Randy C. Quinn, RN, MSN, CRNA
Mr. Quinn is a managing partner for Arizona Anesthesia Solutions, an anesthesia group that provides anesthesia services across Arizona. He has been a certified registered nurse anesthetist for six years and a registered nurse for over fifteen years. He graduated with an associates from Northland Pioneer College, then received a BSN from Northern Arizona University, and an MS in Nurse Anesthesia from Texas Christian University. His areas of expertise or clinical interests are anesthesia, critical care and nursing regulation. Mr. Quinn's professional memberships include the Arizona Nurses Association, The American Nurses Association, Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Theresa (Terri) Berrigan, LPN, C-AL
Ms. Berrigan is employed at Koelsch Senior Communities in Mesa, Arizona. She has been a licensed practical nurse since 1990, has been working in Long Term Care for 17 years, is a graduate of Syracuse Central Technical Vocational Center, New York, and has been Certified in Excellence of Care by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Her areas of expertise or clinical interests are Long Term Care, Alzheimer’s, Assisted Living, Public Policy and Regulation. Ms. Berrigan’s professional memberships include American Assisted Living Nurses Association (Arizona Chapter President) and the Arizona Health Care Association.
Lori A. Gutierrez, MSN, RN-BC
Ms. Gutierrez is a Clinical Quality Analyst for United Health Group division of Community and State. She is also is a Consultant and Clinical Educator specializing in Long Term Care with consulting group Clinical Advisors for Resources and Educational Services, LLC (C.A.R.E.S.). She has been a registered nurse for almost 40 years in the Phoenix area. She is a graduate of Phoenix College Nursing Program and received a BS in Business from the University of Phoenix and recently completed her Masters in Nursing with an emphasis on Executive Leadership. Her areas of expertise or clinical interests are Long Term Care: Education, Consulting, Training, Quality Improvement Processes, Federal and State Regulations, Survey Preparation. Ms. Gutierrez’s professional memberships include the: Arizona Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, the Arizona Healthcare Association, Aging Services of Arizona, Arizona Chapter of the Assisted Living Federation and Sigma Theta Tau.
Jana Machesky, LPN
Ms. Machesky has been employed as a Case Manager for Post-Acute Transitions at United Health Group, Mesa, Arizona. She has been employed in case management for 12 years and her current role is coordinating care and discharge planning with skilled nursing facilities and managed care company. She is a graduate of Willow Street Vocational/Technical School in Lancaster County PA has been a licensed practical nurse since 1984.
Her past career experiences include correctional health nursing and chemical dependency; working with adults and adolescents. She has been certified as a HIV prevention counselor and level 2 chemical dependency counselor. She currently holds a professional membership in Case Management Society of America; CMSA.
Melinda Pheanis Preston, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Dr. Melinda Pheanis Preston received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing degrees from the University of Cincinnati. Experience following these degrees includes psychiatric staff nurse, charge nurse, head nurse, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for 17 years in both adult and pediatric settings including development of emergency psychiatric services and inpatient consultation. She received a Post-Masters Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate and later her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psychiatry from Arizona State University.
Past experiences include being a psychiatric representative to The Cincinnati Child Abuse Team, co-teaching a course in Child Abuse for Social Workers. She was also the CNS for Menninger Phoenix for 5 years. Dr. Preston was the first nurse practitioner hired by Mayo Clinic, where she worked for almost 13 years in paving the way for others Melinda served on the ASU curriculum committee to develop the Arizona post-masters certificate for nurse practitioners and obtained her certificate as an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has also served as a voting member of two Institutional Review Boards, chaired Nursing Research Councils, Documentation Committees, and developed a Psychiatric Sitter course for St. Joseph's Hospital and Research for the Bedside Nurse course at Mayo Clinic. She has presented regionally and nationally on psychiatric issues and research and pursues her own continuing education.
Dr. Preston currently provides psychiatric consults and ongoing service at Foothills Neurology. In her practice she provides evaluation, medication management, and psychotherapy for individuals and couples as well as family therapy. Her special interests are patients with a variety of neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, migraine, and chronic pain. She treats patients with depression, anxiety, personality disorder, behavioral change in dementia and Parkinson’s, delirium, psychosis, and bipolar disorders. Her research involves the co-morbidity of migraine and mood issues and use of continuing education to change clinical decision-making. She maintains an active drug research practice with NoesisPharma.
Cecelia Andersen, BSN, RN
Ms. Andersen attended Graduate School at University of Washington for Psychiatric Nursing. She received her BSN in 1968 from the College of St. Theresa. She has18 years of experience in adult/pediatrics intensive care, coronary care unit, emergency room care and 14 years experience as a Behavioral Health Administrator in three hospital programs. Ms. Anderson was involved in the ownership of Andersen Health Care Consulting that included startups for behavioral health projects and outpatient clinics. She is a Retired Administrator at Department of Economic Security – Division of Developmental Disabilities.
Elizabeth Boyer, BSN, RN
Mrs. Boyer works with the pediatric population at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. She received her BSN from Grand Canyon University in 2011 and her first nursing position was at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center (now known as Banner University Medical Center) in the Pulmonary/Medical-Surgical Unit. She was a preceptor for new graduate/new hire nurses, enjoying the teaching opportunity and growth she witnessed in others until her transfer to pediatrics in November of 2014. She is a volunteer at the Neighborhood Christian Clinic in Phoenix and has also served on short-term medical mission trips, travelling to Kenya, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras.
Carmen Hill-Mekoba, DNP, APRN-BC
Dr. Carmen Hill-Mekoba, DNP, APRN-BC is an adult and geriatric Nurse Practitioner. Over twenty years ago, she began her nursing career in the hospital working in cardiac and critical care areas. After leaving the hospital setting, she began working as a Workers Compensation Case Manager and progressed to the occupational health environment. As an occupational health nurse, she provided leadership to the Linden, New Jersey and Doraville, Georgia medical departments at General Motors Corporation for eight years. Thirteen years ago, she resigned from General Motors and incorporated her own business in which she provided medical house calls to the elderly and consultative services to corporations for wellness initiatives.
She is currently working in a leadership position as the Senior Vice President of Clinical Services for Matrix Medical Network which is organization that delivers innovative healthcare initiatives in the home, as well as the community. In her current role, she is responsible for 4000 Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Registered Nurses and other ancillary healthcare staff in 50 states. She also teaches nurse practitioner students at Simmons College of Nursing where she works as an adjunct faculty member. She has had adjunct faculty positions with Chamberlain University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Boise State University.
She earned both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. In 2010, she completed a post masters certificate at the University of Massachusetts in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Additionally, in May of 2011, she graduated from Georgia Southern University with a doctorate degree in nursing practice.
Volunteerism and stewardship play an intricate role in Dr. Hill-Mekoba’s life. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. She has recently served as program chair for Hashtag Lunch bag in Phoenix which is an organization that coordinates events to pack and distribute bagged lunches to the homeless with inspirational notes of encouragement.
Mrs. Gillette is a retired Real Estate Broker and Class A Contractor from California. Community service includes four term president of Havasu Mohave Community College Foundation Board, president of Paso Robles, member of WAHS Building Campaign Committee, member of State Board of Homeopathic Medicine and past member California Board of Realtors. LaJuana was also selected as the 2015 Woman of Year.
Dr. Lisa Smith
Dr. Smith has fifteen years experience in hospital management and executive nursing administration, and twelve years in higher education. She received her PHd in Nursing from Barry University in Miami, Florida in 2012. She currently serves as the Dean of Nursing and Healthcare Professions at Grand Canyon University.