Join the conversation and have your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered by a panel of medical professionals, experts, and parents!
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Meet the Moderator
Will Rucker, MA, CTTS
Will Rucker is gifted to communicate with clarity, compassion, and creativity. He gives voice to what is possible while influencing the culture and developing the systems required to achieve it practically. Will brings a unique perspective of the world, and our places within it, to his mission of cultivating a global culture centered on compassion.
Will is engaged in local, statewide, and national platforms advancing socio-spiritual transformation efforts in restorative justice, health equity, and humanity first initiatives. Nearly twenty years of experience in leading individuals, teams, and organizations to extraordinary success informs his unique approach to change. Will’s educational background includes certifications as a ColorCode Personality Science Trainer, Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) Facilitator, and a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership.
Currently, Will is honored to serve his community by leading development and expansion for the American Lung Association’s programs and educational efforts as the Western Division’s Health Promotion Director. Working with the nation’s oldest public health organization has been a fulfilling experience, and he is proud to have obtained millions in grant funding for such a worthy cause. Will is a current board member of several non-profits, including the Interfaith Council of South Nevada, Community Partners for Better Health, Compassionate Las Vegas, and the Nevada Minority Health & Equity Coalition.
Will regularly moderates informative and dynamic educational panels for organizations such as UNLV and can be seen hosting Compassionate Las Vegas – The Podcast each week or the A Healthier Tomorrow monthly radio show on KCEP in Las Vegas. He also regularly leads workshops on Interpersonal Relationship Skills, Meditation, Team Building, and Ethical Mindfulness. No matter the endeavor or format, Will’s passion for tangibly improving the quality of life for all people shines through.
Meet the Panelists
Dr. Christina Madison, PharmD, FCCP, AAHIVP
Dr. Christina Madison is the Founder and CEO of The Public Health Pharmacist, PLLC a public health consulting firm. She is a clinical pharmacist specializing in public health with a focus on infectious communicable diseases. Dr. Madison acted as the past Director for Roseman University of Health Sciences COVID-19 Vaccine Operations, Logistics, Distribution, and Administration and Point of Contact for the State of Nevada for COVID vaccines. She has personally facilitated the administration of over 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the Southern Nevada community since January 2021. As a past President of the Nevada Public Health Association, she has been asked to share her clinical public health and infectious disease expertise with Local, State, and International Media outlets and NGO’s. Dr. Madison has been featured in over 150+ on-air TV appearances related to the pandemic and public health. She has an intimate knowledge of the impact public health messaging, policy, and legislation can have on communities. A trusted and valued health care professional with 14 years of experience in Public Health and 17 year’s experience as a pharmacy professional. An advocate for victims of human trafficking, vulnerable populations, and the underserved; Dr. Madison is a graduate of the 2021 Las Vegas FBI Citizens Academy. She has received multiple awards and recognitions including being named 2020 Educator Healthcare Hero by Nevada Business Magazine recognizing unsung heroes in the healthcare working on the frontline (featured in September 2020 issue), Pharmacy Times® and Parata Systems 2020 Next-Generation Pharmacist Honoree (Civic Leader Category), named one of the Top 25 Healthcare Influencers by Las Vegas Entrepreneurs Magazine in June 2020, and Pharmacy Times® “Pharmacy Hero” in May 2020 for her patient education and pharmacy advocacy during COVID19. She has also been recognized for her patient counseling skills and public health/vaccine advocacy. Dr. Madison is currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice with Roseman University of Health Sciences (RU), College of Pharmacy. She maintains two active clinical practices with Huntridge Family Clinic, which focuses on the LGTBQ community and is one of the largest providers of HIV prevention and gender affirming care services in the State of Nevada as well as Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN) where she offers immunization and communicable disease care. Advocating for public health and the profession of pharmacy to improve the health and wellness of vulnerable populations and the underserved is her passion and mission.
Dr. Evelyn Montalvo Stanton, MD, FAAP, FCCP
Evelyn Montalvo Stanton, MD, originally from New Jersey, studied natural science chemistry at St. Peter’s University before earning her medical degree (1985) and completing her residency training (1988) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, now Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS). Dr. Montalvo was elected as chief resident in 1989 and completed her pediatric pulmonology fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Babies Hospital in 1993, now called Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.
After working as a pediatric pulmonologist at Atlantic Health System for several years, she returned to Rutgers and became the director of the pediatric pulmonology division. She was also the director of the Children’s RESPIRA program, designed to educate Latino families about asthma in children. Dr. Montalvo then took a position at Barnabas Health, where she was the division chief of pediatric pulmonology for two years, before she became the chair of pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology division chief with the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV.
In her time at UNLV, she has made many new and positive changes in the department of pediatrics. She has created partnerships with sponsoring institutions, community pediatricians, and medical and social organizations in the Valley. Her goal is to establish a center of excellence for pediatrics, by recruiting top pediatricians and subspecialists for the department, and continue to provide excellent teaching and clinical skills with best practice models and research for our medical students and pediatric residents.
As a pediatric pulmonologist, Dr. Montalvo has an interest in asthma, pneumonias, aerodigestive disorders, chronic lung disease, chronic respiratory failure in children with neuromuscular disease, and special needs children with tracheostomies and ventilators. She has an expertise in pulmonary lung function and pediatric flexible bronchoscopy, as well as prior experience in working in a Cystic Fibrosis Center at both Atlantic Health and RWJ Barnabas Health.
Dr. David Di John, MD
David Di John, MD, associate professor and section chief for pediatric infectious diseases in the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Department of Pediatrics, earned his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. After receiving his pediatric residency training at North Shore University Hospital-Cornell University Medical College in Manhasset, New York, he completed a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland.
Board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases, Dr. Di John came to Las Vegas in 2014 from New York, where he ran a pediatric HIV/AIDS program for 16 years and amassed over 25 years of experience in pediatric infectious diseases. He is now the medical director of the UNLV Health Maternal-Child Wellness Program, an HRSA-funded center that oversees the care of women, infants, children, and youth infected with, or exposed to, HIV.
Dr. Di John has expertise in vaccinations, HIV/AIDS, tropical medicine, and a wide variety of infectious disease problems in children. At the Kerkorian School of Medicine and affiliate hospitals, Dr. Di John provides clinical care, engages in clinical research, and teaches and mentors resident physicians and medical students.
Dr. Ipuna Estavillo Black, PhD, RN, PNP, CNE
Ipuna Estavillo Black is a proud local alumna of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for both my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Ph.D. degree in Nursing: Sustainable Health. She received her Master of Science in Nursing (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) degree from Stony Brook University in New York. Most of her nursing experience is in pediatrics and community health. She has extensive higher education experience, having taught students in both baccalaureate and associate level nursing programs at three different institutions. She believes it’s imperative to cultivate diverse groups of nursing students to meet the needs of our culturally diverse population. She’s also conducted research and published in the areas of community health and pediatric nursing, as well as presented at many conferences.