Spotlight on AAMI Volunteers

2017

Julio Huerta

Julio Huerta—District manager for Aramark and director of the Medical Engineering Department for the University of North Carolina Hospitals

AAMI activities: Imaging co-chair for the 2004 and 2005 AAMI Annual Conference & Expo and a member of AAMI’s EQ Medical Equipment Management Committee, Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM) Committee, Supportability Task Force, HTM/IT Bridge Role Task Force, and Healthcare Technology Leadership Committee (HTLC).

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: "Having the opportunity to work with and learn from the brightest and most dedicated leaders in our profession. The personal and professional relationships formed while working together become cherished friendships that promote teamwork and encourage further collaborations. Those are the engines that keep our profession moving forward.”

Something people might not know about me: “What a literal circle my professional life has been. My first job right out of college was as a systems engineer with a large computer manufacturer. I missed working on hardware, and clinical engineering gave me the opportunity to get closer to it. Today, I spend most of my time dealing with systems integration challenges.”


Pierre BoisierPierre Boisier—Executive vice president and chief quality officer at Becton Dickinson

AAMI activities: Member of the AAMI Board of Directors

Most enjoyable part about volunteering:“Being able to meet and work with people who want to—and can—make a difference when it comes to improving healthcare.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “If you were to add up the number of hours I have been in the air on flights, it would be over a year.”


Matt DummertMatt Dummert—Director of healthcare technology management at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin

AAMI activities: Member of the BI&T Editorial Board, academic program evaluator for the accreditation body ABET, past presenter at the AAMI Annual Conference, and contributor to BI&T.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Over the years, I have realized that AAMI is full of individuals who are committed to getting people plugged in and advancing our profession. The volunteer opportunities are endless, and the value is priceless. I have found that the more I put into AAMI, the more I get out of AAMI. I hope my contribution will help those with professional curiosity, a thirst for knowledge, or the desire to be part of something bigger than themselves, and just maybe, I will play a part in giving the right person the right resource at the right time to enter the HTM industry or launch their career to new levels.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “I went to school for electrical engineering so I could design music and recording gear. I never imagined that I would end up where I am, but I still get to play my guitar and write music on the side.”


Erin SparnonErin Sparnon—Engineering manager, health devices at ECRI Institute

AAMI activities: Keeping tabs on infusion safety initiatives and participating in the AAMI Foundation’s National Coalition to Promote the Safe Use of Complex Healthcare Technology, regular contributor to BI&T, presenter at  numerous AAMI conferences, and member of the AAMI Standards Board.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Spending quality time with experts in my fields (infusion systems, medical device integration, and health IT patient safety) and making connections that help me stay current with these topics and shorten the learning curve when new questions come up.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you?  “I still explain medical device integration using a diagram that I drew on the back of a notepad nine years ago. It’s a really nice doodle.”


Gregory L. HerrGregory L. Herr—Director of clinical engineering for The Christ Hospital Health Network

AAMI activities: Member of AAMI’s Healthcare Technology Accreditation Committee, academic program evaluator for the accreditation body ABET, and a previous member of the BI&T Editorial Board and AAMI’s Technology Management Council.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “I really enjoy how much I learn from my colleagues and getting to know them on a personal level, but the ability to help make a difference is a major part of why I volunteer.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you?  “I enjoy morel mushroom hunting in the spring in Indiana, and although I don’t hunt ginseng, I do plant seeds wherever I can in the fall.”


Jeff EgglestonJeff Eggleston—Corporate standards advisor for Medtronic

AAMI activities: Cochair of the AAMI Standards Board, AAMI Electrical Safety Standards Committee, and U.S. technical advisory group for the International Electrotechnical Commission’s technical committee 62, as well as a member of AAMI’s Committee for Standards Strategy and its Quality Management, High Frequency Therapeutic Device, Short-Wave and Microwave Therapy Equipment committees. Past member of the Electromagnetic Compatibility and Equipment Management committees.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Interacting with the other volunteers, my peers, and the incredible AAMI staff in order to impact standards that can make medical devices safer and more effective.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you?  “Although I have lived in Colorado for more than 30 years, I do not ski.”


Priyanka UpendraPriyanka Upendra—Compliance manager of clinical engineering support services for Intermountain Healthcare in Midvale, UT

AAMI activities: Member of the EQ—Medical Equipment Management—Standards Committee, BI&T contributor, and presenter at the AAMI 2017 Conference & Expo.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Volunteering for AAMI allows me to contribute to developing, maintaining, and sustaining innovative and advanced patient care solutions. Volunteering also gives me the opportunity to connect and partner with subject matter experts, share information, and enhance my knowledge base.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “I love to travel and have visited 34 states in the United States. I am hoping to explore more places with my newly adopted lab-terrier puppy, Sasha. I enjoy cooking, singing, and playing music, and I’m getting back to playing the flute. I was the band and orchestra majorette in school back in Bangalore, India, and played the flute, bugle, side drums, eight-piece jazz drums, trumpet, French horn, and tuba.”


Marlene DavisMarlene Davis—Senior clinical sytems engineer for Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, CA

AAMI activities: Member of the AAMI Standards Board and a presenter at past AAMI annual conferences.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Previously with my work, I’ve always been involved with the aftermath of any standard being implemented. Being able to experience all of the work that goes into developing a standard from the onset has been very enlightening and interesting.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “Although I have spent my entire career on the biomedical/clinical side of the fence, some of my closest friends and best work relationships are with people who work within IT. It gives me hope that one day we will all exist in the same space happily.”


Stephen L. GrimesStephen L. Grimes—Managing partner and principal consultant for Strategic Healthcare Technology Associates, LLC

AAMI activities: Annual conference presenter and member of the AAMI Subcommittee on Technology Management, AAMI Credentials Institute, BI&T Editorial Board, AAMI Nominating Committee, equipment management standards committee, Reliability-Centered Maintenance Task Force, HTM/IT Bridge Role Task Force, and Supportability Task Force.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Working with so many talented and dedicated professionals and feeling like this gives me an opportunity to make a difference on an industry-wide basis.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “I went to school for aeronautical engineering but switched my major to biomedical engineering when it was pointed out that there was a surplus of aeronautical engineers and biomedical engineering was an up-and-coming field. I do still follow aeronautical engineering vicariously through my daughter who works as an aeronautical engineering expert for the U.S. Air Force.”


Nancy ChobinNancy Chobin—CEO of Sterile Processing University, LLC and a sterilization and reprocessing consultant

AAMI activities: Co-chair of AAMI’s endoscope and TIR12 committees, as well as a member of numerous other standards committees, including those focused on chemical sterilants, reusable textiles, and chemical indicators.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Being able to make a difference and knowing that providing scientifically based information enhances safe practices. I also appreciate that I can apply the knowledge I’ve gained through AAMI to enhance my educational programs.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “I am technology handicapped so I rely on my grown children to bail me out of technological snafus.”


Larry HertzlerLarry Hertzler—Vice president of technical operations at Aramark in Charlotte, NC

AAMI activities: Current chair of the AAMI Credentials Institute. Previously a member of the AAMI Board of Directors and the AAMI Foundation Board, chair of the AAMI Awards Committee, member of the AAMI Strategic Planning Committee and AAMI Nominating Committee, among other roles.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Being able to collaborate with a diverse group of really bright people that I wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to work with.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “I took more than 25,000 pictures on my last vacation—and showed them all to friends.”

2016

Brian BellBrian Bell—Lead faculty of biomedical engineering technology at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, FL

AAMI activities: AAMI Awards Committee

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Meeting new people and learning about best practices within the industry.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “Even though I teach college courses and appreciate the maturity of older students, I spend many of my weekdays and weekends teaching and mentoring high school students at my local church.”

 


Axel WirthAxel Wirth—Distinguished technical architect for Symantec Corporation in Cambridge, MA

AAMI activities: Member of the BI&T Editorial Board, author of BI&T’s regular “Cyberinsights” column, contributor to Horizons, and presenter at past AAMI annual conferences

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Applying cybersecurity outside of the standard IT environment requires a unique understanding of the use case and environment, and often results in complex trade-off decisions between security priorities and, for example, usability. Having a regular exchange with medical device experts within AAMI allows me to maintain a balanced view of the complex medical device ecosystem.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “Before I started working in the health IT industry (2002) and specifically focused on cybersecurity in healthcare (2008), I actually worked for a number of medical device manufacturers and OEM suppliers. So in a sense, being involved with AAMI brings me back to my roots and really spans the entire spectrum of my career and experience.”


Danielle McGearyDanielle McGeary—Service chief (director) of clinical engineering at the VA Boston Healthcare System and VA Bedford Medical Center in Massachusetts

AAMI activities: Member of AAMI’s Next Generation Task Force and mentorship program, as well as president of the New England Society of Clinical Engineers

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Being able to give back and contribute to the HTM community. The goals of the Next Generation Task Force and the mentoring program are to attract and retain young talent in the HTM field. I have especially enjoyed being a mentor since the relationship you develop with your mentee is immensely rewarding and engaging. Young HTM professionals may come across challenges and what may seem like complex problems early in their careers. It is invaluable for these young professionals to have a way to get advice and guidance from someone who has gone through similar experiences.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts that has the longest named lake in the world: Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg. It means: ‘You fish on your side, I’ll fish on my side, and no one fishes in the middle.’ ”


Ken HoymeKen Hoyme—Distinguished scientist at Adventium Labs

AAMI activities: Co-chair of the Device Security Working Group (SM-WG05), member of AAMI’s Systems Advisory Board and the BI&T Editorial Board, peer reviewer, AAMI blogger, and podcast participant

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “The most enjoyable thing is the people I meet. People who work in healthcare are passionate about helping others, and in particular, keeping patients safe. I love the energy people put into their volunteer activities, their depth of knowledge, and their willingness to share that knowledge to help improve our collective work.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “When I was in high school (a long, long time ago), I debated between going into music or engineering. I was taking classical organ lessons and was in the Minnesota All-State Choir. While I chose engineering, I have kept music as part of my life. I have been a church choir director and sung in several amateur groups in my home state of Minnesota.”


Janet PrustJanet Prust—Director of standards and global business development for 3M Health Care

AAMI activities: Member of the Standards Board, Sterilization Standards Committee, and multiple other sterilization-related committees; presenter for AAMI-sponsored educational programs; and a peer reviewer for BI&T. “In 2016, I had the great honor of being nominated and appointed as a member of the AAMI Board of Directors. This position has been a career goal for several years and to have it become a reality verifies that commitment to AAMI can bring personal and professional benefits.”

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “For me, it is knowing that your efforts will improve the health and lives of people throughout the world. It’s also very rewarding to interact with so many people in the industry with the same interests. There are few opportunities to develop strong relationships with many clinicians, my peers in industry, regulators, and other experts in the way that AAMI activities allow. AAMI is clearly committed to making a difference for patients, and I’m thankful that my volunteer efforts help to achieve this goal.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “I can play multiple instruments in the woodwind and keyboard families. The next one I plan to master is the Scottish smallpipe—a type of bagpipe. I enjoy most types of music, and I’m happiest with my earbuds in!”


Tina KrencTina Krenc—Director of life cycle quality at Abbott Medical Optics in Santa Ana, CA

AAMI activities: Member of ISO/TC 210, Quality management and corresponding general aspects for medical devices, and ISO/TC 212, Clinical laboratory testing and in vitro diagnostic test systems; on the faculty for several AAMI courses; and vice chair of training for the AAMI Board of Directors.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Knowing that my efforts are supporting a great organization that initiates change and improves healthcare.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “I have been volunteering since high school with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. I even served on two different Girl Scout Council Boards.”


Andrew O'KeeffeAndrew O'Keeffe—Director of global software quality assurance for Dräger Medical Systems, Inc.

AAMI activities: An active member of a number of AAMI standards committees: SM/WG 01 Software Working Group, SM/WG 05 Device Security Working Group, SM/WG 08 Software Defect Classification Working Group, and SM/WG 07 Software Assurance Cases Working Group, as well as coauthor of TIR57, Principles for medical device information security risk management, and SW91, Classification of defects in health software.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Working with smart, dedicated people on technology that matters to humanity. Being on a call or sitting in a room with these bright, experienced, and motivated people working to improve the quality of medical devices, and consequently services, is like a double espresso caffeine shot—a boost of energy that leaves one’s head spinning—and creates an enormous sense of satisfaction at having been part of something useful and worthwhile.”

What would people be suprised to learn about you? “I am very interested in other cultures and countries. I had the pleasure of living and working in Shanghai, China for almost five years. I speak two languages well—English and Dutch—and five others horribly: French, German, Gaelic, Mandarin, and Spanish. I also talk fluent nonsense on a regular basis, but that hardly counts.”


Nancy BlakeNancy Blake, PhD, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC, FAAN—Director of critical care services at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

AAMI activities: Member of the Alarm Standards Committee and a member of the AAMI Foundation’s Alarms Steering Committee, Infusion Steering Committee, National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety, and National Coalition for Infusion Therapy Safety.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “I have learned a lot from the people I have met through AAMI and AAMI Foundation committees, and I believe there is incredible energy from these groups to do all that we can to make sure we get to a point of zero patient harm. We can’t work in silos anymore, and we have to figure out how to come together to speak the same language and collaborate—whether it is in research, development, or side by side in the hospital—to achieve the same vision and goal for safe patient care.”

What would people be suprised to learn about you? “I was on the Medical Advisory Committee for the Special Olympics World Games held in Los Angeles in July of last year. I worked for more than two years to organize medical care for more than 7,000 special needs athletes from more than 70 countries. I also coordinated care and worked at three large venues during the event—equestrian, golf, and soccer. I even took care of my first horse bite!”


Curt SponbergCurt Sponberg — Senior Principal Electrical Engineer at Medtronic

AAMI activities: Co-chair of the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Committee; convenor of ISO and IEC working groups for implantable neurostimulators, implantable infusion pumps, and electromedical equipment EMC; co-convenor of an ISO/IEC joint working group for MRI safety of active implants and a member of related AAMI technical advisory groups.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Pretty much the entire process of writing standards that I feel are making a worthy contribution to society—the technical aspects, the challenges of reaching a consensus, and meeting and socializing with my colleagues, including those at AAMI, who always seem to have the patient’s and user’s interests at heart. It’s rewarding and satisfying work and a good way to make some lifelong friends.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “I was the program director for a YMCA summer camp in northeastern Wisconsin.”


Matt PekarskeMatt Pekarske — Principal Wireless Engineer for GE Healthcare

AAMI activities: Member of the Wireless Strategy Task Force and a contributor to the AAMI SM-WG 06 wireless coexistence test standard and the corresponding AAMI technical information report.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Working with like-minded wireless enthusiasts who have a passion for safe and effective use of wireless technologies in healthcare settings.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “If I won the lottery, in addition to enjoying more cooking-, outdoor-, and travel-related activities, I’d spend my time running a small philanthropic organization to help those in need.”


Clark HoughtlingClark Houghtling — Vice President of Business Development and Technical Affairs at Cosmed Group, Inc.

AAMI activities: Actively involved with AAMI for more than 30 years, including being an instructor for courses on industrial sterilization and industrial ethylene oxide sterilization for medical devices, serving as a long-time member of the AAMI Sterilization Standards Committee, and participating in many working groups and technical committees associated with medical device sterilization.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “The great people that I have met, learned from, taught, and collaborated with throughout the many years that I have been associated with this great organization. Through AAMI, I have also made some very good friends who have enhanced my personal life as well.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “My varied interests, some of which include my family, motor vehicles (cars, boats, and motorcycles), traveling, rock music (I went to 11 concerts in 2015), sports, watches, landscaping, and the fact that I am a member of the Polar Bear Club—you can Google that if you don’t know what it is.”


Jeff KabinchinskiJeff Kabachinski — Columnist and Health IT Expert

AAMI activities: Working group lead for new health IT certification, charter member of the Technology Management Council, BI&T Editorial Board Member and peer reviewer, BI&T columnist for 13 years, presenter/facilitator, author of the original Health IT Collection: A Biomed’s Guide and two chapters in HTM: A Practicum for Healthcare Technology Management.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “The opportunities for networking, working, and learning from the most prominent people and lead thinkers in our industry—especially at the Annual Conference."

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “Prior to moving to Charlotte, NC, I had a rock band called The Malcontents where I was the lead singer and guitarist. Now I’ve turned that into a mostly acoustic solo gig called Spike.”

2015

Julie ReisetterJulie Reisetter, MS, RN — Chief Nursing Officer for Telehealth Services at Banner Health

AAMI activities: Member ofthe National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety organized by the AAMI Foundation

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “The coalition offers a spectacular opportunity to share expertise and resources with multiple stakeholders from across the country—all with a common goal to drive improvements in patient safety.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “I have a ‘bucket list.’ It’s pretty long, but I’m working my way through it. Some of the highlights I’ve been able to check off include a ride in the Goodyear Blimp (over the San Francisco Bay), a Jeep trip over Black Bear Pass and down into Telluride, CO, and last month, a trip to the Grand Ole Opry!”


Michelle Jump

Michele Jump, RAC, MS — Principal Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Stryker Corporation

AAMI activities: Co-chair of the Health Software Quality Management Task Group; member of the Software, Interoperability, Wireless, Software Assurance Case, and Device Security Working Groups; member of the AAMI Standards Board, AAMI/UL Joint Committee 2800 on Interoperability, and the U.S. TAG for IEC/TC 62.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering:  "Volunteering brings with it the opportunity to collaborate with well-respected technical experts in the field who share a passion for providing solutions for unmet needs in healthcare. You simply cannot beat the quality of the people that participate in the AAMI standards process."

What would people be surprised to learn about you? "I’m very active in scouting, serving as a den leader for one of my sons. I like to challenge my scouts to knot-tying races. I do it blindfolded, but they haven’t beaten me yet!"


Richard Zink

Richard Zink — Manager of CatalyzeCare Development and Implementation at Purdue University

AAMI activities: Member of several infusion pump work groups with the AAMI Foundation; chair of two committees generating material for the National Coalition for Infusion Therapy Safety.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: "Having the opportunity to work with and learn from nationally recognized experts sharing the same passion for improving people’s lives is a pleasure and a privilege."

What would people be surprised to learn about you? "I regularly participate in Olympic-style weightlifting events. My meet maximums are 176 pounds for the snatch and 249 pounds for the clean and jerk."


David Stiles

David Stiles, CBET — Director of the Biomedical Engineering Department and Central Equipment Services at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children's Hospital

AAMI activities: Member of the Editorial Board for AAMI’s peer-reviewed journal, BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology); contributor to numerous BI&T articles on issues such as how to deal with electronic waste and managing clinical tools for vascular access; and AAMI champion, promoting its work to healthcare technology management (HTM) colleagues in a local medical equipment association and on social media.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “I have had the opportunity to interact with many professionals in the HTM community—from fellow clinical engineers, to technologists, to medical device manufacturers, to veteran HTM thought leaders—many of whom have become great networking partners and friends. I am pleased to know that we all share the same passion in providing service to our patients through our institutions and companies, especially with the focus on patient safety.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you?  “In addition to having the capability to re-membrane an ion-selective electrode as one part of my clinical engineering skill sets, I also have the distinct talent of assembling and installing an aircraft fuselage and airframe from another exciting field working at Douglas Aircraft. It’s amazing to transition from one distinct career to another and discover many similarities.”


Don Armstrong

Donald Armstrong, CBET — Program Coordinator at GE Healthcare and President of HTMA Texas

AAMI activities: Member of AAMI’s Technology Management Council until 2017 and the U.S. Certification Commission for the past three years.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: "I love to come together with engaged, dedicated people and work to further whatever the goals are for that particular group. Whether it is with AAMI peers, or as a member of HTMA Texas, I love to build up those relationships with my colleagues and work to make a difference. I also volunteer on the parks and recreation board in my hometown. A friend told me a long time ago to wear as many hats as you can so life will be full—don’t just focus on work.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “I was lucky enough to perform—I actually sang in a choir—at Carnegie Hall in New York City with Casting Crowns, my favorite band, Jan. 24, 2015. It was a truly amazing experience for my wife and me.”


Cynthia Spry

Cynthia Spry — Independent Clinical Consultant

AAMI activities: Co-chair of the committee for ST79, Comprehensive guide to stream sterilization and sterility assurance, member of several working groups, instructor for AAMI courses, and contributor to and author of articles appearing in AAMI publications.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “The most rewarding part about volunteering is the sense or knowledge that what you have done has made—or will make—a difference in someone’s life or professional practice. When people tell me that my help enabled them to achieve a major change within their sterile processing department that will benefit patient care, or enabled them to grow professionally, I am elated. A paycheck puts food on my table, but volunteering feeds my soul for free. I also enjoy the camaraderie working with people whose interests mirror my own. So often I am surrounded by a whole community of people who know much more about a particular aspect of sterile processing or infection prevention than I do. I have learned so much from them, and the best part is that I can continue to tap into their expertise anytime I have a question.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you?  “I am very mechanically inclined and can fix most anything that is not computer driven.”


Mike Ahmadi

Mike Ahmadi — Global Director of Medical Security at Codenomicon

AAMI activities: Speaker at the AAMI Annual Conference & Expo in 2014 and 2015 (scheduled), participant in AAMI’s Wireless Strategy Task Force and the Medical Device Security Task Force, contributor to AAMI publications.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Besides the obvious benefits of great networking and being on the cutting edge of standards development, I get to be an instrumental part of efforts that serve to create an environment of safe and effective healthcare for everyone. I want to be remembered for that, as it is a noble endeavor.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “I entered the world of technology for the first time in 1998. Prior to that I was a professional chef for 17 years, working hotels and resorts, the most famous being the Ritz Carlton in Naples, FL. I worked with chefs who are on the Food Network now. When I am not working on technology, I set aside all things technical, and focus on organic gardening, whittling, woodworking, and building things in my workshop. I also like to build and restore old pocket knives, which I collect.”


Ali Youssef

Ali Youssef — Senior clinical mobile solutions architect at the Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI

AAMI activities: Member of the AAMI Wireless Strategy Task Force since 2013, participant in a panel discussion on behalf of AAMI at the mHealth Summit in 2013, co-author of Wi-Fi Enabled Healthcare, and contributor to articles related to mHealth, bring your own device, and Wi-Fi in healthcare. Also, part of a team at Henry Ford Health System featured in the "Bright Ideas" column in AAMI's peer-reviewed BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation& Technology) journal for its strategy to onboard mobile medical devices.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: "Volunteering is fun and rewarding on many levels. What I enjoy most is networking with, teaching, and learning from professionals who share my passion for improving healthcare. Some of the volunteers I have had the privilege of working with contribute routinely to national standards organizations and help shape the industry, but they are humble enough to work on team projects. Collaborating with others in a similar field is a great way to keep up with the latest advancements in the industry, and to continuously learn."

What would people be surprised to learn about you? "I am fascinated by well-built laptop bags and have amassed a good-sized collection over the years."


Barrett FranklinBarrett Franklin — Acting Deputy Director, VA New England Healthcare System at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

AAMI activities: Member of the Technology Management Council, presenter at multiple AAMI conferences, and liaison to the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE). Also, a participant at Future Forum II, member of the AAMI Future Conferences Planning Team, and author of articles on IHE work for AAMI News.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “I would have to admit to having two equally important—though significantly different—favorite parts about my volunteering. The first is the opportunity to share my experiences with new members of the field and working to draw new people to healthcare technology management. I have had a phenomenally rewarding career thus far, and I’m passionate about sharing why we work in such a great field and why others should, too. The second is the aspect of my work focused on the progression of our field. I truly believe we are at a crossroads, and with solid direction, intention, and hard work, our field can be even greater, more respected, and more widely known than it is today.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? “I’m an avid scuba dive instructor and underwater photographer. I spend many weekends—even those in the middle of New England winters — diving to see and photograph new things.”

2014

Dan DeMariaDan DeMaria — Director of Healthcare Technology Management at the Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, KS

AAMI activities: Member of AAMI’s Clinical Engineering Management Committee, participant in Future Forum II and III, and contributor to various AAMI publications.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: "I enjoy knowing I am helping to shape our industry and giving back to the community that has been a part of my life for 30 years."

What would people be surprised to learn about you? "I recently had my first solo flight in pursuit of my private pilot certification, and I hope to fly myself to AAMI 2015. I also hope to open a restaurant if I ever retire from the healthcare technology management field."


Malcolm RidgwayMalcolm Ridgway — Retired as chief clinical engineer at Aramark Healthcare Technologies

AAMI activities:  Long-time member, serving on several committees, currently working to help create a second edition of A Practicum for Biomedical Engineering and Technical Management Issues. Recipient of the BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology) outstanding paper award on three occasions.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: "Most of my professional volunteer work has been devoted to writing technical papers and making professional presentations. The pleasure I get from these activities is comparable to the pleasure one gets from scratching longstanding itches. There are one or two remaining itches that I am still working on."

What would people be surprised to learn about you? "I was the systems engineer for the two biology/life-detection instruments that were successfully deployed on the surface of the planet during NASA’s Viking mission to Mars in 1976."


Donna SwensonDonna Swenson — President of Sterile Processing Quality Services, Inc.

AAMI activities: Serves on eight sterilization standards committees. Member of the AAMI/International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management Sterile Processing Benchmarking Council. Has written articles for BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology), Horizons, and Industrial Sterilization Research from the Field and the book Basic Concepts in Sterilization Processes Verification, Validation, and Qualification.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: "The most enjoyable part of volunteering is working with all of the other committee members. I find this process keeps me on my toes and helps me to assess my thoughts on a particular topic. Many times other members have viewpoints that I had not considered. I think creating consensus documents makes the standards stronger."

What would people be surprised to learn about you?  "I am an avid semiprofessional fine arts photographer. In fact, in a show at the end of September, I exhibited underwater photographs."


Alan LipschultzAlan Lipschultz — President of HealthCare Technology Consulting, LLC

AAMI activities: Co-chair of the AAMI Standards Board, member of the BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology) Editorial Board, Technology Management Council, Healthcare Technology Safety Institute (HTSI) Clinical Alarm Steering Committee, HTSI National Coalition for Alarm Management, HTSI Infusion Devices Steering Committee, Electrical Safety Committee, and Infusion Devices Committee.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: "My AAMI involvement has greatly broadened my horizons through all of the interesting people I’ve met with a very different perspective than my own."

What is one thing about you that people would be surprised to learn?  "I’ve been married to my wife Dina for 43 years, and we are the proud grandparents of two grandsons (ages 4 and 2) and one granddaughter, who was born last month."


Martha YoungMartha Young — Owner and president of Martha L. Young, LLC

AAMI activities: I have served on committees that worked on ANSI/AAMI ST79, Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities and AAMI/ANSI ST58:2013, Chemical sterilization and high-level disinfection in health care facilities, and ANSI/AAMI ST41:2008/(R)2012, Ethylene oxide sterilization in health care facilities: Safety and effectiveness. I also have conducted webinars for AAMI on a number of topics, including immediate-use steam sterilization and best practices for rigid sterilization containers. I have contributed articles to BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology) and Horizons. In addition, I was a member of the planning committee for the AAMI/FDA Medical Device Reprocessing Summit in 2011.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: "Developing the recommended practices with other experts; it’s quite a learning experience. I especially like the reviewing and editing process to ensure technical correctness and consistency throughout the document and a logical flow of information without redundancy."

What is one thing about you that people would be surprised to learn? "I used to race Class C sail boats on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, MN."


Avinash KonkaniAvinash Konkani — Clinical engineer at the University of Virginia Health System

AAMI activities: Since its formation, I have been an active member of the AAMI Foundation's Healthcare Technology Safety Institute's Clinical Alarms Steering Committee. I have published research articles in BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology) and Horizons and also peer-reviewed articles for the former. I have been lucky to attend and participate in the past three AAMI annual conferences. I am honored to have been one of the recipients of the 2012 Michael J. Miller Scholarships.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: "I believe in the saying, "Knowledge is the only treasure that increases on sharing." At AAMI, we have so many committees working to find solutions to many of our healthcare technology management problems. Being a part of such an organization and the committee motivates me to get more involved and to find the solutions as a team. In addition to volunteering at AAMI, I also help out at my school and in the community."

What is one thing about you that people would be surprised to learn? "Until I completed my undergraduate study, I never left my parents' home. Soon after that, when the opportunity came, I not only left my parents' home, but also my country, India, and came to the United States to work toward my master's degree in biomedical engineering at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. This was a big change for a person like me, who never had lived independently; suddenly landing in a foreign country without knowing anyone. I have learned how to manage life independently during my days at Wright State. Today, I am surrounded by family and friends, and America is no longer foreign to me."


Tobey ClarkJ. Tobey Clark — Director, Instrumentation & Technical Services at the University of Vermont

AAMI activities: My activities with AAMI go back a few decades, starting with making presentations at the AAMI Annual Conference & Expo in the late ‘70s. I joined the BMET Certification Board in the ‘80s, co-chaired the Annual Conference in the late ‘90s, and served on the AAMI Board of Directors around the millennium. Currently, I work with the AAMI Foundation’s Healthcare Technology Safety Institute. One of the most rewarding roles has been serving on the BI&T Editorial Board—it will be 25 years when my term ends in 2017!

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: "Definitely the people—both AAMI staff and fellow members. The membership is such a diverse group, and there is never a dull moment. I certainly have been rejuvenated by Mary Logan’s leadership, openness, and ideas—in addition to the staff that she has brought on board. A key driver in the growth of AAMI is Mary’s fostering of partnerships with other organizations, such as the Healthcare Technology Foundation."

One thing people would be surprised to learn: "Although I have done healthcare technology management work in 30 countries, I didn’t get my passport until I was 50. Before then, bringing up three children was the priority, including many hockey games with my son, who eventually played professionally. Now, I am very much enjoying spending time with seven grandchildren."


Mary Beth McDonaldMary Beth McDonald — Director of Quality Systems, Scanadu, Mountain View, CA

AAMI activities: Committee member for the development of AAMI TIR45:2012, Guidance on the Use of AGILE Practices in the Development of Medical Device Software; ANSI/AAMI SW87:2012, Application of Quality Management System Concepts to Medical Device Data Systems (MDDS); ANSI/AAMI/IEC 62304:2006, Medical device software—Software life cycle processes; and AAMI TIR36:2007, Validation of software for regulated processes.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering? "What I enjoy most is developing the framework for new technical information reports and guidance documents that become the foundation for companies to use in developing their quality systems. Working on the AAMI committees allows for collaboration and debate with subject matter experts from throughout the medical device industry—including FDA regulators, academics, international partners, and peers from well-respected companies. When we work together, we harness our collective experience to develop solutions and valuable roadmaps for members of industry to use as they prepare their products for market. This has become increasingly meaningful with innovative companies making mobile medical devices and digital health applications. In the current environment, our committee work must address the needs of nontraditional device, software, and health IT companies that are eager for suitable guidance on how to navigate the evolving risk-based regulatory framework."

What activities do you enjoy? "I’m a big fan of art, culture, food, wine, and travel. My most recent trip was to the Algarve region in Portugal, where I dined on the fresh local seafood— including barnacles!!—and the fantastic local wines. From there, I visited Madrid, where I reveled in the art collection at the Museo del Prado and the city’s striking architecture. I’ve also visited Tokyo, Paris, Nice, Marseilles, Burgundy, Alsace, Zurich, Geneva, London, Florence, and Milan. In 2012, I took a memorable trip to China, where I visited Beijing, Shanghai, and finally Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors. I love traveling in the United States, too, especially to visit art museums. My favorites are the Guggenheim in New York; the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art."


Paul KelleyPaul Kelley — Director of Biomedical Engineering, the Green Initiative, and Asset Redeployment, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Fremont, CA

Tell us about your AAMI volunteer activities. I have served on AAMI’s Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Directors since 2008. I was a charter member and remain an active member of the Technology Management Council. I serve on The Joint Commission Patient Safety Advisory Group and the Medical Equipment Management Committee, which I have co-chaired since May 2006. I am active on the Sustainability Standards Committee and Committee on Clinical Engineering Productivity and Cost Effectiveness (i.e., the “Manny Meeting”). Formerly, I was a member of the AAMI Awards Committee and the Annual Conference Program Planning Committee, serving as co-chair of the patient safety track. I also have been chief editorial advisor for several editions of Horizons and spoken at several regional healthcare technology management conferences on behalf of AAMI.

What is the most enjoyable part about volunteering? "Sharing. I learned so much from the volunteers who came before me, so I wanted to give back to the next generation. I am in a position to help make change in our profession, and I am always encouraging others to get involved in small ways with local societies to learn leadership skills. So many talented people don’t even realize that they have the ability to become more involved. I want to help them understand what is happening and hopefully inspire them to get involved."

What activities do you enjoy? "Wow, I love learning, and enjoy doing so many things—music, sports, photography, art, and reading. I have been a trained musician, stained glass artist, photographer (even had my own darkroom back in the day), certified scuba diver, and avid cyclist. Recently my wife and I took up ballroom dancing!"

What would surprise people about you? "At one time, I played 13 instruments. I was number two in my high school class; lettered in football, wrestling, and track; turned down a college scholarship that would have ultimately had me playing football with Steve Young; flown a World War II fighter plane; and driven a Viper at Laguna Seca Raceway."


Rose SeaveyRose Seavey — Independent Consultant, Seavey Healthcare Consulting, LLC

Tell us about your AAMI volunteer activities. I sit on the following AAMI sterilization working groups: 40, 43, 61, 94, 93, 12, 84, 85, and 92. I cochaired AAMI ST/WG 43 Hospital Steam Sterilizers and Tabletop Steam Sterilizers for seven years. I am a member of the ST79 advisory council and currently sit on the AAMI Nominating Committee. In addition to AAMI, I do volunteer work for the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), both nationally and locally, and for the International Association of Hospital Central Service and Materiels Management (IAHCSMM).

What is the most enjoyable part about volunteering? "There are two parts. Primarily it is the feeling of giving back. AAMI, AORN, and IAHCSMM have given me many opportunities to learn and grow. In return, I want to share my knowledge and experience with these organizations to help create safe standards and recommended practices for our patients.

"Secondly, the networking opportunities are exceptional. You cannot buy this type of exposure to so many different people in different disciplines who have the same passion as you. Getting ahead in this world is partly about what you know and a lot about whom you know. I am grateful for the opportunities volunteering has given me to meet so many wonderful and knowledgeable people. Through this knowledge, growth, and networking, I have been able to create a successful independent consulting business."

What is one thing about you that would surprise people? "I have a new addiction . . . to Pickleball. Pickleball is a racket sport in which two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a wiffle-type ball over a net. The sport shares features of other racket sports—the dimensions and layout of a badminton court and a net and rules similar to tennis (with a few modifications). I suggest you conduct a Google search for Pickleball and find out more about one of the fastest growing sports in America."


Marcy PetriniMarcy Petrini — Professor emeritus at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Immediate Past Chair, AAMI Board of Directors

AAMI volunteer activities: I initially was asked to speak at a conference, where I found out about the Young Investigator Committee (now closed). I served on that committee for several years, became chair, then served on various other committees. Eventually, I was elected to the AAMI Board of Directors.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: "The learning. There isn’t a meeting that I attend at which I don’t learn something. AAMI is such a wonderful group of different people, and each individual brings different expertise to the table. I also enjoy the camaraderie with other AAMI members and staff. It’s that atmosphere of fellowship that makes the learning possible."

What is one thing about you that would surprise people? "I am not sure this will surprise too many people because I am not exactly a shrinking violet! But, as I like to say, in my “other life” I am a fiber artist. I weave mostly one of-a-kind pieces; teach locally and around the country; exhibit; and write a regular column for the fiber organization quarterly. I am a past president of the Handweavers’ Guild of America, so I may be the only person who has ever been the chief volunteer officer for an arts organization as well as a medical organization."


Dave FrancoeurDave Francoeur — Regional Vice President at Crothall HealthCare, Clinical Equipment Solutions

AAMI activities: Chair of AAMI’s Technology Management Council, of which he is a founding member. Member of the planning council for the Annual Symposium. Also sits on the Editorial Board of BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology) and speaks on behalf of AAMI at regional biomed conferences. Served as member of the Board of Directors, as well as member, vice chair, and chair of the United States Certification Commission.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “I enjoy watching the expressions on the faces of people as they start to understand about the possibilities of the profession. They have that ‘a-ha’ moment and realize that they can apply what they have learned at their facilities—ultimately having them become more successful. I want to emphasize that members of the profession also should get involved in their local and regional organizations—start small, and then look to participating with AAMI.”

Favorite activities: “I like participating in outdoor activities—golf, skiing, really any kind of sport.”

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Yadin DavidYadin David — Principal at Biomedical Engineering Consultants LLC

AAMI activities: In the standards area, serves as a member of the AAMI Electrical Safety and Electromagnetic Compatibility Committees. Also is the co-chair of the Medical Device Data Systems Working Group. In the healthcare technology management area, serves as member of the Clinical Engineering Management Committee. Fostered collaboration between AAMI and Healthcare Technology Foundation to create and offer workshops that will help clinical engineering professionals develop the skills needed in the integrated and wireless patient-care environment. Serves as program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, promoting quality of academic biomedical engineering technology programs.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “Meeting people who I otherwise may not have had a chance to interact with, and contributing some small part toward improving our practice by means of collective action.”

One thing people would be surprised to learn: “Actually, two things. First, I enjoy a wide variety of live music—everything from the Rolling Stones and U2 to the symphony and opera—and second, I really love karaoke.”


Izabella GierasIzabella Gieras — Director of Clinical Technology Department, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA

AAMI activities: Serves as a member of the BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology) Editorial Board, reviewing articles, developing key themes for the publication, and working with other members to ensure BI&T meets the needs of the healthcare technology management community.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “The opportunity to work with other professionals to enrich ourselves and our whole community by helping to share best practices, successful projects, new research, and other insightful undertakings on all aspects of our profession. BI&T serves as an extremely valuable educational resource for the AAMI membership, and I am thrilled to be part of that endeavor.”

One thing people would be surprised to learn:  “I think most people would be surprised to learn that I have lived on four different continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. I have enjoyed getting to know different people and their cultures as well as having the opportunity to see so many wonderful places.”


Tonya WilbonTonya Wilbon — Quality system specialist for the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health, FDA

AAMI activities: Serves as FDA instructor for the following AAMI courses held both internally for agency staff and externally for international and domestic participants: Quality Systems Requirements and Industry Practices; Design Control Requirements and Industry Practices; Integrating Risk Management into the Quality System; and Corrective and Preventive Action Requirements and Industry Practice.

Most enjoyable part about volunteering: “The ability to engage in quality system information exchange. Having the opportunity to interact with individuals with different levels of expertise pertaining to the design and manufacture of medical devices—as well as other quality system activities—is truly rewarding. It also gives me the opportunity to enhance my presentation and public speaking skills. Finally, I find it enjoyable meeting new colleagues and making lifelong friends with AAMI faculty!”

One thing people would be surprised to learn: “I think people would be surprised to learn that I enjoy cooking a variety of cultural/international dishes and that I am a PROUD DALLAS COWBOYS FAN!”


Heidi HornHeidi Horn — Vice president of clinical engineering service at SSM Health Care

AAMI activities: Member of AAMI’s Technology Management Council (TMC). Part of the TMC executive team. Participated in 2012’s three-day Future Forum 2. Serve on the AAMI task force identifying how to respond to an aging work force in the healthcare technology management (HTM) field. Also working with AAMI and American College of Clinical Engineering President Jim Keller on a white paper to help biomed shops transform into high-performing HTM departments. Presented at the last two AAMI conferences and have written for AAMI publications.

Most enjoyable part of volunteering: “What I most enjoy about volunteering is getting to know the leaders in this profession and having access to their collective knowledge. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel if someone out there has already put in the effort and identified a best practice, and I enjoy sharing the good ideas we have implemented at SSM Health Care.”

One thing people would be surprised to learn: “I have a very unconventional background for this field. I went to college to be a journalist and got my master’s degree in marketing. After working in that field for almost 10 years, I answered an ad in the newspaper for a business development manager in the HTM department of SSM Health Care. I worked my way up the organizational ladder, and when they created a vice president position in 2007 to lead the Clinical Engineering Service department for the entire system, I was promoted. I am not a clinical engineer and would never claim to be. I am an effective leader and have made sure I have a very skilled team who share my vision for this department.”


Robert StiefelRobert Stiefel — President of RHS Biomedical Engineering Consulting, LLC

AAMI activities: Involved in dozens of initiatives and committees, including former chair of the AAMI Board of Directors, current chair of the Wireless Strategy Task Force, member of the Future Forum, and member of the Clinical Engineering Management Committee. Also has authored dozens of articles, columns, and peer-reviewed papers in BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology) since 1981.

Most enjoyable part of volunteering: “What I most enjoy is what I get out of the effort that I put into volunteering. I’m convinced that the work I’ve done for AAMI has helped me grow professionally in ways that would not otherwise be possible. Besides gaining technical expertise, I’ve added leadership, writing, and presentation skills. In addition, I’ve made some very good friends—fellow CEs and BMETs who are great resources and collaborators.”

One thing people would be surprised to learn: “I very much enjoy woodworking—designing and building my own furniture. I really get a kick out of ‘needing’ to buy a new tool or new type of wood. I have really been pleased with some of my projects—and I think I’m my own biggest critic. My problem is the lack of time to do anywhere near as much as I’d like to.”


Steve YeltonSteve Yelton — Program chair, BMET in the Center for Innovative Technologies at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Cincinnati, OH.

His AAMI volunteer activities include: serving as vice chair both on the AAMI Board of Directors and the Technology Management Council (TMC), participant in Future Forums, author of several articles, presenter at meetings, and chairing an advisory committee on the development of core competencies for biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs).

What activities have you enjoyed the most while being an AAMI volunteer? "I love the opportunity to work with such a great group of professionals. Everyone from the AAMI staff to the other volunteers make my activities truly rewarding. I have had such a great time with AAMI. It was such a thrill the first time that I had a paper accepted for presentation that I had submitted at the annual conference. If I had to pick, I would say that I enjoy my role on the AAMI Board of Directors, the TMC, and the core competencies project the most. But, honestly, it’s extremely difficult to narrow the activities down that I enjoy the most. I enjoy all of them. I love the opportunity to promote the field; gain recognition for biomedical technicians and clinical engineers; and to have a forum for educators to interact with other professionals in the field. Working together, I feel that we are truly 'Advancing Safety in Medical Technology', as the AAMI tagline says. I also appreciate the opportunity to take what I learn from AAMI back to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College to help our future BMETs successfully enter their chosen field."


Evan EdwardsEvan Edwards — Vice President of Product Development at Intelliject, AAMI Volunteer Since 2008

Why did you become an AAMI volunteer? "I became a volunteer so I could work with others to learn about best practices in industry. In addition, I wanted to share my experience and knowledge to help manufacturers with their challenges."

What activities have you participated in? "I have participated in the AAMI Medical Devices for Injection Committee, AAMI Human Factors (HF) Committee, and as co-faculty on the AAMI HF Workshop, which was recently held at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Meeting in Baltimore."

What are the benefits of volunteering? "Volunteering is incredibly rewarding. You meet other professionals and can network, ensuring that you know the latest mindset of industry and such regulatory bodies as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Having this experience adds value to your organization. Finally, what have you enjoyed the most about volunteering? Working with others passionate about having an impact on patients’ lives."


Pat BairdPat Baird — Systems Engineering Specialist, Baxter Healthcare, AAMI volunteer since 2006

What prompted you to become an AAMI volunteer? "I work with infusion pumps, and I noticed that there was an opening in the Infusion Pump Standards Committee. I thought it would be a good opportunity to gain exposure to a broader crosssection of industry. A few years later, much to my surprise, I became the co-chair!"

What activities have you participated in? "I am the co-chair of the Infusion Device Committee and have started several other groups, including the Assurance Case technical information report, the Infusion Systems Steering Committee—which led to the formation of the Healthcare Technology Safety Institute (HTSI)—and, most recently, the Coalition of Organizations for Reporting Adverse Events, which is also under HTSI. I’ve also joined the Wireless Task Force, the Alarm Steering Committee, a session with the nuclear power industry, the BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology) editorial board, and the Co-Chairs’ Best Practice Committee."

What have you enjoyed the most about being an AAMI volunteer? "I enjoy the people whom I meet. It’s a great place to connect with people who have similar interests and happen to work at other organizations. It’s good to compare viewpoints, and it’s good to share best practices around “how does your company handle this situation?”


 

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