Daniel D. Vigness Federal Political Director Award

The Federal Political Director of the Year Award, established in 2001, was renamed the Daniel D. Vigness Federal Political Director Award in 2013 in tribute and memory of its first winner, Dan Vigness.  Dan was an active member of the South Dakota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (SDANA) and in his memory, SDANA is funding the crystal award for ten years.
It is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the national healthcare agenda of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) by coordinating grassroots CRNA involvement at the state level or through special contributions to the federal political process.
The Award is inscribed with the recipient’s name and the year of the presentation. The recipient’s name is also added to a plaque bearing the names of previous recipients, which is displayed in the AANA Federal Government Affairs Office in Washington, DC. The award is presented during the AANA Mid-Year Assembly and acknowledged at the AANA Annual Meeting.
The nominee shall be a CRNA who has served as Federal Political Director and has been active in the federal political process by their:
  • Visible involvement in political campaigns
  • Development of a close working relationship with federal officials
  • Leading successful grassroots efforts in response to AANA requests
  • CRNA-PAC fundraising efforts
  • Recruitment of CRNAs to participate in political campaigns. 

Nomination Form and Instructions
Deadline: January 15

Past Recipients

Daniel D. Vigness, CRNA, MS
Janice Izlar, CRNA
Yuri Chavez, CRNA, MSN
Keith Macksoud, CRNA, MA
Garalynn Tomas, CRNA, MEd
Jackie Fortenberry, CRNA, BA
Nancy Gondringer, CRNA, MA
Werner Beckerhoff, CRNA, MHS, MSBA
Joseph "Mike" Morel, CRNA, MSNA, APN
Marvin Colyer, CRNA
Shirley Sopko, CRNA, MSN
Christine Allen-Sanders, CRNA, BSEd
Andrew T. Griffin, CRNA
Amy Pfeil Neimkin, CRNA, DNP, MBA
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