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Featured Speakers

Here is a snapshot of the keynote speakers who will be a part of this inspiring conference:

  • Opening Session: Today’s and Tomorrow’s Challenges & Conundrums for Occupational Health Professions – Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH
  • General Session: Newest Developments in the Science and Success of CPR – Mary Fran Hazinski, MSN, RN, FAAN, FAHA, FERC
  • Catherine Dempsey Lecture: Occupational Health Nurses and a Culture of Health – Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Closing Session: Rejuvenation Station – Preparing for Another 75 Years – Roy Lewis


Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, FACP

Linda Rae Murray has spent her career serving the medically underserved. She has worked in a variety of settings, including practicing Occupational Medicine at a Worker’s Clinic in Canada, Residency Director for Occupational Medicine at Meharry Medical College, and Bureau Chief for the Chicago Department of Health under Mayor Harold Washington. Dr. Murray has worked in leadership roles in many public health organizations, including NACCHO’s Health Equity and Social Justice Team, and served as President of the American Public Health Association. In December 2014, she retired from her position as the Chief Medical officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health of the Cook County Health and Hospital System.

Today she continues to practice as a general internist at Woodlawn Health Center and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health (Occupational & Environmental Health and Health Policy and Administration Departments). Dr. Murray is devoting the rest of her career to being an enthusiastic full time trouble maker. She has been a voice for social justice and health as a basic human right for over fifty years.


Mary Fran Hazinski, MSN, RN, FAAN, FAHA, FERC

Mary Fran Hazinski has served as the Senior Science Editor for the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Programs and in that capacity has edited the AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC and provided the science sign-off for the AHA training materials since 2000. Mary Fran has been elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American Heart Association and the European Resuscitation Council. She has been named a Giant in Resuscitation and last November received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Resuscitation Science from the international resuscitation community. However, one of her favorite new titles is that of “Grandma” to a 20 month-old grandson.


Susan B. Hassmiller PhD, RN, FAAN
Hear from Susan about this year's Catherine Dempsey Lecture

Susan Hassmiller is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Adviser for Nursing. She also directs the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a nationwide initiative led by RWJF and AARP that strives to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and build a Culture of Health.

Susan has worked in public health and taught community health nursing at the University of Nebraska and George Mason University in Virginia. Hassmiller is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the recipient of many awards, including the Florence Nightingale Medal.


Roy G. Lewis, MSA, F-ABC

Roy Lewis has the unique ability to rejuvenate an audience, help them embrace self-appreciation and motivate them to stay the course with joy and fulfilment. He does this with total audience participation, song, some dance, and much laughter while guiding everyone through a process that can be used every day to gain confidence because they know how to rejuvenate their minds and souls. He has spent the past 30 years in human resources and operational management from general industry and healthcare. Roy is the former Administrator of Human Relations/Employee Resources and currently is the Senior Administrator of Patient Access Services at Vidant Medical Center, the flagship hospital for Vidant Health in Greenville, NC. His role centers on employee and leader performance management, revenue cycle performance, processes and workflows for patient access, and maximizing relationships.