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Karen Allen, R.N., BSN, OCN
Colorectal/Gastrointestinal Patient Navigator
Karen Allen, R.N., BSN, OCN, is a patient navigator specializing in gastrointestinal cancers (stomach, colon, pancreas, liver, bile duct) since 2007. She is an oncology-certified nurse with experience in bone marrow transplant, oncology intensive care and chemotherapy infusion. Allen is a trainer for a biotherapy course for nurses through the Oncology Nursing Society and an instructor for the Oncology Nursing Certification review course. She is a fellow of Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute and a certified patient navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute. Allen has worked with the National Cancer Institute as an expert reviewer of chemotherapy education materials and has presented on health literacy issues in Kentucky. Allen is also a yoga instructor, registered with Yoga Alliance 200RYT®, and teaches gentle yoga to cancer patients and caregivers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana.

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Danielle Casey, R.N., OCN, CBCN
Breast Patient Navigator
Danielle Casey, R.N., has been a breast health patient navigator with Norton Cancer Institute since January 2006. She is an oncology-certified nurse and has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient oncology, hospice, breast health, diagnostic imaging, surgery and education. Casey is a certified breast care nurse through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corp. She earned her Associate of Science degree from Joliet Junior College, Illinois, and her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois.

nci-Janet Constant.jpg Janet O. Constant, R.N., BSN, CNOR
Breast Patient Navigator
Janet Constant, R.N., has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings with Norton Healthcare since 1986. She has experience in pediatric and adult surgery, medical/surgical care, oncology, breast health, diagnostics and breast reconstruction. Constant is certified in perioperative nursing and oncology nursing. She also is a certified patient navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute. Constant earned her nursing degree from Kentucky Baptist Hospital School of Nursing and her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Bellarmine University in Louisville. 
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JoAnna Couch, R.N., OCN
General Patient Navigator
JoAnna Couch, R.N., works in the Norton Cancer Institute Resource Center – Downtown, serving patients and families with all types of cancer. She has worked with oncology patients at Norton Healthcare for the past 20 years. She has experience in a variety of settings, including medical/surgical care, burn patient care, intensive care, transitional care, oncology and nursing management. Couch is an oncology-certified nurse with chemotherapy/biotherapy certification. She also is certified by Mayo Clinic as a tobacco treatment specialist and is available to provide individual counseling for those who wish to quit smoking. Couch earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. She works closely with area elementary and high schools to provide education on healthy lifestyle choices, including nutrition, tobacco use prevention, sun safety. 

nci-Jenny Frantz.jpg Jenny Frantz, R.N., BSN, MHA, OCN
Thoracic Patient Navigator

Jenny Frantz, R.N., joined Norton Healthcare in 2006 and has been a patient navigator for Norton Cancer Institute specializing in lung cancer since 2009. She is an oncology-certified nurse and has worked as an oncology nurse in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient oncology, bone marrow transplant, radiation oncology and oncology research. Frantz earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, and her Master of Health Administration degree from Webster University, Webster Groves, Missouri. She is a facilitator for the Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking and is certified as a tobacco treatment specialist from Mayo Clinic. She serves as a member of the Kentucky Cancer Consortium Lung Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Network and is co-director for the Kentuckiana chapter of the Lung Cancer Alliance.
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Cheretha S. Hall, R.N., OCN
General Patient Navigator
Cheretha Hall, R.N., is a general patient navigator who also facilitates the prostate cancer support group for Norton Cancer Institute. She has worked for Norton Healthcare for 27 years. During this time, Hall has worked as an oncology nurse in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, in surgical oncology, chemotherapy infusion and interventional radiology. She is an oncology-certified nurse and a certified patient navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute. Hall earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Louisville.

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Kellie S. Kopp, R.N., OCN
Brain Tumor Patient Navigator
Kellie Kopp, R.N., specializes in working with patients with brain tumors and other central nervous system tumors. She has been employed by Norton Healthcare for more than 25 years, beginning her career at Kosair Children’s Hospital, where she served as clinical research associate for the Children’s Oncology Group, helping to coordinate the pediatric oncology research department for Kosair Children’s Hospital. Kopp is an oncology-certified nurse. She has experience in a variety of specialties, including emergency medical care, intensive care and oncology. In her current role, Kopp works with patients and the community, educating about treatment and facilitating patient care from diagnosis through treatment. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

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Leesa Mattingly, BSN, R.N.,OCN
Breast Patient Navigator
Leesa Mattingly, BSN, R.N.,OCN, has been helping patients at Norton Healthcare for 30 years and has been a patient navigator for Norton Cancer Institute since 2007, specializing in breast cancer. She is an oncology-certified nurse and has experience in surgical oncology, chemotherapy infusion, interventional radiology, breast diagnostics and education. Mattingly works in the community educating women about cancer prevention, early detection and treatment, and is the facilitator for breast cancer support groups, including Young Survivors, whose members are breast cancer survivors age 45 and younger. She earned her associate degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing through Bellarmine University in Louisville.

nci-Carol Ranschaert.jpg Carol B. Ranschaert, BSN, R.N., OCN
General Patient Navigator
Carol Ranschaert, R.N., is a general patient navigator as well as the patient navigator for the hepatic arterial therapy program at Norton Cancer Institute. She has worked for Norton Healthcare in the perioperative setting, surgical oncology, outpatient chemotherapy and breast health. Ranschaert is an oncology-certified nurse and a certified patient navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute. She earned an associate degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bellarmine University, Louisville.
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Christy Roberts, R.N., BSN, OCN
Survivorship Nurse Navigator
Christy Roberts, R.N., is an oncology-certified nurse with more than 16 years of clinical experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Spalding University, Louisville. She will graduate with her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner track, in December 2014. Roberts is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, Oncology Nursing Society, Kentucky Cancer Consortium, American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators and Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners & Nurse Midwives.

nci-Rhonda Walker.jpg Rhonda K. Walker, R.N., BSN, OCN 
General Patient Navigator
Rhonda Walker, R.N., has worked for Norton Healthcare for 21 years and has been a patient navigator with the Norton Cancer Institute Resource Center for two years. She is an oncology-certified nurse with experience in many inpatient settings, including medical/surgical oncology, oncology intensive care and oncology transitional care. She has also worked in an outpatient oncology setting as a chemotherapy infusion nurse. Roberts is a certified patient navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond. 

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