Keynote Speaker:
Zsalynn Whitworth, “My 600-lb Life”

Zsalynn Whitworth’s story was featured on TLC’s “My 600-lb Life” in 2014.

Zsalynn has been overweight or obese since childhood. After college, she became very active in a national organization known as NAAFA, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. Being 23 years old and 450 pounds, she learned to carry the stigmatisms and judgments of obesity at a young age.

She has a vast wealth of knowledge to share with the health care industry from a first person point of view.  She is now active in the WLSFA, the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America, where she helps other people of size regain their life and mobility. She always helps fight the idea that people are fat because they want to be.

Lynda Enos, RN, BSN, MS, COHN-S, CPE

Lynda Enos is an occupation health nurse and certified professional ergonomist with over 25 years of work and consulting experience in industrial and health care ergonomics. She has provided consultation in safe patient handling (SPH) and ergonomics for over 40 hospital systems, outpatient clinics and home health and hospice services. Lynda she was a contributor for the American Nurses Association (ANA) Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards 2013 and a coauthor of  the American Association for Safe Patient Handling and Movement “Healthcare Recipient Sling and Hanger Bar Compatibility Guidelines published in April 2016. In 2014, Ms. Enos received the Ergonomics Professional of the Year Award from the Puget Sound Human Factors and Ergonomics society. Lynda is the recipient of the 2017 Advocacy Award for Safe Patient Handling awarded by the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals and the Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation.

Kimberly Falco, DNP, RN

Kimberly Falco works for the Department of Veterans Affairs and is an Adjunct Professor at Nevada State College. She has a long standing professional commitment to Safe Patient Handling, having worked as the coordinator for Las Vegas VA in Southern Nevada. She has over 15 years of nursing experience in a variety of positions. In addition to advocating for the safety of patients and healthcare workers she serves as a clinical representative on numerous local and national committees; collaborating on research projects regarding Safe Patient Handling, Nursing Education and Transition-to-Practice. Kimberly is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Safe Patient Handling and Mobility and has her DNP from University of Nevada Las Vegas in Nursing Executive Leadership. She also enjoys working with her community in a variety of outreach programs aimed at educating our youth and promoting nursing and healthcare professions to the next generation.

Manon Labreche, PT, CEAS II

Manon Labreche is a Physical Therapist and a level 2 Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist. She is the Injury Prevention and Lift team Manager at Tampa General Hospital (TGH) and is responsible for the development and oversight of the safe patient handling, lift team and ergonomic program.  Manon works extensively with the bariatric population and with the multidisciplinary team to help maximize function, enhance staff/patient safety, as well as reduce their length of stay.  She was instrumental with obtaining support to implement the tilt bed technology at TGH for the bariatric population. Manon has served on many national task forces in the past including with the ANA, AORN, OSHA, and Tampa Patient Safety Center. She speaks on a national level on various safe patient handling topics, including how to safely mobilize the bariatric population.  She is currently serving as an advisor for the Florida Hospital Association.Manon has published articles on safe patient handling topics which includes mobilizing bariatric patients.

Captain Paul Mallon

Captain Paul Mallon began his career in 2004 as an EMT first responder. In 2008, he joined Austin-Travis County EMS as a field paramedic and later worked the bulk of his career as a tactical paramedic and field training officer. As a Captain, Paul moved to the Continuing Education team. He has taught trauma care courses for various law enforcement agencies and led the efforts to bring protocols and education to our special operations and field personnel. Captain Mallon has also been an active instructor for multiple national standards courses for many years. In addition to his paramedic education from Del Mar college in Corpus Christi, Texas. Paul graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s of science in nursing. He has level one trauma ED nursing experience as well as cardiac nursing experience.


Wayne Smith, R.T. (R) (MR) (ARRT)

Wayne is a MRI Technologist who has diverse experience in the imaging field including patient care, education, marketing, training, and management.  Wayne’s experience also includes many of the Imaging modalities to include x-ray, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, CT, and Ultrasound and the workflow associated with busy departments. Currently, Wayne Smith is the MRI Supervisor at OHSU, in Portland, OR managing 9 MRI systems and 30 staff members.   Though an Iowa Native, where he obtained his associated of applied Science in Radiologic Technologies in 1979, his career led him to Houston and Dallas, TX.  He currently resides in the Portland OR area. Wayne is actively involved in staff and patient safety and is a member of the Lateral Transfer Committee at OHSU.  His goal is to have the safest environment in imaging, reducing patient safety incidents and employee injury.

Sharon A. Van Wicklin, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), CPSN-R, PLNC

Sharon Van Wicklin is a Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist for the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). She has more than 40 years of experience as a perioperative nurse. Sharon received her BSN and MSN from Middle Tennessee State University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing from the University of Missouri. Sharon is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and Phi Kappa Phi. She holds certification in operating room nursing (CNOR), as an RN first assistant emeritus (CRNFA[E]), as a retired plastic and reconstructive surgical nurse (CPSN-R), and as a legal nurse consultant (PLNC).  Sharon is a member of the School of Nursing faculty of Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Phoenix.

Yeu-Li Yeung, MS, OT/L, CPE, CSPHP

Ms. Yeu-Li Yeung is the Patient Care Ergonomics Coordinator in the Ergonomics Division at Duke University and Health System.  She has 14 years of experience in healthcare ergonomics. Since 2003, her main responsibility is to implement and manage the safe patient handling and mobility program at Duke University Hospital and ambulatory clinics.  She is also responsible for other ergonomic evaluations and training including office work and material handling.  Ms. Yeung is a licensed occupational therapist, a certified professional ergonomist and a certified safe patient-handling professional.