Meet the Board

Karen has over 10 years experience in CDI and developed the successful MUSC Pediatric CDI program.  She is a frequent contributor to the ACDIS Journal.  Karen serves on the ACDIS CCDS Exam Board.  

Johanne Brautigam, BSN, RN, CCDS
President

Jo has over 30 years of nursing experience.  She begin her CDI career in 2011, advancing to the CDI Manager at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in 2013. Jo is currently  serving on the Inaugural Leadership Council, and ACDIS Scholarship Committee, as well as a member of the CDI Week Commitee. She is also co--author of the book The CDI Director's Cut: A Guide to Effective Program Management. 

Amanda Suttles, BSN, RN, CCDS
Secretary

Amanda has over 30 years of nursing experience. She began her CDI career in 2007. Amanda is currently employed at United Audit Systems Inc. as a CDI/UR Supervisor.    

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Deborah Lawrence, ADB, ADN, RN, CCDS
Treasurer

Debbie has over 25 years of nursing experience.  She begin her CDI career over 5 years ago. Debbie is currently employed as a CDI nurse at Roper St. Frances Healthcare in Charleston SC.. She was a presenter at ACDIS in Orlando in 2019.  

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Heather Luton, BSN, RN

Social Media Director