2019 Conference Speakers
Keynote Speakers

Susan B. Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN Senior Adviser for Nursing

Susan B. Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN is currently serving as the Senior Scholar-In-Residence and Senior Adviser to the President on Nursing at the National Academy of Medicine from January 2019 through December 2020. In this role, she is serving as a key member of the leadership team for the Future of Nursing 2030 report. She is also the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Adviser for Nursing, and in partnership with AARP, Hassmiller also directs the Foundation’s Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. This 50-state and District of Columbia effort strives to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s report on the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and will additionally seek to build a Culture of Health. Hassmiller served as the report’s study director. Hassmiller’s work has included service in public health settings at the local, state and national levels, including HRSA. She taught community health nursing at the University of Nebraska and George Mason University in Virginia. Hassmiller is a member of the Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and sits on other advisory committees and boards, including the Hackensack Meridian Health System, UnitedHealth, Carrier Clinic and the American Red Cross. She is the recipient of many awards and three honorary doctorates, but most notably the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor given to a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Katie Huffling, RN, MS, CNM

Katie Huffling, RN, MS, CNM is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and is the Executive Director the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Ms. Huffling works with nurses and national nursing organizations on a variety of environmental health issues including climate change, chemical policy, inclusion of environmental health into nursing education, and sustainable healthcare. Ms. Huffling was an editor of the environmental health e-textbook “Environmental Health in Nursing” that won the 2017 AJN Book of the Year in Environmental Health. She was also the recipient of the 2018 Charlotte Brody Award which recognizes nurses who go beyond everyday nursing endeavors to proactively promote and protect environmental health.

Jackie Baras, MSN, MBA, RN

Jackie Baras, MSN, MBA, RN is a Quality Nurse Manager of Perioperative Services for RWJ University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Jackie has more than 20 year experience of being a professional Registered Nurse. She has served the organization with multiple roles from Clinical Nurse, Head Nurse, Director of Nursing in skilled Nursing Facility, Home Care Planner, Case Manager, Nurse Educator and Quality Manager. Jackie is the pioneer in establishing the first LGBT hospital based primary care clinic in the State of NJ- PROUD Family Health at RWJ Somerset. She is a major contributor in making RWJ NB and Somerset as the LGBT Healthcare Leaders by the Health Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign. Jackie serves as Board of Director of Garden State Equality, the largest organization that advocate and education the LGBTQIA community. Jackie is the next President of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey for year 2020.

Dr. Scharmaine Lawson, FNP, FAANP, FAAN, has a nursing career that spans thirty years, with eighteen of those years being an advanced practice nurse. Her innovative way of educating the youth about the role of the nurse practitioner has elevated the Advanced Practice Nurse. Through a series of educational tools such as dancing mascots, and interactive play, she orchestrates an entire learning production when she visits elementary schools across the country. Her recent show drew greater than 1000 students from Shreveport, La. Nola The Nurse® and Dr. Lawson have also been featured on several national TV outlets and other media. Many of the titles are translated in Spanish and French.
Dr. Lawson started the first nurse practitioner owned Housecall practice in the State of Louisiana. With greater than 100,000 home visits, it has transformed to meet the widespread needs of the underserved communities of Louisiana. To further extend the reach of her work, she has written a best-selling book, Housecalls 101: The only book you will ever need to start your practice, that outlines how to start a successful house call practice. She details in the book strategies to maintain a house call practice, systems to establish healthy outcomes in underserved communities, and offers inspiration to other nurse practitioners.
To replicate this successful model of care across America, she developed the first house call course in the nation to teach other clinicians how to increase access to healthcare in their communities. To date, The Housecall Course has been instrumental in training more than 600 clinicians and administrators on how to literally start their practice from beginning to the successful maintenance of their practice once it’s open for business.

Concurrent Session Presenters
David Agosto Correa, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC
Ruth Amador, MSN, RN
Diane Berry, PhD, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Lorener Brayboy, DHSc, MSW, LICSW
Jane Champion, PhD, DNP, FNP, FAANP, FAAN
Michele Crespo-Fierro, PhD, MPH, RN, AACRN
Norma Cuellar,PhD, RN, FAAN
Alana Cueto, MSN, RN, CNL-C
CristinaDominguez de Quezada, PhD, RN
Maithe Enriquez, APRN, PhD, FAAN
Cecilia Gonzales, BA
Susana Gonzalez, MHA, MSN, RN, CNML
Jeneva Gularte-Rinaldo, PhD, RN
Cinthya Hernandez, BSN, RN, CPN, CPST
Marianne Jeffreys, EdD, RN
Mary Jo Jerde, MBA,BSN,RN, FAAN
Daniela Lopez Munoz, AS, RN
Julio Loya, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Lindsey Malone, BSN, RN, CPN
Carole Moleti, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC, CNM
Wanda Monterrubio, APRN FNP-BC
Maria Perez, PhD, RNC-OB, LHRM
Amelia Perez, PhD, RN
Melissa Pluguez Moldavskiy, DNP APRN FNP-BC AGACNP-BC
Madelyn Reyes, DNP, MA, MPA, RN
Joel Rivas, MBA, BSN, RN
Krystal Rivera, C.N.A , M.H.C
Jasmine Ruiz, MSN, RN, FNP-C
Amaryllis Sanchez, Student Nurse
Denethia Sellers McCarthy, Ph.D., MSW
Guillermina Solis, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, GNP-C
Allison Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN
Veronica Vital, PhD, RN
Carli Zegers, PhD, FNP-BC
Rick Zoucha, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, CTN-A, FAAN

Poster Presenters Group #1
Michele Crespo-Fierro, PhD, MPH, RN, AACRN
Maithe Enriquez, APRN, PhD, FAAN
Mayra Garcia, DNP, APRN, PCNS-BC
Leda Garside, RN, BSN, MBA
Tanisha Johnson-Campbell, MBA, PhD
Maria Michalczyk, MA, RN
Susy Molano

Poster Presenters Group #2
Isaac Bencomo Bermudez, RN
Nora Franco, BA, MSIS
Mayra Garcia, DNP, APRN, PCNS-BC
Yovan Gonzalez, MSN, FNP-BC
Leigh Griffis, DNP, RN, CPN, NEA-BC
Sophia Jimenez, MSNRN-BCAGCNS-BC
Guillermina Solis, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, GNP-C
Sonia Valdez, DNP
Jennifer Watt, MSN, RN, CNRN