NATIONAL ASsociation of travel healthcare organizations

NATHO Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

5:00pm - 7:00pm Opening Reception

Enjoy appetizers, a hosted bar and networking with friends and colleagues. 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference 

  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 8:30am Welcome, Opening Remarks, Ryan Anholt, Holly Bass, Carolina Araya
  • 8:45am Industry Trends: NATHO’s SIA Benchmarking Report, Amy Chang
  • 10:00am Break
  • 10:20am Government and Regulatory Affairs Updates, Amber Sprengard
  • 11:45am Lunch
  • 12:45pm Chief Clinical Executive Panel: Emerging Trends in Clinical Compliance, Earl Dalton, Terim Dortch, Jill Eliassen, Donita Ross
  • 1:50pm Break
  • 2:10pm CEO Panel: Accelerated Transformations Within Healthcare Staffing Organizations, Adam Francis, April Hansen, Craig Meier, Bart Valdez
  • 3:30pm Break
  • 3:45pm Roundtable Discussions: Top Challenges Facing Healthcare Staffing Executives
  • 4:50pm Wrap-Up
  • 5:00pm End of program

Friday, May 6, 2022

  • 8:30am - 10:30am NATHO Board Meeting


Amy C. Chang, MBA is a recognized strategic expert in the healthcare staffing industry. From 2009-2016, Amy was VP of Strategy & Investor Relations for AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AMN), the nation’s largest publicly-traded healthcare staffing and workforce solutions company, during which time its market cap grew from $220 million to over $1.3 billion. After joining AMN in 2002, she led the strategic planning, operations analysis and market research functions, and also served in interim operational leadership roles. Amy also served as Healthcare Analyst for the Staffing Industry Analysts from 2018 to 2020 and currently serves as an advisor for multiple staffing companies. Her career reflects a demonstrated track record of leading strategic initiatives focused on growth, building scalable operating models, M&A and integration planning. She began her career as a CPA with KPMG and holds BS and MBA degrees from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.  

  Amber Sprengard, as Vice President of Government Affairs, Amber is focused on the continued regulatory challenges and                            opportunities that Health Carousel faces, especially in dealing with federal legislation and administration oversight that effects the          business each day. She manages    the relationships with international governments and regulators of international healthcare staffing    agencies and communicates Health Carousel’s ethical, honest, and socially responsible work in all our business relationships.                        Additionally, she represents Health Carousel’s interest on several industry associations including the AAIHR, NALTO and CGFNS and          played a key role in Health Carousel’s approval as a Certified Ethical Recruiter with CGFNS. Prior to joining Health Carousel, she spent       11 years as Vice President of Municipal Investment Banking for RBC Capital Markets. Earlier in her career, she served as Chief of Staff to    the Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee and as a government affairs consultant, managing client relationships within                Ohio. Sprengard is a graduate of the James Madison College at Michigan State University.  She was named to Cincinnati Business                Courier’s “Forty Under 40” Class of 2012.  Sprengard lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two children.

Earl Dalton, Chief Nursing Officer at Health Carousel, brings over 20 years of acute hospital experience to the team. Dalton provides guidance and best practices from his vast experience to help create the best nursing experience possible. In a new era of healthcare where nothing is more important than the patient experience, Health Carousel gains the knowledge and expertise of a patient experience expert. Dalton was published in Customer Care News for innovation in customer experience in 2015. As a testament to his leadership, Dalton was invited to speak to a national audience at the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses on “innovative transformational leadership” in October of 2012. Prior to joining Health Carousel, Dalton worked for Tri-Health Systems, a 320-bed acute care facility, as the Director of Emergency Services, where he won a Lantern Award for exceptional practice and innovation in an emergency department setting. 

Terim Dortch, MSN, RN, joined Medical Solutions in 2018. Terim manages a large performance management and clinical services team of nurse managers who interview and oversee the performance of several thousand contingent clinicians working in facilities nationwide. Terim also meets with facility partners to develop an understanding of their hiring expectations and provides insights into onboarding policies for facility partners. Currently, she is co-vice chair of the Clinical Executive Committee for the healthcare travel industry and co-authored a paper to call to action a National Compact License. Prior to joining Medical Solutions, Terim worked as the Emergency Department Clinical Nurse Supervisor at a major Magnet pediatric trauma facility in Omaha, NE. A former travel nurse herself, she is also an experienced pediatric trauma and Med/Surg nurse leader. Terim received her MSN-nurse executive from Nebraska Methodist College and BSN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Lincoln.

    Jill Eliassen, BSN, RN, VP of Clinical Services, Travel Nurse Across America. As TNAA’s VP of Clinical Services, Jill provides clinical                  support to client facilities and travel nurses throughout assignments to create a successful temporary staffing experience for both.              Working with many of TNAA’s internal departments, Jill is involved at every step of an assignment’s creation and placement, ensuring          that each one meets the needs of the facilities and the nurses’ goals. After receiving her nursing degree in 1998, Jill spent 12 years              working in multiple acute care settings. She has been in the travel nursing industry since 2011 and serves as a member of the NATHO          Clinical Executive Council. 

  Donita Ross has 29 years of acute hospital experience, is a Certified Global Nurse Consultant, and gives conference presentations on        leadership and best practices in the gastroenterology/perioperative setting; and regional, national and international conference                  presentations on the Nursing Shortage and the International Workforce Solution. Donita is the former manager of perioperative,                medical  surgical, and oncology services at Tri-Health Hospital System, a 320-bed acute care facility. In addition, Donita has developed        and led  several multi-state educational conferences and specialty certification review courses; administrated an educational                        scholarship program  to support advanced educational opportunities and certification in nursing; and developed multiple evidence-based practice organizational policies focused on safety and improved patient outcomes. Donita is the recipient of several awards including Mount Saint Joseph University's Distinguished Leadership Award, the Cincinnati Business Courier's Health Care Hero Award in 2020, and the American Staffing Association's Women in Leadership Scholarship. 

  Adam Francis has served as CEO of Host Healthcare since he founded the company in 2012. Under Adam’s leadership,                                    Host Healthcare has grown over the past 10 years to one of the fastest growing and highly ranked travel healthcare companies in the        industry. Between 2019 and 2021 Host Healthcare’s revenue grew by over 800%.  Adam has leveraged his education in philosophy to          ensure that a mission-driven culture is at the center of Host Healthcare, and the company has received numerous accolades for its                company culture. In 2021, Host Healthcare was recognized as one of the 50 best places to work in the U.S. by Glassdoor. Additionally,            Adam has proven himself to be one of the most respected CEOs in the country. Adam was named by Glassdoor as one of the 50 best CEOs in the U.S. in 2021. In 2022, Adam was recognized as one of the staffing industry’s boldest leaders on the Staffing Industry Analysts’ Staffing 100 list.  In 2021, Host Healthcare was named by Staffing Industry Analysts 50 Largest Staffing Firms in the U.S., was on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies list (for the sixth year in a row), and the Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work list (for the third year in a row). Adam attributes Host’s success and accolades to the strong team at Host and culture of excellence across the organization.  Adam is also active in the San Diego business community and involved in multiple non-profit organizations that align with the mission of Host Healthcare, “to help others live better.” 

   April Hansen Aya Healthcare’s Group President of Workforce Solutions, MSN, RN, is responsible for strategic business development,       workforce solutions program operations, recruitment augmentation and clinical services support. Hansen has led her team through             exponential growth and several acquisitions, expanding the distribution channels for Aya’s 48,000+ clinicians. A strong proponent of           lifelong learning, April created the Aya Scholars Program, the industry’s first clinical ladder and professional recognition model for               travel nurses, to ensure their continued career growth. Passionate for improving the clinician experience and solving workforce                     challenges, Hansen spearheaded an industry-first qualitative market research project examining the lived experiences of core staff,             veteran travel nurses and new travel nurses during the pandemic and understanding how that lived experience influences nurses’ career choices. The research, “Mind the Gap: Repairing the US Healthcare Workforce” and its findings have been featured by Healthcare Dive, Axios and SIA and have been presented at numerous associations, including Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Leaders where Hansen served as the keynote speaker. 

Craig Meier is Chief Executive Officer of Medical Solutions, one of the nation’s largest providers of total workforce solutions in the healthcare industry. His employee-driven and servant leadership approach has helped guide Medical Solutions to top spots on SIA’s largest healthcare staffing and fastest-growing U.S. staffing firms lists, ‘Best Places to Work’ designations in each company location, as well as being named consecutively to the Inc. 5000 list. In 2018, Meier led company efforts alongside partner TPG Growth to acquire PPR and 360 Healthcare Staffing, a provider of travel nurse staffing and interim leadership for acute and post-acute markets. In 2019, Medical Solutions acquired C&A Industries, one of the most respected staffing and recruitment firms in the country, which includes healthcare staffing company Aureus Medical Group among its portfolio of workforce solutions. It represented the largest acquisition in healthcare staffing industry history. Meier is a past president and past member of the board of directors of NATHO.

Bart Valdez is Chief Executive Officer of CCRR, Inc; the parent of the combined healthcare staffing platforms comprised of Fastaff, LLC;; trustaff Management, LLC; and U.S. Nursing Corporation. Bart Valdez served as Chief Executive Officer for Fastaff and U.S. Nursing from April 2019 to March of 2020. In his short time with the company, he commanded unprecedented revenue growth, doubling the size of the business by implementing key strategic measures for long-term growth. During his tenure at Fastaff and U.S. Nursing, Valdez invested in key areas which galvanized growth. In his first year, the company exceeded revenue growth by greater than three times the industry average, ranking the company among the Staffing Industry Analysts Top 100 Staffing Firms for 2019.  In his second year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Valdez successfully led swift operational maneuvers and investments that enabled the company to quickly and expertly fulfill an unprecedented surge in demand for experienced nurses in more than 400 facilities across 45 states. 


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