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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 serve as President, and continue to be an active member of NYSANA.



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 Nurse Anesthesia Program at 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 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 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. 

Jennifer L. Haug, CRNA


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 R Monahan, CRNA


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

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. In addition, she obtained her DNP at Columbia University. 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. 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.

Brian Howser, CRNA, MS


Brian Howeser, CRNA is originally from the Ithaca area. He received his Associates degree in nursing at Tompkins-Cortland Community College, BS in nursing from SUNY Utica/Rome and MS in nursing from University at Buffalo. He has worked as an Intensive Care RN at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, Community-General Hospital and Crouse Irving Hospital in Syracuse. As a CRNA, he has been employed at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown and currently at Apex Surgery Center in Westmoreland. He has previously served on the NYSANA Board for 5 years with the honor of being President from 2008-2009.

Timothy Lehey, CRNA, MS

Timothy J. Lehey CRNA, MS, is 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.
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.

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 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.

Giovanna Mahar, DNAP, CRNA


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 9pm, and humor, lots of humor.   



Keri received her BSN from Russell Sage College in 2004 and went on to work at St. Peter’s hospital in Albany, NY.  While also working as a paramedic Keri worked in the CCU, Cardiac Cath Lab, and CVICU before attending graduate school.  While attending Albany Medical College, Keri was selected to be the student representative on the board of directors for NYSANA for 2013-2014.  After graduating with her Master of Science in Anesthesia in 2014, Keri began working for Anesthesia Group of Albany at various hospitals throughout the capital district.  Outside of anesthesia, Keri is an avid ice hockey enthusiast and is looking forward to serving on the board.


JoSeph Drew, SRNA


Joey is a second year nurse anesthesia student at Albany Medical College. He first obtained his bachelor’s in Microbiology at the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2014. There he started the college’s first Global Brigades Medical/Dental Mission chapter for students who wanted to further their instruction and experience in worldwide healthcare. The chapter took two trips to Panama to aid in local/indigenous healthcare practices. In 2016, after earning his bachelor’s in Nursing from Russell Sage College, he began working in the medical intensive care unit at Albany Medical Center. In 2018 Joey began Albany Medical College’s nurse anesthesia program and will graduate in November 2020. He is very excited to be Albany Medical College’s student representative and looking forward to engaging fellow students and CRNA’s in the area about our profession. In his free time, aside from diligently studying…He plays on the anesthesia soccer team at Albany Med and regularly hikes and snowboards in the Adirondacks.

Lillian P. Chisholm, SRNA STUDENT

REPRESENTATIVE, University at Buffalo
Lillian Chisholm, SRNA, is a second year nursing anesthesia student at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY.  After earning her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2010, Lillian gained invaluable experience as a bedside nurse in a cardiovascular step-down unit at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.  She further expanded her practice and skill on to the burn/trauma intensive care unit where she worked as both a bedside and safety nurse from 2013 to 2018.

In 2018, Lillian enrolled at the University at Buffalo’s nurse anesthesia program as part of the graduating class of 2021.  During a break this past Spring, she had the opportunity to travel to Croatia as part of a delegation through the AANA to learn about the healthcare system and role of nursing anesthesia within the country.  

As a future nurse anesthetist, Lillian is passionate about the continued advocacy and advancement of the profession, and is committed to her role as NYSANA’s 2019-2020 student representative. She looks forward to a busy and enriching year ahead, and is enthusiastic about engaging students in continued nursing anesthesia discussions and opportunities. 


Jake Forrester, SRNA

Jake Forrester, SrNA, is a first year nurse anesthesia student at Columbia Unviersity in New York, NY.  Jake attended Medical University of South Carolina for his BSN degree.  After graduation from MUSC in 2016, he work 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.


Is to be the advocate for and authority on the nurse anesthetist practice in New York State



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