Committees

Volunteering your time to serve on a NYSANA committee offers members a chance to get to know other CRNAs and to further the profession in New York State. You can also earn 5 credits of Class B CE credit for each year of your service on a committee! NYSANA can not exist without the dedication of its member volunteers. Joining a committee is a great way to get involved!

There are many open positions so please reach out to get involved. Most positions include virtual meetings or work can be conducted over email. Read on for open positions and email us with your interest!

NYSANA COMMITEES LIST

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Responsible for soliciting scholarly papers from New York State SRNAs and selecting the winners of the Kathleen O'Donnell Excellence in Leadership and the Goldie Brangman Awards. 

Chairperson: David Monahan
Board Advisor: Kara Hedman

BYLAWS COMMITTEE

Accepts proposed amendment changes to NYSANA Bylaws, Standing Rules, and Administrative Manual.

Chairperson: Jennifer Carroll
Board Advisor: Mark Blazey

EDUCATIONAL DISTRICTS

Chairperson: Open
Board Advisor: Rachel Dubay

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Monitors legislative and government policy in all matters affecting healthcare, and follows legislative activity in New York State relevant to the practice of nurse anesthesia.

Chairperson: Amy Harbeck
Board Advisor: Sean McGarry

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Responsible for investigating expenses (past, present, and future) and determining the basic yearly budget requirements.

Chairperson: Open
Board Advisor: Michael Cogan

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Responsible for preparing ballots for the membership comprised of eligible individuals who, by capability and intent, are qualified to serve NYSANA.

Chairperson: Giovanna Mahar
Board Advisor: Kara Hedman

PEER ASSISTANCE & WELLNESS COMMITTEE

Assists CRNAs in safeguarding the quality of patient care; serves as a resource to NYSANA members by providing names of treatment centers or programs.

Chairperson: Open
Board Advisor: Christina Congdon

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

The Political Action Committee helps build strong working relationships with elected officials, increases our level of political involvement, and helps ensure we are heard at crucial moments in debates impacting our industry. 

Chairperson: Stephanie Grolemund

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE COMMITTEE

Monitors current CRNA practice through the development and implementation of a survey at least once every five years. Monitors and communicates national CRNA practice issues to the Board and membership.

Chairperson: Cheryl Spulecki
Board Advisor: Mark Blazey

PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Responsible for organizing and overseeing two State Educational Meetings a year. This includes recruiting speakers and sponsors for each meeting in addition to selecting meeting places and organizing special events.

Chairperson: Rachel Dubay with Michael Greco
Board Advisor: Christina Congdon

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Works with contracted public relations company in media relations, marketing, advertising, communications, social media, and event management. Encourages participation at career days, state fairs, etc. to educate the public about nurse anesthesia, and coordinates with AANA Public Relations and staff. 

Chair: Michael Thamsen
Board Advisor: Elyse Gallo

STUDENT LIAISON COMMITTEE

Promotes awareness of NYSANA to SRNA's currently enrolled in a New York State Nurse Anesthesia Program. Encourages involvement and participation with NYSANA by attending meetings and serving on committees. Identifies student reps from each program, encourages student CRNA Week projects, poster presentations, and Goldie Brangman Award submissions

Committee Chair: Joe Gnolfo

Board Advisor: Michael Cogan  

AANA PROGRAMS

State Reimbursement Specialist (SRS) Program

Chairperson: Lori A. Baker

Federal Political Director (FPD) Program

The designated state contact for federal political issues. Serves as a liaison between CRNAs in the state and the AANA Federal Government Affairs Division. Meets with congressional and senatorial candidates to brief them on AANA issues. Attends Mid-Year Assembly and arranges lobby appointments for all federal districts of NYS.

Chairperson: Brett Young (2nd chair needed)
Board Advisor: Sean McGarry

Learn more about ways you can be involved!