SCAA ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Recently elected to the SCAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS are Chapter Leaders Mary Tappe (Denver); Dr. Cheri Olson (Western Wisconsin): Mark Storace (Sacramento); Vicky White (Phoenix); Joshua Fischer (Western MN): and Laurienane Milligan (Western MN). Also elected was Dr. Kent Stephenson fromLong Island,New York. Appointed as Executive Director and Vice President of Programs are SCAA Founders, respectively, Richard Brown and Bob Schriever. Dr. Vince Mosesso continues as Medical Director.
These elections and appointments represent an enhanced focus on Chapter leadership in the Association with planned programs to occur primarily at the local level. These leaders have had long associations with Sudden Cardiac Arrest through personal experience, professionally and thought their work with the Association. During 2014, SCAA is committed to rolling out new as well as improved programs to educate the public about SCA and to combat the Sudden Cardiac Arrest crisis by eliminating preventable deaths and supporting those who have been affected. You will be seeing and hearing more about these plans on our Website so please check in periodically.
More about our Directors and Officers—
Dr. Kent Stephenson is board-certified as a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist. A graduate of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Dr. Stephenson completed his residency in internal medicine atNew YorkPresbyterianHospital and a cardiology research fellowship at Rockefeller University/Mount Sinai University Hospital. He completed fellowships in both clinical cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He earned a masters degree in public health from Harvard University School of Public Health. He currently serves as associate director of Arrhythmia Services atHuntingtonHospital, North Shore-LIJ Health Care System. He is an assistant professor of cardiology at the Hofstra School of Medicine and is a member of the admissions committee. He currently is involved in several clinical trials related to arrhythmias and cardiac device rhythm management. His current research interests include understanding mechanisms leading to sudden cardiac death in the young and optimization of screening and treatment to improve outcomes after out-of -hospital cardiac arrest.
Ms. Laurieann Milligan is the Community Outreach Coordinator at Med-Care Ambulance inWestern Maine. Ms. Milligan is the Western Maine Affiliate leader for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. She has served as an affiliate leader and consultant in developing the “Pulse of Your Community” program. She coordinated efforts to bring theMaine’s Heartsafe Community status to the River Valley Region. Ms. Milligan is also an affiliate member with Parent Heart Watch. She has helped successfully implement hundreds of PAD programs through her involvement withMaine’s grant funded AED deployment program through Tri-County EMS and Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute. Ms. Milligan’s AED work has extended internationally toNicaragua where she has deployed AED’s, taught local physicians and healthcare workers in CPR and AED use, and provided awareness on SCA to over 600 people.
Ms. Milligan is the sole proprietor of The Next Step Education and Business Consulting Company, which specializes in education and business solution programs offering continuing education for managers, supervisors, and career minded professionals. These programs focus on ensuring healthy and safe working environments for employees as well as identifying and eliminating liabilities.
Ms. Milligan is a selectman for the Town ofPeru. She is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Past President. Additionally, she is a Maine Chapter Leader for Risk Watch Safe Communities focusing on injury prevention for all.
Mr. Mark Storace is a sudden cardiac arrest survivor and is currently President & CEO of IT Service Management Professionals Association, a Global Professional group consisting of over 1200 of the world’s most prominent Information Technology Professionals. He is also currently Director of Global Support Services for Intel Corporation. He has also held numerous positions over the last 14 years at Intel including: Global Web Operations Manager, Product Manager, Engineering Manager and Program Manager. Prior to Intel, Mr. Storace spent 16 years in the Medical and Dental computer field including several years at Shared Medical Systems where he developed software and built data center support services for major healthcare corporations across the country and Bio Dental Technologies where he helped pioneer computer based radiovisography and inter-oral camera integration with electronic charting and back office systems.
Mr. Storace has a BS in Computer Science from Columbus State University and has Advanced Masters Certifications in Leadership & Management from Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame.
Ms. Mary Tappe is a two time survivor of sudden cardiac arrest. She is founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Colorado AED Access for All organization (CAAFA) and founder and past chair of the Iowa AED Access for All organization (IAAA). Mary’s first “save” was by an AED by co-workers and her second “save” was by her ICD while alone in a hotel room.
In addition to being on the American Heart Association’s Speaker Bureau; Mary has served on the AHA 911 / Emergency Public Awareness Committee, the AHA Survivor’s Public Awareness Committee and on the multi-state ECC Community Strategies Council. Mary is certified with the American Heart Association for CPR/AED.
Ms. Tappe is an IT Leader specializing in Quality Assurance & Test and Governance, with an emphasis on strategic process improvement. She has proven success in bridging the gap between technology and business with the ability to break down complex strategies and inspire internal and external parties to align themselves for success. Mary has the unique ability to do deep dives into the details while at the same time focusing on the people and helping them grow and thrive in their positions. Mary has contagious enthusiasm, with leadership qualities that are strategic, honest and pragmatic.
Ms. Vicky White is the founder and President of the East Valley-Phoenix Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. She founded the organization in 2009 after losing her husband to SCA. This active chapter has worked with local, regional, and state officials on legislative and educational initiatives involving AED placement and AED and CPR curriculum especially in area schools.
She has worked in the non-profit arena for over 23 years and served in multiple leadership roles, including director of operations, for Valley Forward Association, now Arizona Forward, a coalition of large and small businesses, government jurisdictions, the education and non-profit communities that share a goal of promoting cooperation to improve the environment and quality of life in Arizona. She is actively involved in her community and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Building Futures YMCA’s Mentoring Program, a member of the Task Force for Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber for the Good; fundraiser for the ASU/Highland High School Jazz Festival and as an active member of both the Mesa and Gilbert Chambers of Commerce.
Mr. Joshua Fischer is a charter member and co-leader of the Otter Tail County/Western MN Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. With the staffing and support of several localEMS organizations, their chapter provides CPR and AED training to over 5000 people each year through their 'How To Save A Life™' program.
Mr. Fischer is Vice President and Director of Operations for RWF Enterprises, Inc. where he oversees a staff of 60 employees providing ambulance services and EMS education across western MN and theDakotas. He is a paramedic and American Heart Association instructor in the BLS, ACLS and PALS disciplines. He serves as training center faculty for theMNSCUMulti-RegionalTrainingCenterand AHA Regional Faculty in the BLS discipline. He is a current member of the MN Mission: Lifeline Task Force and EMS Advisory Committee. Josh is also active with the MN Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor's Network, an affiliate of the SCAA.
Mr. Fischer has past professional experience in the public and private sectors, including work in the audio/visual, IT and public safety industries. In his spare time he is a musician and songwriter, having performed individually and with various groups both nationally and internationally. He resides inMorris,MNwith Tanya, his wife of 11 years and their two children, Kaedan and Kendal.
Dr. Cheri Olson is a survivor of sudden cardiac arrest (2008) and the founder and president of the Seven Rivers (westernWisconsin) Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. Olson is a family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan LaCrosse where she practices full scope family medicine and has been a faculty in the LaCrosse-Mayo Family Medicine Residency for 24 years. Olson has also been active in multiple administrative roles including Clinic Director, Assistant Medical Director for Safe Care, Assistant Medical Director for Hospital Outcomes, and is founder and Medical Liaison of the Patient Advisory Committee. She is a sought after professional speaker and has spoken on numerous topics locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Olson has served as the Medical Director of a partnership withGuria,Georgia to retrain physicians in family medicine. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, the Board of Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association, and as Chair of the Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development Committee of the Wisconsin Medical Society.
Dr. Olson is also active in her community, serving on numerous local advisory committees and boards. She lives inLaCrescent,Minnesotawith her husband and has three children.
Ms. Michele Schirmers is an emergency department registered nurse and paramedic who has been involved with cardiac arrest survivors since 2003. Ms Schirmers was the coordinator of a new program called Heart Safe Communities, a program of Allina Medical Transportation. She attended the NCED national summit in 2003 with the “original 42” cardiac arrest survivors including survivors Rodney Koser, Gene Johnson and Kelly Mealman who are now part of the nucleus of the MN Affiliate of SCAA, called the MN SCA Survivors Network. Ms Schirmers has been Secretary of the Affiliate since its inception in 2003. She provides the infrastructure for this organization which now has 501(c)3 status and a board with 8 members. There are over 150 SCA survivors and 200 ambassadors as part of this Affiliate. The MN SCA Survivors network has a yearly summit; the last was Oct 2013 and had over 35 SCA survivors in attendance.
In her current role as Secretary, Michele organizes the Affiliate meetings and has been instrumental in the Affiliate’s successful fundraising activities. This group has successfully created a supportive environment for SCA survivors to get the word out about CPR, AED use and surviving SCA. Michele is currently working as an Emergency Department nurse and was a paramedic for 15 years. She is an instructor for Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Vice President of Programs
Mr. Robert Schriever is a survivor of sudden cardiac and his arrest was recorded on videotape as it occurred while he was referring a high school football game which was being televised in theBoston area. It serves as a dramatic introduction when he teaches CPR and AED deployment in high schools. His officiating career also included from 1994 - 2000 a stint on the NFL/New England Patriots Sideline Officials Crew. His business career was highly entrepreneurial in creating a line of jewelry and a manufacturing base along with a nationwide distribution network for sales. At its peak it was one of the largest costume jewelry suppliers in the nation and Bob was, largely because of his success and leadership, elected as President of the American Jewelry Marketing Association. Bob also received the 2008 Massachusetts Citizen of the Year Award from the Partnership for a Heart-Healthy Stroke-Free Association. He has been an active leader in many non-profit associations:
1975 - 1986 - Board of Directors, North Attleboro Little League
1975 - 1980 - Board of Directors, North Attleboro Pop Warner Football
1984 - 1991 - Board of Directors, American Jewelry Marketing Association
1987 - 1989 - Chairman, American Jewelry Marketing Association
1994 - 1997 - Co-Founder, Secretary, Attleboro Area Jewelry Manufacturers Association
1996 - 1999 - Board of Directors, Eastern Mass. Football Officials Association
2003 - 2005 - Board of Directors, Nobscot Valley Football Officials Association
2003-2005—Vice President, Survivor Network of the NationalCenterfor Early Defibrillation at Department of Emergency Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh.
2004 - 2005 - President, Nobscot Valley Football Officials Association
2005 - Present - Co-Founder, Past Vice-Chairman, Chairman, SCAA.
2012 - Present - Board of Directors, State ofMaineLoggingMuseum
2013 - Present -Massachusetts"Committee on Accreditation for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
Mr. Richard Brown was founder and senior partner of a prestigiousWashingtonDC based telecommunications law firm which represented major corporations and trade associations before the Congress, Administrative Agencies and the Executive Branch as well as in litigation. Pursuing a dual career, he was also an entrepreneur who founded and was president of the Alaskan Cable Network, operating cable TV systems in Alaska; President of Omega Cellular Brokers involved in M&A, financing, construction and sales of Cellular telephone systems; was variously founder, CEO or Director of numerous communications companies in radio, cellular, wireless cable and satellite programming distribution. As president of American Capital Partners, Inc. he was involved in investments for start up and early stage communications and Internet companies. He was responsible for half billion dollars in brokerage, advisory, capital formation services and investments. He has been active in many non profit associations:
2009-Present—Honorary Board Member, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association.
2009- Present—Board Member National Families in Action. Secretary since 2013.
2005-2008-- Chairman, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. 2003-2005-- President, Survivor Network of theNationalCenterfor Early Defibrillation at Department of Emergency Medicine, theUniversityofPittsburgh.
1998-2003-- Chairman of the Board of Trustees ofRockCreekInternationalSchoolofWashington, D.C
1982-1986—Vice President, General Counsel of SPACE, business trade association for satellite TV industry.
1976-78—President, the Early Childhood Education Board ofColumbia,MD.
Vincent N. Mosesso, Jr., MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and medical director of prehospital care services for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a co-founder and Medical Director of theNationalCenter for Early Defibrillation, now called Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association.
He serves on the national Basic Life Support subcommittee and as advanced cardiac life support regional faculty for the American Heart Association.
Dr. Mosesso is assistant medical director of the City of Pittsburgh Emergency Medical Services (EMS), director of the prehospital care rotation of theUniversityofPittsburgh's Affiliated Residency in Emergency Medicine, and a medical command physician for the Center for Emergency Medicine's EMS/Airmedical/Commercial Airline/World Travel emergency medical consultation and command center.
After graduating fromDuquesneUniversityin 1979, he became a paramedic, serving 10 years as a volunteer then working as a full-time medic for four years. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1988, completing his residency in emergency medicine there in 1991 followed by a teaching fellowship at the Emergency Medicine Foundation/American College of Emergency Physicians inDallas.
Dr. Mosesso has focused his research in prehospital care, including the role of police and first responders on the use of AEDs for the treatment of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, prehospital administration of the clot-busting drug Retavase by paramedics, and examining multidisciplinary approaches to emergency care. He was the principal investigator (PI) for thePittsburghsite of the NIH-funded Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) trial and is currently PI for thePittsburghsite of the Auto-Pulse Prehospital International Resuscitation Trial which is evaluating a mechanical CPR device.
He has co-authored more than 40 referred scientific manuscripts and textbook chapters related to emergency medicine. His published articles have appeared in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Emergency Medical Services, Prehospital Emergency Care, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, and Resuscitation.
Among his professional memberships is the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians where he was named a fellow in 1994. Dr. Mosesso served on the board of the National Association of EMS Physicians and is currently national medical director for the National Association of EMT's Advanced Medical Life Support course.
In 1998, Dr. Mosesso was awarded physician of the year by the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council. Other honors include the Faculty Appreciation Award by the residents of the University of Pittsburgh in Emergency Medicine; the Jean Hollister Award for Excellence in Prehospital Care, the Ronald Stewart Teaching Awards, American Heart Association Volunteer of the Year, and the Physician Recognition Award by the Emergency Medical Services Institute of Western Pennsylvania.
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