2016 USAnaphylaxis Summit Speaker Bios
Charmayne Anderson, MPA
Ms. Anderson is Director of Advocacy with Allergy & Asthma Network, where she raises awareness of issues related to asthma and allergies at the state and federal levels and provides a voice for the millions of Americans who suffer from these conditions. Her career in government affairs and advocacy spans over 20 years in both public sector and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Anderson has centered her efforts on the health and well-being of individuals and creating sustainable communities that thrive by working on a broad range of issues. She has been instrumental in the development of water and transportation infrastructure to support growing communities, maximizing resources for first responders, creating education and job opportunities for disadvantaged youth, increasing access to healthcare for individuals living with life-threatening diseases, and increasing affordable housing options for those in need. Ms. Anderson received her BA in Government and Politics and her MPA with a concentration in policy from George Mason University.
Ralph E. (Gene) Gene, PhD, NCSP
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Dr. Cash is a licensed and board-certified (ABPP) psychologist, professor of psychology at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Center for Psychological Studies, director of NSU’s School-related Psychological Assessment and Clinical Interventions Clinic, former president of the Florida Association of School Psychologists (FASP), and former president of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Dr. Cash is one of the few recipients of FASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the profession. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, papers and book chapters. His current research interests include suicide prevention, training of psychology students using simulated patients, fostering critical thinking in elementary school students, determining competencies necessary for doctoral level school psychologists, and assessing effects of public policy advocacy training on advocacy behaviors.
Stanley Fineman, MD, MBA
Dr. Fineman has been in private allergy practice for 37 years. He earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and an Allergy and Immunology fellowship at Harvard University School of Medicine in Boston. Dr. Fineman is board-certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and is participating in their Maintenance of Certification program. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Fineman is a Past-president of the ACAAI and serves on the boards of the World Allergy Association and Allergy & Asthma Network. He has also served as president of the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the Southeastern Allergy Association, the Allergy and Immunology Society of Georgia, the Cobb County Medical Society and the Cobb Area Pediatric Society. He has been a Governor for the Regional State and Local Societies of the AAAAI. He has been named “Professional of the Year” in 1985 and 1996 by the American Lung Association of Georgia. He is cited as one of Atlanta’s top allergists in Atlanta Magazine’s “Top Doctors” and is also listed in “Best Doctors” in Georgia. Dr. Fineman is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Allergy Division, at Emory School of Medicine. He is a frequent lecturer at regional, national and international medical meetings and has authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters on allergy and immunology. He is a contributing editor for the Allergy Watch and serves on the editorial boards of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and Allergy & Asthma Proceedings.
Lisa Glover-Jones, MPT
St. Louis, MO
Ms. Glover-Jones, Supervisor of St Louis Children’s Hospital Healthy Kids Express mobile health unit program, is passionate about bridging the gap between patients and their healthcare providers. She has over nine years of professional experience in health and wellness working to provide healthcare in the community. She specializes in asthma and food allergy education and has designed school-age educational materials. She co-coordinated project design and implementation of the Food Allergy Management & Education (FAME) Tool-kit for schools and co-facilitated the National FAME Advisory Board that led to the FAME tool-kit being distributed throughout the United States. Her connection to children’s community health, especially those with asthma and food allergies stems from firsthand experience of managing these chronic health conditions in her own household. In her day-to-day role it is essential to provide exceptional patient care that meets families and patients where they are in the community and to establish community collaborations that ensure outcomes that address their needs.
Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH
Dr. Gupta has more than 15 years of experience as a board-certified pediatrician and health researcher. She completed her undergraduate and medical education at the University of Louisville, her medical residency at Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and a pediatric health services research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Finally, she received her Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Gupta is nationally recognized for her groundbreaking research in the area of food allergy epidemiology and childhood food allergy prevalence. She has also significantly contributed to academic research surrounding economic costs, pediatric management of food allergy, ED visits and hospitalizations, quality of life and use of epinephrine in schools. Dr. Gupta has been a faculty member at Northwestern Medicine since 2004 and a clinical attending at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where she is actively involved in clinical, epidemiological, and community research. Dr. Gupta leads the Food Allergy Outcomes Research Program and is a cofounder of the Food Allergy Research Consortium at Northwestern Medicine. She is also the author of The Food Allergy Experience. Dr. Gupta has more than 60 publications and her work has been featured in major TV networks and print media.
Chef Ryan Hutmacher is a professional speaker, consulting chef for Weight Watchers and founder of Centered Chef Works, an education company empowering work-life balance for the employees of America’s top corporations. As a natural teacher, Chef Ryan shares a myriad of strategies, tips and tricks from his decade-plus career as a personal chef, caterer, cooking school proprietor and health and wellness entrepreneur. His culinary expertise and media experience have been featured regularly on local and national television and he’s contributed to numerous publications. He is also the featured chef on Allergy & Asthma Network’s Anaphylaxis Community Experts (ACE) training video, “Chef2Go: Food Allergy Intervention.” As an Ironman and marathoner, he actively participates in the endurance sports community and focuses his passions around teaching his “clean, simple & sexy” cuisine.
Chef Gary Jones is the Culinary Dietary Specialist for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, working with hundreds of Disney chefs to create menus that offer well-balanced options. He helped develop the “Mickey Check” program for healthful kids’ menus and played a key role in developing and implementing the company’s allergy-friendly menus. With a commitment to sharing knowledge, designing and leading internal training programs, Chef Gary often speaks at conferences about these award-winning Disney programs. He also is a judge for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation ProStart Program. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Jones joined Disney in 1986, holding various culinary roles including the opening of Disneyland Paris.
Kathleen McDarby, MPH, BSN, RN
St. Louis, MO
Kathleen McDarby has a Master’s in Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University. Her career in healthcare expands 30 years, with experience in community hospitals, ambulatory care, health insurance, health education and clinical research for asthma and allergy medications. At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri, Ms. McDarby developed and coordinated the TakeChargeÒ Asthma Program and the TakeChargeÒ Diabetes Program. In 2009 she was charged with developing the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Food Allergy Program, which led to the Food Allergy Management & Education (FAME) Manual and Tool-kit and the National FAME Advisory Board, made up of individuals from national organizations that impact children with life-threatening food allergies. Ms. McDarby is also a member of the Allergy & Asthma Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter board of directors and chairs its Food Allergy Committee.
Jennifer Moyer Darr, LCSW
Ms. Moyer Darr is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in practice for 19 years, working in both medical and psychiatric settings. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Barton College and her Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver. For the past 12 years she has worked at National Jewish Health and currently serves as the Manager of Outpatient Behavioral Health. When she is not working as a clinician she continues to provide care as a volunteer firefighter and EMT.
Las Vegas, NV
Chef Keith Norman has a passion for food safety and sanitation that is apparent in his role as Assistant Executive Chef and Food Safety Manager for the South Point Hotel & Casino and a culinary arts instructor at The Art Institute of Las Vegas. He is a certified professional food manager, certified HACCP manager, NEHA certified food trainer, NRA certified food safety trainer, a certified registered OSHA trainer, a master certified food executive and a subject matter expert for the National Restaurant Association. Chef Norman is also an Allergen Awareness Trainer, advocate, and a go-to chef with many food allergy resource organizations. He is a member of the Casino Management Association, International Food Safety Council, Alliance of Black Culinarians, American Culinary Federation, Nevada Food Safety Task Force, Stop Foodborne Illness, and Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT).
Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc
Dr. Michael Pistiner is participating in the USAnaphylaxis Summits as a volunteer speaker. He is not being compensated for his appearance and we welcome his food allergy management experience and expertise as a part of our conference day. Dr. Pistiner is a pediatric allergist for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and a voluntary instructor of pediatrics for Boston Children’s Hospital. The father of a child with food allergies, he has a special interest in food allergy management and education. Dr. Pistiner is co-founder and content creator of AllergyHome and a consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, School Health Services. He was a reviewer for the CDC’s “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools” and served on the National Association of School Nurses/National Association of School Nurse Consultants/American Academy of Pediatrics’ Epinephrine Policies and Protocol’s Work Group. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he is a member of the Council of School Health, the Section of Allergy & Immunology, and the Project Advisory Committee for the Medical Home Chapter Champions Program on Asthma, Allergy and Anaphylaxis. He is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and a fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. He serves on the boards of Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter, the National Association of School Nurses editorial board and the National Food Allergy Management and Education Advisory Board. Additionally, Dr. Pistiner is the author of Everyday Cool with Food Allergies and a co-author of Living Confidently with Food Allergy.
Scott Russell, MD
Dr. Russell graduated from Duke University with a BS in Biology and minor in Chemistry. He received his MD from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his Pediatric residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship training at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. In 2008, Dr. Russell was appointed Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He was appointed Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department in 2011, and most recently was named Medical Director of the MUSC Children’s Hospital Inpatient Service Line. Dr. Russell is also an appointed member of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Taskforce and the Committee for Pediatric Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Medicine. He holds a Fellow standing in both the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Russell’s research interests include anaphylaxis, trauma, asthma, minimizing diagnostic radiation exposure in children and high-risk sexual behaviors in teenagers. He is co-investigator on four funded projects and author of 18 manuscripts, including four articles on anaphylaxis management, guidelines and best practices.
Sally Schoessler, MEd, BSN, RN
Sally Schoessler is Director of Education with Allergy & Asthma Network and has worked in school health for over 20 years, with a strong emphasis in allergy and asthma care. As a school nurse and school nurse teacher, she learned to value the unique contributions of each member of the healthcare team. She has published numerous articles and presents nationally on anaphylaxis issues. Formerly Executive Director of the New York Statewide School Health Services Center, Ms. Schoessler served on the team that wrote the first food allergy guidance for schools across New York State. Before joining Allergy & Asthma Network, she was Director or Nursing Education for the National Association of School Nurses where she worked on a broad range of health issues and oversaw the association’s work on anaphylaxis education programming and resources. Ms. Schoessler studied nursing at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and holds a Master’s degree in education with a focus on integrating technology into the classroom from Walden University.
Wesley Sublett, MD, MPH
Dr. Sublett is a partner and co-director of clinical research at Family Allergy & Asthma, based in Louisville, Kentucky, with 26 offices throughout Kentucky and Indiana. He is a graduate of Saint Louis University (MPH) and the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Board certified in both pediatrics and allergy/immunology, Dr. Sublett completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Louisville Kosair Children’s Hospital. He completed his fellowship in allergy, asthma and immunology at the University of Cincinnati. He has authored numerous scientific papers and several book chapters in the field of allergy and immunology. Currently, Dr. Sublett serves as vice chair of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) Drug and Anaphylaxis Committee.
Dana Wallace, MD
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Dr. Wallace is an internationally recognized practicing physician specializing in the areas of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology. She is a past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, where she chaired the Drug Allergy and Anaphylaxis Committee for over 10 years. Since 2005, Dr. Wallace has been on the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; and Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology). She authored sections and was a reviewer of “Anaphylaxis – A Practice Parameter Update 2015.” Dr. Wallace is Deputy Website Content Editor-in-Chief for the World Allergy Organization (WAO) and co-editor of the “Ask the Expert” website section. In addition, she chairs the WAO’s Emerging Societies/World Allergy Training School Committee and previously served on the organization’s Board of Directors. Dr. Wallace has made more than 100 international and national professional presentations regarding anaphylaxis, allergies and asthma and published more than 40 scientific publications. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida and at Ross University School of Medicine in Miramar, Florida. Currently, Dr. Wallace is in a private practice in Fort Lauderdale, associated with the Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, served her pediatrics residency at Lenox Hill Hospital and allergy and clinical immunology fellowship at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.
Tonya Winders, MBA
Tonya Winders is President and Chief Executive Officer of Allergy & Asthma Network and travels throughout the country spreading awareness and preparedness messages to patients, families and caregivers and working with leading experts to build patient-centered collaborative care teams to achieve optimal health outcomes. Since joining the Network, she has also worked closely with the leadership of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology to address challenges currently facing the integrity of allergy and asthma care throughout the United States. Ms. Winders has over 16 years experience in leadership roles within the allergy and asthma industry, from sales and marketing to managed market access. A graduate of Louisiana State University, she is the mother of five children, four of whom have asthma and/or allergies.