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NYSANA Board of Directors

Back row (from left): Kathleen Crowell, Treasurer; Stephanie Grolemund, Secretary; David Leal, Director; 
Jessica Szydlowski, Director; Emily Nesler, Director;  and Kaitlyn Tomeno, Student Representative; 

Front row (from left): Meaghan McCloskey, Director; Barbara Capogna, President; Cheryl Spulecki, Vice President; and Joanna Woersching, Immediate Past President

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Barbara Elliott Capogna, CRNA 

A 1976 graduate of Maria College School of Nursing, Albany NY, worked at The Child’s Hospital in the Operating Room 76-78, and as the charge RN of PACU and Ambulatory Surgical Unit from 78-81. In 1983 graduated from the Veterans Administration Medical Center School for Nurse Anesthesiology, Albany NY, where she received the Outstanding Student Achievement Award. Elected Chair of the New England Assembly of Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists from 1982-1983.  In 1983 employed as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist by Schenectady Anesthesia Associates, PC, and briefly worked for Anesthesia Group of Albany for three years. Presently works for SAA at Ellis Hospital often having the opportunity to be a clinical preceptor for SRNA students from Albany Medical center.  Professionally has been chair of the NYSANA Capital Region Educational District since 2000, NYSANA Program Committee 2003 to 2016, and Chair of the Program Committee from 2006-2013. Chair of the NYSANA Educational Districts 2015-2016. Member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists since 1981. Personally has been leader of two Girl Scout Troops for twenty years 1990-2010, has received the Outstanding Leadership Award and Thanks Badge.  2006-2007 appointed Girl Scout National Delegate to National Convention.  2011-present, treasurer of Niskayuna Community Girl Scouts.  2012-present, Vice President of the Rexford Firehouse Auxiliary. Married, mother of four children, grandmother of four children. Lives in Rexford, NY with husband Ray.

Cheryl Spulecki, DNAP, MS, RN, CRNA 

Dr. Spulecki received her BSN from Niagara University and worked as a ICU nurse at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY and Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk, NY.  In 1999, she graduated from the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the State University of New York,  University at Buffalo.  Dr. Spulecki worked as a staff CRNA at Roswell Park Cancer Institute from December 1998 to  January 2013 and was the clinical site coordinator for the University at Buffalo Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Students from 2001-2009.   She became a clinical faculty member of SUNY at Buffalo in January of 2013 and then onto Assistant Program Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program in January of 2015. She completed her Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2015 and is a member of the Western New York Professional Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and Nativity Parish Nursing Ministry.  She has been active in the Western District of NYSANA as Secretary and Treasurer for multiple years, organizing regional meetings and speakers on behalf of the Buffalo/Rochester CRNAs.  Currently, she is the Interim Program Director and Clinical Coordinator of the SUNY at Buffalo Nurse Anesthesia Program.  Dr. Spulecki’s clinical work includes Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York and Niagara Frontier Anesthesia Services, covering three Western New York healthcare facilities.  She looks forward to serving as the Vice President for her fellow CRNA colleagues and the community.

Kathleen Crowell, MSN, CRNA 

Kathleen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a MSN in Nurse Anesthesia in 2011. Prior to that she received a BA from the University of Notre Dame and a BSN from New York University. She currently works per Diem at a few locations in New York City, including New York Presbyterian Hospital and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. Kathleen was the Secretary of NYSANA’s Liberty District, and has chaired NYSANA’s Educational Districts Committee. She is currently the chair of the Finance Committee and the Board Advisor of the Peer Assistance Committee. Kathleen looks forward to a productive year as Treasurer.

Stephanie Grolemund, BSN, MSN, CRNA

Stephanie received her BSN from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1999.  After nearly 11 years of critical care nursing in cardiothoracic, trauma, neuro, and cardiac ICU, she returned to school, graduating with a Masters of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York in 2013.  Stephanie is currently a staff CRNA at Erie County Medical Center, in Buffalo New York, and also works per diem at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Buffalo General Hospital, Gates Vascular Institute, and Millard Fillmore Surgery Center. Stephanie is excited to once again serve as Secretary, and continue to be an active member of NYSANA.


Joanna Woersching, CRNA
Immediate Past President

Joanna received her BSN from the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She worked as an RN in the cardiothoracic intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 4 years prior to graduate school.  She received her MSN from Duke University's Nurse Anesthesia Program.  She is currently working as a staff CRNA at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital.  Joanna is excited to serve as the Immediate Past President and looks forward to meeting and serving even more NYSANA members.


David Leal

After earning his Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from the Keck School of Medicine in 2005, David worked as a CRNA at NY Presbyterian Hospital- Cornell and Bellevue Hospital while pursuing another master’s degree.  He achieved an MBA in 2011 from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business.  In 2015, David was promoted to Chief CRNA at NY Presbyterian- Lower Manhattan Hospital and continues in that role today.  He has been a member of NYSANA since 2007, the Awards Committee Chairperson since 2012, as well as a member of the NYC Men in Nursing since 2015.  

His ten-year career as a CRNA, in both academic and private practice settings, has made David aware of key issues facing the Nurse Anesthesia profession.  His practice in academic facilities has given him the opportunity to mentor and serve as a preceptor to countless students at Columbia University.  David continues to maintain strong ties with the students and faculty, serving as a guest lecturer.
David is eager to learn more about the challenges facing NYSANA as well as the Nurse Anesthesia profession. His interest in joining the board lies in steering the organization towards an increasingly sustainable future.  David is excited to collaborate with the current officers as well continue the efforts initiated by past board members.


Meaghan McCloskey, MS, CRNA

After obtaining her BSN from Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing in 2003, Meaghan worked in the Emergency Department at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. She relocated to Saugerties, NY in 2006 and began working in the Surgical ICU at Albany Medical Center. From there, she entered the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Albany Medical College. Since graduating in 2009, she has been working as a staff CRNA at Kingston and Northern Dutchess Hospitals in the Hudson Valley. For the past five years she has acted as the chairperson for the Hudson Valley Educational District, and is looking forward to expanding her involvement in NYSANA.


Emily Nesler, MS, CRNA

A 2012 graduate of Columbia University, Emily Nesler has taken on her role as board director for NYSANA.  As a student, she played an active role in lobbying and took a keen interest in the AANA and NYSANA.  After graduation, she continued with this involvement and gained the position as chair for the Government Relations Committee. The director position will continue to add more strength, insight, and responsibility as she develops professionally.  Originally from Ohio, Ms. Nesler resides in Manhattan and is a staff CRNA at NYU Langone Medical Center. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, art, and strolling in the park with her dog, Kip.


Jessica Szydlowski

Jessica received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Philosophy from the University of Miami and a B.S in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. She started her professional career in the Neurosurgical and Pediatric ICUs in Buffalo, NY before attending a Nurse Anesthesia program at Columbia University. Currently, she works at NYU Langone Medical Center as a CRNA and is in the DNP Program at Columbia University with an expected graduation this December. Jessica has been active in Nurse Anesthetist professional organizations throughout her schooling and as a CRNA. As a student, Jessica served on the AANA Practice Committee as well as on the New England Assembly of Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and attended many state and national conferences. She has continued her involvement in both the AANA and NYSANA, serving as a GRC committee member and Vice Chair of the GRC.
Jessica will use her growing involvement in NYSANA to better serve our members on the Board of Directors. Following a successful strategic planning session at the Spring Meeting in New York, she will pursue implementing the strategies NYSANA has generated in order to improve member involvement and meet the overall needs of our organization. Jessica continues to be involved and lobby both in Albany and Washington D.C. to fight for our professional practice. As a young member, Jessica can relate to the new CRNAs in our state and promote interest in our professional organization.


Kaitlyn Tomeno
Student Representative

Kaitlyn Tomeno earned a BSN from The State University of Brockport where she was first introduced to critical care nursing. Upon graduation, she took a position at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Here, she dedicated herself to critical care, becoming a Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse and leader of her unit’s pain education committee. Kaitlyn actively lobbied this past year at the AANA mid-year assembly, where her interest in serving her future profession developed. Kaitlyn enjoys traveling and volunteer work and would one day like to provide anesthesia care to underserved communities and countries. Currently, she is in her second year at The University at Buffalo’s DNP-CRNA program and looks forward to acting as a link between NYSANA and the NYS anesthesia student body.


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