AIS Course Faculty

 

Kathy Cookman, BS, CSTR, CAISS, EMT-P, FMNP

International Technical Coordinator

Kathy has been involved in the trauma for over thirty-five years in various capacities from pre-hospital, emergency department patient care, trauma data management, performance improvement, and injury prevention. She has a Bachelor of Science in Health Management, is the founder and past-president of the Alliance of Ohio Trauma Registrars (AOTR), the founder and past chairman of the Trauma Registrar Council of the American Trauma Society (ATS), is the CEO of KJ Trauma Consulting, LLC an ICD-10-CM/PCS instructor, CEO of KJ & JC Enterprises, LLC, recently achieved Florida Master Naturalist through the University of Florida and holds membership in various organizations and associations including AAAM, AHIMA, AOTR, ATD, ATS, FWC, STSA, and STN. She has published articles and presented several papers on a variety of trauma-related topics.

Kathy has been AIS faculty since 2003 and is currently the International Technical Coordinator/AIS Course Director. She lives in Florida with her husband John and their two Labradoodles (Bella and Tiller).

Amy Brammer, MSN, RN, TSN, CEN, CSTR, CAISS

Amy earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo. Amy is a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses, Emergency Nurses Association, and the American Trauma Society. She has over twenty-seven years of nursing experience, most of those spent caring for trauma patients throughout the care continuum. Amy is currently the Trauma Program Director at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Vacaville, California.

Amy has been AIS faculty since 2014 and is currently the Chair of the AIS Certification Board. She has two certifications in trauma and emergency care and two certifications in trauma registry.

Maureen Brennan, CHIM, PMP, CAISS

Maureen has been involved in the health information management field for over twenty years working across all general health information areas, specializing in trauma. She has a diploma in HIM as well as a Master Certificate in Project Management, Carleton University. She has been actively promoting the importance of high quality/accurate data through various means including the Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) where she helped to develop the National Trauma Registry Data Dictionary, co-founder and past Chair of the Trauma Registry Information Specialists of Canada (TRISC), co-chair of the National Trauma Registry Advisory Council (NTRAC), and member of the Ontario Trauma Advisory Committee (OTAC) and Performance Measurement subcommittee.

Maureen has been AIS faculty since 1998 and is currently responsible for the development and management of metadata, training, quality assurance, technical coding specialist and the development of the T6® discovery process.

Cynthia Burch, MS, MPH, CAISS

Cindy began her career at the National Study Center for Trauma & EMS (NSC) in 2001 and works on the Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) and the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) projects previously funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). She also works closely with the Maryland Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office on data analyses and traffic records, facilitates the State Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC), serves as the data coordinator for the Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), conducts and analyzes the annual observational seat belt study, serves as an analytical resource for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, and answers data requests from state and local agencies as well as the public at large. She now serves as a Senior Epidemiologist at the NSC, a facilitator and assessor for Traffic Records Assessments at Traffic Safety Analysis Systems & Services (TSASS), an assessor for Occupant Protection and Impaired Driving Assessments.

Cindy has been AIS faculty since 2015 and is currently a member-at-large on the AIS Certification Board.

Vickie Graymire, RN, MS, CEN, CAISS

Vickie has been involved in the trauma and critical care for several years as an emergency department nurse and clinical nurse specialist. She was the Trauma Program Director for St. Rita’s Medical Center (Level II) and Grant Medical Center (Level I), was instrumental in developing a regional trauma system in northwest Ohio (NORTR) and served as the former International Technical Coordinator of AIS. She is actively involved as a reviewer for the American College of Surgeons and educator for the Society of Trauma Nurses.

Vickie has been AIS faculty since 2014 and is currently the Performance Improvement Coordinator for the Central Ohio Trauma System.

Greg Klaus, RN, CEN, CSTR, CAISS

Greg has spent much of his career in emergency nursing. He graduated from the Baystate Medical Center School of Nursing with a Diploma in Nursing in 1981. He completed his undergraduate degree in Nursing in 2001 at Central Connecticut State University.

Greg is also a member of CT-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team for the National Disaster Medical System, US Health & Human Services. He has had several deployments throughout the United States in support of Federal disaster response efforts, most recently post-hurricane in Puerto Rico.

Greg has been AIS faculty since 2014 and is currently the Adult Trauma Coordinator at Yale, New Haven Hospital (Level I Trauma Center)

Kathryn Loftis, Ph.D., MS, CAISS

Dr. Loftis earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2007. She received her Master of Science degree (2009) and Doctorate of Philosophy (2013) in Biomedical Engineering from the joint Center for Injury Biomechanics at Wake Forest University and Virginia Tech, with a specialty in Injury Biomechanics. Her work has included motor vehicle crash injury research (previously working within the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network ‘CIREN’ program), soldier survivability (with Army Research Laboratory and the Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat ‘JTAPIC’ program), and injury causation.

Kathryn has been AIS faculty since 2014 and is currently a biomedical engineering contractor for Altus Engineering at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

Waqar Malik, MBBS, MPH, CAISS

Dr. Malik has a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree along with a Master of Public Health. His work has included motor vehicle crash injury research working within the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network ‘CIREN’ program.

Waqar has been AIS faculty since 2014 and is currently a Research Scientist at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Donna Nayduch, RN, MSN, ACNP, TCRN, CAISS

Donna has a Master of Science in Nursing, is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Forensic Nurse Specialist, as well as a Trauma Certified nurse. She has a vast background of trauma care and consulting all across the United States as well as internationally with several presentations, publications of her own as well as having provided peer review for research publications.

Donna has been AIS faculty since 1998 and is currently the Assistant Vice President of Trauma, North Florida Division, HCA as well as faculty at the University South Florida School of Nursing.

Jan Price, RN, BSN, MSA, CAISS

Jan is a retired nurse educator. She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Rochester and a Master’s in Science in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University. She served in the US Navy Nurse Corps during the Vietnam Conflict. She taught nursing at Grant Hospital School of Nursing and developed the Level I trauma program and LifeFlight helicopter program at Grant. In 1997 she moved to Waco, Texas where she helped to establish a Level II trauma program at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. She has published articles and presented many papers on a wide variety of trauma topics.

She is a member of ATS, AAAM and TETRA. Jan was the first Technical Coordinator for Injury Scaling until retiring in 2015. She oversaw development of the online version of the Injury Scaling Course as well as the certification program for Abbreviated Injury Scale Specialists (CAISS).

Jan has been AIS faculty since 1998 and is enjoying semi-retirement by gardening, reading and riding her Missouri Fox Trotter, Diamond Rio, on trails around central Texas. She is married to a retired Army officer and helicopter pilot, Murray, and they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Mary Rotert, RN, MS, CAISS

Mary has been involved in trauma care for several years in the role of Trauma Program Manager as well as Research Consultant for the Washington State Department of Health, EMS & Trauma Systems. Her goal has been to share her knowledge while elevating the recognition of trauma registrars through enhanced skill and education.

Mary has been AIS faculty since 2001 and currently enjoys her dogs, sewing, and gardening at her home in Washington State.

Sara Sochor, MS, CST, CTBS, CAISS

Sara holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Biology (concentration in human anatomy) a NBSTSA Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) which, paired with previous university-level laboratory and teaching experience, allows her to effectively manage all aspects of the cadaveric material handling for the Center for Applied Biomechanics at the University of Virginia. She is responsible for cadaveric specimen acquisition, storage, inventory maintenance, preparation, testing, autopsy and final disposition. Her specialized skills include instrumentation of Post Mortem Human Subjects for experimental testing and data capture, radiological imaging interpretation, post-test autopsy examinations/dissections to identify injury and documentation/coding of injuries and injury severity using AIS.

Sara has been AIS faculty since 2015 and is currently the Anatomical Donations Coordinator for the University of Virginia’s Center for Applied Biomechanics and a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.ate.