Board of Directors


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.


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.


Neil Roeper CRNA

-Tampa, FL VA Medical Center


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

Patrick McElhone, CRNA

-Chicago, IL VA Medical Center

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

Rishelle Zhou, MSN, LLB, CRNA

-Portland, OR VA Medical Center

Rishelle earned a law degree from Shanghai University, China. Which gave her the opportunity to work for DNV-GL; an international accredited certification and classification society. In 2002, she moved to Honolulu and started her nursing education at the University of Hawaii. She completed her BSN at Oregon Health and Science University in 2008 and her master’s degree at Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia/California State University Fullerton in 2012. Rishelle has been a Staff CRNA and Clinical Instructor at the VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, OR, since 2014. She has a passion for providing clinical expertise and delivering safe anesthesia care to our veterans.

Southern Regional Director

Joshua Reitzfeld, CRNA

-Lake Nona, FL Orlando VAMC

Josh earned his Masters of Nurse Anesthesiology and graduated with honors from the University of Scranton Pennsylvania in 2014. Josh was active with PANA, attending lobby day in Harrisburg annually to promote advanced practice representation in the state. Josh is a member of the AANA and FANA, where he continues to promote the profession. Josh has served as an NBCRNA board question selection committee member. He advocates for higher education and equal practice in the anesthesiology profession.

Josh earned his BSN at the University of Central Florida in 2010. Before working as Critical Care Nurse at Florida Hospital South Orlando, in a Level II high-acuity 40 bed Cardiac/Medical ICU, Josh worked as an Anesthesia Technologist from the age of 19. This proved invaluable to his career, as it led him to his dream to become a CRNA.
Josh worked in the private sector from 2014 to 2017 in a busy anesthesia group in Orlando, Florida, along with various locum opportunities. He currently works in the state-of-the-art Orlando VA Medical Center, formally an outpatient center in Lake Baldwin.

Josh’s goal is to expand membership in AVANA by finding common ground with all CRNA’s in the VA system. He aims to promote goals that extend the access to care for our veterans, allows CRNA’s to practice at the full extent of their license, and also to continue collaborative relationships within the VA system.

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.