PCICS Special Interest Groups


The Society extends its appreciation to Louise Callow, MSN, CPNP and Sandra Staveski, PhD, CPNP-AC for developing the PCICS Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Their dedication to this initiative has resulted in growth of the 4 initial SIGs: Interdisciplinary Leadership, Advance Practice Provider, CNS/Educator, and Bedside Nurse. The SIGs provide opportunities for members to participate in committees and projects that support and grow PCICS as an organization and its members as professionals. SIG leadership transitioned in October 2021 to Darren Klugman, MD and Ashley Moellinger, CPNP-AC, MSHQS.

Special Interest Groups provide a forum for networking and collaboration among members. Each SIG meets virtually within its own format, defining individual goals and identifying initiatives to advance SIG and PCICS membership and the PCICS Strategic Plan. Examples of current projects include the Bedside Nurse Handoff Tool, APP Mentoring Program, PCICS Nursing Guidelines contributions, and presentation of CPR for the Soul webinar. To find out more about an individual SIG, meeting format and time, and ways to be involved please contact the SIG co-chairs listed below.

PCICS is excited to announce the development of new special interest groups that highlight the comprehensive team that is imperative in our multidisciplinary approach to quality care of the CHD patient.  The new PCICS SIGs include Early Career /Trainee Physician; Physical, Occupational, Speech and Child Life Therapies; Dietician; Respiratory Therapy; and Pharmacist. These SIGs are in the early stages of development and offer vast opportunities for networking and project development within the SIG membership and PCICS. Please spread the word to these collaborative partners in your CICU/Heart Center. Membership to any SIG is free with PCICS membership and there is no limitation to the number of SIGs you may join.

Below is a list of the PCICS SIGs and the co-chairs. Please contact the SIG committee co-chairs, Darren Klugman (dklugman@jhu.edu) or Ashley Moellinger (Ashley.moellinger@childrensal.org) for more information.

Special Interest Group Contact
Interdisciplinary Leadership Sherry Kubis – kubiss@email.chop.edu
Justin Yeh – justin.yeh@upmc.edu
Advanced Practice Provider Jessica Mann – Jessica.mann@bjc.org
Jill Zender – jill.zender@utsouthwestern.edu
CNS / Educator Angela Jarden – jardena@ccf.org
Patricia Lincoln – patricia.lincoln@childrens.harvard.edu
Lisa McCabe – lisa.mccabe@ynhh.org
Bedside Nurse Sonia Almeida – Sonia.almeida@childrens.harvard.edu
Annette Imprescia – annettesaltamartini.imprescia@childrens.harvard.edu
Meena LaRonde – meena.laronde@childrens.harvard.edu
Karene Proffitt – proffittk@email.chop.edu
Early Career/Trainee Physician Neha Purkey – npurkey@stanford.edu
Sadie Rodriguez – rodriguezz@kidsheart.com
Victoria Surma – vsurma1@jhmi.edu
Dietician Kristy Fogg – fogg@musc.edu
Lindsay Lock – lindsay.lock@childrensal.org
Physical, Occupational, Speech and Child Life Therapy Mandana Fisher – mnfisher@childrensnational.org
Christy McKinney – cmmckinn@texaschildrens.org
Pharmacist Jaclyn Sawyer – Jaclyn.sawyer@cchmc.org
Ashley Huebschman– ashewest@med.umich.edu
Respiratory Therapy Susanne Dean – Susanne.dean@ascension.org
Justin Raper – justin.raper@childrensal.org



Darren Klugman

Director, Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care
Director of Quality and Safety, Blalock-Taussig-Thomas Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
Baltimore, MD, USA


Ashley Moellinger, MSN, CPNP-AC, MSHQS

Lead CV Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Section of Cardiac Critical Care and Division of Pediatric Caridiology
Children’s of Alabama
Birgmingham, AL, USA