"I AM ME" Campaign
April is Celebrate Diversity Month, and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is observing it with our second annual “I AM ME” campaign. We are asking that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) send a photo and one to three sentences about what makes you, you! The statements will be posted in English primarily, however, if you speak more than one language, please send it to us in that language as well.
Our goal is to post your personalized “I AM ME” statement on the AANA’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook channels the entire month of April. Please share widely with fellow CRNAs and SRNAs! #IAmMe
The deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 31st, 2019.
The AANA Diversity and Inclusion Committee Student Representative, Gabriel Vazquez-Lopez, BSN, RN has graciously agreed to be our example for the 2019 campaign.
I Am Me Example Statement (2019)
I AM ME: Hijo de la Isla del Encanto, Puerto Rico, donde se habla Español e Ingles y muy seguido Spanglish. Soy el producto de la mezcla del indio taíno, el esclavo africano y el colonizador español.
I AM ME: Born and raised in rural Puerto Rico, I am part of a family of nurses. The oldest brother. For a period of time, Florida, Pennsylvania, and NYC were home. I am a proud gay man who strives to live with passion and purpose.
I AM ME: Former CSICU RN, Senior SRNA, your first National Student Representative to the AANA Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The world is a mosaic of human experiences and contributions. Diversity is the way. ¡Siempre hacia adelante!
I Am Me Statements (2018)
I AM ME. A passionate provider of obstetric anesthesia, an experienced anesthetist of multiple mission trips, and an enthusiastic educator of SRNAs.
I AM ME. A follower of Christ, a grateful husband to a labor delivery nurse (how we met!), a blessed father to two busy toddlers, and a humbled provider of anesthesia to military veterans.
I AM ME. Immigrant, Leader, Friend, Mother and Wife.
I AM ME. “Everything changes and yet, I am more me than I’ve ever been.”
I AM ME, a woman who put myself through school as a single mom, and a proud mother of a beautiful 15-year-old girl!
I AM ME, a military veteran of security forces in the Air Force who decided that my calling was medicine and helping to comfort and care for patients while also being their advocate! I love being a CRNA.
I AM ME. Immigrated with my family to the U.S.A. from Cebu, Philippines in 2004. A devout Catholic, traveler, audiophile, musician, and season pass holder to rollercoasters and go-karts.
I AM ME. Living up to the Ignatian ideals of the Jesuits — to be a man for others. A patient advocate, leader and former Boy Scout — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Always striving to apply these values to support my patients and my profession.
I AM ME, Family guy with three beautiful children and a lovely spouse. Starting a new life and a new career in the United States (Florida).
I AM ME, With great ambition towards my career and future. I love to help people in need and give back to the world.
I AM ME. From Pennsylvania, the first member of my family to graduate from college. With determination and hard work, anything can be accomplished.
I AM ME. Father of three, married to my best friend Fiona, who is my everything. I am proud to be a nurse anesthetist.
I AM ME—An active member of the AANA, Iowa Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program.
I AM ME—A first generation Ethiopian immigrant who enjoys choosing the road less traveled, and is proud to be living my dream.
I AM ME. Activist and CRNA.
I AM ME. A business owner.
I AM ME. An OSANA Board member, Federal Political Director, and NAP Professional Member.
I AM ME. An activist, philanthropist, president of a non-profit organization, but above all I am a mother, a daughter, and a friend.
I AM ME. A strong advocate of mentorship in the community of diversity. My motto is each generation teach the next generation.
I AM ME. A proud Veteran who served one year at the Kuwait/Iraq border as a medic and infantry. I’ve seen, I’ve saw, and I’ve served!
I AM ME. Who has practiced independently in Haiti, Zambia, and most recently in Iraq, at an emergency field hospital, providing anesthesia for victims of the war to take Mosul back from ISIS.
I AM ME. Thankful to be a CRNA, a profession that has provided me the opportunity to work alongside people of every race and religion.
I AM ME. Born in Honduras Central America, raised in New Orleans, now residing in California and proudly practicing as a CRNA at a large teaching institution.
I AM ME. First person in my family to obtain a Master's Degree, a graduate of Samuel Merritt University, and passionate about helping others pursue their dreams of becoming nurse anesthetists.
I AM ME. Practiced both employed and as a business owner, a husband, father, son, and brother.
I AM ME. Thankful to our profession, grateful to be a 30 plus year AANA member, and blessed for the multiple opportunities this profession has given me.
I AM ME. Born in Hong Kong and moved to NYC when I was four years old. I was raised by hard working, immigrant Chinese parents who showed me that opportunity comes with hard work and perseverance.
I AM ME. Active in our Florida State Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and strongly believe that we must continue to strive hard to mentor and educate health care providers that reflect the diversity of our communities, state, and nation.
I AM ME. A loyal and active member of the AANA since 1978, assistant professor at Wayne State University, on-site accreditation reviewer for the COA, and a passionate patron of medical missions. Gives full credence to the AANA as the society of accountable, audacious, amazing CRNAs.
I AM ME. Blessed by a noble and rewarding profession that completely changed my life and afforded me many wonderful opportunities to serve and give back. Firmly grounded, living life at its best, utterly loving and enjoying this incredible ride.
Bruce A. Schoneboom
I AM ME, Bruce A. Schoneboom, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, Colonel (Retired), US Army, Chief Learning Officer at the AANA, and I have a passion for creating and innovating new ways to educate nurse anesthetists to be the preferred anesthesia provider of patients and healthcare systems.
I AM ME, an Army veteran with 30 years of service to the country taking care of wounded warriors on the battlefield, servicemembers and their families in military hospitals around the globe.
I AM ME, a neuroscientist who has used my research skills to understand the immune and inflammatory responses of the brain to viral infections and to lead DoD scientists in developing antidotes to weapons of mass destruction and chemical warfare agents.
I AM ME. President of SRNAs Association at the University of Puerto Rico, a leader, a mentor, and a facilitator to my fellow nurse anesthesia students.
I AM ME. An advocate for patient-centered care and multiculturalism, passionate about leadership and innovative policy making, and a strong voice for social justice and equality.
I AM ME. A world traveler, patient advocate, and a fierce Fitbit competitor. Most importantly, I am a wife to my best friend and number one supporter, Robert Luttner.
I AM ME. First generation Masters graduate, proudly delivering excellent anesthesia at Heritage Valley Sewickley, PA, alongside wonderful anesthesia providers!
I AM ME. Born in Brazil and have been living in the United States for almost 20 years. English is my second language, which only adds to the challenges of anesthesia school.
I AM ME. I will be graduating from Florida Gulf Coast University in less than a month. I’m the first in my family to graduate with a Master’s degree. I also plan to do medical missions in my career. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful profession!
I AM ME. "Me", "diversity" and my "race," "gender," "ethnicity," are not important.
I AM ME. What is important is that God created me to honor Him. If I do, my life matters. If not, nothing about "me" matters.
I AM ME. Who believes that obstacles are really just opportunities to learn, caring for others more than self, ensures growth.
I AM ME. I have served in two branches of the military active duty. Currently serving Veterans in WV while enjoying a beautiful life. A hand to help is a hand up...
I AM ME. Student representative of PANA board of trustees, class president, and political advocate of the nurse anesthesia profession.
I AM ME. Began career as a paramedic, experienced flight nurse, planning to revisit prehospital roots as a CRNA in remote, austere, and global disaster response environments.
I AM ME. Multi Ironman triathlete, Ironman world championship 70.3 participant, lead group coordinator of a triathlon team of the Midwest region, and race guard.
I AM ME. A gymnastics mom, swim mom, and soccer mom with the first doctorate in my family in nurse anesthesia practicing in the Chicagoland area.
Arthur Kennedy Cheung
I AM ME. Who practices mostly in rural settings, almost exclusively as a solo practitioner, and has been practicing for the past 38 years.
I AM ME. A clinician, an advocate of our profession, a husband, a father of three daughters, a grandfather of a granddaughter and two grand-dogs, most importantly, a true believer and follower of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I AM ME. A fully autonomous anesthesia provider whom, with the mentorship of more experienced providers, could start my own anesthesia business in my second year out of anesthesia school.
I AM ME. An experienced cardiovascular anesthesia provider, a general anesthesia provider, a pediatric anesthesia provider, an obstetrical anesthesia provider, a mobile office based anesthesia provider, a regional/orthopedic anesthesia provider, and a young trainee developing skills within the space of long term pain management as an anesthesia provider.
I AM ME. Tanya McGowan, MBA, DNAP (June 2018), independent nurse anesthetist, daughter of wonderful military officer father, and Luxembourg mother who are married 50 years!
I AM ME. World traveler (40 countries), and humanitarian supporting multicultural empowerment of women and children on a global basis.
I AM ME. Athlete (sailing, climbing, cycling), and musician (piano, harmonica), who loves active adventures that positively promote people and animals on this beautiful planet!
Maria Sallie Poepsel
I AM ME, A wife, mother, friend and community activist; a Silver Sneaker, a volunteer to medical missions in the Far East; firm believer in the power of education, learning and giving back to make positive social change in the community.
I AM ME, An immigrant from the Philippines in the mid-70s, an avid gardener, loves to cook, plays the guitar, enjoys art, travel, music, and singing.
I AM ME. Spouse to a most loving husband, father of two beautiful children, and collaborator with my mom and mother-in-law with everything that happens with my children.
I AM ME. Passionate in the Nurse Anesthesia profession that provides for my family, evokes change in our society, and cares for our communities across the United States, which makes me smile going to work every day.
I AM ME. Our family welcomed all in our home, grew up knowing no strangers, I embrace ALL diversity!!!
I AM ME. I give Glory to God for all that I have and try to share His love and gifts with others.
Heather J. Rankin
I AM ME, mother of two boys, wife, daughter of a CRNA, sister, aunt.
I AM ME, avid sports fan, beach and lake fan, Sweet Home Alabama.
I AM ME. Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program Board member, AANA Communications Committee Chair; and MANA State Peer Advisor.
I AM ME. Youngest of eight children from Filipino immigrant parents; trilingual (Tagalog, Ilocano, English), engaged, committed, passionate, and an advocate of being an AANA member.
I AM ME. From New Jersey who transplanted to Florida after receiving graduate degree from Georgetown University.
I AM ME. A passionate advocate for the nurse anesthesia profession who has served in many capacities on the local, state, and national level. Currently serves as President-Elect of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and is committed to advancing the nurse anesthesia profession.
I AM ME, a servant leader who believes that putting the needs of others first is my primary goal.
I AM ME, a servant leader that knows diversity results in better decision making, improved problem solving, greater creativity, and enhanced innovation.
I AM ME, a Puerto Rican/Irish American bilingual advocate for my patients and community.
I AM ME, a high school drop-out/teenage mother turned nurse anesthetist, an alleviator of pain and anxiety, and I love what I do.
I AM ME, walking side-by-side with my brother and CRNA colleague, John Bing, to empower, inform and mentor the next generation of CRNAs of different hues and cultures.
I AM ME, former single teenage homeless mother, who found a pathway through higher education, survived adversity through grace and mercy, and my rock is my loving family.
Angela L. Smith
I AM ME. Lieutenant Col. Angela Smith, Army Nurse Corps Officer, compassionate leader, and proud veteran.
I AM ME. A. L. Smith, critically acclaimed author, Amazon Best Seller, award winning independent filmmaker, historian, humanitarian, visionary, advocate for the poor. Above all, God-fearing.
Emma To Dang
I AM ME, Emma To Dang, SRNA at The University of Southern Mississippi Nurse Anesthesia Program.
I AM ME, a daughter of Vietnamese refugees, first generation in college to pursue a doctoral nurse anesthesia degree.
I AM ME, culture enthusiast, wife and mother.
Kathleen Carney Thibeault
I AM ME, whose parents encultured us with the bedrock values of kindness, community service, and justice for all, we have all grown to honor them through our service, and perpetuate their legacy in our own children.
I AM ME, as a CRNA, I am privileged to touch vulnerable lives in a positive way, and thus translate the progressive legacy of my parents by my actions and example.
I AM ME, a Christian, singer, runner, traveler, and business woman.
I AM ME, a first-generation African American doctoral student, who is proud to enter the amazing profession of Nurse Anesthesia.
I AM ME, Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy Corp, current Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetist Political Action Committee (PAC) and Nominating Committee Chair, and Memphis Student Nurse Anesthetist
Foundation (MSNAF) Board Member.
I AM ME, first generation African American with Caribbean descent advanced health care graduate practicing nurse anesthesia.
Mark J. Haffey
I AM ME, Driven to make a difference in my community, Youth Sponsor in my Church, Assistant Basketball Coach for my daughter’s team, devoted father of my 2 amazing children, loving husband, avid outdoorsman, and thankful for God’s Amazing Grace.
I AM ME, AANA Vice-President, Past AANA Region 4 Director, Past President of the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetist, Unwavering Advocate for ALL CRNAs, Innovative Leader, and Always willing to “Go the Extra Mile.”
Debra J. Diaz
I AM ME, mother, friend and shipmate, CDR US Navy retired, and the first member of my family to graduate from college.
I AM ME, lover of music, art, dance, travel enthusiast, and foodie.
Daryl L. de Lima
I AM ME, a family man and avid practitioner of Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
I AM ME, proud Army Nurse Corps and Operation Enduring Freedom veteran.
I AM ME, Doctoral Advanced Practice Nurse.
I AM ME, a Jamaican American.
I AM ME, a CRNA.
I AM ME, an African American woman, CRNA, Airman.
I AM ME, mission worker who understands that with passion, persistence, patience, pure heart, and most importantly prayers, there is no limit to fulfilling your purpose.
I AM ME, a United States Army Reserve Major and proud to serve my country and my fellow service members. I am an active member of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists, AANA, Diversity CRNA, and a volunteer for medical mission trips.
I AM ME, born and raised in Puerto Rico, a practicing nurse anesthetist in Florida, and Army reserve. Currently deployed overseas.
I AM ME, AANA Region 2 Director, Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists and South Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists past president, Friend for Life, Gertrude Fife Society Member, and 1983 Society Member.
I AM ME, small town girl from rural Minnesota raised by hard working parents who taught the me the value of education, determination, and healthcare.
I AM ME, still learning, embrace change, thankful for my opportunities, strive to provide opportunities for others.
I AM ME, a refugee from Vietnam, first in my family to attend college, speak three languages, and proud to be a nurse anesthetist!
I AM ME, a Veteran of the Air Force and Army, and the first member of my family to attend college, proud son of a Marine Corps Veteran, truck driver and a mother who cleaned houses so that I would never go without.
I AM ME, father of five, married to my best friend of 38 years, Kara, who is my rock and confidant. Privileged to know I have been blessed, forever paying that forward.
I AM ME, advocate for my patients, medical mission provider.
I AM ME, traveler, runner, a lover of animals, and a believer in Christ.
I AM ME, President of the AANA, past-president x2 of FANA, 27 years of leadership and committee service on state and national association activities.
I AM ME, a Delawarean, transplanted to the south after graduate school, a passionate advocate for the profession.
I AM ME, a mission volunteer to the Philippines, Zimbabwe, and Liberia who is active in my community and I am a church volunteer for college tours and community health programs over the past 10 years.
I AM ME, applying to complete my DNP, and I am a first generation African-American Master Degree graduate of Saint Mary’s University who is a practicing Nurse Anesthetist at the the same hospital for 23 years, and I am committed to Worldwide Healthcare Equality and Equity.
Biju Muchal Kuriakose
I AM ME, Doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. My wife is a CRNA too with the same background.
I AM ME, currently practicing anesthesia in New Jersey and Philadelphia and very active in NJANA.
I AM ME, a volunteer on medical missions, AANA committee member, Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetist past president, and current federal political director.
I AM ME, a first-generation Cuban American college graduate who is a practicing nurse anesthetist, and proudly wears many hats.
Nearly 53,000 strong, the AANA acknowledges the differences in race, gender, ethnicity, language, cultural and religious beliefs, and socio-economic status that our CRNA and SRNA members bring to the nurse anesthesia profession.