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Jessica Szydlowski Pitman, DNP, CRNA

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.



STEPHANIE GROLEMUND, BSN, MSN, CRNA

Vice-President

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.


Jennifer L. Haug, CRNA

Treasurer

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

Secretary 

CHERYL SPULECKI, DNAP, MS, RN, CRNA

Immediate Past President

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.


YANA KRMIC, CRNA, MSN

Director

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. 

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Timothy Lehey, CRNA

DIRECTOR
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.

Meaghan McCloskey, MS, CRNA

Director
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.

KERI VANNATTEN, MS, CRNA, ACNP

DIRECTOR

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.


BethanY Sheppard, SRNA

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Bethany Sheppard, SRNA, CCRN, MPA, is a second year SRNA at Columbia University. Bethany graduated from Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing in 2009, and began working at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell [NYP] on the Surgical Step Down Unit. While working as a bedside RN, Bethany received her MPA degree with a concentration in Healthcare Management and Nursing Leadership from New York University. After pursuing a role in the administrative world as a Transplant Quality Manager for NYP’s Quality and Patient Safety Division, Bethany returned to the bedside, working in Cornell’s CardioThoracic ICU. From there, she enrolled in Columbia’s Masters in Nursing Anesthesia program. 
 Bethany is enthused at the prospect of working alongside CRNA leaders in both the New York region and nationally, in the capacity of NYSANA’s Executive Board Student Representative, and looks forward to propelling the next generation of CRNA leaders

 
 


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