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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.

William Howie, DNP, CRNA

Dr. Howie has an extensive background in nursing and nurse anesthesia. Dr. Howie holds Master of Science degrees in both Emergency Health Care Administration and Nurse Anesthesia and completed his doctorate degree in 2010 from The John's Hopkins University. Since 1995, he has been a CRNA at the University of Maryland Medical Center/Shock Trauma Center UMMC, in Baltimore, MD. Duties at the Trauma Center include the provision of anesthetic services to victims of acute trauma. Secondary duties performed by Howie include the provision of monthly educational lectures to newly assigned SRNAs and to function as a member of the Anesthesia Departments Quality Assurance Committee.

In addition to his practice as a nurse anesthetist, Dr. Howie is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Academy of Health Sciences for the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Dr. Howie also holds academic positions at the University of MD, School of Nursing. He has retired from the military as Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve after 25 years of service. He was called to active duty multiple times throughout his reserve career.

Dr. Howie has published numerous articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals.

Patricia McMullen, Ph.D., JD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN

Website: https://nursing.catholic.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-profiles/mcmullen-patricia/index.html

Dean & Ordinary Professor, School of Nursing
The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Dr. McMullen practices as an educator, women’s health nurse practitioner, and as an attorney. She holds BSN and MS degrees from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and then went on to complete a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing at The Catholic University of America. Dr. McMullen has held faculty positions at several universities and has worked clinically at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Baltimore City Health Department, and in private practice. She has been selected as a Distinguished Practitioner by the American Academies of Practice, a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. she has presented numerous workshops on legal issues in nurse practitioner practice. She is also the author of a number of research and practice-based articles and texts.

Dr. McMullen has held prior faculty positions at both the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Graduate School of Nursing and the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She has worked clinically at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Baltimore City Health Department, and Anne Arundel Medical Center. Over the course of her career, she has combined her interests in nursing and the law by authoring a variety of book chapters and articles dealing with legal issues in nursing. A member of the Maryland Bar Association, she has served on both plaintiff and defense malpractice cases.

During off-hours, Patricia McMullen enjoys tennis, biking, and family time.

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.

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 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. Westra speaks locally and nationally on a variety of current healthcare topics including clinical practice, process improvement, and the business aspects of care.

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

Steve Wooden, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C

Dr. Wooden is a graduate of the University Tennessee College of Nursing, The University of Nebraska Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program, The Kansas University Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Masters program, and the Duke University DNP program.

He is currently the managing partner of “Boone County Anesthesia Services”, a private practice anesthesia group in East Central Nebraska. The practice has a strong non-surgical pain management focus and provides comprehensive anesthesia services at Boone County Medical Center in Albion Nebraska.

Dr. Wooden is the Past President of the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), Past Chairman of the Nebraska State Board of Health, and Past Chairman of the Nebraska Advanced Practice Nursing Board

He is also the recipient of the AANA Ira P. Gunn Award for professional advocacy (2009) and the AANA Clinical Practitioner of the Year (Alice McGaw Award) (2001), as well as a former AANA Regional Director and Treasurer.