Connect Experts Assembles Canada's Top Medical/Legal Experts Team
Led by founder/CEO Chris Rokosh featuring an international team of healthcare experts
Chris Rokosh President/CEO
Chris Rokosh is the Founder and President of Connect Medical Legal Experts Inc. She is a Certified Perinatal Nurse and Legal Nurse Consultant with 34 years of nursing experience, most of which was spent working on Labor and Delivery Units.
Chris has personally provided support/opinion in more than 300 cases as an expert witness specializing in birth cases. This experience and knowledge has enabled Chris to be an excellent resource for litigators, and for healthcare professionals – either in their clinical practice or as expert witnesses.
Chris is an invited lecturer at universities and medical-legal conferences across the country. Recent presentations include the Canadian Bar Association Health Law Section, the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, the US and Canadian Associations of Neonatal, Women's Health and Perinatal Nurses and the US and Canadian Associations of Legal Nurse Consultants.
She is published in many healthcare and legal periodicals. Chris built her company on the belief that legal knowledge can improve healthcare outcomes and that medical knowledge can improve legal outcomes. With this in mind, she is passionate about her work and a tireless educator of medical/legal issues to nurses, lawyers, doctors and the public.
In 2010, Chris was listed as one of Canada's top 100 entrepreneurs and this year, has been nominated for a Royal Bank Women of Influence award.
Chris is on the executive of the Kindness Experiment, a member of the Alberta Women's Entrepreneur group, the Women's President Organization and UnitedSuccess as well as the Canadian and Alberta Nursing Associations.
Rick Rokosh Vice President/ COO
Rick Rokosh is the VP and COO of Connect Medical Legal Experts.
He has been instrumental in the growth and foundational structures of Connect Experts. He has managed the Administrative roles for the past five years, as well as spearheading the Marketing team.
Rick is a seasoned entrepreneur primarily as an IT consultant with technology startups in Canada and the U.S. and large utility and oil and gas companies in Canada. His participation in the Entrepreneur Organization program has provided networking and business operations skills critical for a growing company.
As a project manager, Rick was responsible for numerous computer infrastructure upgrades primarily in the oil and gas sector. This discipline has been especially beneficial in Connect Experts Class Action Services, where large volumes of claimants and their corresponding medical records require structure, process and experienced project management.
Lacy Stav RN BScN LNC - Physician Experts Lead
Lacy joined us in 2018 and leads the Physician Experts location service.
After completing her Bachelor of Nursing thru the University of Athabasca at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Lacy has worked in a variety of clinical departments including endoscopy, public health, ER, and Neonatal. The variety provides Lacy with a strong clinical knowledge and awareness of the different physician specialties and subspecialties required in this position.
Lacy continues to work part time at a large tertiary hospital in Calgary, ensuring that she keeps aware of changes in the healthcare environment.
Lacy has completed Connect Experts “Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting”, has a number of nursing and healthcare certifications, and is a member in good standing with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, and the Canadian Nursing Association.
Linda Simmons RN BScN Senior Consultant - Cost Of Future Care Lead
Linda joined Connect Experts in 2016 and leads the Nurse Life Care Planner/Cost of Future Care team.
Linda received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Laurentian University in 2003 after her Nursing Diploma from Durham College in 1984. Linda completed the University of Florida's Life Care Planning Certification in 2010. She also has certificates in International Interdisciplinary Wound Care and Evaluating Health Promotion.
Her 32 year nursing career includes years as in the acute care setting, including surgical units, emergency and hemodialysis. She has been employed as a Clinical Educator and Public Health Nurse and full time in a Life Care Planner role providing Cost of Future Care reports in personal injury cases. Linda's most recent position was as an Acting Resident Care Coordinator for a Long Term Care Facility.
She is a member in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario, The Canadian Nurses Associations and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.
Erin Vasicek Medical Administrative Specialist
Erin Vasicek is the Medical Administrative Specialist for all areas of Connect Experts.
Erin is a graduate from the Laboratory and X-ray Technology program at NAIT. Her early years saw her running a satellite lab for Associated Clinical Pathologists and soon after continued with Canadian Blood Services with various medical administrative positions. She joined Alberta Health Services in 2001 and worked within the Hemophilia/Hematology Clinic and continued with a position in the Ophthalmology clinic. Erin has come to us from a private dermatology clinic, where she was Clinic Co-ordinator/Manager.
Erin's excellent demeanor and organization skills are instrumental when dealing with legal clients, healthcare institutions (for medical record retrieval) and clients who use Connect Experts Class Action Service for claim preparation/submission.