I am a nurse, entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker, consultant, and kindness enthusiast.
As a nurse for 27 years, I’ve seen my share of bad behavior in healthcare and one day decided that I couldn’t just sit back and say, “Well, that’s just the way it is.” I had to DO something about it. So, 8 years ago, I took a leap of faith, quit a really great job that I loved, to start my own company with the goal to eradicate bullying and incivility in healthcare.
My company started with just me giving 60-90 minute keynote presentations. People wanted more. So I extended those presentations to half-day workshops. People wanted more. I extended to full day seminars – more. Two-day seminars – more. And now I offer everything from 60 minutes to full year onsite consulting. Why? Because I KNOW what it takes to change a culture from bullying and incivility to professional, supportive, and nurturing. However, in order for me to help the thousands of healthcare organizations transform their work culture, I can’t do it alone. In January of 2018, I transitioned my company from “Renee Thompson” to the Healthy Workforce Institute that offers a cadre of services provided by an amazing team of experts.
I grew up in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, the oldest of 5 kids. There was never a dull moment in the Rossi home as my parents provided anyone in need a seat at the dinner table and sometimes a place to stay. My father had a strong work ethic (still does) and worked hard to provide for his family. My mom kept us all fed, watered, clothed, and is the kindest person I know. I probably acquired my drive to accomplish everything I can in this one precious life and my passion for helping others from my parents.
Adulting didn’t come easy for me at first. I married young and had two kids right away, without the means to provide for them. One day I took a look around and decided I wanted a better life for my girls and for myself. So I got my associate’s degree in nursing at a local community college, then got my bachelors, masters, and finally, in 2015, received my doctoral degree in nursing. Along the way, I divorced my first husband and married the man of my dreams. Together, Ashley and I have built a life and a company that we love.
The Healthy Workforce Institute Core Team
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Certification Course Coordinator
Ashley was born in Alexandria Virginia, the son of military parents, but raised mostly in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania by his mother and grandmother. After more than 30 years in law enforcement and the United States Army, Ashley retired in 2017 to work full time with Renee on their business.
Ashley serves as the Chief Operating Officer, working behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly. From finances to travel planning, Ashley provides support to Renee and the team in a variety of ways.
His passions include traveling and taking care of Renee, Pittsburgh Penguin Hockey, and watching programs such as Outlander, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
Director of Strategic Alliances
Chris was born and raised in Colorado. As a native, she enjoys all that Colorado has to offer—the mountains, camping, hiking, snow sports and plenty of sunshine. Chris and her husband Scott live just outside of the Denver area and have two sons, Brayden, 24, and Brodie, 19. Chris started off her career as an educator and after a few years moved into a role that offered her the ability to pursue her true passion of marketing and business engagement. As a professional in the medical device, diagnostic and education markets, she has spent the last 20 years gaining a wealth of knowledge about the industry, as well as enriching her desire to make a difference. Chris now serves as the Director of Strategic Alliances for Renee and is truly inspired and honored to have the opportunity to service those that will enrich the care of our communities.
Bobbie Fox Fratangelo
Senior Graphic Design Specialist and Brand Ambassador
Bobbie brings years of creativity through design to her role as Graphic Artist and Brand Ambassador. She is the creative genius behind the RTConnections’ brand and has been a part of the team since day 1 (well, actually before day 1). Since the first day they met, Renee knew they were destined to become business colleagues and great friends.
Bobbie LOVES Thai food, good wine, and amazing simple design. She, her husband, and newborn son, Simon, live in the fun little suburban Green Tree area near downtown Pittsburgh.
Director of Digital Marketing
Kim was born in Monterey, CA, and as a daughter in a military family moved a few times before her family settled in Columbus, GA. She realized soon after graduating from college, that she did not want to be a classroom teacher, and began her entrepreneurial career soon after. Kim is married to Jason, who is currently serving in the US Army, and is mom to two amazing children, Finley and Caden.
She is the ‘techie’, working behind the scenes to ensure all the techie pieces are connected and working! Her passions include adventures with her family, bowling, hiking, and really anything out doors!
Senior Administrative Virtual Assistant
Sarah was born and raised on her family’s farm in Iowa. She received her Associates Degree in Travel and Tourism and her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. After starting her family she realized she wanted to be present for her kids and became an entrepreneur. Sarah is a spreadsheet wizard, project master and loves to organize. Sarah is married to Travis, who is currently serving in the Air National Guard, and mom to Lucie, Christopher, and Evelyn. She resides with her family in Iowa. Sarah’s passions are decorating, woodworking, and red wine. As the Senior Admin Assistant to Renee, Sarah works on a variety of projects and assists the team as needed.
Junior Administrative Virtual Assistant
As an admin assistant, Kali supports the team by primarily working on specialty projects on an as needed basis. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her mom, dad (Renee’s brother), and 3 cats, Misty, Dario, and Penny. Kali is Renee and Ashley’s niece whom they love dearly. As a new college student, Kali keeps a busy schedule, helping Aunt Renee and Uncle Ashley, attending school, and reading books (always has her head in a book!).
The Healthy Workforce Institute Faculty Team
HWI Content Writer and Workplace Violence Specialist
Inspiration for a career in the helping professions struck Diane at age seven when a visiting nurse cared for her dying grandmother. At 13, Diane organized the first of many volunteer activities in which she would participate throughout her lifetime. The roles of caregiver, nurturer and teacher, inherent in the position of the eldest of five children, plus a love of lifelong learning developed into Diane’s careers as a registered nurse, a devoted mother, a professional counselor, and a nurse educator.
As HWI Content Writer and workplace violence specialist, Diane supports our mission through writing articles, creating resource for clients, integrating outcomes into content, and through trainings, webinars, and program development.
Bonnie Artman Fox
Professional Speaker/Trainer and Leadership Coach
Bonnie Artman Fox works with committed leaders who want to create work cultures that bring out the best in their employees. With over 25 years in the healthcare and psychology fields, she specializes in behavior change that drives organizational performance and health.
Bonnie has a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing and is licensed family therapist as well as accredited executive leadership coach with the Boss Whisper Institute. As a speaker, trainer and coach for the Healthy Workforce Institute, Bonnie is a content expert in conflict resolution, emotional intelligence and coaching leaders to bring their best selves to the workplace.
Bullying & Incivility Trainer
Diane Salter is the nurse manager of the PACU and SSU at WellSpan Health/York Hospital in York, PA. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing Administration from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Her Capstone entitled, Addressing Lateral and Vertical Violence among Nurses: The Use of Education and Cognitive Rehearsal, has enabled her to be a strong voice in promoting and providing education on nurse bullying. Diane is a member of the hospital-wide committee addressing employee engagement, specifically on the topic of abusive behavior. She is a consultant to the hospital system in assisting units educate staff on reducing bullying and lateral/vertical violence. As a trainer for the Healthy Workforce Institute, Diane is a content expert in the area of eliminating workplace bullying and incivility.
Cynthia (Cindy) DeVore
Content writer and Curriculum Specialist
Cynthia DeVore is a MSN, RN, DNP Candidate who has spent the majority of her career helping nurses and healthcare organizations build cohesive teams. Cindy’s passion for promoting civility in the workplace stems from lived experiences throughout her career. She shares those experiences through humorous storytelling, emphasizing that even less than optimal experiences can be learning and growth opportunities. Cindy’s diverse experience has helped her hone skills necessary for effective communication, multigenerational team building, project leadership, nurse empowerment, strategic planning, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and a unique ability to be a facilitator of change through the use of appreciative inquiry.
Content Writer and Leadership Coach
Pam Spivey is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and founder of Spivey Consulting, LLC. She shares her 33 years of expertise in neonatal nursing and leadership development as a national speaker, author and certified coach. Her passion for the neonatal population and the healthcare professionals who care for them continue to drive her professional practice. As a speaker and coach for the Healthy Workforce Institute, Pam is a content expert in area of resilience and coaching leaders to care for themselves while inspiring their team.