The GOLD Conference Team

Meet the GOLD Team

Meet the team of enthusiastic individuals who work all year round to bring you an exciting online conference!

Education Developers:

  • Fleur Bickford
    FLEUR BICKFORD, BSc, RN, IBCLC
    Director of Educational Programming

    Fleur Bickford is a Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with a Bachelor of Science from Queen's University. As an RN, she worked in Maternal and Child Health, gaining experience in labour and delivery, postpartum care and pediatrics. After the birth of her two children, Fleur became involved with La Leche League, eventually becoming a leader and serving as a member of both the Professional Liaison Department and the Social Media Advisory Committee, while working towards her IBCLC certification. Fleur then made the move to private practice as an RN and IBCLC and spent years working with challenging breastfeeding cases before focusing on health education with GOLD. Fleur has been very active in her local lactation community as past president of Ottawa Valley Lactation Consultants and one of the leaders of the group that established the regional breastfeeding website ottawabreastfeeds.ca. She is also a professional speaker whose presentations and articles have been shared internationally. Fleur's clinical experience in perinatal care combined with her professional and volunteer experiences with educating both families and health care professionals, lend themselves well to her role as Program Director for GOLD.

  • Leigh Ann Cates-McGlinn, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, RRT-NPS, CHSE
    Program Chair

    Dr. Leigh Ann Cates-McGlinn, has over 27 years of total bedside experience as a registered nurse and respiratory therapist in home health, general and adult, pediatric, and neonatal critical care nursing with greater than 14 years in practice as a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP). Academically, she was Assistant Professor with Baylor College of Medicine in Department of Pediatrics in the section of Neonatology. She has also been faculty as an Associate Professor University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), East Carolina University and Old Dominion University in in their NNP Programs. Currently, Dr. Cates-McGlinn is the owner and director of McGlinn Institute which specializes in neonatal education, skills, and simulation. Dr. Cates-McGlinn's research interests include healthcare competency evaluation, hi-fidelity simulation training, and legal case review. She is recently published and serves as reviewer for multiple healthcare journals. Finally, Dr. Cates-McGlinn has also presented on multiple levels from local to international.

Education Delivery:

  • FIONA LANG-SHARPE, IBCLC, NAMCW
    Director of Communication & Master of Ceremonies

    Fiona Lang-Sharpe is a Birth Doula and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in Edmonton, AB, Canada. Fiona has over 20 years of experience attending births, supporting mothers post partum, and offering lactation case management services. Having studied in England under the National Association of Maternal and Child Welfare, Fiona moved to Canada in 1989 and after having her first born son was accredited through La Leche League Canada as a Leader and went onto obtain her certification as an IBCLC. Fiona's experience in perinatal health along with her interest in technology and social media and passion for quality education makes her an excellent fit for GOLD Conferences International. Fiona is one of the first voices you'll hear as one of GOLD's online Master of Ceremonies, and is also often one of the first faces you'll see, online and in person, as she represents GOLD at industry events and via social media. Fiona is highly anticipating an expanding role with GOLD, as GOLD increases it online offerings.

  • KRISTIN SCHWARZ, LM
    Master of Ceremonies

    Kristin Schwarz is a licensed midwife, maternal fitness educator, childbirth educator and bereavement doula. Kristin moved to the United States from Europe in 1997 where she worked in marketing and online education. After a peaceful home-water birth of her 2nd daughter, Kristin decided to help other women feel empowered in their birth choices. She trained to become a childbirth educator, received a degree in midwifery and holds a Florida midwifery license. Kristin's experience in perinatal and postpartum health and her background in online education make her a good fit for Gold Conferences International, and she is excited to contribute to GOLD and assist in its online growth. Kristin lives with her family in South Florida where she enjoys snorkeling and yoga on the beach.

Logistics & Management:

  • ANDREW DERGOUSOFF - Managing Partner

    With a background in technology start-ups, Andrew has been working within the educational meetings industry for more than ten years now. He was involved in bringing the GOLD brand from her original owners in Australia to Canada and building a new team of professionals to further nurture the company into the online education leader it is today. Andrew is focused on seeing new education and continual technological improvements added to GOLD in order to bring our unique style of accessible and affordable education to an ever-widening health care audience. His favourite part of the job is hearing from Delegates who were able to utilize education they learned through GOLD into their daily practices.

    If he is not busy working on his latest pie chart or drumming up a great deal for your group to come to a conference, he's likely travelling far-flung lands to extol the virtues of online learning or training to be a ninja.

  • DAVID VENUS - Director of Marketing & Online Development

    Originally from Vancouver Island, David moved to Vancouver in 1998 to attended The University of British Columbia, Majoring in Biology. He successfully operated an online marketing & web development company, catering to over 100 Clients internationally. David managed the technical operations of the GOLD Lactation Conference in 2012 and in 2013, joined the GOLD Learning Team.

    David is very passionate about customer service and ensuring that conference Participants are able to navigate the websites without a hitch. If you ever are experiencing a technical problem, He'll be there to rescue you!

    Apart from being the go-to guy for Technical Support, he has been responsible for managing the GOLD Brand, as well as re-developing the GOLD Conference Websites. He strives to further develop the GOLD Learning format into an interactive and globally accessible system, helping the valuable education reach all parts of our planet

    During his off time, you will catch him back on the beautiful Vancouver Island where he squeezes into wetsuit to surf the icy waves of the Pacific North West.

  • ISABEL DA COSTA - Senior Digital Projects Manager

    Isabel's background revolves around Event Production, Management, and Marketing. She has experience running a variety of events from webinars to outdoor festivals which gives her a particular insight into what quality customer service looks like. Her most recent work has been in the web development/B2B SaaS sphere which lends itself to her current role with GOLD Learning as their Virtual Events Manager. She considers the GOLD Learning platform to be an innovative vehicle to ensure maternal and infant healthcare professionals of all walks of life have the ability to learn and grow to better support their community.

    Isabel was born and raised in Vancouver and holds a BA from the University of Victoria. In her spare time you can find her checking out concerts at local venues, flexing her retention of useless facts at a trivia night or catching up on her endlessly backlogged reading list.

  • Jennifer Cook
    JENNIFER COOK - Group Sales Manager

    Originally from Nova Scotia, Jennifer made the move to Toronto while completing her degree and internship in Nutrition and Dietetics. From there she ventured into a successful sales career that spread across different aspects of the healthcare community and included a special interest in women's health.

    Jennifer is thrilled to be a part of the GOLD team where she leads the Group Sales Department in enhancing the experience of group registration to conferences as well as putting together specialized GOLD Learning programs for groups in a variety of learning environments.

    When not busy putting together group deals, she loves spending time with her 2 teens and their golden retriever Lola. Jennifer loves anything that involves the ocean, a good book and travelling to new places.

  • Kavya Babu Hegde
    KAVYA BABU HEGDE - Digital Projects Manager

    Driven by determination, innovation, and technology, Kavya is extremely passionate to contribute her skills and experiences as a Digital Projects coordinator here at GOLD Learning and Online Education. She has spent most of her career in the events industry gaining experience in areas such as event curation, execution, and management. Her interest in technology further led her to advance her career in Virtual Events. Kavya is inspired by GOLD and is grateful for the opportunity to be able to make a difference in women's healthcare and development.

    Born in India and moved to Canada to pursue her further education, Kavya has a Master's in Global Management from Royal Roads University. During her free time, you would find Kavya traveling around the world exploring different cultures and places.

  • MEENA RAJANALA - Marketing & Communications Junior Manager

    Meena Rajanala joined the GOLD family after completing her Bachelor's Degree in Communication at Simon Fraser University in 2018. Moving to Vancouver to pursue higher education and career opportunities, she has gained experience in the field of marketing and communications, gaining valuable experience in event, project and marketing coordination.

    Seeking new challenges, Meena is thrilled to contribute to making maternal health education globally accessible to this unique group of healthcare professionals. She is enthusiastic about forwarding her experiences and exploring possibilities for GOLD Conferences with communications and marketing initiatives in the years to come.

  • GOLD
    STEPHANIE SCHLOSSER - Sales Specialist

    Stephanie started out her career with a Bachelor of Business Administration from SFU. She soon started a homecare company for seniors in the Fraser Valley, growing it rapidly to service clients in their homes, care homes, hospitals, and veterans. She sold her company to start a family with her husband, and they are the proud parents of a young writer. She recently worked within a non-profit society in sales to grow their social enterprise in business services. An experienced long-term homeschooler, she values lifelong learning and personal growth. Born and raised locally in BC, she enjoys the challenge of a lake kayak or a good board game. Stephanie is committed to delivering excellence in client outcomes.

  • GOLD
    MANJIT SANDHU - Education Administrator

    Manjit's background involves Customer Service, Project and Training Management served with a side of Administration. Her work experiences incorporate a variety of business sectors including, FortisBC (natural gas), City of Surrey - Fire Services (municipal government & emergency services), TransLink (transportation), Golden Ears Bridge tolls (electronic tolling), and eBay/PayPal (e-commerce & financial processing). By joining the GOLD Learning team, she is excited to add health and education services to that list!

    Manjit was born in Squamish, BC and settled down her roots in Surrey, BC – she will always be a BC girl at heart! Manjit holds a BA from KPU and has an Award of Achievement in Diversity & Inclusion from UBC. In her spare time, you can find Manjit playing tennis and shooting hoops with her kids, playing field hockey for the Surrey Sharks, or enjoying some quality family time playing Uno, Monopoly, and watching Netflix.

  • inner6-ban1
    MELISSA EGGER - Partnership Manager

    Melissa Egger moved to Vancouver, Canada three years ago, that's when she joined the GOLD Family. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and Sales from the University of Applied Science in Vienna. Melissa is thrilled to be working with Healthcare Professionals from around the world. Providing health interested people a convenient access to education from all over the world is definitely something which lets you feel good at your work. She is enthusiastic about yoga, camping and a healthy lifestyle. She is always seeking new challenges, especially to get to experience new customs and new cultures from around the world. Melissa is working as a Partnership Manager with GOLD and has been growing with this wonderful family for the last three years.

  • NINA ADRIANNA - Speaker Manager

    Nina's educational background is in International Affairs. She worked in the public sector for five years, promoting innovation in government. After that, she was self-employed for three years; involved with various inspiring projects. Now, Nina is excited to be part of developing a niche for online conferences, as they are an efficient, green and accessible means for people to connect globally. She enjoys her bicycle commute to work and fuels herself with vibrant foods and lovely friends.

  • GOLD
    LAURA BAGGOTT - Sales Coordinator

    Laura holds a Marketing Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Additionally, she brings over 10 years' experience in sales, marketing, social media, and social work administration. She is enthusiastic to apply her knowledge within the education and events field. Laura is passionate about health, education and events.

    Laura was born and raised on Vancouver Island. In her spare time, Laura enjoys riding and training horses. She also loves travelling the world and meeting new people. You may find Laura doing spin class or sipping a drink on the patio.

  • GOLD
    ARUSHI GAUR - Customer Service Associate

    Arushi Gaur moved to Vancouver in 2014 to pursue bachelor's degree in Biology at UBC. With over 5 years of experience in healthcare and customer service, she is thrilled to join GOLD and contribute to maternal-child healthcare education. Along with her passion for healthcare, Arushi likes being challenged and strives to create a positive impact in this field through education.

  • KIM JOHNSTONE, IBCLC, LLL Leader, HHP
    Social Media

    Kim Johnstone has been working in the health field since 2000 and has a passion for supporting educated and empowered wellness. She first graduated from the British Columbia College of Equine Therapy then went on to continue her education at Grant MacEwan University with the Holistic Health Practitioner program. She focused her career on families, and furthered her attention to breastfeeding support through her work as a La Leche League Leader and then through certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Kim currently works in private practice in the area of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where she assists families through their breastfeeding relationships. She has participated in the GOLD conferences for several years and is happy to have joined the team as Social Media Personnel.

  • inner6-ban1
    GABRIELLE NG - Web & Graphic Designer

    Gabrielle Ng is a Vancouver-based designer specializing in graphic design, front-end web development, and 2D animation. Her artistic journey began during her early childhood, when her love of storytelling led her to illustrate and bind her own comic books. Her naturally inquisitive personality, passion for design, and need to express herself is what drives her to pursue her career in new media.

  • inner6-ban1
    KRISTIINA OSVATH - Executive Administrative Assistant

    Kristiina is an administrative professional with 15+ years of experience across a broad range of industries (Events, gaming, retail, food service & film). She joined GOLD in 2019 bringing her knowledge and skills in problem solving, resourcefulness & HR to the team. She is proud to have had a hand in recruiting a few of the smiling faces on the current team and is happily adjusting to remote work collaborating with colleagues in a fun & cooperative work environment from afar.

    Working for a company that supports & promotes women's healthcare & development through evidence-based education with a team that encourages each other in continual learning about diversity, equity & inclusion is something that she is grateful for.

    Kristiina is a big fan of roller-skating, yoga, bike rides, adventures & is currently learning to speak Spanish.

  • JESSICA WONG - Education Administrator (On Maternity Leave)

    Jessica grew up in the Okanagan and moved to Vancouver in 2011. Her professional background as a Community Support Worker with mothers in Vancouver's DTES has given her a great appreciation for the positive impact maternal healthcare workers and consultants have on individuals and their parenting experience. Jessica holds an Advanced Diploma in Business Management from BCIT and an Associate's Degree in Women's Studies from Langara College. Jessica is passionate about women's health issues and she loves that the GOLD online learning platform delivers innovative, world-class continued education options made easily accessible for maternal healthcare professionals around the globe. Jessica is a hobby naturalist and spends her free time hiking, bird watching and organizing around environmental justice.

PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

  • Stephanie Pitman
    Stephanie Pitman - BScN, RN, PNC(C)
    Lead Nurse Planner

    Stephanie Pitman lives in a small rural community in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is a Registered Nurse who has a passion and a love for Maternal Child services and a passion for continued education! She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing as well as her Perinatal Certification through the Canadian Nurses Association. She currently work as a Clinical Nurses Educator for a unit a Maternal Child unit that encompasses a mix of labour and delivery, antenatal, post-partum, pediatrics, special care nursery and a pre-natal clinic. She has worked for this unit, first as a staff nurse, then as an educator for 18 years. She is a NRP instructor, ACORN instructor and has completed many courses some of which include ALSO, NCAST, ENPC, PALS, STABLE, RTS Bereavement training, Step 2 breastfeeding, and MaD breastfeeding course for Health Professionals. She is a bilingual Acadian who speaks French and English.

  • Anne Eglash
    Anne Eglash - MD, IBCLC, FABM
    Physician Reviewer

    Dr. Eglash is a clinical professor with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in the Department of Family Medicine. In addition to practicing family medicine, she has been a board certified lactation consultant since 1994.

    In 2013 she developed the Outpatient Breastfeeding Champion training program to teach breastfeeding knowledge and support to the primary care medical offices in the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation System in Madison, Wisconsin. Anne is a cofounder of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and is the co-medical director and cofounder of the Mothers' Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes.

    She is the medical director of the outpatient lactation program at Meriter Hospital, and the medical director of the University of Wisconsin Lactation Services. She has published many peer-reviewed articles on breastfeeding medicine and sits on the editorial board for Breastfeeding Medicine Journal. She co-hosts and produces a free breastfeeding medicine podcast series, The Breastfeeding Medicine Podcast, which can also be found on iTunes.

  • Amber Valentine
    Amber Dawn Valentine Forston - MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, IBCLC, CNT

    Amber Valentine is a Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated from the University of Kentucky with her MS in Communication Disorders. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She recently received her credentials to become a Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT). She worked for Baptist Health Systems, Inc for 8 years before moving to Florida where she worked for Wolfsons Children's Hospital and Mayo Florida. She is now back in Kentucky working for Baptist Health Lexington. She has experience in adults and pediatrics with feeding and swallowing difficulties including: bedside swallow evaluations, Modified Barium Swallow studies, FEES, and pediatric feeding evaluations including NICU. She has experience with head and neck cancer patient including evaluation and treatment of swallowing difficulties, PMV use, and voice after total laryngectomy including TEP. She has provided guest lectures for the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville on feeding and swallowing topics. She has presented at the hospital level, local, state, national, and international levels on pediatric feeding/swallowing and breastfeeding.

  • Amber Valentine
    Annie Aloysius - BSc(Hons) MRCSLT HCPC IBCLC

    Annie is a Speech and Language Therapist and lactation consultant working for over 25 years in the field of paediatric feeding and swallowing difficulties, specialising in Neonatology. She currently works on the neonatal units at St Marys and Queen Charlottes and Chelsea Hospitals Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London UK alongside the multidisciplinary team to support families and their babies. She has worked with a number of charities and organisations on projects and initiatives to support feeding and neonatal care including chair of the RCSLT Neonatal CEN, Bliss the preterm baby charity, Best Beginnings – Small Wonders www.bestbeginnings.org.uk Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative and Birthlink UK in Rwanda, the DRC and Myanmar www.birthlinkuk.org . Publications and research include chapters and papers on feeding. She was involved in implementing the Integrated Family Delivered Care Project at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. https://www.imperial-familyintegratedcare.com

  • GOLD
    Cherial Revell - DNP, APRN, FNP-C

    Dr. Cherial Revell is an experienced nurse, nurse practitioner, and educator for more than 26 years. Her nursing clinical experience includes perinatal services, post partum, newborn nursery, emergency care, and critical care. She is currently practicing as a nurse practitioner in Obstetrics and Gynecology and full-time educator in the family nurse practitioner program. In her educator role, she serves as Assistant Clinical Director and teach Women's Health. Dr. Revell's passion is the care and support of women throughout the lifespan. She is an advocate for breastfeeding on the local and national level. Her research interest are cultural health beliefs and their affects on disease outcomes.

  • GOLD
    Ellen S. Lechtenberg - MPH, RD, IBCLC

    Ellen is the lactation services manager at Primary Children's Hospital. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1996 and is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters Degree in Public Health. Ellen has a passion for providing human milk for patients with nutritional challenges such as chylothorax and colitis. Her work on fat-free human milk is published and has received national review becoming a national standard of care. Ellen has worked with the hospitalized breastfeeding dyad for over 20 years. One of her career goals is to increase knowledge of nurses and healthcare providers regarding human milk immunology and breastfeeding thus improving lactation duration. Ellen designed, implemented the protocols, and manages the centralized milk center at Primary Children's Hospital. She also has experience working at the corporate level developing breastfeeding policies, protocols, patient education as well as lactation education and conferences for nurses and healthcare professionals. She has contributed to book chapters in Nutrition through the Lifecycle and was a reviewer for the Infant and Pediatric Feedings: Guidelines for Preparation of Human Milk and Formula in Health Care Facilities 3rd Edition. She has presented at local, state and national conferences.

  • GOLD
    Kathleen Donovan - RN, MSN, IBCLC, RNC

    Kathleen Donovan graduated in 1983. She became a NICU nurse in 1987 and an IBCLC in 2006. She received her MSN in 2011 in leadership and her RNC in 2020 in NICU. She is very motivated and loves to learn. She is a patient advocate and uses evidence-based research to teach and practice. She is a result-oriented person and adapts to the task at hand. She has been an auditor for several companies looking at online learning; Thomas Hale, Judy Lauwers and Vergie Hughes. When she says she is going to help you, she is honored and will step up to the plate to fulfill her job. She is a published author of three breastfeeding articles and the co-author in chapter 24 of the Core Curriculum for Lactation consultants. She is a member of the committee to approve LC courses for LEAARC.

  • GOLD
    Mariana Colmenares Castaño - MD, IBCLC

    Mariana was born in Mexico City, and from early age was fascinated by animals and nature. She studied medicine at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), and found her passion as a pediatrician doing my residency at the National Pediatric Institute. With the birth of her first child, she witnessed a lack of knowledge and commitment with breastfeeding and nutrition within the medical profession. This was her impetus to specialize in breastfeeding medicine. She certified as a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2011 by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), she is currently a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association ILCA, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine ABM and a proud founding member of the National Lactation Consultant Association of Mexico (ACCLAM), where she served on the Board of Directors as Education Coordinator (2014-2019). She is regional coordinator for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine for the Región of Latinamerica (2018 to date) and board director for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine for 3 year period (2019-2022). As part of my continuing professional training, she did an observership and advanced courses in lactation at the International Breastfeeding Clinic, in Toronto CA.

    Mariana is a member of the team for Breastfeeding Country Index BFCI, a project from Yale University and Universidad Iberoamericana and a member of the The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML). She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, published and co-authored a chapter for the National Academy of Medicine. To contribute to a medical profession, she coordinates a 280 hour online course, Breastfeeding Counselor. She is an associated professor and teaches medical students at the National University of México. She collaborates in National and International studies with the National Institute of Health and serves as a consultant with UNICEF.

  • GOLD
    Nicola Rayner - RN, BSc PH, PGC in Health Practice

    Nicola is a Registered Children's Nurse, from the UK. Having worked in medical and oncology settings she completed a BSc in Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) and worked in the community supporting new mothers & their babies at home and in clinic settings.

    In 2010, Nicola, her husband and 3 children emigrated to New Zealand. Since then she has worked as a staff nurse in a tertiary neonatal unit, as well as covering extensively in the neonatal outreach team. For the last 18 months Nicola has worked as a member of the Discharge team on NICU and is involved in the preparation and education of parents for taking their babies home. She has completed a PGcert, studying papers in both lactation and health promotion. She would like to study towards gaining a lactation consultant qualification. She enjoys the variety of her workload and loves how she gets to be involved in the discharge process for families, which can be a bumpy journey! With this in mind Nicola has an interest in maternal mental health.

  • GOLD
    Noriko Woods - RN, IBCLC

    Noriko Woods was born in Japan 1976. She graduated Kitasato University in Kanagawa, Japan in 1998. She worked at Kitasato university hospital from 1998 to 2003 and at Foothills Medical Centre from 2007 to 2011. She obtained her IBCLC in 2011. She worked at Alberta Chidren's hospital from 2011 to 2014. She works currently works at Postpartum Community Services/Neonatal Transition Team since 2014. She has special interest in breastfeeding support for the preterm population, postpartum depression, client centered-care for diverse and vulnerable population.

  • GOLD
    Shereen Abdelghani Soliman - IBCLC. Pediatrician, Neonatology Consultant and Clinical Nutrition Physician

    Shereen is a Pediatrician, neonatology consultant with 18 years' experience, Breastfeeding consultant, and a Nutrition specialist, being an IBCLC; member of the International Board of lactation consultants since 2008) and a member of ILCA (International Lactation Consultants Association) since 2018, working in private clinics in Egypt (currently in Mansoura and Cairo). She was selected as a nominated affiliate member of World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in 9th March 2021.

    She was the committed member of research and study module and publication team for scientific papers and studies in ILCA (International Lactation Consultants Association) for the year 2020/2021. She had been selected as a committed member of ILCA's Annual International conference organizer team for scientific papers and studies selection for the conference for the year 2020/2021. Also, she is the committed organizer of a series of periodic international webinars and online workshops for hot topics covering breastfeeding, nutrition, maternity, maternal and child healthcare issues and equity principles for healthcare professionals and community support. The last one held was on 9thApril 2021, "Misconceptions concerning fasting and nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding".

  • GOLD
    Tinisha Lambeth - DNP, RN, NNP-BC

    Tinisha Lambeth is an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Academic Nursing and the Neonatal Quality Improvement Coordinator at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) and received her MSN (2004) & DNP (2014) from Duke University School of Nursing. She completed formal quality improvement (QI) training, Intermediate Improvement Science Series and Advanced Improvement Methodology and Advanced Improvement Methods, with James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Over the past 9 years, she has presented QI work on the topics of neonatal central line blood stream infection prevention, improving care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), improving neonatal care during the golden hour, intraventricular hemorrhage prevention, increasing skin-to-skin mother care, antibiotic stewardship in very low birth weight infants, hypoglycemia prevention, and improved provider-to-parent communication after delivery. She has mentored neonatology fellows' and NNP students' scholarly work on necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), cardiopulmonary events in infants close to discharge, handwashing QI in Armenia, NAS with the use of Buprenorphine for treatment, neonatal golden hour and two neonatal antibiotic stewardship projects-the sepsis risk calculator and late onset sepsis. She has co-authored four publications on the topics of cytomegalovirus, admission golden hour of premature infants, the association of different feeding types with NEC and growth in premature infants and using buprenorphine to treat NAS. She is currently working on a publication about COVID 19 positive mothers and their infants.