2021 Board of Directors
Celia Noehren- Director at Large
Sandra Krug - Director at Large
Courtney Shihabuddin - President
Amy McCutcheon - President Elect
Debbie Wilden - Secretary
Barbara Gaynor- Education Committee Chair
Ethel Wills - Education Committee Co-Chair
Susan Haibeck - Newsletter Committee Chair
Joanne Walker - LNC Advisor Chair
Stormy Green - Newsletter Committee Co-Chair, and LNC Advisor Co-Chair
Celia Noehren - RN, BSN, CCHP-RN
Director at Large
Celia has been an RN for over 40 years, in most nursing roles. She was asked in the ’90s by the attorneys at the facility where 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, Chair of Education for 2020 assisting with all the educational needs of our Chapter including webinars. She looks forward to serving as Director at Large for 2021.
Sandra Krug - CRNA, APRN, RRT
Director at Large
Sandra began her profession in health care 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 earning a Bachelor of Nursing Degree. The pinnacle of her academic endeavors was earning a Master’s Degree and becoming an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse working as a self-employed Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
After 28 years in healthcare, Sandra has experience in a large university teaching hospital, a small rural non-profit hospital, home healthcare facilities, nursing homes, large for-profit hospitals, a small medical center, an outpatient surgical center, and a long-term acute care facility. She has worked in the Emergency Department, Medical-Surgical, and Intensive Care. She was asked to teach ACLS, served on an Employee Satisfaction Committee, and helped organize and lead a Joint Commission Preparation Committee. She has been instrumental in creating and implementing policies 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, assistance with exhibit preparation, deposition review, and much 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, a Certified DISC Profile Analyst, 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 has recently earned her Bachelor's in Ministry degree. She is now pursuing a Master's in Ministry.
Sandra has served as President-Elect in 2019, President and Treasurer for 2020, and is enjoying serving as one of the Directors at Large for 2021.
Courtney Shihabuddin - DNP, APRN-CNP
Courtney DuBois Shihabuddin, DNP, APRN-CNP, LNC has been an RN for 10 years and a Nurse Practitioner for 7 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.
Courtney served as 2020 President Elect and is excited to take the role of President for 2021.
Amy McCutcheon, RN, LNC
Amy McCutcheon, RN, LNC is a skilled medical professional with over 10 years of experience in nursing. She has spent much of that time in the Med-Surg ICU at a small but distinguished hospital in Raleigh, NC. Amy also has experience in Level III Neonatal ICU and in Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse Detox.
Her level of experience provides her with a working knowledge of policies and procedures as well as the Standards of Care in all functional body systems. Amy has excellent communication skills with patients and families as well as respected relationships with doctors and other members of the healthcare team. She is a valuable addition to any team.
Amy is the owner of Wake Nurse Consulting, assisting attorneys across the country with various aspects of their medical related cases. The focus of her consulting business is merit reviews, fact summaries, expert location services and attends Defense Medical Exams in her local area. She completed her training as an LNC through the AALNC and is looking forward to being of service in the WVUOV-AALNC chapter as the President Elect for 2021.
Amy grew up in North Carolina and pursued nursing as a second career. She is the mother of three children, the youngest of which has Cerebral Palsy. This first hand experience gives her a unique insight into childhood brain injury cases and the long term commitment of raising a child with disabilities.
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.)
Barbara Gaynor - BSN
Education Committee 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.
Ethel Wills - BSN, MSN
Education Committee Co-Chair
I am a registered nurse with over 30 years clinical experience. I took a step-wise approach to obtaining my education: Associate degree, Bachelor of Science degree, and finally, Masters of Science in Nursing and Health Administration.
My professional experience has been vast and broad. I have provided care to medical-surgical patients and burns and trauma victims, Additionally, I worked in medical and surgical intensive care units and outpatient care. During the latter years, I served as an Adjunct Instructor, teaching medical-terminology and I worked in the rehabilitation and long-term arena.
In late 2015, my nursing career expanded from the bedside to that of legal nurse consulting. I opened the doors of E Wills Legal Nurse Consultant, LLC. Since that time, my business has steadily grown, and with no conscious design of my own, my niche was developed of providing meritorious reviews and expert analyses of rehabilitation and long-term care cases.
Susan Haibeck - RN, MSN, CLNC
Newsletter Committee Chair
With over thirty years of nursing practice and extensive experience serving attorneys and their clients nationwide, Susan V Haibeck, President of Haibeck and Associates, is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.
Featured as one of the Nurse Consulting Success Stories of the Vickie Milazzo Institute of Legal Success Stories, Ms. Haibeck has reviewed many cancer related cases (defense and plaintiff), as well as medical records involving nursing home negligence, emergency room incidents, and medication errors.
Among her specialties are the creation of pain and suffering reports, locating the appropriate medical experts, developing questions for depositions, and the coordination of A Day in the Life videos.
Ms. Haibeck has a Master of Science Degree in Adult Oncology Nursing from Northern Illinois University. Her strong nursing background provides needed insight into the ‘behind the scenes’ story of nursing culture and systems regarding medical related cases in various medical hospitals and facilities.
In addition to the publication of numerous articles in nursing journals, and serving as Chair of the Newsletter Committee of the WVUOV online Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, her book, entitled Cancer Care Malpractice – An Attorney’s Guide to Understanding the Issues, will be published in late 2020.
Joanne Walker, BSEd, RN
LNC Advisor Program Chair
Joanne Walker has been a nurse for over 40 years and has extensive clinical experience in the perioperative area. She has worked as a Legal Nurse Consultant since 2007 and has testified as an expert witness at trial. She founded Clarity Medical Legal Consulting in 2009. Joanne's interest in Nursing Research has developed over her career, both in the OR and as a Legal Nurse Consultant. Her goal is to de-mystify the science of research for other LNCs. 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 research needs. Her mission as Chair of the LNC Advisor program is to help LNCs with their growth as business owners.
Joanne may be contacted at Joanne@ClarityMedicalLegal.com
Patricia Ann “Stormy” Green Wan - BSHS, RN, RNFA
2021 Newsletter Committee Co-Chair, and 2021 LNC Advisor Program Co-Chair
Stormy has been a registered nurse for over forty years and has extensive experience in surgical services. Her roles in surgical services included scrub nurse, circulator, first assistant, educator, and manager. As a manager, she also oversaw related departments such as GI Lab, PACU, Infusion Center, and pre-op testing while still maintaining her clinical skills.
Within AALNC, Stormy has been an active member of the Editor Committee for JLNC since early 2015. She has had numerous opportunities to publish articles and was an author and peer reviewer for AALNC’s book Legal Nurse Consulting Principles and Practices, 4th Edition. Stormy was also the AALNC Social Media Chair - 2020.
Stormy’s volunteer leadership positions with the WVUOV Chapter include 2017 President-elect, 2018 President, and 2019 Director-at-Large. These leadership roles have provided Stormy with opportunities to help other LNC develop their skills through mentoring.