NYSANA Board of Directors

GIOVANNA MAHAR, DNAP, CRNA
NYSANA President
NYSANA President Address
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.

SEAN MCGARRY, MS, CRNA, ACNP
NYSANA Vice President
NYSANA Vice President Address
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. 

DAVID R. MONAHAN, CRNA
Secretary
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.

MICHAEL COGAN, CRNA
Treasurer
Michael earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Adelphi University in Garden City New York in 2000, and his Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia, in 2009, from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He has served as an adjunct faculty, clinical instructor, for Rutgers University. He is currently employed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital, New York, NY. Since 2006, Michael has served as a camp counselor at Camp Periwinkle, a camp for children with cancer. 

YANA KRMIC, CRNA, MSN
Immediate Past 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.

MARK BLAZEY, CRNA
Director
Dr. Blazey received his BSN at the University of Buffalo and graduated from the Nurse Anesthesia program at Northeastern University in 2013. He earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Northeastern University in May 2020, with a scholarly project titled Development of a Preoperative Educational Pediatric Interactive Relational Agent Using E-Delphi. Dr. Blazey currently provides clinical care in all anesthesia areas at Niagara Frontier Anesthesia Services, New York.

 

KARA HEDMAN, DNP, CRNA
Director
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.

CHRISTINA CONGDON, CRNA
Director
Christina received her BSN from Stony Brook University. She attended the Nurse Anesthesiology Program at Albany Medical College and graduated in 2019.  She currently works at Albany Medical Center. Christina has served as chair of NYSANA’s Peer and Wellness committee since 2017 and is also a member of NYSANA’s government relations committee.

 


ELYSE GALLO, CRNA

Director
Elyse earned her Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from Albany Medical College in 2016. She earned her BSN in nursing from the University of Miami. Since 2016, Elyse has been providing anesthesia care at Albany Medical Center. Elyse is also a member of our Government Relations Committee.


 

Eric Ebanks, Albany Medical College
Student Representative
Eric Ebanks graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Stony Brook University with Summa Cum Laude designation.  Eric was a scrub tech after high school before becoming an OR nurse, with subsequent ICU nursing and receipt of specialty certification for critical care (CCRN).  One of Eric's favorite memories was a medical mission trip to Peru where a medical clinic was held for the local population, and a makeshift OR was created in which eye surgery was performed on hundreds in need of care (under only local anesthesia!).  Eric is currently in the Nurse Anesthesiology program at Albany Medical College and hopes to start his own anesthesia practice one day.  Eric loves to spend time with his family and his twin children.  He enjoys hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.

 

Jack Pender, Hofstra University
Student Representative
Jack Pender graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University at Buffalo in 2017. He started his nursing career at Northwell Health Lenox Hill Hospital’s Cardiothoracic ICU. In the fall of 2021, he matriculated into Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies  DNP - AGACNP - CRNA program (class of 2024). Jack currently lives in Queens, NY, and is an avid Buffalo Bills fan. Jack is excited to be a part of NYSANA as a student representative and the year ahead.

Student Representative: Alex Amato, Columbia University

Student Representative: Jackie Maragh, University of Buffalo

AMY KELLOGG, PARTNER
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.

MOLLY METZGER
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)