Meet the AORN Board of Directors
Renae Battié, MN, RN, CNOR
Renae N. Battié, MN, RN, CNOR, is currently the associate vice president for perioperative services for Franciscan Health System, responsible for coordinating the perioperative and sterile processing departments at their multiple hospitals in the greater Tacoma, Washington, area. Her previous roles were in academic and private nonprofit multi-campus systems, including ambulatory. She has experience in OR design/construction, surgical information system implementations, specialty team development, and just culture. Renae was involved with the early development of PNDS/Syntegrity, as well as the Recommended Practices Committee for many years. She was honored to receive the AORN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Management in 2010. She is a member of the Seattle chapter, Washington State Council and currently serves as the national AORN President.
Martha Stratton, MSN, MHSA, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC
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-Elect.
Callie Craig, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR
Callie S. Craig, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR, is the clinical director for surgical services at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She manages 16 ORs as well as the central sterile processing and anesthesia services departments at this Magnet facility in central Oklahoma. She received her BSN from the University of Arkansas and her MS in nursing administration and management from the University of Oklahoma. Ms. Craig has been a member of AORN since 2003. She has served on the AORN Board of Directors as Secretary, the National Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, National Membership Committee, Next Generation Task Force, and is a former chair of the International Activities Committee and former co-chair of the AORN young professionals task force. She is a current member of AORN of Central Oklahoma Chapter and the Oklahoma State Council of Perioperative Nurses. She received the 2013 March of Dimes Leadership/Executive Nurse of the Year Award, the 2008 AORN Next Generation Achievement Award, and the 2006 Oklahoma Nurses' Association Nursing Impact on Public Policy Award. She has presented numerous programs throughout the US on evidence-based practice and leadership. Her international speaking engagements include programs in Singapore and Austria. Callie currently serves as the national AORN Vice President.
Nathalie Walker, MBA, RN, CNOR
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-two 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 Treasure and is currently serving as AORN Secretary.
Stephanie S. Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR
Stephanie Sfikas Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR, 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 as well as the Retired Nurses Specialty Assembly. Stephanie was appointed to the AORN Finance/Audit Committee in 2014.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sandy Albright, MSHM, BSN, RN, CNOR
Sandy Albright is a nurse consultant for Synergy Health North America headquartered in Tampa, Florida. She lives in East Tennessee. She earned her associate degree in nursing from Palomar Community College, San Marcos, California, her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Tampa, Florida and her Master of Science in Healthcare Management from Champlain College in Burlington Vermont. Sandy has worked as a staff OR nurse, specialty coordinator and OR nurse educator in hospitals in California, North Carolina, and Florida. Albright has been a perioperative nurse for 29 years and a member of AORN for 28 years. Currently, she is a member of East Tennessee Chapter AORN, the Business, Industry & Consulting Specialty Assembly and the Leadership Specialty Assembly. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, and while a member of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, she served as a member of District 16 Board of Directors.
George Allen, PhD, MS, RN, CNOR, CIC
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 Downstate Medical Center, 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, 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.
Holly Ervine, MSN, RN, CNOR
Holly S. Ervine, BSN, RN, CNOR is the Perioperative Clinical Educator at Southern Regional in Riverdale, 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 currently serves as the chapter President. She has been selected as the Perioperative Nurse of the Year three times. In Georgia, Holly has been a member of the Georgia Council of PeriOperative Nurses serving as a member of the Board, Chair-Elect, Chair and is now Past 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 a member of the AORN Board of Directors.
Jane Flowers, MSN, RN, CNOR
Jane Flowers, MSN, RN, CNOR, 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.
Donna Ford, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR, CRCST
Donna A. Ford, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR, CRCST, is a nursing education specialist with over 30 years of perioperative nursing and education experience. Donna is certified in perioperative nursing, nursing professional development, and as a central service technician. Donna is actively involved in her local chapter – Hiawathaland Chapter of AORN- and at the national level in AORN, serving on many committees and task forces, and as a member and chair of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee. In addition to Donna’s expertise in perioperative nursing practice, she has published and presented on the topics of patient safety, maintaining normothermia, prevention of surgical site infection, education, aseptic technique, sharps safety, and managing noise/distractions.
Missi Merlino, MHA, RN-BC, CNOR
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.