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Board of Directors

The vision of the founder of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA), Suzanne Herbst, was to create a multidisciplinary organization. To this end, our membership is populated by doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, researchers, educators, NPs, PAs, patients, executives, manufacturers and others.


The Board of Directors (BoD) of AVA, historically and presently, resembles the demographic listed above.  The individuals on the AVA board are all leaders in their respective fields and volunteer their time for this organization.  These volunteer leaders often work as consultants and Key Opinion Leaders (KOL) in the Vascular Access community.  We welcome these relationships, but at the same time recognize the inherent perception of bias perceived as coming from within the BoD.


Each AVA employee and BoD member is required to sign and abide by The AVA Conflict of Interest Policy which directs actions of each individual when a conflict arises. 


Each presentation from a member of our BoD or employee must have this statement along with appropriate Disclosure(s):

"I am currently an AVA Board member.  This presentation does not reflect the position of AVA unless specifically cited."


If you have any questions please feel free to contact Tonya Hutchison, AVA COO at thutchison@avainfo.org or at 801-792-9079 ext. 102.
 


2020 President

Lori Kaczmarek
MSN,  RN, VA-BC™

Lori’s nursing career includes experience in the Cardiac ICU, Cardiac Surgery and Heart Transplant spectrum. A nurse for over 30 years now, Lori advanced her practice and specialized in Vascular Access since 2010 and managed vascular access teams for the past ten years. She is currently a vascular access consultant, speaker, and educator.

During her tenure in critical care, Lori was honored with the Excellence in Critical Care Practice award presented by 3M Healthcare and the Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). She is also the recipient of the Coronary ICU Nurse of the Year presented by Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI. She is past President of the Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter of AACN (GMAC-AACN), and past member of their Executive Board and Program Planning Committee. In addition, she served as a Special Interest Consultant for AACN in WI and MI and a mentor for nursing students attending Alverno College as a Clinical Co-Assessor.

Lori earned her BSN in 1987 from Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI with support studies in Business, Management and Leadership Development and graduated in April 2019 with her master’s degree in Nursing and Health Informatics from Grand Canyon University.  She is VA-BCTM since 2011. Lori has presented locally and nationally speaking on vascular access team management and outcomes and has a special interest in developing tools for data management and quality tracking in vascular access.   She resides in a suburb of Milwaukee, WI.


2020 President-Elect

Jocelyn Grecia Hill
MN, RN, CVAA(c),
VA-BC™

Jocelyn is a nurse educator for infusion therapy, vascular access and home infusion programs at Providence Health Care in Vancouver, BC Canada. She completed her MN in 2012 and has been nursing since 1990. She was President of the Canadian Vascular Access Association (CVAA) from 2013-2014 after serving one term as Director at Large. She served as Chair for the AVA DTEAM in 2015 and on the Board of Directors for VACC for 2 terms as Director at Large. Jocelyn is the founding and current president for the Vancouver AVA Network (CAVAN), the first network outside of the US. She is an active member and has presented at numerous conferences of national and international associations related to the specialty of vascular access and infusion therapy.


  

2020 Presidential Advisor

Andrea Owens 
MSNEd, RN, CRNI®,  
VA-BC

For the last several years, Andrea has continued to grow her knowledge and experience, while sharing her love for education, as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Marian University, Leighton School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN. She began her career in adult critical care where she practiced for more than 15 years and attained the distinction of Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN).

Following her tenure in critical care, she expanded her clinical practice in the areas of infusion therapy, clinical education, school nursing, nursing leadership and vascular access. Andrea has been an active volunteer in her personal and professional life and has held positions of leadership in multiple organizations. She is a Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI) (INS), Vascular Access-Board Certified (VA-BC) (AVA), is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), National League for Nursing, (NLN) and supports several other professional organizations.

Currently active on the editorial review board for The Journal of the Association for Vascular Access, Andrea also served as an Item Reviewer on the Vascular Access Certification Corporation (VACC) Item Review committee from 2010 – 2016.


2020 Secretary

Tonja Stevens
RN, VA-BC™

Tonja is a passionate Vascular Specialist practicing at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C. She started her Nursing journey over twenty years ago in the emergency department, where she learned the importance of vascular access. Tonja spent seven years teaching health, and expanding the cardiac rehab program at her local college in Baltimore, MD. She continued to expand her skill list by adding PICC insertion, followed by becoming a Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Specialist and doing home infusion therapy. For over ten years, Tonja has been an educator to medical professionals all over the country, sharing her knowledge in both adult and pediatric care. 

Through out her career, Tonja noticed a constant issue; all patients need a proper working vascular access device. Her curiosity is what brought Tonja to AVA, as she searches for improvements and advancements in vascular access  Tonja acquired her VA-BC in 2014 and became a reviewer for the Journal of Association of Vascular Access. (JAVA) in 2016. She assisted in the development of the Consensus Statements AVA published in 2017. She also had the honor of assisting in the development of the new Guidelines for Central Venous Access. Tonja has worked on the Design Team for the past 2 years, and looks forward her many new adventures to come within the AVA family.



2020 Treasurer

Russell Nassof
 JD

Russell is an attorney with over 25 years experience in clinical healthcare and environmental risk management advising clients worldwide on liability and risk minimization for emerging issues. He has owned and operated 3 major consulting groups (one of which was sold to a public company), and is an active presenter and educator on reducing risk and liability for vascular catheter related issues and healthcare associated infections. Russell is a consultant to the insurance industry on managing risk for outbreaks (MERS, Fungal Meningitis, Ebola, Legionnaire's Disease)and with respect to the opportunity to underwrite coverage for emerging medical technological advancements. He has been instrumental in introducing legal and risk management issues to numerous healthcare organizations including ASHRM and APIC.


2019-20 Director-at-Large 
Jon Bell
RN, MSN, VA-BC™

Jon began in medicine as a paramedic and then transitioned to emergency nursing. After a decade of emergency experience he became a perioperative nurse while continuing to practice emergency medicine. These two strands combined to give him an interest in emergency vascular access where he was able to use the sterile procedural techniques and vascular suite training in the ED to assist doctors in placing CVC. He also learned to utilize US guidance for peripheral IVs.
Jon also is passionate about teaching and mentoring fellow nurses. He is a resource in his workplace and enjoys encouraging, coaching, shepherding, and cajoling colleagues in their path of professional advancement. Jon has a MSN from Grand Canyon University with a focus in Nursing Leadership.


 

2019-20 Director-at-Large

Sheila Hale
RN, MSN, CRNI,
VA-BC™

Sheila began her nursing career as an LVN in 1985 and earned her ADN from Austin Community College in Austin, TX in 1993. She received her BSN, 2015 and MSN, Leadership, 2018, from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ. Sheila has been a nurse for over 30 years and has focused her practice on Vascular Access since 2004. She also has experience in home infusion, hospice, legal consulting and currently is an independent vascular access clinical educator. Sheila is a founding member of Central Texas Vascular Access Network (CENTEXVAN) and has held the offices of secretary, president, and is an advisor and web administrator for the network. She has been an AVA member since 2009 and is Vascular Access-Board Certified (VA-BC) since 2010. Sheila is a Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI), and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).

In 2012, Sheila traveled to Moldova on a vascular access/education mission trip, teaching midline insertion, vessel preservation, and CPR to public and private hospital and rural clinic staff. She was honored to speak about her experience at the 2013 CENTEXVAN symposium.

Sheila co-authored a vascular access clinician orientation program using Benner’s Novice to Expert learning theory and received best oral abstract for her presentation at INS. Sheila was responsible for the central vascular access chapter of Infusion Therapy Made Incredibly Easy! ® 5th ed. update, has served on the National Council of Education for INS, was a reviewer for the 2016 INS standards, and is currently a journal reviewer. Sheila has served on the Global Strategy Committee for AVA and authored a report on vascular access and healthcare in Romania. Sheila’s vision is to bring vascular access education to nursing students as a fundamental course, and to bring attention to the need for patient inclusion in vascular access decision making.


2020-21 Director-at-Large

Michelle DeVries
MPH, CIC,
VA-BC™

Chellie DeVries has been involved in Infection Control for more than 25 years, with a focus in vascular access. With a background in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology her interest is in improving safety and outcomes associated with all types of vascular access devices. She has published and taught internationally and throughout the United States on topics at the intersection of vascular access, patient safety and Infection Prevention and previously served on the Vascular Access Certification Corporation (VACC) Board of Directors. She is currently serving as co-president of her local network (HoosierVAN) and is thrilled to join her colleagues as part of the National AVA board.


2020-21 Director-at-Large

Monte Harville
MD

Dr. Harvill is an accomplished health care professional with an extensive background in leadership and service in his specialty of interventional radiology. He is active in the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and has served on several regional and national committees. Dr. Harvill currently serves as the Vice Chief, Department of Radiology and Medical Director of Special Procedures for Harper University Hospital, one of eight hospitals that compose the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). In addition, he serves as Chief, Interventional Radiology, and Medical Director, Vascular Access Team at DMC. Since 2015, he has been the DMC Physician Delegate to the Michigan Hospital Medicine Safety Consortium. With a desire to elevate the importance of vascular access within his discipline (Interventional Radiology) and among his peers, Dr. Harvill is a physician champion for the vascular access specialty and desires to facilitate the expanded the role of VA clinicians in order to serve the patients for all of their vascular access needs.


2020-21 Director-at-Large

Tonya Heim
MHA, MSN, RN,
NEA-BC

As a veteran in health care, Vice President of Patient Services and CNO at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, IN, Tonya led the implementation of a Vascular Access Services department at MHHCC which improved access to PICC and Midline placement and reduced the number of sticks to achieve venous access. She is currently working with her team on a program to assess patients for risk of IV drug abuse and develop care planning to protect their IV lines from tampering and misuse. She has previously held certification in Infection Control (APIC) and is currently Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified. Tonya has high expectations of her teams and higher expectations of herself while being a role model to many. In her quest for quality and excellence, her innovative ideas brought MHHCC the prestigious honor of being the only healthcare Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient in 2018. Tonya is quick to remind others that we can do better by improving processes while focusing on the patient.