6 Replies Latest reply on Feb 22, 2016 7:56 AM by Jake Novick

    HealthStream Employees - Introduce Yourself to the Community

      HealthStream employees, please introduce yourself.

        • Re: HealthStream Employees - Introduce Yourself to the Community

          Well, let me start! I'm Shara Karasic, Director of Community at HealthStream. I am responsible for community from a product and social point of view. I love my job as I get to work with developers, designers, marketers, content providers, execs, and just about every department at HealthStream. I have been involved in online community and social product development since 1995, for constituencies including educators, entrepreneurs, students, and more. I think communities do best when they reflect the deep purpose of their users in every way: platform, content, events, reputation. I am so excited to be helping connect half the hospitals in the U.S. and beyond to share best practices and improve healthcare and just get to know each other and have fun! As we develop this new community, I'd love to hear from you. You can always contact me here, or email me at shara.karasic@healthstream.com. P.S. I live in Venice, CA with my 12-year-old son and a large and teddy bear-esque Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix. I have lived in East and Southeast Asia and West Africa, and speak smatterings of several languages including Indonesian and Chinese. My dad is a doctor, so he is very excited that I am working in healthcare!

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              Greg Poland

              Hello everyone, Greg Poland here! I'm the Senior Product Manager for Learning and Development. The short version is that I'm responsible for the HealthStream Learning Center (HLC) and our Authoring products. In reality, many of our products touch the HLC at some point or another, so I seem to get my hands in many things at some point or another. I just joined HealthStream this past November and since then it has been baptism by fire. My background includes a variety of consulting, or consultative type roles, in healthcare, education, banking and more. I also had my own startup company for over five years. A common thread through all my experience is that I always find problems, and develop creative ways to fix them with a lot of "What if....". Feedback is critical to growth and improvement, so please share your thoughts and feedback.

               

              I grew up and spent most of my life in the Maryland/DC area, until my wife's job moved us to Nashville. We decided to move here for a year... eight years and three kids ago... I guess we're staying! I would share what I do in my spare time, but with a 6 year old, 4 year old and 11 month old, I don't remember what "spare" time is? I hope to see everyone at Summit this year, if I am napping in the corner, a little nudge and I jump right up!

               

              robynewilcox jakenovick marniekelly - introduce yourselves!

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              krista.henry

              Hello all! Shara, your intro is hard to follow!  I'm Krista Henry, Innovations Manager at HealthStream, specifically HealthStream Engagement Institute.  I am responsible for moderating and content for community, our HEI Forums, and our HEI Speakers Bureau.  My job is always fun because I get to work with many different parts of our team, as well as our clients.  I have been a part of the healthcare industry since my first "real" job when I was 15, when I worked in medical records at a cardiology office.  My background is in management information systems and I have a masters in business administration.  I am definitely excited to get to know everyone and where they are in their journey.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions here, or email at krista.henry@healthstream.com.  I live in Pensacola, Florida with my husband and our 17 month old son.  We LOVE sports as my husband is a girls golf and baseball coach, he also works part time at our church, Olive Baptist, as the College Director.  So, we are a busy family and we love it! Looking forward to meeting all of you!

               

              bradweeks kiralindquist kayceesimpson - introduce yourselves!

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                kayceesimpson

                Hey, everyone! I'm Kaycee Simpson, the Coach Support Specialist for HEI. I have the fun job of supporting the coaches, interacting and assisting our clients, and making sure that everyone stays sane. I have been submerged in the healthcare industry my whole life because there are about 20 nurses and 2 doctors in my entire extended family, two of those nurses being my own parents. I always swore to my parents that I would never work in healthcare, at least as a nurse, so I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Life is funny, and here I am today! I have enjoyed learning about the "other" side of healthcare thus far and look forward to things to come. You can reach me at kaycee.simpson@healthstream.com or message me here!

                 

                My husband and I reside in Pensacola with our five-month-old daughter and two dogs. We enjoy paddle boarding and kayaking as well as "Netflix-ing" and relaxing on the weekends. We also love Disney World!

                 

                Looking forward to meeting everyone else!

                 

                kristenheckel tracyyowell aprilblankenship annemendoza betteharriman elisastewart kellypoindexter kathleenlynam frankieturner  - Your Turn-- then tag someone else!

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                • Re: HealthStream Employees - Introduce Yourself to the Community

                  Hey there! Jake Novick here!

                   

                  I'm the Product Manager for Checklist Management and the HealthStream Competency Center. I've been with HealthStream since October, and have been throwing myself in front of everything drinking from the firehose, they say! Prior, I've held a blend of roles at creative advertising/branding agencies and publishers. Most recently, I worked for Elsevier, Clinical Solutions on ClinicalKey for Physicians and Nurses, as well as Mosby's Nursing Consult. I enjoy connecting with customers, gathering feedback, and deeply understanding their needs of products in the context of their day-to-day. So please feel free to drop a line if you have anything to say!

                   

                  I grew up in New York, on the north shore of Long Island about 40 miles from Manhattan, and went to college in Albany, NY. Then traveled a bit, and then landed in Philadelphia for over 4 years until joining HealthStream. I just relocated to Nashville in December, and I'm digging it! I enjoy lots of outdoorsy, active, adventurous stuff like cycling, running, hiking/backpacking/camping, fishing, and seeing new places in general. I also spend lots of time in the kitchen cooking, baking, fermenting and brewing.

                   

                  At any rate, I'm looking forward to meeting more people throughout the HealthStream network. And if not at Summit, please get in touch!

                   

                  samaraelkins jenniferchaikin- introduce yourselves!

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