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Mar 03, 2021 | Kate Ford

Explore the impact current events have on the mental health of frontline workers in healthcare.

On Wednesday, March 10th at 12 p.m., Stevenson University Online will host the second Dean's Symposium of 2021. Our panel of healthcare and nursing experts from Stevenson University, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, and Maryland Addiction Recovery Center will lead an engaging and informative discussion on Mental Health Among Healthcare Workers.

Our panel of experts includes:  

Samuel Bierman, BS, CAP, ICADC, CNDAI, Executive Director, Co-Founder, Maryland Addiction Recovery Center 

Sam Bierman is the Executive Director for Maryland Addiction Recovery Center. A graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management, Sam started in the field as Counselor Assistant at Caron Renaissance in Boca Raton, Florida, eventually working his way up to Director of Operations for Caron Ocean Drive, Caron’s program focusing on executive clientele. As Executive Director of MARC, Sam is responsible for overseeing the entire clinical and administrative operations of the organization. Sam’s clinical philosophies center around developing a strong therapeutic alliance between the clinician and client, as well as treating addiction as a family disease. His entrepreneurial spirit has always led him on a personal mission: to open a treatment center where he can use his personal and professional experience to implement a clinically driven philosophy where the client’s best interest is always the top priority, and Maryland Addiction Recovery Center has become that vision realized. Outside of his work at MARC, Sam also serves on the membership committee of NAATP, the board of directors of local non-profits Phoenix Foundation of Maryland and Shalom Tikvah, and was named a Baltimore Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2019 honoring Baltimore’s emerging business leaders. 

Stacey Hittle, RN, MS, Stevenson University, Faculty, Nursing 

Stacey Hittle is a faculty member in the undergraduate nursing program at Stevenson University and is a practicing clinician in the area of critical care.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Villa Julie College and a Master of Nursing Education from Stevenson University.  She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Nursing Leadership, Policy, and Instructional Design from the University of Alabama.  Stacey was appointed the role of educator 6 years ago with a teaching concentration in Mental Health education.  She has 23 years of critical care experience from Johns Hopkins and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and continues to work in this capacity. She has actively participated in the transition of the Medical Intensive Care Unit to the dedicated COVID ICU at the onset of the pandemic through the present. 

Jeff Richardson, MSW, MBA, Sheppard Pratt Health System, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Community Services 

Jeff is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Sheppard Pratt Health Systems community based behavioral health programs serving over 70,000 people across Maryland. In addition to his new role at Sheppard Pratt, Jeff Richardson has served as the Executive Director of Mosaic Community Services for twenty-three years, and brings over thirty years of experience in behavioral health.  

Mr. Richardson holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s in business administration from Loyola University. Mr. Richardson serves on multiple nonprofits boards, state task forces, and academic positions, including; Board President for The National Council for Behavioral Health, and Immediate Past President of the Board, Mental Health Association of Maryland. 

The Moderators for the event are:

Sharon Buchbinder, RN, PhD, Stevenson University, Program Director, Master’s in Healthcare Management 

Sharon Buchbinder has over 30 plus years of progressively responsible experience in health care and higher education. Dr. Buchbinder’s career spans the spectrum of health care, from delivery to research and health care policy to education and training. Her degrees in Psychology, Nursing, and Public Health, give her a broad view of the context and meaning of health, health care delivery and the education of health care professionals. 

Judith Feustle, ScD, RN, Stevenson University, Associate Dean, Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator 

Dr. Judith A. Feustle is the Associate Dean, Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator at Stevenson University.  She earned her diploma from The Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.  Dr. Feustle holds bachelors and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and both a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins University.  Judy worked at Union Memorial for 27 years, in positions ranging from staff nurse to Director of the Nursing Schools.  She was instrumental in starting the Villa Julie College/Union Memorial Hospital Nursing program (now the Stevenson University nursing program).  She has served as project director for numerous federal and state-level grants related to increasing nursing enrollment.     

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