Program Committee

Standing left to right: Lisa Cohen, Director, Professional Development, AANA Staff; Michael Neft, CRNA, DNP, MHA; Cherie Burke, CRNA, DNP, MS; Janet Setnor, CRNA; Leslie Jeter, CRNA, MSNA, Chair; Jamie Hogan, AANA Staff; Donna Jasinski, CRNA, PhD; Julie Zerwas, CRNA, MS; Jose Delfin D. Castillo III, CRNA, MSN, ARNP; Helen Pollard, Director, Conventions and Meeting Planning, AANA Staff.




 Program Committee Members and Purpose


Committee Purpose
The AANA Program Committee is responsible for planning and implementing the continuing education programs of the Fall Leadership Academy, Mid-Year Assembly, the AANA Annual Meeting and other Association educational activities as assigned. The Committee conducts their business in face to face and distance formats throughout the year. As an essential component of the AANA’s educational process, this group helps ensure adherence to the American Nurses Credentialing Center accreditation criteria. Between meetings, the Committee maintains involvement in the aspects of the educational programs including member needs assessment, topics and faculty selection, implementation, and evaluation review of current materials as well as planning for future programs.

Member feedback is a valued part of this committee. All comments and suggestions can be forwarded to the Chair and/or staff member.

 Program Committee Position Description

Committee Directory


 Contact Info


Committee Members:

Chair, Leslie Jeter, CRNA, MSNA

Jose Castillo, CRNA, MS, ARNP - 

Cherie Burke, CRNA, MS, DNP -

Michael Neft, CRNA, MHA, DNP

Donna Jasinski, CRNA, PhD -

Janet Setnor, CRNA -

Julie Zerwas, CRNA, MS -

Dana Juber, BSN, RN, CCRN, SRNA -


Lisa Cohen
Director, Professional Development Department
Phone: 847-939-3521

Jamie Hogan
Manager, Professional Development
Phone: 847-655-1181

Jennifer Velazquez
Coordinator, Professional Development
Phone: 847-939-3531

Jennifer Varhalla (will start 1/26/15)
Coordinator, Professional Development
Phone: 847-939-3532

Helen Pollard
Director of Conventions and Meeting Planning


 AANA Bylaw Language

Article XIII, Section 5, G: Programs Committee
The Program Committee shall consist of at least five active members.  It shall plan and implement the educaitonal programs of the Fall and Spring Assemblies of States and the AANA Annual Meeting.  Members of the Program Committee shall serve as consultants to the Executive Director regarding long-range plans for the Assemblies of States.  As needed, the Committee shall develop programming for other ASSOCIATION educational activities.  The Committee shall evaluate past educational activities.
To provide continuity, whenever feasible, for the Program Committee appointment structure, no more than two new members shall be appointed annually.

 Meeting Dates

  • September 17-18, 2014 - Orlando, FL
  • Conference Calls