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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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.


Position to be filled ASAP. If you have an interest in running for president for the year 2022-2023, please contact us.

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Past President

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.


Tonya Levine has 20 years of perioperative experience, including managing the Department of Surgical Services for over 15 years, and is the current Vice President of Surgical Services at Swedish Medical Center. 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.  In addition to being the Secreatry of the Denver Chapter of AORN, she currently sits on the eChapter Research Committee Chapter. 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.

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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.

Treasurer Mentee

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.

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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.

Board Member

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 Member

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.

Board Mentee

Adam Mckew, BSN, RN, CNOR has over 20 years of experience in healthcare. He holds a BS in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and his ADN from Philips Beth Israel School of Nursing in New York City, and currently is enrolled in his Master of Organizational Leadership at CSU-Global. Adam has served in many roles: as surgical tech in the US Navy, clinical nurse in the OR, PICU, and ICU, and house supervisor, to currently working as the clinical nurse service coordinator of the Breast and Plastics service line at Uchealth Highlands Ranch. Adam is passionate about patient experience and is working on a virtual reality project to improve patient experience and reduce anxiety in the perioperative setting.

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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.