Board of Directors

Kristi Elliott, RN, FNP-C, CPSN, ISPAN - F, President President Kristi Elliott, RN, FNP-C, CPSN, ISPAN - F
Kristi has been a nurse for over 20 years. She has experience in both Women's Health and Plastic Surgery, with the last 10 years being in private and academic plastic surgery practices. She is a nurse practitioner at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Division of Plastic Surgery.
 
Rebecca J. Suess, RN, BSN, CPSN, CANS, President-Elect President-Elect Rebecca J. Suess, RN, BSN, CPSN, CANS
Rebecca has worked in aesthetics for her entire nursing career. She has worked in dermatology, facial plastic surgery, and plastic surgery. She ventured into the realm of business ownership in 2017 with the opening of The Refinery Skin Clinic. Besides working in her clinic as a full-time injection specialist, Rebecca also works as an independent educator through Rebecca Suess Aesthetics, LLC, as well as in collaboration with Allergan Medical Institute. Rebecca has been a member of ISPAN since 2011. She understands the power of community, unity, and advocacy that comes through being a part of a nursing association that is filled with nurses who are passionate about their profession.
 
Pamela Messina, BSN, CPSN, CNOR, CANS, RNFA, ISPAN-F, Secretary-Treasurer Secretary-Treasurer Pamela Messina, BSN, CPSN, CNOR, CANS, RNFA, ISPAN-F
Pamela is a registered nurse with over 40 years of clinical experience of which the last 30 have been in the specialty of plastic surgery. Holding multiple certifications, Pamela is currently practicing as the clinical nurse manager in both the academic and private sectors. Given her vast clinical and research experience, she serves as a resource for several New York plastic surgery offices. Having served on the Membership Engagement Committee, as a Director, and one term as Secretary-Treasurer, Pam hopes to continue her service to ISPAN to promote further growth, development and integrity in all aspects, both surgical and aesthetic, of the plastic surgical nurse.
 
Michele McCullough, RN, Director Director Michele McCullough, RN
Michele has been a registered nurse for over 25 years. She has spent the last 10 years working in The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Michele has been active in ISPAN since joining in 2012. Michele has served on the Educational Program Committee and as the Chair of the Membership Engagement Committee.
 
Georgia Cirese, Director Director Georgia Cirese
 
Melissa Gorden, RN, CNOR(E), CANS, Director Director Melissa Gorden, RN, CNOR(E), CANS
Aesthetic Nurse Specialist

With over 30 years of clinical experience, primarily in the perioperative setting, in a wide variety of locations both nationally and internationally, Melissa possesses a respected blend of experience and skill. She is a proud member of ISPAN who believes patient safety and continued learning are paramount.
 
Judy Placek, MSN, APRN, Director Director Judy Placek, MSN, APRN
Nurse Practitioner

Judy has a Masterís Degree in Nursing and a post masterís certificate as a family nurse practitioner which she received from Clarkson College in 1999. She has been employed at Nebraska Medicine since 1996 and has worked in Burn and Plastic Surgery for over 20 years. Her responsibilities included the intraoperative care as well as inpatient and outpatient clinical care of the acute and reconstructive burn and plastic surgery patient. In addition, she has an interest in burn disaster preparedness and served as the Midwest Region Burn Disaster Coordinator for 7 years. She is a consultant with the American Burn Association and has presented locally, nationally and internationally on burn care and disaster preparedness.
She also has had the opportunity to participate in burn and reconstructive plastic surgery medical missions in China, Haiti, India, Bangladesh, and Kenya.
She joined the Nebraska Medicine Regional Disaster Health Response Ecosystem Grant Team in October 2019 and currently serves as the Burn Specialty Team Lead.
 
Gerrie Obi, MSN, ARNP, RN, CPSN, ISPAN - F, Immediate Past President Immediate Past President Gerrie Obi, MSN, ARNP, RN, CPSN, ISPAN - F
Gerrie is certified in Adult and Geriatric Primary Care and Plastic Surgery Nursing. Over the past decade she has held positions in several of the major aesthetic corporations serving as a an educator and physician liaison providing clinical and scientific support for various products. She is also an international trainer; she trains the trainers as well as other Master injectors, both nationally and internationally. Gerrie has trained thousands of aesthetic providers globally over the past decades as well as providing innovative Aesthetic care for countless clients in private practice for over 35 years.