AANA Foundation Student Page

​Welcome, students! This page is dedicated to your needs and interests as you continue your training to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Please feel free to send any suggestions for the page to aanafoundationstudentrep@gmail.com.

 Emergency Education Grant Program


The Emergency Educational Grant Program is intended to support student nurse anesthetists during times of financial hardship and natural disaster. We anticipate the funding to vary according to need (one time application per person, up to $5,000).

Student Emergency Educational Grant Program Information & Application


 Foundation Board Student Trustee


 Oluwatoyin Orunja
Oluwatoyin Orunja has been selected as the 2017-2019 Student Representative on the AANA Foundation Board of Trustees. Toyin, as she prefers to be called, earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In an effort to combine her passion for science and desire to work in a clinical setting with patients, Toyin pursued the Clinical Nurse Leader Master of Science degree at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Upon graduating, Toyin worked at Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland on the Medical-Surgical Telemetry Unit. After two years, she transferred to the ICU, where she fell in love in with critical care nursing. As a critical care nurse, Toyin was involved in multiple committees and initiatives, and was the co-author of the monthly ICU newsletter “ICU Express.” Furthermore, Toyin attained three nursing certifications: Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification, Clinical Nurse Leader Certification, and Critical Care Registered Nurse Certification. In addition to working as critical care nurse, Toyin was also a clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students and taught several courses.

As her passion for critical care nursing grew deeper, Toyin knew she wanted to become a CRNA. She enjoys the critical care setting in which CRNAs practice, the versatility of the profession, and the autonomy that accompanies the job. Thanks to the guidance from the Diversity CRNA Mentorship Program, she was equipped with the knowledge and skills she needed to apply to CRNA school. 

Currently, Toyin is a second year, junior student at the University of Maryland School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Program. Upon graduating, Toyin aspires to give back to the nursing profession--not only as an CRNA, but also as an educator. Toyin believes knowledge is power; she wants to empower nursing students to become competent, skilled nurses, and further their education as advanced practice nurses. Toyin is also committed to encouraging diversity among healthcare providers and promoting culturally competent health care.  

In her spare time, Toyin enjoys exercising, running races, and spending time with family and friends. She serves as a mentor to students in her community at all different academic levels. Toyin believes in the concept of “Pay it Forward”, thus, she is always willing to help others. 

Toyin is very excited to serve the AANA Foundation Board of Trustees. She wants to be a resource to students across the country and disseminate information from the AANA Foundation Board of Trustee to students. Toyin encourages students and new graduates to become actively involved in promoting the AANA Foundation’s mission to advance the science of anesthesia through education and research.


 Student Advocates and Other Student Opportunities

Foundation Student Advocate Deadline: 
Spring Application Deadline ~ March 30
Fall Application Deadline ~ October 31

Click here to view our student advocates for FY17!

The Student Advocate Program was established in FY15 and continues to expand. The current goal is to have one Student Advocate per state and ultimately one per nurse anesthesia program. The Foundation’s current Student Advocates are listed below:
Zee Bakhtiar, Virginia Commonwealth University
Blake Bauman, Texas Christian University
John Berger, Duke University
Amanda Brown, University of Cincinnati
Andea Carter, University of TN-Knoxville
Larry Chong, Wake Forest University
Jamie Cieslak, Duke University
Megan Copel, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Melissa del Rosario, Rush University
Julie Dixon-Ernst, University of Pittsburgh
Jeremy Manuel Edquid, Barry University
Nicole Erlach, Columbia University School of Nursing
Erin Galligan, University of Arizona
Danny Hainley, University of Puerto Rico
Kyle Hilsabeck, Bryan college of Health Sciences DNP
Lorren Hudson, Our Lady of Lourdes
Maria-Elisa Javier, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania/ Geisinger Health
Jackie Klinkner, Minneapolis School of Anesthesia
Maggie Meyers, Georgetown University
Michael Mielniczek, University of Scranton
David Reavis, Missouri State University
Zachery Rosenthal, Mount Marty College
Jillian Smith, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Alisha Tuttle, Medical University of South Carolina
Nereida Valle, University of South Florida
John Woods, University of Alabama Birmingham
Congratulations to our previous Student Advocates who have recently graduated:
Susan Anderson, Rutgers School of Nursing Anesthesia Program
Cara Betts Buchanan, University of Buffalo
Jose Bonilla-Garcia, University of Puerto Rico
Stephen Finder, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Nicole Irick, Thomas Jefferson University
Tina Kloepping, Rosalind Franklin University
Desiree Mauppins, Missouri State University
Andrea Meyer, Oakland University of Beaumont
​Nicole Que, University of Southern California
Hannah Secunda, Medical University of South Carolina
Audrey Sonin, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Elise Welke, St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Sarah Zhang, Samuel Merritt University Program of NA

Click here to learn more about the program.

Click here to access the application.

Thank you to our past Student Advocates!

Foundation Board Student Trustee Application Deadline: Open
Applications for the Student Trustee for the Foundation's Board of Trustees are currently closed.
Further Opportunities
We encourage you to apply for scholarships and poster sessions as a student, and take advantage of our competitive grant and fellowship program once you graduate. Refer to the Applications & Programs page for information regarding:
  • Scholarship Applications - CLOSED
  • Oral Poster Presentation Applications - CLOSED
  • General Poster Presentation Applications - CLOSED


​Congratulations to our 2017 scholarship winners! Check out this list of this year's winners and consider applying in the future.   
Congratulations to the student selected as a contest winner in this year's 2016 Poster Session: CPT Brian J. Keller, BSN, RN, ANC, USA. Click the image below to read his abstract: 


 Upcoming Events


Whether you're interested in presenting your poster to your colleagues or singing your heart out in front of a live audience to help the Foundation raise funds, we have you covered. Attending our events is a great way to meet other SRNAs and get more involved. Please consider joining us:

  • Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress (formerly known as the Annual Meeting)
    • September 8-12, 2017 in Seattle, WA
  • See all future events.

Students in Action
We love to see SRNAs having fun and in action at work and AANA meetings. Talented students participated in a past Foundation Fundraiser, Orlando – The Stars Come Out Again. Click below to watch Daniel Butts, Anagh Chohan, and Ginny Ondik show off their talents.

 Former Foundation Board Student Trustees


The AANA Foundation Student Trustee position is funded by the Resa Culpepper Fund. Culpepper was a former program director, trustee and chair who had a passion for education and helping students.

Chris Reed, Student Trustee 2013 - 2015
Monica Masemer, Student Trustee 2011 - 2013


 About the AANA Foundation


The AANA Foundation's mission is to advance the science of anesthesia through education and research. Due to the generous financial support of our donors, the Foundation provides a variety of initiatives and events to SRNAs and CRNAs in addition to offering workshops attended by hundreds of individuals. Click here to read more about our history and accomplishments.
Proof is Power
Research by SRNAs and CRNAs has been funded by the AANA Foundation, as well as private and governmental grants. Movement of nurse anesthesia educational programs into graduate educational frameworks has allowed students to graduate with the skills necessary for undertaking research and advancing the science of anesthesia. To see the top studies funded by the Foundation, click here.
Annual Giving
The Foundation operates thanks to the generosity of students and CRNAs. Check out our Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report for a summary of program recipients and generous donors. You can click on the infographic to the left to see the Foundation's accomplishments for FY15.
If you're interested in making a donation check out the ways you can give.

 Proof is Power Campaign

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