Education: Diploma in Nursing 1983 - Akron Idabelle Firestone School of Nursing. Attended toward BSN Kent State, University of Akron, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Trident Technical College. Licensed Massage Therapist Ohio and South Carolina with Certification from the Dr Vodder School Lymphatic Drainage in both MLD and CPT.
Professional Experience: My journey began in rehabilitation at the Medical College of Virginia - Richmond, VA with short stays in Los Angeles, CA and Charleston, SC before returning to Ohio. I have worked in specialties of Rehabilitation, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Oncology and Emergency Nursing. My original home is Ohio, so I returned in 2002 and worked at the University Hospital - Portage Medical Center in medical and emergency nursing. My PeriAnesthesia experience started in May of 2008 and continues to presently working Pre-op and PACU. I find working in both units allows me to utilize the knowledge gained in keeping my current CPAN and CAPA certifications.
Professional Achievements: I was a CRRN in rehabilitation and OCN in oncology while working in those specialties. Current ACLS, PALS, CPAN 2014 and CAPA 2015.
Professional Membership: ASPAN, OPANA, NEOPANA since 2010,
Professional Board/Comm: ASPAN Membership and Marketing SWT 2016-2018, OPANA Gold Leaf Chair/Shining Star Award 2015-2018, Current OPANA VIce President and Board Member, as well as, NEOPANA Board Member.
I love to travel and learn. I am a history and genealogy nut. Many of you know Debby Niehaus and I found out we share a Great-Grandmother when we were talking about genealogy in Kansas City LDI! You never know how membership in ASPAN may benefit your life! I’m honored to serve as OPANA President and work with a great team!