2022 CCANN Christmas Event


December is usually the busiest month of the year. Not only does it mark the end of the year, but people like to finish it off with friends and family gathered around the tree with a good meal and wine! 


On December 13th, CCANN celebrated our most awaited Christmas Gala at the Palms, a fine-dining restaurant in North Fresno.


A gathering of 45 medical professionals, including neonatologists, nurse practitioners, nurses and respiratory care providers, and our vendors attended the CCANN celebration.


The group feasted on a three-course meal. We started off with an appetizer and went on to enjoy either a steak, seabass or moussaka pillar for the vegetarians. We capped it off with a delightful baklava with our choice of tea or coffee for the palate.


A recap of the Chapter’s growth was presented by Kamela Loo, NNP-BC, who was also instrumental in introducing this chapter in the Central Valley 14 years ago.


A video presentation on “Banishing Nurse Burnout”, which was adapted from NANN’s 38th Annual Conference from Las Vegas, was viewed by the attendees. The topic was very timely as it discussed the reasons why the nurses are burned out. It also discussed strategies for overcoming burnout. Talks about self-care and self-love. Members can log-in to their own NANN account to access further information regarding the topic.


The group experienced technical difficulties in this presentation. Dee Morris, NNP-BC, who had attended the 38th NANN Live conference and read the book, kindly and graciously did an extemporaneous presentation on this topic.


The event concluded with the raffling of the winners!


6th prize: Harris Ranch gift certificate - won by Usinie Ricon

5th prize: Dooney and Burke tote bag celebrating Disney’s 50th Anniversary - won by Sandy Ross

4th prize: Yeti Cooler - Sara Urban

3rd prize: Handmade turtle necklace – Kylie Brussatoi

2nd prize: $500 cash - Shayla Norwood

1st prize: 7 nights stay in Monterey Bay - Lynda Romero


Lastly, a big shoutout to Ross Nicholls from Mead Johnson’s Nutrition for making this event successful.


Cassandra Wendling who flew all the way from Arizona to join our Christmas celebration. She brought with her Neutrogena hand creams as treats for our overworked hands.


We also collected toys from the attendees to donate to Toys for Tots in order for the less fortunate children to be able to enjoy Christmas time as well.


We thank you for all the 2022 Christmas event attendees. We look forward to our 2023 chapter events.




A Gratitude of Thanks


Our sponsors’ contributions provide CCANN with vitality in the chapter’s growth. With their generous donations, CCANN is able to offer more affordable conferences to the nurses and future medical professionals in our region. First and foremost, CCANN would like to thank the following sponsors:


1.Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN) with Ross Nicholls as the company’s local representative. This giant company is the leading provider of formula whose main mission is to nourish the world’s children for the best start in life. MJN has supported CCANN since our inauguration in 2008 and sponsored our biannual conference and two minor conferences for the year 2022. MJN is CCANN’s longest supporter.


2. Johnson’s Baby with Cassandra Wendling as the company’s representative. The company is a welcome addition to our growing list of sponsors. They offer the gentlest and safest baby products used by leading hospitals, pediatricians and smart moms of today. Cassandra is in charge of 11 states, and she travels from her home state of Arizona to Fresno. She travels the longest distance to attend our chapter event.


3. Prolacta Bioscience headed by Ame Heinemayer. The company is also a staunch CCANN supporter. Prolacta offers the CCANN members free CEUs and lecturers to our events. The company has also offered a selected CCANN member a facility tour of their state of the art human milk processing site. Prolacta is the leading hospital provider of 100% human milk products.


4. Silentia with Jennifer Montoya as the representative. The company offers state-ofthe-art privacy screens that are more flexible, more functional, and easier to clean for infection control. CCANN was able to provide 3 virtual conferences with the support of Silentia. Jennifer and Silentia had brought CCANN to the virtual level.


5. Ensearch with Yasemin Kliman and Tom Mattis as their representatives.Ensearch is a job search company placing NNP candidates in the right healthcare facility. They also provide free career consultation to assess individuals’ job needs.


6. Dandelion Medical with Chris Aimonetti as the representative. The company offers the best neurodevelopment products in the market today.


7. CeraVe with Alexa Arnold and Kenneth Johnson as their representatives. CeraVe is CCANN’s newest chapter sponsor. They sponsored two Dinner & Learn events at Campagnia and Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Northeast Fresno. CeraVe products are dermatologically-tested that offer restoration of the skin’s natural barrier by using its three essential ceramides. We thank all the sponsors for supporting us this year and we hope to continue working with you in the years to come. Hang Holiday stockings A NICU nurse wraps the BEST gift for Christmas.



Farewell Rose!


Rose Kalebjian is retiring from her CCANN position as an officer, specifically, CCANN Newsletter Chief Editor. She will continue to be a valued CCANN member as she has been since 2017. Rose has served in various CCANN officer roles, such as secretary, president-elect, CCANN annual income tax filer and newsletter editor. In each of these roles, Rose served diligently and with great enthusiasm. She played a key role in CCANN’s success, including making our newsletter flawless, submitting application of Chapter of the Year awards, and helping to organize educational conferences. As her fellow officers, we are so grateful for her contributions and the passion she brought with her. We wish Rose all the best and encourage CCANN members to follow suit in being a part of the officer team.



Ross Nicholls , Friend of CCANN


Ross Nicholls was honored as a friend of CCANN at our most recent holiday event. He joined CCANN in August 2018 and has supported numerous CCANN endeavors including our educational conferences and officer meetings. He always brings his optimism and smile to our CCANN events. He truly believes in our mission of optimizing neonatal outcomes. We thank him for his generosity and support over the years, and look forward to collaborating over the years to come!