Meet our 2018 Seminar Speakers

Jill Morgenthaler, Retired U.S. Army ColonelJill Morgenthaler, Retired U.S. Army Colonel

Author of “The Courage To Take Command: Leadership Lessons From a Military Trailblazer”

From the Battlefield to the Board Room: Secrets to Lead and Succeed

Thirty years of extraordinary leadership performance have earned retired U.S. Army Colonel Jill Morgenthaler both the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit awards.  Her delivery is dynamic, entertaining, and energizing.  A woman of many firsts, she provides solid “how-tos” to apply immediately to overcome obstacles, promote change, and bring success to your organization.

Refaat HegaziRefaat Hegazi, MD, PhD, MS, MPH, MBA

Global Medical Director of Adult Nutrition at Abbott Nutrition

Healing From the Inside Out

Dr. Hegazi is certified by the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists with expertise in nutrition and wound healing.  He has authored 55 publications and 5 book chapters.  We will learn best practices to eliminate and overcome barriers of effective care through nutrition, as well as wound healing requirements for macro- and micronutrients.

Laurie Berger, MBA, RD, LDLaurie Berger, MBA, RD, LD

Medical Sales Representative and Dysphagia Educator, Regional Manager, Simply Thick

Through Thick and Thin—The International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative

Laurie Berger is results oriented with 20+ years in sales, marketing, product development, and business development in the healthcare and nutritional products areas.  The audience will benefit from Laurie’s explanation of the IDDSI in greater detail, including the goal of establishing common terminology for all health care settings.  World-wide implementation of IDDSI is targeted for 2018/2019.


Jamie Stamey, MS, RDN, LDN, CP-FS

Jamie Stamey, MS, RDN, LDN, CP-FS

Food Safety and Nutrition Consultant, Owner of

Food Safety Showdown—Get Your Game On!

Jamie Stamey assists US clients in the development of food safety management systems and the delivery of manager and employee training programs.  Jamie has a solid background in clinical dietetics and medical nutrition therapy, having worked as a clinical dietitian in level-one trauma & tertiary care hospitals and in long-term care.  She has been a speaker in 30 US states, Canada, and Guam, and has earned a reputation for being an interactive, engaging, and ‘fun’ facilitator.  CDM’s will be able to gain 1.25 Sanitation Credits from listening to this presentation.

Ken Wasco, PhD, CIPAKen Wasco, PhD, CIPA

National Speaker and Author, Thought Leader Within the Service Industries, Customer Experience Catalyst, Gordon Food Service

Moving Your Communication Style from Boss to Coach

Ken Wasco is an advocate and catalyst for operator success within the customer experience area at Gordon Food Service, with 35 years of experience as a healthcare manager, administrator, corporate marketing executive, researcher, and currently “catalyst.”  His simple yet powerful philosophy is “Always Through Others…First!”  Ken travels throughout USA and Canada to present 250+ times annually on the topic of enhanced effectiveness to achieve individual and corporate success.  This has resulted in keynote addresses in virtually every state, province, and national service industry conference.  Ken has co-authored the book “Live Like You Mean It” and written hundreds of articles for trade magazines.