CRNA Wellness and Substance Use Disorder Speakers

When planning a state association meeting or anesthesia professional seminar, a health and wellness related lecture can add to continuing education content and also benefit the well-being of your meeting attendees, see the list of topic ideas below. We've also collected names of CRNA speakers-for-hire on a variety of wellness and/or substance use disorder (SUD) topics. Regardless of the topic, it's important to increase awareness of the available online resources at AANA Wellness and AANA Peer Assistance for ongoing support. 

Below you will find a list by each speaker's home state along with their name and topic(s); all have indicated a willingness to travel. State associations, please contact speakers directly (name hyperlinks to email address) for further information; we've provided this as a convenience only and it does not indicate endorsement or approval by AANA. All information has been provided by the speakers, who are solely responsible for the content. The AANA has not investigated or examined the content of any listing or speaker presentation. Any questions, email 

Wellness/SUD Topics

See also Wellness Education and Research 


CRNA Wellness and Substance Use Disorder Speakers List


  • E. Laura Wright, PhD, CRNA
    • Substance use disorder, return to work, relapse prevention, work pressures and depression, suicide, the addicted patient, drug diversion prevention





  • Lynn Reede, DNP, MBA, CRNA
    • Adverse events, critical incident stress management, addiction, recovery and return to practice
  • Bernadette T. Roche, EdD, CRNA
    • Substance use disorder, hostile work environments, and adverse events/second victims


  • Rigo Garcia, MBA, CRNA
    • Substance use disorder, addiction and co-dependency, denial and how to overcome this barrier, addiction facts, chronic pain vs. chronic use, treatment of chronic pain in the addict, future drug abuse and treatment options, reporting and identifying obligations for employers, personal story of an addicted CRNA




New Jersey

North Carolina

  • Linda Stone, DNP, CRNA
    • Substance use disorder, workplace wellness, critical incident stress management (CISM), adverse events
  • Jennifer Ferguson, MSN, CRNA, and Kat Venden Heuvel
    • Team-building in the workplace/nurse anesthesia programs, how groups form and perform (Note: Jennifer is also a certified Zumba instructor)


  • Jack Stem
    • Addiction in the anesthesia professional, stress management for SRNAs and CRNAs, relapse prevention, Suboxone for detoxification and medication assisted treatment of opioid addiction
  • Meri Gilman-Mays, DNP, CRNA
    • Workplace incivility strategies for dealing with difficult co-workers, emotional intelligence, burnout, resilience, leadership vs. management

South Carolina




West Virginia



Potential speakers, if you'd like to be added to this list, the requirements are AANA membership, commitment to share related information on AANA resources, such as getting help for substance use disorder or finding resources for physical and mental well-being, bullying, adverse events, workplace wellness, student wellness, etc.  We also ask lecture content be accurate, current, and appropriately cited. For more info, to request being added, and/or a collection of short URL links to AANA resources, email