July 12, 2019
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
July 11, 2019
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
July 12, 2019 *
Delivering Action Summit
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
VPS - Destin-Fort Walton Beach
ECP - Panama City Beach
PNS - Pensacola
* We encourage you to bring your family to this family-friendly resort. Please keep in mind that this is an invite only event, and attendance to the actual Summit on July 12th is limited only to those registered attendees. Special booking rates for resort rooms will be available until July 16th.
July 11, 2019
July 12, 2019
Athena Pearl Riley & Riva Majewski
John H. Fisher & Charlie Romanelli
Dr. Amos Grunebaum
Dr. Ervin Yen
Josh Salman & Emily Le Coz
Panelists: Dr. Lisa Plano, Dr. Jennifer Seaton, Janet Schwab, RN, Lise Hauser, RN, Elizabeth Moore (Kazmierczak), RN
Morgan Jaime Dunbar, Danielle Yeager-Brooks, Riva Majewski & Athena Pearl Riley
Morgan Jaime Dunbar & Leigh Fransen
Virginia Buchanan & William Sterbinsky
Virginia Buchanan is a Medical Malpractice Attorney at Levin Papantonio in Pensacola, Florida, having graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida in 1985. She received her Juris Doctorate Degree, with honors, from the University of Florida in 1989.
Ms. Buchanan has been a member of the subcommittee of the American Bar Association on legislation affecting litigation and was appointed to a special committee of the American Bar Association on health care. She has served on the Judicial Liaison Committee of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association and as a member of the Escambia-Santa Rosa County Bar Association Grievance Committee for attorney complaints, and has also been a member of the First Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee. She has served on the Women's Life Center Advisory Board to the West Florida Regional Medical Center and to the Board of Directors to the Shands Home Care Project. Ms. Buchanan is a member of the Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Legal Elite, and listed by Martindale-Hubbell as a "Top Rated Lawyer" in Personal Injury.
Morgan Jamie Dunbar is the founder of "Birthed In Betrayal", an advocacy initiative inspired by the death of her precious first born son, Kali, in the Summer of 2016. After Kali's death, Ms. Dunbar deepened into her grief and pursued certifications in death midwifery, integrative thanatology and perinatal bereavement support. She honors Kali's legacy by working to shed light on the unspoken dangers surrounding out-of-hospital births, and by supporting others enduring perinatal demise.
John H. Fisher is the owner and founder of "John H. Fisher, P.C.", where he limits his practice to catastrophic injury law for injury victims in New York state. Over the last twenty years, his practice has been limited to the representation of catastrophically injured people.
Mr. Fisher is an entrepreneur who was selected as the national Marketer of the Year by Great Legal Marketing in 2013 and has been called a “master of referral marketing” by Ben Glass, Esq. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has a perfect 10/10 ranking on www.Avvo.com, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School.
Mr. Fisher is also the founder of the Mastermind Experience (www.MastermindExperience.com), a unique mastermind group where elite lawyers collaborate and share their best practices and challenge each other to take action, get better, and create a law practice that serves their ideal lifestyle. He is also the author of the best-selling book "The Power of a System" — the first of its kind book with explicit “how-to” steps for the technical, managerial, and entrepreneurial implementation of a multi-million dollar personal injury law firm.
Leigh Fransen is a former Licensed Midwife (LM)/Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and former founding owner of the Carolina Community Maternity Center birth center. Ms. Fransen graduated from the International School of Midwifery in Miami, Florida in 2008. She is the founder and blogger for "Honest Midwife" and the author of "High Risk: Truth, Lies, and Birth: A Former Midwife Speaks Out."
Dr. Amos Grunebaum is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York, and Author. Dr. Grunebaum has been recognized as one of "America's Top Doctors" and has been named a New York Super Doctor. Dr. Grunebaum is a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine and high-risk pregnancies, having delivered over 5,000 babies and supervised over 20,000 deliveries.
Dr. Lise Hauser is an Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing at Kane County Health Department in Aurora, Illinois. She has her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Systems Leadership and is committed to excellence in public health and perinatal health care. Prior to her current position, Dr. Hauser was the service director of the longest-standing nurse-midwifery practice in Illinois at Advocate Health Care for 13 years. She and her team practiced full-scope nurse-midwifery at seven outpatient sites and delivered 400-500 babies a year.
Emily Le Coz is GateHouse Media’s national data projects editor and oversees a team of journalists dedicated to data-driven investigations. Among them: the award-winning “In the Shadow of Wind Farms” about how energy companies con private landowners into giving up their property rights for generations.
Previously, Ms. Le Coz served as the deputy investigations editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where she and her team won numerous national awards – including the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award and the ASNE Batten Medal in Public Service Journalism – for a series called “Bias on the bench,” about racial discrimination in criminal sentencing.
Before joining the Herald-Tribune in 2015, Ms. Le Coz worked as an investigative reporter for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, where she also covered the state legislature and was a stringer for Reuters. Prior to that, she covered local politics for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo.
In addition, she was the GateHouse Media National Projects Editor for the "Failure to Deliver" article, which has just won the Innovation Award from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing; the Best Digital News Project Award from the Local Media Awards; and was a finalist for the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation’s annual print journalism award. http://gatehousenews.com/failuretodeliver/#
Riva Majewski holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. Before the loss of her beautiful Daughter Vayden in March of 2016 under the care of an out-of-hospital midwife, she was pursuing a career and starting her own business in professional organizing and interior design. Currently, Mrs. Majewski is a stay-at-home mom to her wildly sweet and adorably cute two year old little boy and is grateful for the precious time she gets to spend with him everyday. She also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes, baking delicious desserts and spending time with her husband traveling and exploring.
Elizabeth Moore (Kazmierczak) is an Obstetrical Registered Nurse in Buffalo, New York working in a high acuity labor and delivery unit. She graduated with her BSN from Platt College of Nursing in 2017 with the intention of pursuing her master's degree in Nurse Midwifery. Mrs. Moore has been involved with the home birth community since 2008, when she obtained training as a doula in Boulder Colorado and began her pursuit of the CPM credential. After a brief apprenticeship, she realized numerous issues regarding transparency, accountability, and safety in the out-of-hospital birth community. Mrs. Moore began a long standing mentorship with a nurse midwife, Janet Schwab, with whom she sought to improve safety for families birthing outside of the hospital as well as to improve the quality of midwifery care. She has been actively involved in discussions and presentations in conjunction with the ACNM and other midwifery organizations on credentialing, Colorado State legislative efforts during the CPM sunset review, and local efforts in both New York and Colorado states to hold providers accountable when dangerous care and poor outcomes occur. Mrs. Moore firmly believes that families and babies are the most important stakeholders when discussing midwifery care.
Dr. Lisa R. W. Plano, M.D., Ph.D., a neonatologist of greater than 20 years' experience, has been Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center since February 2014. She received her medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, and completed both her residency and a Chief Residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Dr. Plano came to the NICU at Fort Walton Beach from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida. After completing the Neonatal Fellowship Program at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Medical Center, she stayed at UM and joined the faculty in the Departments of Pediatrics, Microbiology & Immunology and Dermatology where she participated in teaching, practiced medicine and directed numerous research projects. Dr. Plano continues to be active at UM in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology teaching medical microbiology and completing research projects.
Athena Pearl Riley is the founder of "Franklin's Tree House Foundation, Inc.", a pending non-profit organization that works to promote the health, safety, education, adventure and overall welfare of children. Franklin's Tree House Foundation was inspired by the loss of her precious son, Baby Franklin, in December of 2017 while under the care of an out-of-hospital midwife.
Mrs. Riley is a former felony prosecutor, current civil litigator and licensed Florida Realtor. She, along with her husband Franklin Riley, have committed to hosting the "Delivering Action Summit" in order to facilitate discourse concerning the deaths of children under the care of an out-of-hospital midwife, and to provide families with the knowledge necessary in order to make truly informed decisions.
Charlie Romanelli is an actor known for Delivery Man (2013), Person of Interest (2011) and The Punisher (2017). He is also the father to two twin boys and the father to his precious son, Samson, who he lost in September of 2011 when his wife, Gia McGinley, was under the care of an out-of-hospital midwife - his wife also lost her life during their son's delivery. Mr. Romanelli is now active in advancing the rights of parents to be fully and adequately informed during their pregnancy. When he is not on set, Mr. Romanelli enjoys spending time with his twin boys in their home state of New York.
Josh Salman is an award-winning investigative reporter for GateHouse Media in Florida. Prior to joining the national team, he spent six years at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, first as a business reporter before working his way up to projects. He served on the team that produced “Bias on the Bench” and was named Journalist of the Year in 2016 by the Florida Chapter for the Society of Professional Journalists.
Mr. Salman started his career as a government reporter for the Charlotte Sun, a smaller daily newspaper in Port Charlotte. He also spent a year at the Bradenton Herald as a business writer before joining the Herald-Tribune in November 2012.
His reporting has triggered federal investigations, uncovered illegal activity by convicted felons, exposed loopholes that have cost taxpayers millions of dollars, prompted new city ordinances and helped struggling families save their dream homes.
In addition, Mr. Salman was the Sarasota-Herald-Tribune Investigative Reporter for the "Failure to Deliver" article, which has just won the Innovation Award from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing; the Best Digital News Project Award from the Local Media Awards; and was a finalist for the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation’s annual print journalism award. http://gatehousenews.com/failuretodeliver/#
Janet Schwab is a practicing midwife in both the in and out-of-hospital setting. She is the owner of "To Each her Own, LLC", a birthing center in Denver, Colorado that has a well established network of consultant physicians including, but not limited to, maternal fetal medicine, family practice, endocrinology, hematology, and infectious disease. In 2010, Ms. Schwab moved to the Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for an International Midwifery practice by John Hopkins. Ms. Schwab has been active in the Midwifery industry for over 30 years.
Dr. Jennifer W. Seaton is a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and graduated from Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her residency at Lankenau Hospital associated with Jefferson Health System and was in private clinical practice for over eleven years. Dr. Seaton transitioned to non-clinical medicine in 2018. In her role as a medical director, she continues to use her clinical knowledge to help provide greater access to healthcare, appropriate medical treatment during an injury or illness, and comprehensive preventative health care.
Bill Sterbinsky is an attorney at Perakis & Sterbinsky, Attorneys at Law. His practice focuses on personal injury and wrongful death, business entities, property insurance claims, family law and guardianship, trust, wills and estates, probate litigation, and contract disputes. At the age of 17 and in response to the 9/11 attacks, Mr. Sterbinsky inspired his parents to emancipate him, and he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He went on to serve an extended tour of duty in Iraq from 2006 to 2007, after which he attained his Law Degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2015 and began working as a prosecutor in the State Attorney's Office.
Mr. Sterbinsky and other local veterans subsequently co-founded the local 501(c)(3) non-profit SRQ Vets that provides local resources to veterans and their families. Their non-profit helps hundreds of families and led to starting Operation Rubix, which provides mental health and treatment to local veterans and their families. Mr. Sterbinsky and these veterans were an integral part of helping form the Veteran Treatment Courts in both Sarasota and Manatee counties.
In 2017, Mr. Sterbinsky received the Goodwill Ambassador of the year award for services rendered to local veterans and their families. In 2018, the Sarasota County Veterans Commission awarded him the Veteran of the Year.
Danielle Yeager-Brooks is a mother of two boys and a stay-at-home-mom. She lost her first precious son, Gavin Michael Brooks, during an attempted out-of-hospital delivery under the care of a midwife on February 20th, 2014. Since then, Mrs. Yeager-Brooks has been actively working towards advocating for transparency and increased education on out-of-hospital births in order to ensure that families and their children are safe. With doing so, Mrs. Yeager-Brooks gave up her career life as a business operations director in various casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada and created a social media page for Gavin to share the truth of his life and death. The page has helped her reach out to other loss families that have experienced a similar loss, and Mrs. Yeager-Brooks subsequently began educating herself about out-of-hospital births and the providers who attend them. She hopes to be able to share what she has learned and experienced to try to prevent families from going through what her family has with their horrific loss of Gavin.
Currently, Mrs. Yeager-Brooks continues sharing Gavin's story while staying at home with her amazing rainbow baby, enjoying as much time as she can with him and wishing her two boys were growing up together.
From 2014-2018, Senator Ervin Yen represented Oklahoma Senate District 40, which is in northwest Oklahoma City.
Dr. Yen was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1954. Fearing a Communist takeover of Taiwan, his family immigrated to the United States in 1959 and he became a naturalized U.S. citizen at the age of 9.
Dr. Yen graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and did an Anesthesiology residency there and has practiced in Oklahoma City since 1984.
In his freshman year, Senator Yen fought for passage of the state’s first law making it illegal to text and drive and successfully improved the bill to make it enforceable as a primary offense. He also coauthored a law to help raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in teen athletes. In 2017, he authored legislation prohibiting children from using commercial indoor tanning beds. His bill was approved in both chambers and was signed into law by the governor.
In 2018, Dr. Yen was given the A.M.A.'s Dr. Nathan Davis Award for outstanding government service as a state legislator. Even though Senator Yen attempted diligently over his four year term, he was unable to successfully pass legislation to remove non-medical exemptions to school mandated vaccination. He has continued to try to improve Oklahoma's poor vaccination rates even after his term ended.
Dr. Yen also worked diligently to pass a bill banning out-of-hospital deliveries of VBAC's, multiple gestation's, and fetal malpresentations as well as a bill to license and regulate lay midwives. He was unsuccessful on both. Currently, lay midwives are not licensed or regulated by any state laws or agencies in Oklahoma.