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April  2017
From the Driver's Seat
Here we are at the conclusion of Neurodiagnostic Week, celebrating our credentialed team members.  At Lifelines, we truly value EEG credentialing and are very proud to have amongst our team, a dedicated group of Registered EEG Technologists.  They have almost 400 years of combined neurodiagnostic experience!  These decades of experience are put to great use in various roles throughout our organization. 
 
I believe that it's critical for Lifelines to have staff who really know what it's like to run an EEG.  This allows us to focus on the client's needs and develop products and services to move the entire field forward. 
 
We strongly support credentialing and encourage anyone in the field to seek the appropriate registration.  The ABRET website  is the place to go.  They have recently introduced on-line examinations to streamline the process for new candidates.   This is an exciting innovation in the history of the testing and educational process.  

Our support of education in EEG is also demonstrated by our commitment to the ASET Foundation scholarship program.   The deadline for these Lifelines scholarships is approaching quickly.  See details below in this newsletter.
Sincerely,

Simon J. Griffin
President & CEO
Thank you to our techs!



We have many things to be thankful for at Lifelines Neurodiagnostic Systems, Inc.

We're proud to be among such a dedicated and talented group of registered EEG techs; we've set the standard in our field as we are "Changing Lives Through Neurodiagnostic Innovation".

As we recognize our team during Neurodiagnostic Week, we say thank you to all of our techs, who account for almost 400 years of Neurodiagnostic expertise. 

Thank you,
  • Aaron Levin, R. EEG T., Clinical Research Monitoring Tech, 25 years
  • Amy Bryan, R. EEG T., Clinical Research Monitoring Tech, 10 years
  • Debbie Frischknecht, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, RPSGT, Clinical Products Coordinator, 26 years
  • Dory Lane, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, RPSGT, Clinical Research Monitoring Tech, 24 years
  • Haley Bernhardt, BA, R. EEG T., Clinical Applications Specialist I, 3 years
  • Kim Hill, R. EEG T., RPSGT, RST, Clinical Research Monitoring Tech, 20 years
  • Laura Weidner, R. EEG T., Clinical Research Monitoring Tech, 29 years
  • Madeline Pittman, R. EEG T., Clinical Research Monitoring Tech, 3 years
  • Marco Moreno, MA, R. EEG T., Vice President of Sales, 32 years
  • Mary Anne Griffin, R. EEG/EP T., Chief Operating Officer, 37 years
  • Melissa Burke, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, Critical Care Solutions Manager, 31 years
  • Muriel Lerner, BS, R. EEG/EP T., Clinical Applications Specialist II, 38 years
  • Sandy Nylund, B.S, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, Clinical Research Project Manager, 43 years
  • Seline Haines, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, Senior Director of Clinical Research Services, 27 years
  • Shannon Jackson, R. EEG.T., Clinical Research Support Lead Tech, 17 years
  • Tina Jukich, R. EEG/EP T., Clinical Support Manager, 30 years

Amy Bryan, R. EEG T.
Clinical Research Monitoring Tech

Amy Bryan comes to Lifelines as one of our Clinical Research Monitoring Techs and has been in the Electroneurodiagnostic field for 10 years.   She graduated from an accredited program in Waco, TX in 2007 and says, "This is definitely where I am supposed to be."
 
The neurodiagnostic field brought "exciting and wonderful moments".  Amy started working in a big, trauma hospital in the neurology department, a fast-paced ER, ICU, outpatient testing, and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.  
 
In Corpus Christi, TX, Amy began a job in the ambulatory market, bringing her closer to her patients, one-on-one, and requiring a lot of travel. Now, living in Portland, TX with her husband, two children, two Olde English Bulldogs, and a salt water aquarium, Amy lives a very active life of fishing, BBQs, remodeling her home, and school activities - football games, track meets, powerlifting, etc. 
 
"This is a great company that I proud to be a part of and can't wait to see what's in store for me."
Laura Weidner, R. EEG T.
Clinical Research Monitoring Tech
 
Laura Weidner went to St. Joseph's EEG school in Tampa, FL and joins Lifelines as a Clinical Research Monitoring Tech with almost 30 years' experience. 
 
She currently lives in Palmetto, FL and enjoys the beach and spending time with family and friends.
Madeline Pittman, R. EEG T.
Clinical Research Monitoring Tech
 
Madeline Pittman has been in the Neurodiagnostic field for three years. She is formally trained in EEG, Sleep, Nerve Conductions, and Evoked Potentials. Madeline is currently registered in EEG and has experience in EEG, EMU, and ICU LTMs.
 
Madeline is from Houston, Texas originally, but grew up and currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband and dog. 

Lifelines' compassion for people and their employees in particular is what attracted her to Lifelines Neurodiagnostic Systems!
Melissa Burke, R. EEG T.,CNIM
Clinical Care Solutions Manager
 
Melissa says she is honored to be part of the Lifelines team as our Critical Care Solutions Manager.  Her past neurodiagnostic experience has prepared her for this new, exciting opportunity.
 
She is originally from Cleveland, OH where she started her career at the Cleveland Clinic.  She worked in all areas of several hospitals across the country performing NDX procedures (her favorite being neuro-ICU continuous EEG monitoring). 
 
Melissa currently lives in Redlands, CA and is the proud mama of two daughters.  Shannon is a junior at Aurora University in Illinois, enrolled in the Nursing program.  Her youngest daughter Madison will be off to Chico State, CA this fall to major in Business Marketing and serve as the goalie of the women's soccer team. "Go Wildcats!"
Our growth means exciting career opportunities for talented professionals in key areas.
 
If you are excited about the revolutionary changes we are bringing to neurodiagnostics and believe that you have the talent and skill set to help us change the face of EEG, please contact us.
 
Open Position:
IT Senior Support Specialist III
(This position is in our home office in Troy, IL)
 
Find more information about this position on our website, or complete our online application .
HIPAA Compliance: Part 4 
Catch HIPAA Compliance: Part 4 next month!
In the NEWS
2017 ASET Scholarships Announced
Deadline for Application is May 15th.
As we mentioned in last month's newsletter, Lifelines strongly supports continuing education and professional development within the neurodiagnostic field.  This year, we will sponsor four scholarships: two Continuing Education scholarships and two Professional Development scholarships.

To download the CSS Scholarship application form, click here.
To download the ASET Scholarship application form, click here

We look forward to seeing you in Tucson, AZ for the 2017 ASET Annual Conference, August 10-12.
Lifelines will be exhibiting at a few shows in the next few months.  Come see us:

Western Society of END Technologists
Our western sales rep, Mark Porter, will be representing Lifelines in San Francisco, CA at the 2017 Annual WSET - Western Society of END Technologists - on May 19-21, 2017.
 
SLEEP 2017
In June, our team will be exhibiting in booth 2405 at the SLEEP 2017 in Boston, MA.  The show will be June 3-7, 2017.
Meet the 13x Great-Grandparents
I always wished I was related to a Pilgrim.  When I was a child, every year around Thanksgiving, I would envision myself crossing the Atlantic on the Mayflower.  Surviving the first winter and sharing the feast with the Native Americans was alive and well in my imagination.  Never mind that I would have probably been seriously ill with motion sickness, and once on land, my fingers and toes would have frozen.  Despite these minor realities, learning about the first settlers has always been a part of history that I've loved.
 
The only problem with this dream?  My ancestors didn't arrive in the US until the mid-late 1800s and early 1900s; there weren't any Eastern European Croats or Germans braving the ocean waves to help settle America in the 1600s.
 
When I married Simon, my chance to be related to one of the first British settlers was revived, even if it was through marriage.  A couple of years ago, I began tracing his family lineage. 
 
Simon's maternal grandmother, Vera (née Bunker) Bignell, was the first female descendant born in a very long line of male Bunkers.  This made it easy to follow the family back . . . all the way to 1450 with George Lebon Boncoeur.  The name Boncoeur, meaning 'good heart', was Anglicized to Bunker.  This is the farthest back anyone has been able to trace in this family line. 
 
From 1450 until Simon left the UK in the late 1980s, his direct line of ancestors has remained in the same region of England; no one strayed more than 20 miles from the home of his 13x great-grandfather. 
 
When I traced family lines of cousins, however, I made a fascinating connection.  Simon's 9x great-grandfather, Francis, had two siblings, Timothy and George.  Each of these siblings had sons, both named George, and both of these Georges were early settlers in America.
 
Timothy's son, George
Timothy's son was born in 1621 in Tingrith.  He married Elizabeth Godfrey in 1644, and they had two children.  Somewhere around 1650, George and Elizabeth traveled to the New World, and in 1652, they settled in Topsfield, MA.  They had three more daughters after they arrived in America. 
 
George's wife, Elizabeth, is curiously recorded as Jane after their arrival in America.  It is speculated that Elizabeth may have died just before they left England or en route to America, and George remarried a woman named Jane.  But there's no record to indicate who this second Jane may be, so it's assumed she is actually his wife, Elizabeth, but that she chose to go by her middle name, Jane, after they landed on the shores. 
 
George was an indentured servant, and in 1655, he was made a freeman.  On May 26, 1658, at age 37, he tragically drowned while driving his team of horses through a swollen river, leaving Jane a widow with five children ranging from 10 years to 18 months. 
 
Jane married Richard Swain less than two months later.  This was not unusual for widows, as they had no control over their property.  They moved to Nantucket in 1659, where Swain became one of the ten original settlers.  They had another son in 1660, and Jane died October 31, 1662, the first death recorded at Nantucket.  Richard Swain continued to raise all the children on his own, and he passed in 1682.  The Bunker children and their descendants are considered to be one of the founding families who settled Nantucket Island.
 
The Other George Bunker
Simon's other 9x Great-Uncle George, was born in 1600, and is also presumed to be from Bedfordshire, England.  He settled at Charlestown, MA around January 1633.  He was a wealthy emigrant, and owned a large area of land in that area.  In 1646, he donated eight acres of land to Harvard College, and in 1663, he sold 238 acres to the town of Woburn. 
 
Part of his property was located upon the summit of a hill, which sealed the Bunker name in the history of the Revolutionary War on June 17, 1775.  The American colonists had originally planned to fortify Bunker Hill, when they decided to move forward and down to Breed's Hill, where the battle was actually fought.  Years prior to this battle, George's descendants had left Charlestown, and no Bunker is known to have fought on either side in this battle. 
 
Presidential Blood
Tracing the Charlestown George Bunker's family lineage forward, we discovered that Simon's mother, Valerie Griffin, is a tenth cousin to John Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States.  This makes Simon, President Coolidge's 10th cousin, once removed. 
 
So, although I can't claim any direct lineage to the Pilgrims or other early settlers of our nation, it's been fascinating to follow these paths, and means that Simon's family is a more integral part of the history of America than mine!

Please email me with any comments.

Mary Anne Griffin
Chief Operating Officer


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