Our Team

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Dianne Larson, WHNP-BC
President & CEO

Dianne Larson, WHNP-BC, is the President and CEO of Minerva Medical Communications. Dianne is a Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and practiced for over twelve years, during which time she became a pharmaceutical company consultant. After years as a consultant, Dianne was hired as a medical liaison for Parke-Davis (later acquired by Pfizer) and moved up the ranks working in the medical and sales divisions. At Parke-Davis, she created and managed educational initiatives for NPs and PAs, trained speakers, and spearheaded the healthcare provider (HCP) medical education for the femhrt, Estrostep, and FemPatch product launch teams.

Dianne left Parke-Davis (acquired by Pfizer) in 2001 to co-found Venus Medical Communications where she served as CEO until 2006. In that year, she parted with Venus to create a company focused solely on medical education for HCPs, and Minerva Medical Communications was born. Eight years later, Minerva continues to uphold Dianne’s original vision of providing outstanding education to HCPs that will ultimately improve patient care.

Dianne lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and daughter. Dianne’s passion in life is to encourage others to recognize the value and dignity in each and every person. Thus, she dedicates her free time to her church and organizations that are change agents for human rights, serving on the Board of various organizations, and most recently serving as President of ERAnow.US and a former President of the Zonta Club of Jacksonville. She is also an avid Minnesota Vikings and Florida Gators fan, enjoys being with her family, and loves visiting Hawaii.

 

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Emily Putnam
Project Manager

Emily graduated in 2010 with her B.A. in English from the University of North Florida. She joined Minerva as an intern copywriter in 2009 while still in school and was offered a full-time position at Minerva upon graduation. In 2011, Emily joined the ranks of Project Manager, a role in which she oversees programs from inception to completion, managing marketing, content development, and on-site logistics. One of her favorite things about being Project Manager is the ability to work one-on-one with clients and faculty, and to help them identify unique solutions to acheive their goals. Outside of the office, Emily enjoys exploring new places, writing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

Jeri Alper, NP
Faculty and Content Coordinator

Jeri Alper, RN, MSN, CLNC, completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. As a registered nurse and nurse practitioner, Ms. Alper has extensive experience in the field of high risk obstetrics, home care, infertility and administration. Additionally, Ms. Alper has utilized her healthcare knowledge to serve as a legal nurse consultant. She has presented numerous lectures to health care professionals and written several articles on topics relating to high risk obstetrics, infertility and child safety. Additionally, she has assisted in the development of professional presentations on diverse subject matters, such as overactive bladder, diabetes, heart disease, hemodialysis, osteoporosis, breast cancer and cervical cancer.

 

Valentina Jelincic, PharmD
Medical Writer

Valentina is a registered pharmacist and medical writer. She has worked in the public and private sectors, including professional and non-profit associations, as well as having over 25 years of practice in teaching hospitals. Her work includes: writing/editing educational healthcare materials, symposium proceedings, hospital clinical manuals, and medication safety articles; literature searching; data extraction, distillation, and synthesis; and editing English translations of medical articles and dossiers. She also has experience with: pharmaceutical product selection, formulary review, and approval; clinical pharmacy practice; interdisciplinary strategic and project planning; procedure development; drug utilization management; implementation of new hospital programs; and budget development, control, and analysis.

 

David Parrish
G
raphic Designer

David is a graphic designer based in Jacksonville, Florida with over 25 years of design experience. To check out his work, please visit his website.

 

Lexa Iantuono
Project Manager

Lexa Iantuono has been an event and project manager in the fields of medical education, marketing, and international events for over 12 years. She has specialized primarily in women’s health and worked on numerous projects such as Advisory Boards for KOLs, large national symposia, a product launch national tour, speaker training programs, CME programs and developing and maintaining relationships with faculty and key opinion leaders.

 

Janna Fralick
Project Manager

Janna Fralick has been an event and project manager in the fields of pharmaceuticals, consumer products, marketing, medical education, and international events for over 17 years. She has specialized primarily in planning and operations and worked on numerous projects such as corporate meetings, training programs, product launches, CME programs and developing and maintaining relationships with clients, business owners and consumers.

Joan Kane
Bookkeeper

Joan has over 35 years of experience in accounting and small business financial planning, specializing in complete financial reporting for local, state, and federal requirements. She has worked with Minerva since 2011 and manages billing, reconciliation, reporting, and taxes. Joan holds her B.S. degree from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee.

Mida Lillard
Administrative Assistant

Mida was born and raised in the Philippines Cebu where she began her career in the manufacturing industry. She moved to Florida in 2004 where she built a successful relationship marketing business with her husband, an experience that would later help her achieve the distinction of top saleswoman at Dillard’s in the following years. In 2013, Mida joined the Minerva team where she lends her incredible organizational ability, passion for customer service, and high energy to help keep our offices successful and thriving. Outside of the office, Mida enjoys practicing tai chi with her husband Rasaji, a tai chi instructor, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Rob Kanzer, MCDR
Executive Coach
Speaker/Facilitator Trainer

Witnessing first hand at New England Baptist Hospital how critical listening and teamwork hugely impacts quality care, Rob Kanzer’s first client to receive his now well known, “Five Steps for Communication Success” was Newton-Wellesley Hospital with Tamara Bethel, PhD, RN.

Since 1981, Mr. Kanzer, President of Rob Kanzer Seminars LLC, has coached a wide variety Medical and Scientific Professionals to communicate with Personal Persuasion Power and Present and Facilitate interactions that are smooth and effective.  He is a former Train the Trainer with the well known American Society of Training and Development.

Rob studied Human Communication Dynamics at the University of Hartford and holds a Master’s Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and has be trained by such luminaries as Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, Professor Roger Fisher, Harvard University, Dr. Brad Blanton, Christopher Ellinger of True Story Theater and the Clinicians at Boston’s Project Place, Crisis Intervention Counseling Center.

To learn more about Rob Kanzer, Life and Business Coach and Rob Kanzer Seminars LLC, please visit his website.