SPPAN, a project of the American Academy of Pain Management, has dedicated team of staff members and consultants including: the SPPAN Director, the Director of Policy and Advocacy, a research/intelligence gathering team, and a web developer. The Academy’s in-house team includes:
Bob Twillman is the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the American Academy of Pain Management. In that capacity, Dr. Twillman is responsible for overseeing federal and state pain policy developments and advocating for those supporting an integrative approach to managing pain. He also serves as Chair of the Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Committee for the Kansas Board of Pharmacy. Dr. Twillman received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of California in Los Angeles, and maintains a volunteer faculty appointment as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine in Kansas City, KS. Prior to taking his current position, Dr. Twillman was a full-time faculty member at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he founded and directed the inpatient pain management program and was a co-founder of the hospital’s Palliative Care Team. He has been actively involved in pain policy through his work with the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives and the American Pain Society for many years.
Ms. Goldstein has an extensive history in the policy and advocacy arena, having served as the leader of the Massachusetts Pain Initiative, and later overseeing all New England state pain initiatives for the American Cancer Society. More recently, as Sr. Director of Programs, Services & Advocacy, she was a leader in institutionalizing advocacy for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Mid America Chapter. These efforts demonstrate her proven ability to develop advocacy networks and lead them in producing positive results.
Ms. Duensing, a graduate of Stetson University College of Law, has been a consultant to the Academy since 2008. In addition to her work with Currents: Pain Management News and Research, she provides Dr. Twillman with regular legislative and regulatory updates.
Mr. Duensing, a former college library director, has been a consultant to the Academy for seven years. In addition to serving as the in-house SPPAN researcher, he is the creator and editor of Currents: Pain Management News and Research.
The Academy’s full-time web developer designed and implemented the SPPAN website. Mr. Blosch worked in Silicon Valley for over 17 years.
Leadership Advisory Council (LAC) 2013-2014
In addition to the in-house team, strategic direction is provided by SPPAN’s Leadership Advisory Council (LAC), which is comprised of committed pain policy and advocacy leaders representing both professional and consumer interests.
Jan Chambers is the President/Founder of National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA), who on federal, state, and local levels, represents the concerns and voice of over 10 million Americans who suffer with fibromyalgia. Ms. Chambers has a solid background in building advocates, as both a trained leader and a leader training others through her role as director of Leaders in Pain coalition. Ms. Chambers communication building as seen in her roles as Facebook administrator (14,000+ fans), Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE bi-monthly magazine. Through her leadership, NFMCPA has built many professional alliances to unite the patient and medical communities to transform lives through visionary support, advocacy, research and education to find affordable and accessible treatments and cures for fibromyalgia, chronic pain illnesses, and overlapping conditions. Ms. Chambers is an inaugural Steering Council member of the Pain Action Alliance to Initiate a National Strategy.
Jennifer Bolen, JD, has been practicing law for 25 years. For fourteen years, she served as an Assistant US Attorney with the US Department of Justice. In 2002, Ms. Bolen founded the Legal Side of Pain ® and entered into private practice in 2003 to educate healthcare providers on medico-legal issues on the use of controlled substances to treat pain. She is a nationally recognized litigation expert in administrative and criminal cases against physicians. Ms. Bolen is a compliance and risk management expert, regularly conducting practice audits and teaching providers to perform self-audits to improve pain management documentation and patient relationships. She serves on several national advisory boards dedicated to pain advocacy, policy, and improving the regulatory environment for practitioners and patients. In addition to multiple publications and serving on editorial boards, Ms. Bolen is a founding member of the Pain Education Institute, an organization focused on clinical and legal issues in pain medicine.
Cindy Steinberg became National Director of Policy and Advocacy for the U.S. Pain Foundation in April 2013. She has been a long- time leadership volunteer with the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) and leads the Boston-area Chapter of the ACPA. She is a member of the Steering Council for the Massachusetts Pain Initiative (MassPI) and is Chair of MassPI’s Policy Council. Ms. Stein- berg has been a passionate pain advocate for 12 years. Her pain policy expertise includes working closely with lawmakers, testifying regularly at the state and federal levels, and serving on the Advisory Board for her state’s Prescription Monitoring Program. Ms. Steinberg has led a pain support group for 12 years and trains and coaches other leaders. Ms. Steinberg was awarded the American Pain Foundation’s Presidential Medal for outstanding contributions to the field of pain management and the State Pain Initiative Champion Award from the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives for her pain policy achievements. Prior to the accident that left her with severe back pain, Ms. Steinberg had a successful 20 year corporate career managing the development of educational media and technology systems.
Patrick Coyne initiated the multi-disciplinary Cancer Pain Center within the Massey Cancer Center. This center focuses on referrals of difficult cancer/HIV pain management situations throughout the mid-Atlantic Region. He developed the Palliative Care Team and currently serves as the Clinical Director at the Thomas Palliative Care Program, which seeks to augment patient needs within the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. Patrick is a member of the Virginia Commonwealth University Nursing and Medical Faculty, lecturing graduate and undergraduate nursing students, medical and pharmacy interns as well as residents and fellows. In addition, Patrick has published numerous articles related to pain management, symptom control and issues related to end-stage disease. Has been active in legislative issues on all levels.
Since 2009, Gina Libby has served as a passionate advocate for people who experience chronic pain. She has been privileged to serve with outstanding leaders and “change agents” during her advocacy work with the American Pain Foundation’s Action Network, the Northern and Southern California Cancer Pain Initiatives, the American Chronic Pain Association and the US Pain Foundation. Her interest in legislative policy and public health stemmed from her career as a Senior Food & Drug Investigator with California’s Department of Health Services.
Scott Strassels, is an assistant professor in the Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice Division at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Dr. Strassels’ clinical and research interests are focused on the epidemiology, economics, and patient-reported outcomes for people with pain, palliative care, and health policy related to the treatment of pain. Scott currently serves on the American Pain Society Board of Directors, the editorial boards for the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy and the American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy, and is a Mayday Pain & Society Fellow.
Rebecca Kirch is the Director of Quality of Life & Survivorship for the American Cancer Society. Based in Washington, DC, she provides strategic direction and insight promoting the Society’s mission priorities to improve quality of life and reduce suffering for patients, survivors and caregivers and through coordinated research, program, and policy initiatives. Her work has involved particular emphasis on policies and practices to advance pain and symptom management and provide palliative care alongside disease-directed treatment – efforts that were recently honored with a 2011 Presidential Citation to the Society from the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. Her achievements in the national pain policy arena were recognized earlier with the American Academy of Pain Management’s 2008 Legislative Policy and Advocacy Award. Ms. Kirch previously served on the senior leadership team of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the Society’s advocacy affiliate, as Associate Director of Policy and earlier, as Deputy Director of its federal lobbying team. She has a law degree from Boston College Law School and an undergraduate degree in Biology from Wells College.
Patricia Anne Bruckenthal is a clinical associate professor in the School of Nursing at Stony Brook and Chair of the Graduate Studies in Advanced Practice Nursing Department. She has taught in the adult health graduate program for over 17 years and her clinical experience enriches her academic contribution to nursing. She is a Nurse Practitioner in pain management at the Pain Management and Headache Center of the North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health Care Systems. She is a member of the Long Island Geriatric Education Consortium and teaches pain management of older adults to various health care team members. She also teaches pain management strategies to nursing and medical students. Dr. Bruckenthal is a funded researcher with several projects that focus on pain management in the older adult, pain assessment in vulnerable populations, and behavioral interventions for pain management. She has authored several journal articles, book chapters, and is on the editorial board of Pain Management Nursing. Dr. Bruckenthal has presented at numerous conferences on pain management issues and is a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of NYS, the American Pain Society, and the American Association for Pain Management Nurses, the Honor Society of Nursing, and the Eastern Nursing Research Society. She was a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York Task force on Pain Management education.
Lisa Robin is the FSMB’s Chief Advocacy Officer and oversees the FSMB’s Washington D.C. office. During her 18-year tenure at the FSMB, Ms. Robin has been active in policy development and promulgation on issues including telehealth, the use of controlled substances for the treatment of pain, scope of practice, professional conduct and ethics, Internet prescribing and medical practice, quality of care and maintenance of competence, office-based surgery, complementary and alternative medicine and license portability. In her current position, she oversees the FSMB’s education services, communications and federal and state legislative and government affairs. Ms. Robin earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
Debra Heidrich received her BSN from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in medical-surgical nursing with a subspecialty in oncology from Case Western Reserve University. She is certified as an advanced hospice and palliative care nurse and an advanced oncology nurse. Debbie has experience in oncology, hospice, and palliative care settings as a staff nurse, supervisor, and clinical nurse specialist. She is currently self-employed as a consultant, providing continuing education programs for nurses and other healthcare providers. She has taught review courses for nurses preparing for certification in hospice and palliative nursing since 1994. Debbie has authored several textbook chapters and co-edited a textbook on palliative care for advanced practice nurses. She traveled with a delegation through the Oncology Nursing Society to teach a palliative care course for nurses in Muscat, Oman in 2012 and will be returning in 2013 as faculty for an advanced level course. Ms. Heidrich has been actively involved in several professional organizations. She currently serves as president of the Ohio Pain Initiative. She is the current and founding president of the Cincinnati Tri-State Chapter of Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. And, she has been an officer and currently services on the program committee of the Cincinnati Tri-State Oncology Nursing Society.
David Woodmansee is the Associate Director, State and Local Campaigns for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc., which is the policy and advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society. He has been with the American Cancer Society for almost 25 years, serving in roles that include communication, marketing, advocacy, policy strategy, and administration. Mr. Woodmansee has been a leader on state policy issues including tobacco control, clean indoor air, clinical trials, pain and palliative care, patient access issues and private insurance coverage for cancer screenings. In 2010, he was selected to lead all access issues in the states including the Affordable Care Act implementation, Medicaid and private insurance. Mr. Woodmansee has testified on behalf of ACS and ACS CAN in over 20 states and has met with staff, volunteers and legislators in 49 states (missing only Alaska). Mr. Woodmansee is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York.
Wade Delk is the Government Affairs Director for the American Society for Pain Management Nursing.
For information about nominating yourself or someone else as a future LAC member, contact SPPAN Director, Amy Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.