Speaker Bios

Alexander Mary

Mary M Alexander, BSN, MSN, RN, AOCN, has 30 years’ experience in oncology nursing. She is dedicated to helping improve oncology patient outcomes by providing disease-state and product-specific education to healthcare professionals. Mary has worked previously as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Research Nurse, Project Manager, and Clinical Trials Educator in Texas and surrounding states.

Mary obtained her BS and MS in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), and has been involved in several local chapters. Mary also served as a board member of Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC).

Eric Cohen

Eric Cohen, RN, MS, has over 20 years’ experience as an oncology nurse in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient infusion, and a community non-profit dedicated to educating and supporting patients and family members throughout the continuum of their care. Eric has always had a strong interest in the ways nutrition can support patients through treatment. In 2013, he received his Masters of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health and since then, has given many talks, nationally and locally, on cancer and nutrition.

Eric has also been an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society, having served nationally as the Nominating Committee Chair in 2011, and locally as President of the Northern Va Chapter.

Sosy Fincher

Sosy Fincher, RN, MSN, AOCN, CNS

Sosy brings in a wealth of experience to this role , ranging from Clinical, Administrative and Operational. She is customer oriented, patient centric, strategic thinking and driven health care professional, with 25+ year of experience in oncology, hematology.

Sosy has navigated through clinical practice and pharmaceutical industry, developing programs, expanding practices, negotiating new payer contracts, and improving patient care outcomes, within a matrix environment with fiscal responsibilities. She has deep understanding and active involvement with compliance and certification of programs.

Sosy received her Master’s Degree in Oncology Nursing from University of California, Los Angeles

Sosy is skilled in planning, designing, organizing, and implementing projects and quality improvement strategies, with proficiency in clinical and financial protocol evaluation, implementation, and analysis.

Sosy has extensive experience in research utilization and use of evidence-based practice to improve health outcomes for individuals, families, communities and health care systems, with acquired In-depth understanding of healthcare payer environment and managed care practices.

As avid educator, over her career through multiple roles, Sosy has conducted educational classes, in traditional class and online application, in small and large settings, formal and informal. Developed educational competencies, forming, mentoring, and coaching diversified teams, to engage and align crews on objectives and resources needed.

Sosy is proficient in interpersonal and communication skills, multilingual, including conflict resolution and change management. Insightful in identifying and removing operational barriers to in improve outcomes and meet organizational priorities.

Erika Hawley

Erika Hawley, RN, BSN, MBA, OCN has over 25 years of experience as a nurse, with expertise in oncology, including multiple tumor types, outpatient BMT, genetics, education, and leadership. She has worked across TN, SC, VA, FL, and OH in various practice settings from private practice to mega practice to a nationally recognized academic health system. She has publications in both ACCC as lead author, and CJON (including podcast) as co-author for Acuity of Care Rating System and The Tools and Processes used to Create a Neutropenic Fever Throughput Team.

Erika has spent the past 10 years in the pharma/biotech industry as an award winning educator for HER2+ breast cancer therapies, a regional leader for a hematologic cancer therapy educator team, and now as Associate Director for the East Region educator team for HER2+ therapy – neratinib.

Erika received her BSN from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN and her MBA from University of Phoenix. She pursued a graduate degree in business after she realized the future of cancer treatment required strong knowledge of access to therapies and care and understanding of the challenges both providers and patients face in the ever-changing landscape.

She is passionate about the positive impact the educator role makes for both providers and patients and enjoys coaching and supporting her team towards continuous growth and development while celebrating their successes. She spends her free time supporting her local breast cancer community in Jacksonville, FL by supporting and running in the Donna marathon for the past 8 years.

Mary Humason

Mary Ellen (Meg) Humason, RN, BSN, ONC has vast experience as a Registered Nurse for more than 40 years, primarily in the field of Oncology, as an Oncology nurse, Nurse Navigator and Case Manager in both the clinic and acute care settings. She brings experience across multiple disease states, public health and home health settings. Her work the past five years has been in the pharmacology field, working as a Clinical Nurse Educator launching novel drugs for Novartis, Janssen Oncology, and most recently Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America, for a novel ALS drug. Meg’s national certifications include: Oncology Nurse Certified, Case Management Certification, and previously Infusion Nurse Certified.

Her work history also includes: Nurse Manager for Walgreen Infusion Services, Nurse Manager in Home Health settings, and Hospital-wide Infusion Coordinator for Surgery and Radiology Placement of Central Lines.

Meg received her BSN at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma WA) and has been a member of multiple professional clinical societies promoting the value of nursing standards of care and nursing best practices. Meg established a Nurse Education Business for clinics and physician offices on Infusion Care outside the hospital setting throughout the Pacific Northwest; in this role, she provided hands-on training and competency testing for medical staff to care for and access venous central lines, utilizing the best standards of care and infection prevention. This allowed many patients living in rural areas of the Pacific Northwest to receive critical nursing care for central lines in their local communities.

Amy M Norton

Amy M Norton, MSN, RN has 13 years of experience in nursing, including multiple disease states and fields of nursing practice. She has spent time as a floor nurse and charge nurse in large trauma centers, home health pediatric nurse per diem, and most recently, several years as an Oncology Nurse Navigator with Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute. She comes with a vast passion for education and advocacy and has dedicated herself to promoting these things to better patient experience and outcomes in both her workplace and Kansas City community.

Amy obtained both her BSN and MSN degrees from the University of Missouri – Kansas City

She currently holds a position on the Kansas City American Cancer Society Chairman’s Circle, is a founder and former president of the local chapter of AONN, served as a member of AONN’s exam writing committee for the Thoracic Exam, Peer Review committee for poster and publication submissions. She is a Cabinet Planning Member for the American Lung Associations’ annual LungForce Glam Event, Member of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s National Leadership Council, and Co-Founder of the Kansas City LCRF Annual Golf Tournament.

Ramsden Cheryl

Cheryl S Ramsden, RN, BSN, has over 35 years’ experience as a Critical Care Nurse, with expertise across multiple disease states including surgical oncology. She previously held executive positions including Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning and Scientific Affairs for several medical education companies, where she provided leadership oversight developing multidisciplinary educational platforms for disease state management including oncology, cardiology, and pulmonology.

Cheryl received her BSN from Indiana University and her Advanced Certifications in Critical Care Nursing from Winona Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. Cheryl was also a lead Research Nurse at Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis, IN, where she coordinated numerous clinical trials for several Principal Investigators across a variety of disease states. She is also the lead and co-author of multiple publications in high-tiered medical journals.

Rosa Laurie

Laurie Rosa BSN, RN, OCN, CBCN, has over 30 years’ clinical oncology nursing experience. Laurie spent 11 years as the Nurse Navigator and Breast Health Specialist in a Community Hospital setting in the New England area. During her time spent in this setting, she built a leading breast health program that worked cross functionally with the medical center and community healthcare providers to serve women of all backgrounds and situations with their breast care needs.

Laurie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her BSN. Additionally, she holds certifications as both a Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN) and an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN).

David Rosales

David Rosales, BA, BSN, RN has worked as a Registered Nurse in Hematology and Oncology for over 7 years. He began his career as Charge Nurse and Nurse Preceptor at the University of Miami Hospital-Department of Surgical Oncology. He also worked part-time as Nurse Educator for Gilda’s Club South Florida (a non-profit cancer support organization) giving lectures on Cancer Awareness and Prevention at different public schools for both high and middle school students. David is a Miami native, and holds two bachelors degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with an emphasis in foreign languages from Florida International University. When he is not working, he enjoys exploring new flavors & dishes, cultures & countries, and meeting new people. David feels that each of these experiences brings him closer to his sense of humanity.

Anne Sosna

Anne Sosna, RN, BSN, has 12 years of experience as an oncology nurse. Prior to becoming a clinical nurse educator, she worked as a nurse navigator in a breast and lung cancer clinic, as a breast center nurse and in inpatient oncology. She also has clinical experience in critical care, cardiology, and public health. With both patient and nursing education, her favorite part is being able to take a complicated principle and make it understandable and useable to improve the patient’s experience.

Pat Washington

Pat Washington, RN, PhD, OCN, has been an oncology nurse for over 35 years. She received her BSN from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, her MSN from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center. She also completed a 1-year Post-Doctoral study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Department of Symptom Management Research in Houston, TX.

Currently Pat serves as the Gulf Coast Clinical Nurse Educator for Puma Biotechnology. Prior to joining Puma Biotechnology, she served as an Executive Area Business Specialist at Janssen Biotech. Pat served ten years as an Sr. Avastin Oncology Clinical Coordinator & Sr. Tecentriq Clinical Specialist at Genentech. Prior to joining Genentech, she served as a Sr. Hospital Clinical Specialist (Hybrid Sales/Educator role) at Amgen for six years. Prior to Amgen she was an Institutional Product Specialist (sales) for OrthoBiotech. Other roles include Adjunct Faculty at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center School of Nursing, Research Assistant at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Department of Symptom Management Research and the University of Texas Center on Aging. She has also worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator for Baylor College of Medicine. Her nursing experience started at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center as well as Louisiana State University Medical Center and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.