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Stacy Handley, BSN, ACHRN, CHT, Vice President
Dick Clarke, CHT; President
Dick founded NBS in 1986. His background included a decade of service in the British Royal Navy, assistant director of the undersea living program 'Hydrolab' and saturation diving superintendant in the offshore oil and gas industry. He was a faculty member for NOAA's Diving Medical Officer training course for over two decades and pioneered the diver medic (DMT) and hyperbaric technologist (CHT) certification programs. Dick has held several leadership positions within the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and currently services as president of the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology. He is widely published in the peer-reviewed medical literature and has authored numerous text book chapters. Dick is the primary author of the randomized and controlled, double-blind, trial that provided the first Level 1 evidence of efficacy of HBO's role in deficient wound healing.
Stacy Handley, RN, BSN, ACHRN, CWCN, CHT; Vice President
Stacy assumed her present position following several years as nurse manager of the NBS hyperbaric medicine service at Memorial Hospital, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Stacy oversees the patient care aspects of the NBS network, conducts quality assurance and compliance assessments and preceptors all new NBS nurse managers. Additional responsibilities include marketing and promotion of NBS service lines and generation of monthly safety notices. Stacy serves as a member of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Board of Directors. She has trained as a Hyperbaric Safety Director and a UHMS facility accreditation surveyor, and is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina 'Wound Care Specialty Course' through which she obtained her wound care certification.
Valerie Short, RN, ACHRN, CWCN, CWS, CMBS, FACCWS; Director of Operations & Compliance
Valerie enjoys a 30 year health care delivery specialist history, the last 15 of which have been directed at the introduction and support of comprehensive wound healing and hyperbaric medicine centers. Valerie's expertise is broad and extends to heath care regulatory standards, compliance, practice standards, cost-containment / inventory control, reimbursement and marketing strategies. She has intimate knowledge of present and pending CMS/Medicare, Joint Commission and National Fire Protection Association rules, regulations and guidelines as they apply to the related disciplines of chronic wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Her licensure, certifications and other qualifications provide some insight into the extent to which she has elevated her professional standing. Valerie is a regular faculty member for UHMS approved wound care and hyperbaric medicine training courses and is a member of the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology's Board of Directors.
D. Lindsie Cone, MD; Corporate Medical Director
Dr. Cone has served as a hyperbaric medicine consultant at the NBS headquarters clinical facility for 25 years, the last 12 as its medical director. He is board certified in Family and Preventive Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and is the program's hyperbaric fellowship director. Dr. Cone is a key faculty member during the NBS primary and advanced hyperbaric medicine courses and conferences and has introduced over 7,000 health care professionals to the role of HBO therapy in modern medical practice.
Dr. Cone received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, and completed his family practice residency in Columbia at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He serves as the Chief Information Officer at the USC School of Medicine and is the Diving Medical Officer for the South Carolina law enforcement division. His published research interests include breast cancer-related lymphedema and late radiation tissue injury secondary to cancer management.
Shannon Blanton Waller, Business Manager
After attending the University of South Carolina, Shannon served as Research and Statistical Analyst for the South Carolina Department of Commerce. She then moved into the private sector, working with an estate planner in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. While in Hilton Head, Shannon founded her own personal financial services company, Independent Means, LLC. This company and its clients were able to move with her as she explored living in the Northeast and returned to her home state of South Carolina. While living in Nantucket, Massachusetts, Shannon also served in secondary public education as an educator in the Special Education Department and later with the Financial and Accreditation Departments.
Since joining NBS in 2007, Shannon was worn many hats. She began her position as Human Resources Assistant; added Corporate Office Management; and further expanded her responsibilities by taking on the role of Education Coordinator. In May of 2009, Shannon was promoted to Business Manager and is charged managing the financial aspects of National Baromedical Services. She currently balances this position with her work as Education Coordinator.