Chief Clinical Officer Bio
PhD RN ACNS-BC CCRN-K CEN CNRN TCRN FAEN
CO-CEO & CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER
Dr. Criddle's passions are emergency, trauma, neuro, transport, and critical care. She is board certified in emergency nursing (adult and pediatric), trauma nursing, orthopedic nursing, gerontological nursing, critical care (adult and pediatric), neuroscience nursing, stroke nursing, flight nursing, and nursing professional development. Laura holds advanced practice certifications as an adult acute care clinical nurse specialist and as a critical care clinical nurse specialist.
Dr. Criddle has been a clinical nurse specialist since 1990, practicing as an emergency, trauma, flight, or neuroscience CNS at 5 health care organizations across the country. Throughout her career, Laura has cared for neonatal, pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations and has published over 100 journal articles, books, and book chapters covering a wide range of topics. She regularly speaks to health care audiences across the country. Dr. Criddle is a fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing, former chair of the Academy, case review editor for the Journal of Emergency Nursing, and a former editorial board member for the Journal of Trauma Nursing. Laura has held academic appointments at 4 universities and colleges and is the co-founder of TCAR Education Programs where she currently works as a clinical nurse specialist and serves as the company's chief clinical officer.
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DIRECTOR, TCAR EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Born and raised in Northern California, Cheryl Wraa graduated from the Kaiser School of Nursing in Oakland, California in 1975. Cheryl later received BSN and MSN degrees from California State University, Sacramento. The majority of Cheryl's career has been in intensive care, emergency, flight nursing, and trauma care. Ms. Wraa spent 6 years as the Trauma Program Manager for the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, an ACS level 1 Adult and level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center that serves a large geographical area. Cheryl also worked for several years as clinical faculty for the School of Nursing at California State University, Sacramento and is coauthor of the widely read Prentice Hall textbook, Medical Surgical Nursing: Preparation for Practice. In her spare time Cheryl volunteers as an educator for Resurge International and works as an associate editor for the Journal of Emergency Nursing. Ms. Wraa has long been an ATLS coordinator, an ATCN instructor, and a site surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services.
Cheryl is a board certified trauma nurse and a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nurses and has served on local and national professional boards. She has been president of the National Flight Nurses Association, a Resurge International nursing committee member, and was president of the Trauma Managers Association of California. In addition, Cheryl brings to TCAR Programs extensive experience with conference and educational planning, consulting, and presenting to audiences across the country. TCAR Programs is thrilled to have Ms. Wraa on our faculty as TCAR director, a role to which she brings her passion for both education and trauma nursing.
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Dr. Bellows, a paramedic and board certified trauma nurse, received her BSN at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. She then earned master's and doctoral degrees in education from the University of New Mexico. Ann has been involved in trauma care‐in prehospital, flight, emergency, and ICU settings–for over 25 years, working in small level 3 facilities and major level I trauma centers. She has been involved with the Trauma Center Association of America, developing educational offerings, conducting research, and analyzing surveys.
Dr. Bellows has a passion for education and simulation training and has extensive experience providing education to health care professional in the U.S. and abroad. Ann has contributed to several textbooks and multimedia educational materials. She co-authored the Prehospital Trauma Course and is currently involved in the development and delivery of the Advanced Medical Life Support Program. Dr. Bellows serves as adjunct faculty for Eastern New Mexico University and still finds time to volunteer for her local fire department.
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Beth Broering brings to TCAR Education Programs more than 30 years of trauma nursing expertise across the care continuum and across the age spectrum. Beth is a Critical Care/Trauma Clinical Nurse Specialist with extensive bedside, educational, leadership, and program management experience at leading U.S. trauma centers. In addition, Ms. Broering–in her role as Director of Nursing–was instrumental in establishing a new, state-of-the-art hospital in Gaborone, Botswana. Her international practice also includes work in Heidelberg, Germany at a U.S. military hospital.
Beth is a frequent speaker at regional and national nursing conferences and a popular instructor for ATCN, TNCC, ENPC, PHTLS, and the Rural Trauma Team Development courses. Her board-certifications include Emergency nursing, Critical Care nursing, and Trauma nursing, as well as Abbreviated Injury Scoring, and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist. Beth is a Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing.
Teresa T. Goodell
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Dr. Goodell hails from Oregon and brings to TCAR Education Programs over 30 years of experience as a trauma ICU staff nurse, nurse educator, and trauma program coordinator. Teresa has taught nursing at Oregon Health & Science University, Walla Walla College, & Linfield College, among others. Dr. Goodell's particular areas of interest are trauma intensive care, wound care, and care of older adults. Teresa has served as associate director of the Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Oregon Health & Science University and as research scientist at the Oregon Medical Laser Center.
Dr. Goodell is a board certified adult clinical nurse specialist, trauma nurse, and wound care nurse. In addition to her clinical and teaching practice, Teresa has directed and participated in numerous research projects, has published many peer-reviewed articles, and speaks throughout the country on multiple nursing care topics.
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Dr. Harvey's passion for care of the injured patient spans a 35-year career in adult and pediatric nursing practiced in trauma centers across the country. Ellen received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Colorado, Master of Nursing from Emory University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Radford University. Her clinical expertise is in trauma, emergency, critical care and acute care nursing. Dr. Harvey has practiced as a frontline nurse, advanced practice nurse, educator, nursing and paramedic instructor, nursing quality performance specialist, FCCS instructor and TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer. Ellen is board certified as an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, critical care, and trauma nurse. Dr. Harvey has published and lectured extensively on multidisciplinary team performance, simulation-based training, critical care, and evidence-based nursing topics. She received the Virginia Nurse Association Magnet Excellence in Advanced Clinical Practice Award in 2013. Ellen is a fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Harvey's volunteer activities encompass service on a number of professional and community boards, with special focus on injury prevention and community support following traumatic brain injury. Living in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ellen is currently a certified animal assisted therapy specialist visiting injured and hospitalized patients throughout the Roanoke valley.
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Jolene Kittle has spent the 14 years since becoming an RN honing her passion for trauma nursing. She has cared for injured patients as a flight nurse, med-surg nurse, critical care nurse, and emergency nurse. Jolene is an avid learner and her keen interest in trauma took her back to school to become an acute care clinical nurse specialist in adult and geriatric nursing. She is now pursuing a PhD.
Ms. Kittle currently serves as Trauma Program Manager at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse NY, an American College of Surgeons level I trauma center. Jolene is a popular instructor who has taught TNCC, Rural Trauma Team Development Course and is an adjunct faculty instructor for Upstate Medical University. She is board-certified in emergency, flight, critical care, and trauma nursing, as well as being an acute care clinical nurse specialist.
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Muriel Lanford, a board certified trauma nurse, brings with her a broad range of experience in various nursing and leadership roles, with a career emphasis on emergency nursing, trauma care, and hospital disaster management. Muriel holds both baccalaureate and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and has practiced at multiple trauma centers across the country. For 10 years, Ms. Lanford served as the Trauma Program and Emergency Preparedness Director for the five hospitals of the Baptist Health System in San Antonio, Texas. During this time, Muriel worked closely with the state's Regional Advisory Councils on Trauma and served on the Governor's EMS & Trauma Advisory Council committees. Ms. Lanford played an active role in the Medical Operations Center during disaster responses for hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
For many years, Muriel was a Course Director for TNCC and ENPC classes and served as ENPC-Instructor Faculty. Previous experience includes Emergency Department Nurse Manager, ED staff nurse, NICU nurse, and she has consulted for several private corporations in the healthcare industry. During her 35+ years in nursing, Muriel has been a popular lecturer, educating audiences throughout the country on a wide variety of healthcare topics.
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Bonnie McCracken graduated from Montana State University with a BS in nursing. She practiced in Billings, Montana for a year before taking off to see the country as a traveling nurse. After gradually migrating to Northern California, Bonnie returned to school and eventually graduated from the University of California, Davis nurse practitioner/physician assistant program. Bonnie's first position as an advanced practice nurse was in a combined internal medicine and OB/GYN practice. Bonnie later accepted a job at the UC Davis Medical Center, in Sacramento California where she has been providing care to trauma patients for the past 23 years.
Ms. McCracken recently retired from her position as the manager of nurse practitioners for the UC Davis Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Service and Associate Director of NPs. As part of her role, Bonnie regularly instructed and mentored UC San Francisco and UC Davis student nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and medical residents. She teaches alcohol screening and brief interventions at hospitals. Bonnie also advises hospitals about nurse practitioner utilization for trauma and emergency surgery.
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Yvonne Prowant has over 40 years of nursing experience caring for trauma patients in critical care and emergency department settings. She is board certified in both trauma and emergency nursing. Combined with her bedside care experience, Ms. Prowant's master's of management degree has given her the skills to lead emergency departments and trauma programs. Ms. Prowant currently serves as director of the trauma service line for a level 2 trauma center in Wyoming (Grand Rapids area) Michigan.
Yvonne is an avid learner and teacher who makes concepts practical and uses adult learning principles to find teachable moments. She has long been a TNCC instructor and is a popular lecturer at nursing, management, and academic programs. In addition, Ms. Prowant has experience as a business success coach and a staff development educator.
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Sue Watkins has over 35 years of trauma nursing experience working in pediatric, emergency, and critical care areas. During her career, Sue has practiced in settings ranging from the only RN in an 18-bed hospital to one of a team of many trauma care providers in an 1,100 bed medical center. She is a board certified trauma nurse and certified nurse manager and leader.
In addition to nursing, Sue holds degrees in both law and human resource management. Her emphasis in law school was bioethics, which has influenced and informed her decisions as a trauma care provider and trauma program manager. Ms. Watkins teaches legal aspects of healthcare to MBA and MHA students.
She has taught EMT and paramedic classes and has served as a coordinator and/or instructor for ATLS, NDLS and the ENPC, TNCC, and CATN courses. Sue served on several regional and state trauma improvement and CQI committees and workgroups, and has published on the care of children during disasters.
Cheri A. White
PhD RN ACNP-BC CCRN TCRN
Dr. White is the Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Program Director at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, an ACS verified Level II trauma center in Northern California. She graduated with a BSN degree from Palm Beach Atlantic College and MSN and PhD degrees from the University of Miami, with a specialty in trauma and critical care nursing. Cheri also received a post-master's acute care nurse practitioner certificate from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2007. Dr. White is a board certified acute care nurse practitioner, trauma nurse, and critical care nurse.
Throughout her nursing career, Cheri has specialized in trauma and critical care nursing. Past positions have included critical care staff nurse, ED staff nurse, trauma/critical care clinical nurse specialist, and clinical faculty. She was the Trauma Program Manager at UC Irvine Medical Center, an ACS-verified Level I trauma center in Orange County, California, from 1990-1993. Cheri then joined the national office staff of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) to lead a national research project on procedural pain in critical care. At AACN, Dr. White worked as the Director of Practice, Research, and Membership until moving to northern California in 2000. Cheri, a lieutenant commander, also served in the US Navy Nurse Corps from 1991 to 2002 and was recognized as the Junior Nurse Corps Officer of the Year in 1999.
Dr. White came to Sutter Roseville Medical Center in October 2000 as the Trauma Program Director. She has taught all aspects of trauma nursing, including TNCC, ATCN, and the Rural Trauma Team Development Course. Cheri also serves on many local, state, and national committees that influence the development of trauma systems and the care of the trauma patient.