Welcome from the Chair


Gemma Fournier
Chair, CST, RN, FAST
NBSTSA Board of Directors

Thank you for your interest in the Foundation for Surgical Technology. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance surgical technology and the lives of surgical technologists by funding educational, professional and community programs.

Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has given over $374,000 to fund more than 420 scholarships for surgical technologist students. We have awarded 31 medical mission scholarships and have administered a surgical technology educator awards programs and a military conference scholarship program.

The Foundation is run by a volunteer board of directors, recognized below, who are appointed by the presidents of our partner organizations. Because we also receive administrative support from these partners, we are able to use 100 percent of our donations toward scholarships!

We are grateful to our partners - AST and the NBSTSA - the Association of Surgical Assistants, our corporate donors, AST State Assemblies, and individual surgical technologists who make these scholarships possible.

Thank you for your generosity!

Foundation for Surgical Technology Committee

Dustin Cain
CST, FAST
AST Board of Directors
Jessica Elliott
CST, RN, FAST
AST Board of Directors
Peggy Varnado
CST, CSFA, FAST
AST Board of Directors
Fernando Mendoza
CST, FAST
NBSTSA Board of Directors