Advocate of the Year Award

The Advocate of the Year Award, established in 2006 by the AANA Foundation, is presented to an AANA Foundation Advocate for outstanding commitment to the nurse anesthesia profession through both individually supporting the AANA Foundation and also encouraging others to do the same. 

2017 Award

Garalynn Tomas
The Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an AANA Foundation Advocate for outstanding commitment to the nurse anesthesia program through
individually supporting the AANA Foundation and encouraging others to do the same. The 2017 Advocate of the Year recipient is Garalynn Tomas, MEd, CRNA. Tomas is the owner of GVT Medical Service Consultants, INC and has worked as a CRNA in a variety of anesthesia care models including an oral surgery office, surgery and GI centers, and hospital systems. She is currently an independent contractor in critical access hospitals and a large community hospital system. As a legal nurse consultant, Tomas has experience as an expert witness in anesthesia litigation. In 2013, she volunteered with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) and traveled to Ethiopia to teach regional anesthesia to nurse anesthetists at the Addis Ababa School of Anesthesia. Tomas is a long time, generous Foundation supporter, has been a State Advocate for Ohio since 2012, and serves on the Foundation's RISE Above Steering Committee. Her passion and enthusiasm for volunteerism and anesthesia shines, and her work has positively impacted fellow CRNAs and her patients.

 

 
Previous Advocates of the Year

2006 - Dianna Heikkila, CRNA
2007 - Richard Kirschke, BA, CRNA
2008 - Danette Plautz, MSN, CRNA
2009 - Wilma Gillis, CRNA, ARNP
2010 - Vicki Coopmans, PhD, CRNA
2011 - David Schwytzer, BS, CRNA, ARNP
2012 - Celeste Hinzmann, CRNA
2013 - Stephanie May, DNAP, CRNA
2014 - Kathleen Thibeault, MSN, CRNA
2015 - Russell Lynn, MSN, CRNA, APN (posthumously)                                         2016 - Christina Kloepping, BSN, RN

Application materials for the Advocate of the Year Award.

 
 

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