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2018 AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention

NPID-1 - Living the Mission: Making Every Stressful Day a Blessing

Tuesday, October 9
7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
CE: NAB: 0 | Nurses 0

Kick off the morning with an association update. Then sit back and enjoy mindset management expert Steve Taubman give an inspiring and uplifting talk based on his newest book, Buddha in the Trenches: The Timeless System for Developing Unshakable Performance Under Pressure. Come prepared to learn, laugh, and participate—and you may even get a chance to try out a little hypnosis! Dr. Taubman speaks to health care professionals worldwide about how to turn stress into success. Hundreds of organizations have praised his unique system, drawn from ancient wisdom and modern neuroscience, and his entertaining delivery will keep you in stitches as you laugh, gasp, think, and laugh some more!

Learning Objectives:

Mark Parkinson

President & CEO

Mark Parkinson is the President and CEO of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), which represents over 13,000 skilled nursing facilities and assisted living centers.
Parkinson served as the 45th Governor of the State of Kansas. Prior to that, he was the owner and operator of long term care facilities in Kansas and Missouri. Under Parkinson’s leadership, AHCA focuses on delivering policy solutions to the Hill and CMS, with a special emphasis on quality care. AHCA is now the largest Association in long term care and is at record membership.
His vision has brought Parkinson recognition. He has been named a Top Association CEO by CEO Update and a top lobbyist for 2013, 2014 and 2015 by The Hill, a leading Capitol Hill newspaper. Parkinson also has the distinction of being selected as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare in 2015.


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Gary M. Kelso

Mission Health Services/Community Nursing Services


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Holly Jarek, DSC VP NHA

Vice President
Seven Hills Foundation
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Holly Jarek, DSc, N.H.A. is the Vice President and Nursing Home Administrator for Seven Hills Pediatric Center, a pediatric skilled nursing community.

Ms. Jarek is a graduate of the School of Nursing at Boston University with BS and MS in Child Health Nursing and holds a Doctorate from the University of Alabama in Health Services Administration. She has over forty years experience working with medically fragile children and young adults. Her doctoral work explored the administrative challenges facing pediatric long-term care administrators.

Ms. Jarek’s experience includes a decade working with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in a variety of leadership and educational roles. She was also a full time faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Nursing School during this time, specializing in pediatrics and technology-based care.

She followed with ten years in the private sector, establishing home care programs for medically fragile children throughout the United States and Canada as a National Program Manager with Olsten Health Services, before returning to the non-for-profit arena with Franciscan Children’s Hospital. She currently serves as Vice President of Seven Hills Foundation and Administrator at Seven Hills Pediatric Centers in Groton and Hopedale, Massachusetts.

Ms. Jarek is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Nursing Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Team which is a program that assists nurses to return to practice. She is also a board member of the Pediatric Complex Care Organization.


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Steven Taubman, DC, MDH

Powertrack Presentations

Dr. Steve Taubman is a bestselling author and world class speaker who has dedicated his life to showing people how to thrive through their challenges. He's written extensively on the application of contemplative practices in stressful situations and has spoken worldwide on mindset mastery for goal-oriented and helping professionals.

Having endured crippling anxiety and low self esteem early in life, Dr. Taubman made it his mission to understand the nature of happiness and the remedy for emotional turmoil. His search led him to neurology, holistic health, mindfulness, positive psychology, and hypnosis. Each of these disciplines is represented in Dr. Taubman's system for living a balanced life, free of neurosis and rich in accomplishment.

Dr. Taubman's works include his bestselling book, UnHypnosis, his sales mastery program, The Magic of Inner Selling, his online productivity masterpiece, Procrastination Annihilation, and his latest book on thriving through stress on life's battlefields, Buddha in the Trenches. He's also written hundreds of articles for major publications and has produced specialized hypnotic programs for business professionals to remove mental barriers to success.

Dr. Taubman continues to enrich his understanding of the science of happiness and its impact on achievement. When not writing or speaking, Dr. Taubman enjoys spending time with his dog, Woody, in and around his home on the beautiful Burlington, Vermont waterfront.

To learn more about Dr. Taubman's writings and teachings, visit his website,

You're also invited to take his Online Personality Test at


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