ABLE 2024 Symposium

Aug 19, 2024 – Aug 21, 2024

170 LT George W. Lee

Only 125 spaces will be available. Register now to reserve yours!




Sunday, August 18, 2024      

Set up at MERI Lab for Training Session

Bus transportation pick up for MERI Lab

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.   (TBD)

Registration for Training Session ( a cost will be associated with the training session ) 

To Sign up for the training Session please contact Pat at to register and make arrangements to be 1 of the 25 attending.  The cost of this session will be $250 for members and $400 for non members.  We will also have a bundling price if you are going to attend the symposium as well.  That pricing FOR EARLY BIRD PRICING will be $745 for members and $1050 for non members. (We are working on our new website so this pricing for the training session is not ready yet TO REGISTER ON LINE but please get your name on the list of attendees and Pat will work with you on the rest at ). Thanks for your understanding.

Bioskills Lab Technician Training Session / Entry Level Classes / Trainer:  Kelley Bennett, Robin Bozarth & MERI Staff

Track 1 -  Proper use of PPE, Gowning and Gloving

Track 2 - Hands on Class to Learn Basic General Instrumentation needed in Bioskills labs

Track 3 - Science of Suturing, Learn the various types of sutures and closure techniques using cadaveric tissue ( suturing kit to take home for practice)

Track 4 - Tricks and Hacks Session

Bioskills Assessment at completion of course along with your being given your Completion Certificate to take home.

Monday, August 19, 2024

Hands on Training for Bioskills Advancement

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 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.  (ABLE will be providing bus transportation to the MERI lab from the hotel and back)

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast & Registration  /  MERI LAB

7:00 AM – 0:00 PM

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

Speaker:  Kelley Bennett

Staffing:  Robin Bozarth & MERI Staff

Monday, August 19, 2024

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Symposium Committee Meeting

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Symposium Registration & Exhibitor Table Set up

Day 1: Tuesday, August 20, 2024 (Westin Beale Memphis Hotel)

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM   Registration / Breakfast        ( Tennessee Room)

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Welcome & Introduction - David Breedlove, Symposium Chair
Lecture Room /  Mississippi Ballroom

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM


Introduction & Moderator:

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Presidents Message - The Future of ABLE 

Speaker:  Kelley Bennett, ABLE President

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Break & Exhibits /  Tennessee Room

10:20 AM - 11:30 AM  (Mississippi Ballroom)

The Punctuation, Purpose and Power of Bioskills Workers

Speaker: Tonya Andrews, PLPC, NCC, CTP

Moderator: Robin Bozarth

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Lunch / Exhibits  /  Tennessee Room)

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM   Introduction of and transition to all Breakout Sessions 

New Training Tools, The Business of Bioskills & Facility Certification.  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. 

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM  BREAKOUT SESSION # 1 :

1.1 Breakout Session  -  New Training Tools  / Room:  

Go Green Solutions, Tissue Preservation Method

Speaker:  Braxton Albritton

Introduction & Moderator:  

1.2 Breakout Session  - The Business of Bioskills  /  Room:  

Get Great at Referrals & Introductions

Speaker: Chris Lynch


1.3 Breakout Session  - Facility Certification / Getting Started Process and Application/  Room:  

Speaker: Kelley Bennett


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  BREAKOUT SESSION # 2:

2.1 Breakout Session  -  Mobile CT Scanning  /  Room: 



2.2  Breakout Session: Compassion Fatique/Self Compassion  /  Room: ()

Speakers: Tonya Andrews

Introduction & Moderator: 

2.3  Breakout Session: Facility Audit, Review and Final Approval  /  Room: ()

Speaker: Robin Bozarth


3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Break & Exhibits /  (Tennessee Room)

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM  ( Mississippi Ballroom)

Donor Impact on Bioskills 

Speaker:  Chris Bond, Medtronics

 Moderator: Robin Bozarth

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Day 1 Closing Remarks - Kelley Bennett, ABLE President

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Reception: Westin Beahl Memphis Hotel

JOIN US!   Room - 

Plan on having some fun with a Tennessee barbeque, Dance Floor with a DJ, maybe a little cornhole competition and a photo shoot area.

Day 2: Wednesday, August 21, 2024

8:00AM  -  8:45 AM

Breakfast / Exhibits  (Tennessee Room)

8:00 AM – 3:15 PM
Exhibit Hours

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM   (Mississippi Ballroom)

Housekeeping Announcements - David Breedlove

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM   Texas State Anatomical Board Discussion

Speaker:  Dr. Aaron Ali


10:00 AM - 11:00 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

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Bioskills vs Hotel Labs or Trucks Panel

Panel Speakers:

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM.  Lunch / Exhibits  /   (Tennessee Room)

12:45 PM - 12:55 AM     Transition to Breakout Sessions

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM 

3.1 Breakout Session: Survey Session to develop Standards for Tissue Usage / Room: 

Speaker:  Amanda Varner

Introduction & Moderator: 

3.2 Breakout Session:   / Room: 

Speaker:  Christina Strong


3.3 Breakout Session:   Getting Started: Process and Application Room:  

Speaker: Kelley Bennett


1:50 PM Transition to Breakout Session #4

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

Breakout Sessions #4

4.1  Breakout Session:    Safety and Compliance / Room: 

Speakers: Cristina Strong

Introduction & Moderator: Kim Gartland

4.2  Breakout Session:  Advancements in Bioskills Infrastructure through Language Standardization & Research / Room: 

Speakers: Jessi Truett


4.3 Breakout Session:  Facility Audit, Review and Final Approval / Room: 

Speaker: Robin Bozarth


3:00 PM - 3:15 PM     Exhbits / Break / Refreshments  (Tennessee Room)

3:15 PM     Exhibit Breakdown

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM  (Mississippi Ballroom)

Closing Remarks - Kelley Bennett

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

ABLE Board of Directors Meeting - (Delta Room)


David Breedlove

David Breedlove, ABLE Symposium Chair

David C. Breedlove is the Chief Executive Officer of United Tissue Network (UTN), a 501(c)(3) non-profit and AATB Accredited institution. With a BSE in Bioengineering and an MBA from Arizona State University, David founded UTN in September 2009 and has since led its growth in providing non-transplant tissue for medical research, education, and training. UTN operates two locations in Phoenix, AZ, and Tampa, FL. David previously managed cadaveric tissue recovery and distribution as Director of Laboratory Operations at Science Care. UTN operates two locations in Phoenix, AZ, and Tampa, FL. David previously managed cadaveric tissue recovery and distribution as Director of Laboratory Operations at Science Care. UTN operates two locations in Phoenix, AZ, and Tampa, FL. David previously managed cadaveric tissue recovery and distribution as Director of Laboratory Operations at Science Care.
UTN operates two locations in Phoenix, AZ, and Tampa, FL. David previously managed cadaveric tissue recovery and distribution as Director of Laboratory Operations at Science Care. 
David is active in the Association for Bioskills Excellence (ABLE) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), and is committed to community service and global innovation in medical research and education.
Looking ahead, David envisions expanding UTN’s impact globally, enhancing technological integration in tissue management, and fostering collaborations that drive innovation in medical research and education. His unwavering commitment to excellence and his forward-thinking approach continue to set new benchmarks in the tissue banking and bioskills training industry


Kelley Bennett

Kelley Bennett, ABLE President

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.

Tonya Andrews

Tonya Andrews, BS, CCFE, CTP, CGP

MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Current Student   February 2023  Walden University, Minneapolis, MN. Relevant Coursework: Group Processes, Multicultural Counseling, DSM-5 Diagnosis & Assessment, Addictions Counseling, Psychopharmacology, Crisis and Trauma Counseling.
BS Psychology, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. May 2020. Specialization: Crisis & Trauma Counseling. Relevant Coursework: Foundations of Crisis Response, Acute Stress, Grief & Trauma, PTSD & Combat Related Trauma, Multicultural Counseling.
Professional History: 
Therapist - New Directions Counseling  -  June 2022 - Present 
Mental Health Coach, Learning to Live Again, LLC at New Directions Counseling  -  Nov. 2021 - Present
Community Couselor & Call Center Specialist, Lakeside Behavioral Health  -  May 2021- Sept. 2021
Family Care Specialist, Mid South Transplant Foundation  -  March 2020 - Jan. 2021
Behavior Specialist, Consultant & Parent Advocate, Andrews Consulting  2003 - 2011

Braxton Albritton

Braxton Albritton

Braxton Albritton is the Vice President of Sales at Green Solutions Group. He is an alumnus of NC State University and spent 14 years at Globus Medical, where he was instrumental in starting the robotics program at Duke University. Under his leadership, Globus Medical became the largest vendor at the Duke Health System, growing from zero presence. Currently, Braxton is dedicated to making a global impact in medical education and surgical training with Green Solutions Group, which offers the most realistic cadaveric training modalities in the world. His mission is to eliminate the use of fresh frozen tissue and toxic chemicals in anatomy and surgical training labs worldwide.

Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch

Lifetime learner, sales leader, entrepreneur. 33 years as business problem solver and change agent. Believer in assessments; curious in discovery. Chris is an expert at uncovering the real problem and implementing the fix. Alignment, structure and communication are his code. CHRISLYNCH@CHRISJENNINGSGROUP. COM

Christina Strong 

Christina 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. 

Aaron Ali

Dr. Aaron Ali

As a board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Aaron Ali has been in practice in the Austin area for over 20 years. He matriculated medical school in 2000 from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX and was then accepted into the anesthesiology residency program at Duke University from 2000-2004. He is the medical director of anesthesia for Pain Specialist of America and the CEO of Travis County Anesthesia Association. Dr. Ali is the Co-Founder and CEO of MedtoMarket, Inc., a state-of-the-art medical innovation center with 37 bioskills stations, device design labs, and an event center. The ~32,000 SF facility located in southeast Austin has created a healthcare ecosystem leading to collaboration between academia, hospital systems, entrepreneurs and med-tech and med-device companies.

Over the last year, Dr. Ali has founded Life Tree Anatomical which is the first state approved Nontransplant Anatomical Donation Organization (NADO) in Texas. He serves as the chairperson for the newly formed State Anatomical Advisory Committee (SAAC) which serves to advise the Texas Funeral Services Commission on regulatory and policy formation for Texans who wish to donate their bodies to science. Dr. Ali served honorably in the United States Army Reserve with the 7th/6th Air Cavalry Apache Attack Helicopter Battalion for 6 years from 1990-96. He volunteers as a mentor for the M2M STEM program and a mentor for the Founders Institute of Texas. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his family.

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. 

Jessi Truett

Jessi Truett, BCBA

Jessi Truett is a board certified behavior analyst who fused her love for science and athletics to lead the Andrews Research & Education Foundation (AREF) as the Director of Research and Development. Jessi’s drive as a lifetime athlete brought her to AREF to further regenerative medicine innovations.
She applies her knowledge of behavior analysis to not only support AREF’s research efforts but also by serving as an adjunct professor at the University of West Florida’s Center for Behavior Analysis Graduate Program.

Amanda Varner

Amanda Varner

Amanda is an assistant researcher at Kansas University Medical Center. She previously engaged in a variety of research projects in a diverse number of labs from the Center for Neuroscience at New York University to the Trace Analysis KCPD Crime Lab in Kansas City. Currently she is assisting in bone cement research in orthopedic infection models to improve periprosthetic joint infection outcomes, as well as protocol development, experiment design and laboratory training of new researchers including graduate students, medical students, residents. Additionally, Amanda assists in coordinating and hosting Bioskills labs for orthopedic resident training workshops at KUMC.


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Hotel Info


The Symposium and all events will be held at:

The Westin Memphis BeaLE Street ("Hotel"), 170 LT. George W. Lee, Memphis, TN ( 901-334-5902)

Registrants will be responsible for making their own hotel reservations.

SPECIAL RATES: ABLE has a block of rooms has now been extended until August 8, 2024 with a reduced rate of $189.00 on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the The Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel. The Hotel's room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 18.25%) PLUS $2.00 Tourism Tax in effect at the time of check out.

Book your group rate by clicking here:


To avoid a one night’s room and tax charge, reservations must be canceled at least twenty (21) days prior to scheduled arrival.

Hotel Parking:

Valet parking is $36 per day per vehicle, Self parking is available through the attached garage for typically $15 for 8 hours and $36 overnight pricing; however, price varies during events at the Fedex Forum.


Main Airport: Memphis International Airport

Distance: 18 Minutes (11 miles)

Transportation is not provided to and from any airports from the hotel. 

Most guest use Uber of Lyft to get to the hotel unless they rent a car.  

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