LEAP | Heart Rhythm Society

LEAP

Leadership and Development for Allied Professionals (LEAP)

Program Description

LEAP Retreat

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

Aimee L. Bollentin, MSN, ACNP

Melissa R. Brown, PAC, FHRS, CCDS

Melissa R. Brown, PAC, FHRS, CCDS

Madison Hawkins, PAC

Madison Hawkins, PAC

Amy Kleinhans, DNP, NP, FHRS, CEPS, CCDS

Amy Kleinhans, DNP, NP, FHRS, CEPS, CCDS

Aimee Lee, ACNP, CNS, CCDS

Aimee Lee, ACNP, CNS, CCDS

Hyun Joo Lee, MBA, CCDS

Hyun Joo Lee, MBA, CCDS

Jennifer J. Miller, DNP, ACNP

Jennifer J. Miller, DNP, ACNP

Nathan Miller, BSN, RN

Nathan Miller, BSN, RN

Jessica Mullenix, ANP, CEPS

Jessica Mullenix, ANP, CEPS

Emily E. Murtagh, BS, CVT, CEPS, CCDS

Emily E. Murtagh, BS, CVT, CEPS, CCDS

Andrea Robinson, MSN, ACNP

Andrea Robinson, MSN, ACNP

Lisa Roelle, PAC

Lisa Roelle, PAC

Lauren Ashley Rousseau, PAC, CCDS

Lauren Ashley Rousseau, PAC, CCDS

Monica Sanchez, DNP, FNP

Monica Sanchez, DNP, FNP

Gerilynn M. Schott, ACNP

Gerilynn M. Schott, ACNP

Linda J. Schwartz, BSN, RN, CCDS

Linda J. Schwartz, BSN, RN, CCDS

Nyree Sencion-Akhtar, DNP, MSN

Nyree Sencion-Akhtar, DNP, MSN

Christopher J. Sipala, MSN, CRNP, FHRS, CCDS

Christopher J. Sipala, MSN, CRNP, FHRS, CCDS

Jessica Annmarie Smith, CCT, CRAT

Jessica Annmarie Smith, CCT, CRAT

Anthony Trela, MSN, CPNP, RN, FHRS, CCDS

Anthony Trela, MSN, CPNP, RN, FHRS, CCDS

LEAP Class of 2022

Brynn Dechert-Crooks, MSN, RN, CPNP, FHRS

Brynn Dechert-Crooks, MSN, RN, CPNP, FHRS
University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital

Erin E. Flatley, BSN, MSN, NP

Erin E. Flatley, BSN, MSN, NP
University of California San Francisco

Jacqueline Forman, MSN, CNS, RN

Jacqueline Forman, MSN, CNS, RN
St. Paul’s Hospital

Dana Goldense, MS, PAC, CCDS

Dana Goldense, MS, PAC, CCDS
Tufts Medical Center

Megan W. Herrington, PA-C

Megan W. Herrington, PA-C
Cape Fear Heart Associates

Lyle W. Larson, PhD, PAC

Lyle W. Larson, PhD, PAC
University of Washington

Kathy A. Loveless, ACNP, CEPS, CCDS

Kathy A. Loveless, ACNP, CEPS, CCDS
Ascension WI

Christina L. Magnelli-Reyes, BSN, RN

Christina L. Magnelli-Reyes, BSN, RN
Cleveland Clinic

Annie (Shelly) Michele Chancey, ADN, RN, CCDS

Annie (Shelly) Michele Chancey, ADN, RN, CCDS
Alabama Cardiovascular Group

Melissa E. Middeldorp, PhD

Melissa E. Middeldorp, PhD
University of Adelaide

Yolanda Huertas Nixon, MBA, MSN, CRNP

Yolanda Huertas Nixon, MBA, MSN, CRNP
Einstein Healhtcare Network

James O'Hara, PAC, RCIS, RCVT

James O'Hara, PAC, RCIS, RCVT
Virginia Heart/Inova

Monica Pammer Austin, PAC

Monica Pammer Austin, PAC
Institution

Tara Parham, MSN, AGACNP-BC

Tara Parham, MSN, AGACNP-BC
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Carissa Rose Pistilli, MSN

Carissa Rose Pistilli, MSN
The Valley Hospital

Stacy M. Poe, BSN, MS, MSN, ANP

Stacy M. Poe, BSN, MS, MSN, ANP
Cleveland Clinic

Mark Ryan, BSN, RN

Mark Ryan, BSN, RN
Sutter Santa Rosa Reginal Hospital

Marie Shaner, MHS, PAC

Marie Shaner, MHS, PAC
Penn State Children’s Hospital

Stephanie Yoakum, NP

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.  

2022-2023 Class

  • May 19, 2023:  Reception at Heart Rhythm 20232 (expenses not covered by HRS)
  • June 16-18, 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

Applications 

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 will open on January 5, 2023. Applications will close on February 3, 2023. All applicants will be notified of their application status by March 24, 2023.

Questions
Contact Ashley Martinez at LEAP@hrsonline.org