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Susanna (Susie) Blessinger, MSN/Ed., RNC-NIC, NTNMC

Clinical Training Specialist- RN
Clinical Training and Testing Center (CTTC)

After obtaining her BSN from the University of Cincinnati, Susie began her career at Good Samaritan Hospital as an Staff RN in 2008 working as a Clinical Coach and Relief Charge for over four years on 15AB, a Medical/Surgical/Telemetry unit then specializing in Vascular Surgery. In 2013, Susie transferred to the Good Samaritan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and worked as a Staff RN/Clinical Coach there until May of 2020. At this time, Susie transitioned into the Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse Educator II role after obtaining her MSN/Ed. from Mount Saint Joseph University. Susie is certified in Neonatal Intensive Care and Neonatal Massage and is both a Neonatal Resuscitation Program and S.T.A.B.L.E. Program instructor. She is excited to be a part of the CTTC team and to bring her love of neonatal nursing and simulation together!

As a Clinical Training Specialist for CTTC, Susie is responsible for in-hospital and out-of-hospital clinical training programs. She works closely with clinical teams and content experts to prepare training plans and deliver training programs with simulation and hands-on training, to ensure continuing educational needs are met for healthcare providers.

Jennifer Brown, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

Clinical Training Specialist
Clinical Training and Testing Center (CTTC)

Jen began her career at TriHealth in 2012, after graduating with her BSN from the University of Cincinnati. She had always been passionate about women’s health and began her career as a labor and delivery RN. In 2015, she transitioned to the OB float pool, where she cared for neonates, high-risk obstetric, and postpartum patients. In 2020, she became the unit educator for the Advanced Obstetrical Care Unit and OB float pool. Jen is certified in inpatient obstetrics and electronic fetal monitoring. She is a Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) instructor. In 2021, she graduated from Mount St. Joseph, with her Master’s in Nursing Education. She is very passionate about education, with a zest for simulation, that brought her to the Clinical Training and Testing Center as a Clinical Training Specialist.

Jocelyn Kinder, BS, MBA, CCRC

Manager – Clinical Training and Testing Center (CTTC)

Jocelyn received her Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Biological Sciences with a Pre-Medicine focus from the Ohio State University in 2014. She received her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from Xavier University in 2017. Jocelyn began her career in healthcare as an Emergency Medical Technician-B for the State of Ohio for Critical Care Transport in Columbus and Patient Transport Services in Cincinnati for 3 years. She worked in the Research and Education Department for TriHealth in various roles for 5 years and is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. She now leads the team responsible for Clinical and Academic Research and Quality Improvement studies, Minimally Invasive Training and the discovery/training on best practices and innovative solutions to improve patient care practices.

Jen Perkins, B.A.

Regulatory and Operations Specialist
Clinical Training and Testing Center (CTTC)

Jen began her career at TriHealth in 2016 as a surgery scheduler and now works as the Regulatory and Operations Specialist for Clinical Training and Testing Center. Jen serves as the point person for Clinical Research, AAALAC and Simulation Regulatory submission and operations coordination. She is responsible for education and training of new regulatory requirements for new and current team members. Jen also assists in all phases of clinical trial research and serves as an integral part of the team with residents, physicians, sponsors, and other team members to facilitate research studies. Jen is also responsible for coordinating the ongoing non-clinical operational issues of assigned units/departments and provides administrative support to the manager and team members, financial management and reporting, billing, technology support, process improvement projects, scheduling, payroll, contracted employee tracking, supply and forms inventory control, ordering and cost containment.

Rebecca Rice, BSN, RN

Academic Research Nurse
Clinical Testing and Training Center (CTTC)

In 2011, Rebecca began working at Trihealth as an Academic Research Nurse where she supports PI- initiated research and quality improvement initiatives by writing research grants for the Bethesda Foundation, assisting in the development and implementation of research and quality improvement protocols, and developing data collection for study metrics. She supports the success of each project from start to finish. These projects are focused on improving patient care, safety, and outcomes. In 2019, Rebecca graduated Summa Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Morehead State University, where her project on decreasing hypertension in severely mentally ill patients received an Outstanding Capstone Award. From 2011 – 2019, she was a Nurse Supervisor in community behavioral health at Talbert House. In her nine years at Talbert House, Rebecca focused on improving behavioral health, physical health, medication compliance, and overall wellbeing of adults, youth, and forensic patients. She also collaborated on quality improvement initiatives, research, staff development and education programs, and served as the Board of Pharmacy liaison. She received a Customer Service Award at Talbert House in 2012. She worked as a charge nurse for one year in long-term care after graduating with her associate degree in nursing in 2009 from Gateway Community and Technical College. While working on her ADN, she was the Office Manager for the Covington Business Council for four years and served as their interim Executive Director for one year. Her role was focused on fundraising, networking, managing parking for the City of Covington, supervising office staff, and supporting the Executive Director and Board members.

Sarah Senne, BS

Academic Research Coordinator
Clinical Testing and Training Center (CTTC)

Prior to coming to TriHealth, Sarah was involved in a variety of research projects at the University of Cincinnati. Her involvement in research began in 2017, when she traveled to the Canadian Rockies for two subsequent summers to study the migration patterns and mating habits of the Rocky Mountain apollo butterfly. After two years of field work and wet lab research, she began to investigate the effectiveness of smartphone applications in reducing anxiety, which she presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual conference in 2019. While at University of Cincinnati, Sarah received the STEM Summer Fellowship, two Neuroscience Fellowships, and the Mary Rowe Book Award for her research. Sarah also interned at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Gardner Neuroscience Institute, to better understand the patient experience. In 2020, she graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati with her BS in Neuroscience. After graduation, she worked as a Community Health Worker, helping individuals experiencing homelessness get connected to mental health and social services.

Matt Singleton, RVT

Facility Administrator
Clinical Training and Testing Center (CTTC)

Matt began his career at TriHealth in 2007 as a Research Coordinator, for the Hatton Life Sciences Lab, while he pursued his bachelor’s degree with a focus in business management. After graduating from Wilmington College, he transitioned into the Facility Administrator role while staying on with Hatton Research within the Minimally Invasive Training center.

As the Facility Administrator, Matt is part of the Clinical Training and Testing Center; a team that is responsible for the training of our different hospital staff clinician groups and residents. Along with internal clinicians, he also works with outside sponsors to help them with research/development for medical device and their training needs. Matt enjoys being a part of a progressive training and testing center. He is also a member of the institution’s IACUC committee.

Randy Thomas, BA, RVT

Research Lab Education Coordinator
Clinical Training and Testing Center (CTTC)

Randy began his career at TriHealth in 2004 as a Research Coordinator, for the Hatton Life Sciences Lab, has held the position of Facility administrator and now works as the Research Lab Education Coordinator within the Minimally Invasive Training Center.

Randy obtained his Associates of Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology from the University of Cincinnati in 2001 and while working at TriHealth, obtained his BA from Wilmington College in 2011.

Katherine Vorpe, BS, MS

Healthcare Statistician
Clinical Training and Testing Center (CTTC)

Katherine received her Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Mathematics from Wittenberg University in 2020. While at Wittenberg University, she received the Presidential Scholar award and graduated with University and Departmental Honors. She received her Master’s Degree (MS) in Mathematics from Miami University with a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics in 2021. While in school, Katherine was involved in a variety of research projects at Wittenberg and Miami. Her involvement began in 2018, when she conducted a literature review, data analysis and data visualization in Springfield, Ohio, concerning the efficacy of charter schools and STEM schools compared to public schools, in an effort to support funding for the Global Impact STEM Academy. Since graduating Miami University, she is finishing a time series analysis research study with a Miami University cohort, and hopes to publish in 2022.

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