Meet the AORN Board of Directors


Martha Stratton


Martha Stratton, MSN, RN, MHSA, CNOR, NEA-BC, has been a perioperative nurse for over 30 years and has been in surgical services management positions for over 20 years. Martha is currently the Vice President of Perioperative Services at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA. She earned her ADN from the University of South Carolina, her BSN from West Texas A&M University, and MSN/MHSA from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. Martha has served extensively at the local, state, and national levels within AORN. Martha has been nationally recognized for her leadership ability and received two national awards from AORN: Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Management and Outstanding Achievement in Specialty Assembly Leadership. Ms. Stratton taught finance courses at the graduate school level for nursing administration and health care executives. Martha is a board certified perioperative nurse and advanced nurse executive. She's been a member of OR Manager's conference planning committee and the advisory board for the monthly publication. Ms. Stratton has served on the AORN Board of Directors since 2011 and currently serves as AORN President.

Nathalie Walker


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 is currently serving as AORN President-Elect.

Missi Merlino

Vice President

Missi Merlino, MHA, RN-BC, CNOR, has been a perioperative nurse and member of AORN for 25 years. Her work experience includes OR staff, management 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. Her service to AORN includes: member of the AORN Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, 2010-2012 and served as Chair 2011-2012, 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. Other professional association memberships include the Texas Nurses Association, District 7, Tau Epsilon chapter of STTI, and the American Nursing Informatics Association. Missi received the Scott & White Shining Star Award in 2004 and is the 2010 recipient of the AORN award for Outstanding Achievement in Mentorship. Elected in 2014 as a member of the AORN Board of Directors, Missi has served as the board liaison to the Safe Surgery Task Force and the Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly and is the current board liaison to Scholarship Committee, Continuing Education Approval Committee, and the Clinical Nurse Educators Specialty Assembly. Merlino is currently AORN Vice President.

Holly Ervine


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.

Stephanie Davis


Stephanie Sfikas Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM, serves as the vice president of surgical services for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the largest non-governmental 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 25 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. She was the board liaison for the Legislative Committee and the 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, and Compliance Committee in 2016.

Sandy Albright

Sandy Albright


Sandy Albright is a senior clinical consultant for Cardinal Health. She lives in East Tennessee. She earned her associate degree in nursing at Palomar Community College in San Marcos CA, her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the University of Tampa in Florida and her Master of Science in Healthcare Management from Champlain College in Burlington Vermont. Sandy has been a registered nurse for over thirty-five years, a perioperative nurse for thirty years and a member of AORN for 29 years. Her experience in the perioperative setting includes staff nurse, specialty coordinator, charge nurse and OR nurse educator. She functioned as an educator in hospitals in California, North Carolina and Florida. Currently she is a member of the East Tennessee Chapter AORN, Tennessee State Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International. While a member of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, she served as a member of District 16 Board of Directors.

George Allen


George D. Allen, PhD, RN, MSN, CNOR, is currently a clinical assistant professor at the State University of New York, College of Health Related Professions, Director of Infection Control at New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, and a Per Diem Perioperative Staff Nurse in the OR at the New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to being a member of the Nurse Practice Committee, Dr. Allen is a member of The AORN Journal Editorial Board and is the coordinator of the Evidence for Practice Column that appears in the AORN Journal. Allen has been a perioperative registered nurse and infection preventionist for more than 20 years. He has served AORN on the local level in numerous positions including president, secretary, board member, and delegate. On the national level, he has served on numerous committees, including Nursing Practice, Nursing Research, Continuing Education Approval, Recommended Practices, and the National Recognition Program.

Jay Bowers


Jay Bowers 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 complement 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.

Jane Flowers


Jane Flowers, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, CRCST, has been an OR nurse for 35 years. She has been very active with AORN from the local to the national level. Jane has a strong background and working knowledge in perioperative clinical nursing, which enhances her work on practice issues. Jane believes that the safety of our patients and staff should be a top priority for perioperative leaders. Jane is passionate about perioperative nursing and believes that our greatest asset is our membership. Through her leadership style and commitment to the members, she believes that together we will ensure AORN's successful future.

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

Elizabeth Pincus


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 The 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 is currently 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


Carrie Simpson, BSN, BA, RN, CNOR, is the Operating Room Clinical Educator at University Medical Center New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Louisiana State University, New Orleans, and her bachelor of arts in business management from Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio. She is enrolled in the BSN - DNP adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist program at the University of South Alabama, Mobile. Carrie is a member of AORN of New Orleans and has served the Louisiana Council of AORN Chapters as chair and chair-elect. She was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Workplace Violence and Incivility Panel of the American Nurses Association and a guest speaker at the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses state conference. Carrie received the AORN Promising Professional Achievement Award in 2015 and has been involved nationally with AORN as part of the Video Contest Task Force, the Safe Surgery Task Force, and the Clinical Educator Specialty Assembly.

Dawn Myers Yost, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Dawn Myers Yost


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 trauma manager. She has held a CNOR since 1990 and CSSM since 2015. 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, 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.