Board of Directors

Providing Strategic Vision and Financial Sustainability

AORN’s Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic vision and financial sustainability for the association that influences perioperative nursing practice across the globe.

The national ballot for the Board is determined by an elected Nominating Committee.


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2024-2025 AORN Board of Directors

Nakeisha McNeill Tolliver, DNP, MBA, RN, NE-BC, CNOR, CSSM


Nakeisha McNeill Tolliver is the Director of Perioperative Services, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas.

Darlene Murdock, MSN, BBA, RN, CNOR, CSSM


Darlene Murdock is a Clinical Staff Nurse IV, at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas.

Jamie Ridout, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR, CASC, NEA-BC


Jamie Ridout is the Executive Director at Triangle Surgery Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.



Brenda is an accomplished Clinical Nurse Specialist with over 20 years of advanced practice experience.

Heidi Nanavati, MSN, CRNP, CNOR


Heidi Nanavati is a Nurse Practitioner/RNFA at Idaho Shoulder to Hand Specialists, Boise, Idaho.

Lisa Bailey, BSN, BS, RN, CNOR

Board Member

Lisa Bailey is a Generalist in Nursing Professional Development at Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, Texas.

J.D. Buchert, MSN, M.Ed., MS, RN, CNOR, CPHQ

Board Member

J.D. Buchert, MSN, M.Ed., MS, RN, CNOR, CPHQ, is a workforce safety manager at Parkland Health, Dallas, Texas.

Debra C. Callender, DNP, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Board Member

Debra C. Callender, DNP, RN, CNOR, CSSM, is the administrative director of Surgical & Orthopedic Services, AdventHealth, Sebring, Florida.

Laura A. Gayton, MHCA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Board Member

Laura A. Gayton is the OR manager at St Louis University- South Campus, Missouri.

Tracey H. Penaloza, MSN, RN, CNOR

Board Member

M. Tracey H. Penaloza is the director of Perioperative Services, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland.

David Reinhart, DNP, MBA, RN, CNOR

Board Member

David Reinhart is the director of Nursing Education, Emory Health Care Perioperative Services Enterprise, Atlanta, Georgia.

Rebecca Vortman, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Board Member

Rebecca K. Vortman is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois.