Our Team

Carlos Sanchez
BS, CST, FAST

President

(October 2017-current)
(Board Member 2016 – 2018)
(Board Member 2014 – 2016)

The time for change is here. Taking on the responsibilities of NJAST President is both an honor and a privilege. Over the past few years, I have stood on the shoulders of giants, from past presidents to current Board Members, and am learning a great deal.

Thank you all for your trust and support. I usually hear a “laundry list” of complaints and presumed reasons for many issues. I say now: the New NJAST has a blueprint for tomorrow’s future: a vision of transparency and a positive transformation. I will listen to common sense ideas and waste no time with nonsense.

The role of surgical technologist has grown a great deal.  Now it’s time to grow our membership and make the public recognize who is “behind the mask”.  I have worked in the field of surgical technology for over 20 years.  With your help I would like have transparency in reaching both short and long term goals, increasing our membership, and reducing cost.

Darrell Sadler, CST, FAST

Vice-President

(October 2017-current)
(Board Member 2017 – 2018)

Greetings fellow Surgical Technologists! My name is Darrell Sadler. Originally from South Carolina, and after completing high school, I served in the United States Air Force as a Flight Medic on the C-130 aircraft during the operation Just Cause conflict and the Desert Shield/Storm War. After the military, I attended UAB in Birmingham, AL. While a pre-nursing student, I was offered the opportunity to train as an ORT. In 2005 I accepted a travel nurse position at the now Mt. Sinai Downtown, Union Square, NYC, where I’ve been gainfully employed for the past 15 years. Through my Union, 1199 SEIU, I received my academic training from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, which allowed me to sit for the NBSTSA exam in 2011. With the support of 1199, I fought for preceptor pay and education days which we have now obtained in our league contract. I’m also an advocate for civility in the O.R. I recently began teaching for a Surgical Technology program in Brooklyn, N.Y. At the request of my colleagues, I will be sworn in as an 1199 Union delegate again.

As a resident of Linden, New Jersey, our mayor recently signed a proclamation declaring the third week of September as Surgical Technologist’s Week in our city.

It is an honor to serve you and to serve with this fine Board of Directors.

Bonnie Schiwal,
BS, CST

Treasurer

(Treasurer 2019 – Present)

Bonnie is a 2018 graduate of Berkeley College. She is currently a Certified Surgical Technologist at Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health in Livingston and enjoys her job immensely! I decided to join the NJAST Board because I wanted to be able to be a Facilitator in making changes in our wonderful field.

Jeanne Rosko, CST

Secretary

(July 2019-current)
(Board Member 2014 – 2019)
(Secretary 2016 – 2018)

I was born and have raised a large family of six children in New Jersey.  I’m married to my husband, George R. Rosko for over 40 years.  After a wonderful business career spanning nearly 30 years, I went back to school for the career I had always aspired to… Surgical Technology… working in the Operating Room!

I graduated from the Sanford Brown Institute in Edison, New Jersey in May of 2014.  Upon my graduation, I joined NJAST to gain more knowledge in the Surgical Tech field and to work with other Surgical Techs. I have served on the NJAST Board for 2 years as a Director and nearly 2 more years as the NJAST Secretary.  My business career of Owner/Director/Coach of a large gymnastics school in NJ has given me the much needed tools to succeed in the medical world of the operating room, helping NJAST to become bigger and stronger,  and most importantly, to keep making a safe, positive difference in people’s lives. There is no higher calling than to care for my fellow humans, especially at the most vulnerable times of their lives!

Yara Zapata-Gamez, BA, CST

Board Member

(October 2018-current)

Yara graduated from Bergen Community College as a Surgical Technologist in 2008. Out of school, she was hired at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and worked there for 13 years. On the side, since 2011 she has been working with Global Inc. in order to provide Surgical Technologist services to healthcare facilities. In 2014, she decided to study and certify herself; which she did. Promptly, she began encouraging other non-certified Surgical Technologist to take the test. In Spring of 2017, Yara made a life-changing decision to go back to school and work towards her bachelors. By May 2019, she graduated Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with a Bachelors in Arts. In 2020, she decided to further her skills and offer her services to Berkeley College as a Clinical Site Monitor for Surgical Technology Students.
Yara is extremely grateful and honored to be given a chance to work alongside with Board Members at the NJAST as a Board of Director. She is absolutely committed to her work and offers nothing less than the best of her abilities for this community.

Amanda Romeo, CST

Board Member

(October 2018-current)

After beginning CCM in 2001, Amanda knew that she wanted a job in the medical field in order to help others in a way that the
common person could not. She thought about the different ways
that she could make a difference both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, she knew that her education was essential to her success. Therefore, she enrolled and finished her Associates degree in Arts at Thomas Edison University. She then enrolled and completed her Surgical Technology degree at Dover Business College in 2007. Since then, Amanda has been a member of AST.

Since April of 2019, Amanda Romeo has assisted in 2 medical missions in Guayaquil, Ecuador with the non-profit, Healing The Children organization from Hawthorne, NJ; The medical missions focused on Strabismus eye surgeries. In May 2019, Amanda Romeo started working at an Urology Center, but in August 2020 Amanda got her big opportunity to start working at Saint Claire’s Hospital in Denville, New Jersey where she has been very happy utilizing her skills.

“I enjoy my place on the NJAST Board, helping to plan the State Assemblies. I like the camaraderie and networking with other professionals that work in the O.R. It is an honor to be a part of our team representing N.J.”

April R. Anderson, AA, CST, CSFA

Board Member

(September 2019-current)

April Anderson, a Georgia native, has been a Certified Surgical Technologist since 2005. Upon entering the program at the then Valdosta Technical College in Valdosta, GA, April was quite intrigued in the field and where it could take her. The first day of clinical was the defining moment to let her know that this was the right health care field to enter. Before graduating in 2005 April had secured employment at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She scrubbed in many specialties, but orthopedics became her love. April’s travels also took her to Kentucky, Florida, Arizona, South Dakota, and now New Jersey where she currently resides. April has been in the education portion of surgical technology since 2009 and served as a Program Director for several institutions while continuing to work in the OR. She is very passionate about surgical technology and teaches with excitement and enthusiasm. Her goal is to thoroughly train students so they enter into the field with confidence and skills and raise more awareness in various communities about this great profession. April also completed her Surgical First Assistant program in August 2018 from Madisonville Community College and obtained certification. She will work diligently as a Board of Director for the NJAST to help increase participation and success in the assembly.

Frank Ferraro, CST

Board Member

(September 2019-current)

Becoming a Certified Surgical Technologist was a second career for me. I spent most of my adult life as a Private Investigator investigating Insurance Claims, Corporate Fraud, Liability and Medical Malpractice claims.

In 2010 I was involved in a major car accident and suffered serious injuries. After undergoing three lumbar surgeries and two cervical surgeries, I vowed that if I was ever to work again, I wanted to be part of a surgical team.

I graduated from Berkeley College as a Certified Surgical Technologist and I am not looking back. I worked Chilton Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel (Cardiac Tech), RWJ New Brunswick (Cardiac Tech), Hackensack Surgical Center and LiveOn NY as a Tissue Recovery Specialist. I also worked at Berkeley College as a site monitor, and in my current position as Clinical Liaison.

While I love scrubbing and love the Operating Room, there is something more satisfying, and that is working with students. I enjoy teaching them the skills necessary to perform in the OR and I enjoy watching as they progress towards graduation.

Being nominated and selected to serve on this Board is both an Honor and a pleasure. I promise to dedicate 100% of my efforts to whatever is asked of me, and to do it with complete Honesty, Integrity and Transparency.

Thank you for electing me to serve you.

Damion Morgan, CST

Board Member

(September 2019-current)

The day I decided to go back to school to become a surgical technologist was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. The feeling of been apart of a team that helps someone to have a better quality of life is just amazing. I have been working at Jersey City Medical Center for the last five years as a surgical technologist. with my want-to-do-more attitude, I am engaged in training all medical students and Physician assistant how to scrub, gown and glove. In the last year, I became a member of the Berkeley College family where I work as a lab instructor and a clinical site monitor for students. I was eager to do more for our profession and that’s one of the reasons i ran for a board member for NJAST. As a board member, I will look to use this forum to bring more exposure to our amazing profession. I feel proud and honored to be apart of the NJAST board and I promise to do all I can to make sure our profession continues to grow and recognize on a broader spectrum. Thank you all for electing me to work for you.