Meet the Nominating Committee

Brandy Miller

Karen M. Knapp


Karen has over thirty years of experience in the perioperative arena and is currently working as an Interim Clinical Supervisor in San Bernadino, CA. Karen has been a travel nurse for 9 years including work for Medhost as a Clinical Implementation Specialist (2015-2106). She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2007 from the University of Phoenix, is a diploma of nursing graduate of Blodgett Memorial Medical Center School of Nursing 1984, and a member of AORN since 1986. She earned her CNOR in 1988, earned her RNFA in 1993 from Delaware County Community College and became certified (CRNFA) in 1995.

Karen has served as a leader in her local AORN Chapter #2302 of Western MI as president (five times 2001-2008), Chair of MCORN (2012-2017), the RNFA Specialty Assembly (2008-present), the AORN Legislative Committee (2009-2013) and the AORN Board of Directors (2013-2015). She has also done volunteer work for CCI as an item write. Karen has attended Congress 10 times in the past 10 years, each time as a delegate.

Karen is currently serving on the AORN Nominating Committee, Michigan Nursing Action Coalition- Nursing practice committee (2015-2017), chair of the MI state council and the membership committee for E-Chapter (2017-18). She also does animation work for Elsevier, legal consulting and has been a national exam item writer.

Connie Garrett

Heidi L. Nanavati


Heidi has worked as a CRNP and RNFA for the past 12 years as well as an OR nurse for an additional 6 years previously. As an NP she has worked in plastics and orthopedics seeing patients in the office, first assisting in the operating room and providing patient care on the floor. She currently works as an NP/RNFA at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore MD. Within AORN she has served on the RNFA specialty assembly for the past five years writing for the RNFA Core Curriculum, as well as chairing the task force to rewrite the position statements for Advanced Practice RN’s in the Operating Room. In addition she served as the communications chair from 2015-2017 and overall chair of the RNFA Specialty Assembly coordinating council 2016-2017. She is very active in her local chapter, AORN of Baltimore Chapter 2101, and has just concluded serving her second year as president. She is honored and looking forward to now serving nationally on the 2018-2020 AORN Nominating Committee.

Karen Knapp

Jamie Ridout


Jamie is the Administrator at Capital City Surgery Center in Raleigh, NC. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia; a master of science in nursing from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; and a master of business administration from Elon University, Elon, North Carolina.

Jamie has been a perioperative nurse for over 25 years and a member of AORN for 16 years. She has over 18 years of perioperative services leadership experience. Ridout has been a member of AORN Tarheels East, North Carolina Chapter 3404 (2008-2017) and is currently a member of AORN Capital North Carolina Chapter 3413 (2017-present). Jamie served on the Board of the North Carolina State Council for Operating Room Nurses (NCCORN, 2014-present) and received the Perioperative Nurse of the Year Award in 2017. She is Chair of the AORN Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly, served on the AORN Clinical Nurse Practice Committee, a member of the Leadership Specialty Assembly, Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly and the Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly. In other leadership roles, Ridout is a Board member for the North Carolina Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (NCASCA, 2017-present). She is a published author in CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing (2014).

Jamie was a North Carolina Great 100 award recipient in 2002.

In her community, Ridout is a volunteer for the Parent-Teacher Association of Alston Ridge Elementary School and Mills Park Middle School (2010-present). She has been a team manager of the Triangle Fútbol Club U11B Orange, team manager Triangle Fútbol Club Team Japan, a volunteer for the Duke Blue Jean Ball, a volunteer for the Durham Food Bank, as well as, Habitat for Humanity. Her hobbies include kickboxing, running and tennis.

Cheryl Langford

Leilani A. Salimone


Leilani is the Director of Surgical Services at California Pacific Medical Center, Pacific Campus in San Francisco, California, She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of North Florida (UNF) and a master of science in nursing administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and is pursuing a doctor of nursing practice in nursing administration at UNF. Leilani has been a perioperative nurse for 23 years and a member of AORN for 18 years. She is a member of the local AORN chapter of the San Francisco Bay Area (2016-present), the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2013-present), and the Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly (2016-present). She has been a member of the AORN Northeast Florida Chapter (2010-2016), San Jose Chapter (2008-2010), and Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2008-2010). Leilani is a recipient of the Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida Award (2015) and Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Clinical Nursing from UTA (2014).

In her years of service to AORN Leilani has been a member of the Simulation Task Force (2017-present) and President-elect of AORN of the San Francisco Bay Area (2017-present) and will be serving as President of AORN of the San Francisco Bay Area (2018-2019). She has also served as Chair of the International Relations Committee (2014-2016), a member of the International Relations Committee (2013-2017), and a board member of the Northeast Florida Chapter Nominating Committee (2015-2016). In other leadership roles, Leilani is a member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, Greater San Francisco Chapter (2017-present) and nurse leader for the California Pacific Medical Center Robotics Committee (2016-present). In the past, she has been a Competency & Credentialing Institute CNOR Champion (2012), a speaker at the International Nurse Congress for Quality and Safety, Santiago, Chile (2015), and a speaker at the OR Manager Conference for Recruitment and Retention: The Keys to Building a Perioperative Workforce (2014). Leilani has volunteered in her community, as a tent captain for the Donna Marathon in Jacksonville, Florida (2011-2016).

Nikki Washington

Nikki Washington


Nikki is a clinical manager at the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Catherization Laboratory in Houston, Texas. She earned her masters of science in nursing administration from the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovations in 2015 and her masters of business administration with a focus on health care in 2014 management from American Intercontinental University in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to pursuing a nursing career Nikki earned a Certificate in Surgical Technology from Houston Community College in Houston, TX 1997. In 2003 Nikki earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Houston Community College Houston, TX and later earning her bachelors of science in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health 2007.

Nikki has been a perioperative nurse for 13 years and a member of AORN for 14 years. She has been a member of AORN of Greater Houston since 2007 and member of the Texas Council of perioperative Nurses since 2012. Nikki has served as president of AORN of Greater Houston (2014-2015), president-elect of AORN of Greater Houston (2013-2014), interim chair of the Nominating Leadership and Development Committee (2013), and chair of the Public Awareness Committee (2008-2013). In other leadership roles Nikki is liaison council member for Magnet in Motion at Houston Methodist Hospital (2012-present), endoscope/probe transfer for the Periop & Procedure Areas Committee lead at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Catherization Laboratory (2016-present), member of the Houston Community College System Surgical Technology Advisory Board (2014-present), CCI Champion 2014 and CNOR Prep Course Instructor (2014-present). Prior to her role in management Nikki was RN IV Clinical Educator at Houston Methodist OPC 19 where she was instrumental in preparing OR RN residency novice nurses 2014. She created a workshop entitled Embracing the Growing Pains of Novice to Expert Experiences 2015. Nikki has An AORN publication entitled OR to PACU Handover February 2015. In November 2016 Nikki was inducted into the Phi Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing for her dedication in leadership.

In her community, Nikki is a member of Changed Ministries Community Outreach for Feeding the Homeless (2014-present) and mentor for Teen Mothers through “This Girl Is” (2015-present).

Martha Stratton

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 AORN President-Elect, currently serving as President.