Cherie has been a practicing CRNA for 29 years. She has worked in
every practice setting except the military. Cherie has also taught at
Rutgers University Nurse Anesthesia Program and was an Assistant
Program Director at the University of New England. Her extensive
experience and years of advocating for CRNAs has afforded her the
opportunity to experience both the trials and triumphs of the
Cherie recently completed an Interprofessional Patient Safety
Fellowship with the Veteran’s Administration and is an advocate for
CRNAs leading the perioperative patient safety agenda. She was on
the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists Board of Directors
and served as the public relations chair, as well as the program chair
for the NCANA. As the PAC chair for the Pennsylvania Association of
Nurse Anesthetists, Cherie tripled PAC donations. She has served
the AANA on the Professional Development and Health and Wellness
Committees. Cherie was on the board of directors of Emerging
Healthcare Professionals in the Lehigh Valley, which allowed high
school seniors to shadow and experience the many healthcare
professions prior to beginning college.
Cherie received her DNP from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA,
where she developed an evidence-based teaching plan to integrate
patient safety strategies into nurse anesthesia education and is
currently a PhD student at Duquesne University. Cherie enjoys
lecturing on the national level and engaging with other CRNAs.
Dr. Adriana Gonzalez spent 10 years as an adult ICU bedside nurse before pursuingher doctorate degree in nursing anesthesia. She graduated with a Doctorate in NursingPractice (DNP) from Baylor College of Medicine. Currently, she is a staff CertifiedRegistered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at Houston Methodist Hospital (HMH). HMH is aworld-renowned institution for heart and lung transplants also specializing in non-invasiveinterventions for high-risk cardiac patients. As a staff CRNA she specializes in the care ofcardiovascular surgical patients.
Dr. Gonzalez is a preceptor to student nurse anesthetists seeking cardiovascular
clinical experience. In addition to her staff CRNA responsibilities she has also been active
in clinical education presentations for her peers and students.
She is originally from South Texas and comes from a family of medical professionals.
She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Texas Associationof Nurse Anesthetists. In her free time she loves to work out at Orange Theory, socializewith her book club amigas, and enjoys travel.
Sarah L. Johnson is a current Cardiovascular Nurse Anesthetist at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center. She is also a part time clinical instructor at Western Governors University. She is the wife of Christopher E. Johnson and mother of two wonderful boys, Jeremiah and Josiah. She can truly say she loves what she does!
In 2004, Sarah Johnson graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in
Nursing and a minor in psychology. She worked as a registered nurse at Vanderbilt Medical Center andSaint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. She was also a travel nurse in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.She has always had a desire to work inside the operating room and an undeniable attachment to critical care. With the encouragement of her undergraduate professor, she pursued the journey of becoming a nurse anesthetist. It was quite the journey with two children in tow. She applied and completed the nurse anesthesia program at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2011.Sarah Johnson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Johnson family currently resides in Texas.
Michael is the Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Nurse Anesthesia Program. He is a Penn alumnus and a recipient of the Norma Lang Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly Practice. He earned his DNP from Yale University as a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar.
Michael has provided anesthesia in a wide array of clinical settings ranging from the solo anesthesia provider model at an ambulatory surgery center, to community hospitals, to regional medical centers, to the anesthesia care team model at quaternary academic medical centers, to the highest acuity trauma environments in the country. His experience in such diverse areas informed his doctoral work, which focused on “Emergency Airway Preparedness at Ambulatory Surgery Centers with Solo Anesthesia Providers.”
Michael was also recognized as the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ Clinical Instructor of the Year. He has served on multiple state and national association committees and task forces and lectures for CRNA conferences nationally. He currently serves on the Jonas Alumni Advisory Board and is the Vice President of Penn’s University Club.
Jon Lowrance, MSN, CRNA works as a CRNA at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He’s taught in experiential education for over ten years as a faculty member with Landmark Learning and NOLS Wilderness Medicine. He currently produces the podcast From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community.
Dr. Amy Umnus received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Wisconsin. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in 2013. Since graduating, she has worked as a CRNA at Ben Taub Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center and teaching hospital in Houston’s famed Texas Medical Center. Dr. Umnus taught for one year in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program-Nurse Anesthesia at Baylor College of Medicine. Currently she is a full-time clinical faculty instructor where she facilitates the clinical education of Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor society.
Kimberly Westra CRNA, MS, DNP is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with 13years experience. Kimberly began her career in Baltimore Maryland with experience asa critical care nurse at Johns Hopkins University. Mrs. Westra extensive clinical experience includes her role as an RNFA, CNOR, and CPAN. Kimberly specializes inLean Initiatives in Anesthesia and Perioperative Care. Kimberly developed a comprehensive airway alert wristband and an electronic medical record airway alert system that can be customized to any size organization or retrofitted into existing documentation programs. Kimberly developed a multidisciplinary educational outreach program for critical care difficult airway management in perioperative and critical care settings. These highly effective outreach programs assist the anesthesia provider in educating the care teams on the multidisciplinary care team approach to difficult airway management. Kimberly is a dynamic and energetic speaker who engages audiences with lively discussions on numerous topics such as: The Impact of the Affordable CareAct on Anesthesia Practice, Interdisciplinary Difficult Airway Management, TeamBuilding in the OR, Managing Acute Perioperative Crisis’, Anesthesia Care: A Business/Practice Paradigm.
Mrs. Westra is doctoral graduate of Chatham University and is an MBA candidate in
Healthcare Finance and Administration at Patten University. Kimberly is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society at Chatham and serves in the mentoring program for advanced practice nurses. Mrs. Westra speaks locally and nationally for EncoreSymposiums, PANA, DANA, AzANA on a variety of current health care topics including clinical practice, process improvement, and the business aspects of anesthesia care.Kim is Chief Nurse Anesthetist and Manager Perioperative Education at The Reading Medical Center.
Marry Williams, CRNA, MSNA, is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with 19 years experience. Marry began her Anesthesia career training in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Initially, she practiced for ten years in Pensacola, Florida. She then practiced for five years in Wisconsin (her home state) and Illinois. Marry is currently practicing anesthesia in the Phoenix, Arizona area.
Prior to practicing Anesthesia, Marry served with the United States Air Force Reserve for eleven years. During this time, she was a flight medic and a flight nurse, as well as an instructor for the Air Force. She also served as a liaison officer for the Air Force Academy. She is a Desert Storm veteran.
Marry has a significant history of teaching dating back to the 1990s. She has taught ACLS, BLS and PALS for AHA and currently for ASHI. She also taught Total Quality Management and various medical and safety classes in the Air Force. She has taught NCLEX review courses for over a decade at various colleges and hospitals in the Midwest.
In her free time, she travels the world with her husband Joris and two teenage sons, Reece and Ryan. Together they enjoy travel, fine dining, good wine, poker and scuba diving.
Tracy graduated with his Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from Texas Wesleyan University in 2000 and immediately began providing anesthesia services to several hospital facilities in and around New Iberia, Louisiana. In 2003, Tracy formed YPS Anesthesia Services, LLC, and has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer for over 12 years. The group has grown to include over 50 facilities and 250+ providers in four states (Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Mississippi). In 2008, he received his Master of Business Administration-Healthcare from George Washington University and continues to focus his efforts on the growth of YPS Anesthesia. His time is divided between clinical and administrative duties as he oversees the operation, finances, and growth of YPS Anesthesia and its subsidiaries. Tracy is also on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (LANA). He has served 2 years as the State Reimbursement Specialist for Louisiana and is now the President of LANA.
David Kubicki is a certified registered nurse anesthetist whose interest and experience lies in
ultrasound utilization and education in anesthesia and critical care. Before earning a Master's
Degree in Nurse Anesthesia from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, David
worked in the medical intensive care unit at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in
Cincinnati, OH for six years. It was there that David learned to use ultrasound for vascular
access, lung imaging, and transthoracic echocardiography. Over a two-year period, he inserted
over 1000 ultrasound-guided IVs and developed an innovative technique to insert large bore
IVs with near 100% success and insertion times of less than a minute. During that time, he
educated nurses and physicians on safe, precise, and fast ultrasound-guided vascular
While attending anesthesia school at the University of Pennsylvania, he utilized his interest in
ultrasound to gain significant experience performing ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia.
Coupling his interests in ultrasound and education, David delivered engaging, multimedia-rich
presentations such as “Ultrasound-Guided Difficult Airway Management” and “High-Accuracy
Dynamic Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access” at professional conferences and clinical sites. In
addition to lecturing, David taught students and staff how to utilize ultrasound more effectively
in their daily practice.
David is a practicing nurse anesthetist at Mercy Health-Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio,
where he resides with his wife and son. He practices ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and
enjoys influencing others to harness creativity in their daily practice. David gives dynamic and
engaging lectures across the country on cognitive and technical aspects of anesthesia practice.
He plans to continue his own education while also participating in the education of others to
provide safe, effective, and advanced anesthetic care.