Advocating Safety in Healthcare E-Sisters

Angie Firmalino



Angie Firmalino holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing from Syracuse University, an Associate’s in Psychology from Syracuse University, and an Associate’s in Jewelry Design from FIT.  She also studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She then worked as a bench jeweler in New York City, a goldsmith for Steven Kretchmer, and then became a freelance wax model maker after her first child was born in 1998 .  She continues to run her own business, Gwendolynrain.  Mrs. Firmalino founded an advocacy group against Essure in 2011, called Essure Problems.  She and her family live in the Catskill Mountains of New York. 

Amanda Dykeman

Vice President


Amanda is a stay-at-home mother that had to undergo major surgery after complications related to the female sterilization device Essure. Her advocacy efforts contributed to the FDA calling a safety hearing in September of 2015 which resulted in a Black Box Warning, a patient/physician checkist, and the FDA ordering additional post market surveillance studies to better understand the benefit/risk portfolio of Essure compared to traditional tubal ligation. She has over five years of experience in extensive research that she utilizes to help advocate for improvements in patient safety, our drug and device approval system, and post-market surveillance. 

Kim Myers

Member at large


Kim Myers worked retail pharmacy for a number of years. She then obtained an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Science and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Mrs. Myers currently resides in South Central Mississippi.

Angela Desa

Communications Director


Starting at a very early age, Angela Lynch-Desa has exemplified herself by demonstrating an overwhelming sense of love and compassion for humanity. She volunteered her time taking care of the mentally disabled and visiting the elderly without family on a regular basis. That compassion lead to employment as a community representative, followed by customer service, and now materials management at her community hospital. Her skills also include database management, social media, public relations, and some business. Angela is a single mother of 3, and resides near Sacramento, CA.

Sarah Carlin


Amanda Rusmisell