Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc. is a privately-held, woman-owned company providing online healthcare continuing education. In 1998, we began offering online accredited nursing continuing education courses and since then, have expanded to provide CEUs for nursing case managers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, paramedics, EMTs, and other healthcare professionals.
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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 in Comptche, California.
Larry Restel, BS
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer
Larry Restel has worked as a CFO, controller, and designer of software systems for more than 40 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 20 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 Commission on Accreditation. 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 many 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.
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 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 recently served 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.
Marcie Scott, MSN, RN
Nurse Planner and Test Item Specialist
As a nurse planner, Marcie Scott is responsible for determining that our nursing courses meet the standards of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation and ensuring that test questions are valid and written according to ANCC standards.
Marcie has over 25 years of professional nursing experience, with a master’s degree in cardiovascular nursing from the Catholic University of America. She has worked in the area of case management; developed and conducted item-writing workshops for nursing and other healthcare professionals; and recently worked as the Co-Director of Certification and Education at the International Association of Forensic Nurses with a focus on assessing member continuing education needs and developing appropriate live and online activities. She maintains an authorized registered nurse license from the state of Maryland and CPR certification, and is a member of the American Nurses Association.
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 a variety of companies. 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 HTML/CSS.
Susanna maintained the Wild Iris Medical Education websites for more than a decade; which included design, planning, and implementation of future website improvements. In 2014, Susanna focused her efforts on the critical role of Course Production, in which she is responsible for preparing and presenting our high quality courses in online digital formats using our custom content management system. 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.
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 20 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.Back to Top