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

James Walker, DNP, CRNA,  Chair
CRNA Educator
Baylor College of Medicine Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia
 
Laura Bonanno, DNP, CRNA, Vice Chair
CRNA Educator,
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – School of Nursing
 
Maria Hirsch, DNAP, CRNA,  Secretary/Treasurer 
CRNA Practitioner
Carilion Clinic
 
Council Directors
 
Kay K. Sanders, CRNA, DNP, 
CRNA Educator
Texas Christian University School of Nurse Anesthesia 
 

Keith Torgersen, CRNA, MSN
CRNA Practitioner
Director of Anesthesia, McLeod Regional Medical CenterDirector of Anesthesia,
McLeod Regional Medical Center

Brian Andrew, JD
Public Representative

Audrey Berman, Phd, RN
University Representative
Samuel Merritt University

  
Sass Elisha, EdD, CRNA
CRNA Educator
Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia
 
Melvin Makey, RN, BSN, CCRN, CSC
Student Represenative
University of Maryland,  School of Nursing
 
Susan McDonald, DNP,  RN, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC, CENP
Healthcare Administrator
St. Elizabeth Healthcare 
 
Frank B. Murray, PhD
Public Representative
University of Delaware
 
Thomas E. Obst, PhD, CRNA
CRNA Educator
University at Buffalo