Dr. Elia Gourgouris is an International Keynote Speaker, Happiness and Wellness expert, Executive Coach, and a Leadership Consultant. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Best-Selling book, 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness which has now been translated in Spanish, Chinese, and Greek. Dr. Elia is also the President of The Happiness Center –an organization of world-leading experts in the field of Positive Psychology. Together, they have helped thousands of individuals, both personally and professionally to achieve happiness, success, and wellness. The Happiness Center offers Keynote Speaking Engagements and Executive Coaching services to leaders, organizations, and corporations in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He graduated from UCLA and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Finally, he's a partner with Mindcurrent the world's first personalized Energy & Happiness
Debra Hoag is a native of West Virginia. Her education includes an associate degree of nursing from South Florida Community College, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida Southern College, a master’s degree in nursing with a focus on nursing education from the University of Phoenix, and a Ph. D. in nursing from the University of Phoenix. Her doctoral dissertation was a qualitative study focusing on the unique learning needs of licensed practical nurses who choose to further their learning by returning to college to complete their associate degree. The needs of these non-traditional learners are distinctive and personal. Debra has worked in geriatric nursing, acute and critical care nursing, emergency nursing and triage, obstetrics, dialysis, and community health with a focus on immunizations and school health. She was the school health supervisor for Polk County Florida. She has earned the Best Instructor Award from South Florida Community College, the Nursing Excellence Award in School Health Nursing from the Florida Nursing Association District 8, and College Educator of the Year Award from the American Legion Department of West Virginia. She is currently the Director of the LPN to ASN program at Fairmont State University in West Virginia. On a personal note her interests include taking care of family and crafting, she loves working with stained glass, crocheting, knitting, sewing, and drawing. She is active in her community, church, and veterans’ organizations.
Sandra "Sam" Brzoza MS, RN has been in the healthcare and nursing education field for the past 40 years. Sam brings a wealth of experience in leading and managing healthcare organizational change. For the past 22, years Sam has been in full-time academic teaching. Using her administrative hat, Sam directs the RN to BS completion program and serves as an Associate Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY. Courses that Sam has designed and implemented include a transcultural trip to Cutshin, Kentucky, a community health transcultural experience to the Seneca Nation, and an Amish emersion clinic in New York State.
Sam serves as a consultant for Rural Area Health Education Counsel (R-AHEC) in upstate New York. Her responsibilities for R-AHEC include coordinating workshops for Healthcare organizations on Leadership topics such as conflict resolution, change management, leadership styles and delegation. Sam has several areas of interest: one of which has led to Sam coordinating a trip for Nursing students to explore sites that illustrate the History of Nursing.
Sam resides, with her husband Bill, in Webster, New York.
Sharon Davis MS, RN, CNE is a Nurse Educator who recognizes the importance of the relationships she has developed as a nurse and nursing teacher over the span of 33 years. Her current role as Director of Traditional Nursing at Roberts Wesleyan College allows her to build relationships with faculty and students as they work together in the School of Nursing.
Community Health became her passion when as a young nurse she discovered the variety of settings and patients a CHN cares for. Now teaching Community Health to senior Baccalaureate students, she is challenged to develop unique and engaging clinical experiences. Whether it is accompanying a nurse making home visits, washing feet at a homeless shelter, working with a needle-exchange program, caring for the developmentally disabled, Blind or Visually Impaired, giving care in a hospice house, or traveling to experience peoples from differing cultures, she has found there is much for students to learn about nursing outside of the hospital.
Sharon also works with RN to BS completion students in their practicum projects and with Master of Nursing Education students in the Seminar and Practicum in Teaching Nursing. She lives with her husband in Bergen, New York and enjoys their 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
Lashanda Brumfield is a native of Mississippi with a B. S. in Therapeutic Recreation & Minor in Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi, a Master's in Public Health from Jackson State University, and a Doctoral in Clinical Health Sciences from University of Mississippi Medical Center. Lashanda worked in the field of Mental as a Certified Recreation Therapist and a Certified Health Educator for 19 years Health (specializing in Adventure/Experimental Therapy in Substance Abuse Recovery, Behavioral Intervention Among Adolescent & Children, and Leisure Programming for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities), before transitioning to academia. She has been named Who's Who among Women in Business and Among Professionals in Healthcare. She is a published author and professional presenter. Her research interest includes Healthcare Disparities, The Use of and Communication of the Use of Complementary Medicine in Patient Services, Culture Diversity Among Healthcare Service Providers (Communication Barriers), The Stigma of Depression and Anxiety Among Different Ethnicities, Evolution of Mental Health Services, Prayer & Spirituality in a Healthy Lifestyle, & Addictive Behaviors. She currently works at Piedmont College in Demorest Georgia as an Assistant Professor if Health Sciences. She enjoys life, family, & her relationship God.
I was born in Dominican Republic (DR) 62 years ago and came to the United States (US) in 1991. My background education is as Doctor of Medicine and specialization in Obstetrics and Gynecology in DR. Since 1991, I had been working, studying, engaged in lifelong learning, and raising my family over the past thirty-two years of marriage. My wife and my three daughters are also in the healthcare field, Nursing, Medicine, and Healthcare Administration. Over the past thirteen years at had attained several graduates’ degrees and certifications in different US Universities, such as Certify Operating Room Nurse, Certify Registered Nurse First Assistant, Master’s Degree in Health Service Administration, Master’s Degree in Science of Nursing with Adult Gero Acute Nurse Practitioner specialization, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). During the past twenty-three years I had worked at Memorial Regional Hospital Operating Room, in General, and Gynecology Oncology surgeries. I join Nova Southeastern University on January 2018 as Adjunct Professor. Since past May 1, 2019, I had been full faculty at West Palm Beach campus. Now, that my wife and I are approaching the retirement years, and that we have our first grandson (“Mateo”) is time to downsize and dedicate more time to transfer my lifelong learning knowledge/experience to the future advanced practice registered nurses’ generation. My goal as DNP is to be a clinician, consultant, collaborator, educator, and researcher, but I abide completely NOVA University CORE values (academic excellence, student-centered, integrity, innovation, opportunity, diversity, and community). A long time ago I wrote my practice statement and I still believe in it: “I believe that being a team player is a fundamental component to provide a positive work environment and good communication is important to advocate the continuity of better safe care.”
Laura Wallace currently has practiced 40 years as a registered nurse. This time includes 35 years as a certified nurse-midwife and 17 years
as a nurse educator. She has taught at the patient education, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level.
Dr Wallace obtained her BSN from Spalding College in Louisville, Kentucky. She obtained her nurse-midwifery education and MS from the University of Minnesota. Her doctoral work was completed at Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dr Wallace is an associate professor at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She continues to teach obstetrics and women's health and NCLEX-RN preparation. As Assessment and Evaluation Coordinator she is the Learning Coach for students and is involved in program evaluation and curriculum development.
Offering nearly 34 years of experience in managing all aspects of nursing operations, while maintaining highest standards of professionalism, patient care, hygiene, sanitation and procedural compliance for Medical, Children Specialization and Ancillary & Support Services in prestigious hospitals across Saudi Arabia and Australia Spearheaded over 3500 nursing staff in optimizing performance, and meeting personal, physical and cognitive needs of each resident; implemented education program by training and organized daily stand up meetings with skilled staff to ensure quality Led key departmental innovation and process improvement initiatives to help build internal capabilities and efficiencies with processes and systems; successfully implemented HOPE model of nursing to promote health and individual/family growth Administered the strategic framework for training and led Annual Competency Based Training Schedules, in conjunction with Nursing Education, to ensure that the staff complies with in-service educational and continuing education policies Delivered lectures as a Keynote Speaker at various seminar such as International Nursing Symposium, NM & HN Clinical Leadership Workshop, The Fifth Annual Middle Eastern Nurses and Partners in Caring Science
Dr. Wendy Laupu Ph.D BNSc is a Registered Nurse who lives in Queensland, Australia. Her research interests span brain disorders. She has previously documented a cleaning regimen for residual protein deposits on reusable Anaesthetic and surgical equipment; to reduce the risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Since 2008, Wendy has taken a neurobiological, then nutritional psychiatric approach to investigating psychosis and mood disturbances. She has current clinical experience in Australian mental health services and membership In the World Federation for Mental Health and Global Alliance for Mental Health Advocates.