HOSA Headquarters Staff


Jim Koeninger, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Jim has 54 years of experience in public education, higher education, corporate training and development, association management and strategic partnerships between government (federal, state and local) and corporations (for profit and non-profit). Following completion of a Ph.D. program at The Ohio State University, Jim held business and education faculty positions in six universities in Colorado, Texas and his home state of Oklahoma.

Jim and his wife, Karen, were the co-founders of Corporate Education Resources, Inc. (CERI), a management consulting group that has provided management services to HOSA-Future Health Professionals since 1984. CERI (formerly known as Leadership Development Institute) was founded in 1976 and conducted scores of summer camps, weekend retreats, workshops and regional conferences for high school and college students to develop their personal, leadership and teaming skills.

Jim and Karen have narrowed their activities to delivering management services to two non-profit organizations—HOSA-Future Health Professionals (serving 245,000 members) and JAG-Jobs for America's Graduates (serving 70,000 students). Since 1984, Jim has served as Executive Director of HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

Jim served as the lead designer and facilitator of the Walton Institute and the Advanced Leadership Development Program, funded by Sam and Helen Walton over an 18-year period for Walmart Stores, Inc. In addition, Jim was the designer of the Arkansas Leadership Academy for superintendents and principals through the University of Arkansas.

Jim authored numerous articles, monographs, training programs, videos, media productions and training manuals. With the McGraw-Hill Book Company, he was the lead co-author of a unique classroom simulation package called Jeffrey’s Retail Simulation.

He enjoys traveling, photography, playing golf and table tennis, and spending time with their four grandchildren--Quentin, Jake, Violet, and Cole.

Karen Koeninger
Deputy Executive Director

Karen is the co-founder of Corporate Education Resources, Inc. (CERI), a management consulting group that has provided management services to HOSA-Future Health Professionals since 1984. CERI (formerly known as Leadership Development Institute) was founded in 1976 and conducted scores of summer camps, weekend retreats, workshops and conferences for high school and college students to develop their personal, leadership and teaming skills.

Karen taught at the secondary level, served as an Assistant State Supervisor at the Oklahoma State Department of Career and Technical Education, and has extensive experience with student organizations and conducting programs for teachers and students alike at state, regional and national levels. She has had lead responsibility for conferences with as many as 9,000 delegates, the oversight of HOSA’s annual Plan of Work and the day-to-day operations of the national headquarters as Deputy Executive Director. She received a Master of Science from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma.

She enjoys working and traveling with her husband, Jim, and planning fun activities for their four wonderful grandchildren – Quentin, Jake, Violet and Cole.


Kimberly Spivey
Senior Director of Advancement

Kimberly K. Spivey is the Senior Director of Advancement of HOSA-Future Health Professionals. She is in charge of increasing and diversifying HOSA's funding sources by developing a portfolio of corporate and foundation prospects.  Kimberly is also responsible for providing leadership and oversight of an advancement program encompassing resource development and alumni relations for HOSA.

Previously, as a workforce development consultant, Kimberly worked with clients on building public-private partnerships, strategizing funding solutions, and writing grants and proposals. In recent years, she focused heavily on the healthcare industry including consulting with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and Tenet Healthcare (Tenet), among others. Kimberly successfully presented her clients’ interests and secured incentives in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

Kimberly is a graduate of the University of Texas (Hook ‘em Horns!) and makes her home in Dallas with her husband and two spirited children. When she’s not working or chauffeuring her children, you’ll find her enjoying live music or cheering on the Mavericks and Stars.

Laura Sheppard
Senior Director

Laura joined the National HOSA team in 2016 as the Chief of Staff where her focus was program management and strategic initiatives. Laura "grew up" with HOSA as a staff member at HOSA’s National Leadership Conference for the past 17 years.  Most recently, she has served as the conference staff director, communications director and VIP specialist. For eight years, Laura worked in alumni relations providing a strong background in nonprofit management and event marketing.

She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Management and Society, and earned her Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University in 2018.

She enjoys traveling far and wide and reading the next bestseller (preferably on a sandy beach) and spoiling her three nieces, Eliza, Madelyn and Chloe.

Jeff Koeninger

As Director of Membership, Jeff works with the programming team to provide HOSA with an efficient online membership affiliation system capable of collecting state and national affiliation dues.  The system provides a reporting system so that chapters, chartered associations and HOSA-Future Health Professionals are able to have up-to-date and accurate membership and affiliation dues reports.  In addition, demographic reports can also be produced by the membership affiliation system.

As Director of ILC Site Selection, Jeff works with global account and property managers to recommend contracts to HOSA leadership that are extended ten years in the future.  Having attended 34 consecutive HOSA International (National) Leadership Conferences, he has extensive experience in site selection, conference management, vendor selection and management and logistics.  The same skills are applied to the annual Washington Leadership Academy (WLA) and the State Advisors Management (SAM) Conference as well as HOSA Ideas Meetings and HOSA-100 Advisory Council Meetings.

Jeff completed a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Technology--Training and Development from the University of North Texas.  He is also one of the experienced staff members available to answer questions of callers.



Bobby Crandall
Director of Technology

During his 16 year tenure with HOSA-Future Health Professionals, Bobby began as a co-op student at a high school across the street from the HOSA Headquarters and demonstrated his worth by taking on a variety of assignments and leadership roles.  He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television and Film from the University of North Texas in 2009 and completed a MBA at Western Governors University in 2016.  

Bobby works with the programming team in launching and training users to take full advantage of the multiple online customized systems developed to enhance the productivity, efficiency, accuracy and reporting capabilities of all users.  He also develops online surveys and other digital tools to harness the power of technology.  Bobby is one of the experienced staff members available to respond to callers questions.

Tanya Loftis
Director of Finance

Tanya Loftis joined National HOSA in November 2018 as Director of Finance. Tanya has over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting, and more than 20 years in database management for multiple nationwide companies. She also has experience in directing and supervising business operations.

Tanya enjoys camping & ATV riding with her family. She spends most of her free time just being mom of her two children. She also takes great pride in being a wife of a Law Enforcement Officer.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” -Nelson Mandela

Jason Koeninger
Software Architect

Jason has provided software development and system administration services to National HOSA for over 25 years. His current software development responsibilities include the Membership System, Conference Management System, Activity Tracking System, and Online Testing System. Jason also provides system administration services for all HOSA software and websites. 

Jason received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Oklahoma State University in 1995. He currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife Shannon and two children, Quentin and Violet. 

Amy Gallimore
Director of Publications

Before joining the National HOSA team, Amy has been a part of creating and facilitating the HOSA Leadership Academies for over a decade. She has worked with numerous HOSA organizations on the national, state, regional, and local level. In addition, Amy has over 20 years of experience collaborating with corporations, professional organizations, faith-based institutions, middle and high school associations, camping programs, and college campuses. Her goal is to deliver the best possible experiential leadership opportunities that are engaging, impactful, and applicable.

Amy is a graduate of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she received a Bachelor or Arts in Speech Communication. She received her Master’s Degree from the University Of Georgia (UGA) in Higher Education. She worked in the area of collegiate Student Life at UGA and Kennesaw State University before transitioning to lead Tennessee 4-H’s initiatives on Citizenship and Leadership.

Amy is a proud Army Wife who resides in Richmond, VA with her husband, Colonel Jay S. Gilhooly. She wears sunscreen, loves to kayak, believes kindness is reciprocated, and is in a life-long pursuit of trying to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. 

Bergen Morehouse
Director of Competitive Events

Bergen joined the National HOSA team in August 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Competitive Events. Her responsibilities include overseeing the direction and implementation of HOSA’s Competitive Event Program. Prior to this, Bergen served as the Montana State HOSA Advisor for four years and Assistant Director of the South Central Montana AHEC (Area Health Education Center) for five years. Her background is in rural healthcare workforce strategies including a focus on pipeline activities which connect K-12th grade students with healthcare industry resources and post-secondary education options. She also has experience in physician and allied health recruitment to rural and frontier areas.

She graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in Organizational Communication Studies and Minor in English Literature. Bergen loves camping, hiking, and boating on Flathead Lake; spending time with her spirited son, Liam; and traveling to games across the mid-west with her basketball-coach husband, Brett.



Janet Nelson
Director for New State Advisor Development


Jan Mould
Assistant Director of Competitive Events 

Jan joined the National HOSA staff in 2015 as an Assistant Director of Competitive Events. She had been a member of the Competitive Events Committee since 2004 serving in numerous roles. Jan graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BS in Nursing. She also completed a MEd from ETSU. Entering the classroom in 1996, Jan continues to teach students interested in pursuing a career in health care.

Jan and her husband Mike, spend their free time enjoying six of the largest blessings in life – their grandchildren. Jan also enjoys a good book!

Carie Staub
Assistant Director of Competitive Events

Carie joined the National HOSA staff in 2015 after serving as a Lieutenant and Event Manager for seven years.  She is currently a co-advisor to a local HOSA chapter averaging 150 members annually.  Carie is a licensed athletic trainer currently teaching Health Sciences and Sports Medicine through university concurrent credit programs in her high school. 

Carie holds a Master of Health Science degree from Boise State University, with an emphasis in Health Promotion. She enjoys spending time with her family, doing crossfit and reading Brene Brown in her spare time.


George Sifakis
Director, HOSA Washington, DC Office

Mr. George Sifakis is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Axela Government Relations LLC. He served as served the first Director of the Office of Public Liaison for the Trump adimistration. He has also served as Director of Economic Development Initiatives in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, where he was responsible for management and oversight of over $3 billion and worked closely and in a bi-partisan manner with members of the House and Senate as well as committees in both chambers. Prior to that he served at the United States Senate on the Small Business Committee, the US Attorney's Office and clerked for the US District Court in Rhode Island (Paralegal - published opinion on major telecom case) confirming his extensive knowledge of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the United States Government. Mr. Sifakis has also served as a lead Advance Representative for the First Lady on official travel throughout the United States. Mr. Sifakis has coordinated legislative initiatives for clients on capitol hill, implemented coalitions and coordinated advocacy campaigns and legislative briefings within the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. He is a frequent speaker on Congressional and Executive Branch. Mr. Sifakis is also the founder of The Bishop's Wish Charitable Foundation, GreekPAC and President of St. George Monastery. He has also been inducted as a life member of the Pi Sigma Delta Political Science Honor Society for high honors in study of political science. George is a member of the American League of Lobbyists and serves on the board of the Pancretan Association of America. Mr. Sifakis is an alumni of Suffolk University Graduate School of Government (Master of Science in Political Science), Rhode Island College, Northeastern University (Paralegal) and attended Southern New England School of Law.

Christian Angelson
Washington Office Associate 

Supplies all chapter materials, member emblematic supplies and official HOSA blazer.

Tim Moravec
360 SW 27th Street
Lincoln, NE  68510
(800) 950-3553
(402) 474-0815
FAX: (402) 474-3782

Under contract with the HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors to provide accounting and tax services to HOSA, Inc. and retained for consultation services with HOSA State Associations.

Tom Karsten, CRP®, EA., Treasurer, HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors
Karsten Tax and Financial Management
101 Northwest Renfro Street
Burleson, TX 76028
Tel. 817.295.7400
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