TANA’s 86th Annual Meeting Speakers

MEET THE TEAM

James A. Winters II, CAPT, USAFR, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C
James A. Winters II, CAPT, USAFR, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C
 
Dr. Winters will join us Friday, October 6, to share his expertise with his session: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion…What’s the Point?
 
Dr. Winters will be sharing the role that DEI plays in the progression of the Nurse Anesthesia profession, and the barriers and obstacles that are counterproductive in the efforts to improve DEI as well as much more!
 
As both a native and a double alumnus of the state’s flagship university, Dr. Winters is a proud Tennessean. In 2017 he received his Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Southern Mississippi where his research focus was on the impact of Culturally Sensitive Education on Minority attitudes towards organ donation. Upon graduation he entered onto active duty with the United States Air Force, where he served on a forward surgical team that supported high risk special operations missions in East Africa.
 
Dr. Winters is passionate about learning, mentorship and service. Currently he serves as an executive board member for the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship program and actively mentors several nurses, students, and youths that are seeking to become a part of our great profession. As of July 23rd, he is board certified and fellowship trained in the non-surgical pain management specialty and plans to use this as a vehicle of improving access to care for residents of the rural south.
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Stacy Yancey, MSNA, CRNA
Stacy Yancey, MSNA, CRNA

Stacy will join us Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7, to share her expertise during her sessions AANA Update and On the Frontlines - Nurse Anesthetists in World War I.

Stacy Yancey is a frustrated historian and political scientist, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in political science from Winthrop University in 2005. She later earned a BSN from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011, and her MSNA from Wake Forest University School of Medicine Nurse Anesthesia Program in 2016. She is a clinical practitioner in multiple settings, including small rural CRNA only hospitals, dental offices, GI centers, and large hospitals. She is a passionate advocate for the nurse anesthesia profession and has served the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists as President and Federal Political Director. She was recently elected to serve as the AANA Region 4 Director.

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Michael Heck, MS, CRNA, APRN

Michael Heck, MS, CRNA, APRN

Michael will join us Saturday, October 7, to share his expertise with his session: FATE Exam Basics for POCUS.
 
Michael Heck, MS, CRNA, APRN, completed his bachelor’s degree at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. He completed his master’s degree in Nurse Anesthesia from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia in Madison, TN. He worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center before moving to Bowling Green, Kentucky to work at The Medical Center at Bowling Green. He is the current Chief CRNA and works with 35 CRNAs covering 5 hospitals which provide approximately 35,000 anesthetics a year. He has a passion for USGRA, POCUS, TEE, and Cardiac Anesthesia. He also runs a business that teaches basic and advanced transesophageal echocardiography to CRNAs from around the country (POCUSLab.com). 
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Representative Brock Martin
Representative Brock Martin
 
Representative Brock Martin and Senator Shane Reeves will join us Saturday, October 7, to discuss Advocacy in Action: A Legislative Panel on Delivering Your Message Effectively.
 
Attendees will hear from legislators on how to effectively engage their elected officials and deliver their policy message. In addition, attendees will also receive tips on how to communicate effectively with legislative staff and learn about the legislative process.
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Senator Shane Reeves
Senator Shane Reeves
 
Representative Brock Martin and Senator Shane Reeves will join us Saturday, October 7, to discuss Advocacy in Action: A Legislative Panel on Delivering Your Message Effectively.
 
Attendees will hear from legislators on how to effectively engage their elected officials and deliver their policy message. In addition, attendees will also receive tips on how to communicate effectively with legislative staff and learn about the legislative process.
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Timothy F. Behan, JD
Timothy F. Behan, JD
 
Tim will join us Friday, October 6, to share his expertise during his session, The Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit.
 
Tim has been involved in advising and assisting healthcare professionals for 25 years as an in-house attorney with State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company. (SVMIC) During his time, he routinely helps his Insureds on matters of State and Federal law that impact the practice of medicine, guides providers and practice managers on how to handle difficult patients and their families and engages and works with outside counsel when a lawsuit is filed against a SVMIC policyholder. Tim also is a past and future presenter at SVMIC Risk Management Seminars as well as with individual medical groups and entities. Tim received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his law degree from the University of Arkansas. He has a 26-year-old son who is a medical malpractice defense lawyer in Nashville and a 23-year-old daughter who is an Assistant Director and Coach at a large volleyball club in south Florida. Tim and his wife live in Spring Hill and love to vacation at the Gulf Coast beaches and eat great seafood while there.
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Gale J. Rowe, DNAP, APRN, CRNA
Gale J. Rowe, DNAP, APRN, CRNA

Gale J. Rowe, DNAP, APRN, CRNA and Jordan C. Miller, DNAP, APRN, CRNA will join us Friday, October 6, to share their expertise during the session, Enhancing Care of the Adult Transgender Patient.

Dr. Gale Rowe holds two bachelor’s degrees in biology and nursing, and a duo of degrees from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia, including an MS and a DNAP. As the SRNA Clinical Coordinator of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Adult Hospital, she curates the educational experience of over 200 anesthesia students, from three different educational programs, yearly. She also practices as a CRNA at the VUMC Adult Hospital and several ambulatory settings. Additionally, she serves at VUMC as Chair of the SRNA Education Committee and as a member of the CRNA Interview Committee and the Advanced Practice Professional Development Committee. Her doctoral work on caring for Transgender patients has become an integral part of staff training and development and will be presented to all Advanced Practice practitioners at VUMC.

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Jordan C. Miller, DNAP, CRNA, APRN

Jordan C. Miller, DNAP, CRNA, APRN

Gale J. Rowe, DNAP, APRN, CRNA and Jordan C. Miller, DNAP, APRN, CRNA will join us Friday, October 6, to share their expertise during the session, Enhancing Care of the Adult Transgender Patient.

Dr. Jordan Miller is a 2011 (MS) and 2020 (DNAP) graduate of the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia. After a brief stent in Alabama, he came to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2013 where he has remained since. During his time at Vanderbilt, he has held leadership roles within the department as well. In 2016 he was named the CRNA Manager of the Ambulatory Division and in 2019 was named the Senior Quality & Patient Advisor for the Department of Anesthesiology, a roll which he still holds. He is also very active on multiple groups and committees within the VUMC enterprise. His doctoral work on caring for transgender patients is a topic of passion for him and he is excited to present it for you today.

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Tammy Hooper Freehling, CRNA
Tammy Hooper Freehling, CRNA
 
Tammy H. Freehling, CRNA, MSN, APN will join us Sunday, October 8, to share her expertise during her session, Cervical Spine Pathology and Anesthesia Implications.
 
A native of Gallatin, Tammy worked summers in the office of her Father’s small-town family practice clinic. She witnessed her father’s care of patients and decided that in some way, she wanted to make a career of patient care also. Tammy graduated Cum Laude in Nursing at Vanderbilt in the ancient days of 1984. She spent 5 years in Critical Care at St. Thomas and another 5 years in a MedSurg ICU in Colorado. She graduated with her Masters in Nurse Anesthesia from UT Knoxville in 1996 and immediately came to work at Vanderbilt. Professionally, she became passionate about Neuroanesthesia and was appointed Service Specialist for this area in 2007. For 27 years, Tammy has been sharing her love of Neuroanesthesia with coworkers and students through Grand Rounds, Student lectures, an SRNA Neurorotation, and in contributions to Guidelines & Protocols. A true highlight of her professional life was being honored with the MTSA 2017 Clinical Excellence Award.  
 
On a personal note, Tammy and her husband Mike have followed a passion for all things Rocky Mountain West.  Their son Nathan is currently a project engineer for the manufacture of lithium batteries. Other loves in Tammy’s life include her Chinese Mom Popo, still radiant at 98, a large extended family and 2 rescued mutts.  
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Tommy Diller, Ph.D., CRNA
Tommy Diller, Ph.D., CRNA
 
Tommy Diller will join us Saturday, October 7, to share his expertise during his session, Electrophysiology Procedures and Anesthesia Implications: Cardiac Arrhythmias, Mapping, and Ablation.
 
Tommy Diller is an Assistant Professor of Nurse Anesthesia at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a part-time practicing CRNA with North American Partners of Anesthesia. Recently, he completed a Ph.D. in Nursing at East Tennessee State University. His doctoral research focused on analytical and experiential decision-making and their relationship to clinical experience. As a professor, he has chaired DNP projects focused on opioid-free anesthesia and Do-Not-Resuscitate status and anesthesia implications. Clinically, he has been practicing anesthesia since 2006 and his clinical specialty area is cardiothoracic anesthesia. Tommy and his wife enjoy traveling, hiking, and mountain biking in our free time.
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Brent Dunworth, DNP, MBA, APRN, CRNA, NEA-BC, FAANA
Brent Dunworth, DNP, MBA, APRN, CRNA, NEA-BC, FAANA
 

Dr. Brent will join us Friday, October 6, to share his expertise with his session: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: Nuts & Bolts.
 
Dr. Brent Dunworth holds a trio of degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, including a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. He also possesses a Master of Business Administration from Waynesburg University. He presently serves as the Associate Nurse Executive for Advanced Practice Professionals at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University.
 
Dr. Dunworth's distinguished career in the nursing field is marked by several prestigious accolades. These include the Agatha Hodgins Award for an exceptional nurse anesthesia student, the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ Didactic Instructor of the Year Award, the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, and the Dr. Nevin Downs Leadership Award.
 
In addition to his role as an academic and healthcare leader, Dr. Dunworth holds certification as a nurse executive. He is also a respected fellow within the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Besides these roles, Dr. Dunworth also serves as a national speaker on a range of subjects related to nurse anesthesia and executive leadership, all the while continuing to engage in anesthesiology clinical practice at Vanderbilt.
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JP Mason, Associate Director, State & Political Affairs, AANA
JP Mason, Associate Director, State & Political Affairs, AANA

 
JP will join us Friday, October 6, to share his expertise with his session: Opting Out: You Say Impossible but All I Hear Is I’m Possible.

JP Mason is Associate Director of State and Political Affairs for the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology. JP has been with the association for over six years, serving as a federal lobbyist in Washington, DC. Now as part of State Government Affairs, JP uses his lobbying experience to assist state associations with strategy and legislative battles. Before joining the AANA, JP worked on Capitol Hill for a Congressman from Missouri. While working in the House Small Business Committee and in the Congressman’s personal office as a Senior Legislative Assistant, JP handled a variety of issues with a focus on healthcare. A Wisconsin native, JP earned his bachelor’s degree at Carroll University where he gained an interest in politics through working on campaigns.

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LTC (R)James R Reed DNP, MSN, CRNA FAANA

 LTC (R)James R Reed DNP, MSN, CRNA FAANA

Jim will join us Sunday, October 8, to share his expertise during his sessions, PTS Drop the D: Post Trauma Stress and Use of the Stellate Ganglion Block as a Mechanism to Address Post Trauma Sympathetic Outflow and Post Traumatic Stress.

Jim is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in his hometown of Tucson at the University of Arizona Nurse Anesthesiology Program. Prior to this he was in industry and academia at UNCG. Jim was a career soldier who rose from the rank of private to Lieutenant Colonel and retired in 2012. Jim graduated from the US Army Graduate program in Anesthesia Nursing in 2000. After graduation he was assessed and selected to join and elite special operations surgical team. He deployed to war a total of 14 times supporting our nations special operations forces and intelligence community I multiple combat zones. After retiring from the Army he became an advocate for Veterans mental health issues and suicide prevention. He has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs and has lobbied the US House and Senate for these causes. He is the former Chairman of the Board for Continuing the Mission, a service dog organization that trains and provides well trained therapy dogs to veterans with PTSD. He is married to Holly, an ED nurse and she has put up with him for 32 years. They have two children who are also soldiers.  

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University Anesthesiologists at UT Medical Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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