2020 Board of Directors
Sandra Krug - President
Courtney Shihabuddin - President Elect
Donna C. Allen - Director at Large
Celia Noehren- Education Committee Chair
Barbara Gaynor- Co-Education Chair
Debbie Wilden - Secretary
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 a 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 the 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 policies and procedures at the 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 the creator of Lessons for Legal Nurses providing tips for nurses to begin or grow their businesses.
Other interests include working as a Life Coach for ladies, teaching Mental Health First Aid, and serving on the Board of Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary. Sandra is also very involved with her church and is working on an Associate degree in Ministry.
Sandra served as President-Elect in 2019 and looks forward to serving as President for 2020.
Donna C. Allen - RN
Director at Large
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 have served as Education Chair for 2019, and the current Director at LArge for 2020. 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
Education Committee Chair
Celia has been an RN for 40 years in most nursing roles. She was asked in the ’90s 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 served as Education Co-Chair in 2019. Celia is looking forward to serving as Chair of Education for 2020 and assisting with all the educational needs of our Chapter including webinars.
Courtney Shihabuddin - DNP, APRN-CNP
Courtney DuBois Shihabuddin, DNP, APRN-CNP, LNC has been an RN for 9 years and a Nurse Practitioner for 6 years with experience in primary care, HIV management, and emergency medicine. She has worked in both the clinic and the hospital setting. She is currently associate faculty for The Ohio State University College of Nursing as a member of the graduate college teaching Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner students.
Courtney is the owner of DuBois Legal Nurse Consulting, where she assists attorneys from various specialties across the country.
Courtney grew up in New Jersey. She attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate and completed a degree in Communication Studies before she returned to Seton Hall University to begin her nursing education where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Courtney received her Master’s in Nursing as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner from Rutgers University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, where she lives with her husband and two young sons.
Barbara Gaynor - BSN
Education Committee Co-Chair
Barbara has over 20 years of experience in the nursing field through a variety of settings. She started her path to nursing from the ground up working as an STNA, to LPN to RN. Her vast nursing experience includes: Home Health, Med-Surg, Ortho, Telemetry, ICU & PACU, Hospice, Triage Nurse, Management in Hospice, Telephonic Case Management, Physician offices, wound care, IV Therapy, long term care, and skilled nursing. These areas of expertise have laid the foundation for a wealth of knowledge for her legal nurse consulting. These varied career opportunities have provided her firsthand experience with many of the issues that attorneys face with medical-related cases.
She received an Associate in Nursing Science from Manatee Community College, Florida, followed by a BSN from the University of Phoenix. Barbara obtained a certification in Legal Nurse Consulting (CLNC) through the National Alliances of Legal Nurse Consultants.
Barbara was born in England, grew up in Jamaica, W.I, lived in New Jersey, Florida and now resides in Cincinnati, OH. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family, read, travel and cook, especially West Indian foods.
As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC), Barbara is dedicated, and self-motivated. She welcomes the opportunity to take my nursing knowledge to the next level and help attorneys understand the medical issues in their cases.
Debra Wilden - BSN, RN, CMSRN
Debra Wilden graduated from Ursuline College in 1981 with her BSN, RN. She entered the workforce that same year and is still currently employed at Hillcrest Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Facility, which also has achieved Magnet status. She started on the general med-surg floor (with a lot of gynecological, orthopedic, abdominal, and vascular cases,) then moved to the step-down unit (SDU) with telemetry monitoring. The hospital did away with its SDU making the whole hospital telemetry available. She currently works med-surg tele with the adult population who experience mostly cardiac and pulmonary issues. There are also a lot of pneumonia, urinary, and sepsis/cellulitis patients. Since 2017, she became active in 3 hospital councils and become active in research there.
Debra is certified in BLS and ACLS. She received her CMSRN (certified med/surg RN) in 2018. She completed the Legal Nurse Consulting program, from Ohio State University Lima Campus in April 2009. She has joined both national and local chapters of the AALNC. On the local level, she filled the secretary position for many years.
Debra has training in the following legal areas: chart review, medical issue explanations, report and timeline writings, expert finding, research, depositions, and expert witness. Debra started her own consulting firm in May 2009 known as Wilden's Legal Nurse Consulting.
On a personal level, Debra is involved with her family. She is also involved with her community in volunteering in the following: The Grovewood Salvation Army, The University Height's Symphonic Band, and her church-Christ Community Church (volunteering as needed, playing her trumpet for worship services.)