2019-2020 CCI Board of Directors

2019-2020 Board of Directors resized

CCI's Board of Directors manages all of the affairs of the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI).

The Board consists of eight directors who hold at least one of the CNOR, CSN-CP, or CSSM credentials, as well as two public members. Directors are elected by the CNOR, CNS-CP, and CSSM certificants for a three-year term.

The directors' terms are staggered, allowing for only a small number of directors to be elected each year. Each director has read and understands the job description and signed a Leadership Agreement.


Heather Burrell, MSN, RN, CNOR
Jamestown Community College, Olean, New York

Vice President
Tabitha S. Kinlaw, MBA, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR, ONC
FirstHealth of the Carolinas Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst, NC

Elaine D. Geroski, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM
Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA


Sally A. Irvin, JD, MEd, MA 
Worrell Professional Center, Winston-Salem, NC

Marian McCann Kleinman, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM 
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, CA

Antoinette (Toni) Manning, BSN, RN, CRNFA
James Lawrence Kernan Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Jennifer L Misajet, MHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM 
Saint Alphonsus Healthcare, Idaho/Oregon

William Paco, MBA
Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA

Leigh Anne Piper, MSN, RN, CSSM, CNOR
Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa

Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA

Board Bios

Heather BurrellPresident Heather Burrell, MSN, RN, CNOR  is currently a full time Assistant Professor of Nursing at Jamestown Community College in Olean, New York and works perdiem as a staff nurse at Olean General Hospital. She has 20 years of nursing experience with 18 of those years being perioperative. Her perioperative background ranges from staff roles of circulator, scrub, pre/post-op, recovery room, endoscopy and charge. She spent 6 years in the role of Surgical Services Nurse Educator. Heather is a member of AORN and ANA. She has participated on several volunteer committees with CCI including job analysis task force and CNOR test plan development. Heather has worked as a reviewer on several of CCI's publications including the Certificate Program for Surgical Services Educators and the Certificate Program for Surgical Services Management. Heather is also a peer reviewer for the AORN Journal. She remains active in her local AORN chapter holding a current role of vice president and several past roles such as past president and board of directors.

Tabitha Stewart- KinlawVice President Tabitha S. Kinlaw, MBA, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR, ONC, is a member of the CCI Board of Directors. She is also a member of the True North Committee as well as the Governance Committee. Tabitha currently serves as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist as well as the Primary Nurse Planner/Administrator of the Approved Provider Unit at FirstHealth of the Carolinas Moore Regional Hospital located in Pinehurst, NC. She also serves as their AORN Periop 101 Administrator. A perioperative nurse for 26 years and certified as a CNOR since 1995, Tabitha has practiced as a staff nurse, orthopaedic surgery coordinator, charge nurse, assistant director, and educator in the operating room. She holds a BSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International - Alpha Alpha Chapter. She also holds a master’s in nursing with a concentration in nursing education from East Carolina University in Greenville NC. Tabitha also volunteers as a nurse peer reviewer for the Accredited Approver Unit of the North Carolina Nurse’s Association (NCNA). Tabitha previously served as a site coordinator for the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Randomized Study of the Transition to Practice (TTP) Model on Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes in the Hospital Setting. She is a member of AORN, the Association of Nursing Professional Development (ANPD), the ANA, and the North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA). Tabitha has previously been active in local AORN chapters holding several positions such as president and vice-president. Her CCI experience includes service as an item writer for the Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM) exam (2015), as an item writer for the Operational Management Module (2014), as a member of the CNOR Cut Score Committee (2007), and as a member of the CNOR Item/Test Form Review Committee (2006). She also currently serves as a CCI coach. 

Elaine Geroski_Spring, 2018Secretary/Treasurer Elaine D. Geroski, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, has chosen perioperative nursing as her career for over 13 years. She had over 24 years of nursing experience in medical-surgical, geriatric, intensive care, office, and post-anesthesia care before moving on to her final love: perioperative nursing. Her passion for continuing education is evident throughout her nursing career. She began her nursing education with an Associate of Science degree, later advancing to a Bachelor of Science degree, and recently obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in leadership. None of this would have been possible without the support of her husband Erik and daughters, Vivian and Kristen. She is currently employed by Valley Health at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Virginia, as a Clinical Manager of Perioperative Services. She holds two certifications, CNOR for the past seven years and CSSM for two. Her current role as Clinical Manager of Perioperative Services involves the management of three departments within Surgical Services: Am Admissions, the Infusion Center, and the Start Clinic. Her former role as a Clinical Nurse Educator in Surgical Services was within the same organization, Valley Health. Before her employment at Valley Health, she was the Director of Perioperative Services at Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas and at Garrett Regional Medical Center in Oakland, Maryland. She has over nine years of experience in perioperative nurse leadership.

Sally IrvinSally A. Irvin, JD, MEd, MA, serves as a Public Member of the Board. She is currently Associate Director for Faculty and Technology Services for the Worrell Professional Center and Professor of Legal Research. She teaches Legal Research for the first year Legal Analysis, Writing and Research course and also teaches Advanced Legal Research. She earned her B.A. from Stetson University, her M. Ed. In Educational Technology from University of South Florida, M.L.S. degree from University of South Florida and her J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law. Sally is an advocate for women’s heart disease awareness and prevention. She has served on the Board of WomenHeart – the National Coalition for Women With Heart Disease, and speaks frequently for the American Heart Association on the subject of women’s heart disease. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Women’s Heart Center. In 2013 she was elected as the Public Member to the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification for the American Board of Nursing Specialties and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer and chair of the Review teams for ABSNC’s Examination-Based Certification Programs Standards, Portfolio Assessment Certification Standards and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs Standards. She also serves as President of the Winston-Salem Dog Training Club. Sally, and her miniature poodle Story, compete in dog agility, obedience and rally. 

Marian KleinmanMarian McCann Kleinman, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, has more than thirty years experience in healthcare as a RN, her clinical expertise is in perioperative nursing where she has scrubbed and circulated in all specialties. She has served large portion of her career in a variety of leadership roles in hospital and clinic settings, including at the executive level. Her career has taken her from Southern California to Minnesota to Hawaii and back home to Los Angeles. Her passion is patient safety, infection prevention, the role of the professional RN and physician partnerships. She has lead several teams to CNOR Strong over several years. She has served CCI in cut score and item review committees. Additionally she is a member of AORN, AAOE (Association of Orthopaedic Executives), ACNL (Association of California Nurse Leaders) and AONE (American Organization of Nurse Executives), where she has served on many committees and initiatives and been a presenter. She was the coordinator for the over 1,000 volunteers who help to build the Nurses’ Float for the 2013 Rose Parade and is an active community volunteer.

Toni ManningAntoinette (Toni) Manning, BSN, RN, CRNFA, has more than twenty years in perioperative nursing first as staff nurse, then CRNFA. Toni is a member of AORN and Sigma Theta Tau National honor society for nurses, and she currently works as a CRNFA at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute in Baltimore Maryland. She was selected by that hospital as Nurse of the year in 1996. Prior to her work at University of Maryland, Toni worked for twenty five years in long term care and hospice care. Toni’s prior experience with CCI has been in test item review, cut score committee, and CRNFA job analysis committee.

Jennifer MisajetJennifer L Misajet, MHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM, is currently the Vice President of Operations at Saint Alphonsus Healthcare, Idaho/Oregon. Her previous roles include Administrative, Regional and System Director of Perioperative Services. Jennifer is a member of AORN and an affiliate of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has maintained CNOR certification since 1996 and has completed Improvement Advisor and Patient Safety Executive training from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). She holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University, Bellevue NE, a BSN from the University of Wyoming in Laramie WY and a Diploma from New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Boston. She is currently pursuing a DNP in Executive Nursing Practice from American Sentinel University in Denver. Jennifer has extensive perioperative expertise in acute and ambulatory healthcare settings including construction and remodel, quality initiatives, product evaluation and regulatory readiness. 

Will PacoWill Paco, MBA is a Public Member of the board. He is currently the Sr. Talent Management Consultant with Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA. Will leads efforts to develop an integrated, multi-year talent management vision and strategy based on strategic priorities, in partnership with HR and business leadership for the Enterprise Partner, Worldwide Licensing, Public Sector and Dynamics businesses. Will is also working to evolve their talent management infrastructure to develop and implement simple but effective processes, materials, and cadence for talent discussions. Will says the goal is to have deliberate development and talent actions. Will formerly led the Learning and Development function at Zulily, Inc. and is an established professional with over 10 years of experience working with corporations such as E*TRADE, Starbucks, and Time Warner Cable, to develop high impact learning/training programs that drive business results. He has led multiple teams with varied responsibilities including instructional design, training delivery, and learning technologies. Will is passionate about finding the right mix of learning and resources/support that enable individuals (and ultimately organizations) to succeed. Will earned a B.S. in Information Systems Management from CSU Sacramento and an M.B.A. from Queens University of Charlotte concentrated in executive coaching. To support his continued growth, Will serves with industry organizations such as the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) whose goal is to develop successful learning professionals and move the learning industry forward.

Leigh Anne PiperLeigh Anne Piper, MSN, RN, CSSM, CNOR, is currently the Vice President of Physician Relations and Practice Management at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa. Prior to that, she served as Director of Perioperative and Cardiac Services at Mercy and was chosen in 2017 as one of Iowa’s 100 Great Nurses. Leigh Anne began her nursing career in the OR at FHN in Freeport, Illinois as a circulator, anesthesia assist, and perioperative nurse educator. She also served as a pain resource nurse in FHN’s pain clinic. A firm believer in volunteerism, Leigh Anne has served on AORN’s Peer Review and Awards Committees as well as on CCI’s Exam Writing Committee. For her BSN capstone project, Leigh Anne formed the Pitter Patter Pantry, a registered non-profit baby pantry dedicated to serving area children of families enrolled in the WIC program. She continues to serve on the pantry’s board of directors. She also serves as a board member and Executive Committee member for the Carroll/Lee/Ogle CASA organization.  

Josh WymerJosh Wymer, MSN, MSPM, MA, RN, CSSM, CNOR, LCDR, NC, USN currently serves as the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Naval Medical Center San Diego. His 22 years of experience in health care includes direct patient care across a wide breadth of nursing services. He has served as a staff nurse, team lead, charge nurse, educator, clinical coordinator, and department head for surgical services. He holds an MSN in Health Care Informatics from the University of San Diego, an MS in Project Management from Granite State College, and an MA in Enterprise Strategic Planning from the U.S. Naval War College.  He previously served as a CNOR Coach and a member of the True North Committee and Certification Council Working Group. He is the current Chair of the Recertification Committee and is a lead contributor to CSSM Exam Prep. He is a lifetime member of AORN and a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), and Project Management Institute (PMI). He was selected to AORN’s inaugural “Forty Under 40” for 2017 and has received numerous community and academic awards as well as meritorious military decorations. He is an active community volunteer and high school youth mentor in the greater San Diego area.