2013-2014 CCI Board of Directors
Joyce Cox, MBA, MSN, CNP, CNOR, CRNFA, OCN
Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster, OH
Karen Y. White-Edwards, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR
McLaren Macomb Hospital,Mount Clemens, MI
Secretary/Treasurer and Public Member
Michael Villaire, MSLM
Institute for Healthcare Advancement, La Habra, CA
Debra Dunn, MBA, MSN, RN, CNOR
East Orange General Hospital, East Orange, NJ
Pamela D. Gorgone, MS, RN, CNOR, CPN
Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Marie Paulson, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR
Kaiser Permanente, Pasadena, CA
Frances Skupski, MBA, BSN, CNOR
Randolph Hospital, Asheboro, NC
Julia (Julie) Thompson, PhD, RN, CNS, CIP, CNOR
Harris Health System, Houston, TX
Theodore (Ted) Walker, MSN, RN, A-CNS, BC, CNOR, CPPS
Air Force Medical Operations Agency, San Antonio, TX
President - Joyce Cox, MBA, MSN, CNP, CNOR, CRNFA, OCN, serves as the President of the Board of Directors and as the CRNFA Test Development and currently works as a Oncology Nurse Navigator at Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, OH. Joyce also works as a CRNFA for an OB/Gyn group as a contracted employee, and she is employed by a general surgery practice, Steven D. Cox, MD, Inc. as a CRNFA and CNP. Prior to that, she was employed for 14 years with a general surgery group, Lancaster Surgical Associates, where she worked as a CNOR and CRNFA. She has 30 years of experience and has been a CNOR for 18 years and a CRNFA for 16 years. Her CCI experience includes serving on the following CCI committees: Item Writer's, Item Reviewer's, Test Specifications, Form Review, Cut Score, CRNFA Logical Job Analysis Committee and the Master's Prepared Focus Group.
Vice President -Karen Y. White-Edwards,MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR,serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors and will service a second term as a member of the Finance Committee with CCI. She is currently the Director of Surgical Services at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Karen has over 28 years of nursing experiences in which 22 of those years are in the Perioperative nursing. She worked 10 years as a staff nurse in cardiovascular surgery (CV), 1 year as a nurse manager in CV surgery, 3 years as a Director in the Ambulatory Specialty, and 8 years as a Director of Perioperative surgery. Karen has been recognized for many accomplishments such as being selected by the Texas Nurses Association District 9 in 2007 as one of the top 20 nurses in Houston; she is a two time top four finalist for South-Central Region Nurse Week Excellence Award in management, 2007 and 2008. And she received the Women of Excellent award, by the Federation of Houston Professional Women, 2005. She has a certification in Health Science from Texas Education as a teacher for grades early childhood through 12th grade. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Lambda Chapter, ANA, and AORN, where she served in 2008 as a member and Chair of the Nominating Committee. Karen has been a CNOR since 2004. Her CCI experience includes serving on the following committees: Item Writer’s, Item Reviewer’s, Job Analysis and Board of Director.
Debra Dunn, MBA, MSN, RN, CNOR, currently serves as the Perioperative Nurse Manager at East Orange General Hospital in East Orange, New Jersey. She previously was an OR Nurse Educator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and spent the previous 18 years at St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital as staff nurse, OR Educator, and OR Nurse Manager. Debra is on the AORN Journal Editorial Board, serves as a Peer Reviewer for perioperative nursing journals, has published over 30 articles, and has presented at AORN Expo. Previously the AORN Journal awarded Debra the First Place award in their Clinical Category, and the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing awarded Debra the Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award also First Place in their Clinical Category. Debra also won the New Jersey Governor’s 1999 Nursing Merit Award, Acute Care/RN Category, and the Francis Black Humanitarian Award in Healthcare for a program she initiated while at St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital. She serves on the AORN Syntegrity Task Force; and spends a week abroad performing surgical missions (ENT, Ophthalmology, Urology, and General) with Healing the Children, New Jersey, twice a year. Lifelong learning through formal and informal education programs is a major theme in Debra’s life, and she enjoys “paying it forward.” Debra has volunteered on CCI’s CNOR Item Review and Cut Score Committee, CNOR Item Writing Committee, and the CNOR Survey Task Force;
Pamela Gorgone, MS, RN, CNOR, CPN is the Nurse Educator for Perioperative Programs at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her BSN from the University of Connecticut and her Masters in Nursing Administration from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Epsilon Chapter. In addition to her education role at Boston Childrens Hospital her involvement also includes: Magnet Champion, membership on the hospital-wide Professional Advancement Committee and Education Council, membership on the hospital Nursing Legislative Action Group and the Hospital Ethics Advisory Committee. Pam is active in the Organization of Nurse Leaders of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (ONL is an affiliate of the American Orgnaization of Nure Executives) and is a member of the ONL Government Affairs Committee. Pam also maintains memberships in AORN and ANA. Pam is a retired Army Officer having served 22 years in the Reserves. She has been a perioperative nurse for 28 years and has maintained her CNOR since 1990. Pam is also a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse. Her past CCI experience includes serving as Past President, the Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Chair and member of the Finance Committee and Governance Committee, member and Liaison for the Test Item Review Committee and Job Analysis Committee, and CCI Champion.
Marie Paulson, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR, is a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Finance Committee with CCI. She is currently the Regional Director of Perioperative Services for the Southern California Region of Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, California. Marie has over 36 years of nursing experiences in which 35 of those years are in Perioperative nursing. The majority of those Perioperative years were spent as a Perioperative Educator and Director in both main hospital operating rooms and in the Ambulatory Specialty of Perioperative surgery. She has a certification in Health Science Education as a teacher for California community colleges in which Marie has taught Perioperative Nursing for over 13 years. Marie is a member of AORN, ACNL, and AONE. She has participated on volunteer committees with both AORN and CCI. Marie has worked with CCI several times over the years as a CNOR test development committee member, as well as a proponent of CCI’s Certificate Program for Surgical Services Management.
Frances Skupski (Fran), MBA, BSN, CNOR,is the Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist at Randolph Hospital in Asheboro, NC. She has over 35 years of nursing experience and almost 31 years in perioperative nursing. She previously served as the Perioperative Educator at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac MI for over 12 years, fostering the ongoing education of 75 perioperative staff and collaborating with other surgical and interventional departments in the staff development process. A strong perioperative patient safety advocate she was responsible for leading the adoption of the "Time Out" process and was part of the team that designed the Surgical Safety Checklist for Trinity Health. She continually revised, refined and taught an annual perioperative education course. She received the Joy of Nursing Educator Award in 2002 and a second Joy of Nursing nomination in 2012. Fran is a retired Navy Nurse Corp Commander and has previously held roles as the Assistant Director of Nursing, Perioperative Services and Department Head of the Main OR, at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, and held positions as Clinical Leader and Staff RN in the surgical services department at other Naval hospitals. She retired from the National Naval Medical Center in 2000. Her awards include two Navy Achievement Medals, a Navy Commendation Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal, and the Shea Arentzen Senior Nurse of the year award for the United States Navy Nurse Corps. Fran has been active in local AORN chapters (AORN of Metro Detroit and AORN of Greater Washington D.C.) holding positions as treasurer, secretary, communications, and educational planner. She has participated on volunteer committees with both AORN and CCI and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of CCI. She has been certified since 2001.
Julia (Julie) Thompson, PhD, RN, CNS, CNOR, is currently the Administrative Director of Research & Sponsored Programs for the Harris Health System in Houston, Texas. She has been a CNOR since 1990 and has over 25 years experience in Perioperative nursing. Dr. Thompson has published and presented topics addressing recruitment and retention in perioperative nursing, including the effects of the work environment as well as human research subjects’ protection. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, AORN, Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), and ANA. Dr. Thompson was honored as one of 20 Outstanding Nurses in Houston by TNA in 2010. She also received a bronze medal from the Good Samaritan Foundation of Texas in 2011 for Excellence in Nursing. Her CCI experience includes service on the APRN Task Force (2009 – 2010), APRN Job Analysis Task Force (2011), and CNS Advisory Council (2013).
Michael Villaire, MSLM, serves on the CCI Board as the Public Member and Secretary-Treasurer. Michael is Chief Operating Officer for the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA), a nonprofit healthcare public charity whose mission is to empower people to better health. Among his responsibilities, Michael leads IHA’s health literacy initiatives. He produces its annual continuing education conference, serves as a lead consultant in health literacy, and oversees the “What To Do for Health” self help health book series, all written at a 3rd to 5th grade reading level. He is co-author of the textbook, Health Literacy in Primary Care: A Clinician’s Guide and the easy-to-read book, What To Do When Your Child is Heavy. Michael is adjunct faculty at Brandman University, where he teaches an online master’s course in health literacy. His background includes 20 years as managing editor for various peer-reviewed medical and nursing journals. He earned bachelor degrees in English and Communications from Western Michigan University, and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne.
Theodore (Ted) Walker, MSN, RN, A-CNS, BC, CNOR, CPPS works as a Lt Col in the USAF and is currently assigned to Air Force Medical Operations Agency in San Antonio, TX. He is the Chief, Air Force Patient Safety, working closely with all aspects of perioperative nursing. He manages a patient safety program with 90 staff in 75 hospitals and clinics throughout the world. His focus is in the development of collegial teams and believes that through the strong bonds of trust and teamwork in all levels of the perioperative patient’s care, we are able to preserve the safety of our patients. He is a Certified Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, having graduated from the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences as a Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist. Prior to this, Ted has held positions as Staff Nurse Operating Room, Operations Officer Operating Room, and Instructor/Course Supervisor Nursing Service Management (NSM)/NSM –Air Reserve Component. Having served on active duty for over 22 years, he looks forward to continuing this service and giving our Airmen, Sailors, and Soldiers the best perioperative care in the world.