Meet the ACDIS Leadership Team


Brian Murphy
ACDIS Director
bmurphy@acdis.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responsible for overseeing ACDIS' direction, including the annual conference, industry guidance, and providing an authoritative voice in the industry.

What charity did you choose to donate to for the ACDIS Secret Santa? The Wounded Warrior Project. Every warrior has unique challenges and goals. That’s why the Wounded Warrior Project provides a variety of veteran programs and services to help warriors take the steps that are right for them. What’s more, thanks to the tremendous support of our donors, warriors never pay a penny to get the help they need to build the future they deserve.


Melissa Varnavas
Associate Editorial Director
mvarnavas@acdis.org

 

Responsible for developing an extensive line of educational content including live events, web-based seminars, podcasts, books, newsletters, and our award-winning website. I also help manage more than 40 ACDIS networking groups/state chapters.

What charity did you choose to donate to for the ACDIS Secret Santa? The Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.


Linnea Archibald
ACDIS Editor
larchibald@acdis.org

 

Responsible for ACDIS' publications, including the CDI Journal, CDI Strategies, and the ACDIS Blog, and maintaining ACDIS' social media presence. Also responsible for maintaining and managing the ACDIS CDI Leadership Council

What charity did you choose to donate to for the ACDIS Secret Santa? Preemptive Love. They stretch across Iraq, Syria, Latin America, the United States, and beyond, working together to unmake violence and create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. They respond fast with relief on the frontlines of conflict: food to help families survive, shelter to remake home, and medicine to mend the wounds of war. They also create jobs—providing capital for vulnerable families to start businesses, coaching to help their businesses thrive, and connection to global marketplace. Preemptive Love are  reaching across enemy lines and creating the most diverse community of peacemakers on the planet, to stop the next war before it starts.


Carolyn Riel
Associate Editor
criel@acdis.org

 

Responsible for assisting with developing, creating, and curating ACDIS' publications,  maintaining ACDIS' website, and maintaining ACDIS' social media presence.

What charity did you choose to donate to for the ACDIS Secret Santa? The Trevor Project. Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. The Trevor Project offers accredited life-saving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQ youth that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text, as well as being committed to producing innovative research that brings new knowledge and clinical implications to the field of suicidology.

ACDIS Instructors


Laurie Prescott,
RN, MSN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC

CDI Education Director
lprescott@acdis.org

 

Responsible for developing and teaching HCPro's CDI Boot Camps, and serving as a subject matter expert, speaker, and author for ACDIS.

What charity did you choose to donate to for the ACDIS Secret Santa? Doctors Without Boarders. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is a private international association founded in 1971. The association is made up mainly of doctors and health sector workers and is also open to other professions which might help in achieving its aims. Their mission is to provide lifesaving medical care to those most in need. All members agree to honor the following principles:

  • MSF provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political convictions.
  • MSF observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance. MSF claims full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.
  • Members undertake to respect their professional code of ethics and to maintain complete independence from all political, economic, or religious powers.
  • As volunteers, members understand the risks and dangers of the assignments they carry out and make no claim for themselves or their assigns for any form of compensation other than that which the association might be able to afford them.

Sharme Brodie,
RN, CCDS

CDI Education Specialist
sbrodie@acdis.org

 

Responsible for teaching HCPro's CDI Boot Camps, and serving as a subject matter expert, speaker, and author for ACDIS.

What charity did you choose to donate to for the ACDIS Secret Santa? The MSPCA-Angell. The mission of the MSPCA-Angell is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty, and work for a just and compassionate society. They are a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provide direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, they are the second-oldest humane society in the United States. The full name of the organization is the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Angell Animal Medical Center, or MSPCA–Angell.  The MSPCA comprises the Animal Care and Adoption Centers, the Advocacy Department, and the Law Enforcement Department.  Angell Animal Medical Center is their nonprofit veterinary hospital.


Dawn Valdez,
RN, LNC,
CDIP, CCDS

CDI Education
Specialist
dvaldez@acdis.org

 

Responsible for teaching HCPro's CDI Boot Camps, and serving as a subject matter expert, speaker, and author for ACDIS.

What charity did you choose to donate to for the ACDIS Secret Santa? CASA of East Tennessee. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, who are trained to represent the best interests of children in juvenile abuse and neglect court cases. CASA is a local, nonprofit organization in communities all across the nation. Since CASA’s national inception, CASA volunteers have helped more than two million children find safe, permanent homes. ASA of East Tennessee’s mission is to improve the lives of abused and neglected children through trained volunteers who advocate for safe, permanent, loving homes.

 

ACDIS Sales Team


Carrie Dry
National Sales Manager
cdry@hcpro.com

 

Responsible for sponsorship engagement, vendor relations, and advertising opportunities.

What charity did you choose to donate to for the ACDIS Secret Santa? Ronald McDonald House Charities. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Their vision is a world where all children have access to medical care and their families are supported and actively involved in their children’s care.