National Directors-US

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Janie Harvey Garner
Executive Director

Janie Harvey Garner, RN, Founder of SMYS, Executive Director, is a former US Navy Hospital Corpsman, with an Associates in Applied Science in Nursing from St. Louis Community College in 2007. She is the founder and Executive Director of Show Me Your Stethoscope, as well as the Show Me Your Stethoscope Foundation. Her background is in ICU, ER, SANE, cardiac catheterization lab and electrophysiology. Currently, she works as an EP RN at John Cochran VA Medical Center in St Louis, Missouri. She has been married to Paul for 13 years, and is the mom of two boys plus a bonus son.

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Jalil Johnson
National Director

Jalil Johnson BSN, MS, RN, ANP-BC, PhD(C), National Director, started his healthcare career in 2000 as a CNA. He completed his LPN program in 2001 at Tennessee Technology Center in Nashville, Tennessee; ADN (RN) in 2006 at Columbia State Community College; BSN in 2008 at Middle Tennessee State University; MS/NP training 2010 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (expected graduation is the spring of 2016). Jalil’s clinical background includes medical/surgical, psychiatric, substance abuse and intensive care (CCRN) experience. He is most passionate about working with underserved communities; he currently works as an NP in a federally underserved community in Massachusetts. Additionally, Jalil enjoys teaching, and hopes to improve the culture of nursing education. He is proud to have mentored many undergraduate and graduate students through their studies and over the course of their careers. He currently holds adjunct faculty positions at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Baypath University, and Elms College. Jalil is also a budding nurse scientist and studies the intersection of T2 diabetes and Latino culture. (This has been the focus of his doctoral work and he plans to continue this research in the future.) Outside of clinical and academic work, Jalil’s interest include professional and non-professional mentoring, social justice, and improving diversity within the healthcare profession. Jalil has three children (ages 17, 9 and 3) and considers his family his greatest accomplishment to date.

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Kelley Rieger
Marketing Director
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Alex Hopper
Webmaster Operations

Alex is an Emergency Department nurse in London, Ontario, Canada.

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PJ Allen-Thomas
Creative Director/Director-At-Large

PJ Allen-Thomas, RN, Creative Director/Director-At-Large is a malcontent at heart. She frequently seeks better solutions to the problems she notes around her. SMYS, she feels, is a possible solution to the slew of problems health care faces: safety, public education, professional communication and collegiality. She started her career on the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital-Columbia; her clinical experiences span critical care issues of a wide variety. As a travel nurse, she has been lucky enough to learn more from her exposure to different practices from all over the US. She has found her niche (for now) in hospice care, and works as a call RN for Compassus in Columbia, Missouri. Her other occupations include art and photography, heavy lifting, personal training and nutrition coaching, and avoiding telling new acquaintances she’s a nurse. She lives with the love of her life, Frank; her two girls, Molly and Lucy; a Komondor-Pyrenees mix, Jill, and her Snorkie buddy, Dirty Harry; a corn snake, Miss Sneakypants; and a metric butt-ton of chickens. They all live on the same eight acres in Columbia, Missouri.

Her favorite band is Pinback, she becomes deathly ill after consuming eggplant, and she thinks running is stupid.

Michelle Anderson
Regional Director – West

Michelle Anderson, Western Regional Director, has been married for 18 years; she has three children (17, 13, and 8 years old). She is native to Woodland, California (Sacramento area). Her love and passion in health care is anything geriatric related. She possesses 25 years of healthcare experience (as a CNA, EMT, LPN, RN and BSN). She is currently in school for MSN-Nurse Executive Board Certification and CLNC. Her next goal is to obtain her AGNP. Clinical experiences includes community health, rehab, orthopedics, Neuro, sales/marketing, and administration. She holds current board positions with PC-HEART, PCORI-UIMPACT, and UAHC. Presently, she works for SilverVue as a Sales Executive/Care Navigation specialist, where healthcare technology is created that is meaningful for health care communities. Her hobbies include cooking, anything outdoors, and work.

Western Region presently constituted by the following states and territories:

  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Wyoming
  • Utah
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Vanessa Rendón-Cazarez
Regional Director – Southwest

Vanessa Rendón-Cazarez, Southwest Regional Director, is a full-time doctoral student at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner, with plans to graduate in 2017. Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2007 and earned her Critical Care Registered Nurse certification in 2011. After her undergraduate studies, she commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Vanessa gained a variety of experience from the Navy Nurse Corps, and mastered skills in departments including: Telemetry, Adult Intensive Care Unit, Labor and Delivery and Emergency Department. Vanessa served nearly six years on active duty before returning to her home in San Antonio, Texas, where she created protocols and curricula for diabetes and hypertension education for the indigent and underserved population in a community clinic. In her personal life, Vanessa is married and the proud “mother” to three dachshunds. She is an active member of her Catholic parish, and a volunteer for a non-profit dachshund rescue organization, Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas. She enjoys travel and is willing and eager to try anything. Her favorite activities include SCUBA diving, surfing, zip-line, deep-sea fishing and hiking.

Southwest Region presently includes the following states and territories:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
Carey Coomer
Regional Director – Far West

Carey Segelke Coomer, BSN, RN, Far West Regional Director, graduated with an ADN in 2000 from Chattanooga State Community College, a BSN in 2011 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and is currently studying with Maryville University of Saint Louis, Missouri in the Family Nurse Practitioner track. She plans for a post-Master’s in Nurse Leadership and Management Current job at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, California. She has worked in ED, ICU, and L&D. She is the mother of four, ranging in age from 11 to 28—and one of those children is a nurse. She is the Mimi to two girls, ages 6 & 4. Carey was born in Knoxville, Tennessee but has lived in Chattanooga, Houston, Texas, and currently resides in San Francisco, California. She enjoys running and reading. Carey has been part of SMYS since the first day, and has contributed her time and passion to the cause.

Far West Region presently constituted by the following states and territories:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington
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Stephanie Chiappinelli Correa
Regional Director – Southeast

Stephanie Chiappinelli Correa, RN , MSN, CCRN-K, NE-BC, Southeast Regional Director, has been in the health care field for 30 years. She started as a Med-Surg LPN; most of her experience is in critical care, and in leadership and management. She currently practices in Virginia as a Critical Care Director. She has also done project management and lean work as a green belt, and is part of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Nursing Practice, with a project on compassion fatigue awareness. She aspires to Dr. Jean Watson’s work on caring as a science and is currently working on a SMYS caring survey. Stephanie uses her appearances on local television to connect with her community on health-related topics, ranging from Ebola to families calling for rapid response. Stephanie resides with her husband; between the two of them, they have seven children, eight grandchildren, and one grandchild on the way. For stress reduction, she is the lead singer in a classic rock band and loves singing with her youngest daughter, Jorja, who has special needs.

The Southeast Region is currently comprised of the following states:

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
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Dr. Mica Frey-Harris
Regional Director – Midwest

Dr Mica Frey-Harris, Midwest Regional Director, was born and raised in Iowa. She has been awarded an associate of arts degree from North Iowa Area Community College; a baccalaureate of science degree in nursing from The University of Iowa; a master’s of science degree in nursing leadership and management; and a post-master’s certificate in nursing education from Walden University; and a doctorate in nursing practice from St. Catherine University. Dr. Frey-Harris is also a board certified nurse executive. She is a mother of three boys, ages 18-25; she’s also the Mimi of one granddaughter. Nursing experience includes LTC, NICU, GI, Homecare, Infusion, and PICC/IV team. Mica is currently the Manager of the Cerro Gordo Free Clinic in Mason City, Iowa. She loves to read nonfiction, and is a documentary nerd.

The Midwest Region presently consists of the following states and territories:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • Wisconsin
  • W. Virginia
  • Minnesota
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Rebecca Love
Regional Director – Northeast

Rebecca Love, BA, MSN, RN, ANP, Northeast Regional Director, is an Adult Nurse Practitioner & Founder of HireNurses.com. Rebecca received her Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from Boston University and her Nursing/Masters of Nursing from Northeastern University. After working with a presidential campaign with health care as a primary issue, Rebecca realized it would be better to be part of the choir, rather than to preach to it; she chose to become a nurse. This choice led to a career as a nurse practitioner, a Professor of Nursing at Boston College, and most recently as a nursing entrepreneur and business owner. She has joined SMYS as a board member and Northeast Regional Director. Outside of her work life, Rebecca is a married mom of three wonderful young children in Boston, Massachusetts. She serves as a board member for multiple non-profit boards, and chairs nursing conferences and events. She says: “I am thrilled to formally be joining Show Me Your Stethoscope. There are 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States that are on the front lines of health care. It is time they are in the boardrooms and policy making meetings that impact the future of health care. I believe Show Me Your Stethoscope has the ability to bring forth changes in ways nursing has not been able to before, and I am thrilled to be part of such an amazing organization.”

Northeast Region presently constituted by the following states and territories:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Rhode Island
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
  • Vermont
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Alley Staffier
Strategic Business Consultant

Alley Staffier joins us from the Northeast as a Strategic Business Consultant.  Alley brings specific experience in new business development, strategic marketing and partnership development. She is a game-changing strategist and transformative leader adept at creating process improvements to boost revenue, grow business development, and expand market share. She is a serial networker and entrepreneur. She holds her Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology, her PMP, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Management, and Biochemistry. She has worked for prestigious health organizations, and while not a Nurse, she has over ten years of experience working with nurses and those in the healthcare industry. Alley brings expertise in contract negotiation, and ability to identify and secure revenue generating partners.  Alley has an amazing husband, daughter, and two barking furbabies.  She is an avid foodie, collector of vintage wines and spends her free time trying to make the world a better place and advocating for Nurses.