Wild Iris was founded by and is owned by caregivers like you.
Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc. is a privately-owned company providing healthcare continuing education. In 1998, we began offering online accredited nursing continuing education courses. We now also offer CEUs for nursing case managers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, paramedics, EMTs, and other healthcare professionals.
Ann Johnson, RN
Chief Executive Officer
Ann Johnson is co-founder and CEO of Wild Iris Medical Education. She is a registered nurse and has worked in many areas of nursing. Ann’s last hospital job was as emergency department manager and director of the Drug-Free Workplace Program at Ukiah Valley Medical Center in Ukiah, California. She was also a nursing instructor for 5 years at College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, California.
Ann lives and now works from her property in the redwoods of California. She served 25 years as a volunteer fire fighter with the Comptche Volunteer Fire Department.
Randal Stuart MacDonald, BA, CSDP
Chief Technology Officer, Technical Director
Randy MacDonald has been working with networked computer systems since the mid-1980s and is an expert in software development, including Internet programming, web-database integration, and e-commerce systems. He is conversant with a wide variety of software technology platforms and programming languages. Randy is an IEEE-certified software development professional.
Randy is responsible for the programming and management of all technical systems used by Wild Iris Medical Education. He custom-designed the Wild Iris content management system and an e-commerce continuing education system for the company. Each is built in accordance with professional software development standards.
Randy earned a bachelor’s degree with honors, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Oregon in 1990. Randy is also a volunteer fire fighter and second assistant chief for the Comptche Volunteer Fire Department.
Larry Restel, BS
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer
Larry Restel has worked as a CFO, controller, and designer of software systems for more than 35 years. His career has included working with high tech manufacturing companies in Silicon Valley, with public sector companies, and with nonprofit organizations, managing all aspects of finance, accounting, and information systems.
Larry has been working as a financial consultant for the last 15 years for a variety of companies in the fields of healthcare, economic development, community endowments, for-profit business, and training. He oversees financial management and accounting for Wild Iris Medical Education.
Persis Mary Hamilton, RN, CNS, MS, EdD
WIME Board Member, Writer
Persis Hamilton worked for many years as Wild Iris’s nurse planner to ensure compliance with guidelines of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She serves on the Wild Iris Board of Directors and continues to write courses. Persis has a rich background in nursing, nursing education, and writing. She has written fourteen nursing textbooks for two major publishers and several courses for Wild Iris. Her master’s degree focused on community mental health nursing and her doctoral dissertation investigated the relationship of learning to behavioral objectives and visual design in a textbook.
Over the years Persis has worked in most areas of nursing and she taught for more than 40 years in vocational, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs. She has served as an item writer for the League for Nursing and as principal speaker in numerous continuing education workshops. While serving on the faculty at the University of Guam, Persis conducted research into the high rate of suicide in Micronesia.
Susanna MacDonald, BA
Susanna MacDonald has designed and produced websites since 1996, first as senior partner of a web development company and then as an independent contractor providing services to companies in the United States and Ireland. Her skills in comprehensive website design include site architecture and planning, navigation and usability, web standards implementation, visual design and graphics production, form design, and CSS-HTML coding.
Susanna is responsible for maintaining the Wild Iris Medical Education websites, and design, planning and implementation of future website improvements. She also designs UIs for the company’s internal systems, assists with project management, and provides technical services for a variety of projects and staff. Susanna earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Oregon in 1990.
Dennis Crean, BA
Dennis Crean serves as managing editor for Wild Iris Medical Education, working closely with authors, reviewers, and planners during course development, and ensuring a high degree of quality and consistency is achieved when editing each course. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1985.
Dennis has worked as a freelance editor and graphic designer since 1998, following a dozen years in nonprofit administration. He works primarily for nonprofit, educational, and religious-based organizations, focusing especially on Buddhist publications. His clients have included Inquiring Mind journal, Parallax Press, Institute for World Religions, and the University of California AIDS Research Program.
Monica A. Nathan, RN, CNOR, BSN, MSEd
Lead Nurse Planner, Accreditation Manager
As lead nurse planner, Monica Nathan is responsible for determining that nursing courses meet the standards of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation. She holds her bachelor’s degree from Saint Anselm College, Manchester NH, and earned her MSEd from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Monica served as an Army Nurse Corps officer in the specialty of perioperative nursing and has held a variety of clinical, educational, and management positions, including Chief, Operating Room Nursing Service, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, during the 1990-1991 Gulf war. She served on the Army Nurse Corps Continuing Education Approval Committee for 5 years, and the Association of Perioperative Nurses Continuing Education Approval Committee for 4 years, the last as Chair.
Monica has been certified in perioperative nursing since 1984 and is currently serving as a perioperative nurse and quality assurance coordinator for a free-standing ambulatory surgery center in California. She is a Community Emergency Response Team member and instructor and a California Disaster Service Worker.
Margaret M. Craig, RN, BSN, MSN
Margarget Craig is a nurse planner for Wild Iris. She has over 40 years of nursing education experience. She was most recently Associate Dean of Nursing at Napa Valley College in California, and before that Dean of Health Occupations at Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts. She has served on the Board of Review of the NLN’s Accrediting Commission, held district, statewide and national leadership roles in policy development and continuing education with the American Nurses Association, and was on the California Board of Nursing’s Advisory Committee.
Margaret has special interests in community health nursing, nursing education, evidence-based practice, and international nursing. She was a Visiting Professor in Western Australia and Guam. Margaret earned her BSN at Columbia University in New York City and her masters degree in Nursing at Boston University.
Mary Jo Starsiak, RN, BSN, MSN
Mary Jo Starsiak is a nurse planner for Wild Iris. She works with the editorial planning team to help produce timely, useful courses on subjects that are inviting to read and that can improve caregiving clinical practice.
As college educator at San Francisco State University, University of California San Francisco, and community colleges for over 45 years, Mary Jo also has experience as a practicing clinician in women's health and has published articles about preventative disease based on her work. She likes to use different broadcasting platforms such as cartoons, videos, and the two interactive books she wrote for McGraw-Hill.
Mary Jo’s passion is to fulfill her desire to deeply understand medical sciences, raise the bar of preventive disease, and bring this knowledge into portable concepts that people can use whether they are patients or professionals.
Thaïs Mazur, MS, OTR/L, CMT, CWC
Lead Occupational Therapy Planner
Thaïs Mazur serves as lead occupational therapy planner for Wild Iris. She has worked for over 25 years in a wide variety of settings including acute rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, community clinics and psychiatric facilities. She specializes in helping people develop skills to live with chronic pain, illness and posttraumatic stress. Thaïs lectures at universities and conferences nationally and internationally on wellness, healing trauma and the therapeutic use of occupation in everyday life.
Thaïs is a certified occupational therapist, wellness specialist, somatic re-integration therapist, and is the co-founder of Mind Body Medicine for Health, Education, and Wellness in northern California. She is an instructor and practitioner of Acutonics, a technique similar to acupuncture using sound frequencies instead of needles.
Anja Grimes is the primary customer service and marketing representative for Wild Iris, and also serves as executive assistant to management, editorial, and technical staff. Anja’s experience in providing customer satisfaction for over 15 years enables her to provide our customers with excellent service and assistance.
Anja graduated as a nationally examined foreign language correspondent in English and French in her native Germany. After several years as a correspondent, Anja joined an international medical supply company as an export sales manager, selling medical supplies ranging from sundries to hospital equipment. In 1999 she moved to the United States and was employed as an accounting and human resources manager at an import/export business in San Francisco for over 8 years.
We are headquartered in Comptche, California, nestled in the northern coastal redwoods.
Purple wild irises bloom in profusion here each spring and were the inspiration behind our company’s name.
We know that meeting all of your needs for your professional career can be stressful, so we hope to share a little bit of peace and quiet with you by means of our website’s design.
The photo at the top of our pages was taken in Montgomery Woods State Reserve.
Did you realize that taking a Wild Iris course can help reduce your impact on the environment?
Completing your CE online means you don’t have to drive to classes.
All materials are available on our site, reducing paper usage.
All of our employees telecommute, reducing carbon emissions.
They’re little things…
that can add up to a lot.