Sheryl McDiarmid, RN, BScN, Med, MBA, AOCN, ACNP, CRNI(C), CVAA(C)
President, Guidelines Steering Committee
Sheryl is currently the Advanced Practice Nurse in the Corporate Vascular Access Program at The Ottawa Hospital. In her role she leads a nursing team responsible for the insertion and maintenance of 5000 central access devices including PICCs, PORTs and tunnelled catheters. She is also responsible for the Home Total Parenteral Nutrition, Apheresis and Hemoglobinopathy programs. Sheryl acquired an expertise in peripheral vascular access while part of the IV Team in the late 70's and continues to have a substantial clinical practice of patients with complex vascular access needs.
For 20 years Sheryl was involved in the field of blood and marrow transplantation where she was instrumental in establishing multidisciplinary professional organizations as well as developing accreditation standards that have promoted the quality of transplantation both locally, nationally and internationally. She has published extensively on issues related to vascular access issues and is the principle investigator ongoing research trials. Sheryl also has an MBA and will leverage those skills to support the business aspects of the organization. As a member of the Board of Directors, Sheryl welcomes the opportunity to build on the ongoing success of CVAA.
Kristie Naayer, RN, BScN, CVAA(C)
President Elect, Alliances Committee
Kristie is currently a vascular access nurse in Fraser Health in the lower mainland of B.C. Her knowledge and experience widely encompass vascular access and infusion therapy. Kristie has clinical expertise in PICC insertions, Home IV therapy and teaching, and CVC care, maintenance and complication management. She has two decades of nursing experience that have included various aspects of medical nursing, but it is vascular access that has been her driving focus for the last ten years. Through this focus, she has become influential in the ongoing development of vascular access guidelines and resources for Fraser Health. Kristie started the local Fraser Valley CVAA Chapter and remains president of the chapter. Her passion is for quality based vascular access care and management, providing the best in healthcare for patients on the spectrum of continuing care. Kristie strives to expand the knowledge and education of all the nurses in her vicinity so that everyone knows the benefits of being versed in vascular access, especially through the resources and support of CVAA.
Joy Dacquisto, RN, CVAA(C)
Industry Rep, Treasurer, Finance & Marketing Committee
Joy is passionate about nursing and safety for healthcare workers. After several years as a Registered Nurse in a variety of clinical units in acute care, Joy worked for 3 years in community care for a private company. Over the last 12 years at BD, Joy has held Sales and Management positions – including leading the National Infusion Portfolio at BD. In the national role, Joy was able to see vascular access practice in every province, and learn from front-line care providers the challenges they face in providing optimal vascular access. Working in the medical device industry has driven Joy to demonstrate leadership, develop strong business acumen, analytical skills, and strategic planning and assessment abilities.
Currently, Joy is the Hazardous Drug Safety Specialist for BD in Western Canada, based in Vancouver. This role provides opportunities to improve the safety for Pharmacy staff, Nurses and Allied staff in areas that deliver chemotherapy. Joy believes that it is of the utmost importance that healthcare workers participate in the evolution of the Canadian Healthcare System to serve our present and future needs efficiently and with fiscal responsibility. Joy’s belief that every healthcare worker is responsible to practice at the highest level for their scope of profession lead her to this position on the CVAA Board of Directors. Joy is also a member of INS and CANO.
Karen Laforet, RN, BA, MCISc, VA-BC™, CVAA(C)
Certification Steering Committee, Conference Committee
Karen is currently the Director of Clinical Services for Calea Home Care residing in Mississauga with her husband and two overly friendly furry felines. In her role she’s is responsible for nursing services, clinical leadership, research and company-wide clinical support. She has over 30 years of health care experience working in US, Germany and Canada in a variety of roles. Her nursing expertise includes critical care, community nursing, adult education and health policy. She has presented and published extensively on health policy, skin health and wound management and vascular access. Health management and business experience includes business development, marketing and brand management for health care companies and health coach. Karen’s educational background includes, Masters Clinical Health Science, Non-Profit Management Diploma, Diploma in Marketing leadership and Certificate in Building intelligent Teams in the Digital Age. Karen is currently active on a number of community Boards: a member of the Canadian Association of Wound Care’s (CAWC) Policy & Advocacy Committee and Research Committee; current Past President of Ontario Wound Care Interest Group (OntWIG); member of Canadian Association of Vascular Access’ (CVAA) best practice guideline development group; and committee member for College of Nurses of Ontario. She sits on the editorial review board for Diabetic Foot Canada & Journal of Vascular Access. Karen is excited to share her experience and expertise to further strengthen CVAA’s position & brand in the healthcare landscape and advance vascular access as a multi-disciplinary specialty in Canada.
Andrea Raynak, RN, BScN, MPH(N), CVAA(C)
Publications Committee, Certification Steering Committee
Andrea is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Chronic Disease Prevention and Management program at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. She facilitates evidence-based practice in vascular therapy in each facet of her role; clinical care, system leadership, advancements of nursing practice and evaluation and research. She is responsible for educating current and future nurses in central line therapy and participants in policy, procedure and resource development associated. She is a contract lecturer at the Lakehead University School of Nursing and holds a Master in Public Health with Nursing Specialization.
As a member of the Board of Directors, she is dedicated and committed to imbedding best practices through national collaboration with experts in vascular care to produce optimal patient outcomes. She is excited and dedicated to continue to further expand upon on the accomplishments of CVAA.
Carmen Cernusca, RN, BScN, MScN, CPN(C), CVAA(C)
Guidelines Steering Committee
Carmen is a Nurse Educator for the Niagara Health System where she is responsible for the outpatient Oncology program at the Walker Family Cancer Center and the inpatient unit. She also has Corporate responsibility for Vascular Access and Medication Management as part of her portfolio across 5 sites and 2000 nurses. Within the oncology and ICU programs she is also the educator responsible for the Nurse PICC inserters. Recently Carmen has begun facilitating education with the Paediatrics department as they begin to delve deeper into the world of vascular access. She also spends time with the Diagnostic Imaging/Interventional Radiology teams facilitating education relating to vascular access. Carmen was the recipient of the 2016 BD Excellence in Optimal Vascular Access Infusion Therapy Award for the Central Region. Recently Carmen was a reviewer for the RNAO Best Practice Guideline Practice Education in Nursing as well as for Vascular Access, the journal of the Canadian Vascular Access Association.
Carmen holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor and a Master of Science in Nursing (Leadership and Management) from Walden University. She is currently undertaking her Advance Practice Nurse designation in Oncology through the deSouza Institute. Carmen began her nursing career on a post-surgical floor before entering the Operating room where she specialized in Urological surgery as a Resource nurse. She then entered into Professional Practice where she was the Nurse Educator for Medicine/Surgery/Endoscopy and Ambulatory Care before settling into her current role. She is also a member of many groups such as the RNAO, CNA, PNEIG, INS and CAMSN. Carmen’s love of learning and her desire to share her skills and knowledge contribute to her strength as an educator.
Amera Taylor, BN, RN, CVAA(C), VA-BCTM
Director at Large
Amera is a Regional Clinical Educator-Competency Development, for Vancouver Coastal Health. Her nursing and vascular access career began in 2007 as a Clinical Instructor for the University of Calgary teaching peripheral IV insertions to nursing students. Amera’s knowledge and expertise in the world of central vascular access devices continued to grow in her role as an oncology nurse. Amera became passionate about nursing education and became a Clinical Nurse Educator in a hospital setting, which included a Vascular Access Team. This position allowed her to become certified in PICC insertions. Amera joined Angiodynamics as a Clinical Specialist from 2014-2016 and travelled throughout Canada training nurses on PICC insertion, ECG and ultrasound technology. She also provided in-servicing on care and maintenance of PICC lines, including troubleshooting of complications. Amera considers herself very lucky to have a career that combines her love of nursing, vascular access and nursing education. Amera is an active member of CVAA and AVA. She currently lives in Vancouver, B.C.
Pat Carlson, RN, CVAA(C)
Industry Representative - 3M
Pat is currently the Clinical Sales Lead/National Trainer for the Critical and Chronic Care Solutions Division in 3M Health Care responsible for the orientation and training of the sales team within the C3SD group. She has been a Registered Nurse for over 42 years and has worked in a variety of clinical areas including outpost nursing in the Canadian Arctic, home care, palliative care, outpatient chemotherapy, paediatric ICU. Pat has been CVAA(C) Certified since the first writing of the exam in 1996 and is also a graduate of the International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course (U of Toronto 2007). Pat served 3 years on the national CINA/CVAA board when the Industry Rep position opened and, as part of that team, helped create the first strategic plan to rewrite the bylaws and rename the organization as the Canadian Vascular Access Association (CVAA). The intent was to provide leadership to ALL clinicians involved in vascular access.
Since coming to 3M in 1999 Pat has held positions in sales, project management and clinical support for both wound care and vascular access and works nationally to support 3M customers. This gives her a broader view of clinical practice across the country. Pat has spoken at numerous local, national and international conferences and her passion is to drive change through education that challenges and empowers the front line nurses to excel in both Vascular Access and Wound Care. Her personal passion is her family, quilting and annual volunteer work in Peru, S. America.
Student Ambassador, St. Clair College (in collaboration with the University of Windsor)
Adriana is currently a second year student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at St. Clair College in collaboration with the University of Windsor. She has a previous degree in biomedical sciences from University of Ottawa. She hopes to focus on women’s health and believes that working with the CVAA Board of Directors will provide her with the opportunity to learn more about infusion therapy in pregnant women and the possible effects on fetuses. She is currently working as a Brand Ambassador for St. Clair College’s Leave the Pack Behind team and has extensive experience in clinical and health policy research. She has volunteered as a Clinical Research Assistant in the Students Undertaking a Pediatric Program of Research Training program and also volunteered as a Research Assistant on reproductive care. She is excited about furthering awareness of the resources and benefits CVAA provides among both her peers and professors. Adriana also wants to help provide education to her peers through the exam and is keen to get a chapter in the Windsor area.
Sabatina Vassali, B.A. (Hons), LL.B.
Legal Advisor, non-voting
Melissa McQueen, B.A. (Hons), MLIS
Executive Director, non-voting