Board of Directors

 

Jessica Schmidt, MA, FACHE, RPSGT, CCSH

President

Jessica Schmidt has been in sleep for around 15 years. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare  Executives. Currently, she serves as a Senior Administrator at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, where she oversees the Department of Medicine. She was director of the first CAAHEP-accredited Polysomnography program in the Mid-Atlantic and continues to serve on the advisory board of two CoA-PSG programs. Jessica is a founding member and Past-President of the Maryland Sleep Society. She also served on the Maryland Board of Physician’s Polysomnographic Advisory Committee. In serving the BRPT, Jessica co-edited the CCSH Study Guide, wrote the CCSH Reimbursement Guide, chairs the Legislative committee, and previously served as Treasurer.

Steve Marquis, MBA, RPSGT, CCSH

President-Elect

Steve Marquis is currently the Manager of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Sleep Centers. Previously he has worked at various sleep centers in the Knoxville, TN and Jacksonville, FL areas. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and obtained his MBA in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University. He also received a certificate in Polysomnography from Roane State Community College. Prior to his career in healthcare he was a high school teacher and football coach. Steve has previously volunteered with the BRPT Education Program Task Force and with the Exam Development Committee. During his time on the Board he previously chaired the Volunteer Committee and the CSTE Committee and currently serves as Treasurer.

 

Helen S. Driver, PhD, RPSGT, DABSM, Somnologist, CCSH

Secretary

Helen Driver is past-president of the Canadian Sleep Society (CSS) and has been an active member of their Board for 15 years. She obtained a PhD in Physiology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. During a post-doctoral fellowship in Zurich, Switzerland she pursued her research interest in women’s sleep and has contributed to publications on this topic. Dr. Driver trained in clinical sleep medicine in Toronto and Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She currently manages a 6-bed sleep disorders laboratory at Kingston General Hospital and is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Queen’s University. Recognizing that excellent sleep technologists are at the heart of a high quality Sleep Medicine Centre, she joined the BRPT Board in 2013 and is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the BRPT.

Jomo Martin Nkunika, MSHCA, BS, CCSH, RPSGT, RST

Treasurer

Jomo M. Nkunika is a program director and adjunct professor of the CAAHEP-accredited Sleep Medicine Technology program at Montgomery College (MC), Maryland. Currently, he is a clinical manager with MedBridge Health. Previously, he worked as a sleep medicine technologist in the Maryland and Washington D.C. sleep centers.  Jomo obtained a master of science degree in health care administration from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He has a bachelor of science degree in applied sciences and technology with an emphasis in health services technologies from Thomas Edison State University (TESU). In addition, Jomo holds associate degrees in electrical and electronics engineering, polysomnographic technology, and general education studies from the University of Malawi (Polytechnic), TESU, and MC respectively. Jomo serves on the BRPT finance committee, website development task force, and often fills in as the BRPT events photographer. Jomo has previously volunteered his graphic design and multimedia skills with the Maryland Sleep and Washington D.C. Societies. Prior to his career in health care, Jomo worked in the mobile GSM, computer and non-profit industries.

 

Amber Allen, BA, RPSGT, RST

Director

Amber Allen has been in the sleep field for eight years and currently serves as the Program Coordinator to the CAAHEP-accredited Polysomnographic Technology Program at Collin College in McKinney, TX. Amber was instrumental in the development of the program and building it from the ground up. Prior to joining Collin College, she worked as an RPSGT for the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. Amber has spoken at numerous sleep and respiratory care conferences at both the national and state level, including the BRPT Symposium, and has previously volunteered for the BRPT Education Task Force Committee. She is passionate about educating students and the public about the importance of sleep. Prior to her career in sleep, Amber was a child prodigy who started college at 14. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree at 19, she began her post-collegiate career in the music industry in Nashville, where she worked for eight years, including appearances on American Idol and as an extra in film and TV projects with some of the biggest names in music.

 

Kala Bingham, CRT, RCP, RPSGT, CCSH

Director

Kala Bingham currently works as the Clinical Operations and Program Manager with The Sleep Wellness Institute.  She began her career as a Respiratory Therapist in 1993, transitioned to sleep medicine in 2006 and became an RPSGT (Registered Polysomnographic Technologist) in 2008, with her most recent credential in CCSH (Certification in Clinical Sleep Health) in 2017.  Her credentials reflect dedication to educating patients, families, practitioners and the community on the multi-faceted world of sleep.  She volunteers on the Standards and Guidelines Committee for the American Association of Sleep Technologist (AAST), volunteers on the Board Education Committee with the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (BRPT), and involvement with the Wisconsin Sleep Society.

She helped develop and now manages the Sleep Navigator position for the hospital STOP-BANG sleep initiative.  Her goal for the Sleep Navigator position is to screen inpatients for sleep apnea and work with nurses, physicians and other staff to create the proper care plan for the patient in the hospital and post-discharge, with emphasis on preventing readmission with patients diagnosed with COPD, CHF and stroke.

 

Bernie Chalmers, MA

Director-Public Member

Bernie Chalmers obtained an MA (cum laude) in psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. In addition to starting three boutique consultancies he was part owner of the largest Human Resource consulting business in Southern Africa. He specialized in organization development with a focus on affirmative action and conflict management. He moved to Canada in 1991 and has worked as President or Managing Director in multinational companies based in the UK and Canada. Currently he is semi-retired and his management consulting company, BEREV Ltd., works with companies in the US and Canada. He served as President and remains an Honorary Fellow of what is now the Institute of People Management (South Africa). He also served on the Council of the South African Psychological Association.

 

Vikas Jain, MD, CCSH

Director

Vikas Jain is a board certified sleep medicine physician practicing with Northwestern Medicine.  He also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for Stanford University’s Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program as well as a Health System Clinician at Northwestern University.  In addition to his passion for sleep medicine, Dr. Jain has a clinical interest in clinical informatics and obesity medicine.

 

Marc C. Johnson, B.A., RPSGT

Director

Marc Johnson began his career in sleep in 1992 doing research for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. After graduating from Temple University with a BA in Psychology, Marc began working as a sleep technologist at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. In 2000, Marc became the lead daytime technologist. In 2005, Marc took on a new role as Clinical Director at the Drexel University College of Medicine’s Sleep Center, which is the position he holds today. Marc has held his RPSGT credential since 2004.

 

Michael McLeland, PhD., M.Ed., BA, RPSGT

Director

Michael McLeland has been a sleep technologist for the past 15 years. In addition to being an RPSGT, Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instructional Design, and a PhD. in Education. He is the Technical Director for the sleep center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri. Michael is passionate about sleep research and his current projects include examining breathing in premature infants, and the effects of opioids in managing pain in patients with OSA after surgery. Michael has a keen interest in pediatric PAP compliance; he started a pediatric PAP clinic in St. Louis and created the first support group for children using PAP and their parents. Michael has played an active role in sleep medicine education at both the state and local level. In 2006 he established the first ASTEP program and CoAPSG Accredited AAS Degree program at Washington University School of Medicine. Michael also created and taught the Science of Sleep undergraduate course at Washington University. He currently teaches and works with physicians/fellows during their pediatric sleep training at the Washington University School of Medicine and is working with the Anesthesiology Department to create a mini fellowship in sleep medicine for anesthesiologists. In addition to being a prominent speaker on the importance of good sleep, Michael continues to teach pediatric sleep in the ASTEP program at Washington University School of Medicine.

 

Rachel Mouton, RPSGT, CCSH, LPN

Director

Rachel Mouton has been working in the sleep field for more than 15 years. She entered the field of sleep medicine through nursing and is currently the clinical director of Sleep Solutions of New Iberia in Louisiana, a 6-bed sleep center. Rachel is a strong promoter of continuing education within the sleep community. Rachel also serves on the board of directors of the Louisiana Academy of Sleep Medicine. In addition, she has published articles in A2Zzz magazine.

 

Andrea Ramberg, BA, RPSGT, CCSH

Director

Andrea Ramberg started her career in sleep more than a decade ago based upon a leap of faith, and never looked back. She began as a polysomnographic technologist who was also trained in scoring, DME, and patient consults prior to seeing the physician. This experience built the foundation for her current role as a Sleep Health Navigator for Centegra Health System in Northern Illinois. Andrea screens inpatients for sleep apnea and works with nurses, physicians and other staff to create the proper care plan for the patient in the hospital and post discharge. She also utilizes her experience and the CCSH credential to educate the medical field, staff, patients, and the community on the multi-faceted world of sleep. She advocates for sleep in the community by appearing on multiple panels and community events with a special interest in the unique needs of women’s sleep. Andrea has a passion for helping others and volunteers with the Agape House, a program that offers disadvantaged girls who come from broken homes a chance to overcome their destructive past by offering them housing, counseling, school opportunities, and the education needed to thrive in life. She will be graduating with her Bachelors in Psychology, minor in Social Services, in April 2018 with an interest in behavior and sleep research. She volunteers on the Program Committee for the AAST, and loves staying up to date with all the new education and research in the sleep field. She enjoys an active lifestyle and finished the Chicago marathon in 2016. Andrea lives her life with intention, curiosity and kindness with an unwavering belief in creating a better world.

 

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