Board of Directors

The 2014 - 2015 NBCRNA Board of Directors

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.​

Vice President
Steve Wooden, DNP, CRNA

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. Steve has been in private clinical anesthesia practice since 1982. A strong advocate for CRNA practice, Steve has served as Vice-Chairman of the Nebraska Advanced Practice Nursing Board, AANA Treasurer and Regional Director, and 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.
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.


Joseph L. Fink, III, JD

Joseph Fink is the Public Member of the NBCRNA Board. A resident of Lexington, KY, he holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to the practice of law in Kentucky and Pennsylvania. He holds membership in the American Health Lawyers Association as well as the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association. He previously served as the Public Member of the Council on Recertification from 1993-1999. He also currently serves as a Public Member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accreditation agency for medical schools in the U.S. and Canada.

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).

Paul Jones, MD

Dr. Paul Jones is the surgeon member of the NBCRNA board.  Dr. Jones received his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1983.  He currently serves as the Section Head of Pediatric Otolaryngology, with a busy surgical caseload at Rush University Medical Center.  His previous positions include Acting Chair, Assistant Dean of Rush Medical College and Associate Provost Student Services at Rush University.  He has served on the Boards of St. Joseph Hospital/Catholic Health Partners, where he had a private practice for many years, and Rush University Medical Center.  Dr. Jones is recognized by Castle Connolly as one of Chicago’s Top Doctors and by US News and World Report as in the top 1% in his specialty.  Dr. Jones is a recipient of the Leonard B. Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.  He lives in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.
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.
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.
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 practioner, 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 practioner 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. 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 2 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. Dr. Zahniser lives in Chesterland, Ohio with his wife (a practicing CRNA), three children and two dogs.​

2013-2014 Emerging Leader Fellow
Kevin Driscoll, MSN, CRNA

Kevin Driscoll earned a BSN at the University of Maryland in 2005, after being deployed with the United States Coast Guard, and his MSN at the University of Pennsylvania.  He gained his ICU experience in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland while simultaneously working as an Organ Recovery Coordinator for the Maryland Transplant Resource Center.  Recently, he worked as a nurse anesthetist at Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was the lead anesthetist in the institutions first surgical collaborative unit based safety program (CUSP) where, over a three year term, the team decreased surgical site infections (SSIs) in the colorectal patient population by almost 75%.  In addition, he is a fellow of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and co-chaired the PACU clinical community for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

2014-2015 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.​​​​​