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2022 Michigan HOSA



9:00 AM

Melissa Phillips, ATC

Sport Medicine Instructor/Athletic Trainer

Melissa Phillips has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for 20 years. She currently works at Genesee Career Institute as a sports medicine instructor and HOSA advisor, as well as at Laingsburg High school as an athletic trainer. Melissa's talk will highlight how prevalent and dangerous concussions can be. She will also teach us house to recognize and proceed when a concussion occurs.  

9:25 AM

Kristin Sewell, MS

Michigan Health Council

Director, Workforce Development & Education Pathways

Kristin Sewell, M.A, a certified trainer in Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion. Kristin has degrees in Sociology and Anthropology and is the Director of Content Production for Michigan Health Council. Kristin was an instructor of anthropology at Michigan State University and is a published author on topics related to identity, identity formation, and identity expression throughout American history.


9:50 AM

Yvonne Price, BS

Community Coordinator – Generation With Promise

Office of Community Health, Equity, Wellness & Diversity

Yvonne is a wellness advocate, health educator and Group Fitness Instructor with over 20 years of service to the community. She currently works for Henry Ford Health-Generation With Promise, facilitating youth and adults to take charge of making healthier choices concerning nutrition, physical activity and overall wellness. Yvonne enjoys the color purple, reading, journaling and  empowering youth and adults to be “change makers” who are comfortable in their “own” skin.

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10:15 AM

Omar Flores, LMSW, CAADC

Clinical Social Worker

Omar Flores is the son of immigrants who grew up on the West Side of Detroit. He graduated from Holy Redeemer High School and then attended Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He later earned a Master of Social Work from Grand Valley State University. He was able to study abroad in both Europe and Asia which led him to become a lifelong enthusiast of people and culture. He has been a Clinical Social Worker since 2007 and has worked with teenagers in foster care as well as with people exiting prison after violent felony convictions. Omar spent nearly 10 years working as a medical social worker in the homeless and undocumented immigrant communities of Grand Rapids.


10:40 AM

Dr. Bob Mele, PT,MSA, EdS, PhD,  ACCE

Health Information Training

Macomb Community College

Dr. Mele is a long time HOSA enthusiast. He and his wife, Arlene, have judged countless events at the regional and state level conferences for over 20 years. As a long-term faculty member at Macomb Community College, Dr. Mele is well positioned to talk about the merits of virtual learning for health professions.

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11:05 AM

Rick Boothman

Partner, Strategic Consulting

As a trial lawyer in Michigan and Ohio, Rick Boothman defended caregivers and health care systems charged with medical malpractice for more than twenty years before joining the University of Michigan in 2001 first, as an assistant general counsel and in 2004, as Chief Risk Officer and Executive Director for Patient Relations and Clinical Risk for the University’s health system.  He brought unconventional ideas about patient injuries and malpractice claims.


Lunch 11:25 AM

We have 50 minutes for lunch. Please move steadily through the line and return quickly to your seat.

Two pieces of pizza per person. 


12:20 PM

Alex Brace, MA LPC
Megan Curtis

Hope, Healing, and Justice for Children and Families Impacted by Abuse.

Small Talk - Children's Advocacy

Alex Brace: Alex is a licensed counselor in the State of Michigan. He is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy and specializes in working with children and adolescents who have been impacted by abuse and trauma. He is passionate about helping children heal and become empowered despite the traumatic experiences they have endured.

Megan Curtis: Megan is the VP of Credit Risk at MSU Federal Credit Union. She oversees the Member Solutions and Recovery teams that strive to educate and assist members who are experiencing financial hardship while monitoring credit risk and mitigating loss for the institution. She is a servant leader, passionate about serving employees in their career development and members in finding and maintaining financial wellbeing.

Lisa Rose

12:45 PM

Mark Burley
First Impressions

Michigan HOSA State Director

Employers are seeking employees that are dependable, have excellent interpersonal skills, and work well as part of a team. What impression do you give to others when you first meet them? Good communication skills will put others at ease and show your employer that you will represent their organization/business well. In this 20 minutes discussion, Mark Burley teaches the art of first impressions and small talk.


Adjourn 1:10 PM

Thanks for joining us, Michigan HOSA! We will see you at regionals!

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