Dr. Dana (Clark) Kuriakose, MD
Dana Clark Kuriakose attended Johns Hopkins University and graduated with a BA in neuroscience in 2004. She volunteered with the National AIDS Fund through AmeriCorps for a year prior to entering medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She began her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and then transferred to Harvard Medical School to complete residency in 2013. Dr. Kuriakose returned to New Jersey to complete a fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in 2014. She is board certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. She resides in Orlando with her husband and sees patients at numerous facilities across the Orlando area.
Nana Y. Amoah, Ph.D.
Nana is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Rollins College’s Crummer Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining Rollins College, Nana was the Chair of the School of Accountancy at the Strome College of Business, Old Dominion University.
In addition to holding a Ph.D. and MBA, Nana is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). He has extensive experience in accounting, finance, engineering and project management, and he has consulted for companies in Ghana, U.S. and Canada.
Nana has taught a wide range of accounting courses and his teaching experience is complemented by his research which is primarily focused on fraud deterrence, earnings restatements, securities litigation, internal controls, corporate governance and executive compensation. He has been recognized as a KPMG Scholar and he has received the Distinguished Research Award from the Allied Academies.
When not working, Nana likes to watch a movie, read a book, and listen to music. He also enjoys the beach, boxing, tennis, basketball, soccer and travelling.
Tammy O’Hara is the VP of Sales & Member Relations in the Southeast for Credit Union Executives Society (CUES). She is responsible for the communication of product and service offerings to members, while also gathering intelligence on the hot-button issues facing the industry and identifying the resources necessary to ensure success. Tammy assists in establishing and executing a strategy to grow and foster relationships with existing CUES members and potential members. Tammy has been in the credit union industry for almost 30 years, including over 16 years at Fairwinds Credit Union where she served as President of their subsidiary division. She has also worked with and for other credit union industry leaders and companies while running her own consulting business for five years prior to joining CUES.
Tammy lives in Oviedo, FL. She is the widow of Timothy O’Hara, has 2 boys, Zach and Jeremy, 5 step kids and 1 granddaughter. Tammy enjoys cooking and travel in her spare time.
Helping others has always come naturally to Vinny. With a younger brother who is deaf, Vinny learned early on that while challenges will always be present—with the right attitude, no challenge is insurmountable. As the Director of Public Affairs for Spinalcord.com, Vinny has transformed that website into a community hub that connects individuals with specialists, resources, information and support to address specific needs. Vinny also serves as Director of Operations for nationally recognized law firm, Swope, Rodante P.A. where he oversees the day to day activities of the firm. Vinny is hopeful that his background in marketing and business will help to further the mission of NextStep Orlando. A Boston native, Vinny holds a BS in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts and a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law. Deeply committed to giving back to the community, he also sits on the Board of Directors for the Tampa Baseball Museum and the Ybor City Museum Society. He resides in Tampa with his wife Kristen and their two children.
Pam DeNobile is a certified professional coder with over 28 years experience in the healthcare industry focusing on physician coding, education and compliance. She is currently employed at USF Health - Tampa Campus in the Professional Integrity Office.
Her extensive experience with Inpatient, Outpatient and Physician coding and compliance program implementation includes working with numerous multi-specialty physicians within integrated hospital and physician plans, Academic Medical Centers, Managed Care Organizations and physician group practices. Pam's experience includes working with clients on various clinical coding, charge capture, billing and compliance related projects, designing and implementing education and training programs, establishing internal monitoring and tracking systems and various litigation support services.
Prior to joining USF Health, Pam served as a Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer for a large multi-specialty physician group practice. She also held a key position as instructor for a Coder Specialist program in Central Florida. Additionally she served on the Florida State Department of Education Health Science Education Restructuring Committee. Ms. DeNobile has been a frequent guest lecturer for The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) at their national, state and local coding conferences.
Matthew Bellman received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida. Dr. Bellman joined the Nonlinear Controls and Robotics group as an undergraduate and continued research with the group throughout his graduate career. His research interests revolve around human movement and include robotic exoskeletons, high performance prosthetics, and functional electrical stimulation (FES). His doctoral dissertation was focused on the control of human muscle via FES for the purpose of rehabilitating people with paralysis. Now, Dr. Bellman is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of MYOLYN, a medical technology company that combines robotics and electrical stimulation to improve health and human performance, where he has been responsible for product development, quality management, and regulatory affairs. MYOLYN has commercialized Dr. Bellman’s graduate research – an FES-cycling device for home use designed to be affordable and easy-to-use, making the technology accessible for a wider population than ever before.
Danny Paltjon grew up in New Jersey playing sports and working for his father’s electrical business. After graduating high school, he worked as a mason before venturing out to begin his own landscape construction business.
On May 1, 2003, all of that changed. Danny suffered a spinal cord injury while playing in a men’s softball game. His neck injury left him a C5/C6 quadriplegic. Danny quickly had to adapt to his “new life” in a wheelchair. In 2012, Danny moved to Florida and resides just outside of Orlando with his wife and two children. In 2014, Danny and a friend began the non-profit organization called Oceans of Hope Foundation. The foundation gives those with limited or no mobility the opportunity to access the ocean, and ride the waves in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Each year the foundation hosts three events that continue to grow and in doing so enables approximately 150+ individuals to surf.
Jennifer grew up in a small town in rural Pennsylvania where she lived with her mother and maternal grandparents. Her family instilled in her a love of God, family, community and of course Pittsburgh Steelers Football. She married the love of her life Tom in 2004 and together with their dog Biscuit they love to travel the world.
Jennifer received her master’s degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and subsequently began her career at AdventHealth as a Speech Language Pathologist in 2007. She was promoted to the role of Rehabilitation Clinical Operations Manager at AdventHealth Altamonte in 2014 and eventually Director of Rehabilitation for multiple campuses. During her tenure at AdventHealth, she successfully led her team to achieve several key department performance improvement initiatives including: world class employee engagement scores and improved evaluation turnaround time.
Jennifer is a graduate of both the Horizon and Reach leadership development programs at AdventHealth as well as the 2019 Patient Safety Academy.