Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award
The 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 Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award is presented to a CRNA/CRNAs who volunteer and provide anesthesia, education, and training in needy areas of the United States and overseas. The winners of the 2019 Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award are Judith A. Schmidt, MSN, CRNA and Wilma K. Gillis, BSN, CRNA. Wilma Gillis earned her BSN degree from the University of Michigan and her Certificate of Anesthesia from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1983. In 2013, she accepted an opportunity to join the first pediatric ophthalmology mission trip to the Vicky Guzman Eye Clinic in Santa Ana, El Salvador. The first surgical team of 4 people helped more than 30 children of the rural poor in violence-rich, resource-poor El Salvador. Since then, professional resources have grown to more than 10 people annually who evaluate approximately 80 children, provide instruction to clinic staff on safe surgical and anesthesia practices, manage an extensive inventory, share updated medical equipment, and perform surgical services to approximately 60 children during a week-long annual mission. Judith Schmidt, a CRNA of 30 years, joined the team in 2014 for its second mission with the charity now known as Eyesight4kids. Schmidt received her BSN degree from Rush University School of Nursing, her Certificate of Anesthesia from the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia, and her MSN degree from St. Mary’s College. Schmidt is a seasoned veteran in global surgical mission work, completing 14 missions spanning three continents since 1994. In fall 2019, Schmidt will be along for her fourth trip with Eyesight4kids along with Gillis who will make her seventh consecutive trip with the group. Their humanitarian work has helped transform hundreds of children’s lives in the underserved population of El Salvador where there is no other access to this specialty surgical care.
Previous Humanitarians of the Year
- 2012 - Ronda L. Davis, MSN, CRNA
- 2013 - Marion W. Njoroge, MS, CRNA
- 2014 - Erin M. Cushing, MS, CRNA
- 2015 - Mary Kay Thomas, BS, CRNA
- 2016 - Richard Henker, PhD, RN, CRNA, FAAN
- 2017 - Brian Ryder, CRNA
- 2018 - Janet Dewan, PhD, CRNA
Now closed for 2020: Application materials for the Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award.