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Chapter 6: Wizard of O2

March 15 @ 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Title of Presentation: Mental Health, Trauma, and COVID-19

Speaker: Danielle Angileri

Bio: Danielle Angileri was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois and a University of Wisconsin alumna. She is the Executive Director of NAMI Northern Illinois. NAMI the National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Danielle currently serves on the Circles od Learning Board and many community-driven committees. In 2018, she was honored as one of Rockford Register Star’s Peoples to Watch and in 2019 the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s 40 leaders under age 40. Similar to NAMI’s motto, Danielle lives by instilling on others “you are not alone”.


  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Introduction to Mental Healthcare
  • Introduction to Trauma-informed Care
  • Impacts of COVID on Mental Health (frontline workers)
  • Avoiding Burnout
  • Coping Skills to Try
  • Local Resources to Utilize



Title of Presentation: The Kendel Sherman Foundation

Speaker: Tamica Fricks

Bio: Tamica Fricks started the Kendel Sherman Foundation in 2016 after she lost her daughter in 2015 from complications caused by Asthma. Since she started the foundation, she has made it her goal to educate the Rockford Community about the dangers and triggers of asthma. She has shared this at community events, fairs, and conferences. Since the foundation started, she has added a Teen Program to her organization. She looks forward to continuing to serve the community and to continue spreading awareness to the community and all those affected from the pandemic.


  • Educate learners about Kendel’s story and her foundation
  • Educate why asthma education is important in the Rockford community and elsewehere.



Speakers: Natalie Sheehan and Joey Schap


Natalie Sheehan is a Performance Improvement Leader with Northwestern Medicine’s Performance Improvement Office. Natalie Sheehan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Healthcare Systems Engineering from Northern Illinois University and is currently pursuing an MBA emphasizing in Quality and Innovation at Park University. At Northwestern Medicine, Natalie collaborates with leaders and frontline staff to lead projects with measurable outcome metric improvements. Examples include increasing hospital throughput, decreasing wait times, and improving key quality and patient safety metrics. The proven approach to process improvement is exemplified through the work to reduce COPD readmissions at NM Kishwaukee Hospital.

Joey Schap is a Clinical Director with Northwestern Medicine’s Respiratory Care Departments at Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals.  Joey is a graduate of the Rock Valley College Respiratory Care Program.  Graduate with BS in Healthcare Leadership from National Louis University. Graduate with MHA in Healthcare Administration from National Louis University.  Lead performance improvement initiative to reduce COPD readmissions resulting in a significant reduction.  Improvement Day winner 2019 for COPD Readmission Work.


  • Describe Project Management & Process Improvement
  • Define the DMAIC methodology for process improvement
  • Provide an example of Process Improvement in action – Reducing COPD Readmissions



Title of Presentation:  Prone positioning: The who, what, when, where, and how

Speaker: Andrew Klein MS, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, AE-C


Adult clinical specialist at Rush University Medical Center for the last 8 years, Have been an RT for 18 years.  AARC nationally recognized preceptor for the past 5 years.  Distinguished CHEST educator.  Have given professional lectures at the local, state, and national level.


Discuss indications and contraindications for prone positioning

Review literature related to prone positioning



Title of Presentation:  Is it Asthma?


Heather Murgatroyd


Heather is a representative for Methapharm.  She is a BA,RRT and has given in-services on asthma and testing for asthma,.



Review the prevalence, economic burden and common symptoms of asthma.

Discusses conditions that mimic the disease while highlighting the need for objective testing

Discuss when to utilize it objective testing according to current guidelines

Heather’s second presentation:

Title of Presentation: Indirect Bronchial Challenge Testing


Heather Murgatroyd



Discusses the diagnostic process of asthma and exercise-induced bronchoconstriction

Identify various methods for indirect bronchial challenges

Identified and discuss indications, contraindications, and the patients that would benefit from them.


Title of Presentation: The Value of the RT in Post-Acute Care 

Speaker: Lisa Zaenger

Bio: Lisa Zaenger has been a Respiratory Therapist for 36 years.  She has worked most of her career in the Post-Acute Care setting having worked in Skilled Nursing Facilities and Home DME settings.  She has been one of the AARC IL Co-Chairs for the AARC PACT and has been advocating for our patients and our RT profession for many years.



  • Discuss the evolving roles of the RT in Post-Acute Care settings
  • Discuss important legislative initiatives that can further impact RTs role(s) in Post-Acute Care settings
  • Discuss the value RT’s bring in transitional care, decreasing rehospitalizations and improving patient self-management




March 15
7:30 am - 4:30 pm


ISRC Chapter 6


Rock Valley College – Student Center Atrium
3301 N. Mulford Drive
Rockford, IL 61114 United States
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