Mission Statement of the Florida State Assembly
To support all Florida Surgical Technologists and Surgical First Assistants to provide the highest level of patient care. To encourage all members to continue their education and maintain the necessary skill level to meet the demands of increasing technology and advanced surgical techniques that are current on a local and national level, while successfully promoting our future professionals.
About Your Florida State Assembly
The Florida State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc. (FLSA) is the local state branch of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). Membership in the AST automatically conveys membership in the FLSA. The FLSA became one of the first chartered state assemblies in the year 2000. We strive to represent the interests of our members at both the state and national level.
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George Sasser, CST
Term Start Date 8/2016
I have been a C.S.T. for 6 years, working at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City, Fl.
Am currently working at Gulf Coast State College as the Clinicals Manager for the S.T. and S.A. programs.
Am married and have 10 grandchildren. I have a background in the Military and in Corrections.
Term Start Date 2016
It is with great pleasure and appreciation to my fellow Surgical Technologist to be elected as Vice President for the Florida State Assembly. Thank you for your vote, I look forward to making a difference for our futures. I have practiced as a passionate and dedicated Certified Surgical Technologist since 2008, and I’ve had the opportunity to train at a Level One Trauma Center.
I have been involded at both a state and national levels, serving as a Florida State delegate at the National Conference. I have working experience at both Surgery Centers and Hospitals in the Tampa Bay Area. I’ve also had the opportunity to work as a Clinical Coordinator for a local Surgical Technology Program and share my passion and love for the field with future generations of Surgical Technologist. Currently, I am a proud team member of the Baycare Health Systems Mobile Nursing Pool,
Advanced Surgery Center of Tampa as well as a part of the traveling advancaed surgical team for HCA.
I am honored to have been elected as Vice President and it is my pleasure to serve the Florida State Assembly. I look forward to working with and supporting the Florida State Assembly to achieve legislation for all Certified Surgical Technologists in the State of Florida as well as being a voice nationally for our state. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime. Vilisitylanderer@gmail.com
Jane M. Fisher
In 2003 I graduated from Palm Beach State College Surgical Technology Program.
2004-2008 I worked at Delray Medical Center while pursuing my nursing degree and working in the lab, at Palm Beach State College, assisting students with their skills.
In 2009, I graduated from South University with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing.
2008 –Present serving as the Program Director of the Surgical Technology Program at Palm Beach State College.
I am honored to serve as your Florida State Assembly Secretary.
P.J. Sanzone, CST, CSFA, CRPht
I have been Surgical Technologist for 30 plus years. I previously worked in the operating room for 17 years in the state of Texas, including 9 years at Hermann Hospital, a Level One Trauma Hospital. I
was also a member of the Open Heart Team at Spring Branch Hospital.
I have scrubbed and first assisted in all specialty areas of surgery.
I was a clinical instructor for the Texas School of Business for 3 years serving as a clinical specialties instructor for the Medical Assisting Program.
I have also taught Pharmacology, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, and the Clinical Skills Labs. For two years, I functioned as a Clinical and Medical Instructor for Surgical
Technologists in South Florida. I have also had an opportunity to assist with setting up the Surgical and Diagnostic Center of Sugar Land, Texas. I compiled the policies and procedures for Central Sterile and Surgical Suite, as well as creating a surgery center from empty walls to a fully functioning facility.
I obtained my Surgical First Assistant Certification in 1997 and moved to the Tallahassee area in 2003, where I have been employed as a CST/CSFA since 2004.
I have practiced as a Certified and Registered Pharmacy Technician, and have recently returned to school, obtained my Associates Degree at Tallahassee Community College.
In 2015 I obtained my CRCST from IAHCSMM.
It is my pleasure to serve as Treasurer for the Florida State Assembly.
Jo Lana Cota
Board of Director
It is my honor and privilege to serve the profession that I have been passionate about for over ten years.
I graduated from the Surgical Technology Program at Palm Beach Community College in 2004. For over six years, I worked as a CST at Delray Medical Center scrubbing in procedures of all disciplines with a focus in Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and trauma surgery.
I have been a Program Instructor and the Clinical Coordinator of the Surgical Technology Program at Palm Beach State College since March 2009.
My goals as a Board member include: supporting all Florida State Assembly members, as well as any existing legislative efforts to mandate certification in the state of Florida,
and to lead by example for our future professionals.
Board of Director
At the age of 18, I was accepted to Santa Fe Community College’s Surgical Technology program in Gainesville, Florida as the youngest enrollment. During my externship, I was offered employment at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, a level I trauma and teaching facility, where I continued to work intermittently until 2009. My 17 years as a Certified Surgical Technologist work experience also includes a travel assignment to New Orleans, Louisiana at Ochsner Foundation Hospital.My most recent operating room experience was at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.
During my several years of work as a surgical technologist, I recognize that one of my strengths is the patient manner with which I mentor surgical technology students in the clinical setting.My success with students led me to the healthcare education arena in 2010 at Fortis College in Orange Park, Florida as a Surgical Technology Laboratory Instructor. I currently work at this campus as the Surgical Technology and Sterile Processing Program Director. In this position, I continue to emphasize professionalism and the importance of promoting the Surgical Technology career path. Therefore, my appointment to the Board of Director’s for the Florida State Assembly, is a great testament to the students regarding our profession and continual self-growth.
Marc David Simon
Board of Director
I have been a Surgical Technologist for over 18 years. My passion began with my United States Army training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in 1998. I served as a Surgical Technologist for 9 years while on active duty and in that time I served as a Tech and Preceptor. I eventually ran the Operating Room during my last assignment while on active duty at Fort Knox, KY. I also served two tours in Iraq. I served my first tour in Iraq with the 1st hospital to be established in Iraq in 2003, the
212th M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital). I am currently still serving in the United States Army Reserves; serving 19 years thus far. I am currently in charge of the Operating Room for the 874th FST (Forward Surgical Team) out of Fort Jackson, SC.
I have worked in different aspects of the medical community. I have worked in Military Hospitals, Level One Trauma Centers, Surgery Centers, and currently working for a Labor and Delivery Unit at Munroe Hospital in Ocala, Florida. I have also worked as a traveler being staffed at different hospitals to include The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. I am also currently working on the last of my prerequisites to apply to the Army’s IPAP (Interdepartmental Physician’s Assistant Program) Program.
I have several goals I hope to achieve while being on the Board of Directors: to help support my State Assembly Members, help in increasing wages for Surgical Technologists, assist in any legislative efforts, and help support and promote our profession.
Board of Director
Jeffrey Jones, CST, CSFA
Board of Directors
My interest in the OR began way back in 1976. While delivering supplies to the OR from the warehouse at our small community hospital in Dunedin, Fl, the OR Director stopped and asked me if I would like a “new” job…as an OR orderly. I graciously accepted and little did I know then, that this was my very first step to a lifelong career in the OR.
The next year, I enlisted in the US Navy and trained to become a Hospital Corpsman (HM). I continued my medical training as a Fleet Marine Force (FMF) HM and served with the Marines in Okinawa, Japan. Following the 12 month assignment with the Marines, I attended the Naval School of Health Sciences Operating Room Technician School in Oakland, CA and graduated in 1980. I spent the remainder of my enlistment in the OR at the Naval Regional Medical Center, Camp, Lejeune, NC.
In 1982, I received my Honorable Discharge and accepted my very first job as a Surgical Technologist (ST) at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, Fl. After 2.5+ wonderful years as an ST, I accepted a new job with a regional bone & tissue bank as a tissue procurement coordinator. After many years working as an ST, I felt the urge to become a CST and challenged the CST exam, which I did pass.
My desire to return back to the OR brought me to Women’s Hospital, Tampa where I worked the 3-11p shift. Within 6 months, another opportunity was then offered to me when a brand new Women’s Center opened at University Community Hospital (now Florida Hospital). During my many years there, I rotated through the main OR and assisted in all specialties for preparation to endure my next big challenge, the CFA exam.
After earning my CFA (now CSFA) certification, I became self employed for 17+ years as a first assistant. I am now a FT employee at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital – BayCare (formally Women’s Hospital). Throughout my 30+ years in the OR, I have maintained my membership in both the AST & ASA, certifications through the NBSTSA, and have been actively involved with legislative efforts in Florida. I am totally dedicated to my dual profession as a CST & CSFA and it is with great honor to serve as a Director for the Florida State Assembly.