The CCI Research Foundation’s mission is to fund research that contributes to the advancement of perioperative nursing science and the enhancement of patient care. Numerous factors have traditionally limited the advancement of perioperative nursing research—lack of a core group of researchers, a sustained funding source, and the necessary support system in place to develop perioperative researchers.

The CCI Research Foundation was established to address these key limitations, while cultivating and nurturing perioperative researchers.

Board of Trustees

“Funding can have a significant impact on perioperative nursing research. Information from nursing research can directly impact the care provided to perioperative patients. We have the opportunity to support research that provides evidence linking certification to individual outcomes, such as nurses’ continued professional engagement and commitment to lifelong learning, as well as patient outcomes. The CCI Research Foundation’s investment in well-designed research supports the professional perioperative community, and facilitates the advancement of research in the care of perioperative patients. We recognize the importance of the nurse scientist’s role in providing perioperative patients with high quality care through knowledge gained by research.”

– Julia A. Thompson, PhD, RN, CNOR, Past President, CCI Research Foundation Board of Trustees


James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR, CNAMB, CSSM(E), is the CEO of the CCI Research Foundation. He holds a diploma of nursing from the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing and a BSN and MSN from East Carolina University. He earned his PhD in International Health Research from Touro University International in 2011 for a study of competency and skill acquisition in perioperative nurses. Dr Stobinski serves as adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University and Wilkes University and maintains a research agenda centered on nursing workforce issues. He has spoken extensively at the national level on nursing professional development issues.


Robin Chard, PhD, RN, CNOR, is the PhD Program Coordinator in the Passan School of Nursing of Wilkes University. She has been an RN for over 35 years. Her primary clinical experience is in perioperative nursing and she holds certification in the specialty. Her involvement in teaching began in the role as a surgical services educator and her academic experience ranges from teaching in the classroom and online in both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Her research interests are in the areas of patient safety, communication, and perioperative nursing errors and she has published and presented on these topics. Dr. Chard is very excited and honored to be a member of the Board of Trustees of the CCI Research Foundation.

Vice President

Sandra Bergquist-Beringer, PhD, MA, BSN, RN, CWCN, is Professor Emerita at the University of Kansas Medical Center, School of Nursing where she was an award-winning teacher and mentored numerous BSN, Masters and PhD student research projects/dissertations. Dr. Bergquist-Beringer has researched pressure injury and prevention across health care settings for 20+ years with particular focus on their measurement for quality improvement purposes in the acute care setting. She has presented nationally and published widely on the topic of pressure injury in peer reviewed journals. She also served as Pressure Injury Consultant for the National Databased of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI®) from 2003 to 2015. More recent research has focused on the association between nursing certification and patient outcomes. She was co-principal investigator of a study funded by the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) that examined the relationship between perioperative certification/other nurse specialty certification and surgical site infections.


Peter B, Graves, BSN, RN, CNOR, has authored, reviewed and collaborated on multiple papers in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in textbooks. He has presented extensively to both nurses and surgeons on a variety of topics internationally. He has presented at several AORN Congresses, general session speaker at the ANCC Magnet Hospital conference, the American Nurses Association, National Association of Orthopedic Nurses, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, Neonatal Nurse, and American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses, and at ORNAC 2019 in Halifax, NS. Peter chaired and was a member of several national committees’ and is a past national board member of AORN. Is a member of the Surgical Infection Society; Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC); is a clinical affiliate member of the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons; and Sigma. Peter is currently an independent consultant Living in the Dallas, TX area.

Theresa Mobley, BS, JD, is a member of the Houston law firm Cage, Hill & Niehaus LLP. She has 30+ years of experience in representing clients in business reorganizations, insolvency and bankruptcy matters, and out-of-court financial restructuring. Prior to joining her law firm, Theresa was Senior Counsel with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in its Houston Field and Dallas Regional Offices. Theresa is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Association; and she serves as a Director of the Moller–Foltz Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Theresa has actively volunteered for the Houston Bar Association’s charitable projects and Military Veterans Initiative and sits as a Board member for Grace after Fire serving women military veterans. Theresa has recently completed the Leadership Institute for Non-Profit Executives at the Rice University in anticipation of pursuing charitable and philanthropic endeavors upon her retirement from the legal profession.

Julia A. Thompson, PhD, RN, CNS-CP(E), CIP, CNOR, is the administrative director, Research & Sponsored Programs Department at the Harris Health System, Houston, Texas. Dr. Thompson works to ensure the ethical and safe conduct of human subject research by establishing research policies in accordance with the Office for Human Research Protections and supporting the development of research protocols. She serves on the Institutional Review Boards of Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Thompson is the immediate past President of the CCI Board of Directors and has served as Chair of AORN’s National Research Committee. Dr. Thompson serves as a Research Peer Reviewer for the AORN Journal and has published articles and presented at health care conferences on various perioperative nursing and research topics. She is currently a member of several organizations including STTI, ANA, AORN, and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R).

Funding Support

The CCI Research Foundation was founded in 2018 by the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI), the leader in perioperative certification. As a credentialing body, CCI is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of perioperative nurses and improving patient outcomes. Establishing the CCI Research Foundation was an extension of CCI’s sustained commitment to the perioperative community.

CCI certifies more than 40,000 perioperative nurses, and is an industry leader in nursing competency assessment. The nonprofit administers the Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR), Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM), and Certified Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS-CP) certifications.