David Taylor MSN, RN, CNOR

Chairman of the Board

David has been providing services to clients with various nursing, perioperative, ancillary service line, and business development needs across the United States for over 30 years. His areas of expertise include services that improve operational and clinical efficiencies, while helping organizations function more effectively to improve their market position.

David has assisted a variety of clients throughout the country to improve clinical excellence, improve physician, staff, and patient/family satisfaction, all while placing an emphasis on safety and throughput which has resulted in streamlined processes’, increased surgical volumes, and enhanced best practices.

David’s particular area of specialty lies in the operational improvement of Surgical Services and Central Sterile and Sterile Processing departments (CS/SPD). Using a focused approach of best practice assessment, inter-professional collaboration and team based solution development, David consistently assists in developing and executing on solutions that enhance an organizations capabilities and success. David is a member of the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). He maintains membership in the Business Industry Consulting (BIC) and Leadership Specialty Assemblies and is a long time member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. He completed his Lean Healthcare Certification at Villanova University, is a nationally recognized speaker and has published in nationally recognized peer review journals on various perioperative subjects.



Weston “Hank” Balch, CRCST, CIS, CHL

Director of Sterile Processing Operations, University Health System

Hank is the director of sterile processing operations at University Health System and president of the South Texas Association of Sterile Processing. His department was named “2016 SPD of the Year” by Healthcare Purchasing News and his articles have been published in Infection Control Today, Outpatient Surgery Magazine, AAMI News, and Becker’s Hospital Review. He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Host of the "Beyond Clean" podcast, discussing the biggest challenges facing the Sterile Processing industry today.



Dawn Whiteside

Director of Education, Competency & Credentialing Institute

Dawn is currently the Director of Education at the Competency and Credentialing Institute. Working with nurses to advance each individual’s personal and professional development is an important part of leadership/management skills. In her role as Director of Education, she develops and manages product development for certificants related perioperative nursing and surgical services management. In addition, she presents at national conferences on topics including competency assessment, leadership, professionalism, and management. Dawn has been an operating room nurse for 30 years. Her perioperative experience includes staff nurse in the circulator, scrub, and first assistant roles. She went on to become team leader in the operating room for the cardiac, ENT, plastic and oral surgery specialties for ten years. While serving as team leader, she was also the educator and rotating charge nurse. After transferring to a cardiac only perioperative environment, she became the educator and manager for ten years over four operating suites at two hospitals. Responsibilities included staff scheduling, time card management, surgery scheduling, and managing 38 employees.



Elbridge “Eb” Merritt

Clinical Nurse, Officer in Charge of the Operating Room, San Antonio Military Medical Center

Eb Merritt is the Clinical Nurse, Officer in Charge of the Operating Room at San Antonio Military Medical Center. He is a certified perioperative nurse, is a CRCST, CIS, and has a CHL from IAHCSMM. He is a member of IAHCSMM, AORN, AAMI and Sigma Theta Tau International. Merritt has held a variety of positions in perioperative nursing throughout the Army, in both fixed and field units in the Operating Room, Sterile Processing Departments as well as in Infection Prevention and Control. He has co-authored multiple articles on sterile processing and authored a book chapter on infectious disease in a perioperative safety textbook.



Chris Bolton,  Clinical Educator  

St. Rose Dominica Hospital

Chris graduated from Parkview-Methodist School of Nursing in 1979, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Indiana University in 1994 and a Master of Science in nursing from Grand Canyon University in 2014.  Chris has worked in a variety of positions in the perioperative arena since 1982.  Those positions have been as a staff nurse, charge nurse, educator, manager and director.  The facilities where she worked in northeast Indiana were within a 4-hospital system at the time, Parkview Health System.  Currently, Chris’ position as a perioperative clinical educator is at St. Rose Dominican Hospital, a 3-hospital market in Las Vegas within Dignity Health. 



Giselle Peters MSN, RN, CNOR

Sahara Surgery Center

Giselle is the Clinical Nurse Manager at Sahara Surgery Center in Las Vegas, NV, a free-standing, five OR, two procedure room ambulatory surgery center. She is responsible for the OR, Pre-Op, PACU, pain management, scheduling, materials management, SPD and housekeeping departments. Giselle is active with her local AORN chapter serving in various leadership positions since 1994. She is a member of NNA, Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Kappa Phi. She graduated from Helene Fuld School of Nursing in Trenton, NJ and then obtained her BSN and MSN at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.