System Lead for Navigation and Survivorship Services Intermountain Healthcare Advisory Board Chair
Deb is the System Lead for Navigation and Survivorship Services at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is licensed as an Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist with oncology specialty. Deb’s role involves supporting patients diagnosed with cancer, training nursing staff, and implementing processes and programs based on current evidence-based practice. Deb is the published author of the Health Change Trajectory Model, a model for viewing uncertainty during health challenges. She writes for Oncology Nursing Society’s Voice and has published peer-reviewed articles on health literacy and standardization of navigation roles. Deb also co-edited the second edition of Nurse Navigation Across the Care Continuum. Deb lives in the red rock country of Southern Utah and enjoys tending to her house plants and spending time with family and friends in the outdoors.
Pamela J. Haylock, PhD, RN, FAANPH
Immediate Past Chair, Advisory Board Chair Sul Ross State University
Director of Cancer Support Services and Patient Navigation Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation Advisory Board Member
Cindi is the Director of Cancer Support Services and Patient Navigation, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation in Santa Rosa, California. With over 42 years of oncology nursing experience, Cindi is active in nursing leadership at national, international, and local levels. She was a founding Board member of the Oncology Nursing Society. She has been dedicated to the patient navigation role since 2001 when she established a free standing Cancer Recovery and Resource Center in Bozeman, Montana. Cindi received her nursing and degree from Meramec Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Lindenwood College, and a Masters of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley. She has received a number of distinguished awards, including the Biden Fierce Award 2018, Oncology Nursing Society’s Lifetime Achievement award in April 2016, CURE Magazine’s Extraordinary Healer Award in 2014, and Oncology Nursing Society’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010 for novel work in patient navigation. She has published over 12 articles and authored several book chapters and is co-editing the 3rd Oncology Nursing Society book on Patient Navigation.
Judy Koutlas, RN, MS, OCN
Manager, Cancer Care Navigation Program Vidant Medical Center Advisory Board Member
Judy is the manager of the cancer care navigation program at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina. She was instrumental in the development of the navigation model that is incorporated throughout the health care system. Navigation services are provided to patients with cancer living in 29 counties of rural eastern North Carolina. She leads a team of oncology nurses and social workers to identify the barriers to care, provide resources, and ensure timely, quality cancer care closer to home when possible. She has recently developed a volunteer non-clinical navigation program at Vidant and presented the effectiveness of this model in the breast clinic at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Symposium and the annual Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigation conference. Additionally, Judy has experience as a disease-specific navigator for gastrointestinal cancers and melanoma. She has over 25 years of experience in various areas of medical oncology nursing. Judy has presented at several state and national meetings on how her team integrated a navigation data collection tool into the electronic medical record with outcome measures and analysis. She has co-authored numerous abstracts with her team addressing the benefits of navigation and correlating navigation caseload to patient acuity. Judy is a 2018 recipient of the GREAT 100 award for Nursing in North Carolina. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the College of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati and received her Master of Science at Rush University in the oncology clinical nurse specialist program.
Jean B. Sellers, RN, MSN
Executive Director North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association Advisory Board Member
Jean Sellers is the executive director of the North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association. In this role, she is strengthening support for professional and non-professional navigators across North Carolina. With more than 25 years of experience holding a variety of roles with a diverse and progressive oncology nursing background, Jean is recognized as a leader in innovative community outreach and navigation, focusing on improving cancer outcomes for patients. In her previous role as UNC Lineberger’s Adminstrative Clinical Director, she led the development of lay patient navigation at the statewide level from 2007-2019. She earned her undergraduate degree in nursing and her master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is an adjunct faculty member of the UNC School of Nursing. She is an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society and a member of the National Patient and Family Advocate Foundation’s President Council. Sellers was recognized as one of North Carolina’s Great 100 Nurses in 2000 and the North Carolina Nurses Association awarded her the Harriot Flint Oncology Nurse of the Year in 2002. In 2005, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni of the Year from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Between 2004 to 2007, she galvanized a community in Eastern North Carolina to raise over 5 million for the construction of the Crystal Coast Hospice House. In 2017, under her leadership, UNC LCCC received a $600,000 Duke Endowment grant to expand their model of lay navigation to 11 cancer hospitals and centers across North Carolina.