|PSS 2011 Ballot
All current members of the PA Sleep Society can vote for open positions in the following categories:
- President-Elect (Doctoral Member)
- Board of Directors Member (Doctoral Member, 1 position)
- Board of Directors Member (Polysomnographic Practitioner Member, 2 positions)
All ballots can be submitted online or your choices can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed in (address at the bottom of this page).
See bios below for President-Elect and Board Member (Doctoral and PSG Practitioner)
Michael Grandner PhD
Michael Grandner is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor (as of July, 2011) in the Department of Psychiatry (starting July 1) at the University of Pennsylvania and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology. He earned his undergraduate degree in Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology from the University of Rochester, where he trained in the Sleep and Neurophysiology Research Laboratory. He completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego, specializing in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. He completed an internship at the San Diego VA Healthcare System (Primary Care Behavioral Medicine) and the Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic at the University of California, San Diego. He went on to a federally-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Division of Sleep Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, which also served as an AASM-accredited fellowship in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. During this time, he worked clinically at the Philadelphia VA and conducted research studies at Penn. He has published a number of papers and book chapters in the field of sleep medicine as it relates to health. He has received honors and awards from a number of organizations, including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Sleep Research Society, the Population Association of America, and others. He has received multiple awards for his work as a teacher as well. His work has been featured in over 200 national and international news outlets, including ABC News, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and others. He was a member of the original Organizing Committee of the PA Sleep Society, and served on its first Board of Directors. He designed the Society’s logo, letterhead and all its forms and surveys. As Communications Chair, he designed and manages the Society’s website and newsletter, and oversees the Email Blasts. He has spoken at all three annual meetings. He was heavily involved in the drafting and revising of the bylaws and continues to work to establish and grow the Society, as well as promote and advocate for sleep field.
Board of Directors Member (Doctoral)
Indira Gurubhagavatula MD MPH
Dr. Indira Gurubhagavatula is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is also Director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic and a staff physician in the Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Section at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. She has broad experience in sleep, pulmonary and critical care medicine, as well as in mentoring trainees in clinical and research activities and in conducting patientoriented research. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University, and completed residency training at Barnes Hospital at the Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Harvard University in Boston, MA. She then trained in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Hospital of University Pennsylvania. She is a faculty member at Penn’s Divisions of Sleep Medicine and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine and is an elected member of Penn’s Cardiovascular Institute. She is also a member of the American Thoracic Society. She is board‐certified in Sleep Medicine through the ABIM and ABSM and has had board certifications in Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, and Internal Medicine. She has published many primary research manuscripts and is an invited author for chapters and reviews in topics in Sleep Medicine including portable monitoring, screening for sleep apnea and cardiovascular consequences of obstructive sleep apnea. She has been an invited lecturer at major international meetings, including the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the Asia‐Pacific Society of Respirology and the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS). She has won awards for excellence in both teaching and research and has received several prestigious grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association. She was a guest host for a 30‐minute radio talk show (WOGL) regarding sleep apnea and its management. Her key research interests are in screening for sleep disorders in highrisk populations and in evaluating cardiovascular consequences of sleep‐disordered breathing. Dr. Gurubhagavatula participated in Penn’s Population Sleep Symposium in 2008 as a symposium chair. She has a keen interest in promoting sound health policy and in raising public awareness regarding sleep disorders and healthy sleep.
Don Malizia DDS
I am a 1980 graduate of Temple University Dental School. I have been practicing general dentistry in Lititz, PA since 1984. In 2004 I began a serious study of chronic orofacial pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and dental sleep medicine. I am currently transitioning into limited practice. I treat chronic orofacial pain ,and SDB with oral appliances, with Dr. Barry Glassman at the Allentown Pain Center. We work closely with sleep physicians, largely on referral, to help their CPAP non‐compliant patients. We also teach dental sleep medicine to dentists.
Board of Directors Member, Polysomnographic Practitioner
Stephanie Betz RPSGT
Steph is an RPSGT and is currently working at Lehigh Valley Health Network as the Director of the Sleep Disorders Centers. Steph graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Millersville University in 1998. She started her career in sleep as a polysomnographic technician at Respitech Medical, Inc. In 1998, she became assistant director of Clinical Services at Respitech in charge of training new technicians and marketing. Steph earned her RPSGT in June, 2001. In the same year, was hired as the Director of the Sleep Disorders Centers at Lehigh Valley Health Network. Steph currently serves on the board for a non‐profit organization in Allentown, The ARC of Lehigh and Northampton Counties and has extensive experience with the start‐up, operation of, and accreditation of sleep disorders centers.
Robin Blasko RRT RPSGT
My credentials are RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) and CPFT(Certified Pulmonary Function Technician). I have worked in Respiratory Care since 1980, most of my years in a hospital setting, mostly in the St. Luke’s Bethlehem Network. My responsibilities included routine to critical care from NiCU to Geriatric patients. I also worked for a DME company performing all aspects of care and education including PAP therapy, Home Sleep Testing and in home patient ventilator education and care. I have been in a management role for 9 years with the last 5 years managing a freestanding AASM accredited 6 bed Sleep Center in Wyomissing, Pa. I am a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care, The Penna. Society for Resp. Care, NBRC, The American Association of Sleep Technologists and the Penna. Sleep Society. Our Sleep Center is a clinical rotation site for the Respiratory Therapy program at Reading Area Community College. I coordinate our Sleep Centers’ annual Sleep Awareness & Wellness community educational event. Our 2011 event consisted of 11 sleep and wellness topics that were presented by physicians and professionals within the community as well as free health screenings. I also coordinated a 6.5 CEU program for Polysomnography Technicians and Respiratory Therapists in conjunction with the Sleep Awareness & Wellness Event.
Jason Herndon MS(cis) RPSGT
In the past couple of years, I have worked with the Board of Directors to increase communications with our members. I wanted to give the members the ability to have that one resource for all things related to sleep. For 10 years, I have worked in the field of sleep as a RPSGT, though recently I have moved more into management with my current position of Technical Manager. If the membership would consider, I would like to continue my efforts by becoming a member of the Board of Directors this year. My hope is to help the membership with communications, educational events, and special programs to strengthen our knowledge, network, and membership during my term.
Teresa Hoehn RRT RPSGT
I currently work for a SMP Home Medical in a rural area of North Western PA. My main job is to set patients up with PAP therapy. I am the primary educator for our patients on their sleep disorders. Most of the sleep labs in this area are independent and the patients family physician orders their sleep tests. Therefore my office is the only one providing educator to the patient about their sleep disorders. This includes going over their sleep studies and educating them about the reasons for their therapy and the medical issues caused by their disorder. My previous experience was as the manager of the Kentucky Sleep Disorders Center in Danville, Kentucky. I have had the privilege of serving my country in the United States Air Force. I grew up in the military and continue to honor those that serve. Because I was both in the service and was married to a service man I have moved multiple times and worked in many different areas of both respiratory care and sleep medicine. I feel this has given me the knowledge I need to provide the best care for my patients. I would very much like to be on the board of Directors so I can continue to help improve the care of our patients throughout the commonwealth.
Brian Kraft RPSGT
Brian Kraft has been a Paramedic, Firefighter and Emergency Services Administrator for 20 years prior to moving into the Sleep Field. He has served as President and/or Chairman of several Local and County Boards and Associations. He has been a Member of the PA State Health Council. He has worked in Volunteer Organizations on Recruitment and Retention of their members. Since his transition into the Sleep disorders field over 6 years ago he has worked as a Night Technician attained his RPSGT Credential and for the last 16 Months, have been a Center Manager. Having extensive past experience serving on Boards and in Management, he has been able to utilize this experience in the Sleep Field quite effectively. His previous experiences coupled with his Technical and Managerial skills in Sleep make him a well rounded candidate for the Pennsylvania Sleep Society RPSGT Board Member Position.
Violet Long R.EEG.EPT
I have been involved in Sleep Medicine since the 1980’s and have filled the roles of PSG Technologist, PSG Chief Tech, Director of an 8 bed accredited Center and an Educator. I was a past officer in other Neurodiagnostic Societies and hope that I could bring some of those experiences to the Pennsylvania Sleep Society. Currently I am serving as a committee member for The American Association of Sleep Technologists and helped with the educational seminar this past May. It is an exciting time in Sleep Medicine and many changes may be coming. I would like to help make sure they are what is best for our profession and most importantly our patients.
Robert Tavella RPSGT MPH
Robert J. Tavella, MPH, RPSGT, currently serves as Laboratory Manager of the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center. In this role, Robert is responsible for the staffing, management and training of technicians and support staff; implementing the Center’s quality assurance program; and managing and reporting financial data. Additionally, Robert has been closely involved in numerous Jefferson‐wide initiatives, including the implementation of electronic medical records, a new account and supply chain management system, and an employee safety program. Prior to joining Jefferson, Robert was Lead Technologist at The University of Pennsylvania Sleep Center. His primary duties in this role included training and mentoring new hires; data acquisition and analysis; and patient care and education. Robert received his Masters in Public Health from Drexel University School of Public Health and his Bachelor of Arts from Rowan University.
Kimberly Wann RRT RPSGT
Kim is an RRT and RPSGT currently working as a polysomnographic technician at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, PA. Kim graduated with BS from Millersville University and started her respiratory career at York Hospital, York, PA in 1988. Shortly after graduation, she started working for Respitech Medical, Inc in Lancaster, PA performing portable sleep studies. Kim eventually became Director of the Clinical Services Department at Respitech in charge of hiring, training, and the coordination of 25+ employees located in four states including PA. She earned her RPSGT in June, 2001 and has been a long‐standing member of the AAST.
Tasheen Shariff CRT RPSGT
Tahseen Shariff is a RPSGT and CRT with an AA from California College of Health Sciences. He has worked in the sleep field for over 15 years working with many different populations. He is currently employed by Temple University and manages their Clinical Sleep Disorders Center and is Clinical Coordinator for their sleep fellowship program. He is dedicated to the growth and professionalism in the field of sleep medicine.