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!

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Sandra Lindahl has over 35 years experience in the perioperative setting. She holds a BA in Sociology, an AD in Nursing, a BS in Nursing, and an MS in Health Care Leadership. Over the course of her career, she has functioned in many leadership roles, most recently as Perioperative Educator at Swedish Medical Center and presently as Clinical Program Manager at Pfiedler Education, a subsidiary of AORN. She is experienced in facilitating and presenting webinars and seminars and was published in the May AORN Journal. Sandi has served on the planning committee for the annual Nursing Collaborative Workshop for the past two years.

Sandi has one daughter and a grandson. She lives in Littleton, and participates in a book club, a Women’s Civic Organization, and she enjoys knitting and hiking.

She is excited to serve as DAORN president for 2020-2021!


Jim Stobinski has 35 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. Since 2011 he has been employed at the Competency and Credentialing Institute in Denver, Colorado where in February 2017 he began serving as the CEO. In 2018 he assumed the role of CEO of the CCI Research Foundation. 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, certification, and patient outcomes.

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Past President

Karen Elliott MSN, BSE, RN, CNOR, CSPDT earned her diploma in nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing of Memphis TN, a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Memphis State University Memphis TN, Masters of Science in Nursing, Leadership and Development, from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has been a perioperative nurse and a member of AORN for 40 years. Karen’s experience includes scrubbing, circulating, RNFA, staff RN, Educator for the OR, Assistant Director of OR, Clinical Director OR, Sr Manager Ambulatory Surgery Center, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. Karen has a passion for the nursing profession, the future of nursing, as well as being a patient advocate. She loves to ski, fly fish, swim, and bike as she is a former triathlete. She welcomes the challenge to support perioperative nursing at the highest level.


Daniel Fordiani BS, BSN, RN, CNOR is a certified perioperative nurse with 5 years of experience. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University and a B.S.N. from UT Health San Antonio. He is employed as a perioperative nurse at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver. Dan is currently working towards a M.S.N. in Adult Geriatric Primary Care in hopes to pursue a career as a Nurse Practitioner in the field of primary care with an emphasis in geriatric care. In his spare time, he likes to two step and cook at home.

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Mary Jo Steiert RN has been a perioperative nurse for over 40 years. She has served AORN both locally in the Denver Chapter, nationally as AORN president 2007-08, and internationally as Secretary of the International Federation of Perioperative Nurses and current ambassador to the Americas.  Mary Jo is currently a member of the Certification Advisory Council for the Competency & Credentialing Institute and chair of Global Relation Committee, as well as Treasurer of the Denver Chapter.

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Stacy L. Colby MBA, BSN, BS, RN earned her Bachelor of Science in Business/Computer Information Systems from Colorado State University, her MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Management from Regis University, and her BSN from Hays State University. Stacy’s experience includes long-term care, ICU, hospice and perioperative nursing. However, she knew she loved the Operating Room during her clinicals and was blessed to find a home in the OR with UCHealth’s Anschutz Medical Campus; serving as a circulating RN, scrub RN, and as the Service Specialist for Neurosurgery and ENT. Stacy is a strong patient and family advocate and loves seeing innovation in the OR. She is a lifetime member of AORN. In her off time, she loves getting to the mountains to ski and hike, travel, practice yoga, and spend time with family (yes, her pets count) and friends.

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Board Member

Eileen Fraser BSN, RN received her ADN from Arapahoe Community College in 1986 and her BSN from Regis University in 1999. Her first nursing job was at Porter Hospital on the general surgery floor. After begging for 5 years to train in the OR, Eileen was finally given the opportunity to attend a peri-operative program. She spent 3 more years at Porter before taking a job with no call at Kaiser. 18 years later Eileen tried her hand with insurance nursing and didn’t like it much. She returned to the OR over six years ago at Rose Medical Center where she hopes to retire one of these days.
Eileen has been active in DAORN since the early 2000’s and has served on multiple committees and have been on the Board twice. She has been fortunate to attend multiple education seminars with AORN and hopes to continue to learn her craft.

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Andine H. Gilmore MA, BSN, RN, CNOR chose nursing as a second career – and found it to be her true calling – after having worked as a museum anthropologist for an international traveling exhibition for a number of years. Andine joined the Denver Chapter of AORN in 2013, while she was pursuing her nursing degree at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and proudly serves on the Membership, Spring Workshop, and Informatics Committees. She received her OR training at Lutheran Medical Center and is currently employed at the University of Colorado Hospital, where she joined the transplant surgery team. In her freetime, Andine enjoys the outdoors, participates in triathlons, and occasionally finishes a knitting project.

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Board Mentee

Kristy Mooney RN, CNOR is the Clinical Manager for Children’s Hospital of Colorado North Surgery Center.  She has been a Pediatric OR nurse for 29 years and an Otolaryngology Service Coordinator for 14 years. Kristy has participated in several quality analysis projects that included patient safety with airway and drug induced sleep procedures and was active in Shared Governance and Patient Family Experience. She has been a member of AORN and CNOR certified since 2005.  She has been involved with AORN as a member of the nominating committee, membership, and presented 7 posters at AORN National conferences from 2010-2017. Kristy has participated in three medical missions to Guatemala and Peru.  She is a wife and a mother of three young adults. In her free time, she enjoys sports, gardening, and birds.

Vendor Liaison

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.

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