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Mary C. Russell, MN, RN, FNP-BC, CNOR - Chair 

Mary C. Russell is a nurse practitioner for plastic, reconstructive and hand surgery service at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Portland, Oregon. She earned her diploma in nursing from Hurley Medical Center School of Nursing, Flint, Michigan, her bachelor of science in nursing from Oregon Health Science University, Portland, Oregon and her master in nursing from Washington State University School of Nursing, Vancouver. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a CNOR.
Mary has been a perioperative nurse for 37 years and a member of AORN for 36 years. She is a member of AORN of the Columbia River Region since 1978 to the present and the Oregon State Council of Perioperative Nurses since 1994 where she currently serves as Past-President. She is also a member of the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly, the Federal Nurses Specialty Assembly and Plastic Surgery interest group. She serves AORN nationally as the Chair of the NLDC. She has served on the Continuing Education Approval Committee, Nursing Research Committee, the Evidence Based Practice Committee, the Nursing Perioperative Nursing Dataset Taskforce, Membership Committee and the Legislative Committee.. She has attended Congress eight times in the past 11 years, each time as a delegate. Mary is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau since 1982. She is also a member of Nurse Practitioners of Oregon, ANA and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She currently serves on her hospital Evidence Based Practice Committee and has worked to help implement the Johns Hopkins Evidence Based Practice Model as their facilities nursing model.

 

Mary Russell 2014 

Steve Balog, MSN, BSN, RN, CNOR 

Stephen Balog is a staff nurse at Hilton Head Hospital in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He earned his associate in nursing from Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, and his bachelor of science in nursing and his master in nursing administration from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Balog has been a perioperative nurse for 31 years and a member of AORN for 30 years. He is a member of the AORN of Northern Virginia (2004-present), the Virginia State Council (2006-present), the Cardio Vascular Thoracic Specialty Assembly (2006-present), and the RN First Assistant Specialty Assembly (2012-present). Balog has attended Congress nine times in the past 10 years, eight times as a delegate. Balog has received the AORN Award for Outstanding Achievement in State Council Leadership (2012). Highlights of Balog’s service to AORN include that he is chair of the national Legislative Committee (2013-present), chair of the Virginia State Council (2006-present), and a member of the AORN of Northern Virginia Board of Directors (2005-present).
He has been a member of the National Committee on Education (2009), ex officio of AORN of Northern Virginia (2004-2005), and president of AORN of Northern Virginia (2004).

Steve Balog 2014 

Vangie Dennis, BSN, RN, CMLSO, CNOR  

Vangie Dennis is administrative director for Spivey Station Surgery Center, Jonesboro, Georgia. She earned her associate in nursing from Georgia State University, Atlanta, and her bachelor of science in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is presently a member of AORN of Northwest Georgia, the Abdominal/Pelvic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialty Assembly the Business, Industry & Consulting Specialty Assembly and the Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly. Vangie is the AORN liaison for the ANSI Standards for Lasers and is the Chair of the National Certification for Medical lasers. Dennis has received the award from the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery for Excellence in Laser Nursing (1996), AORN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Nursing Education (2011) and the Laser Institute of America’s R. James Rockwell, Jr, Educational Achievement Award (2011).
She has been a member of the AORN national Recommended Practices Committee (2007-2010), a member of the national Smoke Evacuation Task Force (2008-2010), a member of the national Perioperative Environment of Care Task Force (2007-2008), a member of the national Workplace Safety Committee (2006-2007), past-secretary of the Abdominal/Pelvic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialty Assembly (2006-2007), past-chair of the Abdominal/Pelvic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialty Assembly (2004-2006), and past-vice president of AORN of Suburban Atlanta Georgia (2006).

 

Vangie Dennis 2014 

Karen M. Lemmons, BSN, RN, CNOR 

Karen has been a perioperative nurse for 17 years and is the orthopedic team leader at Randolph Hospital. She earned her associate degree in nursing from Randolph Community College, Asheboro, North Carolina and a bachelor of science in nursing from Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina. Since joining AORN in 1999 Karen has been a very active member. She is an ambassador for AORN, chapter president for Piedmont Periops Chapter 3415(2010-2011), and chair for the North Carolina Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses (2011-2012). Karen is also the recipient of the North Carolina Perioperative Nurse of the Year (2013).
Lemmons was appointed chair of the Legislative Committee for the North Carolina Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses in 2012. She has worked tirelessly spearheading the efforts of North Carolina's RN Circulator Bill which was introduced in the North Carolina Senate in 2013. Karen has collaborated with the North Carolina Nurses Association which she is a member of , volunteering once a month as Nurse for the Day at the legislature, building relationships with the senators and representatives of the North Carolina legislature. She is the North Carolina Nurses Association’s Pac Chair. She is also a member of the American Nurses Association and a member of their Pac. She is a recipient of the American Nurses Association's Advocacy Institute (2012) working on educating nurses about legislative issues.
 

 Karen Lemmons 2014 

Merideth Lewis-Cooney, BSN, RN, CNOR 

Merideth Lewis-Cooney, BSN, RN, CNOR, is a clinical nurse III at California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California. She earned her baccalaureate in French literature from the Lycée Racine, Paris, France, and her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of San Francisco, California. Lewis-Cooney has been a perioperative nurse for 11 years and a member of AORN for 7 years. She is a member of AORN of San Francisco and Marin California (2004-present), the Operating Room Nursing Council of California (2010-present), the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2009-present), and the Cardio Vascular Thoracic Specialty Assembly (2009-present). Lewis-Cooney has attended Congress four times in the past 10 years, each time as a delegate. Highlights of Lewis-Cooney’s service to AORN include that she is co-chair of the national Young Professionals Task Force (2013-present) and president of AORN of San Francisco and Marin California (2013-present). She has been legislative report liaison for the Operating Room Nursing Council of California (2012-2013), a member of the Operating Room Nursing Council of California (2010-2011), president-elect of AORN of San Francisco and Marin California (2012-2013), a member of the Board of Directors of AORN of San Francisco and Marin California (2011-2012), and secretary of AORN of San Francisco and Marin California (2010-2011).

Merideth Lewis-Cooney 2014 

Rosemarie Schroeder, BSN, RN, CNOR - Advisor 

Rosemarie Schroeder is currently Director of Surgical Services at St. Joseph's Hospital with Ministry Health Care in Marshfield, Wisconsin. She manages 19 OR's, PACU/PreOp and Central Services at this Level II Trauma Center in North Central Wisconsin.
Prior to joining St. Joseph Hospital, Schroeder was the Administrative Director at Cox Health in Springfield, Missouri, OR Manager at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and a staff nurse and RNFA at University Hospital and a Nurse Manager at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before joining the CMC system, she held positions at Piedmont Medical Center, Rock Hill, South Carolina, Norman Municipal Hospital, Norman, Oklahoma, and St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin. She graduated in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, with a BS in Nursing. She completed a course in First Assisting at Perioperative Plus in Phoenix, Arizona in 1998 and a Clinical Leadership course at UNC in 2004.
Schroeder has been a member of AORN since 1980 and has spoken at conferences locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on many perioperative topics, including Total Joints, Quality Improvement and Legislative Grassroots Involvement. She co-authored an article on legislative efforts in the AORN Journal. She was named to the NC Great 100 Nurses in 1998. She has held various offices, including Chair on the AORN Chapter level and the NC State Council. She was a member of the national AORN Legislative Committee, Scholarship Committee and a member and Chair of the Education Committee and Chair of the Bylaws Committee.
Schroeder was the 2013-2014 AORN President.

Rosemarie Schroeder portrait 

 

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