2013 - 14 Board of Directors & Staff


President - Jim Lacy, BSN, RN, CRNI, VA-BC






President-Elect - Mark Rowe, RNP, MNSc, VA-BC

Mark started his nursing career with the completion of his BSN in 1985 followed by his MNSc in 1992.  Mark brings over 25 years of nursing experience to AVA with special interest in providing quality education to medical professionals on all aspects of Vascular Access.  Since 2006, Mark has served on the Scientific Meeting Committee and chaired the 2009 meeting and is now serving his second term on the AVA board.  Mark is a founding member of ARVAN (Arkansas Vascular Access Network).  Outside of nursing, Mark enjoys performing choral music, cooking (eating!), traveling and spending time with his partner and their two rescue beagles.


Presidential Advisor - Paul Blackburn, BSN, MNA, RN, VA-BC™

Paul L. Blackburn is a highly focused marketer, educator, clinician and manager with more than 30 years leadership, teaching, strategic planning, and clinical experience.  Leading from the front, Paul is leading the marketing, clinical education and consulting departments for RyMed Technologies.  Paul combined his knowledge of vascular access, nursing, and business administration to build a team of highly competent individuals that are changing the face of healthcare.   Paul is the author of an educational text book, co-author of several articles, author of two book chapters, and several international posters—all focused on the art and science of vascular access.  Outside of the healthcare arena, Paul is married and the father of five children, two girls and three boys.  He is also ‘papa’ to eight grandchildren.  Paul enjoys hiking, cycling, reading and photography.  Paul received his BSN from the University of Utah in 1982 and his MNA from the University of Phoenix in 1992.

Treasurer - Rich Lewis, RN, BS, VA-BC  

Rich is currently a PICC Business Analyst for Bard Access Systems.  At a time when homecare was still in its infancy, Rich was one of the founders of an Option Care home infusion service which provided pharmaceuticals and nursing care services to home care and hospice patients throughout Northern California.   He later developed a vascular access team that managed the PICC insertions for four San Francisco Bay Area hospitals and was one of the original members of Bavan.   As an active clinician and PICC placer, he has worked both in the hospital in a variety of areas and in the community developing alternate site care models.   In his long career, he has worked with pharmaceutical manufacturers, insurers, and large healthcare organizations providing consulting services, business planning, and helping to develop best practices in a challenging economic environment.

Secretary - Deborah Phelan, RN

Debbie has been a nurse for 34 years with extensive experience in vascular access in adult/pedi critical care areas, NICU, ER, home infusion, IR, ACU and PACU.
PICC certified since 1992, Debbie frequently serves as a consultant, clinical educator and speaker in vascular access for several companies. She is co-founder of the Maine Vascular Access Network (MEVAN), started in 2004, serving as president for 6 of the last 8 years.
She has been a member of the Association for Vascular Access since 1999, serving on several AVA committees during that time. With a unique personal and professional perspective of long term vascular access devices, Deb is passionate about providing educational opportunities for those caring for patient's with VAD's, with specific focus on the "Care and Maintenance" aspect after the VAD's have been placed.
Being a member of the Board of Directors has been very exciting. AVA has been very busy over the past year with the development of the VACC certification, adult and pediatric vascular access guidelines, our international collaborative relationships with other countries and organizations and various position statements.
She looks forward to addressing upcoming needs of members and continuing to grow the mission of this multidisciplinary organization.

Director-at-Large - Jennifer McCord, MSN, RN, PCCN, CCRN, CCNS, VA-BC 

Jennifer has been a roistered nurse for 19 years with the majority being in critical care.  She completed her BSN in 1993 and MSN in 1999.  She has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist since 2003 in a suburban Cincinnati hospital that serves as a Level III trauma center.  In this role, Jennifer initiates many projects and supports nursing education.  She was able to gain administrative support to start the hospitals Vascular Access Team in 1996 that has since spread to the entire hospital system.   Jennifer has presented poster and spoken at many regional and national meetings.  She was a recipient of the 2012 AVA Foundation scholarship that supported her traveling to Amsterdam for the WOCOVA conference.
Jennifer is certificated through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)  as a Progressive Care Certified Nurse, Critical Care Certified Nurse, and a Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist.  She is also VA-BC certified.  Jennifer was involved in the item writing portion the VA-BC examination in 2010. Jennifer is currently enrolled as a Doctoral Student at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio and teaches as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Cincinnati in the distance learning Master’s degree program.
Jennifer boasts that the support of her husband of 23 year, Rodney, enables her to be so active with her organizations.  They has three smooth fox terriers dogs and 20 registered Holstein cows.

Director-at-Large - Michael Brazunas, RN, BSN, VA-BC






 Director-at-Large - Michael Drafz, RN, CRNI, VA-BC






Director-at-Large-Judy Thompson, MSN Ed., RN, VA-BC™

Judy’s professional experience includes work as a registered nurse in oncology, telemetry, emergency, outpatient surgery, and vascular access. In 2012, she earned her MSN with an emphasis on nursing education from Grand Canyon University. She is one of the founding members and president of the San Diego Vascular Access Network (SANVAN).  Judy served the past three years as a member and chair-elect for AVA’s conference development team (Dteam).

Judy is employed at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego as a Supervisor in the Emergency Department and as a vascular access specialist. She performs variety of procedures which includes placement of PICCs, arterial lines, and non-tunneled central venous access devices via the internal jugular, axillary / subclavian, and femoral veins.

Judy works as a key opinion leader, consultant, and educator for Arrow International. She also teaches several courses including the fundamental care and maintenance of PICCs, Ultrasound CVC insertion, and ultrasound assessment.  She has a strong interest in helping vascular access clinicians advance their practice and has spoken both nationally and internationally regarding this subject.

Director-at-Large - Gregory Schears, MD






Chief Executive Officer - Lee Grossman, CAE

Lee is a nationally known patient and disability advocate and serves on numerous government committees and not-for-profit Boards.  He owned his own firm for 25 years in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he served as a consultant to the medical industry. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of Advance Enterprises, a global consulting firm in Washington, D.C. 

Mr. Grossman spent 10 years at the Autism Society of America (ASA), where he served as Chair of the Board of Directors and later President and CEO. He also served as Interim CEO of the International Dyslexia Association and has overseen international and national projects to improve service delivery and health care.

Grossman attended college at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, completing his senior year at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii, and earning his Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration. He has a Master's in Leadership from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).  

Director of Professional Development & JAVA Editor - Lois Davis, RN, MSN, VA-BC

Lois is employed by the Association for Vascular Access as the Director of Professional Development and Editor of JAVA, AVA's scientific journal. She is also the program director of the Vascular Access Certification Corporation. Lois received her bachelors degree in nursing from Boston University and Masters Degree in Nursing administration from the University of Phoenix. Lois' background includes over 30 years as a registered nurse with more than 20 years involved in vascular access as a clinician, educator, and manager. In addition to her acute care experience she has a strong homecare background. She established 2 homecare agencies, worked as a Director of Nursing for a home infusion pharmacy, and worked as a clinical nurse specialist for several manufacturers of vascular access products. Lois is a recognized speaker and is involved in various local and national professional organizations.

Director of  Operations - 

Tonya has been with AVA since 1998.  She manages the day to day operations of the association.  She provides support to the D-Team and Nominations Committee, as well as she is the direct contact to AVA's Corporate Members.  Tonya provides support to the CEO and Board of Directors to carry out the mission and strategic plan of AVA.




Director of Finance - Lory Schantz 

Lory handles all aspects of AVA's financial processes including:  budget preparation and analysis, audit and tax functions, investments, depreciation, payroll, A/P, A/R, etc.  As Director of Finance, it is her responsibility to ensure that AVA is compliant with all issues related to finance.  She consults with executive leadership related to staff adherence to all AVA financial policies, and, as needed, participates in cost analyses with other directors.  In addition, she coordinates, analyzes and reports on financial performance to leadership and to the Board of Directors.  She works closely with the Treasurer.


Membership & Network Program Manager - Cindy Anderton

Cindy has been with AVA since January 2012.  She is responsible for program development of the AVA membership and networks while supporting AVA’s strategic plan by assisting the Director of Operations, CEO, committees and AVA Board.  Cindy is the staff liaison to the Membership Committee as well as AVA's Special Interest Groups.



Administrative Assistant - Jennifer Livsey

Jennifer is excited to become a part of the AVA team.  She received her BS degrees in Sociology and Public Relations from Utah State University.  She brings experience in journalism, copy editing, desktop publishing, and customer service.  Jennifer provides administrative support to all AVA staff members.