Meet the NLDC

Kristy Wheeler

Kristy Wheeler

BSN, RN, CNOR
Chair

Kristy works a clinical nurse II in Baltimore Maryland. She is currently pursuing her master of science Degree at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. 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. Kristy is currently serving as chair for AORN Nominating and Leadership Development Committee. She is currently president for her AORN Chapter of Baltimore. She has served her chapter as a member of the Fundraising Committee (2013-2015), Social Media Coordinator (2014-present), and a member of the Nominating Committee (2013-2014). Kristy has received AORN Promising Professional Achievement Award in 2016, an Excellence in Nursing in Community Service from University of Maryland Medical Center 2015, a Gold Star Award from the Mercy Medical Center 2013, McAuley Gold Award from the Mercy Medical Center 2012.

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 and being involved with several organizations in the Baltimore area. She has been on two medical mission trips to Kenya (2011,2013). Was a volunteer on a mission trip to Joplin Missouri with 2012. Has been a nurse for many events for children and people with special needs at Joy Prom. Has been a mentor for seniors nursing students from John Hopkins University and University of Maryland (2011-2015), and a mentor for a student at Mercy High School (2012-2013).

Connie Garrett

Connie Garrett

MSN, RN-BC, RNFA, CNL, CNOR

Connie Garrett, MSN, RN-BC, RNFA, CNL, CNOR, is a Clinical Nurse Leader/OR Educator at James A. Haley Veterans’ Health Administration, Tampa, Florida. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of South Florida, Tampa, and her master of science in nursing from the University of South Florida, Tampa. Garrett has been a perioperative nurse for 17 years and a member of AORN for 15 years. She is a member of AORN of Tampa Bay 1014 (2000-present), The Florida Council of Operating Room Nurses (2000-present), the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2006-present), the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2011-present), the Federal Nurses Specialty Assembly (2009-present) the Sterile Processing/ Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly (2012-present).

Garrett has attended Congress 8 times in the past 9 years, 7 times as a delegate. Garrett has received a Special Contribution Award for a unique contribution to the mission of the operating room in Veteran Affairs (2007), Cum Laude from the University of South Florida BSN (2007) and MSN (2010), Partners in Excellence Magnet Award, Advocacy Council Veterans’ Hospital (2006).

Cheryl Langford

Cheryl Langford

MSN, RN, CNOR

Cheryl is a clinical informatics specialist and endoscopy nurse manager at Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville, Minnesota. She earned her bachelor of arts in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth MN, and her master of science in nursing-informatics from Walden University. Cheryl has been a perioperative nurse for 21 years and a member of AORN for 20 years. She is presently a member of AORN of Twin Cities, the Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly, and the Leadership Specialty Assembly.

Cheryl has attended Congress 10 times in the past 10 years, each time as a delegate. Highlights of Cheryl’s service to AORN include that she is chair of the Workshop Committee of AORN of Twin Cities (2006-present), and co-chair of the Education Committee of AORN of Twin Cities (2006-present). She has been co-chair of the national Awards Committee (2015-2016), member of the national Awards Committee (2014-2016, and 2009-2010), member of the State Council of Minnesota (2008-2012), chair of the MN State Council (2010-2012), and a member of the Competency & Credentialing Institute’s CNOR Item Writer’s/Review Committee (2011-2012). She has also served in many roles with AORN Twin Cities including president twice (2012-2013, and 2006-2007), president elect (2011-2012), and member of NLDC (2008-2010). Cheryl has received the Exceptional Contribution to Perioperative Nursing Award from AORN of Twin Cities (2013), the Outstanding Perioperative Nursing Practice Award from AORN of Twin Cities (2011), the Distinguished Service Chapter Award from AORN of Twin Cities (2015 & 2008).

Brandy Miller

Brandy Miller

MHA, MSN, RN, CNOR

Brandy is the Director for The Surgery Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana and adjunct faculty instructor for the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN for the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program. She earned her associate degree in both nursing and psychology from Parkland Community College, Champaign, Illinois, her bachelor of science in nursing from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois, her master of science in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion Indiana and her master of healthcare administration from the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Brandy has been a perioperative nurse for 18 years and a member of AORN for 16 years. She has been a member of AORN Twin Cities, Illinois Chapter 1416 (1999-2006) and over the last ten years, she has served the AORN of Greater Fort Wayne, Indiana Chapter 1503 in roles as Treasurer, Board Member, President and is the 2016-2017 Chapter President-Elect. Brandy served on the AORN National Leadership Task Force and is a member of the AORN Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2008-present), the Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2010-present), the Pediatric Specialty Assembly (2010-present), the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2010-present), and the Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly (2011-present). She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (2008-present), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) (2012-present), the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) (2014-present), and the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) (2015-present).

Brandy developed and presented “AORN Membership: What’s it All About?” to her local chapter in 2010 and completed the research project “Understanding the Value of and Perceived Barriers for Earning Specialty Certification in Perioperative Nurses” for her master of science in nursing degree (2008-2009). In other leadership roles, she has served as a CCI Champion for the promotion of CNOR certification, a nurse mentor for both baccalaureate and master in nursing degree students, and the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN Nurse Advisory Council (2013-2014).

In her community, Brandy is active in the 100+ Women Who Care, Neighborhlink, and enjoys attending and supporting area non-profit fundraisers.

Kristy Simmons

Kristy Simmons

MSN, RN CNOR

Kristy Simmons is a clinical nurse III specializing in neonatal surgery, the ANCC magnet nurse ambassador chair for Woman's Hospital and part-time house supervisor at Woman's Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA. She earned her diploma in nursing from OLOL school of nursing in Baton Rouge, LA., her bachelors of nursing from Loyola University, New Orleans and her masters in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA.

Kristy has been a perioperative nurse for over 30 years and a member of AORN for 30 years and has coauthored several AORN Pulseline, Connections and Journal articles and spoken at conferences locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on perioperative research, disaster nursing, pediatric and neonatal surgery, ANCC Magnet process, fetal surgery EXIT procedure and the Future Nurse Club she established in her community.

She is currently serving as a member for the NLDC of AORN (2015-2017), the communication chair for the National AORN Pediatric Specialty Assembly (2010-2015), as past chair of the LA Council of AORN chapters, as Vice president of the AORN Baton Rouge Chapter 1904 (2016-20118), and past chair advisor of the National AORN Membership Committee (2014-2015). Kristy has attended Congress 16 times in the past 16 years serving as delegate and served as a AORN Member Ambassador 2001 to present and served on the AORN National Taskforce for AORN Access (2010-2011) and a member of the News Advisory Group for National AORN.

Kristy has received the AORN Award for Outstanding Researcher of the Year (2014), the AORN Award for Outstanding Volunteer of Year AORN (2014), Republican Women of Central Outstanding Woman of Achievement (2014), ANCC Magnet Nurse of the Year for Exemplary Professional Practice (2011), Eighty Five Alumni Who Have Made a Difference OLOL (2009) Louisiana State Nurses Nightingale Award (2006), and the Crystal Apple Award for Volunteers in Public Schools (2005).

Renae Battie

Renae Battié

MN, RN, CNOR
Advisor

Renae N. Battié is currently the vice president for perioperative services for CHI Health, responsible for coordination and strategy for the perioperative departments across their multiple hospitals in the greater Nebraska area. Her previous roles were in academic and private nonprofit multi-campus systems. She has experience in specialty team development, OR design/construction, surgical information system implementation and just culture. She received the AORN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Management in 2010. She served from 2010-2016 on the national AORN Board of Directors, and was the 2015-2016 AORN President. She currently is immediate past president of AORN and is the advisor to the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, as well as other volunteer roles.