Speaker Bios

Angie Burnette, JD

Angela Burnette focuses her practice on many aspects of health law. She handles health care litigation involving issues such as hospital-physician disputes, hospital licensure and investigation, contract, medical malpractice and peer review, successfully resolving matters at the trial and the appellate level. Ms. Burnette assists hospitals, physicians and other providers with a variety of issues, including those involving medical staff, National Practitioner Data Bank, mental health, surrogate births, minors, duty to warn, do not resuscitate orders, end of life issues and refusal of blood transfusions. She also represents physicians, nurses and other health care providers in state licensing board investigations. Ms. Burnette provides general risk management and compliance advice to health care facilities, providers and health plans. She also advises health care providers and non-health care companies on HIPAA privacy, HIPAA security, and breach notification issues under the HITECH Act and state laws. While at Alston & Bird, she has served as both temporary in-house counsel and as national coordinating counsel for two national health care corporations. She has recently been an invited lecturer at Emory Law School on various health law topics.

Beth Chrismer, MSN, RN

Ms. Chrismer has over 37 years experience in the healthcare field as a Registered Nurse.  The most recent 15 years have been spent in Risk Management and Executive Leadership roles at a not-for profit health system in East Texas.  She has been responsible for all aspects of risk and patient safety, work-related injury, occupational medicine, employee health and many clinical areas over the years. In October of 2014, Ms. Chrismer joined the team at Good Shepherd Ambulatory Surgical Center as the Director of Medical Care Review, a job that encompasses staff education, employee health, risk and safety, medical staff peer review and quality.  Ms. Chrismer has her Master's Degree in Nursing and has been Certified Professional Healthcare Risk Management since 2003.  She also teaches yoga to balance the challenges of healthcare today.

John J. Goehle, MBA, CPA, CASC

John Goehle is the Chief Operating Officer with Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies, a New York based regulatory and financial consulting services company. AHS provides financial and regulatory oversight on a retainer basis as well as consulting in all aspects of ambulatory surgery operations. Mr. Goehle has a MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh Scotland, and a BS in Accounting from Ithaca College in Upstate New York.  He holds the prestigious Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credential.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. Mr. Goehle is a deemed status accreditation surveyor with AAAHC and is a frequent speaker on health care finance, technology and administration and has written many books related to the ASC Industry including The Survey Guide for ASCs – A Guide to the CMS Conditions of Coverage & Interpretive Guidelines for Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

Sue Klacik, BS, CRCST, CIS, FCS

Susan has vast experience and knowledge in healthcare sterile processing.  This experience comes from managing several healthcare central sterile service departments (CSSD) for over 35 years. Her education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Labor Studies from Youngstown State University.  She has been the IAHCSMM Representative to Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), from 1997 to present. Is the author of the IAHCSMM magazine’s column “Inside Washington” and the OR Manager column “Sterilization and Infection Control”  Susan has been an international speaker on sterilization topics for over ten years.   Received the IAHCSMM Presidents award in 1996 & 2003.  In 2009 was the recipient of the IAHCSMM “Award of Honor”.   Recent accomplishments include participation on the multi-society immediate use steam sterilization position paper in 2010.  In 2012 she was listed as Who’s Who in Infection Prevention

John Park, JD

John Park represents national and local employers facing allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge arising under all major federal and state employment laws. John focuses on helping clients reach the business result that they want to achieve, and proactively addressing employee issues to minimize exposure to employment litigation.  He is a frequent speaker and published author on a wide range of labor and employment topics and has chaired and moderated panels on whistleblower issues and the implementation of effective compliance programs.  John recently served as a Regional Editor for a national trade-secret/non-compete compendium.


William R Phillips received various advanced degrees in education and varying credentials before moving into healthcare facility management in 1983.  He served nearly 14 years in a variety of roles as hospital engineer and integrated support services; later as support services administrator in several hospitals and facilities. In 1994 he established in partnership a company manufacturing and exporting fully equipped modular surgical facilities and clinics for export  and designed review programs for indoor air quality compliance and life safety compliance in long-term care facilities and standalone surgical facilities. In 1998 he established his own company specializing in compliance for licensed ambulatory surgical centers. He provides services and consulting compliance services for locations in 14 states and 3 foreign countries.  The principal focus of services is for physical plant compliance with life safety / CMS standards, licensure standards, accreditation standards primarily for VHR, AAAHC and JACHO.