Board of Directors

The 2015 - 2016 NBCRNA Board of Directors​

 Steve Wooden, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C
​​​​Steve Wooden is managing partner of Boone County Anesthesia Services, LLC, a private practice anesthesia group in East Central Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, the University of Nebraska Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program, Kansas University Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Master’s program, and Duke University DNP program. A strong advocate for CRNA practice, Steve has served as Vice-Chairman of the Nebraska Advanced Practice Nursing Board, past AANA Treasurer and Regional Director, and past Chairman of the Nebraska State Board of Health. He was the recipient of the AANA Ira P. Gunn Award for professional advocacy in 2009 and the AANA Clinical Practitioner of the Year (Alice McGaw Award) in 2001.

Vice- President
Robert Hawkins, PhD, DNP, MS, MBA, CRNA
​​​​​Robert Hawkins is a nurse anesthesia educator and has served in various roles including clinical instructor, assistant program director and program director. He is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina (BSN), Webster University (MBA), Georgetown University (MS), and Rush University (DNP and PhD).

Secretary - Treasurer
Mary Golinski, PhD, CRNA

​​​​Mary Golinski is an Assistant Professor, tenure track, in the School of Nursing at Oakland University and the Assistant Program Director for the Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia, in Rochester, Michigan.  Mary earned her MS in Anesthesiology in 1991 from the University of Detroit-Mercy and her PhD in Education Evaluation and Research from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 2002. Mary actively practices anesthesia at two level 1 trauma hospitals in the Detroit Metropolitan area:  Detroit Receiving Hospital and Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak.  She has held several leadership positions within the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists over the past 22 years.


Pamela Chambers, MSN, EJD, CRNA

Pamela Chambers graduated from the U.S. Army Graduate program in anesthesia nursing in 2000 with an MSN degree.  Pamela left the military after completing 18 years of military service and attended Concord Law School, where she obtained her EJD.  She subsequently served as adjunct faculty for CRNA students at the Asmara College of Health Sciences. Pamela has been active in Health Volunteers Oversees (HVO), serving on the steering committee and as the first program director for the nurse anesthesia education program for HVO in Asmara, Eritrea. Pamela has served on the NBCRNA standards setting committee and on the SEE committee.  Pamela has practiced in 5 of the 7 AANA regions during her career.  Pamela lectures on topics related to the law, such as nursing jurisprudence, and provides expert witness consultation and review on nurse anesthesia standard of care. Additionally, Pamela was a primary instructor of Legal Nurse Consulting for Kaplan University. Pamela co-authored and published research in​​​ the AANA Journal and authored a CME course in the CRNA Today eJournal.
David Coffman, D.O. PhD

​​​David Coffman is the surgeon member of the NBCRNA Board. He obtained his DO from Des Moines University School of Medicine and did his fellowship in Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, including Burn and Burn Surgery training from Yale University.  He obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Capella University. David is Chief in Surgery at the Northern Maine Medical Center.  David is involved in staff education and protocol development for medical, surgical, and intensive care unit programs and lectures on current general surgery and trauma surgery topics.



Susan Rawson, MA, LNC, CRNA

​​​Sue Rawson graduated from a diploma nursing program. After ten years working in medical-surgical intensive care and emergency nursing, she obtained a certificate in nurse anesthesia. She also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Master’s degree in Medical Management and Human Resources, and a certificate as a Legal Nurse Consultant. Sue’s professional experience has been dominated by clinical practice in locations of high intensity patient care encompassing thirty-three years of delivering safe anesthesia care in level one trauma centers, community operating rooms, outpatient surgical facilities, endoscopy centers, interventional radiology departments and obstetrical suites.  She has served in many capacities and held many offices in the Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and the AANA Continuing Education Committee.

Edward J. Susank

Edward Susank is the public member of the NBCRNA Board. Ed spent 25 years as a Principal with William M. Mercer, Inc., a benefits and human resource consulting firm. Ed has served on the governing board of Downey (CA) Regional Medical Center for 13 years and chaired their board for 4 years. He has also served on boards or committees for the Hospital Council of Southern California, the California Hospital Association, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, AARP, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. He is currently a Public Member on the American Board of Imaging Informatics and the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at the University of Minnesota. Ed has been a speaker on programs dealing with employee benefit and health care topics for such organizations as the Federation of State Medical Boards, The Conference Board, and the Society of​​​ Enrolled Actuaries.

Charles Vacchiano, PhD, CRNA, FAAN 

Charles Vacchiano earned a BSN at Wright State University (OH) in 1979, a Bachelor of Science in Anesthesia from George Washington University in 1984, and a PhD in Physiology from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1995. He spent 26 years in the U.S. Navy as a practicing nurse anesthetist, educator, and researcher. During this time, he provided anesthesia care at stateside and overseas hospitals and aboard naval combat vessels. He also taught and performed clinical research in the Navy Nurse Corps Anesthesia Program, and was the Director of Biomedical Sciences Division at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory. Following his retirement from the U.S. Navy, Charles became Director of the Gooding Institute, Bay Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program. He has published in multiple journals (including American Journal of Physiology, Cardiovascular Research, Shock, and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal), and serves as a reviewer for​​​ several agencies and journals. He was named the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Researcher of the Year in 2007. He is currently a member of the Duke University School of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia Program faculty.

Edward Waters, DNP, CRNA
​​​​Edward Waters is an academic and clinical educator at the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia in Pasadena and practices clinical anesthesia at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA. Ed holds an undergraduate degree in nursing from St. Louis University and graduate degrees from UCLA and the University of Colorado. He completed his anesthesia training at the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia. Ed has been a member of the NBCRNA Board of Directors since October 2010, prior to his election to the board he served on the National Certification Examination Committee. In addition to his work with the NBCRNA. Ed serves on the Board of Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association in Ventura, CA.​

Patricia Wirth, DNP, CRNA

​​Patty Wirth graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1988.  In 1989, she was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy Nurse Corps.  In 1995 she graduated from the Navy Nurse Corps Anesthesia Program with a Master of Science degree from The George Washington University.  During her 23 years in the Navy she has served as a practitioner, educator, and administrator both stateside and abroad.  Additionally, she has deployed in support of Operation Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror.  In 2009, she completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rush University.  Patty has been on the NBCRNA Board of Directors since 2010 and prior to that served on both the SEE and NCE item writing committees.  She is currently working as a full-time practitioner at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, VA.
Mary Wojnakowski, PhD, CRNA

Mary Wojnakowski is an actively practicing anesthesia provider as well as an educator and researcher. She provides anesthesia services at two facilities in Phoenix, Arizona: Maricopa Medical Center, a level 1 trauma hospital and regional burn center and Mayo Clinic Hospital. Mary is also on faculty at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. She holds a PhD in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to this, she obtained her master of science in nursing degree, with a specialization in nurse anesthesia, and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Mary actively participates in community and professional organizations at the state and national levels. She has published in the AANA Journal, OR Nursing, and the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. Mary also lectures widely on the topics of pain management, malignant hyperthermia, obstructive sleep apnea, and practitioner vigilance. Her research areas of interest include​​​ pain management, postoperative pulmonary complications, hypothermia, and the science of teaching and learning.​


Mark Zahniser, MD

Dr. Mark H. Zahniser is the anesthesiologist member of the NBCRNA board. He received his B.A. from The Ohio State University in 1985 and his medical degree from the University of Toledo medical school (formerly MCO) in 1990. His primary training in anesthesiology and fellowship in critical care both occurred at the Cleveland Clinic--finishing in 1995. He subsequently has worked in and led two private practice groups as well as spent extensive time practicing at academic centers. He was a past program director for the critical care anesthesiology fellowship at University Hospitals Case Western Reserve. He has been involved in OR anesthesia and critical care for his entire career. Currently he works in the Department of Cardiac Anesthesia at Cleveland Clinic and is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Emerging Leader Fellow 
Mike Anderson, DNP, CRNA, ARNP

​​Mike Anderson earned at Bachelors of Arts Degree in Nursing at Luther College in 1999.  He received his MSN from the Cleveland Clinic/Case Western School of Nurse Anesthesia and graduated in 2009.  He joined the anesthesia department at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in March 2010.  Since that time he has been a staff CRNA as well as a clinical and didactic instructor in the anesthesia nursing program at the University of Iowa, College of Nursing.  Mike has been very instrumental in the anesthesia department in terms of development and implementation of the electronic medical record system and other initiatives.  Along with his clinical duties, Mike was elected and served as a member of the NBCRNA, Continued Professional Certification (CPC) PAU/CE subcommittee in July 2012.  Mike’s passion revolves around patient safety, education and infection control initiatives.  He graduated with his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Iowa in May 2014.  His DNP project focused​​​ on infection control and ensuring patient safety in the operating room.​​​​​

Emerging Leader Fellow
Maureen McCartney, DNP, CRNA

​​​​Maureen McCartney earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from Georgetown University in 2003, her Masters of Nursing Anesthesia in 2010 from Rutgers University, and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2014 from Rutgers University. She currently works as a certified registered nurse anesthetist at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune New Jersey.  Maureen recently was elected as Secretary of the Executive Board for the New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists.