All contributors to this grassroots educational effort are speaking only for themselves and not as representatives of their institutions or businesses.

Karen Jubanyik, MD

Dr. Karen Jubanyik
Karen Jubanyik is an emergency room physician and associate professor of emergency medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. She works on the front lines caring for patients and educating medical trainees while conducting research and developing innovative new methods of patient education. Dr. Jubanyik graduated from the Yale School of Medicine and completed residency training in internal medicine and emergency medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital. She has additional training and experience in palliative and hospice medicine and works to educate patients, families, medical trainees, and staff about biomedical ethics, the benefits of goals of care conversations, and primary palliative care in the emergency department. Originally from the Philadelphia area, she has spent the past 30 years studying and working at Yale University while raising her four children in New Haven, Conn.

Ellen M. Tuve Smith, PhD, MPH, RN

Ellen M. Smith
Ellen M. Tuve Smith is an assistant professor of nursing at Utica College in New York, where she teaches about community and public health, health promotion and health disparities, health literacy, palliative care, and nursing research. Dr. Smith spent many years as a community health nurse, working with homebound and home hospice families.  She also consulted with hospital-based discharge planners and coordinated oncology clinical trials before starting her academic career at Utica in 2006. She serves on the Health Literacy Planning Team of Oneida County, the New York League for Nursing Board of Directors, and is a member of the American Public Health Association. Ellen and her family live in central New York state. They hope to soon return to the outdoor activities they love such as whitewater boating, skiing, camping, and hiking.

Christine Tarver, DNP, RN, CNS, NEA-BC

chris tarver
Christine Tarver has 30 years of experience as a registered nurse, focusing on health care quality improvement, the patient and family experience, and promoting the profession of nursing. Dr. Tarver has spent the past 18 years in nursing administration. She is the executive director of professional practice and nursing excellence at City of Hope National Medical Center in Los Angeles County. She shares Leader of the Day duties for the center’s COVID screening sites. She is also the nursing practice director for the American Nurses Association–California. Christine lives with her husband in Azusa and San Jose, Calif.

JoAnn Racino, MSN, RN

JoAnn Racino has been a registered nurse for 27 years—and a “virus hunter” since April. She is currently the director of clinical education and informatics for Nascentia Health, a post-acute health care system without walls serving communities in 48 counties in New York state. She and fellow nurses have been visiting senior living communities in the Syracuse, NY, area to search for coronavirus hotspots. In partnership with local health officials, they’ve conduct testing to protect our seniors, who are at greatest risk from the virus. She is also an adjunct instructor at Utica College, where she teaches community health nursing courses. Her health care background includes work in medical/surgical long-term care, intensive care, emergency room, and community health and education. She lives in central New York with her husband and blended family of six children.

Ruth Rosenblum, DNP, MS, RN, PNP-BC, CNS

Ruth Rosenblum
Ruth Rosenblum has been an advanced practice registered nurse for more than 30 years. She is associate professor at The Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San Jose State University, where she coordinates the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Additionally, she maintains a pediatric nurse practitioner practice in child neurology at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. She is the medical provider for the High Risk Infant Follow-up Program at the medical center, a program that tracks premature infants’ development for their first three years of life. She is immediate past director of clinical practice for the Association of Child Neurology Nurses and is an officer in the American Nurses Association–California.

Joseph D. Lasica, author, science journalist

JD Lasica at Yosemite

Joseph D. Lasica is the author of the new book “Beat the Coronavirus.” He is the former editor of BabyCenter, where he convened a national Medical Advisory Board of experts in obstetrics, pediatrics, nutrition, and emotional health. He was an editor for 11 years at the Sacramento Bee and held several positions, including science editor. He is an author, journalist, technologist, startup founder, and social media pioneer who has spoken at the United Nations, Harvard, Stanford, and at conferences on four continents. His last nonfiction book, Darknet, was described as “fascinating and important” by James Fallows of The Atlantic and “brilliant, beautifully written” by Harvard Law’s Lawrence Lessig. Lasica also wrote a series of books as a participant in three Aspen Institute Roundtables. 

Elizabeth Lerman-Kling, MS, CCC-SLP

Elizabeth Kling
Elizabeth Lerman-Kling is a speech-language pathologist who has long worked with individuals having special needs. Her anthropology background provides a lens of multicultural awareness. She is amazed by the healing abilities of the human body and has studied healing arts, nutrition, and medical anthropology over the years. Whether advocating for an environmental or social cause, teaching children, or helping adults with developmental disabilities communicate, she has always been devoted to helping others.