Meet the AORN Board of Directors

Stephanie S. Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Stephanie Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM

President


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 and elected as AORN President-Elect in 2017. She is currently AORN President. 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, CSSM

Missi Merlino, MHA, RN-BC, CNOR, CSSM

President-Elect


Missi Merlino, MHA, RN-BC, CNOR, CSSM has been a perioperative nurse and member of AORN for 28 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 2018, she was elected as AORN President-Elect. Her service to AORN includes: 2016, elected as AORN Vice President; 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

Vice President


Holly S. Ervine, MSN, RN, CNOR is a Surgical Services Professional Educator, Nursing for WellStar Health System in Atlanta, 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 Planning 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 Vice President.

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

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

Secretary


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 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. Lizz is currently serving AORN as the national Secretary.

Jane Flowers, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, CRCST

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. I 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 I stayed active with AORN serving on various Committees and Task Forces.

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

I maintain my membership with ANA, the Maryland Nurses Association, IAHCSMM and Sigma Theta Tau, Tau Chapter. While not as active with these organization I served as Secretary of MNA District 4 between 2013-2015.

Clinically, I currently am 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 I had 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.

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

Stephen Balog, MSN, RN, CNOR

Stephen Balog, MSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA


J. Stephen Balog MSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA has been involved in a variety of local, state and national activities. He has served as the chair of VCORN and on the Board of Director of his local AORN chapter in South Carolina. Nationally, he has served on a variety of committees and taskforces. He was a member of the Nominating Committee and helped to develop a tool to evaluate potential national candidates for office. He currently serves on the AORN Board of Directors.

Vicki Barnett, MSN, RN, CNOR

Vicki Barnett, MSN, RN, CNOR


Vicki J. Barnett, MSN, RN, CNOR, has 35 years of nursing proficiency in a career punctuated by progressive clinical experience, challenging leadership projects and fulfilling management roles in complex perioperative settings. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and is on the Board Chapter Visits Committee, liaison for the National Legislative and Membership Forums, and the Leadership Specialty Assembly. Vicki is a candidate on the current ballot for a second term on the Board. Recognized for her professional contributions by the March of Dimes, she received the “Georgia Nurse of the Year” award in 2015, the award for Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Management and Georgia Council Outstanding Perioperative Nurse of the Year in 2005. Having held numerous chapter offices, she is currently on the Board of Directors for AORN Peach State Chapter #1116.

Vicki speaks at conferences nationally and internationally on perioperative topics including transformational leadership, surgical facility design, and patient safety. She advocates for women’s healthcare and education on the Advisory Board for the Ovarian Cancer Institute (OCI), and as an active member of P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization supporting the international advancement of women’s education.

Jay Bowers, BSN, RN, CNOR, TNCC

Jay Bowers, BSN, RN, CNOR


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 G. Larkin, MS, RN, CNOR, ACNS-BC


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.

Darlene Murdock, BSN, BA, RN, CNOR

Darlene Murdock, BSN, RN, CNOR, TNCC


Darlene B. Murdock, BSN, RN, CNOR, TNCC is a clinical staff nurse IV at Memorial Hermann Hospital (MHHS) in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) where her expertise is caring for trauma patients. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University at Health Science Center at Houston. She has been a perioperative nurse for over 25 years and has been certified as an operating room nurse for 22 years. Murdock is actively involved nationally and locally in her professional organization, Association of periOperative Register Nurses (AORN), where she has served on national committees and locally as chapter president. As AORN chapter president, Murdock led her chapter to be recognized nationally as a ‘Chapter of Excellence’. Murdock is an AORN Journal writer, AORN National Convention podium and poster presenter, and editor-in-chief of two newsletters. Murdock serves on and provides leadership for two Magnet committees at MHHS-TMC. She is committed to lifelong learning, dedicated to providing safe evidence based care to all patients and is passionate about the professional development of herself and others.

Kristy Simmons, MSN, RN, CNOR

Kristy Simmons, MSN, RN, CNOR


Kristy Simmons, MSN, RN, CNOR, is a clinical nurse III specializing in neonatal surgery, pediatric team leader, the ANCC Magnet nurse ambassador chair for Woman's Hospital and part-time house supervisor and charge nurse at Woman's Hospital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Kristy has been a perioperative nurse for over 30 years and a member of AORN for over 30 years and has coauthored several AORN Pulseline, Connections and Journal articles and spoken at conferences 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.