"I AM ME" Campaign
April is Celebrate Diversity Month, and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is observing this month with the “I AM ME” campaign. We are asking Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) to send a photo and 1-3 sentences about what makes you, you! Our goal is to post your personalized “I AM ME” statement on Twitter and Facebook the entire month of April. Please share widely with fellow CRNAs and SRNAs!
I Am Me Statements
Angela L. Smith
I AM ME. Lieutenant Col. Angela Smith, Army Nurse Corps Officer, compassionate leader, and proud veteran.
I AM ME. A. L. Smith, critically acclaimed author, Amazon Best Seller, award winning independent filmmaker, historian, humanitarian, visionary, advocate for the poor. Above all, God-fearing.
Emma To Dang
I AM ME, Emma To Dang, SRNA at The University of Southern Mississippi Nurse Anesthesia Program.
I AM ME, a daughter of Vietnamese refugees, first generation in college to pursue a doctoral nurse anesthesia degree.
I AM ME, culture enthusiast, wife and mother.
Kathleen Carney Thibeault
I AM ME, whose parents encultured us with the bedrock values of kindness, community service, and justice for all, we have all grown to honor them through our service, and perpetuate their legacy in our own children.
I AM ME, as a CRNA, I am privileged to touch vulnerable lives in a positive way, and thus translate the progressive legacy of my parents by my actions and example.
I AM ME, a Christian, singer, runner, traveler, and business woman.
I AM ME, a first-generation African American doctoral student, who is proud to enter the amazing profession of Nurse Anesthesia.
I AM ME, Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy Corp, current Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetist Political Action Committee (PAC) and Nominating Committee Chair, and Memphis Student Nurse Anesthetist
Foundation (MSNAF) Board Member.
I AM ME, first generation African American with Caribbean descent advanced health care graduate practicing nurse anesthesia.
Mark J. Haffey
I AM ME, Driven to make a difference in my community, Youth Sponsor in my Church, Assistant Basketball Coach for my daughter’s team, devoted father of my 2 amazing children, loving husband, avid outdoorsman, and thankful for God’s Amazing Grace.
I AM ME, AANA Vice-President, Past AANA Region 4 Director, Past President of the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetist, Unwavering Advocate for ALL CRNAs, Innovative Leader, and Always willing to “Go the Extra Mile.”
Debra J. Diaz
I AM ME, mother, friend and shipmate, CDR US Navy retired, and the first member of my family to graduate from college.
I AM ME, lover of music, art, dance, travel enthusiast, and foodie.
Daryl L. de Lima
I AM ME, a family man and avid practitioner of Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
I AM ME, proud Army Nurse Corps and Operation Enduring Freedom veteran.
I AM ME, Doctoral Advanced Practice Nurse.
I AM ME, a Jamaican American.
I AM ME, a CRNA.
I AM ME, an African American woman, CRNA, Airman.
I AM ME, mission worker who understands that with passion, persistence, patience, pure heart, and most importantly prayers, there is no limit to fulfilling your purpose.
I AM ME, a United States Army Reserve Major and proud to serve my country and my fellow service members. I am an active member of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists, AANA, Diversity CRNA, and a volunteer for medical mission trips.
I AM ME, born and raised in Puerto Rico, a practicing nurse anesthetist in Florida, and Army reserve. Currently deployed overseas.
I AM ME, AANA Region 2 Director, Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists and South Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists past president, Friend for Life, Gertrude Fife Society Member, and 1983 Society Member.
I AM ME, small town girl from rural Minnesota raised by hard working parents who taught the me the value of education, determination, and healthcare.
I AM ME, still learning, embrace change, thankful for my opportunities, strive to provide opportunities for others.
I AM ME, a refugee from Vietnam, first in my family to attend college, speak three languages, and proud to be a nurse anesthetist!
I AM ME, a Veteran of the Air Force and Army, and the first member of my family to attend college, proud son of a Marine Corps Veteran, truck driver and a mother who cleaned houses so that I would never go without.
I AM ME, father of five, married to my best friend of 38 years, Kara, who is my rock and confidant. Privileged to know I have been blessed, forever paying that forward.
I AM ME, advocate for my patients, medical mission provider.
I AM ME, traveler, runner, a lover of animals, and a believer in Christ.
I AM ME, President of the AANA, past-president x2 of FANA, 27 years of leadership and committee service on state and national association activities.
I AM ME, a Delawarean, transplanted to the south after graduate school, a passionate advocate for the profession.
I AM ME, a mission volunteer to the Philippines, Zimbabwe, and Liberia who is active in my community and I am a church volunteer for college tours and community health programs over the past 10 years.
I AM ME, applying to complete my DNP, and I am a first generation African-American Master Degree graduate of Saint Mary’s University who is a practicing Nurse Anesthetist at the the same hospital for 23 years, and I am committed to Worldwide Healthcare Equality and Equity.
Biju Muchal Kuriakose
I AM ME, Doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. My wife is a CRNA too with the same background.
I AM ME, currently practicing anesthesia in New Jersey and Philadelphia and very active in NJANA.
I AM ME, a volunteer on medical missions, AANA committee member, Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetist past president, and current federal political director.
I AM ME, a first-generation Cuban American college graduate who is a practicing nurse anesthetist, and proudly wears many hats.
I AM ME, walking side-by-side with my brother and CRNA colleague, John Bing, to empower, inform and mentor the next generation of CRNAs of different hues and cultures.
I AM ME, former single teenage homeless mother, who found a pathway through higher education, survived adversity through grace and mercy, and my rock is my loving family.
I AM ME, a Puerto Rican/Irish American bilingual advocate for my patients and community.
I AM ME, a high school drop-out/teenage mother turned nurse anesthetist, an alleviator of pain and anxiety, and I love what I do.
I AM ME, a servant leader who believes that putting the needs of others first is my primary goal.
I AM ME, a servant leader that knows diversity results in better decision making, improved problem solving, greater creativity, and enhanced innovation.