Liaisons to External Organizations

Liaison Information

AANA maintains liaisons with the organizations listed below. The terms and duties of these liaison positions vary based on the needs of the organizations.  If you are an AANA member and are interested in serving in a liaison position, please submit a statement of interest and qualifications, along with your CV to this submission site. 

Your information will be kept on file.  As liaison positions become available, AANA will contact potential candidates who meet the qualifications of the liaison position and who have indicated an interest in serving. Please note, you will not be contacted unless a position comes available that meets your qualifications and skills set.

Thank you for your interest in serving. 

American Organization of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Recommended Practices Advisory Board


​AORN is the professional organization of perioperative registered nurses whose mission is to support registered nurses in achieving optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. The Recommended Practice Advisory Board is responsible for process oversight, review and approval of perioperative recommended practices. Prior to 2011, it functioned as a committee and in 2011 transitioned to an Advisory Board.

Liaison Appointees: Leslie A. Jeter, CRNA, MSNA

American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM)


ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world-a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Known for their high technical quality and market relevancy, ASTM International standards have an important role in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing and trade in the global economy.

Liaison Appointees:
D10.32 (Packaging) - Delphos Price, CRNA, MSN

F.29 (Anesthetic & Respiratory Equipment) Carolyn Holland, CRNA, MSN, PhD who also represents ASTM for the ISO (International Organization for Standardization and on the subcommittee of the ASA Committee on Equipment & Facilities. 

American Society of Anesthesia Technicians and Technologists (ASATT)


The mission of ASATT is to establish a professional entity for the field of Anesthesia Technology that will positively affect health care and quality standards by raising the standards of patient care & providing a safe anesthetic environment. In collaboration with ASA and AANA, a generic description of anesthesia technicians & technologists and the first training guidelines were developed. ASATT is the nationally recognized certifying body for anesthesia technicians & technologists. ASATT exhibits at the AANA Annual meeting.

Liaison Appointees:

Vacant - ASATT Board of Directors; Strategic Planning Committee

Michael Boytim, CRNA EdD - ASATT Board of Directors; Chair of Certification Exam Committee; Commissioner on the Council on Accreditiation for Anesthesia Technology Education

Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care

The Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care is a consortium of organizations across the spectrum of women's health who have come together to promote safe health care for every woman.  The purpose of this council is to reduce harm to patients by fostering investigation to better understand the causation of harm; programs and tools to implement patient safety initiatives; education to promote patient safety;  dissemination of patient safety information; and a health care culture of respect, transparency, and accountability. 

Liaison Appointee: Joseph E. Pellegrini, CRNA, PhD 

Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS)


The CSPS consists of a Coalition of seven member organizations established in 2004. Member organizations include AANA, ASA, ACS, AORN, ASPAN, AST, and AASPA. The mission of CSPS is to promote a culture of patient safety & a caring perioperative work environment, with goals aimed at creating opportunities for strategic and informed dialogue through ongoing communication and the sharing of information, identifying areas of potential collaboration, raising awareness among the public, healthcare leaders & members of the perioperative team, providing educational opportunities, and coordinating advocacy efforts. Each member organization has two voting members who are appointed by their own organization.

Liaison Appointees: Executive Director Wanda Wilson, CRNA, PhD and Past president, Tom McKibban, CRNA, MS.  

As a part of the CSPS, the liaisons participate in the Committee on Perioperative Care (CPC) that was established in 2002 as a standing committee functioning under the authority of the Board of Regents. The CPC was formed by combining the Committee on Operating Room Environment (CORE) and the Pre- and Post Operative Care Committee (PPOC) into one committee to provide a continuum across all processes related to surgical care. The mission of the CPC is to develop and present information and recommendations related to education, technology, standards of care, clinical and facilities management and assessment of outcomes.
G4 Alliance
G4 Alliance is a global alliance for surgical, obstetric, trauma and anesthesia care.  This coalition is comprised of over 80 organizations in more than 160 countries.  It providea a voice for member organizations from around the world, seeking to build greater political priority for surgical, obstetric, trauma and anesthsia care.  The Alliance furnishes the global health community with an organized and collective voice to initiate necessary steps to address critical disparities in providing basic surgical care.
Liaison Appointee:  Richard Henker, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
History and Archives Society
The History and Archives Society is an informal group of history enthusiasts who gather at the AANA annual meeting/congress to discuss nurse anesthesia history, research projects, and other subjects of interest related to the AANA and its archives collection. The activities of the Society are self-directed. The chair of the Society is chosen by the group. AANA provides a complimentary room, AV equipment for the meeting, and the services of the Liaison to assist in the coordination of the Society’s annual meeting agenda and activities.
Liaison Appointee: Timothy "Rick" Hoffman, CRNA, BS  
International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA)

​The International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA) is an international organization representing nurse anesthetists serving the public and its members.

The mission of the federation is dedicated to the precept that its members are committed to the advancement of educational standards and practices which will advance the art and science of anesthesiology and thereby support and enhance quality anesthesia care worldwide. The IFNA establishes and maintains effective cooperation with all institutions that have a professional interest in nurse anesthesia.

Jackie Rowles, CRNA, MBA, MA, FAAPM serves as president of IFNA for 2014 - 2016 

Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS)
​​Founded in 1981, MHAUS is the only association dedicated to the control of malignant hyperthermia (MH). It is dedicated to reducing death & injury from malignant hyperthermia by 1) Improving medical related to MH, 2) Providing support & information for patients, & 3)Improving the scientific understanding & research R/T MH & other kinds of heat related syndromes.
Liaison Appointee: Debra R. Merritt, CRNA, MSN

Ms. Merritt serves as a member of the MHAUS Board of Directors (the only CRNA on their Board). They exhibit at AANA Annual Meeting.
National Quality Forum
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public service organization committeed to the transformation of the healthcare system to be safe, equitable, and of the highest value.  NQF reviews, endorses, and recommends use of standardized healthcare performance measures. The AANA has been a member of NQF since its inception.  Following the American Nurses Association, the AANA was the second nursing organization to join NQF.  As a member, AANA votes on proposed consensus standards and performance measures, monitors ongoing projects, and nominates candidates for multi-stakeholder steering committees, technical expert panels, and advisory panels.
Liaison Appointee
Patient Safety Steering Committee Member - Laura Ardizzone, CRNA, DNP, DCC
Surgery Measures Steering Committee Member - Lynn Reede, CRNA, DNP, MBA
Upcoming NQF Nomination Opportunities can be viewed here.
The Joint Commission Professional and Technical Advisory Committees
The Joint Commission provides facility accreditation for hospitals, critical access hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery practices, laboratories, long term care facilities and behavioral health and home care programs. The Professional and Technical Advisory Committees (PTACs) are composed of representatives from a diverse group of professional associations and other interests who offer their expertise to advise The Joint Commission on standards development, environmental trends, educational needs, and other important issues.
The PTAC members are expected to be proponents of their respective body of knowledge to the Joint Commission and are appointed as content experts on the subject matter of the particular committee. The AANA has a representative and an alternate representative on the hospital and critical access hospital PTAC and the ambulatory care and office-based surgery PTAC.
Liaison Appointees:
Hospital: Garry Brydges, DNP, CRNA, ACNP-BC; Mark Antoszyk, BS, CRNA (alternate)
Ambulatory Care: Lucy Glover, MSNA, CRNA; Brian Kasson, MHS, CRNA (alternate)