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NYSANA Board of Directors

Back row (from left): David Leal, Director; Kenneth Dagles, Student Representative; Barbara Capogna, Immediate Past President; Stephanie Grolemund, Secretary; Front row (from left): Jessica Szydlowski, Vice President; Cheryl Spulecki, President; Meaghan McCloskey, Director; Jennifer L. Haug, Treasurer; Yana Krmic, Director.

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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 Assistant 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 President for her fellow CRNA colleagues and the community.



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.

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.

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.


Immediate Past President

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 Capitol 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.

David Leal, CRNA


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.

YANA Krmic, crnA, MSN


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. 

Keri VanNatten, MS, CRNA, ACNP


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.

Kenneth Dagles, SRNA

Student Representative
Kenneth Dagles earned his Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Binghamton University, State University of New York. Upon graduation, he took a pediatric oncology hematology position at Albany Medical Center. When Kenneth moved to Buffalo, NY, he sought a position where he could dedicate himself to critical care and accepted a position working in a Medical ICU/Cardiac Care Unit. He became a Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse and his interest in anesthesia solidified. Kenneth enjoys volunteering every summer at Double H Ranch caring for children with chronic and life threatening illnesses. He hopes to continue to work to meet the critical care needs of children throughout his career. Currently, Kenneth is in his 2nd year at Albany Medical College’s Nurse Anesthesiology program. He looks forward to collaborating with NYSANA and the NYS anesthesia student body.


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



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