Meet Our Board of Directors
Despite sounding so official, we are a friendly bunch of people from all walks of life – and quite approachable. Please feel welcome to reach out to us with any questions, comments, or concerns you might have. We are here to serve you!
Tonya Levine has 20 years of perioperative experience, including managing the Department of Surgical Services for over 15 years. She earned a dual Master’s of Science in Nursing and Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and her undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Florida. Throughout her professional journey, Tonya has been a perioperative leader and AORN Chapter member in various regions of the United States. She currently sits on the eChapter Research Committee Chapter and is the current Vice President of Surgical Services at Swedish Medical Center. She is a proud mother of three human boys and two furry boys. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors and riding her motorcycle.
Adam Mckew, MSOL, BSN, RN, CNOR, has over 22 years of experience in healthcare. He holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from CSU Global, a BSN from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and his ADN from Philips Beth Israel School of Nursing in New York City. He is enrolled in his BSN-DNP specializing in Pediatric Acute Care at CU School of Nursing. Adam has served in many roles: a surgical tech in the US Navy, a clinical nurse in the OR, PICU, and ICU, house supervisor, clinical nurse service coordinator of the Breast and Plastics service line, and nurse manager to currently working on the CVOR team at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Adam is passionate about patient experience and technical advancements in the healthcare setting.
Jim Stobinski has nearly 40 years of perioperative nursing experience. His education includes a Diploma of Nursing from the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing and a BSN and MSN from East Carolina University. He earned his PhD in International Health Research from Touro University International in June of 2011 for a study of competency and skill acquisition in perioperative nurses. He combines nearly two decades of perioperative management experience with academic preparation and has published and presented extensively at the national level. Jim failed miserably at retirement at least once previously. He is now employed by NIFA, a for-profit company based in Centennial Colorado, where he serves as the Director of Education. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University in Ft Lauderdale Florida and Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Stobinski maintains an active research agenda centered on nursing workforce issues, credentialing and patient outcomes.
Tammy Woolley RN, MS, MBA, CNOR, CSM, NEA-BC has over 40 years of perioperative experience and has been an active member of DAORN for the past 37 years. She has served in all positions on the Board of Directors and Chapter Committees. Tammy has 3 decades of perioperative leadership experience in the Denver area and is currently the educator at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton. Tammy enjoys playing golf and spending time with her family and dog.
Denise Maxwell-Downing is a perioperative Registered Nurse with 25+ years of experience at an Ambulatory Surgery Center and several Level I Trauma Centers as a perioperative leader, educator, and quality/infection preventionist. She was a Perioperative Informatics Nurse Specialist at AORN and a Perioperative Clinical Consultant at Cerner Corporation before joining HCA Swedish Medical Center as the Perioperative Business Manager. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree with a minor in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. Her Master’s in Health Systems Leadership from the University of Colorado and a Post-Graduate degree in Healthcare Informatics from the University of Colorado.
Kim Caesar, BSN, RN-IV, CNOR, Clinical Scholar has over 40 years of operating room experience. Starting out as a medical records tech in Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, CA in 1980, Kim was introduced to the world of surgery and the role of the surgical technologist by the cardiac surgeons on staff who invited her to observe an open-heart procedure. Talk about love at first sight! Kim completed her surgical tech training at Los Angeles Trade Technical College and began working as a surgical tech in 1981, in the same hospital where she was born, in Hawthorne, California. Kim moved to Denver in 1991 and briefly took a spot in the Labor and Delivery unit at Aurora Humana. Later, she joined the evening crew at St. Anthony’s Central Main OR. From 1993 to 1999, Kim and her family were in Long Beach, CA where she worked at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Ultimately, she returned to Denver in 1999 for good. St. Joseph Hospital has been her home since then. Kim was able to complete her ADN at Front Range Community College in 2006, graduating with honors as the Class President. Eventually she returned to Regis University to complete her BSN, graduating Magna Cum Laude, while working full time. She has been at St. Joseph Hospital for 22 years and is currently Clinical Coordinator for the Cardiac and Vascular Surgery Services and Anesthesia Techs.
Kim enjoys the Colorado seasons with fun related to water. In the winter, Kim is a NASTAR National Giant Slalom Gold Medalist on frozen fluffy water. During the summer, she and her dog love to go out on her fishing boat. Kim and her husband Lancelot have raised two sons and will celebrate 35 years of marriage in the summer of 2022.
Danielle Haddon BSN, RN, CNOR joins the DOARN Board with 15+ years of perioperative experience, beginning her journey as a Surgical Tech in 2006, and making the transition to nursing in 2010. Danielle currently serves as the Administrator of Surgical Services and Director of Nursing at Orthopaedic and Spine Center of the Rockies in beautiful Northern Colorado. Originally from Alberta, Canada, Danielle has worked in various settings and capacities throughout her career, and is very passionate about excellence, education, and leadership within the perioperative setting. Danielle resides in Windsor, CO with her husband Steve and their four children. She is a proud hockey mom and wife, and loves to watch her daughter play the drums in marching band in her free time.
Jennifer Shultz, MS, BSN, CNOR has over 20 years of experience in Perioperative Services. She completed an ASN program at University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she is originally from, then completed a BSN program at University of Indianapolis. She moved to Colorado in 2010 and completed the Master of Science in Nursing – Leadership in Health Care Systems with a Certificate in Health Care Education at Regis University. Jenny has served in many roles in periop services including staff nurse both circulating and scrubbing cases, Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Nurse Manager, OR Educator, Periop 101 Nurse Educator, and currently Clinical Quality Specialist for Periop Services at UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing cards and games, and spending time outdoors exploring Colorado!
Ryan Kirkpatrick currently serves on the Denver AORN board of directors as the Vendor Liaison for fundraising events. For his day job, he is the Regional Manager for Baxter Advanced Surgery supporting products such as Floseal and Tisseel covering several states including CO, WY, MT, NE and eastern WA with his team of 8 field sales representatives. As a supporter of DAORN, Baxter has partnered with the chapter on multiple occasions over the last 8 years to deliver CE events to the members. Ryan previously worked for Synthes and Abbott in the medical device field and also served in the US Army. He is a supporter of all things AORN and lives here in CO with his wife, Wendi, and two children.