Newly Elected Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TxANA) Board of Directors Committed to Advancing Patient Safety, Profession of Nurse Anesthesia

Source: Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Date: September 01, 2021

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AUSTIN, TEXAS—Affirming the organization’s commitment to advancing patient safety and the profession of nurse anesthesia, the Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TxANA) announced their newly elected 2021-2022 Board of Directors. The new board takes office as TxANA celebrates its 47th anniversary, founded in 1974 to advance the profession of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

“As an educator, I continually focus on advancing the profession of nurse anesthesia and patient safety through cultivating and supporting the CRNAs of tomorrow,” said Board President Abigail L. Caswell, DNP, CRNA. “TxANA will continue to serve its members across the state and in the State Capitol. As this pandemic shows us, highly-skilled CRNAs play a critical role in our healthcare system.”

The 2021–2022 TxANA Board of Directors are:

  • President: Abigail L. Caswell, DNP, CRNA - Friendswood
  • President-Elect: James Stockman MSNA, CRNA, NSPM-C - Nacogdoches
  • Vice President: Amy Blok, DNP, CRNA, CHSE - Lexington
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Tessa R. Guevara, MSNA, CRNA - Arlington
  • Director: Kelechi Ekejiuba, DNP, CRNA, MPH - Richmond
  • Director: Brian Galle, DNP, CRNA - Missouri City
  • Director: James Holcomb, DNP, CRNA - Aledo
  • Director: Susan Flores Hukill, DNAP, MSNA, CRNA - Kyle
  • Director: Dana B. Roberson, DNP, MSN, MHS, CRNA - Cedar Hill
  • Director: Troy Stevens, DNP, CRNA - Belton

CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer more than 50 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States. CRNAs are advanced practice nurses registered by the Texas Board of Nursing.

More than 5,400 CRNAs are licensed to work in Texas, and they practice in every setting in which anesthesia care is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists; and U.S. military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities.

Nurse anesthetists have been front line providers of anesthesia care to U.S. military personnel since World War I and are currently serving during the conflicts in the Middle East.

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The Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TxANA) is the statewide voice for more than 5,400 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in Texas, advancing policy, practice, and regulatory concerns across the state and at the Texas Capitol. Our mission is to advance patient safety and the profession of nurse anesthesia. Visit us online at