ASORN Board of Directors


Barbara Ann Harmer, MHA, BSN, RN

MedAssist Consultants, Inc.
Gainesville, Florida

As your President, I am committed to putting patients and their needs first and my primary responsibility will be to serve our membership upholding the mission, vision and values of ASORN. In the past 37 years, my ophthalmology professional experience has been evidenced by a career in increasingly challenging administrative, educational, clinical and operational positions in all healthcare settings. I look forward to working with my peers over the next few years as we explore current and future trends in the care we give to our ophthalmology patients.


Debbie Ehlers, MSN, BSN, RN
President Elect

Yakima, Washington

I am honored to serve as the President Elect of ASORN.  I have been an RN for 40 years, the past 30 years have been in ophthalmic nursing in both the clinic and surgical settings.  I am fortunate to have served on the Board of Directors as the Provider Unit Director of ASORN, working with members to provide quality continuing nursing education activities. I am committed to the mission of ASORN and am passionate about nursing education, patient education, and quality patient-centered care.  ASORN has provided me with many resources for challenges I face daily with patient care. I look forward to working with ASORN leadership to help our members stay current on the latest practices to provide quality patient care, and continue to be the resource for the ophthalmic nurse!


Nancy Haskell, RN, CNOR, CRNO

Director of Nursing
Capitol City Surgery Center
Sacramento, California

As a surgical nurse for over 24 years specializing in Ophthalmology, I am honored to be part of the Board of ASORN.  Serving not only as a mentor and resource in this field, but also working alongside staff and surgeons in the operating room, allows me to continually grow with the advances that are being made every day.  As a Board Member, the excitement and love I have for Ophthalmology pours over into helping expand and shape the future for ASORN. ASORN financials are available to members upon request.



Pam Opremcak, MPA, RN
Annual Meeting Director

Delaware, Ohio

I am honored to serve as the ASORN Annual Meeting Director. I have been a nurse for the past 34 years from direct patient care through management. My Ophthalmology career began in 1999 when I was the director over Surgical Services in which Ophthalmology was a division. I did not realize the vast array of specialties within the field of Ophthalmology completely until I was the Executive Director of an 8-OR Ophthalmology only ASC. What an exciting and remarkable specialty, with new research, developments and surgical procedures that lead us toward improved sight for those we serve. With ASORN’s leadership and promotion of education we continue our common goal of excellent, forward thinking patient centered care.


Gail Morrell, MSN, RN, CRNO
Provider Unit Director

MD Anderson
Houston, Texas

Gail G. Morrell is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse in the Operating Room, Certified Registered Nurse in Ophthalmology, and a Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist. She currently is working at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas in the Oculoplastics Oncology Clinic.





Ann B. Kelly, RN, CRNO, COT
Director at Large

Durham, North Carolina

I am honored to Serve ASORN as Director at Large.  It is an opportunity to be part of a mission to promote excellence in the care of the ophthalmic patient.  My ophthalmic nursing career has spanned 37 years practicing both in the clinical and surgical settings. I am currently working as the charge nurse at Duke University Eye Center in the Operating Room.  Ophthalmic research and developments have yielded so many changes and advancements during the past years which in turn require optimal education to all the nurses and care givers.  As a board member, I will continue to be a passionate advocate for creating an environment of excitement in caring for the ophthalmic patient.  I look forward to working with ASORN’s leadership.


Kari L. Magill, BSN, RN, CNOR
Director at Large

Educational Nurse Coordinator
University of Michigan

For the last 28 years I have taken great pride and considerable joy in my professional practice as an OR nurse specializing in Ophthalmology. I knew from the moment I stepped into the OR as a student nurse intern that Ophthalmology had a certain magical appeal for me. As an educator, I am always welcoming the chance to expand my own knowledge and share the wealth. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to serve on the ASORN Board of Directors with such an experienced, dynamic, knowledgeable and helpful group of people. As a Board Member, I’m working to help ASORN to continue to be a cutting edge resource to our community of Ophthalmic professionals.