New FY 2021 Board Members Announced

The NBCRNA welcomes three newly elected CRNAs to its Board of Directors for the 2021 fiscal year. The new members will undergo orientation through August 2020 and will begin their three-year terms on September 1, 2020. We look forward to their contributions as it relates to the mission of the NBCRNA on behalf of the profession. More information and introductory videos will be available in the coming months. The new directors joining the Board are:

  • Garry Brydges, PhD, DNP, MBA, CRNA, ACNP-BC, FAAN, Houston, TX
  • Robert Laird, CRNA, Abilene, Texas 
  • Lisa Riedel, DNP, CRNA, Lansing, MI 

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Board members volunteer up to 300 hours each year on behalf of the CRNA credential. Check out the responsibilities and criteria and consider getting involved, enhancing your career, and supporting your profession in the future.   

Emerging Leader Fellow Application Deadline Closed - Term To Begin October 2020

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NBCRNA recently held a Call for Applications for the Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) position on the Board of Directors. The deadline for this opportunity closed on April 30, 2020 and the NBCRNA received an overall positive response. This one-year opportunity for newly certified nurse anesthetists, certified within the past two to five years, is aimed to provide the CRNA with exposure to board governance, high-level decision making, and trends affecting the future of the profession. The leadership development and experience fostered in this Fellowship will prepare the ELF for future board and committee work within the NBCRNA and beyond. During the month of May, applications were reviewed and candidate interviews were conducted. The final candidate will be chosen at the June Board of Directors meeting and his/her term will begin in October 2020.

Emerging Leader Fellow Requirements

  • Participate for one year (Emerging Leader Fellow) - term to begin October 2020.
  • Attend an orientation session in August 2020 to learn about the NBCRNA, business operations, and the Board.
  • Attend four NBCRNA Board meetings annually. Meetings take place over a long weekend (typically Thursday - Sunday including travel) in October 2020, and February, June and October 2021.
  • Engage in Board activities, including participation in (typically monthly) Board and committee conference calls during weekday evenings.

The deadline for application submissions was April 30, 2020. Questions? Email

FY 2019 Emerging Leader Fellow Announced

The NBCRNA welcomed Michael Rucker, DNP, CRNA, LCDR, NC, USN, to the NBCRNA board of directors as the new Emerging Leader Fellow in September 2019. Dr. Rucker is a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy and is a CRNA practicing as Assistant Clinical Site Director for the Uniformed Services University Nurse Anesthesia Program clinical site at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA (NMCP).

 Emerging Leader Fellow Job Responsibilities and Commitment to Serve


Video: Meet the Board - Michael Rucker, DNP, CRNA, LCDR, NC, USN

Michael is is a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy and is a CRNA practicing as Assistant Clinical Site Director for the Uniformed Services University Nurse Anesthesia Program clinical site at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA (NMCP).  He also serves as a staff CRNA for the NMCP Anesthesia Department, which includes providing general, regional and neuraxial anesthesia. He holds a DNP from the Uniformed Services University, and also serves as the Chairperson of the command Procedural Sedation Committee and the education coordinator for the command Procedural Sedation Monitors course. See More at our Youtube channel!

Video: Meet the Board - Lori Anderson, DNP, MSN, CRNA

Board Director Lori Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Nurse Anesthesia Department at Rosalind Franklin University. She also provides anesthesia services in a Level-I Trauma center in Rockford, IL. Lori earned her BSN and MSN from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, and her DNP from Rush University. She was a past president of the Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists and a member of the Illinois Board of Nursing. See More at our Youtube channel!

Video: Meet the Board - Susan McMullan, PhD, MSN, CRNA

Board Director Susan McMullan is an Associate Professor and Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Track Coordinator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing. She earned her BSN from University of Michigan, her MSN in Nurse Anesthesia from Rush University, and her PhD from Rutgers, the State College of New Jersey. Prior to her move to Birmingham, she worked full time as a clinical CRNA in Chicago. She has previous academic experience at Rush University Graduate College of Nursing and at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. In her current role, Susan manages day-to-day operations of the Nurse Anesthesia program. She also developed a new doctoral curriculum, and transitioned the Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Track from the Master’s to Doctor of Nursing Practice outcome degree. Susan maintains a clinical faculty practice at UAB Callahan Hospital. Susan is a 2017 American Association of Nurse Anesthetist Post-Doctoral Fellow and 2016 UAB School of Nursing Dean’s Scholar Award recipient for her research on CRNA workload and patient safety. See More at our Youtube channel!

Video: Meet the Board - Jessica Kubisch, DNAP, MS, CRNA

Emerging Leader Fellow Jessica Kubisch practices anesthesia at a critical access hospital in rural Oregon, where she provides compassionate, evidence-based anesthesia care for surgical, emergency and obstetric patients. Prior to this, she worked at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital as a Staff CRNA and clinical site faculty for Georgetown University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program. Jessica received her BSN from Franciscan University, is a graduate of Georgetown University where she received her MSN, and obtained her DNP from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her critical care experience was completed in the Pediatric ICU at UCLA Medical Center. Currently, she is involved in implementing enhanced surgical care and recovery pathways, as well as developing a program to utilize high-fidelity simulation for interdisciplinary crisis resource team training in the operating room. Jessica enjoys medical mission work and actively serving in community and professional organizations. See More at our Youtube channel!