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Team earns Culture Coins for making national Voice to AI meeting a success

A team of USF Health staff were presented with Culture Coins for their combined efforts in coordinating and supporting a national meeting highlighting a National Institutes of Health-funded study that is being co-led by USF Health faculty.

Kathleen Curp, events planner for USF Health Development, MyVan John, assistant director of marketing for USF Health Communications, Cindy Kostelnik, senior fiscal and business analyst for USF Health Office of Research, and Desiree McCutcheon, research project manager for the Bridge2AI: Voice as a Biomarker for Health, each received a USF Health Culture Coin June 6 from Charles Lockwood, MD, executive vice president of USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine.

From left, Dr. Yaël Bensoussan, Desiree McCutcheon, MyVan John, Kathleen Curp, Cindy Kostelnik, and Dr. Charles Lockwood.

The four were central to the coordination and successful implementation of the Voice AI Symposium, a 1-day interactive event to advance discussion about the impact voice can have on health care. The unique, first-of-its-kind symposium, held April 19 in Washington DC, brought together experts in the voice biomarkers including industry, startups, academia, researchers, patients, patient advocacy groups and underserved/underrepresented communities. Interactive discussions touched on topics related to voice AI research, including clinical evidence and technology, applications for health tech and health care, ethics and legal implications and trust in AI solutions through panels and interactive forums.

“A big thank you to all of you for taking on the added effort and energy needed to host the Voice AI Symposium in Washington DC in April – it was a resounding success,” said Dr. Lockwood at the Culture Coin presentation. “You’re an example of the power of USF Health.”

Also present was Yaël Bensoussan, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and the director of USF Health Voice Center, who co-leads the Voice as a Biomarker for Health study and co-led the symposium.

“Everything at our symposium went perfectly because of you all,” Dr. Bensoussan said. “I even heard from the NIH team how impressed they were with our team in organizing the event, which is a clear reflection of your work and efforts.”

Kathleen Curp.


MyVan John.


Cindy Kostelnik.


Desiree McCutcheon.