Linda Akiens

Senior Director Supply Chain Management

Mayo Clinic

Linda M. Akiens Castiglioni RN MBA is a Senior Director Supply Chain Management for Mayo Clinic. Over the past 25 years, Linda has had various leadership roles within supply chain management at Mayo Clinic and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Throughout her career, Linda has successfully led various large-scale enterprise projects within academic and community based hospitals and clinics.

Rumay Alexander


University of North Carolina School of Nursing

G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, is a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Nursing. She has served as the Director of the School of Nursing's Office of Inclusive Excellence, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and the Chief Diversity Officer for the UNC-Chapel Hill and has provided leadership and resources for its Gilling’s School of Global Public Health, the Adams School of Dentistry and the university’s Faculty Governance Committee on Community and Diversity. She is the immediate past President of the National League for Nursing whose membership comprises over 40,000 nurse educators and over 1200 schools of nursing nationally and internationally.

Kelly Aldrich

Chief Clinical Transformation Officer

Center for Medical Interoperability (CMI)

Kelly Aldrich, DNP, MS, RN-BC, is a board-certified Informatics Nurse Specialist with over 35 years' of health care clinical, academic, and leadership roles. She is currently Chief Clinical Transformation Officer at the Center for Medical Interoperability (CMI), a non-profit organization led by health systems to simplify data sharing among medical technologies and systems. Her work focuses on ensuring that CMI's technical solutions are designed and equipped to address the goals of caregivers and patients. She leads the CMI technical interoperability specifications and their impact on patient safety, health care process and outcomes, care coordination, informed decision making, and caregiver burden. She is well published in informatics for nursing documentation standards, highly reliable technology innovation introducing the model of BELT, Blending Education Leadership and Technology. Prior to joining the center, Dr. Aldrich was the inaugural Chief Nursing Informatics Officer for HCA.

Gerry Altmiller

Associate Professor of Nursing

The College of New Jersey

Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACSN-BS, is an associate professor of nursing at The College of New Jersey, a clinical nurse specialist consultant for Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a member of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Collaboration since 2006, serving as a member of one of the pilot schools. She currently is a national consultant for QSEN providing workshops at universities around the country, serves on the QSEN Institute advisory board, and is the director of the QSEN Institute Regional Center at The College of New Jersey. She was invited by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to develop the Teamwork and Communication Module of their Transition to Practice Program, designed to support nurse residency for new-to-practice nurses. Dr. Altmiller was a Lindback Award recipient for distinguished teaching in 2014. She has published about quality and safety in graduate and undergraduate nursing education and speaks at national venues on this topic. Her research has focused on communication challenges, as well as incivility in the educational and practice environment and the negative effects these impose on patient safety.

Mary Alice Anderson

Perioperative Practice Specialist

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

Mary Alice Anderson is a Perioperative Practice Specialist with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) where she has served as the lead author for the AORN Guidelines for Pneumatic Tourniquet Safety and Complementary Care. She offers clinical information to members via the AORN Consult Line, contributes regularly to the Clinical Issues column in the AORN Journal, and serves as the staff liaison for Registered Nurse First Assistants and the AORN Nursing Research Committee. She recently defended her dissertation and received her Doctor in Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler.

Nakeisha Archer

Director of Perioperative Services

Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women

Nakeisha Archer has over 16 years of formal leadership experience in various progressive roles, and has led several teams successfully. She has a Masters in Business and Healthcare Management, is in the process of obtaining her DNP, as well as has attended many conferences, and Quality training courses to master quality improvement. She is currently in an organization that has many change initiatives underway at which she is leading teams to integrate Perioperative services policies, procedures, and standards in everyday practice. She is past President of the Greater Houston chapter of AORN, and she is always on the cusp of change and innovation in her chapter and her organization.

Juliet C. Asbery


Perioperative Nurses College of New Zealand

Juliet is a Nurse Practitioner working throughout the perioperative continuum. She has a passion for ensuring that patients receive the highest level of care as they progress through their surgical pathway. She started her perioperative career in the United Kingdom and has been living in New Zealand for 17 years. As Chair of the Perioperative Nurses College of New Zealand she aims to support perioperative nurses with up to date, evidenced based information in order to facilitate gold standard care. New Zealand is a dynamic, forward thinking nation that has a many young, tech savvy people entering the workforce. The challenge is to engage these young people in the exciting, rewarding world of perioperative nursing.

Jessica M. Atkinson

Clinical OR Nurse

Maine Medical Center

Jessica Mary Adams Atkinson, BSN, RN, is a clinical OR nurse with eight years' work experience, six of which have been in the Manager Role specializing in Neurosurgery at Maine Medical Center; a 30 Operating Room, Level I Trauma Hospital. She has extensive experience (20 years) in animal science and veterinary medicine supporting her in her current role. Jessica has planned, organized, and executed multiple education sessions for her community and provides ongoing best practice education for staff. She has previously podium presented at the AORN Global Surgical Conference in 2019 at which time she also received an award for Clinical Improvement/Innovation Poster Excellence.

Lisa Bailey

Nursing Professional Development - Generalist

Baylor Scott and White Medical Center - Temple, Texas

Lisa A. Bailey, BSN, BS, RN, CNOR, is a Nursing Professional Development - General at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center, Temple, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Nursing from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, a Bachelor of Science in Health Management from Bellevue University, Nebraska, and attended Central Texas College, Killeen, Texas where she earned her Associates in Nursing.
Ms. Bailey has been a perioperative nurse for 18 years in roles ranging from staff nurse, manager, director and currently in the Nursing Professional Development role for the past eight years. In this role she oversees Periop 101 for the central region and has been instrumental in providing Clinical Coaching for the nurse residency program for perioperative services. She is a member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) for 17 years. Active in her local AORN chapter, she is serving as Vice-President and has served in the offices of president, secretary, and board member. She is a member of the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly where she serves as the Chair for Communications, as well as a member of the Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly and the Leadership Specialty Assembly.
In other leadership roles Ms. Bailey has served as secretary of the Texas Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses. She was a member of the Green Task Force and the National Committee on Education for AORN. Ms. Bailey was elected to the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee in 2012.
In her community, Ms. Bailey currently serves as the Chair E40of the Surgical Technologist Advisory Committee, Temple College, Texas and has been a member eight year.

Amy Bair

Program Manager, Peak Performance Center for Warriors To Workforce Program

HRS Consulting, INC.

Dr. Bair has a Doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and is board certified in Biofeedback as an Associate Fellow and Mentor for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. Dr. Amy Bair is a trusted leader in performance psychology, advanced biofeedback, and applied psychophysiology practices with 25+ years of experience designing and implementing performance training programs for elite caliber athletes and combat war veterans. An expert at combining theory and domain knowledge with practical application to create comprehensive strategies associated with optimal performance, stress/energy management, and productive learning. She is a key developer of several successful public and private Peak Performance centers, including creating the Peak Performance component of the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy’s Warriors to Workforce Program (2011-present). Her holistic, on-site performance programs include group instruction, individual coaching and staff support/training using leading-edge biofeedback and neuroscience technologies. She expertly uses peak performance principles, concepts and intervention techniques and tools to help individuals increase awareness and exercise control over mental, emotional and physiological responses to high-pressure situations. Dr. Bair’s biofeedback and neuroscience proficiency enables her to create and implement the training protocols and metrics needed to monitor and evaluate program effectiveness. She specializes in in-depth analysis and reporting of individual and group results and trends related to cognitive improvement, physiological data, and self-reported measures. Dr Bair also serves as Adjunct Faculty for Mount Saint Mary’s University Bolte School of Business MBA program.

Kay Ball

Perioperative Consultant

Dr. Ball is past president of AORN and the AORN Foundation. She is the author of Lasers: The Perioperative Challenge (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th editions) and the author of many chapters and articles on surgical topics. Her PhD research focused on compliance with surgical smoke evacuation guidelines and in 2020, she conducted research on perioperative nurses experiences with surgical smoke exposure. Dr. Ball is also very active in legislative activities in central Ohio and nationally and has lectured throughout the world on perioperative issues.

Stephen Balog

Staff RN

Hilton Head Hospital

J. Stephen Balog, MSN, RN, CNOR, has been involved in a variety of local, state, and national activities. He has served as the chair of VCORN and on the Board of Directors of his local AORN chapter in South Carolina. Nationally, he has served on a variety of committees and task forces. He was a member of the Nominating Committee and helped to develop a tool to evaluate potential national candidates for office. He currently serves on the AORN Board of Directors.

Mary Barkhymer

Mary C. Barkhymer, MSN, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, has multiple years of progressive nursing experience in nursing leadership, hospital operations and surgical services in both academic and community teaching organizations. Her responsibilities include all aspects of operations and patient care services. Demonstrated outperformance in all quality metrics, patient satisfaction and hospital throughput.

Vicki Barnett

Board of Directors


Vicki J. Barnett, MSN, RN, CNOR, graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Science in Nursing Administration. She has 35 years of nursing proficiency in a career punctuated by progressive clinical experience, challenging leadership projects and fulfilling management roles in complex perioperative settings including 20 years as executive director of surgical services for a multi-hospital system in Atlanta Georgia. She is serving a second term on the Board of Directors for the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). and currently serves as liaison for the AORN Awards Committee, and for the Retired Nurses Specialty Assembly.
Her advocacy activities include serving on Georgia Council's Surgical Smoke Coalition and volunteering in local advocacy events. Having held numerous chapter offices, including President of Suburban Atlanta Chapter, she is currently on the Board of Directors for AORN Peach State Chapter #1116. Awards include Georgia Nurse of the Year” 2015, the AORN award for Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Management and Georgia Council Outstanding Perioperative Nurse.
Vicki speaks at conferences nationally and internationally on perioperative topics including transformational leadership, surgical facility design, and patient safety. She is a powerful advocate for women’s healthcare education on the Advisory Board for the Ovarian Cancer Institute (OCI), and as an active member of P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization supporting the international advancement of women’s education.

Leigh Bartlett

Director, Special Services

Vidant Duplin Hospital

Leigh A. Bartlett, MSN, RN, CSPDT, has been a nurse in the OR/Central Sterile Processing environment for over 15 years. As director of special services administration, she leads initiatives focused on evidence-based surgical practice and standardization, not only in her small, rural community hospital, but leads initiatives as chair of the OR Coordinated Group within a large health care system in eastern North Carolina. She became actively involved in AORN in 2007 and has attended AORN's annual conference five times, serving as a delegate each time. She has served as chapter treasurer, chapter president-elect, chapter president, and chapter secretary. She has also served as North Carolina's AORN State Council treasurer and currently serves chair-elect. Leigh is an active member of the AORN National Legislative Forum and has attended AORN-sponsored legislative events with the North Carolina Legislature. She is a past recipient of an AORN Foundation scholarship, an active member of the Leadership Specialty Assembly, and 2019-20 Chair of the Leadership Specialty Assembly.

Erica Basora

Nurse Clinician 

Northside Hospital

Erica Basora BSN, RN, is the current AORN President for the Peach State chapter and the Clinician for Surgical Services at Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton, Georgia. Northside Hospital Cherokee is a 158-bed, full-service community hospital that is part of the Northside Hospital System in the greater Atlanta area. Erica has worked as the nurse clinician for the OR for the past year. Prior to her promotion, she was a staff nurse in the operating room and was a previous resident in the first year of the Cherokee program. Prior to joining the Northside Hospital Cherokee Surgical Services team, Erica was a teacher for elementary and middle school students in Florida.
The Northside Hospital OR Nurse Residency is based on the AORN Periop 101 didactic model which is combined with simulations and guided live clinical experiences.

Christopher Bejil

Director of Perioperative Services

Midland Memorial Hospital

Christopher G. Bejil, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, CENP, NE-BC, is the director of Perioperative Services at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas, serving in this capacity for four years. He previously lead departments in Med/Surg and Tele/Step-Down.

Lisa Berus

Director, Clinical Education & Training

Surgical Care Affiliates

Lisa Berus is Director of Clinical Education & Training for Surgical Care Affiliates. In this role, she develops onboarding and training programs for the clinical staff at the corporate enterprises level. She has previously worked as a director of diligence and integrations, serving as the project manager for multiple de novo surgery centers. Lisa has over 30 years of experience in the ASC industry and has been doing infection prevention for 25 years. She has developed programs to train new infection preventionists and is certified in ambulatory infection prevention and sterile processing.
Lisa has worked in every area of the surgery center including circulating, scrubbing, safety officer, infection preventionist, business office manager, administrator and corporate clinical leader. Lisa is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Lisa has a BSN from the University of Cincinnati and a MSN and MEd from Xavier University.

Walter Bond

Author. Speaker. Business Coach. Husband. Father. Walter Bond. When Walter steps onto the stage, you can’t miss him. It could be because he’s 6’5 and stands out in a crowd, but it could also be because on the stage is where he feels at home. As a nationally recognized public speaker, he commands the stage. He makes the entire audience feel seen. People walk out of Walter’s talks changed, motivated, and inspired. His principles are simple but powerful, his delivery is smooth, and he combines humor, tough love, and experience in a way that changes people. While many know Walter Bond as a former NBA player, more and more people know Walter as a passionate and motivated speaker, author, and business coach with one goal: to help people see their full potential. Walter graduated from the University of Minnesota and has been married to his wife and business partner Antoinette for nearly 30 years. They have three adult children.

Dawn Brue

Assistant Nurse Manager

Barnes Jewish Hospital

Dawn Brue is Assistant Nurse Manager at Barnes Jewish Hospital for neurosurgery, spinal surgery, and ENT surgery. She has a history of working on quality improvement projects and evidence-based projects throughout her time in the OR. Before working in the operating room, Dawn gained experience working in long term care facilities for both the elderly and children.

Charika Burns

Perioperative Education Program Coordinator

Cleveland Clinic- Marymount Hospital and Marymount Ambulatory Surgery Center

Charika Burns, MSN, RN is the Perioperative Education Program Coordinator at Cleveland Clinic- Marymount Hospital and Marymount Ambulatory Surgery Center. Charika started her nursing career in 2010 working at a Nursing Home Rehabilitative Facility. During this time she worked to pursue her BSN at Arizona State University. Shortly after completion she began working in the Operating Room. Charika now has going on 10 years experience working in elderly care, OR, and education. She is currently nearing completion of her Distinguished Educator Certification, a program offered through Cleveland Clinic which focuses on the foundations of teaching, assessment, curriculum planning, and competency based education.

Spencer Byrum


HRS Consulting, Inc.

Spencer L. Byrum is a pilot, an author and speaker who is CEO of HRS Consulting, Inc., a company he specifically created and designed to enhance individual and team decision making in high risk industries. Mr. Byrum’s specialty is taking lessons learned in aviation and developing innovative process improvements and training for professions in which people need to make critical decisions in a stressful, demanding environment. He is an expert at transforming organizational thinking using High Reliability Organization (HRO) best practices to decrease risk, increase efficiency, enhance compliance, and improve safety. He is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, High Reliability for a Highly Unreliable World, published in February 2018. Mr. Byrum has spoken extensively on the subject of human performance in demanding, time-critical environments. He has developed and delivered training to over 100,000 people in US Combat Air Forces, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and many international military customers; domestic and international commercial airlines; commercial heavy construction crews; undergraduate and graduate university programs; NASA Dryden Test Pilots, Project Engineers and Project Managers; physicians and staff from healthcare clients ranging from HCA to Vanderbilt Medical Center to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to the Washington Health Foundation. He is an expert in disaster preparedness and has counselled hundreds of organizations on strategies to reduce exposure to hazards and ways to mitigate damage associated with avoidable errors. He has been a keynote speaker at hundreds of national and international conferences on Safety / Human Factors, including: the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the AIG Risk Management Series, the Center for Healthcare Quality; the New Jersey Society for Healthcare Risk Management, the Rural Hospital Quality Network, the Society of Excellence in Eye Care, NATO Air Force Flight Safety Conferences (Europe), the Euro NATO Human Factors Working Group, and the Governor’s Conference on Construction in the Pacific Rim. He has developed and delivered programs for Child Health Corporation of America, State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Corporation, MDAdvantage Insurance, State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company, The St Paul, the University of Missouri Medical Center, Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, Methodist/ LeBonheur Healthcare, Stryker, Storz and Smith&Nephew which reduced errors and improved performance. He has worked with the Air Force Armstrong Research Labs to collect data and performance markers for Human Factors training and is a member of the Aviation Industry CRM Developers Group. Most recently, Mr. Byrum has led the Risk Assessment and Shipboard Firefighting Operations Review for the Maritime Safety and Fire Association and his company has won a billion dollar contract to transform healthcare in the Veterans Administration.

Julie Cahn

Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist


Dr. Julie Cahn has 18 years of experience in perioperative nursing working as a clinical nurse in both the scrub and circulating roles, a perioperative educator, and a perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has worked in eight operating rooms across the United States from Boston to Hawaii, giving her a well-rounded perspective of clinical practice. Much of her work has revolved around professional development of perioperative nurses and ensuring excellence in patient outcomes. Dr. Cahn works as a Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist for AORN and is currently revising the AORN Guideline for Prevention of Retained Surgical Items for publication in 2021.

Bernard C. Camins, MD, MSc

 Medical Director for Infection Prevention

Mount Sinai Health System

Bernard Camins, MD, MSc, is the medical director for infection prevention for the Mount Sinai Health System. He has given more than 100 CME or CNE presentations since starting his academic career as faculty in 2004. His expertise is the area of infection prevention especially hand hygiene, prevention of surgical site infections, and prevention of device related infections.

Brian J. Cammarata


Old Pueblo Anesthesia (OPA)

Brian J. Cammarata, MD, is a partner with Old Pueblo Anesthesia (OPA) and is actively involved in clinical practice. His roles within OPA include director of risk management, director of quality assurance, and member of the executive committee. He has practiced at Tucson Medical Center (TMC) for over ten years. His medical staff participation includes chairman of anesthesiology, member of the medical executive committee and chief medical information officer.

Lorrie Cappellion


The Joint Commission 

Lorrie Cappellino is an Ambulatory Health Surveyor with The Joint Commission. She received a diploma in nursing from the Trumbull Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Ohio, and holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. Lorrie has been a perioperative nurse and leader for over 35 years. She held senior administrative positions such as Director of Perioperative Services, Director of Nursing, Chief of Nurse Utilization and Education at the Air Force Personnel Center, Surgeon General of the Air Reserve Personnel Center, military Commander and hospital Chief Executive Officer. Lorrie most recently was the Administrator at Paladin Anesthesia Services and is a faculty member at the United States Air Force’s perioperative nursing course.
Lorrie is a long-time Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) member and past local chapter president. She is a member of the Nurse Educator and Management Special Assemblies, is a past member of AORN's Environmental Safety Special Task Force. Lorrie is the author of AORN's original Perioperative 101 Course Safety Module.

Elizabeth Card

Nurse Researcher

Vanderbilt University Medical Center 

Elizabeth joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1994, and the Office of Nursing Research in 2014. She is an experienced clinical nurse, nurse practitioner, nurse leader and nurse researcher. Elizabeth holds a graduate degree in nursing from Union University. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner (ANCC), as a perianesthesia nurse (ABPANC), and as a clinical research professional (SOCRA). In the past 17 years she has worked primarily in the research setting as a principle investigator or co-investigator on over 125 clinical trials. Her research interests focus on perianesthesia nursing practice, emergence delirium, post-operative cognitive decline, advance practice professional development, health literacy/patient education, workplace wellness and resiliency. She is a recipient of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) training grant, completing her comprehensive systematic reviewer training at University of California in San Francisco’s JBI Center. She led creation of The Empowered Nurse, a peer review journal of innovative nursing research, and currently serves as the executive editor. Elizabeth is a fellow in the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), has served as ASPAN’s director of research and currently vice president/president elect to be inducted as president April 2020.

Crystal Carter

Assistant Nurse Manager

Cleveland Clinic                  

Crystal Carter has a Master’s degree in nursing education from Capella University and has worked in the congenital and adult operating rooms since 2015. Crystal serves as the Assistant Nurse Manager for their cardiac department and takes an active role in providing leadership support through opportunities of growth and development for her staff.

Houchan Chang

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Hong Chen

OR Nurse Manager

Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology       

Hong Chen, MS, RN, is the OR nurse manager at Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.

Kylie Cherco

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Corey Ciocchetti

Associate Professor of Business Ethics and Legal Studies

University of Denver

Corey Ciocchetti is an Associate Professor of Business Ethics and Legal Studies at the University of Denver. Corey graduated with a law degree from Duke University School of Law, a master’s degree in Religious Studies and two bachelor’s degrees in finance and Economics—summa cum laude—from the University of Denver. Ciocchetti has won multiple teaching and speaking awards including the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award and the Joel Goldman Award for most respected speaker with CAMPUSPEAK. He currently teaches in a department ranked by the Wall Street Journal and Business Week in the top ten nationwide for producing students with high ethical standards.

Sebastian de la Fuente

Director of Research for the Surgical Residency Program


Sebastian de la Fuente, MD, FACS, is board certified in general surgery with special certification in advanced surgical oncology. He specializes in surgical interventions for gastrointestinal, liver, and bile duct diseases, as well as for benign pancreatic disorders, pancreatic cancer, sarcomas, and melanomas. One of Central Florida’s most prominent surgical oncologists, Dr. de la Fuente directs the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Fellowship program and serves as Director of Research for the Surgical Residency program at AdventHealth in Orlando. He is a graduate of the University of Salvador School of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and of Duke University’s general surgery residency program, where he culminated his tenure as Chief Resident and undertook a research fellowship in gastrointestinal surgery. He capped his medical training with a fellowship in surgical oncology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa.

Camila De Moraes

Associate Professor

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Professor Camila M. Moraes is an associate professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), area of Medical-Surgical Nursing. Postdoctoral fellow at the National Postdoctoral Program at the Federal University of Alfenas (UNIFAL). Graduation in Nursing USP (2003). Master in Nursing, EERP-USP (2009). Ph.D. in Nursing, EERP-USP (2014). Specialist in Medical-Surgical Nursing, UNIFESP (2005). Specialist in Biomedical Engineering, INATEL (2010). Specialist in Pro-oxidative therapies (2021). Camila is the Author of the Risk Assessment Scale for the development of injuries resulting from patient positioning of the patient (ELPO). Lead researcher of the "Study, Research, and Extension Group in evidence-based practice" (GEPEVI) that is part of the Integrated Health Research Group at UFRJ. She has been working in teaching nursing and improve excellence of care in the past 18 years, she works in research related to the nursing care provided to the patient during the perioperative period, patient safety, and biomedical engineering. Effective members of the Brazilian Society of Nurses of Surgical Center, Post-anesthetic Recovery and Materials and Sterilization Center (SOBECC), and of the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). Ad Hoc reviewer and Consultant in numerous national and international journals on Nursing, Biomedical Engineering, and other areas of health especially related to Patient Safety.

Michele Deck

Co-Found and CEO


Michele Deck presents nationally and internationally on innovative teaching methods in the field of health care education and training for over 30 years. She is the recipient of many honors and awards for her creativity, innovation, productivity, and exemplary leadership qualities. Honors include ANPD’s prestigious Belinda E. Puetz Award, election to Sigma National Nursing Honor Society, and Business Woman of the Year by the National Business Council. She is co-founder and chief executive officer of G.A.M.E.S., a company that specializes in seminars on adult learning and interactive training methods, and Tool Thyme for Trainers, a company which supplies innovative and creative presentation tools for educators worldwide. She has authored 12 books on creative and involving ways to teach adults. She is a past president of Lamaze International and their current Accreditation Chair. She served on ANPD’s education committee and was a member of the editorial board of the Journal For Nurses in Professional Development for eight years.

Vangie Dennis

Executive Director Perioperative Services

Wellstar Health System

Vangie Dennis is the Executive Director of WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and Atlanta Medical Center South located in the metropolitan area of Atlanta. Professional organizations include the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN), American Association for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Laser Institute of America, AORN Specialty Assemblies, and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery.
She is on the editorial board for the Journal for Clinical Laser Medicine and Surgery, and Outpatient Surgery. Vangie has been published and cited in publications such as “OR Nurse, American Health, Laparoscopic Update, Surgical Services Management, Infection Control Today, OR Manager, Today’s OR, Outpatient Surgery, and Same Day Surgery. She is also the author for the “Medcom Module: Laparoscopic Approach for Treatment of Urinary Stress Incontinence", referenced in “The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals”, co-published the nursing Chapter 9, “The Team-Nursing’s Perspective” in the book Principles of Laparoscopic Surgery, Chapter 20 Laser Risks and Perioperative Safety: Donna Watson's Perioperative Safety, Author of the 2011 AORN Recommended Practices for Lasers, author for the AORN Laser Study Guide, Module, and video. Published Chapter 14 Lasers in Radiology Nursing: Advanced Practice and Leadership in Radiology Nursing.
Ms. Dennis is an independent consultant, lectures on lasers and nursing practice. Vangie has lectured nationally and internationally for AORN, AORN Chapters, Advanced Technology Specialty Assembly, American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, The International Laser Safety Conference, Canadian Nurses Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, American Association Gynecological Laparoscopists, MedSun CODA Conference, and Medical Societies and facilities.
Vangie is on the Board of Directors for Laser Institute of America, the chair for the National Certification on Lasers, Board of Directors for AORN National, Past President of the NW AORN Chapter, Past Treasurer for the Georgia Council of Nurses, Board of Directors for Gwinnett Technical School and committee representative for the American National Standards Institute. She presently serves as the National Treasurer for AORN Board of Directors and served a term on the Board of Directors.
She is a recipient named in Strathmore’s WHO’s WHO, the recipient of the 1996 Nursing Excellence Award from the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, awarded the 2011 R. James Rockwell Jr. Educational Achievement Award, and the 2011 AORN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Nursing Education. She is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Nurse of the Year for the Georgia March of Dimes and 2019 Manager of the year for OR Manager. Vangie was also awarded Perioperative nurse of the year for the Georgia Council of Perioperative Nurses and for the AORN Northwest Chapter. Vangie is a member of Emory Alpha Epsilon Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Lori Doctor

Perioperative Education Coordinator

Cleveland Clinic

Lori Doctor, BSN, BA, RN, CNOR is a perioperative education coordinator at Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus and Southpointe Hospitals. Utilizing her BA in Organizational Communications, Doctor spent 15 years in leadership roles within the hospitality industry. In 2013, she earned her BSN from Cleveland State University and now has over 5 years of experience working in surgical services including roles in endoscopy, the OR, and education. Doctor continues to professionally develop herself and in early 2020 she earned her CNOR. She also participates in the Distinguished Educator Program at Cleveland Clinic which focuses on the foundations of teaching, assessment, curriculum planning, and competency-based instruction methods. She is currently working towards her MBA at Grand Canyon University with an anticipated graduation date of August 2020.

William Duffy

Director for the Nursing & Healthcare Administration Master's of Science in Nursing Program

Loyola University of Chicago

William "Bill" J. Duffy, RN, MJ, CNOR, FAAN, is the director for the Nursing & Healthcare Administration Master's of Science in Nursing program at Loyola University of Chicago. Bill currently serves on the AORN Board of Directors and was the 2004-2005 National President of the AORN, where he led the Association's initiative for National Time Out Day to eliminate wrong site surgery. He has spoken nationally and internationally on health law and nursing leadership topics in addition to being an accomplished author of many articles in nursing journals and publications. Mr. Duffy has received numerous recognitions, including the Nursing Spectrum's National Award for Excellence in Leading the Profession, the Loyola University's School of Nursing Distinguished Alumnae Award, AORN's Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing, and, in 2011, he was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Bill is a firm believer in the power of nurses to touch the lives of their patients and to shape the future of health care.

Dana Dunn

Field Director, Surveyor Management & Development

The Joint Commission

Ms. Dunn is the Field Director for Ambulatory Healthcare at The Joint Commission. Prior to joining The Joint Commission, Ms. Dunn has held several successful positions in perioperative leadership including hospital and free standing ambulatory surgery centers. In addition to staff positions, Ms. Dunn has served as a perioperative clinical educator, manager and director.
Ms. Dunn holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters of Business Administration. She has been an active member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) since 1998, and has served in various local chapter board positions including chapter president. Other memberships include the American Nurses Association, (ANA), Sigma Theta Tau International, and Phi Kappa Phi.

Andrea Dyer

Pediatric Traveling Operating Room Nurse

Boston Children's Hospital

Andrea Mary Dyer, MSN, RN is a pediatric traveling operating room nurse currently working at Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine and a Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Education from Grand Canyon University. She has been an operating room nurse for over ten years, working in numerous health care systems around the country including several level I trauma facilities.

She is the President-Elect of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Chapter 2001- State of Maine. She is on the Continuing Education Approval Committee, and an active member of American Nurses Association, International Council on Surgical Plume, American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association Inc, and the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses.

Recently, Andrea Dyer presented a Poster at AORN Expo in 2019 titled “Implementation of Surgical Smoke Evacuation System- Wide at Legacy Health”. Her poster presentation research was published in AORN Journal, August 2019. Additionally, she published “Spreading the Word About Surgical Smoke Safety” in Outpatient Surgery Magazine, October 2019 and was featured in Outpatient Surgery Magazine, May 2020 “Answering the Call”. She was featured by Elle Darcy Photographer and Business Coach “Inside Women’s Work” May, 2020.

She is passionate about partnering with AORN Government Affairs to advocate for surgical smoke legislation, including meeting with legislators and delivering committee testimony. She has been the guest speaker for the University of Southern Maine Senior Nursing Students, Concordia University Nursing Students, Oregon Student Nurse Association, and HealthPack 2019 Conference. She was awarded the Presidents Coin Award, June 2019, for employees who have gone above and beyond their job description through unusual acts of service, random acts of kindness, or completion of projects that significantly benefited the organization on her Universal Protocol Implementation for a system of 7 Hospitals at Legacy Health. As a Nurse, she has had many amazing experiences. A clear highlight was when two of her Perioperative 101 residents presented their residency project on the dangers of surgical smoke and what it would take for their hospital to implement the smoke evacuators, to a room of over 100 residents and hospital staff and leadership. Another career highlight was when her other Perioperative 101 resident testified in front of legislation for the surgical smoke evacuation bill in Salem, Oregon.

Deborah Ebert

Vice-president of Perioperative Services

MemorialCare Health System

Deborah Marie Ebert, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, CCRN, CPAN, CAPA serves as Vice-president of Perioperative Services for the MemorialCare Health System. She is responsible for services across multiple campuses in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Her responsibility extends to perianesthesia departments, surgical scheduling, endoscopy services, business operations, and sterile processing. She provides oversight for areas of responsibility to ensure achievement of goals for the departments and serves in a clinically integrated organization. Ms. Ebert brings over 35 years of experience in perioperative and critical care nursing. She began her career as a diploma nurse from Providence School of Nursing, received her BSN from Adventist University and MSN from Sacred Heart University. Ms. Ebert is a member of AONE, AORN, AACN, ASPAN, ANA, National Association of Professional Women and Sigma Theta Tau, Mu Delta chapter. Recent appointments include national Chair of AORN Recruitment and Retention Committee 2019-20 and CCI Recertification Committee Chair. She is an advocate for Nursing Excellence, speaking nationally on safe perioperative care and professionalism.

Helena Ely-Dyson

Associate Chief Nurse for Surgery

Lebanon Veterans Administration Medical Center

A graduate of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and Troy University in Troy , Alabama. She is a retired Navy nurse, that served her country for 28 years earning the rank of Commander. She has been a PeriOperative nurse for over 30 years. This has been her true passion after trying other areas of nursing. She loves to share her knowledge when orienting new residents, nurses and surgical technologists to the Operating Room. My most rewarding and proud moments has been taking care of heroes returning from Operation Enduring Freedom. I am still proud to care for our Veterans who have given so much for our country. Helena is the President of the Central Pennsylvania chapter of AORN. She is married to Pastor Michael Dyson, a retired Marine and they have two adult sons, Mikey (Amanda) and Patrick. There are many professions that one can choose, but there is no profession that has been more rewarding than being a PeriOperative Nurse.

Saundra W. Falk

Pediatric Specialist 

HealthPark Campus of the Lee Health System

Sandi Falk, BSN, RN, CNOR has worked at the HealthPark Campus of the Lee Health System since graduating from nursing school in 1998 at the age of 51! She became the Pediatric Specialist in 2002. At HealthPark, the surgical services for children include Orthopedics, ENT, General Surgery, Dental, Plastic, and Ophthalmic. The Golisano Children's Hospital of S.W. Florida opened in 2017 and is adjacent to HealthPark, who provides the surgical services. Sandi continues to organize the Pediatric Program for the OR, begun by her predecessor and mentor, Rebecca Neal. Sandi was also instrumental in arranging a Spanish-speaking class for the OR, in order to better communicate with the patients in HealthPark's care. As one of the five founding coordinators of Sew Angelic TM, Sandi is the facilitator for the continuation of this innovative patient outreach project, which provides surgical caps for the pediatric patients. Over 45,000 caps have been made with the help of the senior community. Her outreach to the community are Teddy Bear Clinics for kindergartners at local elementary schools of lower socio-economic status. In 2013, Sandi received the highest honor in her hospital system, The Doc Coggins award; nominated by one of her pediatric surgeons.

Susan Flynn

Technical Applications Specialist


Susan Flynn is a Technical Applications Specialist with 3M’s Medical Solutions Division in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her role at 3M includes providing education for customers and sales personnel on improving the performance of the sterilization process and implementing best practices. Susan is a Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT) and is a member of several AAMI Sterilization Committee working groups. She is a member of AORN and IAHCSMM. Susan regularly speaks and writes self-study articles on topics related to device reprocessing.

Xinglian Gao

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Linda Gardner

Surgical Nursing Education Manager

Cleveland Clinic

As Cleveland Clinic’s Surgical Nursing Education Manager, Linda Gardner, DNP, MEd, BA, RN, CNOR, manages a team of 17 Perioperative Educators who ensure caregivers are prepared to safely and effectively work in Perioperative Services. Gardner brings thirteen years of OR experience to her position having worked as a surgical technologist, circulator, clinical coordinator and educator. She is dedicated to the highest level of practice and shares her expertise to drive meaningful and impactful change. Gardner has successfully developed Cleveland Clinic’s Reprocessing Education Team bridging educational gaps throughout the enterprise. She has effectively built a perioperative education team that collaborates across all Cleveland Clinic locations creating and implementing evidenced based educational opportunities. In an effort to increase role clarity Gardner has implemented interactive learning to the department including simulations, games, skits, and competency circuits. She lead the team to develop a perioperative immersion course with Ursuline College leading her team to two innovation awards; third place Innovation Award from Cleveland Clinic in 2020 and the Innovation Award from the Ohio League of Nursing in 2021. Gardner is co-creator of the OR Nurse Associate Extern Program and has lectured at CNOR review classes. She has presented several poster presentations ranging from Malignant Hyperthermia to Universal Protocol at AORN and ASPAN conferences. She presented a podium presentation "Keeping up with the Kompetencies" at the 2016 AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo.Gardner holds a doctorate of nursing from Grand Canyon University, master’s in nursing from University of Phoenix, master’s of education from Indiana Wesleyan University, and bachelor of arts in mathematics from Ursuline College

Dima Ghawi

Dima is Middle Eastern in her genes and a global citizen in her spirit. She ignites the untapped potential in individuals across the globe, empowering them to shatter limitations and become courageous, purpose driven leaders. She is committed to inspiring individuals to attain personal and professional growth, while simultaneously helping organizations increase diversity within their leadership ranks. Dima shares her unique leadership transformation journey with one goal in mind: motivate and activate those around her to reimagine their potential and grow into leaders. Dima draws from two decades of corporate experience leading global teams and developing future leaders worldwide. She was been recognized for her work with the 2014 President of the United States Bronze Volunteer Service Award, the 2019 Baton Rouge Influential Women in Business award, and the 2016 Louisiana State University Esprit de Femme Award. She has been featured in numerous publications for her professional and philanthropic work.

Sharon J. Giarrizzo-Wilson

Dr. Giarrizzo-Wilson’s perioperative career spans over 35 years in leadership, nursing informatics, and strategic development initiatives for patient safety and improving care outcomes. A certified perioperative nurse for 25 years, Dr. Giarrizzo-Wilson is a frequent author, national speaker, and consultant on issues affecting perioperative practice. She is a current member of the ANA workgroup to revise the Nursing Informatics Scope and Standards of Practice and the HIMSS Public Policy Committee and Quality and Safety Task Force. While at AORN, Dr. Giarrizzo-Wilson worked as a perioperative nurse specialist and an informatics nurse specialist with designated responsibilities for mapping the PNDS to nurse sensitive indicators and integrating patient safety and quality standards into AORN Syntegrity™. Her informatics experience includes leading the specification of hospital clinical quality eMeasures under the CMS EHR Incentive Program. Dr. Giarrizzo-Wilson is currently employed with Empiric Health as a clinical analyst where she collaboratively develops surgical cohorts developed by AI tools to reduce the costs of care delivery and improve surgical outcomes. She holds a certificate in Healthcare Informatics from the University of Minnesota, is ANCC Board certified in Informatics Nursing, and obtained her PhD from Loyola University, Chicago.

Jason Goodwin


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Jason Goodwin, MSN, MPH, RN, CNOR, is an accomplished senior healthcare executive. As an administrator, he has supervised the safe care in and around various procedures and OR venues for over 15 years, totaling approximately 250,000 individual patient encounters. As a Registered Nurse, operating room manager, director, and administrator, Jason has extensive experience with regulatory mandates, expertise in national clinical standards, and ensuring best practices in procedural safety culture. His expertise includes surgical standard of care, adverse quality and safety events, pre- and post-operative complications, procedural preparation, and sedation. Jason completed the Institute of Healthcare Improvement's Patient Safety Executive post-graduate course in 2013 and is board certified as a clinical Operating Room Nurse (CNOR). Goodwin has also done expert consulting, record review, and case analysis over the last four years to include positioning injuries, wrong site surgeries, nursing standard of care review, failure to rescue, neurological injuries, invalid consent, retained surgical items, pain related exacerbation of injuries, and other scenarios.

Charlotte L. Guglielmi

Clinical Manager of Perioperative Education

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Charlotte Guglielmi MA, BSN, RN, CNOR is the clinical manager of perioperative education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a champion for patient safety, particularly focused on high performance teamwork. Her career has been diverse, practicing as a clinician, manager, educator, and administrator. She oversees her division's practice, safety and quality initiatives, policy and procedure development, and curriculum design, including the BIDMC Perioperative Nurse Entry Program. Guglielmi is a nationally recognized speaker and consultant on perioperative safety having presented to over 125 international, national, and local groups outside of the medical center. Her publication history includes numerous articles and book chapters. She served as the AORN Journal Table Talk Column Coordinator (2011 - 2016). This column inspired numerous healthcare teams to dialogue on issues that impacted clinical practice and patient outcomes. Guglielmi's service to AORN spans several decades and includes service as AORN President (2010 - 2011), AORN Foundation President (2014-2016), and AORN Liaison to numerous professional societies. She loves her chapter and leads by example to insure its future viability. Guglielmi received AORN's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Practice (2001), President's Award (2015), and The Award for Excellence (2019). They are reminders that simple moments of safely caring for patients define perioperative excellence.

Li Guo

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Randy Heiser


Sullivan Healthcare Consulting, LLC

Randy Heiser has been a hospital consultant since 1983 and has specialized in perioperative consulting since 1992. He has directed more than 500 surgery department operational improvement studies (and participated in an additional 35) in programs ranging from small community hospitals and freestanding surgery centers to some of the largest university hospitals in the US. He was instrumental in the design, development and implementation of the Surgery Benchmark Program that has been used by more than 280 hospitals. He has also participated in the design of several proprietary surgery scheduling information systems currently available in North America. Randy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political applied economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is a member of the American Association of Clinical Directors (AACD) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Rod Hicks

Associate Dean and Professor

College of Graduate Nursing at Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA.

Rodney (Rod) W. Hicks, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is an Associate Dean and Professor with the College of Graduate Nursing at Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA. Dr. Hicks is perioperative nurse researcher and focuses on the areas of patient safety and scholarship. Dr. Hicks led the world's largest review of perioperative medication errors and has presented and published extensively on the topic of safe medication use in the perioperative settings. Dr. Hicks has been a member of AORN's Recommended Guidelines Expert Panel and AORN's Research Committee. He is a member of the AORN Journal Editorial Board.

Vallire Hooper

Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship

College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University (ETSU)

Dr. Vallire Hooper is the Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship as well as the Director of the PhD Program in the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). She is a perianesthesia nurse by training, working in the field as a staff nurse, CNS, or Nurse Scientist since 1987. Dr. Hooper graduated with my PhD from the Medical College of Georgia in 2009, and taught in the undergraduate, Master’s, DNP, and PhD programs. Prior to taking the position at ETSU, she served as the Nurse Scientist Scholar at Mission Health in Asheville, where she worked with nursing and other disciplines in developing studies, posters, podiums and publications across multiple specialties, as well as facilitated grant and manuscript development. Dr. Hooper is the past Director of Research for the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses, and has served as the Co-Editor for their specialty journal, the Journal of PeriAnesthsia Nursing, for 20 years.

Gail Horvath

Project Manager

ECRI Institutes Patient Safety Organization (PSO)

Gail Horvath, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRCST, has over 30 years’ experience in nursing, nursing leadership, quality improvement, patient safety, and risk management. Ms. Horvath joined ECRI Institutes Patient Safety, Risk, Quality Group as a Patient Safety Analyst in 2012. She works under ECRIs Patient Safety Organization (PSO) as a project manager as well as performing risk assessments, on-site consulting projects for Perioperative Services and Central Sterile Supply Departments, analyzing event data and developing various resources for clients.

Christopher Hudgins

Perioperative Clinical Specialist Manager

3M Health Care

Christopher Hudgins is currently a Perioperative Clinical Specialist Manager at 3M Health Care. He is a CNOR Certified Registered Nurse with over 26 years of health care experience. He has a Certificate in Surgical Technology, Associate of Science degree in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Alternative Medicine. He served in the U.S. Air Force and has experience working as a Surgical Technician, Circulating Nurse, Service Coordinator, Charge Nurse, and Clinical Specialist. He has worked at 3M in the Medical Solutions Division for the past 11 years.

Pamela Hunt

Chief Nurse Executive

Community Heath Network

Pamela S. Hunt, MSN, RN, is the chief nurse executive for Community Heath Network's north region in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a graduate of Parkview-Methodist School of Nursing in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Pam has lectured nationally and internationally regarding the challenges of health care leadership and her articles have been published in nationally recognized journals. She is the author of the finance section of a book entitled "5 Keys To Successful Nursing Management," a learning module for Sigma Theta Tau titled, "The Nurse Manager and Business Plan Development with Cost-Benefit Analysis," and co-author of "The Nurse Leader's Guide to Business Skills." Pam's strong clinical and operational experience along with a financial acumen creates a unique talent in making health care finance and quality understandable. Pam is a passionate leader, using knowledge to ensure safety and quality care are always reaching the patient!

Natalie Johnson

Co-Founder & Chief Visionary

ViDL Solutions

Natalie Johnson is an expert in individual and organizational performance. She has over 30 years experience working with employers, healthcare systems and carriers on creating strategy that improves company productivity and individual performance. Natalies background in Exercise Physiology, Performance Nutrition & Performance Psychology sets the foundation for how behavior changes can have a significant impact on individual performance as long as there is connection to a meaningful purpose. She is an award-winning Health Coach, Performance Coach, Sports Nutritionist, and Performance Trainer. She has received a variety of awards including Healthcare Hero, Champion of Healthcare, Health Program Innovation Award, Corporate Wellness Leadership Award and Business Leader Woman Extraordinaire. In our fast-paced environment, Natalie helps individuals and organizations identify ways to sustain high performance while maintaining balance, health and happiness. Natalie is described as highly energetic with a contagious positive vibe! Personally, she manages a highly demanding schedule of being married to a Law Enforcement Officer and raising two active boys!

Jeffrey Keane

Unit-Based Educator

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Jeffrey Keane, BSN, RN, CNOR, is the unit-based educator, West Campus at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He completed the Periop 101 cohort at the medical center in the spring of 2007. He is recognized as a clinical resource in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. His span of responsibility includes oversight, planning, and hands-on clinical education for a staff of 80. Jeff also has a special interest in simulation education for high performance teams and emergency management.

Stephanie Kefer

Cardiovascular Surgery Nurse Practitioner

Parkview Physicians Group-Cardiovascular Surgery

Stephanie L. Kefer, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CNOR- CSC, RNFA, is a Cardiovascular Surgery Nurse Practitioner with Parkview Physicians Group-Cardiovascular Surgery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She currently spends most of her time in the OR first assisting, but also helps with inpatient rounds and consults. Stephanie graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University and in 2009 with a Masters of Science in Nursing with a specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Indianapolis. Stephanie spent the first five years of her career as a staff nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, and spent an additional year and a half as a Vascular Surgery Nurse Practitioner with the Vascular Surgeons with St. Francis Medical Group. Stephanie moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2010 and has been practicing as a Cardiovascular Surgery Nurse Practitioner with Parkview Physicians Group. Stephanie has been an active member of AORN since 2003, before graduating with a nursing degree. She served four years as treasurer for Chapter 1504 of Greater Indianapolis and is currently President of Chapter 1503 of Fort Wayne. She enjoys teaching nurses at Parkview about Cardiovascular Surgery and assists with the Cardiovascular Registered Nurse exam prep-course.

Beverly Kirchner

Chief Compliance Officer


Beverly Kirchner is the Chief Compliance Officer for SurgeryDirect. Beverly co-founded SurgeryDirect in 2015 and served as Chief Nursing Officer and COO.
In her newest role, she is responsible for creating and leading the compliance strategy for the organization; ensuring compliance with laws, regulatory requirements, policies and procedures. She is also responsible for developing, coordinating and conducting the compliance training and auditing programs.
Prior to founding SurgeryDirect, Beverly developed, managed and/or consulted on the creation of more than fifty-five (55) ambulatory care facilities. Opening her first Ambulatory Surgery Center in 1985, Beverly saw ambulatory surgery as cutting edge healthcare (at that time) and where she belonged. Her career has been focused here ever since.
Her business travels have taken her around the world where she has had the privilege of working side-by-side with physicians and perioperative nurses; ensuring that ambulatory care facilities are profitable, safe and provide a world-class patient and family experience.
One of the greatest joys in Beverly’s life is being able to help in the continued advancement of the ambulatory care industry.

Susan Klacik

Clinical Educator


Susan Klacik is the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) Representative to the Association of the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), a role she's held since 1997. A member of the Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Guidance Advisory Board. With more than 35 years of healthcare sterile processing experience, Klacik has authored numerous articles and served as a contributing author to the IAHCSMM Central Service Technical Manual, Instrument Resource Manual, Endoscope Reprocessing Manual and Central Service Leadership Manual. She is the author of the IAHCSMM magazine’s column “Inside Washington” and the OR Manager column “Sterilization and Infection Prevention”. She was the 2009 recipient of the IAHCSMM “Award of Honor”. She received the IAHCSMM Presidents award in 1996 & 2003. She has spoken domestically and internationally on CS/SP-related subject matters as well as webinar presentations. She has represented IAHCSMM for regulatory affairs dealing with sterilization and disinfection.

Margaret Kuehl

Manager and CNS Perioperative Education

Advocate Aurora Health Care

I am responsible for managing and supervision of Surgical Services Educators for a market. Our scope of coverage includes assessing, reviewing and implementing best practices for the Operating Room, Post Anesthesia Recovery Units, Day Surgery/Outpatient Units, Gastroenterology Units, Sterile Processing and Interventional Radiology. I am a member of AORN and WNA/ANA. Outside of work, I enjoy reading, exercising, gardening/being out doors, and being with family and friends along with my two dogs.

Erin Kyle

Editor in Chief, Guidelines for Perioperative Practice

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

Erin Kyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, is Editor-in-Chief, Guidelines for Perioperative Practice at AORN where she works closely with guideline authors and the Guidelines Advisory Board in developing and updating AORN's 34 evidence-based guidelines. She serves as the AORN staff liaison to the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. She serves as staff liaison to AAMI and is active in standards development with AAMI on 16 committees. Erin also serves at staff liaison to ASTM International and and is a member of IAHCSMM, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL).

Joy Lanfranchi

Clinical IV Staff Nurse and Laser Safety Officer

St. Jude Medical Center

Joy A. Lanfranchi, MSN, RN, CNOR, is a Clinical IV staff nurse and Laser Safety Officer at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, California. A Master’s prepared nurse, she has over 30 years' experience in a variety of surgical specialties. She has served as subject matter expert, education liaison, shared governance leader, designed scenarios for simulation in the OR, participated as Primary Investigator on several research projects, and has led the implementation of several successful combined Enhanced Recovery and SSI Prevention Bundle efforts. Joy has published and presented on a variety of perioperative nursing topics at professional conferences, and was honored with the Daisy Award in 2013 and the Values in Action Award for Excellence at St. Jude Medical Center in 2017.

Brenda Larkin

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Aurora Lakeland Medical Center

Brenda G. Larkin is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for perioperative services at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center; Aurora Memorial Hospital Burlington and Aurora Health Care, Southern Lakes. She is currently serving as a Director on the AORN Board. She has been a member of AORN Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter 5001 since 2002. Brenda has been a lead facilitator for the OR Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialty Workgroup since 2003. Brenda served as Co-chair of the Malignant Hyperthermia Corrective Action/Preventive Action patient safety initiative. Brenda has presented several educational sessions at national professional organization meetings on perioperative nursing topics. Brenda has also served as a Clinical Nurse Specialist adjunct faculty for 6 advanced practice nursing students from Milwaukee area colleges.

Kathleen Law

Interim Clinical Operations Director, Perioperative Services

Riley Hospital for Children

Engaged perioperative executive with over 30 years experience in leadership and professional development, passionate about lifelong learning. Recently attained DNP in Health Systems Executive Leadership from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority; the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force for the PA Department of Health; AORN Syntegrity Board of Directors.

Gendyle Levinskas

Staff Nurse

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Glendyle Levinskas, BSN, RN, CNOR, is a staff nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A perioperative nurse for 18 years, she has lead and been involved in various practice improvement initiatives in the OR, including pressure ulcer prevention, OR CAUTI prevention, and Journal Club, and she is currently conducting a practice improvement initiative: Reducing OR Noise During Critical Times in Surgery. She has been an active AORN lifetime member for over 12 years. A CCI champion promoting CNOR certification in UT Medical center, Knoxville, Tennessee, CNOR certified nurses increased from 11 to 29 in 2011. Glendyle has presented a poster and educational session for the AORN annual conference. She received the "Exceptional Employee Award" from UT Medical Center in 2011 for being an excellent example of a committed employee and for being proactive in increasing CNOR certification and AORN professional memberships. She was awarded "AORN Nurse of the Year in 2018" by AORN chapter 4304 Middle TN and currently their chapter president for 2020. Recipient of Nancy Wells Research & Evidence-Based Practice award by Vanderbilt University Medical Center during Nurses week May, 2020.

Jo Lichten

Dr. Jo® Lichten is a recognized expert in the areas of workplace productivity and performance… blending the proven science of peak performance with a healthy dose of reality. In 1000+ programs, she has provided motivation and realistic strategies for improving workplace performance, achieving optimal work/life integration and preventing burnout. Jo brings decades of experience as an accredited health professional (RDN), her doctorate in Adult Education (Texas A&M) focusing on the area of change management, and the prestigious CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation. For seven years, Jo coached C-suite executives on how to power up performance while avoiding burnout at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute. Jo is the author of six books including Reboot - how to power up your energy, focus, and productivity.

Katie Liljestrand

Nurse Project Coordinator

Intermountain Healthcare

Katie Liljestrand, BSN, RN, MBA is a Surgical Specialties Project Coordinator with Intermountain Healthcare. This experience has allowed her to implement numerous quality improvement projects in Surgical Specialties throughout a 24- hospital system. Her job is to coordinate data and projects with multidisciplinary teams, including surgeons, anesthesiologists, pharmacy, nursing, and educators. Prior to managing projects, Katie was an OR nurse with the transplant and cardiovascular team for 5 years before managing the CV OR for another 5 years.

Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner is a Creative Troublemaker. He passionately believes that all human beings have incredible creative capacity and he’s on a mission to unlock inventive thinking and creative problem solving to help leaders, individuals, and communities soar. Josh has been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million and he is the author of four books, including the New York Times Bestsellers, Disciplined Dreaming and The Road to Reinvention. He has invested in and/or mentored over 100 startups and is the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners. Today, Josh serves as chairman and co-founder of Platypus Labs, an innovation research, training, and consulting firm. He has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is the recipient of the United States Presidential Champion of Change Award. Josh is also a passionate Detroiter, the father of four, a professional-level jazz guitarist, and he has a slightly odd obsession for greasy pizza.

Elly Lobel

Ellen Lobel, BSN, RN, CNOR, serves as a clinical professional development specialty educator for perioperative services at HCA TriStar Division in Nashville, Tennessee. She provides support in clinical placement, education, staff development, and orientation for over 600 perioperative employees at Centennial Medical Center, an urban 741-bed comprehensive facility and Summit Medical Center, a 218-bed comprehensive facility. She is an instructor for both the Periop 101 and Endoscopy Internship Programs for HCA TriStar division.

Marty A. Makary, MD, MPH, FACS

Dr. Marty Makary is a New York Times bestselling author and leading voice for transparency in health care. He is the recipient of the 2020 Business Book of the Year Award for The Price We Pay. A professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, he has published over 250 scientific articles on the re-design of health care, medical innovation, and vulnerable populations. Dr. Makary has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and is Editor-in-Chief of Medpage Today. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today and is a frequent medical commentator. Clinically, Dr. Makary practices pancreas surgery and has pioneered novel operations at Johns Hopkins. He is the recipient of the Nobility in Science Award from the National Pancreas Foundation and has been a visiting professor at over 20 medical schools. Dr. Makary was the lead author of the original publications on the surgery checklist and later served in leadership roles at the World Health Organization. Dr. Makary is the chairman of the African Mission Healthcare medical advisory board and leads several health care collaboratives. His current research focuses on the underlying causes of disease and relationship-based medicine. His book Unaccountable turned into the T.V. series “The Resident” and his newest bestselling book of The Price We Pay was has been described by Don Berwick as “a deep dive into the real issues driving up the price of health care” and by Steve Forbes as “A must-read for every American”. He speaks nationally and internationally on the appropriateness of care, lifestyle choices that influence health outcomes, employee health benefits design, and health care costs.

Sony Mani

System Patient Safety Consultant

Advocate Aurora Health

Doctoral prepared nurse with over 13 years of nursing experience. Currently serving as the System Patient Safety Consultant for the Advocate Aurora Health System based out of WI and IL. Prior nursing background in education, critical care, and surgical nursing. Demonstrated expertise in the development and implementation of multidisciplinary projects at both the site and system level. Strong advocate for implementation for evidence-based practices in the practice setting.

Debora Mastin

Coordinator - Academic Partnerships

Wellstar Healthcare

Debora Taylor Mastin trained as a perioperative nurse in 2004 after spending thirty years in other nursing roles, primarily in the neonatal intensive care. Debora has experience in all surgical specialties at community and academic medical centers. She served as an OR professional educator and was instrumental in creating a system-wide surgical service line for perioperative educators resulting in standardization of education and practice across the system. After receiving her MS in Nursling Leadership - Informatics, Debora was certified as an analyst for the Optime and Anesthesia applications of the Epic EMR. She has served as both a build and training analyst. Currently, Debora is the coordinator for Academic Partnerships at Wellstar Healthcare in Georgia. She is responsible for partnering with academic institutions to provide clinical experiences for all healthcare students. Debora is an active member of AORN, ANA, HIMSS and sits on two advisory boards for Chattahoochee Technical College. She serves as part-time faculty for the Perioperative Elective course at Kennesaw State University.

Sarah Matulewicz

Perioperative Clinical Nurse Educator

Wellspan Health

Sarah Bosserman Matulewicz, MSN, RN, CNOR, is the perioperative clinical nurse educator and a disaster response technician for WellSpan Health York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, a Level I Trauma Center. She is a certified melanoma educator and a founding member of Dream Beyond Cancer. Sarah was awarded Central Pennsylvania Business Journal's 2020 Nurse of the year and has been recognized as an AORN Top 40 Under 40 recipient. She currently serves as on AORN's Fellowship Level Membership Task Force, and Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly. She is an active member of Sigma Eta Eta Chapter, serving on the board for Governance Committee; as well as for her local AORN chapter, serving as a board member and planning the educational programs. Sarah is well-versed in delivering local and national presentations, as well as in planning programs for continuing education, which meet ANCC criteria.

Roderick McArdle

Staff RN

Boston Children's Hospital

Roderick McArdle, MSN, BA, RN, CNOR, is President of AORN chapter 2201 and a lifetime member of AORN. He recently earned his MSN from Framingham State University. Rod has worked as a Staff RN at Boston Children's Hospital in the cardio vascular OR since 2014. He is a charge nurse, preceptor, and education committee member, as well as a member of the Boston Children's Hospital Education Academy and the Boston Children's Hospital Nursing Science Fellowship.

Sara McPherson

Clinical Assistant Professor

University of Illinois at Chicago

Sara McPherson is a clinical assistant professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, Springfield campus.

Kim Menge

Executive Clinical Director for Surgical Specialties and Digestive Health Clinical Program

Intermountain Healthcare

Kim Menge, RN, MS, is an Executive Clinical Director for Surgical Specialties and Digestive Health Clinical Program at Intermountain Healthcare. Her areas of expertise and focus are in healthcare strategy, and in developing value-based surgery pathways, identifying and implementing best practice initiatives to improve safety, quality and access for patients, pre and post optimization strategies for surgery patients and in developing and implementing surgery growth strategies. Kim is a Registered Nurse, with previous clinical expertise in Labor and Delivery and Women’s Services. With a master’s degree in architecture, Kim also has extensive expertise as a Healthcare Planner, including experience in leading healthcare systems in strategic planning, master planning and design, operational improvement planning and strategies for long-term flexibility and growth. Kim is also in her last semester of an MBA program, and is excited to use this additional expertise to identify and implement cost savings initiatives to improve overall health and value for patients.

Marisa Merlino

Perioperative Consultant

Missi Merlino, MHA, RN-BC, CNOR, CSSM has been a perioperative nurse and member of AORN for 30 years. Her work experience includes OR staff, management, educator and informatics positions. She received her ADN from Central Texas College, Killeen, Texas, her BS in health care management, and MHA from Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska. She has served her local chapter in the offices of president, vice president, board of directors and Nominating Committee as well as on the Texas Council of Operating Room Nurses as secretary, board of directors and the Scholarship/Awards committee.
She is currently the Advisor to the Nominating Committee and immediate Past President of AORN. Her service to AORN includes: 2018 elected President-Elect, 2016 elected AORN Vice President 2014, elected to AORN Board of Directors, 2010 elected to the AORN Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, serving as Chair 2011-2012. Committee work includes AORN Governance Strategic Task Force, Bylaws Committee, Organizational Structure Task Force, and the Awards Committee, and is a member of the Leadership, Perioperative Nursing Informatics, and Clinical Nurse Educators Specialty Assemblies. Missi has served as the board liaison to the Bylaws Committee, Safe Surgery Task Force, Scholarship Committee, Continuing Education Approval Committee and the RNFA Specialty Assembly, Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly, Clinical Nurse Educators Specialty Assembly. Other professional association memberships include the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, District 7, Tau Epsilon chapter of STTI, and the American Nursing Informatics Association. Missi is the 2010 recipient of the AORN award for Outstanding Achievement in Mentorship.

Lisa Morgenthaler

Education and Quality Coordinator for Surgical Services

Providence Portland Medical Center

I have been an Operating Room Nurse for 16 years, where I began my nursing career in the OR RN Residency at Tacoma General and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with my BSN in 2004. After the nine month residency program, I circulated in the OR on a variety of shifts, mostly evenings, from 2004-2009. Being a Level 2 Trauma hospital, I had the opportunity to learn and circulate a variety of specialties, precept new OR RNs going through our residency program, was on the first robotics team in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and performed charge nurse responsibilities within two years of being a circulator.
I went back to school at the University of Washington Tacoma, in 2007, to pursue my Masters in Nursing Education, as I found a deep love of teaching nursing students and other nurses about what a circulator does in the operating room setting. In 2009, I graduated with my MN in Nursing Education and I applied and was hired into the Educator position for Multicare Health Systems. My responsibilities in this new role was to cover the operating room education for all 7 of the hospitals under this organization. I was able to network and collaborate with multiple leadership teams and OR staff when coordinating education, meeting regulatory requirements, assisting with the high school outreach program our hospital started, performing OR RN Residencies and having the pleasure of being a part of several interdisciplinary teams .
In 2012, I accepted an offer to work at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. I took the role of Education and Quality Coordinator for Surgical Services and am still working here at present. I have many responsibilities in this role, including making an Annual Department Education Plan, creating, reviewing and developing the weekly education, skill competencies and policies, mentoring staff who are in our Clinical Ladder Program and participating in several projects, meetings, committees and task forces at the department, facility and regional levels. I am in charge of the orientation process for all new hires, making sure we meet regulatory needs and onboarding requirements for competencies and training.
I have really enjoyed the path my OR career has taken me, where I have participated in a variety of amazing opportunities and worn many hats of responsibilities. I am the author of an AORN Journal Article, accepted and printed in the July 2008 publication. I have been a Laser Safety Officer for the past 13 years. I was extremely involved in the Washington State Council of Perioperative Nurses (WSCPN), where I was the President Elect in 2013, President in 2014 and Past-President in 2015. I have had the opportunity to be a part of the Providence Health System team who outlined, built and finalized a system OR RN Residency/Consortium Curriculum, which can be used by any of our System hospitals. I am part of a collaborative team of OR Educators for the Oregon region for our hospital organization, where we collectively teach an OR RN Residency/Consotrium Program, in order to share the work load, as well as, meet organization staffing needs. Our team submitted an AORN Poster Presentation, on our Consortium process and learnings, where is was accepted for posting at the 2018 Expo .
Currently, I am on the Mount Hood Community College Advisory Board for the Surgical Tech Program, I have been the Chair of the AORN National Education E-Chapter Committee since April 2019, continuing in this role for the 2020 year.
Regarding my topic of interest to submit for an Educational Presentation, in the last four years, my organization has followed the Donna Wright model of education, where I have found the ability to have more creativity with how to present the education to staff in a variety of formats. I have included models that mirror the popular quiz or game formats of Jeopardy Game and Pictionary. In addition, working with our brilliant simulation department, we have been able to provide comprehensive Mock Code and Fire Drill/Code Red Simulation scenarios for our department staff to practice emergency responses. Other creative education avenues, such as Escape Rooms, have been developed to review both basic skills or information, as well as a Fire Drill review, to create an engaging environment of smaller groups, providing team building and critical thinking opportunities. The simulations and group activity exercises take a lot of time and planning to put together education, which is effective and hits the goals of the information and training. Therefore, the challenge of creating other education, utilizing other options in the Donna Wright model, has been fun to try to create interactive sections to keep the audience engaged. An example would be a storyboard presentation, where there are items on a the board itself that requires staff to engage in the learning by lifting a flap, turning a dial, pulling out the answer from a sleeve or slot, moving magnets to the correct location, etc. It has been fun to challenge our staff to think outside the box and creatively, when they have a storyboard presentation they are doing for their clinical ladder.
I am extremely passionate about providing up-to-date education in a fun, interactive fashion and passing my operating room nurse knowledge onto the next generation. 

Kathy Mulhern

Manager of Practice Integration for Supply Chain

Mayo Clinic

Kathy Mulhern, MSN, RN, works as the Manager of Practice Integration for Supply Chain at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. She has 20 years of healthcare experience with Mayo Clinic. Kathy's work experience includes 5 years as Operations Manager for the department of surgery and 8 years as OR circulating nurse. Kathy's career has focused in maximizing performance through project management, standardization, equipment evaluations, staff leadership, and inventory initiative support. Kathy has a Masters degree in Nursing Education.

Jennifer Muller

Clinician of Operations Surgical Services

Tampa General Hospital

Masters in Public Health from University of South Florida in 2007 and has held Clinician positions in the Operating Room at Tampa General Hospital since 2013 in the Trauma, General, and Robotic Surgery Service Lines. Current position is Clinician of Operations for Surgical Services at Tampa General Hospital assisting with networking of staff and resources for 5 Operating Departments, 54 Surgical Suites, as well as Clinician of Operations for the Trauma Surgery Service Line.

Darlene Murdock

Staff RN IV

Memorial Hermann TMC

Darlene B. Murdock, BSN, BA, RN, CNOR, CSSM, TNCC is a certified perioperative nurse with over 25 years of experience specializing in caring for trauma patients. She is employed as a clinical staff RN IV at Memorial Hermann in the Texas Medical Center. Darlene has served on AORN national committees and specialty assemblies and locally as a large chapter president. Darlene is presently serving as AORN National Secretary. Prior to serving as Secretary, she served two years as a member of AORN’s Board of Directors. Murdock presently serves on the Nurse Peer Review Council at her facility and provides leadership for two Magnet committees functioning as an effective change agent throughout her facility. In 2018, she received AORN’s Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Practice and was recognized as one of the Federation of Houston Professional Women’s ‘Woman of Excellence’ in 2014. Murdock is an AORN Journal writer, AORN National Convention podium and poster presenter, and editor-in-chief of two newsletters. She speaks nationally on the emergent care of trauma patients. She serves her community as a volunteer for Project Cure, Medical Bridges, Stop the Bleed, and Live Your Dreams.

Dawn Myers Yost

Business Manager of Perioperative Services Department

WVU Medicine

Dawn Myers Yost, MSN, RN, BSDH, RDH, CNOR, CSSM, has been an operating room nurse since 1982. She first practiced perioperative nursing in private practice settings of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and then in Ophthalmology. In 1987, Dawn began working at West Virginia University Hospitals (now rebranded as WVU Medicine) as an assistant nurse manager in perioperative services. Since that time, she has held many job titles in perioperative services at this Level 1 Trauma Hospital. Currently, Dawn is the business manager of perioperative services department. She is the president of the WV State Council of peri-Operative Nurses, serves as a president of AORN of North Central WV, and has served on the national AORN Board of Directors form 2016-2018. Dawn has served on many national and chapter AORN committees.

Barbara Nalley

Nurse Practitioner Surgical Assistant

Anne Arundel Medical Center

Barbara L. Nalley, MSN, RN, NP-C, ANP-BC, CNOR, RNFA is a nurse practitioner surgical assistant at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Maryland. She has presented educational sessions at local, state, and national levels. She has served on the RNFA Futures task force as co-chair and also served as a member of the Guidelines Advisory Board. She received the 2019 award for Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Nursing Practice. She has won Nursing Excellence awards twice at Anne Arundel Medical Center as well as the Vitek award for academic excellence. Barbara has on the 2019-2020 AORN Awards committee and has been appointed to the 2020-2021 committee. She continues to be active with the Baltimore Chapter for AORN and is a member of E-chapter, as well as the Leadership, APN, and RNFA specialty assemblies. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, ANA, AANP, and the Maryland Association of Advance Practice Clinicians.

Callie Orf

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Callie Orf BSN, CNOR, RN is the assistant nurse manager at Barnes Jewish Hospital over neurosurgery, spine surgery and ENT surgery. Callie started her career in the operating room in 2014 in a small 4 OR suite hospital, of which she grew from staff nurse to educator. In 2018 she furthered her career in the operating room at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri as the assistant nurse manager over a 17 OR suite pod.

Patti Owens

AestheticMed Consulting International LLC and Administrative Consultant with Dr. Mark Sofonio

AestheticMed Consulting International

Patti Owens, the business owner of AestheticMed Consulting International LLC provides consultation services in the areas of medical safety programs along with in-office management services. She is presently a national consultant for a variety of medical laser companies and organizations including Rockwell Laser Industries. Patti is presently working with Dr. Mark Sofonio, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, as a clinical, compliance, and administrative consultant in Rancho Mirage, California. Patti’s past employment includes 15 years as the perioperative Surgical Educator and Laser Manager at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA.
Patti has been an active member of AORN for 29 years, serving both in Olympia, WA, and now #9991 eChapter. In 2015 Patti became CNOR recertified through AORN and she has served as the Chairman of the eChapter Education Committee from 2017-2019. Patti is presently the acting secretary for the eChapter Board of Directors. In addition, Patti is the AORN representative on the ANSI SSC-3 “Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care”. She also was selected as a Subject Matter Expert for the 2021 new AORN “Guideline for Laser Safety”. In addition, Patti has just been notified that she is the new recipient for the 2020 AORN Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Nursing Practice award. She has co-lectured the last 2 years at AORN on laser safety and compliance along with being an eChapter delegate in 2019.
Patti has also been active in a variety of professional organizations and societies including ASLMS and ISPAN. She has served as the past Safety and Nursing/Allied Health Board representative to the ASLMS from 2008-2011 and 2012-2016. She has recently been appointed as the ASLMS Safety Director for 2019-2022. She received her recertification as a Certified Medical Laser Officer (CMLSO) in 2013. Patti also received her Continuing Education Providership (CEP) accreditation from the state of California in 2015.
As an elected committee member with ANSI, she is the acting secretary for the Z136.3, “Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care” standard. She is also an active elected member of the IEC TC 76-WG 4 and 12 standards committees. In 2019 she received the distinguished 1906 Award for her work in international laser safety standards.

Daphny Peneza

Education Resource Specialist III, Perioperative Services

Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center

Daphny Peneza, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM is an Education Resource Specialist III of the Department of Neurosurgery at Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center. She completed her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Nursing in Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines where she was a nursing faculty member and a registered nurse - midwife before migrating to Canada and USA. Daphny was honored in 2018 with a Promising Professional Achievement Award by AORN, Outstanding Filipino Nurse by the Philippine Nurses Association of Metropolitan Houston, Nurse Excellence Pillar Award (Nurse Innovator) by Memorial Hermann Hospital, and Outstanding Neurosurgery Clinician / Educator by AORN of Greater Houston. She received another national award this year for Excellence in Neuroscience Education from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) and was recently named as one of the Top 150 Nurses of Houston for 2020.

Elizabeth Pincus


Regional Medical Center

Elizabeth S. Pincus, MSN, MBA, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR, is a Nursing Professional Development Specialist at Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto, California. She earned her bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut; her bachelor of science in nursing from Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York; her master of science in nursing as an adult health clinical nurse specialist and her post-master’s certificate in nursing education from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; and her master of business administration in health care administration from City University of New York, Baruch College, New York. Lizz has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, Team Leader, Circulator, and Scrub Nurse. She is currently serving as the AORN Vice President and is the co-chair of the New York State Council. Previously, Lizz has served as Secretary and as a member of the Board of Directors. She is a peer reviewer for the AORN Journal and has been a mentor to AORN Foundation scholarship winners. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Lizz serves as a volunteer on the NACNS Legislative/Regulatory Committee and was a member on the NACNS Education Committee for several years. Lizz is a medical volunteer for NY Road Runners and has served as a medical volunteer for Global Smile Foundation. She has volunteered with CCI for both the CNOR and CNS-CP examinations.

Ted Pletta

Supply Chain Management-Performance Consultant

Mayo Clinic

Ted Pletta is a Supply Chain Management-Performance Consultant with over 30 years at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. In his current role Ted has most recently been an integral part of a large scale enterprise project team that managed the rollout of Mayos ERP and Electronic Health Record. Ted is trained in project management, change management, and quality improvement. He has a B.S. in Health Science-Health Services Administration from Western Illinois University.

Melony Prince

Clinical Nurse Educator for the Surgical Services Department

Littleton Adventist Hospital (LAH)

Melony Prince, MSN, BSN, CNOR, works as a Clinical Nurse Educator for the Surgical Services Department at Littleton Adventist Hospital (LAH) in Littleton, Colorado. Her 20 years of experience in the OR includes Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, where she partnered with the Fire Departments to get AED's placed in all Colorado schools and helped get legislation passed requiring AED's in Colorado schools. Her most recent career highlight was being a part of the Colorado team that helped get Colorado legislation passed that requires surgical smoke plume to be evacuated in OR's, procedure rooms, and clinic offices that generate surgical smoke plume. Melony accomplished over 90% smoke plume evacuation at LAH without policy. Additionally, she specializes in Shared Governance, process improvement, and patient safety. Another career highlight included a system wide clinical practice change consisting of an 18 hospital blood transfusion management ABO/Rh confirmation patient safety improvement process. Melony was awarded the 2019 Colorado Nightingale award for Innovation.

Sheri Pruett

Clinical Development Specialist for Surgical Services

Northside Hospital Cherokee

Sheri Pruett, MSN-Ed, RN, NPD-BC, is the clinical development specialist for surgical services at Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton, Georgia. Northside Hospital Cherokee is a 158-bed, full-service community hospital that is part of the Northside Hospital System in the greater Atlanta area. Sheri has worked in her current position for the past 14 years overseeing the surgical quality program, new hire onboarding, and nurse residencies for Surgical Services. In the promotion of the nursing profession, Sheri maintains a strong belief in maintaining a healthy work/life balance. The Northside Hospital OR Nurse Residency is based on the AORN Periop 101 didactic model which is combined with simulations and guided live clinical experiences. Sheri has played a key role for the past five years on the surgical residency team in the implementation of strategic adjustments to the perioperative nurse residency.

Phyllis Quinlan


MFW Consultants

Phyllis S. Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC, is president of MFW Consultants. A successful nurse entrepreneur, Phyllis has practiced as a legal nurse consultant specializing in defense in New York State and the Greater NY area since 2004. She is a certified transformational coach specializing in the unique needs of nurses and other professional/family caregivers. She is devoted to working with coaching clients struggling with the emotional impact of Compassion Fatigue, the challenges of career transition, and those trying to maintain their Joy in being a professional caregiver. She was a regular on the online program, Nursing Success TV http://www.nursingsuccesstv.co... in her Ask Dr. Phyllis coaching segment. She had authored book, The Delicate Balance: A Mindful Approach to Self-Care for Professional & Family Caregivers and Rediscover the Joy of Being a Nurse: A Holistic Approach to Recovery from Compassion Fatigue. She has been the career coach for AORN since 2013.

Lynn Reede

Associate Clinical Professor

Northeastern University

Lynn Reede, DNP, MBA, CRNA, FNAP, is an associate clinical professor at Northeastern University with the nurse anesthesia education program and serves as the senior consultant for education and practice with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). Dr. Reede currently serves as a member of the National Quality Forum Surgery Standing Committee, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Board of Directors, and American Society for Enhanced Recovery Board of Directors. Each of these roles and previous experience as Chief Clinical Officer with the AANA, as well as clinician and Anesthesia Operations Manager with Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio have provided extensive opportunity to a foster the culture of safety at the bedside and for the organization to integrate the patient's and team's well-being in all activities for optimal outcomes.

Michelle Reigard

Perioperative Clinical Professional Development Specialty Educator

TriStar Division of HCA Corporation

Michelle Reigard, MSN, RN, CNOR, is a Perioperative Clinical Professional Development Specialty Educator for the TriStar Division of HCA Corporation in Nashville TN. She has twenty five years’ experience specializing in Cardio/Thoracic and Vascular surgery in the scrub and circulating role and was instrumental in starting an open heart program in a community based, academic, Magnet designated multi-hospital network. In 2008 she transitioned into education focusing on improving patient safety by enhancing staff development and orientation through a Perioperative Internship Program. Michelle has been recognized as a leader and liaison for best practice in perioperative nursing and has presented at multiple national conferences. She lives in Nashville Tennessee with her husband of thirty six years. She has four grown children and two beautiful granddaughters. Her desire is to empower and equip nurses to grow in their professional development and to ignite an awareness and passion for Perioperative nursing.

Nathan Richards

Senior Medical Director for Surgical Specialties and Digestive Health Clinical Program, and a General Surgeon

Intermountain Healthcare

Dr. Nathan Richards is a Senior Medical Director for Surgical Specialties and Digestive Health Clinical Program, and a General Surgeon with Intermountain Healthcare. His leadership areas of expertise and focus are in healthcare strategy, including the developing and implementation of value-based surgery initiatives, pre and post surgery optimization strategies, refinement of best practice disease based patient pathways, defining rapid triage processes for surgical care, and developing and implementing surgery growth strategies. Dr. Richards has advanced clinical training and expertise in minimally invasive surgery, specialized in laparoscopy and robotic surgery. As former Chairman of Intermountain’s Robotics Development Team, he led the vision and development for the robotic surgery at Intermountain. Dr. Richards is also an active member of the Society of Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons, serving on both the Guidelines and Publication Committee and the Global Affairs Committee, and has previously served as Division Chief of General Surgery at LDS Hospital.

Jamie Ridout


Capital City Surgery Center

Jamie Ridout is the Administrator of Capital City Surgery Center (CCSC) in Raleigh, NC. CCSC is a multi-specialty, free-standing ASC performing over 8800 procedures annually, including 23-hour total joint and spine procedures. She is responsible for the overall strategic direction and financial success of the Center and serves as the organization’s CEO, Compliance Officer, Risk Manager and HR Officer.
Ridout has over 27 years of perioperative experience and 20 years of leadership in both inpatient and outpatient facilities.
Ridout has served as a member of the AORN National Nominating Committee. She is a member of the Capital North Carolina Chapter (3413). Jamie has served on the Board of the North Carolina State Council for Operating Room Nurses and received the Perioperative Nurse of the Year award in 2017. She has Chaired the AORN Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly and served on the AORN Clinical Nursing Practice Council. In other leadership roles, Ridout is currently a Board member for the North Carolina State Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. She is a published author in CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing (2014) and was a North Carolina Great 100 award recipient in 2002.
Ridout holds master’s degrees in business administration (Elon University, Elon, NC) and nursing (Duke University, Durham, NC) and a bachelor’s degree in nursing (West Virginia, Morgantown, WV). She is both CNOR and CASC certified as well as holding certification as an Advanced Nurse Executive.
Jamie resides in Cary, NC. Her hobbies include running, kickboxing and tennis.

Cera Salamone

Perioperative Educator

Dignity Health

Cera Salamone, MSN (c), RN, NE-BC, CNOR, OCN, HACP is an Experienced Clinical Educator and nurse leader with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Communication, Organization Skills, Healthcare Management, Project Management, and Patient Safety.

Emily Schmidt

Unit Based Educator, Main Operating Room

Tampa General Hospital

Graduated from St. Catherine University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in St. Paul, Minnesota. Worked in Public Health for 2 years then attended Acute Care Rotation Program at Tampa General Hospital in 2011 ending the program on the Neuroscience floor. Completed the Perioperative Transition Program in 2014 circulating in the ENT and Eye Service Line serving on committees, performing in-services, and assisting with the education of the Operating Room team members. Currently Unit Based Educator for the Main Operating Room and Women's Surgery Center overseeing the education needs of 130 staff members which includes nurses, surgical technologists and surgical support aides.

Pansy Schulthess

Manager, Quality, Patient Safety and Education for Perioperative Services

St. Michael’s Hospital

Pansy Schulthess completed her undergraduate nursing degree and perioperative nursing certificate in British Columbia. She is currently enrolled at the University of Toronto and completing a Masters of Education. With over 20 years of clinical nursing experience, Pansy is currently the Manager, Quality, Patient Safety and Education for Perioperative Services at St. Michael’s Hospital. In collaboration with the inter-professional health care team and as a member of the Perioperative Incident Analysis Team, she assesses, develops, implements and evaluates patient safety programs with the goal to provide optimal patient care.
Pansy is a Nursing Research Associate with the International Centre for Surgical Safety and the nursing lead for the Operating Room Black Box research initiative. Over the past two years, using data and video clips from the Operating Room Black Box she has developed and implemented themed nursing education sessions to review best practices in enhancing patient safety. Pansy has spoken at various local, national and international engagements regarding her nursing research and quality improvement initiatives.

Patricia Seifert


Patricia "Trish" C. Seifert, MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, has over 40 years of experience as a perioperative nurse and RNFA, and has developed four cardiac surgical programs. She is a past president of AORN, a recipient of AORN’s Award for Excellence, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Ms Seifert is the author (of the 1st textbook on the nursing care of patients undergoing cardiac surgery) or co-author of 6 books, and numerous articles and chapters. She was a co-author of the 2013 American Heart Association Scientific Statement on Patient Safety in the Cardiac Operating Room: Human Factors and Teamwork. Ms Seifert has presented educational programs locally, nationally, and internationally. She is honored to have received AORN's first President's Award (1991-1992), the 2003 Award of Excellence, AORN's 2007 Jerry G. Peers Distinguished Service Award, and AORN’s 2014 Award for Mentorship.

Rose Sherman

Emeritus Professor of Nursing

Florida Atlantic University

Rose O. Sherman, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is a national thought leader on nurse leader development. She is an emeritus professor of nursing at Florida Atlantic University and current faculty member in the Marian K Shaughnessy Leadership Academy at Case Western Reserve University. She also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Leader, an Elsevier journal that is the official journal of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and author of the book, The Nurse Leader Coach: Become the Boss No One Wants to Leave and the Nuts and Bolts of Nursing Leadership. Rose is editor of a leadership blog www.emergingrnleader.com that is read by thousands of nurse leaders each week. In 2020, she was awarded the Pioneering Spirit Award by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for her innovative work in nurse leader development.

Ruth Shumaker

Executive Director of Perioperative Services

Ruth Plotkin Shumaker, BSN, RN, CNOR, has been involved with CE planning for over 30 years. Is currently Executive Director of Perioperative Services at a Level 1 Trauma Center and renowned Burn Center. Ruth has written numerous articles for nursing journals and also lectures throughout the USA and internationally. Ruth has lectured on various health care topics for over 30 years. She has written articles and chapters on health care issues and continues to consult on different nursing practice areas and specialties. She was recruited by a Fortune 500 company to network within the hospital industry and help clinical education for global market initiatives. Ruth has attended and participated in key national and international associations, scientific societies, and participated at international conferences and trades shows. Ms Shumaker is a past national AORN President, former national AORN Vice-President and Board member, Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing recipient, Jerry G. Peers recipient, AORN Mentor award recipient and AORN Foundation Nurse Entrepreneur recipient.

Kristy Simmons

Clinical Nurse III

Women's Hospital

Kristy Simmons, MSN, RN, CNOR, is a clinical nurse III specializing in neonatal surgery. She's a pediatric team leader and the ANCC Magnet nurse ambassador chair for Woman's Hospital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She received diploma in Nursing from Our Lady of Lake School of Nursing, her BSN from Loyola University New Orleans, and Masters of Science in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Kristy has been a perioperative nurse for over 38 years and a member of AORN for over 30 years, serving as chapter president, vice-president, and treasurer, of the Baton Rouge Chapter if AORN 1904 and chair of the Louisiana State Council of AORN Chapters. Kristy is currently serving her second term as a member of the national AORN Board of Directors. Kristy is a former member of the Nominating and Leadership and Development committee. Kristy has coauthored several AORN Pulseline, Connections and Journal articles, and spoken at both national and international conferences on perioperative research, disaster nursing, pediatric and neonatal surgery, Leadership, ANCC Magnet process, fetal surgery EXIT procedure, Nursing Storytelling and the Future Nurse Club she established in her community. Kristy has presented numerous research and clinical posters at numerous nursing organizations at the local, state and national level.
Kristy has served on numerous AORN task-forces and committees at the local, state and national level including the membership committee, nominating committee, award committee, Policy and By-Laws, Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly, and served on the coordinating council of the Pediatric Specialty Assembly. Other professional memberships include, Baton Rouge District Nursing Association, Louisiana State Nurses Association, ANA, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing.
Kristy has been honored to receive the very first ANCC National Magnet Nurse of the Year for Exemplary Professional Practice and the AORN National Researcher of the Year and AORN Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, along with being honored in her state by receiving the Louisiana Nightingale Award. She has participated in numerous medical missions trips in Mexico and Honduras.

Michael Sinnott

Emergency Physician, Academic Associate Professor

University of Queensland Medical School

Michael J. Sinnott, MBBS, FACEM, FRACP, is an emergency physician, an Academic Associate Professor at The University of Queensland Medical School and an Adjunct Associate Professor Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology. Michael has been translating medical research into commercially viable products for more than 20 years as the co-founder of Qlicksmart. With his background as a senior physician at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Michael’s presentations include real-world insights into the attitudes of healthcare staff and how they affect purchasing decisions. He has published over 40 papers, 10 posters and presented at conferences around the world including the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (Australia), and WHO’s World Patient Safety Day (Malaysia).

Lisa Sinsel

Senior Director, Clinical Services

Surgical Care Affiliates

Lisa has worked in healthcare for over 25 years. She began her nursing career in the acute care setting working with cardiac patients before transitioning to the ASC setting where she has spent the past 20 years, serving in a variety of clinical and quality leadership roles. Lisa currently serves as a Sr. Director of Clinical Services for Surgical Care Affiliates where she is responsible for evaluating, selecting, and deploying system wide clinical applications, data and performance analysis, strategic planning, oversight of organization quality outcomes reporting, and benchmarking. Additionally, she has developed clinical quality related policies, tools, and resources, and leads and serves a team of highly talented nurse and analyst leaders. Lisa holds a graduate degree in Nursing, majoring in Nursing Informatics, serves on the ASC Quality Collaboration’s Technical Expert Committee, and is extremely passionate about patient safety, continuous improvement, and investing in the betterment of others.

Maureen Spencer

Infection Preventionist

Maureen P. Spencer, MEd, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, has been an Infection Preventionist for over 40 years and is board certified in infection control (CIC). As one of the early pioneers in infection control, she was awarded the APIC National Carole DeMille Award in 1990 and was selected as one of the APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention in 2007 for her work in establishing a MRSA and Staph aureus Elimination Program at New England Baptist Hospital, an Orthopedic Center of Excellence in Boston. The groundbreaking work was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Aug 2010. In 2012 she was selected as one of the "Who's Who of Infection Prevention" and in 2017 she was recognized as a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (FAPIC) for her advanced practice in infection prevention and leader within the field. She was previously the Corporate Director, Infection Prevention for Universal Health Services overseeing their 28-hospital system in 7 states. Maureen's prior infection prevention career in Boston, MA included Infection Control Manager at New England Baptist Hospital, Director, Infection Control Unit at Mass General Hospital, Nurse Epidemiologist at the VA Medical Center and Infection Control Nurse, Carney Hospital. As a prolific writer and researcher, she has published many peer reviewed articles on healthcare associated infections. She is a well-known speaker for both international and national conferences on prevention of healthcare associated infections.

Deborah Spratt

Exec Director of Perioperative Services

St James Mercy Hospital

Deborah Spratt, MPA, BSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, CRCST, CHL, is currently the exec director of perioperative services at St James Mercy Hospital in Hornell NY She was previously the director of surgical services at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, New York. prior to that she was the manager of sterile processing at the Canandaigua VAMC in Canandaigua, New York. Deb has also held recent staff, manager, and director roles in perioperative services at a university teaching hospital, community hospital, and an ASC. She contributed to the AORN publications, Ambulatory Surgery Principles and Practices, and Leadership in Action-A Manager's Guide to Success. She is one of several authors of the book, "Operating Room Management." Spratt has testified as an expert witness in the areas of ambulatory/office-based surgery and OR nursing practice, and is a member of the New York State Department of Health's Committee on Quality Assurance in Office Based Surgery, and the Procedural and Site Verification Panel. Spratt is also a member of AONE, ANA, and IAHCSMM, and was the AORN 2012-2013 President.

Maria Sullivan

OR Manager

Monroe Carrell Jr Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt

Maria Sullivan, MSN, RN, is an OR nurse with over 23 years' experience. She has been the OR educator for the Monroe Carrell Jr Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt the past five years and has recently taken on the role of OR manager.

Maureen Taylor

Registered Nurse First Assistant and OR Circulator

Lowell General Hospital

Maureen M. Taylor, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, is as a Registered Nurse First Assistant and OR Circulator at Lowell General Hospital in the greater Boston area specializing in General and Vascular surgeries.

Hassan Tetteh

US Navy Captain and Associate Professor of Surgery

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and adjunct faculty at Howard University College of Medicine

Dr. Hassan A. Tetteh is a US Navy Captain and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and adjunct faculty at Howard University College of Medicine. He was selected a 2019 Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine Scholar by the National Academy of Medicine. Currently, Tetteh is a Thoracic Surgeon for MedStar Health and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He leads a Specialized Thoracic Adapted Recovery (STAR) Team in Washington, DC, and his research in thoracic transplantation aims to expand heart and lung recovery and save lives. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Tetteh received his BS from State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh, his MD from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, his MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, his MBA from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, and his MS in National Security Strategy with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence from the National War College. He completed his thoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota and advanced cardiac surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Tetteh is a bestselling author of several books including Gifts of the Heart, Star Patrol, The Art of Human Care series, and Success Strategies. He has finished 21 marathons, and delivered the popular TEDx talk, From Death to Life, based on his work in transplant surgery. Tetteh is board certified in thoracic surgery, general surgery, clinical informatics, and healthcare management, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Brenda Ulmer

Perioperative Nurse Educator

Brenda C. Ulmer, RN, MN, CNOR is an independent perioperative nurse educator with expert knowledge of energy-based devices including fire safety and the hazards of surgical smoke. Additional experience includes accreditation and credentialing processes along with preparation and presentation of educational programs.
Ulmer’s work history includes the Global Director, Professional Education for Valleylab Energy-based Devices, Director of Surgical Services at Northlake Regional Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as staff and charge positions at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
A long-term active member of AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) Ulmer served three terms on the national Board of Directors, and as national President 2000-2001. Since 1995 she has worked with AORN, OSHA, NIOSH, ANA, physicians and nurses to facilitate workplace safety guidelines on smoke evacuation. She served as AORN representative to SAGES Fundamental Use of Energy in Surgery Committee (FUSE) during the development of their electrosurgery certification exam and is an inaugural Board of Directors member on the International Council on Surgical Plume (ICSP). She was the Subject Matter Expert on AORN’s Go Clear Smoke Recognition Award program. Current committee assignments include AORN’s Awards Committee and the Legislative Chair for the Georgia Council of Perioperative Nurses.
At AORN Congress in 2006 Ms. Ulmer was awarded AORN’s highest honor, the Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing.
From 1989 to 1994 Ulmer served on the Certification Board Perioperative Nursing, and as president 1990-91 and 1993-94.
Ms. Ulmer has presented numerous programs on patient safety and nursing issues throughout the world.
In 1983 she published the one of the first nursing text on ambulatory surgery: Ambulatory Surgery: A Guide to Perioperative Nursing Care. She is widely published in nursing journals and nursing texts, with contributions to 11 textbooks. She has authored Self Study Guides on Electrosurgery, Surgical Smoke, MIS and Ultrasonics. Ms. Ulmer is co-editor of the textbook published by CCI in 2009 entitled Competency for Safe Patient Care During Operative and Invasive Procedures.

Sharon Van Wicklin

Perioperative and Legal Nurse Consultant

Sharon Ann Van Wicklin has more than 46 years of experience as a perioperative RN. She has worked in all facets of the perioperative environment from scrub person to director. Sharon received her BSN and MSN from Middle Tennessee State University and her PhD in Nursing with Minor in Gerontology Studies from Missouri State University. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and Phi Kappa Phi. Sharon has earned certification in operating room nursing (CNOR), as an emeritus RN first assistant (CRNFA[E]), as a retired plastic and reconstructive surgical nurse (CPSN-R), and as a legal nurse consultant (PLNC). Sharon was recognized by AORN as a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in the Application of Perioperative Clinical Research Award in 2005. Sharon has also received the honor of being inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in 2017 and in 2018, she was inducted as a fellow in the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN-F). In her current position as a perioperative and legal nurse consultant, Sharon serves as a clinical consultant, clinical editor, author, and presenter for a variety of perioperative educational products, presentations, and publications. Her work as a professional legal nurse consultant involves reading and reviewing medical records and testifying as to the standard of perioperative nursing care. As the Editor-in-Chief, Sharon manages the day to day operations of the peer-reviewed journal, Plastic Surgical Nursing (PSN), the official journal of the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN).

Marja Versantvoort

OR Nurse and Coordinator

Fontys University of Applied Sciences

Marja Versantvoort, MEd, is an OR Nurse and coordinator at Fontys University of Applied Sciences. She is the leader of a national project that started with cooperation between 17 Dutch Bachelor of Nursing universities with the aim to create one education profile, a platform for sharing open education resources, and create a virtual community.

Patrick Voight

Director in the Healthcare Consulting Practice

Deloitte & Touche

Patrick Voight, MSA, BSN, RN, CNOR, is a director in the health care consulting practice of Deloitte & Touche where he is the firm's lead content expert for perioperative services. Patrick is an RN with more than 25 years of experience in the OR. He has served on the national AORN board of directors and as AORN President. Patrick is currently on the board of directors and treasurer for the International Federation of Perioperative Nurses (IFPN).

Rebecca Vortman

Clinical Assistant Professor

University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Rebecca Vortman is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago teaching Doctor of Nursing Practice courses for the College of Nursing Health Systems Science department. Dr. Vortman has over 10 years of experience in nursing and has specialized in perioperative nursing for the past 9 years. Dr. Vortman teaches the AORN CNOR Review Course and previously served as Manager of Perioperative Education at an acute care hospital where she spearheaded the planning and implementation of several simulations for operating room clinicians and re-structured the orientation process for operating room nurses using Periop 101. Dr. Vortman has been an active member of AORN by serving at the local and national levels and is recognized as a national leader through the AORN Forty Under 40 program. Dr. Vortman received a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her scholarly DNP project evaluated the use of perioperative core-curriculum modules and nurse intent to remain in the operating room. Dr. Vortman is an advocate for surgical smoke evacuation practices and is certified as an operating room nurse (CNOR) through the Competency and Credentialing Institute.

Diana Wadlund

Perioperative Nurse Practitioner

Diana L. Wadlund, MSN, CRNP, ACNP-C, CRNFA, has been a perioperative nurse for over 35 years and has performed many roles, including scrubbing, circulating, team leading, perioperative educator, RNFA, RNFA educator, and perioperative nurse practitioner. Diana also acts as a trauma nurse practitioner at a Level 2 trauma center and also acts as an intensivist in the ICU at a local community hospital. Diana is also a legal nurse consultant providing expert witness testimony in issues relevant to the perioperative arena. She has attended AORN's annual conference for over 25 years and has shared her perioperative expertise by speaking regularly at perioperative conferences. Diana has written many articles for perioperative nursing journals and textbooks.

Doreen Wagner


WellStar School of Nursing, Kennesaw State University

Dr. Doreen Wagner is a known expert in perioperative patient safety and unplanned perioperative hypothermia. She has received funding, conducted perioperative research, published numerous book chapters and articles, and presented in the perioperative arena for over twenty-five years. In health care for 35 years, Doreen’s career roles have included perioperative staff nursing to Surgical Services Educator, Patient Safety System Coordinator in the acute care setting, legal nurse consultant, and nursing faculty. Presently, Doreen is a Professor in the WellStar School of Nursing at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and teaches a fundamentals in perioperative nursing course as well as research.
Doreen holds membership in numerous professional organizations with long-term volunteer activism in local to national levels of AORN. Doreen is the 2005 recipient of the AORN National Award for Outstanding Perioperative Nursing Research, awarded the 2009 AORN Award for Outstanding Perioperative Nursing Education, and most recently, the 2018 recipient of the AORN Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing. Doreen is presently the Chair of the AORN Nursing Research Committee.

Michael Wallingford

Surgical Services Divisional Educator

Tampa General Hospital

Currently working as a Divisional Educator for Surgical Services Division at Tampa General Hospital overseeing the education needs of over 500 team members in 6 different departments/locations within the hospital. Micheal K. Wallingford, BSN, RN, CNOR, is a former circulating staff nurse, service-line clinician, and nurse manager. He was a United States Air Force Staff Sergeant (8 years) firefighter, EMT, and in-flight medicine technician.

Kathy Warye


Infection Prevention Partners

Ms. Warye is the founder of Infection Prevention Partners, a consultancy committed to advancing the development and adoption of innovative solutions for the detection, prevention or management of infection. Her clients include medical device, diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies at the forefront of infection prevention and control. In 2010, Ms. Warye was named one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare Magazine for her influence in driving awareness of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and leadership in mobilizing a diverse community of stakeholders toward their reduction. In 2011, she was recruited to Becton Dickinson (BD) to advance the company’s clinical and commercial leadership in infection prevention. As Worldwide Vice President of Infection Prevention, she led global portfolio development in the infection prevention space as well as market shaping strategy to drive adoption of BD’s existing portfolio. She and her team paved the way for BD’s entry into the skin antisepsis market and set the stage for the company’s acquisition of CareFusion. Prior to joining BD, Ms. Warye held the position of CEO for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) where she focused national attention to the problem of HAIs. From 2003-2010, she worked closely with the healthcare delivery, corporate, and government communities to advance the business case for infection prevention and to develop both clinical and public policy solutions to reduce HAIs. During this period, she was a driving force in the growth of the global market for infection prevention products and services forging partnerships to drive adoption of innovative infection control technologies such as electronic surveillance technology, molecular diagnostics for MDROs, and advanced approaches to skin antisepsis. Warye is widely recognized for transforming APIC from an under-the-radar professional society into a vibrant and globally recognized leader in patient safety, healthcare policy, clinical practice, and research. Today, APIC is the largest infection prevention organization in the world with over 120 chapters in North America, Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. Ms. Warye is a seasoned public speaker having made presentations to both industry and association audiences in over 20 countries.

Kristy Wheeler

Service Lin Coordinator of Acute Care Emergency Surgery, Senior Clinical Nurse II

University of Maryland Medical Center

Kristy Wheeler, BSN, RN, CNOR, CST, is a clinical nurse II at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland in 2011. She earned her associate degree in 2004 from The Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland. She earned certificate of Surgical Technology from the Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore Maryland 2004. Being her career as a Surgical Technologist in 2004 then became a perioperative nurse in 2011 and became a member of AORN. She is currently president elect for her AORN Chapter of Baltimore. She has served her chapter as a member of the Fundraising Committee (2013-present), Social Media Coordinator (2014-present), and a member of the Nominating Committee (2013-2014). Kristy has received a Gold Star Award from the Mercy Hospital Center 2013,a McAuley Gold Award from the Mercy Hospital Center 2012, and an employee-of-the-month honor from the Franklin Square Medical Center 2009. She she was honor with a nursing award in Community Service from the University of Maryland Medical Center in 2015. She has held the following leadership roles in her career: Member of the Trauma Prevention Council at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (2015), chair of the Falls Committee at Mercy Medical Center (2013-2014),a member of the Falls Committee at Mercy Medical Center (2011-2014). She served on the Maryland State Assembly of Surgical Technologists Board of Directors (2011-2013), and is a Member of Maryland State Assembly of Surgical Technologist 2005-present. She has also lead an Assess Improve Implement Measure Project on medication labeling at Mercy Medical Center (2012-2013). Kristy has a strong background in community service in serving as a Mt Kidmore large-group leader for the Mountain Christian Church (2005-present). Is a yearly volunteer at ServeFest in Baltimore Maryland (2006-present). She has been on two medical mission trips to Kenya with Mountain Christian Church (2011,2013). Was a volunteer on a mission trip to Joplin Missouri with Mountain Christian Church 2012. Has been a mentor for seniors nursing students from John Hopkins University and University of Maryland (2011-2014), and a mentor for a student at Mercy High School (2012-2013).

David R. Williams, MD

Norman Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. David R. Williams is the Norman Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also a Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard. Previously, he was a faculty at Yale and the University of Michigan. The author of over 500 scientific papers, his research has addressed how race, stress, socioeconomic status, racism, health behavior and religious involvement can affect health. He has been ranked as the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences, and as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He was a scientific advisor to the award-winning PBS film series, Unnatural Causes: Is inequality Making Us Sick? His research has also been featured in the national print and television media and in his TED Talk. Currently, he is the co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Future of Nursing.

Elizabeth Williams


Elizabeth works as an RNFA at a level 1 trauma center in Nashville, Tennessee. She specializes in robotics working with Urology, GYN, Thoracics, and General Surgery. She has served as the Chair of the RNFA Specialty Assembly this past year, and looks forward to the many things the SA will accomplish in the future.

Kenny Worley

Director of Value Analysis

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

Kenny Worley, BSN, RN, CNOR, began his healthcare career in 1977 as an orderly, EMT, and paramedic. After receiving his ADN from the University of New York in Albany, he worked in the Emergency Department and in the OR as Staff Nurse and moved up to the Director of Surgical Services. With over 30 years of perioperative nursing experience, he is currently employed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock as the Director of Value Analysis. Kenny continues to be very engaged with peri-operative services in his role in value analysis. Kenny is an active member of AORN and has served the Central Arkansas Chapter as President Elect, President, Vice President, Board Member, and State Legislative Coordinator, as well as planning committee for the chapters annual Summer Conferences. His professional associations include AORN, Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP), and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). He received his BSN from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in December 2016.

Del Ray Zimmerman

Director, Program for LGBTQ Health and Office for Diversity Affairs

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

In July 2019, Del Ray Zimmerman was named Director, Program for LGBTQ Health and Office for Diversity Affairs for Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he performs all senior administrative duties for the LGBT Health Division and oversees several major projects for the Office for Diversity Affairs. Zimmerman manages the operations functions of the LGBTQ Health Program, acting as the program's internal (VUMC/VUSM) and external representative, and supervising his staff. He is the main point of contact for most LGBTQ Health Program issues. Zimmerman has served as Program Manager for LGBTQ Health since 2016. His background includes over 20 years of experience in non-profit management. Much of that experience was gained with local Nashville LGBT-focused organizations, including Nashville Cares, GLSEN, and OutCentral Cultural Center. Del Ray received his BS in Communications from University of Tennessee Knoxville and is originally from Winchester, Tennessee

Antoinette Zito

Perioperative Educator

Department of Surgical Services

Toni Zito has a perianesthesia nurse with over 30 years' experience. Currently, she is Perioperative Educator for the Department of Surgical Services. She is a member of ASPAN and serves as a member of the Clinical Practice Group, Standards and Guidelines SWT, and is an active in her local chapter. She serves as a liaison to the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and participate in strategic planning for this group.