Penelope has been a CRNA since 1996. Prior to nurse anesthesia, she had a career in respiratory care (RRT 1982) in both clinical practice and management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science, a BSN, an MSN-Nurse Anesthesia, and a PhD with a dissertation based on original research in respiratory physiology and obesity.
Penelope brings to APEX extensive experience with 8 years of service on the CCNE Exam Committee and as the National Certification Exam Editor from 2008-2011. She has over 10 years of experience in nurse anesthesia education at the MSN and DNP level, teaching primarily advanced anatomy, physiology, and other sciences. Along with many previous honors and awards, she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2016 from UTHSC School of Nursing. She particularly enjoys the challenge of connecting the basic sciences to clinical practice, and believes that her skill set is a great match for the programs provided by APEX.
Penelope has been published broadly in anesthesia, respiratory, and critical care journals, including both invited and peer-reviewed articles. She is a regular reviewer for journals such as JoPAN, BMJ Case Reports, and Respiratory Care among others.
Penelope lives in New Mexico, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and enjoys the clean air, four seasons, art, and music of the southwest.