Words From Our Friends

Bruce Schoneboom, CRNA, PhD, FAAN; John F. Garde Researcher of the Year 2012
"The AANA Foundation’s mission of advancing the science of anesthesia through education and research is one that I clearly can identify with as research and education have been the focus of my career. My research has been as diverse as my career and I appreciate the AANA Foundation’s recognition of my work as it contributes to the science of nurse anesthesia and a broader understanding of the role of inflammation in neurodegenerative processes. As I prepare for my next assignment as the Commander of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, I will know that it is in great measure the support of the AANA Foundation that has provided the tools to get me to this position."




Janice Drake, CRNA
“It is with the love of my profession and the love of mankind that I want The Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Endowment to thrive and touch many lives. My hope is that this endowment will make it easier for people to do something worthwhile…something that will help relieve the pain and suffering of others.” Click here to read a message from Janice Drake about why she started her Humanitarian Endowment.





 Ladan Eshkevari, CRNA, PhD, LAc; John F. Garde Researcher of the Year 2014
"As a CRNA researcher, being recognized by one’s peers is the ultimate validation of one’s body of work, and this award is the culmination of such recognition. The Foundation has been instrumental in supporting my research activities since I began conducting research while working on my doctoral dissertation. At every phase of my research, from novice to experienced, the Foundation has provided funding confirming its commitment to advancing the science of nurse anesthesia. I am proud to be a CRNA scientist, and am now even more proud to be recognized by the AANA Foundation."




Paul Austin, CRNA, PhD
"I remain extremely grateful to the Foundation for the grant I received supporting my dissertation. It is a great example of how CRNAs who are supported by the Foundation can impact not only anesthesia but resuscitation and even spaceflight! I hope it can serve as an inspiration to future researchers.”




Sandra Kilde, CRNA, EdD; Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award 2013
"When I was President of AANA in 1982, we implemented the Foundation. Thus, I was the first President of the Foundation. Since that time, I have served on the Foundation Board of Directors, on the Research Committee, and currently am on the Scholarship Committee. I think my most important contribution however, is through the GALA Group. I try as hard as I can to obtain support for the Foundation from GALA members. The definition of a “philanthropist” is “the inclination to increase the well-being of humankind.” There are many people who fit this definition more than I ever will. But, I will continue to support the AANA Foundation."





Wilma Gillis, CRNA, BSN, APNP
Our AANA Foundation Board Chair, Wilma, recently returned from a service trip to El Salvador and shared the following, "I cherish the opportunity to bring nurse anesthesia care and corrective pediatric ophthalmology surgery to the rural poor of El Salvador. Their lives will be transformed for the positive with straightened gazes and better vision. Feeling the gratitude of 50 children and that of their parents was truly more than monetary payment!"