Kelsey E. Murray, Ph.D.
Dr. Kelsey E. Murray, the founder of Crossover Biomedical, received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, where she worked under the direction of Dr. Marilyn Carroll in a behavioral pharmacology research laboratory that evaluated factors affecting phencyclidine self-administration in Rhesus monkeys. After graduation, Dr. Murray worked as a molecular microbiologist in the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at South Dakota State University with Dr. Jane Christopher-Hennings. After completing a second degree in respiratory therapy, Dr. Murray completed a doctorate program in Biomedical Engineering under Dr. Linda C. DeVeaux at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, with her dissertation work focused on development of a molecular tool for assessing reservoirs of pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance genes in the environment. As a continuation of this work, they continue to characterize microbes from the environment to identify potential links between infections in the clinic and pathogens in the environment. Dr. Murray is currently an adjunct instructor at School of Mines. She holds/held certifications as follows: Certified Pharmacy Technician (PTCB), Research Animal Use/Biomedical Certification (IACUC), Nonhuman Primate Handling and Biosafety, General Zoonotic Disease Certification (RAR, UMN), and Certification for Various Diagnostic Assays (NAHLN, APHIS, USDA).
James M. Keegan, M.D.
Dr. James Michael Keegan is an infectious disease specialist with more than 25 years of experience in the medical field who serves as KMA's Antibiotic Stewardship Program Service Line Leader. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Doctor of Medicine at Emory University. He was the recipient of the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship at USAF Ellsworth AFB. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and has active medical licenses in South Dakota, Maine, and West Virginia. Throughout his career of practicing medicine, Dr. Keegan has taken an active role in improving the quality of healthcare and patient outcomes by serving in numerous medical director and hospital executive leadership positions, including Medical Director of Antibiotic Stewardship, Medical Director of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Chief Executive Office, and Chief Medical Officer for various regional hospitals and physician groups. He has served as a Clinical Associate Professor at University of South Dakota School of Medicine. Dr. Keegan has taken special interest in solving the negative impact of the over-reliance on broad-spectrum antibiotics and has designed and implemented numerous and successful antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) that have shown to decrease the incidence of drug-resistant bacteria.
Linda C. DeVeaux, Ph.D.
Dr. Linda C. DeVeaux received her undergraduate degree in Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley. Her graduate work at the University of Virginia focused on the molecular and genetic aspects of vitamin B12 uptake in Escherichia coli, under the direction of the late Robert J. Kadner. As a post-doc at the University of Illinois, Dr. DeVeaux worked on fatty acid metabolism in E. coli with John E. Cronan. She continued post-doctoral training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle with Gerald Smith, where she characterized mutations affecting homologous recombination in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. After taking time off to raise 3 children, Dr. DeVeaux resumed her research at the Idaho Accelerator Center in Pocatello before joining the faculty at Idaho State University, where her research focused on microbial mechanisms of radiation resistance. Upon moving to the South Dakota School of Mines in 2012, she expanded her research to include study of pathogenic and antibiotic resistant microbes. Dr. DeVeaux has recently joined the faculty at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where she is continuing and expanding the research initiated at SD Mines.
Randee Mason, RN, BSN, CPHQ
Randee Mason is an inspiring and innovative healthcare leader dedicated to driving change by creating value across the healthcare industry. She has been instrumental in the development of high standards of practice, evaluating patient care for effectiveness, and implementing cutting edge changes to organizations in the most cost-efficient manner possible utilizing Lean methodologies. Randee received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from South Dakota State University. She is a certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and holds additional certifications in Lean Bronze Belt, Perfecting Patient Care Fundamentals of Lean, and in Epidemiology, Infection Control, and Antimicrobial Stewardship. Ms. Mason is proficient in many quality initiatives including CMS quality measures, CMS and Joint Commission standards and regulations, value-based purchasing and meaningful use initiatives, PQRS, and bundled payment programs. She has extensive experience in development and implementation of data driven tools to increase productivity, quality, and client service.