Liaisons to External Organizations

Liaison Information

AANA maintains liaisons with the organizations listed below. The terms and duties of these liaison positions vary based on the needs of the organizations.  If you are an AANA member and are interested in serving in a liaison position, please submit a statement of interest and qualifications, along with your CV to this submission site. 

Your information will be kept on file.  As liaison positions become available, AANA will contact potential candidates who meet the qualifications of the liaison position and who have indicated an interest in serving. Please note, you will not be contacted unless a position comes available that meets your qualifications and skills set.

Thank you for your interest in serving. 

American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)

The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) is the national certifying body for candidates in nurse-midwifery and midwifery who have received their graduate level education in programs accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). 

Certification by the AMCB is considered the gold-standard in midwifery certification and is recognized in all 50 states.

Certification protects the public by ensuring that certified individuals have met predetermined criteria for safety in practice. While state licensure provides the legal basis for practice, most states require AMCB certification for licensure, and many institutions require AMCB certification to grant practice privileges.

Liaison Appointee: Dr. Penelope Benedik, CRNA, PhD, RRT     

American Organization of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Recommended Practices Advisory Board


​AORN is the professional organization of perioperative registered nurses whose mission is to support registered nurses in achieving optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. The Recommended Practice Advisory Board is responsible for process oversight, review and approval of perioperative recommended practices. Prior to 2011, it functioned as a committee and in 2011 transitioned to an Advisory Board.

Liaison Appointees: Leslie A. Jeter, CRNA, MSNA

American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM)


ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world-a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Known for their high technical quality and market relevancy, ASTM International standards have an important role in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing and trade in the global economy.

Liaison Appointees:
D10.32 (Packaging) - Delphos Price, CRNA, MSN

F.29 (Anesthetic & Respiratory Equipment) Carolyn Holland, CRNA, MSN, PhD who also represents ASTM for the ISO (International Organization for Standardization and on the subcommittee of the ASA Committee on Equipment & Facilities. 

American Society of Anesthesia Technicians and Technologists (ASATT)


The mission of ASATT is to establish a professional entity for the field of Anesthesia Technology that will positively affect health care and quality standards by raising the standards of patient care & providing a safe anesthetic environment. In collaboration with ASA and AANA, a generic description of anesthesia technicians & technologists and the first training guidelines were developed. ASATT is the nationally recognized certifying body for anesthesia technicians & technologists. ASATT exhibits at the AANA Annual meeting.

Liaison Appointees:

Vacant - ASATT Board of Directors; Strategic Planning Committee

Michael Boytim, CRNA EdD - ASATT Board of Directors; Chair of Certification Exam Committee; Commissioner on the Council on Accreditiation for Anesthesia Technology Education

Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care

The Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care is a consortium of organizations across the spectrum of women's health who have come together to promote safe health care for every woman.  The purpose of this council is to reduce harm to patients by fostering investigation to better understand the causation of harm; programs and tools to implement patient safety initiatives; education to promote patient safety;  dissemination of patient safety information; and a health care culture of respect, transparency, and accountability. 

Liaison Appointee: Joseph E. Pellegrini, CRNA, PhD 

Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS)


The CSPS consists of a Coalition of seven member organizations established in 2004. Member organizations include AANA, ASA, ACS, AORN, ASPAN, AST, and AASPA. The mission of CSPS is to promote a culture of patient safety & a caring perioperative work environment, with goals aimed at creating opportunities for strategic and informed dialogue through ongoing communication and the sharing of information, identifying areas of potential collaboration, raising awareness among the public, healthcare leaders & members of the perioperative team, providing educational opportunities, and coordinating advocacy efforts. Each member organization has two voting members who are appointed by their own organization.

Liaison Appointees: Executive Director Wanda Wilson, CRNA, PhD and Past president, Tom McKibban, CRNA, MS.  

As a part of the CSPS, the liaisons participate in the Committee on Perioperative Care (CPC) that was established in 2002 as a standing committee functioning under the authority of the Board of Regents. The CPC was formed by combining the Committee on Operating Room Environment (CORE) and the Pre- and Post Operative Care Committee (PPOC) into one committee to provide a continuum across all processes related to surgical care. The mission of the CPC is to develop and present information and recommendations related to education, technology, standards of care, clinical and facilities management and assessment of outcomes.

History and Archives Society
The History and Archives Society is an informal group of history enthusiasts who gather at the AANA annual meeting/congress to discuss nurse anesthesia history, research projects, and other subjects of interest related to the AANA and its archives collection. The activities of the Society are self-directed. The chair of the Society is chosen by the group. AANA provides a complimentary room, AV equipment for the meeting, and the services of the Liaison to assist in the coordination of the Society’s annual meeting agenda and activities.
Liaison Appointee: Timothy "Rick" Hoffman, CRNA, BS  
Institute of Medicine Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education by the Natl Academies
Health care is rapidly evolving. No longer does a person receive care from just a single doctor at a single location; information and care are spread among various facilities and health care providers. In order for a patient to receive the best care, health education must reflect the changing health care environment. Taking inspiration from the 2010 IOM report, The Future of Nursing, and the 2010 Lancet Commission report on interdependent health professional education for the 21st century, the IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education aims to apply an ongoing, multi-national, multi-disciplinary approach to exploring promising innovations in health education. The Forum brings together stakeholders from a variety of disciplines and sectors to engage in dialogue and discussion to illuminate contemporary issues in health professional education. Further, the Forum will provide an ongoing, innovative mechanism to cultivate new ideas through global, multi-disciplinary collaboratives, which represent formal partnerships between university-based health institutions that are undertaking recommendations put forward in either the 2010 Lancet Commission report or the Future of Nursing report.  The four innovation collaboratives are located in Canada, India, South Africa, and Uganda.
Liaison Appointee: Kelly L. Wiltse Nicely, CRNA, PhD
International Council of Nurses Bank of Experts
​To represent nursing worldwide, advancing the profession and influence health policy.

The International Council of Nurses is a federation of national nurses’ associations (NNAs), representing nurses in more than 128 countries. Founded in 1899, ICN is the world’s first and widest reaching international organization for health professionals. Operated by nurses for nurses, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all, sound health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.

Liaison Appointee: Sandra M. Ouellette , CRNA, MEd, FAAN

Appointed to this by ANA who is the member organization of the ICN 
International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA)

​The International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA) is an international organization representing nurse anesthetists serving the public and its members.

The mission of the federation is dedicated to the precept that its members are committed to the advancement of educational standards and practices which will advance the art and science of anesthesiology and thereby support and enhance quality anesthesia care worldwide. The IFNA establishes and maintains effective cooperation with all institutions that have a professional interest in nurse anesthesia.

Jackie Rowles, CRNA, MBA, MA, FAAPM serves as president of IFNA for 2014 - 2016 

Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS)
​​Founded in 1981, MHAUS is the only association dedicated to the control of malignant hyperthermia (MH). It is dedicated to reducing death & injury from malignant hyperthermia by 1) Improving medical related to MH, 2) Providing support & information for patients, & 3)Improving the scientific understanding & research R/T MH & other kinds of heat related syndromes.
Liaison Appointee: Debra R. Merritt, CRNA, MSN

Ms. Merritt serves as a member of the MHAUS Board of Directors (the only CRNA on their Board). They exhibit at AANA Annual Meeting.
National Quality Forum
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public service organization committeed to the transformation of the healthcare system to be safe, equitable, and of the highest value.  NQF reviews, endorses, and recommends use of standardized healthcare performance measures. The AANA has been a member of NQF since its inception.  Following the American Nurses Association, the AANA was the second nursing organization to join NQF.  As a member, AANA votes on proposed consensus standards and performance measures, monitors ongoing projects, and nominates candidates for multi-stakeholder steering committees, technical expert panels, and advisory panels.
Liaison Appointee
Patient Safety Steering Committee Member - Laura Ardizzone, CRNA, DNP, DCC
Surgery Measures Steering Committee Member - Lynn Reede, CRNA, DNP, MBA
Upcoming NQF Nomination Opportunities can be viewed here.
The Joint Commission Professional and Technical Advisory Committees
The Joint Commission provides facility accreditation for hospitals, critical access hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery practices, laboratories, long term care facilities and behavioral health and home care programs. The Professional and Technical Advisory Committees (PTACs) are composed of representatives from a diverse group of professional associations and other interests who offer their expertise to advise The Joint Commission on standards development, environmental trends, educational needs, and other important issues.
The PTAC members are expected to be proponents of their respective body of knowledge to the Joint Commission and are appointed as content experts on the subject matter of the particular committee. The AANA has a representative and an alternate representative on the hospital and critical access hospital PTAC and the ambulatory care and office-based surgery PTAC.
Liaison Appointees:
Hospital: Garry Brydges, DNP, CRNA, ACNP-BC; Mark Antoszyk, BS, CRNA (alternate)
Ambulatory Care: Lucy Glover, MSNA, CRNA; Brian Kasson, MHS, CRNA (alternate)