NYSANA Board of Directors

NYSANA President
Message from the NYSANA President

Yana received her nursing degree in the town of Norilsk, Russia, in 1996 before immigrating to the United States in 1997. She received her Respiratory Therapy degree from Molloy College, Rockville Center, NY, in 2000, and BSN from University of Phoenix, Temple, AZ, in 2003. Yana started her professional career in Cardiac ICU at NY Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Medical Center before attending the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark, NJ, class of 2009, receiving Masters of Nursing Science. 

She started her CRNA career at North Shore LIJ Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY in 2010 and by 2011, joined a small group of CRNAs practicing at Montefiore Medical Center. By the end of 2012, Yana was promoted to Chief CRNA at Montefiore Healthcare system. As the first Chief CRNA at Montefiore since the late 1980s, she grew a team of nearly 60 CRNAs by the end of 2015. 

Today, Yana is the owner of her company, practicing in Westchester, Dutchess, and Orange counties in New York. She has been serving on NYSANA’s GRC Committee and serving as Chair to NYSANA Communications Committee. On the national level, Yana is currently serving on AANA Communications Committee and representing AANA Foundation as an advocate for New York State. Yana is excited to serve on the board of directors. She is committed to advancing the profession of Nurse Anesthesia and making positive changes for CRNAs in New York State.

Vice President
Giovanna received her BSN from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York in 2001. She went on to work in the Surgical ICU at Albany Medical Center for 6 years.  She attended the Nurse Anesthesiology Program at Albany Medical College and graduated in 2009. After graduation, Giovanna worked at a rural community hospital in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She returned to Albany Medical College’s Center for Nurse Anesthesiology as an educator in 2013 and is currently the Assistant Program Director. Giovanna is passionate about both aspects of her career in the clinical and academic setting. In her personal time, Giovanna is a mother of four active children. She enjoys driving to various locations in the northeast, eating dinner at 9 pm, and humor, lots of humor. 

Jennifer received her BSN from Florida Atlantic University in 2003. She worked as a trauma ICU RN for 7 years at St. Mary’s Hospital and Delray Medical Center in Florida. She then went on to receive her MSN from Columbia University’s nurse anesthesia program in NYC in 2006. Jennifer’s primary job is at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center since 2006. She has been extremely involved in medical missions over the years to Ecuador, Guatemala, Vietnam, Peru, and Colombia just completing her 27th mission. Jennifer Is excited to serve as the Treasurer and looks forward to a great year.


David began his medical career as a U. S. Army medic in San Antonio, Texas in 1981, serving subsequently at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Army LVN school followed with an assignment to William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas until his Honorable Discharge in 1985. Working nights in CCU and Trauma ICU while in the  Army,  and attending the University of Texas at El Paso in the daytime during and after his military service, he completed his BSN in 1988. He continued working for a staffing agency all over El Paso, in ICU and acute care settings, for several years. He then practiced at the border county hospital Emergency Room and all over that hospital for several more, finally spending two years in a physical rehabilitation setting before moving to Dallas, Texas in 1994.

He continued doing physical rehabilitation nursing at Baylor University Hospital in Dallas, combined with ICU staffing agency work all over the metroplex until 1997 when he split duties between nursing supervision at the Baylor Rehabilitation Hospital on weekends and working at the Baylor University Medical Center Neurological, Trauma and OB ICU on weekdays. 

In 2000 he decided to relax a bit and attend CRNA school at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, graduating in 2002. He then worked at a small community hospital in Mesquite, Texas, followed by a 300-bed county hospital in Fort Worth,  before returning to BUMC in Dallas for 7 years.

When the call came to assist in restaffing the former New York Downtown Hospital, now known as New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital,  he and his Texas-born wife were ready to make the change to living in a legendary city. They have been here since 2015 and have immensely enjoyed living in Manhattan. 

The Secretary position at NYSANA has been David’s first foray into the political aspect of the CRNA profession. The critical need for CRNAs to promote their profession to an unaware public and to gain, maintain and protect their position in the marketplace has made a deep impression on him. He hopes to spend many years working for the benefit of the CRNAs of New York and the rest of the country.

Immediate Past President
Stephanie received her BSN from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and graduated with a Masters of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from The University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, in 2013. 

For the past 6 years, Stephanie has worked at Buffalo's level 1 trauma center, Erie County Medical Center. Prior to joining ECMC, she worked as a CRNA in the Kaleida Health System in Buffalo, NY. Stephanie also works independently for Eye Health Associates and is clinical adjunct faculty for SUNY at Buffalo.

Timothy J. Lehey CRNA, MS, is the founder and director of Nurse Anesthesia Professional Services (NAPS). A former Program Director at Columbia University and Chief Nurse Anesthetist, Tim has over 25 years of experience in the clinical setting and has worked with nearly every major hospital in the NYC Tri-State area.

As Chief Nurse Anesthetist at Columbia Presbyterian Medical center (now New York Presbyterian), he was responsible for hiring, scheduling, and counseling a group of 25 CRNAs, along with budgetary responsibility. As Program Director of Columbia University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program, Tim worked closely with 32 different clinical sites across New York City and extending to upstate New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Tim’s career has brought him unique insight into both the priorities of new and experienced CRNA staff and the complexities of how to incorporate new CRNA staff into a functioning department. This 360-degree perspective led Tim to start NAPS as a better, more focused recruiting service — uniting clinical departments and quality Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), especially ones moving from out of state to the New York area. Tim’s contacts throughout the anesthesia community are extensive and longstanding — giving him insight into multiple practice settings and allowing him to identify how best to utilize CRNA staff while minimizing training cost and turnover. This also allows Tim to share with candidates a vision of their role so as to understand what their day-to-day work life will entail.

Sean received his nursing degree from Hudson Valley Community College in 2002. He subsequently graduated from Excelsior College in Albany, NY with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing prior to entering Albany Medical College's Center for Nurse Anesthesiology graduate program where he received a Masters of Science and was the recipient of Albany Medical College's Alumni Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice. For the past 7 years, Sean has practiced with the Anesthesia Group of Albany providing care at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, NY, Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY, and the Capital Region Ambulatory Surgery Center in Albany, NY. Sean is an active participant in Operation Walk, completing trips to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and Havana, Cuba, providing anesthesia for joint replacement surgery. Sean grew up in Albany in a large family. He loves to travel and is an avid Liverpool F.C. fan.

Kara Hedman graduated with a BSN from the University of Rochester in 2010 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Houghton College. She graduated from SUNY at Buffalo and began working as a CRNA at Strong Memorial Hospital. After two years full time at Strong Memorial, she began to transition to part-time independent practice in Batavia, NY, and surrounding areas. She also works for Highland Hospital on their obstetrics unit. She continues to practice in all locations, giving her a very diverse clinical experience. At home, she is a mother to two energetic boys, enjoys horseback riding, and drinking lots of coffee.


Barbara graduated from the Albany VA Medical Center School for Nurse Anesthesiology in 1983. One of three students in her class, she was the recipient of the Roche Outstanding Nurse Anesthesia Award. As an SRNA, she also held the title as the second president of the newly formed Student New England Assembly 1982-83.

Early involvement in NYSANA began with the educational districts. Becoming active in the capital district soon led to becoming chair of all the educational districts which progressed to chair of the State Educational Program Committee for 15 years. Planning state meetings was especially enjoyable for many reasons. The ability to network with CRNA and SRNA peers from across the state, interact with national presidents and region one directors, and organize social and PAC events, and wellness activities were just some of the highlights of this volunteer position.                                                           
In 2014 she became a NYSANA director, vice president in 2016, president in 2017, past president in 2018. Co-Chair of GRC 2019-2021. In addition to remaining active in the Finance, GRC, and Program committee, she is presently serving on the board until the fall of 2021.                                         

She spends time off from her work at Ellis hospital in Schenectady NY, with her seven grandchildren as much as possible. After all, they are what life is all about!

Student Representative, University at Buffalo
Rebecca Ives, SRNA is a second-year nursing anesthesia student at the University at Buffalo. Rebecca earned her ADN from SUNY at Morrisville in 2014. Following completion of her ADN, Rebecca began working in the CVICU at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, NY. While working full time, Rebecca began work as a travel nurse taking assignments in surgical, medical, and cardiovascular ICUs throughout upstate NY in Albany, Syracuse, and Buffalo. In 2019, Rebecca settled in Buffalo to begin the nurse anesthesia program at the University at Buffalo as part of the graduating class of 2022.

As a future CRNA, Rebecca is interested in continued advocacy to advance the profession of nurse anesthesia. She is looking forward to an exciting year ahead and learning ways in which she can help to engage other students in the continued discussions and available opportunities.

Student Representative, Albany Medical College
Amber is a second-year nurse anesthesia student at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. Amber attended SUNY Morrisville for her ASN degree and SUNY Buffalo for her BSN. Amber also graduated from Cornell University with a BS in biology and a minor in global health. After graduation Amber worked in Syracuse, NY as an ICU RN at both Upstate Medical Center, and the VA hospital. At Upstate Medical Center, Amber worked in the Surgical/Trauma ICU, and at the VA hospital, she worked in a general Medical/Surgical ICU. Amber served in the VA Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System and deployed to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017. Amber enrolled in the Albany Medical College Center for Nurse Anesthesia program with a projected graduation date of November 2021. Amber now serves as the Albany Medical College NYSANA student representative and intends to motivate her classmates to participate in NYSANA throughout their education and into their professional careers.

Student Representative, Columbia University
Jake Forrester, SRNA, is a first-year nurse anesthesia student at Columbia Unviersity in New York, NY.  Jake attended the Medical University of South Carolina for his BSN degree.  After graduation from MUSC in 2016, he works for MUSC in their Neuro-Surgical ICU as a new graduate and developed his critical thinking skills.  During his time there he held a seat on their shared governance committee and was the Palliative Care Unit Champion.  After one and a half years at MUSC, Jake moved to NYC and worked at NYU Langone in their Neuro-Surgical ICU.  While at NYU, Jake helped develop policies for their EVDs and cervical collar while maintaining a position on their Unit Practice Council until 2019.

In May 2019, Jake enrolled in Columbia University's Nurse Anesthesia program that will graduate in 2021.  Jake is currently serving as his class president and recently attdended the AANA Congress to learn more about his future profession.

As a future CRNA, Jake intends to go back to school to obtain his DNP with the intention of becoming a didactic educator after gaining clinical experience.  Jake is passionate about having his cohort engaged in the profession and as a NYSANA student rep, he plans to inform his peers about the local government and how they can help advocate for their profession.

NYSANA Lobbyist
Message from the NYSANA Lobbyist

As Government Affairs practice group leader and partner in charge of the Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, Albany office, Amy’s law practice focuses on representing a variety of New York State professional associations, businesses and not for profits before New York State Government, including the State Legislature, Governor’s Office and State Agencies. Amy is a former Legislative Aide to New York Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein, Chair of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee.

NYSANA Executive Director
Message from the NYSANA Executive Director

Together with her team at Accent on Management, Molly Metzger provides professional association management. Her team manages the day-to-day operations of NYSANA, which includes managing finances, contracts, and the website. She plans meetings and events and coordinates communication with the membership. She assists the board president in leadership onboarding. These services leave the volunteer board members and committee chairs with time and resources to pursue the goals of advancing the profession of CRNAs in the state of New York. 

Accent on Management provides professional services to 5 CRNA state organizations in addition to more than 20 additional professional associations.

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Affiliate Organizations

 Organizational Affiliate of American Nurses Association New York 

Friend of Association of Veteran Affairs Nurse Anesthetists (AVANA)