Meet the AORN Board of Directors

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Nathalie Walker, MBA, RN, CNOR

Nathalie Walker

MBA, RN, CNOR
President

Nathalie Walker, MBA, BS, RN, CNOR, is a member of the Louisiana Nursing Supply and Demand Commission, a subcommittee of the Health Works Commission of Louisiana. She earned her associate in nursing from Louisiana School of Nursing, New Orleans, Louisiana; her bachelor of science in health arts from St. Francis College, Joliet, Illinois; and her master in business administration from St. Francis College. She has been a perioperative nurse for twenty-three years, with roles ranging from staff nurse, manager, and educator of perioperative services.

Walker has been a member of AORN since 1992 and has presented numerous programs at conferences locally, regionally and nationally on various topics, including Evidence-Based Practice, Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management, Team Building, PNDS, and Legislative Grassroots Involvement. She has authored several articles and a chapter on "Writing a Business Plan" in the Perioperative Services: Administration, Resource Management, and Patient Care, Aspen Press. She was named to the Louisiana Great 100 Nurses in 1993 and received the New Orleans City Business News Nurse Hero Award in 2006. She is an active member of AORN of New Orleans Chapter, and the Louisiana Council of AORN Chapters where she has held various offices, including President on the AORN Chapter level and the Louisiana State Council. She was a member of the national AORN Awards Committee, Clinical Nursing Practice Committee, Perioperative Nursing Data Set Committee, Syntegrity Task Force, Scholarship Committee and a member and Chair of the Membership Committee, a member and Chair of the Legislative Committee and a member and Chair of the AORN Foundation Silent Auction Committee.

Walker has served on the AORN Nominating Committee, served two terms on the AORN Board of Directors, served as AORN Treasurer, served as AORN Secretary and AORN President-Elect, currently serving as President.

Stephanie S. Davis

MSHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM
President-Elect

Stephanie Sfikas Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM, serves as the vice president of surgical services for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), a large hospital corporation in the US, located in Nashville, Tennessee. In her role as the surgical service line leader, Stephanie cultivates surgical strategies across the enterprise with an emphasis on sharing best practices. Stephanie received her undergraduate degrees from Youngstown State University in Ohio and her master of science in health services administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. She has been a perioperative nurse for over 25 years, with roles ranging from staff nurse to the director of surgical services. Stephanie has been a nationally certified perioperative nurse for the past 28 years. She has split her career equally between the ambulatory surgery arena and the acute hospital venue. Stephanie is a past president of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of AORN, a member of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses, and the Tennessee Hospital Association. Stephanie has served on AORN's task force for the environment of care and she has been the education and communication chair of the AORN Leadership Assembly. Stephanie was elected to the AORN Board of Directors for a two year term in 2013. In 2015, Stephanie was elected as AORN Treasurer. In 2017, Stephanie was elected as AORN President-Elect. She was the board liaison for the Legislative Committee, Business, Industry, and Consulting Specialty Assembly, Education Committee, RNFA Specialty Assembly, as well as the Retired Nurses Specialty Assembly. Stephanie was appointed to the AORN Finance & Audit Committee in 2014, Compensation Committee in 2015, Compliance Committee in 2016. She was the board liaison for the Clinical Practice Committee and the Leadership Specialty Assembly.

Missi Merlino, MHA, RN-BC, CNOR

Missi Merlino

MHA, RN-BC, CNOR, CSSM
Vice President

Missi Merlino, MHA, RN-BC, CNOR, CSSM, has been a perioperative nurse and member of AORN for 27 years. She currently works as a Staff Nurse II at Scott & White Medical Center- Pavilion Surgery Center in Temple, TX. 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, and board of directors as well as on the Texas Council of Operating Room Nurses as secretary, board of directors and the Scholarship/Awards committee.

In 2016, she was elected as AORN Vice President. Her service to AORN includes: 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 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.

Holly Ervine, MSN, RN, CNOR

Holly Ervine

MSN, RN, CNOR
Secretary

Holly S. Ervine, MSN, RN, CNOR is the Perioperative Clinical Educator at WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell, Georgia. She graduated from Georgia Medical's Surgical Technologist Program in 1994, received her ASN from Floyd College in 2001, obtained her BSN from Kennesaw State University in 2006, and received her MSN from Walden University in November 2014. As a nursing student at Floyd College, Holly was recognized with the Leadership Award in 2001 for Outstanding Leadership in the school and selected for Who's Who in American Junior Colleges. After nursing school, Holly joined AORN and became an involved member of the Northwest Georgia Chapter. She has held various positions in the chapter including on committees, the Nominating Committee, Board of Directors and President. She has been selected as the Perioperative Nurse of the Year four times. In Georgia, Holly has been a member of the Georgia Council of PeriOperative Nurses serving as a member of the Board, Chair-Elect, and Chair. She has served on numerous national committees including the Next Generation and Career Life Cycle Task Force, Congress Education Committee, Continuing Education Approval Committee and was selected as the Chair of the 2012-2013 AORN Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC). She has been honored by receiving two National AORN awards: the Next Generation Achievement Award in 2007 and Outstanding Volunteer Leadership in 2014. Holly is also a member of the Leadership Specialty Assembly and served as the Chair of the Coordinating Council in 2010-2011. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau ~ Pi Nu Chapter and the Golden Key International Honour Society ~ Walden University Chapter. Holly is currently serving as the AORN Secretary.

Jane Flowers

MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, CRCST
Treasurer

Jane Flowers, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, CRCST, has been an OR nurse for 37 years. She was elected to serve AORN's membership as Treasurer 2017-2019, member of the Board of Directors, 2015-2017 and Secretary 2006-2008. In between terms she stayed active with AORN serving on various Committees and Task Forces.

She has won 2 national AORN Awards. In 2015 she was the Co-Recipient of the Mentorship Award and in 2004 she received the Clinical Nursing Practice Award.

Flowers maintains her membership with ANA, the Maryland Nurses Association, IAHCSMM and Sigma Theta Tau, Tau Chapter. While not as active with these organizations, she served as Secretary of MNA District 4 between 2013-2015.

Clinically, she is currently the Manager for Sterile Processing at the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at Easton, Dorchester, Caulk Lane and Queenstown Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Prior to this she worked as a Staff Nurse (whose duties included Scrubbing, Circulating and Assisting on all types of Surgery), Educator and Clinical Manager at Peninsula Regional Medical Center as well as at Dorchester General Hospital.

Flowers has a strong background and working knowledge of perioperative clinical nursing, which enhances her work on practice issues. She believes that the safety of our patients and staff should be a top priority for perioperative leaders. She is passionate about perioperative nursing and believes that our greatest asset is our membership. Through her leadership style and commitment to our members, she believes that together we will ensure AORN's successful future.

Vicki Barnett, MSN, RN, CNOR

Vicki Barnett

MSN, RN, CNOR

Clinical outcomes and patient safety are priorities as Executive Director of the Department of Surgical Services for a multihospital system performing over 50,000 surgical cases annually. In this role for 20 years, Vicki Barnett has responsibility for clinical quality and perioperative programs. With her leadership, the organization has achieved Centers of Excellence and Disease Specific Certification designations for lung, bariatric, spine, minimally invasive gynecology, robotics and orthopedic programs. Vicki established and implemented a functional leadership structure for seven wholly owned and joint venture ASC's resulting in successful AAAHC, CMS and TJC accreditations. She designed and implemented the ambulatory surgery centers for multispecialty and ophthalmology services, endovascular services for a three hospital system implementing 5 state-of-the art hybrid operating rooms. As part of the design and implementation team, she is anticipating the opening of the newest hospital in Cherokee County Georgia in May 2017.

Vicki was elected to AORN’s Board of Directors in 2017. She is currently vice president of Peach State Chapter #1116; a chapter challenge award winner, and Secretary for Georgia State Council AORN. She was recognized by the March of Dimes as Georgia Perioperative Nurse of the Year in 2015, and awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Management and Georgia Council Outstanding Perioperative Nurse of the Year in 2005.

Appointed by the President of American Association Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), Vicki served on the International Credentialing Committee for Centers of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG), and on the board of directors for the Ovarian Cancer Institute. She led an international team hosting the World Symposium on Endometriosis (WSE) in 2011 and 2013.

An invited guest lecturer, her recent engagements include presenter for the North Carolina and South Carolina AORN Council: Myrtle Beach, 2017; Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses: Atlanta, 2016; The Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology: Washington, D.C, 2014; faculty and key note speaker for the International Congress on Reproductive Medicine: Moscow, Russia, 2014 and 2012; and guest for WSB radio talk show on robotic surgery, 2013.

Her community activities include volunteering for the Arthritis Foundation and Cumming First United Methodist Church. She has enjoyed many years of active participation in P.E.O. a philanthropic educational organization supporting the international advancement of women’s education.

Jay Bowers

BSN, RN, CNOR, TNCC

Jay W. Bowers, BSN, RN, CNOR, is a national and regional OR leader. He was elected to the AORN National Leadership Development Committee for 2012-2014. He has co-authored a chapter on trauma and has been active in the development of AORN toolkits. Mr. Bowers recently received certification as a nurse educator to compliment his CNOR certification. Mr. Bowers has taken on active roles managing construction projects in his Level I trauma Magnet OR. He is also very active in trauma quality assurance. He carries multiple leadership roles in key AORN organizations and specialty functions. He was a recipient of the Caring Cherokee Award and the 2014 recipient of the AORN Outstanding Clinical Nurse award. He was co-presenter on two posters presented at the 2011 national AORN Congress ("Health Hazard Evaluation: Monitoring Operating Room Noise" and "Use of Handwashing Monitor to Improve Staff Compliance"). Jay has co-authored several posters shown at national meetings. One of the posters he co-designed for the 2014 AORN Surgical Conference and Expo won an award for excellence for clinical innovation.

Vangie Dennis, BSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO

Vangie Dennis

BSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO

Vangie Dennis is the director of patient care practice for Emory Healthcare and Ambulatory Surgery Centers located in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia. Vangie has been a nurse for 42 years. Professional organizations include AORN, Laser Institute of America, AORN Advanced Technology Specialty Assembly, American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists, and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery. She is presently the Laser Safety Officer for Emory Health System. Ms. Dennis is an independent consultant, lectures on lasers, endoscopic procedures, advanced technology, and nursing practice. Vangie is on the board of Directors for Laser Institute of America, the chair for the National Certification on Lasers, and committee representative for the American National Standards Institute. 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. Vangie is a member of Emory Alpha Epsilon Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Brenda Larkin, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR

Brenda Larkin

MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR

Brenda G. Larkin, MS, RN, CNOR, ACNS-BC, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for perioperative services at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center and Aurora Memorial Hospital Burlington. 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. This group provides educational programs for orientation and clinical development to the nursing staff at participating hospitals in our hospital corporation. Brenda supports the nursing staff at both hospitals to perform quality improvement initiatives either as part of the shared governance council work, or in support of their formal educational programs.

Brenda has presented several educational sessions at national professional organization meetings on perioperative nursing topics.

Elizabeth Pincus, MSN, MBA, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR

Lizz Pincus

MSN, MBA, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR

Elizabeth S. Pincus, MSN, MBA, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at St Francis Hospital, Roslyn, New York. 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. She has been the Board Liaison to the Pediatric Specialty Assembly and the Task Force on Developing Leaders. She has been the chair of the Video Contest Task Force, the communications chair of the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly and was a member of the Safe Surgery Task Force. She is a peer reviewer for the AORN Journal; volunteers for CCI, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and is also a medical volunteer for NY Road Runners and Global Smile Foundation.

Carrie Simpson, BSN, BA, RN, CNOR

Carrie Simpson

BSN, BA, RN, CNOR

Carrie Simpson, BSN, RN, CNOR, is the owner and principal consultant of CS Perioperative Education Solutions, LLC based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is currently contracted at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Georgia, as interim OR educator and education consultant for the restructuring of staff education and orientation in the operating room. Carrie is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing - Health Care Systems Management program at Loyola University New Orleans. Carrie is a member of AORN of New Orleans - Chapter 1902 and has served the Louisiana Council of AORN Chapters as chair and chair-elect. She was an item writer for both the CNOR and CSSM exams, a member of the Job Analysis Committee for the CSSM exam, and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Workplace Violence and Incivility Panel of the American Nurses Association in 2014. A member of the AORN Board of Directors from 2016 to present, Carrie has served AORN nationally on the Video Contest Task Force and the Safe Surgery Task Force. She was the recipient of the AORN Promising Professional Achievement Award in 2015.

Dawn Myers Yost, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Dawn Yost

MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Dawn M. Yost, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, has been an OR nurse since 1982. She first practiced perioperative nursing in private practice settings of oral and maxillofacial surgery and then in ophthalmology. In 1987, she began working at West Virginia University Hospitals (WVUH) as an assistant nurse manager in perioperative services. Since that time, she has held many position titles in perioperative services and the sterile processing department at this Level 1 trauma hospital. Her current title is perioperative services business manager. She has held a CNOR since 1990 and CSSM since 2015. Dawn is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Sigma Phi Alpha, nursing and dental hygiene national honor societies. Dawn received her Bachelor of Science degrees (dental hygiene and nursing) from West Virginia University and her MSN from the University of Texas at Arlington. Nationally, she has served as President on the Board of Directors for the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). She currently serves on the Board of Directors and is the chair of the Nursing and Medical Services Committee for Resurge International, a not-for-profit surgical mission group. Dawn is the president of the West Virginia State Council of periOperative Nurses and a member of the AORN State Council group. Dawn has served as secretary, president-elect, president, board member, and chair for numerous committees for Chapter 4904 -AORN of North Central West Virginia. She has served AORN on the CMS Task Force, Clinical Nursing Practice Committee, and the Surgical Conference and Expo Committee as co-chair. Dawn is a member on the Board of Directors for AORN, 2016-present.