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.
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).
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 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