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Keynote Speaker
David E. Brown, D.C.
Department of Health Professions Director 

David E. Brown, D.C. was appointed in 2014 by Governor Terry McAuliffe and reappointed in 2018 by Governor Ralph Northam as the Director of the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Dr. Brown is a former member of the Virginia Board of Medicine. He served as Mayor of the City of Charlottesville between 2004 and 2008, continuing on city council until 2012. From 2012 until 2014 he was the special assistant to David Toscano, Democratic Leader of the Virginia House of Delegates. Dr. Brown began his healthcare career in 1982 when he established his chiropractic office in Charlottesville.

 A former president of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, Dr. Brown was also a member of the Virginia High School League Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Additionally, from 2010 until 2012 Dr. Brown was Chief Operating Officer for Edison2, a Lynchburg-based technology start-up that won the prestigious 2010 Automotive XPRIZE for a 100 mpg car.

A native of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Dr. Brown graduated from the University of Virginia in 1977, and received his chiropractic degree from Western States Chiropractic College, in Portland, Oregon, in 1981.

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Amanda Wilkins, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife, Centra Medical Group

Amanda Wilkins is a certified nurse midwife at CMG Women’s Center in Forest, VA. She does deliveries at Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg, VA. Amanda has been a nurse for 7 years and prior to being a midwife she worked on the antepartal unit at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC and also labor and delivery at Duke University Hospital. She received her Masters in Nursing at East Carolina University. She is an active member with ACNM. Amanda lives in Lynchburg with her husband Marshall and their wiener dog Dominic.

Georgia Rosenblatt, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Nurse Clinician, VCU Substance Abuse Services, VCU Health

Gigi Rosenblatt is a Master’s Prepared Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with 30 years of experience in psychiatric-mental health nursing with many of those years spent focusing more specifically on substance abuse. She helped create a crisis intervention detox unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1993 before going on to be the Nurse Manager at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital for an inpatient substance abuse rehab unit, an outpatient methadone clinic, and 2 outpatient drug research units. Before leaving Hopkins in 2014 to come to VCU, she worked as Clinical Case Manager and Asst. Program Director for 6 years for the same crisis intervention detox unit she helped create in the nineties. Gigi is currently the Nurse Clinician for Substance Abuse Services at VCU Health providing education house-wide to providers and staff. She works both with the inpatient services to improve care of persons with Substance Use Disorders and works at the MOTIVATE Clinic, an outpatient addiction treatment program. Gigi has presented numerous lectures on a variety of substance abuse topics, has presented internationally on substance abuse, and is the author of a chapter entitled Substance Use Disorders in the Adult Population in the Hoffman-Sullivan Medical Surgical Textbook Making Connections to Practice.

Megan Hebdon, DNP, RN, FNP-c
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Radford University

Megan Hebdon, DNP, RN, FNP-c is an assistant professor at Radford University School of Nursing. She has practiced as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner in various settings including: oncology, pain management, internal medicine, employee health, urgent care, and primary care for uninsured clients. The promotion of health and wellness for individuals with chronic disease is a primary emphasis of her practice, teaching, and research activities. Her interest in substance abuse and holistic pain management has dated back to her nurse practitioner training at the University of Utah where she participated in substance abuse seminars, a training conference, and patient teaching activities. She most recently has been part of an Access to Care group that developed community training on pain management.

Kathy Baker
Nursing Director, Emergency Services & Patient Care Support
VCU Health

Kathy Baker is a nurse leader with strategic, operational experience in multiple healthcare settings as well as specific expertise in workforce development, financial management, and optimization of personnel resources and work environments to achieve high value patient centered outcomes. She earned Master’s and PhD degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University with a focus on Nursing Systems. She currently holds a Nursing Director position at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) in Emergency Services, Critical Care Transport, Resource Management and Patient Care Support. She is also a nurse scientist at VCUHS with a research focus in work environments and top of license practice. Her clinical background includes critical care, cardiovascular and emergency nursing with experience in both adult and pediatric populations.

Dr. Baker holds an affiliate faculty position at the VCU School of Nursing where she teaches in the Graduate Nursing Leadership program. She has served on the National Council for Research for Emergency Nursing. She was also co-chair of the American Nurse's Association Professional Issues panel on Eliminating Barriers to RNs ability to Practice to the Fullest Extent.

Her recent publications include an Overview of Elimination of Barriers to Practice in Frontline RNs published in the Online Journal of the American Nurse's Association and her recent presentations include Eliminating Barriers to Practice for RNs, presented at the ANA's National Quality Conference in 2017.

Ruth Bielke, MSN-Ed, RN, PCCN
Nurse Educator
Chippenham Johnston Willis of HCA

Ke'Shawn Harper, MS
ARTS Behavioral Health Senior Policy Specialist
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

Ke’Shawn Harper is the ARTS Behavioral Health Senior Policy Specialist for the ARTS Program. She works for the Division of Developmental Disabilities and Behavioral Health Services with the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS). She serves as the ARTS program owner/lead. Prior to her current role Ke’Shawn served as the ARTS lead for the Managed Care Organizations. She has also worked within Contract Administration on various contracts across DMAS. Prior to working for Medicaid Ke’Shawn worked directly with individuals suffering from mental health, substance use and developmental disabilities as a qualified mental health professional in a variety of community settings. Ke’Shawn graduated from Virginia State University with her Masters in Counseling and Community Services; she just completed her Graduate Certificate in Public Administration & Policy at ODU and is currently working towards her Graduate Certificate in Public Procurement and Contract Management.

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