Learn from the leader in professional education with Elite Learning

We have one purpose - to serve the hundreds of thousands of licensed professionals each year who want to maintain their license and advance their careers.

Meet the Elite Learning team

We really like our team and culture and want to introduce you to the team who makes things happen for you.

Jennifer Mensik, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN  |  Head of Learning

  • Assistant Clinical Professor for Doctor of Nursing Practice at OHSU School of Nursing
  • Author of numerous publications and books on topics such as nursing leadership
  • Served the American Nurses Association as Treasurer, Second Vice President and Director at Large on the Board, as well as President of the Arizona Nurses Association

Deborah Martin , DNP, MBA, RN, NE-BC, FACHE  |  Director, Healthcare Learning Innovation 

  • Over 30 years experience in leadership positions in acute care
  • Experience teaching in academia
  • Lead Nurse Planner for a large health system

Esther Kim, PharmD.  |  Director of Allied Health, Pharmacy Planner

  • Former experience in continuing education
  • Extensive academic, clinical, and community experience
  • Doctor of Pharmacy

Margaret (Molly) Salinas, PhD, MS, APRN, FNP-C  |  Lead Nurse Practitioner Planner 

  • Active as a Nurse Practitioner (Urgent Care)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar 2018-2021 and experienced in medical writing and editing

Candace Pierce, DNP, RN, CNE, COI  |  Lead Nurse Planner 

  • Attended Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design School for training in teaching and learning innovation.
  • Research: use of innovation in nursing education through Design Thinking methods. Presented findings at 2 national conferences (ACEN and NLN).
  • Created a centralized education department to meet the needs of a 350-bed hospital.

Shelly McDonald, DNP, RN, PHNC  |  Nurse Planner 

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2020 from University of Texas @ Arlington
  • Experienced in women’s health, dialysis, administration, and nursing education
  • Passionate about improving healthcare in rural areas
Robyn Caldwell, DNP, FNP-BC

Robyn Caldwell, DNP, FNP-BC  |  Nurse Planner

  • Over 30 years of experience in nursing
  • Active as a Family Nurse Practitioner (Urgent Care)
  • Lead in the development of an FNP program

Robin McCormick, DNP, RN  |  Nurse Planner 

  • Over 20 years of experience in critical care and medical-surgical nursing
  • Over 10 years of experience in nursing professional development
  • Over 6 years of experience in undergraduate nursing education

Brenda McNeely, MA, BSN, RN-BC, NPD-BC  |  Nurse Planner

  • Instructional design and technical training consultant
  • Clinical nurse education management and professional practice specialist
  • Certified nursing professional development specialist and healthcare informatics

June Thompson, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAEN  |  Nurse Planner

  • Nursing faculty undergraduate and graduate, The Ohio State University, The University of Texas, The University of New Mexico, Phoenix University
  • Career emergency nurse, Past President Emergency Nurses Association, Fellow Academy of Emergency Nurses
  • Author, editor, content director, Pearson, Elsevier, Colibri/Elite

Dawn Demangone-Yoon, MD  |  Director of Medicine

  • More than 20 years of clinical and educational experience
  • Board certified in Emergency Medicine and Obesity Medicine

Alexander Brewer, PharmD, MBA  |  Pharmacy Co-Planner

  • Accomplished medical writer and dynamic presenter
  • Former clinician and academic
  • Doctor of Pharmacy and Master’s in Business Administration

Anne Horgan, LCSW  |  Social Work Co-Planner

  • Mental health therapist with more than 15 years experience
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Social Work
  • Center Through Mind Body Medicine trainee

Simona Pozzetto, LICSW  |  Social Work Co-Planner

  • Former Director with nearly 20 years of experience
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology, Master’s in Social Work, Licensed Independent Certified Social Worker with private practice
  • Certified Grief Informed Professional

Cristina Roy, PT, DPT, NCS, CARSS  |  Physical Therapy Co-Planner

  • Research Physical Therapist and former medical writer
  • Bachelor’s in Rehabilitation and Human Services and Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Neurologic Clinical Specialist

Karen Hendenschoug, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Cert. DN  |  Physical Therapy Co-Planner

  • Active-duty and reservist service with the United States Air Force, Office and Physical Therapist with private practice
  • Bachelor’s in Biology, Master’s and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees
  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Nicole Delia  |  Occupational Therapy Co-Planner

  • Clinician of great than 10 years working with pediatric and geriatric patients in addition to patients with disabilities
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s of Occupational Therapy
  • Certified in Physical Agent Modalities

Elizabeth D. Deluliis, OTD, MOT, OTR/L  |  Occupational Therapy Co-Planner

  • Occupational therapist and academic, Director of Community and Clinical Education, Fieldwork Coordinator, and Assistant Department Chairperson
  • Multi-faceted clinician, recipient of scholarships, grants, and published author
  • Bachelor’s in Health Science, Master’s and Doctorate in Occupational Therapy

Verlyn Evans, Ed. D  |  Speech- Language Pathology Planner

  • Extensive clinical experience, captivating and long-standing academic
  • Bachelor’s and Doctorate in Education, Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology and Communication Disorders

Heather O’Connell, MS, RRT, ACCS, CPFT  |  Respiratory Therapy Planner

  • Multi-certified clinician with more than 15 years of experience
  • Current Clinical Faculty and Director of Clinical Education
  • Associate’s and Bachelor’s in Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Doctorate in Healthcare Administration

Karen Hallisey-Pesa, DMD  |  Dental Planner

  • Professional and academic with more than 20 years of experience clinically, didactically, and administratively
  • Current Associate Professor, Dental Hygiene Program Director and Supervising Dentist at Regis College
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Scott Deatherage, Ph. D  |  Psychology Planner

  • Former Office and Clinical Psychologist with the United States Air Force
  • Researcher, academic, with myriad clinical experience and current private practice
  • Bachelor’s and Doctorate in Psychology, Master’s in Counseling