Kari completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Western Kentucky University in 1997 and her MSN in 2015. Since 2000 she has worked with the University of Louisville Department of Neurology assisting in the development, growth, and ongoing certification of the Comprehensive Stroke Program. Kari serves on the Department for Public Health Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Steering Committee and chairs the Kentucky Stroke Quality Improvement Project focused on statewide quality improvement for
stroke systems of care. She participates in nationally recognized stroke clinical trials and independent
investigator initiated projects with her work presented at the International Stroke Conference and the American Academy of Neurology. Her clinical duties include serving as an acute stroke telemedicine provider, outpatient stroke and cerebrovascular disease clinics, and partnering with Family Health Centers Louisville to operate a Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Risk clinic focused on Blood Pressure Self-Management and lifestyle modification.
- Lisa Bellamy (UK Norton Stroke Care Network)
- Bonita Bobo (KHDSP Program Manager)
- Lynn Hundley (Norton, Inc)
- Polly Hunt (King’s Daughters Medical Center)
- Abby Loechler (AHA)
- Dolores Luke (Morgan County Appalachian Regional Healthcare)
- Chapman Offutt (Baptist Paducah)
- Bill Singletary (The Medical Center Bowling Green)
- Kyle Williams (Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Air Methods)
Community and Public Health Education and Outreach
Bonita is the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (HDSP) Program Manager at the Kentucky Department for Public Health. She started her nursing career at Kosair Children’s Hospital in the NICU. In 1995, she made the move to public health working at the local level with mothers and babies. Advancing with her local experience, she moved to the state level in 2001 and switched to the adult population. In 2006, she accepted her current position and has spent the last 14 years coordinating and overseeing the implementation of HDSP Program activities, coordination with both internal and external partners, development of materials, and day to day operations. Bonita is also responsible for identifying systems and policy changes to meet heart disease and stroke needs statewide; developing quantitative measures of program effectiveness; and participating on various state and national chronic disease committees.
Data Analysis and Performance Improvement
Sasha-fae Lopez is the Stroke Data Manager for UofL Health Stroke System of Care. She is a graduate from Grand Canyon University, where she received her MSN in nursing informatics. She has utilized her MSN to build Get With The Guidelines uploader to extract discrete data from Electronic Medical Record for faster Stroke Abstraction. Sasha has presented for American Heart Association Webinars and AANN National conference. Currently Sasha is secretary for Local American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Greater Louisville Chapter (KY) until 2021. With her passion for data and process improvement she continues to represent the SEQIP Subcommittee as the Data Analysis and Process Improvement chair.
Door In Door Out (DiDo)
Bill Singletary is a highly dedicated professional with over 33 years of organizational management experience including 24 years of nursing leadership and management experience in the acute care hospital setting. Bill has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Business/Organizational Management. He currently directs the Clinical Documentation Improvement program and serves as the Program Coordinator for both Stroke and Heart Failure at The Medical Center Bowling Green. Bill has successfully led his organization through four Primary Stroke Center Certification surveys by The Joint Commission (TJC). He has also been “tapped” to lead a multidisciplinary team of providers through the TJC certification process for Heart Failure in 2019 as well as Acute Stroke Ready Hospital certification for Med Center Health’s three Critical Access Hospitals in Caverna, Scottsville and Franklin Kentucky.
- Margie Campbell University of Kentucky
- Kathy Carr Owensboro Health
- Cassy Couey U of L Healthcare
- Chauncey Evers Jewish Hospital
- Scott Helle Kentucky Office of Rural Health
- Lynn Hundley Norton Healthcare
- Polly Hunt King’s Daughter’s Hospital
- Sasha-Fae Lopez U of L Healthcare
- Betty McGee St. Elizabeth
- Amy Porter Baptist Louisville
- Shelby Robinson Baptist Paducah
- Pam Stewart Norton Healthcare
- Jason Stiles U of L Healthcare
EMS Outreach and Education Committee
Lacy Shumway is the Stroke Outreach Coordinator for Norton Healthcare. She is a graduate of Indiana University and started her career at Norton as a tech in the Neuro ICU at Norton Brownsboro Hospital in 2009. In 2014 she accepted her current position and has spent the years since coordinating with outside hospitals, educating affiliate hospitals on current standards of care, and educating EMS in Southern Indiana and Kentucky about acute stroke care in the field. She is an active member of SEQIP (Stroke Encounter Quality Improvement Project) in Kentucky and the Stroke Consortium of Indiana. She currently is the Vice-Chair of the Cardiac & Stroke Subcommittee Board at the Kentucky Board of EMS.
Navigating the Stroke Continuum of Care
Carrie is a social worker at the University of Louisville Hospital and works directly under the stroke team. Carrie assists in seeing all Stroke patients in the hospital and providing resources/education to help ease their barriers/burdens after having a stroke. Carrie runs multiple Stroke Support Groups in the community in an effort to help educate stroke survivors/caregivers in the community gain support from other survivors. Carrie is the chair of the Navigating the Stroke Continuum of Care Committee through SEQIP. Our goal is to help other hospitals, agencies and stroke survivors/caregivers by providing education and resources in an effort to help others easily navigate the stroke continuum of care in the hospital and post discharge.
Disease Specific Certification (DSC) Committee
Abigail D. Loechler, MPH is the Senior Manager of Quality Improvement for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association where she has worked for 12 years. In this role, she has direct responsibility over all stroke activities for Kentucky and Ohio with additional oversight of staff leading cardiovascular disease and stroke initiatives in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Abby serves as co-lead of the AHA stroke staff workgroup, represents the AHA on the Ohio Coverdell Leadership Team as well as the Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force and SEQIP. You might have seen her at the AHA’s annual Stroke Coordinator Boot Camp that she has managed since it’s inception in 2014. Abby lives in Columbus, OH with her husband, Zach, and children, Sullivan and twins – Gabe and Lilly.
PRIMARY STROKE CENTER CERTIFICATION
Website Design and Management
Britan Schenk, BHS graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences in 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s of Health Sciences specializing in Clinical Leadership and Management. She started as an intern with the Stroke Care Network in 2016 and has been with the SCN in some capacity ever since. Britan is now the Coordinator for the network that helps improve stroke care in Kentucky and beyond.