Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
"Supporting Quality Assessment and Improvement in Nurse Anesthesia Education"
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COA Directors

Council Officers

Keith Torgersen, CRNA, MSN, Chair
CRNA Practitioner
Director of Anesthesia, McLeod Regional Medical Center
 
James Walker, CRNA, DNP, Vice Chair
CRNA Educator
Baylor College of Medicine Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia
 
Kay K. Sanders, CRNA, DNP, Secretary/Treasurer
CRNA Educator
Texas Christian University School of Nurse Anesthesia

Council Directors
 
Brian Andrew, JD
Public Representative
 
Audrey Berman, Phd, RN
University Representative
Samuel Merritt University
 
Laura Bonanno, CRNA, DNP
CRNA Educator
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – School of Nursing
 
Sass Elisha, CRNA, EdD
CRNA Educator
Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia
 
Maria Hirsch, CRNA, DNAP
CRNA Practitioner
Carilion Clinic
 
Melvin Makey, RN, BSN, CCRN, CSC
Student Represenative
University of Maryland,  School of Nursing
 
Susan McDonald, RN,DNP, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC, CENP
Healthcare Administrator
St. Elizabeth Healthcare 
 
Frank B. Murray, PhD
Public Representative
University of Delaware
 
Thomas E. Obst, CRNA, PhD
CRNA Educator
University at Buffalo