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 do you do to maintain your mental health? To maintain mental health, I get out of the house, even if just to grab a cup of coffee. I also enjoy reading (non healthcare related material, either fantasy fiction or non-fiction). I also finding that cutting back on social media and maintaining actual friendships helps.


Melissa Varnavas
Editorial Director,
Events & Education
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 do you do to maintain your mental health?


Linnea Archibald
Associate Editorial
Director, Publications
& Membership
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 and the ACDIS CDI Scholarship Program.

What do you do to maintain your mental health? I do a few things: daily walks with our dog (which is good for me and for him—a win-win!), bibliotherapy courtesy of the library, cooking or baking while listening to an audiobook or podcast, writing just for fun and for processing through things, and a nice glass of wine or cup of tea while watching something lighthearted!


Carolyn Riel
ACDIS Editor
criel@acdis.org

 

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

What do you do to maintain your mental health? I do a few different things. If I'm stressed or anxious, I try to get up and get a change of scenery (like the back patio or even laying on the kitchen floor); getting a change in perspective helps me separate myself from that anxiety. I also will give my cat spontaneous hugs, because fluffly kitty cuddles make my heart happy. Journaling also really helps me sort through stressful situations and gets my thoughts into the universe instead of staying stuck inside my head.

For more routine mental wellness, I start every day by listing off three things that I'm grateful for, even something small and silly like "the existance of macaroni and cheese." It helps me realize all the good things around me. After work I take an hour alone to just lay on my bed and scroll through my phone uninterrupted so I can unwind from the day. Before bed every night, I list out three things that made me smile or happy from that day, and as I fall asleep I repeat over in my head, "I have love. I have happiness. I have security." I like saying affirmations to myself to help me fall asleep in a clear and happy mindset.

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 do you do to maintain your mental health?


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 do you do to maintain your mental health? I love to do crafts. I did it many years ago and stop for some reason but, I have started it up again and, love it.


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 do you do to maintain your mental health? Well being outdoors as much as I can is always my first go to when I feel stressed. If I’m really stressed I tend to hike up the mountains here. I do a lot with plants and gardening as well as a get away. There’s a river in the Smoky Mountains that I also like to go to and sit by when I need some quiet time so my resource for grounding in the midst of stress is usually nature related. I ALWAYS come back refreshed and feeling better as it helps me to come to terms with whatever is bothering me.

I also love to go to the antique stores in my town for which there are many. I love looking at all of the old things as it takes me back to my childhood and I always find myself amazed for how they did things back then. Also, I love crafts and repainting old furniture and making it look completely different. Creating something new always makes me feel good. And lastly, if I can’t do any of the above, then a good book is always my go to for when I have to stay indoors. 

 

ACDIS Sales Team


Carrie Dry
National Sales Manager
cdry@hcpro.com

 

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

What do you do to maintain your mental health? Long walks with friends or family and my dog!