2023 ABLE Bioskills Symposium

Aug 27, 2023 – Aug 29, 2023

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 East Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Registration is closed.



Day 1: Sunday, August 27, 2023      

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Symposium Committee Meeting

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Symposium Registration and Exhibitor Table Set Up

Day 2: Monday, August 28, 2023

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast & Registration  / Room: (Herberger 4 & 5)

7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Exhibit Hours / Room: (Herberger 4 & 5)

Main Lecture Hall : Room: (Herberger 3)

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Welcome & Introduction, Kelley Bennett, ABLE President
Lecture Room / Room: (Herberger 3)

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Haru Okuda, Past President of SSH (Society for Simulation in Healthcare)  

Bridging the Gap: Exploring the Convergence of Bioskills Education and Healthcare Simulation

Introduction & Moderator: David Breedlove

9:15 AM - 10: 15 AM

President's Message - The Future of ABLE

Speaker: Kelley Bennett, ABLE President


10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Break & Exhibits /  Room: (Herberger 4 & 5)

Main Lecture Hall - Room: (Herberger 3)

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM  

Preview of the ABLE Dictionary

Speaker: Jessi Truett

Moderator: Kelley Bennett

11:10 AM - 12:15 PM

Specimen Provider Panel, 2023   -   Best Practices & Audience Q & A  

 Panelist: Robin Bozarth, MERI; David Breedlove, UTN; Allison Howell, SWIBA; Lauren Lipchat , Tomorrow Link

Introduction: Chris Koenig

Moderators:  Chris Koenig & Amy Oddo

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch / Exhibits 
/ Room:  (Herberger 4 & 5)

Main Lecture Hall - Room: (Herberger 3)

1:15 PM - 1:25 PM   Introduction of and transition to all Breakout Sessions 

Innovations, Operations or Education.  Choose the track that suites your Bioskills needs from the business side to the technical side.  Let your interest or job requirements guide your choice. 

We have created the four tracks to cater to those at an entry skills level and/or those new to the Bioskills profession. 1.3, 2.3, 3.3, and 4.3 will be limited to a group of 25 people.  If you are interested, this will be on a first come first serve basis and we ask that you email your name and interest to the info@ablebioskills.com email address to sign up.  Your email acceptance will be your entry into these 4 sessions.  You will need to attend all four (4) sessions to qualify for the certificates.

1:35 PM - 2:25 PM  Breakout Session 1 :

1.1 Breakout Session  -  New Training Tools  / Room:  (Herberger 3)

New & Innovative Technology 

Speakers:  Dr. Danny Goel, PrecisionsOS / VR Tech

Introduction & Moderator:  Pat Cichlar

1.2 Breakout Session  - The Business of Bioskills  /  Room:  (Herberger 2)

Marketing your facility / Best Practices for Marketing 2023   

Speaker: Sheila Kloefkorn, CEO/President & Fractional CMO / KEO Marketing, Inc.

Introducton & Moderator: Terence McIff

1.3 Breakout Session  - BLT - Bioskills Lab Technician Training / Entree Level Training Classes (Track 1)  /  Room:  (Herberger 1)

 Proper use of PPE, Gowning and Gloving

(1 of 4 TRACKS TESTING) Certificate of Completion following all 4 Tracks.

Speaker:  Judy Roark

Introduction & Moderator: 

2:35 PM - 3:25 PM  Breakout Session 2:

2.1 Breakout Session:  Can One Foot Forward already be two feet behind  /  Room: (Herberger 3)

Speakers: Shawn Tsuda, M.D., MBA, FACS

Introduction & Moderator:  Andrea Davis, CEO Viticus

2.2  Breakout Session: Tissue Tracking - Best Practices? Self Audit, Why and How?  /  Room: (Herberger 2)

Speakers: Robin Bozarth & Ronda Merritt

Introduction & Moderator: Sherri Hess

2.3  Breakout Session: Tools of the Trade (Track 2)   /  Room: (Herberger 1)

Hands on class to learn basic general instrumentation needed in Bioskills

Speaker: Judy Roark

Introduction & Moderator: 

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Break & Exhibits / Room:  (Herberger 4 & 5)

Main Lecture Hall - Room: (Herberger 3)

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Donor Impact on the Bioskills Industry, a donor family perspective

Speaker: Nancy Osborn

Introduction: Veronica Ortez, United Tissue Network

Moderator:  David Breedlove

4:35 PM - 5:00 PM

Day 1 Closing Remarks - Kelley Bennett, ABLE President

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Meet & Greet (Make sure to get your one free drink ticket in with your badge) 

Day 3: Tuesday, August 29, 2022

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Breakfast / Exhibits   (Herberger 4 & 5)

8:00 AM – 3:15 PM
Exhibit Hours

Main Lecture Hall - Room: (Herberger 3)

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM    Housekeeping Announcements - David Breedlove

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Expanding Outside Your Facility Panel Discussion

Panel Members:  Sherri Kohmuench -  Paragon 28, Orlando Merced-O'Neill - Axogen, Marc Thorne - Janus Events, Int.. Robin Bozarth -  MERI

Introduction: Pat Cichlar

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM     

 Curiousity Killed The Cat  -  Answers to your most interesting questions!

Returning on demand from last year's meeting. Ask those burning questions anonymously and hear the open floor discussion answers.

Speakers: Kelley Bennett & Robin Bozarth

10:50 AM - 11:15 AM

Certifying ABLE Bioskills Facilities in 2024 

Speaker:  Kelley Bennett, Announcement about Assurance Certificate

11:15 AM - 12:00 AM     Legal Eagle - Bioskills Legal Perspectives & Certification vs Accreditation

Keynote Speaker:  Christina Strong, Esq, / Dilworth Paxson LLP

Update on Legal Issues in the Bioskills arena: A brief "issue spotting" review of changes and trends in the legislative and regulatory arena for bioskills entities and their vendor partners.  This will be a refresher on legal and compliance issues faced by bioskills industry as a whole.

Update on ABLE's work towards certification and accreditation and how this can and will impact the bioskills industry as a whole.

Introduction & Moderator: Robin Bozarth

12:00 PM - 12:45PM

Lunch & Exhibits   (Herberger 4 & 5)

Main Lecture Hall - Room: (Herberger 3)

12:45 PM - 12:55 PM

Review and Overview / Transition to Breakout Sessions 

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM 

Breakout Session #3

3.1  Breakout Session: AnatomiX - GAX Specimen  / Room: (Herberger 3)

Speaker:  Michael Scott Echols, DVM

Introduction & Moderator: David Breedlove

3.2 Breakout Session:   Equipment Purchases:  Is Renting or Leasing the Way to Go!  / Room: (Herberger 2)

Speaker:  Jeff Moede / MedSource, David Johnson / Didage

Introducton & Moderator: Pat Cichlar

3.3 Breakout Session: Science of Suturing, Learn the various types of sutures and closure techniques.   (Track 3 of 4)  / Room:  (Herberger 1)

Speaker: Judy Roark 

Introduction & Moderator: Kim Gartland

1:50 PM Transition to Breakout Session #4

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

Breakout Sessions #4

4.1  Breakout Session:   Perfused Cadavers by MAXFI   /Room: (Herberger 2)

Speakers: Torico Jones, Maxfi

Introduction & Moderator: Kelley Bennett

4.2  Breakout Session: Going on the Road!  / Room: (Herberger 3)

Biohazard, Specimen Transportation, Equipment Use and Transportation, Rules in Different States

Speakers: Sherri Kohmuench / Paragon 28, Orlando Merced-O'Neill / Axogen, Marc Thorne / Janus Events Int., Robin Bozarth / MERI

Introduction: Amy Oddo

Moderator: Joe Leonard

4.3 Breakout Session: Bioskills Assessment of Tracks One through Three!  / Room: (Herberger 1)

Speaker: Judy Roark

Introduction & Moderator: Kim Gartland

Complete objectives and receive a certificate of completion!

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM     Break / Refreshments

3:15 PM     Exhibit Breakdown

3:25 PM - 3:45 PM

Reports by Breakout Session Leaders/Open Troubleshooting Discussion

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks - Kelley Bennett

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

ABLE Members Annual Meeting  (Institutional Members & Reg Members Only)  Herberger 3

Includes: Guidelines for Best Practices Discussion, Committee updates, etc.  -  Kelley Bennett, President

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

ABLE Board of Directors Meeting - Noble Board Room


Haru Okuda, MD, FACEP, FSSH

Executive Director & CEO, Center of Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, USF Health HPCC Associate Vice President Interprofessional Education & Practice, University of South Florida Health Immediate Past President, Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Dr. Okuda is the Executive Director and CEO of USF Health’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), Health Professions Conferencing Corporation (HPCC). In this role, he has oversight of an 8300 m2 state of the art, advanced training facility, with the mission of creating and providing experiential learning that improves clinical skills and patient care in the community and around the globe. In addition to this role, Dr. Okuda also serves as USF Health’s Associate Vice President of the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice focused on creating interprofessional learning opportunities from early healthcare training to clinical practice. He is Professor at the Morsani College of Medicine and practices clinically in the emergency department at Tampa General Hospital.

Previously, Dr. Okuda was the national medical director for the Simulation Learning Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) where he established national strategy and business plans for simulation-based programs at more than 150 U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ medical facilities. He was also the director of the Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the largest public health system in the United States.

Dr. Okuda received his Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience from Brown University, his medical degree from New York Medical College, and his certificate in Healthcare Modeling and Simulation from the Naval Postgraduate School in California. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he served as their chief resident, and then completed a clinical quality fellowship from the Greater New York Hospital Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and an inaugural fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Academy. He has also served as a chair or member of several medical and simulation committees; and is the Immediate-Past President for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

He has co-authored numerous textbooks, peer-reviewed publications, and textbook chapters. Known for his passion for teaching, innovation and business, Dr. Okuda received the 2017 Distinguished Educator Award by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Simulation Academy for the creation of the simulation-based training program SimWARSTM; was named one of the top 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40 by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2012; was selected as one of 40 Under 40 New York’s Rising Stars in Business by Crain’s NY Business Magazine in 2011; and was awarded the 2017 Healthcare and Medicine Leader of the Year by i4 Business Magazine. Dr. Okuda has spoken globally on healthcare simulation including in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, India, Mexico, and Canada.

    Danny Goel, M.D.

A practicing surgeon and surgical educator, Dr. Goel currently practices in the Vancouver, B.C. area and also serves on the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba, pursued his residency training in orthopedic surgery at the University of Calgary, and completed fellowship training in shoulder surgery at the University of Western Ontario and Harvard University. Goel has co-authored more than 30 publications, and is widely sought as a presenter on surgical techniques. Given his interest in education, he is also the founder and CEO of PrecisionOS, a medical grade simulation provider using virtual reality.  

   Shawn Tsuda, M.D.

Shawn Tsuda, MD, FACS, MBA, is a Minimally Invasive and Robotic General Surgeon in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Tsuda graduated from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Nevada. Following specialty training in minimally invasive surgery at  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, he returned to the University of Nevada where he served as Director of Skills & Simulation and Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery until 2017. Dr. Tsuda has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and two textbooks on robotic surgery and surgical skills. Currently, while continuing to practice surgery, Dr. Tsuda is Chair of the Valley Health System General Surgical Residency Program and Chief Medical Officer of Human Health Programs at the Viticus Group.h

   Michael Scott Echols, DVM

M Scott Echols, DVM, Dipl ABVP is an avian specialist living in Salt Lake City, Utah. As the Co-founder of Avian Mobile Surgical Services (Medical Center for Birds),   founder of Avian  Studios, LLC and Scarlet Imaging and co-director of The Grey Parrot Anatomy Project, Dr. Echols keeps busy practicing, teaching, lecturing,   writing, consulting and researching  throughout the US and abroad.

Dr. Echols is an Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. He has also served as a Past President of the Association of Avian  Veterinarians and has received the 2005 TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year Award and 2007 Texas Veterinary Medical Association Non-Traditional Species of the Year Award. 

Christina StrongChristina Strong, Esq., Dilworth Paxson LLP

Ms. Christina Strong is a health law partner at the law firm Dilworth Paxson, LLP, with offices in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.  She is often engaged in issues surrounding organ, eye and tissue donation for transplant, education and research and has been closely involved in state and national law and policy development concerning anatomical donation and transplant. She was closely involved in the 2006 revision of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, as well as numerous other legislative and regulatory initiatives to save and enhance lives through "the gift of oneself". She is particularly interested in assisting anatomical donation, education and research organizations including nontransplant anatomic banks as they help to shape ethical public policy surrounding the altruistic gift of human bodies. A frequent speaker on legal and policy topics nationally, Ms. Strong endeavors to stimulate civil discussion on topics at the intersection of law, health care and bioethics. She has also taught at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, as an Adjunct  Professor in Health Law.  

Sheila Kloefkorn, CEO/President, Fractional CMO, KEO Marketing Inc

 Sheila Kloefkorn is CEO/President of KEO Marketing, a full-service B2B marketing agency. She is a trusted fractional CMO supported by an agency specializing in marketing strategy, messaging, digital infrastructure, execution, and analytics. Sheila and KEO Marketing substantially grow Fortune 1000 companies and mid-market businesses. She was named one of the “Top 10 Business Leaders of the Year” and “Top 25 Dynamic Women in Business” by the Phoenix Business Journal, a Woman of Achievement by INBusiness Magazine, one of 15 Arizonans to Watch by the Arizona Republic, and a Top 100 Marketing and Advertising Leader by Marsum.

Sheila is the past President of the Phoenix Chapters of the Business Marketing Association and the American Marketing Association. She is a frequent national and local speaker on a wide range of marketing, diversity, and business topics.

Robin Bozarth

Robin Bozarth, A.A.S., CTBS

Robin Bozarth is a skilled medical professional with over 30 years’ experience within the industry.  Robin currently leads the Genesis Legacy Whole-Body Donation Foundation, as the Genesis Manager, for the Medical Education Research Institute (MERI).  She has held various leadership positions at the MERI, a nonprofit medical teaching institution/bioskills facility, since her start in 2003 after ten years’ service within orthopedic surgery.  Robin is committed to her profession and maintaining the highest levels of ethical responsibility within the non-transplant anatomical donation industry for medical education and research. 

Robin was born in Memphis, TN and raised in DeSoto County, MS, where she graduated from Horn Lake High School.  Robin holds an Associates of Applied Science Degree and is a licensed Funeral Director in the State of TN.  She is a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS) through the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and CQA (Certified Quality Auditor) certified through the American Society of Quality (ASQ).  Robin is a professional member of many societies and involved in various community-based volunteer programs.  Robin is a proud mom to beautiful twin daughters and is blessed with three gorgeous grandchildren in her life.  Robin loves her family, her community and helping those around her.  Two rescue cats (Zoie and Cap) are lucky to have claimed Robin’s place as their own. 

Kelley BennettKelley Bennett

Kelley is the Director of Clinical Partnership and Training& Education at GCMI. GCMI is a non-profit organization that accelerates the development of innovative medical products that improve quality based outcomes and delivery of healthcare for patients, through design & development, testing & training, and full life cycle product support. Kelley has 25+ years of experience in healthcare, research, and Bioskills. Experience includes 8 years at GCMI, 11 years in human transplant operations, 9 years as a surgical technologist and surgical first assistant, and 2 years in forensic science. Kelley holds a BS in Human Services Management (BSHS), a Diploma in Surgical Technology (CST), and a Certificate in tissue banking (CTBS) from AATB since 1996. She has been a member of ABLE since 2014 and serving on the ABLE board of directors since 2018.

Judy Roark

Judy Roark

Judy is the Simulation Lab Coordinator and Skills Coach for the University of Tennessee Center for Advanced Medical Simulation (UTCAMS), a Comprehensive Accredited Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons. In addition to scheduling, supervising, and facilitating simulation based medical education and research at UTCAMS, she also provides instruction and skills coaching. The Bioskills Lab is an important component of the education and research services offered at UTCAMS where Judy oversees the proper care, storage, and documentation of biologic models used for both Graduate Medical Education and Industry research, R&D and regional training activities for industry. Prior to working with UTCAMS, Judy was a Certified Surgical Technologist with the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Her specialty areas were General Vascular Surgery and Transplant surgery where she helped to initiate and develop the Renal Transplant and Endovascular programs. She has been involved with ABLE since 2016 and served on the communication committee, and this year served as an interim Board Member.



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