Meet the Zander Perioperative Education Team!

In 2004 Wendy Zander created a program to help her staff at a large teaching hospital with a  busy Level 1 trauma center, a thriving heart program and children’s hospital prepare for the CNOR Exam. No small feat as many of you know. The Program was so successful that in seven years of offering it to her staff she and her staff maintained a 100% pass rate. Fast forward to 2012 and Wendy took the next step by founding Zander Perioperative Education, LLC. With a mission to improve patient outcomes by helping OR nurses prepare for their certifications. What started as a way for her staff to prepare for the CNOR exam has expanded across the country as a way to assist nurses and staff in the pursuit of excellence as CNORs, CAPA-CPANs, and CSTs.

With that expansion came the challenge of finding amazing people with real world experience that can take the course curriculum, add their personal flare and maintain the highest level of quality and engagement with you, our attendees.

Below you will find a little more information on each of these awesome new and old friends. We can’t say enough how much we appreciate the hours they put into bringing you our classes and the standards they hold themselves to in order to see you succeed in your careers. So go ahead, click a name and Meet the Team!

The CNOR Team

Wendy Zander MSN/ED, RN, CNOR

Wendy Zander MSN/Ed, RN, CNOR

Wendy is a nationally recognized perioperative nursing expert with performance improvement, education and bedside experience in all aspects of perioperative nursing and sterile processing.

  • Recertifies by exam every five years
  • Completely focused on certification prep since 2004
  • Engaging and talented educator
Jocelyn L. Atkins MSN, RN, CNS, CN-CP, CNOR

Jocelyn L. Atkins, MSN, RN, CNS, CN-CP, CNOR

Jocelyn is a seasoned Perioperative Educator and Clinical Nurse Specialist with 16 years’ experience in pediatric surgical, and adult level one trauma surgeries.

  • Recertifies by exam every five years
  • Certified Perioperative CNS
  • Passionate about OR nursing
Patty Bechtel Cady BSN, RN, CNOR

Patty Bechtel Cady BSN, RN, CNOR

Patty is a nurse educator in surgical services at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, Michigan. She is an expert in perioperative nursing and sterile processing. Patty has presented at both the AORN congress and Leadership meeting for AORN. In the past she volunteered as an item writer for the CNOR certification exam.

  • Recertifies by exam every five years
  • 2017 Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence, Runner-up for Excellence in Education
  • Energetic and engaging public speaker
John Costo JD, BSN, RN, NOR

John Costo JD, BSN, RN, CNOR

John is an experienced and currently practicing perioperative nurse with the Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas. He has over nine years of perioperative practice at the University of Maryland Medical Center, the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Ben Taub General Hospital, and the Memorial Hermann Health System. In addition, he is a former practicing attorney with over 20 years experience with expertise in the legal aspects of nursing.

  • CNOR since 2012
  • Teaching the Zander Perioperative Prep Course since 2014
  • BSN from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing


Jennifer Olin BSN, RN, CNOR

Jennifer Olin, BSN, RN, CNOR

Jennifer has more than 15 years experience in operating room nursing. From her five years of working across the United States in hospitals of all sizes as a traveling nurse, she brings a wide breadth of firsthand knowledge. Since 2010 Jennifer has worked as an OR nurse at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.

  • Recertifies by exam every five years
  • Communications background makes for an engaging speaker
  • Stays abreast of the latest in nursing as a member of AORN and Sigma Theta Tau
Carmel Pound MSN/MBA, RN, CNOR

Carmel Pound MSN/MBA, RN, CNOR

Carmel is a perioperative nursing expert with experience in direct patient care, management, performance improvement and staff development.  She enjoys imparting knowledge and being able to collaborate with nurses seeking excellence through certification.

  • Recertifies by exam every five years
  • Perioperative experience in several service lines, including pre-op and post-op patient care
  • Engaging public speaker


Trish Moran MSN, RN, CPAN

Trish Moran MSN, RN, CPAN

Trish is currently clinical nurse educator for a level one trauma center post anesthesia care unit with more than 25 years experience in critical care, Perianesthesia, and nursing education. She continues to provide bedside care to Perianesthesia patients.

  • Recertifies by exam every 5 years
  • Committed to promoting Perianesthesia nursing
  • Active member of ASPAN.
Christopher Reyes MSN, RN, CNE, CPAN, CAPA, PCCN

Christopher Reyes MSN, RN, CNE, CPAN, CAPA, PCCN

Christopher has been a Registered Nurse for more than 10 years. Working in Southern California as a PeriAnesthesia nurse, he gives excellent care to patients in the Pre-Operative Phase, PACU/Recovery Phase 1, and Phase 2. He is also a funny, engaging and talented Adjunct Clinical Nurse Instructor and Lecturer at several universities and colleges.

  • Dual Certified in both CPAN and CAPA
  • Chapter Coordinator of the South Bay / Long Beach City Chapter of the PANAC (PeriAnesthesia Nurses Association of California)
  • A mentee in the Emerging Leaders Program of the ASPAN (American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses)


The CST Team

Kimberly King AS, AAS, CST

Kimberly N. King, AS, AAS, CST

Certified Surgical Technologist with extensive clinical experience in various roles focused towards surgical practices and aseptic techniques.

  • Recertifies by exam every 4 years
  • Over 20 years as a Surgical Technologist
  • Experienced college Surgical Technology Instructor
Yalonda Jamison CST, BSM

Yolanda Jamison CST, BSM

Yalonda manages the administrative functions of a Surgical Technology program at a proprietary college for the past 7 years. She’s also responsible for student retention and special projects within the Surgical Tech. Department. Yalonda serves as a PRN staff for a local hospital as a Certified Surgical Technologist.  

  • Serves as the academic leader
  • 17 years of Operating Room experience
  • Recertifies by Exam every 4 years