VOYCE is excited to announce our presenter line-up for the Empower and Protect Long-Term Care Conference.

Amy Berkley

Amy Berkley, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor, Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing at St. Louis University

Presentation: I Still Think About Them: Emotional Connection and Professionalism in End-of-Life Nursing Care

Amy Berkley, Ph.D., RN, MSN, is an assistant professor at the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing at St. Louis University. She earned an MSN in Nursing Administration and a Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing in 2019. Then, she completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center School of Nursing in Kansas City. 

Dr. Berkley’s research is focused on the care of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and the effects of sleep disturbance on physical and cognitive functioning. Her goal is to develop interventions that support older adults in their current living situation, to avoid or delay progressive decline and institutionalization, and to improve standards of care and quality of life in institutional living facilities. 

Dr. Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis, MD, MPH, FIDSA

Director of Health, City of St. Louis

Presentation: The Impact of Trauma on Older Adults

Dr. Hlatshwayo Davis is the Director of Health for the City of St. Louis. She received her medical degree from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health Degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her internal medicine residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. She went on to complete her Infectious Diseases fellowship at the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM), also completing a one-year dedicated non-ACGME HIV fellowship and a two-year dedicated Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) fellowship.

She was a Clinical Instructor, Associate Program Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases fellowship program, and in the leadership of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at the Washington University School of Medicine. She was also an Infectious Diseases physician at the John Cochran VA Medical Center, where she was the Lead HIV Clinician, Graduate Medical Education Coordinator, and Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy supervisor. Her passion for community engagement, health equity, and patients living with HIV (PLWH) culminated in her becoming the co-chair of the Fast Track Cities initiative in St. Louis and later appointed to the City of St. Louis Board of Health. Dr. Hlatshwayo Davis is now a national and international medical contributor on COVID-19 with a particular focus on marginalized populations and has been featured in outlets such as CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, and Newsweek, among others. She is also an Associate Editor for Disparities and Competent Care for the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

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Chien Y. Hung, MSW, MA-G, RYT

Program Director, VOYCE

Presentation: Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Closures

Chien Y. Hung, MSW, MA-G, RYT, serves as the Program Director of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at VOYCE. Chien holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Washington University Brown School of Social Work (2005), as well as a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from Lindenwood University (2015). Originally from Taiwan, upon graduation from Washington University, Chien started working at Community Alternatives as an AIDS Waiver Case Manager. In 2007, Chien was recruited by Doorways (Interfaith Residence) as a clinical social worker. From 2007 to 2016, Chien worked with Doorways’ residents who lived with critical medical conditions, mental disorders, substance usage issues, and homelessness. Chien has extensive experience in Psychotherapy, case management, community outreach, housing, and long-term care. In his spare time, Chien is a Registered Yoga Teacher who teaches at various yoga studios.

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Jen Joy, MSW

Regional Ombudsman Coordinator, South St. Louis and Jefferson County

Presentation: Preserving Residents’ Rights During Discharges

Jen Joy, MSW, is the Regional Ombudsman Coordinator for South County and Jefferson County.  Jen earned a Master of Social Work degree from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Missouri State University.  Jen has many years of experience working with families in various social service settings, including schools, hospitals, community mental health agencies, and nonprofit organizations.  Jen brings her varied experience and education to VOYCE and her compassion to help those underserved in the St. Louis area. 

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Katie Morrison, MSG

Regional Ombudsman Coordinator, North St. Louis County

Presentation: Preserving Residents’ Rights During Discharges

Katie Morrison, MSG, is the Regional Ombudsman Coordinator for North St. Louis County. Katie earned a Master of Science in Gerontology from the University of Missouri- St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from Southeast Missouri State University.  Katie discovered her passion for working with seniors when she worked in food services at a Long-Term Care Facility during high school. Katie worked at a Long-Term Care Community as an Activity Coordinator and was promoted to Activity Director quickly.  Katie also held a position at the St. Louis Jewish Community Center as a Senior Programs Coordinator, in which she ran a home delivery meal program for homebound seniors and dining services/senior programming at Covenant Place.  In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, watching television/movies, attending concerts, playing with her cat, Casper, reading, cooking, and traveling.   

Kayla Peniston

Kayla Peniston, MSW

Regional Ombudsman Coordinator, West St. Louis and Franklin Counties

Presentation: Preserving Residents’ Rights During Discharges

Kayla Peniston serves as the Regional Ombudsman Coordinator for West St. Louis and Franklin Counties. Kayla earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science with a minor in psychology and a Master of Social Work from Missouri Baptist University. As an undergrad, Kayla completed a summer research internship at the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Washington University Institute for Public Health. As an intern, Kayla researched topics related to aging and Alzheimer’s disease and networked with community stakeholders. While in graduate school, Kayla completed her practicum at VOYCE and enjoyed giving a voice to residents in long-term care. Kayla has always appreciated working with vulnerable populations and is eager to continue empowering and advocating for residents in long-term care.  

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Lisa Smith, MHA

Lead Regional Ombudsman Coordinator, VOYCE

Presentation: Preserving Residents’ Rights During Discharges

Lisa Smith has been with VOYCE since December 2017. She is an experienced Ombudsman with a demonstrated history of successfully working with long-term care residents and their communities.

Trained to use empathy, critical thinking, and mediation to advocate for vulnerable populations across St. Louis. Lisa is a strong healthcare services professional with a Master of Health Administration focused in Health/Health Care Administration/Management from Saint Louis University.

She has been the Lead Ombudsman for her team since March 2021.