Peer Assistance Advisors Committee

FY2020 Peer Assistance Advisors Committee

Back row (standing), from left to right: Rodrigo (Rigo) Garcia, MBA, MSN, CRNA, APN; L. Ann Bostic, DNP, MBA, CRNA; T’Anya Carter, MS, CRNA; John (Jack) Stem, AAS, CRNA (ret).

Front row (sitting), from left to right: Bridget Petrillo, CRNA, APRN; Julie Rice, BA, AANA staff; Linda Stone, DNP, MSN, CRNA, Chair; Jessica Switzman, MSN, CRNA.


PEER ASSISTANCE ADVISORS Committee (PAAC) Position Description Oct 2019 

Committee Purpose

The ad hoc Peer Assistance Advisors Committee (PAAC) provides advocacy and information to the association members and the public on issues regarding practitioner well-being as it pertains to nurse anesthetists’ and students’ risk for substance use disorder (SUD). The work is committed to educational endeavors and aggressive promotion of prevention modalities; committee members offer confidential assistance, informational support and referral resources in the formulation of guidelines for early recognition, intervention, treatment, long-term recovery, and appropriate re-entry.  PAAC members respond to helpline calls (800-654-5167) and lead the AANA Peer Assistance support network comprised of State Peer Advisors (SPAs; and provide a wealth of online resources at

Meeting Dates

  • Participate in responding to helpline calls according to schedule.  
  • Committee meetings/conference calls:  One face-to-face in Chicago area (date TBD).  Regularly scheduled conference calls to meet planning needs and committee work.   
  • Regular communication with SPAs in assigned region.  
  • AANA meeting attendance as individually assigned:  One individual to represent both H&W and Peer Assistance will be assigned and funded to attend AANA assembly meetings - Fall, Mid Year & School Faculty.  Annual Meeting representative funding will be based on needs for educational lectures.  
  • Any committee member that attends an AANA meeting during their term acts as a representative of the committee and, if at all feasible, is expected to assist the assigned/funded committee member.  
  • Participate in your region’s state association meetings to provide education and awareness of substance use disorder and the help available.  
  • Additional time includes email correspondence

For the Fiscal Year 2020 Committee:

  • September 13-15, 2019 - Park Ridge, Ill. 

For the Fiscal Year 2021 Committee:

  • ​September 12-13 (tentative), 2020 - Park Ridge, Ill.

AANA Staff

  • Julie Rice, BA, Manager, AANA Health & Wellness and Peer Assistance Programs