2019 Board of Directors
Sylvia Rivas - President
Sandra Krug - President Elect
Patricia Ann Green - Director at Large
Joanne Walker - Director at Large
Donna C. Allen - Education Committee Chair
Celia Noehren - Co-Education Chair
Linda Summers - Secretary
Laurie Engel - Treasurer
Sylvia L. Rivas is an independent LNC based out of Orlando, FL. She has been a Critical Care nurse for 10 years. Sylvia graduated from Valencia College in Orlando with her Associate of Science Degree, and a few years later she received her Bachelors in the Science of Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington.
She worked as a critical care nurse at Central Florida's only level one trauma center. She then took on a per Diem position where she floated all throughout the hospital. This helped Sylvia further expand her nursing knowledge by giving her exposure in multiple areas within the same level one trauma hospital. She did this until she decided to move her career in another direction when she became interested in Legal Nurse Consulting.
Sylvia eventually decided to start her own consulting business known as East Orlando's Legal Nurse LLC where she has worked primarily on Medical Malpractice and Mass Tort cases.This in turn has brought her to the position of President of the WVUOV Chapter for 2019.
Sandra Krug - CRNA, APRN, RRT
Sandra began her profession in the health care industry by earning an Associate Degree in Respiratory Therapy. After passing the Board exam, she became credentialed as a Certified Respiratory Therapist. She then returned to school to obtain advanced certification in Respiratory Therapy. This enabled her to take the two Board exams required to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Later, Sandra revisited her college career and earned the Bachelor of Nursing Degree. The pinnacle of her academic endeavors has been ultimately earning a Master’s Degree and becoming an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse working as a self-employed Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
As a result of working for over 25 years in the healthcare industry, Sandra has experience in a large university teaching hospital, a small rural non-profit hospital, home healthcare facilities, nursing homes, a large for-profit hospital, a small medical center, an outpatient surgical center and a long-term acute care facility. She has worked in many areas of care including Emergency Department, Medical-Surgical, and Intensive Care. She was asked to teach ACLS to employees, served on an Employee Satisfaction Committee, and helped to organize and lead a Joint Commission Preparation Committee. She has been instrumental in creating and implementing policy and procedures at facilities where she has worked.
Sandra founded and is the Lead Legal Nurse Consultant at Krug Consulting Firm. This is a full-service Legal Nurse Consulting firm offering a wide array of services, including case screening, education for legal teams, exhibit preparation, deposition review and more. She is also creator of Lessons for Legal Nurses providing tips for nurses to begin or grow their businesses.
Patricia Ann Green
Director at Large
Patricia "Stormy" Green is an RN and nurse consultant in San Bernardino, CA. A nurse for well over 40 years, her professional career has been based in perioperative services. Her primary focus has been on surgery with a specialty in heart and vascular surgery, and extensive experience in the surgical areas of orthopedics, general, OB/GYN, urology, surgery, and more. In addition, she has experience in PACU, Pre-op, GI Lab, and numerous other areas such as women's health.
Stormy functioned in various roles including clinical nurse, RN first assistant, educator, and administrator. Stormy has owned and operated a successful consulting business, Green Legal Nurse Consultants, since 2013. Her company offers consulting services including medical cost projections, DME/IME attendance, medical record analysis, and various types of reports throughout the nation for both plaintiff and defense attorneys. She loves teaching and welcomes opportunities to collaborate and share her expertise with others.
Joanne Walker, BSEd, RN
Director at Large
Joanne is the owner of Clarity Medical Legal Consulting, founded in 2009. She has been a nurse for over 40 years and has extensive clinical experience in the Perioperative area as well as Nursing Management. She has worked as a Legal Nurse Consultant since 2007 and has testified as an expert witness.
Joanne's interest in Nursing Research has developed over her career. Her goal is to de-mystify methods of research for other LNCs. She has presented two webinars on this topic for AALNC and the WVUOV chapter, and co-presented a webinar for the American Bar Association (ABA) in collaboration with AALNC.
Joanne has published in the Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting and is a volunteer member of the JLNC Editorial Committee. The honor of Article of the Year 2018 was awarded to Joanne and her co-author Mila Carlson. She was also recognized with an Honorable Mention for an article she co-authored in 2017.
Other volunteer positions include Chair of the AALNC Clinical Series E-book Project, Associate Editor of the 4th Edition AALNC's Principles and Practices, and 2018 Education Chair of WVUOV-AALNC.
Joanne is a member of several professional organizations, keeping up to date in clinical advances to retain her RN license and assist her clients with their needs in case review and research.
Donna C. Allen - RN
Education Committee Chair
Donna comes to our chapter with almost 37 years’ experience as an RN. Her primary concentration has been in the operating room and labor and delivery. However, as most “seasoned” nurses can attest to, she has worked in multiple settings and specialty areas from high risk obstetrics to pre-op and PACU and even medical offices.
Healthcare has been a part of her life since the age of 18 and she has served patients in the roles of nursing assistant, staff nurse, and unit manager.
Donna is excited about the future of the West Virginia Upper Ohio Valley chapter of AALNC and is honored to serve as Education Chair for 2019. Her goal is to promote education for LNCs with a collaborative approach so that all chapter members glean knowledge from one another.
Celia Noehren RN, BSN, CCHP-RN
Celia has been an RN for 40 years in most nursing roles. She was asked in the 90’s by the attorneys at the facility she worked to opinionate on Labor and Delivery cases. After she left L&D she decided to peruse consulting on standards of care.
She worked for Kaiser Permanente for 29 years then left to do a little travel nursing until she found Corrections in 2013. She developed a new-found passion for the healthcare offered to inmates in jails and prisons. Her passion led her to be a Correctional Expert at Noehren Nurse Consulting, LLC in San Diego, California .
She attends the NCCHC (National Commission on Correctional Health Care) conference twice a year to keep up with the standards and updates in corrections.
She has been a member of the West Virginia Upper Ohio Valley chapter of AALNC since 2018 and looking forward to serving as Co-Chair of Education and assisting Donna in 2019 with all the educational needs including webinars.
Linda Summers has a wide range of practice spanning over 29 years. Her experience includes specialties in critical care with an emphasis in open-heart surgery, thoracic surgery, and neuro-trauma. She has provided nursing services in remote rural communities both here and abroad; including, “ship nurse” while circumnavigating the globe. Linda has been involved in the business side of healthcare, working with hospitals to facilitate technology adoption and workflow change. She has also worked as a health services director for an assisted living, and as a field case manager for home health. She owns and operates a legal nurse consulting business, “Legal Nurse Sleuth.” Currently Linda works for the State of California as a Health Facilities Evaluator Nurse.
Laurie Engel, BSN, RN, LNC
Laurie is an RN and nurse consultant in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been an RN for 20 years, with most of her experience in Pediatrics including PICU, NICU, ambulatory care, chronic care, public health, school health, and teaching. In 2002, she wrote a grant proposal for a public awareness and education program in Northeast Ohio on Shaken Baby Syndrome. She was awarded a 3-year, $500,000 grant to educate childcare providers, teens, parents, first responders and attorneys on the topic of SBS. She has also presented at Shaken Baby Syndrome conferences both nationally and internationally.
With her love of nursing and the legal system, Laurie began doing legal nurse consulting in 2018. She completed an on-line legal nurse consulting course and continues to network and learn from seasoned LNC’s. Although new to consulting, she brings her many years of nursing experience, enthusiasm and passion to every case. She has worked for both the plaintiff and defense in the areas of medical malpractice, long term care, product liability and personal injury. She is currently doing subcontracting work and looks forward to growing her business.
Laurie is excited to work with everyone in the chapter and is looking forward to her role as Treasurer.