Our Team

The Center of Excellence Committee


Tracy Morrison is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s in Quality Assurance with a focus in healthcare and customer service. She has been the ECMO Coordinator at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio for the last 22 years and is the Quality Coordinator for the 67 bed level IIIb NICU. Tracy grows vegetables for the neighborhood and enjoys reading a good book while enjoying a glass of wine. Tracy is one of the founding members of the ELSO Award and currently serves as Co-Chair of the ELSO Award of Excellence in Life Support Committee and serves on the ELSO Steering Committee.


Barb Haney is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist at Children's Mercy Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri. Barb has been in a leadership role with the ECMO program since 1987 and is actively involved in quality improvement projects and safety work in the Level IV NICU as well as the ECMO program. She has been married to Mike for 40 years and has 3 adult sons. In her spare time, Barb enjoys relaxing at the lake, reading, and holding her new granddaughter. Barb is one of the founding members of the ELSO Award and currently serves as Co-Chair of the ELSO Award of Excellence in Life Support Committee.


Micheal Heard is a registered nurse but her entire career has been as a practicing ECMOlogist. Micheal is an ECMO & Advanced Technologies Coordinator at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She is a charter member of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization. Micheal has a long history of helping ECMO programs with education and development across the country. Micheal has published multiple peer reviewed articles regarding extracorporeal life support, as well as chapters in the ECMO Specialist Training Manual and the Red Book, 5th Edition. Micheal has been married for 25 years and has 2 children, and in her spare time enjoys reading real books, and gardening. Micheal is one of the founding members of the ELSO Award and currently serves as Co-chair of the ELSO Award of Excellence in Life Support Committee.


Cory Ellis is a pediatric perfusionist and ECMO co-coordinator at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He graduated with honors from the Ohio State University where he found pediatrics and a love for college football rivalry. Cory pumps cases, is a Clinical Instructor for the Midwestern University perfusion program and shares a management role for the Children’s Colorado ECMO team. In addition to his clinical and leadership responsibilities Cory serves on the editorial board for Perfusion, is involved in ECMO research, volunteers in his community, coaches Little League baseball and works to keep up with his wife and 3 boys. Cory has been a member of the ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support Committee since 2014.


Jim Connelly, is a Registered Respiratory Therapist, additionally credentialed as a Neonatal Pediatric Specialist (RRT-NPS). He has been an ECMO specialist since the opening the ECMO Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1990, and has been the coordinator/manager of its ECMO Center since 2006. He has been married to Cindy for 35 years and has 2 adult daughters, Cailin and Jamie. Interests include trivia contests and following the major Philadelphia sports teams. Jim has been a member of the ELSO Award of Excellence in Life Support Committee since 2014.