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.

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.

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.

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

Bio Coming Soon.

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.

Brenda Blain

Chief Nurse Executive


Brenda Blain, DNP, RN-BC, FACHE, NEA-BC, is a skilled executive with extensive experience in health care management and organizational leadership including, but not limited to, strategic planning, new program development and implementation, work redesign, professional career development for managers and staff, day-to-day operations and financial management of capital and operational resources.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sharon J. Giarrizzo-Wilson

Bio Coming Soon.

Lee Hedman

Executive Vice President

Surgical Directions

Lee’s healthcare and consulting experiences are showcased in her leadership of over 350+ complex perioperative and anesthesia service assessments and implementation engagements. Throughout her career, Lee's collaborative management of Operating Room Transformations has yielded significant increases in surgical growth and millions of dollars in hospital profits. Lee leads the anesthesia revenue cycle consulting division where she has successfully worked with physician practices to improve revenue cycle processes and improve financial performance while transforming the anesthesia practice to perform as a business entity and invaluable partner with the hospital. Surgical Directions Interim Staffing business line is also managed by Lee, supporting current client staffing voids including OR Director, Educator and Sterile Processing Management.

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).

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Clinical Nurse at Regional Medical Center, San Jose, 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.

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.

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.

Brian Selig

Director of Perioperative Services

The University of Kansas Health System

Brian Selig is the Director of Perioperative Services at The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, KS. In this role, Dr. Selig provides leadership to the surgical areas that include 47 operating suites, 92 prep and recovery suites, the Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic, Neurodiagnostics, and Perioperative Clinical Engineering. He is also an Adjunct Professor for The University of Kansas School of Nursing, teaching graduate courses in nursing policy & advocacy. Dr. Selig has been appointed to the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Board of Directors and serves on the ANCC Executive Committee as Treasurer. He has also served as a Commissioner for the ANCC Commission on Magnet Recognition from 2009-2018 and as a member of the Commission Executive Committee from 2013-2018. Brian has been named a 2019-2020 Reilly Nursing Leadership Fellow, was a 2012-2014 National Jonas Scholar, and a 2008 AONE Nurse Manager Fellow. He also served as the 2011 Kansas Emergency Nurses Association President.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Amelia Vagnozzi

Patient Safety Analyst/Consultant

ECRI Institute/Patient Safety Organization

Amelia Vagnozzi is a registered nurse with extensive healthcare experience that includes progressive clinical leadership and operational management in the academic and community acute and ambulatory settings. Amelia also has extensive healthcare information systems experience. Amelia received her Master's in Health Administration from Saint Joseph's University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Holy Family College. Amelia's clinical area of focus was in the perioperative environment, where she provided direct and indirect care; and held leadership roles in the operating room and sterile processing department.

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.

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.

Cecilia Wendler

Clinical Associate Professor

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing,Springfield Campus

M. Cecilia Wendler, RN, PhD, NE-BC, is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing at the regional Springfield Campus, where she teaches undergraduate and doctoral students. With more than 33 years of critical care nursing experience, she combined the love of clinical with teaching and leading, recently retiring from the Director of Nursing Research and Academic Partnerships position for Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She is active both regionally and nationally in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the American Nurses Association, ANA Illinois, and Sigma Theta Tau, International. She is widely published and has presented nationally and internationally.

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.

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.