Cohere 2019 All User Conference
September 26-27, 2019
Hyatt Regency, Jersey City, NJ

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Guest Speakers

Marisa Birkmeier, PT, DPT, PCS
Marisa Birkmeier, PT, DPT, PCSDirector of Clinical Education, The George Washington University
Lynn Fitzgerald, DPT,MED
Lynn Fitzgerald, DPT,MEDDirector of Clinical Education. University of Pittsburgh
Lynn graduated in 1981 with a BS in PT from the Chicago Medical School/University of Health Sciences. She obtained her TDPT in 2014 from MGH Institute of Health Professions. Lynn practiced for 17 years in a variety of inpatient and outpatient pediatric settings and became DCE at the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. She started using Exxat in 2015. Exxat makes her feel like “I have an administrative assistant devoted to clinical education and I FINALLY have our evaluation tool available electronically.”
Sean P. Gallivan, PT, MS, NCS, C/NDT
Sean P. Gallivan, PT, MS, NCS, C/NDTDirector of Clinical Education, University of Dayton
Sean graduated from Duke University in 1994 with a Master of Science in PT. A short 25 years later, he completed a PhD in Educational Administration.
While working full time treating mostly patients with brain injuries and strokes at a large trauma center, Miami Valley Hospital, he taught part-time in the University of Dayton’s Pre-PT and DPT programs. In 2010, he simply reversed that, becoming a full time faculty member for UD DPT and treating patients part-time at MVH…and still doing both today:) Sean started using Exxat in 2018. Exxat has tremendously improved the student experience – making information more accessible, streamlining selection processes, and completing post-clinical assessments. Happier students make for a happier CE Team!
Carol Gorney, MPAS
Carol Gorney, MPASDirector of Clinical Education. University of Iowa
Carol Gorney PA-C is a graduate of the university of Iowa PA program. She practiced clinically in family medicine, ER and obstetrics before becoming faculty at the Carver College of Medicine PA program. She has served as the Director of Clinical Education there for 11 years. She has served nationally on PAEA curriculum counsel and faculty development mission advancement counsel. She had the lead clinical role for student’s clinical year exposure, assessment and competency.
Stephanie Henkin
Stephanie HenkinAdministrative Coordinator, Clinical Education. Columbia University
A true NYC girl, Stephanie was born and raised in the heart of Manhattan. When she was 14, she discovered ESPN and college Basketball. The day she happened upon the Bobby Knight-era Indiana University basketball game against University of Illinois, she knew instantaneously where she wanted to go to college! She was accepted to the highly competitive Athletic Training program at Indiana University, the only school she ever wanted to attend.

Being a horse owner and former competitive rider, Stephanie spent a number of years taking care of her 2 horses, Hunter and Sinatra. It was right after Hunter’s passing at the ripe old age of 26 that Stephanie applied for the job at Columbia’s Program in Physical Therapy. Starting part-time in June of 2013, her role grew into being more than just an Administrative Assistant. She moved to full-time work and soon became an integral part of the DCE Team as the team’s Administrative Coordinator (an equal team of 3 who hand place students in each of their clinical rotations). She now also handles Alumni Relations as well as all things Exxat (STEPS and PLAN). She began using Exxat in 2015 and was truly amazed as to the speed with which placements, notifications, and slot requests could be managed. Still hoping for a CONFIRM button (Please, oh please!) so that sites receiving student placement notifications can easily produce confirmations (kind of like the Staples button: “That Was Easy”), Stephanie is eager to see what Exxat 4.0 will bring to the table!

Stephanie currently still lives in NYC with her rescue dog, Benny, and her 78-year-old mom, Nikki. She has a 21-year-old off-the-track thoroughbred named Winnie The Pooh who lives in Northeastern, PA, near her fiancé, Bob.

Mary Jean Hughes, EdD, MA, OTR/L
Mary Jean Hughes, EdD, MA, OTR/LAcademic Fieldwork Coordinator, Regis College
Dr. Mary Jean Hughes graduated from Tufts University in 1986 with a BS in OT. She went on to graduate school and received her MA in 1996 in Community Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Based on her love for learning and teaching she went on for her Doctorate in Education and completed it in 2004 again from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She was an active fieldwork educator in various clinical settings and supervised hundreds of OT students. She was an adjunct faculty member for several years. She has been at Regis College for the past five years as a full-time as an Associate Professor and AFC. Regis College MSOT program has been using EXXAT since 2016. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) completed an initial accreditation visit in February 2018 and they received full accreditation. Dr. Hughes and her staff and faculty enjoy using EXXAT and she will be discussing the benefits of using the EXXAT program especially during the accreditation process.
Alison Ismael, MS, PA-C
Alison Ismael, MS, PA-CDirector of Clinical Education, Pace University
Alison received BS from Duke University 1996, BS in Physician Assistant Studies from Touro PA Program, Bayshore, NY in 1999. She worked 10+ years at North Central Bronx Hospital Emergency Department as Chief PA and Student Preceptor. She transitioned to academia in 2009 as clinical coordinator at Pace University, NYC. Alison received MS in PA studies from AT Stills University, 2013 and is currently DCE at Pace. Pace was the second PA program to adopt Exxat and helped shape its clinical management platform. The day she meet Aarti was ‘The- Best- Day -Ever!”
Vanessa (Johnson) Barajas
Vanessa (Johnson) BarajasNational Account Executive, Universal Background Screening
Vanessa was in the Insurance and Financial services industry for over 15 years and has over 20 years of recruiting and management experience. After selling her Agency in 2010, she transitioned into the role of Recruiting and Training Financial Advisors. Vanessa started working for Universal Background Screening in 2016 and has since been able to create a partnership with Exxat, which has helped streamline the process for both the students and the educational Institutions.
Dana Looker
Dana LookerAssistant Clinical Coordinator, University of Mount Union
Dana graduated from the University of Mount Union in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and writing. She first started working in academia when she was a student in college, where she served as an assistant to the Dean in Academic Affairs. Since then, she has worked for Stark State College, and the Northeast Ohio Medical University before returning to work for her alma mater in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She first began using Exxat in her current position as Assistant Clinical Coordinator. “I am always amazed at all Exxat can do, from housing student profiles and clinical sites to running the auto placement to place students for clinical rotations, it makes organizing clinical education so efficient!”
Amy Maniero
Amy ManieroClinical Placement Manager, Drexel University
Amy attended Widener University and graduated in 1991. She transitioned into academia in 2014. Drexel began using Exxat in 2016. “Using Exxat has allowed us to streamline our process, become more efficient and improve communication.”
Inken Prochilo, MS, OTR/L
Inken Prochilo, MS, OTR/LAcademic Fieldwork Coordinator, Stonybrook University
Inken graduate from Suffolk Community College in 2006 with an Associates in Occupational Therapy. After working for four years as a COTA/L in pediatrics, Inken continued her education, receiving her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2013 from Stony Brook University. She transitioned to academia and assumed the role of Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in July 2017. Inken switched to Exxat in March 2018, enabling her to organize and manage all aspects of fieldwork for two campuses, smoother, more organized and a little less stressful.
Elizabeth Rapisarda
Elizabeth RapisardaSenior Director of Clinical Placement, Vanderbilt University
Elizabeth attended Vanderbilt University in 1980 and obtained her BA and obtained her MBA in 1987. After a decade in private industry, she has spent the last 30 years in academia. After 17 years at VU in a variety of roles, she joined VUSN in Clinical Placement in March 2017. They launched an Exxat pilot in October 2017 and transitioned all MSN students to it starting this academic year. Exxat generates greater transparency for faculty, staff, and students; ease of use and challenges VU faculty to rethink and streamline processes.
Hannah Jones Rittler
Hannah Jones RittlerAcademic Affairs Associate, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Hannah graduated from Penn State in 2018 with her BS in Biobehavioral Health. She is current pursuing her MSN at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to her coursework, she works in the Academic Affairs Department. When she joined the team in December of 2018, Johns Hopkins had recently transitioned to using Exxat. Using Exxat gives her the ability to easily manage and communicate with all of the advanced practice students in just a few clicks.
Ruth Ross, PT, DPT
Ruth Ross, PT, DPTDirector of Clinical Education, UAMS College of Health Professions
Ruth graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with her DPT in 2004. After 15 years of clinical practice in outpatient orthopedics, she transitioned to full-time faculty and Assistant Director of Clinical Education at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Fayetteville in 2018. UAMS was an early adopter of Exxat, and Ruth found learning her role as ADCE was much easier with all the clinical site and student information organized in the Exxat system with a great support team available to answer questions that inevitably arose.
Megan Salvatore, PT, DPT
Megan Salvatore, PT, DPTDirector of Clinical Education, University of Mount Union
Megan attended Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV – Master of Physical Therapy in 2001, Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006. After practicing for 12 years in geriatrics and adult neuro rehab, she transitioned to academia in August 2014 when she became the DCE for the newly-developing PT program at the University of Mount Union. Mount Union started using Exxat in early 2015, shortly after they met Aarti at the 2014 ELC. “Exxat has given us a comprehensive database that we can use for virtually all of our clinical education needs, in pretty packaging! I love the look of the dashboards, student bio links, and the CAPTE reports. The system is intuitive and easy to use.”
Erin Thomas, PT, DPT
Erin Thomas, PT, DPTCo-Assistant Director of Clinical Education, The Ohio State University
Erin went to the University of Evansville for her MPT degree where she graduated in 1994. She earned her tDPT from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2010. She transitioned from adult and pediatric acute care practice to faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in 2001 as their ACCE. She currently works at The Ohio State University as a co-assistant DCE. She recently started using Exxat in 2018. Erin was excited to begin using Exxat due to its increased functionality and adaptability to our program’s needs.
Amy B. VanCamp, OTR/L, PhD
Amy B. VanCamp, OTR/L, PhDAcademic Fieldwork Coordinator, University of New Hampshire
Amy B. VanCamp graduated with her B.S. in OT from University of New Hampshire in 2001and then went on to receive her OTD in May 2017 from Quinnipiac University. Amy began working in academia at an OTA program in North Carolina and transitioned to her alma mater, UNH, in August 2016. Amy advocated for the use of Exxat STEPS to manage all aspects of fieldwork and has been using it since the Fall of 2016. “Exxat has been such an amazing tool to manage fieldwork sites, fieldwork students and so much more and Exxat’s customer service is the BEST.”
James VanRhee, MS, PA-C
James VanRhee, MS, PA-CProgram Director, Yale University
Jim completed his PA training in 1989 at the University of Iowa. He has been a program director since 1996. He started the PA program at Northwestern University and developed the Yale PA Online program. He started utilizing Exxat when he started the online program. Exxat enables the program to address all the accreditation requirements related to the clinical year in one location.

James VanRhee

MS, PA-C Program Director, Yale University

Jim completed his PA training in 1989 at the University of Iowa. He has been a program director since 1996. He started the PA program at Northwestern University and developed the Yale PA Online program. He started utilizing Exxat when he started the online program. Exxat enables the program to address all the accreditation requirements related to the clinical year in one location.

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