The NAWCO Board of Directors has established and granted authority to the Certification Committee to independently make essential decisions related to the development and maintenance of the Certification Programs.
Certification examinations are sponsored by the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® (NAWCO). Decisions of the Certification Committee are made independently of, and under no influence by, any entity within or outside of NAWCO. The independent Certification Committee has been established to develop and maintain the Certification Programs and all essential activities, including but not limited to the following:
Carmen Oguz, PT, DPT, MBA, CWS, FCCWS, WCC Certification Committee Chair
Carmen has worked in healthcare for over 22 years across many different hospital departments: medical records, accounts payable, marketing, human resources, rehabilitation and rehabilitation management, consulting, wound care, and service line development. In 2006, Carmen obtained two national wound certifications and began her journey to obtain her doctorate degree in physical therapy. Upon completion of this degree in 2008, she began to focus more on honing her wound care skills, the development of an outpatient wound care program, and the design and development of a wellness center that was opened soon thereafter. In 2013, Carmen began the accreditation process for a developing Physical Therapist Assistant Program at a local community college. Since 2013, she was instrumental in adding the following service lines at her critical access hospital: an outpatient wound clinic, an outpatient orthopedic clinic, an outpatient infusion service, and an outpatient cardiology clinic. Currently, she is looking to add cardiac and pulmonary rehab to her line of service development.
Dianna “Dee” Dashner, APN, RN, WCC, CLNC, LLE Certification Committee Co-Chair
Dee currently works in an outpatient wound care center in Stuart Florida.She recently earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Kaplan University graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2015 and is more recently her Master of Science in nursing as a family nurse practitioner also at Kaplan University.She has 13 years of nursing experience with 10 years of wound care experience.She became certified as a WCC in 2009, CLNC in 2010 and lastly LLE in 2013. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Florida Nurses Association, Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society, National Association of Wound Care, and National Association Certified Legal Nurse Consultants.”,
Lisa M. Hezel, ADN, BA, RN, ACHRN, DAPWCA, WCC, OMS
Lisa graduated in 1993 with her Associate’s Degree in Nursing and started her career in Wound Care on May 1st, 2000. On that day, Lisa found her official niche in nursing, wound care. Lisa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Management Communication with a Minor in Health Care Administration, while working full time and raising her young family, and graduated Cum Laude in 2005. Lisa became a WCC in 2007 and moved to her current job, working as the Nurse Manager of Mercy Hospital St. Louis Hyperbarics and Wound Care department in 2008. She became a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist in 2010, then became an Advanced Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse in 2014. In preparation of expanding her current department to include an Out Patient Ostomy Clinic, Lisa also became an Ostomy Management Specialist in 2015. Lisa has been honored as a Finalist of St. Louis Magazine’s 2015 Excellence in Nursing award and was most recently nominated for a Daisy award for Nursing Excellence in 2016. She has been a guest presenter for the St. Louis Nurses in Advanced Practice 2014 Symposium. Lisa is also a member of the NAWCO, BNA, UHMS, and the APWCA.
Mary Josephine M. Famorca, BSN, MAN, RN, WCC, COCN
Wound and Ostomy certified Registered nurse rich with varied experiences in both clinical practice and nursing education setting. Master of Arts in Nursing degree specialized in Adult Health Nursing. Twenty-seven years of nursing experience with focus in neuro surgical nursing clients, research, teaching college & graduate nursing students as well as managing a College of Nursing School and Skilled Nursing Facility. Both hospital and acute care setting experiences include leading the interdisciplinary team and skin champions in decreasing hospital acquired pressure injuries, managing wound/ostomy clients. and participation and presentation at local, national, and international professional organizations. Philosophy in life- “It is more enriching to serve than be served and to demonstrate human kindness.”
Kyle Krzewina has been a registered nurse for seven years, with almost all of his nursing career in woun dcare, ostomy care and hyperbaric medicine. Kyle lives and works in Green Bay, WI where he is employed as a wound ostomy and hyperbaric nurse in the inpatient and clinic setting. Kyle not only works with patients, but he also works with employees to help increase the awareness and competency of the nurses and other health care professionals at the facility. Kyle is also employed part time at Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College where he works with nursing students and helps them develop nursing skills and confidence.
Tammy Tatum is currently a clinical specialist for American Medical Technologies. She is a masters prepared nurse with over 20 years of experience as a Nurse. She currently obtained her board certification as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Tammy has been providing bed-side wound care education and wound care in-services in long-term care and hospice settings for over 15 years. Her clinical experience includes many aspects of nursing in several settings including hospital, home health, hospice, and long-term care.
Alexander Travers, BSN, RN, WCC
Alexander Travers has been a Registered Nurse in the state of Florida since 2017. Alex worked as a neuro-telemetry nurse and transitioned to wound care early on in his career. He is wound care certified with a focus in the acute care setting. He practices with a proactive approach to wound care, focusing on patient education and staff empowerment. Alex is currently pursuing higher education to further his knowledge as a wound care specialist to serve the patients and the profession he respects.
Heather L. Taylor, MPH, LDH Public Member
Heather Taylor has been an Indiana licensed dental hygienist for twelve years. She has worked in a variety of settings, including private-practice, public health, and education. Ms. Taylor was a full-time faculty member at Indiana University School of Dentistry for three years working with SEAL Indiana and teaching Dental Radiology courses. Currently, she is a PhD student at the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health, a NLM Public and Population Health Informatics Fellow, and President of the Indiana Dental Hygienists’ Association. She has been the Public Member for the WCC Certification Committee since 2018.
Kim Steele, RN, WCC, RAC-CT
Kim has been an RN for 22 years and has treated specifically in the geriatric population for over 26 years. In her 18 year tenure as a Director of Nursing, Kim developed and implemented a preventative skin care program and, with her staff, was able to maintain a 0% rate for avoidable pressure ulcers in her facility for well over 10 years. Her proactive management and staff education resulted in a grant from the NYS DOH for the program. Currently employed as a Regional Consultant for Harmony Healthcare International (HHI), Kim has been WCC certified since 2006 and now enjoys sharing her knowledge to help facility’s develop care plans and programs related to all areas of compliance for Medicare, Medicaid and Survey related issues across the Northeast. Kim joined the WCC Certification Committee in 2012.
Marcy Couitt RN, BSN, WCC, DWC
Marcy is a Registered Nurse in both Massachusetts & Rhode Island. She has over twenty years of experience in Home Health Care and became Wound Care Certified in 2007 which led to a leadership position developing and managing a 15 member Wound Care Team and Formulary providing best practice wound & ostomy care. In 2011 she became Diabetic Wound Certified. Marcy then spent some time in long term care coordinating & mentoring a Skilled Nursing Facility Wound Champion Team. Currently, Marcy is working in a hospital based outpatient Wound Clinic providing care & education on newly debrided and complex wounds. She first joined the DWC Certification Committee in 2012, and the WCC Certification Committee in 2013.
Stanley Rynkiewicz III, RN MSN, WCC, DWC, CCS, NHA, OMS, AWCC, CSWS
Stanley Rynkiewicz III, RN MSN, WCC, DWC, CCS, NHA, OMS, AWCC, CSWS is the Executive Director of Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC. He is the driving force behind the agency's 5-star rating for 15 quarters. Under his supervision, Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC is the only 5-star rated Home Health agency in Philadelphia, a rating shared by the top 1% of all Home agencies in the US.
Stanley’s empathetic communication with clients and extensive experience in the industry has shaped his unique and simple leadership style:
▪ Mold competent and dedicated staff
▪ Empower staff and lead by a centralized command
▪ Communicate principles
▪ Hands-on Approach
▪ Lead by Example
We are always looking to expand our group. If you feel you would like to “give back” to the NAWCO by your involvement with the Certification Committee, we would love to consider your resume or CV. No need to have prior experience in these areas…we will train you. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Amanda Slavens, Director of Certification, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 877-922-6292.