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 a trailblazing nurse entrepreneur who, after 25 years working in healthcare, decided to change things.
Many nurses simply accept that things are the way they are in healthcare, but Chris Rokosh doesn’t. She believes that not only can we do better, we want to do better. We just don’t always know how.
Chris’s 40 year nursing career included everything from working as an emergency flight nurse to providing home care to HIV stricken patients. As a certified perinatal nurse, she has been present for the birth of nearly 10,000 beautiful babies. She has seen all of the good and all of the bad that healthcare has to offer. Then, her work as a Legal Nurse Consultant showed her, for the first time, how bad outcomes in healthcare affected the lives of patients. She also realized that nurses were making some of the same mistakes over and over again. One day, she decided to change things by creating an entirely new industry that bridged the healthcare knowledge gap.
Chris became Canada’s first Legal Nurse Consultant and built a business based on the belief that accurate, unbiased, scientifically based medical knowledge can positively impact healthcare, law, industry and individual lives. Her recent book ‘Shift. Change. Empowering Nurses with Medical Legal Knowledge’ does just that. Chris has provided expert opinion on over 300 medical malpractice cases and trained some of the top medical legal experts in North America. Her company, Connect Medical Legal Experts now consults on hundreds of lawsuits on any given day, and works with major companies like Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Bard.
Chris is a humorous, warm engaging speaker who connects with audiences on a truly personal level. She brings a wealth of experience to the healthcare and entrepreneurial worlds that educates, relates and motivates. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear her speak.
Chris Rokosh is a prolific keynote speaker and featured in national media, including Globe and Mail, Canadian Nurse, Chatelaine, Lawyer’s Weekly.
- Profit Magazine's Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs
- RBC Women of Influence Award Nominee
- Alberta Venture’s Innovation Superstar Nominee
- Award of Excellence in Nursing Education
- Published author of ‘Shift. Change. Empowering Nurses with Medical Legal Knowledge’
- Featured cover on Canadian Nurse Magazine
- Founding member of the Legal Nurse Consulting Association of CanadaSpeaker and contributing author to the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants
- Part of a national, multidisciplinary team for safer practices in Obstetrical care
- Member/speaker, Women’s Presidents Organization
- Developer and keynote speaker for ‘Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting’ and ‘Legal Issues in Nursing’
- Invited participant to national roundtable on patient safety
- Founder of ‘The Jamaica Project’ improving access to justice for victims of medical malpractice in the Caribbean
- Invited speaker to universities, medical and legal conferences across North America
- Media trained, regular contributor to local and national media
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.
Chantel Josiak RN BScN CCHN(c) LNC Senior Consultant - Nurse Experts Lead
Chantel joined Connect Experts in 2018 and leads the Nurse Expert location service.
Chantel completed her Bachelor of Nursing with Distinction in 2008 at Mount Royal College/Athabasca University.
Her nursing experience is concentrated in Public Health with a focus on empowering families and communities to achieve their health goals. She collaborates with allied health professionals (e.g. Dietician) to ensure continuity of care.
Chantel was a Clinical Nurse Educator in the faculty of the University of Calgary where she facilitated student learning of nursing principles, skills and concepts with a particular focus on community and public health. She also has experience with hematology patients dealing with infection control and pain management, and has many classes/studies which enhance her healthcare knowledge.
Chantel is a Registered Nurse in good standing with the College and Association of Registered Nurses in Alberta and has completed Connect Expert’s ‘Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting’ course.
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.