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DiAnn Ecret joined the National Catholic Bioethics center during the summer of 2016. DiAnn is a staff ethicist, nurse planner and a a full time Assistant Professor of Nursing at Ave Maria University. DiAnn graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing in 1987, completed her BSN & MSN from Wilmington University, an MA certification in theology/ethics from Villanova University. She completed her PhD in Health Care Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2017. DiAnn has 35 years of combined nursing experience in adult, pediatric, and neonatal critical care nursing, nursing management and nursing education. DiAnn teaches undergraduate nursing at Ave Maria University, is on the Health Care Task Force at Life Perspectives, serves as a member of the President’s Bioethics Committee at the University of Mary of Minnesota, and volunteers as an ethics consultant for Be Not Afraid. DiAnn is married to her husband Mike for 34 years, with 4 children, and 2 grandchildren.
Dr. Claudia Sotomayor, is the Chief of the Clinical Consultation Service of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, a Cura Personalis Fellow and an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine of GUMC. She holds an M.D. from Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, in Chihuahua, Mexico and a Doctorate in Bioethics from Loyola University in Chicago Il, USA. Claudia also completed a fellowship in Clinical Bioethics at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston TX. (USA). She has been a Research Scholar for UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights since 2012 where she has worked in the area of Multiculturalism, Bioethics and Religion. She has also served as a member of the Ethics committee in different hospitals in the USA. Before coming to the USA, she worked in different hospitals in Mexico as a primary care physician, and was the health committee coordinator for FUNDESPEN, a non-profit that provides medical care to Mayan communities in rural areas of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Kristin Collier, MD, FACP is an assistant professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Michigan where she serves as the director of the University of Michigan Medical School Program on Health, Spirituality and Religion. She also serves as an associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program where she oversees the primary care track. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her internship, residency and chief residency at The University of Michigan Hospitals. Her academic interests are in the overlap of spirituality, religion and health and her peer reviewed work has been published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the Annals of Internal Medicine, JGIM, the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and she also has had writings published in Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal, Theopolis and America Magazine. She is also the proud mother of four boys.
Deb is critical care nurse by training with a BSN, MBA and a Master’s in Theology with a concentration in bioethics. After working in healthcare and the private sector for 30+ years, she now concentrates in public, non-profit organizations, and philanthropy. She works in areas where she can combine her passion for healthcare, business and faith. Deb currently is a Delegate and Special Advisor to the Ambassador on Human Trafficking for the Order of Malta’s Mission to the United Nations, where she focuses on human trafficking and the global refugee crisis. She recently founded Global Strategic Operatives for the Eradication of Human Trafficking, (GSO), which conducts trainings to healthcare systems on how to identify victims and take appropriate actions. The goal of the GSO healthcare pilot is to create and submit a ‘universal policy’ to the WHO for consideration of implementing a worldwide human trafficking policy for healthcare providers. In addition, Deb works with Homeland Security and law enforcement to provide human trafficking educational presentations to airline personnel, government employees, corporations and universities. She supports an anti-human trafficking educational exhibit in Haiti which rotates regularly around the country. Deb participated on a Human Trafficking Symposium at the Vatican last spring, and the Human Trafficking Summit at the White House in January 2020. Deb founded Nurses With Global Impact, Inc. in 2016 as a resource for nurses and to recognize those doing extraordinary work and making a global impact in healthcare. She hosts International Nurses Day at the United Nations annually where a select group of nurses are chosen from around the world to be honored and awarded. Deb has always had a passion for healthcare missions: Haiti (20+ years), Philippines, Dominican Republic and Bosnia Herzogovina, where she was a member of a Crisis Intervention Team with National Organization for Victim’s Assistance (NOVA) of Washington, DC, to work with women and girls who survived rape camps. She was a member of the Federal Disaster Medical Team that was deployed to NYC on 9/11/01. Deb is active on a number of non-profit boards: two term Board of Councilor with the Order of Malta, American Association, and continues as a member of the Medical Committee for the annual Lourdes Pilgrimage. Deb also sits on the boards of Malteser International Americas, RAD-AID, Int’l, World Youth Alliance, the Gold Foundation, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center. She is a former member of the CRUDEM Board for Hopital Sacre Coeur in Haiti for 8 years, chaired the Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA, on the Board of Boston’s Healthcare for the Homeless Program for 5 years, and spent 4 years on the Board of the American Heart Association as Chair of Public Advocacy. Deb was the Director of Respect Life Education for the Archdiocese of Boston for 8 years. She helped start-up Pure in Heart, a 501(C3) young adult ministry in Boston, Haiti, Kenya, Ireland and UK. Deb was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Boston. She is married to Steve Rusckowski and they now reside in NYC.
Timothy J. Furlan is currently Burnett Family Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership at the University of St Thomas in Houston, TX. He previously studied the classical liberal arts at Thomas Aquinas College before going on to pursue graduate studies with a focus on ancient philosophy and ethical theory at the University of Chicago (M.A.) the Universite de Paris IV (Sorbonne), and Trinity College Dublin (Ph.D.). During his doctoral studies he also held visiting fellowships in Fribourg (Swiss Confederation Scholar), Munich, and Athens. More recently, he pursued post-graduate study in bioethics at Harvard Medical School and earned his Masters of Bioethics (summa cum laude) and served as editor of the Harvard Journal of Bioethics. He was previously a philosophy professor at Xavier University and Boston College where he taught a wide range of courses and led study trips to Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, Ireland, Paris, India, and along the Camino to Santiago de Compostela.
Fr. Raphael Mary Salzillo, OP is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. Fr. Salzillo completed his PhD in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame where he specialized in medieval philosophy and metaphysics, with a particular interest in the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas. Fr. Salzillo did his undergraduate work in applied physics at the California Institute of Technology, after which he received an MS in electrical engineering from the University of California – San Diego. After becoming a friar of the Order of Preachers in 2001, he received an MA in Philosophy and a Master of Divinity from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California. He was ordained a priest of the Catholic Church in 2009 and worked as a chaplain at the University of Washington in Seattle before pursuing his graduate studies at Notre Dame.
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