Our Team

Carlos Sanchez CST, FAST

President

(President 2017 – 2019)
(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 transparence in reaching both short and long term goals, increasing our membership, and reducing cost.

Darrell Sadler, CST

Vice-President

(Board Member 2017 – 2018)

Darrell began his career as a Surgical Technician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1995. Although initially trained on the job, Darrell completed the Surgical Technology Program from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in 2011. In December of 2011, he became a Certified Surgical Technologist on passing the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assistant exam. 

A member of the 1199 Citywide Perioperative Committee, Darrell has been committed for years to furthering the development of of his profession by fighting for fair wages,educational days, and an advocate to gain the respect due to our profession in and outside of the Operating Room setting. 

At the 2017  national AST conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, Darrell was asked to speak at the NYAST Fall conference on Bullying in the Workplace. He now believes he has a mandate to bring awareness and empower others in his profession on how to eradicate bullying.  Or at the least, teach techniques on how to intervene when others are being bullied. 

A Desert Shield/Storm Veteran, Darrell served  active duty as a flight medic on the C-130 aircraft. He currently works in ambulatory surgery for the past 12 years at Mount Sinai Downtown Union Square, New York. 

Julian Muñoz, CST

Treasurer

(Treasurer 2016 – Present)
(Board Member 2015 – 2016)

Julian is a seasoned consultant and advisor, bringing insight and expertise gained from experience in multiple industries, looking to address various emerging initiatives in the surgical technology field.

He is a private practice surgical technologist, providing services to surgical practice groups in NJ and NY.  His previous employment includes positions in the Surgical Technology Program at the School of Health Studies, Berkeley College, in Woodland Park, NJ; the Department of Urology at Faculty Practice Associates of The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York; and as a Perioperative Services Technologist, charged with provision to the New York Area surgical community of support for endoscopic and laparoscopic surgical procedures.  Prior to entering the healthcare arena, he was an insurance industry executive, conceptualizing and directing comprehensive risk assessment and management programs for clients in the corporate safety, environmental, and healthcare enterprise arenas.

Julian holds a B.A. in Biological Sciences, English-American Literature, and additional departmental coursework in Anthropology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick.  He received a Certificate in Surgical Technology and attained NBSTSA certification from Long Island University, Brooklyn.

Jeanne Rosko, CST

Secretary

(Secretary 2016 – 2018)
(Board Member 2014 – 2016)

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!

Lynn Genrich, CST

Board Member

(Board Member 2017 – 2019)

Greetings, fellow CSTs! My name is Lynn Genrich and I am a Certified Surgical Technologist. I’d like to share with everyone my biography on beginning my career as a CST.

In June of 2014, I graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in Academic Transfer at the Southeast Community College in Lincoln, NE.
In June of 2015, I was elected as a Class Officer for the Surgical Technology Program at SCC-Lincoln. During that month, I was accepted into Student Senate to represent my program. In October, the Surgical Technology Program Chair cordially invited me to be a Surgical Technology Advisory Committee Student Representative. By December, I was elected as a Student Senate Executive Committee member.

In September of 2016, I became a CST and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology. In addition, I became a member of the Nebraska State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists.

During the course of my education, I was also certified and working as a Nursing Assistant and Medication Aide while utilizing my training as a Phlebotomist.
In October of 2016, I was hired as a full-time CST and am currently working at the Surgery Center of Central New Jersey. Furthermore, I transferred to the New Jersey State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists.

In April of 2017, I was in attendance for the NJAST State Assembly Spring Workshop. In addition, I have attended the previous two AST National Conferences in San Diego, CA and New Orleans, LA. In September of 2017, I was in attendance for the NJAST State Assembly Fall Conference and was graciously elected to represent the NJAST as Board of Directors and Delegate.

Moreover, in December, I was humbled with the opportunity to represent the NJAST with President Carlos Sanchez in delivering a fantastic and fun presentation for the 7th and 8th grade students of Avenel Middle School. I firmly believe that we have inspired future CSTs at AMS!

As your Board of Directors and Delegate, I understand the importance and purpose of credentialing and certification. I am driven to continue promoting CSTs as HIGHLY SKILLED PROFESSIONALS and promoting a high standard of CST performance for QUALITY PATIENT CARE.
It is a great honor to serve every single member of NJAST!
 
Aeger primo!

Linda Keller, CST

Board Member

(Board Member 2016-2018)
(Secretary 2012 – 2016)
(Board Member 2011 – 2013)

 

I am a graduate from the Sanford Brown institute, Iselin, NJ campus.  Proudly, I received my Certified Surgical Technlolgist credential.  Currently, I am employed at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ, as a Certified Surgical Technologist.

Additionally, I look forward with great enthusiasm to act as an advocate on behalf of my fellow Surgical Technologists by serving on the NJAST State Assembly Board of Directors.

 

Shondra McGill, CST, CASSPT, FAST

Past President

(President 2015 – 2017)
(Vice President 2010 – 2015)
(Secretary 2007-2010)
(Board Member 2006-2007)

 

I graduated from the Surgical Technology program at Sanford-Brown Institute in September, 2004 with High Honors.  I achieved certification in March of 2005.

Upon graduating, I enjoyed working with wonderful people as a per-diem tech at Princeton Surgiplex, Princeton HealthCare System’s Surgical Center, CARES Surgical Center in New Brunswick and University Surgical Center in East Brunswick.  In August 2010, I accepted a full time position assisting with the new opening of the beautiful new Ambulatory Surgical Pavillion at RWJUH in New Brunswick where I worked with an amazing team of Operating Room Professionals.  In June 2011, I returned to the Princeton HealthCare System family – now known as the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro – at the new Monroe Surgical Center, a joint venture between PHCS and Princeton Orthopedic Associates.  I truly value all the relationships I’ve made in my career.  I’ve been fortunate to work with them all.

NJAST has accomplished passing minimum requirements for working as a Surgical Technologist in the State of NJ requiring mandatory certification or the successful completion of an Accredited Program, a small but elite group of programs putting out the finest Surgical Technologists to benefit our patients and our facilities, as well as maintaining 15 CEU’s per year to help keep us strong in our important profession.

In July 2015, I was appointed to and proudly serve on the SALC Committee for AST, our National Organization that supports our Profession.  I serve with a strong and dedicated group of individuals whose goal it is, to encourage and oversee growth and leadership to other State Assemblies working to help the Surgical Technologists in their states grow stronger thru education, membership and guidance. 

In June 2017, I was honored to receive the FAST (Fellow of AST) recognition at the 2017 AST National Conference in New Orleans!  This was an especially momentous occasion for me as it was the 10th anniversary of my first National Conference attendance (which also happend to be in NO), and NJAST had just celebrated our 10th anniversary as a State Assembly in the fall of 2006.

As a founding member of NJAST’s Board of Directors, and now Past President, I look forward to continuing the important work toward achieving future goals and progressing our profession.