ProfNet Experts Available on Santa Claus, Masculinity, More

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  • Yes, Adults, You Can Still 'Believe' in Santa!
  • Vertical Integration Among Health Systems
  • Male Leaders and Masculinity
  • Want to Listen Better? Pretend to Make a Toast


  • Editor, Mansion – The Wall Street Journal (NY)
  • Supervisory Content Editor – Voice of America (DC/NY/CA)
  • Writer/Editor – LRP Publications (FL)


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Yes, Adults, You Can Still 'Believe' in Santa!
Mary Muscari
Associate Professor
Binghamton University Decker School of Nursing
“It's been 120 years since veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church, editor of The New York Sun, penned 'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,' history's most reprinted newspaper editorial. Yet, his words ring true today — we still live in a skeptical world, where without Santa [fairies, dragons and other enchanted wonders], there would be no childlike faith, no poetry and no magic. Studies of children's brain activity offer evidence that children do indeed have active imaginations. Thus, children may be more adept than adults in forming varied and creative images — and see Santa with such clarity, when all we see are holiday bills.”
Muscari can offer a number of activities that adults can engage in to recapture that lost spirit. Her areas of expertise include parenting, from toddler age and up, especially teens. She has conducted a number of parenting workshops around the country, the most popular topics including: keeping kids safe from predators (“live” and Internet), bullying, and raising nonviolent kids. She has written a number of parenting books, including “Child Behavioral and Parenting Challenges for Advanced Practice Nurses: A Reference for Front-line Health Care Providers” (Springer, 2016).
Contact: John Brhel, [email protected]

Vertical Integration Among Health Systems
Ryan Marling
Healthcare Research Associate
Clayton Christensen Institute
“Horizontal integrations among health systems, like the potential Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health merger, are often a temporary fix for health systems' bottom-lines, not a solution for the unsustainable cost growth in healthcare. However, vertical integration like the recent acquisition of Aetna by CVS aligns both sides, compelling them to work together. This integrated structure holds potential for payers and providers to address and coordinate both care delivery and payment in their innovation efforts and allows them to find ways to best treat and pay for complex conditions in which there may not be industry consensus. This differs from the traditional dichotomy, where insurers and providers are at odds with the each other to determine who will foot the financial risk of high-cost procedures.”
Prior to joining Clayton Christensen Institute, Marling worked in practice solutions and health policy research at the Massachusetts Medical Society, publishers of The New England Journal of Medicine. He has recently been interviewed by and contributed articles to: Becker's Healthcare and Managed Healthcare Executive. Marling attained a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa and an MPH in Health Policy & Management from the Boston University School of Public Health. He is based in Boston.
Contact: Brian Hyland, [email protected]

Male Leaders and Masculinity
Mark S. Kiselica, PhD, HSPP, NCC, LPC
Founding Dean and Professor of Psychology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Cabrini University
“Men who embrace positive masculinity will not tolerate nor engage in violence, sexually insensitive behavior, or destructive exploitation. They have an inner knowledge about themselves and are confident, secure, humble, and trustworthy. I urge everyone to evaluate male leaders at all levels of power through the lens of positive masculinity. We must direct our support toward men who exhibit these qualities. We have an obligation to confront male leaders who are sexist, racist, hyper-aggressive, duplicitous, and pathologically narcissistic, invite them with optimism to learn and live by more positive notions of masculinity, and forcefully challenge them if they reject this invitation.”
A national authority on positive masculinity and helping boys and men, Kiselica is Fellow and former president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity and the author of 150 publications, including the books, “The Handbook of Counseling Boys and Adolescent Males” and “Counseling Troubled Boys.” He believes that fostering positive masculinity is the best way to prevent disrespect and harm to women by men. Kiselica is available to speak on positive masculinity as an antidote to the problem of sexual harassment.
Contact: Lori Iannella, [email protected]

Want to Listen Better? Pretend to Make a Toast
David Cunningham, M.Ed.
Seminar Leader
“Most people simply attend holiday parties, meetings, events and conferences without thinking much about how to prepare to listen at those functions. In fact, they might even plan how to speak instead. They might practice soundbites or pitches to say just the right things to people in attendance. But how many people prepare to listen? What if listening is more important? Before you go to a social gathering, pretend to make a toast to the people in attendance. It can help both professionally and personally. It helps you become present to how you'd acknowledge a person — and when you acknowledge someone, it opens up communication, partnership and trust.”
Cunningham is a communication expert and seminar leader for Landmark, a personal and professional growth, training and development company that's had more than 2.4 million people use its programs to cause breakthroughs in their personal lives as well as in their communities, generating more than 100,000 community projects around the world. In The Landmark Forum, Landmark's flagship program, people cause breakthroughs in their performance, communication, relationships and overall satisfaction in life.
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Contact: Michelle Tennant, [email protected]



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Brad grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children.
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