Meet our Board

RNS Board of Directors 2016-2017

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President:

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Dr. Ashok Patel
Pulmonary and Critical care, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Ashok Patel is a consultant in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He was born in Kampala, Uganda and trained at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta (medical school, 1982-1986) as well as Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (internal medicine residency: 1987-1990 and pulmonary-critical care fellowship: 1990-1993). For the past 21 years, he has a busy and active clinical practice focused around the integrated management of airway disorders such as asthma and COPD. He also enjoys educational exchanges with all types of learners, including our medical students, residents, and faculty. He has served on several community groups and is increasingly engaged in international venues through Rotary International, Sigma Xi, and American Thoracic Society. Since 2005, he has expanded his scope of clinical educational outreach to include underserved global health and worked with several of our colleagues in preparing responder teams for complex humanitarian emergencies. His most recent set of team expeditions have been to Ethiopia as part of Dr. Temesgen’s efforts to build capacity for continuing medical education infrastructure and collaborative learning exchanges. His translational research interests revolve around the application of complexity science and constructive development theory to airway disorders, team-based care of chronic respiratory conditions (e.g. asthma/COPD), and sustainable ecosystem development.

President-elect:

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Amy Lucas MSN, RN, CCNS, CCRN-K
clinical nurse specialist, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

Amy has been a nurse for over 18 years with the last three as a clinical nurse specialist. Most of her career has been either directly in or largely concerned with ICU care.
She previously served on the board of the RNS from 2013-2015. She is active in the Virginia Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and has been published for topics that include the CNS role, social media and nursing organizations, and evidence based policy development. Her focus as a CNS is sepsis, but she also co-chairs a hand hygiene committee and is an active participant in CAUTI reduction.

Treasurer:

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Nsameluh, Kongmo, D.N.P., M.S., R.N., A.C.N.S.-B.C.

Kongmo Nsameluh, DNP, PHN, RN, ACNS-BC is currently a 24/7/Charge nurse in the Respiratory Care Unit at St Mary’s Campus, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He is also a part time CNS/Quality Improvement manager at the International Quality Homecare Corporation in Rochester, MN. He currently serves as Captain in the 7212th Army MSU in Rochester MN as the 3rd platoon leader. He was born in Shisong, NSO, Bui Division Cameroon, West Africa. He trained as a Diploma RN in the training schools for Health Personnel Cycle B1 in Bamenda Cameroon. He received a BSN from Viterbo University, a Master of Science from Winona State University and his DNP from the University of MN in 2012.

Secretary:

Anne Peterson (more info coming soon!)

Directors:

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Bernardo Selim

Dr. Bernardo Selim is originally from Argentina, where he received his Medical School Diploma in 1998. He underwent his residency at Boston University (1999 to 2003), followed by a fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Yale University (2007 to 2010). He was recruited at Mayo Clinic in 2011, and since then, he has been working on his main areas of interest, cardiovascular outcomes in sleep disorder breathing and non-invasive ventilation in patients with alveolar hypoventilation.

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Marnie M. Wetzstein, BSN, RN-BC, CCRP

Marnie Wetzstein is an RN Study Coordinator and holds academic rank of Instructor in Nursing, at Mayo Clinic. She has practiced nursing at Mayo for 21 years in the specialties of Thoracic Surgery, Pain Medicine, Oncology, Education and Professional Development, Pulmonary behavioral research, and most recently as a chronic disease RN Health Coach. Ms. Wetzstein is board certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing by the ANCC and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional with the Society of Clinical Research Associates. She is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at the University of North Dakota. Her dissertation research examines determinants of patient activation level of people living with COPD and program of research will explore nurse coaching interventions to promote health activation in multimorbidity.
Throughout her career, Ms. Wetzstein has developed and delivered several pulmonary courses within the Department of Nursing Medical-Surgical and Critical Care Nursing curricula, and served as a reviewer for Mayo Practical Spirometry Courses. She volunteers with the Mayo Clinic Pink Ribbon Mentor program and Channel One Regional Food Bank.

Sean Denning, RRT
Sean Denning BS, RRT has been a Respiratory Therapist since 1995. Sean has practiced Respiratory Care in a variety of Clinical settings. These setting include rural and urban hospitals, nursing homes, home care and manufacturing. Sean has worked closely with the American Lung Association (Minnesota Office) by developing and presenting a number of talks on home oxygen and oxygen dependent patients. He currently holds the role of Director of Clinical Services at Corner Home Medical, where he is leading the change in Respiratory Therapy in the Home Care setting.

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Georgia L. Narsavage PhD, APRN, FAAN, FNAP

Dr. Narsavage is Interim Associate Dean at the College of Nursing, University of South Carolina. She is Professor Emerita retired from the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Nursing, and has served as Dean of the WVU School of Nursing and Director of InterProfessional Education for the WVU Health Science Center, She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and the National Academies of Practice, recently re-appointed to the Global Health panel of the AAN. Her education includes: BSN – University of Maryland; MSN in community/adult health- Misericordia University; PhD in Nursing and post-doctoral work-University of Pennsylvania, post-masters Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) – Case Western Reserve University. As an Adult Nurse Practitioner and researcher, she has had the privilege of directly caring for patients, educating the next generation of health care providers and researchers, and contributing to scientific discovery of best practices for out-of-hospital care for patients with lung disease. She has been a member of the Respiratory Nursing Society as one of the early members and we are thrilled to have her serving on the Board of directors. Her research focused on chronic disease management in community settings, working with evidence-based medicine and nursing. She has received over $7 million in external federal grants, supporting nursing care and intervention for patients and families with end-stage COPD and lung cancer, as well as nuring education and practice. Most recently she was Co-PI on an NCI R15 project (CA150999):Telemonitoring Following Hospital Discharge in Patients with Lung Cancers, and continues to work with nurse clinician trainees with HRSA funding. Her educational expertise centers on developing and testing effective measures of service-learning/ community-based care education, and in establishing clinical partnerships that make it possible to recruit and track multi-disciplinary students’ development over time. In 2013-2014, she obtained funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to support Community-Based Care Interprofessional Practice projects and from The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to support a workshop to introduce faculty in Appalachia to InterProfessional Education.

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Katrina Hynes MHA, RRT

Ms. Hynes is a Supervisor of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory – Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She serves as the Chair of the American Association for
Respiratory Care (AARC), Diagnostic Section and is the AARC Alternate Representative to The Joint Commission for Laboratory Services. For the past
six years she has participated as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Minnesota-Rochester, Mayo School of Health Sciences Respiratory
Care Program. She joined the faculty of the Mayo Clinic NIOSH Program in 2014. Ms.Hynes is an international and national speaker on topics related to Pulmonary Diagnostics. In addition, she co-authored Chapter 5, Neonatal and Pediatrics Pulmonary Function Testing in Walsh’s Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 4th
Edition. Her most recent works are pending publication, as she is the author of two chapters in the 11th Edition of Ruppel’s Manual of Pulmonary Function Testing, Mottram CD.

Immediate Past-President:

Wendy Wendy Moore, RN, BSN, N.E.-B.C, Rochester, MN

Wendy is the Nursing Supervisor in the Center of Sleep Medicine and Assistant Professor of Nursing, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. She has been a nurse at Mayo Clinic for 32 years. She received her Associate Degree in Nursing at Rochester Community College, Rochester MN in 1983 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Augsburg College, Minneapolis MN in 2008. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration at University of Mary, Bismarck North Dakota. She is a silver Mayo Quality Fellow and a Mayo Nursing National Quality Forum Scholar. Currently, she is the primary investigator on funded studies focusing on educational interventions and outcomes for PAP therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep enhancement in hospitalized patients. She is currently the President of the Respiratory Nursing Society and was the organizations recipient of the 2015 Leadership Award. She has been an active community volunteer over the years as Girl Scout leader, volleyball coach, and has provided talks to local high schools on health related topics.

Wendy presents quite often on sleep related topics. (Over 60 presentations) She has translated her research results into the development of patient education videos collaboratively with Mayo patient education and these have received 3 National Health Information Awards and 2 Telly video awards for patient education. She has participated in the role of editor and content expert for over 40 patient education and patient program materials. She also co –authored/developed a CME program for sleep and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) for the CDC.

If you are or know someone who would be interested in serving on the Board please contact Wendy Moore

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