2020 Career Path Speakers

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 10 am
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Kathleen Murphy

Kate Murphy, CRNP, AOCN, ACHPN, Nurse Practitioner  - Read more here
Topic: The road to becoming a nurse practioner
Kate Murphy, CRNP, AOCN, ACHPN is a nurse practitioner with the Supportive Oncology and Palliative Care Team at Fox Chase Cancer Center.  Over the past decade and a half, she has specialized in oncological care, working as a nurse practitioner for the past 11 years.  While working with patients is what Kate loves most, her job also includes an important element of nursing research. During her presentation, Kate will discuss her journey to becoming a nurse practitioner. LinkedIn


Amanda Purdy, PhD, Director of Academic Affairs - Read more here
Topic: Igniting passion for science and medicine through hands-on adventures in the lab
Dr. Amanda Purdy is a cell biologist, administrator, and educator passionate about cultivating enthusiasm for scientific discovery in the community. Throughout her training and professional career, she has worked to foster the development of junior scientists and clinicians through experiential and didactic programming with a focus on building communication, mentorship, leadership, and science literacy skills, and retaining underserved populations in STEM fields.  Her talk will focus on the steps of her personal and professional experiences that led her to pursue a career as an academic scientist and educator. LinkedIn Twitter

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 10 am
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Rhoda Moise

Rhoda Moise, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow  - Read more here
Topic: Road to the PhD: A pictorial presentation of my path past, present, and future
"Yon pwason ki mouri nan dlo se pa nwaye l nwaye; A fish that dies in water did not drown". This Haitian proverb symbolizes my spirited pursuit to heal as a global health researcher at the intersection of science, health, and policy, engineering systems to promote wellness for all. My Haitian heritage and global perspective allow me to serve diverse, low-resourced populations through shared cultural understanding. Given increasing globalization and connectivity, I am invested in cultivating health systems with equity as the foundation. LinkedIn Twitter


Rishi Jain, MD, MS, DABOM, Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology Oncology - Read more here
Topic: Impact of Diet and Nutrition on Cancer Care
Dr. Rishi Jain is a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. His primary area of research focuses on the intersections between diet, nutrition, and cancer care.   Through his research, Dr. Jain hopes to learn whether dietary interventions may improve cancer outcomes, including lessening treatment-related side effects, improving quality-of-life, and prolonging survival of cancer patients. LinkedIn Twitter

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 10 am
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Barbara Ebersole, BFA, MA, CCC-SLP, Director, Speech Pathology  - Read more here
Topic: A Creative Approach to a Career in Medical Speech Pathology
Barbara (Barb) Ebersole, B.F.A., M.A., CCC-SLP is a certified speech pathologist, department leader, and clinical researcher in the Department of Surgical Oncology who specializes in rehabilitation of cancer patients following therapy. Through her efforts, Barb aims to improve the quality of life for patients as they live through and beyond their cancer treatment.  Barb will share her journey from a career in the “the Arts” to a career in “the Sciences” and describe what keeps her motivated and engaged in her work and her perspectives on job satisfaction. LinkedIn

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 10 am
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Lauryn Blakesley, BSN, Social Media and Digital Marketing Manager  - Read more here
Topic: Finding Fulfillment in Healthcare Marketing in Many Unexpected Ways
Biology degree - Check! Nursing degree - Check! Job Title: Social Media and Digital Marketing Manager – Check!? As the Social Media and Digital Marketing Manager at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Lauryn Blakesley, blends her training in science and nursing to connect the Fox Chase’s community with critical information about science and healthcare.  During her seminar, Lauryn will discuss her route with many detours, each one of them playing an important role in how she performs her job today. LinkedIn Twitter


Jennifer Wagner, MSN, RN-BC, Staff Nurse - Read more here
Topic: Becoming a Nurse
Jennifer Wagner, MSN, RN-BC, is a staff nurse on the post-surgical telemetry floor. She began her career at Fox Chase as a student nurse extern, then worked as a nursing assistant and completed the nurse residency program upon graduation of nursing school. Currently, Jennifer serves as the co-chair of the Nursing Professional Development Committee and recently finished her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education. During her seminar, Jennifer will discuss the steps that contributed to her successful career as a nurse. LinkedIn

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 10 am
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Mary Helen Hoy, BS, MLT (ASCP), Infection Control Practitioner  - Read more here
TopicA Journey from the Laboratory to Infection Control
Mary Helen Hoy, BS, MLT (ASCP) is an Infection Control Practitioner in the Infection Control Department at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Her primary role is to reduce hospital-acquired infections through collecting and analyzing pertinent data associated with risk factors, educating patients and staff on best practices, and implementing infection control practices.  In addition, Mary Helen acts as a resource within Fox Chase Cancer Center and the community to educate others about disease transmission, proper precautions, infection risks, and ways to reduce and manage these risks.  Her talk will focus on her to becoming an Infection Control practitioner. LinkedIn


Carrie Norbeck, MPH, CHES, GMaP Regional Coordinating Director - Read more here
Topic: One of Many Paths in Public Health: Reducing Cancer Health Disparities by Increasing Diversity in the Research World
Carrie Norbeck, MPH, CHES is an experienced health educator and research administrator in the area of cancer health disparities. Since 2010, she has served as the Regional Coordinating Director for Region 4 of the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities’ Geographic Management Program (GMaP), working to increase the recruitment and professional development of underrepresented investigators and students to cancer research careers. Carrie’s talk will focus on the many possibilities to consider in a career in public health, both in practice and research. LinkedIn

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 10 am
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Natalia Shalginskikh, PhD, Licensing Associate, Technology Transfer​  - Read more here
TopicOverview of Technology Transfer
Dr. Natalia Shalginskikh is a Licensing Associate in Technology Transfer office at Fox Chase Cancer Center.  As a Licensing Associate, Natalia leverages her education and training in medicine and research to promote collaborations between Fox Chase faculty and industry partners and protect intellectual property. Her talk will include an overview of technology transfer and focus on her path to becoming a Licensing Associate. LinkedIn


Benjamin Miron, MD, Hematology/Oncology Clinical Fellow - Read more here
Topic: Don’t be afraid to Pivot: Lessons Learned Doing Things the Long Way
Dr. Benjamin (Ben) Miron is a Hematology/Oncology clinical fellow pursing a physician-scientist pathway (PSP) program at Fox Chase Cancer Center. His research focuses on the development of cancer biomarkers to help improve therapeutic strategies and better understand cancer biology and patient prognosis. In addition to research, he is undergoing clinical training to become a practicing oncologist and has a special interest in genitourinary cancers. LinkedIn Twitter


Monday, August 17, 2020 - 10 am
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Catie Neumann, MS, LCGC, Licensed Certified Genetic Counselor​  - Read more here
TopicGenetic Counseling: A Career in an Expanding Allied Health Profession
Catie works as a board certified clinical genetic counselor who sees patients with a personal or family history of cancer to test for hereditary cancer syndromes and determine appropriate cancer screenings and prevention. Her presentation will focus on how her path led her to genetic counseling, a lesser known allied health profession, and the utility of genetic counseling in the larger health care system. LinkedIn


Lisa Etkins, MSS, LCSW, OSW-C, Social Worker - Read more here
Topic: The Road to Oncology Social Work
Lisa Etkins, MSS, LCSW, OSW-C is a Master’ level social worker specializing in oncological care in the Department of Social Services.  In her role at the Center, Lisa helps new and established lung and hematologic cancer patients deal with the many life changes that can result from having a chronic disease like cancer.   During her talk, Lisa will discuss her journey to oncology social work. LinkedIn

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 10 am
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Karen Albright, BS, Director of Development - Read more here
TopicHelping People Make an Impact: A Career in Fundraising
A professional fundraiser for more than 20 years, Karen Albright, BS, is the Director of Development in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Fox Chase Cancer Center where she raises critical support for blood, gastrointestinal, and thoracic cancers. Prior to being recruited to Fox Chase in 2018, Karen served in similar positions at renowned universities in the Philadelphia area. During her seminar, Karen will discuss what led her to a career in fundraising and how philanthropy plays a vital role in higher education and medicine. LinkedIn