Board of Directors


President

Diane Boettger MHS, APRN, CRNA

-Pittsburgh, PA VA Health Care System

Diane’s education began with receiving a Diploma nursing degree at Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing in Sayre, PA. followed by a BSN from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated in 1985 as a CRNA and with a Master in Health Sciences from Medical University of South Carolina.

Diane Boettger has spent most of her anesthesia career in the private sector in group practices- in Charleston, SC and Evanston, Illinois. For 23 years she has worked in and around Pittsburgh, Pa in a variety of group practices and locums opportunities. Diane has been adjunct faculty and a Clinical Coordinator for student anesthetists from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as Clinical Coordinator for SRNA’s from Allegheny Valley Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia. Diane came to the Pittsburgh VA as a staff CRNA in 2008 and TRULY ENJOYS caring for the unique population of veterans we serve. She has often said she falls in love with a new hero every day and feels blessed to be able to meet such heroes daily -to be able to care for them to the best of her ability and still go home smiling!

Diane has been a member of AANA for 30 years and served on numerous committees in both regional or state associations and now AVANA. She serves on The Professional Practice Committee and APRN Council at the Pittsburgh VA. She belives the networking and work of AVANA is an invaluable asset for every CRNA in the VA system. It’s a real gem and has encouraged other VA CRNA’s to join this fantastic organization as a way to have your voice heard and to learn from others experiences.


President-Elect

Peter Kallio DNP, CRNA, MSN, APNP

-Milwaukee, WI VA Medical Center

Peter Kallio has been a CRNA 27 years. He has been a VA CRNA at the Zablocki VAMC in Milwaukee for 12 years.  He received his BSN from Marquette University; he graduated from the Milwaukee County School of Nurse Anesthesia in 1989, received his MSN from Samuel Merritt College in 2007, and received a DNP from Marquette University in 2013. He spent 10 years in the US Navy reserves as a CRNA. Last year he was appointed and currently sits on the Wisconsin Board of Nursing.

His work experience as a CRNA has included a level 1 trauma center, own LLC working for a private anesthesia group  in a midsized community hospital, to presently employed at  the Zablocki VA  Regional Medical Center.  He is currently the clinical director of the Pre-Anesthesia Clinic and is the Anesthesia Educator.

Peter is an Assistant Professor and clinical coordinator of CRNA students from Rosalind Franklin University. SRNA students from RFU rotate through the VA hospital in Milwaukee. He works with the CRNA students in both the operating room and the Pre Anesthesia clinic. He has published several research papers related to preoperative evaluation and is presently working on 2 others related to OSA and frailty.


Treasurer

Neil Roeper CRNA

-Tampa, FL VA Medical Center


Secretary

Christian Campbell CRNA, MSN

-Tampa, FL VA Medical Center

Christian Campbell became a registered nurse in 2005, and began working for the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa in 2007. He earned a Masters of Science in Nursing upon completion of the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (Class of 2010), and returned to the Tampa Veterans Hospital as a Nurse Anesthetist. Christian is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


 Director at Large

Beverly O’Connor-Griffin MS, APRN, CRNA

-Bay Pines, FL VA Medical Center

Beverly O’Connor-Griffin earned her BSN from Indiana Wesleyan University, her MS from Purdue University, and attended the Minneapolis VA School of Anesthesia.  She is the Chief CRNA at the Bay Pines VAHCS in St. Petersburg, Florida.

While at Bay Pines, Ms. O’Connor-Griffin has made it a priority to learn as much as possible about VA policy and procedure, especially as it pertains to CRNAs. She has involved in education, serving as the Educator-Coordinator for the Bay Pines affiliation with Barry University Nurse Anesthesia Program from 2003 to 2008.  She also coordinated the AANA approved continuing education program for CRNAs within the Bay Pines Anesthesia Service from 1997 to2012.  In 2002 she authored and presented the continuing education course “Receiving the Post Anesthesia in the ICU.”  She has recently rewritten this as a TMS program for the ICU nurses called “Phase I Recovery of the Post Anesthesia Patient in the ICU”.

Ms. O’Connor-Griffin has also been a part of several committees and task forces.  On the local level she served on the Human Studies Subcommittee (IRB) from 1999 to 2000. She continues to serve on the Medical Executive Subcommittee for credentialing and privileging, and the OR Committee.  On the national level, she served on the National Anesthesia Service Field Advisory Committee from January of 2006 to December of 2013.  She was the only CRNA member of the national task force charged with establishing a new policy for Moderate Sedation by Non-Anesthesia Providers within the VA from 2005-2006. She was a member of the national task force charged with rewriting the Qualification Standards for VA Nurse Anesthetists from 2005-2010.  She looks forward to serving on the AVANA Board of Directors.


Central Regional Director

Janelle Parslow CRNA

-Hines, IL VA Medical Center

• Current staff CRNA at Edward Hines Jr. VAMC, Chicago, IL.
• Current AVANA member since 2013.
• Current AANA member.
• Earned BSN from Regis University, Denver, CO. (Deans list)
• Earned BS – Psychology from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. (Golden Key national honors society)
• Was staff ICU RN at Denver VAMC and Greater Los Angeles VAMC.
• U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing – MSN, 2007. (class leader 2006, graduated with honors).
• Preceptor for Rosalyn Franklin University.


Eastern Regional Director

Laura Barnes CRNA

-Pittsburgh, PA VA Health Care System

Laura Barnes has been a CRNA with VA Pittsburgh for 6 years, after working as a critical care technician and a critical care nurse for 6 years at the VA. She was inspired to give back to our veterans through her father’s and uncle’s service in Vietnam, and Laura enjoys talking to her patients about their unique and heroic stories.

In Pittsburgh, Laura has implemented an Anesthesia Huddle (a staff-driven meeting focused on process improvement), which is tackling projects such as reducing OR turnover times and increasing antibiotic prophylaxis compliance. She also serves as educator for her colleagues’ competencies, and has helped to streamline the CRNA daily assignment process. Laura has a special interest in doing liver transplant anesthesia.

Laura grew up on a farm in Northwest PA, went to high school in Delaware, and graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts with a BA in Biological Sciences and English Literature. After doing clinical genetic research, she graduated summa cum laude with her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh, and later obtained her MSN from the same university.

She was the 2010 Student Researcher of the Year for the University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program, and also received the Academic Achievement Award. Laura is an active member of AVANA, AANA, and PANA.
Her work has been published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Journal of Human Genetics.
Laura lives in Bradford Woods, PA with her dog Cooper and two kitties Patty and Keller, the blind Wonder-cat. When not working, she likes to garden, play the stock market, travel, and routinely embarrass herself golfing.


Western Regional Director

Nancy Christiano DNAP, CRNA

-Long Beach, CA VA Medical Center

In 1991, Nancy initially enlisted in the Army Reserves as a Medic.  After 9-11, she was deployed several times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.   She is still a member in the Army Reserves  as a CRNA attached to Fort Stewart, Georgia.   In 1995, she graduated with her BSN from University of Southern California. In 2002, she went went back to USC and earned her MSN.  From 2002-2013, she worked as a CRNA at both the USC University Hospital and the LAC+USC Medical Center.  In addition, she was a Clinical Instructor for the SRNAs at the USC Keck School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology.   She completed her DNAP from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011.

Nancy started working at the VA Healthcare System in Long Beach in 2012. She became a member of the AVANA in 2014.  “Even though I am a relatively new member to AVANA, I am very excited to serve as the Western Region Director during this dynamic period for APRNs in the VHA.  As a veteran, I am passionate about providing high quality anesthesia care to my fellow service men and women.”


Southern Regional Director

 Ellen LaFleur CRNA, MSN

-Bay Pines, FL VA Medical Center

Ellen LaFleur earned her BSN from the University of Florida in 1989. After graduation, she entered the Army Nurse Corps by direct commission. During her time in the Army she earned her MSN in Nurse Anesthesia, through the US Army Program at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas and Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, in 1994. After almost 10 years in the military, she has been working as a staff CRNA at Bay Pines Veterans HCC for the last 17 years.


Executive Director

Garrett Peterson DNP, RN, CRNA

-Minneapolis, MN VA Health Care System

Garrett Peterson, DNP, RN, CRNA is a Staff Nurse Anesthetist at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. He has been with the VA for 21 years. Dr. Peterson is a graduate of the former Nurse Anesthesia Program at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center/University of Minnesota. He is the previous Associate Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Minnesota – School of Nursing and currently precepts nurse anesthesia students in the clinical area and currently serves as the Minneapolis Anesthesia Department Education Coordinator.
Dr. Peterson received his Master’s of Science and Doctor in Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota. He has authored a chapter on the Practice of Nurse Anesthesia in a Doctor of Nursing Practice textbook and contributed to a Case Study in Nurse Anesthesia textbook.

Dr. Peterson has served in leadership positions on both state and national levels: AVANA Central Regional Director 2009-2011; AVANA Educational Program Committee 2009-2012; AVANA Director-at-Large 2011-2013; AVANA President-Elect 2013-2015; Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists Program Committee 2009-current; Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists Treasurer-Elect 2011-2012; Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists Treasurer 2012-2013; Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists Vice President 2013-2014; Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists Nominating Committee 2015-2016, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Education Committee 2009-2011; National Board of Certification and Recertification: Continued Professional Practice-Sub-committee for the recertification exam 2012-2014, NBCRNA Continued Professional Practice Exam Writing Committee 2016-current.

Garrett is also a committee member of the Department of Veterans Affairs – Office of Nursing Service APRN Field Advisory Committee 2014-current

Garrett’s interests in anesthesia include PTSD and the veteran population, emergence delirium, and multimodal pain control.

Garrett believes in providing high-quality, evidence based anesthesia care to the Veteran population.