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WVONL Fall Conference - WV Organization of Nurse Leaders

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston
300 Court Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 6:00pm ET - Friday, November 10, 2023 at 9:00pm ET
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Nursing Conference
300 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301



“Who you are is how you lead”.


DEBRA GERARDI, RN, MPH, JD, PCC, TODD NELSON, FHFMA, MBA, KEVIN GESSLER, Jr., Vice President of Financial Services for Mon Health

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“Who you are is how you lead”

The West Virginia Organization for Nursing Leadership invites you to this year’s Fall Conference.

Insight + Action + Change

Learn how to differentiate between change and transition, self-renewal and self-care, and adopt new ways of engagement

Gain knowledge of Finances for all levels of leadership

Hear from panelists on participation on boards at local, state, and national levels

Peruse the posters and engage with colleagues regarding projects improving patient care

To Reserve a Room at Embassy Suites at a reduced rate, please use the link below

(deadline for reservations at a reduced rate is October 24, 2023)



Debra provides coaching, consulting and training services that promote leadership development, enhance organizational and team effectiveness, invite diverse perspectives, and encourage people to effectively engage in and move through conflict. She is a former critical care nurse, director, and patient safety manager working with large academic medical centers to facilitate clinical unit turnarounds and improve clinical outcomes. As a subject matter expert, Debra is highly recommended for coaching and training to support leadership and team development, conflict engagement, coaching skills, resilience and well-being. Debra has worked with over 300 organizations internationally. Debra is a senior faculty member in the AONL Fellowship programs and consultant to AONL providing resilience coaching for nurse leaders to assist them in development of healthy coping skills and overall well-being throughout the pandemic. Her focus is the creation of Communities of Healing to address the holistic needs of health professionals as they face the challenges of leading in the midst of uncertainty and deep change.


As Director, Partner Relationships and Chief Partnership Executive at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Todd is responsible for developing and overseeing HFMA's partnership strategy with academic institutions, associations, and industry partners. Todd develops collaborative relationships across all sectors of the industry, for both HFMA members and non-members. Todd brings to this role more than a decade of experience at HFMA, which included creating, leading, and executing the organization's overall educational strategy; creating content in the areas of leadership, senior financial executives, and accounting; and providing staff support to HFMA's Principles and Practices Board. Throughout his tenure at HFMA, Todd has consistently championed the collaboration, communication, and translation of financial information among financial, revenue cycle, operational and clinical staff. Todd is a frequent speaker globally on a variety of leadership, finance and healthcare issues in academic, association and industry settings.


Kevin Gessler, Jr. currently serves as Vice President of Financial Services for Mon Health. Mr. Gessler is responsible for the financial operations and performance for member affiliates of Mon Health, as well as enterprise-level operations. Prior to joining Mon Health, Mr. Gessler served as a finance manager at an international, private-equity-owned, manufacturing company and was responsible for financial reporting, forecasting and profitability metrics. Prior to that, Mr. Gessler worked for public accounting firms performing audits, consulting, and healthcare due diligence engagements. Mr. Gessler holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, a Master of Professional Accountancy Degree, and a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation all from West Virginia University. Mr. Gessler is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Health Financial Professional.

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Conference Registration will close on October 27, 2023