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2019 Award Winners

John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award

John F. GardeThe Researcher of the Year Award is named in memory of John F. Garde, a previous Foundation Trustee, AANA Executive Director and charter member of the AANA Foundation. John was instrumental in the creation of the Foundation and realized the importance of supporting nurse anesthesia long into the future. He was a leader whose accomplishments are remarkable by anyone’s standards. The John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the practice of anesthesia through research.

The 2019 recipient of the John F. Garde award is Captain Dennis Spence, PhD, CRNA NC, USN. Captain Dennis Spence's biography and history of award recipients

 

Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award

Rita L. LeBlancThe Philanthropist of the Year Award, established in 2006 by the AANA Foundation, is presented to an individual who represents the spirit of Ms. LeBlanc and has gone beyond the call of duty as a supporter of the AANA Foundation. The Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year donates time, talent, and direct financial support to the AANA Foundation, as well as other well-deserving organizations. The recipient of this award demonstrates a strong philanthropic spirit, and through his or her charitable actions motivates others to give of themselves.

The 2019 recipient of the Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award is Juan Quintana, DNP, CRNA. Juan Quintana's biography and history of award recipients.

 

Advocate of the Year Award

The Advocate of the Year Award, established in 2006 by the AANA Foundation, is presented to an AANA Foundation Advocate for outstanding commitment to the nurse anesthesia profession through both individually supporting the AANA Foundation and also encouraging others to do the same.

The 2019 recipient of the Advocate of the Year Award recipient is Yana Krmic, MSN, CRNA, APRN. Yana Krmic's biography and past award recipients.

 

Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award

Janice DrakeThe Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award is presented to a CRNA who volunteers and provides anesthesia, education and training in needy areas of the United States and overseas. Read a message from Janice Drake, founder of the Humanitarian Award on why she started her endowment fund.  

The 2019 Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award winner is Judith A. Schmidt, MSN, CRNA and Wilma K. Gillis, BSN, CRNA. Wilma Gillis & Judith Schmidt's biography and past award winners.