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Our Team

Debra Case

Debra Case, RN, MS
Executive Director

Debra graduated from The Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing and has spent most of her career here.  She has worked as a clinical nurse, nurse managers, nurse educator in the Department of Medicine, followed by assistant director for education in Central Nursing.  Debra assumed the role of director of IJHN in January 2013.  

Rebecca Barshick

Rebecca Barshick, RN, MSN
Nurse Educator

Rebecca began her nursing career at JHH in 1994 in the Department of Surgery working with solid abdominal transplant and surgical oncology patients.  She then began her focus in staff education in 2000 serving as a department and then central nurse educator.  She joined the IJHN team in 2013.  She serves as the ANCC lead nurse planner, is a certified Emergenetics Associate and Crucial Conversations facilitator and assists in coordination of observership experiences for nursing visitors.  

Emily Horwath

Emily Horwath, BA
Financial Analyst

Emily graduated from Penn State in 2010 and has worked for IJHN since 2011.  She manages the financial operations of IJHN and currently attends the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 

Sheila Manuel-Ascano

Sheila Manuel-Ascano, BA
International Programs Manager

Sheila began working at The Johns Hopkins Hospital  in 2006 as the Project Coordinator for International Nursing Recruitment. In November 2012, she joined the IJHN team to manage the nurse visitors program.

Kelly Reif

Kelly Reif, RN, BSN
Project Analyst - Marketing

Kelly began working at Hopkins in 1991 as a pediatric nurse and worked there for 15 years in various clinical roles before moving to nursing administration in 2006 where she managed nursing student placements and was the editor of Nursing Under the Dome.  She moved to the IJHN team in 2013.

Denise Vera

Denise Vera, RN, MSN
Nursing Informatics Coordinator

Denise began her nursing career at JHH in 1995 working in the surgical intermediate care unit and later moved to the surgical ICU. She then took on the role of nurse educator for the clinical information systems education center. She joined the IJHN team in 2014 and serves as the nursing informatics coordinator.