Aaron Goodrich, MBAPresident
Med City Anesthesia Seminars
Aaron attended the University of Northern Iowa where is received his Bachelor of Arts degree studying marketing and international business. He then earned his Master of Business Administration degree with coursework emphasis in Business Administration, Management and Operations from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. After managing sales territories for two of the top industrial distributors in the world, he helped found Med City Anesthesia Seminars where he currently serves as President, and is in charge of day-to-day operations.
Karissa Goodrich, CRNAProgram Director, Med City Anesthesia Seminars
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Karissa is the program director and co-owner of Med City Anesthesia Seminars. She attended the Mayo School of Health Sciences for her Masters of Nurse Anesthesia Degree. She is currently a staff nurse anesthetist and lead at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where she works primarily in GYN surgery, urology, and plastics. She also works in their Outpatient Surgery Center and GI endoscopy suite. Karissa is a member of the Core Educator Group for SRNAs at the Mayo School of Health Sciences and also serves as a primary preceptor in the clinical setting.
Dru Riddle, CRNA, DNP, PhDAssistant Professor of Professional Practice
Associate Director, TCU Center for Evidence Based Practice and Research:
A Collaborating Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute
Texas Christian University, School of Nurse Anesthesia
Fort Worth, Texas
Dru is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Nurse Anesthesia at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He is also director, Center for Translational Research at the Health Innovations Institute at TCU. He completed his nurse anesthesia training at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and works clinically at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas with a special interest in high-risk OB anesthesia. Dru completed his PhD in nursing and pharmacogenomics at the Medical University of South Carolina and his DNP at Texas Christian University. Dru has been a practicing CRNA for over 13 years and has an active research program focusing on personalized medicine and genetics. He has presented nationally and internationally on research methodologies, genetics, and clinical anesthesia topics.
LaChelle Wieme, CRNAStaff Nurse Anesthetist
LaChelle graduated from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences with her masters in nurse anesthesia in 2008. Since she has worked as a staff nurse anesthetist, lead and clinical educator in the colorectal, plastics, and general surgery specialties. Recently LaChelle accepted a part-time core faculty position at Mayo’s nurse anesthesia program in addition to delivering anesthesia in Mayo’s outpatient surgery center. She was named Educator of the Year in 2010.
Laura Ardizzone, CRNA, DNPAssistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, Columbia University
Chief Nurse Anesthetist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York
Laura is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania for her BSN and received her Master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from Columbia University. She is currently the Chief CRNA at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at Columbia University. She currently serves as an elected board member of the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists, was appointed to the AANA National Peer Assistance Committee, the Advisory board of the Hillman Alumni Association and is an officer in the Alpha Zeta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Laura completed her post-doctoral clinical fellowship at Columbia University and her research interests and publications include patient safety, hand hygiene and global health.
Brent Dunworth, CRNA, MBA, DNPChief Nurse Anesthetist
Associate Director for Anesthesia Advanced Practice Nursing
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Brent earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing degrees, and completed the Nurse Anesthesia Program all at the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently the Chief CRNA at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he also serves as the Associate Director for Anesthesia Advanced Practice Nursing. Prior to this position, Brent was the Senior Director for Nurse Anesthesia at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he coordinated the anesthesia patient care delivery for 16 hospitals and over 450 CRNAs. During this time he was an adjunct faculty member for the University of Pittsburgh’s Nurse Anesthesia Program. He has received numerous awards, among them the Agatha Hodgins Award for outstanding nurse anesthesia student, the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ Didactic Instructor of the Year Award, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Brent has lectured nationally on a variety of topics in nurse anesthesia, and will soon complete his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
Robyn Finney, CRNAInstructor in Anesthesiology
College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Robyn attended the Mayo School of Health Sciences for her Masters of Nurse Anesthesia Degree. She was the recipient of the Robert R. Johnson Achievement Award and the Robert A.E. Devloo M.D. Outstanding Nurse Anesthesia Student Award in 2003. She received the Educator of the Year Award in 2008, along with academic appointment to Instructor in Anesthesiology for the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. Robyn engages in educating our future anesthetists in the didactic and clinical arenas, as part of the Core Educator Group for students and also as faculty at Mayo’s Multidisciplinary Simulation Center. She currently works as a staff anesthetist in Mayo’s outpatient surgery center.
Shawn Collins, CRNA, DNP, PhDStaff Nurse Anesthetist
Sandman Anesthesia Services, PA
Director, Nurse Anesthesia and DNP Programs
Western Carolina University
Mills River, North Carolina
Shawn completed his anesthesia education in 1995 at Erlanger Medical Center/University of Tennessee – Chattanooga and earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rush University in 2008. He received his PhD in Leadership from Andrews University in 2012 receiving the 2011-2012 School of Education’s Outstanding Dissertation Award and was named an AANA doctoral fellow. Shawn has been involved with the Western Carolina University anesthesia program since its inception and currently serves as the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences and Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program for the WCU School of Nursing. Over the last 10 years he has lectured nationally and internationally on continuing education of nurse anesthetists in developing countries and evidence-based practice. Shawn currently serves on the nurse anesthesia steering committee for Health Volunteers Overseas and NBCRNA National Certification Examination Committee. He has also served as an advanced education nursing grant reviewer for the Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Professions.
Erin Martin, CRNA, DNPInstructor in Anesthesiology
College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Erin earned her Masters of Nurse Anesthesia degree from Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, MN and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Winona State University in Winona, MN. She is currently a member of the Core Didactic Faculty for Mayo Clinic’s Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program where she has been involved in course coordination and curriculum development, including assisting in the development of their Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program. Erin also works as a staff nurse anesthetist at Mayo Clinic where her main area of clinical practice provides anesthesia for adult and pediatric patients undergoing general, urologic, plastics, and ENT procedures.
Thomas Miller, CRNAStaff Nurse Anesthetist
NAPA - The Hospital of Central Connecticut
Thom is a full-time practicing CRNA currently working for North American Partners in Anesthesia at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, CT. Thom attended Northeastern University for his Masters in Nurse Anesthesia and completed his clinical training at Tufts medical center, graduating in 2008. He worked for the Boston Children’s Hospital Anesthesia department full time for over 3 years mainly dividing his time between cardiac anesthesia and anesthesia for outpatient surgery; he continues to practice there on a per diem basis. In 2011 Thom relocated to Connecticut and began his current position with NAPA. In addition to these responsibilities, Thom practices office based anesthesia for plastic surgery on a Per Diem basis for Anesthesia Pro, a CRNA owned company. He is also a paid speaking consultant for Mylan pharmaceuticals makers of Nimbex and Remifentanil.
Anne Sauri, CRNA, DNPStaff Nurse Anesthetist
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Anne practices full-time as a nurse anesthetist, with experience in a wide variety of clinical settings. She received her anesthesia training at the Cleveland Clinic and practiced pediatric anesthesia there before relocating to Chicago. She has worked at the University of Chicago Medical Center and currently practices as a staff nurse anesthetist at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in the Chicago suburbs. Anne has undergraduate degrees in nursing and political science, and attended law school before completing her anesthesia training. In 2013, she completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Iowa with a doctoral thesis focusing on utilizing simulation to improve pediatric anesthesia safety in the community hospital setting. In addition to being an experienced guest speaker at state-wide conferences, Anne has served as a local facilitator for Johns Hopkins Optimal Anesthesia Management educational meetings.
Patrick Moss, CRNA, DNAPAcute Pain Management, Anesthesia and Pain Specialists
Director for Center of Excellence in Acute Pain Management
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
Patrick is a full-time faculty member at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) where he serves as the Director for the Center of Excellence for Acute Pain Management. Patrick has been a CRNA for 17 years, and prior to joining the faculty at MTSA, he provided anesthesia services in a variety of private-practice settings throughout middle Tennessee and south-central Kentucky. In addition to his current responsibilities at MTSA, he also provides acute pain management in multiple practice settings, serves as an acute pain management consultant and expert witness, holds basic and advanced cadaveric workshops, and is a nationally-recognized speaker on acute pain management for Halyard Health. Due to his passion for educating colleagues about acute pain management – particularly those practicing in rural or underserved areas – his doctoral work focused on determining the feasibility of telementoring (remotely guiding) other CRNAs who have limited, or no, experience in providing ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia.
Heather Rankin, CRNA, DNPSenior Nurse Anesthetist
Children's of Alabama
Heather has been a CRNA at Children’s of Alabama, in Birmingham, Alabama, since 2006, serving as both staff CRNA for nine years and a senior CRNA for five years. She received her DNP and BSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, her MSN from Samford University, and her BS from Birmingham Southern College, all located in Birmingham, Alabama. Her doctoral project was titled “Perioperative pulmonary complications in pediatric asthmatics” and other interests are neuroapoptosis, pharmacology, and pediatrics. Heather has served the ALANA on various committees since 2007 and completed her term as President October 2011. She has served on and chaired the AANA Public Relations Committee, and currently serves on the AANA GR Committee, as well as chairs the ALANA Public Relations Committee. Heather was one of 50 inaugural recipients of the Samford University Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Living Legacy awards and was awarded a DNP excellence award upon DNP graduation. She also stays active at Samford serving on the nursing advisory panel.
Dina Velocci, CRNA, DNPNurse Anesthetist
Velocci Anesthesia Services
Dina’s full time clinical anesthesia practice varies between a hospital, outpatient surgery centers and office base settings. She has over 20 years of experience in the nursing field with the last eleven in nurse anesthesia. Her experiences have ranged from Level I trauma, fetal surgery, high-risk obstetrics, interventional radiology, and pediatrics. She received her anesthesia training from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia. In 2014, she earned her doctoral nursing practice degree from Vanderbilt University. Her doctoral work focused on political advocacy and participation education in selected baccalaureate nursing programs. Dina holds two undergraduate degrees in nursing and political science. Since 2004, Dina has consistently served on the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists. She has held several positions to include director, President elect, President and Treasurer. She has been AANA ASATT Liaison from 2011-2014. In the education arena, Dina holds adjunct faculty positions at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Dina also handles several expert witness cases intermittently through out the year.
Tracy Young, CRNA, MBAStaff Nurse Anesthetist
Chief Executive Officer
YPS Anesthesia Services
Tracy graduated with his Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from Texas Wesleyan University in 2000 and immediately began providing anesthesia services to several hospital facilities in and around New Iberia, Louisiana. In 2003, Tracy formed YPS Anesthesia Services, LLC and has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer for over 12 years. The group has grown to include over 25 facilities and 140+ providers in three states (Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi). In 2008, he received his Master of Business Administration-Healthcare from George Washington University and continues to focus his efforts on the growth of YPS Anesthesia. His time is divided between clinical and administrative duties as he oversees the operation, finances, and growth of YPS Anesthesia and its subsidiaries. Tracy is also on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (LANA). He has served 2 years as the State Reimbursement Specialist for Louisiana and is now the President-Elect of LANA.
Brian Berry, CRNA, MBAChief Nurse Anesthetist
Excela Health System
Brian currently serves as the Chief Nurse Anesthetist at Excela Health System. At Excela, he directs the operational, financial and strategic anesthesia goals for the five-facility health care system. Brian is also Adjunct Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh where he provides didactic instruction on various subjects such as simulation, pharmacology, obstetrics, and regional anesthesia. He has lectured at both national and international continuing medical education conferences and has been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA today, and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal. He has served on the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Public Relations committee and has been both a Board of Trustee member and the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Most recently, Brian completed his Masters of Business Administration and was recognized as the Clinical Instructor of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Bonjo Batoon, CRNAStaff Nurse Anesthetist
Shock Trauma Go-Team
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Systems
Bonjo graduated from the Nurse Anesthesia program at Georgetown in 2005. He took his first job at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and has been there for the last 10 years. He is a member of the Shock Trauma Go-Team which is responsible for delivering surgical, anesthesia and critical care services at the point of injury via helicopter or ground services. In addition to his hospital duties, Bonjo is a member of the International Medical Surgical Response Team (IMSuRT), and former member of the Maryland Disaster Medical Response Team (MD-1 DMAT) that falls under the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHS), and is responsible for providing medical resources and services to areas struck by natural or man-made disasters. His interests include trauma resuscitation, regional anesthesia and disaster/pre-hospital anesthesia care.
Connie Lorette, CRNA, PhDStaff Nurse Anesthetist
Catholic Medical Center
Associate Professor of Nurse Anesthesia
Derry, New Hampshire
Connie is an Associate Professor of Nurse Anesthesia at Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Rivier College, her Masters of Science degree from Northeastern University and her Ph.D. from Boston College. In addition to teaching, Connie is a cardiac nurse anesthetist at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH where she holds a seat on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee, the Transfusion committee and the Allied Health Professional committee. She has presented at the local, national and international levels. Her research interests are postoperative neurocognitive changes associated with cardiac surgery and perioperative transfusion strategies. Connie is also a member of the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group and the Society for Advancement in Blood Management.
Amanda Faircloth, CRNA, DNAP, PhDStaff Nurse Anesthetist
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
Virginia Commenwealth University
Amanda completed her anesthesia training at Duke University in 2005 and has worked as a CRNA at both Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (NY) and most recently, VCU Health System (VA). Amanda is also Adjunct Faculty in the VCU Department of Nurse Anesthesia. In 2011, Amanda completed her DNAP degree (VCU) where she received the A.D. Williams Scholarly Achievement Award and Scholarship. In 2014, she earned her PhD in Health Related Sciences (VCU) and was an AANA Foundation Doctoral Fellow. Amanda has written a book chapter, been published in peer-reviewed journals, and has lectured both nationally and internationally.
Thomas Baribeault, CRNAStaff Nurse Anesthetist
Anesthesia Service, PLLC
Central Kentucky Anesthesia, LLC
The Society For Opiod Free Anesthesia
Tom graduated from the Case Western Reserve University Nurse Anesthesia Program in 2015. He currently works as a CRNA with Central Kentucky Anesthesia, LLC and Anesthesia Service, PLLC. He recently founded The Society for Opioid Free Anesthesia and is dedicated to educating anesthesia professionals on providing the best pain management for their patients using this technique. Tom lectures on opioid-free anesthesia, enhanced recovery after surgery, ultrasound guided regional anesthesia and point of care ultrasound.
Mark Haffey, CRNAStaff Nurse Anesthetist
Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Mark is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He received his anesthesia training at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program with a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Currently serving in his 16th year as a CRNA, Mark ‘s clinical expertise was as CRNA Service Specialist for the Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Oral Surgery, Plastics, and Vascular sections while at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, as well as serving on fluid management and patient satisfaction advisory boards. Mark is currently serving on the AANA BOD as the Region 4 Director and has served in many leadership roles at both the state and national level.
Joanne Donnelly, CRNA, DNPChief Nurse Anesthetist
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
American Anesthesiology MN, P.A.
Joanne is currently the Chief CRNA at American Anesthesiology of MN, Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She received her Masters of Science in Anesthesia from Columbia University in 1997. Her diverse clinical experience of 20 years has included positions held at Los Angeles County Medical Center, NorthShore Health System in Chicago, Wake Forest and the University of Colorado. Joanne has been actively involved in education for 19 years, serving as clinical director at NorthShore and Wake Forest and currently holds an academic appointment at St. Mary’s University and is adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt University. She earned her DNP from Vanderbilt University in 2011, focused on patient safety and communication at handoff. Joanne has written book chapters, published in educational journals, and spoken nationally and internationally. Her research interests include patient safety, medical errors, human factors, and airway management. She has also served as an expert witness for the past 15 years.