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Keynotes, sessions with industry professionals and educators, networking events. This is your chance to brush up on the latest Biomed trends!

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Keynote Speaker

Herman McKenzie

Director in the Standards Interpretation Group The Joint Commission

Herman McKenzie is currently a Director in the Standards Interpretation Group at The Joint Commission. In this role, he manages all activities associated with the daily operations of the Physical Environment Department, provides standards interpretation and education to Joint Commission Surveyors and accredited organizations, reviews equivalency requests and survey reports, conducts surveys and Intracycle Monitoring conference calls, serves as faculty for educational programs, and is a speaker for national, regional, state, and local audiences.

Mr. McKenzie has over 30 years of health care experience having held managerial and director-level roles in Clinical Engineering, Plant Operations and Facilities Services throughout the Chicagoland area. Previously, he was a part of the team that opened the first new hospital in Illinois in over 25 years.

Mr. McKenzie is a certified healthcare safety professional (CHSP), and is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the Healthcare Engineers Society of Northern Illinois (HESNI) serving as president from 2013 – 2014. Mr. McKenzie has also been selected as Board Director for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).

Mr. McKenzie earned his Master of Business Administration from Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. Mr. McKenzie is a Certified Yellow Belt. With this designation, he supports The Joint Commission’s activities associated with establishing and sustaining a Robust Process Improvement® (RPI®) culture. As a Certified Yellow Belt, he is trained in the foundational concepts and tools of problem solving and makes improvements to better meet customer expectations and organization objectives.

Alan Haney

Director, National Accounts - Service STERIS

Alan Haney – Alan has worked with medical facilities of all sizes in the area of medical device field service. Helping hospital Biomed, facilities and OR departments succeed. With over 30 years of experience, Alan has transitioned to focusing on helping In-House Biomed Departments be successful within their facilities with their in-house programs.

Tino Garza – Served in the USMC for 12 years as an M1A1 Service Technician and upon leaving the military, joined the STERIS Corporation family. Became the District Service Manager for Central California five years ago and has continued to partner with our local health leaders to deliver the very best service to our communities.

Amaury Jose Agoncillo

President Munera Esthetics

I have served our Healthcare Technology management field for many years. I started as a biomed technician and slowly earned my way up to management. Thereafter I started my HTM company and discovered my love for “lasers”. Ever since, Lasers has been my passion and it became my primary specialty.

What I have discovered with laser is that it constantly challenges me, and that it keeps my day going. Being that is just in its infancy stage I can see this field growing to benefit mankind. As such I am proud to be part of this journey and looking to see how far this endeavor takes me.

Arthur Kamesch

Clinical Engineering Lead Common Spirit

I started working as an Aviation Electronics Technician for the US Navy. I serviced the A-7 Corsair II and the fire control radar system for the F/A-18 Hornet. After leaving the US Navy, I worked as an electronics technician in New Mexico servicing the F-111E/F Aardvark flight simulator and TH/MH-53 flight simulators. Currently, I have been working in the biomedical equipment technician field since July 2005. I have worked at Mercy Medical Center Merced, Merced, Ca, Community Medical Centers, Fresno, Ca, Madera Community Hospital, Tech Knowledge Associates, and Common Spirit as the Clinical engineering lead technician at Mercy Medical Center Merced.

Bob Steurer

Principal Consultant Steurer Consulting Group

Over 40 years’ experience in the design, development, marketing, and regulatory approval process for medical devices including ECG, Ultrasound, Multi-parameter patient monitoring, telemetry, Holter monitoring, and wireless applications. Currently consulting for multiple clients developing body-worn sensors using a cloud infrastructure to monitor patients remotely in a hospital, other healthcare setting, or in a home environment.

Calliana Sandrini

Biomed I Banner Health

Callie has been thrilled to begin her HTM journey with Banner Health in Mesa, AZ. In the past year, she has learned so much from her fantastic mentors and supporters in healthcare. She is excited to continue her career in Biomed, and thrilled to be a part of a rapidly growing industry.

She is currently enrolled in College of Biomedical Equipment Technology’s associate’s program, as well as pursuing an associate’s in electronics from Mesa Community College.

Chad Holmes

Security Evangelist Cynerio

From call center software to military logistics systems, Chad has spent nearly 20 years helping create, break and secure a variety of technologies while helping others learn to do the same. In that time one thing has become clear – hackers are often far less sophisticated than many are led to believe. Unfortunately, the shame and secrecy related to breaches naturally prevents sharing of valuable details and lessons that could help entire industries. In an effort to better educate leaders about their adversaries, risks and approaches, Chad discusses real-life incidents, attacker motives, victim response and various other factors.

Chyrill Sandrini

Director of Surgical Services, BioMedical Solutions, Marketing & Social Media MultiMedical Systems

Bio Chyrill Sandrini
Chyrill enjoyed 17 years in law enforcement until a career ending injury occurred. Via an IQ test she was told she was going to start a Wedding, Event planning and Design firm, which led to a Wood Fired Italian Catering business. The economy crashed and she decided it was time to hang up the event business. One day out of the blue a headhunter contacted Chyrill and offered a job working for a small surgical repair business in Fresno! She reinvented herself once again!

Join us at the keynote to her story on her perseverance through hard times. From a law enforcement career to a stay-at-home Mom with 3 young girls. The lose of her income for quite some time due to a loophole in the system, and her lifelong identity in law enforcement. Losing the badge wasn’t easy but she knew in her heart “Failure wasn’t an option”. Many sleepless nights wondering “Who am I now”.

Chyrill is passionate about sharing with others how you are capable to adapt and wear adversity as a badge of honor! The hard times only make your stronger is her motto! Chyrill loves and lives the HTM life providing education and keynotes across the Nation. She is passionate about continuing education in the clinical engineering space and helping those in the field advance their careers. She is incredibly proud of her daughter who is now a BMET 1 in Mesa Arizona.

Her door is always open, and she would be honored to help you face adversity, hard times, and engage with a creative plan for your road map to success in life and your career.

As the host of HTM Insider a podcast dedicated to brining Hot Topics and Industry leaders together. She truly wants to give a voice to the industry and let the world know the answer to the million-dollar question “What is a BMET”.

Chyrill is the Director of Surgical Services, BioMedical Solutions, Marketing, and Social Media at MultiMedical Systems in Fresno managing national lines. Proud Mom of 3 amazing adult women, soon to be “MiMi” to her first grandchild, loving wife of soon to be retired Police Sgt, dog lover, adrenaline junky and blessed to be a dedicated colleague and friend to so many wonderful people.

Alone we can do so little – together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller

Colleen Harp

Senior Sales executive GE Healthcare

Passionate about anesthesia and education!

Curtis Wheelhouse

Service Engineer Wheelhouse Imaging

Joined the US Army and trained as a Biomedical Engineer in 1992. Left active duty after 6 years and became a Lithotripsy field engineer. Took on a more challenging position at Toshiba medical working on multiple modalities of imaging equipment. Followed the digital revolution over to Hologic and installed many of the digital mammo units still in use today in Northern California. Went inhouse for several years with Dignity and Sutter until I was offered the opportunity to run a mobile CT company. Finally after realizing I missed the field I started my own company and got back to my roots.

Danielle McGeary

Vice President of HTM AAMI

Danielle McGeary is AAMI’s first Vice President of HTM. Her primary role at AAMI is spreading awareness about the HTM field and how essential HTM professionals are to the safe and effective delivery of patient care in healthcare. McGeary holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. She is a certified Project Manager and Healthcare Technology Manager. McGeary has worked as a Clinical Engineering District Manager for Aramark Healthcare Technologies, Director of Clinical Engineering for the VA Boston/Bedford Healthcare Systems and as an Equipment Planner and Clinical Engineer for Hartford Healthcare.

Dave Wiedman

Chief Commercial Officer Vizzia Technologies

Dave Wiedman brings over 30 years of executive management experience in the technology industry (scanning, tracking, RFID) with a strong background in strategic business development and a proven track record in driving revenue growth and customer retention. Healthcare clients include: Catholic Health, Jefferson Health and Kaiser Permanente.

Mr. Wiedman was President & Chief Operating Officer of Lexicon Technologies, VP of Business Development for ChannelMax and Connect Inc. and Co-founder of AccuScan Inc. AccuScan was acquired by Peak Technologies (NASDAQ: PEAK).

Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Tampa. He is a Board of Director of the Georgia Biomedical Instrumentation Society (GBIS).

David Heiselt

Managing Member QRS Solutions

I am one of the Managing Members and founder of QRS Solutions LLC. I have server the Biomedical community for 19 years in the service and training. We strive to further our industry through continuous process improvement. We have been ISO 9001:2015 Certified for 7 years and have been Accredited to ISO 17025:2017 and ANSI Z540.1 for the past 2 years. We continue to add to our scope of capabilities in.order better server our growing number of customers.

I want to take the knowledge and training in the area of Biomedical Metrology, that we have and continue to grow and share it with the Biomedical/HTM community. I hope to be a part of the rapidly evolving Healthcare Technology systems that bring safer, more efficient test and measurement solutions to our industry.

Denisa Lambert

VP Quality & Regulatory Compliance TRIMEDX

Denisa provides leadership to the TRIMEDX Quality & Regulatory Compliance Team who are dedicated to maintaining a high-reliability organization to ensure patient safety. She fosters strategic alliances with organizational leaders, both internal and external to TRIMEDX, to effectively align with and support key business initiatives and mitigate patient safety risks. Her work is inclusive of creating and executing a Quality Management System which includes Healthcare Technology Services internal audits, Supplier Quality Audits, risk analysis and CAPA mitigation, defining root cause, as well as program effectiveness verification.

Denisa has over 25 years of healthcare industry experience with a proven track record in Healthcare Operations and Sales. Throughout her career she has held roles within independent service organizations, such as Agiliti (formerly Universal Hospital Services) and ARAMARK Clinical Technology Services.
Denisa received her Bachelor of Science, Public Health degree from Ball State University and is ISO 13485 and 27001 Lead Auditor Certified and LSS Green Belt Certified.

Donald Armstrong

Technical Training Manager Renovo Solutions, LLC

Over 35 years as a Biomed with the last 10 years in Leadership. I have a real passion for the HTM field and I especially love bringing new people into our profession while engaging and promoting the people already in the profession.

Dr. Jeffrey Smoot

Professor Biomedical Technology MiraCosta College

Dr. Jeffrey Smoot is a NAVY veteran; he has been involved in the healthcare industry for over twenty years. With extensive experience in Biomedical Technology, PACS/Cardiology PACS, he brings a plethora of knowledge to the industry. Dr. Smoot has performed extensive research in the area of using Virtual Reality in Healthcare, Touchless Gestural Interfaces to reduce Nosocomial Infections in Healthcare and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare. Dr. Smoot has not only worked, as a Sr. Biomedical Technician but also as a Sr. Business Analyst, Adjunct Professor in Healthcare Informatics, and a Sr. Technical Trainer for Medtronic. In 2020, Dr. Smoot was a recipient of Project of The Year at Medtronic for global training in Mechanical Ventilation during COVID-19. He has been the keynote speaker at the Georgia Biomedical Instrumentation Society conference and HIMSS-Bluegrass Chapter. He is founder and CEO of Interactive Healthcare Designs, that consults educates, and trends healthcare technologies. He is an AAMI board member for the Artificial Intelligence and Technology Management Council committees. His education includes a Doctorate in Computer Science from Colorado Technical University, MBA Healthcare/Project Management, and Bachelors in Information Technology, Associates in Biomedical Electronics Technology, and Associates in Electronics Technology. Recently Dr. Smoot completed an Executive Certificate from MIT Sloan School of Management in Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare. Dr. Smoot is Professor of Biomedical Technology at MiraCosta College in Carlsbad, California.

Eben Kermit

Lead Clinical Applications / Clinical Engineer Stanford HealthCare

Eben Kermit is an experienced Clinical Engineer in the use and service support of medical devices and systems. Career experiences have included hospitals, medical device companies, start-ups and academic (professor) roles. These widely different work places and roles provide an experiential basis for career path exploration from entry level to senior management roles.

Currently, Mr. Kermit is a Lead Clinical Applications / Clinical Engineer at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto. He has presented at conferences, mentors colleagues and edits the monthly newsletter for the Biomedical Engineering department.

Mr. Kermit holds a Master’s Degree in EE / Biomedical Engineering from CSU Sacramento.

Ivan Joyner

Biomedical Supervisor Renovo Solutions

I was a good technician for many years. In order to get to the next stage of my career I needed to add skills not found in technical training. I currently help technicians understand that leadership is a mindset, transformational. The way we approach problems, work with a team, and communicate with other are all impacted by our leadership skills or lack thereof.
Taking in knowledge of these additional skills builds your confidence, sharing that knowledge reinforces it in your mind and builds your network, helping others builds the community and elevates the mindset.

Izabella Gieras

Director, Clinical Engineering Cedars Sinai Health System/Huntington Health

Since October 2021, Izabella has served as the director of the Clinical Engineering Departments at Huntington Health in Pasadena and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, CA as part of the recent affiliation between the two hospitals. Izabella leads a team of clinical engineering technicians, project coordinators, clinical and systems engineers as well as administrative staff. The departments support equipment maintenance, technology management, risk assessment, safety and new equipment evaluations and acquisitions as well as medical device integration for over 40,000 devices.

Before coming to Huntington, Izabella worked as the ARAMARK Healthcare director of the Clinical Engineering department at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Prior to that, she was with William Beaumont Hospital as the Director of Clinical Engineering & Technology Management.

As the past president of ACCE and her involvement in the healthcare technology management, Izabella has been invited to present on medical technology, human factors engineering and healthcare safety at conferences and workshops worldwide, including HTAi (Healthcare Technology Assessment International), ACEW (Advanced Clinical Engineering Workshops), AIIC (Italian Association of Clinical Engineers), HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) and MD Expo. Izabella holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Walsh College in MI.

James Rickner

Director of Service and Training Advanced Ultrasound Systems - AUS

Jim is a experienced engineer with years of experience in a variety of fields. He spend 13 years in the US Air Force as a Flight Simulator technician and Scientific Laboratory Technician. He has worked with thousands of biomeds and imaging technicians over the last 15 years providing technical support and increasing their knowledge. He loves outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing and especially golfing.

Jo Ilfeld

CEO Incite To Leadership

Jo Ilfeld,PhD is an executive leadership coach, Forbes.com author and CEO and founder of Incite To Leadership, a premier Bay-Area leadership coaching and consulting company.

Incite To Leadership has worked with well-known brands and companies throughout the Bay Area and the world including eBay, The SF Giants, Genentech, Clorox, and Gilead as well as high-growth start-ups and non-profits.

Jo began as a small business entrepreneur who grew her first business into a million-dollar company. Inspired by her own leadership journey, Jo uses her experience to help other company leaders align their executive teams for outsize results. Jo is a graduate of Yale College and holds a PhD in Business from UC Berkeley.

Joe Laughlin

Strategic Business Development Director, West TRIMEDX

I have 7+ years experience with TRIMEDX, which has included time in Implementation, the Mobile Medical Equipment (MME) solution, and the Clinical Asset Management (CAM) solution. I’m currently supporting new business opportunities as the Strategic Business Development Director of our west territory (WA, OR, CA, ID, MT, NV, HI, AK).

Mark Germanos

CISO Cyber Safety Net

Mark Anthony Germanos has been a computer guy since 1992. He protects the confidentiality, integrity and availability of his clients’ data, networks and reputations. He specializes in HIPAA and PCI-DSS audits and remediates the issues they uncover. He also runs and analyzes Qualys vulnerability scans to access client network security.

Mark’s fourth book, How Hacks Happen, presents two personas. The evil persona wants to victimize you through phishing, installing keystroke loggers and holding data for ransom. The good persona shows how to protect yourself, how hackers cover their tracks and how to make hacking you so time intensive hackers will give up and pursue other targets. His presentation You Can’t Hide WIFI shows how hackers capture network traffic, break into a network and steal data.

Mark is the CISO at Cyber Safety Net. He also holds CompTIA’s Pentest+, Microsoft’s MCSE, Payment Card Industry’s Qualified Integrator and Reseller and EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker certifications. He is a KnowBe4 partner, ConnectWise partner, Sophos partner, national cybersecurity speaker and Dale Carnegie graduate. He lives with his wife of 20 years and dog near Sacramento.

Michael McNamara

National Ultrasound Service Director MXR, The Imaging Solution Company

Paul Vargas

President Satius Medical

US army sergeant veteran (8 years). Was going to go biomed in Army, ended up going civilian side. Opened my own business after being a laser technician for a few years for another company in 2019. Have expanded to most of CA, NV, AZ, and even TX. Specialize with both aesthetic and surgical lasers. HTM for private ORs and surgical suites in SoCal.

Perry Kirwan

Vice President - Technology Management/ENTECH Banner Health

Perry Kirwan is currently the Vice President of Technology Management/ENTECH for Banner Health – an Integrated Delivery Network based in Phoenix, Az. The scope of the program includes Clinical Technology Assessment and Planning, Diagnostic Imaging and Non-Imaging Support/Maintenance Services, Furniture/Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) planning, Medical Physics, Regulatory/Compliance, Medical Device Integration and Medical Device Security. The IDN includes 32 hospitals, 11 surgi-centers, 688 health centers/clinics, 30 outpatient imaging centers, 53 urgent care centers, Sun Health Research Institute and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. The organization also brings in $5M-$6M annually in revenue under the commercial name ENTECH.

Rick Walston

Product Specialist Pronk Technologies

Army Trained Biomed with thirty plus years of experience now dedicated to making HTM technicians more efficient by helping them automate their testing procedures using tools from Pronk Technologies.

Ted Cohen

Clinical Engineer Ted Cohen CCE

Ted Cohen is the former, now retired, Director of Clinical Engineering for University of California Davis Health (UCDH) in Sacramento. He worked for UCDH for more than 40 years, most of it managing a comprehensive CE department. UC Davis was one of the first hospitals to widely connect patient monitors to the electronic medical record. After retiring from UC Davis in 2015, and a short break, Ted returned to work there part time, mostly in a project engineer role until July 2019.

Currently, Ted is a part-time contractor/consultant working remotely for the Veterans Administration Healthcare in the Pacific Northwest primarily on medical device/IT -related projects for the VA’s move to the Cerner Electronic Health Record. He worked on several projects allowing the first VA hospital (Spokane) to go live with Cerner last fall. Ted also does some other Clinical Engineering consulting work including clinical engineering-related writing and teaching, CMMS evaluations, development of the new AAMI HTM Levels Guide and Levels assessment web site, and an occasional medical device-related accident investigation.

Yadin David

Principal Biomedical Engineering Consultants, LLC

Dr. David is a principal at Biomedical Engineering Consultants, LLC, a firm providing expertise to improve the commercialization and deployment of safe regulatory compliant health-related products through its life-cycle management. Services provided include product innovation, prototyping, telemedicine program design, regulatory compliance, technology management, and forensic engineering expertise. These services are provided to hospitals, academia, manufacturers, start-ups, and litigation worldwide. Previously, Dr. David headed the Biomedical Engineering Department and the Center for Telehealth at the largest medical center in the US.

Dr. David holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Doctorate degrees, from West Virginia University (WVU), and holds adjunct academic appointments at the University of Texas – School of Public Health and is also Honorary Director of Clinical Engineering at Capital Medical University in China, and previously visiting professor at the Inner Mongolia People Hospital and Tec de Monterrey School of Medicine in Mexico. He is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.), certified in clinical engineering (C.C.E.), and Board Certified in Forensic Engineering (NAFE).

Dr. David has served as chairman and member of various FDA advisory panels. He is a recipient of the FDA commissioner’s special citation for protection of the public, helped found the ACCE served as its 1st president and was later inducted into the ACCE Hall of Fame as well as other professional recognitions. He has served as Technical Adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO), as founder and 1st president of the Center for Telemedicine and e-Health Law (CTeL) in Washington, D.C., and the Healthcare Technology Foundation (Health Technology Foundation (HTF) (globalcea.org).

Dr. David promoted clinical engineers and BMETs to publish their work as Editor-in-Chief of the Global Clinical Engineering Journal (www.GlobalCE.org). He also helped found the International Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Management Congress, the Global CE Day for recognizing contributions made by colleagues in the field and serves as chairman of the Global CE Summits.

Dr. David is a member of technical guidance writing bodies (NFPA, AAMI), serves on the Board of International Federation of Biological and Medical Engineering/Clinical Engineering Division, Advisory committee of WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Sciences, and has served on Editorial Board for Health and Technology journal and the Biomedical Safety and Standards newsletter. He has published numerous manuscripts, chapters, and books including the Getting Started with IEC80001, Biomedical Engineering Handbook, Medical Technology Management, and co-editor of Clinical Engineering (both by CRC Press).

He helped improve field service operations of ISO, OEMs, and in-house programs and taught Clinical Engineering methodologies in over 40 countries. Presently, Dr. David focuses on the development of the Global Clinical Engineering Alliance www.GlobalCEA.org and serves as its 1st Interim President. He is a biomedical engineering advisor volunteer at the non-profit Medical Bridges international.

neil blagman

Product Development Engineer HCG - Replacement Parts Industries, Inc.

With more than 25 years of hands-on experience in the biomedical field, Mr. Blagman offers tremendous insight into the world of servicing healthcare equipment. Employed as a Biomedical Engineer in the State of Texas to service rural hospitals then as a Field Service Engineer for more than 12 years training, installing and serving Genomics and Diagnostic equipment, Mr. Blagman has accumulated a wealth of knowledge that has been utilized often in his current position as a Product Development Engineer for Replacement Parts Industries, Inc. (RPI). Along with developing parts for RPI, Mr. Blagman responds to customers’ requests for technical support via phone, email and published articles. In particular, he has developed a keen sense for troubleshooting and finding repair solutions for tabletop sterilizers.