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Jonathan Katz, MSN, CRNA, APN-A
President

Jonathan Katz received his Associates degree in nursing from Trinitas School of Nursing, Union County College in 2009 with high honors. After obtaining his RN license, he worked as a Critical Care registered nurse at Trinitas Regional Medical Center until 2013. During this time, Jonathan completed his Bachelors of Science in Nursing from College of St. Elizabeth with high honors, and achieved his CCRN certification. As a registered nurse, Jonathan was recognized with multiple awards including the Daisy Award for his exemplary care as a Critical Care registered nurse, and the Academic Student Leader in Nursing Award from the College of St. Elizabeth.

Jonathan graduated as the valedictorian from Our Lady of Lourdes Nurse Anesthesia Program and was recognized with the Outstanding Student Award from Drexel University. Currently, Jonathan works full-time as a CRNA within the tri-state area. Jonathan has been an active participant with NJANA since November 2013 and enjoys everything the nursing anesthesia profession has to offer.

 
Lori Ann Winner, MSN, CRNA, APN-Anesthesia
President-Elect

Mrs. Winner received her BSN from Villanova University in 1996 and upon graduation practiced as a bedside nurse in the Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. During that time, she also worked as a research coordinator in the Pulmonary/Critical Care division.

Mrs. Winner received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Temple University and a certificate in Nurse Anesthesia from the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia in 2004. She has also completed a post master’s certificate from the Teacher Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. She is now enrolled in the PhD program in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Winner has been engaged in teaching the Nurse Anesthesia profession since 2006 both clinically and didactically for the Nurse Anesthesia program at Penn. She is a section editor for the International Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia and an item writer for the NBCRNA Continued Professional Certification Program. 

   
Heather Borbely, MS, CRNA/APN-Anesthesia

Secretary

Heather Borbely served in the US Navy as a corpsman in the ICU prior to attending Nursing School and receiving her BS in Nursing at Felician College. She graduated Thomas Jefferson University Anesthesia program in 2015 and has been working at Monmouth Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital since graduation.


 
Karen Chmielewski, CRNA, APN-Anesthesia
Treasurer

Karen Chmielewski graduated from Nazareth Hospital School for Nurse Anesthesia in 1982 and has worked as a staff nurse anesthetist for the past 31 years. She is currently on the staff at Deborah Heart and Lung Center and Virtua Mt. Holly. Karen has held leadership roles in many local organizations and has experience running a family restaurant business which she co owned with her husband George. Married for 33 years, Karen lives in Burlington Twp.

   
 
Nicholas A. Blanck, MSN, CRNA/APN-Anesthesia

NJANA Executive Director

Currently serving as the Executive Director of Legislative Affairs; Active member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of their Government Relations and Political Action Committees. Tirelessly advancing legislation aimed at removing restrictive barriers to nursing practice. Nicholas’s educational background began at Rutgers University’s School of Nursing; where he became a distinguished baccalaureate graduate and was awarded entrance into their Atheneum Honors Society, Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing, and their Alumni Association.

 

At Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Nurse Anesthesia, He served as student-body president; and representative to the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists; graduating with an MSN, and national board certification in the practice of Nurse Anesthesia. He later served two terms as President of the New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists in 2015 & 2016, and was honored with their Trident Award for advocacy, academics, and clinical excellence as a cardio-thoracic nurse anesthetist and their Gavel Award for association leadership. He also is a founding member of The NJANA- Charity And Relief Expenditures fund, a first of its kind charity; proceeds from which are now being distributed to support local Children’s’ Dyslexia Centers.

 

As a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Nicholas is the self-employed owner of UltraCare Anesthesia Partners, an anesthesia management company comprised of CRNA’s and anesthesiologists, contracted to provide anesthesia services for every type of healthcare facility in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. He currently sits as their Chairman of Board, President and Chief Executive Officer.

 

Nicholas is an adjunct professor of Nurse Anesthesia at Rutgers University’s School of Nursing in Newark, and holds memberships with the NJ State Nurses Association, Shriners Hospital for Children; and the Health Care Financial Management Association.

 

• Committee Experience: 

  • Federal Political Director
  • Chairman of the Government Relations Committee
  • Chairman of the Political Action Committee
  • Chairman of the New Jersey State Nurses Association Joint Protocol Steering Committee

 

•Task Force Assignments:

  • Historical Documentation Preservation
  • Budget and Finance Strategy
  • Alternative Revenue Stream Generation
  • Foundation of NJANA Charity And Relief Expenditures fund (NJANA- CAREs Fund)
   
 

Maureen McCartney Anderson, DNP, CRNA/APN

Director/President Emeritus

Dr. McCartney received her BSN from Georgetown University in 2003 and then started her career in the Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  In 2010 she received her Master's Degree in Nurse Anesthesia from Rutger's University and continued her career at Jersey Shore University Medical Center as a CRNA.  She competed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Rutgers University in May of 2014 and has since started as full time faculty in the Rutgers Nurse Anesthesia Program while maintaining clinical practice as a CRNA at JSUMC..

She has served on the NJANA Board of Directors since 2013 and became Secretary on the Executive Committee in 2015.  Her work with the NJANA has been focused on the writing and development of the NJANA website and social media presence as well as member engagement

   
Bruno Beja-Umukoro, MSN, CRNA, APN-Anesthesia
Director

Bruno received his Associates of Science in Nursing from Hostos Community College, Bronx, New York in 2002.  He went on to achieve his BSN from the College of New Rochelle New York in 2005.  From there he worked in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. In 2010, Bruno received his Master's in Nurse Anesthesia from Rutgers University.  He continues his career as both a CRNA and Clinical Coordinator for nurse anesthesia students at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.  Bruno is also a regular volunteer for international surgical missions with non-profit organizations such as International Surgical Health Initiative (ISHI)


   
Thomas J. Pallaria, DNP, APN-A, CRNA
Director

Dr. Pallaria is a 2013 graduate of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ). In addition to his DNP from Rutgers, Dr. Pallaria earned a master’s in anesthesia at Columbia University in 2000, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Farleigh Dickinson University in 1995, and a bachelor of science degree (with a dual major in business and psychology) from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989.

Dr. Pallaria was co-founder of the UMDNJ Nurse Anesthesia Program in 2004; he served there until the merger with Rutgers, and now serves as the Program Director and Assistant Professor.

Dr. Pallaria has extensive clinical experience and a record of clinical innovation as well as valuable hospital partnerships. He became the Chief CRNA at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in 2011 and then introduced CRNA practice 4 years later at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.  He has most recently taken on the role of Regional Chief CRNA for his private practice group, managing CRNA practice at 3 major medical centers.

As a lecturer for the RWJ Barnabas Perioperative Health Division, Dr. Pallaria delivers bimonthly lectures to the perioperative nursing staff and the OB/GYN residents.  He has published on a yearly basis, and was the recipient of the 2016 NJANA Trident award for excellence in academics, clinical practice and professional advocacy.


   
Mamdoh Michael MSN, APN-A, CRNA

Director

   
Caitlin Welsh MSN, APN-A, CRNA
Director
 

Caitlin Krenek RN, BSN
Student Representative
 

Stacie Tittamin RN, BSN
Student Representative