Candidates for 2024 - 2025 Board Election

The following candidates are running for office to serve on the FANA Board of Directors. Please review their candidate information and position statements. Active FANA members will be asked to complete an election ballot to vote for who will serve on the Board from the candidates below. Elections will be open July 1 – 14.

 

FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT


Ryan Shores, DNP, CRNA, APRN

Jacksonville, FL
(Candidate 1 of 1)

[email protected]

 

 

Affiliation: University of North Florida

Offices Held:

  • FANA Nominating Committee, 10/2019-10/2020
  • FANA Executive Committee, 2/2017-10/2017
  • FANA FARRNA Liaison, 10/2022-present
  • FANA Board of Directors, 5/2022-present

POSITION STATEMENT

FANA representation involves representing the diverse individuals who make up FANA. As a member of the FANA Board, it is crucial for me to consider the needs of all members. I have always strived to do so to the best of my ability in all my leadership roles. As the President-Elect for YOUR organization, I am committed to keeping this principle at the forefront of my mind.

When I am not fulfilling my duties on the FANA Board of Directors, I am overseeing the Nurse Anesthesiology program at the University of North Florida. I firmly believe that exposing our learners to professionalism and advocacy is essential for our future. Since I assumed a leadership role at UNF, our attendance for CRNA Day has significantly increased, reflecting my dedication to advancing our profession.

I am determined to continue pursuing these goals, whether or not I am chosen to serve on the Board. I am passionate about the success and growth of FANA, and I am honored to be a part of this organization. Go FANA!

 


 

FOR VICE PRESIDENT


Tatyana LaTorres, DNP, CRNA

Orlando, FL
(Candidate 1 of 1)

[email protected]

 

Affiliation: Envision, Osceola

Offices Held: 

  • FANA Government Relations Committee member 2020-2022
  • FANA Government Relations Committee Co-Chair 2022-2024
  • FANA Board of Directors 2022-2024
  • FANA Federal Political Director 2022-2024

POSITION STATEMENT 

My participation over the last two years as a Director on the FANA Board has shown me firsthand the efforts and support needed to protect and push the nurse anesthesiology profession into the future. Member engagement and participation allow FANA to go to Tallahassee and lobby our agenda, have meetings with key stakeholders, and to protect our profession. This past legislative session, we came very close to achieving independent practice. Now is the time to unite our profession to allow us to cross the finish line as independent providers. Through advocacy, education, and member engagement, I believe as Vice President I can be helpful to the governance of this Association and help advance our profession.

 


 

FOR SECRETARY-TREASURER


Chad Bass, CRNA, APRN

Ponte Vedra, FL
(Candidate 1 of 3)

[email protected]

 

Affiliation: Envision Healthcare

Offices Held: 

  • FANA Government Relations Committee member - 2021-present

POSITION STATEMENT 

I am thrilled to submit my candidacy for the position of Secretary-Treasurer of our esteemed Association. With a robust background in independent practice, leadership roles as Chief CRNA, and experience as a Senior Director, I bring a wealth of expertise in managing complex financial responsibilities and fostering collaborative relationships within the healthcare community.

My journey in the field of nurse anesthesia has been marked by a steadfast commitment to excellence and innovation. As an experienced practitioner, I have honed my skills in financial management, overseeing payrolls, and orchestrating efficient scheduling systems across multiple practices. This experience has equipped me with a comprehensive understanding of the financial intricacies that underpin the successful operation of healthcare organizations.

My tenure as a Senior Director with Envision Healthcare has afforded me the opportunity to spearhead strategic initiatives aimed at optimizing operational efficiency and promoting fiscal responsibility. Whether it be budget planning, resource allocation, or financial reporting, I have consistently demonstrated a meticulous attention to detail and a results-driven mindset.

If elected as Secretary-Treasurer, I am committed to leveraging my skills and experience to uphold the financial integrity of our Association and ensure its continued growth and prosperity. I am passionate about advancing the interests of nurse anesthetists in Florida and am dedicated to serving as a steadfast advocate for our members.

In conclusion, my extensive background in independent practice, leadership roles, and financial management uniquely position me to succeed as Secretary-Treasurer of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology. I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing success of our Association and am eager to work collaboratively with all members to achieve our shared goals.

 


 


Christopher Glenn, CRNA

Ocala, FL
(Candidate 2 of 3)

[email protected]



Affiliation: Envision Physician Services, AdventHealth Ocala

Offices Held: 

  • FANA: Grassroots Committee

POSITION STATEMENT 

As a dedicated member of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (FANA) and a seasoned leader within the field, I am honored to announce my candidacy for the position of Secretary-Treasurer. With a background marked by a commitment to service and a passion for advancing our profession, I am eager to contribute to our organization's continued success and growth.

Throughout my career, I have consistently demonstrated my leadership abilities in various roles, from OB liaison to Clinical Coordinator, Vice Chief, and Advanced Practice Representative to the Medical Executive Committee. These experiences have equipped me with a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges facing nurse anesthesiologists in Florida. I have worked tirelessly to advocate for our profession, promote autonomous practice, and ensure that CRNAs have the resources and support they need to thrive.

Furthermore, my tenure as Treasurer of the Marion County Firefighter Benevolence Fund has provided me with invaluable experience in financial management and organizational governance. I understand the importance of fiscal responsibility and transparency in maximizing the impact of our resources. If elected, I will work diligently to ensure that FANA's finances are managed efficiently and effectively, allowing us to invest in initiatives that benefit our members and advance our profession.

One of my core beliefs is that we are responsible for leaving our profession better than we found it. This means advocating for policy changes that empower CRNAs and ensuring that our professional organization operates with integrity and accountability. I am committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity, collaboration, and innovation within FANA, where every member's voice is heard and valued.

In conclusion, I am deeply passionate about the future of nurse anesthesiology in Florida, and I am ready to bring my experience, dedication, and vision to the role of Secretary-Treasurer. Together, let us work towards a brighter future for our profession and leave a lasting legacy for the next generation of CRNAs. I appreciate your consideration.

 


 


Jena Hill, DNP, CRNA, APRN

Lakeland, FL
(Candidate 3 of 3)

[email protected]

 

Affiliation: TeamHealth Anesthesia- Tampa General Hospital

Offices Held: 

  • American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology - GRC Committee 2021-2022
  • Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Active/Present
    • 2022-2024 Board of Directors, Director
    • Ad Hoc Patient Safety Committee, Chair
    • Member Services Committee, past Co-Chair
    • DEI Committee, current Co-Chair
    • Communications Committee, past Chair
    • Government Relations Committee member
    • PAC Committee member
    • Leadership Development Committee member
    • Past FANA SPARK editor

POSITION STATEMENT 

As a very active Board and committee member, my mission is to continue the task and journey of advocacy for our profession. I continue to advocate at the local, state, and national levels and have continued to foster relationships amongst our members and legislative leaders to propel our profession forward. Our members are our best assets and I seek to serve and bolster our membership while fighting to protect and advance our profession. I am an Army Veteran, an independent CRNA practitioner as well as a staff/group member, a business owner, and an educator. Let me continue to platform off of diverse experiences and active work to continue to make advances through vigilant and purposeful advocacy for Florida CRNAs and our future.

 


 

FOR DIRECTOR (2 POSITIONS OPEN) 


Cindi Dabney, PhD, DNP, CRNA, APRN

Wesley Chapel, FL
(Candidate 1 of 8)

[email protected]



Affiliation: University of South Florida

Offices Held: 

  • TANA Education Committee
  • TANA Planning Committee
  • FANA Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair

POSITION STATEMENT 

My name is Cindi L. Dabney, PhD, DNP, CRNA, APRN. I ask for your vote to serve as a Director on the FANA Board of Directors.

As a practicing CRNA in Florida and Tennessee since 2001, I have worked in various specialties and have been an educator for the past nine years. I feel the urgency to promote our profession while advocating for independent practice, especially in my home state of Florida.

As a continuous member of the AANA, TANA, and FANA since 2001, having served on the TANA Education Committee, TANA Conference Planning Committee, and FANA Conference Planning Committee, I stand for full-scope autonomous anesthesia practice by Florida CRNAs, and I stand in solidarity with ALL CRNAs who support the advancement of our great profession.

As a clinician and educator, I strive for excellence in myself and my students. I have led by example for my students as a lifelong learner. I have served my CRNA colleagues by focusing my research on CRNA advocacy and full practice authority by examining the perspectives of CRNAs regarding their practice of the Anesthesia Care Team model. This research focused on Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologists' (CRNAs') perspectives on the value placed on their decision-making skills within the Anesthesia Care Team (ACT). The emphasis of the study was to examine CRNAs' perspectives on the strengths, challenges, conflict resolutions, and any other information they were willing to divulge when working with physician anesthesiologists in the ACT model.

This study's recommendations summarized what CRNAs identified as paramount to our practice, which included changes in the political and credentialing systems that govern their practice, changes in the payment structure for anesthesia services, and restrictive hospital credentialing. These recommendations would allow CRNAs to have a full scope of practice and work independently to deliver the high-quality anesthesia care for which they are trained. CRNAs reported that these changes are fundamental for improved patient care quality, healthcare cost containment, and provider availability.

When I visit legislators' offices, I feel the responsibility of representing all CRNAs. I have made many legislative visits at the Tennessee and Florida State levels to advocate and educate that CRNAs practicing autonomously are the answer to increasing access to care for our veterans and providing safe, quality care in our communities.

Having heard the voices of CRNAs during my research, I am steadfast in my commitment to fight for CRNAs and their right to full practice authority in Florida. My mission is to work with legislators and educate them on the wonderful work CRNAs do daily; we are the original anesthesia experts!

Along with some fantastic CRNA colleagues, I have helped educate hundreds of CRNA students about the full scope of anesthesia service and autonomous practice. I am passionate about mentoring students to fully realize their role as independently practicing CRNAs.

As a FANA Director, I promise to keep independent practice at the forefront of my intentions as I advocate for Florida CRNAs. I intend to see independent practice become a reality for our profession and the patients we care for, as this will increase their access to high-quality healthcare and reduce costs. Please stand with me. Please vote for me and allow me the honor of serving Florida CRNAs.

Please vote for Cindi Dabney!

 


 


Gerard Hogan, DNSc, CRNA, APRN, FAANA

Jacksonville, FL
(Candidate 2 of 8)

[email protected]

 

Affiliation: Florida State University/Mayo Clinic Florida

Offices Held:

  • Vice President, FANA
  • President, FANA 2014-2015
  • Past President FANA 2015-2016
  • Co-Chair FANA Communications Committee

POSITION STATEMENT

I have significant experience on the FANA Board. As both a practitioner and educator, I am familiar with both practice and education concerns. I have advocated for full practice authority both locally and in Tallahassee. I have served on AANA committees and task forces and understand the inner workings of our professional associations. CRNAs should have independent practice in Florida and I plan to work hard to achieve that. I have been a CRNA for over 30 years. I am a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel with military leadership experience in peace time and at war. I am currently a CRNA at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and full time faculty in the CRNA program at Florida State University. I look forward to an opportunity to share my experiences and insights with the FANA Board of Directors and the membership. Working together we can achieve our goals. Thank you for this opportunity to serve!

 


 



Lisa Lauro, DNSc, CRNA, FAANA

Pompano Beach, FL
(Candidate 3 of 8)

[email protected]


Affiliation: 
Nurse Shark Anesthesia LLC

Offices Held:

  • FANA Government Relations Committee member 2020
  • MANA Government Relations Committee member 2015-2017
  • NEANA Education Committee member 2018

POSITION STATEMENT 

I have enjoyed working with MANA and FANA on Government Relations and Grass Roots Committees. Explaining to politicians how their decisions directly affect patient care and access always feels like a positive conversation for our practice. In MA, we were able to gain prescriptive authority and I look forward to helping the Board make the decision to push our practice limits in Florida. As a self-employed locums CRNA and prior Navy Reserve CRNA, I can speak to a variety of practice models and have been able to practice independently in several states. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with other FANA members to better our profession.

 


 


John McDonough, EdD, CRNA, APRN

Yulee, FL
(Candidate 4 of 8)

[email protected] 


Affiliation: University of North Florida

Offices Held:

  • Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (FANA)
    • Director
    • Vice President
    • President-Elect
    • President
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA)
    • Chair, CE Committee
    • Chair, Education Committee
    • Chair, Bylaws and Resolutions Committee

POSITION STATEMENT

I started my anesthesia training 50 years ago. I am now a Nurse Anesthesiologist active in both academic and private practice settings. I have seen our profession grow, and prosper, over the decades. It is clear that having strong and energetic state and national associations have not only served our needs well, but are essential to enable us to continue to provide the quality anesthesia care to patients as we have been doing for 150 years.

However, our profession is under attack as has seldom been seen in the past. Anesthesiologist assistants have launched a new campaign inviting people to “meet your new anesthetist” (emphasis added) and this MUST not go unchallenged. This is a time for decisive action based on knowledge, education, and experience. This is a time where gray hair, graduate degrees, and leadership experience are not only useful, but are required. I do not suffer fools gladly. Politically correct, and passively conciliatory responses fashioned out of fear, will not save the day.

FANA must continue in the role of a powerful advocate for quality care in Tallahassee, in court rooms and in the administrative offices of healthcare organizations and insurance companies. My experiences have equipped me to effectively assist in these efforts. I have a strong interest in the areas that concern CRNAs and I believe that my abilities will enable me to be a useful resource to the FANA Board. I have practiced in virtually every possible practice setting. These facilities include large and small hospitals, and outpatient settings, both civilian and military, during war and peace time, both with and without physician anesthesiologist supervision. To make a long story short, I have “been to the city and seen the elephant”; I’ve “been there, done that, and got the tee-shirt.” In addition to an active clinical practice, I am a tenured full professor. I have been the president of three state ANAs: Iowa, District of Columbia, and Florida. Two of those states have achieved independent practice. There is no substitute for experience.

On the national level, we can expect help on issues from AANA, but our FANA must be the lead organization, and change agent, for issues of legislation, regulation, clinical privileges and reimbursement. This can be OUR TIME if we are smart. If you agree with my publicly stated positions on the issues that impact patients and CRNAs, I ask for your vote.


 


David Pawlikowski, MSHS, CRNA

Minneola, FL
(Candidate 5 of 8)

[email protected]

 

Affiliation: South Lake Hospital/VIP Anesthesia LLC

Offices Held:

  • Government Relations Committee member 2020-Present
  • Grass Roots Committee member 2020- Present

POSITION STATEMENT

As a seasoned Nurse Anesthetist/Nurse Anesthesiologist deeply committed to advocacy and leadership, I am thrilled to present my candidacy for the Director position for FANA. With nearly nine years of experience as an independent, collaborative, and ACT practitioner, spanning hospitals, offices, and surgery centers in both PA and FL, I bring a proven track record of delivering top-tier care while advocating for our profession.

Vision for Florida: My vision for Florida revolves around achieving independent practice for CRNAs. To realize this vision, I actively engage in the Government Relations and Grass Roots Committees, where I educate lawmakers on anesthesia dynamics and advocate for modernizing archaic regulations. Independent practice is not just about individual autonomy; it's about elevating our profession to its fullest potential.

Empowering the Next Generation: Central to our success in independent practice is the training of RRNAs to become full-service providers. Collaborating with my esteemed colleague, mentor, business partner, and campaign manager David Hidalgo, I spearheaded partnerships between Barry University, Keiser University, and South Lake Hospital. These initiatives ensure RRNAs receive hands-on training in regional anesthesia, empowering them to practice independently with confidence and competence. By staying abreast of evidence-based practices and the latest advancements in anesthesiology, we equip the next generation to navigate complex healthcare landscapes effectively.

Strategic Leadership and Collaboration: In the role of Director of FANA, I will prioritize strategic leadership and collaboration to drive our profession's success at the state level. Building strong relationships with legislators, stakeholders, and hospital administrators is paramount to advancing our profession and securing the rights of CRNAs across Florida. Together, we can overcome challenges and seize opportunities to propel our profession forward.

In conclusion, my candidacy is grounded in a steadfast commitment to excellence, leadership, and advocacy for CRNAs in Florida. I am dedicated to championing our profession's advancement and ensuring our voices are heard in shaping the future of anesthesia care in our great state.

 


 


Adrian Perez, CRNA

Apopka, FL
(Candidate 6 of 8)

[email protected]

 

Affiliation: Locums CRNA

Offices Held:

  • Communications Committee Co- Chair (2023-Current)

POSITION STATEMENT

As a prospective Director for the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists (FANA), my vision is to steer our esteemed Association toward creating enhanced opportunities for Florida’s dedicated nurse anesthetists. Throughout my professional journey, I have consistently aimed for excellence and continuous improvement in my practice—values that I intend to uphold in my role as a Director. It is my passion to witness collective progress, and I firmly believe that together we represent the vanguard of providing safe, cost-effective anesthesia care across our State.

 


 


Gwendolynn Randall, PhD, CRNA, APRN, FAANA

Royal Palm Beach, FL
(Candidate 7 of 8)

[email protected]

 

 

Affiliation: Anesthetist On Call, LLC

Offices Held:

  • American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology
    • 2021-2022 Simulation Committee
    • 2020-2021 Education Committee
    • 2018-2020 Journal Research Committee
    • 2013-2017 Practice Committee
    • 2011-2019 Journal Reviewer
    • 2010-2011 Education Committee
    • 2007-2008 Education Committee
    • 2006-2007 Continuing education committee
  • Council on Accreditation (COA)
    • 2003-present Chair On-site reviewer
  • Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology
    • 2011-2013 Board of Directors
    • 2011-2014 Co-Chair Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses
    • 2010-2013 APRN Education Liaison for FANA
    • 2007-2011 Advisory Council for Conscious Sedation Florida State Board of Nursing Tallahassee, Florida
    • 2007-2008 Chair, Scholarship Committee
    • 2006-2008 Director/Member Services Chair
    • 2005-2007 Board of Directors
    • 2003-2007 Education Chair (Program Development)
  • Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists
    • 2001-2002 Government Relations
  • NBCRNA
    • 2016-2018 Item Writer for CPC examination committee
    • 2006-2012 Self Evaluation Examination Item Writer (SEE) committee

POSITION STATEMENT

As a prospective Director for the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists (FANA), my vision is to steer our esteemed Association toward creating enhanced opportunities for Florida’s dedicated nurse anesthetists. Throughout my professional journey, I have consistently aimed for excellence and continuous improvement in my practice—values that I intend to uphold in my role as a Director. It is my passion to witness collective progress, and I firmly believe that together we represent the vanguard of providing safe, cost-effective anesthesia care across our State.


 


Seeta Spence Banfield, DNP, CRNA

St. Petersburg, FL
(Candidate 8 of 8)

[email protected]

 

Affiliation: Envision Health @ Orlando Health Bayfront Hospital

Offices Held:

  • American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology - 2020-2021 - Education Committee Student Representative
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology - 2021-2022 - DEI Committee Student Representative
  • Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology - 2020-current - GRC/PAC member
  • Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology - 2021-current - DEI member
  • Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology - 2022-2023 AANA Foundation Representative for FANA

POSITION STATEMENT

Hi! I'm Seeta Spence Banfield. As an RRNA, and now as a CRNA, I have served this community of anesthesia providers in many roles. I have witnessed the passion of this group first-hand. I would be honored to help further assist FANA in accomplishing our goals for membership and advocacy as a FANA Director. I truly believe that I can bring not only a fresh perspective but with your support, I’ll work tirelessly for our profession, and to strengthen membership. Together, I believe we can create a brighter future for FANA.


 

 

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