 2012. She is Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Dr. Briggs' practice has focused on adults with neurological conditions, particularly stroke rehabilitation and addressing rural healthcare needs of adults with neurological conditions. She also serves as Communications Coordinator for the Academic Education Special Interest Section (AESIS) at AOTA and is a graduate of the AOTA Academic Leadership Institute. She has a passion for teaching and learning in the field of occupational therapy.

Lisa M. Cockrell, PhD

Lisa Cockrell recently completed a PhD in Molecular Pharmacology at Emory University. Her thesis entitled Mechanisms Controlling the Apoptosis Signal-Regulating Kinases (ASK) 1 and 2 Signalosomes focused on elucidating the protein signaling networks important for cancer cells to multiply. While a graduate student she devoted herself to one of her main passions: laboratory bench work. During this time, she also discovered another part of science just as important: communication.

Dana M. Cox, MA, BSN, RN, CIMI

Dana Cox has been an RN for over 35 years. She has worked as a nurse in prehospital, emergency, critical care, and pediatrics. Dana is a credentialed ECSE (early childhood special education) teacher in California. She has provided early intervention services to infants and toddlers with special needs, including survivors of pediatric abusive head trauma, and works in early childhood professional development, offering training, coaching, and technical assistance services. Dana has carried multiple certifications, including Certified Emergency Nurse and Critical Care Registered Nurse. She is endorsed in California as an Infant/Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Facilitator.

Leslie R. Crane, EdD, MSN, RN

Leslie Crane has been an RN since 1973. She teaches in the RN, LVN, CNA, and home health aide programs at Santa Rosa Junior College in California. She graduated from Sonoma State University with an MSN and the University of Phoenix with an EdD in educational technology. Her clinical background is primarily in adult critical care. Leslie loves teaching nursing students and "infecting" them with her enthusiasm for the profession, passion for life-long learning, and commitment to a high level of accountability.

Heidi J. Crean, DC, MSN, RN, CNL

Heidi Crean is a nursing instructor in the RN program at Mendocino College in Ukiah, California, where she teaches fundamentals of nursing along with obstetric and pediatric nursing. She also works as a per diem labor and delivery and postpartum nurse in the Family Birth Center and previously worked in the med-surg department at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. She earned an MSN with a concentration in clinical nurse leadership from Sonoma State University. Her previous education includes a BS in chemistry and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

Dennis M. Crean, Jr., BA, Staff Writer

Dennis Crean serves as managing editor for Wild Iris Medical Education. He has worked professionally as an editor and designer for nonprofit, educational, and community-based organizations since 1996. Former healthcare-related employers include the Louisiana Office of Public Health and the California HIV/AIDS Research Program. Dennis earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1985.

Bethany Derricott, RN, MSN

Bethany Derricott is a graduate of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and the MSN program at Walden University. She is an Instructor of Nursing in the ADN program at Kent State University and has worked in a variety of nursing disciplines. She has taught maternity nursing, community health nursing, trends and issues in nursing, and nutrition, and enjoys teaching nursing students both in the classroom and online. Derricott is published in Nursing for Women's Health and is a member of the ANA, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, and others. She serves on the NCLEX Examination Item Development Panel for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and is a HRSA Grant Reviewer for the U.S. DHHS.

Nancy Evans, BS

Nancy Evans is a health science writer and editor with more than three decades of experience in healthcare publishing. She served as senior editor at Mosby/Times Mirror, senior editor in the health sciences division of Addison-Wesley, and senior medical editor at Appleton & Lange. A breast cancer survivor since 1991, she has written and spoken extensively on breast cancer issues. Nancy co-produced the HBO documentary film Rachel's Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer. She is also the co-producer of Children and Asthma, a KQED documentary film, and the documentary, Good Food, Bad Food: Obesity in American Children.

Sheree L. Goldman, DNP, MSN, RN, WHNP

Sheree Goldman is an educator and writer with over four decades of clinical experience working with patients and families. Since 2000, her focus has been in forensics, coordinating a community-based program that conducts medical-legal examinations for victims and suspects of violence. She is a sexual assault forensic examiner for adult, adolescent, and pediatric patients and serves on the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council of Monterey County in California.

Persis Mary Hamilton, EdD, MSN, BSN, PHN, PMHN

Persis Hamilton has a rich background in nursing, nursing education, and writing. She has written 14 nursing textbooks for 2 major publishers. She works with Wild Iris Medical Education to ensure compliance with ANCC accreditation guidelines. Persis taught for more than 40 years in vocational, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs, served as item writer for the League for Nursing, and was the principle speaker at numerous CE workshops. She has also conducted research in Micronesia and Guam. Persis has also written a historical novel about the care of psychiatric patients in the 1930s, entitled Deportation Train.

Michael Jay Katz, MD, PhD

Michael Jay Katz has taught anatomy, physical diagnosis, and scientific writing in the medical school of Case Western Reserve University for more than twenty-five years. He has written sixteen books and eighty papers and essays. He is currently the anatomy and physiology consultant for Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary.

Maryam K. Mamou, BSN, RN, CWCN, CRRN

Maryam Mamou has extensive experience in wound care. She is a graduate of the wound ostomy and continence program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and is nationally certified in wound and continence care. She has worked in clinical settings including acute care rehabilitation, home health care, long-term care, and outpatient wound care, where the majority of her patients were being treated for diabetic foot ulcers. She has been involved in developing and implementing staff education programs, and she is currently employed as a nurse consultant with the State of Wisconsin.

Marian McDonald, RN, MSN, CIC

Marian McDonald has been an RN since 1976. She has been passionately "chasing germs" (doing Infection Control) since 1983, consulting since 2003. Her other love is disaster preparedness, arising from more than twenty years as a volunteer nurse for the American Red Cross.

Cathy Melter, MSN, RN, CWOCN

Cathy Melter has been an RN in adult health for over thirty-five years, including twenty-eight years as a med-surg nurse in acute care and seven years in home health. She has held both staff and supervisory positions and is currently a Staff Nurse IV in Home Health. She is a member of the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses, the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society, Sigma Theta Tau, and the American Nurses Association of California. Cathy also teaches medical terminology at Solano Community College in Fairfield, CA.

Mary C. Mitus, MSN, RN, CCAP

Mary Mitus is an advanced practice nurse, having earned her master's degree in 1988 from Grand Valley State University, Michigan. Mitus spent the first ten years of her career in hospital and home care administration. Since then she has focused on holistic health and computer-based learning. She is a certified clinical aromatherapy practitioner, Reiki master, flower essence practitioner, and health coach. Mitus has designed and taught a variety of programs on such subjects as mind/body health and alternatives to smoking. As the owner of Health Everlasting, Mitus provides holistic health assessments, life coaching, aromatherapy, and energy-based therapies. Mitus is the Training Director for Ninth Brain, a healthcare consultant group specializing in compliance and training issues. 

Monica A. Nathan, MSEd, BSN, RN, CNOR, CERT-IT

Monica Nathan served as a perioperative nurse and educator in the U.S. Army. Following her military retirement, she became an perioperative nurse and quality assurance coordinator for a freestanding ambulatory surgery center. She is a CERT team member and instructor and a California Disaster Service Worker.

Sheryl M. Ness, MA, BSN, ADN, RN

Sheryl Ness has been an RN since 1985, working in the areas of transfusion medicine, endocrinology, neurology, and oncology. She achieved assistant professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and has a master's in transcultural nursing. She has worked for over a decade in the field of oncology education, teaching nurses, allied health staff, and patients. She is published in the Oncology Nursing Forum, the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, and the Journal of Cancer Education. Since 2009, she has written for nursing textbooks and designed curriculum for medical residents, nursing students, and other allied health professionals.

Judy K. Orth, BSN, MA, RN, CHPN

Judy K. Orth is a board-certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse. She began her career in an intensive-coronary care unit in rural Iowa, where after ten years she designed and coordinated a cardiac rehab program. She later found her passion for clinical nursing as a clinical coordinator at a large hospice in Des Moines and was honored with a national Nurse Competence in Aging Award. Judy's academic background includes a master's degree in gerontology from Western Illinois University, and she holds the rank of assistant professor of nursing at Iowa Wesleyan University and lecturer of nursing at Grand View University. She also combines her clinical and academic experiences and expertise to author continuing education courses.

Monica M. Roe, DPT, PT

Monica M. Roe holds a doctorate in physical therapy and an MFA in writing, and is currently completing a master's in public health at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has practiced physical therapy since 2005 in various clinical settings around the globe, with a primary focus on remote communities in northwest Alaska. Monica is a longtime disability rights advocate and published researcher, with a recent focus on community-based inclusive development (CBID) and disability-inclusive emergency preparedness planning in regions vulnerable to climate change-related natural disasters. Monica is also a certified beekeeper and a published author for children and young adults.

Ruben J. Rucoba, MD

Dr. Rucoba has been a practicing pediatrician since 1993. His interests include caring for special needs children, international adoption, health information technology, and vaccinations. He is also a freelance medical writer, providing clients with a variety of content, including continuing education for healthcare professionals, news and features, standardized test questions, and medical advice for a general audience.

Judith Swan, MSN, BSN, ADN

Judith Swan has been in the healthcare field for over fifty years, beginning as a medic in the U.S. Air Force. As an RN, she has worked in mental health, emergency, orthopedics, hospice, and medical/surgical. She holds an MSN as a family nurse practitioner. Judith's experience in nursing education includes teaching psychiatric, long-term, and dementia nursing care and as director of a nursing assistant college program. She has written ancillary educational materials for nursing textbooks, state curriculum for nursing assistant programs, online health articles, and continuing education courses, including courses for Wild Iris Medical Education since 2012.

Sheila Wheeler, MSN, RN

Since 1984, Sheila Wheeler has pioneered the field of telephone triage. She is author of the classic training manual Telephone Triage: Theory, Practice and Protocol Development (1993) and editor in chief of the first age-based, 5-Tier Triage, patient-centered guidelines, Telephone Triage Protocols for Pediatric and Adult Populations (1993). In 1994, Ms. Wheeler founded the annual national conference "Telephone Triage: Essentials for Expert Practice." She is currently president of TeleTriage Systems and consults as an expert witness, risk manager, product developer, researcher, and trainer. For more information on her work, visit

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