The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) is pleased to offer the
Leadership and Education for Allied Professionals (LEAP) program.
HRS is the leading membership society and the voice for the electrophysiology ecosystem. Our membership boasts nearly 7,500 practitioners in more than 90 countries.
Allied Professionals provide essential services that promote health, prevent diseases, and deliver health care services to individuals, families, and communities alike. The healthcare industry is demonstrating high growth rates in both developing and developed regions around the world. As the healthcare industry evolves, today’s best practices will continue to change drastically. That’s why allied professionals must regularly expand their knowledge and skills – which means continuous education is not a passive option but an absolute necessity for any allied professional who wants to provide high-quality patient care.
The HRS Leadership and Education for Allied Professionals (LEAP) Program offers HRS allied professional members an opportunity to enhance and revitalize their leadership and career development skills through education, coaching, and building professional networks. The purpose of LEAP is to provide the knowledge and skills needed to augment the path to leadership within HRS and academic or private practice medicine. Topics covered will range from strategic communication skills, and negotiation practices to address management issues, and conflict resolution skills. LEAP will provide a safe environment to forge long-lasting collegial relationships, exchange information and elevate best practices.
The LEAP program touches on the opportunities and challenges that allied professionals face in their heart rhythm career and allows participants to employ effective, collaborative methods of leadership within their organizations and HRS. Participants will focus on developing their leadership skills and personal influence as well as explore strategies for goal development and advancement strategies. As the leading organization for EP leaders, the value of being a part of this career shaping experience is unparalleled.
The 2023-2024 LEAP program is led by Chairs Julie B. Shea, MS, MSN, FHRS, CCDS and Aileen M. Ferrick, PhD, ACNP, RN, FHRS
- LEAP Class of 2023
Aimee L. Bollentin, MSN, ACNP
Melissa R. Brown, PAC, FHRS, CCDS
Madison Hawkins, PAC
Amy Kleinhans, DNP, NP, FHRS, CEPS, CCDS
Aimee Lee, ACNP, CNS, CCDS
Hyun Joo Lee, MBA, CCDS
Jennifer J. Miller, DNP, ACNP
Nathan Miller, BSN, RN
Jessica Mullenix, ANP, CEPS
Emily E. Murtagh, BS, CVT, CEPS, CCDS
Andrea Robinson, MSN, ACNP
Lisa Roelle, PAC
Lauren Ashley Rousseau, PAC, CCDS
Monica Sanchez, DNP, FNP
Gerilynn M. Schott, ACNP
Linda J. Schwartz, BSN, RN, CCDS
Nyree Sencion-Akhtar, DNP, MSN
Christopher J. Sipala, MSN, CRNP, FHRS, CCDS
Jessica Annmarie Smith, CCT, CRAT
Anthony Trela, MSN, CPNP, RN, FHRS, CCDS
- LEAP Class of 2022
Brynn Dechert-Crooks, MSN, RN, CPNP, FHRS
University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital
Erin E. Flatley, BSN, MSN, NP
University of California San Francisco
Jacqueline Forman, MSN, CNS, RN
St. Paul’s Hospital
Dana Goldense, MS, PAC, CCDS
Tufts Medical Center
Megan W. Herrington, PA-C
Cape Fear Heart Associates
Lyle W. Larson, PhD, PAC
University of Washington
Kathy A. Loveless, ACNP, CEPS, CCDS
Christina L. Magnelli-Reyes, BSN, RN
Annie (Shelly) Michele Chancey, ADN, RN, CCDS
Alabama Cardiovascular Group
Melissa E. Middeldorp, PhD
University of Adelaide
Yolanda Huertas Nixon, MBA, MSN, CRNP
Einstein Healhtcare Network
James O'Hara, PAC, RCIS, RCVT
Monica Pammer Austin, PAC
Tara Parham, MSN, AGACNP-BC
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Carissa Rose Pistilli, MSN
The Valley Hospital
Stacy M. Poe, BSN, MS, MSN, ANP
Mark Ryan, BSN, RN
Sutter Santa Rosa Reginal Hospital
Marie Shaner, MHS, PAC
Penn State Children’s Hospital
Stephanie Yoakum, NP
UC San Diego
Program Eligibility & Commitment
The LEAP program is open to all HRS allied professional members. LEAP will be delivered as a one-year program that includes webinars, face-to-face networking opportunities, and educational sessions. Successful completion of the program is determined by participants attending all required events outlined below.
- May 19, 2023: Reception at Heart Rhythm 20232 (expenses not covered by HRS)
- July 28-30, 2023: Retreat in Washington, D.C. (all expenses covered by HRS)
- September 20-21, 2023: Half-day Meeting at HRX in Seattle, WA (expenses not covered by HRS)
- November 2023: Webinar
- January 2024: Webinar
- April 2024: Reception at Heart Rhythm 2023 (travel expenses to meeting not covered by HRS
Successful candidates must have the potential and desire to invest time and energy into developing their leadership skills. The program will require an investment from the individual and support from their organization. Only applicants who are available to attend each in-person and virtual event will be considered. The LEAP Chair and Vice-Chair will review all eligible candidates and select up to 20 participants. HRS reserves the right to decline application(s) based on its sole and absolute discretion.
Completed applications will include:
- A completed online application
- Two letters of recommendation from colleagues (ie. Fellow physicians, division chief)
- A current CV
- A recent professional photograph or “headshot”.
- All applications must be received by (insert the deadline date).
Note: Each of the requirements above must be included/uploaded with the online application. The system will not accept an application without the required files. Please do not email any materials directly.
Applications for the 2023-2024 LEAP class are now closed. All applicants will be notified of their application status by March 24, 2023. Applications for the 2024-2025 LEAP class will open in January 2024
Contact Ashley Martinez at LEAP@hrsonline.org