Program Director of the Year Award

Purpose
The Program Director of the Year Award, established in 1991, is presented to a CRNA who has made
a significant contribution to the educational process of student nurse anesthetists. The award
recognizes the commitment of individuals to the profession of nurse anesthesia and the
advancement of educational standards that further the art and science of anesthesiology and
result in high quality patient care. 
 
Award
The Award is inscribed with the recipient’s name and the year of presentation. The recipient’s
name is also added to a plaque bearing the names of previous recipients, which is displayed in
the AANA Executive Office. The Award is presented during the AANA Annual Meeting.
 
Eligibility
The nominee must be a CRNA who has been active as a program director during the most recent year
ending August 31. The nominee may be living or deceased. The individual must:
 
  • Have made innovative contributions to nurse anesthesia programs.
  • Be recognized as a role model to students and other program directors.
  • Be recognized as a mentor for students and CRNAs.
  • Be a member of AANA.
  • Be recognized as a leader in nurse anesthesia education.
  • Have promoted the development of faculty members.
  • Have served as a liaison to promote the profession to the public.
 
Past Recipients
 
1992
Sandra J. Kilde, CRNA, EdD
 
1993
Joyce W. Kelly, CRNA, EdD
 
1994
Kathleen M. Fuller, CRNA, MS
 
1995
Vera D. Griner, CRNA, MEd
 
1996
Margaret Faut-Callahan, CRNA, DNSc, FAAN
 
1997
Sandra Maree Ouellette, CRNA, MEd, FAAN
 
1998
Margaret M. Meyers, CRNA, MAE
 
1999
Michael D. Fallacaro, CRNA, DNS
 
2000
No award presented
 
2001
Prudentia J. Worth, CRNA, PhD
 
2002
John J. Nagelhout, CRNA, PhD
 
2003
Edward S. Thompson, CRNA, PhD
 
2004
James Walker, CRNA, MS
 
2005
Jack Kless, CRNA, MA, MSN
 
2006
John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN
 
2007
Rebecca Gombkoto, CRNA, MS
 
2008
Kay Sanders, CRNA, MHS
 
2009
John J. McFadden, CRNA, PhD, MSN, MS
 
2010
Kathleen Fagerlund, CRNA, PhD
 
2011
Denise Martin-Sheridan, CRNA, PhD
 
2012
Bette M. Wildgust, CRNA, MS, MSN
 
2013
Alfred E. Lupien, CRNA, PhD, FAAN