Meet Our Speakers

 

 

 

Barbara Ochester

Barbara Ochester

MSN,BSN,RN, CWC Director of Board of American Cannabis Nursing Association

The appropriate use of medicinal cannabis for patients, to provide better outcomes is imperative across our nation. Barbara became interested in the use of cannabis many years ago as her respected colleague became involved and opened medicinal dispensaries in Rhode Island. Very early there were conversations re: the state of Pennsylvania and the status of medicinal cannabis as the state moved closer to legalization. In the interim Barbara has pursued extensive research and networking to learn as much as possible and be prepared to work with clients in the future.

Barbara has extensive clinical experience including 6 years as a professor of nursing, teaching Medical/Surgical and Public Nursing. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health Nursing. Her most recent experience has been as a Certified Wound Care Nurse working in the Corporate world. Barbara joined Universal Hospital Services in early 2010 as a Clinical Solutions Specialist working in the Northeast Division. During her tenure in the division Barbara worked to build relationships with UHS customers and provide them with excellent customer service, clinical knowledge and expertise. Barbara enjoyed success in the territory and received the Eagle Award in 2013. In May of 2013, Barbara moved to the position of Regional Clinical Care Manager. In this role, Barbara has worked to build a team of clinical experts, with a focus on talent, integrity and dedication. The team provided UHS customers and their patients with solutions that provide the best opportunity for optimum health. The team is guided by ethical practice operating with a “Servant’s” Heart. In the past year and a half she has built a strong group of professionals who treat their customers with respect and share solutions that help them do the best for their patients. “Because I Said I Would” is the principal we have adopted with our customers and we have become the Trusted Advisors as we work closely with them. Prior Prior to coming to UHS, Barbara spent six years as an associate professor of nursing focusing on community and medical/surgical nursing. Barbara also spent twelve years at Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) where she worked as both the Occupational Health Nurse caring for the GSK employees, and as the Vaccine Nurse Educator. Barbara managed the Vaccine Information Program speaking nationally on immunology and GSK vaccine
products. Barbara attended Cornell University for her undergraduate work and received her Bachelors and Masters from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. She has additional certificate/board training in Occupational Health and Wound Care. She still resides in Philadelphia with her husband and family.
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Renee Rainey

Renee Rainey

MBA, BSN, RN,RRT

Rainey is both a Registered Respiratory Therapist and a Registered Nurse. With over 21 years of experience in healthcare, she has been extensively trained in Emergency Medicine/Trauma. While spending the greater part of her career within the Emergency Department, from time to time she diversified her settings creating an assorted skill set that is applicable to a wide range of situations and challenges.

Renée has held various leadership positions during her career including: Senior Respiratory Therapist, Nursing Administrator, Nursing Supervisor, Nurse Educator and Clinical Specialist for a major Pharmaceutical Firm. She owns The Maayan Experience LLC, Emergency Department Consulting Service and currently serves as its Principal Consultant.

She is an exceptional and engaging lecturer who has presented both domestically and internationally on topics relevant to both nursing and respiratory therapy.

Renée holds an MBA Degree from Centenary University, School of Professional Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Thomas Edison State University as well as a degree in Respiratory Therapy from Essex County College.

 

 

Kenneth Wolski

Kenneth Wolski

RN,MPA Director at Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc.

Kenneth 'Ken' Wolski (born September 16, 1948) is an American activist from New Jersey and is the executive director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey and a Registered Nurse. In 2012, Wolski ran for U.S. Senator from New Jersey as the nominee of the Green Party of New Jersey. Kicking off his campaign at the March 2012 convention, Wolski said, "I will campaign to end the influence of corporate money on elected officials, to end the destructive and ineffective War on Drugs, and to ensure free and universal health care for all Americans”.He finished 4th of 11 candidates, receiving 15,801 votes (0.47%).

Wolski is an advocate of marijuana legalization. In November 2015, Wolski testified before a New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in favor of legalization.

Wolski earned a B.A. in Philosophy at Rutgers University–New Brunswick in 1971. He also earned an AAS in nursing from Mercer County Community College in 1976 and MPA from Rutgers University–Newark in 1992.

Jahan Marcu

Jahan Marcu

PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Auditor

Jahan Marcu, Ph.D., is currently the Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Auditor for Americans for Safe Access and the Patient Focused Certification (PFC) Program. He is also on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Cannabinoids as Medicine (IACM). He received his Ph.D. for significant contributions to the study of the structure and function of the CB1 receptor, and the role of the endocannabinoid system in bone. Before earning his Ph.D., Dr. Marcu worked at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute studying the anti-cancer properties of compounds from the cannabis plant (Published in the Journal of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics) and on analytical Cannabis research projects in Holland.

His work has been covered by Forbes, Vice, Nature, the Philadelphia Inquirer, CannabisNow, the sensible science blog at freedomisgreen.com, Freedom Leaf Magazine, Washington Post and many other media outlets. He is also an author of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Cannabis Monograph.

Dr. Marcu serves on multiple expert government, trade association committees, and scientific organizations including AHPA, ACS, AOCS, AOAC, ASA, IACM, IMCPC and others. Dr. Marcu was the first recipient of the Billy Martin research award from the International Cannabi

Joan Della Rocca

Joan Della Rocca

MSN,CRNP

Comprehensive background in direct patient care and providing nursing education, including serving as a clinical adjunct professor.  Experienced in teaching nursing students history taking, physical exams, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illness.  Recognized often by students as an extremely informative and inspiring teacher. Known as a patient-centric nurse with strong assessment skills, effectively diagnosing and managing multiple health issues of patients, with emphasis on self-healing by incorporating complementary and integrative therapies.

Barbara Albanese

Barbara Albanese

MSN, RN, CCRN, CLNC

Barbara Albanese, MSN, RN, CCRN, CLNC is a registered nurse working within healthcare for over 32 years. Barbara obtained a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from University of Medicine of NJ in 2005 and is currently an alumnus of Rutgers University.  She has maintained national certification in critical care nursing, (CCRN) since 1992.  
Barbara has held various roles during her professional career in healthcare organizations including: staff nursing in various critical care units, education specialist for critical care, and in nursing management as both a Nurse Manager and Patient Care Director for Critical Care.
Currently, she works as an adjunct clinical faculty for a generic nursing program, in the role of an adjunct instructor for a university in which she teaches continuing education topics for healthcare providers, and as a per-diem Education Specialist for a Department of Education and Development within a hospital environment.
Barbara has always had heightened interest and unparalleled passion for risk management and the legal aspects of healthcare.   In 2012, Barbara founded, Astute Medical Legal Nurse Consulting.  She currently consults for both plaintiff and defense cases. 
Barbara Albanese resides in Mount Olive, NJ and also has a home in The Woodlands, Texas.

Damaris Grossman

Damaris Grossman

RN BSN , AHN-BC, RYT


Damaris has been a Nurse for 8 years with experience in acute care, rehabilitation, community health and long term care. She is a US Navy Veteran and served in the Global War on Terrorism in the military for almost 6 years.  Damaris is a Certified Yoga Nurse helping building a global network of Modern Nightingales, Yoga Nurses, by helping those with chronic pain, stress & anxiety and relieving them with peace, health & wisdom. She practices Holistic modalities of Yoga Therapeutics, Meditation, Reflexology, Reiki, Aromatherapy, both in the clinical setting and private practice Health Connections Yoga LLC. Damaris has a passion for Holistic Nursing and is the member of the Tristate chapter of the American Holistic Nurses Association.

Kristen Luttenberger

Kristen Luttenberger

RN,MSN,CCRN-CMC,PCCN,APN-C

Kristen’s professional experience includes working as a RN for 23 years in pediatrics, med-surg, telemetry, and intensive & coronary care areas; and she is currently a cardiac nurse practitioner.  She has also worked as a collegiate adjunct professor and has been a nurse educator for her entire career.  Kristen is currently triple certified with critical care clinical certifications, however, she has always focused her practice and education endeavors in the American Association of Critical Care Nurse’s model of synergy.  This theoretical model focuses not only as patients being biological, but psychological, social and spiritual entities. Her entrepreneurial lectures on various evidence based topics focus on patient holism inclusive of mind, body, spirituality, and overall well-being.  Kristen has been published three times on evidence based improvement projects & was the lead writer for her unit’s Beacon Award received four times from AACN.  Kristen has spoken at the national level in May 2015 on targeted temperature management, and will also be speaking nationally at this year’s AACN’s National Teaching Institute in Houston Texas on analyzing laboratory data on infection.

Terrence Shenfield

Terrence Shenfield

BS, RRT-ACCS, RPFT, NPS, AE-C

Terrence has been in the field of Respiratory Therapy since 1992. He is currently the Education Coordinator of University Hospital ( formerly UMDNJ) in Newark New Jersey since June 2000. He is an expert in adult, pediatric, and neonatal critical care. He has extensive knowledge in speaking at conferences locally and nationally. He is the owner of two companies that offer continuing education to health care practioners ( A & T Respiratory Lectures LLC and ATECAM LLC). He has been practicing Ayurvedic medicine for many years and studies under Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D. (Ayu), M.Phil. (Ayu), F.I.I.M. He is currently in a Masters of Science program of the American College of Health Sciences of Portland Oregon and will completed with the program in 2017. He has extensive speaking knowledge on medical cannabis, nutrition and aromatherapy.

Maggie Fray

Maggie Fray

BSN, RN, HN-BC

Maggie has been a RN for over 29 years with experience in acute care, rehabilitation, community health and long term care. She is board certified in Holistic Nursing. She practices Reiki, Therapeutic Touch and aroma therapy both in the clinical setting and private practice. Maggie has a passion for Holistic Nursing and is the founder and director of the Lehigh Valley chapter of the American Holistic Nurses Association. She is an active member of BWC and sings on the voice of praise choir.

Jacqueline LeClaire CHt

Jacqueline LeClaire CHt

Hypnotherapist

Certified Hypnotherapist, Reiki Practitioner, Nutritionist and Fitness Professional. She is the owner of Results Wellness Center, LLC, and a member of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists and The National Guild of Hypnotists. Her unique approach to better health incorporates using your subconscious mind, through hypnotherapy, Reiki and other non-traditional methods to balance mind and body to work together.  Jacqueline has developed the “LeClaire” method of hypnosis which is a combination of proven scientific techniques and her own professional experiences.

In 2011, Jacqueline suffered a stroke following the passing of her mother. She was trying to balance work, fitness and caring for her mother when the universe struck her down. Being partially paralyzed and having suffered brain damage as a results of tearing her carotid artery, a freak accident done while weight lifting she has miraculously recovered.  By using the techniques she practices, her carotid artery which became occluded has since re-canonized.  According to her doctor at NYU, this is extremely rare. Jacqueline is proof positive that your mind does have control over your body and the ability to heal itself.

Jacqueline is a volunteer at Pocono Medical Center in the Complementary Alternative Medicine Department and the Wellness Blogger for the Pocono Record.  She has appeared on national television and numerous radio shows. Throughout her nearly two decades of experience teaching and coaching, she has helped thousands reach their highest personal goals in fitness and in life. By tapping into the power of your own mind your power truly is limitless.

Jill Howell MA

Jill Howell MA

ATR-BC, LPC

Jill Howell ATR-BC, LPC is a board certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor for 7 years. She is the coordinator of the Complementary & Alternative Medicine Program at Pocono Medical Center and the Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center. Jill’s specialty is Stress Management and she has lectured at various venues including the American Cancer Society and ESSA Bank. Her approach to stress management is enjoyable and creative.  The tools are visualization, journaling, hobbies, and creative arts.

Kathleen B. Covalt

Kathleen B. Covalt

Ed.D.

Kathleen B. Covalt, Ed.D. recently re-located to the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania with her husband and little family of 3 sheep and 3 chickens.
In 1983, Kathleen graduated from the University of Notre Dame, IN with a M.A. in Psychological Counseling.  Also in the 1980’s, Kathleen studied with Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., R.N. in the very first Therapeutic Touch course she taught to non-nursing students.  Kathleen received her Doctoral Degree in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Transpersonal Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1996.  For the past 6 years, Kathleen ran her own emotional healing and spiritual guidance practice out of her home-office.
Kathleen has 30+ years of experience teaching education, psychology, and metaphysical courses at numerous universities and health centers.  Her favorite lecture topics include:  stress reduction techniques, guided imagery, intuitive development, multiple intelligences, study skills, and cultivating an expanded awareness.

Kathleen’s current passion is sharing her new-found appreciation of the sentience and rich emotional lives of her sheep and chickens based on her years of daily, loving interaction with them.  They have taught her that the ancient wisdom of the unity of all life and the existence of an all-pervading consciousness is very real and can be experienced in day to day life.

Donna Cetroni RNC

Donna Cetroni RNC

CPHQ, AHN-BC, MA

Donna Cetroni combines clinical, quality and holistic healing to her nursing career of over thirty years.
Donna is presently a quality coordinator in the Quality Resource Services Department of a community hospital in Ocean County, New Jersey.  Her work helps improve quality outcomes and patient safety using a multidisciplinary team approach.
Donna embraces every opportunity to support others in their own healing journey in her private practice, The Healing Way, LLC, lecturing in the community and at Georgian Court University.  Her wit and wisdom, extensive academic knowledge and broad professional experience promote a stimulating learning and healing environment.
She started her journey as a holistic nurse over three decades ago, completing a master’s degree in Holistic Health Studies from Georgian Court College and earned board certification as an Advanced Holistic Nurse by the American Holistic Nurses Association.  She is also a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, affiliated with Columbia University, and most recently, a master’s degree in Psychological Counseling at Monmouth University.  Donna has a passion for helping people come to a place of empowerment, health, and joy.  She feels blessed to travel this magnificent path with those she serves.

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