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Continuing Education Healthcare Instructor Biographies


Amy Nichols, DPT, is an outpatient physical therapist at Olathe Medical Center and specializes in neurological conditions. She holds a Biology degree from Pittsburg State University (2004) and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Kansas (2007). She has taught courses across Kansas on MS, Stroke, TBI, and exercise. Amy serves on the KPTA research committee and has presented findings from her own research on MS and exercise.

Candace Webb-Cohen, LSW, MBA, LAC, LACHA, received a master’s degree in social work from Washburn University and a master’s degree in business administration from Baker College in Flint, Michigan. She has been a Social Service Director and Administrator in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.

Jeff David, CPCU, LUTCF. Jeff has been an insurance professional since 1987 and has operated his own agency since 1993. As a broker, Jeff is an authorized agent for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Golden Rule, Humana, Aetna, Coventry and United Health Care. Jeff shares his knowledge throughout the area by offering Community Education Classes about the Affordable Care Act and Medicare Insurances at UMKC, Johnson County Community College, eight local school districts and several healthcare centers.

Gordon Billingsley is founder of Gordon Billingsley Consulting. He specializes in strategic planning, leadership development and communications coaching for businesses. He also assists individuals in resume development for career advancement. His background is in international journalism, website development and IT.

Harold Ivan Smith, a bereavement specialist on the teaching faculty of Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City and PESI, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, earned a doctorate in spiritual formation. Recognized as a Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Grief Education and Counseling, he researches bereavements of US presidents/first ladies.

Janet Lockridge has a Masters degree in Health Care Administration and Certification in Community Health Executive Fellowship from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is a seasoned healthcare facilities operations manager.

Jeanette Shumaker earned her bachelor's degree in Bogota, Columbia and has taught Spanish and cross-cultural skills for 13 years. She is a certified Command Spanish instructor and brings insight and enthusiasm to all of her classes.

John C. Wade, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology and the program director of the clinical psychology program at Emporia State University. He is co-author of Strength-Based Supervision: Applying Positive Psychology to Clinical Training and Supervision, and Positive Psychology on the College Campus. He is a frequent presenter at JCCC.

Judy Zinn, ACSW, is founder of the Plaza Performance Group, a training and consulting firm in Overland Park. In addition to teaching workshops and seminars throughout the nation, she is a frequent presenter at JCCC. She is the author of several self-paced CE courses. Zinn brings humor and creativity along with solid information to all of her training sessions.

Katie Siengsukon, PT, PhD, received her MPT from Rockhurst University in 2002 and her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2008. Dr. Siengsukon has presented her research and educational sessions on sleep-related topics at national conferences, including the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meetings and Educational Leadership Conference, International Stroke Conference, and the Consortium of MS Centers Annual Meeting.

Katie Vena has her dual master's degree in school and professional counseling. She is also a licensed professional counselor and registered play therapist. She has experience working with children and teenagers in a variety of settings including home based therapies with autism, residential substance abuse and social emotional wellness in elementary and middle schools.

Novella Perrin, Ph.D., is retired professor of sociology, assistant provost for research and dean of the graduate school at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo. She is the past president of the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators. She is a popular workshop presenter and the author of numerous professional articles and books covering a wide range of topics. Funny, articulate and passionate about issues relating to aging, she brings wit and wisdom to her presentations.

Pam Johnson is a retired Pediatrician who was diagnosed with a degenerative neuromuscular disease in 2000. Her struggles led to dietary changes that brought her out of a wheelchair and gave her back her life. She teaches from her medical background and personal passion for health and wellness.

Penny Shaffer, RN, MA, has specialized in the care of geriatric mental health for over 25 years. She has served as Program Director for Health and Human Services at JCCC and is a local and national speaker in topics on dementia, depression, aging successfully and grief and loss issues related to the aging process. She continues to speak and consult in the community.

Saeed Jalilpoor has more than 30 years experience in Health care leadership in hospitals, including Neonatal Intensive Care , Trauma and Neonate Transport programs. Saeed has served as Director of Respiratory, Neurology Departments and Sleep Disorder Center at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Sally King, LCSW has worked in the field of community and emergency mental health with adults and seniors since 2001. Sally is now in private practice and is a frequent presenter on topics related to aging and mental health issues.

Sandra Lane, Ph.D., D.C. received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College, a Doctoral degree in Health Education with a concentration in Sports Medicine at Columbia Pacific University in California and is certified by the National Athletic Trainer's Assoc. in Texas and the Sports Massage Training Institute in California. Dr. Lane has been the co-owner of New England Chiropractic here in Kansas City for the past 12 years.

Sharon Lowenstein Poisner, J.D., Ph.D. is a mediator, mentor and motivator who provides easy and practical suggestions guaranteed to stimulate new thinking and encourage new habits. She provides insight and up-to-date research on pertinent topics on aging with humor and wisdom.

Terry L. Rehder, Pharm. D., is retired senior director of clinical research/clinical operations at Quintiles, Inc. He served as an associate professor at the University of Nebraska and Howard University. Rehder has worked extensively in various phases of drug development in rheumatology, gerontology and cardiology.

Therese McKechnie, LSCSW, is currently in private practice, specializing in grief and loss, addictions and co-dependency, family life stresses and transitions, care giving for aging relatives and personal growth. She is a frequent workshop and seminar presenter. Therese teaches Grief and Loss in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas.