2019 Convention Speakers

Arleen Smith

Arleen Smith, RN is a Leadership & Engagement Consultant with Drive and has over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry.  Arleen has served in various leadership positions within the pharmaceutical industry and on women’s leadership councils focused on inspiring others to achieve personal growth.  Along with her leadership experience, Arleen brings a diversity of 10 years of hospital & travel nursing experience in medical-surgical, critical care, oncology, and Emergency Room & Trauma.   Arleen is trained as a 3-star coach in LEAN methodology and is a Six Sigma green belt.   Arleen’s area of expertise is motivating and inspiring others to achieve their highest potential through leadership, coaching and performance management.  Arleen lives in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, son, and a happy Golden Retriever.


Eddie Slowikowski

Why Eddie?  Because He Sets The Pace

3 minutes and 58 seconds. The amount of time it took Eddie Slowikowski to run the mile. Whether it’s as a Gold Medal winner for the USA Track & Field Team, a 3-time NCAA All-American, or the most dynamic professional speaker, Eddie knows a thing or two about peak performance.  Eddie has always had the can-do spirit of an entrepreneur, in all walks of life. Best of all, Eddie can channel that sense of accomplishment through interactive storytelling to audiences everywhere. He can make you laugh, cry, dance and learn in one presentation.  Have spoken at many healthcare conferences including:  OR HCA, ND Long-term Care, GA HCA, NC Healthcare Facilities Assoc., CO HCA, KY HCA, GE Healthcare.  Through storytelling and high-energy showmanship, Eddie shows participants how to follow through on a vision from inception to achievement and how to create positive energy for yourself and others. It’s time to match who you are with who you want to be. Create the congruency of peak performance and attain the attitude of, Be That Now!


Janet McSharar

Janet McSharar is a graduate of Indiana University with a Double Major in Political Science and Telecommunications. Janet obtained her law degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. After two years as a Deputy Attorney General, she went in-house with the Indiana State Department of Health where she worked closely with the Long-Term Care Division learning all aspects of regulation and enforcement. After four years at the ISDH, Janet went into private practice representing and defending nursing facilities and other health care practitioners in regulatory, licensing, and reimbursement matters. Eventually her practice became primarily malpractice and negligence defense of nursing facilities and physicians.  Janet has continued to work with nursing home and long term care provider clients on regulation, licensing, and administrative adjudication matters. Janet assists nursing facilities with IDR presentation and Notice of Citation appeals in addition to survey and NATCEP exclusion matters.


Melanie Perry

Melanie Perry is currently the Director of Memory Care Support Services for American Senior Communities. Melanie attended Indiana University, then progressed to the University of St. Francis and then Nova Southeastern University where she earned a B.A. in Psychology, an M.S. in Psychology, and then an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, with an emphasis in gerontology, respectively. She has been pleased to serve those living with dementia in Long Term Care venues throughout the Midwest, in the SE, and NE, for the past 28 years; beginning as a personal care assistant and progressing to a home office consultant for the past 19 years. In 2018, Melanie was named as one of four people in the U.S. by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners as a Distinguished Educator of the Year, and joined the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter. Recently, ASC's Memory Care programs were honored as a finalist for the 2019 Indianapolis Business Journal's Heroes in Healthcare Award in the Healthcare Advancements category. Melanie is a frequent speaker on dementia at regional and State conferences and is a published journal author.


Erin Saylor

With a background in civil litigation, Erin Saylor works daily with health care providers to secure vital-public benefits for their residents, as well as represent their interests in related guardianship, probate, and collection proceedings. She has advocated for clients at numerous administrative and civil hearings and has appeared before state courts at the trial level. Erin strives to provide high quality, efficient, and economical representation to each of her clients. Erin obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Maryland, Michigan, Virginia, Washington, DC, and before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.


Mark Parkinson

Mark Parkinson is the President and CEO of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), which represents over 13,600 skilled nursing facilities and assisted living centers.  Parkinson served as the 45th Governor of the State of Kansas. Prior to that, he was the owner and operator of long term care facilities in Kansas and Missouri. Under Parkinson’s leadership, AHCA focuses on delivering policy solutions to the Hill and CMS, with a special emphasis on quality care. AHCA is now the largest association in long term care and is at record membership.  His vision has brought Parkinson recognition. He has been named a Top Association CEO by CEO Update and a top lobbyist for 2013, 2014, 2015,2016 and 2017 by The Hill, a leading Capitol Hill newspaper. Parkinson also has the distinction of being selected as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare in 2015.


Kevin Wanzer

At his lemonade stand when he was just 8 years old, Kevin Wanzer offered passersby two types of refreshment: a cold cup of lemonade and hilarious, dead-on stand-up renditions of Steve Martin comedy routines. Decades later, the lemonade and Martin routines are gone. The refreshment, however, is still to be had. As a humorist, motivational comedian and keynote speaker, Kevin has been earning rave reviews for over thirty years. Inspiring and entertaining audiences in refreshing ways is all he has ever known. He has been noted nationally as one of the most effective and entertaining speakers for inspiring and empowering audiences, celebrating Ohana and the Spirit of Aloha. Through stories and humor, he helps people reconnect with hidden passions, embrace diversity, and celebrate community through laughter. Early in his career, Kevin served on the staff of and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman. As a result of Kevin’s early work with First Lady Nancy Reagan, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to serve as a delegate to the White House Conference for a Drug Free America, on behalf of which he spoke at the United Nations.  To this day, Kevin is still one of the youngest presidential appointees in American history.  Kevin is a member of the National Speaker’s Association (NSA) and holds the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)*.  Kevin is the author of Choose to Love.


Scott Carbonara

Scott Carbonara is a keynote speaker, author, and consultant who is passionate about engaging a company’s greatest asset: its people. Known as “The Leadership Therapist” for his diverse background–from serving as an award-winning crisis counselor, to executive chief-of-staff of a multi-billion-dollar company—Scott has spoken for such esteemed groups as SAS, Wal-Mart, AT&T Global, multiple healthcare systems, and the federal government. He is the author of several leadership books including A Manager’s Guide to Employee Engagement (McGraw Hill). Scott breathes life into topics including employee engagement, culture, change management, communication, and customer service. www.LeadershipTherapist.com.


Dr. Joy Barnes

Joy has been a nurse for 19-years and has practiced in hospital, hospice and long-term care settings. As a nursing leader, Joy has served in long-term care administration positions in facilities across northern Indiana. Recently, Joy completed her DNP (doctorate in nursing practice) degree through Capella University with a focus on improving care in the long-term care setting. Her doctorate project focused on decreasing inappropriate antibiotic use for non-acute respiratory illnesses in the long-term care setting. Currently Joy serves as the MSN and BSN - Completion Program Coordinator at Bethel University in Mishawaka, Indiana. Nursing home administrators and Directors of Nurses continue to partner with Joy to implement quality improvement projects in their facilities. Antibiotic stewardship is an important program that needs to be established within all long-term care settings and Joy continues to advocate for change in her local community.


Donna Beyl

Donna is the President & Owner of Lacy Beyl & Company, Inc. Founded on the principles of Servant Leadership, LBC is a professional healthcare consulting company and specializes in assisting healthcare organizations in the pursuit of improving the quality of care and quality of life of those we serve. Donna earned a Bachelor's degree from Ball State University, Master's degree from Indiana University and a Master's degree in Business Administration & Healthcare Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and holds the national ACSW accreditation. Donna presents multiple seminars, state-approved training courses and association convention sessions. She served as an adjunct faculty member at Ball State University and Indiana University teaching courses in Aging, Social Work and Policy & Practice. Donna was named one of the "40 Under 40" successful business leaders in Indiana by the Indianapolis Business Journal.


Stacy Baker

Stacy is a skilled clinician, mentor and clinical instructor, specializing in post-acute quality care, reimbursement, and medical review management. An accomplished coder, auditor and coach, she oversees SNF/NF claim audit services for clients from coast to coast and serves on Proactive’s PDPM transition partnership project team. Stacy is a proven leader in operationalizing solid coding and documentation practices to substantiate medical necessity and reduce overpayments. Stacy brings 15 years of clinical and multi-site management experience as an Occupational Therapist in the post-acute industry. Currently she serves as Proactive’s Director of Audit Services; she has successfully coordinated the medical review and quality assurance needs of over 400 skilled nursing facilities since joining Proactive in 2013. She is certified in Healthcare Compliance through HCCA and is a certified resident assessment coordinator with knowledge in regulations surrounding the Medicare payment system and RAI process.


Julia Fox Garrison

Julia is the author of Don't Leave Me This Way (or when I get back on my feet you’ll be sorry), Harper Collins Publisher. A memoir that chronicles her struggle to regain control over her life and her body following a massive hemorrhage resulting in a paralyzing stroke. The success of the book and the message it conveys led to a new career path for Julia as a motivational speaker, evangelizing for humanity in health care, our work, and in our personal relationships. Her message is universal and transcends far beyond a survivor’s handbook. It is not only about facing adversity and overcoming, but to live life to the fullest regardless of circumstances. Julia presents at doctor, nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, case manager, social worker conferences, as well as to patient advocacy groups, women's conferences, businesses, and communities, where she shares her story of personal triumph against overwhelming odds. Julia's life lessons will transform how to overcome and empower when the intruder called adversity knocks at our door. She will provide strategies on how to answer through attitude, choice and purpose.  Julia has more than ten years of experience as an acclaimed national speaker. She is passionate about her message and relishes sharing it with receptive audiences. Most noteworthy about Julia's success as a speaker is that all of her engagements are the result of word-of- mouth-- someone hears her speak, believes in the message and, in turn, enthusiastically recommends her to some other organization. The distinguished list of client organizations continues to grow and broaden as Julia's message touches more and more people.  Before her stroke, Julia had a successful career as a manager in software customer support. Rapid advancement through the ranks of her company was within her grasp when she suffered the debilitating injury, effectively ending her career in the corporate world. And thus began her journey of rediscovery and reinvention as author, health care advocate and motivational speaker.  Julia was raised in Andover, MA, in a loving if chaotic household with eight brothers, an upbringing that no doubt made her battle-ready for the literal fight for her life. Julia lives with her husband Jim, son Rory, and dog Shaggy in a suburb outside Boston, where she is working on writing projects as she continues to overcome the effects of stroke.


Mary Tellis-Nayak

After teaching school for nine years she pursued a career in nursing.  She has worked in most areas of care for the elderly: as a bedside caregiver in a hospital-based SNF, a manager of a home health agency, a DON in a freestanding nursing home, and the chief clinician in a large multifacility organization. She was the president/CEO of the American College of Health Care Administrators and served as the VP for Quality Initiatives for MyInnerView/NRC Health for twelve years.  Throughout her career, she has focused on caregivers and led quality improvement programs throughout long-term care. In leading Joint Commissions program for long-term care accreditation for ten years, she developed the first set of standards for dementia care units, subacute care, and long-term care pharmacies. Mary is currently the “Wellness Nurse” for the School Sisters of Notre Dame.  In this role she supports the sisters in the Chicago area and cares for their wellness needs.  She speaks nationally on topics related to leadership, caregivers and quality in the post-acute continuum.  Tellis-Nayak earned an MSN in gerontological nursing from Rush University in Chicago and an MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She received an honorary doctorate in Human Letters from A. T. Stills University as a result of her work in Long-Term Care.  With her husband, Dr. V. Tellis-Nayak, Mary won the American Health Care Associations lifetime achievement award – Champion of Quality – in 2013. They have published a book in 2017:  The Return of Compassion to Health Care


Lori Davenport

A native of Indiana, Lori Davenport joins the IHCA Team with an extensive background in Long Term Care Clinical Operations and Regulatory Compliance. Prior to joining IHCA, Lori worked with Life Care Services for 8 years and served as a Senior Nurse Consultant. Lori's responsibilities included directing and supporting global implementation and education of clinical programs and establishing best practices to support post-acute care strategies for a nationwide business portfolio. Lori has worked in several capacities in her 30 year nursing career including Director of Nursing Services, Director of Quality & Risk Management, and Executive Director for a Home Health agency serving a tri state area. Lori Attended Indiana University in Bloomington and earned her nursing degree at Anderson University in Anderson Indiana. Lori’s true passion is working with seniors across the health care continuum and in making a positive difference in our resident’s quality of life.  


Corrie Dyson

Corrie Dyson has worked as an SLP for 18 years, including 15 years in the SNF/LTC setting, and has worked for TMC the past nine years. Her roles have included working as a staff Speech-Language Pathologist, Rehab Director, and Area Manager, and her current role as Clinical Excellence Coordinator, in the Program Development Department. Her passion is connecting team members with the resources they need to make a positive difference in the lives of those they serve. This includes assisting in the development of specialty programs, providing direct support and training to team members, and ensuring that documentation and treatment practices support superior patient care.


Meagan English

Meagan English is a Certified Life and Equus Coach™, published author, and keynote speaker. Meagan historic experience as a Director of Operations and Administrator in health care settings equips her with first-hand experience relative to how to manage change in challenging environments.   As an Executive Coach, Meagan helps her clients love their life more, and thrive in their careers. Her passion is in helping people to develop their Leadership Skills, Emotional Intelligence and Personal Power.  She pushes her clients to examine their own assumptions and consider alternate perspectives, at the same time that she helps them to navigate stressors and set healthy boundaries.  As a Coach, Meagan serves as a strategist, motivator and accountability partner in her clients' personal and professional development journeys.  Meagan’s book, “Uninvited Guest”, reached best-seller status, and is designed to help busy professionals navigate stress, overwhelm and overcome resistance to our ever-changing world. 


Eleisha Wilkes

Eleisha Wilkes is a Registered Nurse with over fifteen years of experience in long term care. She has served as a Director of Nursing, Case Manager and Resident Assessment Coordinator with extensive responsibility and success in driving QA in the areas of person centered assessment and care planning through effective systems, staff development, and interdisciplinary team collaboration. She now serves as an RN Clinical Consultant with Proactive Medical Review & Consulting, LLC.


Jerald Cosey

Jerald Cosey is the Executive Director of Greenwood Meadows, a 166 Bed Skilled Nursing Facility located outside Indianapolis, IN. Jerald is a recognized speaker in the health care industry. Before earning his Health Facility Administrator license in 2014, he had a successful 25-year sales career with corporations like Philip Morris USA and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Joining Pfizer in 1999, he quickly advanced to leadership as a District Sales Manager. Jerald's sales team earned him twice the District Sales Manager of the Year award; moreover, the Four-Time Recipient of the Vice Presidents Management Club Award. Jerald founded an outreach service ministry, Graceful Moments, focused on minimizing isolation within the senior community in 2009, sparking his career change to senior care in 2013. Jerald graduated from Kentucky State University in 1990 with a BA in Business Administration. Jerald met his wife of 24 years at Kentucky State University, and together they are raising three children.





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