AANA Foundation

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.  

2017 Award

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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. The winner of the 2017 Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award is Brian Ryder. As a student at University of Pennsylvania, Presbyterian Hospital, Ryder began his love for volunteering at free medical clinics. After his anesthesia training at Lankenau Medical Center, he and his family moved to Utah. After the move, Ryder found Operation Smile which has taken him all over the world to do twenty-five missions of anesthesia for pediatric cleft lip and palate surgery. Recently, he has been involved with Health Volunteers Overseas. He has accepted a volunteer position at a  new pediatric hospital in Luang Prabang Laos. He will be working with Rick Henker, CRNA and Suzanne Brown, CRNA, teaching and mentoring anesthesia students. Brian's dedication to serving others who are less fortunate, whether through education or by providing anesthesia, exemplifies his character and makes him more than deserving of this award.

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

Application materials for the Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award.