The 2013 - 2014 NBCRNA Board of Directors
Charles Vacchiano, PhD, CRNA
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 practices clinical anesthesia at the Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center and he is a faculty member of the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia in Pasadena. He holds degrees in nursing from St. Louis University and UCLA and 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.
Secretary - Treasurer
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.
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.
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.
Robert Hawkins, 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 and Acting Chair, with a busy surgical caseload at Rush University Medical Center. His previous positions include 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.
Michael O'Connor, DO, MPH
Michael O'Connor serves as Chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic, where he practices both cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia as well as critical care medicine. He is board-certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and holds ABA subspecialty certification in Critical Care Medicine. Michael served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for 28 years, including 8 years active duty with deployments for Operation Desert Storm/Shield in 1990-91 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-2006. Michael takes great pride in working with CRNAs in two great institutions, the U.S. Navy and the Cleveland Clinic, while promoting excellent anesthetic care for the best patient experience and outcome.
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.
Michael Rieker, DNP, CRNA
Michael Rieker is the Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Wake Forest Baptist Health. He was a staff nurse in the adult and pediatric trauma ICUs at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX. He holds a Master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from Rush University in Chicago. His 17 years of experience as a CRNA include numerous years of locum tenens practice. He has worked in every type of practice setting from academic medical centers to solo CRNA hospitals and office settings. He has given anesthesia in more than one-half of the AANA’s practice regions. With a particular interest in obstetric anesthesia, he is a former chief CRNA in obstetrics and continues to teach in the AANA OB anesthesia workshop.
Patricia Wirth, DNP, CRNA
Patricia 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 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 and educator 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. Her most recent assignment was as the Chief/Assistant Chief Nurse Anesthetist at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. Following her retirement from the military in August 2012, she will be residing in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Patricia has served as a Director since 2010.
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.