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Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, MSN, RN

Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed, RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and healthcare author. Adrianne earned her MS in nursing and a doctorate in adult education from Penn State University. She has nearly 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 at conferences devoted to the specialty of nursing professional development. Adrianne owns and 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.

Joyce Boghosian, MS, RRT, Perinatal/Pediatric Specialist

Joyce lives in Ukiah, California, and works at Ukiah Valley Medical Center as a respiratory therapist. With a specialty practitioner certificate in neonatal and pediatric care she has been involved in many critical care and neonatal transports. Joyce teaches BLS, ACLS, and NRP, and has guest lectured for the local paramedic and nursing programs.

Loretta Ann Bostic, DNP, MS, MBA, APRN, CRNA

Loretta Ann Bostic is an advanced practice registered nurse who specializes in nurse anesthesia. She completed her undergraduate nursing education at the University of Charleston and has been a registered nurse since 1983. She completed her nurse anesthesia education at Charleston Area Medical Center in 1997 and her doctoral education at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2014. Dr. Bostic is a regional advisor on the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Wellness & Peer Assistance committee. 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

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 30 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 currently provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers with special needs, including survivors of pediatric head injury and/or shaken baby syndrome. Dana has carried multiple certifications, including MICN (Mobile Intensive Care Nurse), CEN (Certified Emergency Nurse) and CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse). She was recently endorsed in the state of 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 serves as the director of the CNA/ Home Health Aid program at Santa Rosa Junior College in California. She graduated from Long Beach City College with an associate degree in nursing, Chapman College with a BS in health sciences, 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 earned a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in clinical nurse leadership from Sonoma State University. She is currently a postpartum nurse in the Family Birth Center and previously worked in the Med-Surg department at Ukiah Valley Medical Center in California. She also assisted in the hospital's transition to Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) by offering trainings and providing on-site support to physicians and staff. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. Her previous education includes a B.S. 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 is currently in 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 also taught maternity nursing, community health nursing, trends and issues in nursing, and nutrition, and she greatly 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 American Nurses' Association, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, and others. She is also on the NCLEX Examination Item Development Panel for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and a HRSA Grant Reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Leigh Nicole Edwards, MSN, RN-BC

Nicole Edwards has been a registered nurse since 1999. She is a training specialist in population health management for Anthem, Inc., and serves as the lead author for Population Health Manager. Nicole completed an associate degree in health sciences in 1997 and a bachelor's in nursing from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1999. She also completed a master's in nursing in 2009 and is completing an MBA at Bellamine University. Nicole has experience as a clinical educator for a hospital system and a case manager for a leading health plan. She is an adjunct faculty instructor at the University of Phoenix and holds a certification in Nursing Professional Development.

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 Goldman, DNP, MSN, RN, WHNP

Sheree Goldman is an educator and writer with over three 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.

Elise Gootherts, MA, BSN, RN, PHN

Elise Gootherts, RN, started her career as a social worker in 1979. Following her advocacy work at skilled nursing facilities, she earned a BSN from Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. As a nurse, Elise worked in the emergency department, public health, and surgery. After completing a master's degree in counseling psychology at Meridian University in Petaluma, CA, she worked as a case manager at an acute care hospital, becoming the department director, with oversight of discharge planning and utilization review, and started the hospital's palliative care program. Elise currently works as a hospice nurse and teaches "Healthy Living with Chronic Disease" classes.

Persis Mary Hamilton, EdD, MSN, BSN, RN, 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. Currently, Persis maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and recently completed a historical novel about the care of psychiatric patients in the 1930s, entitled Deportation Train.

Jassin M. Jouria, Jr., MD

Jassin M. Jouria, MD, is a professor of academic medicine and medical author. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and completed his clinical clerkship training in teaching hospitals including King's County Hospital Center and Brookdale Medical Center. Dr. Jouria has developed medical courses and curricula for a variety of educational institutions and serves as a subject matter expert for several continuing education organizations. He is currently authoring an academic textbook on human anatomy and physiology and serves as the clinical research coordinator for the Department of Trauma/Critical Care Surgery at Ryder Trauma Center.

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, CWOCN

Maryam Mamou, BSN, RN, CWOCN, 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 these areas. She has worked in clinical settings including acute care rehabilitation, home health care, long-term care, and outpatient wound care. She has held positions as staff nurse, unit coordinator, educator, and director of nursing in home health care and has been involved in developing and implementing staff education programs.

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, RN, MSN, CCAP, 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, OCN

Sheryl Ness has been an R.N. since 1985, working in the areas of transfusion medicine, endocrinology, neurology, and oncology. She is assistant professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and certified in oncology 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 and the Journal of Transcultural Nursing and serves on the editorial board for 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. She is also a five star author of "Love in a Tuscan Kitchen.

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

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

Steve Potje, BSBA, ADN, CCM

Steve Potje has been a registered nurse since 1991. He is currently a case manager/population health nurse at Anthem, Inc. He also serves as the executive director of the National Association of Disease Management and Wellness Professionals (now Population Health Manager). Steve earned associate's degrees in health science at Meramec Community College and nursing from Regents College and a BBA from Maryville University. He is completing a master's in integrated healthcare management at Western Governor's University. His clinical background is in disease management, wellness, and emergency and critical care medicine. Steve is winner of the 2011 Dorland Health Patient Advocate Award in Wellness.

Marie Reynolds, MSN, RN

Marie Reynolds has been a registered nurse since 2001. She is director of education for the National Association of Disease Management and Wellness Professionals (now Population Health Manager) and executive recruiter for DP Reynolds and Associates. She earned an associate's in nursing at St. Charles County Community College in 2001 and a master's in nursing with an emphasis in education from Maryville University in 2007. Her clinical background includes over 10 years as an RN in the disease management industry. She has maintained enterprise quality standards for hundreds of employees and quality process improvement for call centers staffed by thousands of nurses across the country.

Monica M. Roe, DPT, PT

Monica M. Roe holds a doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from Clarkson University as well as a master of fine arts (MFA) degree in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has practiced physical therapy since 2005 across a variety of clinical and geographical settings, ranging from remote jungle locations in Ecuador to the bush villages of Alaska. For most of that time, she has also been a freelance writer across multiple genres.

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.

Lorry Schoenly, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, CCHP-RN, CNE

Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, CCHP-RN, CNE, is a nurse author and educator specializing in the field of correctional healthcare. She provides consulting services to jails and prisons across the country to improve professional nursing practice and patient safety. She previously practiced in critical care and orthopedic specialties. Dr. Schoenly actively promotes correctional healthcare through a blog and podcast. She is co-editor and chapter author of Essentials of Correctional Nursing, the first primary practice text for the correctional nursing specialty, published in 2012.

Nathalie Smith, MSN, RN

Nathalie Smith, MSN, RN, is certified nurse practitioner, writing consultant, and freelance medical writer based in Lincoln, Nebraska. She holds a master's degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. With over 18 years' experience as a medical writer, Nathalie has contributed to over 70 articles for peer-reviewed medical journals. She is president of Aspen Medical Writing.

Judith Swan, MSN, BSN, ADN

Judith Swan has been in the healthcare field for almost forty years. She began her career as a medic in the U.S. Air Force. As an R.N., she has worked in several specialty areas, including dementia care. She holds an M.S.N. as a family nurse practitioner. Judith also has nine years of experience in the nursing education field teaching psychiatric, long-term, and dementia nursing care. She has been published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and is currently a freelance writer producing ancillary educational materials for nursing textbook publishers, state curriculum for nursing assistant programs, continuing education courses for paramedics, and online health articles.

Maria A. Watson, RN, OCN

Maria Watson is a certified oncology nurse. She began working on an inpatient hematology/oncology unit at Stanford University Medical Center in 1992 and is now the lead infusion nurse for chemotherapy and biotherapy for cancer patients at an outpatient clinic in Ukiah, CA. She also mentors and trains other nurses in oncology care on the job and at Mendocino College in Ukiah.

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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