TMAC, Trauma Managers Association of California

Heather Venezio, RN, MS, CEN

Heather Venezio

Upon completion of my Master’s Degree and qualifying exams for Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and exposure to nursing care at an NICU in a Roanoke, Virginia hospital, I decided I wanted to care for children, not just observe and measure their behavior.  Upon completion of my BSN at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, I was offered the opportunity to work in the Emergency Department and there I have remained (Louisiana to California) until February of 2011.  I was fortunate to make the move to building and running a Level III, and as of May 2014 Level II ACS-COT verified trauma center at NorthBay Medical Center.

Georgi Collins, MSN, RN, PHN
President Elect

Georgi Collins

Georgi Collins has over nineteen years of clinical experience specializing in nursing and leadership roles in critical care, emergency, pre-hospital, and trauma care. For the last nine years, she has worked at Riverside Community Hospital as the Trauma Program Director of an Adult Level II Trauma Center in Riverside, California. Previously, she managed the County of San Bernardino’s Trauma System further enhancing her in-depth understanding of California’s Trauma Regulations and EMS standards. Currently, Georgi serves as the AVP of Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA) Trauma Services, which encompasses four Level II Trauma Centers in California and Nevada - the largest of which is Sunrise Medical Center that recently played a pivotal role in managing over 150 trauma activations from the 1 October Incident.  In her current role, she is responsible for managing all trauma-related activities across the Far West Division with an emphasis on the need for continuous assessment of individual programs, personnel, resources and survey readiness.   

Georgi received her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a focus on population-based nursing from California State University, San Bernardino. She is a member of HCAs Trauma Nurse Advisory Council (TNAC), which is charged with developing trauma-related best practices.  These best practices support all 90 of HCA’s Trauma Centers and includes performance improvement initiatives, clinical topics and trauma financial pro-forma. Georgi is also the Chair of HCA’s Trauma Services Policy Taskforce and develops Enterprise-wide Diversion and Trauma Activation Criteria. Georgi performs mock ACS surveys in preparation for ACS Consultative and Verification site visits for all of HCA and is working on developing a site-preparation course for TNAC. Georgi has also been a member of TMAC for over ten years. 

Georgi, a native Californian, lives in San Bernardino County with her husband, two children, seven dogs, and three horses. She enjoys riding her horses and spending time with her family.

Michelle Woodfall, MS, RN, CEN, CCRN

Michelle Woodfall

Michelle Woodfall is the Trauma Program Director/Interim Stroke Program Director for Stanford Health Care.  She has been a Stanford Health Care employee for the past 26 years, with Critical Care as her specialty. Michelle worked as staff nurse, educator and Assistant Nurse Mgr in CV ICU (Heart Txs, Lung Txs, Aneurysms etc.) for 16 years. She then moved to the ED as their Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2005 before moving to Trauma as Program Manager in 2010.  In October 2016, she was given the Stroke Program to direct as well.  Michelle was invited to present at the 2015 TQIP session.  She led Stanford Health Care through 2 successful ACS visits using EMR.  Michelle was also Treasurer of her College Sorority for 3 years – 65 members.

Director at Large for Hospitals

Amy Brammer

Amy Brammer earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo. She is currently working on her Masters of Science in Nursing at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.  Amy is a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses, Emergency Nurses Association, and the American Trauma Society.  She has twenty-seven years of nursing experience, most of those spent caring for trauma patients throughout the care continuum.   In the last six years, Amy has managed and provided leadership to Trauma Programs in Missouri and California.   Amy is currently the Trauma Program Director at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals –Vacaville, California.   

Amy has been faculty for the AAAM Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) Course since 2014, and currently the Chair of the AIS Certification Board. She has two certifications in trauma /emergency care and two certifications in trauma registry.  

Shanna Kissel
Director at Large for EMS

Shanna Kissel

Shanna Kissel is the Trauma Nurse Coordinator/Clinical Supervisor for the Riverside EMS Agency.  She started her career in 2003 on the Pediatric floor at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. From there she continued to work with pediatrics at Long Beach Memorial- Miller West for 2 years. After moving to Riverside, Shanna made a department change to the Emergency Department at Riverside County Regional Medical Center. She was a bedside nurse and charge nurse while she was working on her BSN.

Shanna made the transfer into Trauma Services in 2009 and it was here that she became the Performance Improvement / Injury Prevention Nurse. This was her “home” and comfort zone in the trauma world. During this time she worked on her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration and wanted to utilize this in her career. In 2014, she was given the opportunity to be the Trauma System Coordinator for Riverside EMS Agency which she has been doing for two years. As the Trauma System Coordinator, she has been involved in a multi-county trial study from data collection to implementing county wide education. In her current role she recently published a Trauma System Report using county-specific trauma data as a tool for agencies to use for Injury Prevention and Education. She is always seeking ways to improve trauma patient care from the system perspective.

Desiree Thomas, RN, MSN, CCRN
Immediate Past President

Desiree Thomas

Desiree received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Biola University, and her Master of Science in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s College.  She began her nursing career at LAC+USC Medical Center, where she discovered her love of caring for critically ill trauma patients.  She had the opportunity through the Navy Trauma Training Center to train Navy physicians, nurses, and corpsman in trauma care prior to their deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Desiree came to Long Beach Memorial/Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach in 2006 as the Trauma/Disaster Surge Coordinator. She was active in the development of the Physician-In-Charge program, which is a system that coordinates the medical care of patients during a disaster. She transitioned into the role of Trauma Program Director in 2012. She has streamlined the financial and clinical processes within the Trauma Service, utilizing Lean methodology. She participates on committees at the regional level and speaks regularly within the surrounding area on trauma care. Desiree has been a member of TMAC since 2007. She has served on the TMAC Board of as the Director At Large for hospitals since 2014.  In her free time, Desiree enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, and traveling.

Previous Members of the Board

Many people have dedicated their time and energy to TMAC, which has made it the premiere organization for trauma professionals in the state of California.

Below are individuals who have most recently served on the Board of Directors

  • Candy Schoenheit, RN, BSN, PHN, MICN

    • President Elect, 2015
    • President, 2016
    • Immediate Past President, 2017
  • Katy Hadduck, RN, BSN, CFRN

    • Secretary, 2016-2017

  • Eileen Hoover, RN, MSN

    • Director-At-Large for Hospitals, 2016-2017

Susan Watson, BAcc
Executive Assistant

Susan Watson

Susan is currently the Financial Services Assistant and Executive Secretary for Mountain-Valley EMS Agency.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.  Susan has a long work history in administrative duties, technical writing, information technology and accounting support.  She is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving more than a decade both at home and abroad.  Over the course of her civilian work experience,  she has served city, county and federal government agencies as well as the private sector.  In her leisure time, Susan enjoys caring for her home and family, spending quality time with her grandchildren, and devoting volunteer hours to service within the local community.