OUR TEAM

Hello! We’re glad you stopped by to meet Team NICA. These are the patient access warriors who are working every day to overcome challenges and give voice to your patients and staff. We’re looking forward to getting to know you and working collaboratively to make a positive impact.

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BRIAN NYQUIST, MPH

executive director

Brian oversees operations and runs the NICA headquarters in Austin, Texas. Brian is dedicated to building relationships with providers, industry members and other advocacy organizations in order to collaboratively educate stakeholders and increase patient access.

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CHRIS COUNTS

director of operations

Chris oversees the strategic operational planning and outreach of the organization to ensure NICA meets and exceeds the expectations and needs of all stakeholder groups. He works with each team member to ensure their programs are advancing the mission and vision of NICA.

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MORGAN GRUBBS

development program manager

In addition to planning all major events for NICA, Morgan oversees the organization’s Provider Membership and Strategic Partner initiatives. She also works to ensure that the organization continues to provide relevant resources and adequate support to its stakeholders.

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KASKA WATSON, MPH

education & policy coordinator

Kaska works to expand NICA’s education program by curating existing materials, and by identifying and subsequently filling deficits with useful organic content. She also works to multiply the organization’s advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels.

CRISTINA THRELKELD

marketing & communications coordinator

Cristina oversees all communication and marketing efforts and strategies for NICA. She works with the team internally to produce and disseminate content that is relevant and valuable to patients and providers as well as collaborates with external organizations to create material for our stakeholders and the infusion community.

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ASHLEY KANA

development program coordinator

Ashley is working to help NICA achieve is mission by establishing a nationwide network of contacts within the infusion industry. In addition to this, she ensures the Infusion Center Locator is as up to date and comprehensive as possible, along with driving Provider Membership.

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KAITEY MORGAN, RN, BSN, CRNI

director of quality & standards

Kaitey oversees the NICA Standards for In-Office Infusion, developing resources and training materials to support NICA’s provider members in their pursuit of clinical excellence. She also collaborates with the team to create patient and provider educational materials and brings a clinical perspective to NICA’s online forums and advocacy efforts.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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BRYAN JOHNSON

president
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KATIE THACKSTON, JD, MBA

board member
Reece Norris

REECE NORRIS, JD

secretary & treasurer
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CHARLIE SCHADEWALD

board member
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BRIAN NYQUIST, MPH

board member

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