President Bill Clinton
Founder and Chairman of the Board
Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States
William Jefferson Clinton, the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice, led the United States to the longest economic expansion in American history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs.
After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation in order to continue working on the causes he cared about. Since its founding, the Foundation has endeavored to help build more resilient communities by developing and implementing programs that improve people’s health, strengthen local economies, and protect the environment.
In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton served as the top United Nations envoy for the Indian Ocean tsunami recovery effort, the UN Special Envoy to Haiti—and has partnered numerous times with Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush to support relief efforts for communities devastated by natural disasters.
President Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He and his wife Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, and two grandchildren, Charlotte and Aidan. They live in Chappaqua, New York.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, MSc
World Health Organization
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017. He is the first WHO Director-General to have been elected from multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly, and is the first person from the WHO African Region to serve as WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer.
Immediately after taking office on 1 July 2017 Dr Tedros outlined five key priorities for the Organization: universal health coverage; health emergencies; women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; health impacts of climate and environmental change; and a transformed WHO.
Prior to his election as WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012–2016. In this role he led efforts to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005–2012, where he led a comprehensive reform of the country’s health system. All roads lead to universal health coverage for Dr Tedros, and he has demonstrated what it takes to expand access to health care with limited resources.
The transformation he led as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health improved access to health care for millions of people. Under his leadership Ethiopia invested in critical health infrastructure, expanded its health workforce, and developed innovative health financing mechanisms.
Beyond Ethiopia, Dr Tedros’ global leadership on malaria, HIV/AIDS, and maternal and child health has been immensely impactful. He was elected as Chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Board in 2009, and previously served as Chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board, and Co-chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Board.
Born in the city of Asmara, Eritrea, Dr Tedros holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Community Health from the University of Nottingham and a Master of Science (MSc) in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London. Dr Tedros is globally recognised as a health scholar, researcher, and diplomat with first-hand experience in research, operations, and leadership in emergency responses to epidemics.
Throughout his career Dr Tedros has published numerous articles in prominent scientific journals, and received awards and recognition from across the globe. He received the Decoration of the Order of Serbian Flag in 2016, and was awarded the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of public health in 2011.
David B. Mayer, MD
MedStar Institute for Quality & Safety
Chief Executive Officer, Patient Safety Movement Foundation and Executive Director, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety
David Mayer, MD is executive director of the MedStar Institute for Quality & Safety (MIQS). In this role, Dr. Mayer leads specific quality and safety programs in support of discovery, learning, and the application of innovative methods to operational clinical challenges.
Prior to his appointment as executive director, MIQS Dr. Mayer served for over six years as vice president, quality and safety for MedStar Health, overseeing the infrastructure for clinical quality and its operational efficiency for MedStar and each of its entities. Dr. Mayer also designs and directs systemwide activity for patient safety and risk reduction programs.
Dr. Mayer joined MedStar from the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. Over the course of 10 years, he held numerous roles including co-executive director of the UIC Institute for Patient Safety Excellence, director of UIC Masters of Science Patient Safety Leadership Program, associate dean for Education, and associate chief medical officer for Quality and Safety Graduate Medical Education. Concurrent with his other roles, he served as vice chair for Quality and Safety for the Department of Anesthesiology, where he was an associate professor of Anesthesiology and director of Cardiac Anesthesiology. Dr. Mayer also founded and has led the Annual Telluride International Patient Safety Roundtable and Patient Safety Medical Student Summer Camp for the last thirteen years.
In addition, he has significant experience in the private sector as director of Medical Affairs of the Hospital Products Division of Abbott Laboratories and was president and founder of Esurg Corporation.
Dr. Mayer attended the University of Illinois at Chicago for both his undergraduate and medical degrees. He completed his internship and residency at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in cardiac anesthesia. Additionally, he co-produced the patient safety educational film series titled “The Faces of Medical Error…From Tears to Transparency,” which won numerous awards including the prestigious Aegis Film Society Top Short Documentary Award.
Most recently, Dr. Mayer was listed on the Becker’s Hospital Review 2017 and 2018 lists of Top 50 people leading patient safety. He was one of four medical professionals presented with the 2017 Humanitarian Award from the Patient Safety Movement Foundation for his lifesaving achievements in patient safety. He was selected by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) as an International Quality and Safety Expert, has been presented with the 2013 Founders’ Award from the American College of Medical Quality, the University of Illinois/American Association of Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award for his commitment to teaching, service and patient advocacy, and was recognized by the Institute of Medicine in Chicago in 2010 with the Sprague Patient Safety Award.
He regularly presents and writes on topics related to quality and patient safety, and has received grant funding from the United States Department of Education, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.
Michael A.E. Ramsay, MD, FRCA
Baylor Scott & White Research Institute
Chairman, Patient Safety Movement Foundation; Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, Baylor University Medical Center, and President of Baylor Scott & White Research Institute
In March 2020, Dr. Ramsay was appointed Chairman of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation taking Joe Kiani’s place.
Dr. Ramsay is Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, a position that he has held since 1989. He is also Co-Medical Director of Operating Room Services. He serves as a member of the Baylor University Medical Center Board of Trustees and is also a member of the Medical Board. He is Director of Anesthesia for the liver transplant program and has personally provided anesthesia for over 1,000 liver transplant recipients. Dr. Ramsay is Past President of the International Liver Transplantation Society. Dr. Ramsay was recently appointed as an at-large delegate to the United Network for Organ Sharing and is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Transplant Anesthesia. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Patient Safety Movement Foundation and serves as the Chair of the “Failure to Rescue: Post-operative Respiratory Depression” workgroup.
Dr. Ramsay is a Professor at Texas A & M Health Science Center and holds a clinical professorship in anesthesiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School as well as in the Department of Periodontics at Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A & M University.
In addition, Dr. Ramsay is the developer of the Ramsay Sedation Scale, a measurement designed for interpreting the depth of sedation for patients in the critical care unit. This scale has been adopted around the world. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and numerous chapters in text books. He was a member of the Sedation Analgesia Guidelines Task Force of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. This group came out with new guidelines for the management of Pain, Agitation and Delirium in Adult ICU patients in January 2013.
As President of Baylor Scott & White Research Institute (BSWRI), Dr. Ramsay leads clinically relevant research efforts for Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH). Since joining the organization, he has developed a successful infrastructure that has increased the number of clinical trials from 250 to more than 2,000 active trials today. The mission of BRI is expressed in the following statement: “To improve the medical care and well-being of our community – nationally and internationally – through innovative, clinical research that is consistent with the mission, vision and values of Baylor Scott & White Health.” He executed a multimillion dollar collaboration agreement with La Roche pharmaceuticals that supports very early research projects and accelerates their completion. This was a pilot project and has now been replicated at many academic centers around the world.
Dr. Ramsay is currently involved in a number of clinical research projects for which he is the principal investigator. His current research includes the role of nitric oxide in ameliorating the reperfusion injury in liver transplantation. He also is a Principal Investigator of several NIH-funded clinical trials to improve the outcomes of trauma victims.
President & CEO
The Leapfrog Group
Leah Binder is President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit based in Washington, DC, representing employers and other purchasers of health care calling for improved safety and quality in hospitals. She is a regular blogger for Forbes.com, the Huffington Post, and the Wall Street Journal expert forum. She has been named on Modern Healthcare’s national list of the top 25 women in health care in 2013 as well as their annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare since 2009.
Under her leadership, The Leapfrog Group launched the Hospital Safety Score, which assigns letter grades assessing the safety of general hospitals across the country. She has also fostered groundbreaking innovations in the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey, including partnerships to eliminate early elective deliveries, central line-associated bloodstream infections and safe use of health technology.
She sits on numerous national boards and councils, and was cited by Becker’s as one of the nation’s leading experts leading the field of patient safety in 2013.
Her boards include the Institute of Medicine Collaboration on Patient Engagement, the Maternity Care Shared Decision Making Initiative National Advisory Council, the Leadership Advisory Board of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the National Priorities Partnership Board.
Prior to her position at The Leapfrog Group, Ms. Binder spent eight years as vice president at Franklin Community Health Network, an award-winning rural hospital network in Farmington, Maine. She previously worked as a senior policy advisor for the Office of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in New York City and started her career at the National League for Nursing, where she handled policy and communications for more than 6 years.
Ms. Binder has a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and two master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, one from the Annenberg School of Communication and the other from the Fels Institute of Government.
United States Senator
A forceful advocate for families, children, consumers, the environment and her State of California, Barbara Boxer became a United States Senator in January 1993 after 10 years of service in the House of Representatives and six years on the Marin County Board of Supervisors. In November 2010, she was reelected to her fourth term in the Senate.
A national leader on environmental protection, Senator Boxer is the first woman to chair the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). She is a powerful advocate for clean air and water and has been leading efforts in the Senate to craft a 21st century transportation policy for the United States.
Senator Boxer also chairs the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, making her the only sitting Senator to chair two Senate committees. She is a senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she chairs the first subcommittee ever to focus on global women’s issues.
Senator Boxer is also a member of the Democratic leadership in the Senate, serving as the Chief Deputy Whip since 2005.
As Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, she secured passage of the Water Resources Development Act, which authorized $1.3 billion for 54 flood control, ecosystem restoration and navigation projects in California. The bill had languished for six years until she led the fight to pass it and override a veto by President George W. Bush.
In 2010, Senator Boxer led the bipartisan effort in the Senate to extend the Highway Trust Fund, which helped protect 1 million jobs in transportation nationwide.
Senator Boxer has won numerous awards for her efforts to create a cleaner, healthier environment and for her dedicated work to address the threats of climate change. She has fought to remove arsenic from drinking water and authored an amendment ensuring that drinking water standards protect children. She has led efforts in Congress to protect California’s coast from offshore oil drilling and fought to end the unethical use of human subjects in pesticide testing by federal agencies.
A champion of quality public education, Senator Boxer wrote landmark legislation establishing the first-ever federal funding for afterschool programs. Her law now covers 1.7 million children. She continues to work to expand afterschool programs nationwide as chair of the Senate Afterschool Caucus.
To ensure that generations of Californians will be able to enjoy our natural heritage, Senator Boxer wrote laws designating more than 1 million acres of California wilderness. Boxer also authored the California Missions Preservation Act to protect and restore California’s 21 historic missions, and led the effort in the Senate to create the Manzanar National Historic Site.
To protect children from dangerous toys, Boxer authored a provision in the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Commission Law requiring children’s products sold over the Internet to list cautionary warnings in their advertisements. She has also led efforts to protect children from lead and other dangerous chemicals.
Senator Boxer is a champion of airline passengers’ rights, and her legislation with Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) to protect passengers from being stuck on planes for hours without food, water or access to restrooms became the centerpiece of Department of Transportation rules that have reduced tarmac delays nationwide.
In 2010, she founded the Senate Military Family Caucus to help address the challenges faced by families of U.S. service members who sacrifice so much for our country. She worked to establish the West Coast Combat Care Center in San Diego to ensure that severely wounded service members in the West have access to the highest quality care. She also helped create the Defense Task Force on Mental Health and secured millions in federal funding to improve medical care for severely burned soldiers.
A strong proponent of life-saving medical research, Senator Boxer wrote bipartisan legislation to accelerate America’s contribution to combat global HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
A leading defender of a woman’s right to choose, Senator Boxer helped lead the floor fight for passage of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. She continues to lead efforts to stop extremists in Congress from attacking women’s health and a woman’s right to privacy.
In 2010, she wrote a measure to end taxpayer bailouts of Wall Street by ensuring that financial firms – not taxpayers – will pay all the costs of liquidating failing Wall Street firms. She also co-wrote legislation to increase lending to small businesses through community banks.
Senator Boxer has worked to revitalize the economy by supporting targeted tax cuts, a permanent Research and Development tax credit, accelerated depreciation of new business equipment, and tax credits for broadband investments focused on rural and underserved areas. She co-authored the bipartisan — Invest in the USA Act of 2004,‖ which provided tax incentives for U.S. companies to bring overseas profits back home to create jobs and spur economic growth.
To help homeowners, Senator Boxer wrote a measure requiring that homeowners be alerted within 30 days if their lender sells or transfers their home mortgage loan. She wrote a bipartisan measure to ensure that banks cannot act as real estate brokers to prevent conflicts of interest.
In response to the September 11th attacks, Senator Boxer wrote the law requiring that air marshals be on board high-risk flights and the law allowing airline pilots with special training to carry guns in the cockpit.
She is the author of the Syria Accountability Act, which strengthened sanctions against Syria over the country’s support for terrorism. She also wrote a bipartisan measure to ensure that POWs who died in captivity would be eligible to receive the Purple Heart.
Senator Boxer joined colleagues to pass the 1994 Crime Bill, which led to the lowest crime rate in 25 years. She has worked to fund anti-gang programs, pass the Violence Against Women Law (VAWA), and the Community Policy – COPS‖ Program. Her bill to prevent the criminal use of personal information obtained through motor vehicle records was signed into law and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. She has authored the Violence Against Children Act, based on the successful Violence Against Women Act.
Senator Barbara Boxer met her husband of 48 years, Stewart Boxer, at Brooklyn College. The couple moved to California in 1965 to raise their two children, Doug and Nicole. They have been blessed with four grandchildren–Zachary, Zain, Sawyer and Reyna.
HBO's BLEED OUT
Steve Burrows is a comedic storyteller.
This multiple award-winning writer/director/performer has been reinventing stereotypes and challenging expectations in film, television, commercials and theatre for over two decades. His original voice – coupled with his edgy, character-driven humor – has made his work a favorite around the world, where his range in comedy is as diverse as the locations of his shoots – London, Rome, Tokyo, Glasgow, Bangkok, New Zealand, South Africa and Milwaukee, Wisconsin to name a few.
After graduating from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Burrows began his career in Chicago joining Second City Director Del Close as a member of the famed, groundbreaking improvisational comedy group, Baron’s Barracudas.
He then moved behind the camera, relocating to L.A. and making his first film, “The Soldier of Fortune” – a short about his actual appearance and subsequent humiliation on “The Wheel of Fortune” game show. The film went on to win a slew of festival awards. From there, Burrows became a writer and performer for the legendary comedy troupe, The Groundlings, leading to stints on everything from “Seinfeld” to “America’s Funniest Home Videos” to over 200 TV spots – including a litany of appearances on the Super Bowl.
After writing an original screenplay for 20th Century Fox, Burrows made his directorial feature film debut with “Chump Change”, bowing at the prestigious AFI Film Festival to rave reviews. It then played to sellout crowds at the HBO Comedy Fest in Aspen, winning the Audience Award / Best Feature. It is there Miramax Films acquired “Chump Change” for distribution.
Burrows then went on to win over 75 awards for writing/directing television commercials on five continents – including the Cannes Lion, a plethora of Addy and Telly awards – not to mention the New York Festivals Grand Gold for the iconic Accuserv “Paper Tray” – a spot which now resides in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
Burrows then went viral with the award-winning “Glass Nickel Pizza Anthology”, where popular demand prompted Burrows to take his creation a step further, resulting in “The King Kaiser Show” – an award-winning television sitcom about a show within a show within a show.
In a complete career 180°, Burrows dropped out of Show Business to take care of his mother, who had gone in for a routine partial hip replacement and came out in a coma with permanent brain damage. For real. The insane years that followed – fighting for his Mom’s life and for medical and legal justice – became Burrows latest feature, the award-winning, critically acclaimed HBO documentary film, “Bleed Out”.
Back in the saddle, Burrows is now working on several television and feature film projects, including a comedy and a drama. He is also writing his first book.
Patient Safety Movement Foundation
Alicia Cole had been a successful working actress whose only experience with healthcare was playing doctors on TV. All that changed, however, when she learned in 2006 that she needed a “routine” procedure to remove two small uterine fibroids. Originally, she was scheduled to be home in two days, but that never took place. She left the operating room with a fever, nausea, and pain, and her condition declined from there.
Five days later, during the evening dressing check, Alicia’s mother noticed a small black dot near the incision. In just over an hour, the dot morphed into a quarter-sized pustule. Right then and there, the doctor and Alicia’s mother performed a bedside surgical procedure, cutting open her abdomen and draining the toxic fluid. A terrified Alicia would eventually be diagnosed with multiple hospital-acquired infections including necrotizing fasciitis.
Alicia’s near-fatal case of flesh-eating disease turned her entire midsection into something out of a horror movie and her two-day hospital stay turned into: one month in ICU, two months in the hospital, six additional surgeries, near amputation of her leg, a year and two months of twice-a-day home health care for dressing changes, five months of daily hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments and three years of treatment at a wound care center for an open, draining abdomen. Six years later, she is still in physical therapy and undergoing pelvic floor rehabilitation.
Alicia’s hospital was later cited for violation of five state laws and ten federal laws for patient safety, infection control, and unsanitary conditions in their operating rooms. An ICU nurse later shared that Alicia was his third patient with NF disease and the only one to survive.
With a talk-to-type program from her bed, Alicia began to share her experience via emails, blogs and social media to educate others. In 2008, she and her parents founded the Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients (ASAP) as an education and awareness organization. Alicia became co-sponsor of California Senate Bill 158, a measure that helps ensure that hospitals maintain a sanitary environment and mandates public reporting of hospital-acquired infection rates, it also established training programs for hospital infection control professionals. The bill was signed into law in September 2008.
Alicia was also appointed to the state HAI Advisory Committee and has worked tirelessly on the Education and Public Reporting Subcommittee. This year, she also became a member of the State of Wyoming HAI Advisory Group and Chair of the Engagement Committee. She has worked with the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project, lobbied on Capitol Hill, presented at the CMS QualityNet Conference, and was among the inaugural class of patient advocates invited to contribute at the IHI National Quality Forum. All this between making her weekly doctor appointments and physical therapy!
Alicia is also currently a graduate certificate candidate in the Healthcare Management & Leadership Program at UCLA and consulted on the development of the school’s new Patient Advocate Program.
Jack Gentry is a lifelong Baltimore resident. He graduated from Loyola University in 1975 with a BA in political science and a BA in history. Jack joined the Baltimore City Police Dept in 1975 and worked in various fields of law enforcement throughout his 37 year career. His expertise included 26 years of hostage negotiation, 14 of which he served as the instructor and coordinator of the team. In 1994, Jack became a member of the Baltimore City SWAT team, eventually serving as a team leader. As part of the SWAT team, Jack was also a member of the Emergency Services Unit. Jack was a highly decorated police agent throughout his extensive career. His awards included 4 Bronze Stars, 5 Unit Citations, a Life Saving award, a Mayoral Citation of Valor, 2 Police Commissioner Ribbons of Excellence, and a Departmental Accommodation Ribbon. He was a 1987 nominee for Baltimore City police officer of the year and in 1988 he was given the Maryland State Police Officer of the Year award. In 2012 Jack retired from the Police Dept.
In addition to his police career, he was an avid wood worker and carpenter, designing and building custom cabinets and furniture. He also spent 12 years as a little league baseball coach and enjoyed skiing, camping, spelunking, hiking, rock climbing, golfing, sailing, traveling and competitive running. Additionally, he and his wife, Teresa, raised 3 successful boys.
While looking forward to an active retirement, Jack’s plans changed drastically when, in April 2013, he was seriously injured as a result of a medical error during an elective surgery to repair two bulging discs in his neck. Jack was paralyzed from the neck down.
Martin J. Hatlie, JD
MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety
Marty Hatlie is CEO of Project Patient Care (PPC, a non-profit organization that uses the voice
of the patient to improve care. PPC’s mission is to mobilize the diverse healthcare stakeholders in metropolitan Chicago to provide the best possible care to every patient every time, by eliminating preventable harm and implementing systemic change to ensure consistent excellence. He also is Co-Director of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety.
Drawing on experience as a civil rights attorney, malpractice defense litigator, lobbyist and coalition-builder, Hatlie is active in both public and organizational policy development on patient safety, litigation reform and patient safety issues. He works extensively with consumers and organizations to foster the cultural paradigm shift necessary to support a patient-centered, systems-based approach to the delivery of healthcare services. Hatlie is active in U. S. federal health system transformation work as a consultant on several projects funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
He was a lobbyist for the American Medical Association for many years. In 1996, he was instrumental in developing the first Annenberg Conference on Patient Safety. In 1997, he coordinated the establishment of the National Patient Safety Foundation and served as its founding Executive Director (1997-99). From 2000 through 2002, Hatlie served as the National Chair of VHA Inc.’s Accelerated Learning Initiative on Patient Safety, working with VHA member
hospitals across the country.
Mr. Hatlie is the co-editor of the Patient Safety Handbook (Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2003), one of the first textbooks in the field of patient safety. He has authored numerous articles addressing patient safety, patient engagement and medical liability issues. Among other activities, p4ps develops case-based training tools exploring systems problems that produce adverse patient events. Its interactive educational programs, the First Do No Harm® video series, developed in partnership with the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions, are used widely in more than 40 countries.
Mr. Hatlie currently serves in Board of Directors positions for Consumers Advancing Patient Safety, the Leapfrog Group Board of Directors, the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management and MacNeal Hospital. He currently serves on advisory bodies for AHRQ, the Joint Commission and National Quality Forum. He also serves on the Steering Committees of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, the National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety Action Plan and Patients for Patient Safety (PFPS), a part of the World Health Organization’s Patient Safety Programme. Hatlie has helped organize and facilitate numerous workshops in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe that prepare participants to be PFPS Patient Safety Champions.
Previously, Mr. Hatlie was a member of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Session on Medical Error and served on the boards of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, the Physician Insurers Association of America, the American Tort Reform Association and Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus. He was the Founding Chair of both the Health Care Liability Alliance and the National Medical Liability Reform Coalition – both are Washington, D.C.-based coalitions that advocate civil justice and patient safety reform. Mr. Hatlie is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Illinois.
John T. James, earned a PhD in pathology in 1982 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore. He was board certified in toxicology in 1986 and is now a retired toxicologist, having spent most of his professional career as NASA’s chief toxicologist. He became a patient safety activist after the death of his 19-year old son, a junior at Baylor University, due to uninformed and unethical medical care. The story is told in his 2007 book A Sea of Broken Hearts. In 2008 he founded Patient Safety America to educate the public about the dangers of medical care. In 2013 he published a seminal article in the Journal of Patient Safety, using recent data to estimate that 440,000 Americans die prematurely each year due to preventable mistakes made during their hospitalization. In 2014 he testified to a Senate Subcommittee on medical errors. He co-edited a book called The Truth about Big Medicine, which was published in 2015. Chapter authors included MDs, nurses, change leaders and PhDs. His current work focuses on informed consent, patient rights, and reducing diagnostic errors. He serves in a half-dozen patient safety and care-quality groups.
Mothers Against Medical Error
Several days after surgery to repair a condition called pectus excavatum (a structural defect in which the chest wall does not grow straight), Lewis experienced “the worst pain imaginable.” It was the first indication that Lewis had a perforated ulcer, a side effect of medication he was being given for pain. It was three days out of surgery and Lewis should have been getting better. But the pain in his stomach area—not in his chest, where he had the operation—was not better. In a hospital with modern technology and vast technical resources, this healthy 15-year-old bled to death over 30 hours while those caring for him missed signs that he was in grave peril. Experts said that Lewis wasn’t properly monitored. A routine blood test probably would have shown Lewis was bleeding internally, but it was never ordered.
Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt, MP
Former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care, United Kingdom
Jeremy Hunt has been a Conservative Member of Parliament for South West Surrey since May 2005.
In May 2010 Jeremy was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, during which time he oversaw a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in the summer of 2012. He had shadowed this brief in opposition since July 2007. From September 2012 to July 2018, Jeremy held the position of Secretary of State for Health. He was reappointed in the role in January 2018 with the added responsibility of Social Care. In June 2018, Jeremy became the longest serving Secretary of State for Health in British history.
In July 2018, Jeremy was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, a position he held until July 2019.
Born on 1 November 1966, Mr. Hunt studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. He lives in Godalming and London with his wife Lucia and their three young children.
Jamie Thomas King
English-American Artist, Actor and Writer
Jamie Thomas King is an English-American artist, actor and writer. He studied painting at Fine Arts College in London and acting at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Since graduating in 2002, Jamie has performed at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and on London’s West End. He has entertained international film and television audiences in “The Tudors,” “Mad Men” and “Mr. Turner,” to name a few. Throughout his acting career, Jamie has never been too far from his painting studio and has frequently undertaken private commissions. His creative process has always been driven by a fundamental sense of awe and curiosity for life. This has led him on an even deeper spiritual journey. He has meditated daily for over 20 years and studied many different styles of yoga and other healing modalities. Jamie believes in the transcendent power of art and storytelling to connect people and elevate the human experience. Following the tragic and preventable death of his youngest son Benjamin in 2016, Jamie has been propelled into the world of patient safety. He is using his voice to raise awareness about the issues surrounding medical negligence, safety guidelines and the disturbing trends of litigation culture within the healthcare system. He is currently writing a feature film based on the life of patient-safety advocate, James Titcombe. Jamie lives in Toronto with his wife Tamara Podemski, their son Oliver and their two dogs.
Peter Lachman, MD, MMed, MPH, MBBCh, FRCPCH, FCP(SA), FRCPI
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Lachman M.D. MPH. M.B.B.Ch., FRCPCH, FCP (SA), FRCPI assumed the position of ISQua Chief Executive Officer on 1st May 2016. He has great experience as a clinician and leader in quality improvement and patient safety.
Dr Lachman was a Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellow at IHI in 2005-2006 and developed the quality improvement programme at Great Ormond Street Hospital where he was the Deputy Medical Director with the lead for Patient Safety. Prior to joining ISQua, Peter was also a Consultant Paediatrician at the Royal Free Hospital in London specialising in the challenge of long-term conditions for children.
Dr Lachman has been the National Clinical Lead for SAFE, a Heath Foundation funded RCPCH programme which aims to improve situation awareness in clinical teams. In Ireland he is Lead International Faculty at the RCPI in Dublin, where he co-directs the Leadership and Quality programme to develop clinical leaders in quality improvement. He is co-founder and Chairperson of PIPSQC, the Paediatric International Patient Safety and Quality Community.
Edwin Loftin, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
SVP Integrated and Acute Care Services/ Chief Nursing Officer
Parrish Medical Center
Mr. Loftin is a progressive senior healthcare executive who cultivates a culture of healing and person and family-centered care.
Mr. Loftin led the medical center’s efforts to become the first in the nation to earn The Joint Commission’s Integrated Care Certification.
Under his leadership, Parrish Healthcare has maintained an impeccable quality and patient safety record including Patient Safety Movement Foundation 5-Star.
Parrish Healthcare is also a member of the world-renown Mayo Clinic Care Network.
Loftin’s community service includes serving on The Joint Commission Clinical Advisory team for Vizient Inc., Vizient SE and Truven Advisory Committee; Board member of The Safe Care Group; member of advisory boards for UCF and EFSC Colleges of Nursing; board chair of the Space Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross; and serving as the United Way of Brevard Employee Campaign Manager. Loftin is the recipient of the 2017 Steven Moreau International Humanitarian from the Patient Safety Movement Foundation.
Loftin earned his Doctorate from University of Central Florida, Master of Business Administration degree from East Carolina University and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, North Carolina. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives.
Jake Lyon is a live commentator for the Overwatch League and a partnered content creator on Twitch.tv and Youtube. Drawing on his personal experience as a professional player for the Houston Outlaws, Jake brings the perspective of a veteran esports competitor to long-term fans and newcomers alike.
Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, MD, DPH
World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists
Dr. Mellin-Olsen is cand. med. from the University of Trondheim, Norway, from 1982. In 1987, she was the first Norwegian female physician to complete her (voluntary) military services, which she did by serving for the UNIFIL Forces in South Lebanon. She got involved in patient safety initiatives during her residency training in Trondheim University Hospital where she got her specialty in 1992. She has worked for the Red Cross in Pakistan and Serbia. She was the medical director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa for MedAire, Inc, based in Tampe, AZ, for ten years, dealing with remote medical advice, including for aviation and maritime. Since 2002, she has held a full-time clinical post in Baerum Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
Both in her home country and internationally, Jannicke is known for her dedication to organizational work. She has been active in the Veterans’ organization and in national and international medical organizations. During her term in the European Board of Anaesthesiology, she chaired the Patient Safety and Quality Committee before becoming president. During her presidency, she was the driving force for the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology, which was launched in 2010. Since then, this Declaration has been signed and supported in all regions of the world and has become the industry standard. She is currently the secretary of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and the president-elect of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists. In her home country, she is known as a promoter of a non-punitive approach to medical errors, according to the model of the NTSB’s. She is particularly committed to human factors, communication, and involvement of patients, relatives, and clinical staff as experts to improve patient safety.
Jannicke’s publication list mainly contains articles and book chapters related to patient safety, education, and manpower. She is a well-known speaker at anaesthesiology meetings globally and holds several honorary positions.
Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, FACHE, FASA
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., MSHCA, FACHE, FASA, is president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). She was elected for a one-year term in October 2018.
Dr. Peterson is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Driscoll Health System; emeritus staff at Driscoll Children’s Hospital; and president and CEO of Driscoll Children’s Health Plan, a non-profit, community-based health insurance plan, in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is also a clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Dr. Peterson has served ASA in numerous roles, most recently as ASA first vice president. She has served as ASA treasurer and chair of the ASA Section on Fiscal Affairs. Additionally, Dr. Peterson has been on the ASA Board of Directors since 2006 and is a member of the ASA Charitable Foundation’s Board of Directors. She was also treasurer of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (an ASA related organization) from 2012-2017.
Dr. Peterson serves on the Executive Committees of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists and Nueces County Medical Society. She has been an active member of the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association since 1984.
Dr. Peterson received her Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University. She completed her Doctor of Medicine and anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she was elected chief resident. Dr. Peterson also completed a Master of Science in Health Care Administration at Trinity University in San Antonio. She is board-certified in anesthesiology and critical care medicine.
Dr. Peterson resides in Corpus Christi, Texas with her husband, Rafael Coutin, M.D. They are the proud parents of three sons, Christopher, Mark and Steven.
Donna Prosser, DNP, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, BCPA
Chief Clinical Officer
Patient Safety Movement Foundation
Dr. Donna Prosser has been in the healthcare industry for more than 30 years and is currently the Chief Clinical Officer at the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. She spent the first fifteen years of her career at the bedside and transitioned into administration after a personal experience helped her to understand just how fragmented and unsafe patient care can be. This experience ignited a passion to improve healthcare quality and safety in her that continues to burn to this day.
Prior to joining the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, Dr. Prosser worked as a healthcare consultant, helping organizations across the United States to improve quality and safety, increase patient engagement, and reduce clinician burnout. Before beginning her consulting career, she was responsible for clinical practice improvement across Martin Health System, while also functioning as Site Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer for the system’s largest hospital. She previously held administrative, education, and clinical roles at both Carteret Health Care and the Washington Hospital Center.
Dr. Prosser received a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Central Florida, a Master of Science in Nursing at Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at George Mason University. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is board certified as a Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as a Patient Advocate by the Patient Advocate Certification Board.
Raj Ratwani, PhD
MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare
Raj is the vice president of scientific affairs for the MedStar Health Research Institute, the director of the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare and an associate professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. As director, he oversees the Center’s vision and strategy and has overall responsibility for Center activities. He is also an active applied researcher serving as principal investigator on numerous grants and contracts, including three research project grant (R01) awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which are among the most prestigious grants. Raj has expertise in health information technology, usability and safety, interruptions and workflow, data visualization, and data science. Raj’s research has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Institutes of Health (NIH), The Pew Charitable Trusts, and industry partners. His work has been published in high-impact journals such as The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and Health Affairs and has influenced both policy and frontline clinical practice. His research has been featured by Politico, Fortune, Kaiser Health News, National Public Radio (NPR), and many other media outlets. He serves on the federal 21st Century Cures Act Health Information Technology Advisory Committee and has testified to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. He holds a doctorate in human factors and applied cognition and was a National Research Council post-doctoral fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. He enjoys spending time with family, traveling, distance running, and tennis.
Wayne Huey-Herng Sheu, MS, MD, PhD
Taichung Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan
Prof. and Dr. Sheu is the superintendent of Taichung Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan and holds several adjunct and consulting professor of medicine at several medical schools in Taiwan including National Defense Medical Center, National Yang Ming University, both at Taiwan. He is currently the president of Taiwan Public Hospital Association, as well as the immediate past president (2013-2019) of Diabetes Association, Taiwan and the immediate past chair (2016 to 2017) of the IDF-WPR.
Dr. Sheu had led a team in Taichung Veterans General Hospital, located at central Taiwan, as the most prestigious smart hospital in Taiwan. This hospital was the first film-free and paper-free hospital. By employing central dashboard they had shown how to improve quality of diseases control for inpatients as well as outpatients care when back to community. They also develop dynamic visualized control and several lean processes to greatly run operations room efficiently.
Dr. Sheu has authored and co-authored more than 390 original articles in the areas of Diabetes, Endocrinology, Hypertension, Obesity and Coronary Heart Disease. Dr. Sheu and this team has been actively participated many international clinical trials, such as TECOS, EXSCEL, REWIND, CREDENCE etc. He has frequently been invited to deliver speech in domestic and internal medical conferences. He also serves as editorial board member of as reviewer for many scientific journals, including Diabetes Care, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, American Journal of Hypertension, Circulation Journal of Biomedical Sciences, Journal of Diabetes Investigation to name a few.
Anthony Staines, Ph.D
Patient Safety Program Director
Fédération des hôpitaux vaudois, Switzerland
After an MBA (Master of Business Administration) at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) and an MPA (Master of Public Administration) at IDHEAP (Lausanne, Switzerland), Anthony Staines obtained a Ph.D. in Management at University of Lyon (France). He is the author of a doctoral dissertation on the impact of hospital quality improvement programs on clinical outcomes.
He currently runs a portfolio of Patient Safety improvement projects for the Federation of hospitals of Canton Vaud, in Switzerland, and advises a number of hospitals on Patient Safety strategies and projects. He lectures on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at IFROSS, University of Lyon, France. Together with Charles Vincent, he recently coauthored the Swiss National Report on Quality and Safety in Healthcare.
Vonda Vaden Bates
Patient Advocate for Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
Vonda Vaden Bates added patient safety to her speaking topics and consultancy focus after extensively researching how her husband, Yogiraj Charles Bates, died from the most common preventable cause of hospital death, HA-VTE (Hospital Associated-Venous Thromboembolism.) Stalled attempts to engage the hospital redirected Vonda’s attention to patient safety everywhere. Aiming to avoid similar outcomes for other patients and providers, she compassionately sheds light on the impact opaque hospital cultures have upon grieving families. Advocating every player in the care arena, Vonda brings 20+ years of professional success to influence advancements in patient safety. She is the Sr. Trainer and Facilitator for 10th Dot Transformations®.
Rock stars come and rock stars go. In an everchanging landscape of shifting musical trends, few artists stand the test of time. Belinda Carlisle is one of those rare talents who continues to remain relevant after nearly four decades in the business. Amidst changing tastes, the gifted and glamorous singer-songwriter has indelibly touched the hearts of pop fans around the world with her unique blend of gutsy vocals, emotively charged melodies and picturesque lyrics.
With a multi-dimensional, internationally acclaimed recording catalog and countless tours showcasing her chameleonic musical prowess, the woman who began her career as co-founder and lead vocalist of groundbreaking all-female new wave/rock band The Go-Go’s has amassed worldwide sales in excess of 15 million albums and singles. The Go-Go’s played a pivotal role in setting the tone of 1980s pop with their self-penned, multi-platinum debut album, Beauty and the Beat. Buoyed by Carlisle’s unmistakably emotive and edgy phrasing, the international top-10 singles “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “We Got the Beat” became enduring anthems for independent women from ages eight to 80 while redefining traditionally restrictive notions of so-called “girl groups.”
When the Go-Go’s went their separate ways in 1985 after three game-changing LP’s (boasting further timeless anthems like “Vacation” and “Head Over Heels”), Belinda wasted no time in greasing the wheels for a solo career based on musical individuality and authenticity. Teaming with prolific film, TV, and record producer Michael Lloyd, she quickly released Belinda in 1986 and scored an out-of-the-box, gold-certified smash via the romantic slice of classic pop that is “Mad About You.” The unforgettable tune rocketed to #3 on the US pop charts, and its accompanying music video became a staple on MTV. A home video release filmed at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles previewed the energetic stage presence that legions of fans would come to associate with Belinda.
Heaven on Earth, Carlisle’s 1987 sophomore solo album, was undoubtedly the catalyst in transforming her from a successful artist with a loyal following to a household name in demand in arenas across the globe. The album’s lead-off single, “Heaven Is a Place on Earth,” climbed the top ten in no less than twelve countries while achieving multiple gold and silver certifications. Bolstered by an iconic video directed by Academy Award- winning actress Diane Keaton, the anthemic, driving pop gem marked the first of more than twenty top-charting global singles from five Carlisle albums reaching gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales marks.
The Grammy-nominated “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” was followed in 1988 by “I Get Weak” and “Circle in the Sand,” which put Belinda-mania into full effect alongside the commencement of Carlisle’s Good Heavens tour. The next year, she upped the ante even further with the Runaway Horses album and world tour. Six intercontinentally impactful singles, including “Leave a Light On” (featuring none other than The Beatles’ George Harrison on slide guitar), “La Luna,” and “Summer Rain,” kept her on the charts
into early 1991, and she wasted no time entering the studio once again for the eclectic
follow-up, Live Your Life Be Free. Blending her signature classic pop-inspired sound with hip dance influences, the album yielded a handful of hits across Europe including her own “Little Black Book” as well as “Half the World.”
The mid-‘90s signaled significant changes in Carlisle’s career and life. Becoming a mother, she relocated from her native Los Angeles to southeastern France and took creative control of her fifth solo disc, 1993’s Real. She served as co-producer and co- writer for over half of the album, which simmered with punk-driven undertones that informed her musical beginnings in the late ‘70s while still remaining boldly modern—as evidenced by the top-20 UK hit, “Big Scary Animal.” After a brief reunion with The Go- Go’s in 1994, she expanded her solo horizons further with the 1996 release of A Woman and A Man. The song selection showcased her vocal command in a variety of musical contexts via singles such as the sultry and soulful “Love in the Key of C” and the pensive West Coast Pop ballad “California,” featuring none other than The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson on backing vocals.
Although a decade would pass before the release of her next studio album, Carlisle broadened her horizons in a number of outside ventures. Aside from actively engaging in work for non-profit organizations such as PETA and Greenpeace, she became a world traveler (outside of the touring circuit, that is) and reunited with her original bandmates for 2001’s God Bless The Go-Go’s. Several years later, she put into practice her love of the French language and her adopted homeland’s chanson style for her seventh solo set, 2007’s Voila. Showcasing her vocal savoir faire on coveted nuggets such as “La Vie En Rose,” “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” and “Bonnie Et Clyde,” the album featured the keyboard wizardry of Brian Eno and backing vocals by cross-cultural sensation Natacha Atlas.
2010 saw the publication of Carlisle’s revealing autobiography, Lips Unsealed, in which she discussed in depth the fascinating late-‘70s Los Angeles punk scene of which she was an integral part and her personal hard-won victory over substance abuse. The following year, she once again reteamed with The Go-Go’s for the 30th-anniversary ‘Ladies Gone Wild’ tour, during which time the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2014, she widened her humanitarian efforts as co-founder of the India-based Animal People Alliance, which helps both street animals in distress and impoverished women through fundraising and education.
After The Go-Go’s farewell tour in 2016, Carlisle embarked upon her most adventurous musical project yet. Adapting her longstanding love for the practice of Kundalini yoga to her enduring passion for performing, she upped the ante on her studies of the form’s musical premise: Sikh chants performed in Gurmukhi scripture. Combining the music’s traditional mantras with eclectic raga rock sounds, 2017’s Wilder Shores broke new artistic ground with its seamless integration of time-honored Hindu teachings into a modern American pop song structure. The album is Carlisle’s first new full-length recording for Edsel Records, the revered UK label which issued her 2013 comeback pop hit, “Sun”—as well as her entire solo back catalogue in special expanded CD/DVD
In 2018, Carlisle is keeping her touring schedule filled with dates across the UK as well as America, where she will co-headline the ‘Retro Futura Tour’ with ABC in June and July. The spring will bring previews in San Francisco of Head Over Heels, a new musical featuring songs of The Go-Go’s. Produced by Gwyneth Paltrow, the show is set to debut on Broadway at the Hudson Theatre in the summer.
With Carlisle’s string of ‘80s and ‘90s hits recently coming to the attention of a new generation via Edsel’s much-lauded 18-track audio/video set The Collection, she is poised to retain her position as a prime purveyor of timeless pop. Her commitment to her craft and her well-rounded approach to life have kept her going strong throughout her career, and she shows no signs of slowing down.
Justin Kantor, 2018
Dariush’s crusades in the world of art and social activism, as an Iranian artist as well as a humanitarian, have echoed the intimate connection between what is and what should be for over four decades. But his greatest impact lies with the millions of ordinary individuals whose lives he has touched and transformed, many of whom have been inspired by him to try to make the world a better place. His art with a purpose coupled with a passionate belief in the importance of civil liberties and political and human rights has made him an international symbol of a free Iran. By establishing Ayeneh Foundation & Media, an educational nonprofit, he has been empowering communities worldwide with education, awareness, and prevention with regard to such social maladies as the international disease of addiction, the plight of the children of labor, and refugees, and domestic violence among others. He has been an advocate for the establishment of a Health Triangle, consisting of a complementary collaboration between nonprofits, media, and people in an attempt to tackle society’s needs for healing. He has been a messenger of love and compassion to those around the world thriving to make a difference.
McKenna Lee & the Microfixers
Nombre: Sandra Damiana Ruiz González
Escolaridad: Lic. En Ciencias de la comunicación
1993.- Empezó a cantar profesionalmente el 7 de mayo en la ciudad de Chihuahua, desde entonces su carrera ha sido imparable. Heredera de talentos artísticos como sus padres el Sr. Miguel Alberto Ruiz Bejarano y la
bailarina Teresita de Jesús González Rodríguez (+) Sobrina del orgullo chihuahuense la señora “Lucha Villa”.
1995.- Ganadora del premio del heraldo de Chihuahua como la mejor intérprete.
1996.- Grabó su primer material discográfico en forma independiente bajo la dirección de su padre y con temas inéditos del señor Federico Méndez (no tengas miedo), del sr. Federico Regalado (pericia) y otro de su padre el sr. Miguel Alberto (larga espera) entre otros temas ya conocidos.
Participó en el certamen señorita Chihuahua donde obtuvo los títulos de Srita. Talento, Srita. Simpatía y el 3er lugar en la final
Recorrió París y Roma donde tuvo la oportunidad de cantar en el reconocido centro de espectáculos “El Lido de París” acompañada por la orquesta del mencionado lugar.
1997.- Triunfadora del 1er lugar en el festival de “Valores Juveniles” en la categoría de folklore con el tema “Yo traigo el as” de Kiko Campos y de Fernando Riba, bajo la dirección musical de Nando Hernández. Gracias a eso participo en todos los programas de revista como “Pácatelas, Hoy, Al ritmo de la noche, La botana, Siempre en domingo y Otro rollo.
1998.- Representante de la música mexicana en Cannes, Francia en un evento para todas las televisoras del mundo y donde se presentó acompañada por el mariachi Gama 1000 en una actuación especial para el Príncipe de Mónaco, quien la felicito personalmente e hizo varias peticiones como México lindo y el Rey.
Reina de la belleza en el municipio de Cuautitlán Izcalli donde también fue acreedora del título de belleza corporal.
1999.- Hizo labores comunitarias durante su reinado
2001.- Fue reconocida por un periódico del Edo. De México (Foro 10/25), por su entrega y profesionalismo en diferentes facetas artísticas.
2002.- Participó en el Donaton de Tlaxcala, Tlax.
A lo largo de estos años y a la fecha Damiana ha hecho palenques en diferentes ciudades como San Luís Potosí, Guadalajara, Zacatecas, Durango, Puebla, Aguascalientes, Colima, Estado de México y Chihuahua; siendo este el escenario que piso en el 2004 y donde tuvo una respuesta del público sin igual.
También participó el programa de Nuestra Casa bajo la conducción de Coque Muñiz y la Sra. Talina Fernández donde obtuvo uno de los primeros lugares y después se presentó con su grupo siendo invitada especial del mismo programa.
2004.-Abrió el baile de Julio Preciado y al mismo tiempo que este la apadrino junto con “el mimoso”, integrante de la banda El Recodo
2006-2007.-Trabajo para la campaña de la cervecería Moctezuma en la gira “a mover el bote” de la cerveza Montejo, presentándose en la ciudad de Yucatán, Campeche y en el carnaval de Veracruz.
2008.-Contratada por la unión ganadera a nivel nacional para amenizar el evento realizado en Chihuahua dentro de las instalaciones del palacio de gobierno.
En noviembre de este mismo año hizo una revista musical mexicana en el teatro Ferrocarrilero.
2009.-Se presentó en Oklahoma junto a Charly Valentino y el comediante Jota Jota.
2010 – 2011 Apoyando a la Secretaria de Salud, se presentó en dos ocasiones en el Auditorio Nacional en eventos para el Gobierno del DF. Alternando con la presencia de Carlos Cuevas, Alberto Ángel “El Cuervo” y Aranza 2012-2013 Hizo una presentación especial en la obra de teatro Si nos Dejan como
homenaje a su tía Lucha Villa siendo merecedora de un reconocimiento especial.
2015 Recibió galardón por trayectoria a la excelencia profesional como intérprete vernácula.
Se presentó en los programas de: Carlos cuevas “Noche a Noche Contigo”, “México Canta” de Julia Palma y María Elena Beltrán.
Canto en el Teatro Hidalgo haciendo un segundo Homenaje a Lucha Villa, de ahí que su público la ha Bautizado como Damiana Villa.
Invitada al programa Noches Con Platanito en los Ángeles California y entrevistas con Mónica Garza y en los programas La Cuchara, Hoy, Suelta la Sopa, Platicando con Alazraki, entre otros.
2016 Grabó la serie de tv HASTA QUE TE CONOCI La vida de Juan Gabriel interpretando el papel de Queta Jiménez, La Prieta Linda, actuando junto a los actores Julián Román (Juan Gabriel), Julio Bracho, Anette Michel entre otros.
Participó como jurado en un concurso de canto al lado de Chacho Gaytán y Erika Alcocer en el programa Las Tardes Con La Bigorra.
2017 Mención honorífica por preservar la música mexicana.
2018 Presenta su nuevo disco titulado ELLA de la mano de los productores Alazán Rodríguez, Erik Guecha y Joel Solís con si primer sencillo TE QUIERO DIFERENTE el cual ya se encuentra en todas las plataformas digitales.
2019 Participó con un pequeño papel en la serie de Bronco y continuó con la promoción de su disco.
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