Brandy MillerMHA, MSN, RN, CNOR
Brandy is the Director for The Surgery Center in Fort Wayne, IN. 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 20 years and a member of AORN for 18 years. She has been a member of AORN Twin Cities, Illinois Chapter 1416 (1999-2006) and over the last eleven years, she has served the AORN of Greater Fort Wayne, Indiana Chapter 1503 in roles as Treasurer, Board Member, and President. Brandy served on the AORN National Leadership Task Force and is a member of the AORN 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, NeighborLink, and enjoys attending and supporting area non-profit fundraisers.
Connie GarrettMSN, RN-BC, RNFA, CNL, CNOR
Connie is a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Leader with a major focus on teaching perioperative nurses’ standards of care, AORN Guidelines, and the RN scrub role in James A. Haley Veterans’ Health Administration, Tampa, Florida. Her CNL role provides a major focus on evidence based practice improving patient outcomes involving infection control prevention and performance improvement initiatives for the perioperative patient. She currently serves as the OR Six Sigma yellow belt champion and corresponding secretary for AORN of Tampa Bay (Chapter 1014) Tampa, Florida.
Garrett has been a perioperative nurse for 18 years and a member of AORN for 16 years. She has attended Expo 9 times in the past 10 years, 8 times as a delegate. She currently serves as a member of the AORN Nominating Committee (2016-2017). A 2017 NLDC speaker and poster presenter. Am member of the AORN Collaborative Committee; Practice chair who initiated a Face Book Page and initiated current use of OR Nurse Link to ensure widespread member communication. She is an active member of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Perioperative Field Advisory Committee focusing on safety, improving patient outcomes, and standardization of care for perioperative patients in the VHA.
She was elected to the FCORN Nominating Committee 2017-2019. Community service includes initiating an annual MADD walk for chapter 1014 in 2012, AORN Nominating Committee (2016-present), AORN Collaborating Council, Practice chair (2016- present), AORN Chair of the Awards Committee (2013-2014) Co-Chair of the Awards Committee (2014-2015) while creating a mentoring role of past chair to ensure continuity of the committee. An FCORN presenter (1 CE) “Safe Patient Handling” (2009/2015), she advocates for Safe Patient Handling and reduction of pressure injury in the surgical patient. She is a contributor to the AORN tool pressure reduction tool box and published in the AORN Journal (2005) for prevention of Medical Errors in the surgical setting.
Karen M. KnappBSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA
Karen has over thirty years of experience in the perioperative arena and is currently working as a CRNFA in the GI Lab at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles CA. Karen has been a travel nurse for 8 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 in 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). She also does animation work for Elsevier.
Cheryl LangfordMSN, RN, CNOR
Cheryl is the Director of Surgical Services at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. 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 22 years and a member of AORN for 21 years. She is presently a member of AORN of Twin Cities, the Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly, 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 co-chair of the Education and Workshop 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).
Nikki WashingtonMSN, MBA-HCM, RN, CNOR
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 StrattonMSN, RN, MHSA, CNOR, NEA-BC
Martha 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 previously served as 2016-2017 AORN President.