2020-2021 ASATT Committees

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Annual Educational Conference Committee

Mission:

To develop, organize and implement the Society's annual Educational Conference.

Function:

  • Create the structure of the annual Educational Conference, including proposing session types, tracks, pre-conference workshops, breakout sessions, and other conference components.
  • Develop the content for the conference program, identifying topics and finding speakers.
  • Solicit and retain vendors, and assisting ASATT in retaining a hotel in which to hold the meeting.
  • Plan the Annual Business Meeting of the membership.

Members:

Chair: Greg Farmer, Cer.A.T., Interim President, Immediate Past President
Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.
Michelle Houdek, Cer.A.T.
Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T., Region 7 Director
Joaquin Ronquillo, Cer.A.T.T., Secretary

Staff Liaison: Amy Jurgens, Executive Director

Bylaws, Policies and Procedures Committee

Mission:

To review and maintain the Society's governing documents, including the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, policies and procedures.

Function:

  • Review the Articles of Incorporation annually and make recommendations on amendments to the Board of Directors for the vote of the membership.
  • Consider amendments submitted by Active Members and make recommendations to the Board of Directors for vote of the membership.
  • Compile results of the vote of the ASATT membership and provide the report to the Board of Directors. Coordinating publication of the report in the Society's newsletter as mandated by the ASATT Bylaws.
  • Review the ASATT policies and procedures at least every three years and make recommendations for review and approval of the Board of Directors.

Members:

Chair: David Foster, Cer.A.T.T., President-Elect
Co-Chair: Bryan Fulton, Cer.A.T.T., Treasurer
Michael Phelps, MD

Staff Liaison: Amy Jurgens, Executive Director

Certification and Recertification Committee

Mission:

To oversee and implement the ASATT certification and recertification programs.

Function:

  • Ensure individuals applying for certification have met the requirements to sit for the National Certification Examination.
  • Ensure individuals submitting Continuing Education Credits and any necessary forms for recertification meet the guidelines.
  • Work with the Continuing Education Committee on reviewing meetings and courses to verify approvals for Continuing Education Credit.

Members:

Chair: Sue Christian, Cer.A.T.T., Region 3 Director 
Co-Chair: Sharon Baskette, Cer.A.T.T.
Kim Allen, Cer.A.T.T.
Joe Brock, Cer.A.T.
Netorya Calip
Greg Farmer, Cer.A.T., Interim President, Immediate Past President
Tonia Rozell, Cer.A.T.
Mary Star, Cer.A.T.T.
Shannon Summers, Cer.A.T.T.

Staff Liaisons: Amy Jurgens, Executive Director & Nicole Cheever, Senior Association/Certification Specialist

Communications Committee

Mission:

To oversee the Society's publications (including the Sensor and monthly e-news), communications and promotions activities, and merchandising activities.

Function:

  • Oversee the development of content, acquisition of advertising, publication and distribution of the quarterly Sensor.
  • Coordinate with authors toward the development of the Sensor Quiz and ensure its availability to members.
  • Oversee the development of content, publication  and distribution of the ASATT Update, the monthly e-newsletter.
  • Oversee the communications and promotions of the Society.
  • Oversee logo usage and the acquisition and sales of society-branded merchandise.
  • Keep the website content up-to-date.

Members:

Chair: Sue Christian, Cer.A.T.T., Region 3 Director 
Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.
Greg Farmer, Cer.A.T., Interim President, Immediate Past President
Jonnalee Geddis, Cer.A.T., Region 1 Director
Trevon Logan, Cer.A.T.
Mary Star, Cer.A.T.T.
Stephanie Waring, Cer.A.T.

Staff Liaisons: Amy Jurgens, Executive Director & Katie Turyna, Association Specialist

Continuing Education Committee

Mission:

To oversee the Society's continuing education program.

Function:

  • Develop continuing education guidelines for the Certified Anesthesia Technologist or Technician, and make these recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval.
  • Assign credit hours to conferences, workshops and programs.
  • Identify and assign external credit hours that meet ASATT specifications and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Members:

Chair: Gail Walker, Cer.A.T. 
Laura M. Hollis, Cer.A.T.
Christopher Howard, MD
Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T., Region 7 Director
Damon Reed, Cer.A.T.
Kathy Cabai, Cer.A.T.T.

Staff Liaisons: Amy Jurgens, Executive Director & Nicole Cheever, Senior Association/Certification Specialist

Ethics Committee

Mission:

To set and oversee the standard of ethical professional conduct for ASATT and its members.

Function:

  • Review and maintain the ASATT Code of Ethics on a regular basis.
  • Serve as the reviewers of such issues, but not limited to authenticity of recertification, and inappropriate behavior or actions of an ASATT member. The committee will then make a recommendation to the Board of Directors for review and discussion, with all recommendations needing to be approved by the Board before any action can be taken.
  • Maintain awareness of ethical issues and concerns being discussed and/or evaluated in the professional and general environment outside of the Society, with a view to keeping the Society's Code of Ethics relevant and up-to-date.

Members:

Chair: Greg Farmer, Cer.A.T., Interim President, Immediate Past President
Co-Chair: Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T., Region 7 Director 
Jason Menchey, Cer.A.T., Region 5 Director
Ravelle Rolle, Cer.A.T.T.
Mary Star, Cer.A.T.T.
Stephanie Waring, Cer.A.T.

Staff Liaison: Amy Jurgens, Executive Director

Financial Committee

Mission:

To inspect the financial accounts, budgets and audits of ASATT and advise on fiscal and investment policy.

Function:

  • Counsel ASATT Headquarters on financial and investment matters and policies of the organization.
  • Review the yearly expenses.
  • Provide input into the drafting of the annual budget for the Society.
  • Advise in the perparation of financial recommendations for Board of Directors meetings.

Members:

Chair: Bryan Fulton, Cer.A.T.T., Treasurer
Co-Chair: David Foster, Cer.A.T.T., President-Elect
Joaquin Ronquillo, Cer.A.T.T., Secretary
Nick Smythe, Cer.A.T.

Staff Liaisons: Amy Jurgens, Executive Director & Liz Kutz, AEG CFO

Legislative Committee

Mission:

To monitor and discuss key public policy issues at the state and federal levels that affect the Anesthesia Technology profession.

Function:

  • Provide input on current and upcoming issues and strategic collaborations with external individuals/organizations.
  • Monitor public policy as it relates to the Anesthesia Technology profession.
  • Contribute legislative and advocacy content for the Society's publications and website.
  • Make recommendations to the Board of Directors on legislative and advocacy related communications to the membership.
  • Identify strategic partnerships.
  • Identify legislative and advocacy resources that would benefit the membership. 
  • Develop collateral (programs/resources) on relevant topics in order to add value to the membership and on how members can advocate on their own behalf and for the profession.

Members:

Chair: David Foster, Cer.A.T.T., President-Elect
Co-Chair: Bryan Fulton, Cer.A.T.T. Treasurer
Joyce Freeman, Cer.A.T.
Ravelle Rolle, Cer.A.T.T.
Nick Smythe, Cer.A.T.

Staff Liaisons: Denise Harris, Executive Consultant & Amy Jurgens, Executive Director

Membership Committee

Mission:

To oversee the membership recruitment and retention activities of the Society.

Function:

  • Look for ways to attract new members.
  • Create strategies to keep current members engaged, active and involved to produce high retention rates.
  • Develop and implement membership marketing and awareness campaigns.
  • Create and conduct membership surveys.
  • Routinely review the Society's value proposition and recommend updates as well as propose new member benefits.
  • Develop tools, resources and marketing materials to communicate to current and prospective members of how membership in ASATT benefits them.

Members:

Chair: Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T., Region 7 Director
Victorien Bonshe, Cer.A.T.T.
Joaquin Ronquillo, Cer.A.T., Secretary

Staff Liaisons: Amy Jurgens, Executive Director & Nicole Cheever, Senior Association/Certification Specialist

National Certification Examination (NCE) Committee

Mission:

To oversee the development, administration, scoring and analysis of ASATT's National Certification Examination.

Function:

  • Maintain the National Certification Examination for Anesthesia Technologists.
  • Develop the test items for the examination with variable cognitive complexity.
  • Review test items to ensure accuracy in content, proper citation to relevant textbooks, relevancy to practice, and appropriate formatting in accordance with good testing procedures.
  • Develop a practice test.
  • Serve as subject matter experts, educational resources, and consultants to ASATT regarding program development, content and administration, including test development, test administration, and scoring and analysis.
  • Serve as the Society's liaison to the testing company engaged to host and administer the examination.

Members:

Chair: Michael Boytim, CRNA, EdD, AANA Liaison
Otoniel Castillo, Cer.A.T.T.
Maria Lagade, MD
Marc McGaffic, Cer.A.T.T.
Victoria Reyes, Cer.A.T.T.
David Foster, Cer.A.T.T., President-Elect
Michael Phelps, MD
Persi Illiona, Cer.A.T.T.

Staff Liaisons: Amy Jurgens, Executive Director & Nicole Cheever, Senior Association/Certification Specialist

Nominations Committee

Mission:

To oversee the Society's annual Board of Directors nominations and election process.

Function:

  • Carry out the annual nominations process and election of the Officers of the Society, in accordance with policy and procedure as set each year by the Board of Directors.

Members:

Chair: Greg Farmer, Cer.A.T., Interim President, Immediate Past President
Joyce Freeman, Cer.A.T.
Ravelle Rolle, Cer.A.T.T.

Staff Liaison: Amy Jurgens, Executive Director

Regional Directors Committee

Mission:

To organize educational programs on a regional basis; to provide a forum for the Regional Directors to share knowledge, information and experience relevant to the regions, and; to serve as a liaison between the members in a specific region and the Society's Board and staff.

Function:

  • Plan and host a regional education meeting at a scheduled date during each year of office that is served.
  • Oversee the annual Regional continuing Education Awards process and seeing that qualified persons are nominated from their respective regions.
  • Share news of the programs, activities and achievements of their regions and regional members.
  • Provide meaningful networking opportunities among members active in their respective regions.
  • Play an integral role in the Society by ensuring that regional issues and concerns are communicated to the broader organization.

Members:

Jonnalee Geddis, Cer.A.T., Region 1 Director
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T., Region 2 Director
Sue Christian, Cer.A.T.T., Region 3 Director 
Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T., Region 4 Director
Jason Menchey, Cer.A.T., Region 5 Director
Allison Kohn, Cer.A.T.T., Region 6 Director
Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T., Region 7 Director 

Staff Liaison: Amy Jurgens, Executive Director

Sponsorship Committee

Mission:

To raise funds for the Annual Educational Conference and the Society.

Function:

  • Identify sponsorship opportunities that will appeal to potential sponsors and other donors.
  • Coordinate solicitation and sale of sponsorships and exhibit space for the Society and its activities, including the Annual Educational Conference. 
  • Ensure that appropriate marketing and informational materials about ASATT are current and available to potential sponsors and exhibitors as well as the Society's membership.
  • Serve as the Society's primary point of contact for all ASATT sponsorship, exhibiting or other fundraising activities, and coordinate internal and external communications related to these.
  • Provide information to ASATT Headquarters as necessary to allow for invoicing of sponsors, exhibitors and other donors.
  • Work with ASATT Headquarters to ensure compliance with any specific requirements of sponsors.

Members:

Chair: Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T., Region 2 Director

Staff Liaisons: Amy Jurgens, Executive Director & Kate Feuling, Sales & Marketing Manager

Strategic Planning Committee

Mission:

To assist the Board of Directors with its responsibilities for the Society's mission, vision and strategic direction.

Function:

  • Project, develop and review a concept for the advancement of the Society.
  • Make recommendations to the Board of Directors related to the Society's mission, vision, strategic initiatives, and major programs and services.
  • Help the board of Directors identify critical strategic issues facing the organization.
  • Assist in analysis of alternative strategic options.
  • Ensure management has established an effective strategic planning, including development of a five-year plan with measurable goals and time targets.
  • Annually review the mission, vision and five-year plan, and recommend any needed interim modifications to the Board of Directors.

Members:

Chair: Jonnalee Geddis, Cer.A.T., Region 1 Director
Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.
Joseph Answine, MD, ASA Liaison, Ad Hoc
Michael Boytim, CRNA, EdD, AANA Liaison, Ad Hoc
Greg Farmer, Cer.A.T., Interim President, Immediate Past President
Michelle Hill, MSN, RN
James Philips, MD, Ad Hoc
Victoria Reyes, Cer.A.T.T.
Ty Townsend, CAA, Ad Hoc
Delbert Macanas, Sr., Cer.A.T.T., Region 7 Director
Bryan Fulton, Cer.A.T.T., Treasurer

Staff Liaisons: Denise Harris, Executive Consultant & Amy Jurgens, Executive Director

 

Committees Affiliated to ASATT

Committee on Accreditation for Anesthesia Technology Education (CoA-ATE) Organization: CAAHEP

Mission:

To maintain and promote appropriate standards of quality for educational programs in anesthesia technology; to provide recognition for educational programs that meet or exceed the minimum standards, and; to uphold and enforce the educational content outline as determined by collaboration between the CoA-ATE, ASATT and the American Red Cross.

Function:

  • Provide a liaison representing ASATT, a sponsoring organization, with the CoA-ATE.
  • Evaluate educational certification programs through the process outlined by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP).
  • Do the day-to-day work of accreditation, reviewing programs' self studies, coordinating site visits, serving as each program's main contact throughout the review process, and formulating accreditation recommendations which are then considered by the CAAHEP Board of Directors.

Members:

Chair: Victoria Reyes, Cer.A.T.T., ASATT BOD Liaison
Co-Chair: Michael Boytim, CRNA, EdD, AANA Liaison
Otoniel Castillo, Cer.A.T.T., CoA-ATE Treasurer
Kimberly Allen, Cer.A.T.T., CoA-ATE Secretary
Jeremy Wyatt, Cer.A.T.T.
Maria Lagade, MD
Joyce Freeman, Cer.A.T.
Marc McGaffic, Cer.A.T.T., CoA Liaison to CAAHEP
David Foster, Cer.A.T.T., ASATT President-Elect
Omar Gallardo, MD
Bryan Fulton, Cer.A.T.T., ASATT Treasurer
Gregory Frazier, Cer.A.T.T.
American Red Cross Liaison - TBD

ASATT Staff Liaison: Amy Jurgens, Executive Director

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