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Sal Ciresi, Ph.D., MN, CRNA

Sal Ciresi graduated from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in 1974 and attended the Army Officer Basic Course that same year. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant with his first assignment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He subsequently was accepted into the US Army School of Nurse Anesthesia in 1975 and served 22 years as a military CRNA with a total service time of 27 years.

He has held several administrative and faculty positions both in the military and civilian community to include the Program Director for Nurse Anesthesia at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.

Sal received his Masters in Nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington presenting his Master's thesis findings at the American Society of Thoracic Surgery in 1980. He also earned his Ph.D. in Health Services Administration from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia in 1991 presenting his findings at an International Nursing Conference in St Johns, Newfoundland. For his service in the Army, he earned entrance into the Order of Military Medical Merit and retired as a Colonel in the US Army.

Sal has published several articles in both Military Medicine and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He has had the opportunity to lecture on numerous anesthesia topics at the national level. Sal currently resides in Huntersville, NC and is a Staff CRNA at Novant Health Medical Center Huntersville.

Thomas Davis, DNAP, MAE, CRNA

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Tom S. Davis, CRNA, MAE, is the former Chief of the Division of Nurse Anesthesia at The Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and former Chief CRNA at (Baylor) Scott and White, Main OR in Temple, TX. Col. Davis, USAF (Ret.). Thomas received his anesthesia education while on active duty in the Air Force and continued his education by earning a master’s degree from Gonzaga University and a Doctorate degree from Midwestern University. While on the faculty at the University of Kansas, Tom showed his pioneer spirit by developing the nation’s first distance education program for nurse anesthesia. Tom was recently the keynote speaker at Allen College where he received the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

At The Johns Hopkins, Mr. Davis spearheaded the redesign of the CRNA annual performance review and implemented a merit-based bonus system. Also at Hopkins, he developed and taught leadership management skills to a group of selected CRNAs.

He has served on the AANA Professional Practice Advisory Board, is a contributor to the AANA Newsletter, and has participated as a faculty member of the AANA Fall Leadership Academy. Recognized for his ability to work across department lines, for team-building and values-based hiring, Tom is a national speaker, educator, writer, author, and leadership trainer for Third River Partners. Tom Davis is the author of Leader Reader 1 – Authentic Lessons in Leadership, described by a chief CRNA reader as, “…one of those books that could transform your management paradigm,” and, “a clear and concise guide to becoming the best manager of people you can be.” Tom will continue his civility in leadership technique and ability to connect with patients, staff, and will continue to teach as an adjunct faculty for Midwestern University.

Tom hosts two active websites. Procrna and ProSynEx feature Tom’s weekly blog article that promotes CRNA leadership and elevates the nurse anesthesia profession. Sample Tom's Presentations.

Ryan Shores, DNP, CRNA

Ryan Shores, CRNA, DNP is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with 14 years of experience. Ryan is an Assistant Professor and Director of the University of North Florida Anesthesiology Nursing Program. He currently serves as a staff CRNA at multiple clinical sites in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ryan is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the University of North Florida Anesthesiology Nursing Program.

As a graduate of the University of Florida with a BS in communication studies, he began teaching before his transition to the healthcare field where he taught multiple subjects as a High School Teacher. In 2002, he received his ASN from Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida, and after two years of RN ICU work, he attended Florida International University for which he earned his MSN in 2006. He received his DNP from the University of North Florida in 2015. He has held a faculty position at UNF for 11 years where he currently serves as the program’s associate director. He also served as interim program director for Florida State University’s program during the summer of 2016.

Dr. Shores’s DNP project focused on cost reduction utilizing low flow inhalational anesthesia. He also has co-authored a chapter on drug interactions. He has chaired and participated in over 30 student oral and poster presentations at the AANA annual congress. He has been lecturing at state, national, and international conferences for the past nine years.

Dr. Shores is a dynamic speaker who believes that conference attendees bring experience and knowledge to the event. His teaching style includes an emphasis on audience participation and input. His areas of focus include pharmacology, chemistry and physics, regional anesthesia, neuromuscular monitoring, and trauma.

Mark Talon, DNP, MSN, CRNA

Dr. Mark Talon is a graduate of the University of Texas Nurse Anesthetist program and an alumnus of the inaugural class for Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Texas Christian University in 2009. He is a clinical coordinator for Shriners Hospital, Texas Christian University Nurse Anesthetist program. Past, Director of the Texas Board of Nurse Anesthetist. Nominated to the AANA Resolutions Committee 08/2016 to 08/2017 and currently serving on the AANA Bylaws Committee.

As the Chief Nurse Anesthetist for Shriners Burn Hospital for Children in Galveston I am actively involved in the peri-anesthetic and ICU care of critically ill pediatric patients resulting from burns, trauma and other related disorders. I am also actively involved in critical care research involving the resuscitation, monitoring, and ventilation of critical and unstable patients. I have had the privilege of being published in journals such as Anesthesia and Analgesia, Journal of Burns, and as a coauthor in the textbook of Total Burn Care.

Kimberly Westra, CRNA, DNP, MSN, APRN, MBAc

Kimberly Westra CRNA, MS, DNP, is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with 21 years of experience and a faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania. She began her career in Baltimore Maryland with experience as a critical care nurse at Johns Hopkins University. Kimberly is the Chief Nurse Anesthetist at Tidal Health Regional Medical Center in Maryland.

Dr. Westra is a doctoral graduate of Chatham University and is an MBA candidate in Healthcare Finance and Administration at Patten University. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society at Chatham and serves in the mentoring program for advanced practice nurses.

Mrs. Westra’s extensive clinical experience includes her role as an RNFA, CNOR, and CPAN. She specializes in comprehensive difficult airway program development within large care networks. Westra developed an airway alert wristband and an electronic medical record airway alert system. These comprehensive airway alert systems can be customized to any size organization or retrofitted into existing documentation programs. Westra also developed a multidisciplinary educational outreach program for critical care difficult airway management. These highly effective outreach programs assist the anesthesia provider in educating the critical care team on the multidisciplinary care team approach to difficult airway management.

Westra is a dynamic and energetic speaker who engages audiences with lively discussions on numerous topics such as The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Anesthesia Practice, Interdisciplinary Difficult Airway Management, Team Building in the OR, Managing Acute Perioperative Crisis’. Mrs. Westra speaks locally and nationally on a variety of current healthcare topics including clinical practice, process improvement, and the business aspects of care.

Dr. Westra is Chief Nurse Anesthetist and Manager Perioperative Education at The Reading Medical Center.