Brenda Gittings, R.N., LNCC – President
Lori Combs, R.N., B.S.N., LNC – President-Elect
Linda Wiater, R.N., LNC – Past President
Tammy Haines, R.N., B.S.N., CCRN, LNC - Secretary/Treasurer
BOARD MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES
Brenda Gittings, R.N., LNCCgraduated from the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing in 1976. She was clinically active for nineteen years working in Intensive Care, Community Health Nursing, Home Health and Hemodialysis. Brenda has been a legal nurse consultant with the law firm of Cassy & Chapman, PLLC. Brenda has experience in defense/plaintiff medical malpractice, defense/plaintiff personal injury and defense/plaintiff product liability. Brenda achieved the Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) in April 2005 after successfully passing the national certification examination. Brenda is a founding member of the West Virginia Upper Ohio Valley Chapter of the AALNC and has served on its Board of Directors. Brenda is currently Chapter President and has served as Past-President, past Treasurer, Secretary and Director-at-Large of the local chapter.
Lori Combs, RN, BSN, has been a registered nurse for over 19 years. She graduated from the Foothills Hospital School of Nursing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1994. Her nursing experience includes cardiac telemetry, PACU, travel nursing, forensic nursing, and specifically emergency medicine for over 15 years. She has been a legal nurse consultant for over a year and a half. She initially started as an independent legal nurse consultant, but has obtained a full-time LNC position at Davies, McFarland, and Carroll, P.C. She is experienced in medical malpractice, product liability, wrongful death, and personal injury, for both plaintiff and defense. She has been a member of the West Virginia Upper Ohio Valley since 2012 and is currently President-Elect for the chapter.
Linda Wiater, R.N., LNC received her RN in 1971 from the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing, Wheeling, WV. She was a clinical nurse for 25 years and has been a legal nurse consultant for 23 years. Linda is currently employed full time in-house at the firm of Davies, McFarland, & Carroll, P.C. She is experienced in Medical Malpractice, Defense and Plaintiff, Personal Injury, Risk Management, Social Security Disability and Workers Compensation. Linda is an active member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) and the West Virginia Upper Ohio Valley Chapter of the AALNC. She was a founding member of the West Virginia Upper Ohio Valley Chapter AALNC and served as its first President. She has also served on its Board of Directors all but one year since its inception and her current position if Past President. Prior to her presidency of the West Virginia Upper Ohio Valley Chapter, Linda was President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of AALNC and served on its Board of Directors from 1998-2001. She is also founding member of the West Virginia Bar Association LNC Section and served on its Board of Directors as first Secretary.
Tammy Haines, RN, BSN, CCRN, LNC, received her BSN from Wheeling Jesuit University. Currently she is employed at the defense firm of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin in Pittsburgh, PA as a Legal Nurse Analyst. Her nursing background is in Trauma-Critical Care, Pharmaceutical Drug Research and Home Care. Ms. Haines is a published author in The American Journal of Critical Care serving as the co-investigator of “The Reliability of Bladder Pressure Monitoring” in the critical care area. She maintained the CCRN certification for 19 years and currently holds an alumni status. She previously served as an in-house legal nurse consultant for a plaintiff medical malpractice firm and currently maintains an independent LNC practice, Tri-State Legal Nurse Consulting. Within the Upper Ohio Valley Chapter of the AALNC, Ms. Haines has also served as President-Elect and Director-at-large.