Meet our Topical Speakers at ANA-NY's Annual Meeting October 19-20, 2018

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Deborah Elliott, RN, BSN, MBA
The Many Faces of Advocacy in Nursing


Deborah Elliott is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Nursing at the Foundation of New York State Nurses and Nurses House. As a registered professional nurse, Deb’s clinical expertise is in the field of Women’s and Children’s Health, primarily Labor and Delivery. Her professional career began at a community hospital in the Capital District for which she worked for 27 years, 12 of those years were in administrative positions. Since obtaining a MBA from

Union Graduate College, Deb has served in various leadership positions including the Executive Director for the Maternal Infant Network of the Capital District and the Deputy Executive Officer for the New York State Nurses Association. She has directed many programs and projects, including grants provided by the New York Department of Health, New York Department of Labor, the New York Department of Education, the United Way, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Deb is also a founding partner and faculty for the Leadership Innovation Academy, LLC (LiA) which provides leadership development training courses designed for nurses. Deb is a seasoned public speaker, educator and grants writer. She is certified in Labor Relations from Cornell University and an accredited facilitator in Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team from Wiley.


Janet Haebler, MSN, RN
Armchair Advocacy

As Senior Associate Director for State Government Affairs with the American Nurses Association (ANA), Janet serves as a resource to the state nurses associations in their efforts to advance their legislative and regulatory agendas. Throughout her forty-seven years’ experience in nursing, Janet held numerous staff and leadership positions in a variety of settings: acute and long-term care, managed care, and academia.

She has dedicated the past 17 years to the policy and advocacy arena; first at the state level before joining ANA. While with the New York State Nurses’ Association, she was responsible

for the Practice & Government Affairs program; during which time, Janet and her team celebrated such legislative successes as title “nurse” protection and safe patient handling & mobility. In addition to a number of other initiatives, her portfolio includes the number one issue for direct care nurses – safe staffing. Nine years ago, Janet launched the American Nurses Advocacy Institute, a year-long mentored program designed to develop nurse’s political competence. Janet completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at Russell Sage College in New York and master’s degree in nursing with a concentration in administration at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.


David Griffiths, MBA
Malpractice Case Studies: Lessons, Recommendations and Stats


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David Griffiths is Senior Vice President for the Healthcare division of Aon Affinity. David has overall responsibility for the malpractice insurance program for Nurses Service Organization. David is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent and has worked on the NSO medmal programs for the past 10 years. David’s works extensively on risk education often speaking at conferences on the topic of professional liability. David received his B.S. from the University of Maryland and his MBA from Moravian College.


Laura Terriquez-Kasey, DNP, MS, RN, CEN
Disaster Preparedness


Laura Terriquez-Kasey is an Associate Professor at Binghamton University, teaching since 2000. She is currently teaching three courses in Disaster Preparedness Certificate Program for gradu- ate nurses. She completed her DNP specialization in Geriatrics (2015). Laura Terriquez-Kasey has been an Advanced Practice Nurse in Administration with a sub-specialization in Emergency and Trauma Care. She has served for 14 years with New York DMAT-2 and 20 years in the Army Nurse Corp. She was a Nurse Manager for Emergency services for many years and spent 12 years at Bellevue Hospital as an Emergency Nurse Leader.


Dr. Marilyn L. Dollinger, BSN, MS
Advocacy for New Grads


Dr. Marilyn L. Dollinger is the Executive Associate Dean at the Wegmans School of Nursing, St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. She received a BS in Nursing from the University of Toronto, a MS in Nursing from Russell Sage College, a post-masters certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from St. John Fisher College and a Doctorate of Nursing Science from the University of Buffalo.

Dr. Dollinger is an active advocate and lecturer for legislative, regulatory, and health policy issues. She is the Chair of the Common Ground Health Board, a regional health round table and a member of the Lifetime Care Board executive committee. She is also a member of several regional and state nursing professional organization legislative and policy committees. Dr. Dollinger currently chairs the ANA-NY Legislative Committee and serves on the New York Organization of Executives and Leaders Public Policy Committee.


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