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February 2012, Volume 16, Number 1


Meet the CJON Editorial Board and Publications Staff


The following oncology nurses comprise the Editorial Board of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) for 2012. They are involved in clinical care and support the mission of CJON, which is to provide practical information necessary to care for patients and their families across the cancer continuum and to develop publication skills in oncology nurses. Each associate editor is receptive to working with those interested in authoring columns. The associate editors welcome your comments, ideas, and suggestions for column topics. Contact information for the editors can be found at the end of each description.


Journal Editor


Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her program of research focuses on the issues facing cancer survivors and improving cancer care. She has a clinical practice working with breast cancer survivors. Deborah is an advanced practice oncology nurse who has consulted with organizations on issues to improve cancer care and has more than 30 years of cancer nursing practice, education, research, and management experience. She earned a PhD from the University of Utah, her MSN from Yale University, her BSN from Excelsior College, her Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Maryland, and her diploma from Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing.


Deborah is the editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing and can be reached at


Valerie Burger, RN, MA, MS, OCN®, CPN, CHPN, is presently the oncology services coordinator at Good Samaritan Hospital, a Magnet® facility in West Islip, NY.  In early February, she will begin her career as the clinical director of the hospice program at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Valerie has been an oncology nurse for more than 23 years. She has been an associate editor for the Oncology Nursing Forum and was secretary of the Long Island Queens chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). As a trainer for the ONS Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course, Valerie has helped to educate many of the nurses on Long Island. She co-authored the chapter, “The Nurse and Documentation” in the book Law for Nurse Leaders: A Comprehensive Reference (Springer, 2011). Valerie holds two master’s degrees from New York University and a post-master’s certificate in Holistic Nursing from the College of New Rochelle.


Valerie is the associate editor for the Supportive Care column and can be reached at


Dorothy Dulko, PhD, RN, AOCNP®, is an advanced practice nurse with more than 20 years of experience in nursing practice, education, research, and management. She received her PhD in cancer nursing research from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Dorothy holds national certification as an advanced oncology nurse practitioner, and currently is the advanced practice director in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Florida. She has an active clinical practice working with patients who have gynecologic malignancies. Dorothy has received numerous awards, including the University of Utah Outstanding Dissertation (2007), which focused on intervention strategies to implement clinical practice guidelines for cancer pain management. She was a member of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Data Set Pilot Project Team, a group that began development of plans to standardize the best and most cost-effective strategies for incorporating oncology nursing sensitive patient outcomes into international data repositories. Dorothy has multiple peer-reviewed publications and authored the chapter on gynecologic sarcomas for the ONS Site-Specific Cancer Series.


Dorothy is the associate editor of the Oncology Nursing 101 column and can be reached at


Mallori Hooker, RN, MSN, NP-C, AOCNP®, is a medical oncology and bone marrow transplantation nurse practitioner at Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise, ID. She has worked in blood and marrow transplantation for the past 12 years. She was awarded the Josh Gotthiel Bone Marrow Transplant Career Enhancement Scholarship in 2003 and has been a reviewer of potential applicants for the award.  She raised money for and completed the Susan G. Komen 60-mile breast cancer walk and has raised money for and participated with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training.


Mallori is the associate editor for the Heart of Oncology Nursing column and the CJONPlus Podcasts and can be reached at


Colleen M. O’Leary, RN, MSN, OCN®, AOCNS®, is an oncology clinical nurse specialist at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL. She has presented nationally on a variety of oncology nursing topics, including head and neck cancers, hypersensitivity reactions, and venothromboembolism. She has authored chapters in Nursing Management: Principles and Practice on endocrine cancers, septic shock, and hypersensitivity reactions and in A Guide to Oncology Symptom Management on septic shock. She was on the Oncology Nursing Society team that developed the first Putting Evidence Into Practice resources on the prevention of infection.


Colleen is the associate editor for Advanced Practice Nursing Issues column and can be reached at


Marlon Saria, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, is a neuro-oncology program nurse specialist in the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California in San Diego. He has been actively involved with the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and has served in a variety of positions, including the Congress Planning Team and the Steering Council. He is the editor of Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Scenarios (ONS, 2010).


Marlon is the associate editor for the Evidence-Based Practice column and can be reached at


The following publications staff members, located at the Oncology Nursing Society headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA, work on the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. They are responsible for ensuring high quality with every issue and take the content from raw manuscript to publication. Contact information for staff members can be found at the end of each description.


Elizabeth M. Wertz Evans, RN, BSN, MPM, CPHQ, CPHIMS, FACMPE, brings an extensive healthcare background, a notable education, and diverse professional experience in clinical and operational aspects of healthcare to her role as the executive director of Professional Practice and Programs for the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).  She currently leads ONS’s division that oversees education, publishing, research, library and archives, international initiatives, and grant funding.  Her career has focused on patient safety and quality, health information technology, practice management, financial management, strategic planning, joint ventures, publishing, education, and training. 


Liz is a member of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Board of Directors for the Assembly of Oncology/Hematology Administrators and previously served on the national Board of Directors and Executive Committee, as well as the chairperson for the Ethics Committee.  She is a founding member of MGMA’s Patient Safety and Quality Advisory Committee and Leadership Trainers. Liz is a member of the Board of Directors for the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a senior member of national HIMSS, and a Certified Professional in Health Information Management through HIMSS. She also is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality through the National Association for Healthcare Quality.


To further develop this blended experience, Liz is completing her doctoral degree through Capella University. Her research focuses on the adoption of interoperable health information technology to increase the quality, safety, and effectiveness of medical care for patients with cancer in the ambulatory setting.


Liz can be reached at


Barbara Sigler, RN, MNEd, is a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the School of Nursing at the University Of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) staff, Barbara was the clinical nurse specialist in Head and Neck Oncology for the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh. She was one of the founding members, past president, and journal editor for the Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses. Barbara has lectured and published extensively on both otorhinolaryngology/head and neck nursing and writing for publication. Barbara is the publisher and director of publications and oversees both the journal and book publishing endeavors for the ONS.


Barbara can be reached at


Leslie McGee, BA, is the managing editor for the Oncology Nursing Forum and the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). She joined ONS in 2000 and, in her current role, she manages the development and production of the Society’s peer-reviewed journals and supplements, ensuring the publication of timely, engaging, and accurate content that conforms to the highest journalistic standards. She works in a team atmosphere with ONS staff, editors, editorial boards, authors, an advertising agency, and vendors. Leslie currently sits on the Board of Directors for Association Media and Publishing, a professional organization that serves the needs of association publishers, communications professionals, and the media they create. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband and son.


Leslie can be reached at


Mike Minjock, BA, is production and permissions manager for the Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS’s) Publications Team. Mike started at ONS in the early 1990s as an Oncology Nursing Forum copy editor and has held a number of publishing-related positions over the years. In his current role, he manages the production of various miscellaneous print and online publications, the production of ONS’s journal podcasts, and the posting of ONS’s journals online. As ONS’s permission manager, Mike addresses any copyright issues related to ONS publications and works with those who wish to adapt or reuse content from ONS’s journals, books, newsletters, and other publications. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor’s of arts in professional writing, Mike lives in the Pittsburgh suburb of Peters Township, is married, and has two sons and two daughters.


Mike can be reached at


Sean Pieszak, BA, has been a copy editor for the Oncology Nursing Forum and the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) for almost five years. After receiving a bachelor’s in professional writing in 2000, he began his professional career as a copy editor in the newspaper industry, first working for the Valley News Dispatch and then the Butler Eagle. Since coming to ONS in 2007, Sean has worked on numerous features and articles for the periodical publishing team. In addition, Sean oversees the CJON Writing Mentorship Program, works on numerous supplemental issues and conference syllabi, and writes a bi-monthly column in American Nurse Today about the Putting Evidence Into Practice initiative. Sean lives in Zelienople, PA, with his wife Aimee, son Jake, and daughter Leah.


Sean can be reached at


Ben Berkey, BS, has been a copy editor for the Oncology Nursing Forum and the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) since 2008. He received his bachelor’s of science in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, with concentrations in English writing and literature. While at the University of Pittsburgh, he was editor-in-chief of Backroads, the campus literary magazine, and was the 2006 recipient of the Walter J. Krebs Writing Award for fiction. Before joining ONS, Ben was a technical writer for DirecTV in Pittsburgh, PA. He also is an active volunteer in Association Media and Publishing (AM&P), serving as a Content Creation Committee member and contributing writer for AM&P’s Signature magazine. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.


Ben can be reached at


Amanda Baker, BS, has been a copy editor for the Oncology Nursing Forum and the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing at the Oncology Nursing Society since 2010. She received her bachelor’s of science in journalism, with a minor in political science and a certificate in political communication, from Ohio University. While there, Amanda worked as a copy editor at The Post, Ohio University’s student-run newspaper, and interned with the news and sports copy desks of the Columbus Dispatch. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA. 


Amanda can be reached at


Jaclyn Enderle, BA, is new to the Oncology Nursing Society publishing staff. This is her first month working as a copy editor for the Oncology Nursing Forum and the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. She attended Miami University (Ohio) and received bachelor of arts degrees in both english literature and creative writing. While at Miami, Jaclyn worked for The Howe Writing Center for Excellence as a writing consultant for undergraduate and graduate students. Originally from Bluffton, OH, she recently moved and currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA.


Jaclyn can be reached at


Natalie Aitken Tooch has been an editorial assistant for the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing and the Oncology Nursing Forum since 1998. In her current role, working with staff members, editorial and review boards, and authors, she handles manuscripts from submission through review and publication, and post publication. Natalie is a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. She lives in Moon Township, PA


Natalie can be reached at