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We’re proud to feature a list of prominent speakers who are at the forefront of their fields. These professionals are always eager to share their knowledge and inspire like-minded enthusiasts. Read more about this year’s speakers below, and contact us if you would like to learn more information.

Nicole Thomas, RN, MSN, CCM, DNP(C)

Keynote Speaker

Educator, Mentor, Nurse, Entrepreneur & Author are a few of the words to describe Nicole Thomas, RN, MSN, CCM, DNP(C) the founder of Nicole Thomas INC., a educational firm    that provides education, tools, and resources to nurses, nurse practitioners, and allied healthcare professional who have a desire to take their career to a level that is beyond the confines and limits that have placed on them by society’s perception of what their respective role should be.
Nicole has lead in her roles as a leader, manager, associate director,  and servant for various fortune 500 companies in the area of medical & clinical operations,  teams of nurses, nurse practitioners, & allied health professionals that where challenged to go deeper into their “job” roles which resulted in 80% of her direct reporting staff expressing the desire to want to do more in their roles as a healthcare professionals and 65% accepting the challenge and put in the work under her guidance & leadership, which concluded with an end result of all personnel going on to successfully further their education in healthcare, advancing to other roles within their respective organizations, or opening their own businesses which range from community health centers, healthcare organizing firms,  consulting firms, home health agencies, and more. She has consistently maintains a 98% success rate on her ability to lead a successful team of healthcare professionals in the areas of productivity, education, motivation, and empowerment which has afforded her the opportunity to be the recipient of the Super Hero award, a prestigious award in which over 1,500 were nominated but only 125 were selected.
In addition to being a Master’s prepared Registered Nurse & Certified Case Manager, Nicole utilizes her 11- years of leadership, healthcare expertise, clinical knowledge, and business acumen to provide healthcare consulting services through her company Impact Nurse Consulting . As an accomplished Nurse, healthcare professional, educator, & strategist, Nicole is known for her ability to help individuals reach their ordained level of success as healthcare professionals all while ensuring it aligns with THEIR purpose as a healthcare professional. She is the author of "In Health, On Purpose!  Awakening Your True Calling In The Healthcare Profession" , a purpose guide for the healthcare professional. The strategies in this book have helped dozens of healthcare professionals change their mindsets, adjust their language and begin to identify, manifest and fulfill their purpose.

Kay Epi Slane

Master of Ceremonies

Highway Hypodermics, LLC® is dedicated to providing quality and up to date information to travel nurses around the world to assist them in finding the adventure of a lifetime.  As the longest running informational website for travel healthcare, run by a practicing travel nurse, it is our mission to bridge the gap between traveling nurses and travel nurse companies.  Only by education on how to be a quality traveling nurse and how to be a quality traveler recruiting agency can we change the image of both sides.

Katie Duke

Keynote Speaker

Duke started with an Associates Degree in Nursing From Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish Hospital College in St. Louis, and finished her BSN at City University of New York- Hunter College. She completed her education with a Masters of Science in Nursing as an Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Ms Duke has 15 years experience in Nursing, with the last 4 years spent working as a Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specializing in Inpatient Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in New York City at one of the Nation’s top hospitals, Mount Sinai Hospital.

In addition to her full time career as an NP, she also serves as a clinical preceptor to NYU ACNP graduate students, editorial contributor, motivational speaker, mentor, agency represented social media influencer, hosts the “Bad Decisions Podcast”, and is the founder of the “Duke It Up Event” which is an empowerment and mentoring workshop.

Katie is respected most for her authentic, raw transparency and relatable content focusing on motivation, lifestyle, and professional career insights and guidance.

In 2019, the Katie Duke + Cherokee Uniforms Collection launched; making it the first collaborative scrubs collection in the world between a medical apparel brand and a Nursing Professional. The collection is an affordable, functional, and all-inclusive size line of trendy and classic pieces for all healthcare providers.

Over the course of building her personal platform, she has worked with global brands such as Cherokee Uniforms, Laneige, Prudential Financial, Clinique, Magee Women’s Research Institute, Nestle Boost Nutrition, Match.com, Dentyne, Kaplan NCLEX Prep, Anisa Beauty, Panera, Jet.com, SoFi Financial, Littmann Stethoscopes, Swimsuits For All, Easy Spirit, Nurses Travel Network, and more. She has been featured in global women’s empowerment media campaigns alongside Ashley Graham, Brooke Shields, and Angela Simmons.

In addition to continuing her inpatient NP career, Katie Duke’s 2 year goals include authoring a book about embracing your bad decisions and mistakes as a stepping stone to success, expanding her motivational event series, growing her Collection with Cherokee Uniforms, and branching into lifestyle products to help the everyday professional woman find work + life balance.

Adam Gomez, COO, Moxie Mentoring

Panel Moderator

Adam began his career in the healthcare staffing industry nearly a decade ago, working in a dual role as a client manager and recruiter. Throughout his career, he has worked with peers and leadership to improve the experience of travelers and client facilities alike. His drive and passion to this end has not gone unnoticed. He is known as a thought leader by many in the industry, and is frequently consulted by senior leadership because he is solutions-oriented and has a panache for creative problem-solving.


Movers and Shakers

Joanie Reneer, COO, Medical Staffing Solutions

Destination: Hawaii

Chief Operating Officer and co-owner of MSS, I have spent the last 13 years growing this wonderful business. As a Registered Nurse, I started my career in hospitals, working in Med/Surg, telemetry, ICU, and CVICU. Transitioning into homecare, I eventually opened and operated a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency and a Home Infusion Agency. In 2003, MSS became the next challenge for me and it was so cool to build it with another nurse who cares about our employees as much as I do.

Rich Smith, Atlas Medstaff

Agency issues and Q&A session

Rich Smith is the Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Atlas MedStaff. Founded in 2012, Atlas has been the fastest growing healthcare staffing company in the country for the past three years. From the beginning, Rich focused on social media to grow Atlas. To date, their YouTube channel has over 1000 videos specific to travel healthcare. Much like other successful business owners, Rich doesn’t have a college degree. He often tells people his degree came from studying other successful business owners like Marcus Lemonis and Gary Vaynerchuk. He believes success doesn’t come from a book. It comes hard work and dedication, early mornings and late nights. It comes from taking care of the people that take care of our family members when they are sick, and believing that doing the right thing for the right reasons resonates with people.

MK Bryan

CEO of EmpoweRX, Inc. 

Becoming a Clinician Entrepreneur

Mary Kathleen (M.K.) Bryan, founder of EmpoweRx, Inc, brings her passion for health care providers and 25 years of leadership experience to her approach to staffing solutions. M.K. has amassed an impressive business background ranging from employee recruitment, professional development and retention to managing operations to establishing her own companies. Seeing the coming changes in tax reform and its many effects on healthcare, she saw an opportunity for clinicians to work as Clinician Entrepreneurs to increase earnings and offer facilities the option to have top talent while saving on staffing costs. M.K. and her team provide consulting services to walk clinicians through the entrepreneur process. 

Erica Harvitt, OT

Are you Ready to Travel?

With a background in Psychology and International Business in the technology sector, Erica brings a unique perspective to the field. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Masters of Occupational Therapy Program, Erica spent her subsequent 3 years as a travel therapist in the Home Health and Acute Rehab settings. Over the past 5 years Erica has had the privilege of traveling extensively around the globe for work and pleasure taking a special interest in service projects for sustainable futures in 3rd world economies. Erica is presently operating The LIST, a searchable database for LIVE travel healthcare jobs


Donna Robinson, Travel Tax


As a company, TravelTax prepares over 1000 tax returns a year, almost all by internet, email, fax, and phone. We also spend considerable effort and energy educating our clients so they understand the issues that pertain to tax homes, temporary contracts, reimbursements, and multi-state taxation

Michael Schlottman, Extended Stay America


Michael Schlottman has over 30 years of experience in the Hospitality industry.  His expertise in lodging emphasizes in Operations, Sales and Partnering with the Healthcare Travelers and their Agencies to find the right fit among the lodging necessities. Michael has been with Extended Stay America for 10 years and his passion for the traveling and lodging industry shows in his relationship building and partnership mentality with the hotel sites, travelers and agencies alike.

Terry Merlin

Bill Rate Breakdown

Bio Pending


Angel Wells- Toccoa  Cons

Self Defense

Jeff Lee- Toccoa Cons

Self Defense

Jeff Lee is the Chief Operating Officer for  Toccoa Security and Consulting.  He is the former Director of Operations and Corporate Training for the International Tactical Officers Training Association (ITOTA).   Jeff has over twenty-eight  years of experience studying a variety of Martial Arts. Jeff combines his experiences   to assist in leading Toccoa Security and Consulting in providing  a wide array of services in business, security consulting and training in person and electronically in the areas of self defense, firearms, active shooter preparedness, and executive asset protection. 

Angel Wells is a partner and Chief Executive Officer of Toccoa Security Consulting. Angel started her career in various health care settings. She then focused on public safety. Angel has been training as a self-defense/personal security instructor for the last 3 years. 

Angel provides consulting services for client companies in the area of sales and marketing. In addition, Angel is sought out by clients to speak and teach in the areas of self-defense and corporate security concerns. As an avid student of firearms and shooting, Angel is a strong advocate for women in shooting sports and in addition is a talented archer. 

Kelly Foley, Premier Medical

Recruiter Panel

Prior to joining Premier Medical Staffing Services, Kelly spent several years recruiting, scheduling, and managing healthcare professionals. Since joining the team 8 years ago, she has supported Healthcare Travelers on their contracts, lead the Premier Travel Team, and has been able to successfully train and prepare Premier Recruiters during the on-boarding process. Combining her healthcare knowledge and background in recruiting and HR, Kelly is a key member of the Premier Team.

Kayla Cash, Onestaff

Recruiter Panel

Kayla Cash is a Lead Staffing Manager, with independently-owned, OneStaff Medical.  She’s experienced in recruiting both 1st time travel RNs and Experienced Travelers alike, Kayla strives to make the recruitment process as efficient, educational and positive as possible. Priding herself as a mentor to travelers for what can at times feel like an overwhelming process, during onboarding, Kayla is well-known for her compassion and coaching throughout that inevitable journey in any traveler’s life. Kayla truly understands that her efforts impact the daily lives of her travelers, and that will trickle down to their patients and patients’ families alike. It’s that type of thought process that keeps her passion for the industry so strong day in and day out.

Kerrie O'Brien

Alliant Staffing

Recruiter Panel


Dan Jewell, TotalMed

Recruiter Panel

"Dan is a Senior Travel Nurse Recruiter with TotalMed Staffing. In his time as a Recruiter, he has worked with two different companies where he has gained knowledge on how various companies can approach the travel experience. Dan’s style to recruiting is to treat every traveler he interacts with, as family/friends, advocating for them in every way that he can. He believes this comes from being as knowledgeable as possible about both business and traveler aspects of the industry. This provides a strong foundation in which both parties can be open and honest with one another. Finally, Dan takes great pride in working with travelers ranging at all levels of experience, but says there are few things that feel as good as being able to say, “CONGRATS on landing your first assignment!” to a new traveler."

Laura Hanoski

Premier Medical

CEO Panel

18 years ago Laura co-founded Premier Medical Staffing Services, a Wisconsin Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise, with her husband, Mark Hanoski. Laura is a nurse by trade and has worked in a variety of specialty areas as a pool nurse, including 6 years in orthopedics. She has a passion for healthcare and improving quality of life for patients. Laura oversees all the clinical aspects of Premier, from medication teaching to maintaining Joint Commission standards. She works alongside Mark to help grow and plan the future of Premier. Additionally, in 2017 Laura started a non-profit called Heroes for Healthcare - an organization that helps military personnel transition to civilian life and Veterans find their career in healthcare.

Jack Swinney

Onestaff Medical

CEO Panel

An experienced recruiter of over 19 years, Jack joined OneStaff Medical in 2010. Jack strongly believes that is achieved through being upfront and honest, with all candidates,
no matter what their story is. Working under the philosophy; “If you executive manage from 10,000 feet for too long, you forget what it is that your internal and external employees are looking for.” A proud father of five active kids himself, Jack stays busy in and out

of the office. From kids’ practices to school events, the man never slows down, all while somehow keeping his 100+ employees all feeling like family still too. “It’s all about Family,” a strong attitude shared in the office, and towards our travelers.

Ryan Vaughan

Squad Builders

CEO Panel


Melanie Theriac, Medical Staffing Solutions

CEO Panel

I am proud of what this company stands for. As an RN myself, it gives me such satisfaction to know that we are providing healthcare facilities with excellent clinicians to help with their shortage of healthcare staff. We do live by our Mission: "Healthcare with Purpose" by always placing the care we give patients as our number one priority. As the CEO and Managing Partner of Medical Staffing Solutions, the best part of my day is hearing the buzz of the growth in our office and knowing that we are employing hundreds of healthcare professionals.

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