ASORN Board of Directors





Nancy J. Haskell, RN, CNOR, CRNO
Sacramento, California

I am honored to serve as President-elect for ASORN.  Having served on the Board for 6 years as both a Director at Large and the Secretary/Treasurer, I am excited to continue to support the mission of ASORN.  I have spent over 30 years in the ophthalmic field in the surgical setting and have had the pleasure of training new nurses and instilling my love of ophthalmology.  As a Director of Nursing for a single specialty surgery center, I have the ability to not only educate the nurses and techs,  but also the patients and experience their joy in improved vision after surgery.  My past experience on the Board has enabled me to make many new friends across the country and I cherish not only the friendship, but the support of all in improving      patient care by collaboration.  As President-Elect, I will strive to continue the mission, vision and values of providing education for our Membership and the ophthalmic nurse. 





Debbie Ehlers, MSN, BSN, RN
Past President
Yakima, Washington

I am honored to serve as the Past President 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 President, and 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 safe, 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!



Christine Sonnie, BSN, RN, CRNO
Cleveland, OH

Ophthalmology encompasses everything I love about patient care. I am motivated by what can be done surgically to save vision. I am fascinated by the ocular manifestations of systemic diseases, and the delicate and challenging surgeries that create  dramatic improvement in patients’ quality of life. Ophthalmology offers opportunities to build close and meaningful relationships with patients of all ages and background, allowing me to be a warm, compassionate nurse. My practice focus in  Ophthalmology  is Retina-vitreous. I have been very fortunate to work with talented doctors who have expanded my education in retina and encouraged me to become involved in research projects. I am very interested in the disease that develops  premature infants called retinopathy of prematurity. Over the past twenty years I have compiled data on the progression of the disease and the outcomes of intervention, which has been/will be utilized in peer reviewed publications. I am honored to  considered to serve on ASORN Board. I promise to have the same drive and passion serving ASORN as I do for the care of my patients.


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.




Amy L. Lucci, DNP, RNFA, CNOR

Provider Unit Director
Cleveland, OH

I am dedicated to continuous quality improvement, self-growth, and the advancement of professional practice, especially for ophthalmic nursing. Being involved with ASORN BOD and as the provider unit, will offer important experience and opportunities to achieve professional goals.



Lori A. Pacheco, RN, CRNO
Director at Large
Sandwich, Massachusetts

Ophthalmology has been my focus since the beginning, asking friends in school if I can switch assignments with them. They could do the total hip replacement, I wanted to scrub the cataract surgery. After getting my RN, a good friend from work introduced me to the Pilgrim Chapter of ASORN. An opportunity for which I am forever grateful for. That first encounter evolved into a very special circle of friends, who in turn introduced me to the National ASORN Chapter. ASORN is a very special organization, providing the opportunity to network and be a part of an organization of people who do what I do. I love their passion and dedication to the advancement of ophthalmic nurses. As ophthalmology evolves, ASORN evolves. ASORN has provided me with the opportunity to grow as an ophthalmic nurse. I am seeking the position of Director at Large to give back and provide others with the same opportunity.