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Executive Sessions

Ashley Tate (Sept. 11, 10:30 AM - Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall)

Ashley TateAshley Tate is the founder, artistic director, and lead choreographer of Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC), a full service dance organization based in the Greater St. Louis area. Ms. Tate is an adjunct instructor of dance at Washington University in St. Louis and the former chair of the dance department at Grand Center Arts Academy. Her work has been chosen to be featured in choreographer's showcases at the Peridance Capezio Center, TADA! Theater, and Baruch Performing Arts Center, all in New York City, as well as the Choreographer's Carnival in Chicago, IL. Ms. Tate is the 2018 recipient of the Spencer T & Ann W. Olin Fellowship for Women in Graduate Study.



Gina Shannon (Sept. 11, 10:30 AM - Church of St. Mary)

Gina ShannonGina Shannon is the Associate Director of the ExCEL Clinical Skills Center at Emory University School of Medicine. She holds a BA in theatre and an MA in teaching from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. After several years as a middle and high school teacher, Gina found herself in the world of healthcare simulation. As a Simulated Patient (SP) educator, Gina utilizes her skills as an improviser to train SPs, medical students, and other SP educators on how to apply improvisation to the work they do in healthcare. Her current research focuses on SP methodology and the ways improvisation can inform simulated patient training and ultimately improve patient care.  




Gregory Rockson (Sept. 12, 9:15 AM - Church of St. Mary) 

Gregory RocksonGregory Rockson '12 is the co-founder and CEO of mPharma. mPharma is creating new business models to guarantee the availability and access to medications for patients across Africa. mPharma has developed supply chain software that enables them to implement vendor managed inventory for independent pharmacies across Africa. We work with third party providers, drug manufacturers, providers, and patients to reduce the price of medicines. Their commitment is that no patient will be denied access to the drugs they need if it is covered by mPharma. mPharma is present in Nigeria, Ghana, and Zambia. 



Dr. Robin Blume-Kohout (Sept. 12, 9:15 AM - Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall)

Robin Blume-KohoutDr. Robin Blume-Kohout studies quantum information science. A staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, he also moonlights as a professor at the University of New Mexico. He was born on a kitchen table in the Alaska Bush, and took his first helicopter ride roughly 45 minutes later. He has graduated, with varying degrees of success, from Lathrop High School (Fairbanks, AK), Kenyon College (Gambier, OH), and UC-Berkley. He lives in Hamilton, NY; works in Albuquerque, NM; and spends a lot of time on United Airlines. Professionally, he spends most of his time these days figuring out how to debug quantum computers and leveraging a misspent youth as an English major to correct his co-authors' writing. 

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