Meet the NBCRNA Board of Directors
Cormac O'Sullivan, PhD, CRNA, ARNP
Cormac O’Sullivan is an Associate Clinical Professor and the director of the DNP program in Nurse Anesthesia at the University of Iowa. He has worked as a CRNA at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for 26 years. He completed his CRNA education at DePaul University and Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago, IL. He received his PhD in Health Services with a focus on Health Economics from the University of Iowa. His areas of research interest focus on quality and safety in surgical patients, perioperative crisis management, and provider and patient preferences for health care services.
Lori Anderson, DNP, MSN, CRNA
Lori Anderson is an Associate Professor, and the Chair/Program Director for the Department of Nurse Anesthesia at Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago, IL. Lori earned her BSN and MSN from Northern Illinois University, and her DNP from Rush University. She was a past president of the Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists and a past member of the Illinois Board of Nursing.
Susan McMullan, PhD, MSN, CRNA, CNE, CHSE
Susan McMullan is an Associate Professor and Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Track Coordinator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing. She earned her BSN from University of Michigan, her MSN in Nurse Anesthesia from Rush University, and her PhD from Rutgers, the State College of New Jersey. Prior to her move to Birmingham, she worked full time as a clinical CRNA in Chicago. She has previous academic experience at Rush University Graduate College of Nursing and at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. In her current role, Susan manages day-to-day operations of the Nurse Anesthesia program. She also developed a new doctoral curriculum, and transitioned the Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Track from the Master’s to Doctor of Nursing Practice outcome degree. Susan maintains a clinical faculty practice at UAB Callahan Hospital. Susan is a 2017 American Association of Nurse Anesthetist Post-Doctoral Fellow and 2016 UAB School of Nursing Dean’s Scholar Award recipient for her research on CRNA workload and patient safety.
Garry Brydges, PhD, DNP, MBA, CRNA, ACNP-BC, FAAN
Garry Brydges is the Chief Nurse Anesthetist and Director of Anesthesia Quality & Outcomes at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, overseeing a group of over 110 CRNAs. He is also adjunct faculty at University of Texas and Baylor College of Medicine Nurse Anesthesia Programs. He continues a passion for teaching and precepting students in focused areas of neuroanesthesia, and his acute care nurse practitioner expertise in cardiovascular surgery. He has been performing opioid sparing and non-inhalation anesthesia for nearly a decade in his current practice. Garry graduated from the University of Texas Nurse Anesthesia Program and was the recipient of the Agatha Hodgins Outstanding Graduate Award. He has an extensive academic background also graduating from the University of Texas Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program before nurse anesthesia training, concentrating in cardiovascular surgery. He completed his DNP at Texas Christian University in 2011, focusing research in Preoperative Considerations for the Heart Failure Patient with Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. Other degrees include an Executive MBA, as well as a PhD in Financial Management and Economics in Healthcare Delivery, at Texas Woman’s University. He is well published in textbook chapters and journals, most recently in the Journal of Nursing Administration (December 2019) and Textbook: Oncologic Critical Care (2019). He was inducted in 2018 as a Fellow into American Academy of Nursing for his work in Opioid-Sparing Strategies.
Pamela Chambers, DNP, EJD, MSN, CRNA
Pamela Chambers is a member of a private practice anesthesia group in north Texas. She also has a health law consulting firm assisting attorneys, healthcare providers, hospitals, and insurers in matters related to standards of care, resource utilization, and negligence claims. Pamela was on active duty for 18 years in the US Army Nurse Corps, achieving the rank of Major before separating from the Army to attend law school. Pamela has practiced independently all over the country as well as in several locations overseas. In addition to clinical practice, Pamela has authored several articles covering topics in anesthesia clinical practice as well as professional practice matters. She was a past online instructor for the legal nurse consulting program with Kaplan University. Before joining the board of directors, Pamela served on several volunteer panels for the NBCRNA including the SEE committee and as an item writer. Pamela’s DNP project topic was Implementing a Quality Measures Trigger Tool in a Private Practice Anesthesia Workgroup.
Kevin Driscoll, DNP, MSN, CRNA
Kevin is a Staff Anesthetist at the National Institute of Health Clinical Center. This is the world's largest research-only dedicated hospital where they take on medically complex cases to gain greater insights into future diagnosing, treating, and curing patients. Prior to that, he was at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he helped lead the first Collaborative Unit-Based Safety Program in the Department of Surgery as well as co-chaired a John Hopkins Medicine Clinical Community. He received his DNP from Yale University where his focus was on the geo-spatial analysis of the positive correlates for veteran suicide in the post-9/11 veteran communities.
*Kevin is serving in a personal capacity.
Sara C. Gonzalez, MD, DABA
Sara Gonzalez is the anesthesiologist member of the NBCRNA Board. Dr. Gonzalez received her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed her residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) and obstetric anesthesiology fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She serves as a Commander in the United States Navy at NMCSD where she is a staff obstetric anesthesiologist and the Residency Program Director. She deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. She enjoys teaching residents and students. Her academic interests include provider wellbeing, operational medicine, and maternal patient safety.
Sarah Giron, PhD, CRNA
Sara Giron is a full-time Academic and Clinical Instructor for the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia (KPSA) in Pasadena, California and Adjunct Professor at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) School of Nursing. She is lead faculty for the DNP scholarly project process at KPSA and operationalized research agreements and dialogue between KPSA and CSUF, serving as lead faculty for the KPSA IRB processes and consulting on project methodology and feasibility for all DNP projects. As full-time faculty, Dr. Giron is also responsible for running simulation-based learning scenarios and clinical education in the operating room. She practices part-time at the Kaiser Permanente South Bay hospital in Harbor City, California. Her clinical interests include neurosurgical cases, organ transplants, general, ophthalmic, vascular and off-site anesthesia.
Robert T. Laird, BSN, CRNA
Robert Laird is an anesthetist in private practice in the Abilene, Texas, area. He has been in private practice for over 35 years. Robert has served in many capacities with the Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists, including four terms as President. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a BSN, before being accepted into the anesthesia residency program at Wichita General Hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas. While there, he developed an air transport system for sick babies, served as field triage nurse during the Wichita Falls tornado of 1979, and helped develop policies for the use of CRNAs in the Emergency Department. After graduation, Robert was recruited by a private hospital in Abilene where he became the pediatric specialist for the center. Robert worked with both State and National organizations to lobby for rules allowing CRNAs to be accepted by Medicare as independent practitioners. Robert has continued to practice full time, managing a four- CRNA group and serving as Chief of Anesthesia for four ASCs and one rural hospital. He also serves as part-time adjunct instructor for a local university nursing program. Robert has served as a testifying expert in several cases involving CRNAs and continues to provide research and opinions concerning standard of care.
Rebecca (Becky) LeBuhn is a co-founder and Chair of the Board of Citizen Advocacy Center, and is responsible for research, policy development, and publications. She has coordinated public participation on regulatory boards, specialty certifying bodies, federal regulatory proceedings, private sector decision-making, and technical standards development in such diverse fields as healthcare, medical devices, solar energy conversion, and indoor air quality. A professional writer, Ms. LeBuhn is the author of numerous publications and newsletters on various subjects including health professional licensure, specialty certification and recertification, continuing professional development, consumer-business relations, regulatory and healthcare policy, and financial services. Active in the public interest community, Becky has been the President of the National Consumers League and of the Continental Association of Funeral and Memorial Societies. She currently serves as a public member of the American Board of Medical Specialties Stakeholder Council and in the past served as the public member on the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), and on the boards of directors of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (I.C.E.), the American Board of Radiology Foundation (ABRF), and ASTM International. She received the 2020 Mary Macomber Service Award from I.C.E. Ms. LeBuhn earned her B.A. in Economics and Government at Wells College and her M.A. in Soviet Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Ellen Reynolds, MD, FACS
Ellen M. Reynolds, MD, FACS, is a fellowship trained pediatric surgeon with over 20 years of experience of general pediatric and trauma surgery at St. Luke's Children’s Hospital, Boise, Idaho. Her particular interest is the management and treatment of chest wall deformities. Dr. Reynolds has helped to pioneer techniques used in the surgical correction of pectus excavatum and carinatum deformities. Dr. Reynolds earned her bachelor's degree at Pomona College, and attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis where she graduated first in her class. She completed her general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Reynolds volunteers her time with IPSAC organization, serving as an educator for Danang Children's Hospital in Vietnam.
Lisa M. Riedel, DNP, MS, CRNA
Lisa M. Riedel is the director for the University of Tulsa Doctoral Program of Nurse Anesthesia. She earned her BSN from the University of Michigan, her MS in nurse anesthesiology from the University of Detroit Mercy, and her DNP from Robert Morris University. She has served on the Diversity and Inclusion committee for the AANA, is a poster and scholarship reviewer for the AANA Foundation and a former item writer for the NBCRNA. Lisa was the keynote Dorothy Brangman speaker for the 2019 AANA Annual Congress and has published in the AANA Journal.
Terry Wicks, DNP, MHS, CRNA
Terry Wicks is currently serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He is a graduate of the DNP Program at the University of Iowa. Prior to leaving the military in 1992, Terry served as Assistant Program Director at the clinical site for US Army’s Course for Nurse Anesthetists at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. After graduating from the US Army Anesthesia Course for Nurse Corps Officers in 1986, Terry served as a staff anesthetist at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Terry has also served as President of the Hawaii Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and for the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists, as well as president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists 2006-07. He was most recently president of the NBCRNA Board of Directors in 2019-2020.
Emerging Leader Fellows
Sara Myers, DNP, CRNA
Sara Myers practices anesthesia at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, MO. She is a clinical instructor and Professor for the Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia. Sara earned a BA from the University of Kansas, a BSN from Creighton University, and her DNP from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She has volunteered on a variety of national committees and panels, including the AANA Practice Committee (2017-2020) and NBCRNA CPCA Item Writing Committee (2019-2020). Sara enjoys participating in at least one medical mission trip annually.
Unique Laylor, MSN, CRNA
Unique Laylor is currently a CRNA at Baylor, Scott & White Health in Temple, TX, where she also serves on the hospital Nurse Research Council. She began her term as an Emerging Leader Fellow in October 2021. While at UCSF, Unique was a member of the departmental Quality Improvement Committee, Orientation Committee, and participated in the annual Students Capturing the Operating Room Experience (SCORE) event speaking with underrepresented minorities in health care. Prior to relocating to Texas, Unique was a simulation fellow at the San Francisco Veteran's Affairs Medical Center.