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.
The Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an AANA Foundation Advocate for outstanding commitment to the nurse anesthesia profession through individually supporting the AANA Foundation and encouraging others to do the same. The 2015 Advocate of the Year is Russell Lynn, CRNA, APN, MSN. Lynn believed it was his job to keep the CRNA profession growing and strong, he encouraged his students to become actively engaged in the AANA and led by example, especially as an advocate for education and research, and by becoming a Friend For Life in 2007. Russ also encouraged the NJANA to create the Advocate position in 2007 and then volunteered to become New Jersey’s first state advocate, which he held for seven years until his untimely death in December 2014. Lynn was a brilliant mind, an outstanding educator, a tireless contributor to our profession and impacted countless lives. Russell Lynn was always so proud of being a CRNA, he said it was a “gift” to be an educator/mentor of those wishing to enter the profession that he loved so much.
Previous Advocates of the Year
2006 - Dianna Heikkila, CRNA
2007 - Richard Kirschke, CRNA, BA
2008 - Danette Plautz, CRNA, MSN
2009 - Wilma Gillis, CRNA, ARNP
2010 - Vicki Coopmans, CRNA, PhD
2011 - David Schwytzer, CRNA, BS, ARNP
2012 - Celeste Hinzmann, CRNA
2013 - Stephanie May, CRNA, DNAP
2014 - Kathleen Thibeault, CRNA, MSN