David A. Julian, PhD
Dr. Julian received his PhD from Michigan State University in Community Psychology. His areas of specialization included health and human services planning, program evaluation and community organization. Dr. Julian received a MCRP (Master of City and Regional Planning) degree from Ohio State University and a BA in Psychology from Miami University. This combination of educational experiences and his participation in a variety of professional roles have allowed Dr. Julian to be an active program evaluator who has worked with a variety of health and social services organizations.
From 1992 until 2001, Dr. Julian was the Director of Evaluation and Research at the United Way in Franklin County, Ohio. During his tenure, Dr. Julian was instrumental in developing a comprehensive system for defining and measuring program level outcomes and using outcome information as a component of local investment decisions. The Franklin County United Way approach to outcome definition and measurement has been described in several scholarly and practical articles.
Dr. Julian has held appointments in the College of Public Health, City and Regional Planning and Social Work at The Ohio State University. He has taught program evaluation and planning and worked with students to conduct formal evaluations of education, health and social services programs. He is currently the Director of Community Planning and Evaluation at CETE, a center in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. In his capacity as Director of Community Planning and Evaluation, Dr. Julian has served as Co-Principal Investigator for a variety of evaluation and capacity building projects. He has authored numerous publications in refereed journals and more than 100 technical reports and presentations.
Marc Parnes, MD
Marc Parnes has been a physician for 33 years in the specialty of Obstetrics and gynaecology. He retired from private practice in August of 2012. Early on in his career Dr. Parnes became aware of the importance of the patient/physician relationship and its critical role in the healing process. Firmly rooted in the physical sciences (BA in Physics from Kenyon College) and classic medicine (MD from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine), he appreciates that there is something that greatly enhances medical knowledge in the process of healing that has to do with the interaction that occurs between the two individuals involved in the process.
In the spring of 2005 he had the opportunity to take part in Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter training. Since that time he has become a practitioner and steward of the Art of Hosting. He had the opportunity to attend the ALIA Summer Institute six times, which has enhanced his understanding of authentic leadership. It has led to a greater understanding and appreciation of living systems and has led him to develop his personal practice of mindful meditation.
Currently Marc serves as the President of the Columbus Medical Association Foundation and managers a three-physician practice. In both of these endeavors he is given the opportunity to practice the Art of Hosting. Within the practice the physicians have been successfully using self-organization as an integral part of its corporate structure.
Dr. Parnes’ aspiration over the course of his retirement is to share his experience with how the Art of Hosting and mindful meditation has influenced and enhanced his personal practice of medicine. He believes it can lead others to a greater level of practicing the Art of Medicine.
Amy E. Rettig, MSN, MALM, RN, ACNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, CBCN®
Clinical Nurse Specialist – Breast Cancer Continuum
Ms. Rettig has more than 20 years experience as a Registered Nurse and more than 5 years as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Prior to joining The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center - The James, Amy held numerous Registered Nursing positions in hospitals, colleges, and government in Ohio. She was the Practice Consultant for the Ohio Board of Nursing and was the Breast Health Nurse for Blanchard Valley Health System. She joined The James in 2008 to specifically work with the breast cancer program.
Amy received a Post-Master’s Certificate in Psych-Mental Health Advanced Nurse Practice from The Ohio State University, a Master of Science in Nursing in family and community nursing from Capital University, a Master of Arts in Lay Ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from Bowling Green State University. She was also the founder of Special Kids Therapy, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with special health care needs and their families get funding for therapies not covered by state and private insurance.
As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Amy facilitates work that creates a continuum of care in the breast cancer program by bringing the breast cancer team together through direct patient care, staff education, and system-wide initiatives. The Breast Cancer Continuum, a podcast library, is one program she developed impacting all areas of the care of and for breast cancer patients. She also serves as a facilitator for Relationship-Based Care, a model of healthcare that creates a caring and healing environment through caring for self, caring for colleagues, and caring for the community, to best care for patients and their families.
Anita Somani, MD
Dr. Anita Somani is a 1988 graduate of the Medical College of Ohio and completed her OB/GYN Residency at Mt. Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. She is board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Miami University. Dr. Somani is interested in the overall health of women. Specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology, she has a special interest in Minimally Invasive Surgery. She is a Certified Single-Site® Console Surgeon. She has trained in nonsurgical aesthetics and enjoys enhancing women’s looks with Botox and Juvederm Voluma fillers. She encourages women to follow a healthy lifestyle that includes preventive care, a healthy diet and exercise at any age.
Dr. Somani is an American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellow, a Past President of the Columbus OB/GNY Society, a member of the Academy of Medicine and the Ohio State Medical Association, a board member of the St. Ann’s Perinatal Peer Review and past board member of the Knightsbridge Surgery Center. She has served as a delegate and alternate delegate to the Ohio State Medical Association.
You may have seen Dr. Somani in a magazine or on television as she is often called upon by the media to present her expert views on current women’s health issues. Her hobbies include running, participating in book club with a group of friends, travelling and cooking.
Tara Spalla, PhD, RN
Tara Spalla, PhD, RN is the Interim Academic Dean at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio. In this role she leads academic programs and student affairs; mentors associate deans and faculty; assesses quality of instruction; evaluates effectiveness of academic and student-focused programs, and enhances current programs; develops new initiatives for academic programming; provides professional development of faculty and student services staff; and collaborates with enrollment management, institutional advancement and college development.
In an effort to improve patient outcomes, Tara collaborates within a national healthcare system to increase the percentage of registered nurses educated at the baccalaureate level, and with community colleges to develop articulation agreements that offer seamless academic progression. Both of those initiatives are in alignment with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Institute of Medicine 80/20 recommendation.
Tara is active as an on-site evaluator in the accreditation of nursing programs through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Her scholarship also includes work as a peer-reviewer for Quality Matters™, a leading national benchmark for quality assurance in online education.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Wright State University, Master of Science degree in community health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in higher education policy and leadership from The Ohio State University. Her research examines how the use of trans-Atlantic web-conferencing impacts cultural competence of nursing students. She has presented this work nationally and internationally.