History

As early as 1916, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) were providing anesthesia at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. In 1938, seventeen CRNAs established the Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists (GANA). Spearheading the formation of the GANA was Rosalie C. McDonald, who became its first president. Ms. McDonald later served as the sixth president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), our national organization. More than 90% of U.S. nurse anesthetists are members of the AANA.

Today, the GANA has grown to represent over 1300 members and is among the oldest and largest CRNA state organization in the United States. CRNAs are committed to caring for Georgia by providing vigilant, high-quality, and cost effective anesthesia services. Nurse anesthesia is safe anesthesia.

CRNAs in Georgia practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists; and U.S. military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities.

Past Presidents

2017 – Barry Cranfill

2015 – 2016 – Jo Sineath

2014 – Leslie Ann Jeter

2013 – Mark Schmitz

2012 – James Masiongale

2011 – Brent Dubois

2010 – Rose Synsmir

2009 – Barry Cranfill

2008 – Stephen D. Smith

2007 – Cheryl E. McRae-Bergeron

2006 – Matthew Kervin

2005 – Barbara Waldron

2004 – Leslie Ann Jeter

2003 – Martha Kral

2002 – Leslie Ann Jeter

2001 – Mary P. Flister

2000 – James Hanke

1999 – Janice Izlar

1998 – Kay Argroves

1997 – Glen Horne

1996 – Mark Schmitz

1995 – George Maule

1994 – Cecelia Morales

1993 – Glen Horne

1992 – Elizabeth Ann Thompson

1991 – Brad Littleton

1990 – Elizabeth Ann Thompson

1989 – Kenneth Phillips

1988 – Cynthia Robertson

1987 – Jacquelyn W. Chandler

1986 – Jane Rehak

1985 – Stella Williamson

1984 – Sharon Twibell

1983 – Michael D. Harper

1982 – Joyce Middlebrooks

1981 – Dorothy Snead

1979 – 1980 – Velma Rice

1978 – Freda Munguia

1977 – Sister Carmelita Alvero

1975 – 1976 – Iris Berry

1974 – Barbara Reep, AANA/Iris Berry

1973 – Barbara Reep

1971 – 1972 – Yolanda Olivero

1970 – Twila Stiffler

1969 – Peggy Hart

1968 – Annie L. Nutt

1966 – 1967 – Mary Lou Carpenter

1964 – 1965 – L. Johnnie McDaniel

1963 – Virginia W. Wade

1962 – R. Arline Bragg

1961 – Sari C. Bennet

1959 – 1960 – Virginia A. Edwards

1958 – Christine Fields

1957 – Nell Livengood

1956 – Barbara Reep

1955 – Nannell Smith

1954 – Eula Evans Miller

1953 – Winnie Paxton

1952 – Hilda Singletary

1951 – Virginia Underwood

1950 – Regina Noon

1949 – Mattie Lawrence

1948 – Ruby Ridley

1947 – Grace Rapp

1946 – Clara Mahoney

1944 – 1945 – Billie Caraway

1941 – 1943 – Jean Greear McGinty

1940 – Halo Warman

1937 – 1939 – Rosalie McDonald

Rosalie McDonald Award Winners

2017 – Kathy Mann

2016 – Rose Synsmir

2015 – Kay Argroves

2014 – Barry Cranfill

2013 – Barbara Waldron

2012 – Stephen D. Smith

2011 – Mark Schmitz

2010 – Martha Kral

2009 – Mary Flister

2008 – Sharon Twibell

2007 – Leslie Jeter

2006 – Janice Izlar

2005 – Roger Masters

2004 – Teresa Hennings

2003 – Ken Phillips

2002 – Ann Thompson

2001 – Yolanda Olivera

2000 – Sister John Moravec

1999 – Cecilia Morales

1998 – Nora Goodman

1997 – Jackie Chandler

1996 – Doris Slaughter

1995 – Lillian Hawkins

1994 – Brad Littleton

1993 – Barbara Reep

1992 – Freda Mungia-Bittle

1991 – Velma Rice

1990 – Dorothy Snead

1989 – Eula Adams

1988 – Nell Livingood